Date: Wed, 5 Apr 1995 12:53:09 -0400 From: David Muschell Subject: Re: names to nouns >>>burger' rather than the latter being eponyms? I think of 'eponym' as being >>>kin >>>to 'namesake' rather than to its converse, which is what we need here. Larry >> >> Machiavelli would by the eponym as the source for "Machiavellian," but >> "hamburger" would be a toponym, derived _from_ the name of a place. >> David > >Is there also a converse for "namesake"? I've wondered about that before. > --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] I'm not sure what you mean by "converse." When someone or something is given a name for "the name's sake," even when that name is an eponym or toponym, it is still a "namesake" naming: Nevada Smith, "in a New York minute," Pecos Bill, Tex Ritter.