aptronym

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aptronym

- A name that fits a person's nature or occupation, like Jane House for a real estate agent.
See also related terms for occupation.
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This ties in with the term aptonym. According to Scheetz (1988), an aptonym is "presumably, an apt or suitable name," from English apt; from Latin aptus, aptere 'to fasten, to join, to fit.' The South African amateur astronaut Mark Shuttleworth was cited as having an apt name.
We had some interesting additions from readers to our recent list of "aptonyms," names of people that may or may not fit their circumstances.
His name is Cardinal Sin." Then he'd have an office boy Xerox a copy to add to his bulging file of what some call "aptonyms."