Secret meanings and stories behind fictional names are a favorite tool of authors, used to make sure English teachers have something to over-examine. They can also lead to a satisfying moment of realization by the reader or consumer of the media in question. Just remember the quiet gasp you let out when you first found out Tom Riddle was Voldemort, or when you figured out that the Berenstein Bears were all related. Well, Cracked is here with 18 more name origins that will make you quietyly go “oh, that makes sense”!

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