Aptronym, an anagram of patronym, to emphasize “apt”.

From the UCL Bloomsbury Project:

About the Skinners’ (Tonbridge) Estate

This estate was also known as Sandhills, and was acquired by Sir Andrew Judd in the seventeenth century, who vested it in the Skinners’ Company as Trustees for the benefit of the Tonbridge School in Kent (Survey of London, vol. 24, 1952).

Sandwich Street – Also known as Hadlow Street

It is in the north-east of Bloomsbury on the Tonbridge School (Skinners’) estate, running south from what was then Speldhurst Street to Leigh Street. It was developed in the early nineteenth century; its first house was built in 1812, and others quickly followed, with 47 having been erected by 1824 (Survey of London, vol. 24, 1952). It had been renamed by 1841 (The Times, 4 February 1841), perhaps because of notoriety associated with brothels there. It was named presumably after the village of Hadlow in Kent, and renamed presumably after the larger town of Sandwich in Kent.”

From Wikipedia:

“Earl of Sandwich is a noble title in the Peerage of England, held since its creation by the House of Montagu. It is nominally associated with Sandwich, Kent. It was created in 1660 for the prominent naval commander Admiral Sir Edward Montagu

He was succeeded by his son, the second Earl…

The second Earl’s great-grandson was The 4th Earl of Sandwich, who was a prominent statesman and served as First Lord of the Admiralty and as Secretary of State for the Northern Department. Lord Sandwich is also remembered for sponsoring the voyages of discovery made by Captain James Cook, R.N., who named the Sandwich Islands in his honour, and as the namesake of the sandwich

…The place-name ‘Sandwich’ is first attested in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, where it appears as Sondwic in 851 and Sandwic in 993. In the Domesday Book of 1086 it appears as Sandwice. The name -wich comes from the Anglo Saxon -wīc, meaning a dwelling or fortified place where trade takes place. The name means “market town on sandy soil”…

…Nominative determinism is the hypothesis that people tend to gravitate towards areas of work that fit their names. The term was first used in the magazine New Scientist in 1994, after the magazine’s humorous “Feedback” column noted several studies carried out by researchers with remarkably fitting surnames. These included a book on polar explorations by Daniel Snowman and an article on urology by researchers named Splatt and Weedon. These and other examples led to light-hearted speculation that some sort of psychological effect was at work. Since the term appeared, nominative determinism has been an irregularly recurring topic in New Scientist, as readers continue to submit examples. Nominative determinism differs from the related concept aptronym, and its synonyms ‘aptonym’, ‘namephreak’, and ‘Perfect Fit Last Name’ (captured by the Latinphrase nomen est omen ‘the name is a sign’), in that it focuses on causality. ‘Aptronym’ merely means the name is fitting, without saying anything about why it has come to fit.”


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