Definition of aptronym in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaptrənɪm/
(also aptonym /ˈaptənɪm/)


A person’s name that is regarded as amusingly appropriate to their occupation: he began collecting aptronyms when he saw an ad for a flower shop operated by Flora Gardner while Maryland lacks a ‘Judge Judge’, there are many attorneys here with aptonyms
More example sentences
  • In the old days, aptonyms weren't coincidences; they were professional labels.
  • A reporter at the Wall Street Journal did a piece on aptonyms recently and noted that in a 2002 academic paper researchers found that people were more likely to choose professions with names that are similar to their own first names.
  • For the third summer in a row, we are profiling our local aptonyms.



(also aptonymic) adjective
Example sentences
  • Through Dickensian allusions, including tumbledown cottages, characters with aptronymic names, and surprising turns of fortune, Umansky tells a tongue-in-cheek Victorian tale.
  • Georgina hands the baby to Auxilia, her aptronymic nanny.
  • Sex advice columns provide enlightenment for the erotically challenged as well as voyeuristic entertainment, and the aptonymic Savage delivers on both counts.


1920s: from apt + -onym, probably on the pattern of patronym.

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