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I was just thinking about the fairy tale characters' real world counterparts, and I noticed that most of them had names that tied into their "real," fairy tale selves. So I decided to throw together a list of their names, with meanings and explanations, just for kicks. First I will say what the character's name is in fairy tale land, then in the real world, with meaning attached. All name meanings come from the website Behind the Name, with help from Wikipedia.

I will add more characters when they are introduced and edit existing characters when we know their full names and/or know more about them.

Character: Snow White
Real World Counterpart: Mary Margaret Blanchard
-Meaning of:
--Mary: Derived from the Hebrew name "Miryam," it's not known for certain what this name means, but Behind the Name lists several popular theories: "sea of bitterness," "rebelliousness," "wished for child," "beloved" or "love." All of these could possibly apply to Snow White/Mary Margaret; "rebelliousness" because this version of SW looks to be much spunkier and more independent than others; "wished for child" because she had to give her child up and has never given up hope to see her again, even if it's only a subconscious hope; "beloved" because she is loved by Prince Charming; and "love," both because of Charming's love for her, and for her love for all living things (well, except maybe the Evil Queen). "Bitterness" is a bit harder, because she hasn't shown much bitterness towards anyone as of yet, but as we get to know her better, we may see that side of her. I'm sure she'll be bitter towards the Queen after she remembers who is and what the Queen did to everyone!
--Margaret: "Margaret" is derived from the Latin name "Margarita," which is derived from the Greek "margarites," meaning "pearl."
--Mary Margaret: IMDb user Dledee pointed out that the name Mary Margaret could possibly be a reference to the 17th century historical figure Maria Sophia Margaretha Catherina von Erthal, who, it is theorized, may have been the basis for the fairy tale and character Snow White. "Mary" is the English form of "Maria" and "Margaret" is the English form of "Margaretha," so this is quite likely. Thanks to Dledee for the tip!
--Blanchard. This is the easiest, I didn't even have to look it up. The surname "Blanchard" is derived from the name "Blanche," which is the French word for "white" (thank you, A Streetcar Named Desire!) As in, Snow White.

Character: Regina
Real World Counterpart: Regina Mills
-Meaning:
--Regina: "Regina" is a Latin name meaning "queen." No further explanation required. It is worth noting that Regina is the only character (besides Emma, of course) whose name is the same in the fairy tale land and the real world. This is probably because she was the one who cast the curse, and so is exempt from it.
--Mills: This used to be a surname given to someone who either worked in a mill or lived near one, so at first, it doesn't sound like it holds any significance to the Evil Queen/Regina, but Fanpopper Haleysoltau rather brilliantly pointed out that, as Regina has never married, "Mills" is most likely her father's surname, making her Mills' daughter. This does not seem significant until you remember that the Evil Queen made a deal with Rumpelstiltskin, who, in the fairy tale sharing his name, struck a similarly Faustian deal with the miller's daughter. This suggests that the Evil Queen is perhaps not so evil as she seems, just a desperate woman who made an unfortunate deal in the heat of the moment, like the miller's daughter or this show's version of Cinderella. Full credit for the idea goes to Haleysoltau. Thanks, Haley!

Character: James, aka Prince Charming
Real World Counterpart: David Nolan, aka John Doe
-Meaning:
-- James: "James" is a form of the name "Jacob," which was itself derived from the Hebrew name "Ya'aqov," meaning "holder of the heel" or "supplanter." Another possible theory is that the name Jacob is derived from the Hebrew name "Ya'oqov'el," meaning "may God protect." So far, the last meaning seems to be most applicable to our Prince Charming: "may God protect" could have to do with the fact that he's a very good good guy, so it's extra important for someone as good as he to have protection from a higher authority.
--David: "David" is derived from the Hebrew name "Dawid," which was probably derived from Hebrew "dwd," meaning "beloved." Hmm, what other real world character has a name meaning "beloved"? That's right, Mary Margaret, the real world counterpart of Snow White, and James/David's true love. Coincidence? I think not. As shanabelle pointed out, there was also a very famous Jewish king, King David, who had a wife named Abigail. The very same name as James' former fiancee! Thanks, shanabelle!
--Nolan: "Nolan" is an Irish surname derived from "Ó Nualláin," which means "descendant of Nuallán." "Nuallán" is derived from the Irish nuall, meaning "noble, famous." This would definitely fit David, being that he is not only a prince and so a member of the nobility, but a very noble, honorable person.

Character: Abigail
Real World Counterpart: Kathryn Nolan
-Meaning:
--Abigail: "Abigail" is derived from the Hebrew name "'Avigayil," meaning "my father is joy." We know nothing about her father as yet, but it's to be assumed that he is the king of the kingdom neighboring James' father's, so I have a couple theories. One, he may be a super nice guy and all-around great dad; and two, maybe it's just the joy of having a king for your father, thus making you a princess. This second one seems like it could apply to Abigail, due to how spoiled and snobbish she is. Fanpopper shanabelle also pointed out that "Abigail" was the name of one of King David's wives. Our Abigail was the fiancee of Prince James in the fairy tale world, and the wife (as Kathryn) of David (James) in the real world. Thank you for the tip, shanabelle!
--Kathryn: "Kathryn" is a variant of the English name "Katherine," which is derived from the Greek name "Aikaterine," the etymology of which is debated. It could derive from the earlier Greek name "Hekaterine," which came from the Greek word hekateros, meaning "each of the two"; it could derive from the name of the Greek goddess Hecate; it could be related to the Greek word aikia, meaning "torture"; or it could come from a Coptic name meaning "my consecration of your name." It later became associated with the Greek word katharos, meaning "pure." A couple of these meanings could fit Kathryn Nolan; "each of the two" would jive with her allegedly being David's wife, and "torture" is very fitting, as being separated from his one true love and married to someone he dislikes is part of the curse.
--Nolan: See "David Nolan."

Character: Rumpelstiltskin
Real World Counterpart: Mr. Gold (first name not yet revealed)
-Meaning: This one doesn't take a genius. In the fairy tale "Rumpelstiltskin," Rumpelstiltskin spins straw into gold for the miller's daughter (for a price...). We don't know what his first name is yet.

Character: Little Red Riding Hood
Real World Counterpart: Ruby (surname not yet revealed)
-Meaning: Another easy one. A ruby is a red-colored gemstone. We don't yet know what her and her Granny's surname is. Speaking of Granny...

Character: Granny (real name not yet revealed)
Real World Counterpart: Granny (see above)
-Meaning. Uh, yeah.

Character: Jiminy Cricket
Real World Counterpart: Archie Hopper
-Meaning:
--Archie: Here's one where my insatiable devouring of fiction comes in handy: there's a great old newspaper comic series which began in 1916 called "archy and mehitabel" (yes, all lowercase), and it's about the adventures of two best friends, Archy, a cockroach who is a newspaper columnist (not to mention a free verse poet in a previous life), and Mehitabel, an alley cat. Yes, Jiminy Cricket was, well, a cricket, not a cockroach, but close e-frakking-nough, in my opinion. I don't think it's a coincidence that the human version of an insect has the same name of an insect who had been human in a past life. It's simply not in the realm of possibility! But if you don't buy that, for some crazy reason, let's talk about the meaning of the name "Archibald," which I'm sure "Archie" is short for. "Archibald" is a Germanic name meaning "genuine" and "bald." The former could quite possibly tie in with his aversion to telling lies, and as for the latter, well, he does have a bit of a receding hairline.
--Hopper: Hopping? You know, like a cricket?

Character: the Huntsman (name not revealed)
Real World Counterpart: Sheriff Graham (first name not revealed)
-Meaning: "Graham" is from a Scottish surname, which was in turn derived from an Old English place name meaning "gravelly homestead." Not sure what the significance of this would be.

Character: Gepetto
Real World Counterpart: Marco (surname not given)
-Meaning: "Marco" is the Spanish and Italian form of the name "Mark." BTN doesn't give a meaning for "Mark," but the comments alternate between "that of a god," "warrior of God" and "heavenly," so there's a good chance it has something to do with God. I'm probably reaching here, but might this tie in with Gepetto playing God by making a real, live son? Possibly? Also, both Gepetto and Marco are Italian names, so... yeah.

Character: Gretel
Real World Counterpart:
-Meaning:
--Gretel: The German name "Gretel" is a diminutive of the name "Grete," which is itself the short version of "Margaret." For the definition of "Margaret," see Snow White's entry.
--Ava: "Ava" is a name from a few different cultures, with each culture attaching a different meaning to the name, so I'll focus on the two that I think are relevant. The German name "Ava" was a short form of Germanic names beginning with the element avi, possibly meaning "desired." Could this relate to Hansel and Gretel being wanted by their father, even though their stepmother wanted to get rid of them? The second version of this name is the English "Ava," a variant of "Eve." "Eve" is derived from the Hebrew name "Chawwah," which was derived from the Hebrew words chawah, meaning "to breathe," or the related word chayah, "to live." Of these two names, I'd say the first is more relatable to Gretel/Ava, partly because that version is a German name and "Hansel and Gretel" is a German fairy tale.
--Zimmer: "Zimmer" is a common German surname, from "zimmermann," which is German for "carpenter." Makes sense for Ava and Nicholas to have a German surname, as "Hansel and Gretel" is a German fairy tale.

Character: Hansel
Real World Counterpart: Nicholas Zimmer
-Meaning:
--Hansel: "Hansel" is the diminutive form of the German name "Hans," which is the German form of "Johannes," which is a form of the English name "John." This name is derived from the Latin name "Iohannes," from the Greek name "Ioannes," which itself is derived from the Hebrew name "Yochanan," meaning "YAHWEH (God) is gracious."
--Nicholas: "Nicholas" is from the Greek name "Nikolaos," meaning "victory of the people."
--Zimmer: See "Gretel/Ava Zimmer."

Character: Hansel and Gretel's father
Real World Counterpart: Michael
Meaning:
--Michael: "Michael" is from the Hebrew name "Mikha'el," meaning "who is like God?"

Character: The Blind Witch (real name not given)
Real World Counterpart: Ms. Ginger
Meaning:
--Ginger: Ginger is a spice, one which is the key ingredient in gingerbread. And of what was the witch's cottage made? Gingerbread.

Character: Cinderella
Real World Counterpart: Ashley Boyd
-Meaning:
--Ashley: From an English surname which was itself derived from an Old English place name meaning "ash tree clearing." We all know Cinderella was given that nickname due to her habit of sitting among the cinders (ashes) in the fireplace, so the name "Ashley" is quite fitting.
--Boyd: "Boyd" is a Scottish surname, possibly derived from the island of Bute's name. Doesn't appear to have much significance.

Character: Prince Thomas
Real World Counterpart: Sean
-Meaning:
--Thomas: "Thomas" is the Greek form of the Aramaic name "Ta'oma'," which means "twin." Possibly a reference to Thomas' fabricated story of Ella expecting twins?
--Sean: "Sean" is a form of the name "John," which is derived from the Hebrew name "Yochanan," meaning "YAHWEH (God) is gracious." Doesn't appear to have much direct significance to the character.

Character: The Magic Mirror (no real name)
Real World Counterpart: Sidney Glass
-Meaning:
--Sidney: "Sidney" is originally derived from various places in England meaning "wide island," from Old English. This doesn't appear to have much connection to the character; the main connection is that Sidney works for the newspaper "The Daily Mirror." Get it? Mirror?
--Glass: I really don't think I have to explain this one, but mirrors were originally called "looking glasses." Fairly obvious connection.

Character: Grumpy
Real World Counterpart: Leroy (surname not yet revealed)
-Meaning: Hmmm... the name "Leroy" comes from the French "le roi," meaning "the king." This one doesn't fit, unless we take into account that Grumpy was a member of the War Council, and even then, the connection is tenuous at best.

Character: Sleepy
Real World Counterpart: Walter
-Meaning: "Walter" is a Germanic name meaning "ruler of the army." As with Grumpy/Leroy, this doesn't make much sense unless you remember that Sleepy was on the War Council, and even then....

Character: Belle
Real World Counterpart: Name unknown
-Meaning: "Belle" is the French word for "beautiful," which is fitting, considering Belle is the protagonist of the fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast" (La belle et la bête). This was also the name of the "beauty" in the classic Disney movie Beauty and the Beast.

Character: Maurice
Real World Counterpart: Mo French
-Meaning:
--Maurice: I'm not sure if his name was actually mentioned in the episode, but Belle's father was named Maurice in the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast, and considering most of the characters are named for their Disney counterparts, it makes sense that this would be his name. This name is derived from the Roman name "Mauritius," itself a derivative of "Maurus."
--Mo: "Mo" is the short form of "Maurice."
--French: The original fairy tale is French, and the Disney movie Beauty and the Beast is set in France, so his surname is a fairly obvious reference.

Now onto the characters who exist only in the real world:

Character: Emma Swan
Meaning:
-"Emma" (which also happens to be my name :D) is a Germanic name meaning "whole" or "universal." Hmmm... might this have to do with the fact that Emma is destined to be the one who breaks the curse and makes the fairy tale characters and world "whole" again? Or, as she was born in the fairy tale world but has lived in the real world all her life, she is sort of "universal" because she belongs to both worlds?
-"Swan" is a name and surname after the bird of the same name. The word "swan" is an Old English one, derived from the Indo-European root "swen" (meaning "to sound, to sing"). The writers may have picked the surname just because it sounds pretty, but they also may have wanted to compare Emma with the lovely, elegant creature of her surname, although anyone who's ever met a swan knows they can also be raging assholes, and from what we've seen of Emma, she definitely has her ass-kicking side. Fanpopper tricks also pointed out that there is a fairy tale called "The Six Swans," in which a young woman has to save her brothers from a witch's curse, just as Emma has to save the people of Storybrooke from the Queen's curse. Thanks, tricks!

Character: Henry Mills
Meaning:
-Henry: From the Germanic name "Heimirich," meaning "home ruler." Possibly because he's the only one in Storybrooke who knows what's really going on, or because he's royalty?
-Mills: See "Regina Mills."

Character: Alexandra
Meaning: "Alexandra" is the feminine form of the name "Alexander," which is the Latinized form of the Greek name "Alexandros," meaning "defending men." In Greek mythology, the name "Alexandra" was also an epithet for the goddess Hera, and was an alternate form of the name "Cassandra."

Characters who existed solely in the fairy tale world:

Character: Leopold
-Meaning: "Leopold" is a German name derived from the words leud ("people") and bald ("bald"). It was a common name among German royalty, so it is a fitting name for a bald king!

Character: Gaston
-Meaning: Named after Belle's suitor in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, "Gaston" is a French name, probably derived from either the Germanic element gasti, meaning "stranger," or the Gascony region of France.
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WOW This is great, well done :)
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^ Thank you!
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it's really nice
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This is EXCELLENT. I'd only thought of some of the more obvious ones here, so it's great to see someone who's really put some thought into this!
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Oh I also wanted to add about Emma Swan, that, if I remember correctly, when Granny hands her the key to her room, it has a swan on it...
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Here is something to think about... The "Contract" that has the most significance for Mr. Gold is the one he made with the mayor. You were looking for the connection to Mills. Since she was never married, he fathers name would also be mills. Making her Mills' daughter.
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Sophiestication: Thank you so much! I didn't know most of these, either, until I looked them up! Some of it was quite a surprise to me. And I didn't notice the swan on her key, nice catch!

Haleysoltau: OH MY GOD THAT IS BRILLIANT. I had to read it twice through to get it, and when I finally did, my eyes about popped out of my head! Do you mind if I edit that into the article? Because it's genius.
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This is Amazing I Love Ruby. Yous know a lot about this!!!
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xtricks said:
Another important thing about 'swan' as a surname for Emma is the fairy tale about the Swan Princes and their sister. In it, the (six, nine etc) sons of a king have been transformed into swans by the evil stepmother. The daughter can rescue them only by making clothing out of nettles/other difficult and painful task, and never speak or laugh for six years (while she makes the clothes).

In the story, of course, most of the characters have been transformed into creatures (their alternate selves) who cannot rescue themselves (are mute, as the swans are). Emma is not/cannot discuss it with them (unspeaking) and she's a pretty humorless character IMO.

So, the swan daughter is Emma's fairy tale roll, even if she's never been in the fairy tale world. It also makes sense that she's this role because it's a story that has never been disneyfied.
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Good point, tricks! I'll add that.
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Any ideas about Dr. Whale? He's puzzling me.
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Fainche said:
I just ran across your article last night -- well done. I'll look forward to reading updates as the series progresses. :)

I had a thought today about the good doctor which might interest you. Perhaps the name 'Whale' is meant as a homonym for 'wail' (n. a prolonged high-pitched cry of pain, grief, or anger. ->a sound resembling this. >v. 1 give or utter a wail. 2 poetic/literary manifest or feel deep sorrow for; lament. Oxford University Press), similar in meaning to 'howl' (n. a long doleful cry uttered by an animal such as a dog. ->a loud cry of pain, amusement, etc. Oxford University Press).

So, given that wolves howl at the moon -- coupled with that little leer Dr. Whale gave Ruby the other week -- my vote for his alter ego is the Big Bad Wolf.

What do you think? Possible?
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woodelf said:
I'd puzzled about where "Archie" had come from, but I think you might be right. Cockroach, cricket, they're both bugs, close enough for me! I keep thinking Henry is so mundane sounding, wish they had come up with something better. Graham, too, seems to have no link, unless it's the similar sound to 'gray', as in 'gray wolf'? I just thought of this & I like it!
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The only whale I know is in Pinocchio when he and Gepetto are swallowed by the giant whale named Monstro. Also was thinking maybe the swan significance in Emma Swan's name is from the story of the Ugly Ducking who turns into the beautiful swan? Not that she is ugly but she is kind of jaded and unhappy a lot especially because she was abandoned as a baby. Maybe by the end of the series she will "blossom" into the swan because she will save them and know who her parents are and why they abandoned her? Don't know but I love the show and love trying to figure out what their names mean!
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Concerning James, aka Prince Charming, James is a popular King name in England. As for the Real World Counterpart: David Nolan, David is the name of the first Jewish King--King David, it is a royal name, his child Solomon, is the wisest person and finishes the building of the first temple. One of King David's wives was named Abigail.
And in Once Upon a Time, Abigail's Real World Counterpart: Kathryn, I took to refer to Henry VIII's first wife. She was married to Henry's older brother first for political reasons, especially her dowery, but he dies unexpectedly, so she marries his younger brother. Sound familiar? Plus, Henry has to literally make his own Church of England to get a divorce from her--I cannot imagine what James has to do to marry Snow and not Abigail considering his birth father's threats!
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And the reason Kathryn (or Catherine) fits better for the real world counterpart is because she and Henry VIII were very much in love during the first twenty-some years of their marriage. She was faithful and loved him, but let's face it, her kid is Bloody Marry and their marriage ended badly, despite their earlier happiness.
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kyanther said:
Hi all, just joined and think the show is great.
NOW
Im prob, going to get shouted down for this (or someone else has prob said it) But
Emma (universal)and Swan symbolises (love)
I think shes the blue fairy -(blue police)
and Henry is pinocchio!
Only my thoughts
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kyanther said:
sorry dont know where the angry face came from! lol
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Fainche and shanabelle: brilliant points, brilliant!
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dear1: I was wondering about that, myself. IS James his real name? Was that just his brother's name, or was he named James, also? I guess we'll have to wait and see.
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I thought I commented on this before? Hm I guess not. Anyway, it's an amazing list.

You should add Graham's last name to your list too which is Humbert. The meaning of his last is right on with his fairytale character plus it has a connection to Disney's Snow White as well. Gotta give the writer's credit in there name choices.
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Nat1014 said:
Love this! I was thinking of Regina's name. Her first name means Queen, but her last name is Mills which is a form of Miller. Now if anyone has seen the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you would remember the part where the dad is explaining the meaning of her last name which is Miller. The name Miller comes from the Greek word "milo" meaning "apple." So her names means, "The Queen of Apples! Thought that was pretty cool! Love your site!
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rayebs said:
Sooo, I think i have a reason for Leroy/grumpy.

There is a song called "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" by Jim Croce.

In the song, the character Leroy is described in ways that could be similar to Grumpy...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad,_Bad_LLer­oy_­Bro­wn
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ferby said:
Hello, I'm new here but I have to say you've done a realy good job. Also I have some things you may have missed about James:
You were right about the literal meaning of the name Ya'aqov in Hebrew but there's so much more to it than that. In the Bible, Jacob's mom named him for being born immediately after his twin brother, "holding his heels". So, the figurative meaning of his name in Hebrew is closer to the term "following his footsteps". Now, our James not only had an older twin brother as well, but he too followed his brother in becoming a prince and in attempting to slay the dragon. And the similarity doesn't end there. Jacob's mother favored him, while his father favored his older twin, Esau - much like James growing up with his mother while his brother was being brought up by the king. Jacob had also treacked Esau into giving him his rights as an older brother, leaving him with nothing. James, of course, didn't do anything like it, but his brother's death made him a prince in his place.
Even following the rest of Jacob's story I find more and more things in common with James's. Like Jacob, he tragically found himself tied to a woman he didn't love, instead of the one he intended to marry. And both of them decided not to give up on their true love, in spite of it. Jacob is considered the father of all Jewes and the leader of his tribe, while James is a prince about to become a king - father of the nation, and has also fathered the one person who could brake the curse and save everyone.
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ferby said:
Some other thoughts about Abigail/Kathryn:
As seen in a later episode, she was'nt so bad after all. And what we took for spoileness in previous episodes, before we knew her background and motives, could now just as easily be seen as bitterness over losing her love and having to marry someone else for political reasons.
As for "the joy of her father", it is obviousley a reference to King Midas's touch of gold - just like the character he is named after from the Greek Mythology. The use of the word "joy" could have opposit meanings. On the one hand, it may means that being able to turn things to gold can make one happy. On the other, it could also be a sarcastic remark, since having a touch gold is more of a curse than a blessing. We saw evidence to that in what happaned to Abigail's love interest (in the mythology BTW it was the king's daughter who turned into gold).
As for the "torture" in Kathryn's name, I belive it indicates her tortures, not David's. Not long after uniting with her loved one, she lost him again when the curse brought them to our world. She was unhappily married to a man who, from her point of view, cheated on her, lied to her and didn't love her at all. And, in a more sinister note, there's the fact that she has just gone missing, and I fear it won't end well for her.
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*whistles*
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Man, this whole time I thought Mary Margaret was just supposed to sound innocent or something. Now I don't hate the name!
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SW7__PC2 said:
I love all you did and all your hard work you put into this, but as the show progress's we are finding other reasons behind their names. In the Episode where you find out that Red is the Wolf, she finds Snow and at first Snow says her name is Margaret, then Mary...and Red says I just need something to call you and she chooses Mary, so I can only assume, other names will come out through this season and next! This show is gonna stick around and I think that is why we do not connect the dots until many episodes later...it is fun!!! http://images.fanpop.com/images/emoticoons­/gr­in.­jpg
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PippaD said:
Hi All! I've only just watched the Pilot (it was on here in the UK today April 1st) and found this post and was sort of spoiling the show for myself. Anyway Cinderella/Ashley Boyd I don't know if this is relevant or not because I've not seen her but there is a Gaelic word Boid which means blonde or fair and in all the movies and stories Cinderella is a blonde! I used to be called the Boid one by my Gaelic speaking Grandma, so I know these things lol
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Epicurean said:
Now that we know about Cora's past, the "Mill" in Regina's name is probably a reference to Cora's origins.
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zanhar1 said:
^ I'll bet it is.
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To add to the description of Emma Swan, it's pretty obvious, but swans are white, and she is the daughter of Snow White. I'm not sure if you mentioned that or not.
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Ok, I just have another question. I may be off on this, but I am confused about Prince Charming/James' real name. If Prince Charming replaced his brother in the fight to slay the dragon or whatever, wouldn't that mean he would have a different name than James since that was his brother's name? I know they're twins, but it's not very likely they would have the same name. Does anyone understand what I'm saying here? I just think his name would be something different than James.
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Lisia said:
"Regina" is a latin word, and an italian word, too. It means "queen", of course. Lovely article, good job!
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PippaD said:
rachelpinkrox I was thinking about this and is it possible that something similar to The Story Blood Brothers happened? The Mother didn't want to know which son was taken and so she said just take one, didn't know which one had been taken and then assumed James hadn't been taken and the Royal family assumed they had taken James?
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In the episode where Red's origin was revealed, one of the townspeople referred to Granny as Granny Lucas. So I guess Little Red Riding Hood is Red Lucas.
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In the fairy tale world Regina's father was named Henry. I think that Henry the boy in the real world is Henry Regina's father and Emma's step Grandfather... Hmmm.... I haven't seen anyone make that connection yet, but I could be wrong.
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twzoner said:
My thoughts on Cinderella/ Ashley Boyd stems from the fact that this is a Disney influenced take on the fairytales. I think that "Boyd" is just a new englander phrasing of the word "Bird". Disney's Cinderella was lousy with signing mice and boyds! Lol!
My other fav is The Mad Hatter/Jefferson. Every time he is in an episode I get "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane stuck in my head. Also, the Hatter's daughter, Grace, is in reference to the one who wrote "White Rabbit", Grace Slick. Not sure where "Paige" comes from for her real world name. Maybe it'll come to me when I am chasing rabbits or talking to a hooka smoking caterpillar!
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with mary as snow white, you said one of the meanings is "wished for child" this fits with the snow white story...

As she looks at the blood on the snow, she says to herself, "Oh, how I wish that I had a daughter that had skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony". Soon after that, the queen gives birth to a baby girl who has skin white as snow, lips red as blood, and hair black as ebony.

sounds like snow white was a "wished for child"
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Graham's last name is Humbert.
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Alladwen said:
As purple-passion pointed out Granny and Red's last name is Lucas which actually comes from the Greek name Lykos which means wolf




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OMG! You're a genius! This is the best OUAT article ever! I admired your effort for this. Well done, someone should send this to the writer of OUAT.
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Just a thought, given that Lost writers are the creators of "OUAT": on Lost, Lana Parrill played Greta, on the submerged station "Looking Glass". Greta happens to be the short form of "Margaret" -- both meaning "pearl". Before you laugh this off, consider: Jorge Garcia plays "Tallahassee", as in Lost's "Man From Tallahassee"'s episode. How many times have you heard "Tallahassee" on TV?
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Patchoo said:
I thought Regina married Snow White's father? I thought that was how she became a Queen in the first place..
Her want for vengeance against Snow White is what caused her to become Evil, Rumple just pushed things along. The whole point of her enacting the dark curse, was to rob the other characters of their happy ending as she didn't get hers even when being warned by Maleficent that it would "make a hole that can never be filled".. In the episode where Mary Margaret is in a holding cell for Kathryn's alleged murder Regina is heard saying "We finally got her Daniel" Daniel being the stable boy with whom she had fallen in love before her mother ripped his heart out.. If anything, her mother should have been the target of Regina's revenge not Snow, as Snow was only a small girl who innocently thought she was helping Regina.
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lpglol said:
I think that the name Snow White must be a reference to the fact that, hundreds of years ago, pale skin was considered beautiful because if you had pale skin, you probably had slaves to work the fields in the hot sun, meaning your family had money. Snow White is always portrayed as a beautiful princess, til she is forced to flee to the forest, of course.
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lpglol said:
Hey, if Sidney means wide island, that must be due to the fact that his genie lamp, that was found by the king, was found on a long beach after floating in the ocean for about 100 years.
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lpglol said:
Grumpy is the unofficial leader of the 7 dwarfs, at least in our world. That's kind of like being a king
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This is a really well written article i love it! it helped me understand the symbolism of their names.
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