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The expressions about which I am asking are used often on "Prairie Home Companion" when the narrator delivers a list of "fake" credits at the end of the show or at the end of a comic bit.

For example, I.P. Freely, Iona Ford, Ilene Down, Max A Million, etc. Is there a technical term for this type of expression. I guess these could be a type of pun.

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There's also Winnie the Pooh. You wouldn't believe his credentials –  Thursagen Sep 7 '11 at 21:16
    
Have you ever read Cliff Tragedy by Eileen Dover? –  Daniel Sep 7 '11 at 21:34
    
I was asked one time if Winnie the Pooh used shampoo. I replied, "No, Winnie uses real pooh!" –  Dale Knight Sep 7 '11 at 21:36
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I wouldn't call these "expressions" at all, they're just humorous made-up names. The nearest technical term I can come up with is nominative determinism, coined by New Scientist many years ago, which is for real names reflecting people's actual jobs. I think they still print a few more in their "Feedback" penultimate page every now and then. –  FumbleFingers Sep 7 '11 at 21:37
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Nevermind Prairie Home Companion. Check out the Car Talk Credits. –  Marthaª Sep 8 '11 at 0:50

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These are indeed puns. You could also call them double entendres, pun names or gag names.

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I propose "jocunym". –  Chris B. Behrens Sep 7 '11 at 21:45
    
+1 for "pun names" - sounds pretty transparent to me. –  FumbleFingers Sep 7 '11 at 22:37

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