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What is the term for giving an action or phenomenon somebody's name, e.g. “Doing a Lord Lucan”?

Is there a word to describe applying a human name to actions? For example, if you had a friend called Tony who consistently got too drunk and threw up everywhere, then you could describe somebody performing those actions as tonying.

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The word is eponym. It can actually go both ways, referring to the namesake or the derived word:

  1. A person after whom a discovery, invention, place, etc., is named or thought to be named
  2. A name or noun formed in such a way
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Words formed in this way are 'eponyms'.

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