Edited in response to answers/comments.

I'm trying to find a term (other than 'objects' or 'things') which I can use to describe the commonality of substance which all the things that have been named after Nelson Mandela - which include inanimate objects such as buildings, 3.5-million-year-old species of woodpeckers, a species of spider discovered in 2002, and a nuclear particle - share in common.

Suggestions which touch on their common attribute of being named after Mandela are useful, but not what I'm after.

The word could be used in a context such as 'Many xxxxxs are named after NM' or 'NM had many xxxxxs named after him.'

Any ideas?

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    "Nelson-Mandela-named-objects"? "Mandeliana"? Why do you need a single word for 'things named after Mandela'? – Mitch Feb 18 '14 at 16:06
  • I'm going to go with "things" here. Technically not everyone would consider a species of woodpecker to be an object (as opposed to an individual bird of that species). – DJClayworth Feb 18 '14 at 16:15
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    Maybe Mandelanyms? – bib Feb 18 '14 at 17:29
  • Are you looking for a term specifically for Mandela, or for a generic term for a collection of namesakes? – choster Feb 18 '14 at 17:59
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    What would you call a collection of such things, a Mandelorium? – tchrist Feb 19 '14 at 6:55

Given that a collection of oddities is an odditorium, a collection of dolphins is a dolphinarium, a collection of ants a formicarium, a collection of doves a columbarium, a collection of the four Gospels an evangelistarium, and a collection of myths and legends a legendarium, then it seems like you could make a passably convincing argument that the collection “of all things Mandelian” would in turn be a Mandelorium.


Namesakes: someone or something that has the same name as another person or thing.

Probably from name's sake; first Known Use: 1646.

Linnaeus (the father of modern taxonomy) was so taken by the twinflower that he named it Linnaea borealis (and is depicted holding it in a portrait); it was his namesake. In turn, the name Linnaea became its namesake.

  • They are, indeed, all namesakes, but this describes the attribute they all share, rather than the word I'm looking for, which would ideally be a blanket term like 'things' or 'objects', which describes their common substance. – Leon Conrad Feb 19 '14 at 6:43

"Eponym", as used in definition #2:

1: one for whom or which something is or is believed to be named

2: a name (as of a drug or a disease) based on or derived from an eponym

— ep·onym·ic adjective

Examples of EPONYM

Joseph Banks was surely the eponym of eponyms. From Alaska to Indonesia, from Tierra del Fuego to Tasmania, there are capes, islands, straits, mountains, bays, points, channels, peninsulas, counties and towns named after him. —Pat Rogers, Times Literary Supplement, 3–9 June 1988

Origin of EPONYM

Greek epōnymos, from epōnymos eponymous, from epi- + onyma name — more at name First Known Use: 1846

  • - thanks, but the word I'm looking for is a synonym for 'things' or 'objects' which would cover all the classes mentioned in my question. – Leon Conrad Feb 19 '14 at 6:40
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    Then this becomes a logic problem. If you take away the only common denominator for your list of disparate objects, which is Mandela's name, there is no word to tie the list together. If Mandela's name is not a factor in the name of this group of objects, you may consider rewording your question. – Kristina Lopez Feb 19 '14 at 6:50
  • Exactly, Kristina. I have. We talk about physical objects, metaphysical objects, animate objects and inanimate objects, but when it comes to streets, nuclear particles, and extinct species, 'objects' seems somewhat inadequate. – Leon Conrad Feb 19 '14 at 6:53

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