A word that describes the naming process of something, because it was so much repeated, like a nick name.

Presently, The Company,(city) _______(Named thus by a general saying of a name) was a show of lights, very different from its former self.

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    Perhaps genericization? – Elliott Frisch Apr 1 '16 at 4:43
  • I believe you hit the spot! "The Company, named thus by a wide generization, was a show of lights, very different from its former self." – Parmenides Ephesus Apr 1 '16 at 4:47
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    Maybe metonymy? This is when a name is used for a closely associated concept, such as using "The White House" to refer to the presidential administration. – Barmar Apr 1 '16 at 18:20
  • Interesting... but would it apply to the casual act of nicknaming? Say, a person is named John, but he is missing one foot, so it's become popular to call him "One Foot", now everybody knows him by that name. – Parmenides Ephesus Apr 1 '16 at 18:22
  • But seeing some examples of it I think this could work... Since in my context it is a city named differently but refers to the same thing. Nice. – Parmenides Ephesus Apr 1 '16 at 18:27

I'm not quite understanding your example very well, but I suspect the word you are looking for here is eponym.

See Wikipedia:

An eponym is a person, place, or thing for whom or for which something is named, or believed to be named. For example, Elizabeth I of England is the eponym of the Elizabethan era. Many genericized trademarks such as aspirin, heroin and thermos are based on their original brand eponyms.

So, accordingly:

The Company, eponymously named, was a show of lights, very different from its former self.

  • Very interesting word, eponym (n.) "one whose name becomes that of a place, a people, an era, an institution, etc., 1833, from Greek eponymos "given as a name, giving one's name to something," as a plural noun (short for eponymoi heroes) denoting founders (legendary or real) of tribes, cities, etc.; from comb. form of epi "upon, (called) after," (see epi-) + onyma, Aeolic dialectal variant of onoma "name" (see name (n.)). According to the etymology of the word Onoma "Name," I wonder if in the sentence it would be redundant to say "Eponymously named," What are your thoughts on this? – Parmenides Ephesus Apr 5 '16 at 19:22
  • it would work considering that the city's name has become that of an influential structure, "Eleusis, a town becoming the name of the hero Eleusis," "The Company, becoming the name of a small shop that influence the rise of a civilization." – Parmenides Ephesus Apr 5 '16 at 19:26
  • I don't think it's redundant. While the root might mean name, the word itself does not. the ODO has 2 examples which use eponymously titled, which is pretty damn close to eponymously named in my book. oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/… – Brad Apr 5 '16 at 19:26
  • Would you dare give further explanation in the sentence, such as something like this, "The Company, eponymously named after the shop that gave rise to it."? – Parmenides Ephesus Apr 5 '16 at 19:29
  • I probably would, if it was not clear otherwise. – Brad Apr 5 '16 at 19:30

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