An example of an eponym is Walt Disney for whom Disneyland is named.
- a real or mythical person from whose name the name of a nation, institution, etc. is derived: Sir William Penn, father of William Penn, is the eponym of Pennsylvania
- a person whose name has become identified with some period, movement, theory, etc.
- a noun or name derived from a person's name (Ex.: Jacksonville after Andrew Jackson; seaborgium after Glenn T. Seaborg; Lou Gehrig's disease)
Origin of eponymfrom Classical Greek ep?nymos, eponymous from epi-, upon + onyma, name
- A word or name derived from a proper noun. The words atlas, bowdlerize, denim, and Turing machine are eponyms.
- One whose name is or is thought to be the source of the name of something: Alexander Garden is the eponym of the gardenia.
Origin of eponymFrench éponyme from Greek epōnumos named after epi- epi- onoma, onuma name ; see nō-men- in Indo-European roots.
- The name of a real or fictitious person whose name has, or is thought to have, given rise to the name of a particular item.
- Romulus is the eponym of Rome.
- A word formed from a real or fictive person’s name.
From Ancient Greek ἐπώνυμος (epōnumos), from ἐπί (epi, “upon”) + ὄνυμα (onuma), Aeolic variant of ὄνομα (onoma, “name”). See -onym.