Things named after people that you wouldn’t necessarily think were named after people.
Leotard – French acrobatic performer Jules Léotard (1842–1870), about whom the song “The Daring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze” was written.
Shrapnel – Major-General Henry Shrapnel (1761–1842), an English artillery officer.
Hookers – Slang developed due to United States Army officer Joseph Hooker’s (1814 – 1879) inclination to hang out with “loose” women.
America – Amerigo Vespucci (1454 – 1512) an Italian explorer and cartographer.
Bloomers – Amelia Bloomer, an American social reformer.
Braille – Louis Braille, the French teacher of the blind who invented, well, braille.
Chauvinist – Nicolas Chauvin, a character in a 19th-century play.
Diesel – Rudolf Diesel (1858-1913), the guy who invented it.
Guillotine – Joseph Guillotin, a French physician.
Silhouette – Etienne de Silhouette (1709-67), a French finance minister.
Bermuda – Juan de Bermúdez, a Spanish navigator of the 16th century.
Bluetooth – Harald Bluetooth Gormson, 10th century king of Denmark.
Sideburns – Ambrose Everett Burnside (1824 – 1881), an American soldier, railroad executive, inventor, industrialist, and politician.
Doily – The Doiley family, 17th century London drapers.
Jacuzzi – Candido Jacuzzi (1903 – 1986), Italian immigrant to the United States of America.
Lynching – Charles Lynch (1736 – 1796), a Virginia planter and American Revolutionary.
What will your name be associated with?