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The great list of pokémon names

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I'm sure all (or most of us) know a lot of them pokemon's names. But what are they BASED ON? Some of them are very obvious, some not really. So why not build a cool list of names and their origin? I've already filled in a bunch I can think of myself, but it will need a lot of help! Give corrections if I'm wrong or post for stuff to add.
Also contains some other minor stuff at the bottom.
#NameOrigin
001BulbasaurBulb + Dinosaur
002IvysaurIvy + Dinosaur
003VenusaurVenus + Dinosaur (as in vinus firetrap thing)
004CharmanderChar + Salamander
005CharmeleonChar + Chameleon
006CharizardChar + Lizard
007SquirtleSquirt + Turtle
008WartortleWar + Turtle
009BlastoiseBlast + Tortoise
010CaterpieCaterpillar + ?
011MetapodMetal + Pod (?)
012ButterfreeButterfly + Free
013WeedleWeed + (?)
014KakunaCocoon something?
015BeedrillBee + Drill
016PidgeyPigeon + ?
017PidgeottoPigeon + ?
018PidgeotPigeon + ?
019RattataRat + ?
020RaticateRat + ?
021SpearowSpear + Sparrow
022FearowFear + Sparrow
023EkansSnake reversed
024ArbokCobra reversed
025PikachuJapanese thunder sound + mouse
026RaichuRai is a style of Algerian popular music played on an electric guitar. + Japanese word for mouse
027SandshrewSand + Shrew
028SandslashSand + Slash
029Nidoran♀?
030Nidorina?
031Nidoqueen? + Queen
032Nidoran♂?
033Nidorino?
034Nidoking? + King
035Clefairy? + Fairy
036Clefable? + Fable
037VulpixVulpine (fox)+Six
038NinetalesPun on nine tails. Based on japanese (?) legends/myths
039Jigglypuff?
040Wigglytuff?
041Zubat? + Bat
042Golbat? + Bat
043OddishOdd + Dish
044GloomGloom
045VileplumeVile + Plume
046ParasShortened "Parasite"?
047ParasectShortened "Parasite" (?) + Insect
048VenonatVenom + ?
049VenomothVenom + Moth
050DiglettDig + ?
051DugtrioDug + Trio
052MeowthMeow.
053PersianPersian cat.
054PsyduckPsychic + Duck
055GolduckGold (?) + Duck
056MankeyMan + Monkey (?)
057PrimeapePrime + Ape
058GrowlitheGrowl + ?
059ArcanineArcane + Canine (?)
060Poliwag(pole from tadpole?) + Wag
061Poliwhirl(pole from tadpole?) + Whirl
062Poliwrath(pole from tadpole?) + Wrath
063Abra\
064Kadabra| Abra - Kadabra - Alakazam "magic spell"
065Alakazam/
066MachopMach + Chop
067MachokeMach + Choke
068MachampMach + Champ
069BellsproutBell + Sprout
070WeepinbellWeeping + Bell
071Victreebel? + Bell
072TentacoolTentacle + Cool
073TentacruelTentacle + Cruel
074GeodudeGeo + Dude
075GravelerGravel + (?)
076GolemGolem.
077PonytaPony + ?
078RapidashRapid + Dash
079SlowpokeSlow + ? or just the insult to slow people.
080SlowbroSlow + Bro
081MagnemiteMagnet + ?
082MagnetonMagnet + ?
083Farfetch'dThis name is kinda far-fetched. Idunno.
084DoduoDodo + Duo
085DodrioDodo + Trio
086SeelSeal
087DewgongDew (water mist) + Dugong
088GrimerGrimy (?)
089MukMuck.
090ShellderShell + ?
091CloysterClam / Clamp + Oyster
092GastlyGhastly
093HaunterHaunts.
094GengarGenocide (?) + ?
095OnixOnyx
096DrowzeeDrowsy
097HypnoShortened hypnosis?
098KrabbyCrabby.
099Kingler?
100VoltorbVolt + Orb
101ElectrodeElectric + ?
102ExeggcuteExecute (?)
103ExeggutorExecutor (?)
104CuboneCub + Bone
105Marowak?
106Hitmonlee? + Lee (bruce lee)
107Hitmonchan? + Chan (jackie chan)
108LickitungLicking Tongue
109KoffingCoughing
110WeezingWeezing (?)
111Rhyhorn? + Horn
112Rhydon?
113ChanseyChance + ?
114TangelaTangle + (?)
115Kangaskhan?
116HorseaHorse + Sea
117SeadraSea + Dragon
118GoldeenGold + ?
119SeakingSea + King
120StaryuStar + ?
121StarmieStar + ?
122Mr. MimeMale mime. (wat)
123ScytherScythe + ?
124JynxBased on Jinx.
125ElectabuzzElecta (from electronic) + buzz
126MagmarMagma + ?
127PinsirPinch + ?
128TaurosTaurus is the astrological sign for bull
129MagikarpMagic + Carp
130Gyarados?
131Lapras?
132DittoEnglish word similar to "repeating"
133Eevee?
134VaporeonVaporize + ?
135JolteonJolt + ?
136FlareonFlare + ?
137PorygonBased on Polygon
138Omanyte?
139Omastar?
140Kabuto?
141Kabutops?
142AerodactylAero + Pterodactyl
143SnorlaxSnore + Lax
144ArticunoArtic + Uno (as in one)
145ZapdosZap + Dos (as in two)
146MoltresMolten + Tres (as in three)
147DratiniDragon + tiny (?)
148DragonairDragon + ?
149DragoniteDragon + ?
150MewtwoSecond version of Mew
151Mew?
152Chikorita?
153BayleefBaylife (obviously not) + Leaf
154MeganiumMega + based off of any plant of the American genus Helenium (?)
155Cyndaquil?
156Quilava? + Lava
157Typhlosion? + Explosion
158Totodile? + Crocodile
159CroconawCrocodile + Maw (?)
160FeraligatrFeral + Alligator
161SentretSentry + Ferret
162FurretFur + Ferret
163HoothootHoot is the sound owls make
164NoctowlNocturnal + Owl
165LedybaLadybug + ?
166LedianLadybug + ? (?)
167SpinarakSpider + ?
168Ariados?
169CrobatCross (?) + Bat
170Chinchou?
171LanturnLantern.
172Pichu? + Japanese word for mouse
173Cleffa?
174Igglybuff?
175Togepi?
176Togetic?
177Natu?
178Xatu?
179Mareep? + Sheep
180FlaaffyFluffy?
181Ampharos?
182BellossomBlossom?
183Marill?
184Azumarill?
185SudowoodoPseudo-wood
186Politoed(Possibly Pole from Tadpole? + Toad
187HoppipHop + ?
188SkiploomSkip + ?
189JumpluffJump + ?
190Aipom?
191SunkernSun + ?
192SunfloraSun + Flower (or just flora in general)
193Yanma?
194Wooper?
195Quagsire?
196Espeon?
197Umbreon?
198Murkrow? + Crow
199SlowkingSlow + King
200Misdreavus?
201UnownUnknown.
202Wobbuffet?
203GirafarigGiraffe + Giraffe reversed
204PinecoPine + ?
205ForretressFortress
206Dunsparce?
207GligarGlide + ?
208SteelixSteel + ?
209Snubbull? + Bull
210GranbullGrand (?) + Bull
211Qwilfish? + Fish
212ScizorScissors.
213Shuckle?
214Heracross? + Cross (?)
215Sneasel?
216TeddiursaTeddy + ?
217Ursaring? + Ring
218SlugmaSlug + Magma
219MagcargoMagma + Escargot
220SwinubSwine + ?
221Piloswine? + Swine
222Corsola?
223Remoraid? + Raid
224OctilleryOctopus + Artillery (?)
225DelibirdDelivery + Bird
226Mantine?
227SkarmorySky + Armory (?)
228HoundourHound + ?
229HoundoomHound + Doom
230KingdraKing + Dragon (?)
231PhanpyElephant + ?
232Donphan? + Elephant
233Porygon2Based on Polygon
234Stantler?
235Smeargle?
236Tyrogue?
237Hitmontop?
238Smoochum?
239ElekidElectricity + Kid
240MagbyMagma + Baby
241MiltankMilk + Tank
242BlisseyBliss + ?
243Raikou?
244Entei?
245Suicune?
246LarvitarLarva + ?
247Pupitar?
248Tyranitar?
249Lugia?
250Ho-Oh?
251Celebi?
252TreeckoTree + Gecko
253Grovyle?
254Sceptile?
255TorchicToch + Chick
256CombuskenCombust + Chicken
257BlazikenBlaze + Chicken
258MudkipMud + ?
259MarshtompMarsh + ?
260SwampertSwamp + ?
261Poochyena? + Hyena
262MightyenaMight + Hyena
263ZigzagoonZig-zag + ?
264Linoone?
265WurmpleWorm + ?
266Silcoon? + Cocoon
267BeautiflyBeautiful + Butterfly
268Cascoon? + Cocoon
269Dustox?
270Lotad?
271Lombre?
272Ludicolo?
273SeedotSeed + Dot (?)
274Nuzleaf? + Leaf
275ShiftryShift + ?
276TaillowTail + Low
277SwellowSwell + Low (?)
278WingullWing + Gull
279PelipperPelican + ?
280Ralts"A ralts" would be an anagram of Astral.
281Kirlia?
282GardevoirGuard + ?
283Surskit?
284MasquerainMasquerade + Rain (?)
285Shroomishmushroom + (?)
286Breloom?
287SlakothSlack + ?
288VigorothVigor + ?
289SlakingSlack + King
290Nincada?
291NinjaskNinja + ?
292ShedinjaShed + Ninja (?)
293WhismurWhisper + ?
294LoudredLoud + ?
295ExploudExplode (?)
296Makuhita?
297Hariyama?
298Azurill?
299NosepassNose + ?
300Skitty? + Kitty
301Delcatty? + Catty
302Sableye?
303MawileMaw + Vile (?)
304Aron?
305Lairon? + Iron
306Aggron?
307MedititeMeditate + (?)
308MedichamMeditate + (?)
309ElectrikeElectric + ?
310ManectricMane + Electric
311PluslePlus
312MinunMinus
313VolbeatVolt + Beat (?)
314IllumiseIlluminate + (?)
315RoseliaRose + ?
316GulpinGulp + ?
317SwalotSwallow + ?
318Carvanha?
319SharpedoSharp + ?
320Wailmer?
321Wailord? + Lord
322Numel?
323CameruptCamel + Erupt
324TorkoalTorch + Coal (?)
325SpoinkSpring + oink (?)
326GrumpigGrumpy + pig (?)
327Spinda?
328Trapinch?
329Vibrava?
330FlygonFly + Dragon
331CacneaCactus + ?
332CacturneCactus + ?
333Swablu?
334Altaria?
335Zangoose?
336Seviper?
337LunatoneLuna (moon) + Stone
338SolrockSol (sun) + Rock
339Barboach?
340Whiscash?
341Corphish?
342Crawdaunt?
343Baltoy? + Toy
344Claydol? + Doll
345Lileep?
346Cradily?
347Anorith?
348Armaldo?
349Feebas?
350Milotic?
351Castform(weather) Forecast + Form (change)
352Kecleon? + Chameleon
353Shuppet? + Puppet (?)
354Banette?
355DuskullDusk + Skull
356DusclopsDusk + ?
357Tropius?
358Chimecho?
359Absol?
360Wynaut?
361Snorunt?
362Glalie?
363SphealSphere + Seal
364SealeoSeal + ?
365Walrein?
366ClamperlClamp + Pearl (?)
367HuntailHunt + Tail
368Gorebyss?
369RelicanthRelic + ?
370LuvdiscLove + Disc
371BagonBacon (obviously not) + Dragon
372ShelgonShell + Dragon
373SalamenceSalamander + ?
374Beldum?
375Metang?
376Metagross?
377Regirock? + Rock
378Regice? + Ice
379Registeel? + Steel
380Latias?
381Latios?
382Kyogre?
383Groudon?
384RayquazaRay + Quazar
385Jirachi?
386Deoxys?
387TurtwigTurtle + Twig
388GrotleGrotto + Turtle
389TorterraTortoise + Terra (earth)
390ChimcharChimp + Char
391MonfernoMonkey + Inferno
392InfernapeInferno + Ape
393Piplup?
394Prinplup?
395Empoleon?
396Starly?
397Staravia?
398Staraptor?
399Bidoof?
400Bibarel?
401KricketotCricket + ?
402KricketuneCricket + Tune
403Shinx?
404Luxio?
405Luxray?
406Budew?
407RoseradeRose + ?
408Cranidos?
409Rampardos?
410ShieldonShield + ?
411BastiodonBastion + ?
412Burmy?
413WormadamWorm + Madam
414MothimMoth + ?
415Combee? + Bee
416VespiquenWasp + Queen (?)
417Pachirisu?
418Buizel?
419FloatzelFloat + ?
420CherubiCherry + ? (?)
421CherrimCherry + ? (?)
422ShellosShell + ? (?)
423Gastrodon?
424Ambipom?
425DrifloonDrift + Balloon
426DrifblimDrift + Blimp (?)
427BunearyBunny + Eary
428LopunnyLop (Lop-eared) + Bunny (?)
429Mismagius?
430Honchkrow? + Crow
431GlameowGlamour + Meow (?)
432PuruglyPure + Ugly
433Chingling?
434StunkySkunk + Stinky
435SkuntankSkunk + Tank
436BronzorBronze + ?
437BronzongBronze + ?
438BonslyBonsai + ?
439Mime Jr.Junior mime
440HappinyHappy + ?
441ChatotChat + ?
442SpiritombSpirit + Tomb
443Gible? + Nibble
444Gabite? + Bite
445Garchomp? + Chomp
446MunchlaxMunch + Lax
447Riolu?
448Lucario?
449HippopotasHippo + ?
450HippowdonHippo + ?
451SkorupiScorpion + ?
452Drapion? + Scorpion
453CroagunkCroak + ?
454ToxicroakToxic + Croak
455CarnivineCarnivore + Vine
456FinneonFin + Neon
457LumineonLuminate + Neon
458Mantyke?
459Snoversnow + ?
460AbomasnowAbominable Snowman
461Weavile?
462MagnezoneMagnet + Zone (?)
463LickilickyLicky, licky.
464Rhyperior?
465TangrowthTangle + Growth
466ElectivireElectric + ?
467MagmortarMagma + mortar (?)
468Togekiss? + Kiss
469Yanmega? + Mega
470LeafeonLeaf + ?
471GlaceonGlace + ?
472GliscorGlide + ?
473MamoswineMammoth + Swine
474Porygon-ZBased on Polygon
475Gallade?
476Probopass?
477DusknoirDusk + Noir (black)
478FroslassFrost + Lass
479Rotom"Motor" Backwards.
480Uxie?
481Mesprit?
482Azelf?
483Dialga?
484Palkia?
485HeatranHeat + ?
486Regigigas?
487Giratina?
488Cresselia?
489Phione?
490Manaphy?
491DarkraiDark + ?
492Shaymin?
493Arceus?
494VictiniVictory + (?)
495SnivySnake (?) + Ivy
496ServineSerpent + Vine
497SerperiorSerpent + Superior
498Tepig? + Pig
499PignitePig + Ignite
500EmboarEmber + Boar
501Oshawott? + Otter
502DewottDew + Otter
503SamurottSamurai + Otter
504Patrat? + Rat
505WatchogWatch + Hog
506Lillipup? + Pup
507HerdierHerder + (?)
508Stoutland?
509PurrloinPurr + ?
510Liepard?
511Pansage?
512Simisage?
513Pansear? + Sear
514Simisear? + Sear
515Panpour? + Pour
516Simipour? + Pour
517Munna?
518Musharna?
519Pidove? + Dove
520Tranquill?
521Unfezant?
522BlitzleBlitz + ?
523ZebstrikaZebra + Strike (?)
524RoggenrolaRock and roller (?)
525BoldoreBoulder
526Gigalith?
527Woobat? + Bat
528Swoobat? + Bat
529DrilburDrill + ?
530ExcadrillExcavate + Drill
531AudinoAudio + Dinosaur (?)
532TimburrTimber
533GurdurrGirder
534Conkeldurr?
535Tympole?
536Palpitoad? + Toad
537Seismitoad? + Toad
538ThrohThrow
539SawkSock (as in the fighting thing)
540Sewaddle?
541Swadloon?
542LeavannyLeaf + ?
543VenipedeVenin + Centipede
544WhirlipedeWhirl + Centipede
545Scolipede? + Centipede
546CottoneeCotton + ?
547WhimsicottWhimsy (?) + ?
548PetililPetal + lil (as in little)(?)
549Lilligant?
550BasculinMasculine (?)
551SandileSand + Crocodile
552KrokorokCrocodile + Rock (?)
553KrookodileCrocodile
554Darumaka?
555Darmanitan?
556Maractus?
557Dwebble? + Pebble
558CrustleCrust + ?
559Scraggy?
560Scrafty?
561SigilyphSigil + Glyph
562Yamask? + Mask
563CofagrigusCoffin + ? + Sarcophagus
564Tirtouga?
565Carracosta?
566Archen?
567Archeops?
568TrubbishTrash + Rubbish
569GarbodorGarbage + Odor
570Zorua?
571Zoroark?
572Minccino?
573Cinccino?
574GothitaGothic + ?
575GothoritaGothic + ?
576GothitelleGothic + ?
577SolosisSolo + ?
578DuosionDuo + ?
579ReuniclusReunion (?) + ?
580DucklettDuckling + ?
581SwannaSwan + ?
582VanilliteVanilla + Light
583VanillishVanilla + Dish
584VanilluxeVanilla + (de)Luxe
585DeerlingDeerling
586Sawsbuck?
587Emolga?
588Karrablast?
589Escavalier? + Cavalier
590FoongusFungus
591Amoonguss? + Fungus
592Frillish?
593Jellicent?
594Alomomola?
595JoltikJolt + ?
596Galvantula? + Tarantula
597Ferroseed? + Seed
598Ferrothorn? + Thorn
599KlinkSound made when metal clashes
600KlangSee above
601KlinklangCombination of the two above
602TynamoTiny (?) + Dynamo
603EelektrikEel + Electric
604EelektrossEel + Electic + ?
605Elgyem?
606Beheeyem?
607LitwickLit + ?
608LampentLamp + ?
609ChandelureChandelier + Lure (?)
610Axew?
611FraxureFracture (?)
612Haxorus?
613CubchooCub + sneezing sound
614BearticBear + Arctic
615Cryogonal?
616ShelmetShell + Helmet
617Accelgor?
618Stunfisk?
619Mienfoo?
620Mienshao?
621Druddigon?
622Golett?
623Golurk?
624Pawniard?
625Bisharp? + Sharp
626BouffalantBuffalo + ?
627Rufflet?
628BraviaryBrave + ?
629Vullaby?
630MandibuzzMandible (?) + Buzzard
631HeatmorHeat + ?
632Durant?
633DeinoEin = one + ?
634ZweilousZwei = two + ?
635HydreigonHydrogen + drei = three (?)
636LarvestaLarva + (?)
637VolcaronaVolcano + ?
638Cobalion?
639Terrakion?
640Virizion?
641TornadusTornado?
642ThundurusThunder?
643Reshiram?
644Zekrom?
645LandorusLand?
646Kyurem?
647Keldeo?
648MeloettaMelody + ?
649Genesect?


Other naming stuff:
Kanto towns: Colors
Johto towns: Trees
Hoenn towns: ?
Sinnoh towns: ?
Unova towns: Clouds

Credits:
Alcaro:
Parasect

Ladida:
Pikachu (plus chu part in raichu/pichu)
Spearow
Fearow
possibly the "Poli" in poliwag/whirl/wrath/toed
Dewgong
Muk
Cloyster
First part of Kangaskhan
Tauros
Jynx
Ditto
Aerodactyl

RaindropDry:
First part in Caterpie

MSA:
Porygon
Porygon2
PorygonZ
First part in Kricketot/Kricketune
Abomasnow
Rotom
First part of (?) Victini
Last parts of Oshawott, Dewott, Samurott
First part of Petilil
Doduo/Dodrio
Skarmory
Last part of Gible and Gabite
Last part of Dwebble
First part of Crustle
First part of Tynamo (?)

Sokobansolver:
Vulpix
Furret + last part of Sentret
Onix
Slugma
Magcargo
Rayquaza
Lopunny
Unova towns

Magiluigi:
First part of Samurott
Spheal
First part of Pelipper.
Ralts
First part of Mamoswine
Serperior (and first part of Servine)
First AND last part of Cofagrigus
Mandibuzz
Last part of Galvantula
First part of Meloetta
First part of Trubbish

Flamingrok:
Slowpoke (?)
Last part of Meganium
First part of Gengar (?)
Gastly
First part of Chansey
First part of Crobat
Elekid
Magby
Last part of Mareep
First part of Raichu

Words.
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Caterpie probably came from Caterpillar, with a Pie.
Pikachu - pika (thunder sound in wapanese) + chu (mouse)

Spearow - Spear + Sparrow (a bird)

Fearow - Fear + Sparrow (same)

Poliwag, Poliwhirl, and Poliwrath are probable from tadpole, not sure

Dewgong - Dew (water mist) + Dugong

Muk is muck

Cloyster - something + oyster

Kangaskhan - kangaroo + genghis khan? lol

Tauros - Taurus is the astrological sign for bull

Jynx - jinx (spell, you'll know if youve read harry potter)

Ditto - you say "ditto" when someone's said something you had in mind/agree with, essentially repeating it. "I want tacos" "Ditto" (so its referring to its "transform" move)

Aerodactyl - Aero (relating to air) + pterodactyl (dinosaur)




that's all that came to mind. might do other gens in another post, not now.
Porygon - probably based on 'polygon' as it looks like it is made of polygons
Kricketot/Kricetune - the insect Cricket
Abomasnow - abominable snowman/yeti thingy
Rotom - 'Motor' backwards
Victini - Victory (?)
Oshawott, Dewott, Samurott - ending 'ott' for otter (?)
Petlil - Malformation of petal (?)
Doduo/Dodrio - based on the dodo bird.
Slugma - slug + magma
Magcargo - magma + cargo?
Skarmory - sky + armory (?)
Spheal - sphere + seal
Gible - ? + nibble
Gabite - ? + bite
Dwebble - ? + pebble
Crustle - crust + ?
Tynamo - tiny (?) + dynamo
For the record, Bulbapedia has (sometimes speculative) name origins for most if not all Pokémon.
Rayquaza is an ancient dragon based on Japanese mythology
Shaymin is literally a Hedge hog
Giratina is basically a dead dragon sent to the ghost world(or in this case, the reverse world), and therefore kinda explains why it's type is Ghost and Dragon, and when it first appeared as a "shadow" in Pokemon platinum.

Not all the Pokemon names are based on something, but if you see them it would make more since on what they could be(like Shaymin, it's name doesn't resemble anything but the look of it is a hedgehog).

Edit: Ninja'd.. =(
- ignore the watermarks, working on a fix for those
Off the top of my head:
Vulpix-Vulpine (fox)+six
Furret-Fur+ferret?
Onix-Derivative of Onyx
Dewgong-Derivative of Dugong
Slugma-Slug+magma
Magcargo-Magma+escargot
Rayquaza-ray+quazar
Lopunny-lop-eared+bunny



Unova towns-Clouds
Legacy custom music
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Doduo - Dodo (prehistorical bird thing) + Duo
Dodrio - Dodo + Trio
Samurott - Samurai + Ott (from otter)
Slugma - Slug + magma
Gardevoir - Garden + Reservoir (?)
Spheal - Sphere + Seal
Pelipper - Pelican + whatever
Ralts - Anagram of "astral" (-a)
Mamoswine - Mammoth + Swine
Serperior - Serpent + Superior
Cofagrigus - Coffin + whatever + Sarcophagus
Mandibuzz - Mandible(?) + Buzz (from buzzard)
Galvantula - whatever + Tarantula
Meloetta - Melody + whatever

Too lazy to point out more.

E: Trubbish - Trash + Rubbish (duh)

Originally posted by Ladida
Pikachu - pika (thunder sound in wapanese) + chu (mouse)
Spearow - Spear + Sparrow (a bird)
Fearow - Fear + Sparrow (same)
Poliwag, Poliwhirl, and Poliwrath are probable from tadpole, not sure
Dewgong - Dew (water mist) + Dugong
Muk is muck
Cloyster - something + oyster
Kangaskhan - kangaroo + genghis khan? lol
Tauros - Taurus is the astrological sign for bull
Jynx - jinx (spell, you'll know if youve read harry potter)
Ditto - you say "ditto" when someone's said something you had in mind/agree with, essentially repeating it. "I want tacos" "Ditto" (so its referring to its "transform" move)
Aerodactyl - Aero (relating to air) + pterodactyl (dinosaur)

that's all that came to mind. might do other gens in another post, not now.


Aha. I knew pikachu was something wapanese but i forgot what. Added.
I can't believe I forgot about the existance of sparrows.
Poli = Pole... possible but meh.
I have never heard of a Dugong, but okay. Added.
Muck ok.
Cloyster could be something like Clamp. or just Clam.
Can agree with Kangaroo on Kangaskhan.
Tauros dur.
Jinx is pretty obvious
Ditto as well
Aerodactyl is good too

Originally posted by RaindropDry
Caterpie probably came from Caterpillar, with a Pie.


Pie... What. Caterpiller is agreed.

Originally posted by MSA
Porygon - probably based on 'polygon' as it looks like it is made of polygons
Kricketot/Kricetune - the insect Cricket
Abomasnow - abominable snowman/yeti thingy
Rotom - 'Motor' backwards
Victini - Victory (?)
Oshawott, Dewott, Samurott - ending 'ott' for otter (?)
Petlil - Malformation of petal (?)
Doduo/Dodrio - based on the dodo bird.


Agreed on most of them. Petlil sounds a bit... too far off that. Maybe "Petal" + "Lil" as in little.

Also Victini is definitely partially based on victory

Abomasnow... that doesn't sound unlikely either.

Originally posted by Smallhacker
For the record, Bulbapedia has (sometimes speculative) name origins for most if not all Pokémon.


Not surprised on this, but I kinda wanted to get an own list set up. Maybe we can compare with stuff from bulbapedia if we get stuck or something.

Edit: made it a bit smaller. Also why does this thread go so fast.

Since I can't doublepost, let's edit stuff in.
Originally posted by M w c
Not all the Pokemon names are based on something, but if you see them it would make more since on what they could be(like Shaymin, it's name doesn't resemble anything but the look of it is a hedgehog).


I know, but most of them are at least based on something. I'm sure even stuff like Shaymin MEANS something. If it doesn't, well... it doesn't.

Words.
[22:25:05] <%andy_k_250> Turkey and Grease will one day be reunited - that day will be... Thanksgiving
Magikarp and Gyarados: Both are based off of Chinese mythology where if fish can swim up a waterfall and leap over the dragon's gate, they transform into dragons or something.
Slowpoke: Most likely based off of little kid insults if you can't run fast.
Meganium: First part seems likely, second part is most likely based off of any plant of the American genus Helenium (link is put there to prove it is a real word even though computer tells me it isn't).
Gengar: I can guess where the first part comes from: genocide. Hey, Gengar could've died from violent acts as it is a ghost.
Gastly: Is probably based on the word Ghastly, referring to something terribly horrible to the senses.
Eevee: Most likely not it, but could be based from even, as it has even chances of evolving into any of it's evolutions (eeveelutions?).
Chansey: Guessing here first part is chance. A chance of happiness!
Clefairy and Clefable: Perhaps the first part is clean? I have no idea, but they aren't exactly fighters, so that would make them rather clean...(okay this is a shit one).
Crobat: It has the shape of a cross and is a bat.
Elekid: Electricity and kid.
Magby: Magma and baby.
Mareep: Last part suggests a sheep. Thought you would've gotten that Pat.


That's all I can remember so far. Lemme go fish in my head for more and I'll let you know.
EDIT: Got one more for now.
Raichu: Rai is a style of Algerian popular music played on an electric guitar. Notice the word electric.

Originally posted by Sokobansolver
Off the top of my head:
Vulpix-Vulpine (fox)+six
Furret-Fur+ferret?
Onix-Derivative of Onyx
Dewgong-Derivative of Dugong
Slugma-Slug+magma
Magcargo-Magma+escargot
Rayquaza-ray+quazar
Lopunny-lop-eared+bunny



Unova towns-Clouds


Added all except Dewgong which was mentioned earlier in the thread.

Originally posted by Magiluigi
Doduo - Dodo (prehistorical bird thing) + Duo
Dodrio - Dodo + Trio
Cobrat - Cobra + Brat (also SMB2 :v)
Samurott - Samurai + Ott (from otter)
Slugma - Slug + magma
Gardevoir - Garden + Reservoir (?)
Spheal - Sphere + Seal
Pelipper - Pelican + whatever
Ralts - Anagram of "astral" (-a)
Mamoswine - Mamoth + Swine
Serperior - Serpent + Superior
Cofagrigus - Coffin + whatever + Sarcophagus
Mandibuzz - Mandible(?) + Buzz (from buzzard)
Galvantula - whatever + Tarantula
Meloetta - Melody + whatever

Too lazy to point out more.


Duduo and Drio already in. We don't have a Cobrat in pokemon.
Samurott added. Slugma was already in. Keeping Gardevoir on what I have now because it makes more sense to me. Added Spheal. Added Pelipper. Added Ralts. Added Mamoswine.Added Serperior. Added Cofagrigus. Added Mandibuzz. Added Galvantula.


Originally posted by MSA

Skarmory - sky + armory (?)
Spheal - sphere + seal
Gible - ? + nibble
Gabite - ? + bite
Dwebble - ? + pebble
Crustle - crust + ?
Tynamo - tiny (?) + dynamo

Added Skarmory, Gible/Gabite, Dwebble, Crustle, Tynamo

Originally posted by FlamingRok
Magikarp and Gyarados: Both are based off of Chinese mythology where if fish can swim up a waterfall and leap over the dragon's gate, they transform into dragons or something.
Slowpoke: Most likely based off of little kid insults if you can't run fast.
Meganium: First part seems likely, second part is most likely based off of any plant of the American genus Helenium (link is put there to prove it is a real word even though computer tells me it isn't).
Gengar: I can guess where the first part comes from: genocide. Hey, Gengar could've died from violent acts as it is a ghost.
Gastly: Is probably based on the word Ghastly, referring to something terribly horrible to the senses.
Eevee: Most likely not it, but could be based from even, as it has even chances of evolving into any of it's evolutions (eeveelutions?).
Chansey: Guessing here first part is chance. A chance of happiness!
Clefairy and Clefable: Perhaps the first part is clean? I have no idea, but they aren't exactly fighters, so that would make them rather clean...(okay this is a shit one).
Crobat: It has the shape of a cross and is a bat.
Elekid: Electricity and kid.
Magby: Magma and baby.
Mareep: Last part suggests a sheep. Thought you would've gotten that Pat.


That's all I can remember so far. Lemme go fish in my head for more and I'll let you know.
EDIT: Got one more for now.
Raichu: Rai is a style of Algerian popular music played on an electric guitar. Notice the word electric.


Magikarp and Gyarados: Are those fish actually "magikarp" and are those dragons actually "Gyarados" though? I knew about the mythology.
Munna: That is unrelated to the name.
Slowpoke: Possibly. Added.
Meganium: Possible.
Gengar: ...eh. Added it as an option but it doesn't sound likely.
Gastly: I already had the Ghast part set... Ghastly sounds likely.
Eevee: Most likely not it.
Chansey: added
Clefairy/Clefable: I agree on it being a shit one
Crobat: Possible. Added.
Elekid and Magby: added
Mareep: Derp.
Raichu: Added

Edit: Also added in Magiluigi's Trubbish.

Words.
[22:25:05] <%andy_k_250> Turkey and Grease will one day be reunited - that day will be... Thanksgiving
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I'd like to take up some Gen 4 Pokemon:

Staraptor = Starling + Raptor (somewhat related to birds)
Budew = Bud + Dew
Roserade = Rose + Masquerade
Combee = Combination (because there are three heads?) + Bee
Croagunk = Croak + Gunk (unpleasantly sticky or messy substance)
Rhyperior = Rhino + Superior
Gallade = Gallant + Blade
Azelf = Azure (color) + Elf

edit: adding more, including others... (also adds FlamingRok missed (see his post below))

Pinsir = Pinch + sir
Omastar = ? + Star
Espeon = ESP (extrasensory-perception) + Eon (an indefinite and very long period of time)
Ampharos = Ampere (unit of electric current) + ?
Jumpluff = Jump + Fluff
Smoochum = Smooch (kiss and cuddle amorously) + ?
Dustox = Dust + Toxic
Carvanha = ? + Piranha
Sharpedo = Shark + Torpedo
Numel = Numb + Camel
Claydol = Clay + Doll
Chimecho = Chime (a bell) + Echo
Nosepass = Nose + Compass
Vibrava = Vibrate + Larva
Walrein = Walrus + ?
Gorebyss = ? + Abyss
Weavile = Weasel + Vile
Uxie = ? + Pixie
Originally posted by PatPatPat
Other naming stuff:
Kanto towns: Colors
Johto towns: Trees
Hoenn towns: ?
Sinnoh towns: ?
Unova towns: ?


I know the Unova towns are named after cloud terminology, ex. Nimbasa (Nimbus), Straiton (stratus), Accumula (culumus). Sinnoh seems to be based on general environment, Pastoria (pasture), Canalave (canal, cave), Sunnyshore. And the Hoenn regions seem to base their town names off of trees and flowers, but instead of using actual tree names, they start to take parts of it and combine them with other words to make a town name.

In addition, here's some that I have:

Rhyhorn - Rhino + Horn
Steelix - Sokobansolver already explained that Onix is a deriviate of Onyx rock. Steelix is basically Steel Onix.
Dusclops - Dusk + Cyclops
Chatot - Chat + Parrot
Mantyke - Manta + Tyke (As in baby manta)
Snivy - Snake +Ivy
Servine - Serpent + Vine, you should be able to figure out Serperior at this point.
Tepig - Tepid + Pig, Tepid means lukewarm.
Cryogonal - If I'm correct, Cryogenic (Acronym for cold) + polygonal
Bisharp - Bishop (Like the chess piece) + Sharp
Vullaby - Vulture + Baby
I no longer have interest in SMW Hacking as I did when I first started several years ago.
The others I struggled to see otherwise, but this:
Originally posted by HyperMario
Combee = Combination (because there are three heads?) + Bee

Having looked at it now, I see honeycomb and bee.
Deoxys - from deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).

Maybe I'll add more later.

E: Purugly - Purr + Ugly.
Eevee is a shortened version of evolution iirc. You know, lots of evolutions.
Wow, can't believe I missed these.
Wobbuffet: First part most likely refers to wobble or a bobble head.
Wynaut: Why not?

Now the ones that I just remembered.
Tyranitar: Tyrant for the first.
Tympole: Last part is tadpole.
Swoobat: Swoop+Bat
Sunflora: Sun+flora, which is the plant life in a particular region or time.
Quagsire: Quag refers to a marshy place, as you usually find Quagsire near water or in a marsh, do you not?
Sneasel: Sneaky+?
Dustox: Dust+?
Aggron: Aggressive+Iron
Wailmer and Wailord: Whale just spelled differently.
Walrein: Walrus+?
Groudon: Ground+?
Metang and Metagross: Metal+?. Metang's last part could be a reference to a noise when metal collides with another object.
Weavile: ?+Vile
Arceus: ?+Ceus, the staff carried by Mercury in ancient mythology. Mercury was a messenger of the gods.


Haha, never in my life did I ever think I'd be looking this deep into Pokemon.
Swellow = Swallow (a type of bird)
Groudon = Ground and don ('don' being 'mafia' slang for a boss or leader)
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I'm going to be a complete Pokemon nerd and fill in the first 151 Pokemon ?'s:
* Caterpie is most likely just a corruption of caterpiller, not a mix.
* Metapod is a mix of metamorphosis and pod.
* Weedle is a combination of worm and needle, not weed. XD
* Kakuna is just a corruption of cacoon.
* Pidgeot is a combination of pigeon and jet. Not sure about Pidgey and Pigeotto, though Pidgey just seems just like a normal corruption of pigeon.
* Radicate, I was never really sure of, but I assume it's rat and eradicate or something.
* The origins for Pikachu and Raichu are wrong. Pikachu comes from pikapika (Japanese onomatopoeia for sparkle) and chuchu (Jap. onomatopoeia for squeaking), and Raichu comes from rai (Jap. for thunder) and chuchu again. Pichu probably comes from the same origin as Pikachu. For the record, mouse is nezumi, hence "nezumiman".
* Nidoran comes from nido ("two degrees", in reference to it's male and female evolutionary split) and ran ("orchid", in reference to it's blue or purple color), if I recall. It's name in the Japanese version is also Nidoran, making this more likely to be correct. Same can be applied to the rest of the Nido-'s.
* Clefairy and Clefable come from fairy/fable and clef.
* Ninetales is a combination of nine and tales, obviously, as well as a reference to the Japanese myth (pretty sure the tales part points it out).
* Jigglypuff is from jiggly and puff, obviously.
* Wigglytuff comes from wiggly and tough (tuff).
* Zubat is another Japanese one, coming from bat and zubatto (onomatopoeia for sawing).
* Golbat comes from ghoul and bat, though I've heard some people say it's actually gold and bat.
* Paras and Parasect are correct as far as I know.
* Venonat comes from venom and gnat.
* Diglett comes from dig and -let (suffix that makes an object smaller).
* Golduck does come from gold and duck, I guess since psychic stuff is usually represented by gold in the series.
* Mankey is right, I'm pretty sure.
* Growlithe comes from growl and lithe.
* Arcanine does come from arcane and canine.
* Poliwag, Poliwhirl, and Poliwrath come from what you have, and polliwog.
* Victreebell comes from victory, tree, and bell.
* Graveler comes from gravel and traveler.
* I always thought Ponyta was a shortened ponytail, but it could just be a corruption of pony.
* Slowpoke refers to the insult.
* Magnemite is either a corrupted magnet or a combination of magnet and stalagmite, though that doesn't make much sense.
* Magneton is in reference to the measurement magneton, I think.
* Grimer is a corruption of grime.
* Shellder is a combination of shell and shelter.
* Haunter is either just a corruption of haunt or a mix of haunt and hunter.
* Gengar comes from doppelganger. "genocide" lol
* Hypno does come from hypnosis.
* Kingler is either from king or angler, or king and fiddler (two types of crab).
* Electrode comes from electric and node.
* Exeggcute either comes from execute and egg. Exeggutor is the same deal with executor instead.
* Marowak comes from marrow and whack.
* Hitmonlee comes from hit, monster and Lee. Hitmonchan is the same with Chan instead.
* Weezing's is given correctly, though it's "wheezing".
* Rhyhorn is rhinoceros and horn. Rhydon is rhinoceros and don.
* Chansey is just a corruption of chance/chancy (in reference to it's rarity).
* Tangela comes from tangle and Medusa.
* Kangaskhan comes from kangaroo and Genghis Khan.
* Goldeen comes from goldfish and queen.
* Staryu and Starmie either come from "Star You" and "Star Me" or yu ("fish" in Chinese) and mi ("gem" in Japanese).
* Scyther just comes from scythe.
* Magmar is either a corruption of magma or a combination of magma and mar.
* Pinsir is a corrpution of pincer.
* Gyarados is a Japanese one, with either gyakusatsu (massacre) or gyakkyo (hardship).
* Lapras is a corruption of laplace.
* Eevee comes from E.V., short for evolution.
* Vaporeon comes from vapor and eon. The eon goes for all the other Eevee evolutions, too.
* Omanyte is a corruption of ammonite. Omastar is the same, but combined with the word star.
* Kabuto and Kabutops both stem from the Japanese kabutogani (horseshoe crab) and kabuto (helmet).
* Dratini comes from dragon and tiny (sometimes pronounced like "teenee").
* Dragonair comes from dragon and air.
* Dragonite is dragon and knight.
* Mew either comes from mew (cat sound), mutant, or myo (Japanese for unusual).


And that's all 151 original Pokemon. I didn't bother checking all the ones you already had, so I may have missed a few.

You can blame my Pokemon-obsessed elementary school for having most of these memorized ten years later. I had to use Google for the Japanese fact checking, though.
I think I've wasted enough time typing all this up, so you guys can have the remaining ~500 to yourselves.

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To be specific, Hitmonlee and Hitmonchan are referencing Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan in particular.
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