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The onomatology (meaning study of the origin of names) of the Sim characters are sometimes hilarious, but always interesting. Many of the names had been intentionally chosen for onomatology reasons. Simmers have found out many of the meanings, although a large-enough portion do not mean as much as the etymology of others. Some of the names came as a shock, other names didn't seem to have an onomatological relation. Not all of the names were intended for the definitions researched, but it is still interesting (and sometimes coincidental) to see what the name meanings are. This etymology is only for the residents of Veronaville.

All Veronaville Sims' names come from Shakespeare's plays.


The Monty family Edit

  • Monty: a reference to the Montague family in Romeo and Juliet, as is much of Veronaville.
  • Romeo Monty: In "Romeo and Juliet", Romeo falls in love with his enemies' daughter, but is later banished when he accidentally kills Tybalt in a street brawl. His plans to meet Juliet are mixed up, and the play ends with their deaths.
  • Mercutio Monty (Romeo's brother): Mercutio is the witty friend of Romeo, and kinsman to the Prince, in "Romeo and Juliet". He is killed by Tybalt, who is later killed by Romeo.
  • Claudio Monty (Romeo's father): Shakespeare has two characters named Claudio: The lord of Florence in "Much Ado About Nothing," and a gentleman in Measure for Measure.
  • Olivia Monty (Romeo's mother): Olivia is one of the main characters in the play "Twelfth Night."
  • Antonio Monty (Romeo's paternal uncle): Antonio is the title character in Shakespeare’s "The Merchant of Venice." He is a middle-aged bachelor and merchant by trade who has his financial interests tied up in overseas shipments when the play begins. Antonio could also refer to "Twelfth Night," in which Antonio meets and falls in love with Sebastian, who unfortunately for him doesn't return the feeling. Antonio is also the name of Hero and Beatrice's uncle in "Much Ado About Nothing" the stand-in Duke of Milan and brother of Prospero in "The Tempest. In total, seven of Shakespeare's plays feature characters called Antonio, making it the most commonly used name in his work.
  • Hero Monty (Romeo's paternal aunt via marriage): Hero falls in love with Claudio in "Much Ado About Nothing." She is wronged by Don John and Borachio, and is abandoned at the altar by Claudio so fakes her death until her name is cleared.
  • Beatrice Monty (Romeo's paternal cousin): Beatrice is a central character in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." In the play, she falls in love with the character Benedick, whom is not her brother.
  • Benedick Monty (Romeo's paternal cousin): Benedick is a central character in Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing." In the play, he falls in love with Beatrice, who was not his sister in the play.
  • Bianca Monty (Romeo's paternal aunt): Bianca is the younger sister of Katherine in "The Taming of the Shrew." She is loved by Gremio and Hortensio, and eventually marries Lucentio. In "Othello," Bianca is Cassio's mistress.
  • Patrizio Monty (Romeo's paternal grandfather): Patrizio's character is a spoof of the patriarch of the Montague family in "Romeo and Juliet." His name is made to sound similar to Patriarch.
  • Isabella Monty (Romeo's paternal grandmother): is the virtuous central female character in "Measure for Measure": a novice nun who pleads to Angelo for the life of her brother Claudio.
  • Valentine Monty (Romeo's paternal great-grandfather): Is one of "The Two Gentlemen of Verona." He falls in love with Silvia, becomes exiled, and leads a band of robbers. also is an attendant on Orsino in Twelfth Night."
  • Silvia Monty (Romeo's paternal great-grandmother) : Is the faithful lover of Valentine, and the victim of an attempted rape by Proteus, in The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
  • Bassanio Monty (Romeo's paternal great-great-grandfather): Loved by Antonio, is the suitor who wins the heart of Portia in The Merchant of Venice.
  • Portia Monty (Romeo's paternal great-great grandmother): Is the central female character in The Merchant of Venice. She disguises herself as a lawyer in an attempt to thwart Shylock's attempt on Antonio's life.

Capitano Family :

  • Angelo Capitano (Romeo's paternal great-great grandfather): deputises for the Duke during the latter's absence from Vienna, but proves corrupt, seeking the woohooish favours of Isabella, in Measure for Measure
  • Mariana Capitano (Romeo's paternal great-great grandmother): is a friend of the Widow in All's Well That Ends Well. And is the jilted fiancee of Angelo, who woohoos with him in the "bed trick" in Measure for Measure.


Pantalone Family : (Has to do Zanni) impoverished man and hired servant of one of the other characters, typically Pantalone

  • Vincentio Pantalone (Romeo's paternal great-grandfather): Vincentio was the Duke of Vienna in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.
  • Fransisca Pantalone (Romeo's paternal great-grandmother): Fransisca was a nun in Shakespeare's Measure for Measure.
  • Proteus Pantalone (Romeo's paternal great-great grandfather): Proteus is Julia's lover in Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona.
  • Julia Pantalone (Romeo's paternal great-great grandmother): Julia was the beloved of Proteus in Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona.
  • Zanni can refer to either the archetype comic servant of the Commedia dell'arte or various stereotypical servant characters of the same genre. The English word "zany" is derived from "Zanni".
  • Lucio Zanni (Romeo's paternal great-great grandfather):Lucio Gentleman and friend to Claudio in the Shakespeare play Measure for Measure
  • Overdone Zanni (Romeo's paternal great-great grandmother): A reference to 'Mistress Overdunne,' a "lady of the night" who was impregnated and then cheated by Lucio in Measure for Measure; Lucio was ordered to marry her in the end of the play.

Capp family Edit

Capp: A reference to the Capulets, Juliet's family in Romeo and Juliet.

  • Juliette Capp Juliet is the titular character in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. She falls in love with her enemy's son, Romeo, at a Capulet banquet party that Romeo snuck in to. Juliet and Romeo promise to get married in the famous balcony scene. While Romeo is in exile due to killing Tybalt, her cousin, she and Friar Lawrence make a plan for Romeo to see her, by faking her own death. Romeo gets the impression that she's really dead, and kills himself. Juliet stabs herself with Romeo's dagger, and she collapsed over his body. The Capulets and Montagues, because this happened, decided to call a truce with each other.
  • Tybalt Capp (Juliette's Brother) Juliet's cousin in the play, Tybalt is hotheaded and loves to fight. He kills Mercutio and is then killed by Romeo, setting the stage for the lover's demise.
  • Hermia Capp (Juliette's Sister) Hermia was the main character in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Her love for Lysander was disapproved of by her father, so the two decided to run away to the forest. One of Puck's spells go wrong, and Lysander falls in love with Hermia's best friend Helena! The lovers are properly sorted out in the end.
  • Cordelia Capp (Juliette's Mother) Cordelia was one of Lear's daughters in King Lear. She is the only one who loves him truly. She marries the king of France, but she is marked as a traitor and hanged.
  • Caliban Capp (Juliette's father) Caliban is the deformed slave of Prospero in The Tempest. He is the son of the witch Sycorax, and serves as an antagonist.
  • Goneril Capp (Juliette's Maternal Aunt) Goneril was the eldest of Lear's daughter in King Lear. She only loves her money, and is fighting with Regan for the love of Edmund. She eventually dies near the end.
  • Albany Capp (Juliette's Maternal Uncle via Marriage) The Duke of Albany, a region of England, is the husband of Goneril in King Lear.
  • Miranda Capp (Juliette's Maternal Cousin) Miranda is the daughter of the magician Prospero in The Tempest. She is imprisoned on the island, but eventually freed.
  • Hal Capp (Juliette's Maternal Cousin) is a central character in Henry IV, Part 1 and Henry IV, Part 2 and is the title character of Henry V.
  • Desdemona Capp (Juliette's Maternal Cousin) Desdemona is the wife of Othello in the play of his name. The treacherous Iago convinces Othello that Desdemona is unfaithful, and she is suffocated by him. Desdemona means unfortunate in Greek.
  • Ariel Capp (Juliette's Maternal Cousin) Ariel is an air spirit in service to Prospero. In the play, Ariel seems to be male.
  • Regan Capp (Juliette's Maternal Aunt) Regan is Lear's middle daughter in King Lear. She competes with Goneril for Edmund's love, but her sister poisons her and she dies.
  • Cornwall Capp (Juliette's Maternal Uncle via Marriage) The Duke of Cornwall (an area of England) was Regan's husband in King Lear.
  • Kent Capp (Juliette's maternal uncle) The Earl of Kent was a character in King Lear. He is loyal to the King, an ally to Cordelia and suspicious of Goneril and Regan, although his efforts are ultimately in vain.
  • Contessa Capp (Juliette's Maternal Grandmother) Contessa is the Italian term for Countess, hinting that there may be royalty in her family.
  • Consort Capp (Juliette's Maternal Grandfather)is a title given in some monarchies to the husband of a queen regnant.
  • Scribonia Capp (Contessa's Mother) Scribonia was the second wife of Roman emperor Augustus Caesar, and the mother of his only natural child.
  • Octavius Capp (Contessa's Father) One of the three men (triumvirs) who rule Rome after the assassination of Julius Caesar.
  • Cleopatra Capp (Contessa's Maternal Grandmother) was a Hellenistic ruler of Egypt and in Shakespeare plays.
  • Antony Capp (Contessa's Maternal Grandfather) Roman general and one of the three men (triumvirs) who rule Rome after the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 B.C.

Caesar Family: (Has to do with Julius Caesar)

  • Julius Caesar (Contessa's Paternal Grandfather) is a tragedy by William Shakespeare,
  • Calpurnia Caesar (Contessa's Paternal Grandmother) Wife of Caesar in (Shakespeare's plays)

Gale Family: A Gale is a strong wind

  • Prospero Gale (Juliette's Paternal Grandfather) Prospero was the hero of The Tempest. He was a magician who, with the help of Ariel, shipwrecked his enemies on the island he and his daughter were imprisoned on.
  • Sycorax Gale (Juliette's Paternal Grandmother) Sycorax was a witch and main antagonist in The Tempest.

Thebe Family: Thebe is a location in Greece

  • Andromache Thebe (Consort's Mother) Andromache was the daughter of Eetion, the King of Thebe, and wife of Hector in Greek mythology.
  • Hector Thebe (Consort's Father) Hector was the Son to Priam, King of Troy, and husband of Andromche in Greek mytology. He is killed at the end Troilus and Cressida.
  • Queen Thebe (Consort's Maternal Grandmother) Queen Thebe is a reference to the unnamed wife of Eetion, Greek king of Thebe. Her name suggests royalty in the Capp bloodline.
  • Eetion Thebe (Consort's Maternal Grandfather) Eetion was the king of Thebe in Greek mythology.

Albion Family: Albion was the ancient Greek name for England.

  • Hecuba Albion (Consort's Paternal Grandmother) was a queen in Greek mythology, the wife of King Priam of Troy, with whom she had 19 children.
  • Priam Albion (Consort's Paternal Grandfather) Priam was the King of Troy in Greek mythology. He had six sons, including Hector, and one daughter, the prophet Cassandra.

Dane Family: A Dane is someone from Denmark.

  • Hamlet Dane (Cornwall's Father and Paternal Grandfather) Hamlet was the name of the protagonist and his father in the play of his name. Prince Hamlet, the title character, is charged by the ghost of his late father to seek revenge on the latter's murderer, Claudius, his own brother. The prince spends the play in a moral dilemma, trying to decide whether or not he should commit murder to avenge his father; he considers every possible alternative, including suicide, in the famous 'to be or not to be' soliloquy.
    Hamlet the elder is the late king of Denmark, the prince's father. He was napping in the garden when his brother, Claudius, poured poison in his ear. He comes back as a ghost to command his adolescent son to murder Claudius.
  • Tobea Dane (Cornwall's Mother) Possibly a pun on To-be-a Dane.
  • Gertrude Dane (Cornwall's Paternal Grandmother) Gertrude was the wife of Hamlet the elder in the play Hamlet. She marries the dead King's brother Claudius shortly after his murder. The length of time between the king's funeral and the queen's wedding is very short, indicating that Gertrude and Claudius might have been having an affair prior to the murder.

Scott Family: A Scott is someone from Scotland.

  • Macduff Scott (Cornwall's Maternal Grandfather) Macduff is the antagonist of MacBeth.
  • Lady Scott (Corwall's Maternal Grandmother) A reference to his wife, Lady Macduff.

Norman Family: The Normans were the people who gave their names to Normandy, a region in northern France

  • William Norman (Albany's Father) William Norman is the son of Joseph Norman and Joseph's first wife, and Frances Courtney of Virginia. William of Normandy invaded England in 1066 and became King William I after the Battle of Hastings.
  • Anne Norman (Albany's Mother) Anne became Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland
  • Mathilde Norman (Albany's Paternal Grandmother) Was a cast in Shakespeare's play Hamlet: The Drama of Revenge
  • Richard Norman (Albany's Paternal Grandfather) Was King of England from 6 July 1189 until his death in 1199. He also ruled as Duke of Normandy

Anjou Family Anjou is a former county and province centred on the city of Angers and was conquested by Julius Caesar

  • Henry Anjou (Albany's Maternal Grandfather) Henry II, called Curtmantle ruled as King of England
  • Eleanor Anjou (Albany's Maternal Grandmother) Eleanor of Anjou was the Queen consort of Frederick III of Sicily

The Summerdream family Edit

  • Summerdream: (A Midsummer Night's Dream) is a romantic comedy by William Shakespeare
  • Puck Summerdream Puck is a clever and mischievous fairy and personifies the trickster or the wise knave. He appears in A Midsummer Night's Dream as the one who causes the romantic confusion for the four lovers, including Hermia.
  • Bottom Summerdream (Puck's Adopted Sister) A weaver in A Midsummer Night's Dream; he plays Pyramus in the troupe's production of "Pyramus and Thisbe".
  • Oberon Summerdream (Puck's Adopted Father) Also Auberon, King of Shadows and Fairies. He appears in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
  • Titania Summerdream (Puck's Adopted Mother) She is the queen of the fairies.
  • Fae Summerdream (Titania's Mother) In Greek mythology, fairies or elves
  • Elvin Summerdream (Titania's Father) (Elven or Elf) is a creature of Germanic mythology; they were originally thought of as a race of minor nature and fertility gods
  • Brillante Summerdream (Titania's Maternal Grandmother) bright, brilliant, as it is the Spanish for these words.
  • Pistol Summerdream (Titania's Maternal Grandfather) Pistol was a hot-headed commoner in the historical play 'Henry V.' He was known for being a bit of a lush, and often challenged people to fights for little reason.

Featherlight Family: extremely light

  • Sylph Featherlight (Titania's Paternal Grandmother) is a mythological creature in the Western tradition
  • Damon Featherlight (Titania's Paternal Grandfather) good or benevolent "supernatural beings between mortals and gods"

Gossamer Family

  • Zephyretta Gossamer (Oberon's Mother) A zephyr is a soft wind
  • Sprite Gossamer (Oberon's Father) elf-like creatures, including fairies, dwarves, and the likes of it
  • Nym Gossamer (Oberon's Maternal Grandmother) a Corporal in Shakespeare's play Henry V
  • Shock Gossamer (Oberon's Maternal Grandfather) (It refers to Shylock) Shylock is a Jewish usurer who lends money to his Christian rival, Antonio


Bramble Family Bramble refers to thorny plants of the genus

  • Bob Bramble (Oberon's Paternal Grandfather) an eponymous main character of the sprite comic
  • Momentilla Bramble (Oberon's Paternal Grandmother) The sylph who is assigned to guard Belinda's watch

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