Archetypal names are proper names of real, mythological, or fictional characters that have become designations for archetypes of certain personal traits.
Archetypal names are a literary device used to allude to a certain traits of a character or a plot.
Literary critic Egil Törnqvist mentions possible risks in choosing certain names for literary characters. For example, if a person is named Abraham, it is unclear whether the reader is hinted of the biblical or Abraham Lincoln, and only the context provides the proper understanding.
Archetypal names for persons
Archetypal names for groups
A name may also be an identifier of a social group, an ethnicity, nationality, or geographical locality.
Some of the names below may also be used as ethnic slurs.
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