Top 10 Things Named After People

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The Top Ten

1 Sandwich Sandwich

Named after the guy who invented the snack in the 18th century - John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich (a British statesman) - Metal_Treasure

2 Saxophone Saxophone The saxophone is a family of woodwind instruments. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet.

Named after Adolphe Sax - a Belgian musical instrument designer who invented it. - Metal_Treasure

3 Nicotine

Named for Jean Nicot, the French ambassador to Portugal, who brought tobacco plants to France in 1559. - Metal_Treasure

4 Mesmerize

Named after Franz Mesmer, a German physician and scientist who used hypnosis as an alternative healing method. In the 19th century the word 'mesmerize' became a synonym for hypnosis. - Metal_Treasure

5 Guppy Guppy

Named in honor of Robert John Lechmere Guppy, a British naturalist who sent specimens of the species from Trinidad to London. - Metal_Treasure

6 Mausoleum

Named after Mausolus, a ruler in the Greek Empire (4th century B.C.E.). When he died, a monumental shrine was built for him - his burial chamber, known as the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. - Metal_Treasure

7 Silhouette

This word comes from the name of Étienne de Silhouette, a French finance minister. - Metal_Treasure

8 Macadam

Named after John Loudon McAdam who invented this method of paving roads in the 1820s. - Metal_Treasure

9 Fuchsia Fuchsia

A flowering plant named after Leonhart Fuchs, a botanist of the 1500s - Metal_Treasure

10 Shrapnel

Named after Major General Henry Shrapnel, a British Army officer, who invented it before WW I - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 America

Named in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci (Latin: Americus Vespucius).
Most people know it and this was the reason I didn't put it higher. I began my list with some less known things. - Metal_Treasure

12 Braille Braille

Named after its creator, Louis Braille, a 19th century French educator, who was blind in both eyes. - Metal_Treasure

13 Decibel

One decibel is one tenth of one bel, named in honor of Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the first practical telephone - Metal_Treasure

14 Boycott

This word has its origin in Charles Boycott, a British land agent of the 19th century - Metal_Treasure

15 Colombia Colombia Colombia, officially the Republic of Colombia, is a country situated in the northwest of South America, bordered to the northwest by Panama; to the east by Venezuela and Brazil; to the south by Ecuador and Peru; and it shares maritime limits with Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Jamaica, Dominican Republic ...read more.

Its name is derived from the last name of Christopher Columbus ( Italian : Cristoforo Colombo) - Metal_Treasure

16 Diesel

The Diesel engine was named after Rudolf Diesel who developed it in the late 19th century. - Metal_Treasure

17 Gardenia

A flower discovered by Carl Linnaeus but was named for Dr. Alexander Garden. - Metal_Treasure

18 Bloomers

Bloomers are underpants worn by women, named after Amelia Bloomer who popularized them although she didn't invent them - Metal_Treasure

19 Begonia

A flowering plant named after Michael Bégon, former governor of the French colony of Haiti and patron of botany - Metal_Treasure

20 Sadism

It was named after Marquis de Sade, a French aristocrat, politician, philosopher and writer, known for his violent sexuality and pornographic works - Metal_Treasure

21 Masochism

Named after Leopold Ritter von Sacher-Masoch, an Austrian writer and journalist known for his sexual anomaly - Metal_Treasure

22 Lynching
23 Chauvinism
24 Dunce Cap
25 Galvanism

Named after Luigi Galvani, an Italian pioneer of modern bioelectricity - Metal_Treasure

26 Leaellynasaura

A small ornithopod dinosaur from Australia during the Early Cretaceous. It was named after the daughter of the two people who discovered the dinosaur's remains. Thus, its name means "Leaellyn's Lizard". - CrimsonShark

27 Marshosaurus

A theropod dinosaur that lived in North America during the Late Jurassic. Meaning "Marsh's Lizard" the dinosaur was named after famed paleontologist Othniel Charles Marsh". - CrimsonShark

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