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The Simpsons - Characters named after

Many of the characters in the Simpsons take their names from important people and places in Groening's life:

  • Lisa  Lisa Groening (Matt Groening's sister)
  • Marge  Marge Groening (his mother)
  • Homer  Homer Groening (his father and one of his sons)
  • Maggie  Maggie Groening (one of his sisters)
  • Bart  an anagram for "brat", a reference to Groening himself
  • Abraham  picked at random by writers for The Simpsons, but coincidentally was the name of Matt Groening's grandfather
  • 742 SW Evergreen Terrace in Portland, Oregon is the address of the place where Matt Groening grew up.
  • Chief Wiggum  Groening's college love's last name and his mother's maiden name was "Wiggum"
  • Miss Hoover (Lisa's teacher)  one of his primary school teachers
  • Moe  Matt Groening's former drug rehab counsellor
  • Apu Nahasapeemapetilon (Kwik-E-Mart employee)  reference to one of his favourite movies
  • Ned Flanders  In northwest Portland, Oregon, Groening's hometown, there is a NW Flanders St.
  • Reverend Lovejoy - NW Lovejoy Street, another Portland street name
  • Mayor "Diamond" Joe Quimby - NW Quimby Street, another Portland street name, and corrupt former Portland Police Bureau Chief Diamond Joe Purcell.
  • C. Montgomery Burns - an abbreviated Portland street called West and East Burnside Street, as well as Portland's Montgomery Park neighborhood.
  • Sideshow Bob Terwilliger - Terwilliger curves in Portland.

Other name origins:

  • Seymour Skinner  behavioural psychologist B. F. Skinner, especially considering his Psychoesque relationship with his mother, or a reference to "see more skin"
  • Maude, Rod and Todd Flanders  they all rhyme with "God" (Maude being pronounced 'Mod' in certain North American accents).
  • Kang and Kodos (aliens)  In the original Star Trek, Kang is a Klingon, and Kodos ("The Executioner") is a human villain.
  • Barney Gumble (Homer's drinking buddy)  Barney Rubble from The Flintstones.
  • Troy McClure (actor)  B-movie actors Troy Donohue and Doug McClure.
  • Dr. Nick Riviera (enterprising physician)  Elvis Presley's physician, George C. Nichopoulos, was called Dr. Nick.
  • Milhouse Van Houten  notorious 1960s figures Richard Milhous Nixon and Manson Family member and convicted murderer Leslie Van Houten (or, far more likely, Van Houten Avenue in Portland, Oregon).
  • Jacqueline Bouvier: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  • Patty and Selma: Olympic gold medal winning track & field athlete Stella Walsh who, following her death, was found to be genetically intersex from the autopsy.

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