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Janus
September 1st, 2004, 11:17 AM
They really are.

I mean, look at this.

SG-1 : John 'Jack' O'Neill.
Atlantis: John Sheppard.
Farscape: John Crichton.
ST-Enterprise: John Archer.

Move on, please !
Come up with something new !

Shivan
September 1st, 2004, 11:18 AM
I am going to make a guess and say your name is John as well.

Nice to meet you John. :)

Athenaktt
September 1st, 2004, 12:22 PM
I don't think it's just a Sci-fi thing. I thing the name John is just common in general. Also i guess John is the first name that comes into people's head. Like if most people give an example they pick names like John Smith or John Doe.

I guess John is one of those you hear everywhere...like Jenny :S

Elwe Singollo
September 1st, 2004, 01:36 PM
I dont know, i didn't notice that :rolleyes:, but i guess its like the last name Brown, haha...

FieryHands
September 1st, 2004, 02:34 PM
You forgot John Doe, John Doggett and John Loengard!

Yes, there are too many Johns. ;)


ETA: There are actually three Johns in Farscape. TJohn, MJohn and John "Jack" Robert Crichton Sr.

TechnoBoY
September 1st, 2004, 04:22 PM
I have an uncle whose name is John.

greytop
September 1st, 2004, 05:26 PM
I don't think it's just a Sci-fi thing. I thing the name John is just common in general. Also i guess John is the first name that comes into people's head. Like if most people give an example they pick names like John Smith or John Doe.

I guess John is one of those you hear everywhere...like Jenny :S
It is just a common name as you mention. It seems John is in every family past and present.

My father's name was John, so I like the name.

Madeleine
September 1st, 2004, 08:47 PM
In 14th century Devon 60% of the male population were named John.

Surnames caught on faster in Devon than in the rest of England....

Major Fischer
September 2nd, 2004, 11:26 AM
In 14th century Devon 60% of the male population were named John.

Surnames caught on faster in Devon than in the rest of England....

Now Madeleine, that is my random piece of information for the day. Gotta learn new things ;)

aAnubiSs
September 2nd, 2004, 11:28 AM
60% Damn talk about bad imagination, or was the king called john or something?

Athenaktt
September 2nd, 2004, 01:06 PM
60% Damn talk about bad imagination, or was the king called john or something?

You know that could actually be a possiblity.

aeromathlete
September 2nd, 2004, 11:19 PM
If you count Alias as sci-fi, which it has been noted as lately, there's Jack (Jonathon) Bristow.

ibwolf
September 3rd, 2004, 12:13 AM
Note my sig.

Teal'c
September 3rd, 2004, 06:57 AM
You know that could actually be a possiblity.
The Pope visited Ireland in '79 (I think...) and now if you meet a man named John-Paul here it's almost certain he's 25 years old :P

tina_als_girl
September 3rd, 2004, 07:22 PM
You forgot John Doe, John Doggett and John Loengard!

Yes, there are too many Johns. ;)

ETA: There are actually three Johns in Farscape. TJohn, MJohn and John "Jack" Robert Crichton Sr.

John Smith of Dead Zone has also been forgotten.

Joy

woman22980
September 3rd, 2004, 11:10 PM
SG-1 : John 'Jack' O'Neill.
Atlantis: John Sheppard.
Farscape: John Crichton.
ST-Enterprise: John Archer.

Babylon 5: John Sheridan :love: :D



I guess John is one of those you hear everywhere...like Jenny

<-- is named Jenny, and I couldn't agree more.... :rolleyes:

Mr Prophet
September 3rd, 2004, 11:18 PM
Well, Archer was originally going to be Jeffrey :eek: , so be glad that they saw sense!

Jafana
September 3rd, 2004, 11:27 PM
Doing a bit of research about character names a few years back, and came across something about how names that started with J, S, M or T were 'stronger' than other names.

If you read any Romance novel, you're almost garanteed that the hero's name will start with any of those four letters.

also, John is the name of a saint, so the 14th Century Devon could have gone through a stage of praising St. John in particular.

I very much doubt that it was because of a King.
There were only two kings near that time one of them was John Lackland 1199-1216 (http://www.britannia.com/history/monarchs/mon28.html)
and the other was the Scottish king John Baliol (about 1240 - 1313) (http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/John%20Baliol)

Both of them were pretty nasty. Lackland was the nasty king in the Robin Hood legends. and Baliol wasn't much better.
People don't tend to name their kids after nasty kings.

Athenaktt
September 3rd, 2004, 11:34 PM
SG-1 : John 'Jack' O'Neill.
Atlantis: John Sheppard.
Farscape: John Crichton.
ST-Enterprise: John Archer.

Babylon 5: John Sheridan :love: :D




<-- is named Jenny, and I couldn't agree more.... :rolleyes:

Well then in this thread alone there is already two confirmed Jennie/Jennys :rolleyes:

Jafana
September 3rd, 2004, 11:57 PM
Well then in this thread alone there is already two confirmed Jennie/Jennys :rolleyes:

LMAO!! Hi, my name is Jenny and I'm a gateaholic. :D

must be something in the water?? :p

Athenaktt
September 4th, 2004, 01:15 PM
LMAO!! Hi, my name is Jenny and I'm a gateaholic. :D

must be something in the water?? :p

pretty soon this "John" thread will be over runned with Jennys! :S

LordAnubis
September 7th, 2004, 07:30 AM
They really are.

I mean, look at this.

SG-1 : John 'Jack' O'Neill.
Atlantis: John Sheppard.
Farscape: John Crichton.
ST-Enterprise: John Archer.

Move on, please !
Come up with something new !
I don't think that's true. John is just a common name in the English-speaking world. Sci-fi writers are fixated on stupid time-travel plots, that's what their obsessed with.

Slainey
September 7th, 2004, 07:45 AM
John is an extremely popular name but it's so popular that people aren't as likely to have issues with it. BTW one of my nephews is named Jack. Just Jack, not as a nick name for John.

You'd think Mary since it's as popular a name as John would get equal billing. Nope. I can't think of any Mary's in current popular SF. Can you?

ibwolf
September 7th, 2004, 07:48 AM
John is an extremely popular name but it's so popular that people aren't as likely to have issues with it. BTW one of my nephews is named Jack. Just Jack, not as a nick name for John.
Same goes for our Jack O'Neil unless I very much mistaken. Also it is Jonathan Archer, not John Archer.

And it isn't just the name John. The male lead character has a name beginning with "J" way to often for it to be a coincidence as my sig. clearly shows.

Mr Prophet
September 7th, 2004, 08:18 AM
Same goes for our Jack O'Neil unless I very much mistaken.

According to his files in Entity it's John O'Neill; I believe the guy in the film may have been Jonathon 'Jack' O'Neil.

SomeoneElse292
September 10th, 2004, 03:55 PM
The Master Chief's real name is also John,

and my name name along with half of my friends and family have names staring with "J"