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« on: April 20, 2006, 11:16:15 pm »
Malte and I ended up in a discussion within the Theatrical Release forum regarding the origin of the characters' names.  I decided that such information should be within easy reach for the LBT community, so I copied the information into its own topic and added some of my own, in alphabetical order:

The Gang:
Cera - Triceratops
Ducky - While her exact species is still a matter of debate she definitely belongs to the family of the Hadroids, the DUCKbilled dinosaurs.
Littlefoot - Altered from "Thunderfoot".  "Thunderfoot" was likely derived from "Thunderfoot Lizard", the meaning of the word "Brontosaurus".
Petrie - most likely supposed to (very vaguely) resemble Pterodactylus.
Spike - SPIKEtail. No refrerence to the scientific name, but obviously to the species.

Other characters:
Archie - Possibly derived from his species name, Archelon.
"Big Daddy" (LBT 11) - Probably not his given name, but a name the audience is given to refer to him by.  He is the largest of the tiny dinosaurs, and apparently the father of at least some of the tiny longnecks, hence his name.
Bron - Possibly derived from the obsolete species name, Brontosaurus.
Chomper - A name decided by the Gang in LBT 2.  It made sense to them for a sharptooth to have the name "Chomper" as he tended to Chomp at insects soon after birth.
Dil - Most likely from the species Crocodile.
Dinah / Dana - Possibly a simple reference to "Dinosaur"
Doc - Possibly derived from the species name, Diplodocus.
Guido - He's a microraptor gui. The website itself says this; just add "do" to "gui."
Hyp - Probably a reference to Hypsilophodon.
Ichy - Probably a reference to his species name, Ichtyornis.
Lizzie - Possibly a reference to "lizard".
Mo - Might well refer to Opthalmosaurus.
Mr. Clubtail - an Anklyosaurus, a Club-Tailed dinosaur.
Mr. Thicknose - is a Pachyrhinosaurus, which means "thick-nosed lizard".
Mutt - Probably a reference to Muttaburrasaurus.
Nod - Probably a reference to Nodosaurus.
Pat - Possibly derived from the species name, Apatosaurus
Pterano - Certainly refers to Pteranodon (which caused the speculations about Petrie's species as unlike him Pterano looks like a Pteranodon).
Rinkus - there are many pterosaurs that have this termination, "...us". There is one species with a long tail, like Rinkus's that is called rhamphorhynchus.
Rooter - Rooter is a digging dinosaur that 'roots' around (much like a mole)
Ruby - The colour of her skin.
Shorty - Not specifically related to his species.  I believe this name is intended to show a symbolic bond between him and Littlefoot.
Sierra - He is possibly of the species "cearadactylus".  "Ceara" and "Sierra" sound very similar when spoken.
Skitter (LBT 11) - My best guess is this name was chosen due to his small, quick, "skittery" nature.
Strut - Possibly derived from his species name, Struthiomimus.
Sue - Derived from her species name, Supersaurus
Tickles - A name chosen by Ducky because of his ticklish fur.
Topps / Topsy - A reference to the species, Triceratops.
Tria - The word "Tri" embedded in her name is also a reference to Triceratops.

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Characters with unknown name origins:

Ali - Currently unknown origin.  Any thoughts?
Ozzie - Currently unknown origin.  Any thoughts?
Tippy - Currently unknown origin.  Any thoughts?


Here are some names of the tiny longnecks that were mentioned in the film, who were very minor characters:
Rocky
Dusty
Chatter

If I missed any, let me know :p

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« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2006, 02:49:28 am »
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Sierra - Currently unknown origin. Any thoughts?
From his looks he might be a cearadactylus. Ceara and Sierra don't sound too different.
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Archie - Currently unknown origin. Any thoughts? What species is Archie?
I'm positive he is an Archelon which also explains the name.
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Strut - Currently unknown origin. Any thoughts?
Almost certainly a reference to Struthiomimus.

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« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2006, 08:06:44 am »
I'd hate to think Ozzie got his name from that British dude.  :lol:

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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2006, 10:05:17 am »
Hey, Action, you forgot Lizzie. :)

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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2006, 04:12:18 pm »
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Hey, Action, you forgot Lizzie.  :)
I realized that about an hour after I turned my computer off for the night :slap
I'll add her to the list now.  Good spotting :yes

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« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2006, 04:13:14 pm »
Quote from: Malte279,Apr 20 2006 on  11:49 PM
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Sierra - Currently unknown origin. Any thoughts?
From his looks he might be a cearadactylus. Ceara and Sierra don't sound too different.
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Archie - Currently unknown origin. Any thoughts? What species is Archie?
I'm positive he is an Archelon which also explains the name.
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Strut - Currently unknown origin. Any thoughts?
Almost certainly a reference to Struthiomimus.
I'll add these changes to the list above.  Thank you for the information, Malte. :yes  "Struthiomimus" didn't occur to me last night, for whatever reason :bang

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« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2006, 04:21:20 pm »
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I'd hate to think Ozzie got his name from that British dude.
:lol I don't have any better ideas at this point :P:

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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2006, 04:55:00 pm »
Rinkus - there are many pterosaurs that have this termination, there is one species with a long tale, like Rinkus's that is called Ranphorychus, probably miss-spelled, but something like this
Ozzie - maybe due to his uuzie nature, I don' know just came to me
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« Reply #8 on: April 21, 2006, 06:35:01 pm »
I like your thoughts for Rinkus' name. :yes I"ll post it up in the list.

I'm still not too sure about Ozzie's name.  This is the best I can come up with so far.

The "O" representes "oviraptor", meaning Egg Thief.

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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2006, 01:24:33 am »
I just recently had a little thought.  Looking at where the names come from...
Tria - TRI cera tops
Cera - tri CERA tops
Topps - tri cera TOPS

Tria + Cera + Topps = triceratops.  
Is this a subtle sign that the they will all remain together in future episodes and films, as a complete (like the word above), happy family?  I wonder...

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« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2006, 12:48:35 am »
According to the original Hebrew, the name "Ozzie" means "Strong."

My best guess?  Ozzie's name indicates that he is the strong leader of the two egg-hunters.

I know, I'm digging pretty deep :p

According to Other Research, Ali's name means "Sublime" (meaning, "Majestic and of spiritual worth") and "Lofty" or "Higher".

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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2006, 01:44:17 am »
I nearly forgot about another character that should be added to the list:
Sue!
I have a theory on her name:  It is pronounced *Su*, as in Supersaurus.
I added her to the list above.

(I feel like I'm really spamming this topic, as I have 4 consecutive posts now, and 3 consecutive posts above :lol )

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« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2006, 02:01:54 pm »
Okay, I think I've got one.

Dil - Most likely from the species Crocodile.

Well crocs did start existing about 200 million years ago, so they MUST've been around during the time of the dinosaurs. (Sorta makes you wonder what their "menu" was back then.) :lol:

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« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2006, 02:04:04 pm »
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Dil - Most likely from the species Crocodile.
hmm, LOL :lol
That makes sense B)
I'll add it above

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« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2006, 07:23:28 pm »
Concerning the name "Ali": Ali may have just been a name that they just thought up and just changed the spelling from "Ally".

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« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2006, 12:53:45 pm »
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Concerning the name "Ali": Ali may have just been a name that they just thought up and just changed the spelling from "Ally".
That is possible, however I wonder where the name "Ally" may have came from.

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« Reply #16 on: July 09, 2006, 07:15:07 pm »
I've seent he name Alison spelled, Allison. Perhaps Ally is a nickname.

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« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2006, 02:21:19 pm »
ali's name could like actions tying Cera together with Tria Tops, have future. Spirtual worth, you say. Well, what provides spiritua worthl? the bond between family and close friends.
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« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2006, 02:30:51 pm »
furthermore asa many of the older posters here know I have been a long-time proponent of the idea that Littlefoot and Ali are distant  cousins(third or 4th cousins to be precise). So Ali would therefore fall under 'family" to Littlefoot. This would tie back in with the spirtual worth' part of the definition of her name.

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« Reply #19 on: September 11, 2006, 09:22:34 am »
Ali also means "over there" in Portuguese and still I doubt that's the reason they've chosen that name =p
We're all speculating, which is fun, but I think they choose Ali just because it sounded good. It's weird to give human names to dinosaurs, but some times you just run out of ideas. However, I do like that all family and bondage notion, it could work =p