Pokemon names as word-games – pt. I


Source: Bulbapedia

 

Note: I omitted the Pokemon whose names do not constitute word-games in English.

 

Pt. I – Kanto

#001 Bulbasaur – bulb & saur (Gr. Lizard) or dinosaur

#002 Ivysaur – ivy & saur (Gr. Lizard) or dinosaur

#003 Venusaur – Venus flytrap or venomous & saur (Gr. Lizard) or dinosaur

#004 Charmander – char & salamander

#005 Charmeleon – char & chameleon

#006 Charizard – char & lizard

#007 Squirtle – squirt & turtle, possibly squirrel

#008 Wartortle – war/warrior & turtle or tortoise

#009 Blastoise – blast & tortoise

#010 Caterpie – caterpillar

#011 Metapod – metamorphosis & pod

#012 Butterfree – butterfly & free

#013 Weedle – worm & needle

#014 Kakuna – cocoon

#015 Beedrill – bee & drill

#016-018 Pidgey, Pidgeotto, Pidgeot – pidgeon

#019 Rattata – rat & attack or rat-a-tat

#020 Raticate – rat & eradicate or masticate

#021 Spearow – spear & sparrow

#022 Fearow – fear & sparrow

#023 Ekans – snake (backwards)

#024 Arbok – cobra (backwards)

#027 Sandshrew – sand & shrew

#028 Sandslash – sand & slash

#030, 033 Nidorina, Nidorino – “rino/a” probably comes from rhino

#031 Nidoqueen – queen, obviously

#034 Nidoking – king, obviously

#035 Clefairy – clef (Fr. Musical key) & fairy

#036 Clefable – clef (Fr. Musical key) & fable

#037 Vulpix – vulpes (Lat. Fox) & Vulcan & six

#038 Ninetales – nine & tails or tales (possibly both)

#039 Jigglypuff – jiggle & puff

#040 Wigglytuff – wiggle & tuff

#041 Zubat – bat

#042 Golbat – bat & gold or ghoul

#043 Oddish – odd & radish

#044 Gloom – gloom, obviously

#045 Vileplume – vile & plume or plum

#046 Paras – parasite

#047 Parasect – parasite & insect or sect (Lat. Cut)

#048 Venonat – venom & gnat

#049 Venomoth – venom & moth

#050 Diglett – dig

#051 Dugtrio – dig & trio

#052 Meowth – meow

#053 Persian – Persian (a type of cat)

#054 Psyduck – psychic & duck

#055 Golduck – gold & duck

#056 Mankey – man or manky or mad & monkey

#057 Primeape – prime & ape, possibly a play on primate

#058 Growlithe – growl & lithe

#059 Arcanine – arcane & canine

#060 Poliwag – polliwog (archaic English for tadpole), possibly wag

#061 Poliwhirl – as above & whirl

#062 Poliwrath – as above & wrath

#063, 064 Abra, Kadabra – abracadabra

#065 Alakazam – a similar case to the above

#066 Machop – man or macho or monkey & chop

#067 Machoke – as above & choke

#068 Machamp – as above & champ (short for champion)

#069 Bellsprout – bell & sprout

#070 Weepinbell – weeping & bell

#071 Victreebel – victory & bell

#072 Tentacool – tentacle & cool

#073 Tentacruel – tentacle & cruel

#074 Geodude – geo (Gr. earth) & dude

#075 Graveler – gravel

#076 Golem – golem, obviously

#077 Ponyta – pony, possibly bonita (Sp. Pretty) or ponytail

#078 Rapidash – rapid & dash

#080 Slowbro – slow & bro (short for brother)

#081 Magnemite – magnet & mite or magnetite

#082 Magneton – magnet & ton

#083 Farfetch’d – far-fetched and possibly fetch

#084, #085 Doduo, Dodrio – dodo & duo / trio

#086 Seel – seal

#087 Dewgong – dew & dugong (a relative of manatee)

#088 Grimer – grime

#089 Muk – muck

#090 Shellder – shell & shelter

#091 Cloyster – oyster & clam or cloister

#092 Gastly – ghastly & gas

#093 Haunter – to haunt

#094 Gengar – possibly doppelganger

#095 Onix – onyx

#096 Drowzee – drowsy

#097 Hypno – hypnosis

#098 Krabby – crab, possibly crappy or crabby (meaning grouchy)

#099 Kingler – king & fiddler (two species of crab)

#100 Voltorb – volt & orb

#101 Electrode – electrode or electric & explode

#102 Exeggcute – “eggs are cute”, execute

#103 Exeggutor – egg & executor

#104 Cubone – cute or cub or cubo (Lat. recluse) & bone

#105 Marowak – marrow & whack

#106, 107 Hitmonlee, Hitmonchan – hit & monster & Lee / Chan

#108 Lickitung – lick & tongue

#109 Koffing – coughing

#110 Weezing – wheezing

#111 Rhyhorn – rhino & horn

#112 Rhydon – rhino & don (meaning “tooth” in dinosaur names)

#113 Chansey – chance

#114 Tangela – tangle

#115 Kangaskhan – kangaroo & Gengis Khan or khan in general

#116 Horsea – sea horse, obviously

#117 Seadra – sea & dragon or hydra

#118 Goldeen – golden, obviously

#119 Seaking – sea & king, obviously

#120, 121 Staryu, Starmie – star & you / me

#122 Mr. Mime – mime, obviously

#123 Scyther – scythe, obviously

#124 Jynx – jinx, obviously

#125 Electabuzz – electric & abuzz or buzz

#126 Magmar – magma, obviously

#127 Pinsir – pincer, possibly sir

#128 Tauros – Taurus or Centaurus

#129 Magikarp – magic & carp

#130 Lapras – Laplace

#131 Ditto – ditto, obviously

#133 Eevee – E-V, evolution

#134, 135, 136 Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon – vapor / jolt / flare & “eon”, possibly from evolution

#137 Porygon – polygon & origami

#138 Omanyte – ammonite

#139 Omastar – ammonite & star

#142 Aerodactyl – aero & pterodactyl

#143 Snorlax – snore & lax

#144 Articuno – arctic & uno (Sp. One)

#145 Zapdos – zap & dos (Sp. Two)

#146 Moltres – molten & tres (Sp. Three)

#147 Dratini – dragon & tiny

#148 Dragonair – dragon & air, obviously

#149 Dragonite – dragon & knight or ignite or night

#150 Mewtwo – meow & two

#151 Mew – meow

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Part II

Part III

Part IV

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