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Old 09-27-2016, 08:15 PM
Chronos Chronos is offline
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My surname is quite rare, and I've never actually seen it used in fiction... but there's one science fiction story that has a name that's close enough that in some places a typo makes it the same. IIRC, my almost-namesake is a dragon-breeder.

There's also a slightly different Americanized version of my surname that's a little more common, and borne by exactly one well-known person, but I've never seen that form in fiction.

My full name would certainly never show up in fiction, and to the best of my knowledge, I'm the only one in the US (though there might be one or two others in Germany).

I identify a lot more with my mom's side of the family, though, and her maiden name is much more common (still not a Smith or Jones, but common enough that you'll sometimes see it in the news). The only specific occurrence I can think of, though, is a minor character in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.