Last month we told you how Pikachu got his name but there are so many more Pokemon who have an interesting story behind their names. You may already know that Hitmonchan and Hitmonlee are named after Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee but did you know the origins of Wynaut and Wobbuffet, Zekrom and Reshiram or Elgyem and Beheeyem?
With 649 Pokemon in choose from, we couldn't possibly list the meanings behind them all so we've picked the most interesting from the Pokedex.
Wynaut and WobbuffetWynaut and Wobbufett are notable for being a couple of the most bizarre-looking Pokemon out there, what with their emote-like facial expressions and having eyes in places where there should never ever be eyes. Their names are equally strange, but in English, the origins are relatively straightforward. Wynaut is quite simply taken from the question 'Why not?'. Wobbuffet is a combination of the words 'wobble' and 'buffet' (to be knocked, not a large assortment of food) which is a reference to Wobbuffet being associated with counter moves.
In Japan, the origins of their names are a lot more interesting. Wobbuffet is called Sonans, which apparently sounds similar to a Japanese word that means 'That's the way it is.' The reason for this is because Wobbuffet is partially based on a late Japanese comedian called Sanpei Hayashiya.
One of his trademark quirks was to put his hand to his forehead (as Wobbuffet does) and say: "That's the way it is, ma'am". Wynaut's Japanese name is Sohnano, which sounds similar to the question: 'Really?' It was intended to play off Wobbuffet's name, creating a perpetual conversation when the two were next to each other. "That's the way it is!", "Really?" and so on. The reason for the English name being taken from "Why not?" was probably inspired by this.