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AbareMax
August 21st, 2005, 11:36 AM
I remember looking on a site somewhere a while back, and it showed that some Pokémon had different names before the had the names the have now.

i.e. Rattata was Rattatak

I think this is extremely interesting, if anyone could just list the original names here, it would be of use.

AbareMax

Chiru
August 27th, 2005, 06:02 PM
I know Abra was originally called "Hocus" and Kadabra "Pocus". I'm not sure if that helps, but it's the only two I know ^^;

jc_rcw
August 27th, 2005, 07:48 PM
I think that machop was "kung-fu" or something like that

HKim
August 28th, 2005, 12:15 AM
Just curious, but were these other names on the drawing board before they finally chose them for the english version?

jc_rcw
August 28th, 2005, 08:02 AM
yeah maybe they had lots of names for each pokemon and they finally chose the ones we know.

RSL
August 28th, 2005, 04:59 PM
I have two of them.

Sableye's old name was Gemineye.

Crawdaunt's old name was Lobstar.

Datriot
September 1st, 2005, 03:47 AM
Hey, I think Gemineye and Lobstar were better names then they are now, why'd they change it?

Kanadian Kyuubi
September 1st, 2005, 05:04 AM
Vulpix used to be Foxfire (yep, reverse it and you've got 80 million users :) ), and Clefairy used to be Aria, and Clefable used to be Ariala.

jynx
September 1st, 2005, 05:20 AM
Wow! There is such thing?

But where do they come from?

Light_Azumarill
September 1st, 2005, 07:48 AM
Wow... I had no idea they thought so much about the names. XD Maybe they tested the names on a variety of kids to see which ones they liked best. Then again, maybe they just drew straws.

Was the name "Pikablu" something fan-made, or a real possiblilty? I can never get a straight answer on that.

Cherrim
September 1st, 2005, 11:38 PM
I would assume they would come up with a plethora of names for each Pokémon during the localization process in English-speaking (or any other language) countries. The catchiest name, or the one most befitting of the Pokémon, would be the finalized version that we see on all the merchandise today. Only makes sense some of the names would leak through the cracks into public domain, and it makes for interesting conversation, too.

Was the name "Pikablu" something fan-made, or a real possiblilty? I can never get a straight answer on that.
I don't have a definite answer, only an educated guess. I would say it was fanmade, as there seems to be no basis to the name "Pikablu" otherwise. The term "pika" is derived from pika pika suru, a Japanese verb with the basic meaning of "to sparkle." That's why it works for Pikachu...you know, electricity, sparkles...you get the general idea. Anyway, that doesn't work for Marill, which was tentatively named Pikablu in the English fan-community before G/S were officially released, correct? ^_^; The only thing tying the name to the Pokémon is the blue part, the way I see it. Otherwise, it doesn't make much sense. :o

Geometric-sama
September 1st, 2005, 11:40 PM
Pikablu was definitely fan-made.

Hmm, I didn't know there were original names. They're cool!

kohei
September 2nd, 2005, 03:02 AM
I thought that Chikorita was Leef/Leaf in the Gold/Silver trial version.
And Smeargle was Painter or something...

There are more, but they are names of Pokemon's who whern't used.

Blitz~2005
September 2nd, 2005, 03:47 AM
I think pikablue was a nickname for someone elses pikachu on the anime

If i remember correctly It was a nick name for a surfing pikachu

Imakuni?
September 2nd, 2005, 04:11 AM
I think pikablue was a nickname for someone elses pikachu on the anime

If i remember correctly It was a nick name for a surfing pikachu
Pikablu was the nickname for Marril back when the first pokemon movie came out, and they didnt have a name for it yet.
http://pokemaster.free.fr/images/151-251/183.gif

denro
September 2nd, 2005, 10:42 AM
i found some:)

Original US Name Current US Name
Kokoon Kakuna
Beedril Beedrill
Pidge Pidgey
Ratattack Ratatta
Arbo Ekans
Sandstorm Sandslash
Aria Clefairy
Ariala Clefable
Foxfire Vulpix
Nine Tails Ninetales
Parasyte Paras
Digda Diglett
Flamie Growlithe
Blaze Arcanine
Polihirl Poliwhirl
Hocus Abra
Pocus Kadabra
Kara-Tee Machop
Kung-Foo Machoke
Ju-Doh Machamp
Victreebell Victreebel
Jilly Tentacool
Man-O-War Tentacruel
Gallop Rapidash
Slowmo Slowpoke
Coil Magnemite
Recoil Magneton
Dodo Doduo
Manaty Dewgong
Spirit Gastly
Specter Haunter
Phantom Gengar
Orphon Cubone
Guardia Marowak
Tungtyd Lickitung
NY Koffing
LA Weezing
Lucky Chansey
Meduza Tangela
Goldy Goldeen
Neptune Seaking
Stryker Scyther
Electrabuzz Electabuzz
Skulkraken Gyarados
Ness Lapras
Eon Eevee
Ess Omanyte
Kargo Omastar
Att Kabuto
Lantis Kabutops
Ptera Aerodactyl
Dragoon Dratini
Dragyn Dragonair

Chryo Sphere
September 2nd, 2005, 12:30 PM
It's a possibility they also wanted to make the names more interesting. The old ones seem simple and some not very creative.

-chryo sphere :king:

Wolf_Goddess
September 2nd, 2005, 01:34 PM
LOL!!!

NY and LA for Koffing and Weezing? Am I the only one who gets that?

ArrEmmDee
September 2nd, 2005, 04:31 PM
LOL!!!

NY and LA for Koffing and Weezing? Am I the only one who gets that?

Oh wow, now I get it. First I thought it was some wierd play on the letters (EnnWhy? Huh?) Oh gosh, no wonder they changed it. XD

denro
September 2nd, 2005, 05:17 PM
i know! i laughed so hard when i saw that

jynx
September 3rd, 2005, 05:32 AM
i found some:)

Original US Name Current US Name
Kokoon Kakuna
Beedril Beedrill
Pidge Pidgey
Ratattack Ratatta
Arbo Ekans
Sandstorm Sandslash
Aria Clefairy
Ariala Clefable
Foxfire Vulpix
Nine Tails Ninetales
Parasyte Paras
Digda Diglett
Flamie Growlithe
Blaze Arcanine
Polihirl Poliwhirl
Hocus Abra
Pocus Kadabra
Kara-Tee Machop
Kung-Foo Machoke
Ju-Doh Machamp
Victreebell Victreebel
Jilly Tentacool
Man-O-War Tentacruel
Gallop Rapidash
Slowmo Slowpoke
Coil Magnemite
Recoil Magneton
Dodo Doduo
Manaty Dewgong
Spirit Gastly
Specter Haunter
Phantom Gengar
Orphon Cubone
Guardia Marowak
Tungtyd Lickitung
NY Koffing
LA Weezing
Lucky Chansey
Meduza Tangela
Goldy Goldeen
Neptune Seaking
Stryker Scyther
Electrabuzz Electabuzz
Skulkraken Gyarados
Ness Lapras
Eon Eevee
Ess Omanyte
Kargo Omastar
Att Kabuto
Lantis Kabutops
Ptera Aerodactyl
Dragoon Dratini
Dragyn Dragonair
Wow...I would much prefer current names!!

Kurono
September 3rd, 2005, 06:38 AM
Oh hell no..snd of all things NY had to be Koffing?! The first evolution?! That's not right..XD Well as long as they changed it..XD
Anyway its amazing how bad the original names were, of course I know they were done by a Japanese person, or persons..it seems so obvious..

Light_Azumarill
September 4th, 2005, 07:13 AM
Ah, I thought that Pikablu was something fan-made. However, one can never be too sure. -_-

NY and LA? Um... that would get really stupid after a while. Though it is funny. I much prefer Koffing and Wheezing.

Erm... Orphon? Yeah, I think I like Cubone better. >_>

Digimon Kaiser
September 4th, 2005, 08:35 AM
Sceptile was orignally called "Forestroy"

Digi-Chocobo Mage
September 4th, 2005, 11:04 PM
Did you know that Vulpix is called Rokon in Japan?

Geometric-sama
September 4th, 2005, 11:28 PM
Rock on Rokon!

"Tungtyd" makes me laugh...

kohei
September 5th, 2005, 03:54 AM
i found some:)

Original US Name Current US Name
Kokoon Kakuna
Arbo Ekans
Digda Diglett
Coil Magnemite
Dodo Doduo
Lucky Chansey
Ptera AerodactylWow... they actually nearly kept their original Japanese names O_O

I still have a problem with Lucky = Chansey