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ep • o • nymeponym
    A real or mythical person from whose name the name of a nation, institution, etc. is derived
name • sakenamesake
    [earlier name's sake] a person with the same name as another, esp. if named after the other
Mont • pel • ierMontpelier
    1. name of James Madison's home in Orange County, VA.
    2. name of the James Madison University magazine
What's in a Name?

Montpelier bears the name of its eponym, the estate of James and Dolley Madison in Orange County, Va., which is now a museum property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

An eponym, strictly speaking, is a real or mythical person from whose name the name of a nation, institution, theory, movement or other entity is derived. Applied loosely, eponym is the opposite of namesake, so that JMU considers its magazine the namesake of James Madison's estate.

More to the point, however, is that James Madison University is the proud namesake of James Madison. And by naming its magazine Montpelier, JMU honors its own eponym, James Madison, for creating the governmental structure that has made the United States the world's most pre-eminent and successful republic, and for his roles as a Founding Father of the United States, its fourth president, former secretary of state, Father of the U.S. Constitution, congressional representative, Virginia legislator, political theorist, philosopher and statesman.

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