if I'd got a mathematical object named after me before I double-barrelled my surname, maths would've become a little bit more case-sensitive than before ("Perfect doodad" ≠ "perfect doodad")

Are there any objects named after similarly surnamed people? Like, a Normal subgroup?

@christianp Does Fisher's work qualify (I suppose it would have to be fisherman's)?
But found this!

@ruivieira I was looking for names that already have a mathematical meaning as adjectives

@christianp _Googles for someone named Pointless that worked on topology_

@christianp taking a broad interpretation of your question: I guess you could imagine a French mathematician naming something a "poisson doodad" which would of course be different from a "Poisson doodad" (distribution, equation etc)

Not exactly the same thing, but the name "Amenable group" is apparently a pun on the fact that you can put a mean on the group.

A famous mathematician whose name was also a common noun is Jacques Tits. He has many things named after him including the "Tits alternative", "Tits group", "Tits building".

@christianp Oh yeah, you have Robert Hook, a physicist-mathematician at the time of Newton. The hook length formula is not named after him.

@christianp Oh and finally,

I guess a good place to find such names are at MGP. I found this person by an easy search:

His name is Russel Prime.

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