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This trope is all about names.
It is so common especially, but certainly not limited to speculative fiction, that not finding it is nearly impossible. A meaningful name can come from the characters parents, through a puberty ritual, as an epithet that reflects the characters deeds (be the great or otherwise) or simply one of many nicknames a character picks along the way. Many a meaningful name is as blunt as smashing someone face with a two-by-four, others are a bit more subtle, borrowed from obscure mythological sources or foreign languages. Even names that are common today may have ancient roots which may or not be known to the audience or in the universe the characters lives in.
Is John named after a Pope, a Saint, a King or the mother’s favorite uncle?
Clever writers twist this trope into any shape they want, making names that are heroic, demonic, funny or (deliberately) forgettable.
The one glaring hazard that comes from this, besides getting the reference wrong, is that the meaning might be injected by the audience where none was intended.