Simpsons, The Easter Egg - Homer's Name

As has been mentioned many times, "The Simpsons" is full of movie references, but perhaps one of the most blatant is the name Homer Simpson...

If you've seen the movie (based on the novel) "Day of the Locust," then you know that Donald Sutherland played the character Homer Simpson, an accountant who is driven to a nasty, desperate act because of his unrequited love for the character played by Karen Black. The original Simpson, like his namesake, was kind of a clueless loser that you still felt a little sorry for.

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sobek writes:
uh... you dont always have to look so deep into things (as my english teacher needs to find out). actually, homer, marge, and the rest of the family are named after matt groening's family. the only exception is that bart takes the place of matt. (he got the name cuz its an annagram from brat.) hope i cleared things up!
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stc2000 writes:
Homer Simpson was also the name of the safety inspector at Three Mile Island when they had the accident. He tried to sue FOX because of the reference but lost.
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Don't you know that Matt once said in an interview that his dad's name is Homer, his mom's is Marge, and his sisters' are Lisa and Maggie. Bart is just an anagram of brat. Now someone tell me why he choose Simpson, and I'll give you a cookie!
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Dave R. writes:
They revealed Homer's Middle initial in the episode where Homer became a Hippy (think it was called "D'oh-in in the Wind"). The "J" stands for "Jay"! Groan!
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Cluster One writes:
In the DVD commentary, Matt says he called them the Simpsons because they're "simpletons". Get it?
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Actually Noodles, Mr Burns' name is Charles Montgomery, Not Montgomery Charles. Yes it's a littl odd, but this is The Simpsons so it doesn't matter.
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ThatMedik420 writes:
Homer's middle name "Jay" can also be taken as a drug reference since it was revealed at the hippie farm(jay is another term for a joint - a marijuana cigarette to the uninitiated). I do realize that this doesn't make sense chronologically since Mother Simpson wasn't part of the Movement when Homer was born, and wouldn't have her son a dope name back then.
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mr big shot writes:
As many people dont know, the name 'Homer' as in 'Homer simpson' is the name of Matt Groening's father. Also Matt has a mother named Marge and two sisters named Maggie and Lisa.
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Rell writes:
Aren't we digging a little too deeply for these eggs?
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Ramla writes:
I agree Rell. Look, people. You're supposed to point out eggs. Not rave on and on about some stupid episode you saw thirty years ago on a freight train to Missouri while your cat ate the toe-nail clippings of the guy sitting next to you who just HAPPENED to be named Sideshow Bob, which just HAPPENS to be the name of one of the freaking SIMPSONS CHARACTERS!! GEEZ!!
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Flashback writes:
Back to the Michael J. Fox bit (sorry!), but he did have a middle name, Andrew, but then his initial were Michael A. Fox, but he didn't want jokes about his name (Michael: A Fox!) when he went into the S.A.G., so he did change it to J. but also not as a nod to the J, in Jay Ward's cartoon characters, but rather as homage to Michael J. Pollard, a character actor, who was an influence on his acting career... check it out at http://us.imdb.com/Bio?Fox,+Michael+J.
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Shorty Dogg writes:
Why does everybody keep repeating that Homer was named after Matt's father. Once is enough! There is no need to repeat the same thing five times.
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Torwell is right. In Rocky and Bullwinkle, the "J" stands for Jay ("J") Ward. he is referenced a lot in rocky and bullwinkle. For example, Rocky and Bullwinkle were once arrested for J-Walking. Bullwinkle proptly said, "You mean J-Warding." Also, in the movie, we see a part of a school called the "J" Ward.
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drbinky writes:
I have no idea if this is true, but it's just a thought I had: Jay is also the middle name of renowned Harvard evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould (appeared on the "angel" ep of the Simpsons). Given all the Harvard writers on the staff of the Simpsons, I thought it was a possibility that this was where Homer's name came from. Any ideas?
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Gasgano writes:
The J was originally reference to Bullwinkle J. Moose (whose middle initial has no meaning at all)
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wasn't there a whole episode about how homer was watching a sitcom, and a charachter had the name homer simpson, and he started out cool, but then as the show (police cops) got bigger, the charachter got stupid, and homer was pissed? that was awesome.
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BiggBopper writes:
The only person on this discussion who is right is sobek (and that other guy) about the characters being named after Matt's family members and Bart being an anagram for brat. I know this is a stupid comment because it's so obvious but I just wanted to pronunce my support for the person that is right.
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THat's an interesting thought, torwell, but I think you may have missed my point. I was simply saying what the J in Bullwinkle J Moose was.
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Slip-Ups writes:
Actually, on the Simpsons first season disc 3 (i think) he says his mothers name is Margaret (then says, "Close enuff"). Yes yes y'all!
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Abster writes:
I believe matt groening himself mentioned, on one of the audio comentaries ,from, i think season one, that although Homer was the name of his father the characters name was also related to 'day of the locust'
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@ssKicker writes:
I thought Matt replaced his own name 'cos it would be too obvious if Bart was called Matt. I didn't know that he decided on Bart because it was an anagram of Brat. And does anyone know what Homer's middle name is? I think it's the same as Bart's and begins with J.
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Torwell writes:
You could say that Homer's middle name "Jay" is after Jay Ward. Couldn't you?
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Eidz writes:
Actually, the Simpson family was named after Matt Greoning's own family.
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The "J" was, indeed, originally a nod to "Rocky and Bullwinkle." The characters of Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose had no middle names, just initials. This is also where Michael J. Fox got his middle initial for SAG registration, as he also has no middle name but was/is a fan of "Rocky and Bullwinkle" (he needed the initial as there was already a "Michael (NMI) Fox" in the Screen Actor's Guild).
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fats writes:
I agree with sobek and Red Dragon. But, Red Dragon, you don't have to be so mean! It's wrong to take pleasure in ruining a person's day.
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Noodles writes:
Many famous people use the initial 'J'. Michael J Fox, Bullwinkle J Moose. J is just anonimous. Obediah J Springfield Bart J Simpson Homer J Simpson Everyone in the Simpsons is called J, except Montgomery C Burns.
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