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22 July 2006 @ 11:49 pm
Hmmm ... I was wondering what the origins of the word "mustang" were, and why Arakawa might have picked it for Roy's surname (besides the obvious, it sounds cool). So I looked it up on Wiki and read something interesting (and probably purely coincidental) considering Mustang's ambitions: One use of "mustang" is to refer to a commissioned officer in the military who has worked his way up the ranks from being enlisted (versus coming straight out of military school).

I also did find out the answer to my original question; it's Spanish and comes from a Latin word meaning "an ownerless beast". ;)
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Nightambrenightambre on July 23rd, 2006 04:05 am (UTC)
If I'm not mistaken, all of those names are names of aircraft of some such.

http://www.fullmetal-alchemist.com/facts.php <--There at the bottom there's an 'Origin of Characters' Names', which was where I got that from. :)
Jiah Pet: Just Add Water!jiah on July 23rd, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
All of the main military people are named after old military vehicles, mostly planes.

http://www.fullmetal-alchemist.com/facts.php Right at the bottom of the page :)
Jiah Pet: Just Add Water!: Ed Angstjiah on July 23rd, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
Nightambre: cosplay ednightambre on July 23rd, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
*laughs* We must've been in the process of putting the link up at the same time >D;
areku1993 on July 23rd, 2006 04:09 am (UTC)

That should cover ALL the meanings of the word "Mustang."
And it took a lot of google-sleuthing to find it, too, damn it. =_=
Jennifer L.: Naruto | OMG IT'Z LUV.sincronia on July 23rd, 2006 04:10 am (UTC)
I also did find out the answer to my original question; it's Spanish and comes from a Latin word meaning "an ownerless beast". ;)

They should add "sexy" to that as well. :D
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It's in the trees! It's coming!thickets on July 23rd, 2006 02:22 pm (UTC)
Yes, but the aircraft was named after the horse, you know. ;) That's just the etymology of the word "mustang".
sima_zhongda on July 23rd, 2006 02:00 pm (UTC)
He's named after the North American P-51 Mustang, an airplane used in WWII as well as Korea.

Hawkeye, Hughes, etc., were named after aircraft as well :3

electronic world for every boy and every girltomiko_the_muse on July 23rd, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
I always had a thought that Arakawa just got the names from American stuff.
Mustang = fancy car
Roy Rogers

Of course, this all is just stuff to entertain me in the morning.
And Riza/Liza? Lisa Simpson.
Loreleimajor_ren on July 23rd, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
heh. That's awesome. It's like the Jing, king of bandits where they're all named after alcoholic drinks. lol. I wonder if my dad knows that. He's the biggest aviationprson. heh. to the point of watching military shows and saying the plane's names before the show does and naming airplanes when they're flying way up in the sky. hm.