Geek that I am, I’m a big fan of the Allan Quatermain books by H. Rider Haggard.
While walking home yesterday, it occurred to me that if you flip the R and E, you get Quatremain, which (loosely translated) in French would mean something like “four hand.”
Why is this interesting? Well, there’s an obsolete science term, “quadrumana,” that would’ve been fairly current at the time Haggard was writing King Solomon’s Mines. Quadrumana, as you may guess means “four hands,” as in a primate, as in not a bimana (also a real word) as in HUMANS ARE NOT RELATED TO MONKEYS, DAMMIT!
So, I got to wondering of it was a subtle joke that Haggard’s gruff explorer of Africa had a last name that might mean something like “monkey” or “ape.” I couldn’t find any reference to this online, and it turns out Quatermain is a real last name. But, still, it’d be sorta neat (and not surprising for a Victorian author) if secretly, Allan’s name means “Allan Ape.”