I just found out that your screen name originates from Tolkien. In the Return of The King, the Ents (a race of tree-people) have a long meeting where they discuss what to do about Sauruman called the Entmoot.
While they are doing this, Merry Brandybuck and Pippin Took are sung a song by an Ent named Bregalad, referred to as "Bregalad's Song."
The origins of names and words is a subject that fascinates me no end. I used to read the dictionary while other kids were doing their homework or just screwing around before the end of class.
Mario is an Italian proper name. Its female equivalent is "Maria."
The Ninja Turtles' names are the names of famous renaissance artists, Leonardo Da Vinci, Michelangelo de Lodovico Bunarotti, Donatello di Niccolo di Betto Bardi, and Raphael Sanza da Urbino. There was an epic rap battle between them and the Turtles, and it should still be on youtube.
Sonic is just a scientific term that refers to anything that pertains to an active soundwave, I believe. This is because sound travels very fast, though, depending on the temperature, about 768 mph. If Sonic the Hedgehog can break the sound barrier, though, why can I always hear exactly what he's doing, synced up right to his actions, as he makes them, even when he's running at top speed?
Samus Aran's name took a long time to suss out. It would seem that it's Celtic in origin, possibly Irish. If you take the e out of Seamus (SHAY-muss), it becomes the female variant "Samus." I am not sure but it is possible that the "sh" sound is supposed to begin Samus' name, making it "SHAM-muss". That would be kind of clever actually, as a "sham" in english is another word for a con, a quick change, a flimflam. Being deceived, in other words. Samus is a deceptive character, by nature. She doesn't reveal her identity until the end of the first game, and it goes against what some would think, or have read in the manual. As for "Aran," the wikipedia article said it was a piece of the soccer player Pele's birth name that they saw, and clipped off. It also seems to be an island chain off the coast of Ireland, though.
Link seems to have been an artifact left over from the original plotline of LoZ, which sounds freaking insane and awesome, and way too hard to express on an 8-bit system.
Miyamoto, From the wikipedia article on Link:
"Link’s name comes from the fact that originally, the fragments of the Triforce were supposed to be electronic chips. The game was to be set in both the past and the future and as the main character would travel between both and be the link between them, they called him Link."
That did not end up being the plotline in the final version I don't think?
I can do this all day, I love word and name origins.