History Of The Word 'Hooker'?: Pictures Of People And The Nouns They Become : The Picture Show Jacuzzi, Heimlich, Leotard, etc. Historical photos from Life show the people behind commons household names.
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History Of The Word 'Hooker'?: Pictures Of People And The Nouns They Become

According to etymonline.com, the origins of the word "hooker" are often "traced to the disreputable morals of the Army of the Potomac (American Civil War) under the tenure of Gen. 'Fighting Joe' Hooker, and the word probably was popularized by this association at that time."

That's a pretty dismal legacy to leave behind. But there are plenty of other people whose names have become household: the Jacuzzi brothers, Henry Heimlich, Jules Leotard, etc. LIFE has curated a whole gallery of people who became nouns. Here's a small sampling:

Can you think of any others? Leave your comments. Or see more at life.com.