Talk:Grampa Simpson

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Children[edit]

Why can't Abbie be in this section? She is his daughter. Herbert has only ever featured in two episodes. Whether or not her character is 'major' does not change the fact that she is one of his children, and so should be listed. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 78.148.141.14 (talk) 21:38, 6 September 2009 (UTC)

I agree. Besides, it's not like Herb Powell was any more important (he only had one more episode than her, which is still not really enough to separate him from her or make him more than a "one-time joke") Weedle McHairybug (talk) 22:17, 6 September 2009 (UTC)
It is the context of the episodes, not the number of them, which separate the two. faithless (speak) 22:22, 6 September 2009 (UTC)

Article title[edit]

About three years ago, Mhavril39 broached the subject of this article's title, and it's a topic that I'd like to bring up again. Is there any particular reason why this article is called "Abraham Simpson" rather than "Grampa Simpson"? "Grampa Simpson" is the name by which the character is most predominantly known, both in and out of the show, and I would guess that it's the name by which most readers might search for an encyclopedia article about the character. It would make sense to refer to this character by his "legal name" if this were a biography, but it isn't - it's an article about a fictional character, and treating it like a biography would violate WP:WAF. I propose that we move this article over the Grampa Simpson redirect. A Thousand Doors (talk) 16:38, 4 May 2011 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: consensus to move to Grandpa Simpson, there is some conflict as to spelling (perhaps this should be discussed in future) but a clear consensus for the move in general (non-admin closure) Bob House 884 (talk) 22:39, 11 June 2011 (UTC)



Abraham SimpsonGrandpa Simpson – It seems to me that "Grandpa Simpson" (or "Grampa Simpson") is the name which this character is most often referred to, both in and out of the show, and I think that it is the name by which readers might search for an encyclopedia article on the character. It would make sense to refer to this character by his "legal name" if this were a biography, but it isn't – it's an article about a fictional character, and treating it like a biography would violate WP:WAF. It's the same reason why the Bart Simpson article isn't titled "Bartholomew Simpson" – that's not the name by which the character is known. For comparison, a Google News search for "grandpa simpson" "the simpsons" returns 144 results; a search for "grampa simpson" "the simpsons" returns 88; a search for "abraham simpson" "the simpsons" returns only 14. A Thousand Doors (talk) 11:02, 13 May 2011 (UTC)

  • Support; sound reasoning. Powers T 12:32, 13 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per WP:COMMONNAME. Jenks24 (talk) 14:10, 13 May 2011 (UTC)
    • To clarify, I support a move to Grandpa Simpson only. It is clearly shown to be the most common name by the results above. Even if the show creators officially name the character "Grampa", Wikipedia does not use official names, it uses the most common name. Jenks24 (talk) 09:21, 14 May 2011 (UTC)

Support but only if we go with Grampa, which is how they spell it. CTJF83 14:41, 13 May 2011 (UTC)

  • Oppose per Scorpion. CTJF83 15:28, 20 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Comment I'm happy to support "Grampa" rather than "Grandpa" – I'd personally be happy with either. You say that "Grampa" is how they spell it, but where exactly? Is this on the official Simpsons website, or in an official book? A Thousand Doors (talk | contribs) 18:06, 13 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose too many ways to spell grandpa/grampa/etc. 184.144.163.181 (talk) 04:01, 14 May 2011 (UTC)
    • Not really a good reason. CTJF83 21:48, 14 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose In techinal terms, Grampa is what he is most referred to, so should we move it there? While we're at it, most people call Homer just Homer, rather than "Homer Simpson", so lets move that one too. He has been called Abe/Abraham and Grampa numerous times over the series, so it really could go either way, so WP:COMMONNAME does not apply. But, his "real" name is Abraham, so we should keep it here. -- Scorpion0422 18:08, 14 May 2011 (UTC)
    • You make a good point, and I was ready to change my position, until I did some thinking. There's several instances where we don't use their first and last name for the article title Mr. Burns instead of Charles/Montgomery Burns, Sideshow Bob instead of Robert Terwilliger, Fat Tony instead of Anthony D'Amico, Reverend Timothy Lovejoy, instead of just Timothy Lovejoy (actually reverend should be removed from the title), Comic Book Guy instead of Jeff Albertson, Krusty the Clown instead of Herschel Krustofski, and Groundskeeper Willie instead of William McDougal. I know some are just one episode names, but some aren't. But we also have characters supporting your view, Clancy Wiggum instead of Chief Wiggum, Hans Moleman instead of just Moleman, Waylon Smithers instead of Smithers, Ned Flanders instead of Flanders, Joe Quimby instead of Mayor Quimby. We should use this to standardize the naming. CTJF83 00:19, 15 May 2011 (UTC)
      • Using full names is fine when needed for disambiguation purposes (as would be the case with Homer or Flanders or Moleman). In other cases, we should use the most common name -- and the normal WP:NCPEOPLE guidelines don't apply because these are characters, not people. So Reverend Lovejoy, for instance, would be the preferred title (heck, I didn't even know he had a first name) because that's how he is best known. Powers T 02:21, 15 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Oppose why move? There is an good redirect and Abraham Simpson is his real name. Oups, forgot to sign. Also, when 1 more person said "Support" or "Oppose" I am asking for uninvolved help from an sysop to evaluate consensus. ~~EBE123~~ talkContribs 14:40, 15 May 2011 (UTC)
    • What do you mean by "real name"? Powers T 14:51, 15 May 2011 (UTC)
      • Why would you ask for help with 5 days left in the discussion? By real name the user means Abraham is his name, not Grampa/Grandpa. CTJF83 20:53, 15 May 2011 (UTC)
        • He's a fictional character. His name is whatever the scripts say it is. Powers T 13:36, 16 May 2011 (UTC)
          • But, he's just as commonly referred to as Abe/Abraham, particularily in the earlier seasons of the series. Like I said above, the article really could go with either name, but I prefer Abraham as it's his "real" name. -- Scorpion0422 18:33, 17 May 2011 (UTC)
            • I still don't know what "'real' name" means in regards to a fictional character. Powers T 00:01, 21 May 2011 (UTC)
              • Within the context of the show, Abraham Simpson is his given name and Grampa is a nickname. Why is that so difficult to understand? -- Scorpion0422 00:05, 21 May 2011 (UTC)
                • Well why didn't you say so? But regardless, I don't see any reason to favor a character's fictional given name over his fictional nickname, if the latter is more common. Powers T 11:26, 21 May 2011 (UTC)
            • I'm not so sure that it's true to say that the character is "just as commonly referred to as Abe/Abraham". From my casual viewing of the show, it seems to me that he's predominantly referring to as "Grampa" or "Grampa Simpson", even by characters not within the family (I seem to recall Dr. Hibbert calling him Grampa, for example). If I'm remembering correctly, we don't even learn that Abraham is Grampa's "real" name until the end of the fourth season. Hence why I feel that the article should be moved to "Grampa Simpson", or some other equivalent. A Thousand Doors (talk | contribs) 21:17, 22 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Support, obvious recognizable common name; will actually tell people what the article is about instead of belittling most of them for their ignorance.--Kotniski (talk) 16:16, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per WP:COMMONNAME, though it should be "Grampa Simpson" per CTJF. – Harry Blue5 (talkcontribs) 17:59, 30 May 2011 (UTC)
  • Support move to Grampa Simpson per WP:UCN. I think it's obviously the more common way to refer to the character, both within the series universe and without. Good Ol’factory (talk) 10:19, 2 June 2011 (UTC)
    • I think the google searches in the nom clearly indicate that the character is more commonly referred to as "Grandpa" outside of the "universe", while I agree with you that he is commonly referred to as "Grampa" in-universe. Jenks24 (talk) 16:37, 10 June 2011 (UTC)
  • Support - Yes I am aware that his first name is Abraham but I still think he is known as Grandpa. Marcus Qwertyus 15:07, 3 June 2011 (UTC)
  • Support per nom. Kauffner (talk) 09:25, 6 June 2011 (UTC)
  • Support --- He is indeed referred to as "Grandpa" more often than his full name. SwisterTwister (talk) 22:06, 7 June 2011 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

English descent?[edit]

When does it say anything about Grampa's English heritage in the show? If anything he is an immigrant from an unknown country (probably Ireland)!--90.210.248.36 (talk) 17:30, 6 April 2015 (UTC)