A: Yes, many do. Some have both. A few names or places, like the name Luana, TR’s mother, are a wink or nod to an old friend; and TR doesn’t live on Dumbarton Street in Georgetown just by accident. Some are tributes to other writers; Formerly Mumford, for instance, is a salute to the great Ross Thomas. Other names have a meaning, though perhaps not always very deep, which a few moments thought will usually reveal. You needn’t have studied Latin to understand the odd juxtaposition of the two parts of the Deckled Don’s last name; he’s first met on line 3 of chapter 1, and you can consider at leisure whether the name suits his revealed character.