The meaning behind the name 'Tyler Durden'

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    For a film/book so full of symbolism, the name Tyler Durden must have some sort of significance. According to Roland Barthes proper names are the prince of signifiers with rich connotations both social and symbolic, so I can not help but wonder about Mr. Durden.

    Any thoughts? Google hasnt come up with much. I've heard it was ripped from a disney cartoon but i cant find anything to back that up.

  • #2
    Re: The meaning behind the name 'Tyler Durden'

    Tyler is taken from Ty Cobb.

    Ty Cobb = 4000+ hits.

    Hits = punches
    Fight Club

    Durden was taken from Durden Enterprises. They produce plastics.

    "We live in a world where everything is plastic."
    Tyler Durden

    There you go.
    "Entertaining the world is a full time, up at dawn, never ending siege, the likes of which you will never fully understand."
    Billy Thrilly 2005

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    • #3
      Re: The meaning behind the name 'Tyler Durden'

      Originally posted by billythrilly7
      Tyler is taken from Ty Cobb.

      Ty Cobb = 4000+ hits.

      Hits = punches
      Fight Club

      Durden was taken from Durden Enterprises. They produce plastics.

      "We live in a world where everything is plastic."
      Tyler Durden

      There you go.
      Hmm. Im not sure if I buy that. Perhaps if Durden Ent. was soap related, but plastic does not play a major role in the film, and just because Tyler mentions plastic does not mean its a major part of his character.

      Other ideas?

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      • #4
        Re: The meaning behind the name 'Tyler Durden'

        Tyler = from the occupation "tiler of roofs."

        The house they lived in was always leaking. It should have been fixed, but Tyler didn't fix it. The ultimate in irony.

        Durden = *An old English word signifying a coppice or thicket of wood in a valley

        The house was made out of wood. And the valley was his souls. The house was a wood valley that was leaking. As was his soul.

        Tyler Durden

        There you go.
        "Entertaining the world is a full time, up at dawn, never ending siege, the likes of which you will never fully understand."
        Billy Thrilly 2005

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        • #5
          Re: The meaning behind the name 'Tyler Durden'

          I'll buy that.
          Just one more reason to get hammered tonight.


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          • #6
            Re: The meaning behind the name 'Tyler Durden'

            Do you guys actually ENJOY the movies you watch

            or do you just analyze them for crap like this?

            Sheesh, I mean talk about being taken out of your film!
            Are you going to write "Trust me" in the query?"
            by BellaBella

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            • #7
              Re: The meaning behind the name 'Tyler Durden'

              Um, it's possible for a name to have significance. Appreciating the layers of a movie adds to the enjoyment.

              Having said that, I think billy should just 'fess up and say he has no idea.
              "Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.-
              ― Ray Bradbury

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              • #8
                Re: The meaning behind the name 'Tyler Durden'

                Billy having fun in his way. The joke's on anyone who thinks he's serious.

                Tyler Durden. Does it mean anything? Maybe it's the kid who beat up Chuck Palahniuk in Jr. High School. Maybe Palahniuk picked it out of a phone book at random. Maybe it's an anagram for something. Unless we hear it from the author's mouth, it means nothing.

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                • #9
                  Re: The meaning behind the name 'Tyler Durden'

                  Jesse Bookbinder is a name I'm still trying to unravel the mystery surrounding. I allot 3 minutes of thought every 9 months to it. Been doing that since 1975

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                  • #10
                    Re: The meaning behind the name 'Tyler Durden'

                    Tyler is the name of a boy who picked on Chuck Palahniuk's sister.

                    Durden is the name of an old co-worker Chuck did not particularly like.

                    Fight Club has one of the best dvd commentaries ever, you should listen to it sometime!

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                    • #11
                      Re: The meaning behind the name 'Tyler Durden'

                      I thought he was supposed to be named after Spielberg's dog. Or was it Lucas' dog?

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                      • #12
                        Re: The meaning behind the name 'Tyler Durden'

                        Wow, I was close.

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                        • #13
                          Re: The meaning behind the name 'Tyler Durden'

                          This is easy...

                          Anytime a character has the acronym JC it's a symbol of Jesus Christ.

                          So... Tyler Durden... TD.... The Devil.

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                          • #14
                            Re: The meaning behind the name 'Tyler Durden'

                            On a reading during a book tour, a member of the audience stood up and said, "I know why you named your main character Jane Bowman. It's because you're sexist. 'Bowan.' 'Bow-to-man.' Now don't deny it."

                            I told her exactly how I found the name. I was thinking of a well-known British photographer named Jane Bown, and searching for something similar, I quickly turned over a CD on my desk. The name "James Bowman" leaped out at me and I used it.

                            She refused to believe it. There's one in every crowd. (Dumbest question I ever got at a reading: "Are you John Grisham?" When I stated the obvious she asked the second dumbest question: "Are you sure you're not John Grisham?")

                            Point is, sometimes it's just chance that gives us a name. Writer David Cornwell found his on the side of a van: "Le Carré". The "John" probably came afterwards.
                            Last edited by Jake Schuster; 10-06-2005, 05:15 AM.

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                            • #15
                              Re: The meaning behind the name 'Tyler Durden'

                              Jake, are you John Grisham?
                              "Your intuition knows what to write, so get out of the way.-
                              ― Ray Bradbury

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