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Is Ash Ketchum's surname based on "Catch 'em"?

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The first slogan of Pokemon was "Gotta Catch 'Em All!", so is Ash's last name Ketchum based on it?

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Actually... it was based on a brand of ketchup.

Come back, Heinz!
What the heck?
He might be joking xD
... Heinz Ketchum was an awesome user on the site... then he left...
Yeah, but linking Pokemon to a brand of ketchup is rather strange, no? And Ash wasn't based on it either xD

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Yup,you said it.

Source:My father had read the history of how Pokemon began and he told that "ketchum" was realted to "gotta catch'em all".Its also mentioned in bulbapedia

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Whoa, I'm slow.
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Yes, it is actually.

He shares his Japanese name—which can be taken to mean "wisdom" or "reason" (智)—with the creator of the Pokémon franchise, Satoshi Tajiri. His English surname is a pun of the original English motto, "Gotta catch 'em all!."

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