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The first name "Urist" is generally accepted in the DF community as "the" generic dwarven name, and often used as a reference name if someone talks about a dwarf and doesn't have (or want to bother with) an actual name, similar to a Russian and "Ivan". This name is often, if not always, linked with a last name of 'Mc______', that includes some trait or his job. The Mc refers to the stereotypes of Scots being drunk and violent, stereotypes also associated quite accurately with dwarves.
- Urist McMiner can't find his pick!
- It's time for Urist McUselessNoble to have an unfortunate accident.
- Urist McStupid dodged into the magma.
However, Uristocrat may be a better name for Nobles.
Urist is the dwarvish word for "dagger". This is somewhat of a misnomer - dwarves really aren't that sharp...
The origin of the name's popularity seems to be the tale "One Dwarf Against the World," a well-received narrative style account of a hermit fortress played in the 2D version. That dwarf's full name was Urist Borushdumat (Raked-Roughness). Despite that dwarf having been female, the name is used for either gender of generic dwarf.
Urist is also the tongue-in-cheek term for the temperature units used by Toady One. It has since been adopted by players, and has expanded to be a unit of measurement for any dwarven measuring system.
Typing Urist into the game Scribblenauts Unlimited creates a Dwarf.
Fun Fact: Animals can be named Urist as well.