I just finished The Crown and picked up The Americans, and was struck with the realization it's the second show in the row starring a couple named Elizabeth and Philip.

Were The Americans' Elizabeth and Philip named after the real-life British royalty? Either in-universe or out-of-universe.

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    I have never considered that allusion, before, but it *would make a great deal of sense, because Philip's and Elizabeth's marriage is both in part institutional and ultimately is one of great and many struggles due to person experiences, culture differences, and the whole love vs duty aspect. If I canfind an article that proves the allusion an intention of the EPs/Writers, I will come back and post an answer, but IMO I think it is intentional. – Darth Locke Oct 11 '17 at 18:31
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    @DarthLocke Hm, I hadn't even thought about it that deeply, just wondering if on a surface level that's where they come from. – Azor Ahai -- he him Oct 11 '17 at 18:35
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    an interesting thought. makes me curious where the writers came up with the names – jedicurt May 30 '18 at 18:12
  • Interesting remark. However given that Philip and Elizabeth must picture true Americans, not sure it would have been wise to have their name imply a British reference. Also, the "real" Elizabeth Korman (who died) was from Chicago. That being said, the show creator might also be fond of the British royalty,,, – e2-e4 Feb 26 '19 at 12:12

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