At the age of seven, Hornet's father was in the process of writing a fantasy novel. Hornet had partaken in a few Dungeons and Dragons adventures in this fantasy universe, and at one point earned the ability to name a class of steampunk airship the "Hornet Fighter."
When he was 10 years old, Hornet created his first email account. At first, he wanted to choose the name Bumblebee, the yellow Autobot from TransFormers, but was told by his father that the name chosen should be unique. Naturally, the next decision was the Hornet Fighter.