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16th Jul '17 12:57:33 PM wuggles
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* On ''Series/DearWhitePeople'', Coco's real name is revealed to be Colandrea.
14th May '17 1:10:28 PM wuggles
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The USA has several rather exclusive subcultures separated by 'racial' distinctions so expect poor people of pan-European and generically-African descent to have rather different names (the USA's pan-Euro poor tend to have more plain, but no less strange and silly-sounding, names like "Cletus" and "Billy Bob"). If you see anyone with a name like "Sha'quayla Joniqua [=LeBrontayyy=]" in a comedy, she's almost automatically an AcceptableTarget quite probably an [[FatIdiot obese]] SassyBlackWoman with multiple kids who serves as an [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic attempt at]] PluckyComicRelief [[BlackDudeDiesFirst and sometimes not even that]].

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The USA has several rather exclusive subcultures separated by 'racial' distinctions so expect poor people of pan-European white and generically-African descent to have rather different names (the USA's pan-Euro white poor tend to have more plain, but no less strange and silly-sounding, names like "Cletus" and "Billy Bob"). If you see anyone with a name like "Sha'quayla Joniqua [=LeBrontayyy=]" in a comedy, she's almost automatically an AcceptableTarget quite probably an [[FatIdiot obese]] SassyBlackWoman with multiple kids who serves as an [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic attempt at]] PluckyComicRelief [[BlackDudeDiesFirst and sometimes not even that]].



For the USA's darker-skinned citizens, this trend has its origins in the civil rights movement of the '60s, which saw an attempt by some of the country's blacks to 'reclaim' their African names and reject 'white' (European) names and surnames given to and adopted by their ancestors. It must be understood that virtually all of these names were from the (pre-civil rights) days when black citizens were second-class citizens compared to Anglo-Germanic and even Mediterranean-Slavic Europeans. Furthermore, many of their surnames came from [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar an earlier time, when the vast majority of the country's ethnic-African people were legally-sanctioned slaves]]. Though the result of many African-Americans consciously choosing non-European given names for their children is clear to see (as per this trope), the incidence of 'name reclamation' is harder to judge. It's worth noting that most of the USA's ethnic-Africans did not assume new family names - the admixture of the country's African, as with its European and Latin-American, people means that very few of the country's (African) folk can be said to come from any one place or be of any one people other than that of the USA.

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For the USA's darker-skinned citizens, this trend has its origins in the civil rights movement of the '60s, which saw an attempt by some of the country's blacks to 'reclaim' their African names and reject 'white' (European) names and surnames given to and adopted by their ancestors. It must be understood that virtually all of these names were from the (pre-civil rights) days when black citizens were second-class citizens compared to Anglo-Germanic and even Mediterranean-Slavic Europeans. Furthermore, many of their surnames came from [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar an earlier time, when the vast majority of the country's ethnic-African people were legally-sanctioned slaves]]. Though the result of many African-Americans consciously choosing non-European given names for their children is clear to see (as per this trope), the incidence of 'name reclamation' is harder to judge. It's worth noting that most of the USA's ethnic-Africans African-Americans did not assume new family names - the admixture of the country's African, as with its European and Latin-American, people means that very few of the country's (African) (African-American) folk can be said to come from any one place or be of any one people other than that of the USA.
3rd Jan '17 11:26:38 AM Pichu-kun
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* [=LaFawnduh=] from ''Film/NapoleonDynamite''.
* Groans and eye-rolls were to be had when Loretta Divine's character in ''Film/{{Crash}}'', whose only trait was being a SassyBlackWoman, said her name is Shaniqua Johnson. Not only was the character annoying, but "Shaniqua" is usually the default stereotypical name when someone invokes this trope. Probably deliberate, as she's introduced talking on the phone to an angry customer who feels her name justifies his negative opinion of her.
* Dissected and analysed in ''[=Freakonomics=]''. A surprising inversion was of two brothers, [[spoiler:Winner and Loser Lane. Loser, who now answers to 'Lou', grew up to become a successful police sergeant. His brother Winner, on the other hand, wound up behind bars.]]
* Yonica Babyyeah, a Middle Eastern pop idol in ''Film/WarInc'' Subverted in that she turned out to be not only Caucasian, [[spoiler:but the long-lost daughter of Creator/JohnCusack's character]].

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* [=LaFawnduh=] from ''Film/NapoleonDynamite''.
* Groans and eye-rolls were to be had when Loretta Divine's character in ''Film/{{Crash}}'', whose only trait was being a SassyBlackWoman, said her name is Shaniqua Johnson. Not only was the character annoying, but "Shaniqua" is usually the default stereotypical name when someone invokes this trope. Probably deliberate, as she's introduced talking on the phone to an angry customer who feels her name justifies his negative opinion of her.
* Dissected and analysed in ''[=Freakonomics=]''. A surprising inversion was of two brothers, [[spoiler:Winner and Loser Lane. Loser, who now answers to 'Lou', grew up to become a successful police sergeant. His brother Winner, on the other hand, wound up behind bars.]]
* Yonica Babyyeah, a Middle Eastern pop idol in ''Film/WarInc'' Subverted in that she turned out to be not only Caucasian, [[spoiler:but the long-lost daughter of Creator/JohnCusack's character]].
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* Rare male examples: main characters Durell (pronounced Darrel) and [=LeeJohn=] in ''First Sunday''. The latter was named because his mother was seeing two men, Lee and John, and since she didn't know who the biological father was, called him [[{{Portmanteau}} LeeJohn]].
* Evoked by Upgrayedd and names like Judge Hank BMW in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}''. The two D's in "Upgrayedd" are for a "double dose of pimpin'".
* In ''Film/{{Ted}}'', when John is trying to guess Ted's new girlfriend's name, he runs through a list of stereotypical white trash names with hilarious speed. When he exhausts the list, he asks if it was any of the previous names on the list with Lynn at the end. He doesn't get far before Ted tells him it's "Tammi-Lynn".
* ''Film/BringItOn'' has Isis, Jenelope, Lava and [=LaFred=] from rival squad, the East Compton Clovers.



[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* [=LaFawnduh=] from ''Film/NapoleonDynamite''.
* Groans and eye-rolls were to be had when Loretta Divine's character in ''Film/{{Crash}}'', whose only trait was being a SassyBlackWoman, said her name is Shaniqua Johnson. Not only was the character annoying, but "Shaniqua" is usually the default stereotypical name when someone invokes this trope. Probably deliberate, as she's introduced talking on the phone to an angry customer who feels her name justifies his negative opinion of her.
* Dissected and analysed in ''[=Freakonomics=]''. A surprising inversion was of two brothers, [[spoiler:Winner and Loser Lane. Loser, who now answers to 'Lou', grew up to become a successful police sergeant. His brother Winner, on the other hand, wound up behind bars.]]
* Yonica Babyyeah, a Middle Eastern pop idol in ''Film/WarInc'' Subverted in that she turned out to be not only Caucasian, [[spoiler:but the long-lost daughter of Creator/JohnCusack's character]].
* Rare male examples: main characters Durell (pronounced Darrel) and [=LeeJohn=] in ''First Sunday''. The latter was named because his mother was seeing two men, Lee and John, and since she didn't know who the biological father was, called him [[{{Portmanteau}} LeeJohn]].
* Evoked by Upgrayedd and names like Judge Hank BMW in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}''. The two D's in "Upgrayedd" are for a "double dose of pimpin'".
* In ''Film/{{Ted}}'', when John is trying to guess Ted's new girlfriend's name, he runs through a list of stereotypical white trash names with hilarious speed. When he exhausts the list, he asks if it was any of the previous names on the list with Lynn at the end. He doesn't get far before Ted tells him it's "Tammi-Lynn".
* ''Film/BringItOn'' has Isis, Jenelope, Lava and [=LaFred=] from rival squad, the East Compton Clovers.
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* ''Series/MadTV'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZkdcYlOn5M Bon Qui Qui skits]].

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* ''Series/MadTV'''s ''Series/MadTV''':
** Used in the
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZkdcYlOn5M Bon Qui Qui skits]].



* On ''Series/ThirtyRock'' in the episodes "Queen of Jordan" and "Queen of Jordan 2: The Mystery of the Phantom Pooper", Angie has a GayBestFriend named D'Fwan. This proves that the ''30 Rock'' writers are geniuses, because this name manages to sound both ghetto and incredibly {{Camp}} (which [[CampGay D'Fwan]] is).
** This is used for puns when he makes his own wine, D'Fwine that you should d'fwink responsibly.

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* On ''Series/ThirtyRock'' in the episodes "Queen of Jordan" and "Queen of Jordan 2: The Mystery of the Phantom Pooper", Angie has a GayBestFriend named D'Fwan. This proves that the ''30 Rock'' writers are geniuses, because this name manages to sound both ghetto and incredibly {{Camp}} (which [[CampGay D'Fwan]] is).
**
is). This is used for puns when he makes his own wine, D'Fwine that you should d'fwink responsibly.



* ''Series/KeyAndPeele'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gODZzSOelss East/West College Bowl skit]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT1nGjGM2p8 its]] [[https://youtu.be/mDp-ABzpRX8 sequels]]. The names start out as the normal version of this trope, becoming more and more exaggerated as they go on until they're the most ridiculous names imaginable. Also note D'Jasper Probincrux III, who manages to blend this with PreppyName.

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* ''Series/KeyAndPeele'''s ''Series/KeyAndPeele'':
** The
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gODZzSOelss East/West College Bowl skit]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT1nGjGM2p8 its]] [[https://youtu.be/mDp-ABzpRX8 sequels]]. The names start out as the normal version of this trope, becoming more and more exaggerated as they go on until they're the most ridiculous names imaginable. Also note D'Jasper Probincrux III, who manages to blend this with PreppyName.



* Skee-Lo's "I Wish" I would name my kids Ghetto Names Little Mookie, Big Al, Lorraine

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* Skee-Lo's "I Wish" I contains the line "I would name my kids Ghetto Names Little Mookie, Big Al, LorraineLorraine".



** Dijonay. She and all of [[MassiveNumberedSiblings her siblings]] are [[EdibleThemeNaming named after spices]], including one named [[PreppyName Basil]], [[UnexplainedAccent who speaks with British Received Pronunciation]].

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** Dijonay. She and all of [[MassiveNumberedSiblings her siblings]] are [[EdibleThemeNaming named after spices]], including one named [[PreppyName Basil]], [[UnexplainedAccent who speaks with British Received Pronunciation]]. In the original pilot her name was "Delinquinetta", fitting her mischievous nature.
15th Dec '16 2:29:57 PM GranChi
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15th Nov '16 10:42:10 AM DavidCowie
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* One of the characters in ''NW'' by Zadie Smith is a black lawyer called Natalie. Her parents named her Keisha, but she didn't think that it sounded very professional.
3rd Nov '16 10:52:46 PM DeltaDart
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* This is [[ParodiedTrope parodied]] and combined with NWordPrivileges on ''WebVideo/ThisIsACommentary'', with one of Tré's characters being named "Watermelondrea".
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22nd Oct '16 10:50:24 AM thatother1dude
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** Dijonay. She and all of [[MassiveNumberedSibling her siblings]] are [[EdibleThemeNaming named after spices]], including one named [[PreppyName Basil]], [[InexplicableAccent who speaks with British Received Pronunciation]].

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** Dijonay. She and all of [[MassiveNumberedSibling [[MassiveNumberedSiblings her siblings]] are [[EdibleThemeNaming named after spices]], including one named [[PreppyName Basil]], [[InexplicableAccent [[UnexplainedAccent who speaks with British Received Pronunciation]].
22nd Oct '16 10:49:32 AM thatother1dude
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** Dijonay. She and all of her siblings are named after spices.

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** Dijonay. She and all of [[MassiveNumberedSibling her siblings siblings]] are [[EdibleThemeNaming named after spices.spices]], including one named [[PreppyName Basil]], [[InexplicableAccent who speaks with British Received Pronunciation]].
11th Oct '16 5:53:46 PM Seanhawk23
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* In ''Film/{{Ted}}'', when John is trying to guess Ted's new girlfriend's name, he runs through a list of stereotypical white trash names with hilarious speed. When he exhausts the list, he asks if it was any of the previous names on the list with Lynn at the end. He successfully gets it when he hits "Tammi-Lynn".

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* In ''Film/{{Ted}}'', when John is trying to guess Ted's new girlfriend's name, he runs through a list of stereotypical white trash names with hilarious speed. When he exhausts the list, he asks if it was any of the previous names on the list with Lynn at the end. He successfully gets it when he hits doesn't get far before Ted tells him it's "Tammi-Lynn".
21st Aug '16 12:45:31 PM nombretomado
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* After observing, regarding ''[[Film/TheLittleRascals Our Gang]]'', how he's never run into a black person named Buckwheat, EddieMurphy riffed on what siblings and cousins might be in that branch of the family, all following the breakfast-cereal theme, down to [[IncrediblyLamePun Trix]], who's a prostitute, and the gay brother Lucky Charms.

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* After observing, regarding ''[[Film/TheLittleRascals Our Gang]]'', how he's never run into a black person named Buckwheat, EddieMurphy Creator/EddieMurphy riffed on what siblings and cousins might be in that branch of the family, all following the breakfast-cereal theme, down to [[IncrediblyLamePun Trix]], who's a prostitute, and the gay brother Lucky Charms.
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