History Main / GhettoName

30th Jun '16 6:38:31 PM BentusiAvatar
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* ''Series/KeyAndPeele'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gODZzSOelss East/West College Bowl skit]]. And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT1nGjGM2p8 its sequel]]. 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 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gODZzSOelss East/West College Bowl skit]]. And skit]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT1nGjGM2p8 its sequel]].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.
11th Apr '16 8:38:36 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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The polar opposite of PreppyName but somehow, they're not that different...

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The polar opposite of PreppyName but somehow, they're [[NotSoDifferent not that different...
different]]...
5th Mar '16 2:09:47 PM StarformDCX
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Over the last 30 years of the USA's history, a trend has cropped up among the country's poor many of whom are ethnically (west-)African. Many of the USA's poor now have weird and wonderful, nigh-[[MarySue Sue-ish]] names. Many of said names are oddly and [[MyNaymeIs perhaps intentionally misspelled]], not to mention [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY unusually pronounced]], and [[OverlyLongName grandiose.]] The media finds this endlessly amusing, and names like this are now firmly tied to the USA's stereotypes about its poor.

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Over the last 30 years of the USA's history, a trend has cropped up among the country's poor many of whom are ethnically (west-)African. Many of the USA's poor now have weird and wonderful, nigh-[[MarySue Sue-ish]] wonderful names. Many of said names are oddly and [[MyNaymeIs perhaps intentionally misspelled]], not to mention [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY unusually pronounced]], and [[OverlyLongName grandiose.]] The media finds this endlessly amusing, and names like this are now firmly tied to the USA's stereotypes about its poor.
29th Jan '16 5:19:51 AM ChronoLegion
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* Evoked by Upgrayedd and names like Judge Hank BMW in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}''.

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* 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'".
26th Jan '16 10:06:17 PM toongrrl1990
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* [[TheGhost Shaquan]] on TheParkers. [[spoiler: She turns out to be Asian American]].
23rd Jan '16 3:28:07 PM StFan
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!! Examples

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!! Examples

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[[folder:Comedy]]
* Finesse Mitchell has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ4bKQqSfFk&feature=relmfu bit]] about this, with hypothetical names such as Escalade (pronounced Es-ca-LA-day), Vaseline (VAZ-lin) and Gonorrhea (Go-NOR-ia). In another bit he actually discusses how Finesse is not his stage name, his mom was either going to name him that or Hairdresser.
* 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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[[folder:Films -- 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]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BebesKids'' has Jamika, Kahlil, [=LaShawn=], Pee Wee and Dorthea. Lampshaded in the scene where Leon, Kahlil and [=LaShawn=] are looking for novelty license plates with their names.
-->'''Leon:''' Found mine!
-->'''Kahill:''' How come we can't ever find our names?
-->'''[=LaShawn=]:''' Yeah, I know four girls named [=LaShawn=]. How come we don't have a license plate?
* 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}}''.
* 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".
* ''Film/BringItOn'' has Isis, Jenelope, Lava and [=LaFred=] from rival squad, the East Compton Clovers.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/LatawnyaTheNaughtyHorseLearnsToSayNoToDrugs''.
* The protagonist of ''Literature/TheTrueMeaningOfSmekday'' is named Gratuity. While she ''is'' black, the name was given to her by her white, Italian mother, who was an immigrant and didn't understand what the word meant. Her friends call her Tip.
* While the villainous philistine Thenardier in ''Literature/LesMiserables'' has DelusionsOfEloquence, his wife demonstrates her stupidity and lack of culture by giving her daughters names from romantic novels.
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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]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BebesKids'' has Jamika, Kahlil, [=LaShawn=], Pee Wee and Dorthea. Lampshaded in the scene where Leon, Kahlil and [=LaShawn=] are looking for novelty license plates with their names.
-->'''Leon:''' Found mine!
-->'''Kahill:''' How come we can't ever find our names?
-->'''[=LaShawn=]:''' Yeah, I know four girls named [=LaShawn=]. How come we don't have a license plate?
* 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}}''.
* 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".
* ''Film/{{Bring It On}}'' has Isis, Jenelope, Lava and LaFred from rival squad, the East Compton Clovers.

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\n[[AC:{{Film}}]]\n* [=LaFawnduh=] from ''Film/NapoleonDynamite''.\n* 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.\n** Probably deliberate, as she's introduced talking on the phone to an angry customer who feels her name justifies his negative opinion of her.\n* 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.]]\n* 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]].\n* ''WesternAnimation/BebesKids'' has Jamika, Kahlil, [=LaShawn=], Pee Wee and Dorthea. Lampshaded in the scene where Leon, Kahlil and [=LaShawn=] are looking for novelty license plates with their names.\n-->'''Leon:''' Found mine!\n-->'''Kahill:''' How come we can't ever find our names?\n-->'''[=LaShawn=]:''' Yeah, I know four girls named [=LaShawn=]. How come we don't have a license plate?\n* 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]].\n* Evoked by Upgrayedd and names like Judge Hank BMW in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}''.\n* 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".\n* ''Film/{{Bring It On}}'' has Isis, Jenelope, Lava and LaFred from rival squad, the East Compton Clovers.\n\n[[AC:Music]][[/folder]]

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* Website/TheOnion once put together [[http://i.onionstatic.com/onion/5426/original/960.jpg a chart]] (that was ActuallyPrettyFunny) of the most popular baby names by ethnicity. Among the "black" entries: "Propecia" and "Sinutab".


[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* ''Literature/LatawnyaTheNaughtyHorseLearnsToSayNoToDrugs''.
* The protagonist of ''Literature/TheTrueMeaningOfSmekday'' is named Gratuity. While she ''is'' black, the name was given to her by her white, Italian mother, who was an immigrant and didn't understand what the word meant. Her friends call her Tip.
* While the villainous philistine Thenardier in ''Literature/LesMiserables'' has DelusionsOfEloquence, his wife demonstrates her stupidity and lack of culture by giving her daughters names from romantic novels.

[[AC:Stand Up Comedy]]
* Finesse Mitchell has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ4bKQqSfFk&feature=relmfu bit]] about this, with hypothetical names such as Escalade (pronounced Es-ca-LA-day), Vaseline (VAZ-lin) and Gonorrhea (Go-NOR-ia). In another bit he actually discusses how Finesse is not his stage name, his mom was either going to name him that or Hairdresser.
* 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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\n[[AC:NewMedia]]\n* Website/TheOnion once put together [[http://i.onionstatic.com/onion/5426/original/960.jpg a chart]] (that was ActuallyPrettyFunny) of the most popular baby names by ethnicity. Among the "black" entries: "Propecia" and "Sinutab".\n\n\n[[AC:{{Literature}}]]\n* ''Literature/LatawnyaTheNaughtyHorseLearnsToSayNoToDrugs''.\n* The protagonist of ''Literature/TheTrueMeaningOfSmekday'' is named Gratuity. While she ''is'' black, the name was given to her by her white, Italian mother, who was an immigrant and didn't understand what the word meant. Her friends call her Tip. \n* While the villainous philistine Thenardier in ''Literature/LesMiserables'' has DelusionsOfEloquence, his wife demonstrates her stupidity and lack of culture by giving her daughters names from romantic novels.\n\n[[AC:Stand Up Comedy]]\n* Finesse Mitchell has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ4bKQqSfFk&feature=relmfu bit]] about this, with hypothetical names such as Escalade (pronounced Es-ca-LA-day), Vaseline (VAZ-lin) and Gonorrhea (Go-NOR-ia). In another bit he actually discusses how Finesse is not his stage name, his mom was either going to name him that or Hairdresser.\n* 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. \n\n[[AC:VideoGames]][[/folder]]

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* The video sharing website Vine has a video with ghetto names that are actually brand names, like Degree (pronounced De-gree-ay), Polynesian and Lifesavers (pronounced Lifaysaviars).

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\n[[AC: Web Original]]\n* The video sharing website Vine has a video with ghetto names that are actually brand names, like Degree (pronounced De-gree-ay), Polynesian and Lifesavers (pronounced Lifaysaviars).[[/folder]]

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* ''WebOriginal/RedVsBlue'' has Lavernius Tucker. It isn't the most outlandish name out there, but it's far from common.

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* Dijonay from ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily''. She and her sister Tabasco are named after spices.

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* ''WebOriginal/RedVsBlue'' ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has Lavernius Tucker. It isn't the most outlandish name out there, but it's far from common.

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common.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Dijonay from ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily''.''Website/TheOnion'' once put together [[http://i.onionstatic.com/onion/5426/original/960.jpg a chart]] (that was ActuallyPrettyFunny) of the most popular baby names by ethnicity. Among the "black" entries: "Propecia" and "Sinutab".
* The video sharing website Vine has a video with ghetto names that are actually brand names, like Degree (pronounced De-gree-ay), Polynesian and Lifesavers (pronounced Lifaysaviars).
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'':
** Dijonay.
She and her sister Tabasco are named after spices.



* Leshawna from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', although her cousin has the more over-the-top name "Leshaniqua."

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* Leshawna from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', although her cousin has the more over-the-top name "Leshaniqua." "Leshaniqua".
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19th Jan '16 5:29:53 PM Schroeder1174
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** Also, Ellen Cleghorne's Weekend Update commentator [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recurring_Saturday_Night_Live_characters_and_sketches_introduced_19911992#Queen_Shenequa Queen Shenequa]].
7th Jan '16 9:02:28 AM DoctorCooper
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[[AC:RealLife]]
* In Sweden, English-sounding male names ending with the letter ''y'' (Benny, Ronny, etc), are associated with lower social classes.
* In France, common American-sounding male names such as Brandon, Dylan, Steven and especially Kevin are considered low class names.
29th Nov '15 5:59:14 PM randomtroper89
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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 [[FatMonica 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 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 [[FatMonica [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic attempt at]] PluckyComicRelief [[BlackDudeDiesFirst and sometimes not even that]].
4th Nov '15 10:18:35 AM Morgenthaler
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* AngryBoys' awesomely named Lasquweesha, Shwayne and D'Anthony send this up brilliantly, whilst all still sounding (scarily) believable.

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* AngryBoys' ''Series/AngryBoys'': The awesomely named Lasquweesha, Shwayne and D'Anthony send this up brilliantly, whilst all still sounding (scarily) believable.
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