History Main / NaturalizedName

7th Jun '16 7:27:01 AM Doug86
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* In UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne the British Royal Family changed its collective surname from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Saxe-Coburg_and_Gotha Saxe-Coburg Gotha]] to [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Windsor]]. When Creator/HGWells complained about Britain's "alien and uninspiring court," George V is said to have replied, "[[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne I may be uninspiring, but I'll be damned if I'm alien]]!"

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* In UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI the British Royal Family changed its collective surname from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_of_Saxe-Coburg_and_Gotha Saxe-Coburg Gotha]] to [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Windsor]]. When Creator/HGWells complained about Britain's "alien and uninspiring court," George V is said to have replied, "[[ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne I may be uninspiring, but I'll be damned if I'm alien]]!"
31st May '16 11:14:25 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Film/TheJazzSinger'' is about a man named Jakie Rabinowitz who becomes a jazz singer who goes by the stage name "Jack Robin".
9th May '16 8:18:14 PM Pichu-kun
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* One line in ''Series/AnotherPeriod'' implies the Bellacourt family was once the "Bellawitcz" family.
30th Apr '16 8:12:42 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''VideoGame/BioShock1'''s Andrew Ryan from the Russian "Andrei Rianofski"
** This is a reference to his RealLife inspiration, Creator/AynRand, who was born Alisa Rosenbaum.
* In ''[[Videogame/AssassinsCreedIII Assassin's Creed III]]'', Norris (A french-speaking canadian) reveals his real name is Maurice but that he changed it because no one in the American colonies could pronounce it properly.

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* ''VideoGame/BioShock1'''s Andrew Ryan from the Russian "Andrei Rianofski"
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Rianofski". This is a reference to his RealLife inspiration, Creator/AynRand, who was born Alisa Rosenbaum.
* In ''[[Videogame/AssassinsCreedIII Assassin's Creed III]]'', ''Videogame/AssassinsCreedIII'':
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Norris (A french-speaking canadian) French-speaking Canadian) reveals his real name is Maurice but that he changed it because no one in the American colonies could pronounce it properly.



* M'gann from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' is a Martian. She is constantly trying to get her friends to call her "Megan" but they still almost always use "M'gann", unless she's disguised as a human.

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* M'gann from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' is a Martian. She is constantly trying to get her friends to call her "Megan" but they still almost always use "M'gann", "M'gann" unless she's disguised as a human.
30th Apr '16 8:08:44 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': In a move that blurs the line between this and DubNameChange, the heroes still officially have their Japanese names in the English dub, but use shortened western sounding nicknames InUniverse. Shown in the character title screens in the first episode with examples like Yamato "Matt" Ishida or Koushiro "Izzy" Izumi, who takes his nickname from his last name.
* In the English dub of ''Manga/ShamanKing'', the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ainu_people Ainu]] character Horohoro introduces himself as "Trey Racer". At first this appears to be a straight case of DubNameChange, but then his sister shows up looking for him... Turns out that dub!Horohoro just [[EmbarrassingFirstName finds his name embarassing]] and asks people to call him Trey [[AwesomeMcCoolname because it sounds cooler]].
* In ''Manga/GunsmithCats'' Ken sometimes gets called Kentucky, as his real name is Ken Takizawa.
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* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'''s Sally Jupiter, from the Polish "Juspeczyk".
* The ComicBook/MartianManhunter adapted the very generic John Jones from the Martian J'onn Jonzz.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'''s Sally Jupiter, the first Silk Spectre, from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' changed her name from "Juspeczyk" so people wouldn't know she was Polish.
* Martians in
the Polish "Juspeczyk".
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DC Universe tend to have names that are pretty much English sounding names with apostrophes, and translate them on earth. ComicBook/MartianManhunter adapted the very generic John Jones from the is "J'onn J'onzz" which becomes "John Jones" in his human persona. Miss Martian J'onn Jonzz.is named "M'gann M'orzz", which becomes "Megan Morse" when living as a human girl.



* Both Franchise/{{Superman}} and ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} are Kryptonians. Superman's birth name is "Kal-El" but he was raised as "Clark" by his human family. Pre-Crisis Supergirl used "Linda Danvers" as her SecretIdentity but more modern depictions typically avert this trope and have her use her name, Kara Zor-El, instead.



* In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', it's revealed that Doc Brown's father had their name naturalized from Von Braun because of the world war.

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* In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', it's revealed Doc Brown mentions that Doc Brown's father had their name naturalized his family emigrated from Von Braun because of Germany as the world war."Von Brauns". They changed it to "Brown" to dodge racist backlash when UsefulNotes/WorldWarI started.



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}''; Fender says his name was "Bumper" before moving into the country.
* In ''Film/ShanghaiNoon'' Creator/JackieChan's character is named "Chong Wang", but every American just calls him by the closest they can manage: John Wayne.
* According to ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooFrankencreepy'' Velma's family name was originally "[[TheVonTropeFamily Von Dinklestein]]" until they changed it to "Dinkley" in America.
* ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'' has the singer Sugar Kane. Her birth name is "Sugar Kowalczyk".
* Esther Blodgett is given the StageName of "Vicki Lesther" in ''Film/AStarIsBorn'' because the executives don't think her real name sounds good for an actress.
* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'' is about Jewish-Russian FunnyAnimal mice who move to America in the 1880s. Tanya was given an "American name" of "Tillie" and Fievel was given the name "Phillie" at the start of the film. Neither of them use the names.



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* In the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "Election Day", a German-born resident gives his name as "John Smith". Government agent Terrence Myers speaks German to him, and when the man replies in the same language, Myers challenges him on his "real name". The man says his name was "Johannes Schmidt" and he changed it because other Canadians had trouble pronouncing it.
* In the ''Series/{{Friends}}'' episode "The One with the Fake Monica", Joey Tribbiani decides to change his name to something less ethnic. Chandler jokingly suggests "Joseph Stalin". Being TheDitz, Joey doesn't know how infamous this name is and tries to use it.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS5E3EnsignRo Ensign Ro]]", Ro Laren explains that some Bajorans [[NameOrderConfusion switch their name order]] to the Anglosphere's given name-then-surname when dealing with offworlders. She very pointedly prefers to be addressed in the Bajoran style, however.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', Fievel and Tanya are renamed Phillie and Tillie. Neither one takes, however.
* Played for laughs in TheSimpsons episode "Bart-Mangled Banner". After relocating to France, the Simpsons become homesick and travel back to America. When Homer states their family name to an official, the man changes it to "Simps". To really drive the point home, they arrived in New York by boat and were dressed in nineteenth century European clothes while "Coming to America" plays in the background.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', Fievel and Tanya are renamed Phillie and Tillie. Neither one takes, however.
* Played for laughs
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in TheSimpsons the episode "Bart-Mangled Banner". After relocating to France, the Simpsons become homesick and travel back to America. When Homer states their family name to an official, the man changes it to "Simps". To really drive the point home, they arrived in New York by boat and were dressed in nineteenth century European clothes while "Coming to America" plays in the background.


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* M'gann from ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' is a Martian. She is constantly trying to get her friends to call her "Megan" but they still almost always use "M'gann", unless she's disguised as a human.
12th Mar '16 8:13:05 AM HeraldAlberich
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When a character translates their name to use as an alias, it's ThisIsMyNameOnForeign.
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21st Oct '15 7:32:11 AM fq
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* ''ComicBook/WerewolfByNight'': Jack's stepfather changed his last name from Russoff to Russell after moving from Romania to the United States. This caused Jack's own name to be Americanized as well: his original last name was [[spoiler:also Russoff, because his stepfather is his late father's brother (a.k.a. his uncle)]].
7th Sep '15 2:30:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* There is a story from Alsace-Lorraine which changed hands between Germany and France several times during the 19th and 20th century. Apparently, whenever the Germans took it, they forced everyone to translate their French names, while the French would simply pronounce the German names in the French way. Which allegedly lead to this: one family originally named Lagarde (watch[man]) became "Wache" when the Germans came; then "Vache" (cow) when the French came back; then "Kuh" and finally "Cul" (ass). And if the Germans had returned once more, they'd have become [[FailOSuckyname "Arsch"]].

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* There is a story from Alsace-Lorraine which changed hands between Germany and France several times during the 19th and 20th century. Apparently, whenever the Germans took it, they forced everyone to translate their French names, while the French would simply pronounce the German names in the French way. Which allegedly lead to this: one family originally named Lagarde (watch[man]) became "Wache" when the Germans came; then "Vache" (cow) when the French came back; then "Kuh" and finally "Cul" (ass). And if the Germans had returned once more, they'd have become [[FailOSuckyname [[UnfortunateNames "Arsch"]].
24th Aug '15 10:48:59 AM Austin
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* The original name of Starfire of the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' is Kori'ander. When she got to Earth, she adopted the name Kory Anders.

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* The original name of Starfire ComicBook/{{Starfire}} of the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' is Kori'ander. When she got to Earth, she adopted the name Kory Anders.
14th Jul '15 5:51:18 PM nombretomado
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* The MartianManhunter adapted the very generic John Jones from the Martian J'onn Jonzz.

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* The MartianManhunter ComicBook/MartianManhunter adapted the very generic John Jones from the Martian J'onn Jonzz.
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