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20th Dec '17 7:00:21 PM sablesword
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* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', Aragorn is first introduced in Bree by the disreputable-sounding alias of "Strider." In Gondor, he decides to use Strider as a surname, after applying an appropriate translation: "In the high tongue it will not sound so ill, and ''Telcontar'' I will be and all the heirs of my body."
3rd Dec '17 7:33:03 AM DaibhidC
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* In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', it's briefly mentioned that Cheery Littlebottom's surname in Dwarfish is actually "Sh'rt'azs". Presumably, the same goes for other Morporkian dwarf names.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
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In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', it's briefly mentioned that Cheery Littlebottom's surname in Dwarfish is actually "Sh'rt'azs". Presumably, the same goes for other Morporkian dwarf names.names.
** Billy Slick, a goblin working for Harry King in ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'' who reckons you can't get ahead in Ankh-Morpork with a goblin name like Of the Wind Regretfully Blown.
3rd Dec '17 7:26:54 AM DaibhidC
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* A recurring skit in ''Series/GoodnessGrascciousMe'' involves two TheWhitestBlackGuy families: the Coopers, who were originally the Kapoors, and their neighbours the Robinsons, originally Rabindranaths. They get ''very offended'' if anyone uses their original names.

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* A recurring skit in ''Series/GoodnessGrascciousMe'' ''Series/GoodnessGraciousMe'' involves two TheWhitestBlackGuy families: the Coopers, who were originally the Kapoors, and their neighbours the Robinsons, originally Rabindranaths. They get ''very offended'' if anyone uses their original names.
3rd Dec '17 7:20:21 AM DaibhidC
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* A recurring skit in ''Series/GoodnessGracciousMe'' involves two TheWhitestBlackGuy families: the Coopers, who were originally the Kapoors, and their neighbours the Robinsons, originally Rabindranaths. They get ''very offended'' if anyone uses their original names.

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* A recurring skit in ''Series/GoodnessGracciousMe'' ''Series/GoodnessGrascciousMe'' involves two TheWhitestBlackGuy families: the Coopers, who were originally the Kapoors, and their neighbours the Robinsons, originally Rabindranaths. They get ''very offended'' if anyone uses their original names.
3rd Dec '17 7:20:10 AM DaibhidC
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* A recurring skit in ''Series/GoodnessGracciousMe'' involves two TheWhitestBlackGuy families: the Coopers, who were originally the Kapoors, and their neighbours the Robinsons, originally Rabindranaths. They get ''very offended'' if anyone uses their original names.
3rd Dec '17 5:48:41 AM DaibhidC
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* In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', it's briefly mentioned that Cheery Littlebottom's surname in Dwarfish is actually "Sh'rt'azs". Presumably, the same goes for other Morporkian dwarf names.
5th Nov '17 11:46:35 PM StrixObscuro
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* Sally Jupiter, the first Silk Spectre, from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' changed her name from "Juspeczyk" so people wouldn't know she was Polish.

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* Sally Jupiter, the first Silk Spectre, from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' changed her name from "Juspeczyk" so people wouldn't know she was Polish. Ironically, her daughter Laurie went the opposite route, taking the last name Juspeczyk so that people wouldn't know that she was Sally Jupiter's daughter.



** A similar theory holds that Victor Mancha's mother had a much more conventionally Mexican surname, but adopted the last name "Mancha" to conceal her criminal past.
** And yet another theory postulates that Klara Prast's husband had a more conventional surname that was Americanized as "Prast".




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* In ''ComicBook/JustImagine: Superman'', the alien Salden adopts the name Clark Kent after becoming stranded on Earth.
* In ''ComicBook/UnstoppableWasp'', Nadia Pym changes her name to Nadia Van Dyne after becoming a naturalized American citizen, as a way of getting out of her famous father's shadow.



* In ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars A Princess of Mars]]'', after John Carter kills the Tharks Dotar and Sojat in combat, he is given their names as part of the spoils of combat, which he uses as his Barsoomian name. In a later book, Ulysses S. Paxton is christened "Vad Varo" after arriving on Barsoom.



* In ''Series/ThirdRockFromTheSun'', the Solomons' real names are never revealed. They chose the last name Solomon off of a passing truck; Harry remarks that they nearly became "the K-Marts".



** 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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** Norris (A (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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* In ''VideoGame/EliseTheDevil'', the demon Iblis adopts the name Elise after being BroughtDownToNormal, the better to fit in with the humans that she now has to deal with.
* In ''VideoGame/TheYukonTrail'', one of the player's potential partners is a Native American woman who adopted the name Linda because many of the prospectors she deals with have difficulty pronouncing her real name.
2nd Nov '17 3:07:37 PM StarTropes
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* In ''Film/DrStrangelove'', the titular character is a German immigrant. When someone mentions that the name "Strangelove" doesn't really sound German, another character reveals that it was originally "Merkwürdigliebe" (literally means "strange love"), but he anglicized it after moving to the US.

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* In ''Film/DrStrangelove'', the titular character is a German immigrant. When someone General Turgidson mentions that the name "Strangelove" doesn't really sound German, another character reveals that it was originally "Merkwürdigliebe" (literally means "strange love"), but he anglicized it after moving to the US.
16th Oct '17 9:37:57 PM StrixObscuro
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* In ''ComicBook/TombOfDracula'', Dracula is revealed to have descendants who left for the United States. They changed their surname to "Drake" in order to hide their heritage.

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* In ''ComicBook/TombOfDracula'', ''ComicBook/TheTombOfDracula'', Dracula is revealed to have descendants who left for the United States. They changed their surname to "Drake" in order to hide their heritage.
16th Oct '17 9:37:08 PM StrixObscuro
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* In ''ComicBook/TombOfDracula'', Dracula is revealed to have descendants who left for the United States. They changed their surname to "Drake" in order to hide their heritage.
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