History Main / OnlyOneName

18th Jun '18 9:42:10 AM KYCubbie
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* Wrestling/{{WWE}} has a strange habit of giving a large number of their Divas only one name. While wrestlers going by only one name have always been pretty common (even now, there's Wrestling/{{Fandango}} and Wrestling/{{Ryback}},) they, at least, are distinct titles, whereas the Only One Name Divas are usually rather generic first names, such as Wrestling/{{Maryse}}, Wrestling/{{Layla}}, Maria, Wrestling/{{Melina}}, Maxine, [[Wrestling/NatalyaNeidhart Natalya]], Wrestling/{{Emma}}, and Wrestling/{{Paige}}. Also noticeable is that the WWE fanbase has actively revolted against this, often using a CanonName, such as names they used in developmental, to the extent that WWE has acutally started using them again, as has happened with Cameron Lynn, Wrestling/{{Naomi}} Knight(or not), and Wrestling/AJLee. There's a variant where a Diva will only have a first name, but one that's in two parts, such as Summer Rae and Eva Marie.

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* Wrestling/{{WWE}} has a strange habit of giving a large number of their Divas only one name. While wrestlers going by only one name have always been pretty common (even now, there's Wrestling/{{Fandango}} and Wrestling/{{Ryback}},) they, at least, are distinct titles, whereas the Only One Name Divas are usually rather generic first names, such as Wrestling/{{Maryse}}, Wrestling/{{Layla}}, Maria, Wrestling/{{Melina}}, Maxine, [[Wrestling/NatalyaNeidhart Natalya]], Wrestling/{{Natalya|Neidhart}}, Wrestling/{{Emma}}, and Wrestling/{{Paige}}. Also noticeable is that the WWE fanbase has actively revolted against this, often using a CanonName, such as names they used in developmental, to the extent that WWE has acutally actually started using them again, as has happened with Cameron Lynn, Wrestling/CharlotteFlair, Wrestling/{{Naomi}} Knight(or Knight (or not), and Wrestling/AJLee. (In Charlotte's case, she started out using only "Charlotte", despite being acknowledged on-screen as Wrestling/{{Ric|Flair}}'s real-life daughter.) There's a variant where a Diva will only have a first name, but one that's in two parts, such as Summer Rae and Eva Marie.
18th Jun '18 9:35:20 AM KYCubbie
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* And Music/{{Drake}} (full name Aubrey Drake Graham). He was known as Aubrey Graham as a teen actor in the Series/{{Degrassi}} franchise, but started using just his middle name when he went into music.



* And Music/{{Beck}} (Beck David Hansen). And Jewel (Jewel Kircher).

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* And Music/{{Beck}} (Beck David Hansen). And Jewel (Jewel Kircher).Kilcher).



* Music/{{Beyonce}} (full name: Beyoncé Knowles) after Music/DestinysChild.

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* Music/{{Beyonce}} (full name: Beyoncé Knowles) Knowles, later Knowles-[[Music/JayZ Carter]]) after Music/DestinysChild.



* [[Music/CherylCole Cheryl]] after her divorce for solo work.

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* [[Music/CherylCole Cheryl]] Music/{{Cheryl|Cole}} after her divorce for solo work.



* Dion (his first name[[note]]As opposed to "Music/CelineDion"[[/note]]), a singer from the 1960s, known for hits such as "Teenager in Love" (with his band Dion and the Belmonts), "Runaround Sue", "The Wanderer", and "[[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln Abraham]], [[UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr Martin]], and [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy John]]".

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* Dion (his first name[[note]]As opposed to "Music/CelineDion"[[/note]]), a singer from the 1960s, known for hits such as "Teenager in Love" (with his band Dion and the Belmonts), "Runaround Sue", "The Wanderer", and "[[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln Abraham]], [[UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr Martin]], "UsefulNotes/{{Abraham|Lincoln}}, UsefulNotes/{{Martin|LutherKingJr}}, and [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy John]]".UsefulNotes/{{John|FKennedy}}".



* Carman used this throughout his music career; mainly due to the fact his last name (Licciardello) is rather complicated to pronounce.

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* Carman used this throughout his music career; career, mainly due to the fact his last name (Licciardello) is rather complicated to pronounce.
14th Jun '18 9:33:49 AM infernape612
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** Nearly every character in the ''FireEmblem'' franchise, with a few exceptions : [[spoiler:Alpine Alm Rudolf]] from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden Gaiden]]'', Celice Baldos Chalphy and Leaf Faris Claus from ''Seisen no Keifu'', the Reed family (Brendan, Lloyd and Linus) of ''Rekka no Ken'', and Princess Elincia Ridell Crimea, Jill Fizzart, and her father Shiharam Fizzart of ''Path of Radiance''; while the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia OVA]] gave Marth the last name "Lowell", and some fans have gone on to use it as a result, and some royal units (such as the [[TheHero lords]]) get fanon last names that match the kingdoms they rule (i.e. "Eliwood/Roy Pherae") with occasional fanmade names popping up here and there (i.e. "Greil", their father's alias, for Ike and Mist), these have never been confirmed in game canon.

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** Nearly every character in the ''FireEmblem'' ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' franchise, with a few exceptions : [[spoiler:Alpine [[spoiler:Albein Alm Rudolf]] from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden Gaiden]]'', Celice Seliph Baldos Chalphy and Leaf Leif Faris Claus from ''Seisen no Keifu'', ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', the Reed family (Brendan, Lloyd and Linus) of ''Rekka no Ken'', ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade The Blazing Blade]]'', and Princess Elincia Ridell Crimea, Jill Fizzart, and her father Shiharam Fizzart of ''Path ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance Path of Radiance''; Radiance]]''; while the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia [[VideoGame/FireEmblemShadowDragonAndTheBladeOfLight OVA]] gave Marth the last name "Lowell", and some fans have gone on to use it as a result, and some royal units (such as the [[TheHero lords]]) get fanon last names that match the kingdoms they rule (i.e. "Eliwood/Roy Pherae") with occasional fanmade names popping up here and there (i.e. "Greil", their father's alias, for Ike and Mist), these have never been confirmed in game canon.
13th Jun '18 3:24:18 PM TheSaddleman
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* It's commonplace in the porn industry for performers to choose a single-name stage name, or to become known primarily by their first name. Examples include Janine, Serena, Selena, and untold amateur models or video performers who choose to go by their first name only. Can sometimes cause issues; for example, at one point there were numerous performers named Cassidy active at the same time, resulting eventually in one adopting the name Cassidy Dark, and another adding a third s to her name (Casssidy). Not to mention trying to google search someone who just goes by the name "Jane" can be a time-consuming process.
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13th Jun '18 3:19:58 PM TheSaddleman
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* Music/{{Elvis|Presley}} is arguably a subversion -- most people know who you're talking about if you just say "Elvis," but most people also know his last name (Presley).

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* Music/{{Elvis|Presley}} is arguably a subversion -- most people know who you're talking about if you just say "Elvis," but most people also know his last name (Presley). During his career, record sleeves and promotions usually just credited him as Elvis from the late 1950s onward; his movies and the actually ''labels'' of the records he released, always credited him by his full name.


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* Before she achieved stardom as Music/JenniferWarnes, Warnes launched her career as Jennifer ''Warren'' before temporarily billing herself as simply "Jennifer" for a couple of years.
27th May '18 10:24:42 PM Gamermaster
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** Sai has no family name, since even his given name is nothing more than an alias, while Team 7's temporary leader after the TimeSkip is only known by his codenames "Yamato" and "Tenzo".

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** Sai has no family name, since even his given name is nothing more than an alias, while Team 7's temporary leader after the TimeSkip is only known by his codenames "Yamato" and "Tenzo". [[spoiler: Sai gains the surname name "Yamanaka" after marrying Ino in the epilogue.]]
18th May '18 8:06:36 PM ultimomant
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18th May '18 8:06:14 PM ultimomant
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* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': The following non-exhaustive list of characters in season 1 have only one name: Jimmy, Billings ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E18Clue Clue]]"), Cutrone ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E16TheLoveBoat The Love Boat]]"), Fletcher ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E2ChainedHeat Chained Heat]]"), Graves ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E17TheLongestDay The Longest Day]]"), [=McCoy=], Reed ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E14TheNightTheLightsWentOutInGeorgia The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia]]"), Ryan, Simpson ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E12Ghosts Ghosts]]"), Templeton ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E1Pilot Pilot]]"), Nicholas, Albert ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E3NoQuarter No Quarter]]"), Ashley ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E9Kashmir Kashmir]]"), Rose ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E8TiesThatBind Ties That Bind]]"), Rosie ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E13TheSongRemainsTheSame The Song Remains the Same]]"), Sam, Trevor (two characters with that name), [=McCready=] ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E17TheLongestDay The Longest Day]]"), Drexel ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E6SexAndDrugs Sex and Drugs]]"), Audrey ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E7TheChildrensCrusade The Children's Crusade]]"), Beth, Boggs, Brian, Caleb, Carl, Davis, Duane ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E15Home Home]]"), George, Jack, Jacob, Lily, Michael, Peter, Rob ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E5SoulTrain Soul Train]]"), Rudy ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E4ThePlagueDogs The Plague Dogs]]"), Sean, Skip, Sonia, Spencer, Steve (two characters with that name), and Vidal. Most of them are minor one-shot characters

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* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': The following non-exhaustive list of characters in season 1 have only one name: Jimmy, Billings ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E18Clue Clue]]"), Cutrone ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E16TheLoveBoat The Love Boat]]"), Fletcher ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E2ChainedHeat Chained Heat]]"), Graves ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E17TheLongestDay The Longest Day]]"), [=McCoy=], Reed ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E14TheNightTheLightsWentOutInGeorgia The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia]]"), Ryan, Simpson ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E12Ghosts Ghosts]]"), Templeton ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E1Pilot Pilot]]"), Nicholas, Albert ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E3NoQuarter No Quarter]]"), Ashley ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E9Kashmir Kashmir]]"), Rose ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E8TiesThatBind Ties That Bind]]"), Rosie ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E13TheSongRemainsTheSame The Song Remains the Same]]"), Sam, Trevor (two characters with that name), [=McCready=] ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E17TheLongestDay The Longest Day]]"), Drexel ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E6SexAndDrugs Sex and Drugs]]"), Audrey ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E7TheChildrensCrusade The Children's Crusade]]"), Beth, Boggs, Brian, Caleb, Carl, Davis, Duane ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E15Home Home]]"), George, Jack, Jacob, Lily, Michael, Peter, Rob ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E5SoulTrain Soul Train]]"), Rudy ("[[Recap/RevolutionS1E4ThePlagueDogs The Plague Dogs]]"), Sean, Skip, Sonia, Spencer, Steve (two characters with that name), and Vidal. Most of them are minor one-shot characterscharacters, but a couple of them are recurring characters.
* ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'': Cromartie is one of these. They even lampshade it ''in his very first scene''.
-->'''Cromartie''': Mister Ferguson is ill today. My name is Cromartie.
-->'''Student''': Is that your only name, like Madonna?
-->'''Cromartie''': Madonna? Why? No.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': Newman's first name is never mentioned at all, even on his [[http://www.stanthecaddy.com/images/the-package1.jpg business card]]. And for a long time Kramer was this, until the episode revealing his first name is Cosmo.
* ''Series/{{Sharpe}}'': Harris is never given a first name. This is given a LampshadeHanging in ''Sharpe's Waterloo'' - Hagman, who has served with him for years and presumably knows him very well, asks "So what ''is'' your first name?"
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Teal'c. For that matter, most of SG-1's aliens do not have family names.
** However, this is averted in ''Series/StargateAtlantis,'' where most aliens, including regulars Teyla Emmagan and Ronon Dex, do have first and last names. This raises an interesting question: how is it that Earth alone uses a naming system unheard of in the Milky Way galaxy but commonplace in the Pegasus Galaxy?
*** Well, the majority of the humans in the Milky Way were ruled, and thus had their cultures influenced by, the Goa'uld, whereas the Pegasus Galaxy and post-Goa'uld Earth were more influenced by the Ancients. That could be one way of hand waving the entire problem.
*** Except most Ancients in the show don't have last names, either.
*** A lot do. The first one SG-1 meets is Oma Desala. The first one the Atlantis team meets is Chaya Sar. The one SG-1 meets ''in'' Atlantis is Ganos Lal, aka Morgan le Fay.
** The Jaffa sometimes tack place of origin (or current affiliation, in the case of "Teal'c of the Tau'ri") onto another Jaffa's name (and sometimes that of a human) as if this constituted a type of full name in their culture.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Klingons may also have a {{UsefulNotes/patronymic}} ("Worf, son of Mogh") and a House name ("Worf of the House of Mogh", later the House of Martok), but do not have true last names. Vulcans might be the same, depending on which set of contradictory evidence you prefer.
** Then there's Chakotay.
** We also have Data. And Odo. And Laas.
*** Wan't Odo's full name Odo Ital? I might be misremembering...
*** Correct. It was Bajoran for "unknown sample".
*** By rights, Data could've been Data Soong, but chose not to do it.
** And Neelix. And Kes.
** Trill symbionts have only one name, and hosts use it as a surname when joined, dropping the family name. Thus, Ezri Tigan became Ezri Dax when joined with the Dax symbiont. We never do find out what Jadzia's original family name was before she was joined with Dax though.
** ''Deep Space Nine's'' Dukat never got a first name in the series. {{Fanon}} based on novels gave it as "Skrain." Other Cardassian characters got full names, like Elim Garak, Enabran Tain and Tora Ziyal (though Ziyal's is Bajoran-style, rather than being "Ziyal Dukat", for [[ChildOfRape a good reason]]).
*** During Dominion War arc, Dukat, recording a log entry on Terok Nor, once referred to himself as "Dukat, S.G.", although no explanation is given what it means or even if it is part of his name (as opposed to some rank/position like "Station/Sector Gul/Garrison" etc)
** One episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' claims Spock's last name cannot be pronounced by humans, but others seem to indicate he has [[OnlyOneName no last name at all]]. Diane Duane's ''Literature/SpocksWorld'' speculates that Vulcans use patronymics, so Spock's full name, according to her, is "Spock cha'Sarek".
*** Actually, the name that couldn't be pronounced was merely called "another name" in one episode and "the Vulcan name" (implicitly the family name) in another. Since not all cultures put the family name last or even have family names in the Western sense, we don't know if Spock's unpronounceable name is his first or last name. Continuity editor D.C. Fontana decided that this other name was "XTMPRSQZNTWLFB". Linguist fanfic author Dorothy Jones actually worked out a pronunciation and etymology for that sucker.
** Similarly, Sulu's first name was not given in ''Franchise/StarTrek'' canon until the 6th movie in the series. The name Hikaru actually came from one of the first published novels, ''The Entropy Effect''.
** On ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', O'Brien didn't get a last name until his third appearance, and didn't get a first (and middle) name, Miles Edward, until three years after his first appearance. He's an AscendedExtra, so it's excusable.
** The Vorta, none of whom have family names. Understandable, as they don't have families, but they do each get a number tacked on to their name, so that's something.
** None of the named Romulans (e.g. Sela, Donatra, Tel'Aura, Tomalak) appears to have a last name. Given that they're an offshoot of Vulcans, this may be a JustifiedTrope. However, at least one non-canon novel has a character refer to a Romulan by name. Specifically, Captain John Harriman (the inept captain of the ''Enterprise''-B, whom the book turned into a badass) purposefully calls Admiral Vokar by his first name Aventeer, knowing the latter would perceive it as an insult.
*** There is one exception to this, Admiral Alidar Jarok. Though you'd be forgiven if after watching the episode he appeared in you made the mistake of thinking "Alidar" was an alias rather than his first name.
* In ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', this is generally used for Rangers not from modern Japan, like the [[Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger Zyurangers]] (prehistoric times), [[Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger Kakurangers]] (ancient Japan), and [[Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger Goseigers]] (Gosei World), as well as some of the [[Series/MiraiSentaiTimeranger Timerangers]] (the future), [[Series/DobutsuSentaiZyuohger Zyuohgers]] (Zyuland), and [[Series/UchuSentaiKyuranger Kyurangers]] (other planets). Exceptions to this rule include the [[Series/HikariSentaiMaskman Maskmen]], [[Series/GoseiSentaiDairanger Dairangers]], and [[Series/ResshaSentaiToqger Toqgers]] (the last of whose case can be chalked up to their LaserGuidedAmnesia).
* ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'':
** The angels all only have a first name.
** Reapers as well.
** Lilith and Cain are the only demons to go by their human names, and neither of them apparently have surnames. The rest of the demons don't remember their previous names (except for Crowley, and he doesn't use it), and apparently just pick a random human name when they're on Earth. There's at least one instance of a demon using the name of its vessel (Meg Masters), even after switching to a new vessel.
* ''Series/TrailerParkBoys'': None of the characters outside of the Lahey family have surnames (and Bubbles is never even given a proper first name, "Bubbles" is explicitly stated to be a nickname). This gets comical when the main characters get arrested or go to court and the cops and judges only call them Julian or Ricky.
* ''Series/TruCalling'': Davis.
-->'''Tru''': I don't even know if Davis is your first or last name.
-->'''Davis''': Middle.
* ''Series/UltraSeven'': [[TheLancer Soga]] and [[TheSmartGuy Amagi]] are the only two Ultra Garrison members without full names.
* ''Series/{{V 1983}}'': The Visitors in both the original and [[Series/{{V 2009}} new series]] go only by a first name.
* ''Series/VengeanceUnlimited'': Mr. Chapel's first name is never revealed. Though the likelihood of Chapel itself being a pseudonym is rather high in this regard.
* ''Series/{{Vintergatan}}'': The protagonists usually only had one name...then it becomes an AvertedTrope with the second season, when they got last names too.
* ''Series/WhatNotToWear'': Carmindy, the makeup expert.
* ''Series/YoungBlades'': Siroc. It's unclear whether this is a first or last name.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Music/{{Madonna}} and Music/{{Prince}}, though in both cases it's actually their real first name.
** To add insult to injury, Prince used an [[LuckyCharmsTitle unpronounceable symbol]] for his name for most of the 1990's, for legal reasons.
* Similarly, Music/{{Rihanna}} is always known as just "Rihanna", but that's actually her real ''middle'' name (her full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty).
* There's also Music/{{Cher}}. Her full name used to be Cherilyn Sarkisian, but she legally changed it to just "Cher".
* And Music/{{Beck}} (Beck David Hansen). And Jewel (Jewel Kircher).
* And from the 60s, Donovan, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0Engn3Ar3k Melanie]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAnpvh6nC4U Melissa]] and [[Creator/RichardBrautigan Victoria]].
* And, to top it off, Music/{{Morrissey}}, who uses only his ''surname'' (in full, it's Steven Patrick Morrissey).
* Music/{{Elvis|Presley}} is arguably a subversion -- most people know who you're talking about if you just say "Elvis," but most people also know his last name (Presley).
* Similarly, Liberace only used his surname. Understandable, as his first name was Wladziu.
* VisualKei, full stop. Nearly ''every'' musician in the movement uses a single name (often their given name or a shortened version of it), and it's not unheard of for two (or more) different musicians to have the same stage name. This is why, when people talk about specific performers, they almost always specify which band(s) they are/were associated with; how else is someone going to know [[http://visualkei.wikia.com/wiki/Yuki which Yuki you're talking about]]?
* Nena (Gabriele Susanne Kerner), of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQYQTFudrqc 99 Luftballons]] [[OneHitWonder fame]].
* Music/{{Beyonce}} (full name: Beyoncé Knowles) after Music/DestinysChild.
* Music/{{Shakira}} - except at UCLA.
** Also her character [[ADogNamedDog Gazelle]] in ''{{Disney/Zootopia}}''.
* [[Music/CherylCole Cheryl]] after her divorce for solo work.
* 90's R&B princesses Shanice, Brandy, Monica, and Aaliyah.
* Arianna of The Frozen Autumn.
* Music/TriciaBrock dropped her surname for her sophomore solo album.
* Dion (his first name[[note]]As opposed to "Music/CelineDion"[[/note]]), a singer from the 1960s, known for hits such as "Teenager in Love" (with his band Dion and the Belmonts), "Runaround Sue", "The Wanderer", and "[[UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln Abraham]], [[UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr Martin]], and [[UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy John]]".
* Harry Nilsson, another singer from the 1960s, was sometimes credited as simply "Nilsson".
* Music/{{Oliver}}, whose full name was William Oliver Swofford. It was his record producer's idea for him to drop his first and last name; it was done without his consent on the record labels, and initially he was angry about it. He believed it to be "crude and contrived" to use only one name, but eventually he warmed to his professional moniker.
* Björk [[{{UsefulNotes/Patronymic}} Gudmundsdottir]], better known as simply [[Music/{{Bjork}} "Björk"]], even in her native Iceland, and even when she's not performing, because "Gudmundsdottir" isn't a surname, but UsefulNotes/{{Patronymic}}; Icelanders ''don't have'' last names.
* Marta Marrero, better known as "Martika".[[note]]When she was first cast in Series/KidsIncorporated (where she was one of the few non-[[TheDanza Danzas]]), she was originally billed under her real name.[[/note]]
* Kristine, a Greek retro {{New Wave| Music}} artist.
* Mexican singer Yuri (full name: Yuridia Valenzuela Canseco)
* {{Music/Selena}} (no, not [[Music/SelenaGomez her]]...)
* [[Music/BoAKorea BoA]]
* Noelle, vocalist for Damone and The Organ Beats, who has also released solo material using her first name only- Actually, The Organ Beats are ''all'' credited by first name on their albums.
* Mandia (Nantsios).
* Carman used this throughout his music career; mainly due to the fact his last name (Licciardello) is rather complicated to pronounce.
* Music/{{Sirusho}} - her real name is ''Siranush Harutyunyan'' (well, now that she's married, it's Siranush Kocharyan.)
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* Merlin, Sir Kay, Guenivere, Percival... pretty nearly every character in the [[KingArthur Arthurian myths.]] Only Arthur and his father have a known surname - Pendragon.
* In Myth/ClassicalMythology, Myth/NorseMythology, and Myth/EgyptianMythology, and nearly every other set of ancient stories, characters have only one name just as it was with most ancient cultures.
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* {{Popeye}}
* While the human characters in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' presumably have two names, even though we're not told them except for "Susie Derkins" (and no names at all in the case of Calvin's parents, who, again, are not presumably nameless in-universe), Hobbes is a tiger, so it's quite possible he's really just "Hobbes".
* A few characters in ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' are only known by one name, the most prominent ones being Schroeder, Marcy, Frieda and Shermy. Plus the animal characters, of course.
* Marjorie Henderson Buell, the original creator of ComicStrip/LittleLulu, was usually credited as simply "Marge".
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* Wrestling/{{WWE}} has a strange habit of giving a large number of their Divas only one name. While wrestlers going by only one name have always been pretty common (even now, there's Wrestling/{{Fandango}} and Wrestling/{{Ryback}},) they, at least, are distinct titles, whereas the Only One Name Divas are usually rather generic first names, such as Wrestling/{{Maryse}}, Wrestling/{{Layla}}, Maria, Wrestling/{{Melina}}, Maxine, [[Wrestling/NatalyaNeidhart Natalya]], Wrestling/{{Emma}}, and Wrestling/{{Paige}}. Also noticeable is that the WWE fanbase has actively revolted against this, often using a CanonName, such as names they used in developmental, to the extent that WWE has acutally started using them again, as has happened with Cameron Lynn, Wrestling/{{Naomi}} Knight(or not), and Wrestling/AJLee. There's a variant where a Diva will only have a first name, but one that's in two parts, such as Summer Rae and Eva Marie.
* Even male wrestlers have a tendency to have their names shortened down further and further. In recent years, [[Wrestling/BigELangston Big E]] (Langston,) (Antonio) [[Wrestling/ClaudioCastagnoli Cesaro,]] and (Alexander) [[Wrestling/AlexanderRusev Rusev]] have all had chunks of their names lopped off after debuting, with the prevailing theory being that smaller names are easier to work with from a marketing standpoint (easier to format onto merchandise, etc.)
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[[folder:Television Commercials]]
* A 2012 Progressive Insurance commercial has a close-up shot of Flo's driver's license that reveals that she has no middle or last names.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* Belize from ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica''; most of the other main characters get specified ''middle'' names, for crying out loud, but not Belize.
** It's explained [[ExpandedUniverse in the character page of the printed version of the script]] that his given name was Norman Arriaga; "Belize is a drag name that stuck".
* The title character of ''{{Elling}}''. Made all the more curious by the fact that no one mentions it even though everyone refers to his roommate using a FullNameBasis.
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's plays sometimes did this to fit the setting (ancient Greece, ancient Egypt, etc)...''except'' when dealing with comedic characters. This was because, [[AnachronismStew no matter what the setting or time period, the comedy characters would always be based on Elizabethan-era peasants]]--and in the Elizabethan era, people had last names. That's why, for instance, the main characters in ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' are named simply "Demetrius", "Theseus" or "Hermia"--but the peasant caricatures putting on the [[ShowWithinAShow play-within-a-play]] are named "Nick Bottom", "Tom Snout", "Peter Quince", and so on.
* As with the movie, Professor Callahan in ''Theatre/LegallyBlonde'' is never referred to by anything other than his last name (Stromwell is absent from this version).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''[[VideoGame/TwentyTwentySeven 2027]]'': Daniel's last name is never revealed.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** The Master Chief is only known as John-117. The closest thing we have to a family name for him is this MIT prank claiming that he's actually [[http://hacks.mit.edu/Hacks/by_year/2007/halo3_john_harvard/ John Harvard]].
** This sort of thing applies to every SPARTAN-II SuperSoldier; because all of them were "recruited" and brainwashed by the military as children, none of them remember their family names, which were replaced by designation numbers. The only SPARTAN-II who even uses a surname is Kurt-051, who was given the last name of Ambrose as a cover when he was assigned to trained the [=SPARTAN-IIIs=]. However, expanded universe material have gradually revealed the original surnames of more and more [=SPARTAN-IIs=]: so far, we know of [[spoiler:Kurt M. Trevelyan, Naomi Sentzke, Frederic Ellsworth, Linda Pravdin, Kelly Shaddock, Douglas Rutland, Jerome Cable, and Alice Treske]].
** Lower-ranking Covenant races, like [[SlaveMooks Grunts]] and [[SpacePirate Jackals]], are not officially allowed to have surnames, due to the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Elites]]' belief that names are a privilege for only the worthy. On the other hand, the [[KillerSpaceMonkey Brutes]] don't seem to care for surnames to begin with. All that being said, the splintering of the Covenant after ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'' has seemingly led to many Elite warlords relaxing the old naming restrictions, considering that a few Grunt [=NPCs=] in ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' actually have official surnames.
** In ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga'', the long-dead Yprin Yprikushma is the only character in the entire trilogy to have a surname; neither the highly-advanced Forerunners nor [[spoiler:the prehistoric remnants of the once-advanced human and San 'Shyuum civilizations]] seem to use them, period.
* Both ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' games have many examples. Every Jedi Master ever given a name, Kreia, the Handmaiden's name ([[spoiler:Brianna]]), the Disciple's name ([[spoiler:Mical]]), Mira, Juhani, Malak, Revan, all of the Wookies, and more.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' averts this with everyone except for Legion and ([[spoiler:until he joins Clan Urdnot]]) Grunt. Then again, except for Ashley, Kaidan, and a few formal situations involving Tali, almost nobody's last name is ever mentioned.
** In ''Franchise/MassEffect'', and ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', due to limitations on the system the player character is only ever referred to by his/her last name (Shepard and Hawke, respectively).
** In the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' universe, no non-[=PC=] Dalish has a last name, and [[BlackMagicianGirl Morrigan]] doesn't have a family name. The game doesn't give family names for [[JeanneDArchetype Leliana]] or [[BoisterousBruiser Oghren]] either. [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Sten's]] true ''first'' name is never even revealed, and while Alistair arguably has a surname, [[spoiler: it isn't used because it would be a spoiler, and because he's not interested in announcing his RoyalBlood to everyone he meets.]]
*** Very few non-player characters actually have last names given in-game, either, and most of the ones who do are nobility. [[FridgeBrilliance This may be a]] ShoutOut to ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', which was acknowledged as an influence on the series.
*** The Qunari in general don't have last names. Even their first names are merely titles and can be taken away. Anyone who joins the Qun also sheds their name.
*** Fenris's former master is a powerful (in both magic and political power) Tevinter mage named Danarius. No last name either, despite his high status in the Imperium.
* ''Everyone'' in ''[[VideoGame/{{Onmyoji}} Onmyōji]]'' except [[HistoricalDomainCharacter Abe no Seimei, Minamoto no Hiromasa]] and Kijo Momiji, but [[spoiler: Kagura]] deserves a special mention for [[spoiler: never being addressed as ''Minamoto no'' Kagura even after the revelation that she is Hiromasa's sister.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' characters other than professors rarely have last names. Exceptions include [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Daisy Oak, Blue Oak]] (having last names due to being a professor's grandchildren), [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Steven Stone]] from the main series of games, Blake Hall and the rest of the Hall family from ''VideoGame/PokemonRanger: Shadows of Almia'', and Ash Ketchum from the anime (who likely only has a last name in the English version [[LipLock to give enough syllables]]).
* Most characters in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry''. Kalina Ann appears to be the sole exception, but it's not even clear if "Ann" is her maiden name or a middle name, or even if "Kalina" is really the [[ICallItVera rocket launcher's own name/model]]. The name of Dante's father, Sparda, has occasionally been used in the context of a family name, but whether it really is is unknown.
** That said, Dante joins the ranks of given name + patronymic, with demons frequently referring to him as "Dante, Son of Sparda". Same may be said about Vergil, too.
* Many, ''many'' Nintendo characters. As a rule of thumb, with few exceptions, only futuristic main characters are given full names ([[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus Aran]], [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox McCloud]], [[VideoGame/FZero Captain Douglas Jay Falcon]]) Specific examples:
** The ''Franchice/SuperMarioBros.'' series is an unusual case. Originally, the characters were all intended to have only one name, but over the years several characters have implicitly gained surnames, mostly as a quirk of localization. "Toadstool" became Peach's surname when she began going by "Peach" in English, similarly, Bowser's surname is suggested to be "Koopa", his name in Japan. And then there's the question of "[[RepetitiveName Mario Mario]]" and "Luigi Mario", originally, it was just something made up by western sources, like the [[Series/TheSuperMarioBrosSuperShow animated productions]], and the [[Film/SuperMarioBros movie]] to justify the name "Mario Bros.", but as of 2015, "Mario" was confirmed as their last name. [[note]]The name came about in the [[VideoGame/MarioBros 1983 arcade game]] because of Luigi originally just being a palette swap of Mario, and both of them being brothers (hence "Mario Bros.").[[/note]]
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZelda'': Link, Zelda, Ganondorf, just to name the central three. However, Ganondorf was given the last name "Dragmire" in the English manual for ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast''. Zelda's last name is suggested to be [[LordCountry "Hyrule"]], given that the King mentioned in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' is named Daphnes Nohansen Hyrule and her father in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' is named Rhoam Bosphoramus Hyrule.
** ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong'' is the exception. He and Diddy are the only ones that are displayed with the full name in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', too.
** Older heroes like Pit (''VideoGame/KidIcarus''), the Popo and Nana (''VideoGame/IceClimbers'').
** Many of the other hunters mentioned in the ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime'' series only have one name.
** Nearly every character in the ''FireEmblem'' franchise, with a few exceptions : [[spoiler:Alpine Alm Rudolf]] from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden Gaiden]]'', Celice Baldos Chalphy and Leaf Faris Claus from ''Seisen no Keifu'', the Reed family (Brendan, Lloyd and Linus) of ''Rekka no Ken'', and Princess Elincia Ridell Crimea, Jill Fizzart, and her father Shiharam Fizzart of ''Path of Radiance''; while the [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia OVA]] gave Marth the last name "Lowell", and some fans have gone on to use it as a result, and some royal units (such as the [[TheHero lords]]) get fanon last names that match the kingdoms they rule (i.e. "Eliwood/Roy Pherae") with occasional fanmade names popping up here and there (i.e. "Greil", their father's alias, for Ike and Mist), these have never been confirmed in game canon.
** Mario's enemy King Bowser Koopa and his family, on the other hand, do have a surname ([[CaptainObvious Koopa]]) and first names. In Japan he's just "Daimaou Koopa," more of a title than a name.
*** And each of the Koopalings has only one name [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA_wvWK9KxU#t=5m03s in the Japanese version]] (compare with the [[http://www.vgmuseum.com/end/snes/a/smasworld-13.gif English version]]).
** Everyone in ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' who isn't a tanuki. [[http://www.aibohack.com/nds/ac_source.htm ROMSAVE.txt]] reveals that the DS game stores a number from 0-65535 along with each human character's name that presumably represents an index into a list of surnames, but these aren't displayed in-game. This is ''possibly'' subverted with Cyrus and his wife Reese. In the Japanese version, Re-Tail is named "R. Parkers". This suggests their surname is "Parker[s]".
** Many of the main party members from the ''VideoGame/EarthBound''/''Mother'' series have OnlyOneName.
** Krystal, from the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' series, lacks a surname for plot reasons.
** Every character in the entire ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' franchise has just one name, most notably Kirby, Meta Knight, and King Dedede.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', this seems to be the case for most Homs and Nopon, including all those who join the party. The only party member with a last name, Melia Antiqua, is a [[SpaceElves High Entia]] and a princess on top of that, so her surname is actually somewhat important. A handful of NPC Homs do have last names (ex: Emmy Leater), but it's likely that there's just not a large enough Homs population for surnames to be important.
* A few "mysterious" characters follow this trope in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'': Godot (though his full name is revealed later), Iris, and Bikini, for example, are referred to by Only One Name even in court. [[spoiler:We can assume that Iris gave up her family name (Fey) when she joined the temple]].
* Every single character from ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' has only one stated name. A comment by Kraden implies they do have multiple names[[note]]"Isaac, since when were you on a first-name basis with the Wise One?"[[/note]], but none of them are ever revealed to the player.
** In ''[[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]]'', the only characters with a known surname are the royal siblings of Morgal, King Volechek and Princess [[spoiler: Sveta]] Czamaral.
* Seth and Kane in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'': In the first briefing of the Nod campaign, Seth introduces himself as "Seth... just, 'Seth'." Likewise, the news report at the end of the GDI campaign refers to Kane as Nod's "single-named" leader.
** You also have Boris. Averted, for the most part, in ''Red Alert 3'', where every named Russian character may be only known by one name but has a full name (minus patronymic) listed in the manual. Played straight with Emperor Yoshiro and Crown Prince Tatsu, but that's typical for Japanese emperors to only have one name (e.g. Hirohito, Akihito).
* In ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'', most of the cast only have first names and a title, [[SpeciesSurname "the (species name)"]]. Exceptions include Miles "Tails" Prower, Amy Rose, and Charmy Bee.
* ''VideoGame/{{STALKER}} - Shadow of Chernobyl'' goes further than many with this trope. ''Every'' unique character has only one name - only generic characters have two names.
** Granted, most unique characters are OnlyKnownByTheirNickname, but the trope is still played straight elsewhere.
* Square(enix) just can't decide whatever characters need surnames, or not:
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' has several characters that fit this trope: Rydia, Tellah, Palom, Porom, and [=FuSoYa=].
*** [=FuSoYa=] is almost certainly a compound name that is essentially two or three names with no spaces between then, both due to the camelcase and the fact that he has a brother named [=KluYa=].
*** This can also be because Rydia, Tellah, Palom, and Porom are commoners, and thus do not have last names in this medieval world unlike Cecil, Rosa, Kain, Edward, Yang, and Edge (whose full name is Edward Geraldine) who are of the higher class.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', on the other hand, gave almost EVERY character a surname (Cloud Strife, Aerith Gainsborough, etc...) though Sephiroth and his father Professor Hojo remain notable exceptions.
*** One character in the Compilation actually got an upgrade from this to a MeaningfulName, going from just Lazard in the Japanese version to Lazard Deusericus in the English Version. Meaningful because [[spoiler:Deusericus is the Latin rendering of Shinra (both meaning "Silken God"), hinting that Lazard is in fact the bastard son of President Shinra.]]
*** Zack didn't acquire an official last name until he got his own game ''VideoGame/CrisisCore''.
*** Numerous characters like Kunsel, Tseng, Rude, Reno, Elena, Bugenhagen, Palmer, Scarlet, Nanaki, Seto, Heidigger, Elfe, Fuhito, Biggs, Wedge, Jessie and so on are known only by one name, although given the pattern of first/last name with the major human characters, it's quite possible that many of the secondary characters' last or first names simply haven't been disclosed.
** The ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' series mixes this up a bit. Most of the major characters like Ramza, Ezel, Marche, etc. have surnames, but everyone else does not. In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2'', Luso Clemens is the only character (besides Ezel) who has a surname, but everyone else has only a first name or a nickname.
** [[spoiler:Frimelda Lotice, Ghi Yelgi, Al-Cid Margrace, and Syrenead Sie Hyskarias]]
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' is the other extreme: No surnames in Spira! But hey, in a country where you can call your goth-child "Lulu", does it really matter? Tidus, who comes from a really BIG city hasn't got a last name either, but that's due to his name being an extreme case of "optional" (so extreme that other characters only refer to him as "You")
*** Members of the Ronso and Guado tribes have it as a surname, some of whom are related (Seymour Guado is Jyscal Guado's son), but it is never treated as such.
** For the most part, last names are never mentioned for [=PCs=] in ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games. They may be listed in [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental material]], but they are never actually used in the games themselves. ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' is another notable exception; fans are likely remember lines such as "I'm Captain Basch fon Ronsenburg of Dalmasca!" and "Ashelia B'nargin Dalmasca! Just how far will you go for power? Does your lust for Nethicite consume you?" And yet, just to mix things up again, several characters, including Vaan, Penelo and Fran, don't have stated last names, even in supplementary material. (Balthier is an alias.)
** ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'', finally, allowed the Disney Characters to keep their last names, but eliminated those of the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' characters, save for Squall's surname, "Leonhart" --- it becomes his first name. The original KH-characters themselves are surname-less, like in FFX.
*** Squall is still known as such by some of the other characters in the games, and it's explained that he only goes by Leon because of some sort of tragedy and will go back to using Squall when his homeworld is back to normal. Why he didn't go back to Squall in ''[=KH2=]'' is another question altogether. (Probably since his homeworld isn't back to normal yet.)
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', almost every major character has a last name. Terra Branford, Celes Chere, Kefka Palazzo, and so on. Notable exceptions would be the Esper race, who have only the one last name. Maduin, Ramuh, Shiva, etc. And also more minor playable characters such as Mog, Gogo and Umaro, as well as Shadow, which is an alias anyway. Also, most of these are not mentioned within the game itself, save the brothers Figaro (Edgar and Sabin), but are seen in the closing credits, i.e. "Cyan as Cyan Garamonde," "Terra as Terra Branford," "Relm as Relm Arrowny," etc.
** The series of characters known as "Cid". Excluding the ones in the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI first]], [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyII second]], tenth, and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI eleventh]] games, most Cids have full names. There's Cid Haze (''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIII III]]''), Cid Pollendina (''IV''), Cid Previa (''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV V]]''), Cid Del Norte Marquez (''VI''), Cid Highwind (''VII''), Cid Kramer (''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII VIII]]''), Cid Fabool IX (''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX IX]]''), Cidolfas Demen Bunansa (''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII XII]]''), Cid Raines (''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII XIII]]''), and Cid nan Garlond (''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV XIV]]''). A few notable Cids from the spin-offs have their own full names too, like Cidolfus Orlandeau.
** In ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' the only people with surnames are [[spoiler: Schala]] Kid [[spoiler: Zeal]], [[spoiler: Lucca]] Ashtear, and General Viper.
* Trolls[[note]]Not internet trolls, but the original creatures from folklore, etc.[[/note]] in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' games supposedly only have one name, with possibly the name of their tribe added (for example Vol'jin of the Darskspear tribe), but this is contradicted by many troll [=NPC=]s having a last name.
** The vast majority of draenei don't seem to have last names either. However, they seem to make up for it with titles (paladins are "Vindicator [Insert Name]," for example) and sobriquets (such as "Stormglory").
** Also the vrykul, who sometimes get titles to go with their names (Svala, the first boss of Utgarde Keep, is turned into a Valkyr and dubbed "Svala Sorrowgrave" by the Lich King).
** For that matter, orcs in Warcraft lore generally only have one name. They'll identify themselves by IAmXSonOfY, but it's supposed to be very rare for the to earn sobriquets. Sobriquets do get passed down family lines, but only upon death and only to one descendant(There's only ever one Hellscream or Doomhammer at a time), and it's possible for an orc who inherited their sobriquet to earn a different one. Still, the majority of them fall under this trope; even one of their most iconic heroes, Thrall, hasn't been given a sobriquet.
* Eisen and Inori of the original ''VideoGame/HarukanaruTokiNoNakaDe'' are examples of this, for different reasons: Eisen is a monk and the emperor's half-brother, while Inori lacks a family name on the account of his low origins -- justified by the fact that [[TrappedInAnotherWorld Kyou]] is based off [[JidaiGeki Heian Period Japan]], so those who ''do'' possess family names are either of noble origins or from our world. On the other hand, the Oni don't appear to have last names either.
* In ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', the Protoss and Zerg have only one name, such as Aldaris, Tassadar, Zeratul, and Zasz.
** Given that the Zerg are a HiveMind, there's no need for names at all, the Cerebrates are the only ones who can even be called individuals in the Swarm, except for the Overmind. There can't be enough Cerebrates to warrant last names.
* Most [=NPC=]s in the ''VideoGame/{{Diablo}}'' games don't have both a first and last name. Deckard Cain, Zoltun Kulle, and Haedrig Eamon are some of the few exceptions.
* In ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'', your Darcsen allies are only known by their given names (Wavy, Nadine, Zaka, etc.) Isara is an exception; while she is Darcsen by birth, she was adopted by Welkin's father, and was given his last name of "Gunther".
* ''VideoGame/SpaceChannel5'' does this. We have Ulala, Pudding, Jaguar, Purge...
* Most of the antagonists in ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' have only one name: Margulis, Pelegri, Wilhelm, Sellers, Sergius, and Heinlein.
* [[GadgeteerGenius Maximilian]], aka Max, one of the protaginist of ''VideoGame/DarkChronicle''. The other, [[ActionGirl Monica Raybrant]], averts this trope.
* Almost everyone in the ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' series, to the point that the only full names given are either AllThereInTheManual (Samos and Keira Hagai, though the canon-ness of this is contested) or most likely a joke (Ozmar Itchy Drawers the Third). The only ones who definitely have a last name are Gol and Maia Acheron.
* "[[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank Ratchet]]". And that's it. Sort-of-justified by him [[ParentalAbandonment not knowing his real parents]]. Or would that be "[[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep Everyone Calls Him Ratchet]]" instead? "Clank" is also an example, it was even made up on-screen (the Future Trilogy confirms his real name as [[spoiler: XJ-0461]]).
** According to [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureToolsOfDestruction Tachyon]], "Ratchet" is not even his real name.
* Ben, the player character in ''VideoGame/FullThrottle'', is only ever called just Ben, and prefers to keep his last name a secret. The same goes for Maureen, although you do find out her full name very soon after meeting her: [[spoiler:Maureen Corley.]]
* Many characters in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' have only one name and a title, and the few that do not are usually related to another NPC. (For example, Kia Min, a student in Chapter 1, is the niece of a merchant in the Lotus Assassin fortress).
* [[MysticalWaif Anne]] and [[FairyCompanion Piko]] in ''VideoGame/MitsumeteKnight'' ; and all characters save for [[TheHero Christopher [=MacLeod=]]] in ''Mitsumete Knight R : Daibouken Hen''.
* Tomomi in the ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial'' series; she's notable for being the sole case of this in ''the whole franchise''.
* Many ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' characters, the most famous being Cirno. The vast majority are in the {{Ret Con}}ned PC-98 games though, so it could be attributed to EarlyInstallmentWeirdness, until both ''Undefined Fantastic Object'' and ''Double Dealing Character'' added two examples each.
** We also have this with Chen, who still doesn't have her last name revealed, even when Ran Yakumo and Chen come up in the same sentence, though that could have more to do with that she is probably regarded to be more as a pet.
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' features multiple characters with only one referred name. The list includes, but is not limited to [[TheSilentBob Quote]], [[GlassCannon King]], [[FriendlyEnemy Balrog]], [[WickedWitch Misery]], and [[MadScientist The Doctor]]. Don't get us started about many of the other [=NPC=]s.
* ''VideoGame/EagleEyeMysteries'' gives us minor character Sergio, who declares he is like Madonna and Cher and has no last name, when asked on one occasion. This causes another character, Silvia Torres, to suspect him in a later mystery of being a criminal and the mystery's guilty party. [[spoiler:He's innocent]].
* In the ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' series we have David (Solid Snake), John (Naked Snake/Big Boss), Adamska (Revolver Ocelot), Jack (Raiden), Rosemary, Mei-Ling, Dr. Clark (Para-Medic), Jonathan (two of them), Ed and Johnny (after his surname "Sasaki" was retconned out of existence). That's not even counting characters who are known primarily by their one-word codenames like EVA and Vamp.
* ''In general'', Japanese adaptations of ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'' would have a translation convention which would cause this trope. To prevent NamesTheSame issues when people are on LastNameBasis--Chinese surnames are short, often homophonous, and are relatively few--the characters' first and last names would be mashed together and treated as if it was a last name. For example, Liu Bei (Bei of the Liu family) would be call Ryuubi (not Ryuu Bi as it should be), and when Japanese etiquette requires LastNameBasis, he would be called Ryuubi-san, rather than Ryuu-san. No, the naming convention in ''Manga/IkkiTousen'' wasn't an invention but rather a existing convention.
** They will also refer the characters by their courtesy names (a unique name given later in life according to Chinese tradition). For example, Zhuge Liang is usually referred to as 'Konmin', a Japanese rendition of Kongming, Zhuge Liang's courtesy name.
* [[VideoGame/MegaMan Rock]], Roll, and Blues, as well as Bass in the original generation, and Axl and the Navigators Alia, Pallette, and Layer in the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series. The titular character is Mega Man X, and his teammate is Zero Omega. Also most of the characters in the ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'' and ''VideoGame/MegaManZX'' series.
* None of the characters from ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' are given two names, thus leaving it unclear in many cases whether people are being referred to by their first name or last name.
* {{Parodied}} in ''VideoGame/LEGOBatman 2'', where a receptionist demands Batman's and Superman's names despite them being '''in full costume'''. Batman says he's only got one name (i.e. Batman), "like Madonna".
* The cast of ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' series, with the exception of Edmond Honda and M. Bison[[note]]whose initial stands for either, Mike or nothing in particular, [[DubNameChange depending on the character bearing the name.]][[/note]], initially had only single names. Ken eventually got a canonical last name of Masters in order to set him apart from a [[Toyline/{{Barbie}} certain other Ken]] once the series started getting some serious merchandizing, while characters introduced later such as Dan Hibiki and Sakura Kasugano, would have official full names established from the get-go.
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' has a ton of people who are prime examples. Pete, Sara, Rachel, Sanjay, Rod, Nami, Chelsea, Georgia... The list goes on. Most characters have only given names, even the doctors and mayors.
* Played for fun in ''VideoGame/KingsQuest2015''. The game has a RunningGag where [[TheHero Graham]] tries to introduce himself with his full name, but every time, he gets cut off just as he's about to give his surname. We know it begins with "Cr-" but that's about it.
* Most characters in the ''VideoGame/DarkParables'' fit this trope, which is to be expected since they're taken from classic fairy tales. Averted by two sisters, however, whose parents' tombstones are seen in the first game and are engraved with the family name of Stewartson.
* Everyone in ''VideoGame/WorldsDawn'' has only one name. Of course, the town itself is positively tiny, and the OneSteveLimit is firmly in place, so there's no need to differentiate Bob Smith from Bob Fisher.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'', Crow's real name is Khovalyg. Justified, as he's of Mongolian heritage and the ''etsgiin ner''[[note]]A patronymic, similar to the original style of names like Johnson [[/note]] is largely insignificant even in modern usage.
* Almost every character in ''VideoGame/StardewValley'' are only referred to by their first name. The only exceptions are George, whom Penny once refers to by last name in a cutscene, and the Wizard, who signs his letter as "M. Rasmodius". (And everywhere else he's just called "The Wizard" anyway.)
* ''VideoGame/AVeryLongRopeToTheTopOfTheSky'': We only know the first names of most people save a few exceptions, but they should have surnames as said by WordOfGod: [[https://rpgmaker.net/games/5762/?post=655152#post655152 "I haven't attributed any to them, but you can assume that everyone has one, i.e. it's normal to have a surname in the game's world."]]
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'': None of the Velvet Room attendants have a surname. Justified, since none of them are actually human despite their appearance. Also, in ''VideoGame/Persona4'', [[spoiler:Teddie never adopts a surname even after gaining a human form]].
* As a rigid game mechanic, every playable character in ''VideoGame/TheSims'' series must have a first and last name. However, some [=NPCs=] aren't meant to be playable and can get away with having only one name:
** None of the service [=NPCs=] in ''VideoGame/TheSims1'' have last names, such as Brigit the Maid and Freddy the Pizza Dude.
** Ghosts Bernard and Mimsy who roam the Von Haunt Estate in ''VideoGame/TheSims4'' are given the last name Shallot in surrounding lore, but in-game they are simply called by their first names. If the player cheats to edit them in Create-A-Sim, both their first and last names will be completely blank.
* Everyone in ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' and ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta 2}}'' has one name each, with only two exceptions being Luka Redgrave and his father Antonio.
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* The angels in ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' are on an OnlyOneName basis, probably related to how they [[OurAngelsAreDifferent come to exist]].
* In ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'', Ozy's (adoptive) father is simply known as Llewellyn. His son Ozy inherits the name as a family name. Millie's mother has always been referred to as simply "Ms. Mudd", and her first name was never revealed to the readers until [[http://ozyandmillie.org/2008/10/01/ozy-and-millie-2114/ this]] strip came out.
* ''[[http://www.jaydenandcrusader.com Jayden and Crusader]]'' has a fair few of these, Third, Smic and Crusader. Crusader is the more interesting one, because he was called Crusader and had been called Mr. Crusader by some, until we eventually found he was called Crusader Crusader. Effectively having only one name, as first and last name is the same.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' didn't reveal Sarah's last name (Brown) until 2007. When they ''did'' give Sarah's name, it was a casual toss-out (the principal was yelling at her).
** Recently we've met Mr. Verres' mentor, "Arthur J. Arthur". WordOfGod has it that the J stands for "Just".
* The main character of ''Webcomic/TooMuchInformation'', Ace, legally has no last name.
* Sabrina and her family in ''WebComic/SabrinaOnline'' never had their surname revealed, though some fan fiction has tried to do the job for the strip ("Mustelidae").
* ''Webcomic/QueenOfWands'' never mentions the last names of its characters, though ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' does. Kestrel from ''[=QoW=]'' wound up becoming a recurring character in ''S*P'', but still has no last name, which is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] on the cast page.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': Jones "[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=367 Just Jones will do]]". [[WordOfGod Word of Tom]] [[http://www.formspring.me/gunnerkrigg/q/261930246 confirms]] that Jones is her full name.
* ''Webcomic/FallCityBlues'': Everyone.
* ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'': Demons generally only have one name. [[spoiler: the only known exception is Buwaro, who takes on the surname Elexion after he learns about his adoptive father Darius Elexion]]. Jakkai do have two names, but the last name is actually closer to a nickname and not a surname.
* ''Webcomic/{{Pibgorn}}'': [[http://www.gocomics.com/pibgorn/2007/03/09/ Thorax never asked whether Thorax was his personal or family name; he doesn't like to pry.]]
* Members of the ''Webcomic/VoodooWalrus'' cast all started off sporting simply one name, but as time and the story have progressed, full names have been revealed. Bowler, Shmeerm, Mirth, and Marron seem to be the only major characters left without last names.
** It's actually been hinted at that Bowler and Mirth are both going by aliases. It's suggested Bowler has a different name [[http://voodoowalrus.com/?p=29 here]], and it's unknown whether or not Mirth's father was just joking [[http://voodoowalrus.com/?p=980 here]].
* Mori of ''Webcomic/TheDragonDoctors'' has only one name because her family's name was destroyed with magic. She doesn't remember it and it's vanished from all documents.
* ''Webcomic/TheOtherGreyMeat'': Almost every character in the story only has one name. People with last names are typically only those who are referenced before the ''ZombieApocalypse''.
* ''Webcomic/NoSongsForTheDead'': The main character Hector, Romeo, the ''BigBad'' Lilith.
* Jack from ''Webcomic/{{Mulberry}}'' has no last name, unlike leading ladies Mulberry Sharona and Taffeta "Taffy" Sparks. The latter didn't have a last name, either, until a SuddenNameChange from "Tiff" to "Taffy".
* Fred from ''Webcomic/{{Namesake}}'' was a generic [[AliceAllusion card soldier]] before a half-asleep Elaine decided she needed to call him ''something''. She made up a single syllable based on his title (the Five of Hearts -> Five-Red -> Fred). This would be a case of OnlyKnownByTheirNickname - except, given the immense power that names have in this particular comic, being granted a name plus Elaine's wish for them to "understand each other" slowly changes him from a blank-faced watchdog into something entirely different. A couple of volumes later, Fred is an empathetic, genuinely adorable character with a growing number of human traits (including hair, blood and a fierce affection for Elaine herself). He quite literally only needed one name to become that. Efficient.
* Webcomic/DominicDeegan's father Donovan was an orphan raised by elves, and elven surnames aren't given to humans. So he took his wife's last name.
* Most of the Beings in ''Webcomic/ButImACatPerson''. Also, temporarily, characters like Cohen and Miranda, whose full names took a long time to be revealed.
* The companies from ''Webcomic/{{Consolers}}'', [[JustifiedTrope being companies]], only go by the name of the company they represent like "Nintendo", "Sony" and "Sega". In the case of characters with two-word names like Square Enix, it's usually treated like a single full name in two parts rather than a first name and surname.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', characters tend to have their full names revealed when they're introduced, and most have first and last names. There are exceptions, though. The carapacians only use titles (Parcel Mistress, Wayward Vagabond, etc.) and [[spoiler: the cherubs only have one given name each (Calliope and Caliborn)]].
* In ''{{BeyondBloom}}'' Characters who did not have a traditional birth do not have surnames.
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[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Alex Kralie is the only character from ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' with a known last name. The one time Jay (the narrator) mentions his last name to someone, he mutes it on the Youtube video. When he finds some medical records of Tim's, someone has scribbled over ''his'' last name except for the first letter (W).
* Corbin and Desmond from ''WebVideo/SplinterCellExtinction''. Desmond's surname is always left out of the frame, and "Corbin" is either the protagonist's given name or code name (judging from the fact he's apparently on FirstNameBasis with his MissionControl).
* In Machinima/RedVsBlue, there are a number of dumb AIs (dumb in the sense of less advanced, not stupid) with only one name--Sheila the tank, Lopez the robot mechanic, and Andy the bomb. Vic is actually an example of EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep--"VIC" stands for Virtual Intelligence Computer. The Freelancer AIs ([[spoiler:and the full smart AI they were fragmented from]]) are also known by just one name, a letter from the Greek alphabet.
* [[http://tokiandcowiki.wikidot.com/wiki:toki Toki]] is just Toki, as "Seamstress" is a last name she's given herself and same goes fro her twin sister, Doki, assuming she doesn't have her foster parents' last name. However, according to Amoridere, Brownie and Brittani do have a last name and that it's "Edwards".
* Vax'ildan, Vex'ahlia, and Keyleth in ''WebVideo/CriticalRole'' all go by their first names, without a last name in sight.
** Keyleth mentions in one episode that she doesn't have a last name - though one could argue she has a title instead, being Keyleth of the Air Ashari.
** Vax and Vex didn't appear to have last names either... until Episode 59, which reveals their father's surname to be [[spoiler:Vessar]]. As they are referred to under this name by associates of their father, it seems the twins purposely choose not to use their father's last name, likely due to their poor relationship with him.
** Also, K'varn and Clarota - who are [[spoiler: a beholder and an illithid, respectively]].
* Chunt from ''Podcast/HelloFromTheMagicTavern''.
* In ''Roleplay/FenQuest'', everyone has only a given name. Even among knighthood and nobility that add titles and honorifics, family names don't seem to exist.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', Toph Beifong, her father Lao, and her mother Poppy are the only characters to possess a surname. This itself isn't too far off with the traditional Asian theme of the series, in that traditionally, in East Asian cultures, family names were reserved exclusively for members of high nobility, much like the wealthy Beifong family, before common people started adopting family names for themselves. Alternatively, this may be due to the Anglicisation all of the names have undergone, which can be seen when comparing the names given to the Chinese characters occasionally used to spell them. An Ang as written, for example, is rendered as Aang when spoken, and Ai Luo becomes Iroh. In case you're wondering, yes that's probably how they made their names.
** In SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', surnames are likewise rare. Toph's descendants all share her surname. Hiroshi Sato and his daughter Asami also have last names. They're rich, but not from nobility, as Hiroshi was stated to be a SelfMadeMan. [[FictionalSport Pro-Bending]] CombatCommentator Shiro Shinobi also has one. And in the last episode, we find that [[spoiler: "Varrick" is a surname, and the character's full name is Iknik Blackstone Varrick."]]
* The naming conventions of the ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' tend towards one-word names, like Dirge, Cliffjumper, or Rattrap. Two-word names such as Optimus Prime, Ultra Magnus, or Nemesis Breaker, aren't uncommon, but rarely is the second word treated as a surname. (Think of it as akin to some people in the southern United States bearing double first names such as Billy Bob or Rita Mae. Optimus Prime is called simply "Prime" fairly often, but that's because it's a title like "Captain".) Transformers with names of three or more words are EXCEEDINGLY uncommon, and generally only in Japanese continuity.
** However, being robots who routinely re-use identical bodies, names, and color schemes, this is probably not a big concern.
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' follows roughly the same naming convention as ''Transformers''. On the odd occasion that we get the names of multiple members of pony families, they'll share a [[ThemeNaming theme,]] if that, with proper surnames being either unknown or unused. ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Friendship Is Magic]]'' has more two-part than one-part pony names, including just a few acting as surnames, but there are plenty of single-part names too, and non-ponies more often have single-part names (Spike, Discord, Zecora).
* Spoofed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken''. The Red Guy libels Chicken's friend Flem by accusing him of having [[EmbarrassingMiddleName a girl's name for a middle name]], which is apparently ''a serious crime'' in this setting. As he's being taken away by the police, Flem protests, "I don't have a girl's middle name! I don't even have a last name! I'm just Flem! FLEM!"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** The episode "The Frying Game" includes Lou the cop telling a reporter that he and Eddie (the other cop) have no last names, "like Cher."
** In fact, a majority of recurring characters in Springfield, as well as certain one-time characters do not have last names, while some characters have their identities concealed be nicknames, honorifics, and occupational titles. If fact, many of the same recurring children of Springfield Elementary only have first names, while their full identities are never mention, possibly due to the negligence of the school staff and the writers.
** Creator/MattGroening wrote in a Simpsons comic "as far as I'm concerned, Lenny doesn't have a last name." It was later revealed to be [[RepetitiveName "Leonard" in order to correspond with Carl's "Carl Carlson."]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'', Tim and Dorothy Ann are the only main characters without last names.
* Timon and Pumbaa from ''Disney/TheLionKing'' were given last names, Berkowitz and Smith, respectively in ''WesternAnimation/TimonAndPumbaa''. Nowadays, though, [[CanonDiscontinuity Disney pretends they weren't]].
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' is an interesting case, everyone has only a first name, like Mac, or only a last name, like Mr Herriman. Only two main cast members are exceptions; Frankie has a last name by association (she's Madame Foster's Granddaughter, and her ID confirms her last name is Foster) and Bloo, because a 3-year-old Mac apparently though "Blooregard Q Kazoo" was a great name.
* Pickles the Drummer of ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' is the only member of the band without a last name of any kind.
** They even avert mentioning is surname when visiting his relatives in multiple episodes, but not to the point of lampshade hanging.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans''' title characters. Subverted during one episode, "Whodunit?" where Uniqua was Uniqua Underhood and Austin was Austin Frothingslosh. But you [[EmbarrassingMiddleName can't help but laugh at the latter's surname, just how stupid it is]]..
* Several characters on ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' fall into this trope. The most obvious are Cosmo and Wanda. On the human side, we have Vicky, Tootie, Elmer, and Sanjay. Trixie Tang is the only member of [[RichBitch The Popular Kids]] to have a full name.
** Cosmo and Wanda's full names [[WordOfGod were revealed to be]] Cosmo Julius Cosma (thus why his mother is always called "Mama Cosma") and Wanda Venus Fairywinkle-Cosma, respectively.[[note]]Given what kind of series it is however, this is may just be a gag, similar to Binky having the last name of [[Music/PaulaAbdul "Abdul"]].[[/note]]
* Henry and June of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam''.
* Dib from ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' has no last name. Though many fans assume that it's simply "Membrane", as his father is called "Professor Membrane", but WordOfGod is that "Membrane" is his father's ''first'' name. However when the Meekrob tried to get his name right and called him "Dib...Dib...whatever your last name is..." Dib simply replied with "that's right." Likewise, alien characters only seem to have one name, though some, like [[RebelLeader Lard Nar]], have two words.
** In the comic continuation, "Dib Membrane" has become AscendedFanon.
* Everybody in ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'', including Bloom and Roxy, who grew up on Earth and therefore [[NoNameGiven should have last names]]. Everyone else from the Magical Dimension identifies him- or herself by the realm they're from.
* [[MadScientist Heloise]], [[CrazyAwesome Saffi]], and [[RichBitch Jez]] from ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' This seems to be a woman thing, as all the male characters have full name ([[ThePollyanna Jimmy Two-Shoes]], [[TheHedonist Beezy J. Heinous]], [[TheCaligula Lucius Heinous VII]], [[ButtMonkey Samy Garvin]]).
* Music/{{Gorillaz}} guitarist Noodle was created in a laboratory and apparently had no name at all until the other band members found her. They named her Noodle [[VerbalTicName because it was the only English word she knew]] at the time, and she still doesn't have a surname.
* All of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' have only one name, if they have a name at all; [[NoNeedForNames they only adopted the practice after dealing with humans]].
* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' was never given a last name. He even won a contest once and when the announcer said he couldn't read the last name Stinky turned to Arnold and said it could only be him "on account of you being the only kid named Arnold in the whole school."
** WordOfGod says that his last name was [[spoiler:Shortman, hence Phil's nickname for him]].
** Sid, Nadine, Brainy, Sheena, Wolfgang, Edmund and many others also have unknown last names.
* Most characters in ''ReBoot'' have only one name. Of the main cast only the Matrix's have last names, and Matrix wants everyone to forget he has a first name.
* While a number of ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' characters have their full names revealed, some characters lack a last name, such as King Bob, Butch, Francis (Hustler Kid), Jordan, Jerome, Cindy, Hector, Spencer, Emma, Sam, and Dave.
* On ''WesternAnimation/DanVs,'' none of the three main characters' surnames are ever stated. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Dan]] and [[ExtremeDoormat Chris]] were [[{{Tuckerization}} named for the show's creators]], Dan Mandel and Chris Pearson, and you can [[FreezeFrameBonus briefly]] see "Pearson" on Chris' driver's license; however, Dan's ID has no surname. It's also unknown if [[ActionGirlfriend Elise]] [[TheMaidenNameDebate took Chris' name]] when they married.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Motorcity}}'' has the exceptions of Mike Chilton, Julie and Abraham Kane and Dutch and Dar Gordy. Chuck, Texas, Jacob, Tooley, Claire, Tennie and most of the main cast are only known by their first name.
* Lance and Ilana of ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' initially had Only One Name (the latter might have been due to nobility), but adopted the street surname "Lunis" when they came to Earth. Octus/Newton has two names, but neither is a surname[[note]]although since he poses as a family member of Lance and Ilana's, he might use the Lunis name as well[[/note]]. Most of the students of Sherman High have Only One Name, which the exception of Kimmy Meisner and Brandon Chase.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' had [[OneSceneWonder memorable one-off character]] [[SpearCounterpart Luhrman]]. When [[TheSnarkKnight Daria]] asks if that's his first or last name, he emotionlessly asks "Does it matter?" Fans tend to assume it's his surname.
** [[ExtremeDoormat Stacy]] is never given a last name, though WordOfGod says it's Rowe. [[{{Goth}} Andrea]] never got one either, but she's a fairly minor character. {{Fanon}} tends to go with [[DarknessVonGothickname Hecuba]] (her alter ego in a tie-in book), [[Film/TheOmen Thorne]] (since the same tie-in book says she has a brother named Damien), or [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Hecuba-Thorne]].
* Larry (The Lobster) of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', even though all the other main characters (such as Patrick, Sandy, Squidward) were revealed to have last names eventually, while Krabs, Plankton and Mrs. Puff were eventually revealed to have first names.
* The majority of the characters in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''.
-->When Sierra got temporarily married to Cody:
-->'''Chris''': Two votes for Sierra.
-->'''Sierra''': I'm sorry. My name is Sierra-Cody now. It's hyphenated.
** Ironically, Sierra herself revealed Cody's full name to be [[PreppyName Cody Emmett Jameson-Anderson]].
** Other exceptions include Chris ([=McLean=]), Harold (Norbert Cheever Doris [=McGrady=] V), D(evon).J(oseph)., Alejandro (Burromuerto), Dakota (Milton), Cameron (Corduroy Wilkins), and (Mildred) Blaineley {Stacy Andrews O'Halloran).
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'', Niko doesn't use a surname, and doesn't appear to have biological family. Her mentor, Ariel, is the same. The Kiwi species (a culture of {{Hobbits}}) also appear not to use surnames.
* Rocko from ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' is the only main character who's last name was never revealed on the show. When he appeared on a game show, the host, when introducing him simply stated "Rocko... no last name given." [[WordOfGod An early model sheet reveals it to be "Rama".]]
* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Ewoks}}'', aside from the Warricks, no other characters' last names are known, implying that they don't have any.
* WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls would logically have last names, due to being Professor Utonium's daughters, but this is never acknowledged in any official media. The Professor himself isn't given a first name.
* WesternAnimation/{{Gumby}}, along with most other (original) characters in the shorts.
* The [[HumanoidAliens Gems]] in ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' are all only referred to by a first name with no last names, even though all the human characters gradually have their full names revealed as the series progresses. Gems with names like Rose Quartz or Lapis Lazuli are treated as having multi-part names, rather than a first and a last. There are [[PlanetOfSteves multiple gems with the same name]]; Homeworld told them apart [[YouAreNumberSix numerically]] but it's unknown how the Crystal Gems did back when there were enough alive to need such a thing.
* [[WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget (Inspector) Gadget]] doesn't seem to be known by any other name other than his title/rank.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' none of the characters full names are revealed except for Valentina Escobar [[spoiler:i.e. [=MacArthur=]]]. Though Creator/FreshTV have stated [[spoiler: [=MacArthur's=] real name and identity]] were meant as just a one off joke.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'', none of the Penguins' last names or even middle names, save for Zidgel's middle name, are ever revealed.
* WesternAnimation/AtomicBetty's last name is never brought up the show, though in books it's revealed to be Barrett.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': CIA Agent [[TheDanza Slater]].
-->'''Mallory''': Mr. Slater-
-->'''Slater''': ''Just'' Slater. It's a mononym.
* All the characters on ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' except [[SpeciesSurname Mr. Cat]]. Even in Mr. Cat's case, his first name is never revealed. In case of a formal situation, the characters will be referred to as "Mister/Miss [first name]".
* ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'': While most of the characters have full names, Cat and Dog don't have a last name.

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[[folder:Real Life]]
* In real life, surnames are an invention that never really caught on in Iceland. In short, most people in Iceland are known by their given names, and they have a UsefulNotes/{{patronymic}} (or occasionally a matronymic) for disambiguation between individuals. The telephone directory is alphabetized in order of first name. For the full details, see Wikipedia's article "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icelandic_name Icelandic name]]".
** Patronymic and surnames do have a bit of overlap. That's where we get the surname Johnsson. But in places like Iceland, you only have that name if your father was named John.
*** And only if you're a man. If you're a woman you gets Johnsdóttir instead.
* It's quite similar in Mongolia, where family names are replaced by patronymic names.
* The Tamil people of India still use a similar system.
* In Arab countries, traditionally, one's full name was *your name* *father's name* *grandfather's name* Al *clan name* [*Al *tribe name*]. Saudi Arabia, the Gulf countries, and a few others use this still, but when individuals spend an excessive time in the West (say for college/graduate school), they'll generally use the grandfather's name as their surname. In countries colonized by Europe where people were forced to take European style names, this pattern was also used. The same goes with countries with heavy western influences (mainly Japan and South Korea).
* In Serbian history, last names were usually patronymic. For example, if a man's first name was Ivan, his children's last name would be Ivanovic. If a man was named Nemanja, his children's last name would be Nemanjic.
* Same was in Russia, where up to the 15th/16th centuries even the nobles mostly made do with bynames and patronymics, and commoners started to acquire surnames in mass only after emancipation of the serfs in the late 19th century. Before that, only those living in cities would bother with it.
* Surnames didn't exist in Gaelic cultures for a long time. O' and Mc/Mac translate to "grandson of" and "son of", with female variations as needed.
* Another real-life example: [[Creator/MrT Mister T]] was born Lawrence Tureaud, but had his name legally changed. 'Mister' is now his first name.
** And wrestler [[Wrestling/UltimateWarrior Jim "Ultimate Warrior" Hellwig]] (of Wrestling/{{WWE}} fame and Wrestling/{{WCW}} infamy) has legally changed his name to "Warrior".
** So has Joanie Laurer, better known as Wrestling/{{Chyna}}. In both her and Warrior's case, it was an example of LoopholeAbuse. WWE trademarks wrestler's names, and wrestlers are forbidden from using them once they leave the company. However, they can't ban somebody from using their actual legal name, so they legally change them in order to do so.
* Surname is not a tradition for most ethnic groups in UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}} (and the government doesn't force them to take one), though most people, especially in modern times, still have more than one name, albeit all being given ones. However, only ''one'' name is not unheard of, either. The country's longest-ruling president, Soeharto, for example had only one name from birth. His predecessor was actually born with two names (Koesno Sosrodihardjo), but he was later rechristened as simply Soekarno.
* In Burma, there also can be people with just one name. The Burmese Secretary General of the United Nations became known as U Thant, but U is just a honorific, like Mr.
** Burmese names are not just limited to one ''word''; modern names can usually have up to 3 or 4 syllable-words, and if the name is a bit long, some might cut down on a couple of syllables to make a shortened version or a nickname.[[note]]Shortening a name or nicknaming isn't generally considered rude in Burma if you've acquainted decently with the person.[[/note]]
* In Brazil, football players are usually known by a single name, which can be their given name (Neymar, Romário, Marta), a diminutive form of it (Robinho, Marquinhos, Edinho), a nickname (Pelé, Garrincha, Kaká), and more rarely a family name (Barbosa, Zagallo). A given name plus a nickname is also common, but very few players are known by their full name.
** This convention isn't restricted to football in Brazil. Most volleyball players, especially men, are also known by a single name. Mononyms are less universal in basketball, but can also be found - Oscar Schmidt and Hortência Marcari, both members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, are universally known in Brazil by only their first names, and after the player born Maybyner Rodney Hilário made it to the NBA, he legally changed his name to his longtime nickname of Nenê.
* An old joke revolves around this: Schwarzenegger has a long one, Richard Gere has a short one, Cher doesn't have one, and the Pope has one but never uses it. What is it? Given this article, it is obviously: a last name.
* Raymond Joseph Teller from Creator/PennAndTeller legally changed his name to Teller.
* Cher's full name was Cherylinn Sarkisian until she legally changed it to her single name.
* Japanese UsefulNotes/{{baseball}} star Ichiro Suzuki is widely referred to as just "Ichiro" in both Japan and North America, although he retains his family name for legal purposes. His Japanese Wikipedia article is titled "イチロー" (romanized as ''Ichirō'') rather than his full Japanese name of 鈴木 一朗 (''Suzuki Ichirō'').
* Radio talk show host "Lionel". "Mononymous, like God," he says. It isn't either of his real names, though.
* Renaissance artists often fall into this. Raphael (Sanzio), Michelangelo (Buonarroti), and Rembrant (van Rijn) are usually known by only their first names.
** Leonardo plays it completely straight, being born with only one name. His de facto last name, "da Vinci", literally means "from Vinci".
* Traditional Hebrews did not use last names; they would personally identify themselves with a single name (considered as a first name) and their immediate heritage.
** This became a problem when turn-of-the-century Germany and Russia required first ''and'' last names in censuses. Often the families taking the census would simply spit out a common last name that they had no actual affiliation with. This is why many European Jewish families have traditional Germanic and Slavic last names.
** In the same vein, when the Spanish crown exiled all of the Jews (15th/16th century), they gave them a choice: to become Catholics and stay or to keep their religion and go. Some people stayed in Spain, changed to Catholics and got new names from [[LineOfSightName the first thing that came to their minds]], like Flores ("flowers"), Mesa ("table"), Barriga ("belly") or Cabeza ("head"). If you have a name like this, you probably have a ''converso'' ancestor.
*** Among the Portuguese ''conversos'' there was a tradition to adopt plants' names as their new Christian surnames. The popular Portuguese surname Pereira ("pear tree") is but one of them.
* Dido, formerly Florian Cloud de Bounevialle Armstrong.
* Music/{{Lights}} (formerly Valerie Anne Poxleitner, although she still has the last name)
* Most pets and named livestock have only one name, although vets sometimes append the human owner's surname for ease of record-keeping.
* Two Disney actresses, Lalaine Vergara-Paras and Creator/ZendayaColeman, are credited as just Lalaine and Zendaya respectively.
* In French-speaking countries it is a quite common phenomenon for people working in the arts and literature to use made-up names of this type, e. g. playwright Creator/{{Moliere}} (born Jean-Baptiste Poquelin), writer and philosopher Creator/{{Voltaire}} (Francois-Marie Arouet), novelist Creator/{{Stendhal}} (Henri Beyle), the architect Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris), actors Creator/{{Fernandel}} (Fernand-Joseph-Désiré Contadin), Arletty (Léonie Bathiat), Bourvil (André-Zacharie Raimbourg), and Capucine (Germaine Lefebvre), and comics artists Moebius (Jean Henri Gaston Giraud), Morris (Maurice De Bevere) and Tibet (Gilbert Gascard). Among Francophone comics creators there is a particular fashion to use noms-de-plume that are phonetic representations of their initials, a fashion probably started by Hergé (Georges Rémi) that includes Achdé, Peyo, Jijé, Jidéem, etc. Marvano (Marc van Oppen) is a borderline case.
* Before people started making proper armies and urbanization, everyone had OnlyOneName. Last names were invented to stop 15 people from showing up whenever someone screamed 'Tom'; which gave us poor imaginations when it came to some of the more common last names (Tom the Baker = Tom Baker; John the Smith = John Smith; etcetera.)
** You can see this at work in the 1932 film ''MillionDollarLegs''. All the women in [[{{Ruritania}} Klopstockia]] are named Angela. All the men are George. Why? Why not?
* And now the Welsh, due to a shortage of distinct surnames, are repeating the process, to distinguish, e.g., Tom Jones the baker from Tom Jones the singer. This is a recent problem. ''Ancient'' Welsh names were easy to understand, and great for tracing their lineages and ancestry back. For example, "Llywelyn ap Gruffudd" means Llywelyn son of Gruffudd. "Senana ferch Caradog" means Senana daughter of Caradog. Anglicisation, and the rise of Christianity gave birth to a ''naming nightmare'', where families either wanted to, (or were expected to) have more English names, or be named after religious figures. Sometimes the Priest would make mistakes naming the child upon christening (and no one dared to correct a man of God). The consequence of this was everyone ending up with similar names "David David" or "Thomas Thomas" creating a near-impossible task for descendants trying to trace their family trees back.
* Chukchi (Russian Eskimos) traditionally have only one name, but can add Russian names for census purposes, so their Chukchi name could be considered their truest name. For example the true name of Yuri Sergeyevich Rytkheu is simply Rytkheu ("unknown" in Chukchi). He added "Yuri Sergeyevich" when Soviet officials asked him to have a Russian-style name. Other one-name Chukchi include Tenevil (herdman who developed a crude writing system) and poetess (Antonina Alexandrovna) Kytymval.
* The nobles of the Heian era of Japan was only known by one name. Even then, those weren't even their real names. Surnames for the common folk in Japan were later introduced and were based after the person's occupation or the area they lived in.
** Japanese emperors have only one name, (Hirohito, Akihito, etc.) In Japan, calling emperors by their given name is considered disrespectful, so Akihito (the current emperor) is simply called "His Imperial Majesty the Emperor"; and Hirohito is called Emperor Shōwa, after the era he reigned.
* In Western Finland, only noble and bourgeoisie families had surnames before the 19th century. Others used house names, and patronymics may have been in use in some circles. In the Eastern Finland, however, surnames are a long tradition.
* Ancient Greece had no surname tradition whatsoever. Aristotle, Socrates, Pericles, Alexander (the Great/of Macedon) and Leonidas I were all surnameless. After Romans conquered Greece and started importing Greek slaves, any freed Greeks had to adopt the surname of their ex-owner since they lacked any of their own.
** Even then, the Romans themselves had a rather significant problem with the surnames, as they, just like Welsh, had about a dozen surnames (called "nomen gentile") for ''everyone'', and also weren't any more imaginative with the given names either, so after they first (unsuccessfully) tried to distinguish thousands of various Gaiuses or Marcuses by their clan names, they had to adopt the special official nickname called "cognomen", and when these started to be inherited too, an ''another'' byname, the "agnomen". They'd probably soon ran out of them too, but by that time the Rome finally fell. It was so bad that most of the Emperors of the Juleo-Claudian dynasty had names that were ''almost exactly same'': Gaius Julius Caesar <some-nickname-to-distinguish-them>.
* Likewise, some rural Dutch didn't use surnames, or just used patronymic, occupation, or place names. When the French invaded, they started a census and demanded first and last names. The locals, annoyed at the conquering armies, started giving last names like Naaktgeboren ("Naked Born") and Piest ("to pee") to troll the census takers. You can still find these names in the phone books.
* Most Turks had no surname before 1934, when the they were required to adopt surnames as part of President Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's westernization and modernization campaign. His own last name, granted to him by the Turkish parliament, means "Father Turk".
* Ditto with the Iranians, most of whom had no surname until Reza Shah laid the tradition as part of the Pahlavi dynasty's modernization program. Before then, Iranians were usually referred by their profession, familial link, or origin. Respected figures would be known with a nickname only, e.g. Jalal ad-Din Muhammad, more well-known by his epithet Rumi ("from Rome"[[note]]The Rome referred in this is the Eastern Roman Empire, a.k.a the Byzantine Empire, where he spent most of his life[[/note]]). Even then, the new surnames are mostly taken from these same titles, hence why you'll see many surnames ending in -i (e.g. Tehrani "from Tehran"), -zadeh (e.g. Emamzadeh "son of Emam"), or -nezad (e.g. Farrokhnezad "son of Farrokh").
* Akoni, a Seattle theater actor.
* Many Native Amerkcans traditionally didn't have surnames either. For some nations, their clanname was essentially the equivalent to a surname; as it was passed on hereditarily.
* Junko, the mangaka responsible for ''Manga/KissHimNotMe'' and multiple BoysLove manga.
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* In ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', all of the Na'vi characters only have one name. They don't seem to understand how human names work, as whenever they address Jake Sully, they pronounce it like one word (Jakesully), with the exception of his love interest Neytiri.

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* In ''Film/{{Avatar}}'', all of the Na'vi characters only have one name. They don't seem to understand how human names work, as whenever they address Jake Sully, they pronounce it like one word (Jakesully), with the exception of his love interest Neytiri.Neytiri, who calls him Jake.
15th May '18 9:27:28 AM LavonPapillon1
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* ''Fanfic/MrAndMrsGold'': Regina points out how odd it is that Rose refers to her husband as “Mr. Gold” just like everybody else.
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