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24th Sep '16 7:50:15 PM GreyWriter
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novels, none of the fey have more than one name. They may have a string of titles as long as their arms, but OnlyOneName. (Toot-toot ''might'' be considered an exception, save that it's always hyphenated, and that is only his "public" name.)
24th Sep '16 11:12:42 AM ultimomant
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* In ''LightNovel/LordMarksmanAndVanadis'', only nobles and royalty have surnames, while commoners like the maid Titta only have one name.
12th Sep '16 2:39:01 PM ultimomant
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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.
10th Sep '16 6:13:27 AM dieseldragons
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* 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 family 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.

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* 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 family families either wanted to, or (or were expected to, 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.
10th Sep '16 6:12:06 AM dieseldragons
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* 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.

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* 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 family 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.
20th Aug '16 7:10:06 PM SSJMagus
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** Simon, however, remains as just Simon, possibly because either he didn't like his village, or because even without a surname, everyone knows what Simon they're talking about. Like-wise Kamina.

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** Simon, however, remains as just Simon, possibly because either he didn't like his village, or because even without a surname, everyone knows what Simon they're talking about. (If they didn't, they could always go with his epithet, "Simon the Digger".) Like-wise Kamina.
20th Aug '16 7:08:07 PM SSJMagus
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** [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Gaara]] and his siblings Kankuro and Temari don't seen to have surnames either; some people use "of the Sand/Sabaku no -" like a surname (though that's really just an epithet which applies solely to Gaara), or just call them [[FanNickname the Sand Siblings]].

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** [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Gaara]] and his siblings Kankuro and Temari don't seen to have surnames either; some people use "of the Sand/Sabaku no -" like a surname (though that's really just an epithet which applies solely to Gaara), or just call them [[FanNickname the Sand Siblings]]. In fact, no one in the Hidden Sand Village has a surname; apparently the culture of the Land of Wind never adopted them.
19th Aug '16 9:21:04 AM JoeMerl
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* 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."

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* 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.
19th Aug '16 9:19:49 AM JoeMerl
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* All of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' have only one name, if they have a name at all. (As a species, they don't use personal names. Since this makes dealing with humans in the modern era difficult, to say the least, they choose them for purposes of identification.)

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* All of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' have only one name, if they have a name at all. (As a species, all; [[NoNeedForNames they don't use personal names. Since this makes only adopted the practice after dealing with humans in the modern era difficult, to say the least, they choose them for purposes of identification.)humans]].



** WordOfGod says that his last name was Shortman, which is why his grandfather was always calling him short man.

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** WordOfGod says that his last name was Shortman, which is why his grandfather was always calling him short man.[[spoiler:Shortman, hence Phil's nickname for him]].



* Dan, Chris, and Elise of ''WesternAnimation/DanVs''. We even see Dan's driver's license and it just says "Dan".
** In one episode where we see Chris's drivers liscense it reveals that his last name is Pearson, after Chris Pearson (one of the Shows creators), and we can assume Elise took Chris's last name when he married her.

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* Dan, Chris, On ''WesternAnimation/DanVs,'' none of the three main characters' surnames are ever stated. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Dan]] and Elise of ''WesternAnimation/DanVs''. We even [[ExtremeDoormat Chris]] were [[{{Tuckerization}} named for the show's creators]], Dan Mandel and Chris Pearson, and you can [[FreezeFrameBonus briefly]] see Dan's "Pearson" on Chris' driver's license and it just says "Dan".
** In one episode where we see Chris's drivers liscense it reveals that his last name is Pearson, after Chris Pearson (one of the Shows creators), and we can assume Elise
license; however, Dan's ID has no surname. It's also unknown if [[ActionGirlfriend Elise]] [[TheMaidenNameDebate took Chris's last name Chris' name]] when he married her.they married.
16th Aug '16 5:48:12 PM bwburke94
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** The Doctor
** The Master
** Rassilon
** Davros
** Madame Vastra
** Jenny, Madame Vastra's assistant/wife has to date not been given a last name.
** Strax
** Mr. Smith, Sarah Jane Smith's sentient [=AI=].
** Adric, Nyssa and Romanadvoratrelundar (Romana for short) in the old series. Although the Doctor did once refer to the latter as 'Miss Dvoratrelundar', her name is always written as one word.
** In the new series, the Doctor's daughter Jenny has no surname. [[IAmNotShazam Unless it's "Who".]]
** The televised series never revealed the surnames of the Doctor's companions Vicki, Polly and Ace. [[WordOfGod Production documents]] give Polly's surname as "Wright"; in the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Vicki's surname is Pallister, and Ace's is either Gale or [=McShane=] (or possibly both). (Gale appeared in production documents, with the notes that they might want to change it, depending on the plot requirements of the story in which the reveal occurred, if it happened at all.) (The name "Dorothy Gale" [[ShoutOut references]] ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''.)

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** Most Time Lords go by a singular name, or use SpellMyNameWithAThe.
** The Doctor
** The Master
** Rassilon
** Davros
** Madame Vastra
** Jenny, Madame Vastra's assistant/wife has to date not been given a last name.
** Strax
** Mr. Smith, Sarah Jane Smith's sentient [=AI=].
** Adric, Nyssa and Romanadvoratrelundar (Romana for short) in the old series. Although the Doctor did once refer to the latter as 'Miss Dvoratrelundar', her name is always written as one word.
** In the new series, the Doctor's daughter Jenny has no surname. [[IAmNotShazam Unless it's "Who".]]
** The
original televised series never revealed the surnames of the Doctor's companions Vicki, Polly and Ace. [[WordOfGod Production documents]] give Polly's surname as "Wright"; in the Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Vicki's surname is Pallister, and Ace's is either Gale or [=McShane=] (or possibly both). (Gale [[note]]("Gale" appeared in production documents, with the notes that they might want to change it, depending on the plot requirements of the story in which the reveal occurred, if it happened at all.) (The all. The name "Dorothy Gale" Gale", of course, [[ShoutOut references]] ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz''.))[[/note]]
** In the new series, the Doctor's daughter Jenny has no surname, because her sole parent had no last name to pass on.



** The AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho audios give us C'rizz and Erimemushinteperem (Erimem for short).

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** The AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' audios give us C'rizz and Erimemushinteperem (Erimem for short).



* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'': The only people with last names are the Pendragons, being royalty.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'': ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'': The only people with last names are the Pendragons, being royalty.
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