History Main / ShedTheFamilyName

17th Apr '18 2:21:05 PM Jhonny
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* Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm had to leave Germany when the Nazis took over in 1933 as he was a known leftist and newspaper contributor in Lübeck. He was also born out of wedlock which was SeriousBusiness back then. The name he chose? Willy Brandt. Two decades later he'd be mayor of Berlin. A decade after that he was foreign minister, then chancellor of Germany. Yet his political opponents kept calling him "Brandt alias Frahm" to insult him.
15th Apr '18 7:39:39 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'': Villefort, a Royalist, changed his name to disassociate himself from his Bonapartist father, Noirtier.

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* ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'': ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'':
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Villefort, a Royalist, changed his name to disassociate himself from his Bonapartist father, Noirtier.
6th Apr '18 11:03:54 PM MysteriousZorua1994
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* Bobbi Kristina Brown announced her intention to change her name to Kristina Houston specifically to distance herself from her father, Bobby Brown.

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* Bobbi Kristina Brown announced her intention to change her name to Kristina Houston specifically to distance herself from her father, Bobby Brown.Music/BobbyBrown. [[ShaggyDogStory She died before that happened]].
20th Mar '18 1:40:24 PM Gamermaster
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* Throughout the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, Lord Voldemort, né Tom Marvolo Riddle, repeatedly disparages the given and last names that he got from his [[FantasticRacism filthy Mudblood]] father. Both Dumbledore and Harry refer to him by his real name just to make a point.

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* Throughout the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, Lord Voldemort, né Tom Marvolo Riddle, repeatedly disparages the given and last names that he got from his [[FantasticRacism filthy Mudblood]] Muggle]] father. Both Dumbledore and Harry refer to him by his real name just to make a point.
4th Feb '18 9:49:58 PM ultimomant
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': InvertedTrope. Cersei again takes up the Lannister name as Queen regnant instead of Baratheon.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': InvertedTrope. Cersei again takes up the Lannister name as Queen regnant Regent instead of Baratheon.



* Series/GeneralHospital: After a car accident left Jason Quartermaine without any memories of his life before the accident, he distanced himself from the Quartermaines...except for his grandmother Lila ''Morgan'' Quartermaine, whom he took his new last name from, becoming Jason Morgan, mob enforcer for Sonny Corinthos.

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* Series/GeneralHospital: ''Series/GeneralHospital'': After a car accident left Jason Quartermaine without any memories of his life before the accident, he distanced himself from the Quartermaines...except for his grandmother Lila ''Morgan'' Quartermaine, whom he took his new last name from, becoming Jason Morgan, mob enforcer for Sonny Corinthos.
30th Aug '17 3:21:00 AM RedScharlach
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As names are for people in real life, they are an integral part of the identities of fictional characters. They will usually be made up of at least a given name and a last name linking them to one part of their family. Therefore, you can count on any person who wants to disassociate themself from any family member sharing it by doffing the name that links them. In most cases, this family member is the father, due to long-standing traditions involving the woman's adoption of her husband's surname and the bestowal of the father's surname to all of his children. Unlike your standard MeaningfulRename, which is usually part of the story's narrative and its significance derived from the meaning of the new name, this practice is marked by what is renounced: the part of the name linking the person to his or her despised family member.

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As names are for people in real life, they are an integral part of the identities of fictional characters. They will usually be made up of at least a given name and a last name linking them to one part of their family. Therefore, you can count on any person who wants to disassociate themself themselves from any family member sharing it by doffing the name that links them. In most cases, this family member is the father, due to long-standing traditions involving the woman's adoption of her husband's surname and the bestowal of the father's surname to all of his children. Unlike your standard MeaningfulRename, which is usually part of the story's narrative and its significance derived from the meaning of the new name, this practice is marked by what is renounced: the part of the name linking the person to his or her despised family member.



* Paul Stenbeck from ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'' changed his last name to Ryan (his Mom's maiden name) to distance himself from his villianous father James.

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* Paul Stenbeck from ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'' changed his last name to Ryan (his Mom's maiden name) to distance himself from his villianous villainous father James.



* Inverted amongst sexual minorities or defectors of tightly-knit religious groups. Sometimes parents ''force'' the children to assume a different family name to make sure [[IHaveNoSon they no more have to deal with]] children who have brought shame upon them by being deviant and who have defamed the family name. A subtrope of HonorBeforeReason trope, and may act as substitute for [[HonorRelatedAbuse honor killing]].

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* Inverted amongst sexual minorities or defectors of tightly-knit religious groups. Sometimes parents ''force'' the children to assume a different family name to make sure [[IHaveNoSon they no more longer have to deal with]] children who have brought shame upon them by being deviant and who have defamed the family name. A subtrope of HonorBeforeReason trope, and may act as substitute for [[HonorRelatedAbuse honor killing]].



* An entire country was forced into this in 1930s and 1940s, as the Mongolian communist party banned the use of surnames (or, technically, clan names) as a relic of the feudal past. Since 2000s, Mongolians started using surnames again, but as the original names were mostly lost, many used this as the opportunity at a MeaningfulRename. Many took up the name of UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan's clan, the Borjigiin.

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* An entire country was forced into this in 1930s and 1940s, as the Mongolian communist party banned the use of surnames (or, technically, clan names) as a relic of the feudal past. Since In the 2000s, Mongolians started using surnames again, but as the original names were mostly lost, many used this as the an opportunity at for a MeaningfulRename. Many took up the name of UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan's clan, the Borjigiin.
13th Aug '17 11:12:30 AM CynicalBastardo
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* In ''Comicbook/{{Nikolai Dante}}'', when most of the Romanovs are dead, Nikolai suggests Viktor take the name Dante, as they are half-brothers. Viktor does consider it, but then flies away forever.

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* In ''Comicbook/{{Nikolai Dante}}'', when Dante}}'':
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most of the Romanovs are dead, Nikolai suggests Viktor take the name Dante, as they are half-brothers. Viktor does consider it, but then flies away forever.forever.
** Nikolai himself inverts it after his duel with Jena during the "Tsar Wars" arc by taking on the Romanov name. At the end of the war, he reverts to Dante.
2nd Aug '17 4:46:53 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': InvertedTrope. Cersei again takes up the Lannister name as Queen regnant instead of Baratheon.
12th Jan '17 11:53:24 PM JackG
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* ''Blunted Lance'' by Max Hennessy. Coby Goff's eldest son Robert marries into a wealthy family and adds their name to his own (as well as spelling his own Gough, causing Coby to snark that if their name had been Ball he'd call himself Testicle). He makes a point of bringing up the name change during his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech when disinheriting Robert (who wants his father's ancestral manor).
1st Dec '16 1:18:53 AM LinTaylor
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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': In his official character profile, it's stated that Rivalz goes by his mother's family name (Cardemond) rather than his father's, implying that he and his father aren't on the best of terms. But since Rivalz is merely one of ThoseTwoGuys in a series that already has a ton of characters, it never gets explored in depth.
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