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19th Feb '17 10:41:23 PM ultimomant
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** Trixie, her siblings Mixie, Pixie, Nyxie, Lexy, Puck, and Robin, her mother Morgan, and her father Gorlois. Most ponies use proper nouns for names, so Twilight Sparkle gets confused by their names because they don't really mean anything.

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** Trixie, her siblings Mixie, Pixie, Nyxie, Lexy, Puck, and Robin, her mother Morgan, and her father Gorlois. Most ponies use proper nouns for names, so Twilight Sparkle gets confused by their names because they don't really mean anything. At one point, Pinkie Diane Pie asks her, "What's a Trixie? And what's a Morgan?" Trixie retorts, "What's a Diane?"
11th Feb '17 3:07:58 PM mlsmithca
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** Though this has recently been debunked entirely with [[WordOfGod Toriyama's]] reveal that "Android Eighteen" really ''is'' just a title. Her real name is [[spoiler:Lazuli]].
*** In the original Dragon Ball series, the same announcer, as well as others, initially had problems pronouncing Goku's name when trying to read it.

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** Though this has recently been was debunked entirely with [[WordOfGod Toriyama's]] reveal that "Android Eighteen" really ''is'' just a title. Her real name is [[spoiler:Lazuli]].
*** ** In the original Dragon Ball series, the same announcer, as well as others, initially had problems pronouncing Goku's name when trying to read it.



--> '''Udo''': 'Melvin'?

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--> '''Udo''': -->'''Udo''': 'Melvin'?



-->'''Rosen''' ''rolling his eyes'': He was a British hero. He killed Zulus. He was deaf.

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-->'''Rosen''' ''rolling ''[rolling his eyes'': eyes]'': He was a British hero. He killed Zulus. He was deaf.[[note]] A reference to Gonville Bromhead, one of the officers who led the defence of Rorke's Drift in 1879. Bromhead was more famously played by Creator/MichaelCaine in the 1964 film ''Film/{{Zulu}}''.[[/note]]



--> I'm Charlotte Blackwood.\\
I'm Maverick.\\
Did your mother not like you?\\
No, it's my call sign.

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--> -->'''Blackwood:''' I'm Charlotte Blackwood.\\
'''Maverick:''' I'm Maverick.\\
'''Blackwood:''' Did your mother not like you?\\
'''Maverick:''' No, it's my call sign.



** Flip Wilson's real name was Clerow Wilson, Jr.



-->Turkish: My name is Turkish. Funny name for an Englishman, I know. My parents to be were on the same plane when it crashed. That's how they met. They named me after the name of the plane. Not many people are named after a plane crash.

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-->Turkish: -->'''Turkish:''' My name is Turkish. Funny name for an Englishman, I know. My parents to be were on the same plane when it crashed. That's how they met. They named me after the name of the plane. Not many people are named after a plane crash.



* In one of the ''[[Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon Callahan's Place]]'' books, there's a mention of a couple who were both afflicted with punny names by their parents, and decided to swap surnames when they married. Those original names: Les Moore and Merry Glueham (pronounced "gloom"). They now enjoy being Merry Moore and Les Glueham.
** There's also passing mention of the child of ''Franchise/StarWars'' fans named Lahey and Hu, and the report that little three-year-old Yoda Lahey-Hu has already learned how to fight dirty.

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* In one of the ''[[Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon Callahan's Place]]'' books, there's a mention of a couple who were both afflicted with punny names by their parents, and decided to swap surnames when they married. Those original names: Les Moore and Merry Glueham (pronounced "gloom"). They now enjoy being Merry Moore and Les Glueham.
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Glueham. There's also passing mention of the child of ''Franchise/StarWars'' fans named Lahey and Hu, and the report that little three-year-old Yoda Lahey-Hu has already learned how to fight dirty.



** Uhhh.... That's just what the hospital staff called him. See, he was an unidentified [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball_turret Ball Turret]] gunner who suffered severe brain damage in combat. [[VerbalTicName "Garp" was the only thing he could say; hence the name.]]



* ''Literature/{{Harry Potter}}''

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* ''Literature/{{Harry Potter}}''''Literature/HarryPotter'':



* Several characters in various Creator/SarahDessen novels

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* Several characters in various Creator/SarahDessen novelsnovels:



* In Nathanael West's ''Literature/TheDayOfTheLocust'', protagonist Tod Hackett and {{Deuteragonist}} Homer Simpson[[note]] No, not [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons that one]], although that name would elicit this trope's name as a reaction were it used today.[[/note]] overhear a woman's voice calling out the name "Adore". Tod remarks on what a strange name it is; Homer suggests that perhaps the child is foreign. But no, mother and child are as American as apple pie; she gave him such a peculiar name as part of a bid to groom him into a child film star (but has succeeded only in turning him into an EnfantTerrible).






* On ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', Cory Matthews actually asks this question when a substitute teacher reads to the class from ''Beowulf'': "Who names their baby ''Hrothgar''?!"
** Not to mention one of the main cast, who started out a hippie-ish {{Cloudcuckoolander}} before she developed into something more normal: Topanga Stop-the-war Lawrence
-->'''Topanga:''' My middle name is totally weird.
-->'''Shawn:''' Your first name is "Topanga"!

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* On ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'':
**
Cory Matthews actually asks this question when a substitute teacher reads to the class from ''Beowulf'': "Who names their baby ''Hrothgar''?!"
** Not to mention one One of the main cast, who started out a hippie-ish {{Cloudcuckoolander}} before she developed into something more normal: Topanga Stop-the-war Lawrence
-->'''Topanga:'''
Lawrence.
--->'''Topanga:'''
My middle name is totally weird.
-->'''Shawn:'''
weird.\\
'''Shawn:'''
Your first name is "Topanga"!



-->'''B.J.''': My mother...Bea Hunnicutt, and my father...Jay Hunnicutt.

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-->'''B.J.''': My mother...Bea Hunnicutt, and my father...Jay Hunnicutt.[[note]] The fact that B.J. has spent the episode leading up to this exchange {{Troll}}ing Hawkeye's attempts to discover what "B.J." stands for implies that this is a lie; certainly Hawkeye doesn't believe it.[[/note]]



* ''Series/ThirtyRock'',

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* ''Series/ThirtyRock'',''Series/ThirtyRock'':



-->'''Guardian:''' I'm sorry. What's your name?
-->'''Buffy:''' Buffy.
-->'''Guardian:''' No, really. (Buffy shrugs)

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-->'''Guardian:''' --->'''Guardian:''' I'm sorry. What's your name?
-->'''Buffy:''' --->'''Buffy:''' Buffy.
-->'''Guardian:''' --->'''Guardian:''' No, really. (Buffy shrugs)



* On ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', Agent Callen's first name actually got lost by the foster system, [[spoiler:which is implied to be partly due to being born in Romania]]. All he knows is [[OneLetterName his first initial]], and he occasionally gets minor grief over his legal first name being "G".
** Though, in Season 7 (specifically, the episode ''Matryoshka''), Callen finally learns the name he was born with before his fostering/adoption: [[spoiler:'''Grisha''' Alexandrovich Nikolaev]]. Though G. Callen runs off the tongue ''much'' easier.

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* On ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', Agent Callen's first name actually got lost by the foster system, [[spoiler:which is implied to be partly due to being born in Romania]]. All he knows is [[OneLetterName his first initial]], and he occasionally gets minor grief over his legal first name being "G".
**
"G". Though, in Season 7 (specifically, the episode ''Matryoshka''), Callen finally learns the name he was born with before his fostering/adoption: [[spoiler:'''Grisha''' Alexandrovich Nikolaev]]. Though G. Callen runs off the tongue ''much'' easier.



* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': In "Still", Castle needed a five-letter code word to shut off the mine Beckett stepped on to save her. They discovered that the escaped prisoner who had set the explosive was trying to find his ex-girlfriend, who had given birth to a son, and figured that the son's name was the code word. The son's name turned out to be "William", leaving "Billy" or "Willy" as possible code-words. Esposito commented at that point, "No mother's gonna name their kid Willy unless she wants them beat up at the playground!" [[spoiler: The correct pass code was Billy]]

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* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': In "Still", Castle needed a five-letter code word to shut off the mine Beckett stepped on to save her. They discovered that the escaped prisoner who had set the explosive was trying to find his ex-girlfriend, who had given birth to a son, and figured that the son's name was the code word. The son's name turned out to be "William", leaving "Billy" or "Willy" as possible code-words. Esposito commented at that point, "No mother's gonna name their kid Willy unless she wants them beat up at the playground!" [[spoiler: The correct pass code was Billy]]Billy.]]



* An example of CallingTheOldManOut on the back of this trope is, of course, the old Music/JohnnyCash song "A Boy Named Sue". Of course, in this case the bad name was intentional — as Dad explained, he gave his son a name that would make his childhood a living hell precisely so the boy would be forced to grow up mean and tough, to compensate for growing up without a father figure. Sue appreciates the logic behind this decision and forgives his father, but makes it clear that he wouldn't dream of doing something like that to his own son. WordOfGod from songwriter Creator/ShelSilverstein is that he got the inspiration for the song after hearing a (male) judge named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue_K._Hicks Sue K. Hicks]] speak at a judicial conference in Gatlinburg (a town which is also mentioned in the song). Hicks was named after his mother, who died in childbirth.
** To top that, Silverstein even wrote a sequel, "The Father Of A Boy Named Sue."

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* An example of CallingTheOldManOut on the back of this trope is, of course, the old Music/JohnnyCash song "A Boy Named Sue". Of course, in this case the bad name was intentional — as Dad explained, he gave his son a name that would make his childhood a living hell precisely so the boy would be forced to grow up mean and tough, to compensate for growing up without a father figure. Sue appreciates the logic behind this decision and forgives his father, but makes it clear that he wouldn't dream of doing something like that to his own son. WordOfGod from songwriter Creator/ShelSilverstein is that he got the inspiration for the song after hearing a (male) judge named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue_K._Hicks Sue K. Hicks]] speak at a judicial conference in Gatlinburg (a town which is also mentioned in the song). Hicks was named after his mother, who died in childbirth.
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childbirth. To top that, Silverstein even wrote a sequel, "The Father Of A Boy Named Sue."



* Creator/MattGroening's ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell'' has a "What not to name your kid" installment, including suggestions such as "Oral" and "Onan"
* ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'': Bunny named her twin babies Wendell John and Wendell Jon. Before she settled on those names, she referred to them by the colors of their hospital bracelets.
-->'''Wanda:''' "You have two boys named Purple and Green?"
-->'''Bunny:''' "I prefer Puce and Teal."

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* Creator/MattGroening's ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell'' has a "What not to name your kid" installment, including suggestions such as "Oral" and "Onan"
"Onan".
* ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'': ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'':
**
Bunny named her twin babies Wendell John and Wendell Jon. Before she settled on those names, she referred to them by the colors of their hospital bracelets.
-->'''Wanda:''' "You --->'''Wanda:''' You have two boys named Purple and Green?"
-->'''Bunny:''' "I
Green?\\
'''Bunny:''' I
prefer Puce and Teal."



* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' has a boy named 5, short for 555, surname 95472 (accent on the 4). His father had strange ideas about where society was headed and decided to "give in" to the abundance of numbers in people's lives. His younger sisters are twins named 3 and 4.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' has ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'':
** A recurring background extra from the 1960s onwards is
a boy named 5, short for 555, surname 95472 (accent on the 4). His father had strange ideas about where society was headed and decided to "give in" to the abundance of numbers in people's lives. His younger sisters are twins named 3 and 4.



-->'''Esau''': “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob? This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!”

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-->'''Esau''': “Isn’t Isn’t he rightly named Jacob? This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!” blessing!”



* This can be done [[InvokedTrope deliberately]] by the player in any game that allows you to [[HelloInsertNameHere name the main character]]. There are even some games like this where the player character will be told they have a weird name. Of course if that's the case you'll be told that no matter what name you give your character.
** Doing this when naming your current character's legitimate children in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'' can result in the name becoming a ''traditional'' for members of your dynasty[[note]]When a child is born, a name is randomly suggested based on the gender, culture and religion of the child. Player parents can write in another name, non-player parents picks what is suggested. Writing in a name yourself can add that name to the list of possible names for children of your dynasty...[[/note]].

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* This can be done [[InvokedTrope deliberately]] by the player in any game that allows you to [[HelloInsertNameHere name the main character]]. There are even some games like this where the player character will be told they have a weird name. Of course if that's the case you'll be told that no matter what name you give your character.
**
character. Doing this when naming your current character's legitimate children in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'' can result in the name becoming a ''traditional'' for members of your dynasty[[note]]When a child is born, a name is randomly suggested based on the gender, culture and religion of the child. Player parents can write in another name, non-player parents picks what is suggested. Writing in a name yourself can add that name to the list of possible names for children of your dynasty...[[/note]].



* The ''VideoGame/{{Postal}}'' series features The Postal Dude.... snippets seen around in ''Postal 2'' reveal that his legal name is actually The Postal Dude, Jr.[[note]]or at least "The Dude, Jr."[[/note]], as it's what's on his driver's license when he goes to pay a parking ticket and his father's grave says "T. Dude, Sr".
** It should be noted that "T. Dude, Sr." was a horrible father and deliberately named his son after himself which brings up the question if The Dude's grandfather was just as horrible.

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* The ''VideoGame/{{Postal}}'' series features The Postal Dude.... snippets seen around in ''Postal 2'' reveal that his legal name is actually The Postal Dude, Jr.[[note]]or at least "The Dude, Jr."[[/note]], as it's what's on his driver's license when he goes to pay a parking ticket and his father's grave says "T. Dude, Sr".
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Sr". It should be noted that "T. Dude, Sr." was a horrible father and deliberately named his son after himself which brings up the question if The Dude's grandfather was just as horrible.



* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' has a baby name generator website on its in-universe internet. Half the names generated are random objects and terms. The other half are {{Ghetto Name}}s.
** It's also possible to encounter and help out a preppy white guy named [[UsefulNotes/FidelCastro Castro]][[note]]Yes, that's his first name[[/note]]. When asked, he explains that his parents were [=WASPs=] who gave all their children awkward and pretentious names for their own amusement. He still feels that he got lucky though: they named his sister ''Muffy''.

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* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' has a baby name generator website on its in-universe internet. Half the names generated are random objects and terms. The other half are {{Ghetto Name}}s.
**
Name}}s. It's also possible to encounter and help out a preppy white guy named [[UsefulNotes/FidelCastro Castro]][[note]]Yes, that's his first name[[/note]]. When asked, he explains that his parents were [=WASPs=] who gave all their children awkward and pretentious names for their own amusement. He still feels that he got lucky though: they named his sister ''Muffy''.



** Zeetha's father was named Chump. Since she's from a reclusive warrior culture deep in an unknown jungle, BilingualBonus probably wasn't considered during the naming process.

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** Zeetha's father was named Chump. Since she's from a reclusive warrior culture deep in an unknown jungle, BilingualBonus probably wasn't considered during the naming process. [[WordOfGod The Foglios]] revealed, or at least heavily implied, that a certain WildMassGuessing on the subject of his identity [[http://community.livejournal.com/haus_of_klaus/25974.html hit quite close to the mark]]: [[spoiler:Chump is actually Klaus Wulfenbach, and "Chump" is an alias that came from some SelfDeprecation on his part]].



*** [[WordOfGod The Foglios]] revealed, or at least heavily implied, that a certain WildMassGuessing on the subject of his identity [[http://community.livejournal.com/haus_of_klaus/25974.html hit quite close to the mark]]: [[spoiler:Chump is actually Klaus Wulfenbach, and "Chump" is an alias that came from some SelfDeprecation on his part]].



* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has discovered a way to [[http://xkcd.com/327/ weaponize]] this trope.
** Also invoked in [[http://xkcd.com/1011/ this]] comic, with a side-order of ''{{Twilight}}''-bashing.
-->I've been trying for a couple years now but I haven't been able to come up with a name dumber than 'Renesmee.'

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* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'':
** Randal Munroe
has discovered a way to [[http://xkcd.com/327/ weaponize]] this trope.
** Also invoked in [[http://xkcd.com/1011/ this]] comic, with a side-order of ''{{Twilight}}''-bashing.
-->I've
''Literature/{{Twilight}}''-bashing.
--->I've
been trying for a couple years now but I haven't been able to come up with a name dumber than 'Renesmee.'



* In ''SomethingPositive,'' geeky parents Mike and Tamara name their son {{Shazam}} [[WilWheaton Wil-Wheaton]] [[MultiEthnicName Dowden-Patel]] (the hyphens are the source of his power). The two do have a fight at one point, though, because Mike thought his middle name was going to be "[[Creator/JossWhedon Joss-Whedon]]" instead. He also mentions that little Shaz would have been "[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] [[Series/{{Firefly}} Serenity]]" had he been a girl.
* Discussed by Jake English and Dirk Strider in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' regarding the ''last'' names of the demonic Lord English and the alien [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Betty Crocker]], due to the last names in question being matters of personal selection.
-->@@[[color:green:GT: So im named after a demon? What kind of demon is named english anyway?]]\\
[[color:orange:TT: What kind of alien is named Crocker?]]@@

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* In ''SomethingPositive,'' ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'', geeky parents Mike and Tamara name their son {{Shazam}} [[WilWheaton [[Creator/WilWheaton Wil-Wheaton]] [[MultiEthnicName Dowden-Patel]] (the hyphens are the source of his power). The two do have a fight at one point, though, because Mike thought his middle name was going to be "[[Creator/JossWhedon Joss-Whedon]]" instead. He also mentions that little Shaz would have been "[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] [[Series/{{Firefly}} Serenity]]" had he been a girl.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
**
Discussed by Jake English and Dirk Strider in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' regarding the ''last'' names of the demonic Lord English and the alien [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Betty Crocker]], due to the last names in question being matters of personal selection.
-->@@[[color:green:GT: -->@@GT: So im named after a demon? What kind of demon is named english anyway?]]\\
[[color:orange:TT:
anyway?\\
TT:
What kind of alien is named Crocker?]]@@Crocker?@@



* Monkey D. Luffy from ''WebVideo/NonePiece''.
--> "My parents hated me!"
** And then Zolo...
-->'''Luffy:''' "Wait, your name is Zorro Zolo?"
-->'''Zolo:''' "YEAH! MY PARENTS HATED ME!"
* Pretty much the entire second half of [[WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries Awesome Racer.]]

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* Monkey D. Luffy from ''WebVideo/NonePiece''.
-->
''WebVideo/NonePiece''. "My parents hated me!"
**
me!" And then Zolo...
-->'''Luffy:''' "Wait, Wait, your name is Zorro Zolo?"
Zolo?
-->'''Zolo:''' "YEAH! YEAH! MY PARENTS HATED ME!"
ME!
* Pretty much the entire second half of [[WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries Awesome Racer.]]]] At least Rex ''is'' a rather common name...



** Well, at least Rex ''is'' a rather common name...



* Dr. Gero in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' notes how stupid Android 17 and 18's human names are in their schematics (Lapis and Lazuli respectively):
-->'''Notes''': Who the devil names their children after crystals? It's like they '''wanted''' them to grow up to be strippers.

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* ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'':
**
Dr. Gero in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' notes how stupid Android 17 and 18's human names are in their schematics (Lapis and Lazuli respectively):
-->'''Notes''': --->'''Notes''': Who the devil names their children after crystals? It's like they '''wanted''' them to grow up to be strippers.



* WesternAnimation/PiratesPassage features a dog named Grendel owned by the villains, the Moehner (pronounced "Meaner") family. One of the protagonists, Captain Charles Johnson is rather surprised that of all things they decided to name their dog after one of the most famous monsters in all literature.

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* WesternAnimation/PiratesPassage ''WesternAnimation/PiratesPassage'' features a dog named Grendel owned by the villains, the Moehner (pronounced "Meaner") family. One of the protagonists, Captain Charles Johnson is rather surprised that of all things they decided to name their dog after one of the most famous monsters in all literature.



* Music/FrankZappa was forbidden by an exasperated nurse from naming his son Dweezil, opting for "Ian Donald Calvin Euclid" instead - names taken from several of his associates. Despite this, the family referred to him exclusively as Dweezil. Dweezil himself, at age five, was quite upset to discover his real name on his birth certificate and demanded it to be legally rectified. He had to wait for his 18th birthday for the legal name change.
** Music/FrankZappa had a penchant for doing this. Dweezil was preceded by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_Zappa Moon Unit Zappa]], and followed by Ahmet and Diva.
*** Frank Zappa has been very clear about why he named his kids "Dude", though. He gave them names he thought were pretty, and reasoned that the only name that would get his kids in trouble was their ''surname''.

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* Music/FrankZappa was forbidden by an exasperated nurse from naming his son Dweezil, opting for "Ian Donald Calvin Euclid" instead - names taken from several of his associates. Despite this, the family referred to him exclusively as Dweezil. Dweezil himself, at age five, was quite upset to discover his real name on his birth certificate and demanded it to be legally rectified. He had to wait for his 18th birthday for the legal name change.
** Music/FrankZappa had a penchant for doing this.
change. And Dweezil was preceded by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_Zappa Moon Unit Zappa]], and followed by Ahmet and Diva.
***
Diva. Frank Zappa has been very clear about why he named his kids "Dude", though. He gave them names he thought were pretty, and reasoned that the only name that would get his kids in trouble was their ''surname''.



** Someone is a [[https://youtu.be/h_uyq8oGDvU?list=PL_qbeIExLpSAYch8dQ1A2RbRE8dwR--wY huge fan]] of Music/NeilYoung.
* One countdown of celebrities who gave their kids crazy names had Will Ferrel at one of the top spots for naming his sons Magnus and Matthias -- two very common names in Sweden (Ferrel is married to a Swede).

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** * Someone is a [[https://youtu.be/h_uyq8oGDvU?list=PL_qbeIExLpSAYch8dQ1A2RbRE8dwR--wY be/h_uyq8oGDvU huge fan]] of Music/NeilYoung.
* One countdown of celebrities who gave their kids crazy names had Will Ferrel Ferrell at one of the top spots for naming his sons Magnus and Matthias -- two very common names in Sweden (Ferrel (Ferrell is married to a Swede).



* In Iceland, to avert this trope, names must be approved by an official naming committee that, in addition to rules about the name obeying Icelandic grammar and inflections, also includes the provision that the name must not be unduly embarrassing to its bearer. The quintessential Icelandic names are instead old names that are permitted due to tradition though they might sound ridiculous to modern ears. It isn't as far-fetched as it sounds. Thousands of world languages are being lost to globalization as native speakers die out, and Iceland is determined their language is not going to be one of them.
** The naming policy is being reviewed after a long-drawn-out battle over the names of some Icelandic siblings became a cause célèbre for advocates of less restrictive naming. In July 2014, two Icelandic children were turned down for renewal of their passports (which read only "Girl" and "Boy") because their names are Harriet and Duncan. The problem is that unless both of your parents are "foreign", your name must either be on the list or meet the requirements of the Icelandic Name Committee -- and although as their surname Cardew indicates, their father is from Britain, probably Wales (he moved to Reykjavík to be a cook), their mother Kristín is an Icelander, so their names have to comply. Unfortunately, "Harriet" can't be conjugated in Icelandic and "Duncan" contains the letter "c", which doesn't exist in Icelandic. For their part, many Icelanders don't see what the fuss is all about, and the Mayor of Reykjavík, Jón Gnarr (himself the bearer of an odd name by Icelandic standards--one he fought the Name Committee for ''years'' to adopt in an effort to distance himself from his father, from whom he is estranged) has decried the law as too strict. The Cardews were finally granted permission to keep their children's names in June 2016, and in the meantime the Icelandic government has initiated the legislative process to abolish the Name Committee.

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* In Iceland, to avert this trope, names must be approved by an official naming committee that, in addition to rules about the name obeying Icelandic grammar and inflections, also includes the provision that the name must not be unduly embarrassing to its bearer. The quintessential Icelandic names are instead old names that are permitted due to tradition though they might sound ridiculous to modern ears. It isn't as far-fetched as it sounds. Thousands of world languages are being lost to globalization as native speakers die out, and Iceland is determined their language is not going to be one of them.
**
them. The naming policy is being reviewed after a long-drawn-out battle over the names of some Icelandic siblings became a cause célèbre for advocates of less restrictive naming. In July 2014, two Icelandic children were turned down for renewal of their passports (which read only "Girl" and "Boy") because their names are Harriet and Duncan. The problem is that unless both of your parents are "foreign", your name must either be on the list or meet the requirements of the Icelandic Name Committee -- and although as their surname Cardew indicates, their father is from Britain, probably Wales (he moved to Reykjavík to be a cook), their mother Kristín is an Icelander, so their names have to comply. Unfortunately, "Harriet" can't be conjugated in Icelandic and "Duncan" contains the letter "c", which doesn't exist in Icelandic. For their part, many Icelanders don't see what the fuss is all about, and the Mayor of Reykjavík, Jón Gnarr (himself the bearer of an odd name by Icelandic standards--one he fought the Name Committee for ''years'' to adopt in an effort to distance himself from his father, from whom he is estranged) has decried the law as too strict. The Cardews were finally granted permission to keep their children's names in June 2016, and in the meantime the Icelandic government has initiated the legislative process to abolish the Name Committee.



* This happening is not all that uncommon in languages with a lot of homonyms, where compound words exist and where every name is a MeaningfulName rather than a patronym. Chinese has all these traits and this situation is especially likely to happen because while it has one written language, it has many spoken dialects. A perfectly innocuous name can sound ludicrous in a different dialect.
** Much like the Japanese example, China (well the [=PRC=] at least) has a list of approved characters that can be used for names. Partly to avoid this trope but also partly to simplify their computer system inputs given the sheer number of characters in their written language. Has occasionally caused problems with names that use legitimate but obscure characters.

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* This happening is not all that uncommon in languages with a lot of homonyms, where compound words exist and where every name is a MeaningfulName rather than a patronym. Chinese has all these traits and this situation is especially likely to happen because while it has one written language, it has many spoken dialects. A perfectly innocuous name can sound ludicrous in a different dialect.
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dialect. Much like the Japanese example, China (well the [=PRC=] at least) has a list of approved characters that can be used for names. Partly to avoid this trope but also partly to simplify their computer system inputs given the sheer number of characters in their written language. Has occasionally caused problems with names that use legitimate but obscure characters.



* The parents who named their daughter Hashtag, because they liked using Twitter. [[http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4671412/We-called-our-baby-hashtag.html Other # began to trend afterwards]].
** Upon the arrival of Prince William and Lady Katherine's firstborn child, bettings on the name were rife. The slate of possible names included Arthur, George, James, Richard, Henry and Alexander. Paddy Power confirmed that someone had laid down hard cash on Hashtag.

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* The parents who named their daughter Hashtag, because they liked using Twitter. [[http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4671412/We-called-our-baby-hashtag.html Other # began to trend afterwards]].
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afterwards]]. Upon the arrival of Prince William and Lady Katherine's firstborn child, bettings on the name were rife. The slate of possible names included Arthur, George, James, Richard, Henry and Alexander. Paddy Power confirmed that someone had laid down hard cash on Hashtag.



* [[http://www.afro.com/sections/news/afro_briefs/story.htm?storyid=79453 A Tennessee Judge forced a boy to have his name changed]] from Messiah to Martin on the grounds that Jesus can be the only one to be called "Messiah", which means savior. [[CaptainObvious No surprise]], the parents weren't happy with the idea and neither was the American Civil Liberties Union.
** Not to mention that "Messiah" actually means "anointed one," and in Hebrew it is neither a divine title nor exclusive to any one person. It was a title of the kings of Judah, and in modern Jewish thought the "Messiah" as savior has yet to arrive.
* A [[https://www.google.com/search?q=michael+hunt&oq=michael+hunt&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.1437j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8 Google search]] will turn up any number of men named Michael ([[StealthPun "Mike"]]) Hunt. Apparently ALL their parents were either cruel or oblivious.
** [[https://www.google.ie/?gws_rd=ssl#q=richard+head Same goes for]] Richard Head.
*** And Raymond Pugh.

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* [[http://www.afro.com/sections/news/afro_briefs/story.htm?storyid=79453 A Tennessee Judge forced a boy to have his name changed]] from Messiah to Martin on the grounds that Jesus can be the only one to be called "Messiah", which means savior. [[CaptainObvious No surprise]], the parents weren't happy with the idea and neither was the American Civil Liberties Union.
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Union. Not to mention that "Messiah" actually means "anointed one," and in Hebrew it is neither a divine title nor exclusive to any one person. It was a title of the kings of Judah, and in modern Jewish thought the "Messiah" as savior has yet to arrive.
* A [[https://www.google.com/search?q=michael+hunt&oq=michael+hunt&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.1437j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8 Google search]] will turn up any number of men named Michael ([[StealthPun "Mike"]]) Hunt. Apparently ALL their parents were either cruel or oblivious.
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oblivious. [[https://www.google.ie/?gws_rd=ssl#q=richard+head Same goes for]] Richard Head.
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Head. And Raymond Pugh.



* Openly {{Defied}} in Italy, where name laws are rather strict regulated and, until some time ago, the officials in charge of the birth registers could refuse to write down a silly name and had the authority to assign another (usually the name of the saint of the kid's birthday) if the parents refuse to change their mind (current laws says they have to write it down, but they must warn the parents that they're breaking the law first and, if they insist, will write it down and warn the competent authorities for the name change). And they actually go through with it, as a couple found out the hard way when they tried to name their son "Venerdì" (that is Italian for "Friday"), the official, [[Literature/RobinsonCrusoe well aware of what it could evoke]], refused and found himself forced to name the child "Gregorio", [[FrivolousLawsuit and when the parents sued all the way to the Corte di Cassazione (the Italian supreme court) all the courts upheld the official's decision]].
** Note that the lawmakers weren't CrazyPrepared, [[GenreSavvy they just knew their countrymen]]: as the country where the concept and word of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliardia goliardia]] were born, and following ancient Roman traditions, Italians ''can'' and ''will'' mock anything strange or funny if given a chance, and giving a child a strange name would be a recipe for disaster.

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* Openly {{Defied}} in Italy, where name laws are rather strict regulated and, until some time ago, the officials in charge of the birth registers could refuse to write down a silly name and had the authority to assign another (usually the name of the saint of the kid's birthday) if the parents refuse to change their mind (current laws says they have to write it down, but they must warn the parents that they're breaking the law first and, if they insist, will write it down and warn the competent authorities for the name change). And they actually go through with it, as a couple found out the hard way when they tried to name their son "Venerdì" (that is Italian for "Friday"), the official, [[Literature/RobinsonCrusoe well aware of what it could evoke]], refused and found himself forced to name the child "Gregorio", [[FrivolousLawsuit and when the parents sued all the way to the Corte di Cassazione (the Italian supreme court) all the courts upheld the official's decision]].
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decision]]. Note that the lawmakers weren't CrazyPrepared, [[GenreSavvy they just knew their countrymen]]: as the country where the concept and word of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliardia goliardia]] were born, and following ancient Roman traditions, Italians ''can'' and ''will'' mock anything strange or funny if given a chance, and giving a child a strange name would be a recipe for disaster.



** There was also a case where German TV comedian Stefan Raab read out a list of the most ridiculous names he could find in Germany, all with making additional puns about it. Unfortunately for him, he gave way more information about one woman he made fun of (giving away her state and occupation to make his additional pun since her name was plant-based and she was a gardener in a state with a high nature level), thus leading to the woman suing him successfully for Verbal Slander and Public Humiliation.

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** * There was also a case where German TV comedian Stefan Raab read out a list of the most ridiculous names he could find in Germany, all with making additional puns about it. Unfortunately for him, he gave way more information about one woman he made fun of (giving away her state and occupation to make his additional pun since her name was plant-based and she was a gardener in a state with a high nature level), thus leading to the woman suing him successfully for Verbal Slander and Public Humiliation.



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** Someone is a [[https://youtu.be/h_uyq8oGDvU?list=PL_qbeIExLpSAYch8dQ1A2RbRE8dwR--wY huge fan]] of Music/NeilYoung.


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* Several people are named, or [[http://articles.latimes.com/1994-03-14/news/vw-33982_1_fish-trout-america changed their name to]], "[[Creator/RichardBrautigan Trout Fishing in America]]." Trout Rogers was named Justin Cody Trout Fishing in America Rogers by his parents. Today he gives classes in natural/empathic healing.
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* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' novel "Crookedstar's Promise", after Stormkit is injured, permanently disfiguring his jaw, Rainflower's decision to rename Stormkit to Crookedkit is met with dismay and anger by Stormkit's father.

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In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' novel "Crookedstar's Promise", ''Crookedstar's Promise'', after Stormkit is injured, permanently disfiguring his jaw, Rainflower's decision to rename Stormkit to Crookedkit is met with dismay and anger by Stormkit's father.father.
** Similarly, in the first series, Bluestar's decision to give a near-death Brightpaw the warrior name "Lostface", as part of her RageAgainstTheHeavens, is met with protest from the Clan. Once Firestar becomes leader he renames her Brightheart.


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* In ''Literature/TheSavannahReidMysteries'', when Savannah meets a girl named Chicago and mentally smirks at the name, she reminds herself that she of all people can't judge, considering [[LocationThemeNaming her own family]].
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* In the ''Malaussène Saga'' (humoristic novels from French author Daniel Pennac), Benjamin Malaussène (the main character) names his son "Monsieur Malaussène" ("Mister Malaussène") and is occasionally called out because of this. To be more accurate : it is his ''first name'', so his full name is "Monsieur Malaussène Malaussène".

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* In the ''Malaussène Saga'' (humoristic novels from French author Daniel Pennac), Benjamin every newborn child gets their name from Jérémy Malaussène, one of the main character's brothers. This results in the kids being named "Verdun" (after the bloody UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne battle - she screams non-stop) and "Maracuja" ("passion fruit", literally and figuratively) for the girls, and "le Petit" (because he was really small), C'Est Un Ange (because he looked like an angel), and Monsieur Malaussène (the main character) names his son "Monsieur Malaussène" ("Mister Malaussène") and is occasionally called out because of this. To be more accurate : it is his ''first name'', so his full (full name is "Monsieur Monsieur Malaussène Malaussène".Malaussène). ''Ils m'ont menti'' reveals C'Est Un Ange and Monsieur Malaussène are respectively called Sept and Mosma for short.
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-->'''Topanga:''' My middle name is totally weird.
-->'''Shawn:''' Your first name is "Topanga"!
** Cory himself is in fact named "Cornelius", as revealed by Mr. Feeny.[[note]]'''''[=SSSSSSSsssssh=]!''''' Not even Topanga knows that![[/note]]
** And then [[Series/GirlMeetsWorld there's Farkle]].
* ''Series/TheMiddle'': Frankie regrets naming her youngest son Brick, thinking that an unusual name would make him cool (which Brick is anything but).
* In ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'', there was Gottlieb family, whose parents were hippies. Their three grown-up children were:
** Cosmic Gottlieb, who renamed himself Mark.
** Freedom Gottlieb, who renamed himself Stephen.
** Serendipity Gottlieb, who was a bit of a free spirit like her parents and so kept her name but usually shortened it to Ren as it was a bit long.
* On ''Series/{{MASH}}'', B.J. Hunnicutt's given name is apparently B.J. Leads to this exchange:
-->'''Hawkeye''': What kind of parents would name their kid B.J.?
-->'''B.J.''': My mother...Bea Hunnicutt, and my father...Jay Hunnicutt.
* Six from ''Series/{{Blossom}}''. According to her, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar that's how many beers her father said it took]].
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'',
** Cerie thinks up some baby names after she gets engaged:
--->'''Cerie''': If it's a girl, "Bookcase"... or "Sandstorm"... or maybe "Hat", but that's more of a boy's name.\\
'''Liz''': Yeah, I was gonna say.
** There is one Kenneth Ellen Parcell.
* ''"Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}"'' the Vampire Slayer. Contrary to some fan opinion, it is not a diminutive form of "Elizabeth." That's her name. This is [[LampshadeHanging pointed out]] when [[HypocriticalHumour Spike]] asks who calls their kid Buffy (in response to Buffy insulting his name, to be fair...and "Spike" is not his real name). Buffy then gets rather offended at this insult to her mother, so she's probably not bothered by the name.
** Something of a RunningGag through the series.
-->'''Guardian:''' I'm sorry. What's your name?
-->'''Buffy:''' Buffy.
-->'''Guardian:''' No, really. (Buffy shrugs)
** Also her middle name is Anne. Although that wouldn't be unfortunate by itself, her surname is Summers so it becomes the name of a lingerie retailer.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** When Ross learns Chandler's middle name:
-->'''Chandler Muriel Bing.''' Boy, your parents never even gave you a chance, did they?
** Also on Friends, Ross and Rachel have an on-going debate about what to name their daughter. "Rain" was one of the options, to Ross' consternation ("And my skirt is made of wheat.") Sequoia was another.
** Joey remarks of a stripper named Crystal Chandelier: "You name your daughter that, what do you expect her to grow up to be?"
* Britta on ''Series/{{Community}}''.
-->'''Annie:''' Of course you think that, Britta. It's obvious from your name that your parents smoked pot.
* ''Series/{{Weeds}}'': Nancy regards her new neighbor's young son's name, "Rad", with some skepticism.
* In the soap opera ''LasJuanas'', there is Doña de Salguero, most usually called "Doña Doña". To wit. in English, the equivalent is naming a girl "Mistress" or "Ma'am".
* On ''Series/ModernFamily'', all of Mitch and Cam's friends have stereotypical "gay" names. One of them, Longinus, remarks that his mother forced him to become gay with it.
* Early in the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Past and Present", one of the locals asks Teal'c the following question:
--> '''Orner:''' Who would give you a name like "Teal'c"?\\
'''Teal'c:''' It was given by my father. It means "strength".
* On ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', Agent Callen's first name actually got lost by the foster system, [[spoiler:which is implied to be partly due to being born in Romania]]. All he knows is [[OneLetterName his first initial]], and he occasionally gets minor grief over his legal first name being "G".
** Though, in Season 7 (specifically, the episode ''Matryoshka''), Callen finally learns the name he was born with before his fostering/adoption: [[spoiler:'''Grisha''' Alexandrovich Nikolaev]]. Though G. Callen runs off the tongue ''much'' easier.
* Angus ''Series/MacGyver''.
* Ronmarc and Zalga in ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' episode "Night of the Cactus!":
-->"Their names are Ronmarc and Zalga? Where are they from? Mars?"
* In ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', the Bundy family ended up adopting (read: got ditched with) Peggy's nephew, Seven. Al quite nearly says the trope by name, and the kid replies "Because I'm Seven!" Bonus points for nobody being able to tell whether that meant he was "child number seven" and the parents just ran out of ideas, or if his name changed after every birthday.
* In ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', Alex says this to ''Hershel''.
* In ''Series/{{Utopia}}'', various characters express disbelief at Wilson Wilson's name.
* Rowan Atkinson makes excellent sport of this trope in his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiWJWLCoH2M School Master sketch]]. Such poor pupils in his class include Nancyboy-Potter, Undermanager, Zob and Orifice...!
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': In "Still", Castle needed a five-letter code word to shut off the mine Beckett stepped on to save her. They discovered that the escaped prisoner who had set the explosive was trying to find his ex-girlfriend, who had given birth to a son, and figured that the son's name was the code word. The son's name turned out to be "William", leaving "Billy" or "Willy" as possible code-words. Esposito commented at that point, "No mother's gonna name their kid Willy unless she wants them beat up at the playground!" [[spoiler: The correct pass code was Billy]]
* On ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' all dinosaurs are named by the Chief Elder, who has a lot of babies to go through so whatever he says after "I name this child..." gets written down as the child's name. This has resulted in children named "<Atchoo>," "<Burp> Excuse Me," and "Aaugh Aaugh I'm Dying You Idiot." Although once a new Chief Elder is elected the parents of the last of those go to get a new name, which is now Baby.



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* An example of CallingTheOldManOut on the back of this trope is, of course, the old Music/JohnnyCash song "A Boy Named Sue". Of course, in this case the bad name was intentional — as Dad explained, he gave his son a name that would make his childhood a living hell precisely so the boy would be forced to grow up mean and tough, to compensate for growing up without a father figure. Sue appreciates the logic behind this decision and forgives his father, but makes it clear that he wouldn't dream of doing something like that to his own son. WordOfGod from songwriter Creator/ShelSilverstein is that he got the inspiration for the song after hearing a (male) judge named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue_K._Hicks Sue K. Hicks]] speak at a judicial conference in Gatlinburg (a town which is also mentioned in the song). Hicks was named after his mother, who died in childbirth.
** To top that, Silverstein even wrote a sequel, "The Father Of A Boy Named Sue."
* Country music contributes another example in Sammy Kershaw's hit about a love interest with a name better suited to an onion than to a person.
-->Your dear mama Violet and your proud daddy Dal
-->I know that when they named you, they surely meant well
-->But Vidalia....
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z82HH11IFEY What Kind of Name is Hermione?]]," by the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fan band The Parselmouths.
-->"What kind of parents name their kid Hermione, anyway?"
-->"Um, {{Muggles}}."
-->"[[FantasticRacism Ew!]]"
* The protagonist of the Music/MelanieMartinez album ''[[ConceptAlbum Cry Baby]]'' is named... um, [[CharacterTitle Cry Baby]]. In the music video for the song "Cry Baby", it's show that her brother wrote it on her birth certificate after hearing her mother refer to her as such.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4yURoIWkV0 "Horrible Names For Your Children"]] is a song that lists off ridiculous names people attempted to name their kids (some of which ''succeeded'') in real life. Some of them even appear on this page!
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* Creator/MattGroening's ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell'' has a "What not to name your kid" installment, including suggestions such as "Oral" and "Onan"
* ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'': Bunny named her twin babies Wendell John and Wendell Jon. Before she settled on those names, she referred to them by the colors of their hospital bracelets.
-->'''Wanda:''' "You have two boys named Purple and Green?"
-->'''Bunny:''' "I prefer Puce and Teal."
** When middle child Hammie was first born, he did not have a name, due to Darryl and Wanda mistakenly believing that [[ItMakesSenseInContext they were having a girl]]. When they finally decided on "Hamish" ("Ham" for short), it took their other family members some time to get used to it. Wanda's sister, Rhonda, proclaimed "That's not a name, it's an entree!" upon hearing it, and when Wanda told her mother, she burst out laughing, before asking, "No, seriously, what did you name him?"
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' has a boy named 5, short for 555, surname 95472 (accent on the 4). His father had strange ideas about where society was headed and decided to "give in" to the abundance of numbers in people's lives. His younger sisters are twins named 3 and 4.
** Rerun got his name from his older sister Lucy complaining that getting another little brother (after Linus) was like watching a ReRun on TV.
* ''ComicStrip/JumpStart'' includes a kid named Doctor Appleby, who comes to school dressed in surgical scrubs. Guess what his parents want him to be when he grows up.
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* On the June 9, 2005 ''[[Wrestling/{{WWESmackDown}} WWE [=SmackDown!=]]]'', building up to the ''ECW One Night Stand'' [=PPV=] that Sunday, Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield may have been the first person on national television to question the idea of someone being named ''Wrestling/BallsMahoney.''
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* Garrison Keillor's ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'' has Senator K. Torvaldson. Even calls out this trope in another character's reaction: "Who names their kid 'Senator', anyway?" (Apparently his parents just liked the way it sounded.)
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* In Literature/TheBible, David asks for assistance from Abigail’s husband "Naval" or "crook, villain". He is denied. Upon informing David of this she alludes to the fact that his name is Naval implying that he lives up to it rather well.
-->'''Abigail''':"Please do not let my lord pay attention to this worthless man, Naval, for as his name is, so is he. Naval is his name and folly is with him.
* There is also a case of this between Jacob and Esau. Upset at the loss of his birthright (or rather his own hasty decision prompted by extreme hunger)and the loss of a blessing that was intended for him due to his brother's and mother's treachery, Esau alludes to the fact that Jacob (''[[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign Ya‘akov]]'', from ''‘akev'', ‘heel’, because he was born holding Esau’s heel) is aptly named.
-->'''Esau''': “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob? This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!”
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}: Lost Colony:'' The narrator is a woman named Debbi Dallas. Apparently, her dad was a marine with an appreciation for... 'classic' films.
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* In ''Theatre/MotherCourageAndHerChildren'' by Creator/BertoltBrecht, Mother Courage names her youngest son Schweizerkas - "Swiss cheese" (His first name's Feyos but nobody uses it.) Well, nobody said she was the best mother.
* In ''Theatre/ThePillowman'' by Creator/MartinMcDonagh, Katurian's full name is revealed to be [[spoiler:Katurian Katurian Katurian]].
* In ''Theatre/AlmostMaine'', East apparently got his first name from a mess-up on his birth certificate.
* In ''Theatre/InTheHeights'', main character Usnavi was named after the first thing his parents saw when they came to America: a boat that said ''US Navy.''
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* This can be done [[InvokedTrope deliberately]] by the player in any game that allows you to [[HelloInsertNameHere name the main character]]. There are even some games like this where the player character will be told they have a weird name. Of course if that's the case you'll be told that no matter what name you give your character.
** Doing this when naming your current character's legitimate children in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'' can result in the name becoming a ''traditional'' for members of your dynasty[[note]]When a child is born, a name is randomly suggested based on the gender, culture and religion of the child. Player parents can write in another name, non-player parents picks what is suggested. Writing in a name yourself can add that name to the list of possible names for children of your dynasty...[[/note]].
* In the video game of the anime series ''Anime/AfroSamurai'', Ninja Ninja [[HypocriticalHumor wonders]] "What kind of father names their kid 'Afro Samurai' anyway?"
* Battler in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' spends a fair amount of the VisualNovel's introductions mocking his family's naming habits, particularly when it came to his own ("[[FunnyAneurysmMoment My parents are the first on my 'to kill' list]]").
* In ''VideoGame/NationStates'', one of the issues revolves around a man who was named an incomprehensible string of characters changing his name to John and campaigning for a law to restrict names. Arguing in favor of this change is a man named Insert Name Here, while the other side is argued by a woman with a rather hippie-ish name who named her baby daughter [expletive deleted].
* An unnamed person in VideoGame/PokemonColosseum's Pyrite Colosseum in Pokemon XD mentions Miror B and explicitly states that "the name sounds laughably silly".
* In the visual novel ''VisualNovel/LamentoBeyondTheVoid,'' Bardo suffered so horribly from this he went right ahead and changed it to something less-bad. Not only was it a painful name, it was a ''girls''' name. Literally. His mama called 'im Cheryl. And she's still the only person that does, going by the end of his route.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Postal}}'' series features The Postal Dude.... snippets seen around in ''Postal 2'' reveal that his legal name is actually The Postal Dude, Jr.[[note]]or at least "The Dude, Jr."[[/note]], as it's what's on his driver's license when he goes to pay a parking ticket and his father's grave says "T. Dude, Sr".
** It should be noted that "T. Dude, Sr." was a horrible father and deliberately named his son after himself which brings up the question if The Dude's grandfather was just as horrible.
* Many characters allude to the appropriateness of War's name in ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'', but he's certainly not any sort of AnthropomorphicPersonification. Apparently War, Fury, Strife and Death are ''given names''.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has Nah ("Nn" in Japanese, which sounds just as strange). She's very well aware of what a bizarre name her mother saddled her with.
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}'' game has a kid named Dude.
* ''VideoGame/GeneralChaos'' explains [[AllThereInTheManual in the comic book prologue]] that the root cause of Chaos and Havoc's endless warfare with each other was that, yes, their parents did give them those names, which would make any two children "not likely to grow up to be tree huggers or flower sellers."
* From ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' expansion ''Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep'', we learn Mr. Torgue's first name is [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep "Mister Torgue"]].
-->'''Lilith''': Wait, your first name is "Mister Torgue"? [{{Beat}}] What's your ''last'' name, then?
-->'''Mr. Torgue''': [[spoiler:FLEXINGTON!]]
** In the Wattle Gobbler DLC, Torgue's grandmother states that his middle name is "High-Five", which was taken from his grandfather. This means that Torgue's legal name is "Mister Torgue High-Five [[spoiler:Flexington]]".
** Cut dialog from StarterVillain Captain Flynt reveals that not only is he the brother of Baron Flynt of the first game, but [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep Baron and Captain are their actual first names]]. He states that their parents were douchebags.
* ''Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'' has Colonel Zarpedon, the primary villain of the game. The ridiculousness of her name is something of a running gag, with the characters finding it hard to believe that there actually is someone named Zarpedon and Jack finding it difficult not to laugh as he says it. The fact that her full name is Tungsteena Zarpedon just makes it even worse.
* Towards the end of ''VideoGame/StarStealingPrince'', Astra mentions to Snowe that she thinks his parents were awful for giving him that name. He agrees, saying that anytime anyone complained about the snow he'd have to remind himself that they're not referring to him.
* A starship version in ''VideoGame/XRebirth''. Yoolis calls out [[PlayerCharacter Ren Otani]] on giving the ''Pride of Albion'' an inferior name, the ''Albion Skunk'', though Otani claims that some ''other'' joker renamed it that.
* As an EasterEgg, ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline's'' [[LevelEditor Foundry editor]] has various funny captions on the premade NPC costumes, apparently because the dev writing the game asset descriptions got bored. The caption for "Cardassian Commander Male 03" has this line:
--> "His mother named him [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Kira]], after her favorite historical figure. The merciless teasing inspired his military career."
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' has a baby name generator website on its in-universe internet. Half the names generated are random objects and terms. The other half are {{Ghetto Name}}s.
** It's also possible to encounter and help out a preppy white guy named [[UsefulNotes/FidelCastro Castro]][[note]]Yes, that's his first name[[/note]]. When asked, he explains that his parents were [=WASPs=] who gave all their children awkward and pretentious names for their own amusement. He still feels that he got lucky though: they named his sister ''Muffy''.
* In Episode 1 of ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'', after Rhys and Vaughn get their lives saved by the former's Loader Bot at the cost of the 'Bot either self destructing or fleeing with heavy damage, Rhys solemnly declares that he will name his firstborn... [[DeadGuyJunior Loader Bot]]. Vaughn gives him a look and he adds, "Or, you know, probably not."
* In ''VideoGame/InnocentUntilCaught 2: Proven Guilty'' at some point the policewoman protagonist asks the criminal protagonist Jack T. Ladd what were his parents thinking when they named him Jack Theodore. He believes they were fully aware of the joke.
* In ''Oregon Trail'' 2 (and it's remake 5), one of random NPCs you can talk to is named "Jubilation Higgenbottom", he prefers to go by Julie, and makes an offhanded remark how he gets hassled for his cumbersome name.
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* Pyroduck from ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''. [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_1071.php He was named by phoenixes]], a rather eccentric race of oracles who are notorious for answering everything with vague riddles. When he explains his backstory, Alexsi comments that she "always wondered why someone would call their kid Pyroduck".
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''
** Zeetha's father was named Chump. Since she's from a reclusive warrior culture deep in an unknown jungle, BilingualBonus probably wasn't considered during the naming process.
---> '''Gil:''' "Chump"?\\
'''Zeetha:''' A great warrior. And yes, I know what it means in your language.
*** [[WordOfGod The Foglios]] revealed, or at least heavily implied, that a certain WildMassGuessing on the subject of his identity [[http://community.livejournal.com/haus_of_klaus/25974.html hit quite close to the mark]]: [[spoiler:Chump is actually Klaus Wulfenbach, and "Chump" is an alias that came from some SelfDeprecation on his part]].
** There's also the case of Moloch von Zinzer:
--->'''Moloch:''' You didn't say we were going ''inside'' the cathedral. This place creeps me out.\\
'''Worker:''' With a name like "Moloch"? I'm not surprised.\\
'''Moloch:''' 'S wrong with my ''name''? My mother picked it out of the whatchamacalit - the ''[[Literature/TheBible Bible]]''.\\
'''Worker:''' ''Ah.'' Um - did she ''read'' it?\\
'''Moloch:''' Nah. I had eight brothers. Nobody had time for stuff like that on the farm.\\
'''Worker:''' Oh, yeah. That's pretty common.
* In ''Webcomic/BadMachinery'', Mr. Beckwith wonders, "Who calls their child Mildred? Cursed to live a life of one sock pulled up higher than the other."
* ''Webcomic/FreakAngels'':
** KK gets [[BerserkButton gets completely bent out of shape]] if anyone calls her by her real name, Kolfinnia Kokokoho Titching.
** Arkady's hippie parents decided that she was a child of Arcadia, and decided to name her such, but they were too stoned out of their gourds to write anything correctly on the birth certificate.
* ''Webcomic/BugMartini'' shows us that names like this are the reason we need the [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/stupid-baby-name-police/ stupid baby name police]].
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has discovered a way to [[http://xkcd.com/327/ weaponize]] this trope.
** Also invoked in [[http://xkcd.com/1011/ this]] comic, with a side-order of ''{{Twilight}}''-bashing.
-->I've been trying for a couple years now but I haven't been able to come up with a name dumber than 'Renesmee.'
* In ''Webcomic/TheKamics'' [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/5193652/ Nikki comments on Clem's name]] & [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/5167767/ we learn how this could lead to joining the Pun Police]]
* Kestrel of ''Webcomic/QueenOfWands'' ("Parents were hippies, huh?"). When her close friend offers to name her daughter after her, Kestrel suggests providing the ''middle'' name.
* In ''SomethingPositive,'' geeky parents Mike and Tamara name their son {{Shazam}} [[WilWheaton Wil-Wheaton]] [[MultiEthnicName Dowden-Patel]] (the hyphens are the source of his power). The two do have a fight at one point, though, because Mike thought his middle name was going to be "[[Creator/JossWhedon Joss-Whedon]]" instead. He also mentions that little Shaz would have been "[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] [[Series/{{Firefly}} Serenity]]" had he been a girl.
* Discussed by Jake English and Dirk Strider in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' regarding the ''last'' names of the demonic Lord English and the alien [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Betty Crocker]], due to the last names in question being matters of personal selection.
-->@@[[color:green:GT: So im named after a demon? What kind of demon is named english anyway?]]\\
[[color:orange:TT: What kind of alien is named Crocker?]]@@
** When [[HelloInsertNameHere naming the main character]], the "game" [[note]]All ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' are written InTheStyleOf an AdventureGame[[/note]] replies "TRY AGAIN, SMARTASS" when "Zoosmell Pooplord" is given as the name of the main character.
* French BlackComedy webcomic ''[[http://ultimex.over-blog.com/ Ultimex]]'' has a strip where a friend of Ultimex (the hero) called his daughter "Bang". Steve (Ultimex's best friend and second main character of the webcomic) asks Ultimex to persuade this man to give another name to his daughter. [[spoiler:We eventually learn that Ultimex finally convinced him to call her "Gang Bang"[[note]]This seems to be an English pun but isn't part of the joke, as both words are totally different in French[[/note]] instead.]]
* ''Webcomic/InkProofCannon'' gives us "My name is [[http://www.allmousemedia.com/ipc/comics/webcomicer/2011/10/03/tw-the-duckler-part-1 Sunday Jones]] and yes, I've heard all those jokes before."
* In ''Webcomic/TheMansionOfE'', Cully and Chunner the Gnolls comment on their compatriot Crud's [[http://mansionofe.comicgenesis.com/d/20120603.html unfortunate name]].
* [[http://www.cansofbeans.com/ Cans of Beans]] might as well be the trope namer, featuring leads named Carl, Dude Brosmith, and Dude's cousin, Hibbie.
* Mentioned by Anpu in ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'' as Alma tries to pick up a name for her new "puppy". After going through dozens of awful names, he finally says:
-->I pity your future children.
* ''WebComic/SluggyFreelance'': In "The Isle of Dr. Steve", there's the following exchange:
--> '''Oasis''': My name is Oasis.
--> '''Torg''': Weird parents, huh?
--> '''Oasis''': My parents are dead.
--> '''Torg''': Did they name you before or after they died?
--> ([[BeatPanel beat]], during which Torg realizes what he just said)
--> '''Torg''': I'm Torg!
--> '''Oasis''': And ''you'' got stable parents.
* In ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'', Millie asks Ozymandias if he ever gets grief for his name. He replies that he puts things in perspective to mockers by showing them a photo of legendary football player Dick Butkus.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries,'' [[DemonicPossession Yami Bakura]] is apparently named "Florence."
-->"Who names a boy Florence?! Idiots, that's who!"
* Monkey D. Luffy from ''WebVideo/NonePiece''.
--> "My parents hated me!"
** And then Zolo...
-->'''Luffy:''' "Wait, your name is Zorro Zolo?"
-->'''Zolo:''' "YEAH! MY PARENTS HATED ME!"
* Pretty much the entire second half of [[WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries Awesome Racer.]]
-->'''Speed:''' Spritle? Your name is Spritle? What kind of name is Spritle? That's not even a word!
-->'''Spritle:''' You think my name is bad? Your name is the rate of motion expressed via distance traveled per units of time!
-->'''Rex:''' Ha ha ha! You all have stupid names!
-->'''Speed:''' Shut up, Rex. Your name is Latin for king. That's the most egotistical thing I've ever heard.
-->'''Spritle:''' Why are our parents so bad at naming us?
-->'''Pops:''' I don't wanna hear it, you kids. My wife's name is Mom! Mom! Do you have any idea how awkward that is for me?
** Well, at least Rex ''is'' a rather common name...
* The series host in Webvideo/MovieRehab is called Sag. He also has a friend called [[DeadpanSnarker Barnabas Thade]].
* An episode of Creator/AchievementHunter's ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries Let's Play Minecraft]]'' had the team arguing over the name "Pubert" and if it was an actual name. Gavin was insistent it was someone from ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'', while everyone else was certain that this was another case of Gav being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. Turns out "Pubert" is the baby from ''Film/AddamsFamilyValues'', leading to everyone else's complete [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight disbelief]].
-->'''[[SirSwearsALot Michael]]:''' "Fucking '''''PUBERT?!?!'''''"
* Dr. Gero in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' notes how stupid Android 17 and 18's human names are in their schematics (Lapis and Lazuli respectively):
-->'''Notes''': Who the devil names their children after crystals? It's like they '''wanted''' them to grow up to be strippers.
** Cell and Piccolo lightly touch on the trope when first meeting.
--->'''Piccolo''': ...but I don't know your name.\\
'''Cell''': Oh truth is, I don't really have one. But all things considered I think I'll go with... ''Cell''.\\
'''Piccolo''': That's kind of boring.\\
'''Cell''': Coming from the guy named after a woodwind instrument.
* Creator/SamAndMickey reveal that after the birth of Franchise/{{Barbie}}'s "little sister" Skipper, Ken suggested naming her after his favorite ''Series/GilligansIsland'' character, and that it stuck ''because'' Barbie thought that it sounded so stupid. Skipper's boss, the manager of [=McBurgers=], also thinks Skipper's name sounds dumb, and instead calls her, "Scooter".
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/PiratesPassage features a dog named Grendel owned by the villains, the Moehner (pronounced "Meaner") family. One of the protagonists, Captain Charles Johnson is rather surprised that of all things they decided to name their dog after one of the most famous monsters in all literature.
* Farmer John from ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'': "His name is Farmer? They must have laughed at him at school." An episode reveals that is name is actually "Far Mer John" (the reason being that his mother wanted him to go "far" and his father wanted to name him after his aunt Mer), which is arguably worse.
* Nutsy from the Disney's animated ''Disney/RobinHood'':
-->'''Sheriff:''' Criminitly, now I know why yer momma calls ya "Nutsy".
* A Christmas special made by DIC called ''AHollywoodHoundsChristmas'' (it appears on Shout Factory's DIC Christmas Blast DVD) in which the main character is actually named "Dude". A running gag in the special is how people are able to (accidentally) guess his name. At one point, he even goes "is there anybody who ''doesn't'' know my name?..."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'':
--> '''Kent Mansley:''' Hogarth? What an embarrassing name. Might as well call him Zeppo or something. What kind of sick person would name a kid [[EurekaMoment Hoga-]]...
* ''WesternAnimation/BabyBlues''
** In a ShoutOut to "A Boy Named Sue," there was a one-shot side character named Sioux, pronounced "Sue." Apparently his parents were hippies. Later after his parents pick him up from prison (long story), an officer mutters to himself "A boy named Sue...what were his parents thinking?"
** And in another episode, there was a mother who named her son Haggot and dressed him like Literature/LittleLordFauntleroy. Guess what else rhymes with Haggot...
---> "'Haggot the Maggot' is the best he can hope for!"
* Bessie Higgenbottom from ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'' is stuck with the middle name [[spoiler:Kajolica]], because her mother is the only one in the entire universe who doesn't think it's colossally stupid. Which might explain why her mother is also the only one who is never struck by [[TheScottishTrope the curse that comes with mentioning the name]].
* In the 2012 adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'', the Once-ler's name actually is Once-ler, despite having two brothers named Brett and Chet. This is in contrast to the original, where Once-ler is hinted to be more of a title/nickname than anything. Though in the film this just shows how he is TheUnfavourite.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''
** {{Discussed|Trope}} upon realizing that "Dipper" is [[KnownOnlyByTheirNickname just a nickname]] he got [[DistinguishingMark from his birthmark]], [[ServileSnarker Wendy]] lightheartedly says that she "just thought your parents hated you."
** For that matter, [[AlphaBitch Pacifica]] meeting [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Mabel]].
---> '''Pacifica:''' That sounds like a ''fat'' old lady's name.
---> '''Mabel:''' I'll take that as a compliment!
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': Sheriff Bronson Stone. His first name is "Sheriff." His mother believed in planning ahead.
* Used previously in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheReluctantWerewolf''. Upon learning who his new werewolf is, Dracula complains, "What kind of a name is Shah-ghee?" He is never clued in on the fact that it's a nickname.
* In the latter seasons of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', we're given the origins of his rival Mandark and learn his current name is a self-given one to fit his scientific motif. His real name is Susan. How'd he get straddled with such an embarrassing name? Why, having hippie parents of course.
* Mac's creative young friend from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' is named ''Goo'' (Short for Goo Goo Ga Ga). Her parents reportedly let her pick her own name, but should probably have waited until she was actually capable of talking first.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', a clone of Starscream is adressing the Autobots but forgets Bulkhead's name. Upon being informed of it, the clone expresses sympathy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MovilleMysteries'', the characters find out that the school PE Teacher, Coach Conkout, is ''really'' named Coach. His father was obsessed with his son being a sucessful coach.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'' called "Stanked to the Future", there's a kid named Dicky who hates his parents, and Howard assumes that he hates them for naming him Dicky.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "Make New Friends But Keep Discord", when Fluttershy introduces her friend Tree Hugger, Discord laughs and asks what kind of name is that, which a bit strange considering most ponies' names are proper nouns in this show.
* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' Fry reacts with surprise when he hears Leela's surname for the first time when she's mentioned on the news (Turanga)[[note]]for some reason she also [[NameOrderConfusion puts her surname first]][[/note]]. Bender reacts the same way when hearing Fry's first name (Philip).
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Confederate Army in the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar had a general named States Rights Gist. Yes, the side that supposedly fought primarily motivated by the cause of state rights actually had a guy named States Rights.
* An especially early instance comes from 1837, when the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom desperately pleaded with the young heiress presumptive to the throne to take a "normal" English regnal name like Elizabeth or Charlotte in preference to her own strange, foreign name of Victoria.[[note]]It could have been worse; Victoria was her second name. Her first name was Alexandrina.[[/note]]
* [[http://www.slate.com/id/2196204/ This article from Slate]] details instances where judges or courts blocked certain names, one of which was so bad it was considered an act of child abuse. The beginning of the article refers to a child that was named "Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii". The parents got away with it for most of her childhood, but a judge later ruled that she be made a ward of court so she could change her embarassing name.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naming_law_in_Sweden#Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116]]. (Pronounced, of course, as "[[SomeCallMeTim Albin]]".) Luckily for the kid, the courts blocked the name. Apparently he was given that name ''specifically to protest the law banning bizarre names''. And, when the courts blocked ''that'' name, the parents tried naming him "A" (also pronounced Albin). The courts blocked that one too. Poor kid...
* Heath Campbell, of Holland, Hunterdon County, UsefulNotes/NewJersey,[[note]]That's in the region marked "The Hill People" on the map on the {{Joisey}} trope page.[[/note]] gave his children [[http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2009Jan14/0,4670,HitlerCake,00.html "Nazi-inspired" names]]. Specifically, there was three-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell and his little sisters [=JoyceLynn=] Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell. The story came to light after a bakery refused to put little Adolf's name on a birthday cake. Mr. Campbell fancies himself a local leader of a Neo-Nazi movement; he has also had [[http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/nazi-devil-worshipping-n-father-fighting-custody-adolf-hitler-article-1.1367217 several children adopted away from him, including the ones with Nazi-inspired names]]. Suffice it to say that the NJ Department of Children and Families ''definitely'' considered his naming of the children (along with his horrible treatment of them and their mothers) in deciding to have them adopted out.
* There was an [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1559705/This-babys-name-is-not-4Real-couple-told.html article]] from New Zealand about parents wanting to name their kid 4real. The government refuses to let them legally name the child 4real. The government didn't object to 4Real because it was stupid; they objected to it because it contained a numeral. The parents named the kid Franchise/{{Superman}} instead (but they say they're still going to call him 4Real).
* Music/FrankZappa was forbidden by an exasperated nurse from naming his son Dweezil, opting for "Ian Donald Calvin Euclid" instead - names taken from several of his associates. Despite this, the family referred to him exclusively as Dweezil. Dweezil himself, at age five, was quite upset to discover his real name on his birth certificate and demanded it to be legally rectified. He had to wait for his 18th birthday for the legal name change.
** Music/FrankZappa had a penchant for doing this. Dweezil was preceded by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_Zappa Moon Unit Zappa]], and followed by Ahmet and Diva.
*** Frank Zappa has been very clear about why he named his kids "Dude", though. He gave them names he thought were pretty, and reasoned that the only name that would get his kids in trouble was their ''surname''.
* Music/DavidBowie named his son Zowie (yes, Zowie Bowie), who is now best known as director Duncan Jones (''Film/{{Moon}}'').
* Creator/{{Bethesda}} offered a prize (free Creator/{{Bethesda}} games for life) if somebody would name their child [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim "Dovahkiin"]]. Somebody did, and Bethesda paid up. ''[[http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/11/17/parents-name-child-dovahkiin-earn-a-lifetimes-worth-of-bethesda-games/ No kidding.]]''
* Years earlier, Acclaim tried a similar stunt by offering to pay $10,000 to whoever named their child ComicBook/{{Turok}}. No one did.
* Parents named their child "like" after the button on Facebook. [[http://edition.cnn.com/2011/TECH/social.media/05/16/baby.like.name.mashable/index.html No, seriously.]]
* This poor Egyptian girl was named Facebook, [[http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/02/21/egypt.child.facebook/index.html?iref=allsearch no kidding.]]
* During the late nineteenth century, two Swedish parents wanted to show their support for the continued union between Sweden and Norway by naming their newborn daughter "Sverige och Norge Förenade" ("Sweden and Norway United"). The priest insisted that the child must have at least one regular name, and the poor girl ended up with the name "Sweden and Norway United Petronella".
* A few years ago in Sweden, the parents of a young boy wanted to name him Pripps after the Pripps Brewery because his maternal Grandfather had worked there, the brewery said no.
* Naturally, the tabloids make a lot out of celebrity baby names. One example is GwenStefani's kid getting named "Zuma".
* One countdown of celebrities who gave their kids crazy names had Will Ferrel at one of the top spots for naming his sons Magnus and Matthias -- two very common names in Sweden (Ferrel is married to a Swede).
* [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0184087 Dale Waddington]], an American comedic actress, explains her somewhat unusual (for a female, and especially in modern times) first name being given to her because her mother's room-mate in college had a sister named Dale and she was named after her.
* A blog dedicated to bad baby names. http://turabiannights.blogspot.ca/ An example includes the result of cultural differences: a sweet seven-year-old named Rammit Deep.
* There was a guy who said he'd name his son Franchise/{{Batman}} if he got [[http://mashable.com/2009/09/14/facebook-batman/ 500,000 likes on Facebook]]. Least ''that'' kid isn't getting beat up on the playground.
** There also [[http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/odd/news/a327063/man-campaigns-to-name-baby-megatron-on-facebook.html two]] [[http://www.facebook.com/pages/MY-SISTER-SAID-IF-I-GET-ONE-MILLION-FANS-SHE-WILL-NAME-HER-BABY-MEGATRON/333067975442 campaigns]] regarding babies called [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Megatron]].
** A weird case comes from Portugal, which has laws specifically meant to counter that, like Italy below. It's the story of [[https://www.facebook.com/HelpNameMyBabyGoku?sk=wall this guy]], who would name his kid [[DragonBall Son Goku]] if he got 1,000,000 likes, against the wishes of his wife. He did it[[note]]The page is still active [[UpToEleven in case he wants to call his next kid Vegeta or Bulma or whatever]][[/note]] and it was allowed. In short, this is how much [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Portugal loves Dragon Ball]].
* In Denmark, it is ''not'' popular to call your children something common anymore. Some parents would almost see it as a disaster to have a kid who is not the only one with his name in his class. So Danish parents are constantly applying for having new names approved so that they legally can call the little apple of their eye something unique and far out. And they seemingly don't care if the name has a rather unfortunate meaning. Here are the most recent names that have been approved (and yes, they are real, and kids are actually going to be named that):
** Girl's names: Altan ("Balcony"), Badr (sounds like a Danish expression of disgust; this ''isn't'' a case of a new immigrant's name, as although "Badr" is a legitimate Arabic name, it's a ''boy's'' name), Cirkel ("Circle"), Dyne ("Duvet"), Gin, Nitte ("Rivet" or, figuratively speaking, something unwanted) and Panda.
** Boy's names: Awesome, Blær ("Boasting"), Cello, Cobra, Dreng ([[ShapedLikeItself "Boy"]]), Haj ("Shark"), Fru ([[GenderBlenderName "Mrs." or "Madam"]]), Kamel ("Camel") and Tung ("Heavy").
* If you want proof that standards for this have changed over time, look no further than the reactions of the media and fandom in 1966 when Music/RingoStarr named his first son Zak (full name, not short for Zachariah or anything). It was considered incredibly weird at the time, whereas now no-one would think twice about [[MyNaymeIs a fairly unusual spelling of an uncommon name]]. (Just to show how quickly this changed, in the late '70s Music/GeorgeHarrison named his son Dhani and no-one batted an eyelash.)
* In Iceland, to avert this trope, names must be approved by an official naming committee that, in addition to rules about the name obeying Icelandic grammar and inflections, also includes the provision that the name must not be unduly embarrassing to its bearer. The quintessential Icelandic names are instead old names that are permitted due to tradition though they might sound ridiculous to modern ears. It isn't as far-fetched as it sounds. Thousands of world languages are being lost to globalization as native speakers die out, and Iceland is determined their language is not going to be one of them.
** The naming policy is being reviewed after a long-drawn-out battle over the names of some Icelandic siblings became a cause célèbre for advocates of less restrictive naming. In July 2014, two Icelandic children were turned down for renewal of their passports (which read only "Girl" and "Boy") because their names are Harriet and Duncan. The problem is that unless both of your parents are "foreign", your name must either be on the list or meet the requirements of the Icelandic Name Committee -- and although as their surname Cardew indicates, their father is from Britain, probably Wales (he moved to Reykjavík to be a cook), their mother Kristín is an Icelander, so their names have to comply. Unfortunately, "Harriet" can't be conjugated in Icelandic and "Duncan" contains the letter "c", which doesn't exist in Icelandic. For their part, many Icelanders don't see what the fuss is all about, and the Mayor of Reykjavík, Jón Gnarr (himself the bearer of an odd name by Icelandic standards--one he fought the Name Committee for ''years'' to adopt in an effort to distance himself from his father, from whom he is estranged) has decried the law as too strict. The Cardews were finally granted permission to keep their children's names in June 2016, and in the meantime the Icelandic government has initiated the legislative process to abolish the Name Committee.
* In 1993, a Japanese couple [[http://www.nistep.go.jp/achiev/ftx/eng/pol001e/html/pol001ee.html applied]] to have their son named 悪魔, ''Akuma'', meaning "devil". The two characters were on a list of allowed personal name characters, and so the name was entered into the family register. A month later, the Civil Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Justice had the city contact the couple to tell them the name was inappropriate and to choose a new one. The city also deleted "Akuma" from the family register and instead replaced it with "not yet named". The Family Court ruled that naming a child "Akuma" was an abuse of rights, but since the name had been previously accepted only the parents had the power to change the child's name. Private and public pressure led the father to rename the child 亜駆, ''Aku'', which can be interpreted as "sub-impel".
* Established in 1951, the Jinmeiyou Kanji, the list of Chinese characters legally allowed in personal names, has seen a number of parents proposing new additions to the list, among them the characters meaning "cancer", "haemorrhoid", "corpse", and "excrement", as well as parts of compound words "curse", "prostitute", and "rape".
* The Dutch radio 3FM holds a [[http://www.alletop10lijstjes.nl/10-raarste-namen-schaamnamen/ yearly search]] for people with interesting names.
* It was common among the hippie crowd in the 60s and early 70s to name children such things as Aquarius or Moonglow or Apollo or Aphrodite.
* This happening is not all that uncommon in languages with a lot of homonyms, where compound words exist and where every name is a MeaningfulName rather than a patronym. Chinese has all these traits and this situation is especially likely to happen because while it has one written language, it has many spoken dialects. A perfectly innocuous name can sound ludicrous in a different dialect.
** Much like the Japanese example, China (well the [=PRC=] at least) has a list of approved characters that can be used for names. Partly to avoid this trope but also partly to simplify their computer system inputs given the sheer number of characters in their written language. Has occasionally caused problems with names that use legitimate but obscure characters.
* Creator/KimKardashian and Music/KanyeWest named their daughter North West. When their son was born, they named him ''Saint West''. The fact they didn't name him [[StealthPun Easton West]] has to be one of the biggest missed opportunities ever.
* The parents who named their daughter Hashtag, because they liked using Twitter. [[http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4671412/We-called-our-baby-hashtag.html Other # began to trend afterwards]].
** Upon the arrival of Prince William and Lady Katherine's firstborn child, bettings on the name were rife. The slate of possible names included Arthur, George, James, Richard, Henry and Alexander. Paddy Power confirmed that someone had laid down hard cash on Hashtag.
* There was a Wisconsin man arrested for drug and weapons possession by the name of '''Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop.''' No, [[http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/01/07/beezow-doo-doo-zopittybop-bop-bop-30-arrested-on-weapon-drug-charges/ really.]]
* [[http://www.afro.com/sections/news/afro_briefs/story.htm?storyid=79453 A Tennessee Judge forced a boy to have his name changed]] from Messiah to Martin on the grounds that Jesus can be the only one to be called "Messiah", which means savior. [[CaptainObvious No surprise]], the parents weren't happy with the idea and neither was the American Civil Liberties Union.
** Not to mention that "Messiah" actually means "anointed one," and in Hebrew it is neither a divine title nor exclusive to any one person. It was a title of the kings of Judah, and in modern Jewish thought the "Messiah" as savior has yet to arrive.
* A [[https://www.google.com/search?q=michael+hunt&oq=michael+hunt&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.1437j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8 Google search]] will turn up any number of men named Michael ([[StealthPun "Mike"]]) Hunt. Apparently ALL their parents were either cruel or oblivious.
** [[https://www.google.ie/?gws_rd=ssl#q=richard+head Same goes for]] Richard Head.
*** And Raymond Pugh.
* Since American soccer player [=DaMarcus=] Bradley became known worldwide in the 2014 World Cup, many (particularly in Britain) commented on the strangeness of the 'Da' prefix to his name, and he arguably overshadowed the rest of the American team. However, going to any search engine and typing 'Da' in the search bar, followed by any man's name, e.g. [=DaMarcus=], [=DaMichael=], [=DaShawn=] etc, results in a surprisingly large amount of results, almost all of them African-American. It just seems strange to those outside Black American culture despite its successful exportation, because hardly any famous people have appeared with those sorts of names.
* From Mexico:
** There have been cases of parents naming their child "Masiosare". It comes for a verse in the national anthem: "'''Mas si osare''' un extraño enemigo" (trans: '''But shall''' a foreign enemy '''dare'''), as if that foreign enemy's name is "Masiosare".
** The news once reported the naming of a child born on a November 20th as "Anivderev", short for "'''Aniv'''ersario '''de''' la '''Rev'''olucion" (Anniversary of the [[UsefulNotes/TheMexicanRevolution Revolution]]).
*** Context on this one: allegedly it was a confusion from the parents. In Mexico, some calendars have a mark indicating that day's saint. Being that Catholicism is the largest religion in Mexico, it isn't uncommon that parents name their children after that saint the day they are born (the "happy birthday" song even says "we're here to celebrate your ''saint''"); the parents purpotedly confused "Anivderev" to an actual saint's name.
*** Expanding on that, many children named after saints could now have weird names to another Mexican's ear due to disuse (such as Apolonio, Anastasio, Elusipo, Bonifacio, Tetta —sounds like "tit"—, Plátano —"Banana"—, female derivatives such as Adolfa, Diega, Dorotea, etc.).
** The news that there were some people who were using names such as "Terminator" or "Pokemon" for their kids pushed the initiative for a law that would ban the use of unusual names for children. Political cartoonist Francisco "Paco" Calderon criticized this proposal as foolish and arbitrary, pointing out how many once "normal" and popular names fell into disuse or became joke names after they were given to popular characters.
** Later names added include the Spanish equivalents of: Panties, Batman, Illuminated, Scrotum, Cesarean, Virgin, Private, Burger King, Robcop, US Navy, Spinach, and around 50 other names that are now banned.
* Texas Governor Jim Hogg infamously named his daughter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ima_Hogg#Name Ima]]. This spawned a lot of public jokes (the most famous being that she had a sister named Ura) and the poor girl never lived it down. In fairness her father claimed she was named after a character in a poem and that he wasn't consciously aware of how it sounded, though a lot of the more cynical Texans didn't believe him.
* Openly {{Defied}} in Italy, where name laws are rather strict regulated and, until some time ago, the officials in charge of the birth registers could refuse to write down a silly name and had the authority to assign another (usually the name of the saint of the kid's birthday) if the parents refuse to change their mind (current laws says they have to write it down, but they must warn the parents that they're breaking the law first and, if they insist, will write it down and warn the competent authorities for the name change). And they actually go through with it, as a couple found out the hard way when they tried to name their son "Venerdì" (that is Italian for "Friday"), the official, [[Literature/RobinsonCrusoe well aware of what it could evoke]], refused and found himself forced to name the child "Gregorio", [[FrivolousLawsuit and when the parents sued all the way to the Corte di Cassazione (the Italian supreme court) all the courts upheld the official's decision]].
** Note that the lawmakers weren't CrazyPrepared, [[GenreSavvy they just knew their countrymen]]: as the country where the concept and word of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliardia goliardia]] were born, and following ancient Roman traditions, Italians ''can'' and ''will'' mock anything strange or funny if given a chance, and giving a child a strange name would be a recipe for disaster.
* Soviet times in Russia are known to have manifested undying love for acronyms in any possible field, names developed during the period being no exception. There has been a number of especially bizarre patriotic outbursts meant to reflect country's political and industrial glory, notably none of which survived till modern times. The most ridiculous known example is '''Dazdraperma''', acronym of "'''Da zdra'''vstvuyet '''Per'''voye '''Ma'''ya!" ("Hail to the 1st of May!" – the greatest holiday of the working class at the time).
** There are way more though, for example similar but less renowned '''Dazdrasmygda''' after "'''Da zdra'''vstvuyet '''smy'''chka '''g'''oroda i '''d'''erevni" ("Hail to unification of the city and the countryside"), '''Kookootsapol''', acronym of "'''Kuku'''ruza – '''tsa'''ritsa '''pol'''ey" ("Maize is the queen of fields" – agricultural slogan of mid-XX), '''Vaterpezhekosma''' after "'''Va'''lentina '''Ter'''eshkova – '''pe'''rvaya '''zhe'''nshchina-'''kosm'''onavt ("Valentina Tereshkova is the first female cosmonaut"), '''Uryurvkos''', acronym of "'''Ur'''a, '''Yur'''a '''v kos'''mose!" ("Hooray, Yura is in space!" after Yuri Gagarin's flight), '''Sevmorputina''' after "'''Sev'''erny '''Mor'''skoy '''Put'''" ("Nothern Sea Route"). Something like '''Pervosrak''' ("'''perv'''aya '''s'''ovetskaya '''rak'''eta", "the first Soviet rocket") sounds plain-out obscene with the latter part of the word coinciding with Russian for "shit".
** Some names, albeit not equally awkward in pronunciation, seem just as sick once underlying meaning is revealed. As such: '''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Serp-i-Molot]]''' ("Hammer and Sickle", symbol of the USSR. Just to make it clearer, consider calling your kid "Stars-and-Stripes" for a first name), '''Leoondezh''' after "'''Le'''nin '''u'''mer, '''n'''o yego '''de'''lo '''zh'''ivyot" ("Lenin is dead, but his deeds live"), '''Tractorina''' (yes, after introduction of tractors to industry), '''Troleboozina''' after the prominent personae of '''Tro'''tsky, '''Le'''nin, '''Bu'''kharin, '''Zin'''oviev. The list could go much longer, the OtherWiki has an article full of these oddities, [[NoExportForYou if you don't mind Russian though]]. Truth be told, in real life these were very rare and have gone extinct nowadays (either promptly changed to something less audacious or always being SO rare to begin with, that are mostly known as subjects of folklore rather than real names). No sane person, who speaks Russian, can read these with a straight face.
* In 2002 a Russian couple tried to name their son "БОЧ рВФ 260602" -- "Biological Object Human of the line of Voronins-Frolovs born 25.06.2002" and his father tried to change his name in a similar way. Technically, a law does not forbid it, but registry office bureaucrats refused to issue a birth certificate with this name. Courts on several levels confirmed the decision of the registry office and Strasbourg court dropped the case without explanation. As of 2013 the boy still was oficially nameless and without citizenship, but did get medical insurance and was attending a municipal public school. In private parents call him Boris.
* A common Israeli urban legend tells of a girl whose first name is Okhezèt-‘Anàf-‘Ètz-haShakéd[[labelnote:Hebrew]]אוחזת ענף עץ השקד[[/labelnote]] ‘Holder of the Almond Tree Branch’, that apparently developed from a case of CowboyBebopAtHisComputer in TheSeventies: reporter Idit Gil was writing an article about unusual names in Israel and met with a family that gave somewhat unusual but fairly reasonable first names to their daughters, and the mother jokingly said they considered giving the name to one of the girls, and the printed article gave that name as the name of another girl in the family. Since then there have been many different stories about [=OAEhS=]'s life floating around the internet. If you read Hebrew, you can read more on TheOtherWiki [[https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%90%D7%95%D7%97%D7%96%D7%AA_%D7%A2%D7%A0%D7%A3_%D7%A2%D7%A5_%D7%94%D7%A9%D7%A7%D7%93 here]].
* A now-offline list of officially given names in Germany once noted that - apart from names where the combination of first and last name or name and occupation (a gynecologist named Mrs. Hole) - there had been two Adolf Hitlers, five Eva Brauns (Hitler's fiance) and a small variety of other famous nazis around 2000. While Eva Braun might be forgiven (since both first and second name are very common), the Adolf Hitler cases caused quite an uproar as well as sympathy in the website's guestbook. Since the website didn't specify the age of the name holders, it might be possible that the poor Adolf Hitlers were somewhere between 60 and 90 back then and thus born and named when it was still all right to admire the original guy in Germany.
** There was also a case where German TV comedian Stefan Raab read out a list of the most ridiculous names he could find in Germany, all with making additional puns about it. Unfortunately for him, he gave way more information about one woman he made fun of (giving away her state and occupation to make his additional pun since her name was plant-based and she was a gardener in a state with a high nature level), thus leading to the woman suing him successfully for Verbal Slander and Public Humiliation.
* [[http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/05/13/1052591774910.html A Chinese couple]] named their son Saddam Deng Sars because the Iraq War and the SARS outbreak of 2003 were big news stories at the time of the child's birth.
* [[http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2010/0622/South-Africa-World-Cup-baby-names-Moms-choose-Fifa-Bafana-and-Soccer-City At the height of World Cup fever]] in South Africa in 2010, children born on the day of the opening matches received some interesting names, including a girl named Fifa, twin boys named Bafana and Mexico and another set of twins named Soccer City and "It's Time".
* There is a [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]] coach named Bronco Mendenhall. Apparently his father was a rancher, and Bronco learned to train horses. [[GenerationXerox His own sons are named]] Raeder, Breaker, and Cutter.
* The short-lived Fred Allen game show ''Judge for Yourself'' once had a contestant named 5/8 Smith. Apparently, there were so many Smiths where he lived that they ran out of first names, or so he claimed. (Allen: "They got into the numerals, eh?") The host had some fun with his name:
-->When your father was naming you 5/8, he must've been celebrating with [[INeedAFreakingDrink one fifth]].
-->You are probably the only man alive who can write his name on an adding machine.
* Fort Wayne, Indiana stopped naming things after a former mayor when somebody finally realized what the name [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Baals Harry Baals]] sounded like. Also the street named after him was eventually renamed H.W. Baals Drive because the sign was constantly being stolen.
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** Also in the "Guards" series is a dwarf named "Cheery Littlebottom." This is made worse by the fact that male and female dwarfs look exactly alike, so in theory this was meant to be a gender-neutral name (Cheery happens to be female). The character is also acutely aware of how ridiculous her name is. Vimes, upon being introduced, remarks that Cheery's parents must have been "traditionalists", so apparently naming your children after emotional states (e.g. Happy, Sneezy, Grumpy...) is traditional there.

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** Also in the "Guards" series is a dwarf named "Cheery Littlebottom." This is made worse by the fact that male and female dwarfs look exactly alike, so in theory this was meant to be a gender-neutral name (Cheery happens to be female). The character is also acutely aware of how ridiculous her name is. Vimes, upon being introduced, remarks that Cheery's parents must have been "traditionalists", so apparently naming your children after emotional states (e.g. Happy, Sneezy, Bashful, Grumpy...) is traditional there.



** Not to mention one of the main cast, who started out a hippie-ish {{Cloudcuckoolander}} before she developed into something more normal:

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** Not to mention one of the main cast, who started out a hippie-ish {{Cloudcuckoolander}} before she developed into something more normal:normal: Topanga Stop-the-war Lawrence
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* In ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'', main character's name Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way is frequently criticized for multiple reasons, from the fact that it is frequently misspelled (Enoby, etc), to the fact that there's no one way to pronounce 'Dark'ness' (Darkuhness?), to the fact that her last name is taken from musician Gerard Way, who Ebony frequently calls attractive (incest, much?)
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%%Hey, somebody fix the quote blocking on the Homestuck example. I'm not sure how.



-->'''Topanga:''' My middle name is totally weird.
-->'''Shawn:''' Your first name is "Topanga"!
** Cory himself is in fact named "Cornelius", as revealed by Mr. Feeny.[[note]]'''''[=SSSSSSSsssssh=]!''''' Not even Topanga knows that![[/note]]
** And then [[Series/GirlMeetsWorld there's Farkle]].
* ''Series/TheMiddle'': Frankie regrets naming her youngest son Brick, thinking that an unusual name would make him cool (which Brick is anything but).
* In ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'', there was the Gottlieb family, whose parents were hippies. Their three grown-up children were:
** Cosmic Gottlieb, who renamed himself Mark.
** Freedom Gottlieb, who renamed himself Stephen.
** Serendipity Gottlieb, who was a bit of a free spirit like her parents and so kept her name but usually shortened it to Ren as it was a bit long.
* On ''Series/{{MASH}}'', B.J. Hunnicutt's given name is apparently B.J. Leads to this exchange:
-->'''Hawkeye''': What kind of parents would name their kid B.J.?
-->'''B.J.''': My mother...Bea Hunnicutt, and my father...Jay Hunnicutt.
* Six from ''Series/{{Blossom}}''. According to her, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar that's how many beers her father said it took]].
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'',
** Cerie thinks up some baby names after she gets engaged:
--->'''Cerie''': If it's a girl, "Bookcase"... or "Sandstorm"... or maybe "Hat", but that's more of a boy's name.\\
'''Liz''': Yeah, I was gonna say.
** There is one Kenneth Ellen Parcell.
* ''"Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}"'' the Vampire Slayer. Contrary to some fan opinion, it is not a diminutive form of "Elizabeth." That's her name. This is [[LampshadeHanging pointed out]] when [[HypocriticalHumour Spike]] asks who calls their kid Buffy (in response to Buffy insulting his name, to be fair...and "Spike" is not his real name). Buffy then gets rather offended at this insult to her mother, so she's probably not bothered by the name.
** Something of a RunningGag through the series.
-->'''Guardian:''' I'm sorry. What's your name?
-->'''Buffy:''' Buffy.
-->'''Guardian:''' No, really. (Buffy shrugs)
** Also her middle name is Anne. Although that wouldn't be unfortunate by itself, her surname is Summers so it becomes the name of a lingerie retailer.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** When Ross learns Chandler's middle name:
-->'''Chandler Muriel Bing.''' Boy, your parents never even gave you a chance, did they?
** Also on Friends, Ross and Rachel have an on-going debate about what to name their daughter. "Rain" was one of the options, to Ross' consternation ("And my skirt is made of wheat.") Sequoia was another.
** Joey remarks of a stripper named Crystal Chandelier: "You name your daughter that, what do you expect her to grow up to be?"
* Britta on ''Series/{{Community}}''.
-->'''Annie:''' Of course you think that, Britta. It's obvious from your name that your parents smoked pot.
* ''Series/{{Weeds}}'': Nancy regards her new neighbor's young son's name, "Rad", with some skepticism.
* In the soap opera ''LasJuanas'', there is Doña de Salguero, most usually called "Doña Doña". To wit. in English, the equivalent is naming a girl "Mistress" or "Ma'am".
* On ''Series/ModernFamily'', all of Mitch and Cam's friends have stereotypical "gay" names. One of them, Longinus, remarks that his mother forced him to become gay with it.
* Early in the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Past and Present", one of the locals asks Teal'c the following question:
--> '''Orner:''' Who would give you a name like "Teal'c"?\\
'''Teal'c:''' It was given by my father. It means "strength".
* On ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', Agent Callen's first name actually got lost by the foster system, [[spoiler:which is implied to be partly due to being born in Romania]]. All he knows is [[OneLetterName his first initial]], and he occasionally gets minor grief over his legal first name being "G".
** Though, in Season 7 (specifically, the episode ''Matryoshka''), Callen finally learns the name he was born with before his fostering/adoption: [[spoiler:'''Grisha''' Alexandrovich Nikolaev]]. Though G. Callen runs off the tongue ''much'' easier.
* Angus ''Series/MacGyver''.
* Ronmarc and Zalga in ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' episode "Night of the Cactus!":
-->"Their names are Ronmarc and Zalga? Where are they from? Mars?"
* In ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', the Bundy family ended up adopting (read: got ditched with) Peggy's nephew, Seven. Al quite nearly says the trope by name, and the kid replies "Because I'm Seven!" Bonus points for nobody being able to tell whether that meant he was "child number seven" and the parents just ran out of ideas, or if his name changed after every birthday.
* In ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', Alex says this to ''Hershel''.
* In ''Series/{{Utopia}}'', various characters express disbelief at Wilson Wilson's name.
* Rowan Atkinson makes excellent sport of this trope in his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiWJWLCoH2M School Master sketch]]. Such poor pupils in his class include Nancyboy-Potter, Undermanager, Zob and Orifice...!
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': In "Still", Castle needed a five-letter code word to shut off the mine Beckett stepped on to save her. They discovered that the escaped prisoner who had set the explosive was trying to find his ex-girlfriend, who had given birth to a son, and figured that the son's name was the code word. The son's name turned out to be "William", leaving "Billy" or "Willy" as possible code-words. Esposito commented at that point, "No mother's gonna name their kid Willy unless she wants them beat up at the playground!" [[spoiler: The correct pass code was Billy]]
* On ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' all dinosaurs are named by the Chief Elder, who has a lot of babies to go through so whatever he says after "I name this child..." gets written down as the child's name. This has resulted in children named "<Atchoo>," "<Burp> Excuse Me," and "Aaugh Aaugh I'm Dying You Idiot." Although once a new Chief Elder is elected the parents of the last of those go to get a new name, which is now Baby.
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* An example of CallingTheOldManOut on the back of this trope is, of course, the old Music/JohnnyCash song "A Boy Named Sue". Of course, in this case the bad name was intentional — as Dad explained, he gave his son a name that would make his childhood a living hell precisely so the boy would be forced to grow up mean and tough, to compensate for growing up without a father figure. Sue appreciates the logic behind this decision and forgives his father, but makes it clear that he wouldn't dream of doing something like that to his own son. WordOfGod from songwriter Creator/ShelSilverstein is that he got the inspiration for the song after hearing a (male) judge named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue_K._Hicks Sue K. Hicks]] speak at a judicial conference in Gatlinburg (a town which is also mentioned in the song). Hicks was named after his mother, who died in childbirth.
** To top that, Silverstein even wrote a sequel, "The Father Of A Boy Named Sue."
* Country music contributes another example in Sammy Kershaw's hit about a love interest with a name better suited to an onion than to a person.
-->Your dear mama Violet and your proud daddy Dal
-->I know that when they named you, they surely meant well
-->But Vidalia....
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z82HH11IFEY What Kind of Name is Hermione?]]," by the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fan band The Parselmouths.
-->"What kind of parents name their kid Hermione, anyway?"
-->"Um, {{Muggles}}."
-->"[[FantasticRacism Ew!]]"
* The protagonist of the Music/MelanieMartinez album ''[[ConceptAlbum Cry Baby]]'' is named... um, [[CharacterTitle Cry Baby]]. In the music video for the song "Cry Baby", it's show that her brother wrote it on her birth certificate after hearing her mother refer to her as such.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4yURoIWkV0 "Horrible Names For Your Children"]] is a song that lists off ridiculous names people attempted to name their kids (some of which ''succeeded'') in real life. Some of them even appear on this page!
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* Creator/MattGroening's ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell'' has a "What not to name your kid" installment, including suggestions such as "Oral" and "Onan"
* ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'': Bunny named her twin babies Wendell John and Wendell Jon. Before she settled on those names, she referred to them by the colors of their hospital bracelets.
-->'''Wanda:''' "You have two boys named Purple and Green?"
-->'''Bunny:''' "I prefer Puce and Teal."
** When middle child Hammie was first born, he did not have a name, due to Darryl and Wanda mistakenly believing that [[ItMakesSenseInContext they were having a girl]]. When they finally decided on "Hamish" ("Ham" for short), it took their other family members some time to get used to it. Wanda's sister, Rhonda, proclaimed "That's not a name, it's an entree!" upon hearing it, and when Wanda told her mother, she burst out laughing, before asking, "No, seriously, what did you name him?"
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' has a boy named 5, short for 555, surname 95472 (accent on the 4). His father had strange ideas about where society was headed and decided to "give in" to the abundance of numbers in people's lives. His younger sisters are twins named 3 and 4.
** Rerun got his name from his older sister Lucy complaining that getting another little brother (after Linus) was like watching a ReRun on TV.
* ''ComicStrip/JumpStart'' includes a kid named Doctor Appleby, who comes to school dressed in surgical scrubs. Guess what his parents want him to be when he grows up.
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* On the June 9, 2005 ''[[Wrestling/{{WWESmackDown}} WWE [=SmackDown!=]]]'', building up to the ''ECW One Night Stand'' [=PPV=] that Sunday, Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield may have been the first person on national television to question the idea of someone being named ''Wrestling/BallsMahoney.''
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* Garrison Keillor's ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'' has Senator K. Torvaldson. Even calls out this trope in another character's reaction: "Who names their kid 'Senator', anyway?" (Apparently his parents just liked the way it sounded.)
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* In Literature/TheBible, David asks for assistance from Abigail’s husband "Naval" or "crook, villain". He is denied. Upon informing David of this she alludes to the fact that his name is Naval implying that he lives up to it rather well.
-->'''Abigail''':"Please do not let my lord pay attention to this worthless man, Naval, for as his name is, so is he. Naval is his name and folly is with him.
* There is also a case of this between Jacob and Esau. Upset at the loss of his birthright (or rather his own hasty decision prompted by extreme hunger)and the loss of a blessing that was intended for him due to his brother's and mother's treachery, Esau alludes to the fact that Jacob (''[[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign Ya‘akov]]'', from ''‘akev'', ‘heel’, because he was born holding Esau’s heel) is aptly named.
-->'''Esau''': “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob? This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!”
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}: Lost Colony:'' The narrator is a woman named Debbi Dallas. Apparently, her dad was a marine with an appreciation for... 'classic' films.
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* In ''Theatre/MotherCourageAndHerChildren'' by Creator/BertoltBrecht, Mother Courage names her youngest son Schweizerkas - "Swiss cheese" (His first name's Feyos but nobody uses it.) Well, nobody said she was the best mother.
* In ''Theatre/ThePillowman'' by Creator/MartinMcDonagh, Katurian's full name is revealed to be [[spoiler:Katurian Katurian Katurian]].
* In ''Theatre/AlmostMaine'', East apparently got his first name from a mess-up on his birth certificate.
* In ''Theatre/InTheHeights'', main character Usnavi was named after the first thing his parents saw when they came to America: a boat that said ''US Navy.''
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* This can be done [[InvokedTrope deliberately]] by the player in any game that allows you to [[HelloInsertNameHere name the main character]]. There are even some games like this where the player character will be told they have a weird name. Of course if that's the case you'll be told that no matter what name you give your character.
** Doing this when naming your current character's legitimate children in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'' can result in the name becoming a ''traditional'' for members of your dynasty[[note]]When a child is born, a name is randomly suggested based on the gender, culture and religion of the child. Player parents can write in another name, non-player parents picks what is suggested. Writing in a name yourself can add that name to the list of possible names for children of your dynasty...[[/note]].
* In the video game of the anime series ''Anime/AfroSamurai'', Ninja Ninja [[HypocriticalHumor wonders]] "What kind of father names their kid 'Afro Samurai' anyway?"
* Battler in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' spends a fair amount of the VisualNovel's introductions mocking his family's naming habits, particularly when it came to his own ("[[FunnyAneurysmMoment My parents are the first on my 'to kill' list]]").
* In ''VideoGame/NationStates'', one of the issues revolves around a man who was named an incomprehensible string of characters changing his name to John and campaigning for a law to restrict names. Arguing in favor of this change is a man named Insert Name Here, while the other side is argued by a woman with a rather hippie-ish name who named her baby daughter [expletive deleted].
* An unnamed person in VideoGame/PokemonColosseum's Pyrite Colosseum in Pokemon XD mentions Miror B and explicitly states that "the name sounds laughably silly".
* In the visual novel ''VisualNovel/LamentoBeyondTheVoid,'' Bardo suffered so horribly from this he went right ahead and changed it to something less-bad. Not only was it a painful name, it was a ''girls''' name. Literally. His mama called 'im Cheryl. And she's still the only person that does, going by the end of his route.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Postal}}'' series features The Postal Dude.... snippets seen around in ''Postal 2'' reveal that his legal name is actually The Postal Dude, Jr.[[note]]or at least "The Dude, Jr."[[/note]], as it's what's on his driver's license when he goes to pay a parking ticket and his father's grave says "T. Dude, Sr".
** It should be noted that "T. Dude, Sr." was a horrible father and deliberately named his son after himself which brings up the question if The Dude's grandfather was just as horrible.
* Many characters allude to the appropriateness of War's name in ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'', but he's certainly not any sort of AnthropomorphicPersonification. Apparently War, Fury, Strife and Death are ''given names''.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has Nah ("Nn" in Japanese, which sounds just as strange). She's very well aware of what a bizarre name her mother saddled her with.
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}'' game has a kid named Dude.
* ''VideoGame/GeneralChaos'' explains [[AllThereInTheManual in the comic book prologue]] that the root cause of Chaos and Havoc's endless warfare with each other was that, yes, their parents did give them those names, which would make any two children "not likely to grow up to be tree huggers or flower sellers."
* From ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' expansion ''Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep'', we learn Mr. Torgue's first name is [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep "Mister Torgue"]].
-->'''Lilith''': Wait, your first name is "Mister Torgue"? [{{Beat}}] What's your ''last'' name, then?
-->'''Mr. Torgue''': [[spoiler:FLEXINGTON!]]
** In the Wattle Gobbler DLC, Torgue's grandmother states that his middle name is "High-Five", which was taken from his grandfather. This means that Torgue's legal name is "Mister Torgue High-Five [[spoiler:Flexington]]".
** Cut dialog from StarterVillain Captain Flynt reveals that not only is he the brother of Baron Flynt of the first game, but [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep Baron and Captain are their actual first names]]. He states that their parents were douchebags.
* ''Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'' has Colonel Zarpedon, the primary villain of the game. The ridiculousness of her name is something of a running gag, with the characters finding it hard to believe that there actually is someone named Zarpedon and Jack finding it difficult not to laugh as he says it. The fact that her full name is Tungsteena Zarpedon just makes it even worse.
* Towards the end of ''VideoGame/StarStealingPrince'', Astra mentions to Snowe that she thinks his parents were awful for giving him that name. He agrees, saying that anytime anyone complained about the snow he'd have to remind himself that they're not referring to him.
* A starship version in ''VideoGame/XRebirth''. Yoolis calls out [[PlayerCharacter Ren Otani]] on giving the ''Pride of Albion'' an inferior name, the ''Albion Skunk'', though Otani claims that some ''other'' joker renamed it that.
* As an EasterEgg, ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline's'' [[LevelEditor Foundry editor]] has various funny captions on the premade NPC costumes, apparently because the dev writing the game asset descriptions got bored. The caption for "Cardassian Commander Male 03" has this line:
--> "His mother named him [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Kira]], after her favorite historical figure. The merciless teasing inspired his military career."
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' has a baby name generator website on its in-universe internet. Half the names generated are random objects and terms. The other half are {{Ghetto Name}}s.
** It's also possible to encounter and help out a preppy white guy named [[UsefulNotes/FidelCastro Castro]][[note]]Yes, that's his first name[[/note]]. When asked, he explains that his parents were [=WASPs=] who gave all their children awkward and pretentious names for their own amusement. He still feels that he got lucky though: they named his sister ''Muffy''.
* In Episode 1 of ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'', after Rhys and Vaughn get their lives saved by the former's Loader Bot at the cost of the 'Bot either self destructing or fleeing with heavy damage, Rhys solemnly declares that he will name his firstborn... [[DeadGuyJunior Loader Bot]]. Vaughn gives him a look and he adds, "Or, you know, probably not."
* In ''VideoGame/InnocentUntilCaught 2: Proven Guilty'' at some point the policewoman protagonist asks the criminal protagonist Jack T. Ladd what were his parents thinking when they named him Jack Theodore. He believes they were fully aware of the joke.
* In ''Oregon Trail'' 2 (and it's remake 5), one of random NPCs you can talk to is named "Jubilation Higgenbottom", he prefers to go by Julie, and makes an offhanded remark how he gets hassled for his cumbersome name.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Pyroduck from ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''. [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_1071.php He was named by phoenixes]], a rather eccentric race of oracles who are notorious for answering everything with vague riddles. When he explains his backstory, Alexsi comments that she "always wondered why someone would call their kid Pyroduck".
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''
** Zeetha's father was named Chump. Since she's from a reclusive warrior culture deep in an unknown jungle, BilingualBonus probably wasn't considered during the naming process.
---> '''Gil:''' "Chump"?\\
'''Zeetha:''' A great warrior. And yes, I know what it means in your language.
*** [[WordOfGod The Foglios]] revealed, or at least heavily implied, that a certain WildMassGuessing on the subject of his identity [[http://community.livejournal.com/haus_of_klaus/25974.html hit quite close to the mark]]: [[spoiler:Chump is actually Klaus Wulfenbach, and "Chump" is an alias that came from some SelfDeprecation on his part]].
** There's also the case of Moloch von Zinzer:
--->'''Moloch:''' You didn't say we were going ''inside'' the cathedral. This place creeps me out.\\
'''Worker:''' With a name like "Moloch"? I'm not surprised.\\
'''Moloch:''' 'S wrong with my ''name''? My mother picked it out of the whatchamacalit - the ''[[Literature/TheBible Bible]]''.\\
'''Worker:''' ''Ah.'' Um - did she ''read'' it?\\
'''Moloch:''' Nah. I had eight brothers. Nobody had time for stuff like that on the farm.\\
'''Worker:''' Oh, yeah. That's pretty common.
* In ''Webcomic/BadMachinery'', Mr. Beckwith wonders, "Who calls their child Mildred? Cursed to live a life of one sock pulled up higher than the other."
* ''Webcomic/FreakAngels'':
** KK gets [[BerserkButton gets completely bent out of shape]] if anyone calls her by her real name, Kolfinnia Kokokoho Titching.
** Arkady's hippie parents decided that she was a child of Arcadia, and decided to name her such, but they were too stoned out of their gourds to write anything correctly on the birth certificate.
* ''Webcomic/BugMartini'' shows us that names like this are the reason we need the [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/stupid-baby-name-police/ stupid baby name police]].
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has discovered a way to [[http://xkcd.com/327/ weaponize]] this trope.
** Also invoked in [[http://xkcd.com/1011/ this]] comic, with a side-order of ''{{Twilight}}''-bashing.
-->I've been trying for a couple years now but I haven't been able to come up with a name dumber than 'Renesmee.'
* In ''Webcomic/TheKamics'' [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/5193652/ Nikki comments on Clem's name]] & [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/5167767/ we learn how this could lead to joining the Pun Police]]
* Kestrel of ''Webcomic/QueenOfWands'' ("Parents were hippies, huh?"). When her close friend offers to name her daughter after her, Kestrel suggests providing the ''middle'' name.
* In ''SomethingPositive,'' geeky parents Mike and Tamara name their son {{Shazam}} [[WilWheaton Wil-Wheaton]] [[MultiEthnicName Dowden-Patel]] (the hyphens are the source of his power). The two do have a fight at one point, though, because Mike thought his middle name was going to be "[[Creator/JossWhedon Joss-Whedon]]" instead. He also mentions that little Shaz would have been "[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] [[Series/{{Firefly}} Serenity]]" had he been a girl.
* Discussed by Jake English and Dirk Strider in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' regarding the ''last'' names of the demonic Lord English and the alien [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Betty Crocker]], due to the last names in question being matters of personal selection.
-->@@[[color:green:GT: So im named after a demon? What kind of demon is named english anyway?]]\\
[[color:orange:TT: What kind of alien is named Crocker?]]@@
** When [[HelloInsertNameHere naming the main character]], the "game" [[note]]All ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' are written InTheStyleOf an AdventureGame[[/note]] replies "TRY AGAIN, SMARTASS" when "Zoosmell Pooplord" is given as the name of the main character.
* French BlackComedy webcomic ''[[http://ultimex.over-blog.com/ Ultimex]]'' has a strip where a friend of Ultimex (the hero) called his daughter "Bang". Steve (Ultimex's best friend and second main character of the webcomic) asks Ultimex to persuade this man to give another name to his daughter. [[spoiler:We eventually learn that Ultimex finally convinced him to call her "Gang Bang"[[note]]This seems to be an English pun but isn't part of the joke, as both words are totally different in French[[/note]] instead.]]
* ''Webcomic/InkProofCannon'' gives us "My name is [[http://www.allmousemedia.com/ipc/comics/webcomicer/2011/10/03/tw-the-duckler-part-1 Sunday Jones]] and yes, I've heard all those jokes before."
* In ''Webcomic/TheMansionOfE'', Cully and Chunner the Gnolls comment on their compatriot Crud's [[http://mansionofe.comicgenesis.com/d/20120603.html unfortunate name]].
* [[http://www.cansofbeans.com/ Cans of Beans]] might as well be the trope namer, featuring leads named Carl, Dude Brosmith, and Dude's cousin, Hibbie.
* Mentioned by Anpu in ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'' as Alma tries to pick up a name for her new "puppy". After going through dozens of awful names, he finally says:
-->I pity your future children.
* ''WebComic/SluggyFreelance'': In "The Isle of Dr. Steve", there's the following exchange:
--> '''Oasis''': My name is Oasis.
--> '''Torg''': Weird parents, huh?
--> '''Oasis''': My parents are dead.
--> '''Torg''': Did they name you before or after they died?
--> ([[BeatPanel beat]], during which Torg realizes what he just said)
--> '''Torg''': I'm Torg!
--> '''Oasis''': And ''you'' got stable parents.
* In ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'', Millie asks Ozymandias if he ever gets grief for his name. He replies that he puts things in perspective to mockers by showing them a photo of legendary football player Dick Butkus.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries,'' [[DemonicPossession Yami Bakura]] is apparently named "Florence."
-->"Who names a boy Florence?! Idiots, that's who!"
* Monkey D. Luffy from ''WebVideo/NonePiece''.
--> "My parents hated me!"
** And then Zolo...
-->'''Luffy:''' "Wait, your name is Zorro Zolo?"
-->'''Zolo:''' "YEAH! MY PARENTS HATED ME!"
* Pretty much the entire second half of [[WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries Awesome Racer.]]
-->'''Speed:''' Spritle? Your name is Spritle? What kind of name is Spritle? That's not even a word!
-->'''Spritle:''' You think my name is bad? Your name is the rate of motion expressed via distance traveled per units of time!
-->'''Rex:''' Ha ha ha! You all have stupid names!
-->'''Speed:''' Shut up, Rex. Your name is Latin for king. That's the most egotistical thing I've ever heard.
-->'''Spritle:''' Why are our parents so bad at naming us?
-->'''Pops:''' I don't wanna hear it, you kids. My wife's name is Mom! Mom! Do you have any idea how awkward that is for me?
** Well, at least Rex ''is'' a rather common name...
* The series host in Webvideo/MovieRehab is called Sag. He also has a friend called [[DeadpanSnarker Barnabas Thade]].
* An episode of Creator/AchievementHunter's ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries Let's Play Minecraft]]'' had the team arguing over the name "Pubert" and if it was an actual name. Gavin was insistent it was someone from ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'', while everyone else was certain that this was another case of Gav being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. Turns out "Pubert" is the baby from ''Film/AddamsFamilyValues'', leading to everyone else's complete [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight disbelief]].
-->'''[[SirSwearsALot Michael]]:''' "Fucking '''''PUBERT?!?!'''''"
* Dr. Gero in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' notes how stupid Android 17 and 18's human names are in their schematics (Lapis and Lazuli respectively):
-->'''Notes''': Who the devil names their children after crystals? It's like they '''wanted''' them to grow up to be strippers.
** Cell and Piccolo lightly touch on the trope when first meeting.
--->'''Piccolo''': ...but I don't know your name.\\
'''Cell''': Oh truth is, I don't really have one. But all things considered I think I'll go with... ''Cell''.\\
'''Piccolo''': That's kind of boring.\\
'''Cell''': Coming from the guy named after a woodwind instrument.
* Creator/SamAndMickey reveal that after the birth of Franchise/{{Barbie}}'s "little sister" Skipper, Ken suggested naming her after his favorite ''Series/GilligansIsland'' character, and that it stuck ''because'' Barbie thought that it sounded so stupid. Skipper's boss, the manager of [=McBurgers=], also thinks Skipper's name sounds dumb, and instead calls her, "Scooter".
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/PiratesPassage features a dog named Grendel owned by the villains, the Moehner (pronounced "Meaner") family. One of the protagonists, Captain Charles Johnson is rather surprised that of all things they decided to name their dog after one of the most famous monsters in all literature.
* Farmer John from ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'': "His name is Farmer? They must have laughed at him at school." An episode reveals that is name is actually "Far Mer John" (the reason being that his mother wanted him to go "far" and his father wanted to name him after his aunt Mer), which is arguably worse.
* Nutsy from the Disney's animated ''Disney/RobinHood'':
-->'''Sheriff:''' Criminitly, now I know why yer momma calls ya "Nutsy".
* A Christmas special made by DIC called ''AHollywoodHoundsChristmas'' (it appears on Shout Factory's DIC Christmas Blast DVD) in which the main character is actually named "Dude". A running gag in the special is how people are able to (accidentally) guess his name. At one point, he even goes "is there anybody who ''doesn't'' know my name?..."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'':
--> '''Kent Mansley:''' Hogarth? What an embarrassing name. Might as well call him Zeppo or something. What kind of sick person would name a kid [[EurekaMoment Hoga-]]...
* ''WesternAnimation/BabyBlues''
** In a ShoutOut to "A Boy Named Sue," there was a one-shot side character named Sioux, pronounced "Sue." Apparently his parents were hippies. Later after his parents pick him up from prison (long story), an officer mutters to himself "A boy named Sue...what were his parents thinking?"
** And in another episode, there was a mother who named her son Haggot and dressed him like Literature/LittleLordFauntleroy. Guess what else rhymes with Haggot...
---> "'Haggot the Maggot' is the best he can hope for!"
* Bessie Higgenbottom from ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'' is stuck with the middle name [[spoiler:Kajolica]], because her mother is the only one in the entire universe who doesn't think it's colossally stupid. Which might explain why her mother is also the only one who is never struck by [[TheScottishTrope the curse that comes with mentioning the name]].
* In the 2012 adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'', the Once-ler's name actually is Once-ler, despite having two brothers named Brett and Chet. This is in contrast to the original, where Once-ler is hinted to be more of a title/nickname than anything. Though in the film this just shows how he is TheUnfavourite.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''
** {{Discussed|Trope}} upon realizing that "Dipper" is [[KnownOnlyByTheirNickname just a nickname]] he got [[DistinguishingMark from his birthmark]], [[ServileSnarker Wendy]] lightheartedly says that she "just thought your parents hated you."
** For that matter, [[AlphaBitch Pacifica]] meeting [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Mabel]].
---> '''Pacifica:''' That sounds like a ''fat'' old lady's name.
---> '''Mabel:''' I'll take that as a compliment!
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': Sheriff Bronson Stone. His first name is "Sheriff." His mother believed in planning ahead.
* Used previously in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheReluctantWerewolf''. Upon learning who his new werewolf is, Dracula complains, "What kind of a name is Shah-ghee?" He is never clued in on the fact that it's a nickname.
* In the latter seasons of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', we're given the origins of his rival Mandark and learn his current name is a self-given one to fit his scientific motif. His real name is Susan. How'd he get straddled with such an embarrassing name? Why, having hippie parents of course.
* Mac's creative young friend from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' is named ''Goo'' (Short for Goo Goo Ga Ga). Her parents reportedly let her pick her own name, but should probably have waited until she was actually capable of talking first.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', a clone of Starscream is adressing the Autobots but forgets Bulkhead's name. Upon being informed of it, the clone expresses sympathy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MovilleMysteries'', the characters find out that the school PE Teacher, Coach Conkout, is ''really'' named Coach. His father was obsessed with his son being a sucessful coach.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'' called "Stanked to the Future", there's a kid named Dicky who hates his parents, and Howard assumes that he hates them for naming him Dicky.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "Make New Friends But Keep Discord", when Fluttershy introduces her friend Tree Hugger, Discord laughs and asks what kind of name is that, which a bit strange considering most ponies' names are proper nouns in this show.
* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' Fry reacts with surprise when he hears Leela's surname for the first time when she's mentioned on the news (Turanga)[[note]]for some reason she also [[NameOrderConfusion puts her surname first]][[/note]]. Bender reacts the same way when hearing Fry's first name (Philip).
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Confederate Army in the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar had a general named States Rights Gist. Yes, the side that supposedly fought primarily motivated by the cause of state rights actually had a guy named States Rights.
* An especially early instance comes from 1837, when the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom desperately pleaded with the young heiress presumptive to the throne to take a "normal" English regnal name like Elizabeth or Charlotte in preference to her own strange, foreign name of Victoria.[[note]]It could have been worse; Victoria was her second name. Her first name was Alexandrina.[[/note]]
* [[http://www.slate.com/id/2196204/ This article from Slate]] details instances where judges or courts blocked certain names, one of which was so bad it was considered an act of child abuse. The beginning of the article refers to a child that was named "Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii". The parents got away with it for most of her childhood, but a judge later ruled that she be made a ward of court so she could change her embarassing name.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naming_law_in_Sweden#Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116]]. (Pronounced, of course, as "[[SomeCallMeTim Albin]]".) Luckily for the kid, the courts blocked the name. Apparently he was given that name ''specifically to protest the law banning bizarre names''. And, when the courts blocked ''that'' name, the parents tried naming him "A" (also pronounced Albin). The courts blocked that one too. Poor kid...
* Heath Campbell, of Holland, Hunterdon County, UsefulNotes/NewJersey,[[note]]That's in the region marked "The Hill People" on the map on the {{Joisey}} trope page.[[/note]] gave his children [[http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2009Jan14/0,4670,HitlerCake,00.html "Nazi-inspired" names]]. Specifically, there was three-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell and his little sisters [=JoyceLynn=] Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell. The story came to light after a bakery refused to put little Adolf's name on a birthday cake. Mr. Campbell fancies himself a local leader of a Neo-Nazi movement; he has also had [[http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/nazi-devil-worshipping-n-father-fighting-custody-adolf-hitler-article-1.1367217 several children adopted away from him, including the ones with Nazi-inspired names]]. Suffice it to say that the NJ Department of Children and Families ''definitely'' considered his naming of the children (along with his horrible treatment of them and their mothers) in deciding to have them adopted out.
* There was an [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1559705/This-babys-name-is-not-4Real-couple-told.html article]] from New Zealand about parents wanting to name their kid 4real. The government refuses to let them legally name the child 4real. The government didn't object to 4Real because it was stupid; they objected to it because it contained a numeral. The parents named the kid Franchise/{{Superman}} instead (but they say they're still going to call him 4Real).
* Music/FrankZappa was forbidden by an exasperated nurse from naming his son Dweezil, opting for "Ian Donald Calvin Euclid" instead - names taken from several of his associates. Despite this, the family referred to him exclusively as Dweezil. Dweezil himself, at age five, was quite upset to discover his real name on his birth certificate and demanded it to be legally rectified. He had to wait for his 18th birthday for the legal name change.
** Music/FrankZappa had a penchant for doing this. Dweezil was preceded by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_Zappa Moon Unit Zappa]], and followed by Ahmet and Diva.
*** Frank Zappa has been very clear about why he named his kids "Dude", though. He gave them names he thought were pretty, and reasoned that the only name that would get his kids in trouble was their ''surname''.
* Music/DavidBowie named his son Zowie (yes, Zowie Bowie), who is now best known as director Duncan Jones (''Film/{{Moon}}'').
* Creator/{{Bethesda}} offered a prize (free Creator/{{Bethesda}} games for life) if somebody would name their child [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim "Dovahkiin"]]. Somebody did, and Bethesda paid up. ''[[http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/11/17/parents-name-child-dovahkiin-earn-a-lifetimes-worth-of-bethesda-games/ No kidding.]]''
* Years earlier, Acclaim tried a similar stunt by offering to pay $10,000 to whoever named their child ComicBook/{{Turok}}. No one did.
* Parents named their child "like" after the button on Facebook. [[http://edition.cnn.com/2011/TECH/social.media/05/16/baby.like.name.mashable/index.html No, seriously.]]
* This poor Egyptian girl was named Facebook, [[http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/02/21/egypt.child.facebook/index.html?iref=allsearch no kidding.]]
* During the late nineteenth century, two Swedish parents wanted to show their support for the continued union between Sweden and Norway by naming their newborn daughter "Sverige och Norge Förenade" ("Sweden and Norway United"). The priest insisted that the child must have at least one regular name, and the poor girl ended up with the name "Sweden and Norway United Petronella".
* A few years ago in Sweden, the parents of a young boy wanted to name him Pripps after the Pripps Brewery because his maternal Grandfather had worked there, the brewery said no.
* Naturally, the tabloids make a lot out of celebrity baby names. One example is GwenStefani's kid getting named "Zuma".
* One countdown of celebrities who gave their kids crazy names had Will Ferrel at one of the top spots for naming his sons Magnus and Matthias -- two very common names in Sweden (Ferrel is married to a Swede).
* [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0184087 Dale Waddington]], an American comedic actress, explains her somewhat unusual (for a female, and especially in modern times) first name being given to her because her mother's room-mate in college had a sister named Dale and she was named after her.
* A blog dedicated to bad baby names. http://turabiannights.blogspot.ca/ An example includes the result of cultural differences: a sweet seven-year-old named Rammit Deep.
* There was a guy who said he'd name his son Franchise/{{Batman}} if he got [[http://mashable.com/2009/09/14/facebook-batman/ 500,000 likes on Facebook]]. Least ''that'' kid isn't getting beat up on the playground.
** There also [[http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/odd/news/a327063/man-campaigns-to-name-baby-megatron-on-facebook.html two]] [[http://www.facebook.com/pages/MY-SISTER-SAID-IF-I-GET-ONE-MILLION-FANS-SHE-WILL-NAME-HER-BABY-MEGATRON/333067975442 campaigns]] regarding babies called [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Megatron]].
** A weird case comes from Portugal, which has laws specifically meant to counter that, like Italy below. It's the story of [[https://www.facebook.com/HelpNameMyBabyGoku?sk=wall this guy]], who would name his kid [[DragonBall Son Goku]] if he got 1,000,000 likes, against the wishes of his wife. He did it[[note]]The page is still active [[UpToEleven in case he wants to call his next kid Vegeta or Bulma or whatever]][[/note]] and it was allowed. In short, this is how much [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Portugal loves Dragon Ball]].
* In Denmark, it is ''not'' popular to call your children something common anymore. Some parents would almost see it as a disaster to have a kid who is not the only one with his name in his class. So Danish parents are constantly applying for having new names approved so that they legally can call the little apple of their eye something unique and far out. And they seemingly don't care if the name has a rather unfortunate meaning. Here are the most recent names that have been approved (and yes, they are real, and kids are actually going to be named that):
** Girl's names: Altan ("Balcony"), Badr (sounds like a Danish expression of disgust; this ''isn't'' a case of a new immigrant's name, as although "Badr" is a legitimate Arabic name, it's a ''boy's'' name), Cirkel ("Circle"), Dyne ("Duvet"), Gin, Nitte ("Rivet" or, figuratively speaking, something unwanted) and Panda.
** Boy's names: Awesome, Blær ("Boasting"), Cello, Cobra, Dreng ([[ShapedLikeItself "Boy"]]), Haj ("Shark"), Fru ([[GenderBlenderName "Mrs." or "Madam"]]), Kamel ("Camel") and Tung ("Heavy").
* If you want proof that standards for this have changed over time, look no further than the reactions of the media and fandom in 1966 when Music/RingoStarr named his first son Zak (full name, not short for Zachariah or anything). It was considered incredibly weird at the time, whereas now no-one would think twice about [[MyNaymeIs a fairly unusual spelling of an uncommon name]]. (Just to show how quickly this changed, in the late '70s Music/GeorgeHarrison named his son Dhani and no-one batted an eyelash.)
* In Iceland, to avert this trope, names must be approved by an official naming committee that, in addition to rules about the name obeying Icelandic grammar and inflections, also includes the provision that the name must not be unduly embarrassing to its bearer. The quintessential Icelandic names are instead old names that are permitted due to tradition though they might sound ridiculous to modern ears. It isn't as far-fetched as it sounds. Thousands of world languages are being lost to globalization as native speakers die out, and Iceland is determined their language is not going to be one of them.
** The naming policy is being reviewed after a long-drawn-out battle over the names of some Icelandic siblings became a cause célèbre for advocates of less restrictive naming. In July 2014, two Icelandic children were turned down for renewal of their passports (which read only "Girl" and "Boy") because their names are Harriet and Duncan. The problem is that unless both of your parents are "foreign", your name must either be on the list or meet the requirements of the Icelandic Name Committee -- and although as their surname Cardew indicates, their father is from Britain, probably Wales (he moved to Reykjavík to be a cook), their mother Kristín is an Icelander, so their names have to comply. Unfortunately, "Harriet" can't be conjugated in Icelandic and "Duncan" contains the letter "c", which doesn't exist in Icelandic. For their part, many Icelanders don't see what the fuss is all about, and the Mayor of Reykjavík, Jón Gnarr (himself the bearer of an odd name by Icelandic standards--one he fought the Name Committee for ''years'' to adopt in an effort to distance himself from his father, from whom he is estranged) has decried the law as too strict. The Cardews were finally granted permission to keep their children's names in June 2016, and in the meantime the Icelandic government has initiated the legislative process to abolish the Name Committee.
* In 1993, a Japanese couple [[http://www.nistep.go.jp/achiev/ftx/eng/pol001e/html/pol001ee.html applied]] to have their son named 悪魔, ''Akuma'', meaning "devil". The two characters were on a list of allowed personal name characters, and so the name was entered into the family register. A month later, the Civil Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Justice had the city contact the couple to tell them the name was inappropriate and to choose a new one. The city also deleted "Akuma" from the family register and instead replaced it with "not yet named". The Family Court ruled that naming a child "Akuma" was an abuse of rights, but since the name had been previously accepted only the parents had the power to change the child's name. Private and public pressure led the father to rename the child 亜駆, ''Aku'', which can be interpreted as "sub-impel".
* Established in 1951, the Jinmeiyou Kanji, the list of Chinese characters legally allowed in personal names, has seen a number of parents proposing new additions to the list, among them the characters meaning "cancer", "haemorrhoid", "corpse", and "excrement", as well as parts of compound words "curse", "prostitute", and "rape".
* The Dutch radio 3FM holds a [[http://www.alletop10lijstjes.nl/10-raarste-namen-schaamnamen/ yearly search]] for people with interesting names.
* It was common among the hippie crowd in the 60s and early 70s to name children such things as Aquarius or Moonglow or Apollo or Aphrodite.
* This happening is not all that uncommon in languages with a lot of homonyms, where compound words exist and where every name is a MeaningfulName rather than a patronym. Chinese has all these traits and this situation is especially likely to happen because while it has one written language, it has many spoken dialects. A perfectly innocuous name can sound ludicrous in a different dialect.
** Much like the Japanese example, China (well the [=PRC=] at least) has a list of approved characters that can be used for names. Partly to avoid this trope but also partly to simplify their computer system inputs given the sheer number of characters in their written language. Has occasionally caused problems with names that use legitimate but obscure characters.
* Creator/KimKardashian and Music/KanyeWest named their daughter North West. When their son was born, they named him ''Saint West''. The fact they didn't name him [[StealthPun Easton West]] has to be one of the biggest missed opportunities ever.
* The parents who named their daughter Hashtag, because they liked using Twitter. [[http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4671412/We-called-our-baby-hashtag.html Other # began to trend afterwards]].
** Upon the arrival of Prince William and Lady Katherine's firstborn child, bettings on the name were rife. The slate of possible names included Arthur, George, James, Richard, Henry and Alexander. Paddy Power confirmed that someone had laid down hard cash on Hashtag.
* There was a Wisconsin man arrested for drug and weapons possession by the name of '''Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop.''' No, [[http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/01/07/beezow-doo-doo-zopittybop-bop-bop-30-arrested-on-weapon-drug-charges/ really.]]
* [[http://www.afro.com/sections/news/afro_briefs/story.htm?storyid=79453 A Tennessee Judge forced a boy to have his name changed]] from Messiah to Martin on the grounds that Jesus can be the only one to be called "Messiah", which means savior. [[CaptainObvious No surprise]], the parents weren't happy with the idea and neither was the American Civil Liberties Union.
** Not to mention that "Messiah" actually means "anointed one," and in Hebrew it is neither a divine title nor exclusive to any one person. It was a title of the kings of Judah, and in modern Jewish thought the "Messiah" as savior has yet to arrive.
* A [[https://www.google.com/search?q=michael+hunt&oq=michael+hunt&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.1437j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8 Google search]] will turn up any number of men named Michael ([[StealthPun "Mike"]]) Hunt. Apparently ALL their parents were either cruel or oblivious.
** [[https://www.google.ie/?gws_rd=ssl#q=richard+head Same goes for]] Richard Head.
*** And Raymond Pugh.
* Since American soccer player [=DaMarcus=] Bradley became known worldwide in the 2014 World Cup, many (particularly in Britain) commented on the strangeness of the 'Da' prefix to his name, and he arguably overshadowed the rest of the American team. However, going to any search engine and typing 'Da' in the search bar, followed by any man's name, e.g. [=DaMarcus=], [=DaMichael=], [=DaShawn=] etc, results in a surprisingly large amount of results, almost all of them African-American. It just seems strange to those outside Black American culture despite its successful exportation, because hardly any famous people have appeared with those sorts of names.
* From Mexico:
** There have been cases of parents naming their child "Masiosare". It comes for a verse in the national anthem: "'''Mas si osare''' un extraño enemigo" (trans: '''But shall''' a foreign enemy '''dare'''), as if that foreign enemy's name is "Masiosare".
** The news once reported the naming of a child born on a November 20th as "Anivderev", short for "'''Aniv'''ersario '''de''' la '''Rev'''olucion" (Anniversary of the [[UsefulNotes/TheMexicanRevolution Revolution]]).
*** Context on this one: allegedly it was a confusion from the parents. In Mexico, some calendars have a mark indicating that day's saint. Being that Catholicism is the largest religion in Mexico, it isn't uncommon that parents name their children after that saint the day they are born (the "happy birthday" song even says "we're here to celebrate your ''saint''"); the parents purpotedly confused "Anivderev" to an actual saint's name.
*** Expanding on that, many children named after saints could now have weird names to another Mexican's ear due to disuse (such as Apolonio, Anastasio, Elusipo, Bonifacio, Tetta —sounds like "tit"—, Plátano —"Banana"—, female derivatives such as Adolfa, Diega, Dorotea, etc.).
** The news that there were some people who were using names such as "Terminator" or "Pokemon" for their kids pushed the initiative for a law that would ban the use of unusual names for children. Political cartoonist Francisco "Paco" Calderon criticized this proposal as foolish and arbitrary, pointing out how many once "normal" and popular names fell into disuse or became joke names after they were given to popular characters.
** Later names added include the Spanish equivalents of: Panties, Batman, Illuminated, Scrotum, Cesarean, Virgin, Private, Burger King, Robcop, US Navy, Spinach, and around 50 other names that are now banned.
* Texas Governor Jim Hogg infamously named his daughter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ima_Hogg#Name Ima]]. This spawned a lot of public jokes (the most famous being that she had a sister named Ura) and the poor girl never lived it down. In fairness her father claimed she was named after a character in a poem and that he wasn't consciously aware of how it sounded, though a lot of the more cynical Texans didn't believe him.
* Openly {{Defied}} in Italy, where name laws are rather strict regulated and, until some time ago, the officials in charge of the birth registers could refuse to write down a silly name and had the authority to assign another (usually the name of the saint of the kid's birthday) if the parents refuse to change their mind (current laws says they have to write it down, but they must warn the parents that they're breaking the law first and, if they insist, will write it down and warn the competent authorities for the name change). And they actually go through with it, as a couple found out the hard way when they tried to name their son "Venerdì" (that is Italian for "Friday"), the official, [[Literature/RobinsonCrusoe well aware of what it could evoke]], refused and found himself forced to name the child "Gregorio", [[FrivolousLawsuit and when the parents sued all the way to the Corte di Cassazione (the Italian supreme court) all the courts upheld the official's decision]].
** Note that the lawmakers weren't CrazyPrepared, [[GenreSavvy they just knew their countrymen]]: as the country where the concept and word of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliardia goliardia]] were born, and following ancient Roman traditions, Italians ''can'' and ''will'' mock anything strange or funny if given a chance, and giving a child a strange name would be a recipe for disaster.
* Soviet times in Russia are known to have manifested undying love for acronyms in any possible field, names developed during the period being no exception. There has been a number of especially bizarre patriotic outbursts meant to reflect country's political and industrial glory, notably none of which survived till modern times. The most ridiculous known example is '''Dazdraperma''', acronym of "'''Da zdra'''vstvuyet '''Per'''voye '''Ma'''ya!" ("Hail to the 1st of May!" – the greatest holiday of the working class at the time).
** There are way more though, for example similar but less renowned '''Dazdrasmygda''' after "'''Da zdra'''vstvuyet '''smy'''chka '''g'''oroda i '''d'''erevni" ("Hail to unification of the city and the countryside"), '''Kookootsapol''', acronym of "'''Kuku'''ruza – '''tsa'''ritsa '''pol'''ey" ("Maize is the queen of fields" – agricultural slogan of mid-XX), '''Vaterpezhekosma''' after "'''Va'''lentina '''Ter'''eshkova – '''pe'''rvaya '''zhe'''nshchina-'''kosm'''onavt ("Valentina Tereshkova is the first female cosmonaut"), '''Uryurvkos''', acronym of "'''Ur'''a, '''Yur'''a '''v kos'''mose!" ("Hooray, Yura is in space!" after Yuri Gagarin's flight), '''Sevmorputina''' after "'''Sev'''erny '''Mor'''skoy '''Put'''" ("Nothern Sea Route"). Something like '''Pervosrak''' ("'''perv'''aya '''s'''ovetskaya '''rak'''eta", "the first Soviet rocket") sounds plain-out obscene with the latter part of the word coinciding with Russian for "shit".
** Some names, albeit not equally awkward in pronunciation, seem just as sick once underlying meaning is revealed. As such: '''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Serp-i-Molot]]''' ("Hammer and Sickle", symbol of the USSR. Just to make it clearer, consider calling your kid "Stars-and-Stripes" for a first name), '''Leoondezh''' after "'''Le'''nin '''u'''mer, '''n'''o yego '''de'''lo '''zh'''ivyot" ("Lenin is dead, but his deeds live"), '''Tractorina''' (yes, after introduction of tractors to industry), '''Troleboozina''' after the prominent personae of '''Tro'''tsky, '''Le'''nin, '''Bu'''kharin, '''Zin'''oviev. The list could go much longer, the OtherWiki has an article full of these oddities, [[NoExportForYou if you don't mind Russian though]]. Truth be told, in real life these were very rare and have gone extinct nowadays (either promptly changed to something less audacious or always being SO rare to begin with, that are mostly known as subjects of folklore rather than real names). No sane person, who speaks Russian, can read these with a straight face.
* In 2002 a Russian couple tried to name their son "БОЧ рВФ 260602" -- "Biological Object Human of the line of Voronins-Frolovs born 25.06.2002" and his father tried to change his name in a similar way. Technically, a law does not forbid it, but registry office bureaucrats refused to issue a birth certificate with this name. Courts on several levels confirmed the decision of the registry office and Strasbourg court dropped the case without explanation. As of 2013 the boy still was oficially nameless and without citizenship, but did get medical insurance and was attending a municipal public school. In private parents call him Boris.
* A common Israeli urban legend tells of a girl whose first name is Okhezèt-‘Anàf-‘Ètz-haShakéd[[labelnote:Hebrew]]אוחזת ענף עץ השקד[[/labelnote]] ‘Holder of the Almond Tree Branch’, that apparently developed from a case of CowboyBebopAtHisComputer in TheSeventies: reporter Idit Gil was writing an article about unusual names in Israel and met with a family that gave somewhat unusual but fairly reasonable first names to their daughters, and the mother jokingly said they considered giving the name to one of the girls, and the printed article gave that name as the name of another girl in the family. Since then there have been many different stories about [=OAEhS=]'s life floating around the internet. If you read Hebrew, you can read more on TheOtherWiki [[https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%90%D7%95%D7%97%D7%96%D7%AA_%D7%A2%D7%A0%D7%A3_%D7%A2%D7%A5_%D7%94%D7%A9%D7%A7%D7%93 here]].
* A now-offline list of officially given names in Germany once noted that - apart from names where the combination of first and last name or name and occupation (a gynecologist named Mrs. Hole) - there had been two Adolf Hitlers, five Eva Brauns (Hitler's fiance) and a small variety of other famous nazis around 2000. While Eva Braun might be forgiven (since both first and second name are very common), the Adolf Hitler cases caused quite an uproar as well as sympathy in the website's guestbook. Since the website didn't specify the age of the name holders, it might be possible that the poor Adolf Hitlers were somewhere between 60 and 90 back then and thus born and named when it was still all right to admire the original guy in Germany.
** There was also a case where German TV comedian Stefan Raab read out a list of the most ridiculous names he could find in Germany, all with making additional puns about it. Unfortunately for him, he gave way more information about one woman he made fun of (giving away her state and occupation to make his additional pun since her name was plant-based and she was a gardener in a state with a high nature level), thus leading to the woman suing him successfully for Verbal Slander and Public Humiliation.
* [[http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/05/13/1052591774910.html A Chinese couple]] named their son Saddam Deng Sars because the Iraq War and the SARS outbreak of 2003 were big news stories at the time of the child's birth.
* [[http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2010/0622/South-Africa-World-Cup-baby-names-Moms-choose-Fifa-Bafana-and-Soccer-City At the height of World Cup fever]] in South Africa in 2010, children born on the day of the opening matches received some interesting names, including a girl named Fifa, twin boys named Bafana and Mexico and another set of twins named Soccer City and "It's Time".
* There is a [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]] coach named Bronco Mendenhall. Apparently his father was a rancher, and Bronco learned to train horses. [[GenerationXerox His own sons are named]] Raeder, Breaker, and Cutter.
* The short-lived Fred Allen game show ''Judge for Yourself'' once had a contestant named 5/8 Smith. Apparently, there were so many Smiths where he lived that they ran out of first names, or so he claimed. (Allen: "They got into the numerals, eh?") The host had some fun with his name:
-->When your father was naming you 5/8, he must've been celebrating with [[INeedAFreakingDrink one fifth]].
-->You are probably the only man alive who can write his name on an adding machine.
* Fort Wayne, Indiana stopped naming things after a former mayor when somebody finally realized what the name [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Baals Harry Baals]] sounded like. Also the street named after him was eventually renamed H.W. Baals Drive because the sign was constantly being stolen.
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-->'''Topanga:''' My middle name is totally weird.
-->'''Shawn:''' Your first name is "Topanga"!
** Cory himself is in fact named "Cornelius", as revealed by Mr. Feeny.[[note]]'''''[=SSSSSSSsssssh=]!''''' Not even Topanga knows that![[/note]]
** And then [[Series/GirlMeetsWorld there's Farkle]].
* ''Series/TheMiddle'': Frankie regrets naming her youngest son Brick, thinking that an unusual name would make him cool (which Brick is anything but).
* In ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'', there was
-->'''

%%Hey, somebody's fix
the Gottlieb family, whose parents were hippies. Their three grown-up children were:
** Cosmic Gottlieb, who renamed himself Mark.
** Freedom Gottlieb, who renamed himself Stephen.
** Serendipity Gottlieb, who was a bit of a free spirit like her parents and so kept her name but usually shortened it to Ren as it was a bit long.
* On ''Series/{{MASH}}'', B.J. Hunnicutt's given name is apparently B.J. Leads to this exchange:
-->'''Hawkeye''': What kind of parents would name their kid B.J.?
-->'''B.J.''': My mother...Bea Hunnicutt, and my father...Jay Hunnicutt.
* Six from ''Series/{{Blossom}}''. According to her, [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar that's how many beers her father said it took]].
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'',
** Cerie thinks up some baby names after she gets engaged:
--->'''Cerie''': If it's a girl, "Bookcase"... or "Sandstorm"... or maybe "Hat", but that's more of a boy's name.\\
'''Liz''': Yeah, I was gonna say.
** There is one Kenneth Ellen Parcell.
* ''"Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}"'' the Vampire Slayer. Contrary to some fan opinion, it is not a diminutive form of "Elizabeth." That's her name. This is [[LampshadeHanging pointed out]] when [[HypocriticalHumour Spike]] asks who calls their kid Buffy (in response to Buffy insulting his name, to be fair...and "Spike" is not his real name). Buffy then gets rather offended at this insult to her mother, so she's probably not bothered by the name.
** Something of a RunningGag through the series.
-->'''Guardian:''' I'm sorry. What's your name?
-->'''Buffy:''' Buffy.
-->'''Guardian:''' No, really. (Buffy shrugs)
** Also her middle name is Anne. Although that wouldn't be unfortunate by itself, her surname is Summers so it becomes the name of a lingerie retailer.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** When Ross learns Chandler's middle name:
-->'''Chandler Muriel Bing.''' Boy, your parents never even gave you a chance, did they?
** Also on Friends, Ross and Rachel have an on-going debate about what to name their daughter. "Rain" was one of the options, to Ross' consternation ("And my skirt is made of wheat.") Sequoia was another.
** Joey remarks of a stripper named Crystal Chandelier: "You name your daughter that, what do you expect her to grow up to be?"
* Britta on ''Series/{{Community}}''.
-->'''Annie:''' Of course you think that, Britta. It's obvious from your name that your parents smoked pot.
* ''Series/{{Weeds}}'': Nancy regards her new neighbor's young son's name, "Rad", with some skepticism.
* In the soap opera ''LasJuanas'', there is Doña de Salguero, most usually called "Doña Doña". To wit. in English, the equivalent is naming a girl "Mistress" or "Ma'am".
* On ''Series/ModernFamily'', all of Mitch and Cam's friends have stereotypical "gay" names. One of them, Longinus, remarks that his mother forced him to become gay with it.
* Early in the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Past and Present", one of the locals asks Teal'c the following question:
--> '''Orner:''' Who would give you a name like "Teal'c"?\\
'''Teal'c:''' It was given by my father. It means "strength".
* On ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', Agent Callen's first name actually got lost by the foster system, [[spoiler:which is implied to be partly due to being born in Romania]]. All he knows is [[OneLetterName his first initial]], and he occasionally gets minor grief over his legal first name being "G".
** Though, in Season 7 (specifically, the episode ''Matryoshka''), Callen finally learns the name he was born with before his fostering/adoption: [[spoiler:'''Grisha''' Alexandrovich Nikolaev]]. Though G. Callen runs off the tongue ''much'' easier.
* Angus ''Series/MacGyver''.
* Ronmarc and Zalga in ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' episode "Night of the Cactus!":
-->"Their names are Ronmarc and Zalga? Where are they from? Mars?"
* In ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', the Bundy family ended up adopting (read: got ditched with) Peggy's nephew, Seven. Al quite nearly says the trope by name, and the kid replies "Because I'm Seven!" Bonus points for nobody being able to tell whether that meant he was "child number seven" and the parents just ran out of ideas, or if his name changed after every birthday.
* In ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'', Alex says this to ''Hershel''.
* In ''Series/{{Utopia}}'', various characters express disbelief at Wilson Wilson's name.
* Rowan Atkinson makes excellent sport of this trope in his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiWJWLCoH2M School Master sketch]]. Such poor pupils in his class include Nancyboy-Potter, Undermanager, Zob and Orifice...!
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'': In "Still", Castle needed a five-letter code word to shut off the mine Beckett stepped on to save her. They discovered that the escaped prisoner who had set the explosive was trying to find his ex-girlfriend, who had given birth to a son, and figured that the son's name was the code word. The son's name turned out to be "William", leaving "Billy" or "Willy" as possible code-words. Esposito commented at that point, "No mother's gonna name their kid Willy unless she wants them beat up at the playground!" [[spoiler: The correct pass code was Billy]]
* On ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' all dinosaurs are named by the Chief Elder, who has a lot of babies to go through so whatever he says after "I name this child..." gets written down as the child's name. This has resulted in children named "<Atchoo>," "<Burp> Excuse Me," and "Aaugh Aaugh I'm Dying You Idiot." Although once a new Chief Elder is elected the parents of the last of those go to get a new name, which is now Baby.
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* An example of CallingTheOldManOut on the back of this trope is, of course, the old Music/JohnnyCash song "A Boy Named Sue". Of course, in this case the bad name was intentional — as Dad explained, he gave his son a name that would make his childhood a living hell precisely so the boy would be forced to grow up mean and tough, to compensate for growing up without a father figure. Sue appreciates the logic behind this decision and forgives his father, but makes it clear that he wouldn't dream of doing something like that to his own son. WordOfGod from songwriter Creator/ShelSilverstein is that he got the inspiration for the song after hearing a (male) judge named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue_K._Hicks Sue K. Hicks]] speak at a judicial conference in Gatlinburg (a town which is also mentioned in the song). Hicks was named after his mother, who died in childbirth.
** To top that, Silverstein even wrote a sequel, "The Father Of A Boy Named Sue."
* Country music contributes another example in Sammy Kershaw's hit about a love interest with a name better suited to an onion than to a person.
-->Your dear mama Violet and your proud daddy Dal
-->I know that when they named you, they surely meant well
-->But Vidalia....
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z82HH11IFEY What Kind of Name is Hermione?]]," by the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fan band The Parselmouths.
-->"What kind of parents name their kid Hermione, anyway?"
-->"Um, {{Muggles}}."
-->"[[FantasticRacism Ew!]]"
* The protagonist of the Music/MelanieMartinez album ''[[ConceptAlbum Cry Baby]]'' is named... um, [[CharacterTitle Cry Baby]]. In the music video for the song "Cry Baby", it's show that her brother wrote it on her birth certificate after hearing her mother refer to her as such.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4yURoIWkV0 "Horrible Names For Your Children"]] is a song that lists off ridiculous names people attempted to name their kids (some of which ''succeeded'') in real life. Some of them even appear on this page!
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Creator/MattGroening's ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell'' has a "What not to name your kid" installment, including suggestions such as "Oral" and "Onan"
* ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'': Bunny named her twin babies Wendell John and Wendell Jon. Before she settled on those names, she referred to them by the colors of their hospital bracelets.
-->'''Wanda:''' "You have two boys named Purple and Green?"
-->'''Bunny:''' "I prefer Puce and Teal."
** When middle child Hammie was first born, he did not have a name, due to Darryl and Wanda mistakenly believing that [[ItMakesSenseInContext they were having a girl]]. When they finally decided on "Hamish" ("Ham" for short), it took their other family members some time to get used to it. Wanda's sister, Rhonda, proclaimed "That's not a name, it's an entree!" upon hearing it, and when Wanda told her mother, she burst out laughing, before asking, "No, seriously, what did you name him?"
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' has a boy named 5, short for 555, surname 95472 (accent on the 4). His father had strange ideas about where society was headed and decided to "give in" to the abundance of numbers in people's lives. His younger sisters are twins named 3 and 4.
** Rerun got his name from his older sister Lucy complaining that getting another little brother (after Linus) was like watching a ReRun on TV.
* ''ComicStrip/JumpStart'' includes a kid named Doctor Appleby, who comes to school dressed in surgical scrubs. Guess what his parents want him to be when he grows up.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* On the June 9, 2005 ''[[Wrestling/{{WWESmackDown}} WWE [=SmackDown!=]]]'', building up to the ''ECW One Night Stand'' [=PPV=] that Sunday, Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield may have been the first person on national television to question the idea of someone being named ''Wrestling/BallsMahoney.''
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Garrison Keillor's ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'' has Senator K. Torvaldson. Even calls out this trope in another character's reaction: "Who names their kid 'Senator', anyway?" (Apparently his parents just liked the way it sounded.)
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* In Literature/TheBible, David asks for assistance from Abigail’s husband "Naval" or "crook, villain". He is denied. Upon informing David of this she alludes to the fact that his name is Naval implying that he lives up to it rather well.
-->'''Abigail''':"Please do not let my lord pay attention to this worthless man, Naval, for as his name is, so is he. Naval is his name and folly is with him.
* There is also a case of this between Jacob and Esau. Upset at the loss of his birthright (or rather his own hasty decision prompted by extreme hunger)and the loss of a blessing that was intended for him due to his brother's and mother's treachery, Esau alludes to the fact that Jacob (''[[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign Ya‘akov]]'', from ''‘akev'', ‘heel’, because he was born holding Esau’s heel) is aptly named.
-->'''Esau''': “Isn’t he rightly named Jacob? This is the second time he has taken advantage of me: He took my birthright, and now he’s taken my blessing!”
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}: Lost Colony:'' The narrator is a woman named Debbi Dallas. Apparently, her dad was a marine with an appreciation for... 'classic' films.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* In ''Theatre/MotherCourageAndHerChildren'' by Creator/BertoltBrecht, Mother Courage names her youngest son Schweizerkas - "Swiss cheese" (His first name's Feyos but nobody uses it.) Well, nobody said she was the best mother.
* In ''Theatre/ThePillowman'' by Creator/MartinMcDonagh, Katurian's full name is revealed to be [[spoiler:Katurian Katurian Katurian]].
* In ''Theatre/AlmostMaine'', East apparently got his first name from a mess-up on his birth certificate.
* In ''Theatre/InTheHeights'', main character Usnavi was named after the first thing his parents saw when they came to America: a boat that said ''US Navy.''
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* This can be done [[InvokedTrope deliberately]] by the player in any game that allows you to [[HelloInsertNameHere name the main character]]. There are even some games like this where the player character will be told they have a weird name. Of course if that's the case you'll be told that no matter what name you give your character.
** Doing this when naming your current character's legitimate children in ''VideoGame/CrusaderKings'' can result in the name becoming a ''traditional'' for members of your dynasty[[note]]When a child is born, a name is randomly suggested based on the gender, culture and religion of the child. Player parents can write in another name, non-player parents picks what is suggested. Writing in a name yourself can add that name to the list of possible names for children of your dynasty...[[/note]].
* In the video game of the anime series ''Anime/AfroSamurai'', Ninja Ninja [[HypocriticalHumor wonders]] "What kind of father names their kid 'Afro Samurai' anyway?"
* Battler in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' spends a fair amount of the VisualNovel's introductions mocking his family's naming habits, particularly when it came to his own ("[[FunnyAneurysmMoment My parents are the first on my 'to kill' list]]").
* In ''VideoGame/NationStates'', one of the issues revolves around a man who was named an incomprehensible string of characters changing his name to John and campaigning for a law to restrict names. Arguing in favor of this change is a man named Insert Name Here, while the other side is argued by a woman with a rather hippie-ish name who named her baby daughter [expletive deleted].
* An unnamed person in VideoGame/PokemonColosseum's Pyrite Colosseum in Pokemon XD mentions Miror B and explicitly states that "the name sounds laughably silly".
* In the visual novel ''VisualNovel/LamentoBeyondTheVoid,'' Bardo suffered so horribly from this he went right ahead and changed it to something less-bad. Not only was it a painful name, it was a ''girls''' name. Literally. His mama called 'im Cheryl. And she's still the only person that does, going by the end of his route.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Postal}}'' series features The Postal Dude.... snippets seen around in ''Postal 2'' reveal that his legal name is actually The Postal Dude, Jr.[[note]]or at least "The Dude, Jr."[[/note]], as it's what's on his driver's license when he goes to pay a parking ticket and his father's grave says "T. Dude, Sr".
** It should be noted that "T. Dude, Sr." was a horrible father and deliberately named his son after himself which brings up the question if The Dude's grandfather was just as horrible.
* Many characters allude to the appropriateness of War's name in ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'', but he's certainly not any sort of AnthropomorphicPersonification. Apparently War, Fury, Strife and Death are ''given names''.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has Nah ("Nn" in Japanese, which sounds just as strange). She's very well aware of what a bizarre name her mother saddled her with.
* The first ''VideoGame/{{Robopon}}'' game has a kid named Dude.
* ''VideoGame/GeneralChaos'' explains [[AllThereInTheManual in the comic book prologue]] that the root cause of Chaos and Havoc's endless warfare with each other was that, yes, their parents did give them those names, which would make any two children "not likely to grow up to be tree huggers or flower sellers."
* From ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' expansion ''Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep'', we learn Mr. Torgue's first name is [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep "Mister Torgue"]].
-->'''Lilith''': Wait, your first name is "Mister Torgue"? [{{Beat}}] What's your ''last'' name, then?
-->'''Mr. Torgue''': [[spoiler:FLEXINGTON!]]
** In the Wattle Gobbler DLC, Torgue's grandmother states that his middle name is "High-Five", which was taken from his grandfather. This means that Torgue's legal name is "Mister Torgue High-Five [[spoiler:Flexington]]".
** Cut dialog from StarterVillain Captain Flynt reveals that not only is he the brother of Baron Flynt of the first game, but [[HisNameReallyIsBarkeep Baron and Captain are their actual first names]]. He states that their parents were douchebags.
* ''Videogame/BorderlandsThePreSequel'' has Colonel Zarpedon, the primary villain of the game. The ridiculousness of her name is something of a running gag, with the characters finding it hard to believe that there actually is someone named Zarpedon and Jack finding it difficult not to laugh as he says it. The fact that her full name is Tungsteena Zarpedon just makes it even worse.
* Towards the end of ''VideoGame/StarStealingPrince'', Astra mentions to Snowe that she thinks his parents were awful for giving him that name. He agrees, saying that anytime anyone complained about the snow he'd have to remind himself that they're not referring to him.
* A starship version in ''VideoGame/XRebirth''. Yoolis calls out [[PlayerCharacter Ren Otani]] on giving the ''Pride of Albion'' an inferior name, the ''Albion Skunk'', though Otani claims that some ''other'' joker renamed it that.
* As an EasterEgg, ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline's'' [[LevelEditor Foundry editor]] has various funny captions on the premade NPC costumes, apparently because the dev writing the game asset descriptions got bored. The caption for "Cardassian Commander Male 03" has this line:
--> "His mother named him [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Kira]], after her favorite historical figure. The merciless teasing inspired his military career."
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' has a baby name generator website on its in-universe internet. Half the names generated are random objects and terms. The other half are {{Ghetto Name}}s.
** It's also possible to encounter and help out a preppy white guy named [[UsefulNotes/FidelCastro Castro]][[note]]Yes, that's his first name[[/note]]. When asked, he explains that his parents were [=WASPs=] who gave all their children awkward and pretentious names for their own amusement. He still feels that he got lucky though: they named his sister ''Muffy''.
* In Episode 1 of ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'', after Rhys and Vaughn get their lives saved by the former's Loader Bot at the cost of the 'Bot either self destructing or fleeing with heavy damage, Rhys solemnly declares that he will name his firstborn... [[DeadGuyJunior Loader Bot]]. Vaughn gives him a look and he adds, "Or, you know, probably not."
* In ''VideoGame/InnocentUntilCaught 2: Proven Guilty'' at some point the policewoman protagonist asks the criminal protagonist Jack T. Ladd what were his parents thinking when they named him Jack Theodore. He believes they were fully aware of the joke.
* In ''Oregon Trail'' 2 (and it's remake 5), one of random NPCs you can talk to is named "Jubilation Higgenbottom", he prefers to go by Julie, and makes an offhanded remark how he gets hassled for his cumbersome name.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Pyroduck from ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''. [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_1071.php He was named by phoenixes]], a rather eccentric race of oracles who are notorious for answering everything with vague riddles. When he explains his backstory, Alexsi comments that she "always wondered why someone would call their kid Pyroduck".
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''
** Zeetha's father was named Chump. Since she's from a reclusive warrior culture deep in an unknown jungle, BilingualBonus probably wasn't considered during the naming process.
---> '''Gil:''' "Chump"?\\
'''Zeetha:''' A great warrior. And yes, I know what it means in your language.
*** [[WordOfGod The Foglios]] revealed, or at least heavily implied, that a certain WildMassGuessing on the subject of his identity [[http://community.livejournal.com/haus_of_klaus/25974.html hit quite close to the mark]]: [[spoiler:Chump is actually Klaus Wulfenbach, and "Chump" is an alias that came from some SelfDeprecation on his part]].
** There's also the case of Moloch von Zinzer:
--->'''Moloch:''' You didn't say we were going ''inside'' the cathedral. This place creeps me out.\\
'''Worker:''' With a name like "Moloch"? I'm not surprised.\\
'''Moloch:''' 'S wrong with my ''name''? My mother picked it out of the whatchamacalit - the ''[[Literature/TheBible Bible]]''.\\
'''Worker:''' ''Ah.'' Um - did she ''read'' it?\\
'''Moloch:''' Nah. I had eight brothers. Nobody had time for stuff like that on the farm.\\
'''Worker:''' Oh, yeah. That's pretty common.
* In ''Webcomic/BadMachinery'', Mr. Beckwith wonders, "Who calls their child Mildred? Cursed to live a life of one sock pulled up higher than the other."
* ''Webcomic/FreakAngels'':
** KK gets [[BerserkButton gets completely bent out of shape]] if anyone calls her by her real name, Kolfinnia Kokokoho Titching.
** Arkady's hippie parents decided that she was a child of Arcadia, and decided to name her such, but they were too stoned out of their gourds to write anything correctly on the birth certificate.
* ''Webcomic/BugMartini'' shows us that names like this are the reason we need the [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/stupid-baby-name-police/ stupid baby name police]].
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has discovered a way to [[http://xkcd.com/327/ weaponize]] this trope.
** Also invoked in [[http://xkcd.com/1011/ this]] comic, with a side-order of ''{{Twilight}}''-bashing.
-->I've been trying for a couple years now but I haven't been able to come up with a name dumber than 'Renesmee.'
* In ''Webcomic/TheKamics'' [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/5193652/ Nikki comments on Clem's name]] & [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/5167767/ we learn how this could lead to joining the Pun Police]]
* Kestrel of ''Webcomic/QueenOfWands'' ("Parents were hippies, huh?"). When her close friend offers to name her daughter after her, Kestrel suggests providing the ''middle'' name.
* In ''SomethingPositive,'' geeky parents Mike and Tamara name their son {{Shazam}} [[WilWheaton Wil-Wheaton]] [[MultiEthnicName Dowden-Patel]] (the hyphens are the source of his power). The two do have a fight at one point, though, because Mike thought his middle name was going to be "[[Creator/JossWhedon Joss-Whedon]]" instead. He also mentions that little Shaz would have been "[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] [[Series/{{Firefly}} Serenity]]" had he been a girl.
* Discussed by Jake English and Dirk Strider in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' regarding the ''last'' names of the demonic Lord English and the alien [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy Betty Crocker]], due to the last names in question being matters of personal selection.
-->@@[[color:green:GT: So im named after a demon? What kind of demon is named english anyway?]]\\
[[color:orange:TT: What kind of alien is named Crocker?]]@@
** When [[HelloInsertNameHere naming the main character]], the "game" [[note]]All ''Webcomic/MSPaintAdventures'' are written InTheStyleOf an AdventureGame[[/note]] replies "TRY AGAIN, SMARTASS" when "Zoosmell Pooplord" is given as the name of the main character.
* French BlackComedy webcomic ''[[http://ultimex.over-blog.com/ Ultimex]]'' has a strip where a friend of Ultimex (the hero) called his daughter "Bang". Steve (Ultimex's best friend and second main character of the webcomic) asks Ultimex to persuade this man to give another name to his daughter. [[spoiler:We eventually learn that Ultimex finally convinced him to call her "Gang Bang"[[note]]This seems to be an English pun but isn't part of the joke, as both words are totally different in French[[/note]] instead.]]
* ''Webcomic/InkProofCannon'' gives us "My name is [[http://www.allmousemedia.com/ipc/comics/webcomicer/2011/10/03/tw-the-duckler-part-1 Sunday Jones]] and yes, I've heard all those jokes before."
* In ''Webcomic/TheMansionOfE'', Cully and Chunner the Gnolls comment on their compatriot Crud's [[http://mansionofe.comicgenesis.com/d/20120603.html unfortunate name]].
* [[http://www.cansofbeans.com/ Cans of Beans]] might as well be the trope namer, featuring leads named Carl, Dude Brosmith, and Dude's cousin, Hibbie.
* Mentioned by Anpu in ''Webcomic/{{Godslave}}'' as Alma tries to pick up a name for her new "puppy". After going through dozens of awful names, he finally says:
-->I pity your future children.
* ''WebComic/SluggyFreelance'': In "The Isle of Dr. Steve", there's the following exchange:
--> '''Oasis''': My name is Oasis.
--> '''Torg''': Weird parents, huh?
--> '''Oasis''': My parents are dead.
--> '''Torg''': Did they name you before or after they died?
--> ([[BeatPanel beat]], during which Torg realizes what he just said)
--> '''Torg''': I'm Torg!
--> '''Oasis''': And ''you'' got stable parents.
* In ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'', Millie asks Ozymandias if he ever gets grief for his name. He replies that he puts things in perspective to mockers by showing them a photo of legendary football player Dick Butkus.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries,'' [[DemonicPossession Yami Bakura]] is apparently named "Florence."
-->"Who names a boy Florence?! Idiots, that's who!"
* Monkey D. Luffy from ''WebVideo/NonePiece''.
--> "My parents hated me!"
** And then Zolo...
-->'''Luffy:''' "Wait, your name is Zorro Zolo?"
-->'''Zolo:''' "YEAH! MY PARENTS HATED ME!"
* Pretty much the entire second half of [[WebAnimation/AwesomeSeries Awesome Racer.]]
-->'''Speed:''' Spritle? Your name is Spritle? What kind of name is Spritle? That's not even a word!
-->'''Spritle:''' You think my name is bad? Your name is the rate of motion expressed via distance traveled per units of time!
-->'''Rex:''' Ha ha ha! You all have stupid names!
-->'''Speed:''' Shut up, Rex. Your name is Latin for king. That's the most egotistical thing I've ever heard.
-->'''Spritle:''' Why are our parents so bad at naming us?
-->'''Pops:''' I don't wanna hear it, you kids. My wife's name is Mom! Mom! Do you have any idea how awkward that is for me?
** Well, at least Rex ''is'' a rather common name...
* The series host in Webvideo/MovieRehab is called Sag. He also has a friend called [[DeadpanSnarker Barnabas Thade]].
* An episode of Creator/AchievementHunter's ''[[LetsPlay/AchievementHunterMinecraftSeries Let's Play Minecraft]]'' had the team arguing over the name "Pubert" and if it was an actual name. Gavin was insistent it was someone from ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'', while everyone else was certain that this was another case of Gav being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. Turns out "Pubert" is the baby from ''Film/AddamsFamilyValues'', leading to everyone else's complete [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight disbelief]].
-->'''[[SirSwearsALot Michael]]:''' "Fucking '''''PUBERT?!?!'''''"
* Dr. Gero in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' notes how stupid Android 17 and 18's human names are in their schematics (Lapis and Lazuli respectively):
-->'''Notes''': Who the devil names their children after crystals? It's like they '''wanted''' them to grow up to be strippers.
** Cell and Piccolo lightly touch on the trope when first meeting.
--->'''Piccolo''': ...but I don't know your name.\\
'''Cell''': Oh truth is, I don't really have one. But all things considered I think I'll go with... ''Cell''.\\
'''Piccolo''': That's kind of boring.\\
'''Cell''': Coming from the guy named after a woodwind instrument.
* Creator/SamAndMickey reveal that after the birth of Franchise/{{Barbie}}'s "little sister" Skipper, Ken suggested naming her after his favorite ''Series/GilligansIsland'' character, and that it stuck ''because'' Barbie thought that it sounded so stupid. Skipper's boss, the manager of [=McBurgers=], also thinks Skipper's name sounds dumb, and instead calls her, "Scooter".
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/PiratesPassage features a dog named Grendel owned by the villains, the Moehner (pronounced "Meaner") family. One of the protagonists, Captain Charles Johnson is rather surprised that of all things they decided to name their dog after one of the most famous monsters in all literature.
* Farmer John from ''WesternAnimation/SheepInTheBigCity'': "His name is Farmer? They must have laughed at him at school." An episode reveals that is name is actually "Far Mer John" (the reason being that his mother wanted him to go "far" and his father wanted to name him after his aunt Mer), which is arguably worse.
* Nutsy from the Disney's animated ''Disney/RobinHood'':
-->'''Sheriff:''' Criminitly, now I know why yer momma calls ya "Nutsy".
* A Christmas special made by DIC called ''AHollywoodHoundsChristmas'' (it appears on Shout Factory's DIC Christmas Blast DVD) in which the main character is actually named "Dude". A running gag in the special is how people are able to (accidentally) guess his name. At one point, he even goes "is there anybody who ''doesn't'' know my name?..."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'':
--> '''Kent Mansley:''' Hogarth? What an embarrassing name. Might as well call him Zeppo or something. What kind of sick person would name a kid [[EurekaMoment Hoga-]]...
* ''WesternAnimation/BabyBlues''
** In a ShoutOut to "A Boy Named Sue," there was a one-shot side character named Sioux, pronounced "Sue." Apparently his parents were hippies. Later after his parents pick him up from prison (long story), an officer mutters to himself "A boy named Sue...what were his parents thinking?"
** And in another episode, there was a mother who named her son Haggot and dressed him like Literature/LittleLordFauntleroy. Guess what else rhymes with Haggot...
---> "'Haggot the Maggot' is the best he can hope for!"
* Bessie Higgenbottom from ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyB'' is stuck with the middle name [[spoiler:Kajolica]], because her mother is the only one in the entire universe who doesn't think it's colossally stupid. Which might explain why her mother is also the only one who is never struck by [[TheScottishTrope the curse that comes with mentioning the name]].
* In the 2012 adaptation of ''WesternAnimation/TheLorax'', the Once-ler's name actually is Once-ler, despite having two brothers named Brett and Chet. This is in contrast to the original, where Once-ler is hinted to be more of a title/nickname than anything. Though in the film this just shows how he is TheUnfavourite.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''
** {{Discussed|Trope}} upon realizing that "Dipper" is [[KnownOnlyByTheirNickname just a nickname]] he got [[DistinguishingMark from his birthmark]], [[ServileSnarker Wendy]] lightheartedly says that she "just thought your parents hated you."
** For that matter, [[AlphaBitch Pacifica]] meeting [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Mabel]].
---> '''Pacifica:''' That sounds like a ''fat'' old lady's name.
---> '''Mabel:''' I'll take that as a compliment!
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': Sheriff Bronson Stone. His first name is "Sheriff." His mother believed in planning ahead.
* Used previously in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheReluctantWerewolf''. Upon learning who his new werewolf is, Dracula complains, "What kind of a name is Shah-ghee?" He is never clued in on the fact that it's a nickname.
* In the latter seasons of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', we're given the origins of his rival Mandark and learn his current name is a self-given one to fit his scientific motif. His real name is Susan. How'd he get straddled with such an embarrassing name? Why, having hippie parents of course.
* Mac's creative young friend from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' is named ''Goo'' (Short for Goo Goo Ga Ga). Her parents reportedly let her pick her own name, but should probably have waited until she was actually capable of talking first.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', a clone of Starscream is adressing the Autobots but forgets Bulkhead's name. Upon being informed of it, the clone expresses sympathy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MovilleMysteries'', the characters find out that the school PE Teacher, Coach Conkout, is ''really'' named Coach. His father was obsessed with his son being a sucessful coach.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'' called "Stanked to the Future", there's a kid named Dicky who hates his parents, and Howard assumes that he hates them for naming him Dicky.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "Make New Friends But Keep Discord", when Fluttershy introduces her friend Tree Hugger, Discord laughs and asks what kind of name is that, which a bit strange considering most ponies' names are proper nouns in this show.
* In ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'' Fry reacts with surprise when he hears Leela's surname for the first time when she's mentioned on the news (Turanga)[[note]]for some reason she also [[NameOrderConfusion puts her surname first]][[/note]]. Bender reacts the same way when hearing Fry's first name (Philip).
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Confederate Army in the UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar had a general named States Rights Gist. Yes, the side that supposedly fought primarily motivated by the cause of state rights actually had a guy named States Rights.
* An especially early instance comes from 1837, when the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom desperately pleaded with the young heiress presumptive to the throne to take a "normal" English regnal name like Elizabeth or Charlotte in preference to her own strange, foreign name of Victoria.[[note]]It could have been worse; Victoria was her second name. Her first name was Alexandrina.[[/note]]
* [[http://www.slate.com/id/2196204/ This article from Slate]] details instances where judges or courts blocked certain names, one of which was so bad it was considered an act of child abuse. The beginning of the article refers to a child that was named "Talula Does the Hula From Hawaii". The parents got away with it for most of her childhood, but a judge later ruled that she be made a ward of court so she could change her embarassing name.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naming_law_in_Sweden#Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116]]. (Pronounced, of course, as "[[SomeCallMeTim Albin]]".) Luckily for the kid, the courts blocked the name. Apparently he was given that name ''specifically to protest the law banning bizarre names''. And, when the courts blocked ''that'' name, the parents tried naming him "A" (also pronounced Albin). The courts blocked that one too. Poor kid...
* Heath Campbell, of Holland, Hunterdon County, UsefulNotes/NewJersey,[[note]]That's in the region marked "The Hill People" on the map on the {{Joisey}} trope page.[[/note]] gave his children [[http://www.foxnews.com/wires/2009Jan14/0,4670,HitlerCake,00.html "Nazi-inspired" names]]. Specifically, there was three-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell and his little sisters [=JoyceLynn=] Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell. The story came to light after a bakery refused to put little Adolf's name on a birthday cake. Mr. Campbell fancies himself a local leader of a Neo-Nazi movement; he has also had [[http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/nazi-devil-worshipping-n-father-fighting-custody-adolf-hitler-article-1.1367217 several children adopted away from him, including the ones with Nazi-inspired names]]. Suffice it to say that the NJ Department of Children and Families ''definitely'' considered his naming of the children (along with his horrible treatment of them and their mothers) in deciding to have them adopted out.
* There was an [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/1559705/This-babys-name-is-not-4Real-couple-told.html article]] from New Zealand about parents wanting to name their kid 4real. The government refuses to let them legally name the child 4real. The government didn't object to 4Real because it was stupid; they objected to it because it contained a numeral. The parents named the kid Franchise/{{Superman}} instead (but they say they're still going to call him 4Real).
* Music/FrankZappa was forbidden by an exasperated nurse from naming his son Dweezil, opting for "Ian Donald Calvin Euclid" instead - names taken from several of his associates. Despite this, the family referred to him exclusively as Dweezil. Dweezil himself, at age five, was quite upset to discover his real name on his birth certificate and demanded it to be legally rectified. He had to wait for his 18th birthday for the legal name change.
** Music/FrankZappa had a penchant for doing this. Dweezil was preceded by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moon_Zappa Moon Unit Zappa]], and followed by Ahmet and Diva.
*** Frank Zappa has been very clear about why he named his kids "Dude", though. He gave them names he thought were pretty, and reasoned that the only name that would get his kids in trouble was their ''surname''.
* Music/DavidBowie named his son Zowie (yes, Zowie Bowie), who is now best known as director Duncan Jones (''Film/{{Moon}}'').
* Creator/{{Bethesda}} offered a prize (free Creator/{{Bethesda}} games for life) if somebody would name their child [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim "Dovahkiin"]]. Somebody did, and Bethesda paid up. ''[[http://www.pcgamer.com/2011/11/17/parents-name-child-dovahkiin-earn-a-lifetimes-worth-of-bethesda-games/ No kidding.]]''
* Years earlier, Acclaim tried a similar stunt by offering to pay $10,000 to whoever named their child ComicBook/{{Turok}}. No one did.
* Parents named their child "like" after the button on Facebook. [[http://edition.cnn.com/2011/TECH/social.media/05/16/baby.like.name.mashable/index.html No, seriously.]]
* This poor Egyptian girl was named Facebook, [[http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/meast/02/21/egypt.child.facebook/index.html?iref=allsearch no kidding.]]
* During the late nineteenth century, two Swedish parents wanted to show their support for the continued union between Sweden and Norway by naming their newborn daughter "Sverige och Norge Förenade" ("Sweden and Norway United"). The priest insisted that the child must have at least one regular name, and the poor girl ended up with the name "Sweden and Norway United Petronella".
* A few years ago in Sweden, the parents of a young boy wanted to name him Pripps after the Pripps Brewery because his maternal Grandfather had worked there, the brewery said no.
* Naturally, the tabloids make a lot out of celebrity baby names. One example is GwenStefani's kid getting named "Zuma".
* One countdown of celebrities who gave their kids crazy names had Will Ferrel at one of the top spots for naming his sons Magnus and Matthias -- two very common names in Sweden (Ferrel is married to a Swede).
* [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0184087 Dale Waddington]], an American comedic actress, explains her somewhat unusual (for a female, and especially in modern times) first name being given to her because her mother's room-mate in college had a sister named Dale and she was named after her.
* A blog dedicated to bad baby names. http://turabiannights.blogspot.ca/ An example includes the result of cultural differences: a sweet seven-year-old named Rammit Deep.
* There was a guy who said he'd name his son Franchise/{{Batman}} if he got [[http://mashable.com/2009/09/14/facebook-batman/ 500,000 likes on Facebook]]. Least ''that'' kid isn't getting beat up on the playground.
** There also [[http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/odd/news/a327063/man-campaigns-to-name-baby-megatron-on-facebook.html two]] [[http://www.facebook.com/pages/MY-SISTER-SAID-IF-I-GET-ONE-MILLION-FANS-SHE-WILL-NAME-HER-BABY-MEGATRON/333067975442 campaigns]] regarding babies called [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Megatron]].
** A weird case comes from Portugal, which has laws specifically meant to counter that, like Italy below. It's the story of [[https://www.facebook.com/HelpNameMyBabyGoku?sk=wall this guy]], who would name his kid [[DragonBall Son Goku]] if he got 1,000,000 likes, against the wishes of his wife. He did it[[note]]The page is still active [[UpToEleven in case he wants to call his next kid Vegeta or Bulma or whatever]][[/note]] and it was allowed. In short, this is how much [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff Portugal loves Dragon Ball]].
* In Denmark, it is ''not'' popular to call your children something common anymore. Some parents would almost see it as a disaster to have a kid who is not the only one with his name in his class. So Danish parents are constantly applying for having new names approved so that they legally can call the little apple of their eye something unique and far out. And they seemingly don't care if the name has a rather unfortunate meaning. Here are the most recent names that have been approved (and yes, they are real, and kids are actually going to be named that):
** Girl's names: Altan ("Balcony"), Badr (sounds like a Danish expression of disgust; this ''isn't'' a case of a new immigrant's name, as although "Badr" is a legitimate Arabic name, it's a ''boy's'' name), Cirkel ("Circle"), Dyne ("Duvet"), Gin, Nitte ("Rivet" or, figuratively speaking, something unwanted) and Panda.
** Boy's names: Awesome, Blær ("Boasting"), Cello, Cobra, Dreng ([[ShapedLikeItself "Boy"]]), Haj ("Shark"), Fru ([[GenderBlenderName "Mrs." or "Madam"]]), Kamel ("Camel") and Tung ("Heavy").
* If you want proof that standards for this have changed over time, look no further than the reactions of the media and fandom in 1966 when Music/RingoStarr named his first son Zak (full name, not short for Zachariah or anything). It was considered incredibly weird at the time, whereas now no-one would think twice about [[MyNaymeIs a fairly unusual spelling of an uncommon name]]. (Just to show how quickly this changed, in the late '70s Music/GeorgeHarrison named his son Dhani and no-one batted an eyelash.)
* In Iceland, to avert this trope, names must be approved by an official naming committee that, in addition to rules about the name obeying Icelandic grammar and inflections, also includes the provision that the name must not be unduly embarrassing to its bearer. The quintessential Icelandic names are instead old names that are permitted due to tradition though they might sound ridiculous to modern ears. It isn't as far-fetched as it sounds. Thousands of world languages are being lost to globalization as native speakers die out, and Iceland is determined their language is not going to be one of them.
** The naming policy is being reviewed after a long-drawn-out battle over the names of some Icelandic siblings became a cause célèbre for advocates of less restrictive naming. In July 2014, two Icelandic children were turned down for renewal of their passports (which read only "Girl" and "Boy") because their names are Harriet and Duncan. The problem is that unless both of your parents are "foreign", your name must either be on the list or meet the requirements of the Icelandic Name Committee -- and although as their surname Cardew indicates, their father is from Britain, probably Wales (he moved to Reykjavík to be a cook), their mother Kristín is an Icelander, so their names have to comply. Unfortunately, "Harriet" can't be conjugated in Icelandic and "Duncan" contains the letter "c", which doesn't exist in Icelandic. For their part, many Icelanders don't see what the fuss is all about, and the Mayor of Reykjavík, Jón Gnarr (himself the bearer of an odd name by Icelandic standards--one he fought the Name Committee for ''years'' to adopt in an effort to distance himself from his father, from whom he is estranged) has decried the law as too strict. The Cardews were finally granted permission to keep their children's names in June 2016, and in the meantime the Icelandic government has initiated the legislative process to abolish the Name Committee.
* In 1993, a Japanese couple [[http://www.nistep.go.jp/achiev/ftx/eng/pol001e/html/pol001ee.html applied]] to have their son named 悪魔, ''Akuma'', meaning "devil". The two characters were on a list of allowed personal name characters, and so the name was entered into the family register. A month later, the Civil Affairs Bureau of the Ministry of Justice had the city contact the couple to tell them the name was inappropriate and to choose a new one. The city also deleted "Akuma" from the family register and instead replaced it with "not yet named". The Family Court ruled that naming a child "Akuma" was an abuse of rights, but since the name had been previously accepted only the parents had the power to change the child's name. Private and public pressure led the father to rename the child 亜駆, ''Aku'', which can be interpreted as "sub-impel".
* Established in 1951, the Jinmeiyou Kanji, the list of Chinese characters legally allowed in personal names, has seen a number of parents proposing new additions to the list, among them the characters meaning "cancer", "haemorrhoid", "corpse", and "excrement", as well as parts of compound words "curse", "prostitute", and "rape".
* The Dutch radio 3FM holds a [[http://www.alletop10lijstjes.nl/10-raarste-namen-schaamnamen/ yearly search]] for people with interesting names.
* It was common among the hippie crowd in the 60s and early 70s to name children such things as Aquarius or Moonglow or Apollo or Aphrodite.
* This happening is not all that uncommon in languages with a lot of homonyms, where compound words exist and where every name is a MeaningfulName rather than a patronym. Chinese has all these traits and this situation is especially likely to happen because while it has one written language, it has many spoken dialects. A perfectly innocuous name can sound ludicrous in a different dialect.
** Much like the Japanese example, China (well the [=PRC=] at least) has a list of approved characters that can be used for names. Partly to avoid this trope but also partly to simplify their computer system inputs given the sheer number of characters in their written language. Has occasionally caused problems with names that use legitimate but obscure characters.
* Creator/KimKardashian and Music/KanyeWest named their daughter North West. When their son was born, they named him ''Saint West''. The fact they didn't name him [[StealthPun Easton West]] has to be one of the biggest missed opportunities ever.
* The parents who named their daughter Hashtag, because they liked using Twitter. [[http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4671412/We-called-our-baby-hashtag.html Other # began to trend afterwards]].
** Upon the arrival of Prince William and Lady Katherine's firstborn child, bettings on the name were rife. The slate of possible names included Arthur, George, James, Richard, Henry and Alexander. Paddy Power confirmed that someone had laid down hard cash on Hashtag.
* There was a Wisconsin man arrested for drug and weapons possession by the name of '''Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop.''' No, [[http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/01/07/beezow-doo-doo-zopittybop-bop-bop-30-arrested-on-weapon-drug-charges/ really.]]
* [[http://www.afro.com/sections/news/afro_briefs/story.htm?storyid=79453 A Tennessee Judge forced a boy to have his name changed]] from Messiah to Martin on the grounds that Jesus can be the only one to be called "Messiah", which means savior. [[CaptainObvious No surprise]], the parents weren't happy with the idea and neither was the American Civil Liberties Union.
** Not to mention that "Messiah" actually means "anointed one," and in Hebrew it is neither a divine title nor exclusive to any one person. It was a title of the kings of Judah, and in modern Jewish thought the "Messiah" as savior has yet to arrive.
* A [[https://www.google.com/search?q=michael+hunt&oq=michael+hunt&aqs=chrome..69i57j0l5.1437j0j7&sourceid=chrome&espv=210&es_sm=93&ie=UTF-8 Google search]] will turn up any number of men named Michael ([[StealthPun "Mike"]]) Hunt. Apparently ALL their parents were either cruel or oblivious.
** [[https://www.google.ie/?gws_rd=ssl#q=richard+head Same goes for]] Richard Head.
*** And Raymond Pugh.
* Since American soccer player [=DaMarcus=] Bradley became known worldwide in the 2014 World Cup, many (particularly in Britain) commented on the strangeness of the 'Da' prefix to his name, and he arguably overshadowed the rest of the American team. However, going to any search engine and typing 'Da' in the search bar, followed by any man's name, e.g. [=DaMarcus=], [=DaMichael=], [=DaShawn=] etc, results in a surprisingly large amount of results, almost all of them African-American. It just seems strange to those outside Black American culture despite its successful exportation, because hardly any famous people have appeared with those sorts of names.
* From Mexico:
** There have been cases of parents naming their child "Masiosare". It comes for a verse in the national anthem: "'''Mas si osare''' un extraño enemigo" (trans: '''But shall''' a foreign enemy '''dare'''), as if that foreign enemy's name is "Masiosare".
** The news once reported the naming of a child born on a November 20th as "Anivderev", short for "'''Aniv'''ersario '''de''' la '''Rev'''olucion" (Anniversary of the [[UsefulNotes/TheMexicanRevolution Revolution]]).
*** Context on this one: allegedly it was a confusion from the parents. In Mexico, some calendars have a mark indicating that day's saint. Being that Catholicism is the largest religion in Mexico, it isn't uncommon that parents name their children after that saint the day they are born (the "happy birthday" song even says "we're here to celebrate your ''saint''"); the parents purpotedly confused "Anivderev" to an actual saint's name.
*** Expanding on that, many children named after saints could now have weird names to another Mexican's ear due to disuse (such as Apolonio, Anastasio, Elusipo, Bonifacio, Tetta —sounds like "tit"—, Plátano —"Banana"—, female derivatives such as Adolfa, Diega, Dorotea, etc.).
** The news that there were some people who were using names such as "Terminator" or "Pokemon" for their kids pushed the initiative for a law that would ban the use of unusual names for children. Political cartoonist Francisco "Paco" Calderon criticized this proposal as foolish and arbitrary, pointing out how many once "normal" and popular names fell into disuse or became joke names after they were given to popular characters.
** Later names added include the Spanish equivalents of: Panties, Batman, Illuminated, Scrotum, Cesarean, Virgin, Private, Burger King, Robcop, US Navy, Spinach, and around 50 other names that are now banned.
* Texas Governor Jim Hogg infamously named his daughter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ima_Hogg#Name Ima]]. This spawned a lot of public jokes (the most famous being that she had a sister named Ura) and the poor girl never lived it down. In fairness her father claimed she was named after a character in a poem and that he wasn't consciously aware of how it sounded, though a lot of the more cynical Texans didn't believe him.
* Openly {{Defied}} in Italy, where name laws are rather strict regulated and, until some time ago, the officials in charge of the birth registers could refuse to write down a silly name and had the authority to assign another (usually the name of the saint of the kid's birthday) if the parents refuse to change their mind (current laws says they have to write it down, but they must warn the parents that they're breaking the law first and, if they insist, will write it down and warn the competent authorities for the name change). And they actually go through with it, as a couple found out the hard way when they tried to name their son "Venerdì" (that is Italian for "Friday"), the official, [[Literature/RobinsonCrusoe well aware of what it could evoke]], refused and found himself forced to name the child "Gregorio", [[FrivolousLawsuit and when the parents sued all the way to the Corte di Cassazione (the Italian supreme court) all the courts upheld the official's decision]].
** Note that the lawmakers weren't CrazyPrepared, [[GenreSavvy they just knew their countrymen]]: as the country where the concept and word of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goliardia goliardia]] were born, and following ancient Roman traditions, Italians ''can'' and ''will'' mock anything strange or funny if given a chance, and giving a child a strange name would be a recipe for disaster.
* Soviet times in Russia are known to have manifested undying love for acronyms in any possible field, names developed during the period being no exception. There has been a number of especially bizarre patriotic outbursts meant to reflect country's political and industrial glory, notably none of which survived till modern times. The most ridiculous known example is '''Dazdraperma''', acronym of "'''Da zdra'''vstvuyet '''Per'''voye '''Ma'''ya!" ("Hail to the 1st of May!" – the greatest holiday of the working class at the time).
** There are way more though, for example similar but less renowned '''Dazdrasmygda''' after "'''Da zdra'''vstvuyet '''smy'''chka '''g'''oroda i '''d'''erevni" ("Hail to unification of the city and the countryside"), '''Kookootsapol''', acronym of "'''Kuku'''ruza – '''tsa'''ritsa '''pol'''ey" ("Maize is the queen of fields" – agricultural slogan of mid-XX), '''Vaterpezhekosma''' after "'''Va'''lentina '''Ter'''eshkova – '''pe'''rvaya '''zhe'''nshchina-'''kosm'''onavt ("Valentina Tereshkova is the first female cosmonaut"), '''Uryurvkos''', acronym of "'''Ur'''a, '''Yur'''a '''v kos'''mose!" ("Hooray, Yura is in space!" after Yuri Gagarin's flight), '''Sevmorputina''' after "'''Sev'''erny '''Mor'''skoy '''Put'''" ("Nothern Sea Route"). Something like '''Pervosrak''' ("'''perv'''aya '''s'''ovetskaya '''rak'''eta", "the first Soviet rocket") sounds plain-out obscene with the latter part of the word coinciding with Russian for "shit".
** Some names, albeit not equally awkward in pronunciation, seem just as sick once underlying meaning is revealed. As such: '''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Serp-i-Molot]]''' ("Hammer and Sickle", symbol of the USSR. Just to make it clearer, consider calling your kid "Stars-and-Stripes" for a first name), '''Leoondezh''' after "'''Le'''nin '''u'''mer, '''n'''o yego '''de'''lo '''zh'''ivyot" ("Lenin is dead, but his deeds live"), '''Tractorina''' (yes, after introduction of tractors to industry), '''Troleboozina''' after the prominent personae of '''Tro'''tsky, '''Le'''nin, '''Bu'''kharin, '''Zin'''oviev. The list could go much longer, the OtherWiki has an article full of these oddities, [[NoExportForYou if you don't mind Russian though]]. Truth be told, in real life these were very rare and have gone extinct nowadays (either promptly changed to something less audacious or always being SO rare to begin with, that are mostly known as subjects of folklore rather than real names). No sane person, who speaks Russian, can read these with a straight face.
* In 2002 a Russian couple tried to name their son "БОЧ рВФ 260602" -- "Biological Object Human of the line of Voronins-Frolovs born 25.06.2002" and his father tried to change his name in a similar way. Technically, a law does not forbid it, but registry office bureaucrats refused to issue a birth certificate with this name. Courts on several levels confirmed the decision of the registry office and Strasbourg court dropped the case without explanation. As of 2013 the boy still was oficially nameless and without citizenship, but did get medical insurance and was attending a municipal public school. In private parents call him Boris.
* A common Israeli urban legend tells of a girl whose first name is Okhezèt-‘Anàf-‘Ètz-haShakéd[[labelnote:Hebrew]]אוחזת ענף עץ השקד[[/labelnote]] ‘Holder of the Almond Tree Branch’, that apparently developed from a case of CowboyBebopAtHisComputer in TheSeventies: reporter Idit Gil was writing an article about unusual names in Israel and met with a family that gave somewhat unusual but fairly reasonable first names to their daughters, and the mother jokingly said they considered giving the name to one of the girls, and the printed article gave that name as the name of another girl in the family. Since then there have been many different stories about [=OAEhS=]'s life floating around the internet. If you read Hebrew, you can read more on TheOtherWiki [[https://he.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D7%90%D7%95%D7%97%D7%96%D7%AA_%D7%A2%D7%A0%D7%A3_%D7%A2%D7%A5_%D7%94%D7%A9%D7%A7%D7%93 here]].
* A now-offline list of officially given names in Germany once noted that - apart from names where the combination of first and last name or name and occupation (a gynecologist named Mrs. Hole) - there had been two Adolf Hitlers, five Eva Brauns (Hitler's fiance) and a small variety of other famous nazis around 2000. While Eva Braun might be forgiven (since both first and second name are very common), the Adolf Hitler cases caused quite an uproar as well as sympathy in the website's guestbook. Since the website didn't specify the age of the name holders, it might be possible that the poor Adolf Hitlers were somewhere between 60 and 90 back then and thus born and named when it was still all right to admire the original guy in Germany.
** There was also a case where German TV comedian Stefan Raab read out a list of the most ridiculous names he could find in Germany, all with making additional puns about it. Unfortunately for him, he gave way more information about one woman he made fun of (giving away her state and occupation to make his additional pun since her name was plant-based and she was a gardener in a state with a high nature level), thus leading to the woman suing him successfully for Verbal Slander and Public Humiliation.
* [[http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/05/13/1052591774910.html A Chinese couple]] named their son Saddam Deng Sars because the Iraq War and the SARS outbreak of 2003 were big news stories at the time of the child's birth.
* [[http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Africa/2010/0622/South-Africa-World-Cup-baby-names-Moms-choose-Fifa-Bafana-and-Soccer-City At the height of World Cup fever]] in South Africa in 2010, children born on the day of the opening matches received some interesting names, including a girl named Fifa, twin boys named Bafana and Mexico and another set of twins named Soccer City and "It's Time".
* There is a [[UsefulNotes/CollegiateAmericanFootball college football]] coach named Bronco Mendenhall. Apparently his father was a rancher, and Bronco learned to train horses. [[GenerationXerox His own sons are named]] Raeder, Breaker, and Cutter.
* The short-lived Fred Allen game show ''Judge for Yourself'' once had a contestant named 5/8 Smith. Apparently, there were so many Smiths where he lived that they ran out of first names, or so he claimed. (Allen: "They got into the numerals, eh?") The host had some fun with his name:
-->When your father was naming you 5/8, he must've been celebrating with [[INeedAFreakingDrink one fifth]].
-->You are probably the only man alive who can write his name on an adding machine.
* Fort Wayne, Indiana stopped naming things after a former mayor when somebody finally realized what the name [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Baals Harry Baals]] sounded like. Also the street named after him was eventually renamed H.W. Baals Drive because the sign was constantly being stolen.
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