History NamesTheSame / RealLife

30th May '17 8:09:46 PM KagSwirby
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RealLife instances were lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}!'' by a RunningGag where {{Squee}}ing fangirl Pepper Mills would hound a historical figure for an autograph, only to be disappointed that she'd gotten the wrong person. For instance, she mistook Leonardo Da Vinci and Vladimir Lenin (in separate skits) for Leonardo ''[=DiCaprio=]'' and ''John'' Lennon.

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RealLife instances were lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}!'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'' by a RunningGag where {{Squee}}ing fangirl Pepper Mills would hound a historical figure for an autograph, only to be disappointed that she'd gotten the wrong person. For instance, she mistook Leonardo Da Vinci and Vladimir Lenin (in separate skits) for Leonardo ''[=DiCaprio=]'' and ''John'' Lennon.
30th May '17 8:09:37 PM KagSwirby
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* RealLife instances were lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}!'' by a RunningGag where {{Squee}}ing fangirl Pepper Mills would hound a historical figure for an autograph, only to be disappointed that she'd gotten the wrong person. For instance, she mistook Leonardo Da Vinci and Vladimir Lenin (in separate skits) for Leonardo ''[=DiCaprio=]'' and ''John'' Lennon.

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* RealLife instances were lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}!'' by a RunningGag where {{Squee}}ing fangirl Pepper Mills would hound a historical figure for an autograph, only to be disappointed that she'd gotten the wrong person. For instance, she mistook Leonardo Da Vinci and Vladimir Lenin (in separate skits) for Leonardo ''[=DiCaprio=]'' and ''John'' Lennon.
30th May '17 8:09:30 PM KagSwirby
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* RealLife instances were lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}!'' by a RunningGag where {{Squee}}ing fangirl Pepper Mills would hound a historical figure for an autograph, only to be disappointed that she'd gotten the wrong person. For instance, she mistook Leonardo Da Vinci and Vladimir Lenin (in separate skits) for Leonardo ''[=DiCaprio=]'' and ''John'' Lennon.
19th Sep '16 3:05:53 PM lakingsif
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19th Sep '16 3:02:56 PM lakingsif
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[[folder:General]]
* In general, many prominent families have several members with same or similar names who became famous in similar lines of work, sometimes in periods not too far apart, which can cause confusion. Among others, there have been two [[UsefulNotes/JohnAdams John]] [[UsefulNotes/JohnQuincyAdams Adamses]] and two [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush George]] [[UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush Bushes]] who have been US presidents (the latter pair only 8 years apart), two British prime ministers named William Pitt, two American four-star admirals named John [=McCain=] (and another who was a navy captain and a presidential candidate), at least three prominent American politicians named Robert Taft from Ohio, several members of the Ford family named Henry who ran the motor company bearing their name, a pair of US army generals named George Patton (one during WorldWar2, the other during VietnamWar, in addition to several other family members with the same name), a pair of German panzer generals named Heinz Guderian (one during WorldWar2, the other in the postwar Bundeswehr, after serving as a junior officer in WorldWar2) and many others.
** To confuse the matters a bit further, some of these family pairs worked together. The younger Heinz Guderian (usually called Heinz Guenther Guderian to separate him from his father) served directly under his father with the same name for a short time during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, for example.
** It is for this reason that Creator/JohannSebastianBach and his son Johann Christian Bach (a great composer in his own right) are always known by their full names.
** Another way in which similarly-named father-son pairs in the same career can be distinguished from each other is through them using different parts of their given name as their "First name". One such example would be Wardell Stephen Curry I and Wardell Stephen Curry II, both sharp-shooting NBA players: Wardell Stephen Curry I (a sharpshooter who plied his trade with the Charlotte Hornets in the 90's) goes by "Dell Curry", while his similarly-named son (an All-star Point Guard who's currently the face of the Golden State Warriors) goes by "Stephen Curry".
* An internet law states that "well known companies" have the right of way when it comes to domain names. If you happen to have the same name, say [[AcmeProducts "Al Acme"]], you must cease the URL even if you registered it first. This has happened before (citation needed).
* In Israel, [[http://www.israel21c.org/three-sets-of-rhyming-triplets/ three different families]] wound up using the same [[ThemeTwinNaming Theme Triplet Naming]] of Dor, Or and Mor.
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[[folder:A]]
* '''Creator/{{ABC}}''', the U.S. commercial broadcast network owned by Creator/{{Disney}}, TheABC, Australia's public broadcaster, early Creator/{{ITV}} franchise holder (and cinema chain) the Associated British Corporation and Music/{{ABC}}, the successful British band from TheEighties. "ABC" is also the title song to Music/TheJacksonFive's second album for Creator/{{Motown}}.
** There's also the Asahi Broadcasting Corporation in Japan, a member of a group of networks headed by TV Asahi, as well as a Spanish newspaper with the same name ('''ABC''').
* '''Tony Abbott''' is the Prime Minister of Australia and the author of ''Literature/TheSecretsOfDroon'' series.
* In 1969, Lew Alcindor became '''Kareem Abdul-Jabbar''', who is currently the NBA's all-time scoring leader. In 1995, Shannon Shah became '''Karim Abdul-Jabbar''', who had a decent four-year career with the Miami Dolphins. Both attended UCLA in college and wore the number 33 in the pros, and that, and the extreme similarities in their names led Kareem to sue Karim in 1998. As a result, the man born Shannon Shah has been going by the name Abdul-Karim al-Jabbar since 2000.
* '''Robert Adam''' is either an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Adam 18th-century Scottish neoclassical architect]] or a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADAM_Architecture currently active British neoclassical architect]]. Got that?
* '''Creator/AmyAdams''', as well as being an acclaimed American redheaded actress and singer, is also a successful New Zealand politician (the MP for Selwyn as of March 2016).C
* It's a generic name, but '''UsefulNotes/JohnAdams''' has done it all. He was the second President of the United States, and also [[UsefulNotes/JohnQuincyAdams the sixth]], an obscure contestant from ''Series/AmericanGladiators'', a revered minimalist composer, a participant in the Literature/MutinyOnTheBounty, the astronomer (John Couch Adams) who using mathematics predicted the existence of the planet Neptune, and has probably held many other interesting occupations.
* '''Creator/ScottAdams''' is the name of either the cartoonist of ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' or a series of old text adventure games.
* From 2001 to 2015, the American Hockey League had two teams named the '''Admirals''' – Norfolk and Milwaukee. They entered the AHL a year apart from each other (Norfolk was first, arriving in 2000). That's because the two teams were originally part of different leagues. Milwaukee came into the league from the International Hockey League when it folded, Norfolk moved up from the ECHL when its City Council threatened to revoke their lease if they didn't move to the highest level of minor pro hockey.
** Now partially averted. In the 2015–16 season, there are still Milwaukee and Norfolk Admirals, but they're in different leagues. The AHL went through a major reorganization that saw a total of seven teams move. Five of these were moves to California by teams affiliated with NHL Pacific Division teams, with one of them being the AHL version of the Norfolk Admirals (now the San Diego Gulls). The ECHL's Bakersfield Condors moved east to become the "new" version of the Norfolk Admirals. Milwaukee remains in the AHL.
* '''AFI''' stands for either American Film Institute, or a band called [[Music/{{AFI}} A Fire Inside]], among other things.
** The Australian Film Institute too.
* Is '''Creator/JasonAlexander''' a comic actor or the guy whose marriage to Music/BritneySpears got annulled in 55 hours?
* The Boxing tournament in the 2016 Summer Olympics sees the return of '''Muhammad Ali''' - although he's representing Great Britain instead of the United States.
* '''Rick All''e''n''' is the drummer for Music/DefLeppard famous for continuing to play even after losing an arm. Rick All''a''n was a DJ for Toronto's CHUM-FM. He left before the band made it big. However, he did become rather famous around the same time as the band as a comedic actor using his real name: Creator/RickMoranis.
* '''"AM"''' refers to at least two things: the Latin phrase "ante meridiem", which refers the time between midnight and noon[[note]]in other words, morning[[/note]] (as opposed to "post meridiem" or more commonly "PM"), and "amplitude modulation", the radio technique that predated frequency modulation (see later in the article).
* '''Derek Anderson''' is a black NBA wingman who was once one of the few [[OnlySaneMan solid citizens]] on the Portland "Jail Blazers" of the early 2000s, and a white NFL quarterback better-known for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khi7YoqZIWM snapping at reporters]] than anything he did on the field.
* '''Ian Anderson''' the lead singer/flautist in Music/JethroTull, folk guitarist and editor of ''Roots'' magazine Ian A. Anderson, soccer player Ian Anderson, or Scottish extreme right-wing politician and National Front member Ian Anderson? (There was a small controversy when quotes from the third example were attributed to the first example)
* '''''Jamal'' Anderson''' was a 7th-round draft pick of the Atlanta Falcons; he was a running back whose solid career was cut short by knee injuries. ''Jamaal'' Anderson was a 1st-round draft pick of those same Falcons; he is a defensive lineman whose career never took off.
* Another common name, but '''John Anderson''' has been a U.S. Presidential candidate, a country singer, a baseball player, an {{ESPN}} anchor, and a character actor.
** And none of these should be confused with Music/{{Yes}} lead singer Jon Anderson (whose name was originally spelled with an "h").
* '''Ken Anderson''' could be a former NFL quarterback, a former NBA point guard (actually Kenny), or a [[Wrestling/KenAnderson wrestler]] known under his real name in TNA, and previously in WWE as [[LargeHam MISTER...KENNEDY! KENNEDY!]]
* '''Creator/PaulThomasAnderson''' is an American film director who mostly directs drama films, such as ''Film/{{Magnolia}}'' and ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood''. Do not confuse him with '''Creator/PaulWSAnderson''', a British film director who directs science fiction and action movies, such as the ''Film/ResidentEvil'' series. Nor with science fiction writer ''Poul'' Anderson.
* There's '''[[Theatre/AntonyAndCleopatra Mark Antony]]''' the Roman statesman and general, and then there's '''Marc Anthony''' the American singer and songwriter.
** And wrestling writer Marc "Fozzie Bear" Anthony of [=TJR=]Wrestling.com
* '''[[Franchise/TheBeatles Apple Corps]]''' versus '''Apple Inc'''. Since they were originally in totally different lines of business, this recycling of a trademark wasn't a problem -- until Apple Inc. decided to move into computer music, whereupon the older Apple objected.
* '''Neil Armstrong''' was the first human to walk on the Moon. '''Neill Armstrong''' was a player and coach in the NFL and Canadian Football League.
* There are two association football teams named '''Arsenal F.C.''' The Argentine team is usually referred to as Arsenal de Sarandí to avoid confusion with the English team.
* '''ATM (Automatic Teller Machine)''' refers to a device that issues money; '''ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode)''' is a method of data transfer. It is possible to connect an ATM machine to an ATM network using the ATM transfer protocol.
* '''AWB''' could be The Average White Band (a sarcastically self-named white soul/funk group) or the [=AutoWikiBrowser=], a bot designed for automated editing tasks on [=MediaWiki=] wikis.
* '''David Axelrod''' is the name of an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Axelrod_(musician) an avant-garde jazz musician,]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Axelrod the senior advisor to Barack Obama,]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_B._Axelrod a poet from Massachusetts]].
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[[folder:B]]
* '''Nicklas Bäckström''' is a Swedish forward currently playing for the Washington Capitals. '''Niklas Bäckström''' is a Finnish goaltender currently playing for the Minnesota Wild.
* '''Richard Bachman''' was a PenName for Creator/StephenKing and years later, an ice hockey goalie - who decided to just enjoy the connection wearing ''Film/TheShining''-[[http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/puck-daddy/richard-bachman-amazing-shining-mask-kinds-terrifying-142443325--nhl.html inspired]] [[http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/heres-richard-canucks-netminder-bachmans-new-mask-honors-the-shining/ masks]] (helps this Bachman, like the Overlook, is from Colorado).
** There's also Richard "Dickie" Bachmann, a former Philippine Basketball Association player.
* Does the name '''Francis Bacon''' make you think of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bacon Empiricism]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bacon_%28painter%29 creepy, but awesome, post WWII, British paintings?]]
** They were in fact related.
* Similar sports team naming kerfuffles erupted when, for instance, the UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague tried to name an expansion team the '''Baltimore Colts''' a decade after the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague NFL]] team by that name had fled to Indianapolis. The ensuing lawsuit caused the expansion team to literally play without a name for its inaugural season before gaining the Stallions moniker the next year, though they would move to Montreal and become the Alouettes the year after ''that''.
* '''James Baldwin''' was an early 20th century philosopher, a Vietnam War era general, a novelist, and a baseball player.
* The '''Peter Banks''' of [[TheEighties Eighties]] OneHitWonder After the Fire (most famous for its English-language version of the Music/{{Falco}} hit "Der Kommissar") is not to be confused with the late founding Music/{{Yes}} guitarist Peter Banks.
* '''Tony Banks''': Music/{{Genesis}} keyboardist, former NFL quarterback, or a (late) British member of Parliament?
* Which '''Trevor Bannister''': The one from AreYouBeingServed Or the one from Bad Boys Blue?
* Professional poker player '''[[http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=r&n=20710 David Baker]]''' has one World Series of Poker bracelet and career tournament winnings of more than $3.1 million. Professional poker player '''[[http://pokerdb.thehendonmob.com/player.php?a=r&n=105530 David Baker]]''' has two WSOP bracelets and career tournament winnings of almost $2.8 million. The first Baker has given himself the nickname "ODB", for "Original David Baker" -- because he's older.
* '''Tom Baker''' is the name of the actor best known as [[Creator/TomBaker the fourth Doctor]], and also the name of a mastering engineer who has worked on material by Music/NineInchNails amongst other bands. There are [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Baker_(disambiguation) quite a few others]] as well, perhaps unsurprisingly, since both "Tom" and "Baker" are pretty common names.
* '''Ashleigh Ball''', the singer of Music/HeyOcean and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the voice of Applejack and Rainbow Dash]], shares her name with a British field hockey player.
* In a non-person-related example, '''Baptist Health''' is the name of no fewer than ''five'' hospital networks in the U.S.:
** First, there's '''[[http://www.baptistjax.com Baptist Health]]''' in the Jacksonville, Florida area; '''[[http://www.bhsi.com Baptist Health]]''' in Kentucky; and '''[[http://www.baptist-health.net Baptist Health]]''' in Arkansas.
** Which are not to be confused with '''[[http://www.baptisthealth.net Baptist Health South Florida]]''' in the Miami area.
** Or with the '''[[http://www.baptisthealthsystem.com Baptist Health System]]''' in [[UsefulNotes/OtherCitiesInTexas San Antonio]].
* '''Hank Bauer''' was the name of a right fielder for baseball's New York Yankees in the '50s, and a running back for football's San Diego Chargers in the '70s.
* '''Dave Bautista''': [[Wrestling/{{Batista}} American wrestler of Filipino descent]], or Filipino basketball player from the late '90s? It's too bad the latter's basketball career was cut short due to injuries, because back in the day, he could rebound like an Animal.
* In another non-person-related example, there are two different off-price retail chains in the south both called '''Bealls''' (pronounced "bells"): one based in Texas and one based in Florida. The latter goes by Burke's in areas where their markets overlap.
* '''[[Film/{{Moneyball}} Billy Beane]]''' is the former utility outfielder who became the general manager of the Oakland Athletics famous for the analytical, statistics-driven approach he used to find talent in order to compensate for his small-market team's limited resources. Billy ''Bean'' is also a former journeyman outfielder who is one of two former Major League Baseball players to come out as gay (the late Glenn Burke is the other). And another Billy Bean had a career that had little to do with baseball (he was a jazz guitarist).
* '''Paul Bearer''' & the Hearsemen, a 1960s band, and [[IncrediblyLamePun Paul Bearer]], Wrestling/TheUndertaker's [[Wrestling/PaulBearer manager]].
** See the M folder for an obscure example involving the wrestling Paul Bearer's real name.
* There are two different British musicians named '''Andy Bell'''. One was a guitarist and singer for the band Music/{{Ride}}, guitarist for the bands Hurricane #1 and Gay Dad, bassist (and occasionally guitarist) for Music/{{Oasis}}, and currently guitarist for Beady Eye. The other is the singer from the band Music/{{Erasure}}.
* '''Kenny Bell''' somehow played wide receiver for both [[http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/_/id/501842/ Nebraska's]] and [[http://espn.go.com/college-football/player/_/id/482651/ Alabama's]] college football teams in 2013.
* In Brazil, '''Belém''' can be both [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bel%C3%A9m a big city, capital of one state]], or [[ThisIsMyNameOnForeign the historical Middle-Eastern Bethlehem]]. Ever since a clueless footballer said he was "proud to be on the city {{Jesus}} was born" it's a RunningGag towards the Brazilian city.
* '''Joan Bennett''': Glamorous movie star from the 1930's and 1940's (and aunt to Morton Downey, Jr.), or glamorous {{Playboy}} Playmate of the Month for January 1985?
* '''Tony Bennett''' not only has [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Bennett a successful singing career]], he's also [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Bennett_%28basketball%29 a successful college basketball coach]], [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Bennett_%28disambiguation%29 among other things]].
** Made all the more amusing when ''Coach'' Bennett [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfgYpgGlhbI compares a crowd]] to a TaylorSwift concert, or when he [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pa1xz-h7hbM&t=405 unknowingly quotes]] PublicEnemy.
** Taken UpToEleven when Coach Bennett got dehydrated and fainted during a game in 2016. ''Singer'' Tony Bennett [[http://www.streakingthelawn.com/virginia-cavaliers-basketball/2016/3/17/11257974/2016-ncaa-tournament-update-tony-bennett-collapse-status-virginia-cavaliers tweeted well-wishes.]]
* '''William Bennett''' is an American conservative political commentator who landed in a heap of controversy when his gambling addiction became public knowledge, or a British musician noted as the chief driving force behind power electronics act Whitehouse (which, in turn, is named in "honour" of MoralGuardian Mary, as well as a British pornographic magazine of the same name, and not after the seat of the American presidency).
* In another non-person example, Italy has multiple companies named '''Beretta''', of which the most famous and largest are a [[http://www.beretta.com/en/ weapon manufacturer]] and a manufacturer of ''salami, sausages, ham and similar foods''.
* '''Music/JustinBieber''' is a famous singer. Behold, '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE4fBkCUy5g Justin]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ABVmyG6_Ph0 Bieber]]''' the 35 year old tech support specialist from Jacksonville, Florida.
** Or, '''[[http://iraffiruse.net/post/6861452358 Justin (John) Bieber]]''', 50 year old carpenter from Ohio. He does not like being associated with Justin Bieber (the singer, not the tech support guy).
* '''Big Boi / Big Boy''' is:
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Boi A member]] of Music/OutKast who gave Music/JanelleMonae a push toward stardom.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Pacific_Big_Boy The largest steam locomotive]] [[CoolTrain in the world]].
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Boy_Restaurants An American restaurant chain]].
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Boy_%28radio_host%29 A Los Angeles-based radio host]].
* '''Music/RebeccaBlack''', [[Music/{{Friday}} when she's not lookin' forward to the weekend]], [[http://www.10tv.com/content/stories/2011/08/30/westerville-rebecca-black-mix-up.html is a bikini model]].
* '''Robert Blake''' (original name [[Film/TheLittleRascals Mickey Gubitosi]]) was an actor who ([[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement allegedly]]) murdered his wife. [[http://www.j-archive.com/showplayer.php?player_id=512 Bob Blake]] was a 5-time ''{{Jeopardy}}'' champion who was not only the first player to earn over $75,000 in regular competition (which was the then-winnings cap), but also won the 1990 Tournament of Champions. Neither seems to be related to Robert M. Blake, creator of the WorldOfFizz. Also bearing mention is retired NHL defenseman [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Blake Rob Blake]].
** He was also the name H P Lovecraft gave to a character (Based on his friend Robert Bloch) in "Shadow From The Steeple."
* '''Bleach''' are a Japanese thrashcore female trio, an American Christian rock group, and a British indie rock group. Just to add to the fun, the first two both released eponymous albums
* '''Creator/SteveBlum''' is a voice actor known for roles in (among others) ''Anime/CowboyBebop'' and ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann''. '''Steven Blum''' is an associate director of ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway''. Neither seems to be related to '''Steve Bloom''', a South African photographer and published author.
* '''Bono''': Music/{{U2}} Frontman or Melbourne-based noise trio?
** Double-whammy in the case from the latter: While one of the members is named Kyle, makes HarshNoise, and lives in Melbourne, he is not Music/KyleDennis.
* '''UsefulNotes/DanielBoone''' has been the name of an American [[ThePioneer Pioneer]], a baseball pitcher, a British singer, and a British Member of Parliament.
** See "G" folder for more info on Daniel Boone, the singer.
* '''Cameron Boyce''' is both an Australian cricket player and the child actor who plays Luke Ross on ''Series/{{Jessie}}'' and Conor on ''Series/GamesGuideToPrettyMuchEverything''.
* Some episodes of ''Series/InspectorMorse'' were written by a guy named '''Daniel Boyle'''. This is different from the Oscar-winning director Creator/DannyBoyle... who ''did'' direct some ''Morse'' episodes.
* '''Michael Bradley''', according to TheOtherWiki there are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Bradley more than 10 different Michael Bradleys]]. The most prominent ones being Michael Joseph Bradley (1897-1979), American congressman of Pennsylvania, and Michael John Bradley (1933-2010), British governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
* '''Tom Brady''' is the name of both [[Creator/TomBrady a star NFL quarterback]] for the New England Patriots, and a movie director whose credits include ''The Comebacks'' and ''Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star''.
* Did you know? '''[[Series/GoodEats Alton Brown]]''' pitched seven games for the Washington Senators in 1951, eleven years before he was born.
* '''Music/ChrisBrown''', controversial African-American singer; '''''Dr.'' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Brown_(veterinarian) Chris Brown]]''', Australian veterinarian/television star or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Brown_(ice_hockey) Chris Brown]], NHL player? Or maybe '''Chris (Taylor) Brown''', not-really-controversial lead vocalist from Trapt (the band, not the video game)? Or perhaps even '''Chris Browne''', son of ''ComicStrip/HagarTheHorrible'' cartoonist Dik Browne who took over the comic strip after his father died?
* '''Music/JamesBrown''' is: a.) the Godfather of {{Soul}}, b.) a legendary American football player, better known as "Jim", c.) an American sports announcer, formerly with Fox and now with CBS, d.) a music video director who frequently works with Music/ToriAmos, e.) a journalist and former editor of loaded and f.) a former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (although he goes by his middle name, [[UsefulNotes/GordonBrown Gordon]]), g.) a soccer striker for Hartlepool, h.) a former quarterback for the University of Texas and professional teams in several leagues and now an assistant coach at Lamar University, h.) drummer for {{UB40}}.
** So his name is [[TheCommissionerGordon James Gordon]]?
* VJ "Downtown" '''Julie Brown''' might have shown the video for singer/comedienne Julie Brown's ''The Homecoming Queen's Got A Gun''. The latter eventually starred in an MTV show called ''Just Say Julie'' and billed herself as Miss Julie Brown to eliminate the confusion.
** There's also an athlete named Julie Brown who was a long distance runner, as well as a completely different actress named Julie Caitlin Brown who appeared in Series/Babylon5.
* '''Larry Brown''' could be one of so many people, as seen in TheOtherWiki's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Brown entry for that name]], but he's most recognizable in the world of sports. Mainly, he could be one of the NBA's greatest coaches of all time, a journeyman baseball infielder from the '60s and '70s, a top NFL running back in the 1970s, or the cornerback who won MVP honors at Super Bowl XXX.
* '''Les Brown''' was a big band leader known for his "Band of Renown". Les Brown is also a famous motivational speaker. And Less Browne was a star defensive back in the UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague.
* '''Marc Brown''', the writer of the ''Literature/{{Arthur}}'' books. Not to be confused with Marc Brown, former anchorman for [=ABC=] 7 News.
* Former [[Music/SpiceGirls Spice Girl]] '''Melanie''' Brown should not be confused with Canadian voice actress '''Melleny''' Brown.
* '''[[Music/ZacBrownBand Zac Brown]]''', country singer; meet Zach Brown, Tennessee Titans linebacker.
* '''Bubka''' generally refers to '''Sergey Bubka''', which is either a Ukrainian pole vaulter or a tennis player (the latter incidentally the son of the former), but in Japan, it can also mean the idol/gossip magazine.
* '''James Buchanan''': 15th President of the United States, or Nobel Prize-winning economist?
* Is '''Tim Buckley''' a [[Webcomic/CtrlAltDel webcomic artist]] or a [[Music/TimBuckley jazz and folk musician]] who fathered [[Music/JeffBuckley Jeff]]?
** This caused at least one jazz-loving member of the {{Hatedom}} to do a double-take at his playlist.
* In Creator/CarlSagan's ''The Demon-Haunted World'', he tells a story of being picked up at an airport by a driver named '''William Buckley'''. The driver thought Carl had the same problem as he did, since Carl had the same name as "that science guy." (His response: "I '''am''' that science guy.")
* '''Buffalo, Texas''' changed its name twice because of sports; both situations happened in a league championship game between a team from Dallas (the closest major city to Buffalo) and a certain city lying on Lake Erie: first to '''Blue Star, Texas''' when the Dallas Cowboys played the Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl (twice), and later to '''Green Star, Texas''' when the Dallas Stars played the Buffalo Sabres for the Stanley Cup.
* '''James Bulger''', the [[UsefulNotes/FootballPopMusicAndFlatCaps Liverpool]] infant who was murdered in 1993, is clearly not the same person as James Joseph "Whitey" Bulger the UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} mobster, who amongst other things is said to have committed or arranged several murders.
* '''Ronnie Bull''': American football running back active in the 1960s, or English football (soccer) left back active in the 2000s??
* Humorously San Francisco Giants pitcher '''Madison Bumgarner''' claims to have dated a girl named Madison Bumgarner when both were in high school in North Carolina.
** And, at the time of the pitcher's heroics in the 2014 postseason, there was ''another'' girl named Madison Bumgarner enrolled at their old high school.
* '''Burger King''': Home of the Whopper and Advertising/TheBurgerKing, or an [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burger_King_%28Mattoon,_Illinois%29 older restaurant]] in Mattoon, Illinois? This actually became the case of a lawsuit, which resulted in the nation-wide chain being unable to open a Burger King within 20 miles of Mattoon.
* Does '''Richard Burton''' mean [[Creator/RichardBurton the actor]] who married Creator/ElizabethTaylor twice or the translator, spy/explorer who translated ''[[Literature/ArabianNights The 1001 Nights]]'', went to Mecca, and tried to find the source of the Nile? They even made a movie (''Mountains of the Moon'') about the explorer; it did not star the actor (he would have been too old).
** Good thing that '''Richard Burton''' changed his real name. Or else the current '''Creator/RichardJenkins''' would have been confused with him and leading people into thinking that Burton was still alive.
* Does '''Robert Burton''' refer to the author of ''The Anatomy of Melancholy'' or the British track star?
* '''Kate Bush''' is [[Music/KateBush a beautiful and amazingly talented but notoriously reclusive British singer with her own unique style]]. "Kate" is short for her birth name "Catherine". Which she shares with '''Catherine Bush''', a successful novelist.
* '''Brett Butler''' is the name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Butler_(baseball) a former MLB center fielder]] (obviously male), [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Butler_(comedian) a stand-up comedian]] and former star of the ABC sitcom ''Series/GraceUnderFire'' (female), and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Butler_(voice_actor) a stage and voice actor]] known for playing Dr. Quinn on ''{{Sealab 2021}}'' (male).
* There are two towns in Britain called Bury by their inhabitants. Bury St Edmunds, to give it its full name, is in Suffolk but is just called "Bury" by locals. Expatriate Lancastrians trying to buy a train ticket to Bury, LANCASHIRE, from say Ipswich, are advised to specify their destination, rather than to ask for a "return to Bury, please". Complications have ensued with ticket inspectors.
* [[http://hubpages.com/hub/PLEASE-RETURN-TO-LAURA-BUXTON Laura Buxton meets Laura Buxton]]. Both each had a brown and orange guinea pig, a gray rabbit, and a black Labrador. Synchronicity, anyone?
* There are ''three'' different writers called '''John Byrne''', two of whom also illustrate their work. The best-known works in comic books and was responsible, amongst many other things, for the 1986 {{Superman}} reboot. The second wrote the TV series ''Series/TuttiFrutti'', while the third (who sometimes calls himself ''Johnny'' Byrne) wrote scripts for GerryAnderson.
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* '''Cajus Julius Caesar''', a politician in UsefulNotes/TheBerlinRepublic, and '''Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar''', a politician in UsefulNotes/TheRomanRepublic. You want the latter for the controversies.
** Neither of which have anything to do with '''Sir Julius Caesar''', a 16th century English civil servant.
** Also, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julii_Caesares many, many relatives of the most famous Julius Caesar]].
* '''Tim Cahill''' is either a soccer player from Australia who competed in World Cups in the 2010s or the co-creator of ''WesternAnimation/MyGymPartnersAMonkey'' and ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012''.
* In northern Germany, there is a small town named ''California''. (Explanation: This town was founded near a shipwreck and the only thing which could be salvaged from the wreck was a plate with the word "California". Because of this, people decided to name the town California.)
* '''Bill Callahan''' is a singer/songwriter, a TV producer best known for ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' and the offensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys.
* '''Cambridge''', Cambridgeshire, England, and Cambridge MA are connected; John Harvard, who graduated from Cambridge University, was one of the first benefactors of Harvard University, which was consequently renamed after him.
* Website/{{Reddit}} once had the British visitors trolled by r/hockey, who decided to upvote [[https://www.reddit.com/r/hockey/comments/4eg7i1/dave_cameron_has_been_fired/ "Dave Cameron has been fired"]] so people could think it was British Prime Minister "'''UsefulNotes/DavidCameron''' resigning instead of the Ottawa Senators GM '''Dave Cameron''' leaving his job.
* '''Creator/BruceCampbell''' is an actor, right? Or is he an American football offensive tackle who was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the 4th round of the 2010 NFL Draft?
* When you mention you're a fan of '''Erica Campbell''', make sure you specify if you mean [[http://cdn.cnwimg.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/erica-campbell.jpg the gospel singer]] or [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_z8v_oIquXPk/TSAMmBG7MDI/AAAAAAAAEWg/O0ZqmMpN1Y0/s1600/Erica+Rose+Campbell.jpg the clothes-unfriendly model]] (picture SFW, don't worry). The latter gave it all up in 2008 and converted to Christianity, which might make it even ''more'' confusing.
* '''Glen Campbell''' is an American singer/guitarist known for safe country-pop music as a solo artist. '''Glenn Campbell''' is an American guitarist who gained cult popularity in the U.K. as part of freakbeat band The Misunderstood, and later played alongside the likes of Joe Cocker and Sammy Hagar in their backing bands. (He's often credited as "Glenn Ross Campbell" to prevent confusion with the "Rhinestone Cowboy" hitmaker.)
* '''Harry Carey''' (with an "e") was a popular silent-film actor, and his son, Harry Jr., was a popular character actor of the 1940s and 1950s. '''Harry Caray''' (with an "a") was a legendary baseball announcer with the Cardinals, White Sox, and Cubs.
* Two Brazilian players share their names with singers: '''Roberto Carlos''' (FIFAWorldCup champion who played in Spain for a long time) and '''Fábio Júnior'''.
* '''Creator/JohnCarpenter''': One is a film director famed for such works as ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'', ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'', and ''Film/TheThing1982''; the other is the first American winner on ''WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire''.
** It was also the name of [[ElvisPresley Elvis's]] character in ''Change of Habit'', which became HilariousInHindsight when the first Carpenter directed the TV BioPic ''Elvis''.
* '''Madeleine Carroll''': 1930s English actress or modern-day American actress?
* '''Creator/ChrisCarter''', a creator of ''Series/TheXFiles'' known for his [[TheChrisCarterEffect effect]] on audiences. Or the Music/ThrobbingGristle musician. Or the wrestler who starred in Midwest indy circuits in the 80's. Or ''Cris'' Carter, the Hall of Fame [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball wide receiver]]. Another Chris Carter is a producer and disc jockey who hosts the radio show ''Breakfast With The Beatles'', and who used to play bass with alternative band Dramarama in TheEighties. Meanwhile, ''two'' Chris Carters played outfield in Major League Baseball in 2010, one in his final season, one in his first.
* Admit it. You weren't the only one to think that '''Dixie Carter''' (of ''DesigningWomen'' fame) was the president of the Wrestling/{{TNA}} wrestling promotion.
* Former Pennsylvania Governor Robert P. '''"Bob" Casey, Sr.''' had a decade where he would end up losing Democratic primaries in the state to two other candidates also named Bob Casey that spent little money or time campaigning and benefited from the name similarity. First in 1976; Robert P. Casey (term-limited from his role as Auditor General) ran for the Democratic state treasurer nomination only to be defeated by a county official named Robert Casey[[note]]That Bob Casey won the general election; but the Pennsylvania Republican party noted the name similarity in an attack ad in 1980 that led to GOP candidate Budd Dwyer defeating that Bob Casey[[/note]]. Two years later, Casey ran for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor, only to face another candidate named Robert P. Casey (this one was a teacher and ice-cream parlor owner). The other Robert P. Casey won the nomination for lieutenant governor only for the Democratic ticket of gubernatorial nominee Pete Flaherty and the teacher Robert P. Casey to lose to the Republican ticket of Dick Thornburgh and William Scranton III. By the time of Bob Casey, Sr's successful run for Governor in 1986; he took to referring to himself as "the real Bob Casey".
* The Houston Astros chose catcher '''Jason Castro''' with the tenth overall pick in the 2008 MLB draft, not even a month after a different Jason Castro was eliminated from season 7 of ''Series/AmericanIdol'' in fourth place.
** Those two are not to be confused with Filipino basketball player (and, according to FIBA, Asia's Best Point Guard) '''Jayson Castro''', who's full name is....''Jayson Castro William'' (See "Jayson Williams" in Folder "W")
* '''Music/NickCave''', rock star/writer. Nick Cave, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nick_Cave_%28artist/dancer%29 American artist/dancer]].
* '''Creator/JackieChan''', the well known Chinese martial artist and film actor, is not to be confused with '''Jacqui''' Chan, a Chinese-descended actress from Trinidad & Tobago.
* '''[[GunmanWithThreeNames Mark David Chapman]]''' is the man who shot and killed Music/JohnLennon. This was rather unfortunate for British actor Mark ''Lindsey'' Chapman when he auditioned for the role of Lennon in a biopic. (Needless to say, he didn't get the part. But he has gotten many others.)
** There's also Mark Chapman of the Pirate Party UK. He deliberately plays on this trope by tweeting as "@Pirate_Lennon".
* '''Steve Chapman''' is a contemporary Christian musician who had his greatest popularity in the 1970s and 1980s. Another Steve Chapman entered the same industry in the late 1980s—but presumably in deference to the first Steve Chapman, he records under his full name of '''Steven Curtis Chapman''' (and has gone on to become the genre's biggest-selling artist in history).
* In the state of Texas, judges are elected, but few voters care enough to become informed about or actually vote in judicial elections. Worse, the few that do have to go through candidates for an absurd number of seats on the bench. As a result, the "name game" plays a huge role in who gets elected. '''Ron Chapman''' got elected despite being a Democrat in a Republican-dominated year because he shares the name of a popular Texas radio DJ. And that's not just a theory; on a survey regarding politician name recognition, most people who claimed to be familiar with Chapman listed his public office as "DJ". Conversely, judicial candidates with difficult-to-spell (or pronounce) names, like Cathy Herasimchuk, find it difficult to get elected no matter how much partisan or financial support they get.
* '''Dave Chappelle''' was the star of ''Series/ChappellesShow''. '''David [=LaChapelle=]''' is a prominent photographer.
* '''Music/RayCharles''', the black soul singer, and '''Ray Charles''' the white television music consultant and arranger. ''Franchise/TheMuppets: A Celebration of 30 Years'', which also featured archive footage of the singer dueting with Kermit, credited the consultant as "the other Ray Charles".
** Do not confuse the Ray Charles Singers, who had a few Billboard hits as an easy-listening group led by the latter Ray Charles, with the former's group of backing singers, who were called the Raelettes.
** It also bears mentioning that Ray Charles the singer was born Ray Charles Robinson. Had he been billed as Ray Robinson, he would have shared a name with the famous boxer Sugar Ray Robinson, who, ironically, was born under a different name -- Walker Smith Jr.
** The "other" Ray Charles, born Charles Raymond Offenberg, took the pseudonym first in 1944, before Ray Charles Robinson dropped the Robinson in 1950.
** Some recordings of the standard "Frenesi" have a songwriting credit to "Ray Charles". It's neither of them -- in fact, it's a pseudonym for Charles Carpenter, who co-wrote the English lyrics. Due to a dispute with ASCAP, who he was affiliated with, he took up a new name with BMI.
* '''Don Cherry''' is the name of an American jazz musician (father to Eagle-Eye and stepfather to Neneh), an American singer who had a few pop hits in the 1950s, and a Canadian NHL coach turned ''Series/HockeyNightInCanada'' commentator known for his colorful jackets.
* '''Deepak Chopra''' the UsefulNotes/NewAge guru and favourite of [[Series/TheOprahWinfreyShow Oprah Winfrey]]? Or Deepak Chopra, president of Canada Post?
* '''UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill''' was not happy to learn about Winston Churchill the American novelist. The British Churchill wrote only one novel, being better known for his popular histories and journalism. Both Churchills had political careers, and were both noted amateur painters. The British Churchill, upon becoming aware of the American Churchill's books, wrote to him suggesting that he would sign his own works "Winston S. Churchill", using his middle name (actually part of his surname), "Spencer", to differentiate them. This suggestion was accepted, with the comment that the American Churchill would have done the same, had he any middle names. Supposedly (it might just be a joke), the British one had first suggested the American change his name and was informed that since the American was born three years earlier, the American said the British one should be the one changing it.
** There was also his grandson Winston Churchill - who was another British MP. For the same political party (Conservative).
* Many countries have had a '''Civil War'''. One online essay on the {{Music/Genesis}} track ''The Battle of Epping Forest'' (written by an American fan) got the English Civil War (which is of course the one Genesis were referencing) confused with the American Civil War.
* There's '''Creator/BobClampett''', the ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' animator and director and creator of ''WesternAnimation/BeanyAndCecil''. And then there's Bobby Clampett, a former PGA golfer.
* British railway timetables used to include '''Clapham''' (London) and Clapham (Yorkshire). The two communities are linked because the aristocratic Claphams used to live in the Surrey village which, much later, got absorbed into London, then moved to Yorkshire and founded another village. The first of these has since been renamed Clapham High Street because it was too often confused (even by railway staff) with Clapham Junction -- which is unconnected with either Clapham station; [[NonIndicativeName it's in Battersea, not Clapham]].
** Incidentally, this trope is a large reason for the tendency of Americans to apply LondonEnglandSyndrome to city names. There are ''many'' cities in the US that share names with each other, many of them named after places or people in Europe. And at least a few had their names changed due to confusion caused on railways as with the Clapham communities.
* '''Tom Clark(e)''', a member of the band Music/{{Area 11}} who prefers his stage name Sparkles*, a member of the LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} nicknamed "Angor", a reporter for the British Channel Four News, or a US Supreme Court justice from mid 20th century?
* '''John Clay''', a news anchor for WTAJ of Altoona, Pennsylvania, a sportswriter for the ''Lexington Herald-Leader'' in Kentucky, or a running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers?
* There are two famous musicians named '''Les Claypool'''. One is the singer and bassist for Music/{{Primus}}. The other works in anime and video game sound recording, and has collaborated with director Steve Wang on a few of his projects.
* '''John Cheese''' is a writer for ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' and possibly the "John" in ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' by David Wong (wait -- Dave and John fight monsters and save the world in an internet story that became a physical book? [[Webcomic/{{Homestuck}} I've heard that before...]]); "John Cheese" would've been Creator/JohnCleese's name if his dad hadn't changed it, to John's annoyance ("Everyone knows what a 'cheese' is but what on earth is a 'cleese'?").
* '''Cinemax''' is one of the major American premium cable channels. Don't confuse it with [=CineMAX=], a chain of movie theaters in India, or the Czech Republic-based video game developer known for games like ''Daemonica'' and ''Inquisitor''.
* '''George Clinton''' is either a [[Music/GeorgeClinton funk musician]], or UsefulNotes/{{Thomas Jefferson}}'s second vice-president. The musician is black, while the politician was white.
* '''Clinton, Michigan''' can be either Clinton Charter Township, which is northeast of Detroit, or the village southwest of Ann Arbor. (Most people drop the "Township" from Michigan's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charter_township charter townships]]. The same is true of '''Harrison, Michigan''', which can be either Harrison Charter Township (also northeast of Detroit), or Harrison, the city a few miles north of Mount Pleasant in the middle of the state.
* '''Joel Coen''' is a director, one of Creator/TheCoenBrothers. '''Joel Cohen''' is a movie screenwriter who worked mainly on lighthearted family films like ''Film/CheaperByTheDozen'' and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', and '''Joel H. Cohen''' is a writer for ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Creator/BillMurray signed up for the ''Film/{{Garfield}}'' movie because he thought it was written by Joel ''Coen'' instead of Joel ''Cohen'', [[OldShame a decision he would later regret]].
* '''Mike Cofer''': White NFL kicker (b. James Michael Cofer) who won two Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers, or black NFL linebacker (b. Michael Lynn Cofer) who played for some awful Detroit Lions teams? Both, incidentally, were mainly active from the mid-'80s to the early-'90s. (See Ron Heller for another example that happened around the same time.)
* Do not confuse Eve6's male lead singer '''Max Collins''' with the Filipino ''actress'' of the same name.
* '''Michael Collins''' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Collins_%28Irish_leader%29 led the 1916 Easter Rebellion in Ireland]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Collins flew to the moon.]]
* '''Music/PhilCollins''' enjoyed great success as a member of {{Music/Genesis}} and as a solo artist. Another Phil Collins enjoyed little success as a pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1930's.
* '''Jerry Colonna''' is either a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Colonna_%28entertainer%29 comedian/singer]] or a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Colonna_%28financier%29 venture capitalist]].
* Director/producer '''Creator/ChrisColumbus''' did not discover America. '''UsefulNotes/ChristopherColumbus'''[[note]]Original Italian name: "Cristoforo Colombo"; known in Spanish as "Cristobal Colón"[[/note]] really didn't, either, although he's traditionally credited with doing so. This was lampshaded when Chris Columbus named his production company 1492 pictures.
* In London in the 8-bit computer era, there were two exhibitions called the Computer Fair; the '''London Computer Fair''' was run by the Association of London Computer Clubs from 1979, originally at what was then North London Polytechnic but later at the Central Hall Westminster, and the '''Computer Fair''' (a series of exhibitions across Britain) run by a commercial company from 1981, the London one being at the Earl's Court Exhibition Centre. To avoid confusion, those in the know refer to the latter one as the "Earl's Court Computer Fair". However, confusion still arises; the UsefulNotes/ZXSpectrum is often wrongly claimed to have been launched at the London Computer Fair, when in fact the launch was at the Earl's Court Computer Fair. (Although the launch was preceded by a private preview to invited ALCC members at North London Poly.)
* '''Coney Island''': Either the famous beachfront [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coney_Island amusement mecca]] on Long Island, NYC, or an equally venerable [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coney_Island,_Cincinnati,_Ohio amusement park in Ohio]] (the latter originally called 'Ohio Grove' but nicknamed "Coney Island of The West" and eventually the name was borrowed entirely).
** It's also a generic term for a casual diner-type restaurant in Michigan.
* '''[[AwesomeMcCoolName Angel Concepcion]]''': A lightweight boxer, as well as an ex-gang member working with Chicago's "CeaseFire" violence-prevention gang.
* Even ''countries'' can fall victim to this- the '''UsefulNotes/DemocraticRepublicOfTheCongo''' (a large, underdeveloped, rainforest nation in Africa) and the '''Republic of the Congo''' (another nation in Africa which is smaller, more developed, and just as rainforest-y) are NOT the same place.
** Averted for a few decades when the former country was named '''Zaire'''.
** Don't mention the official name of the '''[[UsefulNotes/{{Taiwan}} Republic of China]]''' to anyone from the '''[[UsefulNotes/{{China}} People's Republic of China]]'''.
** There's the Dominican republic known as Dominica, then there's the Dominican Republic. There's Guyana and Dutch Guyana, now known as Suriname, along with French Guiana and Venezuelan Guayana. There's Macedonia, along with the nameless former Yugoslav republic. There are Indians from India and Native American Indians. And worst of all, there's Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Equatorial Guinea, Papua New Guinea, along with the former Dutch New Guinea, Danish Guinea, Dutch Guinea, German Guinea (next to all the other guineas, as opposed to the German Guinea in modern Papua New Guinea), the Guinea region of Virginia, and as a cherry on top, the British Guinea, a coin in the [[UsefulNotes/OldBritishMoney old Imperial British monetary system]] (which in turn was borrowed for the Arabic name of the Egyptian currency--''Gineh'' in Cairo dialect--because it was originally the same value, but which was then translated into English as "pound").
* '''Darwin Cook''' is an American basketball player who spent the '80s as a journeyman NBA point guard. '''Darwyn Cooke''' was a Canadian cartoonist who worked for DC and Marvel, among others.
* '''Quentin L. Cook''': Mormon apostle, or the real name of '''Music/FatboySlim'''?
* '''Robin Cook''' is the name of both a (late) British MP and an American medical-thriller novelist.
* '''Sam Cooke''' is a soul music legend. Be careful with the [[NotSafeforWork NSFW]] image searches since Sam(antha) Cooke is a British glamour model. And there's also Sam ''Koch'' (same pronunciation), a punter for the Baltimore Ravens.
* English soccer team AFC Bournemouth currently has a defender called '''Steve Cook'''. A few seasons earlier, they had a midfielder called "Stephen Cooke".
* '''Music/AliceCooper''' is also a scriptwriter, journalist and women's rugby correspondent in England. Although she prefers to be known as Alice D. Cooper and her Web presence stipulates "Alice D. Cooper (United Kingdom)"
* '''Harry Corbett''' created the much-loved British puppet character Sooty. '''Harry H. Corbett''' starred in ''Steptoe and Son'', and used his middle initial to avoid confusion. Rumour has it the Prime Minister Harold Wilson was still confused, so that both Harry Corbetts received [=MBEs=] after he initially offered the award to the wrong one.
* '''Creator/BillCosby''' is a famous black comedian. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Cosby William Cosby]] was Royal Governor of New Jersey in the 1730s and the antagonist of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zenger Zenger case]], which allowed freedom of the press.
* Is '''Brian Cox''' a former keyboard player from the band D:Ream and current particle physicist working on the Large Hadron Collider or a Scottish actor known for his roles in ''Film/{{Manhunter}}'', ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' and ''Film/TheLongKissGoodnight''??
** Or a retired [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_Cox NFL linebacker]]?
* San Francisco had two major sports-figures near the end of the [[TheEighties 1980s]] in San Francisco Giants manager '''Roger Craig''', who shared a name with the San Francisco 49ers star running back of the period.
* '''David Crane'''. Is he a video game designer who co-founded Creator/{{Activision}} and created the VideoGame/{{Pitfall}} and ABoyAndHisBlob series, or is he a television producer who with Marta Kaufman co-created Series/{{Friends}}?
* '''Creator/CindyCrawford''' is an American supermodel who many want to have sex with, and an American (now retired) porn star who many ''have'' had sex with.
* '''Coco Crisp''' is an American baseball player. '''Cocoa Krispies''' is an American breakfast food.
* Veteran NFL defensive back '''Chris Crocker''' couldn't care less whether or not you [[Creator/ChrisCrocker leave]] [[BritneySpears Britney]] [[MemeticMutation alone]].
* '''Davy Crockett''' was the King of the Wild Frontier and a prominent American politician in the 19th century. '''David Crockett''' is best known as an announcer and executive for the NWA -- the National Wrestling Alliance, not [[Music/{{NWA}} THAT NWA.]]
** The latter David Crockett briefly used his first and middle names as a wrestler, competing as '''Dave Finley'''. Unlike his near-namesake '''[[Wrestling/{{Finlay}} Dave "Fit" Finlay]]''', he's not Irish, and he apparently didn't love to fight, as TheOtherWiki describes his wrestling career as "very brief."
* '''Creator/DavidCross''': the violinist for Music/KingCrimson, or the comedian?
** There's also ''David Kross'', the German actor best known for his performance in ''Film/TheReader'' with KateWinslet.
* '''Tom Cruise''' is the owner of the [=HoverRound=] company that helps elderly people with the need -- [[Film/TopGun the need for speed]].
* Colgate once tried to launch a toothpaste in France called "Cue". It was also the name of a French pornographic magazine. The toothpaste probably didn't sell very well.
** "Cul" is French for "arse/ass", which sounds similar to the English word "cue".
* '''Ramon Cruz''': Could be a former point guard for either one of two collegiate teams in the Philippines: the Ateneo De Manila Blue Eagles or the University of the East (UE) Red Warriors. Both played college ball in the late '70s, with the latter having far more success than the former, eventually making it to the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
** Neither are to be confused with Ramon "Onchie" ''Dela'' Cruz, who was also a point guard, albeit slightly younger, who played in the PBA from 1985 to 1993.
* '''Larry Csonka''': Is he the Hall of Fame NFL running back for the Miami Dolphins, or the well-known wrestling dirtsheet writer?
* '''Creator/JimCummings'''. The prolific voice actor shares his name with James Harvey "Mister Jim" Cummings (1890-1979), a long-serving member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. Mister Jim held his position from 1928 to 1972.
* '''Stephen Curry''' is best known to Americans as a guard for the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Curry Golden State Warriors]] and breakout basketball star of 2015 and to Australians as an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Curry_%28comedian%29 actor/comedian]]. The former pronounces his name [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY "Steffen"]].
* The technical artist for WayForward games is named '''Tim Curry'''. The serenades of "[[Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow Sweet Transvestite]]" probably get old fast.
* Meet '''Ben Curtis''', professional golfer. That dude is certainly ''not'' getting a Dell.
* '''Rui Costa''' was a great Portugese footballer who in 2013 became world champion in cycling.
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* Court TV once was showing a trial in which an FBI agent was testifying, and when he began his testimony he stated his name: '''Jeffrey Dahmer'''. He is not related to the [[IAmAHumanitarian Milwaukee man of the same name]] who died in prison after being convicted of killing and eating his victims.
* If you visit the campus of the University of Southern California (USC), you might meet '''Elizabeth Daley'''. No, not Elizabeth ''Daily'', who played Dottie in ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' and voiced Tommy Pickles in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rutgrats}}''; I'm talking about the current Dean of the School of Academic Arts. And if you'd been on the campus about 10 years ago, you might have bumped into '''Kristy Swanson'''. No, not the originator of the role of [[Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy Summers]] before Creator/SarahMichelleGellar popularized it; she was the receptionist for the USC Alumni Association office.
* '''Richard Daley''': Former UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} mayor; his son, namesake, and another former Chicago mayor; or the bassist for the {{Reggae}} band Third World?
* The '''Charlie Daniels''' that plays for AFC Bournemouth is not the Charlie Daniels that records country and bluegrass music.
* The [=BBC's=] season of programmes on UsefulNotes/CharlesDarwin has featured programmes named ''What Darwin Didn't Know'' and ''Darwin's Dangerous Idea'', which share their names with books of the same name. However, the former is a book that promotes Intelligent Design, the programme exactly the opposite. The latter chronicles nearly the same subject matter as the former (namely, the [[SocialDarwinist implications]] of Darwin's Theory of UsefulNotes/{{Evolution}}).
* '''Creator/{{Keith David}}''' is an black US actor most recently known for voicing the cat in ''WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}}''. Keith David is also the name of a black British rapper.
** Let's not forget another noted character actor (and Creator/PatrickSwayze-lookalike), David Keith.
* '''Sylvie Davidson''': A black French singer, or a white American theatre actress and folk/country singer?
* When you mention a pro athlete named '''Anthony Davis''', are you talking about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Davis_(basketball) the starting Power Forward/Center of the New Orleans Pelicans]], who was the Number 1 Pick of the 2012 NBA draft and has made a name for himself as one of the most athletic and talented big men (with 2 NBA All-Star selections and a All-Rookie Team selection) in the NBA...while also being known for his very noticeable unibrow? Or are you referring to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Davis_(offensive_tackle,_born_1989) a relatively solid Offensive Tackle drafted 11th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft]], who has been a mainstay on the San Francisco 49ers Offensive Line but has never been named to a Pro Bowl or an All-Pro Team...and, for the matter, has no unibrow?
** The 49ers offensive tackle {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this fact during the start of the 2014-15 NBA season [[https://twitter.com/BamDavis_/status/527202522071445505 with a humorous, somewhat passive-aggressive, tweet]]. Then again, who would confuse a tall, lanky, uni-browed NBA center with a stocky, muscular NFL lineman?
** Those two are not to be confused with '''Antonio Davis''', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Davis a former NBA bigman who was a key player of the late 90's Reggie Miller-led Pacers teams.]]
* '''Devin Davis''' is a male basketball player who played for Miami (of Ohio) in the NCAA and as an ïmport"for the Alaska Aces in the Philippines. '''Deven Davis''' is a female ex-adult film star who's married to Music/{{Korn}} vocalist Jonathan Davis.
* '''Hannah Davis''' is a gorgeous model from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Hannah Davis is also an Australian kayaker and Olympic medallist. [[http://resources0.news.com.au/images/2012/03/15/1226300/417268-hannah-davis-kayaking.jpg The one who has never gone walking with talking horses.]] [[http://cdn.caughtoffside.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/hannah-davis.jpg The one who has never been a competitive swimmer.]]
* General '''Jefferson Davis''' (1828-1879) of the Union should not be confused with President Jefferson Davis (1808-1889) of the Confederacy. Both were active in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar. Jefferson Davis (1862-1913), Governor of Arkansas, was not related to either man. Though some of his voters reportedly mistook him for a son or nephew of the President. "A belief that Davis did nothing to discourage".
* All three seem to have no relation to [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Jeff Davis]].
** [[Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway Jeff Davis]] also shares the name of Series/TeenWolf's showrunner. The comedian gets [[FanDumb threatened a lot on Twitter]] because of it.
* '''Jim Davis''', the creator of ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', was not an animator on ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheNineLivesOfFritzTheCat''. The animator, who also went by '''James Davis''', had a long career in animation, originally working for WarnerBros and {{MGM}} animation. The book ''Forbidden Animation'' confused the two, as did Website/IMDb for a time.
** Another Jim Davis was famous for playing Jock Ewing on ''Series/{{Dallas}}''.
* English actress Sammi Davis-Voss often joked about being confused with Sammy Davis Jr., before adding her husband's name. Was cast in as his Swedish wife in a biopic that was never made.
* One group called the '''DCI''' adjudicates drum corps competitions. Another group called the DCI adjudicates ''MagicTheGathering'' competitions.
* '''Creator/JamesDean''' the actor has been dead since 1955. '''Jimmy Dean''' the country singer and sausage seller stayed around until 2010.
** It doesn't help that the play/film ''Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean'' is about James Dean.
** Adult film star Bryan Sevilla uses the stage name James ''Deen''.
* There are at least two musicians with the stage name '''Ricky Dee'''; the first wrote "Devil in His Heart" (which was [[CoveredUp covered]] by Music/TheBeatles as "[[TheCoverChangesTheGender Devil in Her Heart]]") and the second, a country singer, was born about four years after "Devil in His/Her Heart" was released. It is not known whether the first was the Ricky Dee who recorded "Disco Duck"; it wasn't the second, who would only have been about eight years old at the time.
* '''John Deere''' was a blacksmith who invented the steel plow and founded the Deere & Company agricultural equipment corporation. John '''Dear''' is a Catholic priest who participated in the Plowshares disarmament movement, named for the "swords into plowshares" passage in the Book of Isaiah.
* Philippine basketball has had two fairly prominent players named '''Bong Dela Cruz'''. One of them, a power forward whose complete first name is Virgilio, played for the PBA's Crispa Redmanizers from 1975 to 1983. The other (full first name Segundo), was a point guard for the University of Santo Tomas (UST) in the late '80s, and had stints in the minor leagues. He is now the head coach of UST's men's basketball team.
* '''Jack Dempsey''' was a heavyweight boxing champion during TheTwenties. Another Jack Dempsey, nicknamed "The Nonpareil", fought in the lightweight and middleweight classes in the 1880's.
* '''Reginald Denny''' was the name of an old Hollywood character actor, as well as that of a truck driver who was attacked and beaten during the Rodney King riots in 1992.
* '''Matt Dillon''' is known for writing many computer programs and for developing ''[=DragonFly=] BSD''. There's also an actor with that name.
* There are two hip hop artists named '''Doctor Dre'''. One is a DJ who worked with Ed Lover and the Music/BeastieBoys; the other, who spells his name Dr. Dre, is a rapper who's worked with Music/SnoopDogg and Music/{{Eminem}}. In addition, they both have the same real first name. The former's real name Andre Brown, while the latter's is Andre Young[[note]]He says he got the idea for his stage name from basketball player Julius Erving, a.k.a "Dr. J".[[/note]].
* There are two celebrities known as '''Drake''': People either think we're talking about teen star Drake Bell of ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' or there's the rapper Aubrey "Drake" Graham.
* Creator/MichaelKeaton's real name? '''Creator/MichaelDouglas'''.
* '''Brian Drummond''' is best known for voicing Vegeta in the "Over 9000" scene from [[Manga/DragonBall Dragon Ball Z]]. '''Ryan Drummond''' is best known as the voice of Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog from 1998 to 2005.
* UsefulNotes/{{Dublin}} and Blackpool are at the same latitude on opposite shores of the Irish Sea. '''Dubh linn''' is Gaelic for '''black pool'''. Also of note is that Dublin has a suburb named Blackpool. As does Cork, Ireland's second city.
* Gemma Donati is both the wife of Dante Alighieri, and an Italian actress, who, among other things, is the Italian voice of Ashley Tisdale.
* '''Creator/AlexandreDumas''' and his son, both of which were famous writers. It's common to refer to them as Alexandre Dumas, ''père'' (father) and Alexandre Dumas, ''fils'' (son).
* You should not confuse high-scoring black forward '''Kevin Durant''' with high-scoring white forward '''[[http://beermugsports.com/beermug/2012/10/19/before-kevin-durant-there-was-devin-durrant.html Devin Durrant]]'''. The former is a bona fide NBA superstar, while the latter played just one season in the NBA in the mid-'80s.
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[[folder:E]]
* We have '''UsefulNotes/AmeliaEarhart''', the pilot who went missing, and Amelia Earhart, traffic reporter for Creator/{{NBC}}'s UsefulNotes/{{Denver}} affiliate KUSA (she left for UsefulNotes/LosAngeles briefly in 2009). A promo from 2005 actually played off of this.
** The traffic reporter Earhart thought they were related, but turned out they are not. It still inspired her to learn flying, quit her job, raise money via crowd sourcing, and embark on an around-the-world flight of her own following [[http://www.ameliaearhartproject.com footsteps of the famed aviator.]]
* It's a good thing that Portugal and Italy didn't meet during Euro 2016 - both had strikers called '''Éder'''.
* On the London Underground, the Bakerloo Line has a station called '''Edgware Road station''', and is not connected to the one on the Circle, District and Hammersmith & City Lines.
* A quip for hardcore soccer fans: "Actually I wanted Eto'o, but seems the president heard Edu." (Mike Büskens, trainer of German club Fürth)
* '''Gareth Edwards''': Either the [[Creator/GarethEdwards British film and TV director]], or the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gareth_Edwards Welsh all-time rugby great]].
* '''John Edwards''' is an American politician of the Democratic Party, who unsuccessfully sought the presidential nomination in 2004 and 2008. '''John Edward''' (no s) is a professional psychic medium who has starred in two television shows. The latter's use of ColdReading techniques lead to detractors calling him a PhonyPsychic, but he obviously still has fans.
** Also not to be confused with '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Edwards_(theologian) Jonathan Edwards]]''', noted American Reformation theologian of the 1700s... who himself is not to be confused with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Edwards_(musician) Jonathan Edwards]], an American musician who had his best days in the 1970s, or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Edwards_(triple_jumper) Jonathan Edwards]], a British triple jumper who won gold at the 2000 Olympics and holds the world record in the event.
** There is also {{Jedward}}, a pair of annoying hyperactive Irish popstar twins, who were initially known by their first names '''John and Edward'''.
* Actor/comedian Creator/AlbertBrooks' real name is '''UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein'
* Grandson of the 34th President of the United States, UsefulNotes/DwightEisenhower and eponym of Camp David, '''David Eisenhower''' shares almost the exact the same name with [[TheSociopath David Eisenhaur]], who bullied and murdered thirteen year-old Nicole Lovell.
* '''Bob Elliott''' was the National League's Most Valuable Player in 1947, and [[BobAndRay Ray Goulding's partner in comedy]].
* There are two notables with the name '''Greg Ellis''' - one, the guy who voiced [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cait Sith]]; the other, a linebacker in the National Football League.
* '''Terry Ellis''', male, white, English former manager of Music/JethroTull and co-founder of Creator/ChrysalisRecords, or Terry Ellis the female African-American EnVogue singer?
* '''Warren Ellis''' is the name of both [[Creator/WarrenEllis a comic book guy]] and Music/NickCave's violinist. The former even addresses this in his [[https://twitter.com/warrenellis Twitter bio]].
** Oh, if only they would collaborate...
** Suddenly the film credits for ''The Assassination of Jessie James by the Coward Robert Ford'' make sense!
* '''Tony Esposito''' is an Italian musician and songwriter. Tony Esposito is also an NHL Hall of Fame goalie.
* '''Creator/ChrisEvans''', Hollywood actor and Radio/ChrisEvans, the bloke who was married to Creator/BilliePiper and took over from Radio/TerryWogan.
** The science fiction author is Christopher Evans on the book covers, but ''[[Creator/DavidLangford Ansible]]'' consistently calls him Chris...
* '''Linda Evans''': [=SF/F=] writer, star of ''{{Dynasty}}'', or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linda_Evans_%28U.S._radical%29 1980s political radical?]]
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* '''"Falcão"''', Portuguese for "falcon", can lead to this. The first exponent was retired Brazilian striker Paulo Roberto Falcão, who inspired both the nickname of futsal player [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alessandro_Rosa_Vieira Alessandro Rosa Vieira]] and the name of Colombian striker Radamel Falcao García Zárate (notice the lack of accent). In Brazil there are also two singers with a LastNameBasis, rock singer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcelo_Falc%C3%A3o Marcelo Falcão]] and {{camp}}-fueled comedy singer [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySov4p5SAvs Marcondes Falcão]].
* There are at least three email services called '''Fastmail''' (not counting those whose name ''includes'' Fastmail); the Australian one which was for a while a subsidiary of Opera, the Canadian one (whose rep showed briefly on [=EmailDiscussions=] because his service was mistaken for the Australian one), and the Greek one.
* '''Jon Favreau'''? The UsefulNotes/BarackObama speechwriter or the director for the ''Film/IronMan'' movies?
* When you hear the name '''"Fergie"''', who do you think of initially?
** a) Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York;
** b) Stacy Ferguson, former KidsIncorporated cast member, and current member of the Music/BlackEyedPeas (who also has a solo career);
** c) Sir Alex Ferguson, Scottish former football manager;
** d) the Northern Irish DJ (Robert Ferguson); or
** e) Ferguson Jenkins, Canadian pitcher in the (U.S.) Baseball Hall of Fame?
** The Black Eyed Peas-associated Fergie sort of {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this by calling her first solo album ''The Dutchess''.
* Although many NFL players move on to professional wrestling once their football days are over, the '''Manny Fernandez''' who wrestled in the 1980s is not the same Manny Fernandez who played for the Miami Dolphins in the 1970s. Nor did he play goalie for the Minnesota Wild during the 2000s.
* '''Rudy Fernandez''': The late action star from the Philippines, or the current basketball player from Spain. You choose.
* In the past, there were two open-source programs named '''Firebird'''; a database server and a Web browser. To avoid confusion, the Web browser's name was changed to the more familiar [[UsefulNotes/MozillaFirefox Firefox]]. The database server is still called Firebird.
** What's more, the name of Mozilla's browser was changed to Firebird because its original name, Phoenix, is also the (trademarked) name of a company that develops BIOS software for [=PCs=].
** And then there's the Mozilla project's browser for Mac OS X, Camino. It was originally called '''Chimera''', but changed because several other pieces of software are also called Chimera (including a [[http://www.chimera.org/ very old web browser for UNIX]]).
** And ''Firebird'' is also a type of flashy Pontiac muscle car.
** Another "Firebird" is a kind of Gibson electric guitar.
* When you hear the name '''Carrie Fisher''' you think of [[Franchise/StarWars Princess Leia]], well [[ThereIsAnother there is another]] Carrie Fisher, though she still uses her maiden name of Music/CarrieUnderwood professionally.
* An actor named '''"Creator/IanFleming"''' once had a minor role on an episode of ''Series/ThePrisoner''. He shared his name with the author of the ''Literature/JamesBond'' series.
* '''Brandon Flowers''', the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball football]] player, is not the lead singer for Music/TheKillers.
* '''FM''': frequency modulation, a technique for broadcasting high-qualty audio; a [[NonIndicativeName misnomer]] for VHF Band 2 (because that's where the radio stations which use FM are); the Federal Republic of Micronesia; and Opera Software's former e-mail subsidiary (now once more independent), [=FastMail=] (who drew their self-chosen abbreviation, as well as their domain name, partly from Micronesia).
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfurt Frankfurt]] am Main or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankfurt_%28Oder%29 Frankfurt]] an der Oder?
* '''Creator/HarrisonFord''' shares a name with a [[SilentMovie silent film]] actor, who famously had a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame long before him.
* A number of people named '''Robert Ford''' have attained fame and infamy. One was a mayor of Toronto involved in numerous personal and political scandals, one was a South Carolina state senator involved in a campaign finance scandal, one was a former US Ambassador who was photographed meeting with Islamic State supporters, and one [[Film/TheAssassinationOfJesseJamesByTheCowardRobertFord killed Jesse James]].
* Coaching two different Atlantic Coast Conference teams (Clemson and Duke) simultaneously from 1975 to 1980 would've been one of the greatest feats in college basketball history, except it was actually two unrelated guys named '''Bill Foster'''.
* Another case of Fosters, spelled differently but sounding the same: 19th-century American songwriter [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Foster Stephen Foster]] and former anime dubbing director for Creator/ADVFilms and Creator/SentaiFilmworks, [[http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/people.php?id=2075 Steven Foster]].
* '''Samantha Fox''', the [[PageThreeStunna Page 3 model]] and pop singer, is not to be confused with adult film actress Samantha Fox.
* ''Francis I'' was a 16th-century king of France from the Valois dynasty. In 2013, he was elected Pope before deciding to just go with ''Francis''.
* The guy who sings the German version of "[[VideoGame/RhythmHeaven Young Love Rock 'n Roll]]" is named '''Creator/BenjaminFranklin'''.
* '''Brian Froud''': [[Creator/BrianFroud Fantasy artist]], or Canadian voice actor?
* '''Robert Fuller''': Pro wrestler who later became Col. Robert Parker, or Dr. Kelly Brackett on ''Franchise/{{Emergency}}''?
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[[folder:G]]
* '''Greg Gagne''' (pronounced "gon-yuh") was a professional wrestler in the Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation. Greg Gagne (pronounced "gag-nee") was a shortstop for the [[UsefulNotes/MLBTeams Minnesota Twins]].
* The actors who used firearms in ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' were trained how to properly handle them by a man named '''Uzi Gal'''. [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0301546/ As IMDB's page states]], he is ''not'' the same man who designed the famous CoolGuns/{{submachine gun|s}}.
* '''Jeff Garcia''' one is a former football player for the 49ers. The other is a stand up comedian and voice actor most famous for voicing ''[[WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron Sheen]]''.
* '''David Garnett''', the UK writer born 1982 who was a member of the Bloomsbury Set and wrote ''Lady into Fox'', or '''David S. Garrett''', the UK writer born 1947 who edited ''New Worlds'' and wrote ''Bikini Planet''?
* There's '''Tony Garnier''' the French architect and Tony Garnier the American bass player. In 2010 as part of Music/BobDylan's band, the latter Garnier played a show at Halle Tony Garnier in Lyon, which is named after (and was designed by) the former Garnier.
* There is a U.S. state called '''[[UsefulNotes/GeorgiaUSA Georgia]]''' and a Caucasus country named UsefulNotes/[[GeorgiaEurope Georgia]]. The American Georgia is named after King [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover George II]], while the country gets its name from the Persian-Arabic designation � ''gurğ / ğurğ''. They call themselves ''Kartvelebi'' and their country ''Sakartvelo''.
** Naturally, the hometown crowd in UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, Georgia cheered for Georgia (the country) when they appeared at Parade of Nations at the opening ceremonies for the 1996 Summer UsefulNotes/OlympicGames.
** This whole issue was played for laughs (and combined with a Music/RayCharles reference) in "Back In the USSR", by Music/TheBeatles.
-->And Georgia's always on my my my my my my my my my mind.
** Spoofed again in ''Literature/TheAreasOfMyExpertise'', when John Hodgman discusses Georgia's history as the site of many of [[CivilRightsMovement Martin Luther King's]] great speeches. It would, however, take a thousand clones of Dr. King to erase Georgia's dark history as the birthplace of UsefulNotes/JosefStalin.
** Also spoofed in one of the [[Literature/TheAdventuresOfSamuraiCat Samurai Cat]] stories, when Stalin's clique from Georgia includes [[UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter Miz Lillian Stalin and Billy Stalin]]. [[SecretPolice KGB]] chief Beria, also from Georgia, admits to being "Macon born and bred. ''Yee-hah''!"
*** Similarly, the Comicbook/DoomPatrol's Flash Forward is surprised to find the prosthetics expert helping Robotman is Georgian. "Naw, see, my mama, ''she'' from Atlanta, and if ''you'' a cracker..."
** In ''Series/{{Community}}'' Troy is representing Georgia at a Model UN, and breaks out an outrageous Southern accent. It turns out he did research the right place, he just decided to do the accent anyway.
** The Youtuber Creator/FPSRussia uses a bad Russian accent that makes him sound like he's from former Soviet state [[UsefulNotes/GeorgiaEurope Georgia]], even though he's from the US State [[UsefulNotes/GeorgiaUSA Georgia]]. This causes some confusion when it's mentioned.
** Here at TVTropes, the country page got so many wicks for the state that they got expanded titles and a disambiguation page.
* '''Joe Gibbs''': Former Washington Redskins coach and a UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} team owner who won two Sprint Cup championships with Tony Stewart, or legendary {{Reggae}} producer?
* '''Paul Gilbert''' was an actor in TheThirties. A different Paul Gilbert played guitar with pop-metal bands Racer X and Mr. Big.
* The '''Gilbert Scott''' architectural family, starting with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Gilbert_Scott George Gilbert Scott]] (1811-1878). His son, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Gilbert_Scott,_Jr George Gilbert Scott]] (1839-1897), was also an architect. With the result that working out who designed what has been a nightmare for some architectural historians.
** The family also included architects John Oldrid Scott (1841-1913), Charles Marriott Oldrid Scott (1880-1952), Giles Gilbert Scott (1880-1960), Adrian Gilbert Scott (1882-1963), Elisabeth Scott (1898-1972), and Richard Gilbert Scott (1923-). Disambiguating their works can get tricky.
* '''David Gilmore''', an experimental jazz guitarist, should not be confused with '''David Gilmour''' of Music/PinkFloyd.
** There's also a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Gilmour_(writer) Canadian novelist]] named David Gilmour.
* '''John Glenn''' (two ''N''s) was the first American and third person to orbit the Earth. '''John Glen''' (one N) directed every official entry in the Film/JamesBond movie series in TheEighties: ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'', ''Film/AViewToAKill'', ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', and ''Film/LicenceToKill''. (He did not direct ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'', which is not part of the official EON Productions series.)
* The '''Glorious Revolution''' in 1688 Britain and the '''Glorious Revolution''' in 1868 Spain.
* The '''Adam Goldberg''' who starred in ''Film/TheHebrewHammer'' is not the writer and producer Adam Goldberg whose life story is told on ''Series/TheGoldbergs''.
* '''Alberto Gonzales''' is a former US Attorney General. '''Alberto Gonzalez''' is the name of a baseball player for the Washington Nationals. A different '''Alberto Gonzalez''' composed music for Infogrames' video games, and has written some [[AwesomeMusic/VideoGames Crowning Music of Awesome]] for the entire Game Boy system. And none of these are to be confused with '''Albert Gonzalez''', who hacked TJ Maxx' credit card processing system.
* [[http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gonzaal01.shtml Alex Gonzalez]] and [[http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/gonzaal02.shtml Alex Gonzalez.]] They play the same position as well (shortstop) but their careers had much more overlap. (Both even played for the Toronto Blue Jays, though not at the same time.)
* '''Jose Gonzalez''' is a Swedish-Argentine singer-songwriter. Jose Gonzale'''s''' is a Seattle-based Mexican-American stage actor.
* '''Stephanie Gorin''', [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0330951/ casting director]] based in Toronto or [[http://www.wptz.com/station/786179/detail.html local TV news reporter]] based in Plattsburgh, NY?
* '''Creator/DaveGorman'''. For those who don't know, Dave Gorman is a British comedian who started off by going through with a bet that "he couldn't get 50 Dave Gormans in the same room" (Paraphrased, may not have been 50). And he did. And later, he went around the world after being bet he couldn't "Meet 10 [[http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Define%3Agooglewhack&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a Googlewhacks]] in a row when the latest link in the chain is only allowed to find him two more Googlewhacks". The second link in one of the chains he checked out was one of the Dave Gorman's he met previously.
** 54; and he didn't have to get them in the same room, just meet them. His Googlewhack show includes a great line from the other Dave Gorman; "Make yourself at home! You might as well, your name's on the mortgage..."
* '''Michael Gough''' is the name of the actor who played Alfred in Creator/TimBurton and Creator/JoelSchumacher's ''Film/{{Batman}}'' movies. It's also the name of the voice actor who played Solaufein in ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' and Osmund Sadler in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''. Two different guys.
** As well as '''Michael Gough''', the retired English cricketer.
* Billy Graham was a fundamentalist preacher who advised presidents and whose televised sermons have been seen worldwide, [[Wrestling/SuperstarBillyGraham a flamboyant pro wrestler]] from the 1970s and 80s, and a concert promoter who helped kick-start the PsychedelicRock era with bands like Music/TheGratefulDead, Music/JeffersonAirplane, and [[Music/JanisJoplin Big Brother And The Holding Company]].
* Novelist '''Heather Graham''' has complained about actress Heather Graham's willingness to do nude scenes.
* '''Al Green''' is an American soul singer and a basketballer originally from the South Bronx who played for Crispa in the Philippine Basketball Association, then the Adelaide Bearcats in Australia's NBL in the 80s and 90s.
* '''Peter Green''' could be Fleetwood Mac's original lead guitarist and singer (b. Peter Greenbaum), or the real name of 1970s pop one-hit wonder Daniel Boone, who is also British.
* '''Seth Green''': [[Creator/SethGreen American (voice) actor]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seth_Green_%28pisciculture%29 American fish farming pioneer]] who has had [[https://maps.google.nl/maps?q=Seth+Green+Park,+Seth+Green+Drive,+Rochester,+NY,+United+States&hl=nl&ll=43.186654,-77.61961&spn=0.00837,0.021136&sll=43.096914,-77.873594&sspn=0.008383,0.021136&hq=Seth+Green+Park,+Seth+Green+Drive,&hnear=Rochester,+Monroe+County,+New+York,+Verenigde+Staten&t=m&z=16 roads, parks]] and [[http://web.archive.org/web/20110724013239/http://www.footprintpress.com/TAHrochester2/seth.htm trails]] named after him?
** Don't confuse either with '''Bruce Seth Green''', a retired television director who directed eleven episodes of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'', three of which Seth Green (the actor) guest starred in. %% The three Bruce Seth Green-directed episodes in which Seth Green the actor appeared were "Halloween" and "Phases" from Buffy and "In the Dark" from Angel. The actor was credited as a main cast member in 28 episodes of Buffy, but Bruce did not direct any of them.
* '''Graham Greene''' is a late British novelist and playwright, as well as a Canadian First Nations character actor.
* '''Andy Griffith''' is the actor of '''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow''' fame. '''Andy Griffiths''' (with an S) is a kids' book author.
* '''Michael Griffin''', the anti-abortionist or the former head of NASA? (Fortunately, the latter is usually just called Mike.)
** Or do you mean the Tennessee Titans safety?
* '''Creator/JonathanGroff''' is an American actor famous for starring in ''Series/{{Glee}}'' and ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'', not to be confused with another [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0342917/?ref_=fn_nm_nm_2 Jonathan Groff]], who is a producer, writer and 5-time ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' champion.
* '''Gronk''' is the nickname for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gronk_(artist) a Chicano performance artist]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jordan_Staal hockey player Jordan Staal]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Gronkowski New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski]], or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_08 a British diesel locomotive]]. Imagine the confusion when a RailEnthusiast and a sports fan are in the same room....
* A '''G.T.O.''' is either a series of super-rare Ferraris, or a Pontiac muscle car, or a Mitsubishi sports car from the [='90s=] known as [=3000GT=] outside Japan.
* If you are talking about '''Christopher Guest''' are you talking about the American actor and filmmaker from ''Film/ThisIsSpinalTap'' and ''Film/BestInShow'', or are you talking about the one who was Lords of Appeal in Ordinary (which was the British equivalent of a Supreme Court Justice)? TheOtherWiki tried to clear up the confusion by referring to one of them as Baron Guest but is still a problem considering they both held the noble title of Baron. The actor has inherited the title of '''Baron Haden-Guest''', while the judge held the life peerage title of '''Baron Guest'''.
* An American commentator accused neurosurgeon/reporter '''Sanjay Gupta''' of having a supposed "conflict of interest" after discovering his name on a list of physicians working for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer. It turns out that the doctor working for Pfizer was a different Sanjay Gupta entirely - not surprisingly, as "Sanjay Gupta" is almost as common among Indians as "John Smith" is among Americans.
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[[folder:H]]
* '''Tom Hamilton''' is a bassist for Music/{{Aerosmith}} as well as a radio announcer for Cleveland Indians baseball.
* '''Darrell Hammond''' (two "r's") is a former cast member of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' while Darell Hammond (one "r") is the founder of the organization "Kaboom". Coincidentally, "Kaboom" was featured in an eponymous episode of ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' which stars Darrell Hammond's former SNL co-star Creator/AmyPoehler.
* '''John Hancock''' the Founding Father, and John Hancock the film director.
** And John Hancock, the African-American character actor.
* {{NASA}} had two noted employees named '''James Hansen'''. James E. Hansen was head of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and is an expert on climate change. James R. Hansen is a historian and biographer who worked for NASA.
* '''Creator/TomHardy''' is an English actor who usually plays gangsters or action heroes, as seen in ''Film/{{Inception}}'' and ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. Creator/ThomasHardy is an English writer famous for ''Literature/TessOfTheDUrbervilles'' and ''Far from the Madding Crowd''.
* '''Ron Harper''': Prolific television actor (''Series/LandOfTheLost'', ''Series/GarrisonsGorillas''), or member of the Chicago Bulls' second three-peat run in the 1990s?
** Also the name of MLB superstar Bryce Harper's dad.
* '''Josh Harris''' is the name of one of the fisherman Phil Harris' sons, and the name of a DJ. Another one who gained notoriety for the book ''"I Kissed Dating Goodbye"''. There is also '''Joshua Harris''', better known as Christopher Ewing of ''Series/{{Dallas}}''.
* '''[[Radio/ThePhilHarrisAliceFayeShow Phil Harris]]''' was a singer, comedian, longtime bandleader on ''TheJackBennyProgram'', and frequent Creator/{{Disney}} voice actor...and also a late fishing boat captain featured on ''Series/DeadliestCatch''.
* The '''Richard Harris''' who was in the ''Film/HarryPotter'' movies was not the Richard Harris who co-created ''Man In A Suitcase''.
* '''Sam Harris''': Atheist author, or ''Series/StarSearch'' winner and OneHitWonder ("Sugar Don't Bite")?
* One '''Music/GeorgeHarrison''' was the lead guitarist of Music/TheBeatles. Another George Harrison was vice president of marketing at Creator/{{Nintendo}}.
* '''Creator/HarryHarrison''' is the name of a well-known science fiction writer, as well as a long-time radio DJ in New York.
* '''Bret Harte''' (with the "e" at the end) was an American writer from the 1800s. '''Wrestling/BretHart''' (without the "e" at the end) is a (currently retired) Canadian pro wrestler whose heyday was the 1990s.
* '''Corey Hart''' is either the Canadian rock singer best remembered for the song "SunglassesAtNight", or the outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers.
* If you're inquiring about '''Gary Hart''', it's either the former Senator or the late pro wrestling manager.
* '''Jimmy Hart''' was born in 1944 and grew up to be a rock musician for the Gentrys, and later on a fast-talking pro wrestling manager. '''Jim Hart''' was born in 1944 and grew up to play 18 seasons in the NFL.
* '''Doug Harvey''': Baseball Hall of Fame umpire, or Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman?
* When you say '''Creator/AnneHathaway''', are you talking about the actress from ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'' and ''Literature/TheDevilWearsPrada'', or Creator/WilliamShakespeare's wife?
* Is '''Richard Hatch''' the star of ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'', or the winner of the first season of Series/{{Survivor}} who was infamous for walking around naked and ended up in trouble with the [=IRS=] for not paying the taxes on his winnings?
* '''Tony Hawks''' is an English comedian and author who once went around Ireland with a fridge. '''Tony ''Hawk''''' is the pro skateboarder and [[VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater video game star]]. A lot of people get them mixed up, and Hawks has reserved [[http://www.tony-hawks.com/skateboarding.php a section of his site]] for the e-mails he gets from skating fans, and the "slightly mischievous" replies he gives.
-->'''E-mail:''' hi can you send me tips
-->'''Answer:''' Yes. Here's two -- don't stand downwind of flatulent people, and try not to get involved in leapfrogging unicorns.
* '''Sean Hayes''' -- Were you looking for the actor/producer known for ''Series/WillAndGrace'', the American musician, or one of two deceased politicians from Ireland?
* '''Fran Healy''': A singer/guitarist and songwriter for the Scottish rock band Music/{{Travis}}, and a former Major League Baseball catcher and current New York Mets announcer.
* '''Ron Heller''' can be two NFL players who were active around the same time. The first and better-known one (Ronald R. Heller) is a tackle who played from 1984 to 1995, while the second (Ronald J. Heller) is a tight end who played from 1987 to 1992. (See Mike Cofer for another similar example from the same era.)
* Do you expect '''Hershey's''' as a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hershey_Company candy company]] or an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hershey_Creamery_Company ice cream company?]] They've even tried to claim the trademark from each other. It's especially confusing as the ice cream company provides hard ice cream to many of America's independent ice cream stands and parlors, and many customers simply assume that the ice cream comes from the candy company.
* '''Martin Henderson''' is a New Zealand actor who got his start in the Australian soap ''HomeAndAway'' and is best known these days for ''Film/TheRing'' and ''Film/SmokinAces''. He's also a British actor who was mostly unknown until he became the subject of many Google searches after Peter Dinklage mentioned him in his 2013 Golden Globes acceptance speech. The latter Henderson, a dwarf, was partially paralysed in a "dwarf tossing" incident.
* '''Dan Hicks''' is an NBC sports announcer as well as a singer-songwriter who leads the group the Hot Licks.
* Two people named '''[[http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/31994977/ns/today-relationships/t/kelly-hildebrandt-wed-kelly-hildebrandt/ Kelly Hildebrant]]''' married each other. Novelist Creator/{{Evelyn Waugh}}'s first wife was also named Evelyn.
* '''Creator/JoeHill''' is the pen name of an American horror author whose full name is Joseph Hillström King, who happens to be the son of an author you may have heard of named Creator/StephenKing. He is named after the early twentieth century labour union activist Joe Hill, who was also known as Joseph Hillström.
* '''[[http://image.stockcarracing.com/f/10640975+w750+st0/scrp_0409_05_z+independent_NASCAR_drivers+andy_hillenburg.jpg Andy Hillenburg]]''' is an American stock car driver from Indiana, and [[http://www.stevehardin.com/picpg34d/hillenburg0225.jpg Andy Hillenburg]] is an American winged sprint car driver from Oklahoma. The former also raced non-winged sprint cars earlier in his career.
* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, there was a US soldier with the same name as '''UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler'''. When asked about whether he would change his name, the soldier replied "let the other guy change '''his''' name."
* Lampshaded in ''Literature/MoreInformationThanYouRequire'', when author John Hodgman (aka [[{{Mascot}} a PC]]) digs up an old ad for rainwear bearing his name, and, like him, advertising Mackintoshes.
* A really old episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'' featured two actors who went by '''Phil Hoffman'''. One of them was ''Capote'' actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
* '''John Hollis''' was an English actor, or a programmer for 8-bit-era software house Quicksilva. Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}'s article on the UsefulNotes/ZXSpectrum game "Time-Gate" for a while erroneously credited it to the actor.
* '''John Holmes''', porn star with a [[BiggerIsBetterInBed massive wang]]. '''Jon Holmes''', Radio 4 satirist, who is routinely introduced on TheNowShow with some reference to his diminutive height.
** The porn star's full name was John Curtis Holmes, and so often went by '''John C. Holmes'''...much to the amusement of undergraduates at Michigan State University, where one of the largest dorms on campus is called "John C. Holmes Hall"...after John ''Clough'' Holmes, the 19th-century activist who established the university.
* '''Creator/RobertHolmes''' was a writer and former script editor for ''Series/DoctorWho''. Rather unfortunately, it is also the name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Eagan_Holmes James Holmes]]' father.
* '''Creator/AnthonyHopkins''', who played a fictional [[TheSilenceOfTheLambs cannibal]] and RoaringRampageOfRevenge-inclined [[Theatre/TitusAndronicus ex-king]]; Anthony Hopkins, real-life AWOL Navy guy-turned-[[SinisterMinister revival preacher]] who abused the children in his care and [[http://law.rightpundits.com/?p=1435 stuffed his dead wife in a freezer]]; Anthony Hopkins, member of the Politics faculty at the University of Birmingham, England.
** None of whom should be confused with ''Antony'' (no "h") Hopkins, the composer and author of ''Understanding Music''.
* Lambeth Council in London (UK) owns two buildings called '''Hopton House'''; a block of flats in Brixton, and an office block in Streatham.
* There's '''Willie Horton''', the baseball player who patrolled left field for the Detroit Tigers in the 1960s and '70s. And there's Willie Horton, the convicted murderer who committed rape and assault while on furlough from prison and subsequently became a talking point in the 1988 presidential campaign.
* In Australia, '''John Howard''' is an actor... and a ''[[UsefulNotes/AustralianPolitics former Prime Minister]]''. The actor has been hired to make the joke at least twice: once in ''Series/TheGames'' (hired [[ShowWithinAShow within the show]] specifically to fool foreigners) and again in ''[[NewsParody CNNNN]]'' (mistaken for the other one by the presenter).
* '''Michael Howard''' the politician, and '''Sir Michael Howard''', the historian. The two are actually conflated in the index to the first volume of Alan Clark's diaries, Howard being his MP at the time of writing and Sir Michael being a fellow scholar. '''George Osborne''', the Coalition's Chancellor of the Exchequer, has a namesake in '''George Osborne''', one of the protagonists of William Makepeace Thackeray's ''Literature/VanityFair''. Also, there was an incident where '''David Davis MP''', the former Conservative Shadow Home Secretary and agitator against 42-day detention policies was supposed to be invited to speak to an ethnic minority police association - but they invited '''David Davies MP''' instead and he ended up calling them racist for their organisation being part of an affirmative action campaign.
* '''Steve Howe''' is the name of a rocker (in the bands Music/{{Yes}} and Music/{{Asia}}) and a deceased former baseball player.
** In [[TheSeventies 1970s]] England, there was a story about a teenage girl called Michelle Booth who was attacked on a train. [[labelnote:*]]She eventually recovered with no serious long-term harm done.[[/labelnote]] She had been on her way to visit her boyfriend, Steve Howe; not ''that'' [[Music/{{Yes}} Steve Howe]].
*** So her boyfriend was the troubled former New York Yankees pitcher?
* '''Glenn Hughes'''? Which one, the Music/VillagePeople guy or the erstwhile Music/DeepPurple bassist?
* A '''[[HummerDinger Hummer]]''' is a giant SUV. It's also a nickname for hummingbirds. Among other things.
* Was '''Helen Hunt''' a 19th-century social novelist or a popular 1990s movie actress? (Okay, so the first one was actually Helen Hunt ''Jackson'', but "Hunt" was the name of her first husband.)
* '''Ian Hunter''' was a British actor whose movies included ''A Midsummer Night's Dream'' and ''Film/TheAdventuresOfRobinHood''. Ian Hunter was also a British singer whose songs included [[Music/MottTheHoople "All the Young Dudes" and "All the Way to Memphis".]]
* It is not known if '''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meredith_Hunter_(politician) Meredith Hunter]]''' is a Music/TheRollingStones fan, but she is not the man who was killed by the Hells' Angels.
* '''Creator/JohnHurt''' is an English actor, while Mississippi John Hurt was an American blues musician.
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* The Ancient Greeks called '''Iberia''' two places on each side of the Mediterranean world (the Iberian Peninsula and the Western Caucasus) for some reason. This coincidence led to the belief in Medieval times that the peoples of these regions were related. The kicker? Caucasian Iberia is nowadays known as '''Georgia''', like the US state.
* When you say '''iFanboy''' you're either talking about an overzealous [[AppleMacintosh Apple Inc.]] enthusiast or [[http://www.ifanboy.com a really great comics discussion site]] with podcasts you can download off of Apple's iTunes player.
* '''Pablo Iglesias''': are we talking about [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Iglesias_Posse the founder of the]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Socialist_Workers%27_Party Spanish Socialist Worker's Party]] or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pablo_Iglesias_Turri%C3%B3n the founder of]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podemos_(Spanish_political_party) Podemos]]?
* VideoGame/MegaMan creator '''Creatir.KeijiInafune'''. After his split from {{Capcom}} [[http://www.siliconera.com/2011/10/10/keiji-inafune-record-of-agarest-war-director-disgaea-artist-together-for-rpg/ people thought he was doing a game named]] ''Overwhelming Game Infinite Souls''. [[http://www.siliconera.com/2011/10/18/the-keiji-inafune-you-know-is-not-making-compile-hearts-infinite-souls/ Turns out it was someone else with the same name.]] Notable for even affecting this wiki.
* '''Daniel Ingram''': Buddhist author, or songwriter for ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''?
* '''IOS''' is an operating system, both for Cisco's professional routers and network switches, and for Apple's iPhone and iPad, even though the latter example has Apple's signature lowercase ''i'' correctly naming the software '''iOS'''
* There are two '''John Irvings''' that are published writers - the Australian one being rather less well known, to the point that it's hard to find any information about him. There's also an historic [[http://www-personal.usyd.edu.au/~rcowan/genealogy/JohnIrving.htm Australian emancipationist]] of that name.
* '''ITV''' - The third British channel or Azerbaijan's state broadcaster?
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* ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'' had two Playmates named '''Jennifer Jackson''' (Miss March 1965 and Miss April 1989, the former being the first African-American Playmate). They also had two Playmates named '''Susie Scott''' (Miss February 1960 and Miss May 1983); to further complicate matters, Miss August 1984 was Suzi ''Schott''.
* '''Joe Jackson''': Record producer/abusive patriarch of Music/TheJacksonFive, Creator/{{Motown}}'s most famous musical family or English power pop/new wave star of the late '70s & early '80s?
** Not to mention the "shoeless" baseball player who was banned from the game for life after helping throw the 1919 World Series.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Jackson Kate Jackson]] of ''Series/CharliesAngels'' fame should not be mistaken for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kate_Jackson_(singer) Kate Jackson]], lead singer of (now defunct) English rock band [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Long_Blondes The Long Blondes]].
* There have been two NFL players named '''Keith Jackson''' (a tight end and a defensive tackle), and they're father and son. Neither is any relation to the Keith Jackson who spent decades calling college football for ABC. (The players are black; the sportscaster is white.)
* There have been at least five sportsmen or coaches named '''Mark Jackson''': An American footballer, an American football coach, an American basketball player (and now coach), an Australian Rules Football player and an English soccer player.
* '''Music/MichaelJackson'''. A Los Angeles radio talk show host, who is white, and has an English accent, is not related to a famous computer programmer who has written books on the subject, and both of them are not related to a famous singer and plastic-surgery addict, except that all three of them have the same name.
** There's also an ex-head of Channel 4.
** And an expert on Beer.
** As well as the coach of the University of New Hampshire Women's Soccer team.
** Also, a regular writer for ''Magazine/ComputerAndVideoGames''.
** Also a provost at USC.
** Not to mention General Sir Michael Jackson, ex-Chief of the General Staff of the UK.
** And General Michael Jackson, USAF, who was also a [[AcePilot WWII fighter ace]].
** And [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mick_Jackson_(singer) Mick Jackson]], an English singer-songwriter born Michael George Jackson who wrote "Blame It on the Boogie" (incidentally covered by Music/TheJacksonFive).
** After Michael Jackson, the pop star, died, people gathered at the Hollywood Walk of Fame star for Michael Jackson. Too bad they didn't fact check�the star they went to belonged to the radio host. The reason for this was that Michael Jackson the pop star's Walk of Fame star was covered by equipment used for the premiere of the movie ''Film/{{Bruno}}''. The fans eventually found out but didn't care, and Michael Jackson the radio host said, "I am willingly loaning it to him and, if it would bring him back, he can have it."
** And according to TheOtherWiki, there's even a bishop named Michael Jackson. [[UnfortunateImplications Was he Catholic]]?
** And an actor (he plays Trevor in Series/TrailerParkBoys).
** And a former singer for the heavy metal band Satan. [[HilariousInHindsight Michael Jackson sang for Satan.]]
** There have been at least two Michael Jacksons in the NFL during the Michael Jackson's career as an adult (one a linebacker, another a wide receiver).
** And two major-league relief pitchers named Michael Jackson; one left-handed, one right-handed.
** And an ABA player known for his FunnyAfro.
* '''Peter Jackson''': The [[Creator/PeterJackson film director]], the chain of men's formalwear stores, or the brand of cigarettes.
* '''Randy Jackson''' could be one of two black musicians; Michael Jackson's kid brother, or the former Journey bassist who later became a judge for Series/AmericanIdol. Or he could be the white singer/guitarist for '80s hard rockers Zebra.
* '''Reggie Jackson''': 1970s baseball player with the New York Yankees or 2010s basketball player with the Oklahoma City Thunder?
* '''Steve Jackson''': The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jackson_%28US_game_designer%29 American role-playing game designer]], or the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Jackson_%28UK_game_designer%29 British role-playing game designer]]? And it certainly doesn't help that the American one wrote three of the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' game books � a series created by the British one.
** Note: the American one ''runs a company called Steve Jackson Games.'' The British one is probably not pleased.
** An early issue of ''White Dwarf'' magazine had a photo of the two of them together, each of them reading a book by the other. Not only do they have the same name, but they even look alike. [[http://i66.servimg.com/u/f66/15/56/49/58/05110.jpg See for yourself.]]
** Stephen Jackson is a very good NFL running back.
** Stephen "Captain Jack" Jackson is also a solid NBA shooting guard.
* For viewers/listeners of Creator/TheBBC, there are two men called '''David Jacobs''': the British disc jockey/TV presenter, and the American writer-producer who created ''{{Series/Dallas}}'' and ''KnotsLanding'' (which were both shown in the UK on [=BBC1=]).
* '''UsefulNotes/JesseJames''': A Wild West gangster, Pittsburgh Steelers tight end, or a chopper bike builder?
** Or the Road Dogg Jesse James of Wrestling/DGenerationX and New Age Outlaws fame?
** '''Music/JessieJames''' is an American singer.
* '''Kevin James''' was a porno actor in TheEighties. Then he died of cancer in 1990. After that, he starred in ''Series/TheKingOfQueens''.
* '''Wrestling/JeffJarrett''', the Founder of Wrestling/{{TNA}} or [[http://news.yahoo.com/2-accused-grim-real-life-weekend-bernies-201320378.html some dude that died in Denver]] [[OfCorpseHesAlive to which his friends pull off a]] RealLife ''Film/WeekendAtBernies'' scenario.
* '''Ron Jaworski''' is an American football player who wore #7 as the Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback in the 1970s. He is also a Filipino bassist who plays for metal band Il Nomine Patris.
** Interestingly, the latter Ron Jaworski's father, Philippine basketball legend Robert Jaworski, wore #7 in his long PBA career with Toyota and Ginebra.
* Early UFC fans may have been amused to find out that the ring announcer at ''UFC 5'' was named '''Ron Jeremy'''. He was never seen on UFC programming again, but [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ron_Jeremy it wasn't so he could resume his porn career.]]
* There are at least two hymns called '''Jerusalem'''; the one famously arranged by Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer is not the one associated with Britain's Women's Institute.
* A guy was once hit by a car. His name? '''[[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/37015837/ Lord Jesus Christ]]'''. He was named after {{Jesus}}, founding figure of UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}}.
* '''Brian Johnson''' replaced Bon Scott as the lead singer of Music/{{ACDC}}, and there's also a Christian musician with that name.
* Two '''Andre Johnsons''', both taken in the first round, have stepped onto an NFL field. Andre ''T.'' Johnson was an offensive tackle who played only three games for the Detroit Lions in 1998... two years after Washington selected him and he never played a down for them. Andre ''Lamont'' Johnson is a wide receiver with an All-Pro caliber career, mostly with the Houston Texans.
* '''UsefulNotes/AndrewJohnson''' was not only (1) the President who was impeached but also, among others, (2) a politician for the Prohibition Party in the 1940's, (3) an Asian actor, (4) an architect, (5) an English footballer, (6) a Welsh footballer, (7) a cross-country skier and (8) a Civil War soldier.
* '''Calvin Johnson''' was the lead singer of Beat Happening and Dub Narcotic Sound System and co-frontman of The Halo Benders, as well as former NFL star "Megatron", one of the Detroit Lions' all-time best players
* '''Charles Johnson''': Defensive end for the Carolina Panthers, former journeyman catcher in Major League Baseball, and still finds time to be a left-wing political blogger.
** The University of Colorado also had two players on their 1990 football team named '''Charles Johnson'''. One was a wide receiver who later spent nine seasons in the NFL. The other was the quarterback who won the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fifth_Down_Game_%281990%29 "Fifth Down Game"]] against Missouri.
* '''Eddie Johnson''': Two former [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] players and near-contemporaries of one another. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Johnson_(basketball,_born_1955) The older of the two]] is a guard who was banned from the league for drug-related offenses, now equally notable for his long criminal record and current life sentence for sex crimes against a 12-year-old girl. When he was arrested for this last offense, many publications ran the story with a picture of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Johnson_(basketball,_born_1959) the other Eddie Johnson]], a small forward whose only brushes with the law were minor traffic violations.
* '''Jack Johnson''' is a controversial African-American boxer, a mellow mixed-race surfer/singer, or a patriotic Caucasian American hockey player.
** '''John Jackson''' is an American bobsledder ... and an 18th Century English boxer.
** '''John Johnson''' not only shares the name with a man in the same city as him, save middle initials, they share the same birth date. Unfortunately, one is a hardworking man, the other is a registered sex offender, and local bureaucracy is mixing the hardworking man with the other one. [[http://wivb.com/2014/02/12/man-haunted-by-sex-offender-with-same-name-birthdate/ See news story here]].
* A ''Sports Illustrated'' article about UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} driver '''Jimmie Johnson''' noted that it is hard for him get noticed (despite winning 58 Sprint Cup races and 5 straight championships) because A) he's very polite and not prone to flamboyant behavior and B) he's also got to contend with other sports figures with similar names: an NFL tight end, for one; Jimm'''y''' Johnson, Cowboys football coach and {{FOX}} sports commentator; Jimmy Johnson, Hall of Fame cornerback; Jimmy Johnson, Northwestern quarterback and '''Jim''' Johnson, defensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles/relief pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles/East Carolina football coach, and a couple of hockey players. An anecdote from his childhood also notes that there's a Rick Johnson who Jimmie wished he was related to (he was a cool older cousin-type).
** Then there's the Jimmy Johnson who played guitar in the Music/MuscleShoals rhythm section in TheSixties, and bassist Jimmy Johnson of fusion band Flim and the BB's.
** It should be noted that Jimmie [[SpellMyNameWithAnS "is his Christian name, not James or even Jim."]]
* '''Randy Johnson''' could be the mediocre NFL quarterback from the '60s and '70s, or the Hall of Fame baseball pitcher of the '90s and '00s known as "The Big Unit". Their full first names, however, differ; the NFL player is Randolph, while the MLB player is Randall.
* '''David Johnston'''? Wait, the geologist, the t-shirt artist, the Governor-General of Canada or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Johnston_(disambiguation) one of these other guys?]]
* [[http://www.baseball-reference.com/boxes/COL/COL199905110.shtml May 11, 1999]]. New York Mets at Colorado Rockies. Both starting pitchers are named '''Bobby Jones'''.
** Wasn't he also one of the all-time greatest golfers?
*** He was also the protagonist of ''[[Creator/AgathaChristie Why Didn't They Ask Evans?]]'', which starts with him ''playing golf'' (and flubbing a shot); this opening has a bit of fun with the fact that he's not the famous golfer, but just someone with a fairly common name which happens to be the same.
** For bonus points, the Rockies traded their Bobby Jones the following year... to the Mets. On three occasions in September 2000, the left-handed Bobby Jones replaced the right-handed Bobby Jones as pitcher, but thankfully the baseball world was spared any direct substitutions of one for the other.
** How about former NBA star Bobby Jones, who was one of the best defensive forwards of the '70s and '80s?
** Or the Bobby Jones who was an NBA journeyman in the late 2000s, and is now a journeyman in the Italian league?
* '''Alex Jones''': [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/01/Alex_Jones_thumbs_up.jpg Notoriously outspoken]] American male [[ConspiracyTheorist conspiracy theorist]] or [[http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/528xn/p00vbm63.jpg glamorous female]] Welsh television presenter. '''Alex Christian Jones''' is black child actor who played Eddie on the sitcom ''Series/KickinIt''.
* '''Adam Jones''': Infamous football defensive back nicknamed "Pacman", or low-key baseball outfielder, both of whom are black and born in the '80s. (The latter was once mistakenly detained at the Canadian border, likely for the former.) There's also the Tool guitarist, who is white and born in the '60s.
* '''Creator/BradJones''': Internet reviewer better known as "WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob", Green Bay Packers linebacker, or an Australian soccer goalkeeper.
* '''Charles Jones''': Defensive-oriented power forward from Albany State, or defensive-oriented power forward from Louisville? Amazingly, they were ''teammates'' in the 1988-89 Washington Bullets, where the latter went by C.A., or Charles A. Jones to distinguish himself from the former.
** A third Charles Jones played in the NBA in the late '90s. As a shooting guard for Long Island University, he is still the last man to score at least 30 points per game in NCAA Division I competition. But as an NBA reserve, he was mostly a threes-and-defense guy with a slightly limited role on offense.
* '''Davy Jones''' is either a figure from nautical folklore, one of Music/TheMonkees, the squid-headed pursuer of Capt. Jack Sparrow in the ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' film franchise, or a sports car racer. The third was inspired by the first, of course.
** David Jones is also Music/DavidBowie's birth name. He took his stage name so as not to be confused with the Monkee.
* '''Duncan Jones''': Son of Music/DavidBowie and director of ''Film/{{Moon}}'' and ''Film/SourceCode'', or the [[VideoGame/{{Minecraft}} Tekkit]]-savvy LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}} member also known as "Lalna"?
* '''Jade Jones''': Both are British sportswomen who competed in London 2012. One is a gold-medallist in taekwondo. The other is a wheelchair-bound athlete.
* '''Mick Jones''': guitarist for Music/{{Foreigner}}, or guitarist for Music/TheClash?
* '''John Paul Jones''': [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution American revolutionary]] who has not yet begun to fight, or Music/LedZeppelin bassist? (The latter's real name is SJohn Baldwin, also the name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Baldwin many people]].)
** A ''third'' John Paul Jones is the namesake of the main indoor sports arena at the University of Virginia. His son donated $35 million toward the arena's construction, which gave him the right to name it.
* '''Randy Jones''' is either a baseball pitcher, an ice hockey player, or a [[Music/VillagePeople singing cowboy]].
* '''Terry Jones''', [[Creator/MontyPython British comedic loony with great ideas.]] [[http://www.thestar.com/news/world/article/857888--americans-rallying-against-planned-qur-an-burning?bn=1 Terry Jones, American religious loony with just plain stupid ideas.]]
** There's also [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Jones_(baseball) Terry Jones]], an obscure major-league outfielder.
** British actor Finn Jones, best known as Loras Tyrell on ''Series/GameOfThrones'', was born Terence Jones.
** [[Series/TheDailyShow Jon Stewart]] made the obvious ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'' reference during the 2012 "Innocence of Muslims" scandal.
* Music/TomJones the singer. Creator/TommyLeeJones the actor.
** Not to mention Tom Jones the lyricist for ''The Fantasticks'' and several lesser-known musicals.
* According to the end credits for ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', one of the Ewoks is played by '''Trevor Jones'''. This is not the Trevor Jones who scored among others ''{{Film/Cliffhanger}}'', ''Film/TheLastOfTheMohicans'' and ''{{Film/Labyrinth}}'' (that's both the film '''and''' the miniseries).
* '''UsefulNotes/MichaelJordan''', the basketball superstar who ''was'' the [=NBA=] during the 1990s (when he wasn't playing minor-league baseball, anyway) and '''Creator/MichaelBJordan''', actor in ''Series/FridayNightLights'', ''Film/FruitvaleStation'', ''Film/FantasticFour2015'', and ''Film/{{Creed}}''.
* An interesting subversion happened during the 1970s. When the NBA team named the '''Cincinnati Royals''' went and moved to Kansas City (and Omaha), the owners of the NBA Royals decided to change ''their'' name to the Kings so they don't get confused with the baseball team named the '''Kansas City Royals''', even though the NBA team was around longer than the MLB team. When the Kings finally did move out of Kansas City in the middle of the 1980s, they decided to stick with their Kansas City name for Sacramento instead of renaming their team back to the Royals. Of course, for residents in California, there is ''some'' confusion when talking about the Kings (whether they mean the basketball team in Sacramento or the hockey team in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles).
*** If they seem upset, they're talking about [[ButtMonkey/{{Sports}} the basketball team.]] Hey-o!
* A few ContinuitySnarl cases can happen with relocated/defunct/renamed teams.
** New York Giants: the current NFL team or the baseball team now known as the San Francisco Giants.
** Colorado Rockies: the current MLB team or the hockey team now known as the New Jersey Devils.
** St. Louis Cardinals: the current MLB team or the football team earlier known as the Chicago Cardinals and now known as the Arizona Cardinals. [[note]]They were also the Phoenix Cardinals for a few years, before switching to "Arizona" because they played in the nearby city of Tempe.[[/note]]
** The NBA's Baltimore Bullets[[note]]now known as the Washington Wizards[[/note]] and Denver Nuggets and the NHL's Winnipeg Jets were named after previous teams in their cities.
** The original '''Charlotte Hornets''' basketball team moved to New Orleans in 2002. A new Charlotte team, the Bobcats, started play in 2004. The New Orleans team finally dropped the ArtifactTitle (related to Charlotte's nickname as "a hornet's nest" of Patriot activity earned during UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution) and got the more appropriate name New Orleans Pelicans in 2013. The Bobcats then changed their name to the Hornets in 2014 and reclaimed the history of the original team.
* William Joyce is either a much beloved children's book author from United States or a World War 2 era British traitor who broadcast propaganda from Berlin and came to be known derisively as Lord Haw-Haw.
* The term '''"Julian date"''' is used in at least three different ways; a date in the Julian calendar brought in during the reign of Julius Caesar (see above), the number of days since the start of the current year, or a day-number in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_day Julian Period]]. Best avoid ambiguity by using "Julian-calendar date", "day of year" or "Julian Day Number" respectively.
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* '''David Kaye''': either the StageName of voice actor [[Creator/DavidKaye David V Hope]], the child actor turnd voice actor who usually gets credited with his middle initial, [[EggsMilkSquick and the pedophile rabbi]].
* '''Brian Kelly''' was either the actor who played Ranger Ricks on ''Series/{{Flipper}}'' or the football player turned coach at Notre Dame. Then there's '''Brian Kelley''' who's either a writer and producer on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' or half of Music/FloridaGeorgiaLine. [[note]] Incidentally, the troper who posted this is also named Brian Kelly. [[/note]]
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Kennedy Ted Kennedy]]''' was an American senator. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Kennedy_%28ice_hockey%29 Ted Kennedy]] was a Canadian hockey player. Eerily, both of them died in August 2009 within 9 days of each other (RIP Teds).
** When Ted died in the election to replace him the Libertarian candidate was named Joe Kennedy, but had no relation to the family. There were more than a few accusations that his name was deliberately used to confuse Democratic voters (but as Scott Brown won by 5% and Kennedy only got 1% of the vote, this would not have had any effect even if true).
* '''Tom Kennedy''': Game show host or character actor who specialized in DumbMuscle roles?
* The new ABA that started operations in 2000 tried to revive the '''Kentucky Colonels''', an original ABA team, only to face opposition from a charitable organization founded in 1812, though they allowed the use of the name so long as it appeared next to a basketball. However, they eventually ended up renaming the team the Kentucky Retros in deference to the "real" Kentucky Colonels. This didn't stop them from establishing teams like the '''NYC Thunder''', the '''Tri-City Suns''', the '''West Virginia Blazers''', who all share names with current NBA teams, the '''Florida Thundercats''', who bear the name of beloved 1980s cartoon ''WesternAnination/{{Thundercats}}'', and '''The Music City and Kansas City Stars''', who share a name not only with the NHL's Dallas Stars, but also ''each other''.
* '''Kim Chanmi''', a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kim_Chan-mi female Korean sports shooter]] or the dancer and youngest member of KoreanPopMusic girl group Music/{{AOA}}?
* '''Kim Yerim''' can refer to either the soloist Music/LimKim or the youngest member of Music/RedVelvet, Yeri.
* There's a South Korean athlete saddled with the unfortunate name of '''Kim Jong-il'''. His name is often romanized as '''Kim Yong-il''' to avoid confusion with the North Korean dictator.
** Which doesn't really help, as there is a member of the North Korean government named Kim Yong Il (unrelated to the dictator).
** There is also South Korean economist named Kim Jong-Il who has co-written several important articles on economic development in East Asia. He usually goes by J. I. Kim apparently.
* '''Albert King''' could be a legendary bluesman who stood about 6'6", or a former NBA journeyman forward who definitely stood 6'6".
* '''Bernard King''' is the older brother of the aforementioned NBA player Albert King, and one of the league's best scorers in the '80s. Contrary to the misconception that they were father-and-son, he is of no relation to Bernard King Jr., who went undrafted in the NBA in 2003 after a standout college career at Texas A&M. The latter one was actually ''Victor'' Bernard King Jr., whose dad Victor King Sr. was a second-round pick in 1979 but never played in the NBA.
* '''Larry King''', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_King_Live legendary interviewer]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.O._Green_School_shooting murdered gay teenager]].
* At least two people have used the stage name '''Nosmo King'''; a 1940s comedian, and a 1970s singer.[[labelnote:*]]In case you haven't figured it out, "Nosmo King" came in both cases from "No Smoking" signs.[[/labelnote]]
* '''Peter King''', British wig maker to [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings Middle Earth]], American Congressman from New York and [[http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/03/09/king.profile/index.html?hpt=C2 inveterate critic of (what he thinks is) Islam]], and American sportswriter.
* '''Andrei Kirilenko''': Former [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrei_Kirilenko player]], or deceased Soviet [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrei_Kirilenko_(politician) politician]]?
* '''Kiwi''' the fruit (native of China but grown in New Zealand) and '''Kiwi''' the bird (endemic of New Zealand).
* In Germany, one of the most successful bookstore chains is "Buchhandlung '''Walter Koenig'''", founded by an enterpreneur named Walter Koenig - who is unrelated to [[WalterKoenig Pavel Chekov]].
* '''UsefulNotes/EvelKnievel''', American daredevil and survivor of the [[MedalOfDishonor "most bones broken in a lifetime"]] 433) according to ''Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords'', should not be confused with '''Evil Knievil''', a British stock market commentator (real name Simon Cawkwell)
* The city of '''Kobe''', fifth-largest city of Japan, has no direct connection to player UsefulNotes/KobeBryant. Reportedly the player's parents named him after Kobe beef, a Japanese restaurant delicacy. Which happened to be named after the city.
** There's also R'n'B singer Kobe Honeycutt, who records under the name "Kobe". He's made a song with Music/{{Eminem}}
* There were three separate generals named Walther Krueger during WorldWar2, one American, though of German birth, one in the regular German army, and another German in Waffen SS.
* '''KK(&)K''', a German company specializing in manufacturing turbochargers, or the '''[[UsefulNotes/KuKluxKlan KKK]]''', a group of white supremacists in strange hats. There is also the colonial Philippines' most famous [[LaResistance revolutionary group]], also called '''KKK''' (full name: Samahang Kataastaasan, Kagalanggalang Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan[[note]]translated: Highest and Most Honorable Society of the Children of the Nation[[/note]]).
* Is '''Haruka Kudou''' a voice actress best known for voicing Hagu in ''Manga/HoneyAndClover'', or the youngest member to ever join [[Music/HelloProject Morning Musume]]?
* For heaven's sake, do not confuse '''Ryszard Kukliński''' a Polish colonel and Cold War spy, who passed top secret Warsaw Pact documents revealing Soviet military plans to the CIA, and '''Richard Kuklinski''', an American contract killer, known as "Iceman".
* Captain '''James Kirk'''. A fictional commander of a starship named USS ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Enterprise]]'' or a RealLife commander of the futuristic-looking destroyer USS ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Zumwalt Zumwalt]]''? For reference, they do have different middle names, but the latter's parents must have played a cruel joke on him.
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* There are two famous [[UsefulNotes/AncientRome Romans]] named '''Titus Labienus'''. Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar's lieutenant who defected to UsefulNotes/PompeyTheGreat, or a first-century historian who committed suicide when his books were burned?
* Mary Lambert is either [[Music/MaryLambert a singer-songwriter]] best known for singing the chorus of {{Music/Macklemore}}'s "Same Love", or a film director best known for ''Film/PetSematary''.
* '''LAN''' may refer to a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_area_network computer network]] or to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LAN_Airlines a Chilean airline]].
* '''Creator/ErikLarson''', the historic non-fiction writer, or '''Erik Larsen''', the creator of ''Comicbook/TheSavageDragon''?
** Or '''[[http://www.j-archive.com/showplayer.php?player_id=1008 Erik Larsen]]''', the 5-time ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}'' champion.
* There were two Swedish authors named '''Stig Larsson'''. Rumour has it that they met, discussed the potential problem, and tossed a coin. The loser changed his name to ''Stieg'' - pronounced the same. Yes, that's the guy who wrote Literature/TheMillenniumTrilogy. Very little is known about the other Stig Larsson.
** Even better, they were childhood friends, who just so happened to both go into writing. So the coin toss is entirely possible.
* There is a '''UsefulNotes/LasVegas''' in Nevada and another one in UsefulNotes/NewMexico. And a third one in UsefulNotes/{{Honduras}}. As the name literally means "The Meadows", it could apply to several locations.
* '''Belinda Lee''' is one of two British actresses: star of Italian films or dancer best known as a long-running lift girl in ''Series/AreYouBeingServed''.
* '''Jason Scott Lee''' is an Asian-American actor known for starring in ''Film/DragonTheBruceLeeStory'' and the LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/TheJungleBook''. Jason Lee is a Caucasian actor known for appearing in many Creator/KevinSmith films, and being the star of ''Series/MyNameIsEarl'' and the LiveActionAdaptation of ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks''. On some sites, the former is mistakenly credited for roles by the latter.
** There is also a middle school in Vancouver, WA called Jason Lee Middle School
* '''Robert E. Lee''', the Confederate [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar American Civil War]] general, is not to be confused with Robert E. Lee, the cowriter of the plays ''Theatre/InheritTheWind'' and ''Literature/AuntieMame''. Both should be glad that they are not Robert ''T''. Lee, founder of the [[http://www.tencommandments.org/ Society for the Practical Estabishment and Perpetuation of the Ten Commandments]]. Sadly, that website seems to be serious, and promotes the most extremely vitriolic form of fundamentalism ever devised.
** Also not to be confused with [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1564951/ Robert Lee]] the guy who narrates ''Series/MythBusters''.
* '''Will Lee''': Bassist for the [[DavidLetterman World's Most Dangerous Band]] or [[Series/SesameStreet kindly old storekeeper]]?
* '''Richard Lenski:''' A German-born, American-naturalized Lutheran scholar and author? Or an evolutionary biologist famous for [[BerserkButton pissing off]] Andrew Schlafy?
* '''Ken Levine''': Writer for TV shows such as ''Series/{{MASH}}'', ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' and ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', or writer and creative director for games such as ''VideoGame/SystemShock2'' and the ''VideoGame/BioShock'' series? This got especially confusing when a blog post of TV Ken's [[http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2013/05/i-wont-give-zach-braff-one-dime.html about Kickstarter]] went viral, and many commentators mis-attributed it to ''[=BioShock=]'' Ken. In another blog post, he goes over [[http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2011/05/sorry-im-not-that-ken-levine.html other Ken Levine's that he is not]].
* '''Eugene Levy''' is either [[Creator/EugeneLevy an actor and comedian]] known for his work on ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' or a New York State Senator who passed away in 1990. Fortunately, they can be told apart verbally since the senator (being American) pronounced his name Lee-vee and the actor (being Canadian) pronounces his name Lev-vee.
* '''John Lewis''', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Lewis_%28U.S._politician%29 congressman from Georgia]], did not found an [[UsefulNotes/BritishBusinesses eponymous British department store]].
** Nor did he play piano for the Modern Jazz Quartet.
* There's '''Ray Lewis''', a retired UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball linebacker who spent his entire career with the Baltimore Ravens, who won Super Bowls in 2001 and 2013 with the team. There's another '''Ray Lewis''', a Canadian track and field athlete who won a bronze medal at the 1932 Summer Olympics. And [[RuleOfThree then there's another]] '''Ray Lewis''', a former singer for the R&B group The Drifters.
* '''John Linnell''' is the name of the pianist/accordionist/saxophonist for Music/TheyMightBeGiants. It is also the name of an 19th century English Romantic painter, specializing in landscapes.
* '''John August List''' is an economics professor at the University of Chicago. '''John Emil List''' murdered his wife, mother, and three children, and at one point was suspected to be D.B. Cooper.
* '''[[Creator/PeytonRList Peyton]]''' (often Peyton R. or Peyton Roi) '''[[Creator/PeytonRList List]]''', born 1998, plays Emma Ross on ''Series/{{Jessie}}''; '''Peyton '''(always credited without a middle initial)''' List''', born 1986, plays Nicole Kirby on ''FlashForward2009''.
* '''George Lopez''': an American comedian, and a professor with the International Institute of Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
* '''Vincent Lombardi''', an American football player and coach, and a Hudson River ferry captain who rescued some of the passengers of the downed US Airways Flight 1549.
* '''Nick Lowe''', the film critic for ''Interzone'' magazine and TropeNamer for PlotCoupon, is neither a Marvel Comics editor nor the singer of "Cruel to Be Kind".
* '''Creator/ChristopherLloyd''': One is the actor who played [[Series/{{Taxi}} Jim Ignatowski]] and [[Franchise/BackToTheFuture Doc Brown]], the other is the executive producer for ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' and ''Series/ModernFamily''.
* '''[[Literature/AllTheKingsMen Huey Long]]''' (1893-1935) was a Governor of Louisiana (and later US Senate representative) known for his unconventional far-left populist politics, who was assassinated. Another '''Huey Long''' (1904-2009) was an African-American jazz musician and member of vocal group The Ink Spots, who lived to age 105.
* '''Robert (often Bobby) Lopez''' is a composer/lyricist who cowrote ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' and ''[[Theatre/TheBookOfMormon The Book of Mormon]]''. '''Robert (always Robert) Lopez''' is an acclaimed novelist and professor. Both have lived in Brooklyn. (And '''Robert F. Lopez''' was a notable US Navy officer during the Spanish-American War.)
** Italian economist Roberto Lopez went by Robert when he taught at Yale (the prestigious American university, not the little-known Welsh junior college). His English books are published under this name, too.
* '''Music/JenniferLopez'''. The famous musician shares the name with [[http://press.weather.com/company/view_meteorologist.asp?id=8 one of the meteorologists on The Weather Channel]]''.
** There was a news story in January 2013 about a woman named Jennifer Lopez (not the singer) who had spent £10,000 having plastic surgery so her booty was a double of Jennifer Lopez (the singer)'s.
* Is '''Lu Xun''' a Chinese general from the Three Kingdoms era or a Chinese writer from early 20th century?
** There's also '''Liu Xun''' who happened to be; (1) an emperor of the Western Han Dynasty, (2) the son of Liu Zhang, a warlord from the late Eastern Han Dynasty, (3) the prefect of Lujiang, again, during the late Eastern Han Dynasty, and (5) a major general of Later Liang Dynasty.
* '''Claire Luce''', actress, and '''Clare Boothe Luce''', playwright and Congresswoman.
* Two people involved with the U.S. BlackMetal project Panopticon are named '''Austin Lunn'''. They have adopted pseudonyms to avoid confusion. The first, Austin L. Lunn, who writes and performs most of the band's material, identifies himself as A. or A. Lundr (the Nordic form of his name), while the second, Austin P. Lunn, who engineered several recordings for the band, uses the name Skallehammeren. This is also not the only project both of them have been involved in; they are also both members of lesser-known DoomMetal band Agnosis.
* '''David Lynch''': [[Creator/DavidLynch Director]] of ''Series/TwinPeaks'' and ''BlueVelvet'', acoustic-guitar-playing singer/songwriter, former member of doo-wop group The Platters, wine expert, or prominent [[ThoseWackyNazis Neo-Nazi]]? The fact that more than one musician has the name is particularly confusing because David Lynch the director has written and performed music for his own films, has collaborated with other musicians like Music/{{Sparklehorse}}, and now has his own solo album. '''David Lench''', on the other hand, is a schoolteacher who received fifteen minutes of infamy after he was arrested for [[http://blogs.courierpostonline.com/fishhead/2009/02/10/nj-man-hammered-nails-into-neighbors-fence-to-hurt-dogs/ driving nails through his neighbor's fence]] in order to discourage dogs from entering his property.
* Is '''Music/StephenLynch''' a comedian and singer or a Congressman from Massachusetts?
* '''Creator/GeorgeLucas''', ''Franchise/StarWars'' creator and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Joseph_Lucas Archbishop]].
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* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, the United States used [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1_Garand about]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1_carbine five]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thompson_submachine_gun different]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bazooka firearms]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M1A1_Flamethrower designated]] '''M1'''. This even continues into the modern day - both the current official sidearm and the standard rifle bayonet of the US military are given the name '''M9'''.
* And the US Army had two entirely unrelated tanks both designated the M3. The USA adopted informal British naming conventions for its tanks in 1942 which designated the M3 (light) tank as the Stuart and the M3 (medium) tank as either the Lee or the Grant depending on sub-type. [[note]]The British, as major end-user of US designed vehicles, originated the nomenclature for American tanks which gave them the names of American Civil War generals. Light tanks were named after cavalry generals, heavier tanks after infantry generals. The compliment was appreciated and still informs US Army tank naming today[[/note]]
** Chinese copies of both the SKS and the AK-47 were named the '''Type 56'''.
* Much before the examples listed above existed, we've the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messier_object Messier catalog]], a catalog of astronomical objects compiled by the French astronomer Charles Messier that appeared in 1771. For example, '''M31''' is there the Andromeda Galaxy.
* In computers: '''MAC''' is the name of one of the first high-level programming languages.[[labelnote:*]]According to who you listen to, the name comes from either '''M'''anchester '''A'''uto'''C'''ode after the university it was developed at, or '''M'''ercury '''A'''uto'''C'''ode after the computer it was developed on. Its successor was called EMA, for '''E'''xtended '''M'''ercury '''A'''utocode, which appears to have settled the matter.[[/labelnote]] '''Mac''' (formally Macintosh, after an apple variety) is the name of a line of personal computers made by Apple Inc. Fortunately MAC is rarely heard of nowadays, so the scope for confusion is minimal.
** There's also the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MAC_address MAC address]], a unique identifier assigned to network interfaces (modems, routers, etc.). It can lead to confusion when trying to diagnose in Internet issue over the phone:
--->''Tech Support: Okay, what's the MAC address for your modem?''
--->''Caller: [[ChainOfCorrections I don't have a Mac - it's a PC!]]''
* '''Ralph Macchio''' is the name of both Film/TheKarateKid's actor and a prominent Creator/MarvelComics writer/editor.
* '''Kenneth [=MacDonald=]''' is either an English character actor who appeared on Series/ItAintHalfHotMum and Series/OnlyFoolsAndHorses, or an American character actor who appeared on several Film/TheThreeStooges shorts and ''Franchise/PerryMason'' episodes.
* '''John Mackey''': CEO of Whole Foods, NFL Hall of Fame tight end, or contemporary composer?
* Same name, different spelling: '''John [=MacLean=]''', the NHL star with a 20 year career, was not a [[Film/DieHard badass cop with who walked barefoot on broken glass]] beforehand.
** The player shares his name with '''John [=MacLean=]'''(1811-1895), a historian and genealogist of Cornwall. With '''John Patterson [=MacLean=]''' (1848-1939), an archaeologist. With '''John Maclean''' (1851-1928), a pastor who studied the cultures of UsefulNotes/NativeAmericans. And '''John Norman Maclean''' (1943-), a journalist who has written [[NonFictionLiterature Non Fiction Books]] on natural disasters. All four were/are published authors of note.
* '''Alison [=MacLeod=]''' is either a [[http://www.alisonmacleodracing.com/ racecar driver]] or a Canadian author.
** There's also an '''Allison [=MacLeod=]''' who is a blues-rock singer that's married to Josh Weinstein (the one who played [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Dr. Erhardt and Tom Servo]], not the one who wrote for ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.)
* '''John Madden''', a retired NHL player who helped the New Jersey Devils and Chicago Blackhawks win Stanley Cups, shares a name with the Hall of Fame NFL coach and former color commentator with [[VideoGame/MaddenNFL his own brand of video games]].
** Yet another John Madden directed ''ShakespeareInLove''.
* There are two Japanese [=VAs=] named '''Creator/AiMaeda''': One who voiced [[VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}} Shion Uzuki]]; and one who voiced [[LightNovel/KinosJourney Kino]] and played [[Film/BattleRoyale Shiori Kitano]].
* '''Josh Mandel''', a game writer/designer who worked at [[{{Creator/Sierra}} Sierra On-Line]] and who has served as the voice of [[VideoGame/KingsQuest King Graham]] in official titles and fan remakes, is not the '''Josh Mandel''' who unsuccessfully ran for the United States Senate in Ohio in 2012.
* '''Gabriel Mann''' is Nolan Ross on ''{{Series/Revenge}}'', but he doesn't write TV scores when he isn't acting (''Series/ModernFamily'', ''Rectify''), unlike the composer of the same name.
* '''Michael Mann''' is either Creator/MichaelMann, a show runner of crime series and film director, or Michael Mann, a controversial scientist in the area of climate change.
* '''Roger Manning''', California-based keyboardist for power-pop bands Music/{{Jellyfish}} and Imperial Drag now goes under the moniker of Roger Joseph Manning Jr., to avoid confusion with another Roger Manning, alterna-folk singer/songwriter Roger Manning from New York. Both have recorded with Music/{{Beck}}.
* '''Laurence Marks''': the American comedy writer whose credits include ''Series/{{MASH}}'' and ''Series/HogansHeroes'', or the British comedy writer whose credits include ''Series/BirdsOfAFeather'' and ''Series/GoodnightSweetheart''?
* '''Music/BobMarley''' was more or less the face of reggae. '''Bob Marley'''[[labelnote:full name]]Robert Cochrane Marley[[/labelnote]] is frequently billed as '''Comedian Bob Marley''' for this very reason.
* One '''Jim Marshall''' was an American professional photographer who took photographs of rock stars in TheSixties. Another English Jim Marshall was a jazz drummer turned music store owner who founded Marshall Amps. Interestingly enough, both worked with one [[Music/JimiHendrix James Marshall Hendrix]].
** Another Jim Marshall, who may or may not have been a Hendrix fan, was a member of the Minnesota Vikings' famed "Purple People Eaters" defense in the 1960's and 1970's. He was know for being physically tough (during the off-season he'd work out in waist-deep snow) and having started a then-record 270 consecutive games during his twenty-year pro career…unfortunately, [[NeverLiveItDown his most notorious claim to fame]] was recovering a fumble and running it back 66 yards ''into his own end zone'', resulting in a safety for the other team.
* '''Mike Marshall''' was a pitcher in the 1970's who is a leading authority on kinesiology. Another Mike Marshall played outfield in the 1980's and was married to [[Music/TheGoGos Belinda Carlisle]]. Both men actually played for the Dodgers (albeit not together).
* The frontman of Music/{{Coldplay}} and a New Zealand cricketer (read: fast bowler)? Both named '''Chris Martin.'''
** Also DJ Premier's real name is ''also'' Chris Martin.
* '''Music/DeanMartin''': Creator/RatPack member or DJ on British retro station Gold? The latter sometimes plays songs by the former.
* '''George Martin''' who produced Music/TheBeatles is not to be confused with George Martin, the driver of the taxi in in which Music/EddieCochran died. Nor '''George R.R. Martin''', author of the ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' series.
* '''Jessica Martin''': A British actress who voiced Empyrea in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', or a Seattle actress who voiced Samus in ''MetroidOtherM''? Or a British model?
* Just the most famous currently living man named '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Martin_%28disambiguation%29 Paul Martin]]''' is arguably [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Martin the twenty-first Prime Minister of Canada]].
* '''Russell Martin''' is known for his defense and veteran experience. It doesn't matter if he is a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Martin Canadian Baseball Player (For the Toronto Blue Jays)]] or a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Martin_(footballer) Scottish Footballer (For Norwich City)]].
* '''Creator/SteveMartin''' is a well-known comedian, actor, and writer. Another Steve Martin was the lead vocalist for '60s pop group The Left Banke ("Walk Away Renee", "Pretty Ballerina").
* We all know that '''Creator/KarlMarx''' was the creator of [[DirtyCommunists communism]]. However, there was another, far less well-known [[http://skepticwiki.org/index.php/Life_of_St_Issa#Dr_Karl_Marx doctor of that name who lived in the nineteenth century]], as well as a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Marx_%28composer%29 20th Century German composer with the same name]]. (Ironically, the last one wrote songs for the Hitler Youth...)
* '''Matlab''' is the name of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MATLAB programming language/software]] and an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matlab_Upazila upazila]] of UsefulNotes/{{Bangladesh}}.
* '''Creator/DavidMatranga''' is a voice actor known for his roles in ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'', ''Anime/AngelBeats'', and ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. '''Dave Matranga''' was a Minor League baseball player for 12 years, and a Major League one for seven games.
* '''Creator/YukiMatsuoka''' is either a Japanese voice actress known for her role as [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Orihime Inoue]] and [[Manga/AzumangaDaioh Osaka]] or a Japanese idol singer.
* '''Creator/BillyMays''', the famed infomercial man who died in June 2009, was the second Billy Mays. His father is Billy Mays Senior, and his son is known as Billy Mays III. During his televised memorial service, Billy Mays III said that he was giving serious thought to naming his first son Billy Mays IV.
** Not to mention baseball great '''Willie Mays''', and composer/arranger (and frequent [[Music/FrankSinatra Sinatra]] collaborator) '''Billy May'''.
* '''Teresa May''' combines being the British Prime Minister with a lucrative side-job as a porn actress.[[note]]It should be noted, however, that the PM spells her name with an "H".[[/note]]
* Two men named '''Chuck [=McCann=]''' have worked in animation. One is a voice actor, and the other is a film editor.
* In 1957 a radio announcer for baseball's Philadelphia Phillies, on being informed that '''Joe [=McCarthy=]''' had died, went into a long on-air eulogy for the former New York Yankees manager, listing all the highlights of his storied career. It wasn't until breaking for a commercial that the announcer learned that the Joe [=McCarthy=] in question was the notorious Red-baiting former senator from Wisconsin.
** Bonus: The Phillies announcer in question was named '''Creator/GeneKelly'''. No, not the dancer.
* Two of the authors of the musical ''Rio Rita'' were named '''Joseph [=McCarthy=] and Fred Thompson'''. Neither should be confused with anyone who ever was a [[RedScare Republican senator]], or appeared on ''Series/LawAndOrder''. Or, in the case of Thompson, ''both at the same time'' (during his last months in the Senate).
* The '''Meghan [=McCarthy=]''' who [[https://twitter.com/MMeghanMcCarthy writes]] for ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' is not the Meghan [=McCarthy=] [[https://twitter.com/meghanwmccarthy who does high voices online]].
* '''Frank [=McCourt=]''' - Former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Irish-American author who wrote ''Literature/AngelasAshes''?
* In 1976, the Green Bay Packers had two players on their lineup named '''Mike [=McCoy=]''': a white defensive tackle, and a black cornerback.
* '''Stewart [=McDonald=]''', the Member of Parliament for Glasgow South should not be confused with '''Stuart [=McDonald=]''', the Member of Parliament for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East. Even more amusing is that both won their seats in the United Kingdom's general election in 2015 and both represent the Scottish National Party. (There is also a SNP member of the East Dunbartonshire Council called '''Stewart [=MacDonald=]'''.)
* '''Creator/KatieMcGrath''': Young Irish actress in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' or wife of Creator/JJAbrams?
* '''Paul [=McGuigan=]''' ("Guigsy"), the first bassist of Music/{{Oasis}}, shares his name with a film director. The director is credited with works such as ''Film/LuckyNumberSlevin'' and ''Film/{{Push}}''.
* '''Mark [=McGuire=]''' is a guitarist formerly of ambient electronic band Emeralds, while '''Mark [=McGwire=]''' is a baseball player who admitted to using steroids in 2010.
* '''Creator/KevinMcHale''': Former Boston Celtics player and current Houston Rockets coach, or actor on ''Series/{{Glee}}''?
* '''John [=McLaughlin=]''': Jazz guitarist or political talk show host?
* '''Creator/SteveMcQueen''', [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000537/ deceased white American actor]] and [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2588606/ living black British director]].
* There are two voice actresses with the same name, despise being from different countries: A Mexican [=VA=] named '''Romy Mendoza''' (who voiced [[Manga/InuYasha Kagome's mother]] and [[{{Kissyfur}} Beehonie]]), and the [[Creator/RomiPark Korean-Japanese one]] who voiced [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Edward Elric]].
* '''Memphis''' is the largest city on Tennessee and was the capital of Lower Egypt.
** Another '''Memphis''' (Memphis Depay) was signed by Man United for 25 Million quid, with the hopes that he may be the next Ronaldo, Giggs, or Beckham. Unfortunately, a nightmare debut season, the emergence of Anthony Martial (normally a striker) on the left wing, and the acquisition of Henrik Mkhitaryan might end up turning Memphis into United's next Veron.
* '''Jose Mendoza''': Could be the former University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons forward nicknamed Joey, who played alongside future PBA stars Benjie Paras and Ronnie Magsanoc, but never made the PBA, or the former Mapua Cardinals forward nicknamed Jay, who was notorious in the late '90s as one of the PBA's dirtiest players.
* '''Russ Meyer''' was a pioneering director in the sexploitation genre. Russ Meyer was also a Major League Baseball pitcher nicknamed "The Mad Monk". Neither should be confused with Russell Meyers, creator of the comic strip ''Broom-Hilda''.
* Division I college sports has '''Miami University''' and the '''University of Miami'''. Since the word "University" is often left out when referring to teams (except for those that are known best by initials, in which case the "U" is included), and it would be easy to forget which one is which, they are usually referred to in print as Miami (OH) and Miami (FL), respectively. The University of Miami is located in Coral Gables, Florida (which is near UsefulNotes/{{Miami}}), and Miami University is located in the Miami Valley in Oxford, Ohio.
** There's also '''Loyola University UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}}''' and '''Loyola University Maryland''' in UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}}. Plus the NAIA[[note]]the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, a separate governing body whose members are mostly smaller schools[[/note]] school '''Loyola University UsefulNotes/NewOrleans'''. Typically, the schools are called Loyola (Chicago), Loyola (MD), and Loyola (LA). There was once a Loyola University in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles as well, but that school went through a merger in TheSeventies and became Loyola Marymount.
** Plus '''St. Francis College''' in UsefulNotes/{{Brooklyn}} ("Saint" officially abbreviated) and '''Saint Francis University''' in UsefulNotes/{{Pennsylvania}} ("Saint" officially spelled out)—and, to make things even better, both are members of the ''same conference''![[note]]the Northeast Conference[[/note]] In 2013, the Brooklyn school decided to try to avoid some of the confusion by changing its athletic brand to "St. Francis Brooklyn". The Pennsylvania school is usually described in print as "St. Francis (PA)".
** And '''The University of Washington''', a state-funded Division I school in UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}. and '''Washington University''', a private research institution with a Division III athletics program located in UsefulNotes/StLouis.
** Indiana University in the state of Indiana should not be confused with Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
*** Another level of confusion: Indiana University is actually the formal name of the Indiana University '''''system'''''. The "Indiana" of Division I sports is the system's main campus in Bloomington, formally known as Indiana University Bloomington.[[note]]Two other campuses in the IU system, which also happen to be campuses of Purdue University (don't ask how), play Division I sports, one in UsefulNotes/{{Indianapolis}} and the other in Fort Wayne... but they completely avert this trope by using initials, respectively IUPUI and IPFW.[[/note]]
** Neither should the University of California, Berkeley, usually referred to in print as "California", be confused with California University of Pennsylvania.
** '''Augustana College''' in Rock Island, Illinois is a small liberal arts college, founded in 1860, affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Its colors are blue and gold and the nickname is Vikings. '''Augustana University''' in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, which was known as "Augustana College" from 1926 to September 2015, is a small liberal arts college, founded in 1860, affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Its colors are blue and gold and the nickname is Vikings. Before the South Dakota school's latest name change, the main distinction was that South Dakota is in NCAA Division II and Illinois is Division III.
* '''George Michael''' was a sports broadcaster (''The George Michael Sports Machine''). The other George Michael sang lead in Wham! before venturing into a solo career in 1986.
* '''Wrestling/ShawnMichaels''' is the pro wrestler (he's white). ''Sean'' Michaels is the porno actor (he's black).
* '''[[RagsToRoyalty Kate Middleton]]''' has been kicked off of Facebook -- not [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catherine,_Duchess_of_Cambridge that]] Kate Middleton, but [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-12270648 another one]]. Ironically, the latter's boyfriend is '''Creator/JonathanRoss''' -- the namesake of a celebrity presenter -- and he still has his Facebook account.
* A Black male named '''CJ Miles''' is [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._J._Miles spending his NBA career as a benchwarmer]]. Meanwhile, an Asian FEMALE named '''CJ Miles''' has gained some popularity/notoreity on the web [[http://s101.photobucket.com/user/deejayflawless/media/l_aeb555b5def78de7871a05f69ba6fa-1.jpg.html as a...very NSFW model (Thankfully, the Picture in the link is SFW)]].
* '''Christopher Miller''' is known for co-directing WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie along with Phil Lord. He's also known for directing WesternAnimation/PussInBoots and voicing [[WesternAnimation/PenguinsOfMadagascar Kowalski]]; co-writing [[Film/AnimalHouse National Lampoon's Animal House]]; and playing quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons in the late 80's, under the name '''Chris Miller'''.
** He is also '''Christopher Daniels Miller''', a rapper who goes under the stage name YC.
* '''George Miller''' is either the creator of the ''Film/MadMax'' film series, or that of the ''WebVideo/FilthyFrank'' web video series. Both are also Austrailian (in the case of the latter, half).
* '''Heath Miller''' the real name of pro wrestler Wrestling/HeathSlater (Heath Miller the III) and a fairly popular American Football player (Earl Heath Miller Jr.). It's the latter's popularity that is one of the reason the former goes by Heath Slater as a {{Wrestling/WWE}} Superstar.
* '''Larry Miller''' is a comedian-actor. The late '''Larry H. Miller''' was the auto dealer who owned the Utah Jazz, and is not to be confused with the Larry (J.) Miller who starred for the North Carolina Tar Heels in the NCAA and the Utah Stars (among other teams) in the ABA.
* '''Marvin Miller''': Former baseball players' union boss or star of ''The Millionaire''?
* '''Matt Miller''' is a pretty common name. It's actually the real name of voice actor ''Creator/MatthewMercer'' (best known as Levi in ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''), and he had to change his screen name because another actor named "Matt Miller" had registered it first. There's another anime voice actor named ''Matt K. Miller'' (or Matthew Kermit Miller) best known for voicing Tenchi in the ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' franchise, who had to insert a middle initial to avoid the same problem.
** According to the other wiki, there's also three football players, three baseball players, and a journalist with that name as well.
* '''Pat Mills''': [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Mills British comics writer]], or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Mills_(director) Canadian film director]]. There's also ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patty_Mills Patty Mills]]''[[labelnote:*]]given name Patrick[[/labelnote]], an Australian currently playing for the [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA's]] San Antonio Spurs.
* '''Creator/DavidMitchell''' is either a novelist or the star of ''Series/PeepShow'' who has decided to confuse the issue further by writing a novel.
** And also a member of the Canadian post-rock band Music/DoMakeSayThink.
* '''Silas Weir Mitchell''' -- actor , or physician/writer born in 1829? Both! They're apparently related.
* '''Jose Molina''', famed ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' / ''Series/DarkAngel'' / ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' / ''Series/{{Castle}}'' screenwriter, shares a name with Jose Molina, a backup catcher for the New York Yankees and a former Spanish football player. In a delicious coincidence, Molina the writer recently wrote a baseball-themed episode of ''Castle''.
* There are two '''Joe Montana'''s. One's a famous NFL quarterback. The other's an actor in Britain who appeared briefly in an episode of ''Series/DoctorWho''.
* '''William Moody''' could be the wrestling manager better known as Wrestling/PaulBearer or Percy Pringle, or a former Philippine Basketball Association player in the mid-2000s who starred for the Letran Knights in college.
* '''Creator/AlanMoore''': famous writer of comic books, or former drummer for Music/JudasPriest?
* NHL Hall of Famer '''Dickie Moore''' shares the same name as a former member of Film/TheLittleRascals.
* '''Gary Moore''' was a blues-rock guitar great who was briefly a member of Music/ThinLizzy. ''Garry'' Moore hosted game shows and variety shows in the 1960's and 1970's.
* '''Roger Moore'''. One of the Film/JamesBond actors, or a [[http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_movies_blog/ film critic for the Orlando Sentinel]]?
** Or an early editor of ''Dragon Magazine'', who once ran a letter praising his work in the Film/JamesBond films in the letters column of an [[PracticalJoke April issue]]?
* Ronald D. Moore, writer and producer of many ''StarTrek'' episodes throughout the nineties, should not be confused with Ronald ''B.'' Moore, Visual Effects Supervisor for the franchise during the same period. "B." has even joked about getting "D."'s first paycheck accidentally.
* '''Natalie Morales''': One is a host on NBC's ''Today Show'' the other you might know as either Wendy Watson from ''Series/TheMiddleman'' or Lauren Cruz on ''WhiteCollar''. The latter gets confused for the former ''a lot'' on [[http://www.twitter.com/nataliemorales Twitter]].
* Major League Baseball had two well-known figures named '''Joe Morgan'''. One was a black Hall of Fame second baseman for the Cincinnati Reds in the 1960s and 1970s, and later a television analyst for {{ESPN}}'s ''Sunday Night Baseball'' (who inspired [[Blog/FireJoeMorgan this blog]]); the other, who was white, was manager of the Boston Red Sox in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
* '''Jim Morrison''' had a brief but remarkable career as the lead singer of Music/TheDoors. Another Jim Morrison had a long but unremarkable career as a utility infielder for several baseball teams in the 1970s and 1980s.
** And neither of them is to be confused with British singer '''James Morrison'''-- whose real name is actually James Morrison Catchpole. He himself is not to be confused with West Bromwich Albion/Scotland midfielder '''James Morrison'''.
* A commentator on a British newspaper website moaned that dumbing down had reached such a stage that books by super models were appearing on school reading lists. Note to them; '''Kate Moss''' is a supermodel,'''Kate Mosse''' is a perfectly respectable writer.
** A variant of CowboyBebopAtHisComputer much?
* '''Randy Moss'''. Recently retired [[http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/M/MossRa00.htm American football player]] or [[http://www.drf.com/blogs/randy-moss horse racing analyst]] [[MindScrew (who also works for the NFL Network)?]]
* '''Robert Mueller''' (American), head of the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanLawEnforcement FBI]]; and Robert Mueller (Australian), head and former co-owner of [[http://www.fastmail.fm Opera Software Australia Pty., aka FastMail.FM]].
* '''UsefulNotes/MuhammadAli''': Ottoman military commander who became the [[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfModernEgypt viceroy of Egypt]], or legendary American boxer?
* Rapper Music/{{Cage}} makes a point to specify that his abusive, drug-addicted father '''Bill Murray''' is ''not'' [[Creator/BillMurray the actor]]. Cage does play with this in his song "Stripes":
--> Fuck Bill Murray, not the actor, the deadbeat dad the smacked her, then left her with rats after he snapped her
** There's also the British actor Bill''y'' Murray, no relation to either.
* '''Eddie Murray''': Long-time Baltimore Orioles first baseman, or long-time Detroit Lions kicker?
* '''Billy Myers''' is either a early NASCAR driver and grandfather of Burt Myers, or a British firefighter turned singer using the artist name Newton. Also not to be confused with '''Billie''' Myers, the British songstress best known for "Kiss The Rain".
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* '''Eiji Nakamura''' is either an origami artist, a former sound designer for Creator/SquareEnix, or a film director and actor.
* '''''Shinsuke'' Nakamura''' [[UsefulNotes/ProfessionalWrestling wrestles]] for Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling. ''Shunsuke'' Nakamura is a Japanese [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football (soccer)]] player perhaps best known for his late-2000s tenure at [[UsefulNotes/ScottishPremierLeague Celtic]].
* '''Creator/YuuichiNakamura''' is a voice actor known for playing [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Graham Aker]] and [[Anime/MacrossFrontier Alto Saotome]]. Yuichi Nakamura is a live-action actor known for playing [[Series/KamenRiderDenO Yuto Sakurai/Kamen Rider Zeronos]]. The two are apparently friends in real life.
** And there's another, much older, voice actor named Yuuchi Nakamura too, but he only does foreign dubs.
* Music/{{Namgar}} is a Buryat-Mongolian folk-rock-fusion band from Russia, led by Namgar Lhasaranova. NAMGAR is the North American MG A Register, which keeps track of a classic English sports car.
* '''Jim Nance''' is the African-American fullback who played for the Boston Patriots in the old AFL. '''Jim Nantz''' is the white sportscaster who calls NFL games for CBS, and also on the ''VideoGame/MaddenNFL'' series.
* '''Tony Nathan''' was a running back for the Miami Dolphins. ''Tonie'' Nathan was the Libertarian Party's first Vice-Presidential candidate in 1972.
* The '''National League''':
** In North America (and among UsefulNotes/{{baseball}} fans worldwide), it's the older of the two leagues that make up Major League Baseball.
** In England, the fifth and sixth tiers of the country's [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]] [[UsefulNotes/BritishFootyTeams pyramid]], made up of one fifth-level national league and two sixth-level regional leagues, changed their collective name from the ''Football Conference'' to the National League in 2015. In a move that approaches MindScrew levels, the top level of the National League, formerly known as Conference Premier, is... '''''also''''' the National League.
** And then there's motorcycle speedway (a sport with many parallels to short track speed skating), where the UK has had '''''three''''' National Leagues. The first was the country's top level between 1932 and 1964. Next came the country's second level, which was known as the National League from 1975 to 1990. Finally, the third level renamed itself from the Conference League to the National League in 2009.
* '''Keiji Nazakawa:''' Renowned chef known for going against Iron Chef Japanese Masahara Morimoto? Or [[Manga/BarefootGen Hiroshima a-bomb survivor best known for his manga which tells his story?]]
* This one is on a smaller scale, but you have '''Mike Nelson''', ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' and ''Podcast/RiffTrax'' snarker, and Mike Nelson, weatherman for Denver's Creator/{{ABC}} affiliate KMGH. And politician Michael "Mike" Nelson, a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives.
** Mike Nelson was also the name of Lloyd Bridges's character on ''Sea Hunt''.
* The '''NET''' letters have been used by several television entities:
** National Educational Television, the predecessor to Creator/{{PBS}} from 1952-1970;
** National Empowerment Television, a short-lived conservative cable TV channel from the 1990's;
** New Evangelization Television, a Christian cable TV channel based in Buffalo, NY;
** New Hellenic Television; a Greek TV network;
** NET S.A., a Brazilian cable TV provider;
** NET Television, a Maltese TV station;
** Nihon Educational Television, the former name of TV Asahi in Japan.
* The NFL has had two offensive linemen named '''Tom Neville''', and they weren't related. One was born in 1943 and played tackle mostly for the Boston/New England Patriots. One was born in 1961 and as a guard, he didn't have close to the same success as the older one, and was fatally shot in 1998 during an altercation with police.
* The '''New York Giants''' football team is actually officially named the New York ''Football'' Giants, because when the team was founded one of the city's baseball teams was the New York (now San Francisco) Giants.
** Speaking of the Giants, neither one is to be confused with Japan's Yomiuri Giants, nor are the Detroit Tigers to be confused with the Hanshin Tigers. The first mistake happened in the second ''Film/MajorLeague'' movie, where the Indians' coach is at first happy to hear they've got a player coming in from "the Giants". Similarly, in ''The Order'', during interviews with "Calamity" James Wa the interviewer repeatedly mistakes "the Tigers" that James' dad played with for the team in Detroit.
* The All-America Football Conference had teams called the '''New York Yankees''' and '''Brooklyn Dodgers''' in the 1940s.
* '''David Newman''' the [[Creator/DavidNewman film composer]] should not be confused with the screenwriter of ''Film/{{Superman}}'' or the sax player David "Fathead" Newman.
* '''Ryan Newman''': One's a [[Creator/RyanNewman teen actress]] known for her roles in ''Series/ZekeAndLuther'' and ''Series/SeeDadRun'', but you probably know the (male) NASCAR driver who won the 2008 Daytona 500 much better. Especially if you live in the American South.
* '''Cam Newton''' has distinguished himself as one of the top quarterbacks in the National Football League. Another Cam Newton did little to distinguish himself as a journeyman goaltender in the World Hockey Association in TheSeventies.
** There's also that ''other'' Cam Newton who played for the Carolina Panthers. Too bad he wasn't much more than a reserve defensive back who lasted just two seasons, from 2005-06.
* '''Matt Nieto''': American left winger for the San Jose Sharks, or Filipino point guard for the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles?
* '''No Fear''' - an international retailer or a white supremacist group? (A [[http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/outrage/nofear.asp chain letter]] has confused the two; eventually, the latter group had to change its name.). A brand of energy drinks shares that name too.
* '''Gary Nolan''': Libertarian radio show host or former Cincinnati Reds pitcher?
* '''Bill Nye''' -- "[[Series/BillNyeTheScienceGuy Science Guy]]", [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgar_Wilson_Nye nineteenth century humorist]], or character in a [[http://etext.virginia.edu/railton/roughingit/map/chiharte.html Bret Harte poem]]?
** None of whom, of course, are to be confused with Bill Nighy, whose name is pronounced, but not spelled, the same.
*** Wait, Wrestling/BretHart the Canadian professional wrestler?
** Another Bill Nye, in Seattle no less, was the proprietor of an Outback Steakhouse.
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* '''Jim O'Brien''' coached basketball in Boston (at Boston College) before leaving in 1987 to coach college basketball in Ohio (Ohio State). Then in 1994 Jim O'Brien, who had previously coached college basketball in Ohio (for Dayton), became head coach of the Boston Celtics.
** Or Jim O'Brien; the former Baltimore[[note]]now Indianapolis[[/note]] Colts kicker remembered mainly for kicking the game-winning field goal in UsefulNotes/SuperBowl V.
* There have been two different men named '''Hugh O'Connor''' who died tragically. One was a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Hugh_O%27Connor Canadian filmmaker]] who was murdered by an angry landlord while filming a documentary in Kentucky coal country in 1967. The other was the adopted son (and ''Series/InTheHeatOfTheNight'' co-star) of Carroll O'Connor who committed suicide in 1995 after years of drug problems.
* '''Sean O'Neal''' is both a former child actor best known for playing Sam on ''ClarissaExplainsItAll'' and the news editor for ''TheOnion'''s ''AV Club'' sister site. Many "Where Are They Now?" sites have incorrectly claimed that the actor O'Neal currently has the writer O'Neal's job. The latter O'Neal has [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/nickelodeon-to-help-generation-y-remember-the-90s,52961/ often jokes]] [[http://www.avclub.com/articles/from-the-department-of-selfpromotion-ask-sean-onea,90777/ about the confusion]] in his columns.
* '''Paul O'Neill''', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_O%27Neill_(Secretary_of_the_Treasury) former Secretary of the Treasury]], '''Paul O'Neill''', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_O%27Neill_(baseball) former Reds/Yankees outfielder]], or '''Paul O'Neill''', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_O%27Neill_%28rock_producer%29 founder]] of the Music/TransSiberianOrchestra.
* '''Bill O'Reilly''' is a conservative American talk show host/political commentator and an Australian cricketer in the 1930s and 40s.
* '''Terry O'Reilly''', of Canada: former captain of the Boston Bruins, or adwriter and co-creator/writer/host of CBC Radio's TheAgeOfPersuasion?
** And neither of them is Terry Riley, composer of minimalist classic ''In C''.
* '''John Oates''' teamed with Daryl Hall to form a popular singing duo, while John''ny'' Oates was a Major League Baseball player and manager.
* The city Obama ("Little Beach") in Japan has no connection to UsefulNotes/BarackObama.
* '''One Nation''' - the infamous former anti-immigration [[UsefulNotes/AustralianPolitics Australian political party]] once headed by Pauline Hanson, or UsefulNotes/SarahPalin's 2011 constitution-draped bus tour of America? Pretty much any politically knowledgeable Australian would accordingly find the implications of the name of Palin's tour either hilarious or disturbing (or both).
* '''John Osborne''' was a groundbreaking British playwright in the 1950s. He should not be confused with John ''Osbourne'', a groundbreaking heavy metal singer (and arguably the ''first'' heavy metal singer) in the 1970s. (Yes, "John" is [[Music/OzzyOsbourne Ozzy's]] real first name. He was named for his father, Jack, from whom Ozzy's son more directly takes his name.)
* Speaking of '''Ozzy Osbourne''', music's Prince of Darkness deserves an entry of his own. He is not to be confused with '''Oz Osborne''' (real first name Gregory), bassist of American band Coven, who happened to have a 1969 song entitled "Black Sabbath"!
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* One '''David Palmer''' sang lead for Music/SteelyDan on their first album, ''Can't Buy A Thrill''. Another David Palmer was an orchestral arranger and keyboardist in Music/JethroTull, who underwent a sex change operation, now going under the name of Dee Palmer. A jazz keyboardist, an American football player who played with the Minnesota Vikings, [[http://www.david-palmer.co.uk/ an English composer]], a squash player and a baseball player who played with the Montreal Expos went under the name of David Palmer.
* '''Robert Palmer''', the guy who sang "Addicted To Love"? Or Robert Palmer, the music critic?
* '''Jimmy Paredes''' is a ''Dominican'' baseball player who serves as a utility player for the Baltimore Orioles. '''Jim Paredes''' is a ''Filipino'' musician who was part of well-known 70's to 80's group "Apo Hiking Society". Filipino Orioles fans (particularly older ones) may laugh when the former's name gets announced in Camden Yards.
* '''Steve Park''' - one's a US-Korean comedian. The other is a former UsefulNotes/{{NASCAR}} driver who was teammates with Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. from 2000 to 2003.
* Football players '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DeVante_Parker DeVante Parker]]''' and '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Devante_Parker Devante Parker]]'''. [=DeVante=], born in 1993, is an African American [[UsefulNotes/AmericanFootball wide receiver]] with the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Miami Dolphins]]. Devante, born in 1996, is German with an African American father and plays the sport most of the world knows as [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]].
* '''Nicole Parker''': White comedian who formerly starred in ''Series/MadTV''. '''Nicole Ari Parker''': Black actress who's starred in ''Film/RememberTheTitans'' and ''{{Series/Revolution}}''. The latter is credited without her middle name in some of her earlier movies.
* '''Amy Parks''' is a Creator/SevenNetwork news reporter. '''Amii Park''' is a RugbyLeague stadium in UsefulNotes/{{Melbourne}}, Australia. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROeDUCn8c-8 This has not gone unnoticed.]]
* There's '''Dan Patrick''', the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Patrick sports talk show host]], and Dan Patrick, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan_Patrick_(politician) the Texas politician]]. [[http://30fps.mocksession.com/2014/05/27/tx-lt-governor-candidates-name-is-dan-patrick-klbk-clearly-google-image-searchd-that-name/ One TV station accidentally put a picture of Sports!Dan Patrick]] next to his name when covering a Republican runoff primary.
* '''Steve Patterson''' could be a former NBA role player who's best known as the guy who replaced legendary center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as UCLA's starter at the five, or a former NBA executive who's best known as the guy who nearly drove legendary center Hakeem Olajuwon [[http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1992-03-23/sports/9201270109_1_general-manager-steve-patterson-rockets-owner-charlie-thomas-leonard-armato away from the Houston Rockets.]]
* '''Prince Paul''': Do you mean [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Paul_of_Yugoslavia Prince Paul Karadordevic of Yugoslavia]], or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Paul_(producer) Prince Paul]], a producer/rapper associated with Music/DeLaSoul, Music/{{Gravediggaz}}, Stetsasonic and Handsome Boy Modeling School?
* '''Anna Pavlova''' is either [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Pavlova the greatest ballerina to ever live]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Pavlova_%28gymnast%29 an international elite Russian gymnast who currently competes for Azerbaijan]].
* There are two different actresses named '''Julie Payne''', born in 1940 and 1946 respectively. The former's career was mostly in the 1950s and 1960s, while the latter has been active since the 1970s. Many reference books have conflated the two.
* Amusingly, both [[UsefulNotes/IvyLeague Harvard and Yale]] have a '''Peabody Museum'''.
* '''Drew Pearson''' - Newspaper columnist, or Dallas Cowboys wide receiver?
* '''John Peel''' - a [[TheLastDJ beloved DJ]] for the BBC almost entirely responsible for making British indie rock popular - and John Peel, a writer of science fiction novels (mostly ''[[Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Doctor Who]]'' and ''[[Franchise/StarTrekExpandedUniverse Star Trek]]'' books). And then there's also John Peel, a 19th century hunter and the namesake of a British folk song, and Sir John Peel, a 20th century British politician.
* Because of this trope, David Harris (the author of '''Pegasus Mail''') has repeatedly requested that it always be referred to as "Pegasus '''Mail'''" to distinguish it from other products and services called '''{{Pegasus}}'''.
* '''Carlos Pena''', the baseball player, is not the father of '''Carlos Pena, Jr.''', member of ''Series/BigTimeRush''. The two are unrelated.
* '''[[http://images1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20070522162025/powerrangers/images/2/2a/Human_rita_repulsa.jpg Carla Pérez]]''' (with an accent) is an American actress who played Rita Repulsa in MightyMorphinPowerRangers when they ran out of StockFootage. [[http://passarim.zip.net/images/Carla-Perez.jpg Carla Perez]] (without an accent) is a Brazilian DumbBlonde with a nice rear who rose to fame as a dancer [[StuffyOldSongsAboutTheButtocks in a genre mostly about her assets]].
* '''Anthony Perkins''' was an actor best known for his role as Norman Bates in ''Film/{{Psycho}}''. '''Anthony D. Perkins''' is a leader of [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints]]. There is also a meteorologist named '''Tony Perkins''', who should most definitely not be confused with the president of the Family Research Council, '''Tony Perkins'''.
* '''David Perry''' from Northern Ireland, the developer of such classics as ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'', is not to be confused with Dave Perry, who wrote for a number of British video game magazines. Or with David Perry, a notable filmaker and photographer from Australia.
* '''Joe Perry''', Pro Football Hall of Fame running back with the 49ers, and Joe Perry, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame guitarist with Music/{{Aerosmith}}.
* '''Music/KatyPerry''' (of ''I Kissed A Girl'' fame) and '''Katie Perry''' (an Australian fashion designer), are, you will no doubt be surprised to learn, not to be confused.
** Even better: Katy Perry's name is a pseudonym. Her real name is Katheryn Hudson. Not to be confused, of course, with the actress '''Kate Hudson'''.
* '''Matthew Perry''', the US Navy Commodore who helped open Japan to Western influence, did not star on ''{{Series/Friends}}''; he died well before TV was even invented.
* There are two singers named '''Steve Perry'''. One used to sing lead for Music/{{Journey}}. The other sings lead for the Music/CherryPoppinDaddies.
** There's also the science fiction writer Steve Perry.
* '''William Perry''', former U.S. Secretary of Defense; and '''William "The Refrigerator" Perry''', former NFL player.
* '''William Petersen''' is an actor most famous for his starring roles in Film/{{Manhunter}} and Series/{{CSI}}. '''Sir William Peterson''' (1856-1921) was a noted academic who served as principal of [=McGill=] University from 1895 to 1919.
* There are two running backs in the [=NFL=] named '''Adrian Peterson'''. Adrian Lewis Peterson is a Pro Bowl and potential Hall of Fame halfback for the Minnesota Vikings, and Adrian Nicholas Peterson is a marginal role player who most recently played halfback for the Chicago Bears.
* '''Scott Peterson''': Do you mean the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Peterson convicted murderer]], the one who writes for WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb, or the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Peterson_(comics) comic writer/editor?]]
** Scott Petersen was also the brand name of a popular hot dog in the UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} area.
* [[http://snipurl.com/yj8td There]] [[http://snipurl.com/yj8dv were]] two Czech singers named '''Jana Petrů'''; in order to prevent confusion, the younger one started using the pseudonym Petra Janů.
* '''Michael Phelps''': White swimming superstar who keeps raking in the Olympic gold in his 30s, or black NBA benchwarmer who was out of the league before he turned 30?
* One-time [[GodIsLoveSongs Contemporary Christian]]-turned-mainstream singer '''Leslie "Sam" Phillips''' is a doozy depending on which name is being mentioned. If using "Sam" (a childhood nickname that she has recorded under since starting her mainstream career), that name is shared with Sam Phillips, the model and actress and Sam Phillips (male), the early rock-and-roll producer who discovered, among others, Music/ElvisPresley and Music/JohnnyCash. More confusing, her birth name of Leslie Phillips (used during her CCM days) is shared with British actor Leslie Phillips.
* There are two American coastal cities named '''Portland''' – one in Maine on the Atlantic coast, and [[UsefulNotes/{{Portland}} one in Oregon]] in the Pacific Northwest. When the site on the Columbia River that would become the latter was organized into a town, the two owners of the land [[HeadsOrTails flipped a coin]] (the "Portland Penny", which is in an Oregon museum) to decide what it would be named. Francis Pettybone of Portland, Maine won, while Asa Lovejoy of [[UsefulNotes/{{Boston}} Boston, Massachusetts]] lost. Presumably in some AlternateUniverse there's a similar article about [[PleaseSelectNewCityName Boston, Oregon]] - and in both universes, there are towns named Boston and Portland in the UK to add just a soupçon more confusion.
* '''Michael Portnoy''' is a multimedia artist known for the "Soy Bomb" incident during the 1998 Grammy Awards. '''Michael Stephen "Mike" Portnoy''' is a founding member and former drummer of the ProgressiveMetal band Music/DreamTheater.
* '''Lewis T. Powell''' was a conspirator in the assassination of UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. '''Lewis F. Powell, Jr.''' was a Supreme Court justice from 1972 to 1987.
* The Arkansas governor's race has a candidate named Elvis Presley. Elvis '''D.''' Presley to be specific, not [[Music/ElvisPresley the King of Rock and Roll]]. Made even more bizarre since the candidate is also [[http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/38570173/ns/politics-decision_2010/?GT1=43001 an occasional]] ElvisImpersonator.
* '''Rico E. Puno''', the former Philippine interior and local government undersecretary, shouldn't be confused with a singer, '''Rico J. Puno''', who's also Filipino.
* '''David Prowse''' is the name of both an actor best known for being the physical actor for [[Franchise/StarWars Darth Vader]] (but not providing his voice) and a member of the rock duo Japandroids. Jokes have been made about Creator/JamesEarlJones subbing in for the Japandroids drummer / singer in studio.
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* There are two actresses named '''Patricia Quinn'''. One is British and played Magenta in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'', Nation [=McKinley=] in ''Film/ShockTreatment'', Livilla in ''Series/IClaudius'', and even appeared in ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife''. The other is American and appeared in ''Film/AlicesRestaurant'' and a few other things. There was quite a bit of confusion between the two on the internet for a while, with ''Alice's Restaurant'' appearing on the list of British Patricia's films. Many ''Rocky Horror'' fans have since then sorted things out.
** And don't confuse either of them for '''Pat Quinn''' - whether it's the NHL Hall of Famer or the former Governor of Illinois.
* '''Manny Ramirez''': Prodigious baseball slugger or NFL offensive lineman?
* '''Anne Ramsey''' was an actress who played villainous mothers in ''Film/ThrowMommaFromTheTrain'' and ''Film/TheGoonies''. Anne Rams'''a'''y is the actress who played Jamie's sister on ''Series/MadAboutYou''.
* '''Ed Randell''' played UpperClassTwit [[Characters/HarryPotterHogwartsStudents Justin Finch-Fletchley]] in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' [[Film/HarryPotter film series]], while '''Ed Rendell''' is the former governor of Pennsylvania.
* Under the "Baseball Pitcher or Country Singer" category, there's '''Music/JerryReed''' and ... Jerry Reed.
** The country singer's full name was Jerry Reed Hubbard. Not to be confused with '''Jerry Hubbard''', the character Fred Willard played on ''Series/FernwoodTonight''.
* '''Andy Reid''' is a sportsperson who really needs to watch his waistline. Now are we talking about the American Football Coach (Who coaches the Kansas City Chiefs), or the Irish (Association) Footballer (who plays for Nottingham Forest)?
* '''Jimmy Reid''' was a Scottish trade union activist famous for saving the UsefulNotes/{{Glasgow}} shipyards from closure in the 1970s. '''Jim Reid''' is the lead singer of Music/TheJesusAndMaryChain. '''Jimmy Reed''' was an early electric blues singer.
** There's also Filipino teen idol James Reid, who doesn't go by a nickname.
* '''Creator/RobReiner''' is an actor and director best known as Meathead on Series/AllInTheFamily and as Jordan Belfort's colorful, foul-mouthed dad in Film/TheWolfOfWallStreet. '''Robb Reiner''' is a Canadian heavy metal drummer, one of two founding members of the seminal band Anvil.
** Also '''Robert Lee Reiner''', guitarist of 1960s garage rock band The Leaves, who may be just about as old as the guy who played Meathead, but is a completely different person.
* '''Paul Revere''', [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution Revolutionary War hero]] and silversmith, should not be confused with the Paul Revere who founded the 1960s pop group Music/PaulRevereAndTheRaiders. Surprisingly, the latter ''is'' an example of this trope because "Paul Revere" is part of his real name, not a stage name; the late keyboardist was born Paul Revere Dick.
* There are two actors with the name '''RyanReynolds''': one is a male film actor, the other is a female voice actor.
** There is also a '''Ryaan Reynolds''', the female porn actress.
* '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Richardson Kevin Richardson]]'''. Thr most notable of them are voice actor Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson, and Kevin Scott Richardson, member of the Music/BackstreetBoys.
* The great nephew of fighter pilot known as the RedBaron had the same name as his: '''Manfred Albert Freiherr von Richthofen'''. Though he only came to prominence [[SelfMadeOrphan when his daughter Suzane arranged to get him killed]].
* ''ESPN the Magazine'' has a semi-regular feature called "Right Name, Wrong Number" where they briefly interview someone with the same name as a big figure in the world of sports -- with questions only appropriate for the real deal. According to an article on the feature, it takes a couple of tries to get people who are willing to play along.
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* There's '''Johnny Ringo''', a wild west outlaw and the modern writer Creator/JohnRingo. The two are actually related, albeit somewhat distantly.
* One Richard Riordan was the mayor of Los Angeles in the 1990s. Another Richard Riordan, better known as RickRiordan, is an author best known for a series of children's books.
* '''Jonathan Roberts''' is either a professional dancer mostly known as a pro from ''Series/DancingWithTheStars'' or for co-writing ''Disney/TheLionKing''
* '''Robin Roberts''': [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Roberts_%28baseball%29 He]] was a Hall of Fame pitcher who played for the Phillies, Orioles, Astros and Cubs. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robin_Roberts_%28newscaster%29 She]] is a former ESPN reporter and current co-anchor of ''Good Morning America''.
* Just look at how many '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Craig_Robinson Craig Robinsons]]''' there are. The most notable being the actor Craig Phillip Robinson (1971–) of Characters/TheOfficeUS; Craig Robinson (1972–) the fashion designer; and Craig Robinson (1962–), college basketball coach and brother of [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama Michelle Obama]].
* '''Edward G. Robinson''' was a classic Hollywood actor. He shouldn't be confused with longtime Grambling State football coach Edward G. Robinson, who went by the name '''Eddie Robinson'''. When ''that'' Eddie Robinson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997, he joined '''Eddie Robinson''', longtime Brown University coach, who'd been inducted in 1955.
* '''Mike Rock''': voice of Nero from the Compilation of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', or one of the designers of the [[CoolGuns Mk 14 Enhanced Battle Rifle]]?
* '''Ricardo Rodriguez''': Mexican race car driver (and brother of Formula 1 legend Pedro), or Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio's personal ring announcer.
* '''Creator/JoeRogan''' has been a Taekwondo champion, stand-up comic, TV and movie actor, and UFC commentator, but he never pitched in the Negro Leagues; that was "Bullet" Joe Rogan.
* As with the Adolf Hitler example (above), the US Navy had an '''UsefulNotes/ErwinRommel'''[[note]]Who ''was'' a close relative of the German general, a cousin; because of this he was posted to the Pacific theatre[[/note]]. Erwin Rommel, USN, distinguished himself in the fighting for Guadalcanal by capturing a heavily defended strategic location. Some things evidently run in families.
* '''Music/KennyRogers''' the singer is no relation to Kenny Rogers the pitcher, though the latter's nickname "TheGambler" is a reference to the former.
* Jimmy Rodgers was an African American banjo player in the 20s and 30s. Jimmy Rogers was a Caucasian pioneer of pop-rock in the late 50s/early 60s with songs like "Honeycomb" and "Uh-oh, I'm Falling In Love Again".
* '''Romani''': The Latin word for "Romans" (e.g. [[Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian Romani ite domum!]]) which just happens to be the same word for [[{{Romani}} gypsies.]] And the two words have no etymological connection.
* '''Alex Ross''': the artist for Creator/DCComics, or the music critic for ''[[AmericanNewspapers The New Yorker]]''?
* As the result of the merger between the two football unions in Canada which formed the league (and the fact that the teams were allowed to keep their previous names), from 1958 to 1996, the UsefulNotes/CanadianFootballLeague had both the Saskatchewan '''Roughriders''' and the Ottawa '''Rough Riders'''. Thankfully averted when the "new" Ottawa franchises were named the Renegades and [=RedBlacks=]. They met four times in the Grey Cup.
** UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt had a band of guys called the Rough Riders, too.
** How can you forget the rap group Ruff Ryders?
* '''The Runaways''': Music/JoanJett's [[Music/TheRunaways old group]] or a team of producers-songwriters which features [[Music/OneRepublic Ryan Tedder]]? (and then there's [[Comicbook/{{Runaways}} the Marvel comics team]])
* '''Bill Russell''': Boston Celtics great, or longtime Dodgers shortstop?
* '''Lord Russell''' (that is, philosopher Creator/BertrandRussell) and '''Lord Russell of Liverpool''' (that is, historian Edward Russell) were confused so often that they [[http://blog.talkingphilosophy.com/?p=6160&utm_source=buffer&buffer_share=a2d56 wrote a letter]] to ''The Times'' about it.
-->TO THE EDITOR OF THE TIMES:
--> Sir,--In order to discourage confusions that have been constantly occurring, we beg herewith to say that neither of us is the other.
-->Yours, &c,
-->RUSSELL (Bertram, Earl Russell)
-->RUSSELL OF LIVERPOOL (Lord Russell of Liverpool)
** What makes this even more confusing is that some Lords named Russell are in fact related to the Earl Russell (the [[UsefulNotes/EarlRussell 1st Earl]] was a younger son of the Duke of Bedford, and other junior lines of the Russell family have been elevated to the peerage, as well.)
* '''Matt Ryan''': Quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, or Welsh actor known for playing Edward Kenway in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' and the titular John Constantine in the ''Series/{{Constantine}}'' TV series[[note]]of which, was filmed in Metro Atlanta[[/note]]?
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* The Cardinals NFL franchise originated in Chicago and is currently located in Arizona, but in between spent many years as the '''St. Louis Cardinals'''. Oddly enough, however, the team was never referred to as the "St. Louis Football Cardinals" very often, despite the presence of the better-known baseball franchise by that name.
* '''St James' Park''' is the home of Newcastle United. Remove the apostrophe and you get Exeter City's home ground. Neither should be confused with the Royal Park in London called St James's.
* A summer 2011 RealityShow ''SameName'' is all about this. Celebrities and non celebrities with the same names switch lives for a week. First up: Creator/DavidHasselhoff.
** Briefly parodied on JonBenjaminHasAVan. There's a preview for a supposed sketch in which two non-celebrities with the same celebrity name switch places for a day.
* '''Creator/AdamSandler''': Actor and comedian who started out on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and starred in such films as ''Film/BillyMadison'' and ''Film/HappyGilmore'', or producer on ''Series/ThePriceIsRight''. Hilariously, the latter joined TPIR shortly after the release of ''Billy Madison'', which had an appearance by (then-)host Bob Barker.
* '''Jerry Sandusky''' is the former defensive coordinator for Penn State University, convicted of molesting at least eight young boys in the scandal that led to an entire housecleaning of the Penn State football program following the subsequent coverup by the head of University Police, even those who did report it and/or had no prior knowledge were dismissed due to GuiltByAssociation, but it reached further up, leading to the firing of AD Tim Curley and even including the resignation of longtime university president Graham Spanier. '''Gerry Sandusky''' is a Baltimore sportscaster and play-by-play voice for the NFL's Baltimore Ravens (who, on the first game he worked after the Penn State scandal, [[LampshadeHanging referenced the similarities of their names and emphasized that he was not the former Penn State assistant]])
* '''Music/CarlosSantana''': Guitar legend, or Cleveland Indians catcher?
* '''Sav-On''' is an American drug store chain. '''Save-On''' is a Canadian grocery store chain. Not to mention tons of other businesses with identical or similar names.
* '''DanSchneider''', the guy who wrote that [[SarcasmMode cinematic masterpiece]], ''GoodBurger'', or the controversial writer/poet/critic who Creator/RogerEbert [[http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2009/12/who_do_you_read.html praised a few years back]]?
* '''Robert Schneider''' sings for Music/TheApplesInStereo. '''Bob Schneider''' is an entirely different singer. And neither of them is to be confused with Creator/AdamSandler's buddy '''Rob Schneider'''.
* '''Gerhard Schröder''', the Social Democratic former [[TheChancellorsOfGermany chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany]], should not be confused with the late Gerhard Schröder, Christian Democratic former foreign and defense minister. Or several other Gerhard Schröders.
* '''Music/RobertSchumann''' the German composer, and Robert Schuman the French prime and foreign minister who was centrally involved in the creation of the European Union.
* There's two American authors named '''Alvin Schwartz'''. One writes for Creator/DCComics and the other wrote ''ScaryStoriesToTellInTheDark''.
* '''Hillary Scott''', as in the singer with Music/LadyAntebellum, is very much not to be confused with Hillary Scott the porn actress (who came first - [[IncrediblyLamePun if you'll excuse the expression]] - since she was born three years before the singer).
* R&B singer '''Music/JillScott''' does not play for England in the Women's World Cup.
* '''Tony Scott''', director, had to apologize to Tony Scott, school superintendent, after filming disrupted classes.
* '''John Sebastian''' could be the gentle American singer best known for his time in the Lovin' Spoonful and as a solo singer of [[Series/WelcomeBackKotter TV themes]], or the vicious Filipino wrestler who competes as a heel in Philippine Wrestling Revolution.
* It's easier to mix up '''Creator/TomokazuSeki''' (the voice of [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Touji]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Yzak Joule]], and [[VisualNovel/FateStayNight Gilgamesh]]) and '''Creator/ToshihikoSeki''' (voice of [[Anime/{{Trigun}} Legato Bluesummers]], [[Anime/{{Ranma}} Mousse]], and [[Anime/KillLaKill Senketsu]]) than you might think.
** This was especially difficult in ''Manga/{{Gingitsune}}'' whose cast included both of them AND Creator/Tomokazu Sugita.
* '''Jane Seymour''': British actress or consort of UsefulNotes/HenryVIII?
* '''Robert Shaw''' was an English actor who starred in such movies as ''TheSting'' and ''Film/{{Jaws}}'', as well as an American conductor of choral music.
* '''Jean Shepherd''' was a humorist and radio personality best known for writing and narrating ''Film/AChristmasStory'', while '''Jean Shepard''' is a female country music singer.
* Between 1900 and 2008, there were two London Underground stations called '''Shepherd's Bush''', until one was renamed Shepherd's Bush Market.
* '''Richard M. Sherman''' is [[Music/TheShermanBrothers the brother of Robert Sherman]], who co-wrote the songs for ''Film/MaryPoppins'', ''Disney/TheJungleBook'', and ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''. '''Richard K. Sherman''' is a Seattle Seahawks cornerback.
* Two famous Ukrainians by the name of '''Andriy Shevchenko''', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andriy_Shevchenko soccer player]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andriy_Shevchenko_(politician) politician]]?
* During the SNK run of ''VideoGame/PsychoSoldier'', Athena is voiced by a singer named '''Kaori Shimizu'''. Right now, there's ''also'' a voice actress named Creator/KaoriShimizu.
* '''Luke Short''' (1854-1893) was a famous gunfighter and [[TheDandy Dandy]] of TheWildWest. '''Luke Short''' (born Frederick Dilley Glidden, 1908-1975) was a notable author of WesternLiterature.
* '''Dan Shulman''' is a baseball and basketball announcer for {{ESPN}}. '''Dan''iel'' Shulman''' is a bassist who has recorded and toured with Music/{{Garbage}}.
* '''Lauren Silverman''' is a Manhattan socialite who became famous for having an extramarital affair (and a baby) with former ''Series/AmericanIdol'' judge Simon Cowell. She shouldn't be confused with '''Laur''a'' Silverman''', a comedian and actress who's the older sister (and frequent costar) of Creator/SarahSilverman.
* '''Bill Simmons''' -- the sportswriter known as "Creator/TheSportsGuy", or the former competitive eating champion known as "El Wingador"?
* '''Gene Simmons''' was ''not'' the female lead in Creator/StanleyKubrick's version of ''Film/{{Spartacus}}''. Likewise, [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001739/ Jean Simmons]] is ''not'' the long-tongued bass player for Music/{{KISS}}.
** A rockabilly singer from TheFifties went by the stage name of "Jumpin' Gene Simmons".
** Likewise, there's convicted American mass murderer Ronald Gene Simmons, who went by his middle name. If he had gone by his first name, he would have shared a name with [[Wrestling/RonSimmons the leader of the Nation of Domination and one-half of the APA.]] DAMN!
* '''Music/PaulSimon''' (the musician) and Paul Simon (the politician). When the latter was running for President in 1988 there was a ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skit in which both men appeared, each assuming he was the one who'd been invited on the show.
** In the UK at least, there's also a chain of furniture stores called Paul Simon.
* Is '''Craig Smart''' a Canadian musician or an Australian journalist?
* The NBA has had three players named '''Charles Smith'''. One was a forward/center who had a decent career as the third selection in the 1988 draft, but is known for an embarrassing moment in the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals, where he was [[http://articles.latimes.com/1993-06-03/sports/sp-42799_1_final-seconds blocked four straight times under the basket]] in a futile attempt to put the New York Knicks ahead in the dying seconds of Game 5 against the Chicago Bulls. One was a star point guard for Georgetown who played in the 1988 Olympics, but didn't last long as an undrafted player. Yet another Charles Smith, a guard, entered the NBA in 1998 as a late first-round pick, and had an eight-year journeyman career.
* One '''Dave Smith''' is the go-to archivist for [[Creator/{{Disney}} The Walt Disney Company]]. Another is a synthesizer pioneer who founded Sequential Circuits (which created the Prophet-5 polysynth) and helmed the creation of MIDI. Another Dave Smith was a relief pitcher for the Houston Astros in the 1980's.
* Oddly enough, [[AvertedTrope averted]] with Canadian wrestler (with British gimmick) Johnny Smith (in a world FULL of "John Smiths", you'd think there was a SECOND pro wrestler whose real name was John Smith, right?).
** Not surprisingly, TheOtherWiki lists [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Smith over a dozen Jonathan Smiths]]; probably the best-known in Britain is [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Smith_(games_programmer) "Joffa" Smith aka Frobush]].
** Averting this trope is presumably the reason why the gaffer on ''Series/Babylon5'' was always credited as "'''The John Smith'''"
* [[TheNthDoctor the 11th Doctor]] on ''Series/DoctorWho'', '''Creator/MattSmith''', obviously has quite a few namesakes, and not just in the entertainment industry.
** The one best known to UK gamers (at least of the 8-bit era) is the author of ''ManicMiner'' and ''VideoGame/JetSetWilly''.
** There's also the Canadian voice actor of the same name from ''Anime/RoninWarriors'', ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'', and ''Manga/InuYasha'' who is usually credited as ''Matthew Smith'' these days.
* The Oscar-winning '''Music/SamSmith''' is not the former child actor, a TV presenter, a former tennis player or [[http://www.gorlestonhistory.org.uk/worldwars/zeppelinairraid1915.php the first British civilian to be killed by aerial bombardment]].
* For more same-name, same-position goodness, check out '''Steve Smith'''. One's a Pro Bowl wide receiver for Baltimore; the other's a Pro Bowl wide receiver for the New York Giants. When Wikipedia lists two players with same name, it usually distinguishes by either sport or position. For a long time, these two guys were distinguished in their title pages by their ''birth year''—but since the NFL started allowing players to include generational suffixes with their names on uniforms, the Baltimore player (who has a son with the same name) is now listed both with the league and Wikipedia as "Steve Smith Sr."
** Non-American football example: Australian cricketer Steve Smith.
** An NBA example: Steve Smith, former guard for the Miami Heat.
** There's also '''[[MyNaymeIs Stevin Smith]]''', who briefly played in the NBA in 1997 and served some time in jail for his role in the early-'90s Arizona State basketball point shaving scandal.
** In the NHL: Steve Smith, longtime defenseman for the Edmonton Oilers, Chicago Blackhawks and Calgary Flames.
** Also the Canadian actor Steve Smith AKA [[Series/TheRedGreenShow Red Green]].
** And the American drummer Steve Smith, formerly of Music/{{Journey}}.
** [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} TheOtherWiki]] has entries for [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Smith 80 people]] with some variation of the name "Steve Smith."
* '''Susan Smith''': the 1981 {{Playboy}} Playmate of the Month who became an actress? The television scriptwriter, playwright, novelist and essayist? The geographer who helped founded Institute of Advanced Study? Or the infamous woman who drowned her two children in a lake?
* '''Music/WillSmith''': Posh, British comedian who appears on [[Creator/TheBBC Radio 4]] {{Panel Game}}s and has a ''{{Bergerac}}'' fixation, New Orleans Saints defensive end, or African-American rap artist and star of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' and ''Film/MenInBlack''?
** The comedian actually mentions this in some of his routines: "Obviously I'm not the ''actual'' Will Smith, but..."
** Also, the former editor-in-chief of ''Maximum PC'' was a Will Smith.
** The Saints player had “not to be confused with the actor Will Smith" on his Twitter bio, and news of his murder had plenty of people scared thinking it was the Fresh Prince.
* '''SOCOM II:''' second game in [[VideoGame/SOCOMUSNavySeals a series about Navy SEALs]], or civilian version of the [[CoolGuns/BattleRifles M14]]?
* '''South Holland''': A province in the Netherlands, a city in Illinois south of Chicago, and a council in Lincolnshire, England.
* In [[UsefulNotes/{{Tennis}} tennis]], there is a Portuguese player named João Sousa and a Brazilian player named João Souza. These players even had to play each other at least once; the umpire distinguished between the two of them by referring to them as "Sousa, Portugal" and "Souza, Brazil."
* The first UK branch of '''Staples''' is at Staples Corner, near Brent Cross in London. Although this particular site may have been chosen because of the coincidence, it ''is'' a coincidence – both the store chain and the location were named long before they got together.
* '''Kenneth W. Starr''' is a former American independent counsel who investigated UsefulNotes/BillClinton, and was president of Baylor University before being fired in 2016 following a sexual assault scandal involving the school's football team. Kenneth I. Starr is the alleged perpetrator of a {{Ponzi}} scheme that allegedly took advantage of celebrities like Creator/AnnieLeibovitz and Creator/RonHoward. Music/KennyStarr is a country singer. Music/KennStarr is an American rapper.
* '''Michael Steele''' -- The original bass player for Music/TheBangles, or [[http://www.gop.com/index.php/learn/leadership/ Chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2009 to 2011]]?
* '''Sten''' -- Poster child of ReliablyUnreliableGuns, or [[Literature/{{Sten}} a science-fiction novel series]]?
* '''Tyler Stentiford''', teenage [[http://tylerstentiford.com/ author from Florida]] or teenage [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2655687/ actor from Ontario]]?
* Is '''Howard Stern''' a [[Creator/HowardStern shock jock]] or the sometimes-boyfriend of Anna Nicole Smith? The former apparently considered legally changing his name to "The Howard" at one point to avoid confusion with the latter.
* '''Gary Stevens''': TheOtherWiki lists [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Stevens at least eight examples]]. Three of them are English [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football/soccer]] players, born respectively in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_Stevens_(footballer_born_1954) 1954]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_A._Stevens 1962]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_M._Stevens 1963]] (the youngest of these is the best-known overall). Another well-known one is the American [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gary_L._Stevens Hall of Fame jockey]].
* There's novelty singer '''Music/RayStevens'''. And then there's pro wrestling great Ray "The Crippler" Stevens.
* '''Ian Stewart''', the English mathematician, and '''Iain Stewart''', the Scottish geologist. Both great science popularisers who have appeared on Creator/TheBBC, but not the same person. Nor are they the same person as the Ian Stewart who played keyboards with Music/TheRollingStones, or the Ian Stewart who played third base for the Colorado Rockies.
* '''Jeff Stewart''': Scottish actor known for ''Series/TheBill'', or American voice actor known for voicing Mr. Tickle in ''WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow''?
* '''Sarah Stiles''': A New York actress who played Kate Monster and Lucy in ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' and Joanne in ''Vanities: The Musical'', a Utah photographer, a Georgetown University professor, or a San Francisco composer?
* '''{{Sting}}''' is either a [[Music/ThePolice Famous Musician]] or a [[Wrestling/{{Sting}} Pro Wrestler]]. Also the name of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Frodo's sword]], [[Film/TheSting a movie]], [[Creator/StingEntertainment a Japanese video game developer]], and a music trope.
* Firefighter and ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' actor '''Mike Stoker''' hasn't branched out into politics. That would be the ''other'' Mike Stoker, a Republican from California (who hasn't won thus far). This has created much confusion among fans of Firefighter Stoker and the ''Emergency!'' series.
* '''George Strait''': [[Music/GeorgeStrait Country music singer]] or former ABC News correspondent?
* Captain '''Dorothy Stratton''' (1899-2006) was the first director of the U.S. Coast Guard Women's Reserve. '''Dorothy Stratten''' (1960-1980) was Playmate of the Year for 1980 and the victim of a murder case.
* Not surprisingly, there are several notable people called '''Ian Stewart''', including Music/TheRollingStones founding member and the mathematician[=/=]science fiction author. The latter may or may not be the same person as the author of a few books about the UsefulNotes/ZXSpectrum, or the non-science-fiction author. As of this edit, {{Wiki/Wikipedia}} lists [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ian_Stewart eighteen people]] of this name.
* '''[[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfStuart James Stuart]]''', the name of more than one Scottish/English king, including the namesake of the city and the state of New York and the famous children's nursery rhyme (as the Duke of York); and '''James Stewart''', the birth name of Stewart Granger, as well as long, tall Creator/JimmyStewart the actor, neither of whom was from New York. It's also the name of a popular motorcross racer.
* Two powerful Middle Eastern rulers named Solomon, one called "the Wise," the other called "the Magnificent," are famous for, among other things, building magnificent temples, one in Jerusalem, the other in Istanbul. While the latter is often called Suleyman, this is actually the rendering of the name Solomon in Arabic. (so that the original Solomon is referred to as Suleyman in the Qu'ran, for example.) Suleyman the Magnificent actively invoked this trope as he was building the Suleymaniya Mosque.
* '''Sun Studio''' � The recording studio in Memphis, Tennessee, USA where did Music/ElvisPresley record his hits, or a Scandinavian dubbing studio based in Denmark (with branches in Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland, Belgium, Iceland, Poland, Russia, Czech Republic and Hungary) that was bought by SDI Media Group in September 2006 and absorbed by that company three years later?
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* '''Music/TalkTalk''' are both a [[TheEighties 1980s]] group, and a present-day British ISP, as well as a 1966 hit by the garage rock band The Music Machine.
* '''Creator/ElizabethTaylor''' the actress or Elizabeth Taylor the novelist?
* One '''James Taylor''' is a jazz Hammond organ player. Another sang "Sweet Baby James" and "Fire And Rain". But not "Celebration" and "Ladies Night" -- that was a third James Taylor.
** Another played American football for the Green Bay Packers – although he was more commonly known as ''Jim'' Taylor..
** Then there's the actor Creator/JamesArnoldTaylor.
** And [[http://nre.unh.edu/faculty/taylor a professor at the University of New Hampshire.]]
* '''Jeff Taylor''': An American [[UsefulNotes/NationalBasketballAssociation NBA]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Taylor_(basketball) player]] and his son, a Swede who played three seasons in the NBA before returning to Europe to play. Slightly averted because the son often goes by his full first name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffery_Taylor Jeffery]].
* '''Richard Taylor''' created some truly SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome: One for ''Film/{{Tron}}'' and one for [[Film/TheLordOfTheRings WETA]] (I'm pretty sure these were two different people because when one Richard was creating ''Tron'' in America the other was making puppets from things found while dumpster diving in New Zealand).
* '''Roger Taylor''' of Music/{{Queen}} did not play drums in Music/DuranDuran. That was the other Roger Taylor.
* '''Devin Taylor''' is [[http://static1.squarespace.com/static/52349a54e4b08b149afb55bf/t/5352d1e2e4b0c67c912e3a0a/1397936611118/ an American football player for the Detroit Lions]], a Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} Diva/[[http://www.wwe.com/f/wysiwyg/image/2014/01/20130926_642xvariable_NXT-SSpg-devintaylor.jpg interviewer]] and a model/BigBeautifulWoman. (Do ''not'' do an image search for the last named at work.)
* '''Mark Teixeira''' the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Teixeira baseball player]] or Mark Texeira the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Texeira comic book artist]]?
* One of the writing staff on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' is named '''[[Series/DoctorWho Dave Tennant]]'''.
** Creator/DavidTennant's real name is David [=MacDonald=]. He uses "Tennant" as a screen name because the Actors' Union Equity already had a David [=MacDonald=]. "Tennant" was a {{homage}} to Neil Tennant of the Music/PetShopBoys.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_MacDonald Dave MacDonald]] was also an American race car driver in the 1960s who infamously crashed in a fireball at the 1964 [[UsefulNotes/{{Indycar}} Indy 500]].
* There is at least one other '''Creator/OsamuTezuka'''. Apparently, he is/was a composer.
** Director '''Creator/OsamuDezaki''' is at risk for getting mixed up in it too, especially since he adapted some of Tezuka's creations.
* '''Theodore the Second, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria''' is not a case of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriarch_Theodore_II_of_Alexandria Chalcedonian]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Tawadros_II_of_Alexandria Coptic]] claims to said see being reconciled for the first time since [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pope_Theodosius_I_of_Alexandria 536]].
* '''Dave Thomas''' is the name of both the founder of the Wendy's restaurant and a Canadian actor (best known for the ''[[CanadaEh Bob and Doug McKenzie]]'' sketches with Creator/RickMoranis). In terms of Real Life examples, this may be the closest two people with the same name are to being equally famous. It helps that "Dave Thomas" is a pretty generic name.
** There's also David Thomas, vocalist for experimental rock group Pere Ubu. He has the same name as [[http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Bio/Thomas-David.htm this singer]].
*** TheOtherWiki has a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dave_Thomas list of over three dozen Dave Thomases]]. Must be a pretty common name for famous people.
* To Indiana Hoosiers and Detroit Pistons fans, '''Isiah Thomas''' is known as a Hall of Fame basketball player who helped lead Indiana to an NCAA championship and the Bad Boy Pistons to multiple championships; New York Knicks fans don't think the same way of him. In the modern day NBA, however, '''Isaiah Thomas''' is a current Boston Celtics point guard who's around 5'9" (noticeably shorter than Isiah, who wasn't exactly a giant at about 6'1") who was drafted as the final pick of the 2011 NBA Draft and provides pretty good numbers in his career as well; New York Knicks fans also boo him a lot because of the former name's past business with the Knicks.
* '''Music/RobThomas'''. One is best known as the lead vocalist for Music/MatchboxTwenty. The other is best known for ''Series/VeronicaMars'' and ''Series/IZombie''. Apparently the latter Rob Thomas is a fan of the former, as he cast his namesake in the season 2 finale of ''iZombie'', where [[SpecialGuest he plays himself]], performs one of his songs, and [[spoiler:gets his brains eaten by zombies.]]
* '''Jack Thompson''', [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Thompson_%28actor%29 Australian Actor]]. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Thompson_%28activist%29 Jack Thompson]], who needs barely any introduction.
** Another '''Jack Thompson''' was a former quarterback nicknamed the "Throwin' Samoan"; that was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1979[[note]]when they could have drafted future NFL stars Joe Montana or Phil Simms at quarterback[[/note]] only for incumbent starter Ken Anderson (batting injuries shortly before then) going on to the best seasons of his career afterward.
* '''Scott Thompson:''' One is a Canadian actor and comedian best known as one of the ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall''. Another is an American actor and comedian, but most know him better as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carrot_Top Carrot Top]].
* There are two athletes named '''Jim Thorpe'''. One is an African-American golfer. The other was a Native American Olympian and professional football and baseball player.
* A subtle, non-English variety. Tonkin, Vietnam, and Tokyo, Japan (and historically, Kaifeng, China, when it was known as Dongjing). All these names are written the same way in Chinese characters, '''東京''', meaning "Eastern Capital" although pronounced differently in local languages.
** Although in Japanese, Tokyo's full name is "Tokyoto" (although the second ''to'' ideogram is different from the first) meaning "Eastern capital ''city''".
* '''Jean-Pierre Tokoto''': A Cameroonian [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football/soccer]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Pierre_Tokoto player]] who ended his playing career in the original North American Soccer League and stayed on in the U.S. as a coach, and his grandson, currently trying to break into the NBA. As in the case of the Jeff Taylors, it's averted by the younger Jean-Pierre, who instead uses [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J._P._Tokoto his initials]].
* Supposedly defied in case of Toronto, Canada. It was formerly named York, after the English city of the same name. It allegedly changed name to Toronto, after name of the area in the native language, because it did not want to be " the other York" in the New World also (after New York City).
* ''{{Series/Fringe}}'' star '''Anna Torv''' shares her name with Rupert Murdoch's second wife.
* President '''[[UsefulNotes/HarryTruman Harry S. Truman]]''', and Harry R. Truman, proprietor of the Spirit Lake Lodge, who was buried alive during the eruption of Mt. St. Helens.
* '''Creator/SophieTurner''' is either a British actress who plays Sansa Stark in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' or an Australian model.
* ''The Sporting News'' actually received a letter from someone asking if heavyweight boxer '''Mike Tyson''' was related to the former Cardinals and Cubs infielder with the same name. Their response: "Take a look at the two. [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_yKSo5xPjLpM/TOIIMhOIbnI/AAAAAAAAPu0/l-3EIKAwVQQ/s1600/Picture%2B4.png They are obviously not related.]]"
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* '''Ubuntu [[UsefulNotes/{{Unix}} Linux]]''' version 10.10 is called ''Maverick Meerkat''. '''UsefulNotes/MacOS X 10.9''' is called ''Mavericks''. Google likes to get them mixed up, due to cases of SpellMyNameWithAnS. Woe be upon you if you're searching for a solution to one of the problems you encountered on Apple's OS, since Google appears to be more happy to return results about the outdated version of Ubuntu's Linux distribution instead.
** And now it's happening with version numbers too. Mac OS X 10.10 is called Yosemite. But it still shares the same version number as Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat.
* Veteran seiyuu '''Creator/YujiUeda''' and newcomer seiyuu '''Creator/YojiUeda''' have occasionally been subject to this trope since the latter's debut.
* '''Karl Urban''' is either an actor from New Zealand known for his genre roles, or a World War I flying ace from Austria.
* '''Usa''', a town in Japan. Note that [[http://www.japan-guide.com/forum/quereadisplay.html?0+17278 contrary to urban myth]], the town was called Usa for at least a thousand years before the USA came into being; it was ''not'' named specifically so that goods made there could be misleadingly labelled "Made in Usa", and claims that the coincidence was abused for this purpose are disputed.
* '''Theo van Gogh''': One was a brother of Creator/VincentVanGogh; the other was his great-grandson who was a film director later murdered by Mohammed Bouyeri.
* '''Keith Van Horn''' was a forward who played 9 seasons in the NBA (mostly with the New Jersey Nets). Keith Van Horn''e'' was an offensive tackle who played 13 seasons in the NFL (all with the Chicago Bears).
* Venice, California, is one of many New World cities named after a more famous Old World city, but the trope is doubly invoked in case of St. Mark's Catholic Church in the California city, like the St. Mark's Cathedral in the Italian city.
* '''Sid Vicious''', bassist for the Music/SexPistols or Sid Vicious, "[[Wrestling/SidEudy The Man that Rules the World]]"?
* '''Pancho Villa''', legendary [[UsefulNotes/TheMexicanRevolution Mexican]] outlaw and revolutionary (real name: José Doroteo Arango Arámbula) or Pancho Villa, legendary Filipino flyweight champion of the world (real name: Francisco Guilledo)?
* '''Creator/DavidVincent''': One is a VoiceActor who specializes in {{anime}} and VideoGames, the other is lead singer of the DeathMetal band Morbid Angel. Neither should be confused with the hero of the 1967 science fiction series ''Series/TheInvaders''.
* '''"{{Viz}}"''' is the name of an [[Creator/VizMedia anime and manga distributor]]. It is also the name of a slightly raunchy magazine in the UK.
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* '''Alex Wade''' has been the name of an American architect, a British journalist, and a member of the DeathMetal band Music/{{Whitechapel}}.
* Is '''Benjamin Wade''' a senator from Ohio, a major league baseball player, or "Coach," the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} of ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' that nicknamed himself "The Dragon Slayer?"
* '''Robert Wagner''' is the name of the male lead on ''Series/HartToHart'' and a past president of South Dakota State University. Bob Wagner was the head coach of the University of Hawaii football team from 1987-1995.
* '''Creator/MarkWahlberg''' is a rapper turned actor. Mark Walberg (no ''h'') is a comedian and game show host.
* There is an actor named Thomas G. Waites, who was in ''Film/TheThing1982''. No relation to '''Music/TomWaits''', although Creator/KurtRussell lampshades this in the DVD commentary for the film.
-->"Hey, it's Tom Waits!"
** Interestingly, Waites' character in the film has trouble establishing any kind of transmission to the outside world, and is named Windows. Russel's character is an alcoholic loner who destroys his computer after it beats him at chess, and is named Mac. Neither operating system existed when the film came out.
* '''Doug Walker''' is the actor behind ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic'', and a British Christian [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Walker_(musician) musician]].
** Similarly, his brother and contributor '''Rob Walker''' is also a former New York [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob_Walker_(New_York_politician) state assemblyman]].
* '''Scott Walker''' is an American-born British singer who had success in the 1960s and 1970s, both with the Walker Brothers and as a solo act; a Wisconsin governor who came under fire in 2011 over his plan to suspend collective bargaining rights for most of the state's public-sector employees; and a longtime NHL hockey player.
* '''Chris Wallace:''' [[Series/SixtyMinutes Mike Wallace's son?]] Or [[Music/TheNotoriousBIG a legendary rapper from Brooklyn?]]
* '''George Wallace''' was the name of a segregationist Alabama governor and Presidential candidate, as well as the name of a standup comic. A ''black'' standup comic.
* '''Mike Wallace''', promising young Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver. There's also Mike Wallace, longtime ''Series/SixtyMinutes'' reporter. Frequently [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by KeithOlbermann on ''Football Night in America''. Then there's Mike Wallace, brother of 1989 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Rusty Wallace.
* '''Wallkill''' is the name of not one, but two municipalities in New York. One is a hamlet in Ulster County while the other is a town in Orange County. The two counties are right next to each other, but the hamlet and town are not.
* '''Robert Walser''' was a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Walser_(writer) Swiss writer]] (1878-1956) much admired by FranzKafka and Susan Sontag, and also an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Walser_(musicologist) American musicologist]] specialising in heavy metal.
* '''Joe Walsh''' is a rock guitarist, of {{Eagles}} fame, and a Congressman from Illinois, affiliated with the Tea Party. Notably, the musician Walsh played a fundraiser for the politician Walsh's opponent in her successful 2012 campaign against him.
* There were two Chinese skaters in the 2010 Olympics named '''Wang Meng'''. Talk about confusing!
** They share their name with Wang Meng (c.325–375), a [[UsefulNotes/DynastiesFromShangToQing politician of the Former Qin Dynasty]]. With Wang Meng (c 1308–1385), a notable painter of the Yuan Dynasty. And with Wang Meng (1934–), a modern novelist who served a term as Minister of Culture in RedChina. The family name Wang is very common.
* War of 1812 in United States (and Canada) was the invasion of the latter by the former. (Patriotic) War of 1812 in Russia was the invasion of that country by the French under Napoleon.
* '''Joel Ward''' is an athlete who's an underrated threat on the right flank. Are we talking about the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_Ward_(ice_hockey) veteran hockey player who plays Right Wing for the San Jose Sharks]], or the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joel_Ward_(footballer) relatively young footballer who is Crystal Palace's starting Right Back]]?
* '''Jack Warner''': One of the Creator/WarnerBros, an avuncular British actor and star of ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen'', or a controversial Trinidadian former football executive?
** Referenced by Jeremy Hardy on ''Series/TheNowShow'' during a story on FIFA corruption "Jack Warner always said there was nothing worse than a bent copper! I can't believe he let us down!"
* When '''Kurt Warner''', the supermarket stockboy turned NFL quarterback, first showed up out of nowhere with the then-St. Louis Rams in the late [[TheNineties 1990s]], several sportswriters thought it was Curt Warner, a not-all-that-successful Seattle Seahawks running back from the [[TheEighties 1980s]], trying to make a comeback. Even though Kurt is white and Curt is African American.
** Probably didn't help that Curt Warner also played for the first version of the Los Angeles Rams at the end of his career.
* '''UsefulNotes/GeorgeWashington''' (1732-1799) was the first [[UsefulNotes/ThePresidents President of the United States]]. His grandnephew George Corbin Washington (1789-1854) was a congressman, plantation owner, busnisessman, and diplomat. George Washington (1817-1905) was an African-American freeborn man and founder of Centralia, a town in Washington state. Later on, Anglo-Belgian inventor George Louis Washington (1871-1946) developed the first commercially successful process for making instant coffee (which made him popular with American and Canadian doughboys during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI).
* There were two different baseball franchises called the '''Washington Senators'''. The first one moved to Minnesota in 1961 and became the Twins. The second one started play when the first one left, then moved to Texas in 1972 and became the Rangers. The team that currently plays in Washington was going to be called the Senators as well, but the city government vetoed that since the District of Columbia isn't actually represented in the Senate.
** Interestingly, the current '''Washington Nationals''' are also the second baseball franchise of that name. The first Washington Senators, founded in 1901, changed their official name to "Nationals" in 1905. Despite this, the "Nationals" and "Senators" names were used interchangeably for the next 50 years; the team officially became the "Senators" again in 1956.
* We have the state of Washington and Washington DC (i.e. the ''District'' of Columbia). Bonus points, since the state of Washington could have become known as the ''state'' of Columbia, as it was the American half of the Columbia Territory (the British half of which became known as [[CaptainObvious British Columbia]]).
* Auteur anime director '''ShinichiroWatanabe''' (of Anime/CowboyBebop, Anime/MacrossPlus and Anime/SamuraiChamploo fame) is not the same guy as auteur anime director '''ShinichiWatanabe''', a.k.a. Nabeshin (known for ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' and ''Anime/NerimaDaikonBrothers''), although you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Nabeshin himself has made jokes about this in his shows.
* '''Steve Watson''': Two white athletes born Stephen Watson in 1957, both standing over 6 feet tall and capable of big numbers in their respective sports. One is an American football player who made the Pro Bowl as a Denver Broncos wide receiver in the early '80s. One is a Filipino-Australian basketball player for Ateneo who was so good in high school he was allowed to play for his college varsity team as a HS senior. Later played in the PBA, but failed to live up to his college billing. (Unlike the American Steve Watson, who was a success in the NFL despite being undrafted.)
* An episode of ''Series/PushingDaisies'' guest-starred an actor named '''Michael Weaver''' and was shot by a cinematographer named Michael Weaver.
* '''Josh Weinstein''' is a former writer for ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Another Josh Weinstein is a former cast member of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' and ''WebVideo/CinematicTitanic'' and writer for ''FreaksAndGeeks''. Perhaps to clear up the confusion, the latter has taken to billing himself as ''[[AwesomeMcCoolName J. Elvis Weinstein]]''.
* '''Bob Welch''' is either a former baseball pitcher for the Dodgers and A's, or a singer who used to be with Music/FleetwoodMac.
* '''Christopher Welch''' is a particularly notable example. After Christopher '''Evan''' Welch passed on, he was assumed to be the same actor who voiced Tails in WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog. There was just one problem: he was 28 at the time the show premiered (1993), making it possible but unlikely that he was the one who voiced him. Sometime later, Christopher '''Stephen''' Welch, the real voice of Tails spoke out, confirming that he was alive and well, and had since left the entertainment industry.[[note]]He also mentioned that he was 10 at the time.[[/note]]
* There's '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raquel_Welch Raquel Welch]]''' the American actress, and then there's [[http://www.blackandbluegallery.com.au/index.lasso?page=1 Raquel Welch]] the Australian artist. Who is doing an art show entitled "I Hate Your Guts", which is all about how she hates Creator/RobinWilliams. ...Wait, [[BrickJoke the computer writer?]]
* In the Ottawa neighbourhood of Westboro, there is a prominent baptist church that was, [[WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong reasonably]], called '''the [[OhCrap Westboro Baptist Church]]''' for quite some time. Apparently being linked to the notoriously homophobic Kansas-based church of the same name got so tiresome (the bulk of the church's website was an explanation that there was no relation) that they eventually became the [[http://www.parkdalebaptistchurch.ca/Westboro%20Campus.htm Parkdale Baptist Church - Westboro Campus]].
* '''Creator/{{WETA}}''': Consistant creators of awesome visual effects (Film/TheLordOfTheRings, Film/KingKong2005, Film/{{District 9}}, Film/{{Avatar}}) or Washington DC-based station who helped make Ken Burns' ''[=Baseball=]'' documentary?
** Or a giant flightless cricket from New Zealand, which the former is named after.
* In May 2010 Ann Curry, of NBC's ''Series/{{Today}}'' show, [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/24/ann-curry-wheaton_n_588159.html gave a commencement address]] at '''Wheaton College''' in Norton, Massachusetts. During her speech she started rattling off names of distinguished Wheaton alumni such as Billy Graham and Creator/WesCraven. Unfortunately, she was thinking of the ''other'' Wheaton College, in Illinois.
** On the other hand, Curry probably knew that the '''Billy Graham''' who went to the latter Wheaton College is not the former AFL football player and professional wrestler [[Wrestling/SuperstarBillyGraham "Superstar" Billy Graham]]. The wrestler's name was originally Wayne Coleman, and his name was a direct tribute to the evangelist.
* '''Alan White''' of Music/{{Yes}} did not play drums in Music/{{Oasis}}. That was the other Alan White.
* The '''Jesse White''' Tumblers were founded by the current Illinois Secretary of State - not by the guy who used to be the Maytag repairman.
** There's also professional wrestler Jesse White, the son of Wrestling/{{Vader}} and a former NXT talent as Jake Carter. Speaking of Vader...
* The Los Angeles Rams had two players named '''Leon White''', both of them native Californians. One was a white offensive lineman who never played a regular season game, but played in Super Bowl XIV. Injuries cut his football career short, but you may know him as the Man They Call (Big Van) Wrestling/{{Vader}}. The other was a black linebacker who suited up for the Rams as a reserve in the early '90s.
* '''T.H. White''': [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._H._White Terence Hanbury]] was the English author who wrote the ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'' novels about KingArthur which were the partial source for the musical ''Theatre/{{Camelot}}''. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_H._White Theodore Harold]] was the American journalist who wrote the ''Life'' magazine article comparing UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy's White House to Camelot.
* Actor '''Bradley Whitford''' (of ''TheWestWing'' fame) shares a moniker with the second guitarist of the famous American hard-rock band Music/{{Aerosmith}}, though the latter simply goes by the first name "Brad".
* '''Andy Williams''': Could be one of the guitarists of metalcore band [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fl0Z72PoDdY Every Time I Die]], or the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2El5ttjM9I unlikely favorite singer]] of ''Series/TheSimpsons'' bully Nelson Muntz. That Andy Williams had a nephew with the same name who, together with twin brother David, was a teen idol in the mid-'70s who came back in the '90s an acoustic balladeer who can't cry hard enough.
** There's also Santana High School shooter Charles Andrew "Andy" Williams.
* '''Brian Williams''', deposed Creator/{{NBC}} news anchor (and father of ''Series/{{Girls}}'' actress Allison Williams), and Brian Williams, {{CTV}} sportscaster. The pair had a LampshadeHanging-filled first meeting at the 2010 [[StargateCity Vancouver]] Winter [[UsefulNotes/OlympicGames Olympics]].
** There's also Bryan "Baby" Williams aka Birdman, co-founder of [[GlamRap Cash Money Records]].
** Also, Brian Williams was the original name of NBA player Bison Dele, now equally famous for his disappearance and presumed death at sea in 2002.[[note]]He, his girlfriend, and his brother sailed from Tahiti on a friend's boat. The brother was the only person who returned from the voyage. Two months after returning, the brother committed suicide.[[/note]]
* '''Jayson Williams''' (black) played in the NBA from 1991 to 1999. ''Jason'' Williams (white) played in the NBA from 1999 to 2011. And when Duke star Jason Williams (also black) was drafted by the Chicago Bulls in 2002, he changed his name to Jay Williams to avoid confusion with both players.
** Meanwhile, in the Philippines, there is also a basketball player named ''Jayson Castro William'' (half-asian and half-black). Perhaps to avoid confusion with the above players (and possibly to honor his Filipino ancestry), he goes by ''Jayson Castro''....which, unfortunately, leads to YET ANOTHER case of NamesTheSame (see "Jason Castro" in Folder "C")
* There are two musicians named '''Music/JohnWilliams'''. One's a film composer, one's a classical guitarist. Try not to confuse them.
** Someone used this combined with PunnyName to write a short comic called [[Music/TheBeatles "The Ballad of John and Yoko"]] starring [[Franchise/StarWars John Williams]] and [[Anime/SamuraiChamploo Yoko]] [[Anime/CowboyBebop Kanno]] [[http://homepage.mac.com/merussell/iblog/B835531044/C1483454996/E20051121101556/index.html making soundtrack bliss]].
** John Williams was also a British character actor who had memorable supporting roles in a couple of [[Creator/AlfredHitchcock Hitchcock]] films.
** There were also two NBA players in the late 1980s/early 1990s named John Williams. One was known as "Hot Rod" Williams; the other was nicknamed "Hot Plate" due to his ample weight later in his pro career. Both John Williamses coincidentally played college basketball in Louisiana around the same time; Hot Rod for Tulane, the future Hot Plate (then carrying only about 220 pounds on his 6'9" frame) for LSU.
** [[{{Sierra}} Sierra On-Line]] founder Ken Williams has a brother named [[http://www.sierragamers.com/aspx/m/669741 John]] who was marketing director for about 20 years.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Williams_(VC) John Fielding]], a Welsh soldier who enlisted under the name of John Williams and won the Victoria Cross for his role in the Battle of Rorke's Drift.
** ECW wrestler Ian Rotten was born John Benson Williams.
* '''Michelle Williams''': Either a blonde actress, or a former member of Music/DestinysChild.
* '''Mike Williams'''. He's an overrated NFL player who has largely eaten his way out of the league. Now, do you mean the Left Tackle from Texas or the Wide Receiver from USC?
** And don't confuse them with the ''other'' Mike Williams, ''another'' wide receiver who's actually pretty good.
** Or the last man killed by ''WildBillHickok''.
* '''Paul Williams''' the diminutive actor, songwriter and frequent MatchGame panelist who wrote "Just An Old Fashioned Love Song", "Evergreen", "The Rainbow Connection" and "Rainy Days And Mondays"? Paul Williams, singer with TheTemptations who [[DrivenToSuicide committed suicide in his car]]? Or Paul Williams, the late music journalist and publisher of ''Crawdaddy'' magazine? A boxer, architect, 1970s film director, rugby union member, saxophonist and soccer player also share the name.
** There's also Billy Paul of "Me and Mrs. Jones" fame, who changed his name from Paul Williams to avoid confusion with the saxophonist of the same name -- this was in the early '50s, at a time when the Temptations member and singer-songwriter weren't even in their teens yet.
* '''Creator/RobinWilliams'''. The name is shared by a famous actor, and a (female) writer of computer-related books named . [[Creator/RobinWilliams No relation]].
** There is also a painter and one half of a folk singing duo who share this name.
* '''Roger Williams''' is either an early American settler and theologian, or the pianist known for "Autumn Leaves" and "Born Free".
* By the end of the 2008 season, the Dallas Cowboys had two players named '''Roy Williams'''. Sadly, they never appeared on the field at the same time. Meanwhile, ''another'' Roy Williams is busy coaching a certain college basketball team.
** Even better, one Roy Williams was a defensive back while one was a wide receiver. We could have had Roy Williams covering Roy Williams in practice.
* '''Steve Williams''' could be the real name of Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, or the wrestler known as "Dr. Death".
** Since Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin is Texan, it is likely that he chose that name in reference to '''Stephen F. Austin''', who led the first American settlers into Texas and after whom the state capital is named.
*** Or maybe he chose it because of Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan? "Bionic Redneck" indeed.
* '''Ted Williams''' is the name of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Williams late Hall of Fame baseball player]] and a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Williams_%28announcer%29 homeless man turned announcer and Internet celebrity]]. In an interview on ''The Early Show'' the latter even [[LampshadeHanging made a joke about this]], intoning in his announcer voice: "Now batting for the Boston Red Sox, Ted Williams".
** There's also Ted Williams the Creator/{{Fox News|Channel}} legal analyst.
* '''Vanessa Williams''': Ex-Miss America, or ''Series/MelrosePlace'' actress? Both are African Americans born in 1963 in New York City, both attended New York University, both are actresses, both were in ''Soul Food'' (Miss America in the 1997 film, Melrose Place in the 2000 TV series), and they've never even met each other!
** The ''Melrose Place'' actress even received Miss America's check for her appearance at the 1983 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which she returned. She also registered the name with the Screen Actors Guild first, so Miss America had to be credited as "Vanessa L. Williams" in her acting credits before SAG decided to waive the issue, and both actresses can use the professional name "Vanessa Williams." Today, the ''Melrose Place'' actress is usually credited as "Vanessa A. Williams."
* '''Wendy Williams''' is either the African-American talk show host, or the white punk rocker who sang for the Plasmatics and billed herself as Wendy O. Williams.
* '''Dave Willis''' is [[WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce Meatwad and Carl]]. David Willis is a [[WalkyVerse webcomic artist]]. Do not confuse the two.
** There's also another voice actor with the similar name "David ''Wills''", who's worked on several 4Kids anime dubs.
* '''Victor Willis''' was the original cop on the Music/VillagePeople in [[TheSeventies the 1970's]]. Victor (Vic) Willis was a Hall of Fame baseball pitcher for the Braves and Pirates in the early 1900's.
* '''Brian Wilson''': a former member of Music/TheBeachBoys, and a Major League Baseball relief pitcher (who hasn't played since 2014) whose best years were with the San Francisco Giants.
** For most modern Filipinos, Brian Wilson is not a Beach Boy nor a baseball player, but a Filipino-British model with the same name.
* '''Carl Wilson''', late member of Music/TheBeachBoys (also the younger brother of the more famous Brian), shares his name with a Canadian music critic.
* '''Dennis Wilson''', the third Wilson brother in Music/TheBeachBoys and the band's drummer, shares a name with an African-American bassist who briefly played for stoner rock band Nebula.
* Fans of the Gap Band were momentarily shocked when they heard '''Charlie Wilson''' had died...until they learned that it turned out to be the [[Film/CharlieWilsonsWar congressman from Texas]] responsible for helping mujahideen rebels get the funding and weapons they needed to fight off the [[UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan Soviets in Afghanistan]]
* '''Joe Wilson''' is either a former ambassador and former {{CIA}} agent Valerie Plame's husband, who essentially called President UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush a liar over the White House's role in outing his wife; or a US Congressman who called President UsefulNotes/BarackObama a liar over his statements on what would be funded in the health care bill he was pushing through.
** They share their name with Joe Wilson, bassist for the Music/SneakerPimps.
* '''Justin Wilson''': English Indy Car driver or Cajun TV chef?
* '''Nancy Wilson''', the African-American jazz vocalist, shares a name with white singer/guitarist Nancy Wilson (of Music/{{Heart}} fame).
** Speaking of the latter, her sister and bandmate '''Ann Wilson''' should not be confused with Irish singer Ann Nolan (of the Sisters), who became Ann Wilson by marriage.
* Is '''Patrick Wilson''' is the drummer of Music/{{Weezer}} or [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera Raoul, Vicomte de Chagny]] AKA [[Film/{{Watchmen}} Dan Dreiburg/Night Owl II]]?.
* '''Creator/RobertAntonWilson''' and Robert Wilson are both published authors. This has caused confusion to those trying to locate hard-to-find and out of print ''Literature/{{Illuminatus}}'' series books. And for those trying to find Robert Wilson's mainstream mass-market novels. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Wilson_%28director%29 Robert wilson]] is also an avant-garde theatrical producer and playwright.
** Neither of them is in mathematics, nor did they teach at [[http://www.maths.qmul.ac.uk/~raw/ University of London]], [[http://www.math.wisc.edu/~wilson/ University of Wisconsin]], or [[https://www.math.rutgers.edu/~rwilson/ Rutgers University]]. (All of these mathematicians named Robert Wilson are different people, in case you didn't notice)
* '''Tony Wilson''' is either the now-deceased founder of Factory Records from Manchester, UK (and subject of the biopic ''Film/TwentyFourHourPartyPeople''), or a radio dj and author of children's book from Melbourne, Australia.
* '''Wimbledon''' - the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Relocation_of_Wimbledon_F.C._to_Milton_Keynes then soon to be defunct football team]] or [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFC_Wimbledon the team created in response]].
* Amazingly, there are two people named '''Creator/DavidWise''' who have some connection to ''VideoGame/{{Battletoads}}''. One of them is a Briton who composed the games' soundtracks; the other is an American who co-wrote the screenplay of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Battletoads}}'' cartoon pilot.
* '''Thomas Wolfe''' was an author of the [[TheThirties 1930s]] and [[TheForties 1940s]] who wrote such novels as ''Look Homeward, Angel'' and ''You Can't Go Home Again''. Tom Wolfe was a "new school" journalist of the [[TheSixties 1960s]] and [[TheSeventies 1970s]] who wrote such nonfiction books as ''The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test'' and ''TheRightStuff'', then turned to satirical fiction in the [[TheEighties 1980s]] and [[TheNineties 1990s]] with such novels as ''The Bonfire of the Vanities'' and ''A Man in Full''.
* The spelling is slightly different, but '''Creator/VirginiaWoolf''' and '''Virginia Euwer Wolff''' are authors, but of vastly different literature (the former is an English modernist author, the latter is an American award winning author of books aimed at children and young adults). There also was a metal band named '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Wolf Virginia Wolf]]'''
* There are 3 guys named '''Eric Wright''' that are associated with California.
** The first two Eric Wrights were football players for the 49ers. Eric ''Cortez'' Wright (born 1959) played his entire career with the Niners from 1981 to 1990 and won 4 Super Bowls. Eric ''Andrew'' Wright (born 1985) jumped around Cleveland (who drafted him in 2007), Detroit, and Tampa Bay before finishing his career with the 49ers in 2013. Confusingly, they both played the Cornerback Position, and Wikipedia distinguishes them not by position or team, but by ''BIRTH YEAR''.
** As for the third Eric Wright...you may know him as the late, legendary West Coast Rapper Music/EazyE of Music/{{NWA}} fame
* Contemporary Canadian author '''Richard Wright''' always includes his middle initial "B." in his name to avoid confusion with African-American author and activist Richard Wright.
** Richard Wright was also the keyboardist for Music/PinkFloyd.
* '''Wu Tang''' Is both a style of Chinese swordplay and the name of the world famous rap group, the Music/WuTangClan. Not surprising, as a film about the former inspired the name of the latter.
* '''Bill Wyman''' is either the former bassist for Music/TheRollingStones or a music journalist. Bill Wyman the musician once [[http://articles.sfgate.com/2002-11-21/news/17571735_1_rolling-stones-musician-bill-wyman-uc-berkeley gave Bill Wyman the journalist a cease and desist]], although the latter is now free to use the name he was born with (and was given before the other Bill Wyman chose it as a stage name). To be fair, there's more potential for confusion when Bill Wyman the journalist writes articles about The Rolling Stones, which he has done in the past.
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* '''Yale College''' is a [[SarcasmMode world-renowned and prestigious]] former tech[[note]] for Americans, "community college"[[/note]]in Wrexham, North Wales. Yale College is also an obscure backwater educational institution in New England. This caused confusion and a lawsuit when the Welsh tech college was allowed to upgrade itself to a university. After legal intervention, the Welsh university had to adopt a different name to avoid confusion.[[note]]Although it can still legally call itself ''Coleg Iâl'' in Welsh[[/note]] and is now Prifysgol Owain Glyndwr/Glyndwr University. Amusingly, both were founded by the same man who emigrated to the USA from Wales.
** Another former British polytechnic, this time Preston Poly, also pushed its new name to the legal wire: it called itself the University of Central Lancashire and abbreviated this to [=UCLAn=], risking confusion with the UCLA in a nicer place with far better weather.
* There are two Japanese video game composers named '''Kenji Yamamoto'''. One worked on various Nintendo properties such as ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'', ''VideoGame/MarioKart'', ''VideoGame/StarFox'', ''VideoGame/{{Pokemon}}'', and ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', the other worked on various ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' games, as well as ''Dragon Ball Z Kai'', and whose music was swiftly replaced after it was discovered that it had been plagairised.
** Also a Japanese soccer player.
* '''Yang Yang''': While [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] lists about nine examples, the most famous are two Chinese women's short-track speed skaters who first emerged on the international scene at the 1998 Winter Olympics--one born in August 1976, and the other born in September 1977. Originally, they were respectively called Yang Yang (L) and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yang_Yang_(S) Yang Yang (S)]], for "large" and "small".[[note]] In Chinese, "large" and "small" are commonly used to distinguish between two people with identically pronounced names who are close in age.[[/note]] However, "Large" objected to the designation, and chose instead to be called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yang_Yang_(A) Yang Yang (A)]], a nod to her birth month. "A" became China's first Winter Olympic gold medalist in 2002.
** Although the names of Yang Yang (A) and Yang Yang (S) are pronounced identically in Chinese, they are not the same in written Chinese. Both have the same family name but different given names.
* '''Andrew Young''': One is the former UsefulNotes/UnitedNations Ambassador & mayor of UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, the other is the former aide to John Edwards who covered for him by claiming fatherhood of Edwards's illegitimate child with Rielle Hunter.
* Is '''Eric Young''' the former MLB second baseman, or the former TNA World Heavyweight Champion now working for NXT?
* There's '''Music/NeilYoung''' the singer/songwriter, and Neil Young the guitarist for Music/KittensForChristian.
** Neither of which is to be confused with Neil Young, the former ElectronicArts executive who's now working for ngmoco.
** Or [[Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld Young Neil.]]
** Not to mention Neil Young, scorer of the winning goal for Manchester City in the 1969 FA Cup Final.
* NFL quarterback '''Steve Young''' was known for his versatility in passing and running. Alas, he wasn't versatile enough to have also been the Steve Young who was a longtime CNN reporter, or the veteran singer-songwriter Steve Young who did the original version of "Seven Bridges Road", or the Steve Young who writes for ''Series/TheLateShow''.
** Steve Young, the quarterback, got his NFL start as a rather middling starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. About a decade prior, the team had a huge-for-the-time (6'8"-272) left tackle, also named Steve Young, who's best-known for his size, and for [[http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/just-because-the-same-name-as-a-star-lt-steve-young/ sharing a name with a future NFL legend]], rather than his skill, or lack thereof.
* '''Creator/HiroyukiYoshino''', a Japanese voice actor known for his roles as [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Allelujah Haptism]] and [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Solf J. Kimblee]] or a Japanese anime screenwriter known for his works such as ''Anime/GuiltyCrown'' and ''Anime/MacrossFrontier''.
* '''YTV''': an older name for an Creator/{{ITV}} [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorkshire_Television franchisee]] or [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/YTV_(TV_channel) the youth-focused Canadian broadcaster]] ?
* '''Zhang Yi''' was a high-ranked general for Shu of the Three Kingdoms. Zhang Yi was a high-ranked general for Shu of the Three Kingdoms. [[RuleOfThree Zhang Yi was a high-ranked general for Shu of the Three Kingdoms.]] To avoid mass confusion, Three Kingdoms buffs refer to them by their style names (Bogong, Junsi, and Boqi) and often use the alternate form Zhang Ni for the third one. And let's not get started on all the other Zhang Yis of the Three Kingdoms period...
* There are two Hollywood producers named '''David Zucker'''. One co-produced such parodies as ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' along with his brother Jerry. The other co-produced ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}''.
* '''Jerry Zucker''', the director of such films as ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', ''Film/TopSecret'', ''Film/RuthlessPeople'', and ''Film/{{Ghost}}'', shares his name with an Israeli-born businessman. The other Jerry Zucker served as Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company.
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** The Youtuber Creator/KGBRussia uses a bad Russian accent that makes him sound like he's from former Soviet state [[UsefulNotes/GeorgiaEurope Georgia]], even though he's from the US State [[UsefulNotes/GeorgiaUSA Georgia]]. This causes some confusion when it's mentioned.

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** The Youtuber Creator/KGBRussia Creator/FPSRussia uses a bad Russian accent that makes him sound like he's from former Soviet state [[UsefulNotes/GeorgiaEurope Georgia]], even though he's from the US State [[UsefulNotes/GeorgiaUSA Georgia]]. This causes some confusion when it's mentioned.
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* There is a U.S. state called '''[[DeepSouth Georgia]]''' and a Caucasus country named UsefulNotes/{{Georgia}}. The American Georgia is named after King [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover George II]], while the country gets its name from the Persian-Arabic designation � ''gurğ / ğurğ''. They call themselves ''Kartvelebi'' and their country ''Sakartvelo''.
** Naturally, the hometown crowd in {{Atlanta}}, Georgia cheered for Georgia (the country) when they appeared at Parade of Nations at the opening ceremonies for the 1996 Summer UsefulNotes/OlympicGames.

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* There is a U.S. state called '''[[DeepSouth '''[[UsefulNotes/GeorgiaUSA Georgia]]''' and a Caucasus country named UsefulNotes/{{Georgia}}.UsefulNotes/[[GeorgiaEurope Georgia]]. The American Georgia is named after King [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfHanover George II]], while the country gets its name from the Persian-Arabic designation � ''gurğ / ğurğ''. They call themselves ''Kartvelebi'' and their country ''Sakartvelo''.
** Naturally, the hometown crowd in {{Atlanta}}, UsefulNotes/{{Atlanta}}, Georgia cheered for Georgia (the country) when they appeared at Parade of Nations at the opening ceremonies for the 1996 Summer UsefulNotes/OlympicGames.


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** The Youtuber Creator/KGBRussia uses a bad Russian accent that makes him sound like he's from former Soviet state [[UsefulNotes/GeorgiaEurope Georgia]], even though he's from the US State [[UsefulNotes/GeorgiaUSA Georgia]]. This causes some confusion when it's mentioned.
** Here at TVTropes, the country page got so many wicks for the state that they got expanded titles and a disambiguation page.
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* The NFL has had two offensive linemen named '''Tom Neville''', and they weren't related. One was born in 1943 and played tackle mostly for the Boston/New England Patriots. One was born in 1961 and as a guard, he didn't have close to the same success as the older one, and was fatally shot in 1998 during an altercation with police.
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* '''David Kaye''': either the StageName of voice actor [[Creator/DavidKaye David V Hope]], the child actor turnd voice actor who usually gets credited with his middle initial, [[EggsMilkSquick and the pedophile rabbi]].
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* '''George Lopez''': an American comedian, and a professor with the International Institute of Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
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