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19th May '16 2:24:49 PM ChaoticNovelist
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*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': The names Nunnal Enaz gives to her inventions are so long that her husband joked it takes longer to say them then describe what they do. An example of what she considers a short name is "Noitearc Powered Orderly Transmission Jammer".
19th Mar '16 7:09:50 PM MasterGhandalf
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* People from the nation of Herun in ''Literature/TheRiddleMasterTrilogy'' typically have very long, elaborate, difficult-to-pronounce names, though they typically only ''use'' them in formal situations - a syllable or two will suffice among friends. Hence, the Morgol (Queen) Elrarhiardon and her daughter Lyralathuin are "El" and "Lyra", respectively, to those who know them personally. The legendary wizard [[EvilSorcerer Ghisteslwchlohm]], who may or may not be from Herun (though his name follows their conventions, according to the Morgol) typically goes by [[spoiler: Master Ohm]].
26th Feb '16 4:17:00 AM EDP
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* In Isabel Allende's novel ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'', Diego's Indian mother was baptized Regina Maria de la Inmaculada Concepción. [[RealityEnsues She promptly forgot most of it, going by Regina or her original name Toypurnia]].
13th Jan '16 12:37:46 PM shokoshu
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** This does NOT agree with the Japanese variant given in a German collection of Japanese folktales. Due to troper lazyness, have the
Korean version instead: Hak-kori-daeji-sandaeji-bawi-doI-soe.

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** This does NOT agree with the Japanese variant given in a German collection of Japanese folktales. Due to troper lazyness, have the
the Korean version instead: Hak-kori-daeji-sandaeji-bawi-doI-soe.
13th Jan '16 12:37:17 PM shokoshu
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** This does NOT agree with the Japanese variant given in a German
collection of Japanese folktales. Due to troper lazyness, have the

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** This does NOT agree with the Japanese variant given in a German
German collection of Japanese folktales. Due to troper lazyness, have the
13th Jan '16 12:36:05 PM shokoshu
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** This does NOT agree with the Japanese variant given in a German
collection of Japanese folktales. Due to troper lazyness, have the
Korean version instead: Hak-kori-daeji-sandaeji-bawi-doI-soe.
30th Nov '15 8:30:08 PM HeraldAlberich
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* The full name of the main character in the ''MistressOfTheArtOfDeath'' novels is Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar. Not as long as some of the other examples on this list, but stands out in a world where most people only have a name like Agnes or Mary or Alf or Will.
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's Middle-earth (''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', etc.), the tree-like Ents have a language that to us 'hasty folk' is incredibly long-winded. Entish names are more or less a complete description and history of the individual thing being discussed. Worse yet, due to the phonetics of Ent language (which has a lot of humming), they can't even be transcribed. Tolkien was a linguist; when he wrote that something couldn't be transcribed, he would have had a pretty good idea of how bizarre a language would have to be for that to be the case. However he did offer "a-lalla-lalla-rumba-kamanda-lind-or-burúmë" as a "probably very inaccurate" attempt by the Hobbits to represent a fragment of Entish. This was ''part'' of the word for a ''hill.''
** So Treebeard's real name would be a description plus biography of his life upto that point in time. This gives some understanding of why Ent-moots take so long. At that point, Treebeard was ''the oldest mortal living thing in Middle Earth'', and the rest of the Ents aren't ''too'' much younger.

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* The full name of the main character in the ''MistressOfTheArtOfDeath'' ''Literature/MistressOfTheArtOfDeath'' novels is Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar. Not as long as some of the other examples on this list, but stands out in a world where most people only have a name like Agnes or Mary or Alf or Will.
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's Middle-earth (''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', etc.), the tree-like Ents have a language that to us 'hasty folk' is incredibly long-winded. Entish names are more or less a complete description and history of the individual thing being discussed. Worse yet, due to the phonetics of Ent language (which has a lot of humming), they can't even be transcribed. Tolkien was a linguist; when he wrote that something couldn't be transcribed, he would have had a pretty good idea of how bizarre a language would have to be for that to be the case. However he did offer "a-lalla-lalla-rumba-kamanda-lind-or-burúmë" as a "probably very inaccurate" attempt by the Hobbits to represent a fragment of Entish. This was ''part'' of the word for a ''hill.''
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So Treebeard's real name would be a description plus biography of his life upto that point in time. This gives some understanding of why Ent-moots take so long. At that point, the time of ''The Lord of the Rings'', Treebeard was is ''the oldest mortal living thing in Middle Earth'', Middle-earth'', and the rest of the Ents aren't ''too'' much younger.



** In Banks's non-culture novel ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'', the reverse of this trope - SmallNameBigEgo, perhaps? - is brought into play; the aristocratic main character is named Sharrow. Just Sharrow. When a police officer asks for her ''full'' name, she responds... colourfully.
*** They have an interesting convention that the lower the social class, the more the names. Lampshaded when one character mentions that if Sharrow's cousin had been born with four names instead of one, he'd be a street thief. (This may be a reference to the habit British aristocrats have of using simply the name of their peerage - e.g. Toby Fitzwalter Vere de Vere, Lord Lovaduck, would sign his letters as simply "Lovaduck" without any of his given names, or even the title "Lord.")

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** In Banks's non-culture novel ''Literature/AgainstADarkBackground'', the reverse of this trope - SmallNameBigEgo, perhaps? - is trope--SmallNameBigEgo, perhaps?--is brought into play; the aristocratic main character is named Sharrow. Just Sharrow. When a police officer asks for her ''full'' name, she responds... colourfully.
*** They have an interesting convention that the lower the social class, the more the names. Lampshaded when one character mentions that if Sharrow's cousin had been born with four names instead of one, he'd be a street thief. (This may be a reference to the habit British aristocrats have of using simply the name of their peerage - e.peerage--e.g. Toby Fitzwalter Vere de Vere, Lord Lovaduck, would sign his letters as simply "Lovaduck" without any of his given names, or even the title "Lord.")



* In R. A. Salvatore's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spearwielder%27s_Tales The Spearwielder's Tales]]'' series, the main character befriends an elf known as Kelsey, whose real name is Kelsenellenelvial Gil-Ravardy.

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* In R. A. Salvatore's Creator/RASalvatore's ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spearwielder%27s_Tales The Spearwielder's Tales]]'' series, the main character befriends an elf known as Kelsey, whose real name is Kelsenellenelvial Gil-Ravardy.



* ''Star Surgeon'' by Alan Edward Nourse has the character Dal Timgar, whose full name is unpronounceable to humans.
--> ''Dal took a deep breath and began to give his full Garvian name. It was untranslatable and unpronounceable to Earthmen, who could not reproduce the sequence of pops and whistles that made up the Garvian tongue. The doctors listened, blinking, as the complex family structure and ancestry which entered into every Garvian's full name continued to roll from Dal's lips. He was entering into the third generation removed of his father's lineage when Doctor Tanner held up his hand.''
* Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkle Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs, more commonly known as [[Literature/LandOfOz The Wizard Of Oz]]. (Oz, because the rest of his name spells PINHEAD.)

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* ''Star Surgeon'' ''Literature/StarSurgeon'' by Alan Edward Nourse has the character Dal Timgar, whose full name is unpronounceable to humans.
--> ''Dal Dal took a deep breath and began to give his full Garvian name. It was untranslatable and unpronounceable to Earthmen, who could not reproduce the sequence of pops and whistles that made up the Garvian tongue. The doctors listened, blinking, as the complex family structure and ancestry which entered into every Garvian's full name continued to roll from Dal's lips. He was entering into the third generation removed of his father's lineage when Doctor Tanner held up his hand.''
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* Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkle Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs, more commonly known as [[Literature/LandOfOz The Wizard Of of Oz]]. (Oz, because the rest of his name spells PINHEAD.)



* Francisco Domingo Carlos Andres Sebastian d'Anconia, the largest copper magnate in the world of Ayn Rand's ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''
** At one point a guard asks him his name, he replies "There isn't time to tell you.".
* ''Outcast of {{Redwall}}'':

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* Francisco Domingo Carlos Andres Sebastian d'Anconia, the largest copper magnate in the world of Ayn Rand's ''Literature/AtlasShrugged''
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''Literature/AtlasShrugged''. At one point a guard asks him his name, name; he replies replies, "There isn't time to tell you.".
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* ''Outcast of {{Redwall}}'':Literature/{{Redwall}}'':



** Every hare has one of these. Such as Bellscut Oglecrop Obrathon Ragglewaithe Audube Baggscut - shortened to Boorab - From the Taggerung.

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** Every hare has one of these. Such as Bellscut Oglecrop Obrathon Ragglewaithe Audube Baggscut - shortened Baggscut--shortened to Boorab - From the Taggerung.Boorab--from ''The Taggerung''.



* In the Literature/LiadenUniverse stories of Steve Miller and Sharon Lee there's an alien race among whom each individual's name is not merely a reference label but a complete description of the individual (they're extremely long-lived, and like the Ents have never seen the value of shortcuts). The individual who most often appears in the stories is introduced as "Twelfth Shell Fifth Hatched Knife Clan of Middle River's Spring Spawn of Farmer Greentrees of the Spear-makers Den, The Edger" -- and that's the ultra-condensed version he uses on human paperwork; his full name, we're told, takes nearly twelve hours to speak. Fortunately for the characters (and the reader), he lets his human friends get away with just "Edger".

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* In the Literature/LiadenUniverse stories of Steve Miller and Sharon Lee there's an alien race among whom each individual's name is not merely a reference label but a complete description of the individual (they're extremely long-lived, and like the Ents have never seen the value of shortcuts). The individual who most often appears in the stories is introduced as "Twelfth Shell Fifth Hatched Knife Clan of Middle River's Spring Spawn of Farmer Greentrees of the Spear-makers Den, The Edger" -- and Edger"--and that's the ultra-condensed version he uses on human paperwork; his full name, we're told, takes nearly twelve hours to speak. Fortunately for the characters (and the reader), he lets his human friends get away with just "Edger".



* While not as impressive as some of the other names in this list, mention should still be made of Sir Darian Firkin k'Vala k'Valdemar from the Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar series. Technically he could also probably add "of Ghost Cat" to the end of that, though nobody ever uses that particular one. He actually grew up with the far more reasonable name Darian Firkin, it just got a bit extended over time.

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* While not as impressive as some of the other names in this list, mention should still be made of Sir Darian Firkin k'Vala k'Valdemar from the Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series. Technically he could also probably add "of Ghost Cat" to the end of that, though nobody ever uses that particular one. He actually grew up with the far more reasonable name Darian Firkin, it just got a bit extended over time.



* From Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''{{Foundation}}'': people from the planet Gaia start with short names, but add syllables as they grow older. They usually adopt one-syllable names for everyday use. Dom, for example, whose full name is 253 syllables long, only reminds himself of his full name once a year on his birthday.
* The Chiss race in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse have longish names which are contracted to a daily-use shorter version, the "core name". People need permission to use those, though - it's like going on a FirstNameBasis. [[OutboundFlight Mitth'raw'nuruodo]], rather [[TheUnpronounceable hard to say]] for most people, first courteously and then with more condescension allowed humans to call him [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Thrawn]].

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* From Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''{{Foundation}}'': ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'': people from the planet Gaia start with short names, but add syllables as they grow older. They usually adopt one-syllable names for everyday use. Dom, for example, whose full name is 253 syllables long, only reminds himself of his full name once a year on his birthday.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'':
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The Chiss race in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse have longish names which are contracted to a daily-use shorter version, the "core name". name." People need permission to use those, though - it's though--it's like going on a FirstNameBasis. [[OutboundFlight [[Literature/OutboundFlight Mitth'raw'nuruodo]], rather [[TheUnpronounceable hard to say]] for most people, first courteously and then with more condescension allowed humans to call him [[Literature/TheThrawnTrilogy Thrawn]].



--->''Currently she is being handed a golden-haired male baby we will call the Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness.''

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--->''Currently --->Currently she is being handed a golden-haired male baby we will call the Adversary, Destroyer of Kings, Angel of the Bottomless Pit, Great Beast that is called Dragon, Prince of This World, Father of Lies, Spawn of Satan, and Lord of Darkness.''



** Honor's mother, Allison Carmena Elena Inéz Regina Benton-Ramirez y Chou Harrington. She goes by "Allison", "Dr. Harrington", or -- to her husband and brother -- "Alley". And she'd really rather ditch everything between "Allison" and "Harrington" anyway...

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** Honor's mother, Allison Carmena Elena Inéz Regina Benton-Ramirez y Chou Harrington. She goes by "Allison", "Dr. Harrington", or -- to or--to her husband and brother -- "Alley".brother--"Alley". And she'd really rather ditch everything between "Allison" and "Harrington" anyway...
12th Nov '15 7:06:24 PM nombretomado
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* In RobinMcKinley's Sleeping Beauty [[TwiceToldTale retelling]] ''Literature/SpindlesEnd,'' the princess's full name is Casta Albinia Allegra Dove Minerva Fidelia Aletta Blythe Domnia Delicia Aurelia Grace Isabel Griselda Gwyneth Pearl Ruby Coral Lily Iris Briar Rose. Evidently this isn't an unusually long name for a royal--at least, no one ever remarks on its length.

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* In RobinMcKinley's Creator/RobinMcKinley's Sleeping Beauty [[TwiceToldTale retelling]] ''Literature/SpindlesEnd,'' the princess's full name is Casta Albinia Allegra Dove Minerva Fidelia Aletta Blythe Domnia Delicia Aurelia Grace Isabel Griselda Gwyneth Pearl Ruby Coral Lily Iris Briar Rose. Evidently this isn't an unusually long name for a royal--at least, no one ever remarks on its length.
5th Oct '15 12:21:26 PM Xelloss08
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* In the ''Literature/ZacharyNixonJohnson'' series, the Thompson family butler is named Wintercrescenhavenshivershamshawjamison.
5th Sep '15 10:22:43 AM gyorokpeter2
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* The Hungarian political novel [[https://hu.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarimenes_utaz%C3%A1sa Journey of Tarimenes]] has "Bangocibumbujpulujhurculujbüszkülüjkikiriposzidoszi", the personification of aristocracy.
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