Created By: MarqFJA on May 8, 2012 Last Edited By: MarqFJA on December 29, 2012

My Zname Is...

A character's name is composed of an existing name with a random letter tacked on to its beginning.

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A character has a name that is composed of a realistic name with a (usually random) letter tacked on to its beginning. Note that said letter has to be voiced, rather than silent.

Compare My Nayme Is, where a name is deliberately misspelled in a very nonstandard, often unique way that sometimes does not match up with the name's actual pronunciation; and Law of Alien Names, where non-human cultures have names that sound remarkably similar to human ones, often for little to no reason other than simple pandering to their human audiences and/or expediency on the author's part.


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  • May 9, 2012
    Just a question: have you ever encountered this trope anywhere? I'm itching to add an example but i just haven't seen this one used myself.
  • May 10, 2012
    Is this even a trope????? No examples, huh.
  • May 11, 2012
    No, I don't have examples beyond some of Ghetto Name's examples having a similar approach, like "Leshawna" (which I assume is a derivate of "Shawna"). It's just that when I asked on Lost And Found if the concept falls under any existing tropes, the final conclusion was "no".

    I could've sworn I added "Tropeworthy?" and "Already have?" tags...
  • May 11, 2012
    In the Dragon Magazine version of the Order of the Stick comics, Rich Burlew introduced a one-comic character named "Psteve", a psionic that just joined the team (and only lasts until the end of the page). This comic is reprinted in Snips, Snails and Dragon Tales.

    I am not sure that this counts, though, since the 'p' tacked on the front is not random.
  • May 11, 2012
    PG Wodehouse has a character named Rupert Psmith. The P is silent, "as in pshrimp." He added the P to distinguish himself from the other Smiths.
  • May 12, 2012
    No, those two examples are My Nayme Is, possibly with Psmith Psyndrome. The trope here requires that the added letter is voiced.
  • November 19, 2012
    No New Stock Phrases or dialog-based titles.

    It'll still get cutlisted for resembling dialog even though "name" is spelled differently.
  • November 20, 2012
    Hmm, perhaps there's a reason this didn't already exist as part of another trope... if it doesn't have three examples, it's not a trope.
  • November 27, 2012
  • November 27, 2012
    Real Life
    • Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, CEO of LEGO from 1979 to 2004, has a 'k' in his first name due to a typo by the priest who christened him.
  • December 7, 2012
    @Karjam: I'm open to title suggestions.

    @Morgan: I put this through Lost And Found first, and it was determined that there is no trope that covers this.
  • December 7, 2012
    ^You said that already, and I was saying there's a reason they didn't find one.
  • December 28, 2012
    I might have an example for this, though I'm not sure this is really tropeworthy.

    The Czech book Hunters of Mammoths by Eduard Storch depicts a life of cave men in the Stone Age who migrate in the areas of Moravia and Bohemia. Most of the hunters, their spouses and children have tribal Indian-like names, for example Little Mammoth, Hare, Squirrel Boy or Little Frog. Some names are rather obscure, and some of these are explained (Kopcem comes from "kopnuty srncetem" which means "kicked by a fawn"), some are not (Ukmas). One of the hunters is called Njan and his spouse's name is Njana. (It's spelled Nian and Nian in some versions). Jan and Jana (pronounced yan and yannah ) are very common names as they are in fact local variants of John and Jane.
  • December 29, 2012
    • The Conjurer's name in The Vanished Man is Malerick. Is even explained that it comes from his original name (Erich) and Mal, the latin root for "Malus", a.k.a. Evil.

    • In Battle For Wesnoth, when a sorcerer becomes a lich, he adds a "Mal" prefix to his name.
  • December 29, 2012
    • Lampshaded in Django Unchained in which the title character reminds people that the D in his name is silent. At one point, he even says this to a character played by Franco Nero who also played a character of the same name in Django.