Compound Given Name YKTTW Discussion
|Compound Given Name|
A character, often one from the American South, has a first name made up of two names.
I thought this was Two First Names, but that turns out to be something else entirely (that is to say, when a character's last name is a common given name). Essentially, this is when a character has a given name that is made up of two names stuck together or hyphenated. Relatively common for characters from the Deep South. Not to be confused with someone who has a middle name; Mary Sue is never addressed as just Mary. This is, of course, Truth in Television to a degree, particularly the Deep South and much of the Flyover Country. Expect this to be particularly common with characters who live Down on the Farm. Comics
- Mary Jane from Spider-Man.
- Kathy Sue Loudermilk, from Lewis Grizzard's stories about the U.S. state of Georgia.
- Sarah Jane Smith.
- All of the kids had this going on in The Torkelsons, and it was commented on by a character in the second-season Re Tool, Almost Home, remarking that they expected more kids, given all the names (possibly a joking reference to half the Torkelson clan getting Chuck Cunningham Syndrome between seasons).
- The characters in "Take The Money And Run" by Steve Miller are "Billy Joe" and "Bobby Sue".
- The girl in Lynyrd Skynyrd's Gimme Three Steps is named Linda Lu.
- Plankton's relatives from Spongebob Squarepants are all hillbillies and some of their names are some variation of Billy Bob.
- The actor Billy Bob Thornton, born in Arkansas.