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.
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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.


  • Kathy Sue Loudermilk, from Lewis Grizzard's stories about the U.S. state of Georgia.

Live-Action Television

  • 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.

Western Animation
  • Plankton's relatives from Spongebob Squarepants are all hillbillies and some of their names are some variation of Billy Bob.

Real Life
  • The actor Billy Bob Thornton, born in Arkansas.

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