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->I worked in child support enforcement and the names I encountered were ridiculous and Exhibit 1 in legislation to not allow crackheads to name their children without help. We had Beautifull (yes 2 lls) with a half sister [=SoFine=]. There was Dwaynesha; Na’ausha (father Nathaniel); interestingly Na’ausha was a twin with a brother Nathaniel, Jr, which blood tests revealed to not be in fact Nathaniel Jr, so the twins had different fathers — CLASSY.
-->-- '''Anonymous commenter''', ''Stuff Black People Hate''

The polar opposite of PreppyName — but somehow, they're not that different...

Over the last 30 years of the USA's history, a trend has cropped up among the country's poor — many of whom are ethnically (west-)African. Many of the USA's poor now have weird and wonderful, nigh-[[MarySue Sue-ish]] names. Many of said names are oddly and [[MyNaymeIs perhaps intentionally misspelled]], not to mention [[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY unusually pronounced]], and [[OverlyLongName grandiose.]] The media finds this endlessly amusing, and names like this are now firmly tied to the USA's stereotypes about its poor.

The USA has several rather exclusive subcultures separated by 'racial' distinctions so expect poor people of pan-European and generically-African descent to have rather different names (the USA's pan-Euro poor tend to have more plain, but no less strange and silly-sounding, names like "Cletus" and "Billy Bob"). If you see anyone with a name like "Sha'quayla Joniqua [=LeBrontayyy=]" in a comedy, she's almost automatically an AcceptableTarget — quite probably an [[FatIdiot obese]] SassyBlackWoman with multiple kids who serves as an [[FatMonica attempt at]] PluckyComicRelief — [[BlackDudeDiesFirst and sometimes not even that]].

This style of naming is a TruthInTelevision, as a lot of Americans can attest — but it's not usually as exaggerated as seen in fiction. Different people have different standards — and to some people, a name may seem "ghetto" when really, it's just an unfamiliar name. Names that are explicitly drawn from, say, Arabic (e.g. Jamal, Kareem, Ayesha) or an African tongue (e.g. Kwame, Kwesi) would not count, for instance. But if it's something the parents clearly made up or saddled with an "inventive" spelling, it would. Much the same applies to actually European names (e.g. Schmidt, Ricci, Kerensky) versus customised European names (e.g. Shmitt, Ritchie, Krenzki) or names that merely sound European (e.g. Apple, Bookre, [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Faramir]]).

For the USA's darker-skinned citizens, this trend has its origins in the civil rights movement of the '60s, which saw an attempt by some of the country's 'blacks' to 'reclaim' their African names and reject 'white' (European) names and surnames given to and adopted by their ancestors. It must be understood that virtually all of these names were from the (pre-'civil rights') days when 'black' citizens were second-class citizens compared to Anglo-Germanic and even Mediterranean-Slavic Europeans. Furthermore, many of their surnames came from [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar an earlier time, when the vast majority of the country's ethnic-African people were legally-sanctioned slaves]]. Though the result of many African-Americans consciously choosing non-European given names for their children is clear to see (as per this trope), the incidence of 'name reclamation' is harder to judge. It's worth noting that most of the USA's ethnic-Africans did not assume new family names - the admixture of the country's African, as with its European and Latin-American, people means that very few of the country's (African) folk can be said to come from any one place or be of any one people other than that of the USA.

A possible subtrope of WhoNamesTheirKidDude and UnfortunateNames and UnfortunateImplications, if the name is outlandish enough.

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!! Examples

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* AngryBoys' awesomely named Lasquweesha, Shwayne and D'Anthony send this up brilliantly, whilst all still sounding (scarily) believable.
* ''Series/{{Selfie}}'' has Charmonique (although averted with her son, Kevin), the receptionist. In the pilot, Henry asks Eliza if she knows Charmonique's name (Charmonique knows hers, and the two see each other every day in the morning). Eliza does not remember, and when Henry tells her, she says "In my defense, that's not a real name." Cue an offended noise from Charmonique.
* ''Series/MadTV'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZkdcYlOn5M Bon Qui Qui skits]].
** There's also Bunifa Latifah Halifah Sharifa Jackson.
** Also the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lIUEMWnxh8k Detroit Institute for Star Naming]] sketch.
* RealityTelevision is notorious for these; the more ridiculous name the black contestant has, the grosser the stereotype she will be. Examples are Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth from ''Series/TheApprentice'' and [=NaOnka=] Mixon from ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' — and it turned out in the last episode that [=NaOnka=]'s mother is named Zena.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': Finesse Mitchell's character Starkisha. He has a whole bit about Ghetto Names [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ4bKQqSfFk here]].
* ''Series/{{Martin}}'''s crass neighbor Shanaenae.
* Parodied on ''Series/MindOfMencia'' where the concept of Immigrant/Minority baby names are mostly based on {{Line of Sight Name}}s such as "Top'''Ramen'''isha," "'''US'''Navy"[[note]]Pronounced "U-Snavvy"[[/note]], and "Shi-thead"[[note]]Prononced "Sha-tead"[[/note]].
* On ''Series/ThirtyRock'' in the episodes "Queen of Jordan" and "Queen of Jordan 2: The Mystery of the Phantom Pooper", Angie has a GayBestFriend named D'Fwan. This proves that the ''30 Rock'' writers are geniuses, because this name manages to sound both ghetto and incredibly {{Camp}} (which [[CampGay D'Fwan]] is).
** This is used for puns when he makes his own wine, D'Fwine that you should d'fwink responsibly.
* Jocelyn Jee Esien's sketch show ''Little Miss Jocelyn'' featured "Sharonisha", a lower-class "chav" London schoolgirl.
* ''Series/KeyAndPeele'''s [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gODZzSOelss East/West College Bowl skit]]. And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rT1nGjGM2p8 its sequel]]. The names start out as the normal version of this trope, becoming more and more exaggerated as they go on until they're the most ridiculous names imaginable. Also note D'Jasper Probincrux III, who manages to blend this with PreppyName.
** Let's not forget the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGJb2iLvOKE pelvic-thrusting celebration fouler]] that is Hingle [=McCringleberry=] out of Penn State!
** The sketches are an exaggeration of a somewhat recent trend in the names of black football players -- many NFL pros, such as Knowshon Moreno, Marshawn Lynch, and D'Brickashaw Ferguson, wouldn't be out of place in those lineups.
** Inverted in the duo's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7FixvoKBw Substitute Teacher]]" sketch where the title character, a SternTeacher[[note]]a trope the sketch manages to subvert at the same time[[/note]] straight from 20 years at inner-city schools is so used to this trope that, with a classroom full of bored suburban white kids, he pronounces names like "Jacqueline" and "Blake"([[spoiler:with ''three'' syllables]]) as if they were examples of it, then gets confrontational with the kids when they gently correct him.
* Verquonica, the second machine in [[http://vimeo.com/57927823 the SNL sketch parodying Starbucks' ads for its Verismo machines]].
* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'' uses this for characterising several {{Rounded Character}}s rather than the expected AcceptableTargets:
** Subverted by Taystee, a poor black woman with this kind of name - but it's actually a nickname for the more normal "Tasha". This doesn't stop someone comparing her name to a snack cake, though.
** Subverted in the case of Crazy-Eyes, who acts like a stereotypical, googly-eyed ghetto criminal and is only known by her nickname. Eventually her real name is revealed as Suzanne as she's actually from a middle-class background rather than poor.
** [[UnfortunateNames Poussey]]. She is given the obvious MaliciousMisnaming "Pussy", once standing up to someone by reminding them "[Poussey]'s a real place in France where my Dad was stationed and where kings were born and shit".[[note]]It’s not, though; while ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poussay Poussay]]'', with an a, is a real place, no kings were born there.[[/note]]
* Used in passing in ''Series/{{Community}}'', when Dean Pelton tries a money-saving scheme that involves [[ItMakesSenseInContext texting only black students]]. He accidentally texts a French student named le Bron.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* [=LaFawnduh=] from ''Film/NapoleonDynamite''.
* Groans and eye-rolls were to be had when Loretta Divine's character in ''Film/{{Crash}}'', whose only trait was being a SassyBlackWoman, said her name is Shaniqua Johnson. Not only was the character annoying, but "Shaniqua" is usually the default stereotypical name when someone invokes this trope.
** Probably deliberate, as she's introduced talking on the phone to an angry customer who feels her name justifies his negative opinion of her.
* Dissected and analysed in ''[=Freakonomics=]''. A surprising inversion was of two brothers, [[spoiler:Winner and Loser Lane. Loser, who now answers to 'Lou', grew up to become a successful police sergeant. His brother Winner, on the other hand, wound up behind bars.]]
* Yonica Babyyeah, a Middle Eastern pop idol in ''Film/WarInc'' Subverted in that she turned out to be not only Caucasian, [[spoiler:but the long-lost daughter of JohnCusack's character]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BebesKids'' has Jamika, Kahlil, [=LaShawn=], Pee Wee and Dorthea. Lampshaded in the scene where Leon, Kahlil and [=LaShawn=] are looking for novelty license plates with their names.
-->'''Leon:''' Found mine!
-->'''Kahill:''' How come we can't ever find our names?
-->'''[=LaShawn=]:''' Yeah, I know four girls named [=LaShawn=]. How come we don't have a license plate?
* Rare male examples: main characters Durell (pronounced Darrel) and [=LeeJohn=] in ''First Sunday''. The latter was named because his mother was seeing two men, Lee and John, and since she didn't know who the biological father was, called him [[{{Portmanteau}} LeeJohn]].
* Evoked by Upgrayedd and names like Judge Hank BMW in ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}''.
* In ''Film/{{Ted}}'', when John is trying to guess Ted's new girlfriend's name, he runs through a list of stereotypical white trash names with hilarious speed. When he exhausts the list, he asks if it was any of the previous names on the list with Lynn at the end. He successfully gets it when he hits "Tammi-Lynn".

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[[folder: Music ]]

* According to WordOfGod, the reason behind the naming of the titular character the [[MemeticMutation very memetic]] Reggaeton parody "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasuri_Yamileth Yasuri]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtMx8Ll5DO4 Yamileth]]" was because it was the most stereotypically ghetto name her creator and singer, radio host Katherine Severino could give to her (and it has precedent as one Panamanian reggaeton singer did wrote a song about his girlfriend Yasuri). Severino created the character as a reply to colleagues joking about her [[ValleyGirl preppy looks and tendencies]], so when the song got popular and she was offered to film a video she realized she didn't look the part so a more typicallly ghetto woman was hired to appear as Yasuri Yamileth.

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[[folder: New Media ]]

* Website/TheOnion once put together a chart (that was ActuallyPrettyFunny) of the most popular baby names by ethnicity. Among the "black" entries: "Propecia and Sinutab"


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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/LatawnyaTheNaughtyHorseLearnsToSayNoToDrugs''.
* The protagonist of ''Literature/TheTrueMeaningOfSmekday'' is named Gratuity. While she ''is'' black, the name was given to her by her white, Italian mother, who was an immigrant and didn't understand what the word meant. Her friends call her Tip.
* While the villainous philistine Thenardier in ''Literature/LesMiserables'' has DelusionsOfEloquence, his wife demonstrates her stupidity and lack of culture by giving her daughters names from romantic novels.

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[[folder: Stand Up Comedy ]]

* Finesse Mitchell has a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZ4bKQqSfFk&feature=relmfu bit]] about this, with hypothetical names such as Escalade (pronounced Es-ca-LA-day), Vaseline (VAZ-lin) and Gonorrhea (Go-NOR-ia). In another bit he actually discusses how Finesse is not his stage name, his mom was either going to name him that or Hairdresser.
* After observing, regarding ''[[Film/TheLittleRascals Our Gang]]'', how he's never run into a black person named Buckwheat, EddieMurphy riffed on what siblings and cousins might be in that branch of the family, all following the breakfast-cereal theme, down to [[IncrediblyLamePun Trix]], who's a prostitute, and the gay brother Lucky Charms.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', some Redguards (Tamriel's {{Fantasy Counterpart|Culture}} to blacks and Arabs) have names like this. It's kinda hard to imagine the name [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion "Trayvond"]] being given to a white guy. By the time time of ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', Redguards primarily use Arabic-sounding names instead.
* [[SassyBlackWoman LaShawndra]] from ''VideoGame/DeadRising2'', one of the first survivors you can rescue.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* The video sharing website Vine has a video with ghetto names that are actually brand names, like Degree (pronounced De-gree-ay), Polynesian and Lifesavers (pronounced Lifaysaviars).

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Dijonay from ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily''. She and her sister Tabasco are named after spices.
** Penny's Latina friend LaCienega Boulevardez (named for La Cienega Boulevard), as well as her parents Felix and Sunset, are a road-based example.
* Leshawna from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', although her cousin has the more over-the-top name "Leshaniqua."

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