->''"Two first names, two first names, if you only got one name, it's like having no names, baby get two names."''
-->-- '''Creator/NeilPatrickHarris''', ''[[http://rutube.ru/tracks/1847994.html?v=b837c10c18490baa6b90c6cfc0ce53bd Saturday Night]] [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Live]]''

Many {{superhero}}es and their associates have surnames that are also common given names. This is almost as common as the AlliterativeName, and, in fact, many heroes qualify in both categories. This is a side effect of the American habit of using common last names as first names -- most British readers would not recognize most of these surnames as first names.

This can make a LastNameBasis to be difficult to realize at first.
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!!Examples

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[[folder: Superheroes ]]

* [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark Kent]].
* [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Bruce Wayne]].
** Comicbook/{{Robin}}s [[{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]], Jason Todd, Tim Drake, [[AlternateContinuity Carrie Kelly]], Damian Wayne, and [[Film/TheDarkKnightRises John Blake]]. Stephanie Brown is the only Robin not to have this. [[ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2000}} Cassandra Cain and Barbara Gordon]] also have this, though with opposite-gender surnames.
** [[ArchEnemy Hush]] a.k.a. Thomas Elliot. When he and Bruce were kids, it was lampshaded by the two of them.
** ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, a.k.a. Selina Kyle
* [[TheFlash Barry Allen and Bart Allen]].
** Jay Garrick as well, and Wally West might count, although the only West that leaps to mind is [[TheScrappy the guy from]] ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. With Bart, at least, it really only makes sense when you realize that his [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bartholomew_(name) full first name]] is actually a {{Patronymic}} (it's still very rare as a first name, though, apparently because people can't be bothered with saying anything quadrisyllabic).
* [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]], though "Parker" has only recently become common as a given name.
* Charles Xavier (although this is pronounced differently to the first name, which is generally pronounced "zavv-ee-ay" rather than "ex-ay-vee-er"; the ''last'' name is also generally pronounced this way, but [[ViewersAreMorons Middle America wouldn't have noticed it started with an X]]). The pronunciation is actually more slippery than this, as it has changed since the time of St. Francis Xavier (Which is pronounced Zay-Vee-Er, by the by). Javier is a phonetic respelling of the name in modern Spanish. However, the Portuguese pronounce the name with a sh sound.
* It's a requirement for a Franchise/GreenLantern from Earth:
** Alan Scott.
** Hal Jordan.
** Guy Gardner. (Named after famed SilverAge DC scribe Gardner Fox.)
** John Stewart. ([[Series/TheDailyShow No, not that one]].)
** Kyle Rayner (though as a first name it would typically be spelled Rainer).
** Jade AKA Jennifer-Lynn Hayden.
* [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Bobby "Iceman" Drake]].
* [[CaptainAmerica Steve Rogers]]. He even used the alias "Roger Stevens" once.
* [[TheMightyThor Donald Blake]].
* Cain Marko is an [[TVTropesDrinkingGame egregious]] example, where a given name that doesn't make a particularly good surname is pressed into service to make a MeaningfulName. Could be completely avoided by calling him "Marco Kane" or something along these lines.
* Kent "DoctorFate" Nelson.
* Ronald Raymond, the first Comicbook/{{Firestorm}}.
* Rex "{{Hourman}}" Tyler.
** [[LegacyCharacter And]] his son, Rick Tyler. And the Hourman from the 853rd Century, an android who went by the name Matthew Tyler.
* Crispus Allen, [[TheSpectre one host of the Spectre]].
* Ted "Wildcat" Grant.
* James Jesse, the first Trickster. To be fair, he chose this name after Jesse James. His birth name is Giovanni Giuseppe (which is, in Italian, itself an example of this trope).
* Both versions of CaptainAtom: the {{Charlton|Comics}} version is Allen Adam, while DC's is Nathaniel Adam (actually a case of ''Three'' First Names, as his full name is Nathaniel Christopher Adam).
** This seems to be a rather fond trope for the writers of the DCU and Marvel, as well as [[AlliterativeName alliterative naming]]. Justified in that this may be a way to help the writers remember the names of [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters several characters]]. Creator/StanLee [[WordofGod himself]] has said that this is why so many of Marvel's characters have an AlliterativeName -- it helps him remember.
* [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Garfield Mark Logan]].
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' has a few:
** Zack Taylor. (Black Mighty Morphin' Power Ranger)
** Jason Scott. (Red Mighty Morphin' Power Ranger/Gold Zeo Ranger)
** Tommy Oliver. (Green/White Mighty Morphin' Power Ranger/Red Zeo Ranger/Red Turbo Ranger/Black Dino Thunder Ranger)
*** Double Points for being played by Jason David Frank.
** Justin Stewart. (Blue Turbo Ranger)
** Kendrix Morgan. (Pink Lost Galaxy Ranger)
** Dana Mitchell. (Pink Lightspeed Rescue Ranger)
** Chad Lee. (Blue Lightspeed Rescue Ranger)
** Ryan Mitchell. (Titanium Lightspeed Rescue Ranger)
** Jen Scotts comes close. (Pink Time Force Ranger)
** Wes Collins comes close. (Red Time Force Ranger)
** Cole Evans comes close. (Red Wild Force Ranger)
** Shane Clarke comes close. (Red Wind Ranger)
** Ethan James. (Blue Dino Thunder Ranger)
** Bridge Carson. (Green/Blue/Red S.P.D. Ranger)
** Nick Russell. (Red Mystic Force Ranger)
** Theo Martin. (Jungle Fury Blue Ranger)
** Scott Truman. (RPM's Ranger Series Operator Red)
* ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'' has Sophie Mitchell.
* Eddie Brock, the original Comicbook/{{Venom}}.
* [[Literature/{{Relativity}} Michael Bruce]] - Also his father Matthew Bruce, who later renames himself Ulysses David.

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[[folder: Non-costumed Heroes and Associates ]]

* Roy Raymond, TV detective.
* [[WonderWoman Steve Trevor]].
* [[Characters/{{Batman}} Commissioner Jim Gordon]].
* ComicStrip/DickTracy.
* Alex Raymond. (He's a cartoonist.)
* Philip Nowlan. (As is he.)
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Jonas Quinn. (What's even more amusing is that he's an alien, but his name sounds less alien than that of his actor, Corin Nemec.)
** Cameron Mitchell (a man who has two first names that are ''also'' two last names).
* [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries James Kirk]]. Which becomes [[UpToEleven Three First Names]] when counting his middle name, "Tiberius."[[note]]which was a given name in ancient Rome.[[/note]]
* [[{{Sliders}} Quinn Mallory]].
** Quinn's brother Colin Mallory, and his father Michael. Also Professor Max Arturo.
* [[Franchise/{{Digimon}} Marcus and Spencer Damon]].
* [[Series/TwentyFour Charles Logan and George Mason]].
* Patrick Jane of ''Series/TheMentalist'', though his surname is common to women, not men.
* Creator/ThomasJane from ''Film/ThePunisher2004''.
* [[{{Psych}} Shawn Spencer]].
* [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} John]] [[Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles Connor]] as well as his parents Sarah Connor and [[spoiler:Kyle Reese]].
* [[Series/CriminalMinds Derek Morgan]]. Also, Spencer Reid. Since almost everyone on the show in on LastNameBasis, some fans even forget that Reid isn't his first name.
* For another Morgan, let's look at [[Series/{{Dexter}} Dexter Morgan]], although, technically, he was adopted by Harry Morgan, so it's not his birth surname (his biological parents' surnames don't really fit the pattern: Driscoll and Moser).
* [[Series/BoyMeetsWorld Shawn Hunter]].
* [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Rupert Giles]].
* [[Series/{{CSI NY}} Mac Taylor]]. Probably also Lindsay Monroe, until she became Lindsay Messer.
* [[Series/{{Highlander}} Richie Ryan]].
* In ''The Burglar in the Rye'', Bernie uses the aliases Peter Jeffries and Jeffrey Peters, as he keeps forgetting which way around his name was supposed to be.

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[[folder: Female Examples ]]

* LoisLane.
* [[{{Supergirl}} Linda Lee]]. (Later Linda Danvers.)
* ''SpiderMan''s [[TheGwenStacy Gwen Stacy]]. Mary Jane is an [[AvertedTrope aversion]]; she has two first names, but her last name is Watson.
* [[Franchise/SailorMoon Kino Makoto]]; both surname and given name [[TomboyishName can be used by both men and women]].
* [[AliceAcademy Mikan Sakura]]
* [[MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch Nanami Lucia]].
* [[Series/{{House}} Allison Cameron]].
* Ann Meredith, from Creator/AgathaChristie's ''Cards on the Table''.
* [[Series/PushingDaisies Charlotte "Chuck" Charles]] and her father, [[RepetitiveName Charles Charles]].
* Suki Yumiko, a member of the Comicbook/{{Nova}} Corps.
* [[Series/BabylonFive Lyta Alexander]].
* [[ComicBook/{{Catwoman}} Selina Kyle]].

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[[folder: Fictional examples outside comic books ]]

* Ann Marie was the main character of the 1960s show ''Series/ThatGirl'' and actually complained about her name at times.
* Jimmy James, "the man so nice they named him twice," in ''Series/NewsRadio''.
** Also Dave Nelson, Matthew Brock, Max Louis, and Jimmy's ArchEnemy Johnny Johnson.
* In ''[[PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice for All]]'', Max Galactica's real name is revealed to be Billy Bob Johns. Nick hangs a lampshade on it in one inner monologue. "Yikes! The poor guy's got three first names! I guess that is pretty odd."
* There are more than a few [[ProfessionalWrestling pro-wrestlers]] that fit here: Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin, [[Wrestling/MikeBucci Simon Dean]], Chris Harris, Trevor Murdoch, Wrestling/MarkHenry, Matt Morgan, Nick & Matt & Malachi Jackson, Kip James, Wrestling/KellyKelly, Donovan Morgan, Ricky Marvin, Brian Christopher, Shane Douglas, Dave Taylor, Chuck Taylor (no relation), Vin Gerard, Jerry Lynn, [[Wrestling/TheWorldsGreatestTagTeam Shelton Benjamin]], Wrestling/JoeyRyan. Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Wrestling/Stevie Richards, Davey Richards (no relation), Wrestling/ChristopherDaniels, Eddie Edwards, Wrestling/JimmyJacobs, Jack Evans, Erick Stevens and Petey Williams come close. Wrestling/MickieJames is a female wrestler with [[GenderBlenderName two traditionally male names]], Alex Shelley a male wrestler with [[GenderBlenderName two female names]]. Simon Dean is actually named after wrestler Wrestling/DeanMalenko, whose real name is Dean Simon.
** On a recent episode of ''Wrestling/{{TNA}} Impact'', the Main Event Mafia took over the show and made two referees fight Wrestling/Booker T. The referees' names were Rudy Charles and Andrew Thomas, which ring announcer Wrestling/ScottSteiner pointed out during introductions.
** Daniel Bryan...whose real name is Wrestling/BryanDanielson.
** Wrestling/JimRoss, whose full name is James William Ross.
** Wrestling/JustinGabriel whose real name is Paul Lloyd Jr.
* Ricky Bobby, the eponymous NASCAR prodigy from ''Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby''. This is lampshaded early on, when his team's owner states, "He's got two first names!"
* From ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'': Mason Lucien, Chance Burton, Thom Chuck, Waldo Woodrow, Blake Ross, Matthew Drew, Horace Malcolm, Jack Russell, Ryan Gilbert, [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters and at least 20 more in V4 alone]].
* [[Series/{{ER}} John Carter]]
** Also Doug Ross
** Carol Hathaway
** Susan Lewis
** Carla Reese (She uses the name Reese for her son)
** Maggie Doyle
* From the ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' episode "My Occurrence":
-->'''Hematopathologist''': Call me Dr. Bob.
-->'''J.D.''': You go by your first name?
-->'''Hematopathologist''': No, first name's Fred.
-->'''J.D.''': Fred Bob?
** Also J.D. stands for John Dorian.
* Campbell Alexander from JodiPicoult's ''MySistersKeeper''.
* Lloyd Martin in the book ''They Melted His Brain''. Naturally, nearly everyone thinks his name is Martin Lloyd. (Or was it the other way round?)
* Doctor Gordon Gordon Wyatt from ''Series/{{Bones}}''.
** Also Vincent Nigel-Murray.
* [[Series/DoctorWho Rose Tyler]].
* James Wilson, Alison Cameron and Robert Chase from ''Series/{{House}}''.
* [[ThePendragonAdventure Andy Mitchell]]
* [[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers Brock Samson]]
* From The MortalInstruments series, Jace, whose full name is Jonathan Christopher Wayland. [[spoiler: [[MindScrew We think.]] It's really only the last name that's a point of debate, so whether it's Wayland, Morgenstern, Lightwood, or Herondale, he's still an example.]]
* Jacob Taylor from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
* Literature/JackRyan
* Dean Thomas of the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' series.
* SweeneyTodd
* [[AlliterativeFamily Veronica and Velma Kelly]] of ''Theatre/{{Chicago}}'' and [[Film/{{Chicago}} its film adaptation]].
* [[VisualNovel/RumblingHearts Takayuki Narumi]], who also appeared in MuvLuv. Both Takayuki and Narumi are used as first names in Japan.
** From MuvLuv ''Total Eclipse'' side story, we have Rick Sven.
* Homura Akemi from Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica. Many of the other characters, such as Madoka Kaname, Sayaka Miki and Kyoko Sakura, have last names that ''sound'' and/or ''can'' be used as first names, but are still valid last names.
* [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Miyako Yoshika]]. Or Yoshika Miyako. Miyako is the family name.
* Rio Wesley of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid''. No, [[GenderBlenderName this isn't misplaced]].
* Izumi Sakurai from ''{{Nichijou}}''. This is {{Lampshaded}} in-story.
* Asuka Sakura from the movie ''Welcome to the Quiet Room''. {{Lampshaded}} when someone jokingly points out that her name sounds like something from a comic book.
* In ''LifeWithLouie'', it's pointed out that the bullies in the show always seem to have two first names, such as Craig Erik, Paul George, and the worst of them all, Glen Glenn.
* From ''Anime/PrettyCure'': [[Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure all the females of the Kurumi family]], [[Anime/DokiDokiPrecure Mana and Ayumi Aida, Alice Yotsuba,]] [[spoiler:and Aguri Madoka]]. Interestingly, neither Aida nor [[spoiler:Aguri]] doesn't seem to be common female names in Japan -- [[spoiler:there are a few Aguris in fiction, but they're [[{{Garo}} both]] [[Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger male]].]]
* Seems to be a theme on ''Series/TheOffice'' when it comes to the regional managers (not counting those who didn't stay in the manager's chair for more than three episodes) :
** The main character of ''[[Series/TheOfficeUK the UK original]]'' is named David Brent.
** His counterpart in the ''[[Series/TheOfficeUS US version]]'' is named Michael Scott.
*** After Michael left, a number of candidates applied for his job, among which were Fred Henry, Nellie Bertram and the aforementioned David Brent. The one to eventually get the job was Andy Bernard.
*** Other (non-manager) characters include David Wallace, Ryan Howard and Angela Martin.
* In {{Literature/Emma}}, anyone in the Martin family: Robert Martin and Elizabeth Martin.
* Sayaka Yumi and her father Dr. Gennosuke Yumi from Anime/MazingerZ. The main protagonist Kouji Kabuto also qualifies, although Kabuto is rarely used as a first name.
* Yukiko Maya of ''{{Manga/Saki}}''.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

[Note: All the examples in this entry so far have been situations in which people have given names to characters. In that spirit, please limit entries here to people who have given themselves names (stage names, pen names, pseudonyms, etc.) consisting of two first names. Many people have a first name as a family name in real life, but this section should be reserved for people who have made an intentional choice to do so.]

* Jon Stewart from ''Series/TheDailyShow''. Inevitable, since Stewart is a showbiz adaptation of his middle name. He was born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz.
** He even makes jokes about it:
-->"Tonight's guest, Congressman UsefulNotes/RonPaul, a proud member, with me, of the Two First Names Club. We, uh, we meet every Thursday for cocktails with Ron Jeremy and Barney Frank."
* Tim Allen (''Series/HomeImprovement'') was born Timothy Alan Dick.
* Rose Marie was a supporting player on ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow'' and a panelist on ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares''. She seldom used her surname, Curley.
** Similarly, actress Ann-Margaret rarely uses her surname, Olsson.
*** Likewise hyphenated is Creator/TerryThomas, a.k.a Thomas Terry Hoar-Stevens.
* Creator/StanLee (born Stanley Lieber).
* Creator/JackKirby (born Jacob Kurtzberg)
* Creator/JohnWayne (born Marion Michael Morrison).
* Creator/CaryGrant (born Archibald Leach).
* Kevin James from ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'' (born Kevin George Knipfing).
* Dame Vera Lynn (born Vera Margaret Welch)
* Radio broadcaster Radio/PaulHarvey, born Paul Harvey Aurandt.
* Radio star Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky).
* Radio star Fred Allen (born John Florence Sullivan).
* Danny Thomas (born Amos Yakoob).
* Moe Howard of Film/TheThreeStooges (Moses Hurwitz)
* Actor and voiceover artist William Conrad (born John William Cann, Jr.)
* The Webb sisters, Loretta, Peggy, and Brenda, changed their names before becoming famous country singers, renaming themselves, respectively, Loretta Lynn, Peggy Sue and Crystal Gayle.
* Creator/JasonAlexander (born Jay Scott Greenspan).
* Huey Lewis (born Hugh Anthony Cregg, III)
* Jerry Lewis (born Jerome Levitch)
* Ray Charles (... Robinson).
* Dennis Franz (... Schlachta).
* Toby Keith (... Covel).
* Lea Michele (... Sarfati).
* Shannon Elizabeth (... Fadal).
* Sheldon Leonard (... Bershad) (the racetrack tout from ''The Jack Benny Program'' and the old bar owner from ''Cheers'').
* Creator/AlisonBrie (... Schermerhorn).
* Psychic John Edward (... [=McGee=], Jr.).
* Porn star Ron Jeremy (... Hyatt).
* RickJames was born James Ambrose Johnson, bitch!
* Sid James (born Joel Solomon Cohen).
* Tony Curtis (born Bernard Schwartz).
* Creator/KirkDouglas (born Issur Danielovitch).
* Music/BobDylan (born Robert Zimmerman).
* Creator/LennyBruce (born Leonard Alfred Schneider).
* Buck Henry (born Henry Zuckerman).
* ''Series/GilligansIsland''s Tina Louise (born Tatiana Josivovna Chernova Blacker).
* Joey Lawrence ([[TheDanza Joey Russo]] from ''Blossom'') (born Joseph Lawrence Mignogna, Jr.).
* Creator/WoodyAllen, born Allen Steven Konigsberg.
* Eddie Albert (''Series/GreenAcres'') (born Edward Albert Heimburger)
* George Michael, born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (Greek: Γεώργιος Κυριάκος Παναγιώτου)
* Dirk Benedict (Faceman from The ''A-Team'') was born Dirk Niewoehner.
* Serial arsonist Peter Dinsdale changed his name to Bruce George Peter Lee.
* Talent agent William Morris, born Zelman Moses.
* Valentino's contemporary John Gilbert -- born John Cecil Pringle.
* Dean Martin -- Dino Paul Crocetti.
* Tony Martin -- Alvin Morris.
* Butch Patrick (Eddie Munster) -- Patrick Alan Caples.
* Les Paul -- Lester William Polfuss.
* Sir Cliff Richard -- Harry Rodger Webb.
* Infamous weeaboo [[http://www.akemi-mokoto.me/ Akemi Mokoto]], who, because of his dislike of his family, [[MeaningfulRename renamed himself]] after two anime characters. His original surname was possibly Boyd, but his original given name is unknown.
* Brenda Joyce, born Brenda Dworman.
* Creator/LewisCarroll, whose real name was Rev. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.
* Creator/GeorgeEliot, [[MoustacheDePlume whose real name was Marian Evans]].
* Creator/CassandraClare, born Judith Rumelt
* Jennifer Lopez's husband Mark Anthony, born Marco Antonio Muiz
* Rachel Zoe, born Rachel Zoe Rosenzweig
* Wynona Judd, born Christina Ciminella
* MegRyan, born Margaret Hyra.
* KatyPerry, born Katheryn Hudson
* Designer Ralph Lauren, born Ralph Rueben Lifshitz
* Jane Seymour, born Joyce Frankenberg
* 70s game show fixture Elaine Joyce, born Elaine Joyce Pinchot
* {{Yakuza}} [[TheDon boss]] Shinobu Tsukasa, born Kenichi Shinoda. Doubles as a {{meaningful name}}, since Tsukasa (司) can mean "chief", among other things.
* [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Nicholas Brendon]] (... Schultz).
** As well as his twin brother, Kelly Donovan (... Schultz).
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