[[caption-width-right:201:Truly the [[JustForPun Butte]] [[ButtMonkey Monkey]] of American towns! [[note]][[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY Actually pronounced "beaut"]], like the landform.[[/note]]]]

->''"Make sure that all the C's are destroyed, so that the rascals can have no further means of abusing my name."''
-->-- '''George ''Cockburn''''', Royal Navy Rear Admiral, destroying a U.S. newspaper during the burning of Washington, D.C. in UsefulNotes/WarOf1812

An {{Unfortunate Implication|s}} where a name of a character, person, or thing unintentionally offends.

If you ask someone their name, and they give you an answer that fits this {{trope}}, chances are you won't take them seriously. You will then find out that yes, that really is their name. No joke. [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood Or it may be a joke, but it still is seriously their name.]]

Characters under this trope are saddled with a name that realistically, you wouldn't expect a parent to name their kid or, for someone who's of a certain name, they'd choose to go by. This is the kind of name that gets kids made fun of in school -- which leads them to snark "NeverHeardThatOneBefore" when the jokes continue into adulthood.

Yet, it also happens to be TruthInTelevision, in many unfortunate cases. Generally, when imposed (fictionally or otherwise) on someone, this will lead to a WhoNamesTheirKidDude. RealJokeName is another possible outcome. If the name is unfortunate because it might accidentally hit an automatic word filter, then it's called the ScunthorpeProblem.

'''Comes in a variety of forms''':
* DoubleEntendre -- The name is one that fits into the DoubleEntendre {{trope}}. Eg. [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Pussy Galore]]
* [[PunnyName Phrase Name]] -- Where the first name and/or last name may sound perfectly normal on its own, but put them together and they make a phrase that sounds like a joke, a trait you wouldn't want to be associated with, or sounds just plain stupid. Eg. Dusty Rhodes
* Pop Culture Name -- An example of this {{trope}} being the result of someone being named after [[OneMarioLimit a famous pop culture character]] whose name would ordinarily not enter consideration for use. Examples include [[{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]], [[{{Superman}} Kal-El]], or {{ESPN}}. In this case, the name is already popular, but it isn't something you'd think to call someone under regular circumstances. Can result in an even more unfortunate name if the pop culture source's popularity is ''not'' enduring.
* Rhyming Names -- [[SublimeRhyme The first and last name rhyme with each other]].
* Unfortunate Coincidences -- Regular names that happen to match coincidentally with famous or infamous figures from real life.
* Unfortunate Meaning -- someone thought the name sounded nice, but apparently had ''no clue'' that the name they gave their child describes a disease or a woman's genitalia. (Many of these are urban legends or outright deliberately racist comments; usually, the more defensive the teller gets about these, the more likely he knows they're false.)
* HaveAGayOldTime -- Linguistic drift can hit names quicker than some folks would like. If a name later gets adopted for a sexual term, those who had the name before the drift run afoul of this (those named after, however, run into one of the above issues instead). Examples include Dick, Fanny and Gaylord.
* GenderBlenderName -- Many names (at least, in American English) were once relatively common and unremarkable as names for male children, but in recent years have become more common for girls, sometimes with minor spelling differences. In the real world there are male Stacys, Danas, Courtneys, Kellys, and Ashleys, and yet you only see those names in fiction on women (on the other hand, there are female Chrises, Pats, Lees, and Terrys and yet, they're only male names in fiction). Likewise, Creator/LeslieNielsen was a man. So someone with old-fashioned parents, or simply a desire to name a baby after an ancestor, might wind up with a "girly" name, such as Mary. Conversely, unfortunate women may end up with a "guy" name; though they are mostly more fortunate. A custom in UsefulNotes/{{France}} and francophonic countries is to give children a second "saint's name" drawn from the hagiography. This can be given regardless of matching the gender of child and patron saint, so that a son might be called, for instance, Emmanuel-Marie. This can sound odd outside France.
* FunWithAcronyms -- when the initials spell something silly or offensive.
* CrossCulturalKerfluffle -- The name is okay, maybe even good and auspicious in its own language, but doesn't travel well. Maybe it sounds like a curse or a [[WhosOnFirst pronoun]]; bonus points if it's [[SayMyName shouted dramatically]] in the work. Eg. Wang - "King" in Chinese, dick jokes galore in English.
* IronicName: The name that specifically means something is the exact opposite of your character.

This only goes for examples where the name is the character or person's ''legal given name'', or the name they most commonly go by. If someone uses it as a temporary alias, that's not this {{trope}}.

Will frequently intersect with PunnyName. When those with Unfortunate Names pronounce them counterintuitively (whether in an effort to save themselves the embarrassment or not), they'll feel compelled to inform people that ItIsPronouncedTroPAY.

Given human nature, quite a few fairly common names wind up as slang terms. Simply having one of these isn't really an example of this trope, unless it forms a particularly bad combination with the rest of the name.

If just the first or middle name is unfortunate, then it's an EmbarrassingFirstName or an EmbarrassingMiddleName. If a character ''chooses'' this name as a {{superhero}} or villain alias, it's AtrociousAlias. There's also NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast, where your name isn't so much embarrassing as deeply scary.

This trope is the opposite of AwesomeMcCoolname, while SpecialPersonNormalName lies in between these two.

!!Example subpages:

* UnfortunateNames/AnimeAndManga
* UnfortunateNames/ComicBooks
* UnfortunateNames/{{Literature}}
* UnfortunateNames/LiveActionTV
* UnfortunateNames/{{Music}}
* UnfortunateNames/ProfessionalWrestling
* UnfortunateNames/{{Radio}}
* UnfortunateNames/TabletopGames
* UnfortunateNames/{{Theater}}
* UnfortunateNames/VideoGames
* UnfortunateNames/WebComics
* UnfortunateNames/WebOriginal
* UnfortunateNames/WesternAnimation

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has Dr. Brainstorm, whose ObviouslyEvil name is lampshaded:
--> '''Calvin:''' That's a dumb name. Why not something interesting? Like Doctor Doom, or Doctor Chaos, or [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Doctor Chaotic Doom]]?
* [[FanFic/MyImmortal Ebony Darkness Dementia Raven Way]]. The author was presumably trying for an AwesomeMccoolname-cum-DarknessVonGothickname, but she ended up with a name which, translated to Layman's Terms, is "Black Black Senility Bird Direction". That's ''before'' you take into account the author's apparent inability to spell it the same way twice (to the point she's usually referred to by snarkers as "Enoby").
* ''RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse'' has its main character Trixie '''Lulamoon''', who always wishes to be addressed by her first name (unless she is drunk, then her second name). Apparently, there is a childhood rhyme that is the cause behind the name being unfortunate.
* In the ''FanFic/FalloutEquestria'' universe it is something of a tradition for named [[KnightTemplar Steel Rangers]] to have embarrassing food-based names such as Cottage Cheese and Butterbean.
* Golden Retriever, Twilight's assistant in ''Fanfic/TheDemesneOfTheReluctantTwilightSparkle''. [[spoiler:Twilight eventually grants her a literal license, "as a civil servant of the highest order", to kick the flank of anypony who teases her about her name within the bounds of the demesne.]]
* ''Fanfic/Gensokyo20XX'' has Ren's brother Baka and Ren could never really figure out why and always thought it was because he wasn't very bright, though he also did note that, according to his father, that was the name only he responded to and the name stuck. However, true to his name, he isn't really very bright.
* In Creator/AAPessimal's ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' and ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' crossover ''Fanfic/TheManyWorldsInterpretation'', a visiting Assassin from the Discworld encounters members of the Los Angeles Police Department called [[WestSideStory Krupke]], [[WesternAnimation/TopCat Dibble]] and [[Series/SledgeHammer Captain Trunk]]. Apparently there is also an Inspector Series/{{Columbo}} in the murder squad, and a mounted policeman called Officer [=McLeod=].
** In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6093110/28/Clowning-is-a-Serious-Business a different fic]], Vetinari has to reassign a diplomat sent to [[UsefulNotes/{{Russia}} Far Überwald]] with the unfortunate name of Mr Goughnow. He discovers there is also a Mr Fafunckelloe in [[UsefulNotes/{{Italy}} Brindisi]] and a Mr Footsack in [[UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica Rimwards Howondaland]]. The unfortunately named diplomats are recalled and re-assigned to other countries, and the part of the Palace Secretariat dealing with diplomatic postings receives a stern note and a helpful dictionary of international profanity to guide their thought processes.
* A young girl called Emma Roydes has passed selection exams to the Assassins' Guild School with flying colours. The Guild believes at the age of ten years and nine months, she has already had ample cause to display commendable fighting skills and an admirable aptitude for applied aggression. Seen as a new first year student, she has a best friend who affectionately nicknames her "Piles". And gets away with it.
* ''Fanfic/SaetwosStory'': Just like in [[VideoGame/LogicalJourneyOfTheZoombinis the game]], one of the cave guardians is named Ignorameous, which all the Zoombinis find hilarious.
-->'''Ignorameous''': Why does everybody always laugh when I say that?!

[[folder: Film]]
* ''Film/TheBellWitchHaunting'' has the unfortunately named Officer Bungalon, pronounced like "bunglin'". He's actually reasonably competent.
* The eponymous car from ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang''. Seriously, who in their right mind decided to come up with a name that sounds like something far more appropriate as a [[DoubleEntendre sexual innuendo slang]]? Creator/IanFleming, that's who -- he actually wrote the novel that the movie was based on, and he's the guy who gave us names like [[Literature/{{Goldfinger}} Pussy Galore]]. Also of note is that Creator/RoaldDahl (Fleming's spy buddy from UsefulNotes/WorldWarII) wrote the screenplay to this movie, and Dahl is also known for punny names and dirty jokes.
* ''Film/{{Drive}}'' has the character Shannon, who's described as a man who never got a break. Apparently it started at birth.
* ''Film/AFineMess.'' Dennis' boss is named Mr. Wardell Flecken, a shortened version of ''Fleckenshicker''. Dennis asks, "Is that like ''Shickenflucker''?"
* ''Meet The Hitlers'' is a documentary about people who happen to be have the surname "Hitler". Most of them faced bullying growing up due to their name.
* Extremely PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian''. Pontius Pilate has a great personal friend whose name is... Biggus Dickus. He has a wife named Incontinentia. Incontinentia Buttocks.
* The villain of ''Film/RedEye'' is named "[[UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper Jackson Rippner]]." [[MeaningfulName Fitting for Jackson]], to be sure, but who in their right mind would inflict such a name on their kid? (Apparently, he expressed similar views to them. Right before he killed them.)
* ''Film/RobinHoodMenInTights'' has a character named Latrine. Who is revealed to have changed her name ''to'' Latrine. Her given name? ''Shithouse''.
* ''Film/SherlockHolmes'': "Lord Blackwood" is one thing, but if you had to live with a name like "Lord Coward," you might have turned to villainy, too.
* ''Film/SouthlandTales'' The main character from Boxer Santaros' screenplay is called Jericho Cain. Now pronounce that quickly.
* Poor Lord Gastrous from ''WesternAnimation/BarbieMariposa'' was named after his ample stomach.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** [[BigBad Emperor Palpatine]]. A respectable name: imperious, meaningful, and just plain cool. His first name is Sheev. And now you know why he was on LastNameBasis for thirty-seven years.
*** Considering his original name was supposed to be Cos Dashit, well, Sheev isn't that bad.
** ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' has a background member of the Jedi Council named Yarael Poof. In Britain, "poof" is a derogatory term for "gay man". It's unlikely that Creator/GeorgeLucas knew, however.
** Kit Fisto, appearing most significantly in the animated series ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', but also in the live-action entries of ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' (though never really speaking in them). Because of that, casual fans are probably only really know of his name because this trope - and the unfortunate part of his name is obvious, the fisting jokes just write themselves after seeing it.
* DrewBarrymore has a great scene in ''Film/TheWeddingSinger'' where she's trying out her married name in front of a mirror and realizes she's about to become "Mrs. Julia Gulia".
* ''Film/TheBigHit'': The title of the InUniverse VanityProject (and BoxOfficeBomb) that bankrupted Mr. Nishi (which provides a pretty big complication to the titular kidnapping scheme) was "Taste The Golden Spray".

[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* Literature/TheBible
** To demonstrate His wrath at idolatrous Israel, {{God}} has the prophet Hosea give his children symbolic names. The first son, Jezreel, is named for a valley where Israel's evil kings have shed blood, and where God promises they will be punished in turn; his daughter is named Lo-ruhamah, "not pitied," because God is through being merciful; and the youngest son is Lo-ammi, "not my people," to foretell that God will eventually send Israel into exile among the nations.
** The prophet Isaiah named his younger son Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz, which means "spoil quickly, plunder speedily," again to foretell Judah's coming doom. His older brother Shear-Jashub ("a remnant shall return") lucked out and got a happy prophecy.
** Ishbosheth's name means 'from the mouth of shame'. A very early translator had changed it from Ishbaal ('from the mouth of God') due to concern about Baal worship (even though the word 'Baal' literally means 'god').
* Kopreus was an uncle of king Eurystheus of Mycene, who had the job of delivering Eurystheus' orders about what the next Labour was going to be to [[Characters/ClassicalMythology Herakles]]. "Kopreus" means "dung-heap".
* Also [[UranusIsShowing Uranus]], father of the Titans, [[CrossCulturalKerfluffle but not in the original language]]. In Greek, Uranus (or more properly [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ouranos]]) means "sky" or "heaven". [[GroinAttack Ironically, it was one of his private parts on the]] ''[[GroinAttack opposite]]'' [[GroinAttack side that got abused in a famous myth]].
* The name Nimrod was not an unfortunate name in Bible times, but has become so these days because of its association with dimwittedness from Bugs Bunny. [[note]]Bugs Bunny used "Nimrod" to taunt Elmer Fudd making reference to the fact he is a hunter.[[/note]]
** May be OlderThanFeudalism, actually, since in Dante's ''Inferno'' he is shown to be one of several giants guarding the pit of Hell. He can only utter meaningless gibberish, and Virgil taunts him as being stupid.
* In Chinese Mythology, the Dragon King of the Eastern Sea can be transliterated as ''Dong Hai Long Wang''.

[[folder:Stand Up Comedy]]
* Creator/DanaCarvey had a stand up comedy commercial featuring UsefulNotes/CharlesManson [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]].
** It was a routine from a cable standup comedy special riffing on the unfortunate name of President [[UsefulNotes/BarackObama Barack Hussein Obama]]. [[DontExplainTheJoke (It might as well have been "Iraq Hussein Osama.")]]

* The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_blackbird (Eurasian) Blackbird]] (to Americans: not to be confused with [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_World_blackbird American Blackbirds]], which aren't related to the thrush family but rather to the crow family) is a bird that is not only the most ubiquitous one of many European countries, but also, when humans are voting for "best singing bird" it is almost always unanimously voted as "best singer" ([[http://vroegevogels.vara.nl/pagina/vogel-top-100 this is a Dutch example]]). Its Latin name is ''Turdus'' merula, and considering the unfortunate implications the word "turd" has in English, that's very unfortunate in English. And then there's the cousin of this bird, the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Song_thrush Trush]] - which is itself also always highly regarded in song-bird rankings, but, yeah, in English its name ''is'' equivalent with "vaginal yeast infection"...
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vuk_(name) Vuk]] is a Serbian / Slavic male name; consider the word this most sounds like in English... This was an almost ExploitedTrope in Dutch 2005 movie ''Film/VetHard'', which featured a character called Vuk that was played as an extreme ButtMonkey, and all other characters consistently referred to him as "fuck" (which in Dutch is the same swearword as in English).
* Genacol is a popular form of arthritis medication worldwide, but in the Philippines, its name is often the subject of derision. That's because Genacol sounds like "jinakol," which is Filipino for "[[ADateWithRosiePalms jacked off]]".
* The city of Des Moines, Iowa takes its name from the nearby Des Moines River, which was christened by the French explorers Marquette and Joliet specifically because they liked how French the name sounded. Marquette and Joliet encountered the Peoria tribe and asked them what the name of the river was. The Peoria told them "Moingoana," which kind of sounds like "moines," the French word for "monks." "Moingoana" actually means "shitface."
* In the late 1970s and early 80s, The Campana Company had candy with appetite-suppressants in them. And they were called [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxJDobrrOYA Ayds]]. It should come as no surprise that sales plummeted right around the time AIDS awareness was growing.
-->''The appetite suppressant in Ayds is'' not ''a stimulant''.
* The poor ice giant planet {{Uranus|IsShowing}}. [[note]][[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY It's actually pronounced "YER-uh-nus"]].[[/note]]
* ''Homo Erectus'' (Upright Man), is an early species of Human notable for it's straight (erect) posture. These days, say the words ''Homo Erectus'' to someone and they'll be thinking of [[SomethingElseAlsoRises another form of erect altogether]].
* In the UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC area, there is a local slang term, "DMV", which is shorthand for... well, the Washington, D.C. area, and stands for "'''D'''.C., '''M'''aryland, [[note]]specifically the Montgomery and Prince George's Counties[[/note]] and '''V'''irginia. [[note]]specifically the Arlington and Fairfax Counties, plus Alexandria[[/note]] Nationwide, "DMV" conjures... [[ObstructiveBureaucrat less flattering imagery.]]
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' has included many... fascinatingly-named ponies over time. These include [[ToiletHumor a yellow pony named Trickles, as well as ponies named Whizzer, Steamer, Floater]], [[AccidentalInnuendo Pillow Talk, Swinger, and Morning Glory]]. Baby Surprise sounds a little too much like an [[ButWeUsedACondom unexpected pregnancy]], rather than a baby version of a Pegasus called Surprise. Others, such as Tink-a-Tink-a-Too and Gigglebean, are merely silly.
* The increasing popularity of Asian skincare in Western markets leads to some CrossCulturalKerfuffle at times.
** A popular Korean anti-aging, brightening and moisturising essence used to be called Cosrx Galactomyces 95 [[ThoseWackyNazis White Power Essence]]. Western Asian beauty enthusiasts gave it the FanNickname 'Racism Essence'. The beauty blogger Holy Snails emailed the Cosrx marketing team to explain what the name meant in English, and the product was changed to 'Whitening Power Essence'.
** Cosrx also does a product called 'Skin Returning A-Sol'.
** Dr. Jart do a sheet mask called Rubber Mask Firming Lover.
** There's a popular brand of Taiwanese sheet masks called "My Scheming".
** Many products have names that just sound absurd to English speakers, like Elizavecca Milky Piggy Silky Creamy Donkey Steam Cream Mask Pack. (Yes, it contains donkey milk.)
** A Korean-influenced indie beauty product is called Shark Sauce. It does not contain shark (or sauce), but its inventor Chel Cortes often gets hate mail from people accusing her of cruelty to sharks. She also claims people sometimes drizzle their friend's bottles on fish or salads.
* The sports teams of South Carolina University, AKA the ''Gamecocks''. Many a mocking has been made of their ill-sounding moniker. [[http://www.americasbestonline.com/sccocls1.jpg The signs don't help.]]
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_tit The Great Tit,]] subject of more puns on its name than there are stars in the sky.