"So we have Blossom, Bubbles, and, hmmm, Buttercup because... it also begins with a B."
A form of Theme Naming
in which everyone in a family, or one generation of a family at the very least, all possess names with Added Alliterative Appeal
, starting with the same letter or syllable. Bonus points if their last name also starts with the same letter
. While obviously this can be expected to be intentional on the part of the writers, it can also be shown to be deliberate on the the part of the characters.
Such characters will usually be a little on the quirky side, if so.
May or may not also be an Alliterative Name
, in which both first and last names have the same letter. The Theme Naming
can be taken even further when these same letter names all have a theme within the same letter. When done In-Universe
by the characters, can overlap with Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?
and can lead to Rapid-Fire Name Guessing
. Taken to extremes, this trope can make recitation of family members into a Tongue Twister
The trope is fairly rare in films, where a common screenwriting trick is to avoid multiple names beginning with the same sound to make it easier for the audience to keep track.
Sub-trope of Theme Initials
, in which several characters who may or may not be related share the same initials, and of Family Theme Naming
, in which members of one family have related names which may or may not be alliterative.
- Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane and her sister Lucy. Mother's name is Elinore, so it almost counts too. Also Lex Luthor and his sister (in some continuities) Lena. In the version of The DCU that existed between the Cosmic Retcons in Infinite Crisis and Flashpoint, Lena still lived in Smallville and had a daughter called Lori, who was sort of Conner's Lana-equivilent.
- The Sandman features the Endless, seven siblings who are named for what they are Anthropomorphic Personifications of, Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Despair, Desire, and Delirium (originally Delight).
- Though it's never explicitly stated, "Groo" appears to be a family name of sorts — Groo's sister is named "Grooella", and his grandmother is Granny Groo.
- Funky Winkerbean: The one-armed teacher's name begins with a B, as do her three sisters.
- Alexander Cabot III and his sister Alexandra from Josie and the Pussycats
- Baron Heinrich Zemo, the original leader of the Masters of Evil in The Avengers and his son and successor, Baron Helmut Zemo. The Avengers/Thunderbolts miniseries established the first Baron Zemo was named Harbin, and the Zemo: Born Better miniseries named the rest of the line as Hademar, Heller, Herbert, Hartwig, Helmuth, Hackett, Hartwig, Hilliard, Hoffman, Hobart and Herman.
- Harry Potter's
- Albus Dumbledore had two siblings, Aberforth and Ariana.
- Voldemort's family (the Gaunts) also counts: Marvolo, Merope, & Morfin. His real name, "Tom," is the Odd Name Out, bestowed after his mother had run off with his father.
- A variant: Ron and Hermione's children are named Rose and Hugo. Also, Luna's twins are named Lorcan and Lysander, though their father is named Rolf.
- Cavendon Hall: The Ingham family's four daughters are named Diedre, Daphne, De Lacy, and Dulcie.
- In J. R. R. Tolkien's Middle-earth (The Lord of the Rings, etc.), it is extremely common for families to have names with similar meaning or sound, and as such there are many with alliterative names.
- It happens in two of the three major human families in The Silmarillion. Twenty-three members of the house of Bëor (out of about thirty) have names starting with a B. There are slightly fewer Haladin, so there are slightly fewer characters whose names start with an H... but six of them have names starting with "Hal".
- A hobbit example would be the siblings Peregrin (Pippin), Pearl, Pimpernel, and Pervinca, children of Paladin Took.
- The names of all seven Lightbringers (gods who claimed to be siblings) in Arcia Chronicles started with an "A".
- The Nita family in Breaking the Wall all have names starting with "N." One character, two year old Lani, seems like an exception until you realize her name is short for Nolani.
- A Song of Ice and Fire has Stannis Baratheon, his wife Selyse and his daughter Shireen.
- Robert A. Heinlein’s The Number of the Beast: Jacob has Deety fetch him Dr. Zeb Carter. Only she gets him Zebadiah, not his cousin Zebulon. Handwaved as a Silly Will.
- In King Kelson's Bride, there's Savile Baron Kishknock, his wife Princess Sivorn (sister of the Létald Hort of Orsal and widow of Prince Richard Haldane Duke of Carthmoor) and their children: Savilla, Sivney, Siany, and Sorley. This must be something between the couple, for Sivorn's daughters by Prince Richard are named Richelle and Araxie.
- In The Magids, Rupert's brother has five daughters whose names all begin with "V." Maree quips that it's cute now, but is due to cause problems when they're teenagers and boys start sending love letters.
- In the Star Wars Expanded Universe, Han and Leia carry on the aforementioned family tradition by naming their twin children Jacen and Jaina.
Manga & Anime
- An episode of Mr. Belvedere, "Moonlighting", featured the Bilinski family, Burt, Buzz, Brenda, and Bobbi. When introduced to the Owens family, Buzz mocked them because their names all started with different letters.
- The Halliwell sisters in Charmed all have names starting with the letter "P," as do their mother and grandmother. In fact, when Penny gave her child up for adoption, the one request she made was that she be given a "P" name.
- Subverted, however, when Piper named her sons Wyatt and Chris. They were also the first boys born for generations. (Phoebe quipped they should name Wyatt "Potter.")
- Glee: Sam Evans's parents are unseen, but his younger siblings are named Stacey and Stevie.
- Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In had the Farkel family: Frank & his wife Fanny, and their kids (some alliterated, some rhymed, and some were just puns) - Sparkle (& her sometimes twin Charcoal) Farkel, twins Simon & Gar Farkel, Mark Farkel, Fritz, Flicker, and Fred Farkel. None of the kids looked like Frank, but they all looked like his "friend and trusty neighbor" Ferd Berffle.
- A '70s Sesame Street News skit had Kermit the Frog reporting from Piper's Pickled Pepper Patch, hoping to get an interview with the famous Peter Piper. After running into relatives Porter Piper, Potter Piper, Piper Piper, Papa Piper, and Parker Piper (along with family dog Pepper Piper), he finally learns that Peter's "in Portland, pressing pants."
- Smallville: The Luthor family's first and last names nearly all begin with 'L'. Lachlan Luthor, Lionel Luthor, Lex Luthor (whose full first name is actually "Alexander", Lutessa Lena Luthor, Lillian Luthor, Lucas Luthor, etc. The only exception is Julian Luthor. The clone of Julian goes by Grant Gabriel.
- The Spencers on General Hospital. Father Luke, Mother Laura, Son Lucky (actually Luke, Jr, but given the nickname to distinguish him from his father), and Daughter Lesley Lu.
- 3/5ths of The Newmans of The Young and the Restless. Nikki Newman (thanks to marrying Victor Newman), son Nicholas, and his son Noah.
- The Clarke family on House of Anubis - John, Joan, Jerome...and Poppy.
- How I Met Your Mother:
- The Ericksen family strictly follows this, with males having names that start with Mar (Marvin Sr., Marvin, Jr., Marcus, Marshall and Marvin W.) and females ending with Y (Judy, Ashley, Lily and Daisy).
- Of course there's Ted Mosby and The Mother, whose name is revealed to be Tracy McConnel.
- Barney's father Jerome and his new family; his wife Cheryl, daughter Carly and son Jerome Jr.
- In Dragon Ball Z, we have the hero's family: Son Goku, & his two sons, Gohan & Goten. For extra points, they each have the same kanji for the "go" in their names.
- The present generation of the Hyuga Clan's Main Branch in Naruto all have names starting with H-sounds. Hiashi, Hinata, and Hanabi. Hiashi's brother was named Hizashi.
- Kamichama Karin has this happening across two families, Karasuma and Kujyou, which both use K-sounds. We have Kirihiko, Kirio and Kirika on the former side and Kazuto, Kazune and Kazusa (and, by marriage, Karin) on the latter. Both families also have a Himeka.
- The Azukis of Bakuman。, with Miyuki and her daughters Miho and Mina. Her husband is unnamed.
- The Duval dynasty of Elite 2: Frontier and Elite 3: Frontier First Encounters has all emperors' names starting with H.
- The Winstrate family from Pokémon Ruby and Sapphire all have names that originate from the word "victory." Victor, Vicky, Victoria, Vito, and Vivi.
- Every named member of the Fey family in Ace Attorney except for Pearl, Ami, Iris, or Dahlia has a name beginning with an "M" (Mia, Maya, Misty, Morgan). This does not apply in the original Japanese version, in which their names are Chihiro, Mayoi, Maiko, and Kimiko, respectively.
- In Electric Wonderland, Natasha Wing and her parents, Nathaniel and Nina Wing, all have names that begin with N.
- In Sinfest, the Author's pets are Pooch and Percy.
- From Homestuck, we have John and Jade plus Jake and Jane, Rose and Roxy, Dave and Dirk, Karkat and Kankri, and of course Calliope and Caliborn.
- In Magience, Ariana has five children: Ren, Rin, Roan, Rune and Rayne.
- Pete's family in Goof Troop, Pete, Peg, PJ, and Pistol.
- The Powerpuff Girls were named because of this. Professor named Blossom and Bubbles because of their personalities. He named Buttercup because it also starts with a B. There's also their "sister/creation" Bunny and their evil Spear Counterparts Butch, Boomer, and Brick.
- Alana, Adella, Aquata, Attina, Arista, Andrina, and Ariel from The Little Mermaid.
- The Jetsons all have names that start with the "j" sound, except Elroy.
- Popeye's nephews Peepeye, Pupeye, Pipeye and Poopeye. Definitely drew the short straw on that last one.
- In DuckTales, the Beagle Boys, instead of numbers as in the original Carl Barks comics, have names that start with "B": Bigtime, Bouncer, Burger, Baggy, Bankjob, Babyface and Bebop. Other members of the family include Banzai, Buckaroo, Blitzkrieg, and Megabyte.
- Misery's family in Ruby Gloom all have names which are gloomy or negative words starting with the letter M. In the episode "Misery Loves Company" we meet her cousins Malady and Malaise. Later we get Morose and Mayhem. Misery is also a common name down the family line, so much so that they lost count of just how many have had the name.
- The Czech version of Adventures of the Gummi Bears:
- All the little bears' names start with the "b" sound: Brepta, Babča, Brůča, Bumla, Bára, Bíďa and Bóža.
- King Greggor is called Kristián and his daughter Calla is called Klára. Her friend Cavin, who was also like a member of the family, is called Kryštof.
- In Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, we have Daphne and her 4 identical sisters, Daisy, Dawn, Dorothy, and Delilah.
- In Pepper Ann, Lydia Pearson's mother Lilly and father Leo both have forenames starting with L. It was to become a family tradition to give all kids names beginning with L until Lydia's little sister was born. First they wanted to name her Laney, but then Lilly accidentally wrote a mirrored L on the birth certificate so the name Janey came out.
- The Cake family in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has two generations with their own alliteration. First we have the owners of Sugarcube Corner, Cup and Carrot Cake. The episode "Baby Cakes" introduces their son and daughter, Pound and Pumpkin Cake.
- The Warrick family in Ewoks. Played straight with the children - they're Weeche, Widdle/Willy, Wicket and Winda Warrick. Averted with their parents, Deej and Shodu.
- Bill Cosby gave all five of his kids names beginning with E, supposedly for "excellence".
- Vince Vaughn's father is named Vernon and his sisters are Victoria and Valeri. He's mentioned in interviews that the alliteration continued in pets' names as well (such as Vlade and Valiant).
- Taken to ridiculous extremes by retired boxer George Foreman, whose sons are named George Jr., George III, George IV, George V, and George VI. And two of his daughters named Freeda George and Georgetta. Foreman jokes, "If you're going to get hit as many times as I've been hit by Mohammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, Evander Holyfield — you're not going to remember many names."
- Ambrose Bierce is another real life example. His father gave all the children names starting with "A".
- While it extends over more than just alliterative names, it is very, very common for siblings in Denmark to have similar names, especially if they're the same gender. It goes from slight resemblances like Anton and Arthur to almost identical names like Christian and Christina. Guess we aren't too creative around here...
- For Chinese Names (as well as in several other cultures influenced by old Chinese naming conventions), it is a tradition in many families for brothers to have the same Chinese character in the same position ("generation name", That Other Wiki calls it). In some families, there are even more rules on top of this such as consecutive generations using the next character of a family poem for this purpose.
- The Anglo-Saxons did this a lot. To the extent that a break in the pattern in a list of Kings can be taken by historians as evidence of a change in dynasty.
- The Duggar family of 19 Kids and Counting, famous for their extremely conservative religious beliefs and abnormally large family. All of the children's names begin with their father's initial. In order of birth, there is Josh, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace, and Josie.
- Lyndon Baines Johnson, his wife Lady Bird Johnson (actually a nickname, her given names were Claudia Alta), and daughters Lynda Bird Johnson and Luci Baines Johnson. (There is no truth to the legend that the family dog was named Little Beagle.)
- The three daughters of crown prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands are called Catharina-Amalia, Alexia, and Ariane. He has joked about having a triple-A status.
- Joseph Goebbels had seven children (one adopted, six biological), named Harald, Helga, Hildegard, Helmut, Holdine, Hedwig and Heidrun. Some theorized that this was a tribute to Adolf Hitler, but there's no evidence supporting that.
- Joan Crawford's four adopted children: Christina, Christopher (originally named Phillip Terry, jr. after her then-husband when they adopted him; she had him renamed Christopher Crawford after they divorced), and identical twins Cindy and Cathy.
- Kings George I, II, III, and IV, who all ruled one after the other.
- George II tried to avoid this: he named his oldest son Frederick, then outlived him. George III was George II's grandson.
- The Kardasian/Jenner family: Kris Kardashian and her daughters Kim, Khloe, Kourtney... their brother's name is Robert, after his dad. Their stepfather is Olympian Bruce Jenner (seriously) and his sons are named Burt, Brandon, and Brody. Their sister is Casey, and everyone's half-sisters are Kylie and Kendall (phew!).
- Short-lived Country Music band The Clark Family Experience consisted of brothers Aaron, Adam, Alan, Andrew, Ashley, and Austin Clark. Adam, Ashley, and Austin later founded a second band, Sons of Sylvia.
- Paul Anka has five daughters: Amelia, Anthea, Alicia, Amanda, and Alexandra.
- Brazilian comics author Mauricio de Sousa, who created Monica's Gang, has among his children (who inspired many of his characters): Mariângela, Magali, Mônica, Marina, Mauro, Maurício e Marcelo, besides Vanda and Valéria.