Family Theme Naming

Beetle's brother is named "Chigger"? Really? As you may or may not know, Hi and Lois's Lois is Beetle's sister, so we have to wonder what her real name was — Ladybug? — before she got married and fled this sad, creepy family for good.

Sometimes, authors give their characters related names. While Theme Naming adds a sense of unity or cohesiveness to the work, it doesn't always make much sense in-universe. Family Theme Naming is when the names of related characters follow a pattern or fall into a category. Somewhere along the line, a character would have had to make the decision to name his or her children something that resulted in Theme Naming. This could result in similarly named siblings or span the entire family tree.

A subtrope of Theme Naming. Theme Twin Naming is a subtrope, and so is Alliterative Family, and commonly employs The Runt at the End as an exception.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • B't X have brothers Kotaro and Teppei embed with metals "steel" and "iron" within their given names respectively. In East Asian culture, steel comes before iron in when in alignment together, with Kotaro also baring the name "taro (first-born son)" in his name makes it a dead ringer that he is the first-born of the two.
  • Bleach is absolutely rife with this:
    • The Kurosaki siblings have names that are homonyms (same pronunciation, different kanji) for plants. Ichigo's name references a plant grown for its fruit, his sisters are named for plants that do bear edible fruit but which are valued more as ornamental plants than fruit-bearing plants. (Ichigo = "strawberry"; Karin = "flowering quince"; Yuzu = "citron"). Their mother Masaki's name is also based around flower blooms.
    • The Shiba siblings all have names composed of a classical element and a type of bird: Kaien = "sea swallow"; Kuukaku = "sky crane"; Ganju = "rock eagle".
    • The Kuchiki clan have color-related names. Ginrei = "silver," Soujun = "green/blue," Byakuya = "white."
    • The Ishidas use a samurai naming convention where the son "inherits" a character from his father's name. They also have names alluding to their Quincy heritage: Souken = "soul bow", Ryuuken = "dragon/imperial bow". Uryuu = "rain dragon" seems like the Odd Name Out but the "rain" character may allude to his signature attack, Licht Regen ("Rain of Light").
    • The Inoue siblings have a celestial theme. Orihime = "Vega," the heavenly weaver princess of the Tanabata legend, and Sora = "the sky."
    • The Kotetsu sisters (Isane and Kiyone) have sound-themed names.
  • Through Alternate Character Reading, the Sakuranomiya siblings in Blend S all share the kanji 香: Aika, Kouichi, and Maika.
  • In Digimon Adventure, brothers Yamato and Takeru are named after Japanese folk hero Yamato Takeru. For bonus points, the movie Our War Game shows that their grandmother lives in Shimane, the same place as Yamato Takeru.
  • Pretty much all the male Nobis in Doraemon are named after their last name.
    • Nobita, Nobisuke, the other Nobisuke, Nobirou, Nobiru...
    • However, the English dub kept Sewashi in line. Toby, Noby, (presumably) Toby Jr., Soby.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Son Goku and his sons—Gohan and Goten. Further, the kanji for "ku" in Goku's name (空) means "sky" and the "ten" in Goten's name (天) means "heaven."
    • Later, Gohan ("rice") marries a girl named Videl and have a daughter named Pan ("bread"), another intentional pun on Akira Toriyama's part.
      • Videl herself is an anagram of "Devil," as her father is named Mr. Satan. Furthermore, according to Toriyama in the Super Exciting Guide: Character Volume, Mr. Satan is just a stage name; his real name is Mark. In Japanese, the name (Maaku) becomes an anagram for Akuma (Devil/demon), thus continuing the family's supernatural naming convention.
      • And Pan is actually a triple-themed name: the food puns for Gohan's side of the family, the powerful/mythical theme from Videl'snote , and the musical theme from Piccolo, who was Gohan's surrogate father for much of the series.
    • Goku's wife was named Chi-Chi (milk/breast) because her father is the "Ox King." Their family is a reference to cows.
    • Great Demon King Piccolo and all of his children (Tambourine, Drum, Cymbal, Piano, Piccolo Jr.) who are all named after musical instruments.
    • Bulma's family (Bulma/Bloomer, Dr. Brief, Panty, Tights, Trunks, Bra) who are named after undergarments.
    • Kuririn later has a daughter named Marron. Both names are puns on chestnuts.
    • The Namekians (Dende, Nail, Cargo, Moori, Slug), who are all named after snails.
    • The Saiyans, who are all named after vegetables (Raditz, Kakarot, Broli, Paragus), with the royal family and planet all being named "Vegeta."
    • The Ginyu Force are all named after dairy products (Ginyu—Milk, Burter—Butter, Jeice—Cheese, Guldo—Yogurt, Recoome—Cream).
    • Majin Buu and his two masters (Bibidi and Babidi) are all named after the song Bippity Boppity Boo in Cinderella.
    • Freezer's family (his father King Cold, his brother Cooler, and his ancestor Chilled) are all given cold-themed names. The exception is Kuriza, Freezer's son in the parody Neko Majin Z ("Kuri" means chestnut, and refers to the pointed top of Kuriza's head).
    • Androids 17 and 18's real names before their Unwilling Roboticization were, respectively, Lapis and Lazuli, a reference to the blue semi-precious stone lapis lazuli. Both Androids are twin siblings.
  • From the Evillious Chronicles, most of the Beelzenian Royal Family's emperors all have names related to Roman gods—Janus, Jupiter, Juno, etc. In an even closer example of the trope, Emperor Jupiter Beelzenia named all of his children after months.
  • In Gamaran, the (probable) Big Bad Naosada Washizu, the Daimyo of Unabara, has about 30 sons. All of them have a name starting with Nao (Naoyoshi, Naoshizu, Naoie and so on).
  • The Tsukishima brothers from Haikyuu!! follow a light-based scheme: Akiteru (明光) means “bright light”, while Kei is another reading for the kanji 蛍 (hotaru), meaning “firefly”.
    • Taken up a notch when you combine the kanji to make 蛍光 (keikou; “fluorescence”). It fits well with their character designs (blond hair, light brown eyes).
  • Hunter × Hunter: The five Zoldyck children. From oldest to youngest: Illumi, Milluki, Killua, Alluka, and Kalluto.
  • In InuYasha, the three named characters from the demon slayers' village — Sango, her younger brother Kohaku, and their pet Kirara — all have names referring to semi-precious stones (coral, amber and mica, respectively). Additionally, Kikyou and her younger sister Kaede both have names that begin with K and refer to plants (bellflower and maple).
  • The relevant lineage of main characters in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure all have the nickname "JoJo" for varying reasons:
    • For the first two, who have Western names, it's the first syllable of their first and last names (Johnathan Joestar, Joseph Joestar).
    • For the next two of direct descent, who have Japanese names, it's the first syllable of the given name and last of the family name, which makes them successive in Japanese name order (Kujo Jotaro, Cujoh Jolyne).
    • The two protagonist who are illegitimate children get a bit more complicated: one (Josuke) has a given name that can also be read as "JoJo." The other (Giorno Giovanni) combines the alliteration with the name "Dio," in reference to his Extra Parent Conception.
    • Jojolion introduces a different theme with the Higashikata family. All the family members that are female introduced as female, anyway have names that are homonyms for card suits; Daiya = Diamond, Hato = Heart, Tsurugi = Spade, Mitsuba = Club. Furthermore, all the Stand users in the family except for Josuke have the word "King" in their Stands' names, reinforcing the playing card theme.
  • Beyond the rampant use of Vehicular Theme Naming, Lyrical Nanoha has several examples:
  • Macross: Most members of the Jenius family seem to have names that either start with 'M' or are variants of Milia's name. The parents are Max and Milia; the daughters are Komilia, Miracle, Muse, Therese, Emilia, Miranda, and Mylene; and Delta reveals a granddaughter named Mirage. Even the adopted eighth daughter Moaramia follows the trend.
  • In Magi – Labyrinth of Magic, the Kou emperors named their children after their names. The first emperor Hakutoko's children have "Haku" (white) while second emperor Koutoku's children have "Kou" (red).
  • Yumi and Yuuki from Maria-sama ga Miteru are siblings with similar names.
  • Naruto:
    • Male Senju in the Warring Clans Era all had architecture-themed names ending in "-ma", possibly playing off their key role as one of the two main founding clans of the Konoha-gakure.
    • Many named Hyuuga have names that begin with "H." Hiashi, Hizashi, Hinata, and Hanabi all have the same first letter, though Neji does not. Hinata's daughter Himawari is half-Hyuuga and fits the tradition. Himawari's older brother Boruto also sort of fits, as "bo" is the voiced version of "ho" (i.e. it has dakuten next to it) in Japanese syllabary.
    • Rock Lee's son is named "Metal Lee."
  • In the Whole Cake Island arc of One Piece it is revealed that:
    • Sanji has three brothers and a sister. The four brothers are named Ichiji, Niji, Sanji and Yonji, the kanji for numbers 1-4. Their older sister Reiju is also named after a number, in her case it's 0. And in Japanese their father partially follows the naming as well, with the Japanese spelling used for Judge being Jajji, following the -ji suffix of his sons.
    • Big Mom's children have an Edible Theme Naming, with names such as Pudding, Cracker, Brûlée and Smoothie.
  • Osomatsu-kun and Osomatsu-san: All six of the Matsuno brothers' names end with "-matsu". Their parents also join in on the theme; their names are Matsuzo and Matsuyo.
  • Pokémon:
    • Misty and her sisters Lily, Daisy, and Violet are named after flowers. This applies to their Japanese names as well.
    • Lampshaded by Bonnie in X and Y when Sanpei revealed his older brothers' names were Ippei and Nihei (playing off the Japanese words for "one", "two", and "three").
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, the name of the character Kyoko means 'Apricot'. Her sister has had the name 'Momo' which means "Peach."
  • The main heroes in Sorcerer Hunters are named after cakes: Carrot, Marron, Gateau, Chocolate and Tira (Misu).

    Comic Books 
  • In Silex and the City, the members of the principal nuclear family are Blog Dotcom (father), Spam Dotcom (mother), Web Dotcom (daughter) and Url Dotcom (son).

    Fan Works 
  • Zany To The Max has this with the eight Warners: Yakko, Wakko, Pakko, Makko, Dot, Jot, Zak, and Ko. (Zak and Ko's names can be combined to fit the pattern.) In one episode, Yakko explains how this Theme Naming came to be.
  • Pony POV Series:
    • The Draconequi have this with both Names to Run Away from Really Fast (Havoc, Entropy, Discord, Strife, Anarchy, Pandemonium, Destruction, Rancor, and Fluttercruel/Cruelty (Discord's Child By Mind Rape with Fluttershy)), and the siblings all having at least one name starting with D (Discord, Darwinism, Disorder, Desire, Destruction, and Disruption).
    • From the 7 Dreams/Nightmares Gaiden, Sweetheart's siblings are named Peaches, Cream, and Cheese. She also has this with her children, Lion Heart, Pure Heart, Brave Heart, and Wild Heart.
    • Private Running Gag's family names are all puns on the word "Gag," like Couch Gag, Overly Long Gag, etc. The Loose Canon "Dark World Drabbles" story reveals his descendant a thousand years later continues this trend, being named Mythology Gag.
  • Frozen Hearts combines this with Alphabetical Theme Naming, with all Hans' brothers' names starting on letter H.
  • Alicornundrum: Killdeer, a young royal griffin Nyx meets at the international summit, has a family tradition that gives the names of bird species to their griffin bodies and snake species names to their sentient snake tails, with Killdeer's snake tail being named Adder.
  • In Stallions Of Harmony Verse all Bluebloods are named after some sort of titles. Examples include: Prince, Duke, Tzar, Caesar and many so far not announced. One exception being King, which is a taboo.
  • In Friendship is Witchcraft we have Princess Celestia and her younger sister Princess Molestia. They're named after the sun and moon respectively.
  • In Persona EG, Chrysalis' children are all named after insects or insect terms.
  • In Arm Candy, part of the Sorrowful and Immaculate Hearts series, Dick Grayson names a litter of puppies Harley, Selina, and Kay (short for "Kryptonite"), and then has to come up with alternate explanations for the names suitable for sharing with people who don't know his secret identity.
  • The Three Sisters: The changeling sisters Cocoon, Chrysalis and Pupa are all named after transitory stages in the lifecycle of insects.
  • In the Naruto fanfic Sugar Plums the main ruling families of Kirigakure have this in some of the main houses. The Hozuki have Suigetsu (water moon) and Mangetsu (full moon) from canon, and also their father Chigetsu (Blood Moon). In the Kishi Hiroshi and his father Hiroto have the same kanji for their first names, and in the Sumire all named characters are named after flowers.
  • Several of the Expanded Universe oneshots of Pokémon Reset Bloodlines have done this with the Blackthorn Dragon Clan, at least on the male side. Starting from the canonical example of Lance, later oneshots have featured his grandfather Javelin, his father Halberd, his uncles Sibat and Trishula and his granduncle Yari. All of these names are related to spear-like weapons.

    Film 
  • Back to the Future has Biff and his progeny, Griff and Buford.
  • Leafie, a Hen into the Wild has Greenie and his mother Leafie. The English dub changed everyones names. Greenie is renamed "Wily" and has a name similar to his deceased father, Wilson (Wanderer in the original).
  • The Legend of Frenchie King: the Sarrazin siblings have Biblical names; the 4 brothers are named after the authors of the Four Gospels, and their big sister Maria is presumably named after the Virgin Mary.
  • The heirs of the Gates family from National Treasure are all named after Founding Fathers of the American Revolution — Benjamin Franklin, Patrick (Henry) and Thomas (Jefferson) Gates, respectively.
  • The Odd Couple: The Pigeon sisters are named Gwendolyn and Cecily, after the heroines of The Importance of Being Earnest.

    Literature 
  • Harry Potter
    • The Black family follows Stellar Theme Naming (Sirius, Regulus, Bellatrix, Andromeda, Draco, Scorpius, etc.). There are a few exceptions, notably Narcissa, but she passed it on to the Malfoy family through her son Draco and his son, Scorpius.
    • Several Weasleys have names based on Arthurian mythology: the family patriarch is named "Arthur," his daughter's full name, "Ginevra," is an Italian form of "Guinevere," and his middle son is named "Percy" (a shortened form of "Percival"). Almost all of the rest of the men are named after British royalty, with Bill (William), Charlie (Charles), Fred (Frederick), George and Arthur being the most obvious ones.
    • Lily and Petunia Evans. This is passed on when Harry names his daughter "Lily", and Ron and Hermione name their daughter "Rose".
    • According to Pottermore, every member of the Ollivander family has a "G" name.
    • Albus, Aberforth, and Ariana Dumbledore.
  • Andersonville: The Widow Tebbs, the town whore, named her children Coral, Laurel, Floral, and Zoral. Lucy speculates that the widow was trying to inject some beauty into her otherwise grim and depressing life.
  • The members of the Holt family in The 39 Clues are named after famous people in American government: Three are named after presidents (Eisenhower, Madison and Reagan), the mother is named after a famous first lady (Mary-Todd is too uncommon a name to be a coincidence) and the son is named Hamilton.
  • The Larkin sisters of Jo Walton's Small Change trilogy are all named after William Shakespeare characters.
  • In The Saxon Stories, Uthred's father, son, brother and one cousin (and presumably most of his paternal ancestors) are all named Uthred.
  • The Great Brain: Brothers Sweyn, Tom and John all have the same middle name (Dennis) as do their father and all Fitzgerald men.
  • Nearly everyone in the Next family of the Thursday Next series is named after days of the week. There's the titular Thursday herself, her mother, Wednesday, and her son and daughter, Friday and Tuesday. Thursday's daughter, Jenny, is the only striking exception to the pattern. That's because she doesn't even exist, and is only a mindworm that Aornis placed on her. Uncle Mycroft and Aunt Polly Next are also exceptions, as are Thursday's brothers Joffy and Anton.
  • Jean McDevitt's 1940s juvenile novel Mr. Apple's Family has Mr. and Mrs. Apple naming their children Macintosh, Jonathan, Delicious, and Snow, all for varieties of apples. The baby ends up named Ann — "An Apple".
  • Honor Harrington: Albrecht Detweiler and his sons, whose names run alphabetically in order of seniority. Also a subverted case of Theme Twin Naming, since all of Albrecht's sons are clones of him.
  • James Herriot's semi-autobiographical books feature two brothers named Siegfried and Tristan by a Wagner-loving father. The real-life brothers who inspired the characters are not an example of this trope, though.
  • Most families in A Brother's Price tend towards giving their kids completely unrelated names, but the two sisters of the Tern family who we see are Raven and Hawk.
  • The Hunger Games: Katniss and her sister Primrose, both named after plants. Peeta (as in pita bread?), the baker's boy, has two brothers whose names are never revealed. Fandom loves to speculate what their names are. Popular suggestions are Wheaton, Rye, Basil or Crusty. Wackier suggestions include Bagel, Pastry, Baguette or Dough (which may or may not be pronounced as "Doug").
  • In The Black Company novel The Silver Spike, we learn that Case's full name is Philodendron Case and that all of his seven sisters and four brothers are named after flowers:
    Case: A girl named Iris or Rose, what the hell, hey? But I got a brother named Violet and another brother named Petunia. What kind of people do that to their kids? Where the hell are the Butches and Spikes?
  • The Malazan Book of the Fallen series gives us the sisters Envy, Spite and Malice. If there was another one she'd be called Venom.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, lots of families fall under this. Rhaegar, Rhaenys, Aerys, Aemon and so on for the Targaryens; Tyrion, Tywin, and Tytos for the Lannisters; and many more.
  • Tolkien's Legendarium:
    • The Hobbit has Dwalin and Balin (brothers), Fíli and Kíli (brothers), Óin and Glóin (brothers), Bifur, Bofur and Bombur (cousins), and Dori, Nori and Ori (brothers). There's also Thorin, son of Thrain, son of Thrór. He once had a brother named Frerin.
    • In The Silmarillion, all the houses of Men all have names that start with the same letters, and many of the men of the House of Finwë have "Finwë" as an element in their father-names, denoting their royal status. This includes Fëanor (Curufinwë Fëanáro) and all seven of his sons: Nelyafinwë (Maedhros), Kanafinwë (Maglor), Turcafinwë (Celegorm), Morifinwë (Caranthir), Curufinwë Jr. (Curufin), Pityafinwë (Amrod), and Telufinwë (Amras). Fingolfin's father-name is Ñolofinwë.
  • In the Firebird Trilogy, the royal Angelo family has traditionally been named after Netaian birds.
  • 1066 and All That:
    "Canute had two sons, Halfacanute and Partacanute, and two other offspring, Rathacanute and Hardlicanute, whom, however, he would never acknowledge, denying to the last he was their Fathacanute."
  • Spoofed with the Carter family in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. The daughters are named after virtues: Hope, Chastity, Prudence, and Charity. After that they got confused and thought that the sons should be named after vices: Anger, Jealousy, Bestiality, Covetousness and Deviousness. This being Discworld, they all have personalities which are the exact opposite of their names. For example, Hope suffers from depression and a sense of existential alienation and angst, Chastity is a uhh..."Seamstress" in Ankh-Morpork's seedier districts, while Anger is a calm and reasonable fellow and Bestiality is known for his kindness towards animals.
  • In the Alcatraz Series, all the Smedrys have the names of prisons (Bastille, Leavenworth, Quentin, etc.). Subverted in that the prisons are really named after them; the secret cabal of librarians that runs the world is trying to discredit them by choosing traditional Smedry names as the names of prisons.
  • In Ricky Ricotta's Mighty Robot, Ricky himself is named after Ricky Ricardo from I Love Lucy. His cousin, aunt, and uncle are named Lucy, Ethel, and Fred, after the other central characters of the show.
  • In Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, the Dead family have Biblical-themed names: Milkman Dead's sisters are Magdalene (called Lena) and First Corinthians, his aunt is Pilate (after Pontius Pilate), and his cousin is Hagar (Abraham's maidservant). And of course, there's Solomon, the ancestor of the Dead family.
  • The title character of The Ordinary Princess and her six sisters are all named after jewels.
  • In Ann M. Martin's Ten Kids, No Pets, each of the children's names follow letters of the alphabet. In fact, they're named in order of their birth order/order of names in the baby book (i.e., the 1st child is given the 1st name under A, the 2nd child is given the 2nd name listed under B, etc.). This has lead to most of them having extreme unusual names, such as Bainbridge (second child), Calandra, Dagwood, Eberhard, Faustine, Gardenia and Janthina with only eldest Abigail, eighth-born Hannah and ninth-born Ira having normal names. Several of them shorten their names to something more standard but Bainbridge doesn't have that luxury.
  • In "De skandalösa" by Simona Ahrnstedt, Venus Dag och Natt comes from a family, where all the kids are named after Roman deities.
  • In Tad Williams' War Of The Flowers, fairies all have theme names of one kind or another. The Flower Lords tend to name their children after flowers related to their family. Unfortunately for one kid, his parents named him Septimus. As in "seventh". Because he was the seventh child in the family. Core's family name is Apple, and she had the misfortune to come late in the game, after all the good names (Pip, Peel, Stem...) had all been taken.
  • The titular Dollanganger family in V. C. Andrews' Dollanganger series all have names that start with "C": Christopher Sr. and Jr., Corrine, Cathy, and twins Carrie and Cory. While Cathy's sons, Jory and Bart, break this pattern (they were named after their fathers) her adopted daughter Cindy continues it.
  • Chrysanthemum is a picture book about a Funny Animal mouse child who learns to love her name again after being bullied for it. Near the end her teacher, whose given name is Delphinium, says wants to name her child "Chrysanthemum" if it's a girl. This causes Chrysanthemum to overcome the bullies and enjoy school again.
  • The children's book series “Sisters Eight” by Lauren Baratz-Logsted has sisters named Annie, Durinda, Georgia ... and so on in alphabetical order, winding up with Zinnia.note 
  • The Stormlight Archive: The Kholin family has two.
    • Gavilar and his brother Dalinar are both three syllables, with the third ending in -ar. Gavilar continued this theme with his son Elhokar, but Dalinar went a different direction.
    • Dalinar's sons are Adolin and Renarin, three syllables with the third ending in -in. For bonus points, this fits with the family name as well. Furthermore, Kaladin (who is unofficially adopted by the family) shares the theme.
  • Wings of Fire: The three SandWings fighting for their mother's throne are Burn, Blister, and Blaze.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Burt from Glee named his son Kurt.
  • In the Leave It to Beaver Reunion Show, Eddie Haskell's son is named Freddie. In the Revival series Still The Beaver it's changed to Eddie Haskell Jr.
  • The Bob Newhart Show: Howard Borden is the odd one out in his family — he has two (unseen) brothers: Gordon Borden the game warden and Norman Borden the Mormon doorman.
  • In the MTV series Finding Carter, the titular heroine and her siblings all have names of U.S. presidents. Her twin sister Taylor, brother Grant, and Carter was born Lynden. Even after her kidnapping her new mother kept with the theme by renaming her Carter.
  • Desperate Housewives: All the Scavo kids have names beginning with P.
  • In Wonderfalls, the Tylers are named Darren, Karen, Sharon, Aaron and Jaye.
  • Subtly done in 7th Heaven, Reverend Camden and his wife Annie give all their children Biblical names: Matthew, Mary, Lucy, Simon, Ruth (always called Ruthie though), Samuel and David. Plus if viewers knew of the Virgin Mary's mother Saint Anne (from the New Testament Apocrypha anyway), Annie counts as well.
  • Due South Harding Welsh and his brother, Wilson, named after US presidents.
  • In Two and a Half Men, Kandi's parents are named Andi and Mandi. Lampshaded by Charlie:
    Wait a second. It's Mandi, Andi, and Kandi?
  • In Home Improvement, Al has a brother named Cal. And his mother is Alma.
  • As of Power Rangers Samurai, Skull from the original show has a son named Spike. To be fair, "Skull" is a nickname, and... well, we're hoping "Spike" is too and he didn't actually name his son that.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • The Ericksen family. The males have names that start with Mar (Marvin Sr., Marvin Jr., Marcus, Marshall and Marvin W.), while females end with a Y (Judy, Ashley, Lily and Daisy).
    • Barney's father Jerome and his new family; his wife Cheryl, daughter Carly and son Jerome Jr.
  • Keeping Up Appearances has Hyacinth Bucket and her three sisters Daisy, Rose and Violet.
  • In Charmed, women of the Halliwell family seem to all have names starting with P: The main characters Piper, Phoebe, Prue, and later Paige; their late mother Patty, and their grandmother Penny. Phoebe (in the comics) has two daughters whom she names PJ and Parker. Piper's sons are themed in that, since they retain their mother's surname of Halliwell, they both take their first names from Leo's family - Wyatt was Leo's surname, Chris the name of Leo's father.
  • Eerie Indiana: In the episode "Who's Who", Marshall and Simon happen upon a girl named Sara Bob. Her brothers are Lou Bob, Moe Bob, and Bob Bob. Her father is called Dad Bob.
  • Nicky Ricky Dicky And Dawn For the boys, it was themed.
  • Short-lived Fox series Babes had three sisters named Darlene, Marlene, and Charlene.
  • On Friends Joey's 7 sisters (mostly) have similar names. There's Mary-Angela, Mary-Therese, Gina, Tina, Dina, and the two odd ones out, Veronica and Cookie.
  • The Wordsworth family in the CBeebies series Storymakers all have the surnames of English poets as first names: Milton, Shelley, Byron, Rosetti, Blake and Webster. Their surname is, of course, a reference to William Wordsworth.
  • Jeff Tracy in Thunderbirds named all his sons after Mercury Program astronauts.

    Radio 

    Theatre 
  • The brothers in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers are all given Biblical names in alphabetical order (Adam, Benjamin, Caleb, etc.) However, due to the lack of "F" names in the Bible, the sixth brother has to make do with "Frankincense," which he shortens to Frank.

    Video Games 
  • Sonic the Hedgehog has a small family all named after dairy products: Cream the Rabbit; her mother, Vanilla, and her Chao, Cheese. Other Chao associated with Cream were named Chocola (Cheese's twin brother, only seen in Sonic Heroes) and Milk (who is named by Cream in the DS version of Sonic Colors).
  • In Stacking, all the members of the Blackmore family except Charlie have names beginning with A. Charlie's middle name is Alistair.
  • Pokémon:
    • The Weekly siblings are all named after the days of the week: Monica, Tuscany, Wesley, Arthur, Frieda, Santos, and Sunny. They each only appear on one day of the week, and except for Arthur all share their initial with the day of the week they are associated with.
    • Professor Oak has his grandchildren Daisy and Green Oak. Daisies and oaks are both plants, while plants are frequently green. Green's name is Lost in Translation as it is "Blue Oak" internationally.
  • Crypt Of The Necrodancer has the female members of the main character's family all named after terms used in music. The main protagonist is named Cadence, and her mother is named Melody, and HER mother is named Aria. Outside of this, the Palette Swap for player 2 is named Choral. Since the whole game revolves around music, this makes sense.
  • In Xenoblade Chronicles X, Tatsu is revealed in a sidequest to have five siblings: Satsu, Jitsu, Gotsu, Yoyotsu, and Mumutsu.
  • Yo-kai Watch 2 reveals the grandfathers of Nate and Katie. Nathan "Nate" Adams (Keita Amano) has a grandfather named Nathaniel Adams (Keizo Amano). Katie Forester (Fumika "Fumi" Kodama) has a grandfather named Kenny Forester (Fumiaki Kodama). There is a heavy Strong Family Resemblance between Katie and Kenny, while Nate is an outright Identical Grandson.
  • In Banjo-Kazooie, Boggy the polar bear has three children named Groggy, Soggy, and Moggy.
  • In Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade, the ladies of House Caelin all have "lyn" somewhere in their names. There's Lord Hausen's late wife Lyndis, their daughter Madelyn, and Madelyn's daughter, the game's Tritagonist, also named Lyndis, although she often goes by just Lyn for short.
    • Also, Hector's daughter in Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade is named Lilina, which means that if you paired Hector and Lyndis, the naming theme continues. Subverted if you pair Lyndis with Rath, because Rath's daughter in Binding Blade is named Sue.

    Web Animation 

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 
  • In Noob, the player whose online Saphir ("sapphire" in French) turns out to have a sister in Season 5. The sister in question uses Rubis ("ruby" in French) as her alias.
  • ProtonJon reveals in a livestream that his sister's name is Jen.
  • RWBY features Qrow and Raven Branwen, both named after birds, along with the Schnee siblings, Winter, Weiss, and Whitley, all referring to the color white.

    Western Animation 
  • After Orion Pax and Ariel were destroyed in Transformers, they were rebuilt into Optimus Prime and Elita One, both of which translate into pretty much the same thing.
  • The titular brothers from the Bolekand Lolek cartoon.
  • Popeye has Olive Oyl and her family (Nana, Castor, Cole).
  • In DuckTales, Donald's nephews are named Huey, Louie and Dewey. Also their female counterparts, April, May and June.
  • In Kim Possible, Kim, Bonnie, Shego, and Ron's families fit this trope
    • Jim, Kim, and Tim Possible from the Possible Family. They also have an uncle Slim who appears in one episode.
    • Ron and Han from the Stoppable Family.
    • Shego, Hego, Mego, and the Wego Twins from the Go family (though these seem to be superhero/villain codenames rather than personal names).
    • Bonnie, Connie, and Lonnie from the Rockwaller family.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Every pair of siblings in the main cast shares a syllable in their names: Zuko and Azula, Sokka and Katara, Ozai and Iroh.
    • Not only that, but all of Zuko's direct family line have names containing a Z. Zuko and his sister Azula, their father Ozai, grandfather Azulon and great-grandfather Sozin.
    • Every member of Sokka and Katara's family (as well as most of the Southern Tribe) have a "K" in their names: Katara, Sokka, Hakoda, Kya, and Kanna.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • The Powerpuff Girls all have cutesy names that have double consonants and begin with B. Also, two of them are named after flowers. Lampshaded in The Movie: the Professor names Blossom because she instantly "opens up" to him, Bubbles because of her bubbly personality, and Buttercup "because it's also a "B" name."
    • The girls even created a (temporary) fourth Powerpuff and named her to fit the pattern, Bunny.
    • There's also their Evil Triplet Spear Counterparts Brick, Butch, and Boomer.
    • The Powerpunk Girls are Alternate Universe Evil Counterparts to The Powerpuff Girls. Their names are Berserk, Brat, and Brute.
  • With Punny Names on Disney Junior's The Hive — Buzzbee, big sister Rubee, and Babee
  • On Rugrats Grandpa Lou's sons names are Stew and Drew. The twins' names are Phil and Lil.
  • What's New, Scooby-Doo?: The Dimwiddle siblings' names are Andy, Mandy and Randy.
  • The Jolly family from Casper's Haunted Christmas, consisting of father Noel, his wife Carol and daughter Holly.
  • Cousins Ben and Gwen Tennyson, along with Gwen's older brother Ken. This seems restricted to their generation, though.
  • On The Simpsons, Ned Flanders's wife was named Maude, and their kids are Rod and Todd, all of which (most likely intentionally) rhyme with "God."
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The Apple family, as to be expected, are all named after types of apples and food made from apples — Applejack herself, Big Macintosh, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Apple Strudel, etc.
    • There's also Pinkie Pie's sisters: Marble Pie and Limestone Pie. With Pinkie, their initials spell out MLP. In general, their family also follows a rock theme, with their fourth sister Maud Pie note , and their parents Igneous Rock and Cloudy Quartz.
    • Twilight's family shows this as well, following a light theme: Twilight Sparkle is the most obvious, but there's also Shining Armor, Twilight Velvet, and Night Light. Shining aside, they also seem to follow a nocturnal naming scheme.
    • Diamond Tiara's family has her own: her father's named Filthy Rich, her great-grandfather was Stinkin' Rich, and her mother is named Spoiled Rich. The only exceptions so far are herself and the butler Randolph. In "Viva Las Pegasus", Fluttershy disguises herself as a member of this family named Impossibly Rich, who may or may not exist.
  • The Sequel Series Inspector Gadget (2015) created a nephew to Dr. Claw called Talon.
  • In the Biker Mice from Mars Clip Show episode "Mad Scientist Wanted", the parts of the episode that aren't recycled footage from earlier episodes feature a family of alien business executives with names having to do with large units of time. The brother and sister are named Eon and Era respectively, while their father and boss is named Mr. Century. Mention is also made of a cousin named Span.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • The female members of House Butterfly are named after celestial bodies or phenomena. There's Star, Moon, Comet, Skywynne, Solaria, Celena, Eclipsa, and Miss Heinous, whose true name is Meteora. An odd name out is Festivia.
    • Ludo's family has names that rhyme with "udo", like his father Lord Brudo. Exceptions are his mother Lady Avaris and his brother Dennis.

    Real Life 
  • All of Jim-Bob and Michelle Duggar's children (stars of TLC's reality show 19 Kids and Counting) have names beginning with the letter J: Josh, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedediah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn-Grace, Josie, and the stillborn Jubilee.
    • Josh's two children with Anna Duggar are Mackynzie and Michael.
  • Faith, Hope, and Charity Cardwell, according to the Guinness Book of Records, are the longest-lived set of triplets.
  • George Foreman's sons are named George Jr., George III, George IV, George V, and George VI. Two of his daughters are named Freeda George and Georgetta.
    "I called them all George because I was worried that when I was older I might suffer from memory loss. I would have called my five girls George, too, but my wife said she thought that was overkill. When one of them is naughty, I shout 'George!' and that one knows who I mean. The only time it is awkward for me is when a teacher calls up and say we have a problem with George, and I have to ask them which one."
  • Sylvester Stallone's kids are the late Sage, Seargeoh, Sophia, Sistine, and Scarlett. When Stallone's mother heard about Sistine's name, she laughed that Sylvester's never seen the Sistine Chapel.
  • Paul Anka's five daughters all have names starting and ending with the letter A: Amelia; Anthea, Alicia, Amanda, and Alexandra.
  • Bill Cosby's five children all were given names starting with the letter E, according to him for Excellence: four daughters Erika, Erinn, Ensa, and Evin, and late son Ennis.
  • National Football League coaches and 2013 Super Bowl contenders Jim (San Francisco 49ers) and John Harbaugh (Baltimore Ravens); their parents Jack (college football coach) and Jackie, and their sister Jonie (married to a college basketball coach). Three of Jim's six kids are Jay, James, and Jack (after his grandpa).
  • Late owner of the LA Lakers Dr. Jerry Buss: his mother's name was Jackie; his first wife was JoAnn; his kids are Johnny, Jim, Janie, Joey, Jesse, and Jeanie (who's engaged to former coach Phil Jackson).
  • Non-alliteration version: Super Fun Night actress Rebel Wilson and her siblings Anarchy, Riot, and Liberty. (Actually Annachi and Ryot.)
  • Actress Poppy Montgomery and her four sisters are all named for flowers - Daisy, Marigold, Rosie, and Lily. Subverted with their only brother, Jethro.
  • Except for Rob Kardashian, who was named for his father, all of Kris Jenner's kids have a "K" as their first initial.
  • Model Karlie Kloss has three siblings, all of whom have "K" as their first initial, too.
  • Venezuelan terrorist Carlos the Jackal's real name is Ilich Ramírez Sánchez. His siblings are Vladimir and Lenin. His mother objected to his Marxist father's choice of names.
  • Family of sorts: it's not unusual for minor league affiliates to share the same name or a thematically similar one to the parent team.
    • Basketball: 76ers - 87ers, Pistons Drive, plus teams sharing the Knicks, Spurs and Warriors names.
    • Hockey: Kings - Monarchs\Reign, Sharks - Barracuda, Ducks - Gulls, plus shared Senators, Bruins, Stars, Wild and Penguins.
    • Baseball: Just about every team has an eponym - plus some theme named, such as Padres - Missions.
  • Jean-Baptiste Berthier was an ambitious man who named his sons after famous emperors: Louis-Alexandre, Charles, Louis-César, another Louis-César because the first died young, Louis-Léopold and Alexandre-Joseph. Louis-Alexandre became Marshal of France under Napoleon Bonaparte, and his brothers became generals.
  • A fairly common pattern in Chinese culture is to name a set of siblings or cousins with characters that, when put together, form a proverb or saying. Since Chinese given names are generally either one or two characters long and many Chinese proverbs are only four characters, it isn't too hard to do this even with the two-child (formerly one-child) policy.
  • Common for geiko and maiko in Kyoto, where "families" (more like an adopted family rather than a family linked by blood) are linked by common characters. For example, the Daimonji Okiya family has Katsuya, Katsune, and Katsuna. When a geiko takes on a "younger sister", she will almost always pass on a part of her name to her "younger sister", hence forever creating a bond between them. Some okiya have more than one naming line, showing who is connected to whom, and sometimes, a new name line can be created. For example, Sayaka passed on the "Sa" to her younger sister, Satsuki. Satsuki then passed on the "Tsuki" to her younger sister, Mitsuki, thereby creating a new naming line.

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