->ComicStrip/{{Beetle|Bailey}}'s brother is named "Chigger"? Really? As you may or may not know, ''ComicStrip/HiAndLois''[='=]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.
-->-- '''Blog/TheComicsCurmudgeon''', "[[http://joshreads.com/?p=8936 Walker-Browne domestic hell]]"

Sometimes, authors give their characters related names. While ThemeNaming 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 ThemeNaming. ThemeTwinNaming is a subtrope, and so is AlliterativeFamily, and commonly employs TheRuntAtTheEnd as [[TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers an exception]].



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* Invoked in ''Manga/AneNaruMono''. When Shub-Niggurath formed a contract with Yuu to become his older sister, she chose the human name Chiyo (meaning "a thousand nights") to complement his name (meaning "twilight").
* ''Anime/BtX'' 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.
* In ''Manga/{{Magic Knight Rayearth}}'', Hikaru and Fuu invoke this with their siblings: Hika'''ru''' is the youngest of four, with her elder brothers Sato'''ru''', Masa'''ru''', and Kake'''ru'''; meanwhile, Fuu has an older sister named Kuu. Umi averts this, as she is an only child.
* ''Manga/{{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 OddNameOut but the "rain" character may allude to [[BeamSpam his signature attack]], [[GratuitousGerman Licht Regen]] ("Rain of Light").
** The Inoue siblings have [[StellarName 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 AlternateCharacterReading, the Sakuranomiya siblings in ''Manga/BlendS'' all share the kanji 香: Ai''ka'', ''Kou''ichi, and Mai''ka''.
* In ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', brothers Yamato and Takeru are named after Japanese folk hero Yamato Takeru. For bonus points, the movie ''[[Anime/DigimonAdventure Our War Game]]'' shows that their grandmother lives in Shimane, the same place as Yamato Takeru.
* Pretty much all the male Nobis in ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' are named after their last name.
** '''Nobi'''ta, '''Nobi'''suke, ''[[NamesTheSame the other]]'' '''Nobi'''suke, '''Nobi'''rou, '''Nobi'''ru...
*** [[OddNameOut Sewashi is the obvious exception]], but the use of the theme may have died out by then considering that he's Nobita's [[TheFuture great-great-grandson]], and at some point they would've run out of suffixes.
** However, the English dub kept Sewashi in line. Toby, Noby, (presumably) Toby Jr., Soby.
* ''Franchise/DragonBall'':
** Son Goku and his sons--'''Go'''han and '''Go'''ten. 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 ''[[AllThereInTheManual 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 [[UpToEleven triple-themed]] name: the food puns for Gohan's side of the family, the powerful/mythical theme from Videl's[[note]]Especially as [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Pan's]] horns and goat legs were the inspiration of classical depictions of the devil[[/note]], 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 ''Literature/{{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 UnwillingRoboticization were, respectively, Lapis and Lazuli, a reference to the blue semi-precious stone lapis lazuli. Both Androids are [[ThemeTwinNaming twin siblings]].
* From the ''Franchise/EvilliousChronicles'', 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 ''Manga/{{Gamaran}}'', the (probable) BigBad 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 ''Manga/{{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).
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'': The five Zoldyck children. From oldest to youngest: Illu'''mi''', '''Mi'''llu'''ki''', '''Ki'''llu'''a''', '''A'''llu'''ka''', and '''Ka'''lluto.
* In ''Manga/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 ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' all have the nickname "[=JoJo=]" for varying reasons:
** For the first two, who have Western names, [[AlliterativeName 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, [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Cujoh]] Jolyne).
** The two protagonist who are [[HeroicBastard illegitimate children]] get a bit more complicated: one (Josuke) has a given name [[AlternateCharacterReading that can also be read as "[=JoJo=]."]] The other (Giorno Giovanni) combines the alliteration with the name "Dio," in reference to his ExtraParentConception.
** ''Jojolion'' introduces a different theme with the Higashikata family. All the family members that are female [[spoiler: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 VehicularThemeNaming, ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' has several examples:
** It's revealed in ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'' that [[CloneJesus Vivio Takamachi's]] original was Sankt Kaiser Olivie Sägebrecht, whose nickname was "Vivi."
** Fate and Chrono both have [[TemporalThemeNaming time related names]]. And it was entirely coincidental since Fate was adopted.
** All of the Numbers are, well, [[NumericalThemeNaming Italian Numbers]].
** Teana (or '''[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ti]]'''[[SpellMyNameWithAnS ana]]) and her brother '''Ti'''ida.
* ''Franchise/{{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, [[OddNameOut Therese]], Emilia, Miranda, and Mylene; and ''[[Anime/MacrossDelta Delta]]'' reveals a granddaughter named Mirage. Even the adopted eighth daughter Moaramia follows the trend.
* In ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'', 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 ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' are siblings with similar names.
* ''Manga/{{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. [[spoiler: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 [[spoiler:son]] is named "Metal Lee."
* In the [[Recap/OnePieceWholeCakeIslandArc Whole Cake Island arc]] of ''Manga/OnePiece'' 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.
** [[BigEater Big Mom]]'s children have an EdibleThemeNaming, with names such as Pudding, Cracker, Brûlée and Smoothie.
* ''Manga/OsomatsuKun'' and ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'': All [[MassiveNumberedSiblings six]] of the '''Matsu'''no brothers' names end with "'''-matsu'''". Their parents also join in on the theme; their names are '''Matsu'''zo and '''Matsu'''yo.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** 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 ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', the name of the character Kyoko means 'Apricot'. Her sister has [[spoiler:had]] the name 'Momo' which means "Peach."
* The main heroes in ''Manga/SorcererHunters'' are named after cakes: Carrot, Marron, Gateau, Chocolate and Tira (Misu).

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* 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).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''WebAnimation/ZanyToTheMax'' 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 ThemeNaming came to be.
* ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** The Draconequi have this with both NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast (Havoc, Entropy, Discord, Strife, Anarchy, Pandemonium, Destruction, Rancor, and Fluttercruel/Cruelty (Discord's {{Child By|Rape}} MindRape with Fluttershy)), and the siblings all having at least one name starting with D (Discord, Darwinism, Disorder, Desire, Destruction, and [[spoiler: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 LooseCanon "Dark World Drabbles" story reveals his descendant a thousand years later continues this trend, being named Mythology Gag.
* ''FanFic/FrozenHearts'' combines this with AlphabeticalThemeNaming, with all Hans' brothers' names starting on letter H.
* ''[[FanFic/RealityChecksNyxverse 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 [[MultipleHeadCase sentient snake tails]], with Killdeer's snake tail being named Adder.
* In ''FanFic/StallionsOfHarmonyVerse'' all Bluebloods are named after some sort of titles. Examples include: Prince, Duke, Tzar, Caesar and many so far not announced. One exception being [[spoiler:King]], which is a taboo.
* In ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' we have Princess Celestia and her younger sister Princess Molestia. They're named after the sun and moon respectively.
* In ''FanFic/PersonaEG'', Chrysalis' children are all named after insects or insect terms.
* In ''Arm Candy'', part of the ''FanFic/SorrowfulAndImmaculateHearts'' 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.
* ''Fanfic/TheThreeSisters'': The changeling sisters Cocoon, Chrysalis and Pupa are all named after transitory stages in the lifecycle of insects.
* In the {{Manga/Naruto}} fanfic ''Fanfic/SugarPlums'' the main [[TheClan 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 ExpandedUniverse oneshots of ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' 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.
* In ''Fanfic/JustAChild'', all of the Kamui children are named after different Ainu gods: Pauchi (god of insanity), Apasam (god of the threshold), Kim-un (god of bears and mountains), Yushkep (god of spiders), Kina-sut (god of snakes), and Kanna (god of lightning and thunder).
* In ''Fanfic/NeitherABirdNorAPlaneItsDeku'', it's explained that all of the guys in the Midoriya family have the "久" (which can be read as either "ku" or "hisa") kanji in their given name. This is part of the reason why Izuku gets his name after being adopted by his parents, as when written in kanji it comes out to "出久" to share the theme with his adoptive father, Hisashi (久しい).
* Like in ''Splatoon'' canon, cousins Callie and Marie have names that combine into "calamari" in ''Fanfic/HerFracturedSpirit''. According to Callie, her mother decided it would be funny to name her daughter and future niece with related puns.

* ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' has Biff and his progeny, Griff and Buford.
* ''Animation/LeafieAHenIntoTheWild'' has Greenie and his mother Leafie. The English dub [[DubNameChange changed everyones names]]. Greenie is renamed "Wily" and has a name similar to his deceased father, Wilson (Wanderer in the original).
* ''Film/TheLegendOfFrenchieKing'': 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 ''Film/NationalTreasure'' are all named after Founding Fathers of the American Revolution -- Benjamin Franklin, Patrick (Henry) and Thomas (Jefferson) Gates, respectively.
* ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'': The Pigeon sisters are named Gwendolyn and Cecily, after the heroines of ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''.

* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** The Black family follows [[StellarName Stellar Theme Naming]] (Sirius, Regulus, Bellatrix, Andromeda, Draco, Scorpius, etc.). There are a few exceptions, notably [[MamaBear Narcissa]], but she passed it on to the Malfoy family through her son [[AntiVillain Draco]] and his son, Scorpius.
** Several Weasleys have names based on [[Myth/KingArthur 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"). "Ron" also happens to be the name of King Arthur's spear in Geoffrey of Monmouth's retelling. 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.
** [[FloralThemeNaming Lily and Petunia Evans]]. This is passed on when [[spoiler:Harry names his daughter "Lily"]], and [[spoiler:Ron and Hermione name their daughter "Rose"]].
** According to [[AllThereInTheManual Pottermore]], every member of the Ollivander family [[LetterMotif has a "G" name]].
** [[LetterMotif Albus, Aberforth, and Ariana Dumbledore]].
* ''Literature/{{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 [[TheBigGuy Holt family]] in ''Literature/The39Clues'' are named after famous people in American government: Three are named after presidents ([[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower Eisenhower]], [[UsefulNotes/JamesMadison Madison]] and [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan 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 [[UsefulNotes/AlexanderHamilton Hamilton]].
* The Larkin sisters of Creator/JoWalton's ''Literature/SmallChange'' trilogy are all named after Creator/WilliamShakespeare characters.
* In ''Literature/TheSaxonStories'', Uthred's father, son, brother and one cousin (and presumably most of his paternal ancestors) are ''all'' named Uthred.
* ''Literature/TheGreatBrain'': 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 ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' 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. [[spoiler: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".
* ''Series/HonorHarrington'': Albrecht Detweiler and his sons, whose names run [[AlphabeticalThemeNaming alphabetically]] in order of seniority. Also a subverted case of [[spoiler: ThemeTwinNaming, 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 ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' tend towards giving their kids [[AerithAndBob completely unrelated names]], but the two sisters of the Tern family who we see are [[AnimalThemeNaming Raven and Hawk]].
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': 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 ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'' 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?
* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', 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.
* Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium:
** ''Literature/TheHobbit'' 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.
** ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': Almost everyone knows that Aragorn is son of Arathorn, but in fact he is Aragorn son of Arathorn son of Arador son of Argonui son of Arathorn son of Arassull son of Arahad son of Aravorn son of Aragost son of Arahad son of Araglas son of Aragorn son of Aravir son of Aranuir son of Arahael son of Aranarth son of Aredui son of Araphant son of Araval son of Arvaleg son of Argeleb son of Araphor son of Arvaleg son of Argeleb. Which is when the tradition apparently started.
** In ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', 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 ''Literature/FirebirdTrilogy'', the royal Angelo family has traditionally been named after [[AnimalThemeNaming Netaian birds]].
* ''Literature/TenSixtySixAndAllThat'':
-->"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 ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series by Creator/TerryPratchett. 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 ''Literature/AlcatrazSeries'', 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 ''Literature/RickyRicottasMightyRobot'', Ricky himself is named after Ricky Ricardo from ''Series/ILoveLucy''. His cousin, aunt, and uncle are named Lucy, Ethel, and Fred, after the other central characters of the show.
* In Toni Morrison's ''Literature/SongOfSolomon'', 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 ''Literature/TheOrdinaryPrincess'' 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 Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt, Venus Dag och Natt comes from a family, where all the kids are named after Roman deities.
* In Creator/TadWilliams' ''Literature/WarOfTheFlowers'', 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 Creator/VCAndrews' ''[[Literature/FlowersInTheAttic 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 FunnyAnimal 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 she 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 second-to-last sister is Rebecca, so there would have been room for more.[[/note]]
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': 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.
* ''Manga/WingsOfFire'': The three [=SandWings=] fighting for their [[SuccessionCrisis mother's throne]] are Burn, Blister, and Blaze.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Burt from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' named his son Kurt.
* In the ''Series/LeaveItToBeaver'' ReunionShow, Eddie Haskell's son is named Freddie. In the {{Revival}} series ''StillTheBeaver'' it's changed to Eddie Haskell Jr.
* ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'': 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.
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'': All the Scavo kids have names beginning with P.
* In ''Series/{{Wonderfalls}}'', the Tylers are named Darren, Karen, Sharon, Aaron and [[OddNameOut Jaye]].
* Subtly done in ''Series/SeventhHeaven'', 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.
* ''Series/DueSouth'' Harding Welsh and his brother, Wilson, named after US presidents.
* In ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', Kandi's parents are named Andi and Mandi. Lampshaded by Charlie:
--->Wait a second. It's Mandi, Andi, and Kandi?
* In ''Series/HomeImprovement'', Al has a brother named Cal. And his mother is Alma.
* As of ''Series/PowerRangersSamurai'', Skull from [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers 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.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** 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 '''J'''erome and his new family; his wife '''C'''heryl, daughter '''C'''arly and son '''J'''erome Jr.
* ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances'' has Hyacinth Bucket and her three sisters Daisy, Rose and Violet.
* In ''Series/{{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.
* ''Series/EerieIndiana'': In the episode "Who's Who", Marshall and Simon happen upon a girl named [[EmbarrassingFirstName Sara Bob]]. Her brothers are Lou Bob, Moe Bob, and Bob Bob. Her father is called Dad Bob.
* ''Series/NickyRickyDickyAndDawn'' For the boys, it was themed.
* Short-lived Fox series ''Babes'' had three sisters named Darlene, Marlene, and Charlene.
* On ''Series/{{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 Creator/{{CBeebies}} series ''Storymakers'' all have the surnames of English poets as first names: [[Creator/JohnMilton Milton]], [[Creator/PercyShelley Shelley]], [[Creator/LordByron Byron]], [[Literature/GoblinMarket Rosetti]], [[Creator/WilliamBlake Blake]] and [[Theatre/TheDuchessOfMalfi Webster]]. Their surname is, of course, a reference to Creator/WilliamWordsworth.
* Jeff Tracy in ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' named all his sons after Mercury Program astronauts.

* ''Radio/CabinPressure'''s Hercules Shipwright is named for the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hercules_C-130 aircraft,]] not the mythological character. His brothers, Wellington and Harrier, are also named for aircraft... but [[OddNameOut his sister's name is Sarah]], because his father was "eccentric, not mad."

* The brothers in ''Film/SevenBridesForSevenBrothers'' 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.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' 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, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome only seen in]] ''VideoGame/SonicHeroes'') and Milk (who is named by Cream in the DS version of ''VideoGame/SonicColors'').
* In ''VideoGame/{{Stacking}}'', all the members of the Blackmore family except [[OddNameOut Charlie]] have names beginning with A. Charlie's middle name is Alistair.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' features mother and scientist Wakaba Isshiki, and her daughter and your eventual MissionControl, Futaba Sakura. Both have the kanji for "leaf" (葉 - "ba") in their names; the mother's name means "young leaf," while the daughter's means "two leaves." There's also some amusing tech theme to their names: "Futaba" refers to the [[{{fora}} forum]] board "Futaba Channel," or ''2ch,'' while "Wakaba" is the name of the software that runs it.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
** 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 [[OddNameOut 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 LostInTranslation as it is "Blue Oak" [[DubNameChange internationally]].
* ''VideoGame/CryptOfTheNecrodancer'' 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 PaletteSwap for player 2 is named Choral. Since the whole game revolves around music, this makes sense.
* In ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'', [[NonHumanSidekick Tatsu]] is revealed in a sidequest to have five siblings: Satsu, Jitsu, Gotsu, Yoyotsu, and Mumutsu.
* ''VideoGame/YokaiWatch 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 StrongFamilyResemblance between Katie and Kenny, while Nate is an outright IdenticalGrandson.
* In ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'', Boggy the polar bear has three children named Groggy, Soggy, and Moggy.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'', the ladies of House Caelin all have "lyn" somewhere in their names. There's Lord Hausen's late wife '''Lyn'''dis, their daughter Made'''lyn''', and Madelyn's daughter, the game's {{Tritagonist}}, also named '''Lyn'''dis, although she often goes by just Lyn for short.
** Also, Hector's daughter in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade'' is named Li'''lin'''a, 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.
* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'': Pelly and Phyllis' Spanish names are "Sol" (sun) and "Estrella" (star).
* Cousins Callie and Marie from ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' have names that combine into "calamari". ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'' lampshades this by having Marie notice that their names are a pun when put together. Callie and Marie's names are puns or otherwise aquamarine-themed in all other languages as well.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' has the Brothers Strong: [[ExpressiveMask Strong Bad]], [[DumbMuscle Strong Mad]], and [[TheEeyore Strong Sad]], all of which have rhyming names.
* The Pepper girls from ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated'' are named Paprika, Cayenne and Belle all relating back to food, which fits as their parents are both chefs. Their brother's name breaks the pattern but presumably he was already named Lewis when they adopted him.

* ''Webcomic/OctopusPie'' has siblings [[PunnyName Eve Ning and Mor Ning, and their mother Dawn Ning.]] Eve and Mor are short for Everest and Rushmore, which are supposedly their parents' favorite mountains.
* In ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'', we are assured that [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/000513c his robot is named Rock in anticipation of naming another one Roll.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', the kobold in the first Linear Guild is named Yikyik. The second one is his son Yokyok. There is no known connection between them and the third kobold Yukyuk, so it's more like a regular ThemeNaming, and the fact that Yokyok is the son of Yikyik is just there to throw in a ShoutOut to ''Film/ThePrincessBride'' ([[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0348.html this guy]] even looks like Inigo Montoya).
* The Jones family from ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' are named after states. [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/466.html Here's the explanation and the paternal ancestry]]. Additional WordOfGod is that if Monty were to have a son, [[http://www.irregularwebcomic.net/460.html he'd be named Idaho]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Dicebox}}'', one mother was amused by the description of her son moving about in her belly 'like a basilisk' and decided to name him thus. Griffen and Chimera (who goes by Phyllis) followed.
* ''Webcomic/BadMoonRising'' has the Lees: Polyphemus, Hyacinth, Hebe, and Persephone.
* ''Webcomic/SwordPrincessAmaltea''. Princesses Amal'''tea''' and Doro'''tea''' are daughters to Queen Gala'''tea'''.
* The Williams siblings in ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' are named [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Yuna]] because their parents are big fans of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy''.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Series/{{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.
* LetsPlay/ProtonJon reveals in a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpXeax8SPkY&t=46m livestream]] that his sister's name is Jen.
* ''WebAnimation/{{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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* After Orion Pax and Ariel were destroyed in ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'', they were rebuilt into Optimus Prime and Elita One, both of which [[GeniusBonus translate into pretty much the same thing]].
* The titular brothers from the ''BolekandLolek'' cartoon.
* ComicStrip/{{Popeye}} has Olive Oyl and her family (Nana, Castor, Cole).
* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'', Donald's nephews are named Huey, Louie and Dewey. Also their female counterparts, April, May and June.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Every pair of siblings in the main cast shares a syllable in their names: ''Zu''ko and A''zu''la, Sok''ka'' and ''Ka''tara, Oz''ai'' and ''I''roh.
** 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'':
** The Powerpuff Girls all have cutesy names that have double consonants and begin with B. Also, two of them are named after flowers. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in TheMovie: the Professor names Blossom because she instantly "opens up" to him, Bubbles because of her bubbly personality, and Buttercup "[[ThemeInitials 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 [[EvilTwin Evil Triplet]] [[DistaffCounterpart Spear Counterparts]] Brick, Butch, and Boomer.
** The Powerpunk Girls are AlternateUniverse {{Evil Counterpart}}s to The Powerpuff Girls. Their names are Berserk, Brat, and Brute.
* With {{Punny Name}}s on [[Creator/DisneyChannel Disney Junior]]'s ''WesternAnimation/TheHive'' -- Buzzbee, big sister Rubee, and Babee
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' Grandpa Lou's sons names are Stew and Drew. The twins' names are Phil and Lil.
* ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'': The Dimwiddle siblings' names are Andy, Mandy and Randy.
* The Jolly family from ''[[WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost Casper]]'s Haunted Christmas'', consisting of father Noel, his wife Carol and daughter Holly.
* Cousins [[WesternAnimation/{{Ben10}} Ben and Gwen Tennyson,]] along with Gwen's older brother Ken. This seems restricted to their generation, though.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Ned Flanders's wife was named Maude, and their kids are Rod and Todd, all of which (most likely intentionally) rhyme with "God."
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** 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]] i.e., Mud 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 SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/InspectorGadget2015'' created a nephew to Dr. Claw called Talon.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'' ClipShow 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'':
** The female members of House Butterfly are named after celestial bodies or phenomena. There's Star, Moon, Comet, Skywynne, Solaria, Celena, Eclipsa, and [[spoiler:Miss Heinous, whose true name is Meteora]]. An odd name out is Festivia, [[spoiler:because she is not actually a Butterfly.]]
** Ludo's family has names that rhyme with "udo", like his father Lord Brudo. Exceptions are his mother Lady Avaris and his brother Dennis.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* 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."''
* Paul Anka's five daughters all have names starting and ending with the letter A: Amelia; Anthea, Alicia, Amanda, and Alexandra.
* ''SuperFunNight'' actress Creator/RebelWilson and her siblings [[AwesomeMcCoolName Anarchy, Riot, and Liberty.]] (Actually [[MyNaymeIs 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, [[OddNameOut Jethro]].
* 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: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Minor_League_Baseball_leagues_and_teams#Alphabetical_team_listing 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 UsefulNotes/NapoleonBonaparte, 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 [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chengyu 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.