When Shipping a pair of characters, fans often combine the characters' names into a portmanteau word. They then use this word to refer to the couple as a unit. CamelCase is optional.
Although common in Anime fandoms, where the syllable-based nature of the Japanese language means names are modular and can be snapped together with ease, there are still numerous examples of Real Life celebrity couples where this happens.
For less obvious variations, see Idiosyncratic Ship Naming. Portmanteau Couple Names may also come in handy if the couple performs a Fusion Dance and literally becomes a single being.
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Anime & Manga
ShizNat (Shizuru / Natsuki) pops up a lot in Mai-Otome/Mai-HiME fandom, as it's far and away the most popular pairing. "Harukino" (Haruka/Yukino) and "Maikoto" (Mai/Mikoto) also show up every now and then.
One term coined by members of the Mai Universe forum is "Haruzuke" for Haruka/Shizuru. The "-zuke" is short for bubuzuke, an insulting nickname given by Haruka to Shizuru early in the series.
Another everything-under-the-sun example: the Digimon fandom. Canon examples include Sorato (Sora/Yamato), Kenyako (Ken/Miyako(Yolei)), and Jurato (Jeri/Takato). Non-canon examples would take up three pages of tiny text, and that's before you start on the Digimon themselves...
This is only for the English fandom. The Japanese fandom uses that language's convention (see below about the Naruto fandom), which often "bleeds" into English (i.e. Daiken).
The English fandom has rules, too. Even if you otherwise use English names, you always use the Japanese names while doing it American style, and switching around who goes first just doesn't fly. For example, Sora and Matt are always Sorato, never Soratt or Mora as you'd see in some other fandom: nobody would know who you were talking about if you used those names, even if you used American terminology all the way outside naming the pairing. However, to demand that it be done full-on Japanese-style (which would likely make it Yamasora; male name goes first, first part of names is used, and "Sorato" can't actually be written with the Japanese characters that make up their names.) is seen as being a bit too far into Serious Business/weeaboo territory. There's room to bend with the less common pairings - maybe there aren't enough people who pair your favorite Crossover Ship or Interspecies Romance ship for there to be a hard-and-fast rule - but
Konami — Konata/Kagami from Lucky Star. You can't censor their love. And yes, plenty of fanfiction have them using the Konami Code in some fairly "creative" ways with each other; whether it's getting the reference or just letting out Konata's Gamer Chick side varies by the author.
In-universe example: Ogiue, in the Necktie Leash episode, begins thinking about the details of "Sasa-Mada", in her own words.
Pretty Cure is quite fond of this, in particular Yes! Pretty Cure 5, where the fans who like yaoi generally support the pairing of Coco and Nuts, known as... Coconuts (sometimes just Coconut).
Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye, a popular fanon relationship in Fullmetal Alchemist, is referred to as Royai, pronounced Roy-Eye. The pairing of Edward and Winry is often referred to as EdWin. Alphonse and Mei Chan are AruMei or AlMei. Ed and Envy, though not nearly as popular a pairing as the other examples, are Edvy. Ling Yao and Lan Fan become LingFan (LinRan in Japan). And then there's Elricest.
Although Portmanteau Couple Names don't really happen that much in Naruto fandom (they tend to be things like NaruHina for Naruto / Hinata rather than Narunata), the similarity of the character names make it very easy to do this. (Possibly) best crossover one? Narutonystark.
One Piece fandom doesn't do this very often, but Cobymeppo (Coby/Helmeppo) is a notable exception, not least for being coined by the author himself. This can lead to confusion, as some people use it in its original meaning — to refer to the two characters collectively in a platonic sense — while shippers have adopted it as a pairing name. ZoLu (Zoro/Luffy) and has also seen LuNa (Luffy/Nami) and ZoSan (Zoro/Sanji).
Also Lancock for Luffy/Hancock, Frobin for Franky/Robin, and the ever confusing (for capitalization issues) ZoRo for Zoro/Robin.
However, for the most part the fandom conveys pairings by simply putting together the first one or two syllables of each character's name — to illustrate, while 'Lancock' is rarely used, LuHan is common. Once one gets a hang of which syllables represents which character, it's quick and easy to decipher. For example, Lu = Luffy, Ro = Robin, therefore LuRo = Luffy/Robin. The above mentioned ZoLu, LuNa, ZoSan and ZoRo all come from this scheme as well.
NanoFei — Nanoha/Fate of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. For those wondering, Fate is transcribed as Feito in Japanese (also spelled NanoFate).
For the other side of the shipping war, YuuNoha (Yuuno/Nanoha).
Also, ViviEin for Vivio/Einhart. Subaru/Teana is trickier: SuAna or SubaTea.
Zarf, for the canine familiar duo (Arf and Zafira).
Kalulu — Kallen/Lulu from Code Geass. Too bad it ain't as simple for C.C./Lulu... LuC (pronounced either Lucy or Luc), perhaps? CluClu has also been used, mostly in fanfiction.
And for the yaoi fans, there's Suzalulu aka Suzaku/Lelouch.
Suzaku/Euphemia is SuzaEuphie.
Some people refer to Lelouch/Shirely as 'Shirlulu'.
Bleach: There's quite a lot like IchiRuki, IchiHime, HitsuHina, HitsuMatsu, UraYoru... or even KenUno.
From Shugo Chara! there is Amuto for Amu/Ikuto, Tadamu for Tadase/Amu, Kukamu for Kukai/Amu, Ikutau for Ikuto/Utau, Kutau for Kukai/Utau, Rimau for Rima/Utau, Rimase for Tadase/Rima, and even Tadamuto when referring to the love triangle of Tadase/Amu/Ikuto.
Yukaidou, Nikanjou, or even Yuukari for Nikaidou Yuu/Sanjou Yukari.
Averted with Satou/Takagi, which, despite being the most important pairing not involving the main character, has no generally recognized abbreviation.
The two of the most popular DCMK yaoi pairings are KaiShin (Kaito/Shinichi) and HakuKai (Hakuba/Kaito).
Conan/Ai is also seldom referred to as Coai.
Samurai Champloo has given us Fuugen (Fuu/Mugen), Fuujin or Jinfuu (as no one can decide which single-syllable name should be in front and no one has suggested Fuun), and Jino (Jin/Shino), among other less common couples such as Fuusuke (Fuu/Shinsuke).
Azumanga Daioh gives us SakaKaorin (Sakaki/Kaorin), Sakura (Sakaki/Kagura), NYukari (Nyamo/Yukari), ToYomi (Tomo/Yomi), and the slightly less common ChiSaka (Chiyo-chan/Osaka).
Axis Powers Hetalia has "Joker", which at first seems to be Idiosyncratic Ship Naming for America / England, but is really a pun on their human last names Jones/Kirkland (makes more sense if you try to pronounce it like the Japanese), although the majority of English-speaking America/England fans simply use US/UK. More common and obvious examples are: GerIta (Germany/Italy), SuFin (Sweden/Finland), AusHun (Austria/Hungary), Spamano (Spain/Romano), PoLiet or LietPol (Poland/Lithuania - "Liet" is Poland's nickname for Lithuania), Franada (France/Canada), PruCan (Prussia/Canada), FrUK (France/England - and yes, it arose mainly from the potential for loads of 'what the FrUK'-ery), RusAme (Russia/America), DenNor (Denmark/Norway), Ameripan (America/Japan), and that's just scratching the surface.
This also works well with the FrUK name when it comes to fan wars. (You know the deal... "U SUK!" "Well FrUK you!")
Some less common pairings have cool/funny-sounding portmanteau names: Korea/Hong Kong shippers have the catchy term of KoHo, Denmark/Sweden shippers affectionately dub their pairing DeSu, and Turkey/Japan shippers (yes, they exist) have the obvious choice of Turpan but one of them on deviantART has come up with the alternative name of Jerkey.
There are also some portmanteaus based on the Japanese names for the countries/characters: Giripan (Greece/Japan - the all-Japanese portmanteau would actually be "Girihon", but "Giripan" was the one that caught on with the English fandom), RoChu (Russia/China), NiChu (Japan/China), Niwan (Japan/Taiwan).
There's also AsaKiku (England/Japan) Based off the Japanese pronunciation of England's human name 'Arthur' and Japan's name 'Kiku'.
One case worth mentioning is Belarus/Russia. If you take the common view that Belarus tops Russia, the most obvious portmanteau of their names would be... BelaRus. Brings a whole new meaning to Belarus wanting her brother to become one with her, doesn't it? Then again, her name literally means "White Russia", so...
And then there are the Crack Pairings that have arisen out of the holidayevents: TurIce (Turkey/Iceland), Denarus (Denmark/Belarus), Romaria (Romania/Bulgaria).
Fushigi Yuugi has the couples MiTama (Miaka/Tamahome), MiHoto (Miaka/Hotohori), MiTas (Miaka/Tasuki), among others.
HotoHouki (Hotohori/Houki). Just had to throw that in because it sounds pretty cool.
TasChi (Tasuki/Chichiri) is also popular, especially since they are the only ones left in the book at the end.
Get Backers' main Ho Yay pairing is known as Bangin (Ban/Ginji) in Japanese fandom and amusingly enough, it is even used in some official materials. In the GBA game Jagan Fuuin for example, bangin is a gameplay item that increases said duo's compatibility.
Naturally, one of the oddest examples is from a CLAMP series. The pairing Doumeki/Watanuki from Xxx HO Li C is referred to as "donuts". This was coined by a Big Name Fan as a parody of silly portmanteau ship names, but her readers picked it up and started using it (mostly) unironically.
Averted in Ayashi no Ceres. No matter how you put it, Tooya/Aya will end up with either "Aya" or "Tooya", and any possible nickname for the Yuuhi/Aya ship just sounds too weird.
Well you could write it as Ayato or Toaya.
Toradora!'s title itself is a Portmanteau Couple Name; Taiga and Ryuuji ("Taiga" is tiger, transcribed into Japanese, whereas Ryuuji is a name dealing with dragons) are flipped for the title, so we get "Tora" the actual word for tiger in Japanese, and "Dora" comes from "Doragon", which is the Japanese transcription of Dragon.
Beyblade had a fair few of these back when the Slash Fic-ers were at their most active. Tyson and Kai = Tyka, Max and Rei = Marei, etc.
D.Gray-Man fandom uses LaviYuu (Lavi/Kanda), Yullen (Allen/Kanda), KanLina (Kanda/Lenalee) and sometimes Laven (Lavi/Allen).
Dragon Ball has several of these; it helps that Portmanteau names are canon when charcters merge via Fusion Dance, so it's an easy jump for the fandom. The most popular names are probably Truten (Trunks/Goten; compare to their Fusion Dance form of Gotenks) and Truhan (Future Trunks/Gohan).
Soul Eater has CroMa for Crona/Maka shippers, SoMa for Soul/Maka shippers, and TsuStar for Black*Star/Tsubaki shippers.
In the Puella Magi Madoka Magica fandom, the two big pairings Homura/Madoka and Kyouko/Sayaka are nigh referred to as HomuMado (or MadoHomu; they're interchangeable) and KyouSaya respectively. Other pairings include, but not are limited to, MamiMado (Mami/Madoka) and MamiLotte (Mami/Charlotte).
Death Note has the threesome of Mello/Near/Matt, which has on occasion been called MNM (pronounced Em-In-Em. Like the rapper.)
An In-Universe example in Yamadas First Time: When Miss Aika volunteers Kosuda and Yamada to plan out the activities for the school's Field Day, she asks if she should just call them Kosada instead.
Fairy Tail fans tend to use NaLu for Natsu/Lucy and Gruvia for Gray/Juvia.
Free! fandom has several of them, with MakoHaru (Makoto/Haruka) and RinHaru (Rin/Haruka) among the most prominent.
RinTori (Rin/Nitori) and ReiGisa (Rei/Nagisa) are also pretty common in the fandom.
Not every ship in Attack on Titan has one, but there are a few kicking around, like Jearmin (Jean/Armin), for example.
X-Men fans seem to like this a lot, but unfortunately no matter what you ship in what series/universe, you usually come out rather badly. TJott, Scemma, Jogan, Lemma, Rogan, Robby, Kyro, Ryro, Kurtty, Lancitty, Tonda, Jonda, Xietro, AleX23, Bobbity, Bobmara, Bobbilee (or Jubby), Kurahne, Kurmanda, and a favorite, Wandurt. Apparently the character's names were not chosen to be Portmanteau Couple Name friendly.
Some fans refer to the Rogue/Gambit pairing as Romy.
Rogneto is about the only portmanteau that works for the X-Men that is used.
There seems to be a candy theme when it comes to shipping Storm: RoLo for Ororo/Logan, OreO (capitalization variable) for Ororo/Remy.
Ricstar seems to be the happy exception to the rule. It even has Peter David's blessing, who stated that it sounded much better than RicShat. It does.
Kuroro, for Nightcrawler/Storm, is another of the exceptions.
There has been...difficulty on comic message boards between fans of Kiotr (Kitty Pryde/Piotr Rasputin) and Kete (Kitty/Pete Wisdom)
Helix has been a term that has been thrown around to describe Hellion/X-23.
Cherik seems to be the most popular name for Professor X/Magneto, although this is mainly seen among fans of the live-action films.
The latest Deadpool plotline has Deadpool Skrulls, which some fans have nicknamed Skrullpools. For actual Deadpool shipping, how about Deadcable? Or Deable or Cadpool?
Deadpool seems to be a fan of Cablepool◊, Though in a slightly different context...
If you happen to like Spider-Man's first love Gwen Stacy, you are stuck with "Gweter" or "Pwen" (although there are the slightly better-sounding alternatives of "Peten" and "Petwen"). "Doomshipping" covers all the bases.
Or, if you're reading Sins Past, Normwen Stacborn.
If you like Spidey's real first love, you'd get Petty or Beter Parant (Brarker is just too uncomfortable).
Empowered dreams up quite a few of these when she learns one of her teammates is gay.
One of the more clever names for a borderline-canon ship is Pepperony (Pepper Potts and Tony Stark, Iron Man).
A relavtively new one: Tony Stark/Sentient Armor has taken the name 'Irony'.
There's lots in "Wreck-It Ralph": Hero's Cuties for the canon couple, Felix and Calhoun, for Ralph and an older, upgraded, Vanellope von Schweetz, Jawbreaker. For Rancis Fluggerbutter and Vanellope, Vanilla Butter. For the yuri ship Taffyta Muttonfudge and Vanellope, it's Vanilla Taffy. For the yaoi ships Ralph and Felix, it's Raphix, Peanut Butter Pumpkins for Rancis and Gloyd Orangeboar, and 80's Boyfriends for Turbo and Felix. Finally, there's Pumpkin Taffy for Gloyd and Taffyta.
Films - Live Action
A canon, non-romantic version in The Prestige: Alfred for Al and Fred Borden, the magician twins so obsessed with their craft that they live as one.
Pirates of the Caribbean has Willabeth (Will/Elizabeth), Sparrabeth (Jack/Elizabeth), Barbossabeth(Barbossa/Elizabeth) Sparrington (Norrington/Jack), and Turrow (Jack/Will).
There's a fanfic out there that refers to Will/Jack as "a Blirate" (blacksmith/pirate). If Jack was shipped with Will and Elizabeth, would that make him a Birate?
There are such things as Davybeth, Beckabeth, Norribeth (which in a way is canon), Dirty Jack (Jack/his Jar of Dirt), Dalypso (Davy Jones/Calypso), Speckett (Jack/Beckett), Turrowton (Jack/Will/James), Meckett (Mercer/Beckett), Sparrangelica (Jack/Angelica), and Gillington (Norrington/Lt. Gillette).
Anidala and Obidala are popular in the Star Wars fandom.
Apparently, the Tony/Pepper pairing in the Iron Man films is dubbed "Pepperoni".
The Avengers: Fans have come up with three nicknames for the Clint Barton (Hawkeye)/Natasha Romanov (Black Widow) pairing: Clintasha, BlackEye, and BlackHawk.
And apparently, the One True Threesome of Tony Stark (Iron Man)/Steve Rogers (Captain America)/Bruce Banner (The Hulk) is known as the Stark Spangled Banner.
There's also "Stony" for Tony/Steve, "Frostiron" for Loki/Tony, and "Thorki" for Thor/Loki. The lattermost has the remarkably badass alternative of "Thunderfrost," which might as well be another superhero.
We also have "Lokasha" and "BlackFrost" for Loki/Natasha.
Tony/Steve is also known as Super Husbands, Tony/Bruce as "Science Bros/Boyfriends/Husbands, Tony/Steve/Pepper as "Pepperstony", Bruce/Pepper as "Dr. Pepper" adding Tony to become "Dr. Pepperony", Natasha/Pepper as "Black Pepper", and the rather badass "Thundershield" (Thor/Steve) and "Ironhawk" (Tony/Clint)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure, via a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming involving a Man Hug and the sentence, "I have never been so wrong in all my life" between Bilbo and Thorin, spawned a veritable army of Thorin/Bilbo fangirls who immediately dubbed the pairing "Thilbo", "Bagginshield", or, most properly, "Thilbo Bagginshield".
Even older than the Older than You Think entry above, there's an example of this trope in ''Lord of the Flies," where, despite not "shipping" or being romantically involved, twin brothers Sam and Eric cling together for survival and adopt identical mindsets, so much so that they're considered one person and referred to as Samneric.
Portmanteau names are frequently cobbled together for Harry Potter ships, of which there are dozens, if not hundreds. The most famous Harry Potter Portmanteau ships are Dramione (Draco/Hermione), Romione (Ron/Hermione), Snamione (Snape/Hermione, also known as SSHG) and Snarry (Snape/Harry). Other common Portmanteau names are Harmony (Harry/Hermione - adherents of the ship are known as Harmonians), Drarry (Draco/Harry), Dranny (Draco/Ginny), Snupin (Snape/Lupin), Snack (Snape/Black), and Honks (Harry/Tonks). There's also the term "Herons" for Hermione/Ron shippers, although it's rarely used by said shippers.
"Heron" is usually taken as an insult by Ron/Hermione shippers, as it was coined by Harry/Hermione shippers as such. Usually, the term "Good Shippers" is what Ron/Hermione shipmates call themselves. Conversely, the term "Delusional" was taken as an insult by Harry/Hermione shippers for a short time after its creation, taken from an interview with J.K. Rowling in 2005 by a Ron/Hermione shipper. However, it was turned around and is now taken as a compliment.
And it is a shame, as "Heron" is a much better name than the one mentioned above, "Romione".
It should also be noted that most fans who still ship Harry/Hermione find the term "Harmony" and "Harmonians" too Narmy, preferring H/Hr or Harmione.
Part of that is that the original self-professed Harmonians were towards the more extreme end of the spectrum in terms of ship wars, flaming and the like. One definition of Harmonians at the time was "the Provisional Wing of H/Hr Shippers."
The coolest portmanteau name out there is probably Bellamort (Bellatrix/Voldemort), which literally means "beautiful death".
Some humorous-sounding portmanteau names would be Snufflepuff (what you get when you combine Sirius Black (aka Snuffles) and Cedric Diggory (who is a Hufflepuff)), Blamione (Blaise Zabini/Hermione Granger), and Quirrelmort (Quirrel/Voldemort). Quirrelmort as a name makes good sense but is usually (and justifiably) reserved for the form Voldemort actually takes at the end of the first book and film.
Then there's Snucius (Snape/Lucius). Actually, trying to get Snape into any portmanteau name comes out badly. The worst is probably Snily (Snape/Lily)... though at least it's not as bad as 'Snevans' and some opt for the somewhat nicer-sounding Lileverus.
Seville (Snape/Neville)? The ship's dynamics are appalling, but at least the name rolls off the tongue.
How about Minerverus (Severus Snape/Minerva McGonagall)?
The threesome, Drapery.
It should be noted that apart from Dramione, Drarry and a few other exceptions, most of the HP fandom use initials to denote ships as some pairings sound too awkward when combined. Examples would be HG, RHR, HHR, DG, RL, HPTR, etc... The usage of this method works better at minimizing discrimination in the epic Ship-to-Ship Combat always present in the fandom.
And on that note, AS/S is commonly used to refer to Albus Severus/Scorpius
And very amusing, as Sandor is about as far from cute as one can get, possibly with the exception of Tyrion. And talking about him, the Tyrion/Sansa ship is sometimes called Ty San.
Other names include Gendrya (Gendry/Arya), Robbcella (Robb/Myrcella), Edreen (Edric Storm/Shireen Baratheon), and Joff San for Joffrey/Sansa, among others. Lannicest is also sometimes used by fans to refer to incestuous relationships between the members of House Lannisters, although by this point the name almost exclusively refers to the canon romantic relationship between Jaime and Cersei.
Peeta/Katniss of The Hunger Games is a far too difficult ship to name. KatPee sounds like "cat pee", KatPeet like "cat feet", and then the most unfortunate one of all comes from putting Peeta's name first and then Katniss'...
Let's not forget Galen/Katniss...
Eventually they combined "The Girl Who Was On Fire" with the baker's son and got "Toast".
"Everlark" and "Everthorne" have also gained popularity.
Lest we forget other ships: Pee Gale, Peeffie, and Hayniss. Basically, putting Peeta's first name in a portmanteau automatically sounds terrible.
There's also "Clato" for Clove/Cato.
Hayffie for Haymitch/Effie is becoming popular.
The Inheritance Cycle fandom has developed a ridiculous number of these, involving almost every possible combination of characters. Some of the more popular ones include:
Murtada - Murtagh/Nasuada
Erya - Eragon/Arya
Eraphira - Eragon/Saphira.
Murtrina - Murtagh/Katrina (Jossed by Book Three, but since when has that stopped shippers?)
Saphikan or Saphruikan - Saphira/Shruikan
Thophira - Thorn/Saphira
Galbazandi - Galbatorix/Islanzadi
Chronicles of Narnia has Suspian (Susan/Caspian), Pevencest for the incest couples or particular names like Edcy, Ludmund or Edlu (for Edmund/Lucy), Petesu (for Peter/Susan) and Petmund (for Peter/Edmund). There is also Lucian (Lucy/Caspian), Casmund (Caspian/Edmund) and Casper (Caspian/Peter).
For Wicked, the ship names are the same as they are for the musical (Fiyeraba, Gelphie, Flinda, Foq, Gloq, Bessa, etc.), but as there are characters not included in the musical, naturally there are more. Most notably, Thrope for Tibbett/Crope and Elpharic for Elphaba/Avaric.
The Artemis/Holly ship in Artemis Fowl gets the rather catchy names of "Artolly" and "HArtemis".
The Buffyverse is full of these: Cangel (Cordelia/Angel), Fangel (Faith/Angel), Spred (Spike/Fred), Weslah (Wesley/Lilah), Fresley (Fred/Wesley), Coyle (Cordelia/Doyle), Faithsley (Faith/Wesley), Fangelus (Faith/Angelus), Xanya (Xander/Anya), Wesllyria (Wesley/Illyria), Spaith (Spike/Faith), Spanya (Spike/Anya), Willoz (Willow/Oz) and the list goes on and on and on...
On the fem slash side, there's Wiffy (Buffy/Willow), Fawn (Faith/Dawn), Tuffy (Buffy/Tara)... One fanfic writer has commented that "Wiffy" sounds more like Pepe Le Pew/Foul Ole Ron, and some fans also refer to the Buffy/Willow pairing as Billow.
Lots of pairing featuring Spike: Spike/Buffy became "Spuffy", "Spangel" is Spike/Angel, while "Spander" refers to Spike/Xander and "Spillow" to Spike/Willow. "Spawn", meanwhile, is Spike/Dawn. "Spiles" is used for the handful Spike/Giles fanfics. "Harmonike" or "Sparmony" for Harmony/Spike. Spike/Anya has also been known as Spankya.
Not to mention the best one for Buffy, which is regularly used with a straight face. It's generally an unsentimental ship, no hugs and puppies for anyone involved, canonically or in fic. And yet, its name? Fuffy for Buffy/Faith. It's also referred to as Buffaith, not a huge improvement, but still slightly better.
The canon Tara/Willow is called Willara or Tillow. There's also the canonical but much-maligned Kenlow (Willow/Kennedy).
And "Wuffara"(Willow/Buffy/Tara threesome) stories.
In the Season 8 comics, the pairing Buffy/Twilight has occasionally been referred to as Blight.
Scully/Mulder on The X-Files became "Sculder" or "Mully".
Due to the fact that Clark and Chloe are both Launcher of a Thousand Ships and their ship names tend to start with Cl- and Chl- respectively, many slash ships (usually onClark's side) gets mixed up with straight ships on Chloe's side, and the prime example is Clex/Chlex. This ironically also happens with "Chlark" itself, as some people actually thought it is a misspelling of "Clark".
Rare and potentially squicky pairings include Chlod, Mionel, Clollie (note the lack of the "h"), etc.
They use it in the forums AND on the show itself. ("Lexana" in a newspaper heading as they get married (as a reference to tabloids using Portmanteau Couple Names with Real Life famous couples, "Bluretto" in the episode "Stiletto" in reference Lois's temporary superhero id and Clark's current press nickname "The Red Blue Blur")
Logan/Veronica on Veronica Mars became the hilarious/adorable (delete as applicable) "LoVe." Which was probably better than Veronica/Duncan, which the fans only used their initials and came up with "VD."
Fans use DoVe for Veronica/Duncan, which doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
Completely inexplicably, given that Bettina is a real name.
Daytime soap fans seem to have a portmanteau name for every couple, every possible couple, and even every impossible couple. For instance, fans of the incestuous Ho Yay between sisters Kendall and Bianca (Binks) on All My Children referred to the pair as "Kinks." Also BAM (Bianca and Maggie) is one of the few that only use the first letter of the characters names.
Let's not forget all the hate-names they also have: Lame for Lane (Lilly/Cane), Chain for Chane (Chloe/Cane), Barf for Bianca/Zarf, Zendull for Zendall (Zach/Kedall) and Stinks or Reeks for Rinks (Reese/Binks).
The fandoms for Disney Channel Original Series and Movies are fond of this trope:
High School Musical: Troyella (Troy Bolton/Gabriella Montez), Ryella (Ryan Evans/Gabriella Montez), Chyan (Chad/Ryan) and Troypay (Troy Bolton/Sharpay Evans).
Portmanteau names are also sometimes used by fans of The Amazing Race to refer to the teams, without necessarily implying any shipping. This was done most humorously for Heather & Eve in the show's third season: "Heave" referred both to the team and to the reaction they tended to inspire in the show's fans. Other examples are "Momily" (Nancy & Emily, the mother/daughter team from Season 1) and "Dandrew" (Dan & Andrew, Season 13), although Idiosyncratic Ship Naming is actually more common with teams.
The Prison Break fandom has MiSa for Michael/Sara. Less popular examples include Lara or LiSa (Lincoln/Sara, although it's also used by fans of their friendship), KeSa (Kellerman/Sara), MiSu (Michael/Sucre), LiSu or Surrows (Lincoln/Sucre) and LiSo (Lincoln/Sofia).
Many fans of LOST can be divided into "Jaters" (wanting to see Kate with Jack) and "Skaters" (Kate with Sawyer).
Fans even have a platonic portmanteau name for the two show runners, Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse: Darlton. The pair are aware of and apparently amused by this.
Heck, they even made fun of it after the show on Jimmy Kimmel Live when they were in bed together.
The best LOST Portmanteau Couple Name has got to be "Charladay" - Charlotte Lewis and Daniel Faraday.
Another ship which has been growing in popularity is "Suliet" (Sawyer and Juliet). And to finish off the love quadrangle, Jack + Juliet becomes... "Jacket".
And there's, of course, the ever-popular Jawyer (Jack/Sawyer).
After Dr. Linus, some fans started "Belana" - Ben + Ilana.
Another Ben pairing - Ben/Locke = "Blocke". Heck, it's better than the portmanteau used to describe the Man in Black as Locke: Flocke.
While Charlie and Claire are often referred to as PB&J (which can either stand for Pregnant Babe and Junkie or for Peanut Butter and Jelly, due to them growing closer over invisible peanut butter), they're sometimes called, albeit less popularly, CC or Chaire.
Other ships include: Jun (Jin/Sun), Despenny (Desmond/Penelope), Shayid (Sayid/Shannon), Karlex (Karl/Alex), Shoone (Shannon/Boone), Hubby (Hurley/Libby), Roseard (Rose/Bernard), Benliet (Ben/Juliet), Sana (Sawyer/Ana Lucia)... the list could go forever...
The Heroes fandom is swarming with portmanteau ship names. The local wiki has a whole category devoted to character relationships, romantic and otherwise, and the only one that doesn't have some kind of portmanteau for a title (including Matt Parkman and his turtle, or "Murtle") is the highly amusing "Peter vs. Sylar" page.
Just how ridiculous are Heroes shippers about this portmanteau thing? Plenty: the difference between "Claithan" (Claire/Nathan) and "Claitian" (Claire/Haitian) is a serious one. And then there's Peter Petrelli, the Launcher of a Thousand Ships of Heroes fandom: "Petlar" or "Pylar" (Peter/Sylar), "Paire" (Peter/Claire), "Moheter" (Peter/Mohinder), "Padam" (Peter/Adam), "Petelle" or "Pelle" (Peter/Elle), "Plaude" (Peter/Claude), and "Piro" (Peter/Hiro). Funnily enough, there isn't a smushed pairing name for Peter/Nathan other than "Petrellicest" (and really, the way this show is, that could describe any of four people). Also Kiro (Kensei/Hiro), Hando (Hiro/Ando), Eclaire (Elle/Claire), and Mocah for the Toy Ship Molly/Micah. Oh, and Madam (Mohinder/Adam) was hanging around for a while, despite the two never having met. That's not even one-fourth of all the portmanteau couple names in this fandom, mind you.
Matt/Mohinder doesn't have its own portmanteau name, because the pairing comes as a package of three with their My Two Dads-style daughter, Molly. Thus they are M3, MMM or House of M.
There's also Glaire for Claire/Gretchen which is canon as of the end of season 4.
It's interesting to note that Zachary Quinto actually coined the term "Sylinder" (Sylar/Mohinder) himself when an red carpet interviewer asked him about his friendly relationship with Sendhil Ramamurthy and he joked that he'd like to do a spinoff sitcom with him with that name. Apparently he's quite aware of the ship, having talked about it frankly and amusedly at interviews and bringing it up randomly at a certain Comicon (to the screaming fangirls' delight, apparently).
Sylar/Mohinder is also sometimes referred to as Mylar.
The strange but popular pairing of Sylar/Claire is lovingly referring to as "Sylaire".
"Chameron", "Hameron", "Huddy", "Chouse", and "Wilhouse"/"Wouse"/"Hilson" from House fandom.
"Foreteen" (Foreman/Thirteen) was actually used in the show; House calls them that in the Season 5 episode "Unfaithful". The Spanish subtitlers for Latin America obviously don't know about ship names, because they translated this one as "Catorce" ("Fourteen"). Luckily, the name still kinda works in the sense of "Thirteen plus one".
Chuck includes "Jeffster" for Jeff/Lester right in the show as the name of their band. Also, fans popularly refer to Chuck/Sarah as "Charah" in the fandom.
Chuck and Sarah are referred to as such in the show itself by Casey at one point.
Kirk/Spock from Star Trek became "Spirk" (though it's sometimes jokingly called "Kock" or "Kick"). There's even an ongoing debate over which one should be the "official" pairing name, with a third subset of fans wailing that a portmanteau does - well, something bad to the fandom, anyway - and that the only proper shortening of the pairing is K/S.
There's "McSpirk", for all three men. Though "McSpork" would probably be funnier.
"Chulu" is becoming rather popular for Chekov/Sulu, as is Spuhura for Spock/Uhura. They're been popping up like whack-a-moles since the new film came out.
Scones came up on the kink meme as a name for the Bones/Scotty ship.
Jones for the pairing of Kirk and McCoy, aka Jim and Bones
Terminator The Sarah Connor Chronicles already had "Camerah" for Cameron/Sarah after just one episode. As well as "Jameron", "Jamerek" and "Dameron" for John/Cameron, John/Cameron/Derek and Cameron/Derek.
Firefly has several of these as well: "Silee" or "Saylee" (the Simon/Kaylee Official Couple), as well as "Jaylee" (Jayne/Kaylee), "Rayne" (the odd and verging on Foe Yay Jayne/River ship), "Zayne" (Zoe/Jayne), "Jaynara" (Jayne/Inara), and "Kaynara" (Kaylee/Inara). "Maliver" for Mal/River fans. Also, guess what ship is referred to as "Crazy Space Incest" or "Tamcest".
This idea has exploded with Stargate Atlantis. Sort of understandable in that one of the main character's name is McKay, which has lead to various pairings like McWeir (McKay and Elizabeth Weir), McShep (McKay and John Sheppard), McCarter (McKay and Samantha Carter), McKeller... you get the idea.
Aversion: the Sheppard/Weir pairing is called "Sparky". The person who started the Sheppard/Weir LJ community hated portmanteau ship names and said something like "We're not calling this pairing Shweir! Anything but that! We can even call it 'Sparky' if you like!" and it stuck. This also appears to be an allusion to the character Sheppard's obsession with having to name new things/concepts himself rather than allowing anyone else to coin the terms.
Fans of the Reaper ship Sam/Devil tend to call it "Sevil".
Greek: The forum wars are between Caspie (Casey/Cappie) and Cabecca (Cappie/Rebecca). While the OTP is Caspie, the current Official Couple is Cabecca. Not pretty.
CSI Verse: Grillows (Grissom/Willows), Sandles (Greg/Sara), Snickers (Sara/Nick) DuCaine (Horatio/Calleigh), Wedges (Lab Rats Wendy and Hodges),, among others. The Official Couple ships aren't in this form, save Flangell (Flack/Angell). (though Dantana is close-Danny/'Montana' (Lindsay's nickname).)
It would take pages to list all the portmanteaus from all 3 shows, but if you go to the series' main forum, Talk CSI, you can access a fairly comprehensive list in the Shipper Central forum.
CSI also has an inversion of sorts of this with a non-shipping portmanteau: During seasons 10 and 11, fans started referring to the Nate Haskell and Ray Langston interactions as "Raskell".
Grey's Anatomy: the short lived Addison/Alex portmanteau Addisex. The canon relationship of Callie and Erica became known as Callica in fandom. Additionally: MerDer for Meredith and Derek, Calzona for Callie and Arizona and Crowen for Cristina and Owen.
South of Nowhere fans refer to Spencer/Anybody by putting Spencer's name first: Spashley/Spash (Spencer/Ashley), Spangs/Sparmen (Spencer/Carmen AKA Bangs), Spaiden (Spencer/Aiden) etc.
Torchwood fandom has Janto, Gwack, Gwys, Towen, and Janten sound utterly ridiculous (Jack/Ianto, Gwen/Jack, Gwen/Rhys, Tosh/Owen, and Jack/Ianto/Tenth Doctor, respectively).
One Doctor WhoCrack Pairing seems to have come about because of the portmanteau: "Onose" (One/Rose, i.e. First Doctor / Rose. It is, of course, pronounced "Oh noes").
Other Rose pairings include "Drose" (Doctor/Rose), "Nose" (Nine/Rose) and "Tose" (Ten/Rose, pronounced like "toes").
The Doctor/TARDIS ship is unfortunately sometimes known as 'Doctard'
The Classic series also has "Nysric" (Nyssa/Adric).
The Second Doctor would sometimes refer to companions Jamie and Zoe collectively as "Joey," a rare case of the portmanteau coming from within the show.
Classic and new series has "Dromana" (Doctor/Romana).
"Whouffle" for Eleventh Doctor/Clara. Doctor Who is the Doctor's name except not really and Clara has a fondness for souffles.
In Degrassi The Next Generation, the canon couple of Paige and Alex became Palex, and was actually referred to as such by one of the characters in the show. There's also Crash (Craig/Ashley) and Cranny (Craig/Manny). Pia and Miater were both suggested in series for Peter/Mia.
Anyone paired with Ellie tends to come out kind of strange - Mellie (Marco/Ellie) Pellie (Paige/Ellie), Jellie (Jesse/Ellie) and Crellie (Craig/Ellie). Also, there's Darco (Dylan/Marco) Crarco (Craig/Marco) Sparco (Spinner/Marco) and Tarco, occasionally reffered to as Mim (Tim/Marco). And Piley (Peter/Riley).
Clare seems to get interesting pairing names. Eclare (Eli/Clare), Flare or Clitz (Fitz/Clare), Klare (KC/Clare), DeClare (Clare/Declan), and the newest, Cake (Jake/Clare)
Holly J's pairing names come off odd due to the initial she carries, but she's had Spolly J (Spinner), Blue J (Blue), Spolly Jane (Spinner and Jane), Spolly Jay (Spinner and Jay), Dolly J (Declan), Sally J (Sav) or Savvy J (also Sav), and Folly J/Lesbiona J (Fiona).
Season 11 & 12 introduces the friendship that slowly but surely blossoms into a full blown romantic relationship between the eccentric Imogen Moreno and former party girl Fiona Coyne, who are affectionately called "Fimogen" by their supporters.
In Gossip Girl, these names aren't always used but can still be found sometimes. With the main pairings there's Darena (Serena/Dan) and Chair (Chuck/Blair). Less common pairings are Waldsen (Serena Van Der Woodsen/Blair Waldorf), Dair (Dan/Blair), and Nair/Blate (Nate/Blair). Also, not seen that often (probably due to the ridiculousness of it) but occasionally, the name Duck (Dan/Chuck) pops up.
Chuck/Blair is also known as Bluck and Serenanate stands for, well, Serena and Nate.
Fans of Friends have called Monica and Chandler "Mondler," a name actually used by Ross in one episode. "Chanoey" (also a term from the show, though used by Phoebe as a suggestion for a way to name a baby after both of them) has also been used for Chandler/Joey.
A possible ship name for Phoebe/Joey is "Phooey".
Bones fandom had Hodgela for the ship of Hodgins and Angela, and Brenangela or Brengela for the popular femmeslash pair of Brennan and Angela, although remarkably, the main OTP of the series, Booth/Brennan, does not have a portmanteau couple name—though their initials, BB, are often used in fanfic summaries and have pretty much become the equivalent of a name.
Actually, for Booth and Brennan, there are the rarely-used "Semperance" and "Teeley". Also, Sweets/Daisy is often referred to as "Swaisy".
The Mighty Boosh shippers are fond of the remarkably painful-sounding "Howince". Though actually, it's the more 'serious' (read, crazy) fans who call it Howince. Most people just refer to it as Boosh slash.
In an episode of Jericho, Stanley and Mimi actually have a discussion over what their couple name should be. Mimi is rather appalled that Stanley's comparing them to Brangelina. It is Stanley who dubs the name for them "Stimi".
NCIS has at least the Tiva shippers who used to fight heavily with the Tate shippers. The Tivas kept saying Tate never was an option since Kibbs/Gate was to happen if anything, but of course the Gabby shippers would have hung them had the Tabby shipper not stopped them from doing so... Jibbs might be well established too, and let's not forget McNozzo, McAbby, McGiva, and Tibbs.
Kari's also got a couple of fans, but most people are disgusted by the fact that he killed her. Kind of put a spanner in the works.
Tiva has been mentioned in interviews with the actors. It gets entertaining.
USA apparently ships it: their recent Tony and Ziva centric marathon was the "Tiva Marathon".
Also, some have come across the extremely odd, yet hilariously named Palmer and Fornell ship, "Pornell". As you could probably guess, it doesn't have a very large fan base...
Don't forget Leemer for Lee and Palmer!
Some fans of the Jibbs pairing refer to hypothetical children of the pair as "Jibblets," a portmanteau of "Jibbs" and a term used once on the show for a child of Gibbs, "Gibblet."
Another in-show example after Tony notices sparks between Gibbs and CGIS Agent Abigail Borin:
There's also the canon name Esplainie, for Esposito and Lanie.
Castle used "Caskett" to Beckett when she asked if they were like "Brangelina".
Mash had PierceIntyre — used canonically by Henry (though their clueless Colonel probably wasn't aware of the implications).
Also Hawpper for the same pairing, B-eye for B.J./Hawkeye, and Hawkney for Sidney/Hawkeye.
About 90% of the Life With Derek fandom ships UST-tasticstep-siblings Derek and Casey, referring to the ship as "Dasey". Other popular pairing names include "Lizwin" (Lizzie/Edwin), "Shemily" (Sheldon/Emily), "Demily" (Derek/Emily), "Dally" (Derek/Sally), "Trasey" (Truman/Casey), "Masey" (Max/Casey), "Sasey" (Sam/Casey), and "Salph" (Sam/Ralph).
Scrubs: Turk and Carla were sarcastically referred to by Dr. Cox as "Curk" and "Tarla" in one episode. Later, in the "My Princess" episode, Cox represents the two in his story as a two-headed witch named "Turla".
Some fans use JDox (JD/Cox), Jelliot (JD/Elliot), and Jorlliet (Jordan/Elliot).
"Cam" (Carly/Sam), "Carper" (Carly/Harper), "Creddie" (Carly/Freddie), "Seddie" (Sam/Freddie), "Sham" (Sam/Ham), "Spam" (Spencer/Sam), "Fencer" (Freddie/Spencer, and is also a reference to an episode), "Crediam" or "Seddily" (Sam/Freddie/Carly OT 3).
Spencer insults two truckers named Sledgehammer and Porkchop over a CB Radio by asking if they would be named "Sledgechop" or "Porkhammer" in the event of a marriage.
Creddie vs. Seddie is used directly in the episode iStart A Fan War, which features in-story iCarly fans warring over their favorite ships at a con (along with an infamous Ship Tease).
Victorious had many the day that the series came out, probably due to the popularity of portmanteau couple names on I Carly above, from the same creator: "Bade" (Beck/Jade), "Bori" (Beck/Tori), "Cabbie" (Cat/Robbie), "Tandre" (Tori/Andre), "Trobbie" (Trina/Robbie), "Cade" (Cat/Jade), Bat (Beck/Cat), Jori (Jade/Tori), and many, many others.
"Jooster". Originally coined by Stephen Fry himself, though in a completely different context (talking about how he felt that he had attributes of both Bertie Wooster and Jeeves).
Skins fans wasted no time in combining the Emily/Naomi ship into "Naomily", which has permeated to the extent that E4 use it for official stuff (most notably the Unseen Skins features), and even the more mainstream media have picked it up. "Freffy" and "Ceffy" - Freddie/Effy and Cook/Effy - are codified, but vastly less popular; "Keffy" for Katie/Effy is established, but suffers from being non-canon.
Those who Actor Ship Lily Loveless and Kathryn Prescott (Naomi and Emily) have a few; "LoveScott" is around but rare, but vastly more common is "LilyKat". A very drunk attempt at typing the latter while providing Twitter coverage of an event they were attending at a nightclub also spawned the highly bizarre "LiltJar", which is fast becoming a shibboleth for the fandom.
In the TV show Merlin, the ship Merlin/Arthur has become Merthur, or Arlin, depending on your preference.
ArMor, the ship name for Arthur/Morgana is both this and an Idiosyncratic Ship Name, as it also refers to a particularly popular scene between the two in the second episode of the series. Some fans think it would be better for the Merlin/Arthur pairing due to its pronunciation (Armer as opposed Armor), and for all the times that Merlin helps Arthur with his armour.
Also Arwen for Arthur/Gwen, which can be misleading or just plain annoying for fans searching for their ship.
As the series grew popular, so did the ship names; now there's Stydia (Stiles/Lydia), Jydia (Jackson/Lydia), Halemore (Derek Hale/Jackson Whittemore), Scisaac (Scott/Isaac), Pydia (Peter/Lydia), Dennifer (Derek/Jennifer), Allydia (Allison/Lydia), Dethan (Danny/Ethan), Derica (Derek/Erica), Sterica (Stiles/Erica), Dackson (Jackson/Danny), and the list goes on and on...
Glee has "Wemma" for Will/Emma, "Quick" for Quinn/Puck "Quichel" or "Faberry" for Quinn/Rachel, "Puckleberry" for Puck/Rachel and "Finchel" for Finn/Rachel. Believe it or not, among the hardcore Glee fans, "Faberry" is the most popular pairing of them all besides it being somewhat of a Crack Pairing viewed from Les Yay goggles cranked Up to Eleven.
Glee is notable in that the characters themselves refer to their various relationships by Fan Nicknames.
Puck/Rachel/Finn can be called Puckleberry Finn.
And let's not forget "Brittana" and "Santittany" for Brittany/Santana.
The same conversation in Canon that gave us Santittany also gave us Artcedes for Artie/Mercedes.
Quinn/Rachel was rechristened "Faberry" after the fandom decided that "Quichel" was too difficult to pronounced and looked a good deal like quiche, among other things.
Kinn seems to be more common, and some writers use Furt exclusively to refer to the sibling relationship between the two. Hudmel is also used, though usually as a name for the Hudson/Hummel family as a whole.
Kurt and Rachel are referred to as Hummelberry. Early users of the name used this to ship the two romantically but the growing relationship between them in season 2 (and solidified with a song at the finale) made it used more exclusively to refer to their friendship.
Blaine/Kurt is Blurt.
Or Klaine. Generally the most popular/used of the shipping names.
Kurt Coblaine has been repurposed for the Kurt/Blaine/Cooper relationship.
Blaine and Rachel were christened Raine (though in rarer cases Blainchel) after their short-lived relationship on the show.
After someone on Tumblr came up with the idea, there has been a heavy influx of AU fics in which Blaine and Rachel are brother and sister. Their sibling relationship is called Anderberry (Anderson/Berry).
Kurt/Karofsky is Kurtofsky.
And sometimes Karommel.
Finn/Karofsky is Finnofsky or Hudofsky and Blaine/Karofsky is Blainofsky or Blaive
Kurt/Sam is Kum.
Skurt and Kam are also common.
Though, after Kum, the most used name is Hevans. Also, Humans
Jesse and Rachel are often shortened as St. Berry.
Wes and David (the David from Dalton, not Dave Karofsky) are sometimes called Wevid.
Two of the background Warblers, Nick and Jeff, are shipped together as Niff.
Pizes for Puck/Lauren in-universe; Luck is also used among fans.
Tina and Mike are Tike to fans and Mc Tina Cohen-Chang-Chang in-universe.
Artie and Brittany are Artittany in-universe, but more commonly known by the fans as Bartie.
Santana refers to herself and Karofsky as "Santofsky" after almost coming out to the school with Brittany but losing her nerve.
As of the season two finale, Sam and Mercedes are Samcedes.
As of season 3, Seblaine for Sebastian/Blaine.
There's also Kurtbastian (Kurt/Sebastian) and Sebklaine (Sebastian/Kurt/Blaine).
Also Irishofsky for Rory Flanagan/Dave Karofsky, from back when it was known that Damian Mc Ginty (who is Irish) was joining the show in season 3, but not yet what his character's name would be.
After "Extraordinary Merry Christmas", Sory, Smory, and Flanavans are used to describe Sam/Rory.
Flanamotta or Sweet Potatoesnote "Sweet" comes from Sugar, "Potatoes" comes from Rory being Irish for Rory/Sugar
Cherry for Mike/Rachel.
Fabang for Mike/Quinn.
Bike for Mike/Brittany.
Fabrevans for the canon Quinn/Sam relationship.
Klainchel, for Kurt/Blaine/Rachel, which can be used for either a three-way friendship or a three-way... something else.
Adding together the pairings of Brittana and Faberry gets you the OT 4 Faberrittana.
Other pairings inside Faberrittana are Pezberry, Pieberry (or Britberry), Quinntana, and Quitt. Threesomes are The Unholy Trinity or Queerios (Santana/Brittany/Quinn), Fapezberry (Quinn/Santana/Rachel), and Brittanaberry (Brittany/Santana/Rachel).
Sebofsky for Sebastian/Dave.
Sebtana for Sebastian/Santana.
Rorbastian for Rory/Dave.
Rormony for Rory/Harmony.
Bike Chanderson for the season 3 Canon friendship between Blaine Anderson and Mike Chang.
Actually, Bike Chanderson is the romantic ship name for Blaine Anderson and Mike Chang. They were crackshipped earlier in season 2 during Blaine's introduction, originally called "Bike"... You can guess why they changed the name. After Comic Con 2011 had the respective actors getting closer, Klaine and Tike fans decided that they were best friends because they wanted Blaine to have at least one friend and wanted double dates. Ryan made it so.
Alternatively called "Blike" or "Chan(g)derson" by casuals who don't know any better. Both are frowned upon.
As of Season 4, we get Jarley for Jake/Marley, Ryley for Ryder/Marley, Jitty for Jake/Kitty, and Karley for Kitty/Marley. There's also Jayder for Jake/Ryder, Rinn for Ryder/Finn, Bram for Sam/Brittany and Brochel for Brody/Rachel.
The most recent addition is also the rising Ho Yay pairing Hunter/Sebastian, which is referred to as "Huntbastian" by fans.
The episode "Sadie Hawkins" gave us another canon couple name: Blatina (Blaine/Tina), though Blina is more popular amongst the fans.
There's also Blam for Blaine and Sam which is used both romantically and platonically. This one has been said many times on the show.
The Mentalist gave us the unintentionally hilarious (but widely used) Jisbon (Jane/Lisbon), a.k.a. Jello. Also, Rigspelt for Van Pelt/Rigsby. They're all kinda pathetic, aren't they?
There's also Chelise, for Cho and his (hardly seen) girlfriend Elise.
Desperate Housewives has an abundance of these - Brynette, Kathree, Sudie, Brorson, Brarl, Tynette, etc.
The Office has Jim + Pam = Jam. Now we just need one for Andy Bernard and Erin... Ernard? Andrin?
There's also Dwangela (Dwight + Angela), although that ship seems to have been sufficiently sunk.
In-Universe, when Kevin thinks Pam and Jim are not seeing each other he complains that he won't get to call them "PB&J" (Pam Beesley & Jim). Possibly a Fandom Nod to the example above.
These in LazyTown fandom are more like those in anime fandoms than other western fandoms, usually containing a full syllable or two of each name. Examples include SportaSteph for Sportacus/Stephanie, and SportaRobbie for Sportacus/Robbie. Everybody except Stephanie and Sportacus has a two syllable name, so for most characters one uses their full name, making the name of a ship that doesn't involve one of the two heroes arguably not a portmanteau at all.
In-universe example: Shortly after Eric and Donna have sex for the first time on That '70s Show, Eric describes to Hyde that it felt like becoming a new entity altogether..."Donric Formciotti".
Dollhouse has Clopher for Claire/Topher, Tennett for Topher/Bennett, Pecho for Paul/Echo, Baunders for Boyd/Saunders and the bizarre-sounding Pellie for Paul/Mellie.
Psych: 'Shules' for Shawn/Juliet and 'Shassie' for Shawn/Lassie (the latter was actually used in the show itself, alongside "Shassiter" and "Sharlton," when Shawn got excited over Lassiter following his gut instincts).
Go on, take a wild guess which pairing "Galex" refers to in Ashes to Ashes fandom. It's also the only portmanteau name used by parts of fandom - Chris/Shaz seems to have escaped, for now.
The Sarah Jane Adventures has Cluke (Clyde/Luke), Clani (Clyde/Rani) and Maruke (Maria/Luke) among others. Luke has used "Clani" in-universe.
Also, Crom, for those of you with an interest in Ridiculously Human Robots. This one has a little more weight to it— the characters have spent more than five minutes together, and Crow has had a couple of... moments.
Common among the popular/long-lasting couples on So You Think You Can Dance. Most prominent would be Ivison (Ivan/Allison), Katua (Katee/Joshua), and Marksie (Mark/Chelsie). Sometimes acknowledged on the show, with "Benjelle" (Benji/Donyelle) [later parodied with "Tranji" (Travis/Benji)] and "Twitchington" (Twitch/Kherington). Also can pop up for couples that didn't actually happen, such as "Travison" (Travis/Allison) and "Trivan" (Travis/Ivan).
Unnatural History has Hesper (Henry/Jasper), Menry or Haggie for Henry/Maggie, Jaggie (Jasper/Maggie), and Hespaggie for Henry/Jasper/Maggie.
One Tree Hill has such gems as Naley (Nathan/Haley), Pucas (Peyton/Lucas haters), Leyton (Peyton/Lucas), and Brucas (Brooke/Lucas).
Let's not forget the Les Yay shippers with Breyton (Brooke/Peyton), Brachel (Brooke/Rachel), Paley (Peyton/Haley), and Peytanna (Peyton/Anna). Just to name a few.
Malcolm in the Middle fans use 'Wilkercest'. Even though it's often used in general terms, due to the popularity of the pairing, it can also mean Malcolm/Reese specifically. Interesting in that the altered surname, Wilkerson, isn't even necessarily canon (used in the first episode, then arguably RetConned).
It took a while for Coronation Street viewers to work out how best to combine Sophie and Sian; Siophie seems to be winning out.
Fans of EastEnders quickly coined Chryed — Christian and Syed. Due to the couple's popularity, the BBC website and even the actors have dropped the pairing name in interviews.
The Big Bang Theory introduced an in-universe example when Leonard dubbed Sheldon and Amy "Shamy"...to which Amy (predictably) took exception to. Fans also use "Shenny" for Sheldon/Penny.
And "Lenny" for Leonard/Penny.
Battlestar Galactica fandom seems to avoid this, with the exception of Starpollo (Starbuck and Apollo), although Rosadama (Roslin and Adama) does make the odd appearance. Couple names are usually connected by slashes. Perhaps because the characters' names don't lend themselves to portmanteaus.
Forwood — Caroline Forbes/Tyler Lockwood. Apparently no one liked Caroler or Tyline (which does sound like a cleaning agent).
The amount of crackships this show generates is amazing, probably due to the fact that 99% of the cast is good-looking. Oh, and all the Ho Yay and Les Yay could make a crackshipper die of happiness. Here are a few:
Jyler or Jeremy/Tyler — which began as Foe Yay then eventually turned into Ho Yay
Kateline or Fortrova — Caroline Forbes/Katerina Petrova a.k.a Katherine Pierce
Giltrova or Katelena — Katherine/Elena — holds great appeal to some fans and femslash writers, since the two are completely identical.
Also, Jeremy/Caroline (Jeroline), Stefan/Caroline (Steroline), Elena/Elijah (Elejah), Katherine/Elijah (Katjah or Kalijah), Katherine/Klaus (Klatherine or Klaterina), Bonnie/Damon (Bamon), Stefan/Bonnie (Stefonnie), Klaus/Charlotte Petrova (Klaulette) and more.
The series' spin-off, The Originals, introduced various of these, but the one that quickly became the main focus was Klebekah (Klaus/Rebekah). Elijah and Hayley (Haylijah) and Rebekah and Hayley (Haybekah) quickly became popular as well. There's also the appropiately named "Rebel" (Marcel/Rebekah).
In-universe in Royal Pains. In "Astraphobia," when Evan and Divya discover that Jill and Hank have gotten back together (again), Evan comments, "Oh my god, Jill and Hank. Jank! Jank is back!" Then he proposes that since they make such a good team, he and Divya should have a combo name. He rejects "Evadivs" and considers "Divyan." Divya suggests, "Divya and idiot. Diddiot."
Primeval gives us Conby (Connor/Abby), Click (Claudia/Nick), Nickenny (Jenny/Nick), Janny or Denny (Danny/Jenny), Secker (Sarah/Becker), Jecker or Jesker (Jess/Becker), Memily (Matt/Emily), and probably tons more that no one bothers to think of.
An in-universe example from Parks and Recreation. Shortly after he and Ann Perkins begin dating, Tom Haverford announces the official debut of their couple name — "Tan". She instantly announces the official end of the couple name, and he bounces back with "Haverkins".
The Grimm publicity folks have been using "Monrosalee" and "Monromance" when talking about Monroe and Rosalie.
Once Upon a Time has these in spades: every Emma pairing is half "Swan". There's "Swan Queen" for the Foe Yay/Les Yay ship Emma/Regina, "Wooden Swan" for Emma/August, "Golden Swan" for Rumpelstilskin/Emma, "Mad Swan" for Emma/Jefferson, "Huntswan" for Emma/Graham, "Captain Swan" for Captain Hook/Emma and "Swan Thief" for Emma/Neal. And that's really just the tip of the iceberg.
"Rumbelle" for Rumpelstiltskin/Belle.
"Sleeping Warrior" and "Mulora" for Aurora/Mulan and "Sleeping Hook" for Aurora/Hook.
"Snowing" for Snow/Charming.
And "Captain Heart" for Cora/Hook.
Bomb Girls fans refer to Betty McRae/anybody by putting the first syllable of Betty's surname first: McAndrews(Betty/Kate Andrews), McWitham (Betty/Gladys Witham) and McBond (Betty/Teresa Hill, the bond tour soldier).
Pretty Little Liars fans have names for every conceivable ship (romantic and platonic). Some of the most common ones include:
Call the Midwife fandom has christened Sister Bernadette/Dr Turner as "Turnadette". (Yes, they are pairing a doctor with a nun. No, they don't particularly care. Fortunately, it's canon.)
Season 4 of Arrested Development brought us Gob Bluth getting together with Tony Wonder. Their ship name might be expected to be something like "Gony", but since Gob's catchphrase is "I've made a huge mistake", their surnames have been combined to make "Blunder".
In-comic example from Luann: When Tiffany's ploy to get hunky Quill's attention by feigning interest in Gunther backfires, her friend Crystal teasingly refers to Gunther and Tiffany as "Gunthany."
Richandamy from Zits originates from Rich and Amy being on screen together all the time - as in holding each other tight at all times "together" - so much so that they're practically one person. Hence, "Richandamy."
Though it's hardly a common pairing, one can find Randy Orton/John Cena slash labeled "Centon." Here's hoping the bizarre Undertaker/Jeff Hardy shippers never come up with a portmanteau.
What, like "TakeHard" or "UnderJeff"?
"Shawnter" (Shawn Michaels/Triple H)
There's also "HHHBK" which is formed by smushing together the initials of their respective RedBarons (Triple H/Heartbreak Kid). Those who ship Shawn Michaels/Bret Hart gave them a similar portmanteau couple name, "HHBK" (this time standing for Hitman/Heartbreak Kid).
The pairing of Dean Ambrose/Seth Rollins of The Shield is well established as Ambrollins. Pairing Ambrose with their other teammate, Roman Reigns, gets us Ambreigns, and pairing Rollins and Reigns together is Rolleigns. When shipped as a threesome, the team is known as Ambrolleigns.
Wicked fans of the Glinda/Elphaba pairing use "Gelphie". Fiyero/Elphaba is "Fiyeraba" or "Elphieyero" or "Faeyero" and there's also "Bessa" and "Gloq." Guess what pairings those are?
Although much less popular, there's also Fiyeressa for Fiyero/Nessarosa, Foq for Fiyero/Boq, and Flinda for Fiyero/Glinda. Wicked fans can and will ship pretty much any pairing.
Final Fantasy fandom has plenty of these, especially Final Fantasy VII, divided into such diverse things as Clerith/Cleris/Clorith (Cloud and Aeris/Aerith), Cloti/Clifa (Cloud/Tifa, often violently at war with the former), Yuffietine/Yuffentine (the somewhat implausible Vincent/Yuffie), AeriSeph (Sephiroth/Aeris), not even going into all the Ho Yay pairings of the terribly Bishōnen heroes and villains...
Lukka (Lulu/Wakka) — which is a homophone of the largest city in the game's world — and Rippal (Rikku/Gippal), both of which will never not be funny.
Auron/Rikku is Aurikku.
Tidus/Rikku is Tikku.
Final Fantasy VIII mainly avoids them, since the Launcher of a Thousand Ships of the fandom is named 'Squall'. 'Squh' sounds don't portmanteau well. Squinoa isn't so bad, but Squistis? Squeifer? Or, most unpleasantly onomatopoeically, Squelphie? Squell is not unheard of, though. Nor Squaerith, for that matter. Not to mention Squikku is probably more common than you'd think likely.
From the same game we also have "Seiftis" (previously known as Quiefer) for the Seifer/Quistis pairing, "Quall" for Quistis and Squall and "Selvine" for Selphie and Irvine.
Squall may not have been in too many good portmanteaus before, but that's because he was saving up for possibly the best one ever. Ladies and gentlemen, Dissidia: Final Fantasy has gifted to us the pairing of Squall and the Warrior Of Light, abbreviated as "SqWoL."
"Sonunckles" (Sonic/Knuckles). Or "Suckles". Not for the "suck=bad" notion, but for the fact that the thought of "suckling" being involved drives others to squick territory.
Adventures fandom sometimes uses "Scrounder" when referring to the pairing of Robotnik's inept hench-robots, Scratch and Grounder.
"Tikaos" is the fandom's name for the Chaos/Tikal pairing. This got confusing once a character actually named Tikaos was introduced. (Who, incidentally, was a fusion of the two, meaning it could be a nod to the fandom's habit of making up names like this)
Tales of Symphonia fandom does this as well — any two characters' names can be and probably have been snapped together to name a pairing, whether that pairing is written by anyone or not. Lots of people write Kranna (Kratos/Anna), Kraine (Kratos/Raine), Shelloyd (Lloyd/Sheena), Colloyd ([Colette/Lloyd) Sheelos (Sheena/Zelos), and Zelloyd (Zelos/Lloyd) but terms like Sheenis (Sheena/Genis) and Kralette (Kratos/Colette) are also not unheard of, despite these pairings being exceedingly improbable.
There's also Raingal (Raine/Regal) and Shuan (Sheena/Yuan).
In Tales of Vesperia, Yuri himself is the one to create the name for the yuri pairing Ristelle (Rita/Estelle}. Fans also have created Yustelle (Yuri/Estelle), Reirita (Raven/Rita), and Fluri (Yuri/Flynn).
While Official Couple Cheria and Asbel from Tales of Graces don't really have a common moniker, the popular pairing Richard/Asbel goes by the amusingly appropriate nickname RichAss.
There are only a few to come out of Tales of the Abyss. One is the surprisingly popular Guytalia (Guy/Natalia), and another is Jadist, (Jade/Dist) which is just amazing because it sounds like a pun on fonist.
Fallout: New Vegas now has its first first Portmanteau Name JuVie for Julie Farkas/Veronica.
Heavy Rain has Blayden for Norman Jayden and Carter Blake.
In The Legend of Zelda, Link, that Heroic Mime studmuffin, gets paired with almost every girl in canon. Fans of Link/Zelda generally refer to it as Zelink. Then there's Malink (which is usually Malon/Link, but can also be Marin/Link), Midlink (Midna/Link), Rulink (Ruto/Link), Linkooru (Link/Nabooru), or Linkia (Link/Ilia, could also be Link/Saria). Meanwhile, there's a very tiny faction within the fandom that ships Zelda/Ganon; as both Zenon and Gazel.
The Link/Sheik ship generally gets referred to as Shink. The above Midlink has also been written as Mink or Lidna (with the former being the more popular of the two), Link/Ilia as Ilink, Link/Saria as Salink, Midna/Zelda has got the name Melda (which is... somewhat appropriate), and there's a small following for Zelia (Zelda/Ilia - and no, the two characters never meet). Ganondorf/Link has been referred to as Galink, and the popular Dark Link/Link ship gets the unpopular name of Dink (or, occasionally, Dank or Larnk). Zelink, since it can refer to quite a large combination of Zeldas and Links, often gets a qualifier.
Ghirahim, in fact, gets around - in common use is Ghiramise (Ghirahim/Demise, also seen as Ghirademi), Ghirazel (Ghirahim/Zelda), and Ghirafi (Ghirahim/Fi). Demise and Hylia become Demilia, and Zelda/Impa is sometimes called Zelimpa. Amongst the Skyloftians, Link/Groose is Grink, Groose/Pipit is Groopit (or, occasionally, Gropit), and Zelda/Groose has the unfortunate name of Zeloose.
The Metroid series has a few in its own right, one of the most popular being Rundamus or Runmus (Rundas/Samus), Ghandradamus (Ghandrayda/Samus), and more recently, Ianmus and Adamus.
On the topic of Solid Snake, the only reasonable way to portmanteau Snake/Otacon is by using the Japanese pairing name — Otasune (note that this implies that Snake is the Uke). Western fans who want to portmanteau the pairing (most don't) either have to hijack the Japanese word, use 'Snotacon' (which has been parodied in fanworks), or decide whether Snakon or Snacon should be used.
Still on the topic of Snake; from Metal Gear Solid 3's fandom, we get Volkov for the infamous canon Volgin-Raikov relationship, Ocekov for Ocelot-Raikov, and Bosselot for Big Boss/Ocelot.
Though Bosselot could totally be taken the wrong way and cause some seriously squickythoughts. *shudder*
Super Smash Bros. Brawl has also seen Pike (Ike/Pit), Mike (Ike/Marth), Like (Ike/Link), Mink (Marth/Link), and Pink (Pit/Link). For the ladies, Samus/Zelda has got Zelus, and Zelda/Peach has Pelda.
With a game with so many characters from so many video games, the possibilities are almost limitless. A few examples are Smarthus (Marth/Samus), Shike (Sheik/Ike), Meta Puff (Meta Knight/Jigglypuff), and Nessna (Ness/Nana). Total possible ships: 1,764! And that doesn't even take the Assist Trophies into account.
For Alice/Marisa of Touhou there is both "MAlice" (though more often in reference to Imperishable Night, in which you can switch between the two characters, but there's a sort of bug which effectively allows you to hit an enemy with both of their attacks simultaneously, which fans have dubbed "Malice Cannon"), and "MariAri" (since the Japanese way of saying "Alice" would be "Arisu"; in English it's "MariAli").
Some Reimu/Yukari shippers are given to using the term "YukaRei" for their pet pairing.
Other examples include "TeruMoko" (Kaguya + Mokou, "Teruyo" being a deliberate misreading of the kanji for "Kaguya"; also known as "KaguMoko" in English), "MeiSaku" (Meiling + Sakuya), "UdoMyon" (Reisen aka Udongein + Youmu, who is often known as "Myon" for an exclamation she utters... once), etc.
II also has a rare example of this trope not related to romantic pairings; there is an entire constellation of portmanteau names for fusion forms you can take with other party members.
Disgaea fandom has "Maomaz" to describe the Mao/Almaz pairing, and also "Maoberyl" for Mao/Raspberyl.
Let's not forget "Flaharl" for the Flonne/Laharl pairing.
"Harvest Moon" runs rampant with pairings, although the most commonly seen portmanteaus are "Grary" (for Gray/Mary, one of the rival pairings in the Mineral Town games) and "Graire" (for Gray/Claire, the name given to the blonde female farmer from the Mineral Town games).
Kingdom Hearts's names are usually either a portmanteau of their English names or the Romaji of their Japanese names. English examples include any combination of So, Ri and Kai (including all three at once), as well as Larxel, Mansaix (the latter being Xemnas' anagram Mansex mixed with Saix), RoxEtte, RoXion, NamiXas/RoxIne, KairiNe (Kairi x Namine), MarLar, and Zemyx. Romanji examples include AkuRoku, VekuRekuZeku, and RokuShi for the Romaji. And those are the common ones.
Every single pairing in Portal has a near universally used one: Chelley (Chell x Wheatley), ChellDOS (Chell x GLaDOS), Chellmann (Chell x Doug Rattmann)... as you can see, the fans think Chell Really Gets Around. For the few non Chell pairings we have Cavealine (Cave x Caroline), Spaceosity (Space Core x Curiosity Core), Factventure (Adventure "Rick" Core x Fact Core), Angrality (Anger Core x Morality Core) and WheatDOS (Wheatley x GLaDOS).
On the Japanese art site Pixiv, Inazuma Eleven fans have created the tag "Fubukiyamaru" for Fubuki Shirou + Kiyama Hiroto + Kazemaru Ichirouta. Although it's frequently used in a non-shipping context for pictures which simply feature all three of those characters, since Pixiv has a limit of 10 tags per picture.
Portmanteau couple names involving Shepard are quite predictable. Shepard/Kaidan Alenko is "Shenko", Shepard/Garrus Vakarian is "Shakarian" or "Sharrus" (although the former is much more common), Shepard/Thane Krios is "Shrios", Shepard/Joker is "Shoker", Shepard/Liara T'Soni is "Shoni", Shepard/Ashley Williams is "Shepley", and Shepard/Javik is "Shavik". Often these names implicitly refer to female Shepard, but sometimes people will differentiate between pairings involving male and female Shepard (e.g., "femShenko" and "mShenko").
On a non-Shepard-related note, Joker/EDI is occasionally called Jedi.
The fandom's favourite slash pairing is usually turned into Japanese to help the portmanteau — Narumitsu. Same thing happens with the AJ rival pairing, Kyodoroki (or Klapollo/Klapolly). If English is used, it will be Edgewright, which is used even when Phoenix tops.
Franziska/Adrian is shortened as Fradrian.
Phranziska or Phizka for the Fran/Nick ship.
TomoAki for Tomoaki Maeda x Aki Toudou from Hadaka Shitsuji.
Webinar and Dora have been referred to (once) as Webinora by a fan on the Erfworldforums. Bonus: Webinar is itself a portmanteau of "web seminar".
When Gunnerkrigg Court started hinting that James Eglamore and Jones were (or still are) a couple, fans of that 'ship began calling them "Janes".
The fandom has yet to settle on one single portmanteau name for Agatha and either of her two surviving love interests, although "Agiltha" appears frequently for Agatha/Gil, and both "Targatha" and "Agavek" pop up from time to time for Agatha/Tarvek. Agilvek has shown up for the potential OT 3.
Fans of Honeydew Syndrome have used CharJay for Charles/Jay and CharMay for Charles/Metis.
Questionable Content's forum are sporadically abuzz with shippers for "Fayten" (Faye + Marten) or "Svaye" (Sven + Faye), and members smacking down the use of portmanteau names. However, "HanTai" for the gleefully pervy lesbian Tai and the OCD, extremely straight, easily squicked Hannelore (who Tai has an obvious crush on) is damn near universal for obvious reasons, even for people who find the idea ridiculous. Jeph dismisses it as stupid, and has (due to the Hantai meme), banned Shipmanteaus from the forums. Not that this has stopped anybody, of course.
The Crack Ship Marigold/Pintsize acquired the name... wait for it... Pint-o-Gold.
Pv P did a little Lampshade Hanging in the earlier part of the strip when Brent and Jade first got together. Cole told Francis that "That's common when two people you know start dating. Brent and Jade as you knew them are gone now. There is only... BrentJade!"
Penny and Aggie forum members are fond of creating, and debating, portmanteau couple names. The most commonly-used ones are "Saraphne" for Official Couple Sara and Daphne, and "Agenny" for the eponymous characters ship. Others include "Standi" (Official Couple Stan/Brandi), "Jacky-Ann" or "Katack" (Official Couple Jack/Katy-Ann), and "Stenny" (for the Foe Yay ship Stan/Penny).
Two portmanteau names have appeared in the comic itself: "Standi," which Cyndi uses after that couple's breakup (and well after its coinage in the fandom); and "Lichelle," with which Lisa teases Michelle after the latter says that girl-on-girl sex grosses her out.
Housepets! has the fans' OTP Grape and Peanut, or GrapeNut. Yes, even their couple name has a food theme.
By the second Skin Horse strip to show Dr Dennis "Tip" Willkins meeting Narbonic's Artie (RT-5478), the ship had been named RTip-5478.
Homestuck fans do this often, with the Feferi/Eridan ship being notable for contracting to... FefEri. Meerkat, for Karkat/Meenah, and Rosemary, for Rose/Kanaya (using Kanaya's last name, Maryam), both work out to actual words. Johnkat for John/Karkat, Karezi for Karkat/Terezi, and Daverezi for Terezi/Dave are all also somewhat commonly used.
There have also been sightings of "Karkade", for Karkat/Jade, which is coincidentally the Egyptian word for a type of herbal tea.
On the Fusion Dance side, we have the B2 sprites — Tavrisprite, Erisolsprite, Fefetasprite, Arquiusprite — as well as Jack Noir's ring-induced transformations: Jackspers Noirlecrow (Jack Noir + Jaspers + Harlequin + Rambunctious Crow) and Bec Noir (Becquerel + Jack Noir, less known as Jacquerel).
Answer Me This: Helen and Martin's solution to what to do with their names once they are married.
In season four of The Guild, Zaboo has this priceless line:
Non Romantic Examplenote ...mostly. Omega's view of Tex is questionable. This is canonically how the AI/Freelancers pairings in Red vs. Blue get their "normal" names. Omega + Allison = O'malley, Gamma + Reginald = Gary, and so on. How this would work for some of the other pairs (David + Epsilon = ???) is unknown.
There's also Yorkalina (York + Carolina).
And Grimmons (Grif + Simmons).
Obligatory Whateley Universe examples: there is ongoing debate about Phase's dating path, since he is dating Vanessa (Vox) now but close friends with Jadis (She-Beast). This leads to the Vanayla vs. Jayla discussions. Or is that Aylis?
Chakona Space: A canon example in the form of Charles and Katherine Turner, the creators of Chakats.
Strange example: Quickwind and Shortdash have a cub named Quickdash. One winds up wondering if they plan on having a second cub.
Jake/Amir is Jamir or Blumenwitz, which is German for "flower joke".
The Lizzie Bennet Diaries has an In-Universe example of "Jing" for Jane/Bing. The fandom also uses "Dizzie" for Darcy/Lizzie, "Lyckham" for Lydia/George Wickham, and "Figi" for Fitz/Gigi.
Ones that involve Toph tends to sound really cool/funny. There's Sokka/Toph (Tokka), Toph/Aang (Taang), Toph/Zuko (Toko), Katara/Toph (Katoph), and Toph/Suki (Toki).
Jetara (Jet/Katara), Yuet (Yue/Jet, who were each basically one-episode season-one love interests originally and of course have never met), Smellershot OR Longbee (Smellerbee/Longshot), Sukka (pronounced Sooka, Suki/Sokka), etc. Everyone is shipped in ATLA fandom. Including Zuko/Azula, also known as Azuko or Zucest.
On tv.com, The fandom couldn't decide between Sokki and Sukka because they sounded too much like either character's name, so a compromise was made. They call it George.
Azula related: Azula/Ty Lee (Tyzula), Azula/Katara (Azutara), Azula/Aang (Azulaang), and Azula/Sokka (Sokkla).
In a similar vein, creators Mike and Bryan are known collectively as "Bryke," though of course platonically. We think.
And now that we've finally got character designs and names for more than just the main character The Legend Of Korra had these, and accompanying shippers well before airing. All that was needed were character names, designs and capsule descriptions.
To wit, now that Books One and Two have aired: there's the canon Pemzin (Pema/Tenzin) and Tonna or Senraq (Tonraq/Senna, Korra's parents), the sailed-and-sunk Linzin or Tenlin (Tenzin/Lin), Beska or Boleska (Bolin/Eska), and Makorra (Mako/Korra), the sailed, sunk, and possibly refloated Masami (Mako/Asami), the one-sided and probably sunk Borra (Bolin/Korra), and other fan favorites including Bosami (Bolin/Asami), Irosami (General Iroh/Asami), Korrasami (Korra/Asami), Broh (Bolin/General Iroh), and Tahnorra (Tahno/Korra), as well as crackships like Amorra (Amon/Korra), Korrlok (Korra and Tarrlok), and Howrra (Howl, the fan nickname for an Order of the White Lotus guard, and Korra). And that's just scratching the surface.
Possibly (ahem) even more unlikely are the "Rokken" (Ron + Drakken) or "Drakkim" (Drakken + Kim) pairings. No, they really do.
Strangely enough, one of the few ships on this show that doesn't fall prey to this trope is the Official Couple of Kim/Ron (although there is the option of KiRo, which sounds similar to other pairings, such as KiGo, KiMo, KiYo...): a simple K/R suffices (out of the possible combinations, "Rim" or "Kin" would both sound silly and have odd implications). Also, Drakken/Shego, another (eventual) Official Couple.
A ship that is often associated with KiGo is RoRi, pairing up Ron and Yori (who were actually canon for a little while in the series).
A few more: Fender (Fry/Bender) and Leeler (Leela/Bender).
In Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, Sprx/Nova, by far the most popular pairing on the show, is "Spova." There are also names for the pairings between all of the other main/reoccuring characters, and many of the minor ones.
Amongst Transformers slash fans, MOP (Megatron/Optimus Prime) is a common fan term. Another one is MegaStar or MegaScream for Megatron/Starscream.
Micron Legend has StAl for Starscream/Alexis on the Japanese side.
Parodied in Metalocalypse: In the episode "Girlfriendklok", Nathan Explosion dates a celebrity named Rebecca Nightrod, and the portmanteau name "Natebecca" is created by obese middle-aged women (or alternatively, "Rebasplosion").
"Bevin" for the Ben/Kevin ship in Ben 10. "Bwen" is sometimes used to describe the Ben/Gwen ship, and there's "Kilgax" for... Kevin/Vilgax. And then there's Gwevin/Kwevin to describe Kevin and Gwen. Ben and Julie, the only couple to date to actually get together, which took some time to earn its following, is now referred to as Benlie. Surprisingly the first canonical pairing in the series, Ben/Kai, is quite popular among the fans but still has no shipping name.
The Backyardigans: Tyroqua or Tyroniqua (Tyrone/Uniqua), Austasha (Austin/Tasha), Auniqua or Austiqua (Austin/Uniqua) and Tyrosha (Tyrone/Tasha). Poor Pablo.
Code Lyoko isn't as heavy on the portmanteau names, but prefers initial-x-initial format. Just take a main character's first initial and put them on either side of the "x"; for example, UxY means Ulrich and Yumi, OxS means Odd and Sissi (or Sam, or Setsuna)), etc. Most of the time, fans will know what you're talking about. Besides referring to Jeremie and Aelita as JxA, some fans have also used the term Jerlita (including their mutual voice actor Sharon Mann, who uses it as her handle when stopping by Lyoko Freak).
South Park seems to favor ship names that can be actual words: Style (Stan/Kyle), Bunny (Butters/Kenny), Creek (Craig/Tweek), Candy(Cartman/Wendy), Dip (Pip/Damien), Cutters (Cartman/Butters). Most of the rest are silly portmanteau names (Kyman for Kyle/Cartman, Stendy for Stan/Wendy) or simply the initial-slash-initial format.
Stolovan is used for pairing Kevin Stoley and Clyde Donovan. Then there's K2 or K squared for Kenny/Kyle.
An alternate name for the pairing Butters/Cartman is, funnily enough, Buttman
Teen Titans doesn't lend itself to interesting mash-up names. The fans usually combine the first syllables of each name, like Rob/Star (Robin/Starfire) or do a nickname thing like BB/Rae (Beast Boy/Raven) the rare example of a true Portmanteau Couple Name would be Flinx (Kid Flash/Jinx) or anything with Cyborg in it (Starborg, Bumbleborg, etc.)
The Total Drama fandom has this only, interestingly, for crack couples; a canon or popular pairing, like Gwen/Trent or Gwen/Duncan, tends to be abbreviated simply as G/T or G/D, while crack couples are generally called things like Ezzy (Ezekiel/Izzy), LeDunca (Leshawna/Duncan) or Noah/Cody (Nody, NoCo or NOCO).
However, the TDA special had canon examples of Duncan/Courtney (or "Duncney"), and Geoff/Bridgette (as "Gigette").
In "Greece's Pieces", Gwuncan, Coderra, and Siody as canon examples alongside Duncney and Gigette. Though the last two are wishful thinking on Sierra's part.
These names are all over the fandom. It's interesting to note that it is more common for slash pairings to be composed of the first syllables of names, each separately capitalized, such as NoCo, DunNo, DunTrent, DunHar, ect, while most het pairings would have names sounding like one word, such as Nizzy, Trindsay, Nisay, Gody, Deva, Bridgekiel, Noette, Tytie, ect. However, Alejandro has spawned several names in the slash style, even if they are het, such as AleHeather, AleDuncan, AleNoah, AleCourt, AlePineapple, ect. and femslash pairings will usually have het style names, such as Gwidgette, Evizzy, Britney, ect. In addition, there are some slash pairings in the het style, such as Nody or Chref.
Non-ship and non-language-related example: A visual portmanteau was used to create the in-universe logo for Mr. Sparkle brand dishwashing detergent in The Simpsons. The product was a joint venture of Matsumura Fishworks and Tamaribuchi Heavy Manufacturing Concern. The goggle-eyes and wispy lines of the former's logo combined with the yellowish lightbulb of the latter's to form a shockingly Homer-esque spokes-character. Homer spent an episode haunted by it, trying to figure out why what looked like his face was being used as a mascot. He was...underwhelmed by the aforementioned explanation.
Bart: (to Homer) There's your answer, fish-bulb.
Nedna, for Ned Flanders and Bart's teacher, Edna Krabappel, which has been used in advertising.
On at least one occasion, the 2D/Murdoc pairing for Gorillaz has been referred to as "Tuds" (Murdoc's name is often shortened to "Muds").
2Dle (2D/Noodle). Scarcely used, but possible to stumble upon.
The Invader Zim fandom had a more creative idea: Instead of fusing the names together, they had acronyms such as in ZADR, which stands for 'Zim and Dib Romance'. Other pairings then used this formula (ZAGR, DATR, DADR, etc.) Mainly because names consisting of only two consonants and a vowel in the middle are hard to fuse together.
Fans of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic have already started doing this. It bears mentioning that some of the portmanteaus (like "AppleDash") could be legit names of actual characters in this universe.
There is also Twixie (Twilight and Trixie), Twiluna (Twilight and Luna), DashiePie (RD and Pinkie), TwiShy (Twilight/Fluttershy), Rarishy (Rarity/Fluttershy), Rarijack (Rarity/Applejack), FlutterDash (Rainbow Dash/Fluttershy), Shinadence (Shining Armor/Cadence, sometimes called "Canon", because they're one of the few completely canon pairings. Heck, the Season 2 Finale was their wedding!), Dislestia or Celesticord (Celestia/Discord), ChrysCord (Chrysalis/Discord), SoarinDash (Soarin'/Rainbow Dash), Sparity (Spike/Rarity), FlutterMac (Fluttershy/Big Macintosh), CheeriMac (Cheerilee/Big Macintosh), ChrySombra (Chrysalis/King Sombra), and many, many more.
Some are quite punny, like ApplePie (Applejack/Pinkie Pie), Twinkie (Twilight/Pinkie Pie), Princest (Celestia/Luna), and FlashLight (Twilight/Flash Sentry).
Not to mention Charity (Cherilee/Rarity). Rarity is the element of Generosity, after all.
Adventure Time fans have also started this since around mid season 1. Fubblegum (Finn/Princess Bubblegum), Marcefinn or Finnceline (Marceline/Finn) and Finname Princess or Flinn (Finn/Flame Princess).
Bubblegum/Marceline fans use Bubbline or Marcibel, with the genderswapped version being Gumshall.
The genderswapped versions of Finn and Marceline, Fionna and Marshall Lee, have the ship name of Fiolee.
There is also Fionninn (Finn/Fionna) that is supported by many fans, but seems nearly impossible in the series.
The Fairly Oddparents has it's own fan name for the Timmy/Tootie and Timmy/Trixie ships, TimToot and TimTrix, respectively.
Vocaloid's got Mikaitonote Miku / Kaito, Kaimeinote Kaito / Meiko, Lukaponote Luka / Gakupo, Gakumeinote Gakupo / Meiko, Kaiterunote Kaito / Kiyoteru, Kiyukinote Kiyoteru / Yuki, and Gakaitonote Gakupo / Kaito, Lenkanote Len / Luka; it's Bilingualfor those who know Japanese, among others. The pairing of Rin and Len is nigh universally referred as Kagaminecest.
In the E! recap show The Soup makes the parody even more extreme, pulling the "Celebrity Hookup Name Generator" each time they know about a new celebrity couple. The resultant names are often full of double entendres and/or very tongue in cheek.
Bennifer and Tomkat are joked about in case 2 of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney. Bennifer is one of Larry's former girlfriends, who led him to Tibet before dumping him. There he met 'Katty Tom', who became his next girlfriend... then dumped him to go to Hollywood.
Khlomar. A suitably silly name for a couple that went from meeting to marriage as quickly as Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom did.
Another cutesy current one is Speidi for Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag.
Even hopeless cynics can't help but get a kick out of the Miranda Kerr/Orlando Bloom coupling: Kerrbloom.
Bill and Hillary Clinton as "Billary" originated from the 1980 Arkansas gubernatorial elections. It was a disparaging term aimed at Hillary's prominent role in Bill's career; many thought her outspokenness unseemly for a political wife. However, some of the couple's fans have adopted it, particularly in the wake of Hillary's tenure as Secretary of State.
Also popular: Hillbilly. (Too obvious?)
One word: Hillbama. That's Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, rivals in 2008. After Barack won the nomination, some fans dreamed of a Hillbama ticket with Barack for president and Hillary for VP. (Joe Biden became VP and Hillary became Secretary of State instead.)
Also known as: Obillary. That's Obama, Hillary and perhaps Bill.
Parodied again by Stephen Colbert — discussing the fans' perception of his relationship with Jon Stewart, he coined the term "Colbewart" (in reality, fans tend to refer to it as Jon/Stephen or, rarely, Jonphen).
"CAndy" for Conan O'Brien/Andy Richter. They are well-aware of the coinage, and mention it occasionally on the show. Has existed since back when Andy was still on Late Night in the '90s.
Used for members of NSYNC, when slashed with each other - Timberlake/Fatone = Timbertone. There's also JoeC, Choey, etc...
Most shippers of various bands tend to go in this direction, portmanteaus (smush names) being in use since the Beatles. Some of the most ridiculous ones belong to the various pairings of Panic At The Disco: Ryden, Joncer, Brencer, Rycer, etc.
Those are not so bad. They're at least able to be pronounced. You'd think that people would try to do that, but nope.
Although they're only occasionally used, probably for this reason, Green Day shipping portmanteaus always sound hilarious. Two possibilities are Bike and Trike (the third, sadly, is Trillie- which kind of breaks up the set).
In Korean Entertainment fandom, this is standard protocol, especially in Slash circles. And because there are only so many names in Korea, to the point where people can confuse couples with actual people, it extends to nicknames. For example, in the SuperJunior fandom, the pairing of Heechul/Donghae is known almost universally as Cinhae, as one of Heechul's nicknames is Cinderella. In the SHINee fandom, the Jonghyun/Onyu pairing (usually known as Jongyu or Onhyun) has its own nickname of Blingdubu, stemming from each of the member's nicknames: Jonghyun is Bling Bling; Onyu is known as Dubu or Sundubu (Korean for tofu). And over in the 2PM fandom, the Taekhun pairing (Taecyeon/Nichkhun) is also known as Cocoich among fans, due to Taec's affectionate nickname of 100% Cocoa◊.
In the DBSK/TVQX fandom, sometimes the portmanteau itself has more than one variation; i.e. Jaejoong/Yunho is know both as Jaeho and Yunjae to its shippers, who usually prefer one usage over the other.
In west Africa, Senegal and the Gambia used to form the Senegambia Confederation between 1982 and 1989.
The African nation of Tanzania's name is supposed to be a portmanteau. Basically the first three letters come from Tanganyika or the mainland, zan comes from the island of Zanzibar, and then they added ia.
During World War II, to the Italians "Axis" was just them and Germany— the trio was called "Roberto" for— you guessed it— Rome, Berlin, Tokyo.
In Canada there is Alsama: Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba also know as the prairies.
Here in the Philippines, we have the CAMANAVA region which includes the cities Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela. The Philippines itself is sometimes called LUZVIMINDA; combining the name of its three main island groups Luzon, Vizayas and Mindanao.
More malevolent is the region made up of South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City, which is... SOCCSKSARGEN (pronounced "sock-SAR-jen").
When Neil Gaiman began dating singer Amanda Palmer, a fan on Twitter suggested their celebrity couple couple name should be "Gaimanda". Neil Gaiman's response: "please don't". (At one point, they lampshaded this trope by suggesting they be collectively referred to as "Steve.")
Technically not a couple name, but it is a portmanteau for the parents... Liger and tigon are combinations of tigers and lions. Male parent goes first (i.e., liger= lion daddy, tiger mommy).
It gets worse — The name for a Serval/Carical crossbreed is "Servical".
There's also "Zorse"- a zebra/horse hybrid and "Zonkey"- a zebra/donkey hybrid.
This runs rampant with naming hybrids: Grolar bear or pizzly (polar bear/grizzly), wholphin (dolphin/false killer whale), blynx (bobcat/lynx)... The latter two are a little ridiculous, as false killer whales are technically dolphins, and bobcats are in the same genus as the lynx.
Also, any "designer dog" is likely to have this, puggles (pug/beagle) being the most famous example. Whatever happened to saying "mixed breed"?
If a Cavalier canoodles a Poodle the result is a Cavoodle. Dogs as silly as the name suggests.
The department store chain Pamida is named after co-founder Jim Witherspoon's three sons, Pat, Mike, and David.
Miramax got its name from the combination of the Weinstein Brothers' parents' names (Miriam + Max)
Another non-shipping example: Sports Illustrated referred to the San Francisco Giants' dominating pair of starting pitchers as "Lincecain".
Two prominent members of Rangerboard.com, Phil DeLuca and Avril Pingault, who got attached and married in real life (he's American and she's Australian), led to the name Phavril.
Ohno Satoshi and Ninomiya Kazunari from the Japanese band Arashi invented their own Portmanteau couple name of Ohmiya SK.
Ediswan. Okay, so it's a lightbulb company. That's romantic!
In a self-imposed example, Ian Murdock in 1993 named his fledgling GNU/Linux distribution using a portmanteau with his then-girlfriend, Debra. Fortunately for Debian, the couple got married in 1996. Perhaps less propitiously, they got divorced in 2007...
In an unintentionally squicky example, two contestants on the British talent show "The X Factor", two twins that sing together named John and Edward, have had their names smushed together to give a name for the group - Jedward. It's not meant to be a shipping term, but it certainly implies as such.
For those in the Nick Cave/Blixa Bargeld "Nixa ::heart::" is the common way to express your shipping position. Coilhouse refers to Nixa as the new Kirk/Spock.
Star TrekRPF has quite a few, with Shatnoy (Shatner/Nimoy) and Pinto (Pine/Quinto) being the two most common (although Urbine (Urban/Pine) is gaining in popularity as well). The hilarious thing? Pinto and Shatnoy pretty much seem to ship themselves. Especially Shatnoy.
Due to James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender's extreme Ho Yay in X-Men: First Class as well as in interviews, the world now has "Fassavoy" and "Mcbender". Which is hilarious for anyone from the UK, where the word bender is entirely appropriate.
The Glee Project contenders Damian McGinty and Cameron Mitchell were given the name Dameron (and in rarer cases, Camian) after their impressive friendship was shown throughout the show. The bromance ship name is used both by fans and by official media sources as is evident in interviews and published articles. Their fellow TGP cast mates have also used the portmanteau and many of them often refer to it in numerous interviews and personal comments in Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. The two themselves have acknowledged and used the term, jokingly admitting that their Dameron Bromance will live on forever.
Also, there's Damsay (Damian/Lindsay, the second most popular pairing after Dameron), Camrissa (Cameron/Marissa, though it's usually unrequited in fanfics, giving that in-show, Marissa picked Samuel over Cameron for partner), Marissam (Marissa/Samuel), Mathellis (Matheus/Ellis), etc.
Downton Abbey's Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern, aka the Earl and Countess of Grantham, had already played husband and wife twice before they were tapped for the series, and thanks to a confused security guy at the Golden Globes, have been dubbed "the McGonnevilles". Tumblr, as Tumblr does, took note and ran away with it.