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Repetitive Name

Judge: State your first name, your last name, and your occupation.
Lizardman: Lizardman, Lizardman, and... Lizardman.

Sometimes, a character either a) is so very funny, Bad Ass, awesome, or all three, they don't deserve Only One Name, or b) has a Meaningful Name to the Nth degree that no other name works. What do you do?

Make their last name, and first name, the same name.

There are four common variations on this:

  • Classic Classic: Their first, last, optional middle, and in some cases, job title, are all the exact same word. Never is there a literal Odd Name Out, or even a intentional misspelling, unless it spans all the names.
  • Classic Classical: The name consists of a short first name and a last name that is like the first but longer (like "John Johnson").
  • Classic Original: The names aren't quite the exact same thing, but they are extremely close synonyms. Usually, this only works for people named after something, or products and inanimate objects. Often Truth in Television, due to Patronymic surnames (e.g. "John Jackson" or "Fernando Fernández").
  • Classic Kurashikku: Also often used for characters named after something, it's when the two names mean the same thing, in different languages. ("Giovanni Johansen," "Sylvester Woods")

Compare Meaningful Name and Theme Naming. Can be confused with Bond, James Bond. Imagine any one of these characters doing Bond, James Bond. (It hurts, doesn't it?)

When not applied to names, this is covered by Shaped Like Itself. Not to be confused with the Department of Redundancy Department, which concerns repetitive dialogue.

See also this list on The Other Wiki.


Examples

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Nobita Nobi and Nobisuke Nobi from Doraemon.
  • Lisa Lisa and Magenta Magenta from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
    • JoJo is short for Jonathan Joestar.
  • Excel in Excel♥Saga claims her full name in the anime is Excel Excel; it's hard to tell if she is being serious or engaging in hyperbole. The manga clearly defines this and those of other ACROSS members as codenames, and we never find out what her real name is.
  • Hinata Hyuga from Naruto is a strange anime example. Her first and last name mean the same thing and are just said differently.
  • Carson D. Carson from Dirty Pair.
  • Yomiko means "Reading Child" in Japanese, and "Readman" speaks for itself. Thus is named the heroine of Read or Die.
  • The sequel series of Read or Die, ROD the TV, gives us Alice Alice Arquet.
  • Bobobo Bo Bo Bobo. Worst, he did the Bond, James Bond schtick. That whole series hurts.
  • Konoka Konoe of Negima! (and her grandfather, Konoemon Konoe). Also the old teacher, Takamichi Takahata. At first it can seem like Negi had mispronounced his last name.
  • ef – a tale of memories give us Hirono Hiro and Miyako Miyamura.
  • Otome Saotome in P2! — Let's Play Ping Pong!.
  • 90% of the cast in Kagihime Monogatari have this going on.
  • Naru Narusegawa of Love Hina. When calling her "Naru", you never know if it's actually her first name or her last name shortened.
  • The Dragon Ball USA dub changed Muten Roshi's title (meaning "invincible old master"; real name unknown) to Master Roshi, which would mean... "master old master."
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam 00, the some of the Innovators names, like Regene Regetta and Revive Revival.
  • Ming Ming from the final season of Beyblade.
  • Referenced in Kanon when a sobbing Ayu accidentally says that her last name is Ayu. Yuuichi then starts calling her Ayu Ayu. Including right after she later says her full name is Ayu Tsukimiya.
  • Khamen Khamen from Braiger.
  • The second anime series for Fullmetal Alchemist is entitled "Hagane no Renkinjutsushi, Fullmetal Alchemist". Translate the Japanese half into English, and you get "Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist". The English version changed the name to "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood"
    • Granted, a more literally translation of Hagane no Renkinjutsushi is "Alchemist of Steel" and "Fullmetal Alchemist" is a sort of Gratuitous English subtitle in the Japanese version.
    • From Brotherhood you also get "Lust the Lascivious", "Gluttony the Voracious", "Envy the Jealous", "Greed the Avaricious", "Wrath the Furious", "Sloth the Indolent" and "Pride the Arrogant".
    • Führer King Bradley must be mentioned. (King is his first name.)
  • Collin Collins from Space Carrier Blue Noah/Thundersub.
  • Kuran Kuran from Macross Frontier.
  • Kazuma Azuma from Yakitate!! Japan
  • Shayla Shayla from El-Hazard: The Magnificent World.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX lampshades this by forcing Jaden to say three card names. They are: Gagagigo, Giga Gagagigo, and Gogiga Gagagigo. Even Jaden can't say it due to the repetitive-ness. The real card game also has a fourth member of this family, but it isn't named anything nearly as clever. It's just called Gigobyte.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL has monsters with these names as Yuma's deck theme, such as Gagaga Magician and Gogogo Golem.
  • Sakura Sakurakōji, heroine and Faux Action Girl of Code:Breaker. Also her real mother, Sakurako Sakurakōji
  • Haruha "Haruhara Haruko" Raharu of FLCL.
  • Carson D. Carson, crook and erstwhile ally of the Dirty Pair from The Movie.
  • Apricot Anzu in Sorcerer Hunters.
  • In Bakuman。, Moritaka Mashiro's father, Masahiro Mashiro, is a Classic Classical example in which the given name is longer than the surname.
  • A whole lot of this is found in Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru
    • Yukino Yukinoshita
    • Yui Yuigahama
    • Hayato Hayama
    • Saki Kawasaki (Better when said in Japanese order: Kawasaki Saki)
      • Tsurumi Rumi
  • Tsukutsun Tsun in Dr. Slump. The rest of his family also have at least two 'tsu' syllables each.
  • Miyako Miyazaki in Bamboo Blade, who is affectionately nicknamed "Miya-Miya" by her boyfriend.
  • Lampshaded in Another by Mei Misaki when she explains that she was adopted by her aunt instead of her twin sister Misaki Fujioka to avoid having the name "Misaki Misaki".

    Comics 
  • The DCU
    • Thomas N. Thomas, the secret identity of the imaginatively named superhero TNT.
    • The Flash enemy the Trickster is known as James Jesse, but he changed his name to this from the original (Giovanni Giuseppe) to make it sound less ethnic for his performing career.
    • Brian Bryan from Azrael.
    • Gregor Gregorovich of the Blue Trinity in Flash comics.
    • Brian O'Brien, Quality Comics' The Clock.
    • Hawk, son of Tomahawk. This doesn't actually get addressed in-story, but since Tomahawk's real name is Tom Hawk, logically Hawk would be...
    • Tad Ryerstad, alias Nite-Wing.
    • In the Doom Patrol Doom Force special that parodied X-Force, Scratch, the Wolverine parody, has the full name "Morgan Morgan". This is probably meant as a joke on how at the time Wolverine's real name was thought to be "Logan" but it was never established whether that would be his first name or last.
    • The Martian Manhunter's name (written J'onn J'onzz) looks like it should be one. It's pronounced "John Jones" though.
    • Zatanna Zatara.
    • Shazam gives us "Uncle Marvel," real name Dudley H. Dudley.
    • Tommy Tompkins of the Newsboy Legion
  • Marvel Comics:
    • J. Jonah Jameson. One Twisted Toyfare Theatre comic joked that the "J" also stands for "Jonah". In actual Marvel continuity, the "J" actually stands for "John".
    • J. Jonah Jameson's employee's nickname is Robbie Robertson.
    • The La Brea tar pits example is lampshaded by a couple of guards in Runaways.
    • Me-Me
  • Mad Scientist Simon von Simon (and his rival in mad science, Sigmund von Sigmund), from Little Gloomy
  • Odious Kamodious the demon lord, from Jack Kirby's Satan's Six.
  • In the first Wakfu Heroes graphic novel, Korvus Korbiau. Corvus is the genus to which ravens belong, and Korbiau is one vowel away from corbeau, which is the French word for raven.
  • In Brazil and Portugal, Scrooge McDuck is known as "Patinhas McPatinhas".
  • Richie Rich
    • As Real Life wants to have it, there is a comic artist named Richard "Richie" Rich too. (Not to be confused with the Earl of Warwick.)
  • Terry and the Pirates has Charles C. Charles, a.k.a. "Hotshot Charlie".
  • Jamaal J. Jamaal in the daily newspaper strip Herb And Jamaal.
  • The main character of German Animesque comic Losing Neverland is called Lawrence V Lawrence (Laurie for short).
  • The Dutch comic strip series "Eric de Noorman" had a character named Pum-Pum, which later inspired a comic book magazine named "Pum-Pum".

    Fan Works 
  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers fanfic Under The Bridge introduces us to Captain Jürgen Jürgen Jürgen of the Albacore. You see, his father stuttered, and didn't want to correct his mistake. He's called "Jürgen" throughout, so we don't find out until near the end that it's repetitive.
  • Kyon Big Damn Hero has taken this approach for Sasaki; the author had a moment of confusion as to whether "Sasaki" was meant to be the character's given name or surname, so it ended up as both.note 
  • In the EarthBound romhack EquestriaBound, one of the default names for the third character in your party is Apple. Since that character is Apple Bloom, and the second part of her name is the part that is customized by the player, this causes a repetitive name.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Aaron A. Aaronson in Hot Fuzz, whose name mysteriously refers to a joke one of the Andys made earlier in the movie.
  • Officer Dick Dicks in 2001: A Space Travesty.
  • In Whatever It Takes, Ryan is mostly known by his friends as "Brian Ryan" after they misheard his first name as "Brian" and assumed someone calling him "Ryan" was using his last name.
  • Chazz Michael Michaels in Blades of Glory.
  • Dr. Henry Henry in Track 29.
  • Grant Grant in Slither.
  • Mario Mario in Super Mario Bros.
  • The Tim Robbins film Bob Roberts, when you remember that Bob is short for Robert.
  • Durand Durand in Barbarella. (Note the - albeit voiceless - d which makes it easy to distiguish him from the pop band named after him.)
  • In The Wedding Singer, Julia was engaged to Glenn Guglia (pronounced "Gulia"). He doesn't see what's so funny.
  • Rockwell "Rocky" Rockman in The Devil's Brigade.
  • Freder Fredersen, the protagonist in Metropolis.
  • Solomon Solomon from Magnolia
  • Owen Owens from Toys.
  • One of the wishes in Bedazzled (2000) features the reporter Bob Bob.
  • Ascoyne D'Ascoyne in Kind Hearts and Coronets. (In the novel it's based on, Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal, the corresponding character is the even more repetitive Gascoyne Gascoyne.)
  • Kuman-Kuman from The Interpreter.
  • The not so obvious Stanley Yelnats in Holes. And not just him but his whole paternal line too.
  • Mary Merriman from Deadly Little Christmas.
  • Wayne Wayne Wayne, Jr., one of the two protagonists of Happy, Texas.
  • From The Cannonball Run 2:
    Cannelloni: When I passed the powers of the Don...to my son Don...making him...Don Don...
  • Karol Karol from White.
  • French actress Miou Miou.

    Franco-Belgian Comics 
  • Taka Takata is a comic from Joel Azara, telling the daily life of a low-rank Japanese military (the titular character) and caricaturing Japanese society.

    Literature 
  • Humbert Humbert in Lolita. Given the author's hobbies, it's a pun at taxonomy's use of repetitive genus/species names, which are called tautonyms.
    • In "Granita", Umberto Eco parodies this with his Umberto Umberto. The whole short story is living this trope, half of the examples found here being used.
  • Golem Golem, the Killer Robot turned Robot Buddy of Feliks, Net & Nika series. He was called Golem, but he calls himself Golem Golem because his body was called Golem when it was being built and his program ("mind") was called Golem during programming. Other characters find it odd, but finally decide to go along with it and call him Golem Golem.
  • Catch-22 has a character called Major Major Major, who was promoted to Major. Ex-P.F.C. Wintergreen ensures that Major Major Major Major can never be promoted or demoted because he thinks it's funny.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events had Dr. Montgomery Montgomery, AKA Uncle Monty. (He studies pythons.)
  • Wallace Wallace from No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman.
  • Appropriately for a novel about nursery-rhyme crime, Jasper Fforde's The Big Over Easy has Detective Sergeant Mary Mary.
  • Jean Valjean from Les Misérables.
  • Detective Meyer Meyer from the Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series of novels.
  • Antoine San-Antonio of the eponymous San-Antonio series of French police novels by Frédéric Dard. Also, his love interest is named Marie-Marie.
  • Jay-Jay, the protagonist of the novel The Prince of Central Park. The exposition explains that his deceased mother's two heroes were the Pope and President Kennedy (the book is set in the 1970s), so she named her son John John after the pair of them.
  • Discworld:
    • It seems that some dwarfs are lacking imagination when naming their sons or daughters. We have Albrecht Albrechtson (The Fifth Elephant), Bashfull Bashfullsson (Thud!), Gimlet Gimlet (Feet of Clay), Glod Glodsson (Soul Music), and the "Low King", Rhys Rhysson (The Fifth Elephant, Thud!). This could be explained by them being named for their father, with the problem that they also use Norse naming conventions, i.e. [father's name]son for last names. The dwarfs do mix it up a bit for variety, as with Snorri Snorriscousin.
    • Two counterparts of CMOT Dibbler, Dib Diblossonson and Swallow-Me-Own-Blowdart Dhlang-Dhlang.
    • The Discworld counterpart of Crocodile Dundee in The Last Continent is a humanoid crocodile. So, naturally, he's Crocodile Crocodile.
    • One book features a brief mention of a barbarian named something like Sven Svensonsonson.
    • Volf Volfssonssonssonsson in the Animated Adaptation of Soul Music.
    • Glod is a common name for dwarves on the Discworld (there used to be just one of them, but then someone with a habit of bad spelling and/or Spoonerisms made a King Midas-like wish that everything he touched would be turned to "glod", so that poor dwarf got magically copied several thousand times...). Therefore, Glod Glodsson is also a common name.
    • It was an illiterate god trying to curse someone in the Ramtops. As a result, the people there tend to be rather short and...er...short-tempered.
  • Heathcliff Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. Found wandering in the streets as a child by Mr. Earnshaw, who adopted him, but for some reason didn't give the boy his own name. It was at first an instance of One Name Only, but later it became both his first name and his surname.
  • Chester W. Chester IV of Keith Laumer's SF novel The Great Time Machine Hoax (1964).
  • Joseph Joséphin, alias Rouletabille.
  • Rant by Chuck Palahniuk has Echo Lawrence, whose father was named Larry. She points this out and seems annoyed at the constant jokes, but her nickname takes on an interesting light.
  • Rickard Dickens in the gangster spoofs by Rolf and Alexandra Becker — better known as Dickie Dick Dickens.
  • Jameson Jameson from Richmal Crompton's Just William stories.
  • Carlington Carlington, the hero of Georgette Heyer's short story "Hazard."
  • The pawnshop owner's grandfather in the book Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life named Oswald Oswald. Jeremy even wanted him to ask about it.
  • One French kid's novel has a character named Germain Germain Germain.
  • And a Spanish kid's novel has a Mauricius Mauricius. Lampshaded by the main character, who refers to him as "Mauricius squared".
  • Kelly Kelly in the Young Bond novel Double or Die.
  • Donald D. DonaldmcDonald from Brian Doyle's Easy Avenue
    And I always wanted to ask him what his initial D. stood for, but I never did.
  • Jack Jackson in The Pillars of the Earth, though he's eventually known as Jack Builder.
  • Robert Asprin couldn't resist naming a Mob boss from a Myth Adventures short story Don Don de Don Don.
  • Major Channing Channing (of the Chesterfield Channings) of The Parasol Protectorate.
  • In Kathy Reichs's Temperance Brennan novels, Tempe's ex-brother-in-law is named Howard Howard. Apparently, he was abandoned on the steps of a church with a note that said "The baby's name is 'Howard'." The nuns weren't sure if this referred to his first or last name, so...
  • The main character in Anthony Boucher's "The Compleat Werewolf" was named Wolf Wolfe. His more irreverent students nicknamed him "Woof Woof."
  • Discussed in Sword Art Online, when Yuuki and Asuna are jokingly talking about getting married. Yuuki says that Asuna would have to join her family, as otherwise her name would be Yuuki Yuuki.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Thing T. Thing of The Addams Family (the T stands for Thing).
  • The famous wise neighbor from Home Improvement, Wilson. Last name? Wilson. Oh, so then what's his first name? It's Wilson. Oh yes, Wilson W. Wilson. Guess what the "W" stands for.
  • NewsRadio:
    • Jimmy James. "The man so nice they named him twice." The head script writer has said the character was named after the Beastie Boys song.
    • Later in the series, we are introduced to his nemesis, Johnny Johnson.
  • Richard (Richie) Richard in Bottom.
  • Charlotte "Chuck" Charles from Pushing Daisies. Her father was named Charles Charles.
    • For this reason, some fans believe/hope the Piemaker's full name is Edward "Ned" Edwards.
    • There's also Sister Mary Mary from "Bad Habits" and Dick Dicker from "Window Dressed to Kill".
  • Heroes' Peter Petrelli.
  • Subverted in Summer Heights High. Mr. G's full name is Greg Gregson, but it is later revealed that his real first name is Helen.
  • Blackadder has Lord Percy Percy.
  • The Middle has Sue Sue Heck. Her first name was accidentally written twice on her birth certificate. Her parents have been meaning to get that changed. When they finally get around to it in "The Name," the government worker at the courthouse thinks her name is interesting. Sue, delighted that someone has finally found something about her unique and special, decides not to have it changed after all.
  • In one episode of Three's Company, Jack works for an encyclopedia salesman named "Morris Morris". (Janet: "Sounds like he should be selling ditto machines!") When he introduces himself to Chrissy, she responds with "Hello Hello."
  • Arthur Arthur in Beverly Hills 90210. By his own account, he used to go by "Arthur Squared".
  • Joe Flaherty's Guy Caballero from SCTV. Guy is pronounced like the English word for a man. And what does Caballero mean in Spanish?... Man.
  • Family Matters
    • The show has Waldo Geraldo Faldo.
    • There is also an episode where Carl Winslow's immediate superior Lt. Murtaugh reveals that he changed his first name to match his current rank, making him Lieutenant Lieutenant Murtaugh — although his friends call him Lou.
    "What was your name before you changed it?" "Sergeant."
  • I Dream of Jeannie: when she takes a job in the real world, Jeannie says her last name is Jeannie too. Hilarity Ensues when the CIA attempts to track her, leading to several ultra-serious discussions about the non-existence of a Miss Jeannie Jeannie anywhere on record.
  • Chicago's Bozo's Circus has a clown named Oliver O. Olvier (played by Ray Rayner).
  • Eureka has a one-episode scientist named Carl Carlson.
  • Mary Cherry and her mother Cherry Cherry from Popular.
  • Bones: When Booth asks his psychiatrist why he always introduces himself as "Gordon, Gordon Wyatt," Dr. Wyatt asks if maybe it hadn't occurred to him that his parents named him "Gordon Gordon".
  • In Friends, Rachel apparently has a chiropractor named "Dr. Bobby Bobby" (she insists it's actually Robert Bobby). This is heavily mocked by Ross and her father.
  • The angels in Touched by an Angel have either this or Only One Name. Their lack of a last name is often the target of jokes.
    Col. Walls: Your name is... Rafael Rafael?
    Rafael: Yes. It is the name my Father gave me.
  • On Mystery Science Theater 3000, the short before The Amazing Transparent Man has talk of a young couple looking forward to their marriage, commenting that the girlfriend can't wait to be Mrs. Joe. Mike responds with, "So his name is Joe Joe?"
    • During Devil Fish, a computer voice talks about a Dr. Davis, and (for some reason) repeats the "Davis" part twice. Crow thinks this means the character in question is named "Davis Davis Davis", and comments on how unoriginal his parents must have been.
  • Clark Clark from an episode of My Name Is Earl, and recurring character Ray Ray.
  • Steven "Steve" Stevens, the father on Even Stevens.
  • Ben Bennett in Greek is marginal, but is good enough for his whole name to be his KT nickname.
  • Shirley on Community names her youngest child Ben before she realizes that Ben Bennett is something of an unfortunate name.
  • NTSF:SD:SUV featured Trent Hauser's rival Van van Damme as the villain of one episode. Like a lot of weird things in this show, the fact that his first name is "Van" isn't commented on.
  • Police Squad!: variation — Detective Drebin (who is acting undercover as a crooked locksmith) lets himself into a mob boss' office...
    Mob Boss: Who are you? And how did you get in here?
    Drebin: I'm a locksmith — and I'm a locksmith.
  • Wilson Wilson from the British drama Utopia.
  • The short-lived TNT series Bull has a family of this: Main character Robert Roberts III is nicknamed "Ditto"; his grandfather, Robert Roberts, Sr., is known as "The Kaiser"; and his father, Robert Roberts, Jr., runs the day to day operations of the trading firm Ditto and his pals broke away from (which The Kaiser owns).
  • Paul Lynde's first appearance on Bewitched, before becoming the regular Uncle Arthur, was as Samantha's driving instructor Harold Harold.
  • Shake It Up: Deuce's real name is Martin Martinez, explaining the nickname.
  • In one Seinfeld episode, Jerry hosts a distance runner from Trinidad and Tobago, coming to New York to run the New York Marathon. The runner is named Jean Paul Jean-Paul.
  • Doctor Who
  • One of the competitors in Monty Python's Flying Circus' "Upper Class Twit of the Year" sketch was named Vivian Smith-Smythe-Smith.
  • The Key And Peele sketches about the East/West Bowl feature players named Jammie Jammie-Jammie, EEEEE EEEEEEEEE (pronounced "dolphin noise, longer dolphin noise"), Ladadadaladadadadada Dala-Dadaladaladalada, Javaris Jamar Javarison-Lamar, Dahistorious Lamystorious, Quatro Quatro, and Xmus Jaxon Flaxon Waxon.
  • Mouse Mouse, the puppet co-moderator from Nickelodeon.
  • Saturday Night Live had Roseanne Roseannadanna, a recurring character on "Weekend Update" played by Gilda Radner.

    Magazines 
  • MAD #80's "Museum of Madison Avenue" has a pedestal honoring Charles Charles (Chuck Chuck to his friends), whose pioneering contribution to the advertising industry was discovering the importance of repetition.

    Music 
  • Duran Duran
  • Talk Talk
  • Mr. Mister
  • The Automatic Automatic (not that anyone calls them that anyway) 
  • The The
  • Bruce Dickinson went by Bruce Bruce (inspired by Monty Python's sketch) before joining Iron Maiden.
  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • Australian band Jackson Jackson.
  • There's a Latin band called The Los Hermanos Brothers, which of course translates to "The The Brothers Brothers."
  • Tony! Toni! Toné!
  • In the late 1990s, there was a short-lived Country Music duo called Regina Regina, which consisted of two women named Regina. (Their last names were Nicks and Leigh.)
  • Honorarily Mention to "Was (Not Was)"
  • Belgian rock band Allez Allez.
  • The front singer of the Belgian rock band The Scabs is named Willy Willy.
  • Music/David Bowie's song "Rebel, Rebel".
  • Frank Sinatra's song "New York, New York".
  • Evelyn Evelyn, who had a hit single with "Elephant Elephant."
  • Bob Dylan's song "Corinna, Corinna."
  • Xiu Xiu. (Probably not related at all to the female Chinese Pentathlon athlete.)
  • Phillip Phillips
  • Former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent.
  • Billy Idol's long-time guitarist/songwriting partner, Steve Stevens.

    Pinball 

    Professional Wrestling 

    Puppet Shows 

    Radio 
  • Adventures in Odyssey has a character named Digger Digwell. On top of it, he often introduces himself to characters in the Imagination Station as "Digger, Digger Digwell", prompting many of the characters to address him as "Digger Digger Digwell".
  • In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur Dent introduces himself to Slartibartfast as "Dent. Arthur Dent." which Slartibartfast takes to mean his name is "Dentarthurdent".

    Stand-Up Comedy 
  • One of comedian Joel Hodgson's stand-up skits involved a two-headed ventriloquist dummy he named Danny O'Danny.
  • Stand-up comedian Bruce Bruce.
  • Comedian Ahmed Ahmed has a bit where he lampshades his repetitive Arabic name, saying that he has to get to the airport early "because it's not a good time to be named Ahmed, and my name's Ahmed Ahmed."

    Theater 
  • The hero of Martin McDonagh's play The Pillowman' is named Katurian K. Katurian. Guess what the middle initial stands for. His parents "were funny people". Given the context, and the dual definition of "funny", he probably meant they were strange rather than amusing. They are funny-peculiar rather than funny ha-ha.
  • Nicely Nicely Johnson of Guys and Dolls
  • A Swedish farce which spawned six movies had as its main character eternal law student Sten Stensson Stéen.
  • In Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, Waffles' real name is Ilya Ilych Telegin. Someone accidentally calls him Ivan Ivanich, and he corrects them.
  • The hero of Robert Bolt's play for children The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew is the portly knight Oblong Fitz-Oblong.

    Video Games 
  • Escape from Monkey Island introduced us to the politician Charles L. Charles. Actually LeChuck in disguise.
  • Tales of Monkey Island reveals that Stan's full name is Stan S. Stanman.
  • Ace Attorney series:
    • Mask DeMasque. His original Japanese name, Kamen Mask, also counts.
    • The Japanese version of Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney features characters named Takita Kitaki and Namina Minami. Namina Minami became Alita Tiala in the English version (Takita Kitaki became the non-example Wocky Kitaki)
    • Detective Dick Gumshoe also falls under this trope.
  • James James, father of Jan James, from I Love Bees.
  • Final Fantasy VII:
    • Dirge of Cerberus' Quirky Miniboss Squad all have colour-based names and titles — three of them have the same colour mentioned twice. To whit, "Azur the Cerulean" (or "Blue the Blue"), "Rosso the Crimson" ("Red the Red") and "Nero the Sable" ("Black the Black").
    • The Japanese-only story line added one more to the list - "Argento the Silver" ("Silver the Silver").
  • Final Fantasy XIV has this specifically as the naming scheme of one of the playable races. Depending on faction, the syllable scheme is AAB AB or ABB AB for females, and AAB CCB or ABC DBC (where A and D are very similar sounding) for males.
  • Non-character example: In Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Link learns a number of magic spells. Easily the oddest one is the Spell Spell. Its function has nothing to do with spelling, either.
  • Pokémon::
    • Darkrai's name comes from the English word dark and the Japanese word for dark, kurai.
    • In the Japanese versions of Pokémon Black and White, Klink, Klang, and Klinklang were named Giaru, Gigiaru, and Gigigiaru. People would jokingly refer to the third form as Gigigigigigigigigiaru (the number of "gi"s varied, of course).
  • Red Dead Redemption has Bill Williamson. Since Bill is short for William his name is actually William Williamson.
  • The Super Mario Bros. fandom generally embraces Mario Mario as the main character's full name, despite this being officially Jossed by Shigeru Miyamoto. Mainly because they're known as the Mario BROTHERS. This would imply Luigi's last name is Mario. Meaning Mario only goes by his surname.
  • Celestial 'Celes' Stella, the older sister of the Stella we see in Kara no Shoujo. Both names are clearly linked to the heavens and stars. Too Good for This Sinful Earth, perhaps?
  • Dick Richardson of Fallout 2; Given that Dick is short for Richard.
  • Suzu Suzuki and Sae Saionji of Katawa Shoujo.
  • Sasasegawa Sasami of Little Busters!. There is a Running Gag revolving around Rin, supposedly her rival, never getting her name right.
  • Peko Pekoyama of Super Dangan Ronpa 2.
  • Summon Night: Swordcraft Story 2 features a character named Nina Nina. The player character and their Guardian Beast make fun of it by introducing themselves the same way.
  • Sheriff Duane Dwayne from Harvester
  • The Hozen from World of Warcraft, like Ook-Ook and Mung-Mung. Earning the "Name-Name", as it's called, is a rite of passage among the Hozen (who tend to die young due to predators or their curiosity getting the better of them) and a single-name Hozen, Riko, joins the Horde player's Five-Man Band in the hopes of earning his second Riko.

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  • Leo Leonardo (the 3rd) from VG Cats.
  • El Goonish Shive:
    • A case of a Repetitive Code Name: the word "Sciuridae", the family name for squirrels, means "shade-tail". Grace Sciuridae, once carried the code name Shade Tail. Good reason, too.
    • Later they introduced Arthur J Arthur.
  • Achewood: Todd Todd Todd Todd Todd T. Squirrel. Though for convenience's sake, one "Todd" will suffice.
  • Polk Polkster from Polk Out.
  • Van Von Hunter changed his name from Vaughn to Von Hunter, so his real name is Van Vaughn, or possibly (as his sidekick decided) Van Von Vaughn.
  • Dennis Dennis III from Awesome Storm Justice 41
  • Mayor Mayor from Scary Go Round, the first Mayor being his occupation, the second one his surname.
  • The original Sporkman had Steve "The Steve" Stevenson.
  • Wayne W. Wayne from Two Guys and Guy.

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    Real Life 
  • In the immediate family of Gaius Julius Caesar, there were seven women called Julia from the Julia family. Which in modern times would make their full names "Julia Julia". Or if you are less complimentary about it, nobody bothered to give them a name.
  • The former king of Spain, Juan Carlos, whose full name was Juan Carlos Alfonso Víctor María de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias. This was actually due to Spanish naming conventions, which incorporates the names of both parents into double-barreled last names (although the second last name, based on the mother's maiden name, is not commonly used.) This was due to the king's parents coming from two different branches of the Bourbon royal dynasty, one the Spanish branch and the other the Neapolitan (the Kingdom of Two Sicilies) branch.
  • The famous 17th century astronomer Galileo Galilei. This was, in fact, fairly popular in Italy in the past, especially during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Any Italian history book is a trove of repetitive names, though none quite as famous as Galileo.
  • Due to Patronymics, you will sometimes run into people with the same first name and patronymic, and when you're in a country that doesn't commonly use last names this becomes very confusing. Like a Pavel Pavlovich (literally Pavel son of Pavel) whose dad was also a Pavel Pavlovich. The extensive use makes something like this possible—albeit uncommon—in Egypt, and in Arabic-speaking countries in general. It's very normal for a guy to name his first son after his own father (the son's grandfather), and so on. So having a guy named "Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed..." unto several generations is not only common, it's practically a national joke in some countries (Egypt chief among them) that if the Arabic system of nomenclature didn't allow you to pick an arbitrary nth ancestor as your last name (e.g. the random Ibrahim tossed in because you aren't the first son of the first son ad infinitum) or use an ancestral nickname keeps, practically everyone would have one and the government would have to ban them.
    • You can also get people who have the same first name, patronymic, and last name. Pavel Pavlovich Pavlov.
    • There is an Alexander Alexandrovich Alexandrov, a son of the composer of the Soviet/Russian national anthem. See below.
    • Mstislav the Bold (Mstislav Mstislavich)
  • Sporty siblings Gary, Phil (football) and Tracy (netball) Neville's father was a rugby player named Neville Neville. (Sing it to the tune of David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel".)
  • RFK assassin Sirhan B. Sirhan. This is on account of Arabic naming customs (Sirhan was a Palestinian Christian); his full name (Sirhan Bishara Sirhan) is entirely Patronymic: Arabs didn't get on to this whole "surname" thing until relatively recently, so it's common to have one's grandfather's name as the last name, and it's also very common to name your eldest son after your father.
  • Magnus Magnusson, the original host of the BBC quiz Mastermind. Although he was Icelandic, this isn't a direct patronym, the Magnus in Magnusson was his grandfather.
  • Longtime strongman champion Magnus ver Magnusson, also Icelandic.
  • Professional road cyclist Robbie McEwen named his son Ewan.
  • Mime Marcel Marceau.
  • The American Civil War soldier John St. John. Not to be confused with Jon St. John, who also counts.
  • Aharon Aharonson, botanist and World War I spy.
  • Pavel Pavel is a Czech engineer and a researcher who experimented with the Easter Island statues.
  • Jindrich Jindrich was a Czech musician and a composer.
  • In scientific circles, this is known as a tautonym when it applies to taxonomic classifications, where the genus and species of an animal have the same name. For example, Rattus rattus is the rat, Bison bison is the bison, while Puffinus puffinus is... the Manx Shearwater. Minus ten points if you said Puffin. Wikipedia has an incomplete -but not small- list of tautonyms.
    • One that deserves special mention is the Western Lowland Gorilla - Gorilla gorilla gorilla!
    • According to Google Translate the scientific name for modern humans, "Homo sapiens sapiens", means "a wise man is wise".
  • There are also Classic kurashikku examples:
    • Diceros bicornis, the black rhinoceros, is "two horns" in both Greek and Latin.
    • Xiphias gladius, the swordfish, is "sword" in both Greek and Latin.
    • Ursus arctos, the brown bear, is "bear" in, yes, Latin and Greek. However the Latin name comes first in this case, whereas the Greek name comes first in the other two.
    • Equus caballus, the horse, is two different Latin words, both meaning "horse"; however, in this case, equus is Classical Latin, while caballus is a Vulgar Latin borrowing from Gaulish.
  • Guy Fawkes (he of Gunpowder Plot fame) used "John Johnson" as an alias. It wasn't very effective...
  • 20th-century philosopher John McTaggart Ellis McTaggart, author of The Nature of Existence.
  • There's also sci-fi writer Thomas T. Thomas.
  • Writers William Carlos Williams
  • Writer Jerome K. Jerome.
  • William Williams, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
  • U2's set designer is another Willam Williams.
  • Liam Williams, William Mc William, Liam Fitzwilliam, etc. also count. Copper Liam Williamson being a good example.
  • Former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. This one came from his grandfather, Boutros Ghali, who was the first Copt named Prime Minister of Egypt. In his honor, the family changed their surname to "Boutros-Ghali". The later Secretary-General was named after his grandfather.
  • Holling Clancy Holling.
  • Ford Madox Ford (born Ford Madox Hueffer).
  • Cool Runnings actor Doug E. Doug, which is a stage name.
  • Not Cao Cao, legendary warlord of the Three Kingdoms Period and major character of Romance of the Three Kingdoms (and its various adaptations). Though the name seems repetitive when transliterated, in Chinese it is in fact composed of two different, though nearly homophonous, characters: 曹操. For that matter, homonymic names are common in Chinese culture.
  • Jack Johnson, singer.
  • Jack Johnson, boxer.
  • Author of the novel Flatland, Edwin Abbott Abbott. He originally published it under the pseudonym "A. Square" (a double pun; once on his own name and once on the characters of Flatland, whose lower-middle class were literal squares). The original additions simply refer to the author is "A Square", without the period, "A" being the indefinite article and not an initial. The narrator is literally a square.
  • Space Shuttle astronaut Richard Richards. The mind boggles at the unfortunate nicknames that could spawn.
  • Erik Erikson, the psychologist famous for coining the term "identity crisis", was born with the name Erik Salomonson. However, his father was only so in the legal sense, as his mother (also Jewish) had an extramarital affair with a Danish man (possibly) named Erik. Hence...
  • A conservative political commentator Erick Erickson.
  • Afghan Presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.
  • Comic artist and Venture Brothers storyboarder Stephen DeStefano.
  • Welsh band "The Automatic" are known as The Automatic Automatic in America due to a pre-existing act by the name of Automatic. American fans of the Welsh band commonly refer to them by their original name.
  • The word "ben" is Hebrew for son, so the name Benson translates into "son son". Before anyone says, "That's funny, but Benson is an English name," Benson means "Ben's Son", i.e. "Son of Benjamin". Benjamin is of course Hebrew for "Son of my right hand", from "ben" (son) and "yamin" (right). So, by an amusing accident, English isolated the part of the name that means "son" as the nickname for Benjamin... and thus "Benson" is, in a round about way, "Son-son" (son of son).
  • Benjamin Netanyahu's late brother was named Yonatan Netanyahu. Considering that "Yonatan" is a contraction of "Yehonatan" and "Netanyahu" is a reversal of the same name with a slightly different transliteration, his name was basically Jonathan Nathanjo — or Jonathan Nathaniel.
  • New York, New York. "The city so nice they named it twice."
  • Djibouti, Djibouti, in Africa.
  • This was an old stereotype of people from the Scandinavian countries (where patronymic surnames are common), especially when they emigrated to America. This inspired the rhyme "Yon Yonson" (John Johnson).
  • "My Morning Jacket" lead singer Jim James.
  • One of the founding members of The Kinks is named Dave Davies.
  • Griffith Park and Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles are named for one Griffith J. Griffith.
  • San San Te. Different parts of the same page suggest that the second "San" may be part of his last name, or it may be a middle name/part of his first name.
  • There is an area in Arizona known as Table Mesa. Mesa means "table" in Spanish.
  • Simone Simons, lead singer of Epica.
  • Simone Simon, the French actress best known in the United States for Cat People.
  • Loch Lochy
  • Mansa Musa, 14th century emperor of Ghana and Mali.
  • Alexander Alexandrov, composer of the Hymn of the Soviet Union, the Soviet and later, Russian national anthem (at least the tune thereof), and the founding bandleader of the famous Alexandrov Ensenble, the military choir, band, and dance troupe of the Soviet and Russian armed forces, also known as the Red Army Choir.
    • There is another Alexander Alexandrov, a famous Soviet mathematician who made important contributions to probability theory. Both are topped by Alexander Alexandrovich Alexandrov, a son of the composer Alexander Alexandrov above (who gets patronym Alexandrovich as per Russian Naming Convention).
  • Sir Isaac Isaacs, who was both the first Australian-born and first Jewish Governor-General of Australia.
  • The Mexican wave (as often seen in sport stadiums) is called La Ola (Spanish for The Wave) by the Germans. Often you can hear German people talk about "die La Ola-Welle" - "The The Wave-wave"!
  • In a similar vein, the La Brea Tar Pits. "La" = "The" and "Brea" = "Tar". The The Tar Tar Pits.
  • Ramiro "Pedro" Gonzales-Gonzales, a popular contestant on Groucho Marx's You Bet Your Life who went on to become a character actor.
    Groucho: If we got together as an act, what would it be called?
    Pedro: "Gonzalez-Gonzalez and Marx".
    Groucho: Do you believe that? Two men in the act, and I get third billing!
  • Garet Garrett. Born Edward Peter Garrett, officially changed his name to qualify for this trope. It was originally his pen name.
  • Scandinavian languages has rather few "usable" first names for men, so people with names like "Sven Svensson" (Swedish), "Lars Larsen" (Danish), "Halvor Halvorsen" (Norwegian) or "Sigurbjorn Sigurbjornsson" (Icelandic) are not too uncommon.
  • Author, baron, freiherr, politician etc. Yrjö Yrjö-Koskinen
  • In many German dynasties and noble families it was customary to designate the different branches of one house by their residence. If the family name already was taken from a place-name, this could lead to cases as the counts of Salm-Salm (as opposed to their relatives, the counts of Salm-Kyrburg) and the margraves of Baden-Baden (as opposed to those of Baden-Durlach) in the 18th century.
  • The now largely forgotten German writer Ida Marie Luise Sophie Friederike Gustava Countess Hahn (1805-1880) called herself Countess Hahn-Hahn since her wedding to a distant relative, Friedrich Wilhelm Adolf Count Hahn-Basedow.
  • The Austrian satirist Alexander Friedrich Roda (1872-1945), who later emigrated to the US, changed his name to Alexander Roda Roda in 1908.
  • Also from Austria, Field Marshal Josef Wenzel Graf Radetzky von Radetz (1766-1858).
    • Somewhat of an aversion, since Czech name Radetzky means "of Radetz," which is what German "von Radetz" means also. Basically, his name means Joseph Wenceslas, Count of Radetz. The repetition comes from his full title being bilingual, having both Czech and German parts. This is a bicultural consequence of Germanic aristocratic naming convention above.
  • "Sahara" translates to "Desert," so people unwittingly refer to the Sahara as "the Desert Desert."
  • Chris Christie, the current governor of New Jersey.
  • The large Sheftall family of Georgia were influential in founding the city of Savannah and started one of the oldest Jewish communities there. One of them was Sheftall Sheftall. At some point they must have just run out of names.
  • This can happen with foreign foods that are amended with the native name for the food, such as "shrimp scampi."
  • American country singer (of Swedish descent) Kris Kristofferson.
  • Courtney Taylor-Taylor of The Dandy Warhols, though it's a stage name, and his birth name is simply Courtney Taylor. According to him, it started as an in-joke: He had called a friend, and someone else picked up, so he had them write down a message - because he had to repeat his last name to the person on the other end, they wrote his name down as "Courtney Taylor-Taylor".
  • Similarly, Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, former Jethro Tull bassist. His actual name was Jeffrey Hammond, yet he added the second "Hammond" after his mother's maiden name.
  • Character actor Edward Edwards.
  • Arthur MacArthur (I to III), a succession of military officers during the American imperialist era. However, out of this family, the most famous member's name is Douglas.
  • Happens a lot in Jewish names: Naftali Tzvi (Deer Deer), Dov Ber (Bear Bear), Aryeh Leib (Lion Lion) and Ze'ev Wolf (Wolf Wolf). Naftali Tzvi Hirsch is Deer Deer Deer.
  • Lauren Bush (niece of one president of the US and granddaughter of another) married David Lauren to become Lauren Bush Lauren.
  • Eleanor Roosevelt married her cousin Franklin Roosevelt to become Eleanor Roosevelt Roosevelt.
  • Short-lived actor/murderer Milos Milos (real name Miloš Milošević)
  • In baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies land this twice. Not just because of their current name, but also because in 1883 they replaced (and took all their players and staff from) the Worcester Worcesters.
  • Evans Evans was a '60s character actress who appeared in several TV shows and Bonnie and Clyde.
  • American Idol contestant Phillip Phillips.
  • Actress Sasha Alexander. In Russian, "Sasha" is a diminutive of Alexander (or Alexandra).
  • The Egyptian American stand-up comic/actor Ahmed Ahmed.
  • American humorist Hugh Gallagher's alter ego is Belgian "pop star" Von Von Von.
  • For this trope in action, look no further than the kings of Morocco and Jordan. The current king of Morocco is Muhammad VI, son of Hassan II, son of Muhammad V, and his son will be (barring unforeseen unpleasantness) Hassan III. In Jordan, the current king is Abdullah II, son of Hussein, and his son will be Hussein II barring unforeseen unpleasantness.
  • Nyambi Nyambi who plays Samuel on Mike And Molly.
  • River Jordan (river river) and Sahara desert (desert desert).
  • The late chief and father of the present chief of the "Bonnie Scotland Scottish" clan Gregor was called Sir Gregor MacGregor of MacGregor (the MacGregor of McGregor bit being his full surname and is used only by the clan chiefs, the rest of the family use MacGregor).
  • Lake Jaurijärviozerosee in German wartime charts in Lappland. The name means simply lake-lake-lake-lake in Sami, Finnish, Russian and German. The original Sami name is simply jauri ("lake"). Finns then named it Jaurijärvi, Russians Jaurijärviozero and Germans Jaurijärviozerosee without anyone realizing the true meaning of the original Sami name.
  • Henry FitzRoy, Henry VIII's illegitimate son, means "Henry, the King's son" — Henry being the King's name, too, makes him Henry Henrysson.
  • Dan Avidan and Dana Avidan, the children of Avi Avidan and Deb.
  • Jose Chavez y Chavez, an associate of Billy the Kid.
  • Fernando Fernandez (example mentioned above) was actually a Spanish comic artist. Googling reveals he surely has a few namesakes...
  • About *any* Panda bear is named such. (Including the cartoon Panda Tao Tao.)
  • New York radio DJ William B. Williams.
  • The actor Billy Dee Williams, whose full name is William December Williams.
  • Croatian poet Dimitrije Demeter. (Demeter is a very common name on the Balkans, either as first name "Dimitri" or as family name, so he'll probably has a ton of namesakes.)
  • The Los Angeles Angels (of Anaheim) of Major League Baseball. The name inspired jokes that it should be called Los Angeles de Los Angeles in Spanish (although Mexican media, when the team won World Series in 2002, called it Los Serafines).


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