->'''Sallah''': Please, what does it always mean, this... this "Junior"?\\
'''Professor Henry Jones''': That's his name. (points to himself) Henry Jones (points to Indy) Junior.\\
'''Indiana Jones''': I like "Indiana".\\
'''Professor Henry Jones''': [[WeNamedTheDogIndiana We named the ]]''[[WeNamedTheDogIndiana dog ]]''[[WeNamedTheDogIndiana Indiana]].
-->-- ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade''

When a character needs a name that tells the audience right away how [[AwesomeMcCoolname awesome]] they are, this trope is one way to do it. The character will have a first name that's interesting and long - [[RuleOfThree at least three syllables long]] - contrasted by short and unremarkable last name.

Similarly to MisterStrangenoun, the first name is sometimes a cool-sounding noun that isn't normally used as a name. It could also be a made-up word, or an actual name, but only one that's rare enough to still sound unique.

For the last name, "Smith" and "Jones" are the two most used, but any one-syllable name that sounds common and unremarkable also works.

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!! Keeping up with the Joneses:

[[AC:AnimeAndManga]]
* ''MontanaJones''.

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* ''ComicBook/DesolationJones'' - While this is not the character's name, the series title fits the bill.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* Franchise/IndianaJones - As pointed out in the quote above, his real name is Henry Jones, Junior, but everyone remembers it as the name of the franchise.
* Film/CleopatraJones.
* [[Film/JamesBond Christmas Jones]] from ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''.
* Motherfucker Jones from ''Film/HorribleBosses''.
* ''Film/TheVillain'' has old-time prospector Parody Jones and his beautiful daughter Charming Jones (named after the first thing Parody said when he found out he had a daughter).
* Jupiter Jones in ''Film/JupiterAscending'' (No relation to ''Literature/TheThreeInvestigators'').

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Literature/{{Coraline}} Jones.
* Jupiter Jones of ''Literature/TheThreeInvestigators''.
* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels are prone to this, with characters such as Eskarina Smith and Legitimate First (can't blame a mother for being proud). Young witches also often go through a phase of reinventing themselves with elaborate first names.
* An inverted example in the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'': Ben Adaephon Delat, aka "Quick Ben."

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* Parodied in ''LookAroundYou'' series 2 with Computer Jones and Synthesizer Patel.
* Cyrano Jones, the merchant in [[Recap/StarTrekS2E15TheTroubleWithTribbles "The Trouble with Tribbles"]]
* Forgetful Jones, of ''Series/SesameStreet''.
* [[Series/{{Glee}} Mercedes Jones]]
* '' {{Series/The 100}}'': Octavia Blake.

[[AC:{{Radio}}]]
* Inverurie Jones in the ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' SpinOff ''Radio/HamishAndDougal'' episode "Inverurie Jones And The Thimble Of Doom".
* Rochester Van Jones of ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram''.

[[AC:{{Theatre}}]]
* TheMusical ''Lysistrata Jones''. The play's about a modern high schooler pulling a LysistrataGambit.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* Eulogy Jones from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''.
* ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters'' has an entire family of these spread across all three games and several centuries. The three that are introduced are Peekaboo Jones in 1965, his great-great-grandfather, Elijah Jones from the 1800's and Mordecai Jones from the Robot Wars in the 2200's.
* ''VideoGame/TempleRun'' and its sequel has Indiana Jones's CaptainErsatz Montana Smith.

[[AC:WebComics]]
* Babylon Jones from ''Webcomic/ExploitationNow''.
* Parodies of Franchise/IndianaJones from ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' include North Dakota, Minnesota and Montana Jones.
* Tigerlily Jones in ''Webcomic/SkinHorse.'' Her real name, Berenice, also qualifies.

[[AC:WebOriginal]]
* "Springboard Jones, the Divin' Detective! Vomitorium Jones, the Pukin' P.I.!" - Ludic Log

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* ''Film/OsmosisJones''
* The menacing Opera Singer in the WesternAnimation/BugsBunny short "Long-haired Hare". Giovani Jones. [[Creator/ChuckJones You know who directed it.]]

[[AC:RealLife]]
* Orlando Jones.
* The [[http://www.atlantaciviccenter.com/ civic center in Atlanta, GA]] is named for one Boisfeuillet Jones. No, really.
* Creator/CleolindaJones.
* Rashida Jones, the daughter of Quincy Jones.
* The actress January Jones.
* Aphrodite Jones.
* Seventeenth-century architect Inigo Jones.

!!Namesmithing:

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* Sierra Smith, a Western private eye in Franchise/TheDCU.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'' featured a background forklift named Nebuchanezzar Schmidt.
* [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060748/ Nevada Smith]], which supposedly inspired the name "Franchise/IndianaJones".
* Jefferson Smith, the eponymous Smith of ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington''.

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* OlderThanTelevision: Literature/NorthwestSmith from C. L. Moore's early science fiction.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Zacharias Smith
** Hepzibah Smith
* Creator/TerryPratchett has two Indy parodies: Howondaland Smith, Balrog Hunter in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' and Alabama Smith in ''[[Literature/JohnnyMaxwellTrilogy Only You Can Save Mankind]]''.
* Predating Indy is Innocent Smith, of ''[[Creator/GKChesterton Manalive]]''.
* Sci-fi author Creator/RobertAHeinlein was very fond of this trope, most often with the surname "Smith". His characters included Valentine Michael Smith, Woodrow Wilson Smith, and Johann Sebastian Bach Smith.
* [[Creator/JTEdson Waxahachie Smith]]
* Eddington Smith, the soft-spoken bookseller in the ''[[Literature/TheCatWhoSeries Cat Who...]]'' books.
* Septimus Smith from ''Literature/MrsDalloway''. [[Creator/VirginiaWoolf Woolf]] lampshades this trope:
-->London has swallowed up many millions of young men called Smith; thought nothing of fantastic Christian names like Septimus with which their parents have thought to distinguish them.
* Elmer Brown Mason's PulpMagazine swamp-guide Wandering Smith.



[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* In a ''Series/K9AndCompany'' annual, one story reveals that Sarah Jane Smith has a great-uncle who's an archaeologist called Africana Smith.
* Jeremiah Smith, minor character in ''Series/TheXFiles''.
* Dr. Zachary Smith, sneaky stowaway main character in ''Series/LostInSpace''.
* [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Malcolm Peter Brian Telescope Adrian Umbrella Stand Jasper ]][[DayOfTheWeekName Wednesday ]][[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus (pops mouth twice) Stoatgobbler John Raw Vegetable (sound effect of horse whinnying) Arthur Norman Michael (blows squeaker) Featherstone Smith (blows whistle) Northgot Edwards Harris (fires pistol, which goes 'whoop') Mason (chuff-chuff-chuff) Frampton Jones Fruitbat Gilbert (sings) 'We'll keep a welcome in the' (three shots, stops singing) Williams ]][[RunningGag If I Could Walk That Way ]][[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Jenkin (squeaker) Tiger-draws Pratt Thompson (sings) 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head' Darcy Carter (horn) Pussycat 'Don't Sleep In The Subway' Barton Mannering (hoot, 'whoop') Smith.]]

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* ''VideoGame/TheSims2'': Pollination Technician #9 Smith of Strangetown.
* Jocinda Smith of ''VideoGame/BackyardSports''.
* In the early 90s, Apogee Software published several shareware adventure games starring an Indiana Jones parody called Alabama Smith (most notably ''VideoGame/{{Paganitzu}}''). Recently, there's been [[ContinuityReboot a bit of a revival of the protagonist]] in [[http://www.mobygames.com/game-group/alabama-smith-series a series of new adventure games for the iPad]].

[[AC:RealLife]]
* RealLife: Jefferson Randolph Smith, better known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soapy_Smith "Soapy"]]
* Also Oregon politician Jefferson Smith, founder of the Bus Project (a progressive organization which encourages young people to get involved in politics)
* Creator/CordwainerSmith
* Music/ElliottSmith, singer/songwriter
* [[Creator/EEDocSmith Edward Elmer Smith, Ph.D]]

!!Other Surnames:

[[AC:ComicBooks]]
* [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} Jubilation Lee]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}}'s Hamilton Hill
* [[ComicBook/TheIncredibleHercules Amadeus Cho]]
* Manchester Black, Franchise/{{Superman}}'s nemesis in the landmark ''Action Comics'' #775
* Jefferson Pierce, AKA ComicBook/BlackLightning, one of the first major African-American superheroes.

[[AC:{{Film}}]]
* [[Film/TheFifthElement Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg]]
* Caractacus Potts (Creator/DickVanDyke) in ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'' (and a similarly named character in Creator/IanFleming's [[AdaptationDisplacement lesser-known]] children's book on which it was based).

[[AC:{{Literature}}]]
* Literature/EncyclopediaBrown - His real name is Leroy, but no one calls him that.
** Maybe because [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad,_Bad_Leroy_Brown Leroy Brown]] is a bad, bad name?
* Children's Book: Dinosaur Bob
* Lavender Brown from ''Franchise/HarryPotter''.
** And Sirius Black and Severus Snape.
*** Arabella Figg, Nymphadora Tonks (and Andromeda Tonks, nee Black), Broderick Bode, Caractacus Burke, Bartemius Crouch, Elphias Doge, Marvolo Gaunt, Augustus Pye, Pomona Sprout, Emeric Switch, Emmeline Vance, Romilda Vane, and pretty much all the other Blacks. Thank you, Wikipedia.
* In Creator/LSpragueDeCamp's ''Solomon's Stone'', the hero finds himself in a world populated by the figures people daydream of being. Everyone has a Sesquipedalian Smith name, indicating first the daydream and then the mundane reality.
* [[Literature/AdventuresOfHuckleberryFinn Huckleberry Finn]]
* [[Literature/ToKillAMockingbird Atticus Finch]]
* [[Literature/TheLegendOfSleepyHollow Ichabod Crane]]
* '''[[Literature/CiaphasCain CIAPHAS CAIN]], [[FakeUltimateHero HERO OF THE]] - [[OverusedRunningGag aaaah, screw it]].
* Creator/CharlesDickens liked these too: [[Literature/DavidCopperfield Uriah Heep]], Barnaby Rudge, and of course [[Literature/AChristmasCarol Ebenezer Scrooge]].
* Digory Kirke and Eustace Clarence Scrubb from ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia''.
* [[Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray Dorian Gray]].
* In Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/NightWatch'', the gravedigger's name is Legitimate First. ("Can't blame his mother for being proud.")
* Nobody Owens from ''Literature/TheGraveyardBook''.
* SolomonKane
* British romance author Betty Neels frequently did this to her heroines, and the more egregious cases (such as Brittania Smith and Eustacia Crump) were usually {{Lampshaded}}.
* Andromeda "Andi" Slate from the ''Literature/ViridianSaga''.

[[AC:LiveActionTV]]
* InspectorMorse, who was finally revealed to have the exotic first name "Endeavour".
* [[Series/PushingDaisies Emerson Cod]].
* Series/VeronicaMars
* [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Kimberly Hart]]
* Series/RemingtonSteele
* Gabriel Gray from ''Series/{{Heroes}}''.
* Captain Benjamin Franklin Pierce, better known as Hawkeye, from ''Series/{{MASH}}''.
* [[Series/CSIMiami Horatio Caine]]
* [[Series/{{Glee}} Sebastian Smyth]]
* Perpugilliam Brown, aka Peri, from ''Series/DoctorWho''.

[[AC:ProfessionalWrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}} Moore, and some of her other names to a lesser extent (Georgia Brown, SergeantRock)
* Former Wrestling/{{TNA}} X-Division wrestler Consequences Creed, now known in Wrestling/{{WWE}} as Wrestling/XavierWoods.

[[AC:{{Toys}}]]
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'': Optimus Prime

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim''
* The ''VideoGame/{{Zork}}'' games feature a character named Antharia Jack. He's a movie star known for playing ''IndianaJones''-style roles, but his character's name is his own.
* [[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations Calisto Yew]]
* [[VideoGame/{{Prototype}} Elizabeth Greene]].

[[AC:WebComics]]
* [[Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt Antimony Carver]], though that's two syllables.

[[AC:WebOriginal]]
* Warrick Kaine, Laurel Brant, and Brother Right, to name a few from ''Literature/TheDescendants''.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'': Juniper Lee
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': Yosemite Sam
* ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': Prometheus Black
* Rentwhistle Swack of ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand''.
* ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'': Eustace and Muriel Bagge
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'': Remington Smisse
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Pinkamena Diane Pie
* ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'': SpoiledBrat antagonist Montana Max

[[AC:RealLife]]
* Orangejello Brown and Lemonjello Brown. [[http://www.snopes.com/racial/language/names.asp Well, except not.]]
* Capability Brown (not his real name)... and his ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' counterpart: Bloody Stupid Johnson (his less famous contemporaries being Sagacity Smith and Intuition de vere Slade-Gore.
* Former US President Rutherford Hayes
** Preceded by Ulysses S. Grant, though his full name was Hiram Ulysses Seward Grant.
* Some Naming Guides actually suggest giving longer names to children born in families with a small surname.
* Creator/HarrisonFord. Seems like the Indy connections have come full circle.
* Creator/KeanuReeves
* Immanuel Kant, philosopher.
* Creator/ElijahWood, actor.
* Cameron Crowe, film director.
* Julianne Moore, actress.
* Montgomery Clift, actor.
* Susannah York, actress.
* Mackenzie Crook, actor.
* Oliver Platt, actor.
* Timothy Spall, actor.
* Naomi Watts, model and actress.
* Alejandro Sanz, singer.
* Vivien Leigh, actress.
* Creator/JosephineTey, author of mystery novels.
* Ezekiel Hart, politician and entrepreneur.
* Creator/GregoryPeck, actor.
* PenÚlope Cruz, actress.
* Thelonious Monk, musician.
* Lucian Freud, painter.
* Creator/VirginiaWoolf, writer.
* Creator/FairuzaBalk, actress.
* Elisha Gray, inventor.
* Rosamund Pike, actress.
* Marian Keyes, romance novelist.
* Creator/DeborahKerr, actress.
* Adelaide Kane, actress.
* Angharad James, 17th century Welsh poet.
* Awadagin Pratt, concert pianist.
* Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, an actor who played Mombasa in ''Film/{{Predators}}''.
* Music/SufjanStevens, musician. Has a brother named Marzuki Stevens and a sister named Djohariah.
* UsefulNotes/NickClegg has three sons, named Antonio, Alberto, and Miguel. Apparently, his Spanish wife, Miriam, insisted on this trope if all three were to have the surname "Clegg."
* Vannevar Bush, 20th century American engineer.
* [=Supermodel=] [[Creator/ElleMacPherson Elle [=MacPherson=]]] has played this straight and inverted. She was born Eleanor Gow. Her parents divorced when she was young and her mother married a man named [=MacPherson=]. Eleanor took the last name and shortened her first name for balance.
* Common in the NFL, with strange names combined with average or short surnames, such as D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Ndamukong Suh and Laveranues Coles.
* BBC Radio 4 newsreader Zeb Soanes' full first name is Zebedee.
* Giancarlo Stanton, baseball player. His full name is "Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton", but for the early years of his professional career he was simply known as "Mike Stanton". After the 2012 season, he insisted that he be referred to on a FirstNameBasis.
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