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characters' surnames, if they have one, go with their species. These often come with the middle initial "T," which of course stands for "The," or "J," following an old cartoon tradition. In some cases the species name is used as a surname, but seems to be just a descriptive term, with a definite article, as in "Edd the Duck" or "Kermit the Frog."
Bonus points for making it into an Alliterative Name
Note that, considering surnames originally emerged to be descriptive ("Where's Todd?" "Which Todd? Andrew's son, Todd?" (Anderson) "No, Todd the blacksmith." (Smith) etc.), this is not all that ridiculous. See Race Name Basis
. Considering how inter-species marriages
never seem to happen, (unless they're main characters) it seems likely that a Funny Animal
will have a surname related to their species. Also the fact that all members of a species share a common ancestor.
When it's the species that takes a character's name, it's A Kind of One
. When it's Dog Smith instead of Alice T. Dog, it's A Dog Named Dog
. When it's not the actual species name but a pun on it, that's A Lizard Named Liz
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Anime and Manga
- In Mahou Sensei Negima!, Kotaro Inugami is half-Inugami.
- In the Ariadne Magic Academy we have Catgirls J. von Katze and S. du Chat (whose surnames are, respectively, German and French words for "cat").
- Tony Tony Chopper of One Piece. "Tony" is a nickname based on "tonakai", the Japanese word for "reindeer".
- Bucky OHare. And for bonus points, his one-eyed robot is named "Blinky."
- Bamse. Has pretty much every variant used at some point. (Personal favorite is Unlucky Childhood Friend Vargen's ("The Wolf") object of affection, Virginia Wolf, literary reference and animal surname in one!
- Interestingly, the three main characters all seem to lack surnames, despite two of them being married to women who used to have surnames and the one with a species name still using hers.
- Pretty much everyone on Earth-C in Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew! had a species surname of some sort—-or a species-related * first* name for some (see: Rubberduck's alter-ego of "Byrd Rentals").
- Donald Duck comics show an extended Duck family, including: Gladstone Gander, Gus Goose, Molly Mallard, Cornelius Coot, Lulubelle Loon... you get the idea. Other friends of the family include Scrooge's secretary, miss Emily Quackfaster, or The Professor Ludwig Van Drake. Daisy Duck and Donald Duck aren't related, thankfully. And for bonus points: Donald's father was named... Quackmore.
- Robert Crumb's Shuman the Human may have been named as a parody of this practice.
- The Bone cousins in Bone.
- Lupo Alberto from the eponymous Italian comic character counts, because his name means "Alberto the wolf", but is also his legitimate name AND a pun on 60s actor Alberto Lupo; in the same comic there is also Enrico La Talpa, where "La Talpa" means "The Mole" (which is what he is), but is also his surname.
- Also, the last name of the character Moses is implied to be Bobtail (a character called his father "Mr. Bobtail" on the phone), and he is, in fact, a bobtail dog.
- Most of the characters from U.S. Acres, with the exception of Booker and Sheldon.
- Calamity James' pet Lemming in The Beano is called Alexander Lemming.
- A Polish children's magazine, "Miś", used to publish comics about a little Funny Animal bear going to school with other bears. Oddly enough, while his schoolfriends had normal human names, the protagonist himself had the name "Miś", "bear". Interestingly, "Miś" is also sometimes used in Polish as the diminutive of "Michael".
- The Polish stop-motion children's series Miś Uszatek, about a kinergartener bear and his friends. Nearly everyone were named simply "Hare", "Piglet", etc. Lampshaded in one of the episodes, where Hare mentions that most other hares have more imaginative names (though they're all puns on something hare-related.)
- Many Maleficent fanfics give raven-shapeshifter Diaval a surname that is some foreign version of "raven" or "crow", or sounds similar to it.
- Jabba the Hutt of Star Wars, who actually is a Hutt (this seems to be the case with all Hutts: Durga, Gorga, Zorba, etc.). Jabba's actual full name is "Jabba Desilijic Tiure", but no one ever seems to call him that.
- In Piers Anthony's Xanth series, characters generally take their species classification as a surname such as Smash Ogre, Glory Goblin, Forrest Faun, Che Centaur, Tandy Nymph... On the occasional intrusion of Mundanes into Xanth, most characters are confounded by the existence of an actual last name. They usually just end up being called X Mundane for the duration.
- It gets even better with mixed-species pairings: Glory Goblin married Harold Harpy and had two children: Gloha Goblin-Harpy and Harglo Harpy-Goblin. ....yes.
- The Berenstain Bears children's books. Mama, Papa, Brother and Sister Bear. Brother Bear's original name was Small Bear, until Sister was born and his parents renamed him Brother. Every other character has a bear-related name. Too-Tall Grizzly, Lizzy Bruin, Mayor Honeypot, etc.
- The first Redwall book featured this - John Churchmouse, Colin Vole - though since maybe three characters in total even had "surnames" they may not have been meant to be surnames so much as descriptions. The later books don't use species names as surnames, but species-specific names are common; hedgehogs are almost invariably something like "Spike" or "Stickle" or "Quill."
- Benjy Mouse and Frankie Mouse from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. (As "mouse" is only sometimes capitalized, it's surely not a surname here.)
- Jonathan Livingston Seagull (book and title character) as well as the parody Jonathan Seagull Chicken which uses characters with names like Segal and Fox as personifications of the corresponding animal
- Another parody was Ludwig Von Wolfgang Vulture.
- The children in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe make friends with Mr. and Mrs. Beaver. Mr. Beaver's best friend is apparently Badger. How this naming system works in a country populated largely by talking animals is never really explained, although it disappears later in the series; in the final book we have Jewel the Unicorn and Farsight the Eagle.
- Used on occasion in the Geronimo Stilton series: Sally Ratmousen, Count von Ratoff, Hercule Poirat, etc. Most of the surnames are either mouse-related (Sweetfur, Von Kickpaw) or puns on the character's occupation.
- In The Phantom Tollbooth we have the Spelling Bee, literally a giant bee that is good at spelling. Tock the Watchdog: a dog with a giant clock in his body.
- Would Awful Dynne the living personification of noise count?
- Una Persson, in the Jerry Cornelius stories by Michael Moorcock and others, is also a possibility.
- In Who Censored Roger Rabbit?, Eddie assumes, before meeting Jessica Rabbit, that she's a Toon rabbit. Nope—she's a Toon human, but she married a Toon rabbit and took his last name.
- In the Chinese story collection Liaozhai Zhiyi as well as other paranormal stories in the same period, fox-spirits often take the surname "Hu", which is pronounced the same as "fox" in Chinese.
- In Andre Norton's The Zero Stone, Eet may be this. When he tells Jern he's Eet, Jern asks whether it's his species or name, and he treats the question as silly. Then, he appears to be unique.
Live Action TV
- In NCIS , Ducky's nickname comes from the fact that his name is Donald Mallard. And he's human.
- Replace "species" with "nationality" and a certain engineer from Star Trek counts. He's Scottish and his last name is "Scott," with the nickname "Scotty."
- Monty Python's Flying Circus had the sketch "It's A Tree," starring a talking member of the plant kingdom named Arthur Tree.
- Done in Slylock Fox with the animals, although oddly nobody has the surname "Human."
- Variant: 'The Dog' has such an Embarrassing First Name that he never allows anyone to speak it, leading to everyone calling him 'the dog'.
- Norm T. Platypus in My Cage, along with seemingly everyone else in the comic.
- Also of note: Nearly everyone's middle name is "T.," which seems to imply that everyone's middle name is... "The."
- All the animals in Rupert's world go by this.
- Both followed (Poink T. Ferret, Java Frog, Hump T. Camel, Hugh Manatee, Temp Ferret) and averted (Mutt Barker - illegitimate son of Bob, Arthur Bronswagger, Jimmy Noneck, Shak, Ezra Shawartz, Crappy Shawartz) on The Funday Pawpet Show. One of the newest characters, Cool Old Guy Gof, has a name that stands for Gray Old Fox.
- In The Muppet Show, most Muppets of recognizable non-human species have one or another form of Species Surname.
- Played with in an sketch on Sesame Street, where Kermit the Frog wanted a T-Shirt with his name on it, but the salesman kept mixing it up with shirts for Kermit the "Gorf," "Forg" and "Grof." Naturally, the other Kermits come in one by one for their own shirts.
- Also of Jim Henson, comes Fraggle Rock. Every Fraggle has a surname of Fraggle. Mokey will often use it when scolding another character by calling them by their full name.
- Children's BBC puppet presenters Edd the Duck and Gordon T. Gopher also qualify. In an interview for the Gordon T Gopher Annual, Gordon insists his middle name isn't "The," but refuses to say what it actually is.
- Roland Rat, his brother Little Reggie Rat, and his friends Kevin the Gerbil, Errol the Hamster, Glenis the Guinea Pig, and Fergie the Ferret.
- Kate Monster and Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q (though in this case "monster" is a race, not a species). Lampshaded when someone asks if they're related. They're not, and the exchange is the setup for a song called "Everyone's A Little Bit Racist."
- Stretching the definition of "species" still further, one of the other puppet characters is named Lucy T. Slut.
- Star Fox characters Peppy Hare and Slippy Toad. Also, Fox McCloud, Wolf O'Donnell, and Panther Caroso have their species as their first names.
- Also Pigma Dengar, Leon Powalski (a chameLEON), Bill Grey, a greyhound, and Katt Monroe (cat with a K). Falco Lombardi would resemble a falcon if only he weren't bright blue. Whatever species he may be his name is clearly avian (he is the only bird in the series thus far).
- But the famous Blue Falcon from F-Zero is also blue; the character's color may be a nod to this.
- And Fara Phoenix. Say it. If it sounds like "fennecs" you did it right.
- Several places in Sonic the Hedgehog, though there are some exceptions: Miles "Tails" Prower, Amy Rose... and in the Archie comics, Sonic isn't the titular character's real name. Apparently, his name is Olgivie Maurice Takeshi Hedgehog.
- Sonic Chronicles gives Amy's full name as "Amy Rose the Hedgehog" (i.e., "Amy Rose" is a "double name," but her friends call her "Amy" for short), which makes her a straightforward example in that game.
- This trope is why less informed reporters sometimes call him "Sonic Hedgehog."
- In Pokemon Mystery Dungeon, the various Pokémon the player meets are all named simply by species. (One wonders what happens if two Bulbasaur ever show up in town.) The player, however, can rename his own character and any Pokémon that join his rescue team.
- Lampshaded In the second game. A Teddiursa and Ursaring who were paired together couldn't tell each other apart when the former evolved.
- Your partner is something of an odd case in the first two games, as they introduce themselves with whatever name you chose for them, which potentially makes them the only Pokemon in the world who has a proper name. Gates to Infinity avoids this by having your partner introduce themselves as their species initially, then having them ask you to give them a nickname later (Which they'll claim is the best name ever even if you didn't actually change it).
- Super Mario Bros. tends to feature this heavily with named Toads, Yoshi, Koopas and Goombas, with the most notable example being main villain King Bowser Koopa, simply Koopa in Japan.
- Most mavericks in the Mega Man X series sport species surnames.
- Satori Komeiji of Touhou uses her species as her first name as well: she is a satori, of course.
- Ditto Nue Houjuu.
- Done pretty cleverly in Sly Cooper, where most of the cast has a Meaningful Name of some sort or other. Carmelita Fox is, in fact, a vixen, but "Fox" is an actual surname, of course (for Hispanics, as well, such as Mexican President Vicente).
- Also, unofficially or officially; Bentley Wiseturtle and Murry Hippo. As well as Raleigh The Frog and The Panda King,
- Conker the Squirrel signs his name as "Conker T. Squirrel," which would make 'Squirrel' Conker's last name.
- Sid & Al's Incredible Toons stars Sid E. Mouse and Al E. Cat, doubling as a Punny Name (City Mouse, Alley Cat).
- The PC game Jazz Jackrabbit has the title rabbit's last name and also has Princess Eva Earlong and Devan Shell.
- The title character of the mobile phone game Joustin Beaver is a beaver who looks like Justin Bieber.
- In a rare human example, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim features Vekel the Man, the bartender at the Ragged Flagon.
- One of the protagonists in Psychosomnium is a bee named McBee.
- Banjo-Kazooie games do this a lot. Kazooie even hangs a lampshade on it when the two meet a pig in Banjo-Tooie, and he says his name is Chris. Kazooie is astonished his name isn't pig-related. Her suspicions are confirmed when he gives his full name, Chris P. Bacon.
- Stray animals in The Sims 3 are all named Stray Cat, Stray Dog, and Wild Horse. If adopted by a human family, particularly NPCs, their first name changes to a generic pet name drawn from a list, and their last name may or may not change to the same as the human who adopted them.
- The Adventures Of Massmouth: A worm-like alien named The Worm, though it's not clear if it isn't just a nickname.
- The sentient non-human races in Final Fantasy X use species surnames - Kimahri Ronso and Seymour Guado being the two most prominent (though Seymour is in fact half-human).
- Kevin & Kell uses this trope widely. The main characters are the Dewclaw family, after a specific animal body part; there's a family of foxes with the surname 'Fennec', after a sort of fox with rabbit-like ears, and a local feline mechanic is named Aby Eyeshine (Abyssinian).
- Used extensively in The Suburban Jungle - Starring Tiffany Tiger. An interesting variant used therein is Leona Lioness, who manages to work both species AND gender into her surname...
- Rough Housing, the sequel comic currently in the works, has Charity Cheeger (Cheetah/Tiger hybrid), and Langley Lupina (wolf).
- Grace Sciuridae in El Goonish Shive (Sciuridae being the formal term for the squirrel family). Extra points for her Code Name, Shade Tail, which is what the name actually means in Latin.
- Eric Schwartz's Sabrina Online has a lot of fun with this trope. We have Thomas Wolfe, who is actually only half-wolf; his mother was a fox. He ends up marrying Amy Squirrel, who, not surprisingly, keeps her maiden name. There son ends up being one fourth fox, one fourth wolf, one half squirrel, with the name Timothy Wolf-Squirrel. Meanwhile, Fanon establishes Sabrina's surname as "Mephitidae" (the scientific family to which skunks belong to), while in the strip itself it's a "Where the Hell Is Springfield??" kinda thing.
- And then there's Sheila Vixen. You have to feel sorry for her dad.
- Played with a bit in Pv P Online by Skull the Troll. "Troll" is a straight example, but the "the" actually stands for "Theodore."
- Subverted in Daisy Owl: Daisy isn't an owl, but her adoptive father is.
- Dinosaur Comics' three main characters are all named after their species. Lampshaded in the default subject field under the contact link in this comic.
- The Wotch has Samantha Wolf, a.k.a. "Wolfie," who is human... except during the full moon.
- Everyday Heroes features avian Dolly Bird, and her insect sibling G-Nat, who also uses the alias Nate Diptera (Diptera being an order of insects including gnats, black flies, and midges).
- Melonpool has Sam T. Dogg (admittedly misspelled).
- The Life of Nob T. Mouse brought us Nob T. Mouse (the "T" stands for "The"), Flop Fish and Frederick Rabbitt.
- Femmegasm has Shelly Mander, who is a breed of salamander.
- Andrea Mouse in Horndog.
- In Narbonic when Artie the hyperintelligent hamster is turned into a human, he takes on the pseudonym "Nick Cricetida".
Mell: Where did you get a name like Cricetida, anyway?
Artie: It's my family name.
Mell: Well, duh...
Artie: Cricetidae. A family within the order Rodentia, comprising wood mice, voles, hamsters, and over 70 distinct species of gerbil. One Mongolian species, Meriones unguiculatus, is popular as a pet—
- Poppy O'Possum. The title character is, as you'd probably guessed, an opossum. Though the artist has implied that she's adopted and the O'Possums are mostly a family of cats.
- In Nine to Nine the characters discuss that if a lioness teacher marries a horse, it would be confusing for kids to call her "Mrs. Horse".
- In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob, resident Big Guy Rocko Sasquatch is surprised to learn that he is, in fact, a hairless sasquatch.
- This is the case with all the dinosaur characters in The Tyrannosaur Chronicles. The main character, for example, is Traumador the Tyrannosaur. It is also implied that "the" is their middle name, with the notable exception of one of Traumador's friends, Norman a Centrosaur.
- Paul Hammerbro from Bowser's Kingdom. Known throwing hammers when angry.
- A Cracked Photoplasty ("19 Things Old People Suspect About Modern Culture") mocks people who confuse Justin Bieber with this.
- Bunny's surname, Rabbitwright, is a variant of this and she is, well, duh, a rabbit
- The titular family of The Doctors Of The Cat Family. There are also cats with different surnames (Kit Marican, Hector Kithro), and the one hare character has the surname 'Clearwater'.
- From Killerbunnies, we have Genevieve's last name, "Marshrabbit", her last name being somewhat of a variant and the fact that a marsh rabbit is a subspecies of Brush Rabbit, commonly found in the southern parts of the United States. Another variant is with Iglika, whose last name is "Zayek", which is Bulgarian for "rabbit"
- Nearly all animal characters from Looney Tunes, Walt Disney and Hanna-Barbera, the last as recent as the Shirt Tales.
- Tiny Toon Adventures uses this for a Running Gag; since Buster Bunny and Babs Bunny are the show's Official Couple, every time they introduce themselves together, they have to say, "No relation" afterward. This is eventually commented on in their cameo in an Animaniacs skit. (Noah: "Okay, let's hope not, this is a children's show...")
- Several Walter Lantz characters, including Woody Woodpecker, and his regular opponent, Buzz Buzzard; and Andy Panda.
- Camp Lazlo uses more than one of the name styles mentioned above; at least for those who actually have their last names mentioned (those of the three main characters aren't). Edward uses variation 1 (T. Platypus), Nina, variation 4 (Neckerly, which is alliterative), and some characters' names are exceptions to this: Clogmeyer for Samson, Smiles for Patsy and Lumpus for, well, Scoutmaster Lumpus (his full name is Algonquin C. Lumpus).
- The premise of My Gym Partner's A Monkey is that a clerical error turns human boy Adam Lyon into Adam Lion, causing him to be sent to a school of animals (all of whom actually follow this trope).
- Dinosaurs, the 1991 sitcom, revolved around the Sinclair family. Although the surname isn't a direct species reference, it is a reference to Sinclair Oil and its dinosaur logo.
- In the Disney/Pixar film Cars, many of the characters have names reflective of the brand or style of automobile on which they are based: Mack is a Mack truck, Sally Carerra is a Porsche 911 Carerra, Lizzie is a Ford Model T "Tin Lizzie," Doc Hudson is
a The Fabulous Hudson Hornet, etc.
- A version of the first variation is found in The Animals of Farthing Wood. All of the original animals just have their species as their name: for example, "Fox," "Badger," "Toad" or "Weasel." Their descendants have differing names, though.
- Several Transformers have names that reflect their alternate forms. Bumblebee, who later became Goldbug, turned into a yellow Volkswagen Beetle (bug) in both bodies. There's also Soundwave, who turns into a tape player; Cheetor, Rattrap, Waspinator and any number of others from Beast Wars, and Tankor and Jetstorm of Beast Machines, to name just a few.
- In Transformers Animated it's shown that the name everyone goes by were assigned to them by their drill sargeant in Autobot boot camp, and in Beast Wars they apparently picked their own name upon discovering their new alt-forms.
- An American Tail features Fievel Mousekewitz, Gussie Mausheimer, Tony Toponi (from the Italian topo, which means mouse). It also featured Warren T. Rat, although he was actually a cat in disguise.
- Some of the first Droopy cartoons give his last name as Poodle. One cartoon gives him the name McPoodle.
- Double time for Moose A. Moose, animated host of the children's learning channel Noggin. In case you're wondering, yes he's a moose.
- A fairly creative example can be seen in the civilian name of Darkwing Duck: Drake Mallard. The name has "hey, I'm a duck" written all over it, but they are also genuine names.
- On the other hand, his sidekick is a McQuack.
- It's also hard to tell where his daughter's name would fit in. She's apparently a duck (one episode cites she's got duck molecules, anyway), but her birth parents gave her the name Gosalyn, which sounds more like 'gosling' than anything duck related; she takes 'Mallard' as a last name after Darkwing adopts her.
- Her birth surname is Waddlemeyer. That could reference either ducks or geese. Her birth parents are never pictured, but her grandfather, Professor Waddlemeyer, looks like an obese Ludwig von Drake, or a gray-haired Herb Muddlefoot; presumably a duck.
- But when she adopts a secret identity now and then, the name she uses is Quiverwing Quack. Only ducks and pelicans quack, and Gosalyn is very definitely not a pelican.
- Some of the rest of the cast follows this trope (Such as SHUSH agent Grizzlikoff) but most of them are too busy making other puns (like the scientist Sarah Bellum)
- Bonus points for the city where all this takes place... St. Canard. "Canard," of course, is french for "duck."
- The Mighty Ducks had two of these: Mallory McMallard and Duke L'Orange. Say that latter one out loud. And then there was a character with the first name of Canard (the French for duck). Double bonus points for giving their all-too-human manager the surname Palmfeather.
- Examples from Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers: Rat Capone and his sidekicks Sugar Ray Lizard and Arnold Mousenegger, Fat Cat's lackey Mole, Conrad Cockatoo, Mr. Starfish from Captain Fin's crew, Canina LaFur (from canine). It's highly unlikely, though, that Canina LaFur's evil stuntdog Zsa Zsa Labrador is a Lab Retriever.
- Skunk Fu! uses species given names rather than surnames.
- Played With in Rocko's Modern Life. Heffer Wolfe is a cow who was Raised by Wolves.
- Bonkers D. Bobcat
- Cat Scratch has Human Kimberly. Though it's unlikely that her actual first name is "Human," just about every character calls her that while referring to other humans by regular names.
- From Veggie Tales, there's Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber, Junior Asparagus... Actually, it'd be easier to list counterexamples.
- The Dutch have Alfred J. Kwak. Guess what kind of animal he is.
- Every character in The Caribou Kitchen has this, plus some Added Alliterative Appeal (ie. Claudia Caribou, Abe Anteater etc.)
- Stimpson J. Cat (Ren and Stimpy)
- Jake the Dog, and in a bizarre occurrence, Finn the Human in Adventure Time. According to the creator, Finn is named "Finn the Human" because he is supposedly the Last of His Kind. Note that these aren't their surnames - they're brothers, as Finn was adopted by Jake's parents, so they'd probably have the same surname if it applied to Dogs in the Land of Ooo.
- The princess-heavy show has some fun with this, in that there is even a character named Dr. Princess (it's her surname), who has no apparent connection to royalty.
- Played with in The Nightmare Before Christmas, as while Jack Skellington sounds like a fancy use of this trope, there are some accents that pronounce "skeleton" as "skellington" (see Hot Fuzz for an example).
- Peppa Pig is a straight example. Most are Alliterative Names as well; Suzy Sheep, Rebecca Rabbit, Emily Elephant, Pedro Pony.
- Baloo of The Jungle Book gave his full name as Baloo Bear in TaleSpin.
- Rocky and Bullwinkle has Rocket J. Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose. Their middle initial is a reference to the show's creator, Jay Ward.
- Played straight on Birdz. Most of the cast has their species as a surname, but the central family is Storkowitz.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has Fluttershy's pet rabbit Angel, who is occasionally called Angel Bunny.
- In Season 1, the owner of the doughnut shop in Canterlot was known as Pony Joe. (Or at least, that's what Spike called him.) Later, in Season 2, he's known as Doughnut Joe.
- In Equestria Games, Ms. Harshwhinny constantly refers to Spike as "Mr. The Dragon".
- All of the cat people in SWAT Kats have cat-based punny names. Mayor Manx's surname is a breed of cat (which he isn't one of, him having a tail while Manxes lack one).
- Technically, he could still be one, as only show-quality Manxes lack a tail. There also exist "stumpy" and "longy" Manxes, which have, respectively, partial or full tails.
- In Spongebob Squarepants, Mr. Krabs (Eugene H. Krabs) is a crab. Plankton also has this trope; "Plankton's Army" revealed that his full name is Sheldon J. Plankton. Patrick is a semi-example. He's a starfish (or, more properly, a sea star) and his name is "Patrick Star". Also, there's Squidward Quincy Tentacles, who's, well, a squid. Of course, SpongeBob himself probably counts too. (And he also wears square pants...)
- Human (surname)
- Markus 'Notch' Persson, creator of Minecraft, is a person. (Though it's actually pronounced more like "passion".)
- It's the 8th most common surname in Sweden (spelling variants actually include "Person"); unsurprisingly, it is actually a variant of "Peterson". Between 1996-2006, Göran Persson was the Swedish equivalent of prime minister.
- Subverted by the actress Leslie Mann, who is not a man.
- Writers Heinrich, Thomas and Klaus Mann were men, though. By the way, in olden days "man" also had the meaning "human being", not just "adult male human being".
- There is a Huguenot family with the surname L'Homme de Courbičre, one of whom was a Prussian general who became famous for the defense of the fortress of Graudenz (Grudziadz) in 1807.
- A common April Fools' Day prank is to ring a zoo and ask to speak to a "Mr. G. Raffe", or somesuch.
- Universities will sometimes use their mascot's name and its species name as a placeholder name in this way when showing students how to fill out forms or the like.