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Overly Long Name: Real L Ife
  • It's common in many cultures to list the surnames or given names of preceding generations (usually gender specific) as part of an individual's name. Sometimes, the number of generations listed in a name can reach 10 or more, depending on the memory and traditions of a particular family.
    • Something that could make names even longer is the practice of adding the names of religious saints along with the given and surnames.
  • The director of The Lives of Others, Florian Maria Georg Christian Graf Henckel von Donnersmarck. As the "Graf" bit indicates, he's a count.
  • Los Angeles was originally known as El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Angeles del Río de Porciúncula (Translation: "The City of Our Lady, Queen of the Angels of the River of Porciúncula"). Now one can see why they just call the place L.A.
    • Albuquerque, New Mexico, started out as El Bosque Grande de San Francisco de Javier. Bosque means "woods".
  • Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, Wales. It incidentally comprises a visitor centre telling you how great the place is and selling souvenirs, a railway station with a very long nameplate, and some houses. Talk about not living up to the hype. The alternative (and funny) tourist guide Bollocks To Alton Towers marvels at how Llanfair PG (the town's condensed name) has made a tourist attraction out of nothing more than a funny name. You might think it's unfair picking on the town, because it can't help what it's named... you'd be wrong. The town was deliberately renamed as a tourism gimmick when the railroad came through; before that it was just plain Llanfairpwllgwyngyll, which is still its name on official road signs and maps.
    • One episode of The Goodies showed the trio getting into a train at said station. As it moves off, the station roof can be seen through the window, with the name painted on it in large letters. The train eventually reaches the end of the name, and they get out again.
    • And then there's Gorsafawddacha'idraigodanheddogleddollônpenrhynareurdraethceredigion, a railway station named so in order to outdo the above-mentioned town. Better known as Golf Halt.
    • It means 'St. Mary's Church in the the hollow of the white hazel near the rapid whirlpool and the church of St Tysilio with a red cave'.
  • Royals and nobility tend to have long strings of names. Some of the more prominent examples (titles are not names and have been omitted):
    • The full name of King Edward VIII of Britain (January-December 1936) was Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David Windsor.
      • "Windsor" is normally omitted, because the House of Windsor (being a royal family) don't actually use a surname, the assumption presumably being that everybody already knows what family they're from. In situations where a surname is needed, such as the obligatory military service, British royals normally use their highest title as if it were a surname, combined with only their first name. As such, during World War I, Edward (Prince of Wales at the time) would have gone by "Edward Wales". Those members of the House of Windsor who don't have a title of their own (ie those near the bottom of the line of succession to the throne) are only ones who actually use the Windsor surname (or Mountbatten-Windsor, for those descended from Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip Mountbatten).
    • That guy Diana used to be married to is actually named "Charles Philip Arthur George Mountbatten-Windsor". Amusingly, Diana actually forgot his name when it came to say her vows, giving it as "Charles Arthur Philip George".
      • Mocked mercilessly in The Now Show's coverage of the Charles/Camilla wedding:
        Registry: Say after me. I, Charles Arthur Philip George [Charles repeats] Have more names than I really need [Charles repeats] And you only ever hear them at weddings [Charles repeats] And even then, someone usually gets them wrong.
        Charles: No wonder she thought there were three people in the marriage.
        Registry: Do you, Charles Arthur da-dee-da-dah whatever take Camilla Magilla Gorilla Driller Killer Bootzilla Cilla Britney Chardonnay Parker Knoll Recliner Bowles...
      • The "Charles Philip Arthur George" bit is fairly important: when he (almost) inevitably takes the throne, Prince Charles will be faced with a tough choice: whether to use his name as his regnal name. This has little to do with his personal reputation; rather, it has to do with the historical associations of the phrase "King Charles". Knowing what Charles I and II were like, do we really want King Charles III? As for his other names, the last time Britain had a King Philip was the Spanish husband of the rather notorious Queen Mary, and calling himself King Arthur would likely be seen as rather presumptuous. The man himself has stated an inclination to be known as "George VII" should he take the throne (as the last couple of Georges have been well-liked and generally respected).
      • King Arthur has a nice ring to it.
    • France had Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de la Fayette. Yanks just called him "Lafayette".
    • The full name of Pedro II of Brazil was Pedro de Alcântara João Carlos Leopoldo Salvador Bibiano Francisco Xavier de Paula Leocádio Miguel Gabriel Rafael Gonzaga.
    • His father, Pedro I of Brazil/IV of Portugal, was worse: Pedro de Alcântara Francisco António João Carlos Xavier de Paula Miguel Rafael Joaquim José Gonzaga Pascoal Cipriano Serafim...
    • Empress Maria Theresa Walburga Amalia Christina Habsburg, the last ruling Habsburg.
    • The kings of Saxony (a constituent kingdom of the German Empire), of the House of Wettin:
      • Frederick Augustus I: Frederick Augustus Joseph Maria Anton Johann Nepomuk Aloys Xavier von Wettin
      • Anton: Anton Clemens Theodor Maria Joseph Johann Evangelista Johann Nepomuk Franz Xavier Aloys Januar von Wettin
      • Frederick Augustus II: Frederick Augustus Albert Maria Clemens Joseph Vincenz Aloys Nepomuk Johann Baptista Nikolaus Raphael Peter Xavier Franz de Paula Venantius Felix von Wettin (!) - Yes, he really did have 20 names.
      • Johann: Johann Nepomuk Maria Joseph Anton Xavier Vincenz Aloys Franz de Paula Stanislaus Bernhard Paul Felix Damasus von Wettin
      • Albert: Frederick Augustus Albert Anton Ferdinand Joseph Karl Maria Baptist Nepomuk Wilhelm Xaver Georg Fidelis von Wettin
      • Georg: Friedrick Augustus Georg Ludwig Wilhelm Maximilian Karl Maria Nepomuk Baptist Xavier Cyriacus Romanus von Wettin
      • Frederick Augustus III: Friedrick Augustus Johann Ludwig Karl Gustav Gregor Philipp von Wettin
    • The last crown prince of Austria Otto von Habsburg's birth name was Franz Josef Otto Robert Maria Anton Karl Max Heinrich Sixtus Xaver Felix Renatus Ludwig Gaetan Pius Ignatius von Habsburg. Later in life, he was forced by Austria to drop the von from his name, and his legal name was just Otto Habsburg-Lothringen.
    • Spanish royals tended to name their children after saints and in one case, the parents went way overboard, naming their son Alfonso Maria Isabel Francisco Eugenio Gabriel Pedro Sebastian Pelayo Fernando Francisco de Paula Pio Miguel Rafael Juan José Joaquin Ana Zacarias Elisabeth Simeón Tereso Pedro Pablo Tadeo Santiago Simon Lucas Juan Mateo Andrès Bartolomé Ambrosio Geronimo Agustin Bernardo Candido Gerardo Luis-Gonzaga Filomeno Camilo Cayetano Andrès-Avelino Bruno Joaquin-Picolimini Felipe Luis-Rey-de-Francia Ricardo Esteban-Protomartir Genaro Nicolas Estanislao-de-Koska Lorenzo Vicente Crisostomo Cristano Dario Ignacio Francisco-Javier Francisco-de Borja Higona Clemente Esteban-de-Hungria Ladislado Enrique Ildefonso Hermenegildo Carlos-Borromoeo Eduardo Francisco-Régis Vicente-Ferrer Pascual Miguel-de-los-Santos Adriano Venancio Valentin Benito José-Oriol Domingo Florencio Alfacio Benére Domingo-de-Silos Ramon Isidro Manuel Antonio de Todos los Santos de Borbón. The "de Todos los Santos" is actually a phrase that means "all saints" so they named him after a ton of saints and then threw the rest in there for good measure. You might also notice that there are a few repetitions. For example, "Francisco" (including a pair of hyphenated names) is used five times, in honor of five different saints named Francisco. It was and to an extent still is a popular name, after all.
      • Another example, much shorter, is Jaime Pío Juan Carlos Bienvenido Sansón Pelayo Hermenegildo Recaredo Álvaro Fernando Gonzalo Alfonso María de los Dolores Enrique Luis Roberto Francisco Ramiro José Joaquín Isidro Leandro Miguel Gabriel Rafael Pedro Benito Felipe de Borbón y Borbón-Parma, a Carlist claimant to the throne of Spain under the name Jaime III and the Legitimist claimant to the throne of France under the name Jacques I.
    • Germany offers their former Secretary of the Economy and Secretary of Defense: his full name is Karl-Theodor Maria Nikolaus Johann Jacob Philipp Franz Joseph Sylvester Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg, where Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg is his last name and everything else his first names; he goes by Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. As you might expect, he's the descendant of an old noble Bavarian family .
    • Bangkok's full ceremonial name, given by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, and later edited by King Mongkut, is: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Phiman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit. In English, this translates to The city of angels, the great city, the eternal jewel city, the impregnable city of God Indra, the grand capital of the world endowed with nine precious gems, the happy city, abounding in an enormous Royal Palace that resembles the heavenly abode where reigns the reincarnated god, a city given by Indra and built by Vishnukarma. Yep.
    • Andriatsimitoviaminandriandehibe, King of Madagascar. Kudos to whoever manages to spell that one right. The name means Lord-who-doesn't-resemble-any-other-great-lord.
    • Roman Nikolai Maximilian von Ungern-Sternberg (if you were addressing him in German) or Roman Fyodorovich von Ungern-Shternberg (in Russian). An Baltic-German officer in the Imperial Russian army who was batshit insane and briefly set himself up as the tyrant conqueror of Mongolia during the Russian Civil War.
    • His Royal Highness Franz Joseph II Maria Aloys Alfred Karl Johannes Heinrich Michael Georg Ignaz Benediktus Gerhardus Majella von und zu Liechtenstein.
    • Major Heinrich Alexander Ludwig Peter Prinz von und zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, German World War II night fighter ace with 83 victories. "Prinz" is the title of nobility and not part of his name. His military rank was Major. He used just the name "Wittgenstein" for letters and radio communication.
    • The last king of Laos was named Samdach Brhat Chao Mavattaha Sri Vitha Lan Xang Hom Khao Phra Rajanachakra Lao Parama Sidha Khattiya Suriya Varman Brhat Maha Sri Savangsa Vadhana.
    • The names of the Roman emperors became progressively longer from the only-slightly-longer-than-the-average-Roman Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus as time went on, reaching its peak during the Crisis of the Third Century with Gordian II, whose full name was Caesar Marcus Antoninus Gordianus Sempronianus Romanus Africanus Augustus.
    • Ancient Egypt's pharaohs, particularly later ones (specifically, around 1500 B.C. onwards), tended to have quite long names by the sole virtue of their full name being made of five separate names, but Tutankhamun takes the cake by being an extreme demonstration of the fact that each name can technically be made of more than one "name"; his full name is "Kanakht Tutmesut Neferhepusegerehtawy Werahamun Nebrdjer Wetjeskhausehetepnetjeru Heqamaatsehetepnetjeru Wetjeskhauitefre Wetjeskhautjestawyim Nebkheperure Tutankhamun Hekaiunushema". Oh, and before he was crowned (and was pressured to suppress his father Akhenaten's Atenism cult) he used to be known as "Tutankhaten".
  • All this was actually averted by one of the more famous British monarchs, Queen Victoria. She was threatened with the name Victoria Georgina Alexandrina Charlotte Augusta at her christening, but her uncle, the soon-to-be King George IV, vetoed them, because he didn't want her to have any traditional royal names. After a short argument where her mother burst into tears, she was christened Alexandrina Victoria ("Alexandrina" after her godfather Alexander I of Russia, to piss off her anti-Russian uncle, and "Victoria" after her mother). Luckily, when she took the throne she decided to use the name Victoria, otherwise her reign would've been called the Alexandrinan Age.
  • There are many instances of long Hispanic names:
    • Pablo Picasso's real name was Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno Marí­a de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santí­sima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruiz y Picasso. The only surnames in there are "Ruiz" and "Picasso" at the end, used in standard Spanish fashion (the first is his father's surname and the second his mother's, joined by an "y" as per a now outdated convention). The rest are given names his parents piled on him to honour various saints and relatives - naming children after those is common in Spanish, but it seems to have got out of control here.
      • Technically Picasso's surname was actually "Ruiz".
    • Not at all unusual with older Hispanic names; Simón Bolí­var's full name was Simón José Antonio de la Santísima Trinidad Bolívar Palacios y Blanco and Francisco Franco's full name was Francisco Paulino Hermenegildo Teódulo Franco y Bahamonde, Salgado-Araujo y Pardo de Andrade.
    • On the topic of long Spanish full names, the singer and actress Charo has a full name that goes as follows: María Rosario Pilar Martínez Molina Moquiere de les Esperades Santa Ana Romanguera y de la Najosa Rasten. Yeah, "Charo" is perfectly fine.
    • The late Roger Caesar Marius Bernard de Delgado Torres Castillo Roberto, otherwise known as Roger Delgado. But you may know him as The Master.
    • Diego Rivera was Diego María de la Concepción Juan Nepomuceno Estanislao de la Rivera y Barrientos Acosta y Rodríguez.
  • In general, traditional Arabic names can often be overly long. The concept of surnames didn't exist in any widespread form in many Arab countries until actually fairly recently; family names were occasionally used for, and by the individual members of, ruling dynasties and other powerful families, but the average Joe (or, in this case, the average Yusuf) would have to settle for being named "son of such-and-so" or "of such-and-such place" or "of such-and-such description", and sometimes all of them at once, Osama bin Muhammed bin Awad bin Laden being one particularly infamous example.
    • Or the Arab mathematician Abū Kāmil, Shujāʿ ibn Aslam ibn Muḥammad Ibn Shujāʿ
    • The father-in-law of Muhammad (SAW) may take the cake: Abdullah ibn 'Uthman ibn Amir ibn Amr ibn Ka'ab ibn Sa'ad ibn Taym ibn Murrah ibn Ka'ab ibn Lu'ai ibn Ghalib ibn Fihr al-Quraishi, better known as Abu Bakr/Bakar.
  • Traditional Hebrew names are quite similar to Arabic names (unsurprising given the closeness of the cultures). As an example "Paltiel Yeshai ben Pesach Yonah ha Cohen" breaks down as "two-part-given-name son-of father's-two-part-given-name of-the-tribe-of take-your-pick-from-the-11-tribes-2-half-tribes-hereditary-high-priesthood-or-ethnic-subgroup-of-converts". That last bit is true, FYI, although most of the 12 tribes are considered deceased, leaving the tribes of Israel and Levi the only ones officially recognized, with the Cohanim, who are the aforementioned hereditary high-priesthood, being part of the tribe of Levi and officially descended from Moses and Aaron. There are several non-Semitic groups of Jews who have other appelations if they even bother to use Hebrew naming customs.
  • Sports example: NHL star Jarome Iginla's full name is Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla. Calgary Flames fans just call him Iggy.
  • A major league baseball example: Russell Nathan Jeanson Coltrane Martin, Jr. He's actually planning to change the name on the back of his jersey from "Martin" to "J. Martin" for his middle middle name, Jeanson, which was his mother's maiden name.
  • College basketball gives us a combo of an unpronounceable first name with an overly long last name (and a cool middle name, which he uses instead of the first name): Grlenntys Chief Kickingstallionsims Jr., of the Alabama State Hornets.
  • In the NBA, Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo. His wife's name? Rose.
    • The longest name ever given to a serious cricketer was owned by a Fijian player called Ilikena Lasarusa Talebulamainavaleniveivakabulaimainakulalakebalau, which roughly translates to "returned alive from Nakula Hospital at Lakemba island In the Lau group". Fortunately for scorers he shortened it to I. L. Bula when playing.
      • Some players from the sub-continent, especially Sri Lanka, also joins in on this trope: Former Sri Lankan star Chaminda Vaas' full name goes Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas. Add to that Denagamage Proboth Mahela de Silva Jayawardene, Kulasekara Mudiyanselage Dinesh Nuwan Kulasekara, and Herath Mudiyanselage Rangana Keerthi Bandara Herath, and you can see why it became a running gag amongst TV commentators to pronounce their full names without messing up along the way.
  • France's former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin has for full name "Dominique Marie François René Galouzeau de Villepin".
  • French President "Nicolas Paul Stéphane Sarközy de Nagy-Bocsa"? (He has Hungarian ancestors.)
  • Truth in Television... not. Science Fiction author and editor Lester del Rey (founder of Del Rey Books) often claimed that his full name was Ramon Felipe San Juan Mario Silvio Enrico Smith Heartcourt-Brace Sierra y Alvarez del Rey y de los Uerdes. Which sounds a lot more evocative than his real name... Leonard Knapp.
  • A hill in Hawke's Bay, New Zealand goes by the name Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu. It's Maori for "a guy with huge knees and who accomplished a lot sang a romance song here". It's gained a measure of fame as it is the longest place-name found in any English-speaking country, and it is the second longest place-name in the world.
  • Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg in Webster, Massachusetts (for no other reason than cultural aggression, better known as "Webster Lake"). It's apparently Algonquian for "fishing place at the boundary", or as some wags like to translate it, "I fish on my side, you fish on your side, nobody fishes in the middle."
  • The longest one word place name in Finland is Äteritsiputeritsipuolilaudatsijänkkä, a marsh in Salla, Finland (The name appears to be pure gibberish, but it it real). The longest place name is Semmoinen niemi, jossa käärme koiraa pisti (A promontory where a snake bit the dog) in Perho, Finland.
  • Jaurjärviozerosee - a lake in Karelia. The name means simply "lake-lake-lake-lake" in four different languages combined - Sami (jauri), Finnish (järvi), Russian (ozero) and German (see).
  • Randriamananjara Radofa Besata Jean Longin, aka Madagascar Slim, a Madagascar-born Canadian guitarist.
  • Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfe­schlegelstein­hausenberger­dorffvoraltern­waren­gewissenhaft­schaferswessen­schafewaren­wohlgepflege­und­sorgfaltigkeit­beschutzen­von­angreifen­durch­ihrraubgierigfeinde­welche­voraltern­zwolftausend­jahres­vorandieerscheinen­wander­ersteer­dem­enschderraumschiff­gebrauchlicht­als­sein­ursprung­von­kraftgestart­sein­lange­fahrt­hinzwischen­sternartigraum­auf­der­suchenach­diestern­welche­gehabt­bewohnbar­planeten­kreise­drehen­sich­und­wohin­der­neurasse­von­verstandigmen­schlichkeit­konnte­fortplanzen­und­sicher­freuen­anlebens­langlich­freude­und­ruhe­mit­nicht­ein­furcht­vor­angreifen­von­anderer­intelligent­geschopfs­von­hinzwischen­sternartigraum, Senior. There's disagreement on whether that really was his last name, plus whether those 26 given names are genuine. Given that the 590-letter surname was dropped from the Guinness Book of World Records without explanation, and contains odd references to Ancient Astronauts, in laughably poor German, the guess now is that the whole thing may have just been a goofy inside joke on the part of Mr. Wolfe...etc.
  • Celtic and Netherlands footballer Johannes "Jan" Vennegoor of Hesselink; the last three words form the longest surname ever successfully printed in full on a football shirt.
    • Done in an inverted U-shape rather than the traditional straight line.
  • The 16th century physician and alchemist Paracelsus was, before he took that name, known as Philippus Theophrastus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim.
  • Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116. Pronounced Albin.
  • The official full name of Libya under Muammar Gaddafi was Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. Interestingly, at five words, it was only the second-longest country name on Earth; the longest is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, at six (eight if you include prepositions and conjunctions). On the other hand, the UK actually needs all of those words (because is was United out of the Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland, and when the Irish Free State was formed, it really wasn't accurate to say just "Ireland," so they added Northern in the middle), while Libya could have shortened its name to just "Libya" without doing any harm—which is exactly what the National Transitional Council did when they kicked Gaddafi out (although they used "Libyan Republic", as well, before officially changing it to "State of Libya").
  • Science fiction author Cory Doctorow has a daughter named Poesy Emmeline Fibonacci Nautilus Taylor Doctorow.
  • Kiefer Sutherland's real name is Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland.
  • The actor now known as Alexander Siddig (and once known as Siddig el Fadil) has the given name of Siddig El Tahir El Fadil El Siddig Abderrahman Mohammed Ahmed Abdel Karim El Mahdi (but, supposedly, his friends call him Sid).
  • The full chemical name of titin. All other words combined on this page can't even reach a sixth of that length.
  • Roberto Agustín Miguel Santiago Samuel Trujillo Veracruz from Metallica, also known as Rob Trujillo.
  • Lloyd Edward Elwyn Robertson of the Barenaked Ladies. He likes to be called Ed.
  • Declan Patrick Aloysius McManus. That's Elvis Costello to you.
  • Science fiction writer John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris used his names in varying combinations as pen names. Most of his work (such as The Day of the Triffids) was written as "John Wyndham". One novel (a straight spaceflight adventure rather than John Wyndham's usual apocalypse and post-apocalypse works) was published as a supposed collaboration between the established "John Wyndham" and the previously unpublished "Lucas Parkes".
  • Humuhumunukunukuapua'a is the Hawaiian name for the reef triggerfish.
  • Then there's Italian poet Giacomo Taldegardo Francesco di Sales Saverio Pietro Leopardi.
  • And French composer Louis George Maurice Adolphe Roche Albert Abel Antonio Alexandre Noë Jean Lucien Daniel Eugène Joseph-le-brun Joseph-Barême Thomas Thomas Thomas-Thomas Pierre Arbon Pierre-Maurel Barthélemi Artus Alphonse Bertrand Dieudonné Emanuel Josué Vincent Luc Michel Jules-de-la-plane Jules-Bazin Julio César Jullien. His father was the conductor for the Philharmonic Society in their hometown, and when he was born, all thirty-six members insisted on being godfathers.
  • Aleister Crowley's first child was named Nuit Ma Ahathoor Hecate Sappho Jezebel Lilith Crowley. One of his associates claimed the child had died of acute nomenclature.
  • Mobutu Sese Seko Nkuku Ngbendu wa Za Banga, the former president of Zaire. (Which, according to The Other Wiki, translates as "The all-powerful warrior who, because of his endurance and inflexible will to win, goes from conquest to conquest, leaving fire in his wake").
  • The full name of Santa Anna, the Mexican general/president who was in power during the Texan revolution, had the full name "Antonio de Padua María Severino Lopéz de Santa Anna y Perez de Lébron".
  • The Czech fringe political party Pravý Blok went into the elections with a name which ran over 30 lines and consisted of a rant against the current political situation, with the party's Internet and snail mail address at the end. For those interested, the full name of the party (translated from the Czech; the party's website and postal address has been redacted, capitalization and punctuation left intact) is here .
    • Which makes the German party Partei für Arbeit, Rechtsstaat, Tierschutz, Elitenförderung und basisdemokratische Initiative (Party for employment, rule of law, animal protection, furtherance of the elites and grassroot democratic initiative, mostly chosen for the acronym "Partei" - "party") look silly in comparison. Well, it is run by a (decidedly left wing) satire monthly.
  • The Verein zur Wahrung der gemeinsamen wirtschaftlichen Interessen in Rheinland und Westfalen, which in English means something like "The Association for the Protection of the Common Economic Interests of the Rhineland and Westphalia," had a name so long that even the Germans noticed; it was generally known as the Langnamverein (i.e. "Long Name Association")
  • There's a small town in South Africa (about 20km west of Pretoria) that's called "Tweebuffelsmeteenskootmorsdoodgeskietfontein" - which is Afrikaans for "The spring where two buffalo were shot dead with one bullet". It's since become a synonym in South Africa for an obscure rural small town.
  • Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno, better known as just Brian Eno.
  • George Mark Paul Stroumboulopoulos, Canadian TV personality. That's right — as if his last name weren't enough, he has two middle names.
  • The Conservative Party in the UK is well known to traditionally the choice of the well off and posh, something they try to play down in modern times (not helped by candidates with names such as Annunziata Rees-mogg), but the ones that really took the cake and demonstrated this trope was in the recent 2010 general election, with Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax, a very rare quadrupled-barreled surname.
    • The Swedish Moderate Party is in a similar position. One of their current MPs is Her Imperial and Royal Highness Walburga Maria Franziska Helene Elisabeth von Habsburg-Lothringen.
  • Saint-Pierre-de-Véronne-à-Pike-River, Quebec. Complete with the dashes and the midsentence language change, and best known as a blip on the map between Montreal and the U.S border.
  • Show dogs' officially-registered names have a tendency to be too long for the dogs, themselves, to remember.
  • If-Jesus-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barebone, better known as Nicholas Barbon, pioneer of fire insurance.
    • There are plentiful examples of Puritan names like this, and they're the basis for the Omnian names in Discworld.
  • Liliane Rudabet Gloria Elsveta Sobieski
  • James Metcalfe Campbell Bower. He makes it known at the beginning of this interview.
  • Junji Ito's sister's cat Ran Purahachi Daruma-Tsuchinoko-Bandit-Katsushin, AKA Ran-chan.
  • The longest word that has ever appeared in an English-language dictionary is Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis, meaning a lung disease caused by inhaling volcanic ash. The longest nontechnical and non-coined word is Antidisestablishmentarianism.
  • The Spanish in general. They take a surname from each parent and tend to have names like 'Mari Carmen' (Mary Carmen) and 'Jose Luis' (Joseph Lewis), so they have up to four given names. Thus the Prime Minister 1996-2004 was José María Alfredo Aznar López (usually José María Aznar); his successor is José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (always with all four names on first reference).
  • Almost all royalty have extremely long names. Examples:
    • Hawaiian King Kamehameha I's full name was Kalani Paiʻea Wohi o Kaleikini Kealiʻikui Kamehameha o ʻIolani i Kaiwikapu kaui Ka Liholiho Kūnuiākea.
    • The official title of Dutch Queen Beatrix is: "Her Majesty Beatrix, by the Grace of God, Queen of the Netherlands, Princess of Orange-Nassau, etc. etc. etc." The triple etc. refers to the 47 other titles she carries.
  • Because the German language allows words to be strung together, many overly long names can come out of this, for example the name of the law Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz (this is the short title of the law), the by-law Grundstücks­verkehrs­genehmigungs­zuständigkeits­übertragungs­verordnung and the organization Donaudampfschiffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft (unsourced, but was in the Guinness Book of Records). Way longer words would be possible with the language rules, for example the Donau.. could be extended with "..gesellschaftsbuchführungshauptverantwortlicherstundenlohnerfassungstabellenspaltenbreite" (not that it would make a whole lot of sense though).
  • The father of paleontology: Baron Georges Leopold Chretien Frederic Dagobert Cuvier.
  • Lady Gaga's real name is actually Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta.
  • The Saudi Arabian King, and how! Most people know him as either Abdullah of Saudi Arabia or Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud, which are fine and dandy. His full name, however, is insane: Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz bin Abdul-Rahman bin Faisal bin Turki bin Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Saud.
  • Micropachycephalosaurus hongtuyanensis has the longest name of any dinosaur. Ironically,it was one of the smallest dinosaurs.
  • Seal is not a stage name. His full name is, in fact, Seal Henry Olusegun Olumide Adeola Samuel.
  • The real name of Philippine national hero José Rizal is José Protacio Rizal Mercado y Alonso Realonda. And if that's too long for you, just call him "Pepe".
  • Meanwhile, Neighbor Malaysia's first Prime Minister was Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj ibni Almarhum Sultan Abdul Hamid Halim Shah, or "Tunku."
  • Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, U.S. Senator from Alabama. Goes by "Jeff".
  • Alex Richard George Day, known on YouTube as Nerimon and a member of Chameleon Circuit.
  • Jonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel, who understandably just goes by Jay.
  • There was a little girl named "Talula Does The Hula in Hawaii". The parents got away with it for most of her childhood, but a judge later ruled that she be made a ward of court so she could change her embarassing name.
  • Jesse Camp, the squawk-voiced, scarecrow-ish winner of MTV’s first "Wanna Be A VJ" contest, is actually Josiah Jesse Holden Camp IV. He initially claimed to be a homeless street kid during the competition, but it was later discovered that he was from upper-class New England stock.
  • This trope was taken Up to Eleven with the children of Ralph Tollemache-Tollmache and Dora Cleopatra Maria Lorenza de Orellana (both of whom are also examples in their own right). Their ten children were named the following:
    • Dora Viola G.I. de Orellana Dysart Plantagenet
    • Mabel Helmingham Ethel Huntingtower Beatrice Blazonberrie Evangeline Vise de Lou de Orellana Plantagenet Toedmag Saxon
    • Lyonesse Matilda Dora Ida Agnes Ernestine Curson Paulet Wilbraham Joyce Eugénie Bentley Saxonia Dysart Plantagenet
    • Lyulph Ydwallo Odin Nestor Egbert Lyonel Toedmag Hugh Erchenwyne Saxon Esa Cromwell Orma Nevill Dysart
    • Lyona Decima Veroica Esyth Undine Cyssa Hylda Rowena Adela Thyra Ursuala Ysabel Blanche Lelias Dysart Plantagenet
    • Leo Quintus Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet
    • Lyonella Fredegunda Cuthberga Ethelswytha Ideth Ysabel Grace Monica de Orellana Plantagenet
    • Leone Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet
    • Lyonetta Edith Regina Valentine Myra Polwarth Avelina Phillipa Violantha de Orellana Plantagenet
    • Lyunulph Cospatrick Bruce Berkeley Jermyn Tullibardine Petersham de Orellana Dysart Plantagenet
  • Richard Pryor's full name was Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor.
  • Ingo Clemens Gustav Adolf Freiherr von Wangenheim, the actor most famous for his role as Hutter in Nosferatu. He usually went by Gustav von Wangenheim.
  • Michael John Cleote Crawford Rutherford, or Mike Rutherford of Genesis.
  • EDM artist Robert Charles Edward DeLong.
  • In the Netherlands surnames alone have a potential to be overly long. For one thing, it uses prepositions such as "van", "van der" or "over de". If a person's ancestors were of a noble family that owned land, the surname will sometimes be "[Name] to [Place]". If several branches of a family used different names when official surnames had to be registered under Napoleon in 1811, the surname will sometimes be something like "[Name], also called [Name]". If they couldn't or wouldn't choose, it will sometimes be "[Name] or [Name]". Combined they have a potential to be monstrous: the longest recorded surname in the Netherlands is currently "van den Heuvel tot Beichlingen, gezegd Bartolotti Rijnders". Now imagine this person having about four or five Christian names, and double-barrels their surname upon marriage.
    • Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, mentioned above, is a tame example of this. The structure of his surname is "[Name] or [Name]" ("of" being Dutch for "or").
  • Dutch actress Gonny Gaakeer was born Gonny Yke Aukje Gooitsche Romkje Emmanuëla Eugénie Pieternella Geertruida Jacoba Johanna Ellen Yvonne Sjoerdina Gaakeer.
  • The firstborn daughter of legendary Finnish 19th century folk trickster Kuikka-Koponen was christened as Iida Riia Lucina Hilda Hulda Levatiina Amanda Olivia Ceela Concordia Jemna Jekleobeth Koponen, though five years later her name was recorded in a much shorter and somewhat different form as Luiina Konkordia Jeklobette Koponen. She died, unfortunately, at the age of seven.
  • Poppy Montgomery's full name is Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue.
  • Michael Anthony Thomas Charles Hall. He uses only his first and second names professionally (in reversed order).
  • Besides the full name of Los Angeles mentioned above, many Spanish-named cities have longer multi-word names but are known commonly by a shorter one, such as: Cartagena de Indias (Cartagena, Colombia); Santiago de Cali (Cali, Colombia); Santiago de Leon de Caracas (Caracas, Venezuela); and Nuestra Señora de La Paz (La Paz, Bolivia).
  • There have been some chairlifts around that have overly long names. But Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado tops them with a pair of high speed quads in the Bachelor Gulch section of the mountain, known as the Lower Beaver Creek Mountain Express and the Upper Beaver Creek Mountain Express lifts.
  • There's an award called the Knights Grand Companion of the Order of the Gallant Prince Syed Putra Jamalullai (Malayasia), which may be the longest name for a category on The Other Wiki.
  • Legendary ABC News anchor Peter Jennings. His full name was Peter Charles Archibald Ewart Jennings.
  • This is actually very common in Brazil, hence why most famous people are known by a nickname or a diminutive. Former president Lula's full name is "Luís Ignacio Lula da Silva" for example.
  • In some cases, computers need to generate unique names on the fly, which are often done by concatenating machine name + user name + date + time + random number or some other method unlikely to be used elsewhere.
  • Rudolph Valentino's full name was Rodolfo Alfonso Raffaello Pierre Filibert Guglielmi di Valentina d'Antonguolla.
  • The capital of Thailand is usually known in the west as Bangkok. This is incorrect, but understandable because its official ceremonial name is actually Krungthepmahanakhon Amonrattanakosin Mahintharayutthaya Mahadilokphop Noppharatratchathaniburirom Udomratchaniwetmahasathan Amonphimanawatansathit Sakkathattiyawitsanukamprasit.

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