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* The name "Jones" is particularly common in Wales. This was spoofed in a ''Series/HaleAndPace'' sketch where two Welsh miners named Jones are on their way to work, and greets everyone they meet with a "Good Morning, Jones the [insert character trait or status here]". When they get there, Jones the Boss tells them that there's been an accident, but that everyone has been accounted for except Jones the Not Accounted For. Jones the Miner and Jones the Miner tells Jones The Boss that they saw him alive just now, and Jones the Boss is relieved because he "had given him up for Jones the Dead."

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* The name "Jones" is particularly common in Wales. This was spoofed in a ''Series/HaleAndPace'' sketch where two Welsh miners named Jones are on their way to work, and greets everyone they meet with a "Good Morning, Jones the [insert character trait or status here]". When they get there, Jones the Boss tells them that there's been an accident, but that everyone has been accounted for except Jones the Not Accounted For. Jones the Miner and Jones the Miner tells Jones The Boss that they saw him alive just now, and Jones the Boss is relieved because he "had given him up for Jones the Dead."" At the end, the two are introduced to a man named Williams[[note]] also a common Welsh name, but not nearly as common as Jones[[/note]]. After taking a couple of seconds to absorb this, they greet him with "Hello, Jones the Not-Called-Jones!"


* A sketch from ''Series/NotTheNineO'ClockNews'' takes place in a car factory where every person on the production line is called Bob. It builds up to the punchline, which is an allusion to a contemporary ad for Fiat: [[spoiler:"British Leyland -- built by Roberts"]]

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* A sketch from ''Series/NotTheNineO'ClockNews'' ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews'' takes place in a car factory where every person on the production line is called Bob. It builds up to the punchline, which is an allusion to a contemporary ad for Fiat: [[spoiler:"British Leyland -- built by Roberts"]]

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** The 2015 Halloween episode took it even further with ''everyone'' dressed up as and named Drew, [[LadyLooksLikeADude even the models]]. Drew Carey himself was glad that his mother gave him a unisex name.


* ''Series/{{CSINY}}'': Season 5 Episode 8, "My Name Is Mac Taylor," features twenty-one people with names of variations on "Mac Taylor," as someone who shares the name of the detective is being targeted by a killer.

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* ''Series/{{CSINY}}'': Season 5 Episode 8, "My Name Is Mac Taylor," features twenty-one twenty-three people with names of variations on "Mac Taylor," as someone who shares the name of the detective is being targeted by a killer.


* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_common_surnames_in_Asia#China In China]], the most common last name is Wang, followed by Li, and then Zhang. That's 270 million people in China alone with one of the above, or about 1 person in 5.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_common_surnames_in_Asia#China In China]], China,]] the most common last name is Wang, followed by Li, and then Zhang. That's 270 million people in China alone with one of the above, or about 1 person in 5.



* The [[http://www.jimsmithsociety.com/ Jim Smith Society]].

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* The [[http://www.jimsmithsociety.com/ Jim Smith Society]].Society.]]


* A [=FedEx=] advertisement involved [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c5iTBNCTbU a delivery boy trying to deliver a package to Mr. Zhang]], a factory worker. Turns out ''everyone'' in the factory had the surname Zhang. [=FedEx=] on the other hand successfully delivers their package to a Mr. Zhang Wei.[[note]]Zhang Wei is the most common full name in China, which the ad doesn't point out.[[/note]]

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* A [=FedEx=] advertisement involved [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_c5iTBNCTbU a delivery boy trying to deliver a package to Mr. Zhang]], Zhang,]] a factory worker. Turns out ''everyone'' in the factory had the surname Zhang. [=FedEx=] on the other hand successfully delivers their package to a Mr. Zhang Wei.[[note]]Zhang Wei is the most common full name in China, which the ad doesn't point out.[[/note]]


* In Creator/CharlesStross's ''Literature/SaturnsChildren'', the main character is 'instantiated' from a line of robots, whom all have the same body and wake up believing they are the original bot, Rhea. They avert this by taking individual names. However, she then encounters The Jeeves Corporation, run by a line whom all refer to themselves as Jeeves. Later on, a specific Jeeves is referred to as "Reginald;" fans of Wodehouse won't find this helps the confusion much.

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* In Creator/CharlesStross's ''Literature/SaturnsChildren'', the main character is 'instantiated' from a line of robots, whom who all have the same body and wake up believing they are the original bot, Rhea. They avert this by taking individual names. However, she then encounters The Jeeves Corporation, run by a line whom who all refer to themselves as Jeeves. Later on, a specific Jeeves is referred to as "Reginald;" fans of Wodehouse won't find this helps the confusion much.


* Italian comedy ''Film/TuttiGliUominiDelDeficiente'' (''All the Moron's Men'') has a dying millionaire named Leone Stella who decides to set up a contest whose prize is the inheritance of all his wealth, but the only people allowed to partecipate are those who bear the same name as him. Thus, a lot of men called Leone Stella and women called Stella Leone enter the contest.

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* Italian comedy ''Film/TuttiGliUominiDelDeficiente'' (''All the Moron's Men'') has a dying millionaire named Leone Stella who decides to set up a contest whose prize is the inheritance of all his wealth, but the only people allowed to partecipate are those who bear the same name as him. Thus, a lot of men called Leone Stella and women called Stella Leone (both Leone and Stella being not uncommon first names while also normal surnames in Italy) enter the contest.challenge.

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* Italian comedy ''Film/TuttiGliUominiDelDeficiente'' (''All the Moron's Men'') has a dying millionaire named Leone Stella who decides to set up a contest whose prize is the inheritance of all his wealth, but the only people allowed to partecipate are those who bear the same name as him. Thus, a lot of men called Leone Stella and women called Stella Leone enter the contest.

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* ''Literature/MonsterOfTheMonthClub'': Played with - Rilla and her mother and aunt have unique first names. It's the ''middle'' name, Harmony, that's the same for all three.


--->"Good idea," Bruce nodded. "I'll ask Bruce and Bruce if they can come along. I think Bruce might be off, too."

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--->"Good -->"Good idea," Bruce nodded. "I'll ask Bruce and Bruce if they can come along. I think Bruce might be off, too."


** Al l nurses are named Nurse Joy, and all police officers are named Officer Jenny.

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** Al l All nurses are named Nurse Joy, and all police officers are named Officer Jenny.


* In ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude'' the 17 sons (by 17 different women) of Colonel Aureliano Buendía are all named Aureliano as well. Not to mention, in every generation of the family, all boys are named either Aureliano or Jose Arcadio. There's one Jose Aureliano, too, just to mix it up on you. For added fun [[AnachronicOrder the story isn't chronological]] so you can't keep in mind who's who based on age either. Yes it is deliberately confusing, why do you ask?

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* In ''Literature/OneHundredYearsOfSolitude'' the 17 sons (by 17 different women) of Colonel Aureliano Buendía are all named Aureliano as well. Not to mention, in every generation of the family, all boys are named either variations on Aureliano or Jose Arcadio. There's one Jose Aureliano, too, just to mix it up on you. For added fun [[AnachronicOrder the story isn't chronological]] so you can't keep in mind who's who based on age either. Yes it is deliberately confusing, why do you ask?José Arcadio.


* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', an older Candace travels back in time to bust her brothers and succeeds. When she travels back (forward again), she finds herself in a BadFuture where everyone is named Joe. This is because Dr. Doofenshmirtz, now the EvilOverlord of the world, wants to remember everyone's name for [[VillainWithGoodPublicity public relations reasons]], but doesn't want to put any effort into it.

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* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
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In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'', "Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo", an older Candace travels back in time to bust her brothers and succeeds. When she travels back (forward again), she finds herself in a BadFuture where everyone is named Joe. This is because Dr. Doofenshmirtz, now the EvilOverlord of the world, wants to remember everyone's name for [[VillainWithGoodPublicity public relations reasons]], but doesn't want to put any effort into it.

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