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The Deep South/Midwestern farmland (i.e. rural) equivalent to Preppy Name and Ghetto Name and the naming version of Overalls and Gingham. This is a name that instantly marks someone as being from the sticks.

There are a few ways one can name their hillbillies or country bumpkins, none of which are mutually exclusive:

  • Outdated Names or nicknames, which cater to the old-fashioned traditions associated with farmlands or evoke antebellum Americana. Men might be named Raleigh, Festus, Cletus, Elmer, Clem[ent], Buford, Beau[regard]/Bo, or Jody; names for women include Tallulah, Eunice, Beulah, or Tamara/Tammy.
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  • Biblical names, which may or may not be obscure. This is because many rural areas are also deeply religious. Male examples include Ezekiel or Zeke, Jeb/Jed[ediah], Jethro, Enos, Josephus, and Eli; women might be named something like Charity, Delilah, or Tabitha.
  • Compound or hyphenated names. Men will incorporate "second" names like "Joe", "Bob", or "Billy", resulting in names like Billy Bob. Women might have names like "Lou", "Anne", or "Mae", "Lynn", resulting in names like "Daisy Mae" or "Lou Anne". For the latter, "belle" may also be used for a longer first name, such as "Clarabelle".
  • Some names invoke rural areas all on their own. "Dixie" is an example of this, being common in the American Southnote .
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  • Parents may also be just referred to as "Ma"/"Mammy" or "Pa"/"Pappy".

Endemic to Hillbilly Horrors, common to the Farm Boy, Farmer's Daughter, Good Ol' Boy, Southern Belle, Corrupt Hick, Country Mouse, and occasionally the Creepy Gas Station Attendant, Ragin' Cajun, and Southern-Fried Genius. Obviously found in the Deep South and Flyover Country.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • When 4Kids dubbed Ojamajo Doremi they changed Aiko Senoo's name to Mirabelle P. Haywood. They even change the name of her hometown to Buttercorn Ridge. This was partially an Accent Adaptation of Aiko's Kansai Regional Accent; bullies mocking her speech was changed to bullies mocking her name and calling her "Hayseed." Fittingly, she wears overalls.
  • In the Pokémon anime, James ran away from his wealthy home to escape his tyrannical fiancee, depicted in the English dub as a Southern Belle doppelganger of Jessie named (what else?) Jessebelle.

    Comic Books 
  • In Astro City, Quarrel II was born Jessica Darlene Taggart in the Cumberlands region of Kentucky. She prefers to be called "Jess".
  • The Headsman from the Dark Reign version of Thunderbolts is a Louisiana bayou boy named Cleavon Twain, which doubles as a Punny Name that alludes to his giant axe and fascination with decapitation ("cleave in twain").
  • In G.I. Jane, an Antarctic Press one-shot Gender Flip spoof of G.I. Joe, Wild Belle's name is Luan Chastity.
  • Billy Majestic's Humpty Dumpty is set in swampy Mona County, Mississippi: most of the named characters follow the trope to some degree, but the Asshole Victim brothers who provoke the title creature's rampage are particularly exaggerated examples: Pervis and Petus Brakk. Petus also has a flamethrower he calls Turbo Tammy.
  • Everyone in Li'l Abner is a hillbilly in the fictional village of Dogpatch, USA. Characters include the titular lunkhead Abnernote , his love interest Daisy Mae, their son "Honest Abe" Yokum, and Abner's parents Pansy "Mammy" and Lucifer "Pappy" Yokum.
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    Film - Live-Action 
  • Invoked in Forrest Gump; Benjamin Buford Blue AKA Bubba notes bemusedly that his nickname is "like one of them redneck boys." Like Forrest, he's from rural Alabama.
  • Ted has a bit where Ted tries to remember "that white trash girl"'s name by guessing compound names ending in -Lynn. It was Tami-Lynn.
  • Venom (2018): The Stinger had Eddie Brock interview Serial Killer Cletus Cassidy, who is played by Woody Harrelson with a very noticeable drawl. This is in contrast to his Surfer Dude portrayal in the comics.
  • Depending on the movie, Leatherface of Texas Chainsaw Massacre is known to his family or even friends as Bubba, Junior, Jackson, or Jedidiah. In the timeline of the 2003 movie, his given name is Thomas, but his family includes mother Luda Mae and a boy named Jedidiah. The Wildstorm comics briefly feature cousins Connie Jean, Shiloh, Ezekiel, etc. as well

    Literature 
  • The Dresden Files's Ebenezar McCoynote  is an elderly wizard who is also a homesteader in rural Missouri in his off-time. Justified since he's around 300 years old, substantially predating the modern connotations of the name.
  • Lewis Grizzard has a number of characters from rural Georgia with hillbilly names in his newspaper columns and books, such as Kathy Sue Loudermilk and Billy Bob Bailey.
  • Patternist: Asa Elias Doyle is, in fact, a Black and Nerdy Southern-Fried Genius geologist and astronaut despite his double-barreled Puritan name, but is very good at code-switching and playing up his accent when he wants to be underestimated.
  • One early villain in the Skulduggery Pleasant series is named Billy-Ray Sanguine.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The titular characters of The Beverly Hillbillies are Ozark mountain folks who strike it rich when they find oil in their swamp. They are comprised of patriarch Jedidiah "Jed" Clampett, his mother-in-law Daisy Mae, his daughter Elly Mae, and his nephew Jethro. By contrast, their wealthy next-door neighbors are the preppily-named Milburn and Margaret Drysdale.
  • Commonplace in The Dukes of Hazzard - you had Bo, Luke, Coy, Vance, Uncle Jesse and Daisy Duke (along with their friend Cooter) opposed by Roscoe, Enos, Cletus, and of course Jefferson Davis "Boss" Hogg.
  • In one episode of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the family is living under new names in witness protection in Deliverance, Alabama. Uncle Phil and Carlton become Big Zeke and Little Zeke respectively. Another episode reveals Uncle Phil had a rural upbringing he doesn't like to talk about, and that Zeke is in fact his given name.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000:
    • In the episode "Devil Fish", Crow sees the burning swampland at the climax of the film and remarks "A lot of guys named 'Bo' died that day."
    • Riding With Death (from Gemini Man) gives an original story credit to H. G. Wells; in the episode, Servo claims that's not the H.G. Wells, but Hud Gomer Wells.
  • Sam & Cat: Goomer is a former MMA fighter and Louisiana native who hangs around with the main characters. In an episode where his mother visits, it's revealed his real name is Gieux Merr, suggesting he is of Cajun ancestry.
  • There was an episode of Top Gear which featured them on a road trip through the Deep South. A Credits Gag at the end renamed the main cast members "Cletus Clarkson", "Earl Hammond Jr.", "Ellie May May" and "Roscoe P. Stig", with every member of the production team being rechristened "Billy Bob".
  • Victorious: In one episode, the protagonists must adopt a fake persona for a method acting exercise. Jade's character is a sweet and innocent farm girl named Betty-Sue Goldenheart.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • ECW had a stable called The Dudley Boys, the many disparate sons of a father who Really Gets Around. One was a stuttering simpleton with a Confederate flag bandana named Bubba Ray.
  • Fred Ottman and the Big Boss Man both worked under the name "Big Bubba" when they broke in.
  • Impact Provincial Wrestling Federation, Impact Wrestling's spoof of smalltime mid-80s territory wrestling, featured Eddie Edwards as "Cowboy" Colt McCoy, who (coincidentally?) shares a name with a former Heisman finalist from the University of Texas.
  • The Jim Crockett answer to Hillbilly Jim was a giant farmboy named Mighty Wilbur. Uniquely, though he had a hickish accent, he was neither from the South nor "flyover country" — he was said to be a vineyard worker from northern California.
  • WWE has had a number of exanples:
    • There was a stable of wrestling hillbillies in the 80s - Hillbilly Jim isn't quite in the spirit of the trope, but Uncle Elmer, Cousin Luke, and Cousin Junior are.
    • WWE's idea for Tracy Smothers was to repackage him as a bored Wyoming farmer named Freddie Joe Floyd, a Tuckerization using the Wyoming-born Brisco brothers' birth names.
    • Briefly in the mid 90s there was a team of uncivilized mountain men called the Blu Brothers: Jacob, Eli, and their Uncle Zebekiah.
    • The team of weasely Jesse and his Half-Witted Hillbilly brother Festus. Their theme song was about biscuits and gravy.
    • When Terry Funk arrived in the WWF, his brother Dory was rechristened "Hoss." A third, Unrelated Brother was soon added: Jimmy Jack Funk.
    • The hog farming team of the Godwinns were very briefly managed by their uncle Cletus.

    Video Games 
  • The Orcs of Hazzard team in Mutant Football League plays in (the post-apocalyptic orc-and-zombie-inhabited version of) Georgia, and the players are all named like this to an exaggerated degree. Some choice examples including Festus Podunk, Elrod Cornfed, Bubba Colt, Raleigh Barnstormer, and Cletus Moonshine. A decent percentage are specifically named after The Dukes of Hazzard characters.
  • Borderlands has Moxxi's children Scooter and Ellie, a pair of unsophisticated auto mechanics. Their family was formerly a part of the racecar-loving trailer trash Hodunk clan, led by Jimbo "Papa" Hodunk.
  • Luigi's Mansion 3: Clem the repairman has a stereotypical redneck look (mullet, overalls, trucker cap, bit of a goatee) and is usually accompanied by banjo music.
  • In Team Fortress 2, the Engineer, hailing from a podunk town in Texas, is named Dell Conagher. He also has 11 "Hard" PhDs and his likes are listed as "barbeque, guns, and higher education."
  • In Yo Kai Watch 3, Nate's story is set in St. Peanutsburg, which is a cultural and geographical mishmash of the entire Deep South region. Among the kids his age he befriends (in the English localization at least) are Buck, Sue-Ellen, Mary Lou, and Jolene.
  • One of the MERC mercenaries in Jagged Alliance 2 is Thorton "Bubba" Jones, a cruel, bigoted former Alabama prison guard.
  • The protagonist of Redneck Rampage and his brother are respectively named Leonard and Bubba. Both characters (and the whole game in general) are embodiments of redneck stereotypes.
  • The "Cowboys" gang from River City Ransom, have hick and/or cowpoke names: Bart, Bubba, Duke, Dusty, Jed, Luke, Merle, Shane, Slim. In the GBA remake they're instead named after Wild West figures. Compare the Frat Guys.
  • In the 1920s Period Piece Secrets of the Old Clock, Nancy delivers telegrams to a variety of recipients, many of which are pop-culture references or running gags. One recipient collects messages for co-workers and family members at a farm, all of whom have names like "Bobby Joe", "Billy Jay", or "Bobbie Mae".

    Visual Novels 
  • Maximillion Galactica, a famous magician and client in the second Ace Attorney game, was secretly born and raised in the sticks as Billy Bob Johns. Maya is shocked to learn this and can see why he changed it; the name and his natural accent both clash with his mysterious pretty boy persona. In the original Japanese version, the name is Kouhei Yamada, which has the same cornpone connotation.

    Western Animation 
  • On one Pinky and the Brain short on Animaniacs, Brain's plan to take over the world involves him becoming a country singer. One of the requirements of being a country singer is to have a name with no less than three words, so he picks Bubba Bo Bob Brain.
  • The titular Country Mice of Big City Greens. Bill Green, son of Alice Green, has named his own children Tilly and Cricket.
  • Futurama:
    • The second episode "The Series Has Landed" introduces a hick hydroponic farmer on the moon. Two of his hot robot daughters are named Lulubelle and Daisy Mae. The third was The Crushinator.
    • When Bender jeers a hillbilly DJ by calling him "Vanilla Corn", the DJ snipes back (in an exaggerated Appalachian accent) that his name's Mixmaster Festus.
  • In a severely exaggerated example, Gravity Falls has Fiddleford McGucket, a hillbilly who dresses like a prospector, communicates by hamboning, laces his speech with countryisms, married a raccoon, and was a genius inventor who suffered emotional trauma, developed a device to erase traumatic memories, and turned his brain into pineapple Jell-O by overusing it. His accent's real, though.
  • One of Farmer MacDonald's hulking farmboy sons in Jackie Chan Adventures is named Buford — and is a renowned nuclear physicist Jackie was honored to meet.
  • Mongo Wrestling Alliance featured a parody of Hillbilly Jim named Booter Lee Bogg, and Rusty's Georgia-twanged brother Balthazar.
  • A side character from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic is a hillbilly pony called Hayseed Turniptruck.
  • The Simpsons''
    • Some folk'll never eat a skunk, but then again some folk'll, like Cletus, the slack-jawed yokel.
    • Homer was at one point the manager of a country singer named Lurleen Lumpkin.
  • Stan's uncle Jimbo in South Park, a redneck deer hunter. There are also three recurring incidental redneck characters who, according to one episode, are all named Skeeter.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: In "Plankton's Army", Plankton's thousands of country cousins come to visit, and cousin Clem tries introducing them all to him.
    Clem: Of course, you remember Zeke, Rufus, Geke, Billy Bob, Billy Jim, Billy-Billy-Bo-Billy-Banana-Fanna-Fo-Filly, Doug, Enos... (some time later) Fletcher McGee, Rainchild, Zeke Junior—
    Plankton: ALRIGHT, I GET IT!!!
  • Squidbillies: Deep South incarnate, the Cuylers have followed this naming rule for years. Ruby Jean Cuyler, Hezekiah Ray Cuyler, Earland Jubal Stonewall Cuyler, Herschel Walker Them Dogs Are Hell Don't They Cuyler, Russell Jesse James Kenny the Gambler Rogers Number Three The Intimidator Dale Earnhardt Kenny the Gambler Rogers America's Number One Cuyler, Lil Cuyler, et cetera.
  • In Wacky Races, the Arkansas Chuggabug (a shabby coal-powered jalopy) is driven by Lazy Luke, a moonshining, easygoing, barefoot hillbilly with a scraggly beard.


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