Elliot: Whoa, I'm sorry, Widmark?
Hardison: Rich people, man.
Want to make your character sound wealthy? Just give them a snobby rich kid name. In American works, this is for those names like Chase (or Chace), Blair, or in older programs, Libby (which is a name more strongly associated with commoners now). For extra pretentiousness points, add a Roman numeral at the end to indicate that the name itself is a legacy. "The Third" seems to be the most popular. Occasionally, first or middle initial is seen (as in, for instance, "V. Marcus Wellesley" or "Harrison E. Vandenberg"). Girls may also be given traditionally male names such as Spencer, Logan, or Blake. Men with names like Stacey or Ashley also apply. The character may also have more than one middle name. Their last names will often be of more than one word such as St. John, St. Claire, or a Dutch heritage name like Van (de/der) -something or Something-son/sen (even all in one), especially if the character is supposed to be a New Yorker, (see, e.g., Dyckman, van der Woodsen). Most often, the last name will suggest a British heritage to lend that all-important Founding Fathers touch, and will often be derived from a British place-name — Hastings, Winchester, or Montgomery.
If the setting and characters are British, these types of names would be described as "posh", "rah" (as in "tally-ho, rah!", a stereotypically posh exclamation), or "Sloaney" names, the latter named for London's Sloane Square, an upper-class haunt. Unlike in the US, Roman numerals would never be used, and would be viewed as uppity and extremely vulgar. Given names will be either very traditional — think Royal names like William (Wills), Henry, Rupert, Catherine, Elizabeth, Victoria OR more unusual, quite eccentric names like Rafferty, Rollo, Crispin, Finnbar, Tarquin, Torquil, Candida, Arabella, Pandora, Binky (yep) and Cressida (etc) that sound like something straight out of Arthurian legend or Shakespeare. The surname will usually be peculiarly spelled, often in a way that defies sense, and will always be hyphenated — commonly known as a 'double-barrel' surname — sounding as though it could be the name of a particularly expensive law firm if you slapped "LLP" on the end — Cholmondeley-Browne, fforbes-Hamilton, Wyndham-Pryce, etc. Essentially, an English girl called something like "Araminta Fortescue-Thompson" probably has a flat on Sloane Square, does a bit of light PR as a "job", spends most of her time shopping on the King's Road, and has a family that owns half of Yorkshire.
Note — although preppy last names in the US and UK will be very similar (as mentioned above, preppy last-names in the US will often suggest a British heritage), it's worth mentioning that there is a huge degree of cultural dissonance between the nations in terms of what are considered to be preppy / upper-class first names. For example, girls' names thought of as being preppy in the US, like the aformentioned "Chace" or "Blair", would be thought of as being tacky, overly "trendy", and at worst, flagrantly nouveau riche in the UK (especially "Chace" spelt with a 2nd "c"). Sometimes they will even be thought of as lower-class. But equally, to a US audience, "Sloaney-pony", posh English girls' names like "Henrietta", "Jemima", or "Arabella" sound parochial, old-fashioned, and evoke down-home, country-bumpkin types — funny, ain't it? There's also a whole segment of Celtic (mostly Irish) boys' names that are considered "chavvy" in England and quite smart in the New World — Aidan, Liam, Kieran and the like.
For the Hispanic culture equivalent, note the constant use of the two first names, the emphasis in the last names (specially in countries where a bastard can have one if (s)he's worthy of any sort of respect, where more legitimate children have two), or for some ridiculousness, certain kinds of nicknames. Nicknames ending in "-ina" are sometimes used to indicate a Rich Bitch of the airhead type (e.g. Paulina from Danny Phantom).
In Germany, the phenomenon of upper class parents giving their offspring more conservative names like Emil, Cornelius, or Viktoria has coined the term "Emilism" as opposed to "Kevinism", describing the tendency of lower class parents to give their children names unusual to German-speaking areas, especially Anglophonic names like the aforementioned Kevin, Justin, or Mandy. However, in another interesting twist of cultural dissonance, in the US and UK, the name "Emil(e)" would be considered flagrantly ghetto.
Russia currently lacks a preppy name tradition, because its upper class is still too young and the old, traditional one is gone because of a certain unpleasantness in the early XX century. However, there was such a tradition during the Imperial period, often showing up in classical Russian literature. Typical traits of a Russian noble name were the ending "off" rather than "ov" used in romanization, the ending "sky" which could mean descent from really old Ruthenian princes or Polish szlachta (later shamelessly imitated by Jews in the Pale of Settlement), the universal hyphenated last name or a German last name, "von" optional. First names also were divided between noble and commoner; old Slavic or Scandinavian such as Oleg or Svyatoslav, or "international" Greek like Alexander were definitely preppy, and obscure Greek-derived names like Makar or Kondrat were hopelessly peasant.
France is unusual in that although the particle "de" (non capitalised, detached particle) is strongly associated with the old, even medieval aristocracy, the nobles who didn't emigrate to England during The French Revolution often changed names or slightly modified the spelling to "blend in" — and some republicans either chose new names mocking the old establishment or already had similar names which simply used "de" to indicate a place-name (so largely like "von" in German). See Dupont, which is one of the most common surnames in France, compared to, say, du Pont de Nemours (the American industrial group—and the fabulously wealthy family, descended from minor French aristocrats, who founded it), or Dominique Galouzeau de Villepin, or Philippe de Villiers. If they're worth their money their name is probably a castle somewhere.
As for French first names, medieval names or names of obscure saints such as Enguerrand, Foulque, Hubert or Eudes are far more common than among the general population; vaguely Victorian-sounding names like Joséphine or Apolline for girls. Oddly, High Middle Ages-sounding names like Clovis or Harald seem to be making a comeback among the middle class. Or, using the opposite of the most common usage of a unisex name: Camille, but only for a boy, or Claude, but only for a girl. Stock Preppy Names (or at least "BCBG" names) in French fiction will usually include unusual combinations of hyphenated first names, such as Jean-Gabriel or Marie-Chantal or Charles-Édouard or Saison-Marguerite; note that if you have "Marie" in a hyphenated boys' name, like "Jean-Marie" or "Charles-Marie", you're dealing with someone who may be an aristocrat, is likely rather conservative, and almost certainly a very serious Catholic—and if not, his parents were. On the opposite side of the social spectrum, Kevinism is in full swing, generally attributed to working-class mothers from the late Cold War drawing baby-names from poorly-produced American soap operas, Kevin and Vanessa being the most stereotypical examples possibly due to The Young and the Restless being extremely well-known in France (as "Les feux de l'amour") and syndicated to this day.
In Israel, due to historic reasons, German names are more likely to be found among the upper classes; although the business sector is somewhat less discriminating, giving rise to some clearly non-Ashkenazim rising to the upper echelons of Israeli wealth, even among the Eighteen Families, other prestigious fields, such as the academia, are still Ashkenazi-dominated. Hebrewfied surnames, i.e translations of existing names, usually indicates that the family has been in the country for at least a generation (which is a lot, in a country that has only been around since the late forties). As for first names, adopting innovative names, often evoking pleasant imagery, is common among upper-middle classes.
In the eastern part of the Arab world—the part formerly controlled by or under the influence of the Ottoman Empire—names of Turkic or Caucasian origin have historically been seen as the "upper class" names. This is especially true with names for girls and especially true with names for girls with the "v" sound in them (which doesn't exist in Arabic) like "Nivin" and "Mervat". Christians in that part of the world have their own variant, with wealthier Christians often taking Western—especially French—names essentially unmodified (e.g. "Georges" and "Michel"). More working-class and rural Christians tended to prefer older names taken more or less directly from Aramaic, Hebrew, and Greek like Butrus (Peter, from Greek Petros via Arab Beoble Talk) and Yuhanna (the Arab Christian rendering of the Hebrew/Aramaic "Yochanan", i.e. "John"), or invented within the Arabic-speaking Muslim-dominated milieu (like Abdulmasih, literally "Slave/Servant of Christ", modeled after Muslim names that take the form of Abdul[Insert One of the 99 Names of God in Islam] like Abdullah or Abdulrahman).
In Nicaragua, the name "Chamorro" indicates upper class, especially if a relation to the political and business empire of the family of that name actually exists. German derived last names are still upper class more often than not, despite Somoza's expropriation of many Germans during the 1940s. In first name there is a certain tendency towards exotic names and/or spelling among the lower classes with Ruswel (sic!) just one example. Some people even give their child a Portmanteau Couple Name. During the 1980s, names like Lenin or even Russian derived names like Mijail were reasonably popular among leftists and Sandinista sympathizers. The upper crust has mostly stuck with traditional Spanish names, though occasional English names like Hope (instead of the more pedestrian Esperanza) can also be found. Double names are a must for every class, so triple and quadruple names are not unheard of.
Royal names are another example of this latter phenomenon. In the late 19th Century, there was a fashion for Victoria/Victor and Albert/Alberta in honour of the queen and her husband. By the time the first Steptoe and Son movie was made, 'Arold (Son) told Albert (Steptoe), with reference to the baby they had adopted, "Naw, we're no' callin' 'im Albert; 's common!"
Compare It Is Pronounced Tro PAY, which overlaps with this sometimes when people intentionally mispronounce a name just to make it sound more classy. A trademark of the Upper-Class Twit and Gentleman Snarker.
Ghetto Name is the polar opposite (yet has a knack for sounding just as stupid).
- The English version of Tokyo Mew Mew gave us Corina Bucksworth (aka Aizawa Minto).
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX had a bunch of these in Chazz Princeton, Atticus and Alexis Rhodes, and Syrus and Zane Truesdale. Well, the school pretty much is a prep school. Also present are Jaden Yuki, Blair Flannigan, Chumley Huffington, and Bastian Misawa.
- From the original Yu-Gi-Oh! series: Pegasus J. Crawford or Maximillion Pegasus.
- X-Men: Warren Worthington III (aka the Angel), as well as Charles Francis Xavier (Professor X).
- In The DCU, the closest thing Firestorm has to an archenemy is Danton Black, alias Multiplex.
- Archie Comics:
- In Flushed Away, main character Roddy insists on introducing himself as "Roderick St. James of Kensington". Seeing as he's the pet mouse of an upper-crust family in Kensington, London, this isn't surprising.
- Trading Places has Dan Aykroyd's character, Louis Winthrop III, as well as his fiancee Penelope Witherspoon and her friends Muffy and Constance.
- Emmett Fitz-Hume in Spies Like Us.
- Warner Huntington III from Legally Blonde.
- The villain of the film Young Einstein is an Upper-Class Twit named Preston Preston.
- Roger Moore's character in North Sea Hijack, Rufus Excalibur ffolkes, is definitely upper class but is certainly no twit.
- Blane McDonnagh from Pretty in Pink.
Duckie: His name is Blane? Oh! That's a major appliance, that's not a name!
- Devon Montgomery Johnston III from Cars, who is also simply known as DJ.
- She's the Man has the twins Sebastian and Viola Hastings. This one makes sense, though, because it's a modern retelling of a Shakespeare play.
- The Second Step Up movie has the brothers Chase and Blake Collins.
- Amusingly realised in UK rom-com Chalet Girl, where the humble, more ordinary background of the protagonist is instantly apparent during a roll-call of her fellow (far sloanier) chalet girls:
"I'm Henrietta", "Isabella", "Petronella"......"um, Kim."
- James Bond briefly took the name "James St. John-Smith" (pronounced Sinjin-Smythe) while undercover as an Upper-Class Twit in A View to a Kill.
- The promotional website for Jurassic World boasted that the park's honeymoon suites were designed by a woman named Evelyn Mae West von Hapsburg-Kennedy.
- Tenlee Parrish from Summer Catch, played by Jessica Biel.
- Harry Potter has several, particularly among aristocratic, "pure-blood" characters. Due to the mix of wizard and Muggle naming conventions, Aerith and Bob is in full effect:
- Gilderoy Lockhart and Justin Finch-Fletchley, and possibly also Kingsley Shacklebolt and Neville Longbottom. Justin is actually Muggle-born, but was expected to go to Eton before learning he was a wizard.
- Even the relatively lower-class Weasleys have some: Ronald Bilius, Percival, and Ginevra. Of course, they're Ron, Percy and Ginny to basically everyone. Justified, since by Wizarding standards, the Weasleys are sort of Impoverished Patricians; being a long-standing pure-blood family while lacking the wealth and influence typically associated with pure-bloods.
- Most of the Black family, with some (such as Callidora, Lycoris, and Misapinoa) bordering on pompous.
- Several characters in H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos works, who on the balance tend to be upper-middle or upper-class New England society, although their names sound slightly less outlandish than some other names on this page. Examples include:
- In Filipino literature, Spanish names (especially of Basque, French or other Mediterranean origin) often serve as the equivalents, owing to some 300+ years of colonial occupation—the longer and more European-sounding, the better. Bonus points if they have the titles "Don" or "Doña" appended to them. Samples include:
- The Pretenders: Don Manuel Villa, Carmen Villa
- My Brother, My Executioner: Don Vicente Asperri (who is actually of Basque descent), and a less outlandish example in Don Eduardo Dantes
- Mass: Beatriz "Betsy" de Jesus. Augusto "Toto" Salcedo might count, although he's lower-class in status.
- Tree: Espiridion, The Narrator's father, who works as a farm administrator, although not exactly part of the landowning oligarchy himself.
- "Dead Stars": Alfredo Salazar, Esperanza, Dionisio del Valle. Julia Salas doesn't count, because her name sounds simple and is still fairly common today.
- Smaller & Smaller Circles: Fr. Augusto "Gus" Saenz
- A Portrait of the Artist as Filipino: Among others, Candida (Marasigan), and Dons Perico, Aristeo, and Alvaro, for example. Except for Candida, these names belong mostly to old people who actually grew up in the late Spanish colonial era (1850s–1898), and were actually upper-class to boot. Candida herself is specified to be 42 in a play set in 1941, which dates her own birth to around 1898-99—almost exactly at the end of Spanish rule.
- Meanwhile, over in Singapore, Crazy Rich Asians comes loaded with these, unsurprisingly as it's a novel about, well, crazy-rich Asians. And since they're heavily Westernised, the posh Anglo/European first names come with the mix, such as:
- Araminta Lee
- Colin Khoo
- Astrid Leong
- Nicholas Young
- Alistair Cheng, and several others.
- Dalton Campbell in The Sword of Truth.
- Carson Flynn in the Mythology 101 Cycle, who is fairly rich (at least by college professor standards).
- In the Pink Carnation series, Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe, Sebastion Vaughn, and Reginald Fitzhugh.
- Cotton Remington Weathington-Beech, and his school friends, in the Machine of Death story "Prison Knife Fight".
- The pornographic novel The Oxford Girl is narrated (and nominally authored) by a character named Presley Abbott.
- A lot of characters in The Princess Diaries. Justified as most of the characters are either wealthy and go to prep school or are royalty. The main character's full name is Amelia Mignonette Grimaldi Thermopolis Renaldo. One of her good friends is named John Paul Reynolds-Abernathy VI. That they and others prefer to go by nicknames like Mia and JP show that they really are normal people despite this.
- The protagonist from The Never Ending Story, Bastian Balthazar Bux.
- Naming conventions seem to be a little different on the Discworld, so it's sometimes hard to tell, but there's a definite pattern to the names of nobles. If their first names are real names at all (which is unusual in itself, considering people can be named things like Moist, Gravid, and Extremelia), then they're obscure and old-fashioned, like Havelock or Sybil, whereas many commoners have names you wouldn't look twice at on an attendance roll in the real world.
- In an early book, Vimes refers to the upper-class teenage girls who volunteer to muck out at the Sunshine Sanctuary for Sick Dragons as "the Interchangeable Emmas".
- In The World of Poo, both the Sanctuary caretakers Geoffrey meets actually are named "Emma".
- In Monstrous Regiment, officers are known in the Borogravian army as "ruperts" because they tend to be Upper Class Twits with "posh" names like Rupert, Rodney, or Gawain. This piece of slang, as well as the explanation, are used in the British Armed Forces. (The Truth also has a Rupert; William's brother, who in contrast to William was an Upper-Class Twit who "died for his beliefs". Namely, the belief Klatchians would surrender if you ran up to them yelling very loudly.)
- Strongly averted with two characters who have a long collection of hilariously preppy names (both starting with Cecil) but are as low-class as you can get: Cecil Wormsborough St. John "Nobby" Nobbs and Cecil Maximilian Overton Transpire "Cut-Me-Own-Throat" Dibbler.
- Used in The Nanny Diaries whenever No Name Given is impossible. For instance, the narrator's charge is Greyer Addison X.
- Pandora "Box" Louise Elizabeth Braithwaite and her husband Julian Twyselton-Fife of Adrian Mole fame.
- Melville Winchester Higginbotham Grosvenor Penobscot-Jones IV of Emergence. It's not exactly surprising that he renamed himself (becoming "Adam") at the earliest opportunity.
- Dissected and analysed in Freakonomics. In an interesting inversion, the girl's name Ashley reputedly devolved from a popular middle-class girl's name to a lower-class "Wal-Mart set" girl's name.
- The Spy High series has mega-wealthy heir Benjamin T. Stanton III (although thankfully his friends are allowed to just call him Ben.)
- Citizens of District 1 in The Hunger Games, being one of the wealthiest districts manufacturing luxury items.
- Mentioned in the book Going Too Far by Catherine Alliott. Protagonist Polly is invited to give prizes at a horse fair because of her husband's status as a wealthy local landowner; but she completely screws up the ceremony. She miserably thinks that her husband would have been better off with a woman named "Lucinda Raffetty-Bagshott" or "Camilla Ponsonby-Bunkup."
- Similarly to Nobby Nobbs (see above), subverted with William Makepeace Thackeray's Charles James Harrington Fitzroy Yellowplush. While his name is stereotypically posh, he's fairly low class, being a semi-literate footman who writes with Delusions of Eloquence. As revealed in the first chapter of his "Memoirs", Yellowplush is the Son of a Whore and the reason for the multiple names is due to his mother's uncertainty regarding the identity of his father.
- Richard Campbell Gansey III of The Raven Cycle, who, as you might expect, is extremely upper class
- Many characters in the Bridget Jones series like: Jeremy, Piggy, Natasha, Cosmo, Woney, Alistair, etc.
- Consider The Lily, being set among landed gentry in England has Flora Dysart, Matilda Verral and Ambrose Chudleigh
- Basically every character in The Secret History, seeing as it is about the elite at a private liberal arts school in the East Coast. The main characters alone include:
- Francis Abernathy
- Edmund "Bunny" Corcoran
- Camilla and Charles Macaulay
- Henry Marchbanks Winter
- Julian Morrow
- Unsurprisingly, a lot of characters in the novel Prep, though Aspeth Montgomery probably takes the cake.
- Military thriller Victoria has numerous: Mr. Montgomery Blair, the Honorable John C. Adams, Mrs. William Schermerhorn, and various others. Protagonist John Rumford is himself a borderline example: his family is of oldest Yankee stock, but very much not rich or part of the smart set.
- Osgood Conklin on Our Miss Brooks. Mr. Conklin isn't rich, but he is as pompous as his first name would suggest.
- Richard Woolsley III from Raising the Bar.
- Flynn Carsen of The Librarian fame, though he's not rich.
- Leverage has a lot of fun playing with these when the team runs a con at a private school in "The Fairy Godparents Job". One of the kids' first names is Widmark. Of course, considering the show is about white-collar crime, the Villain of the Week will at least occasionally have a preppy name too.
- Barnabas Collins, Cyrus Longworth, Skyler Rumson, and Bruno Hess from Dark Shadows.
- Used naturally in Jeeves and Wooster. Although Claude Cattermole Potter-Pirbright takes this trope Up to Eleven. He is, as you might have guessed, a proper Upper-Class Twit, even in comparison with other members of The Drones Club.
- M*A*S*H has Maj. Dr. Charles Emerson Winchester III, an old-school Boston blueblood, as well as Margaret’s ex-husband LtCol. Donald Penobscot.
- Chase (his last name; his first name, rarely used, is Robert), from House, M.D.. Some of these names overlap with upper-class-sounding British names; with Chase, it's both. He started as the Upper-Class Twit but had a little character development making him a competent twit, much like the above-mentioned Charles Emerson Winchester III.
- Power Rangers RPM made a Shout-Out to M*A*S*H by naming an Upper-Class Twit "Chaz" Winchester IV.
- And on that subject, the Power Rangers have included a handful of upper-crusters in their ranks: Wesley Collins, Sydney Drew, Mackenzie Hartford (with his father Andrew Hartford as the team's patron), and Summer Landsdown.
- Greenlee Smythe and Colby Chandler on All My Children. Both first names are their mothers' maiden names, which is a typical preppy naming convention.
- Chatsworth Osbourne, Jr. from The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
- Charles Widmore from Lost, who is a rich businessman thanks to the company he owns. Which is, of course, called Widmore Industries. The poshness of the name is somewhat misleading in his case as he was one of the more thuggish of the Others in his youth, and appears to have attained his fortune mostly through the use of his fists.
- Thurston Howell III (Jim Backus) in Gilligan's Island.
- Crispin. Just Crispin. Like Prince, Madonna, Cher, Lemar... only Crispin.
- Also, even though they are referred to exclusively as 'Tony' and 'Effy', there's Anthony and Elizabeth Stonem.
- And Cassandra Ainsworth.
- Frederick 'Freddie' McClair.
- Pandora Moon.
- Minerva 'Mini' McGuiness.
- Not to mention the gem where Posh Abigail introduces her friends "Sara, Josh, Sara, Maddy, Felicia, Hugo, Sebastian, Sara, Sam and Sara".
- Wesley Wyndam-Pryce from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Also Cordelia Chase.
- Jackie Gleason character "Reginald van Gleason III" (note "the Third" yet again).
- Audrey fforbes-Hamilton from To the Manor Born.
- Addison Forbes Montgomery-Shepherd from Grey's Anatomy.
- Harrison Chase from the Doctor Who episode "The Seeds of Doom". (English, very, and the owner of a mansion with attendant butler.)
- As explained in the trope description, this is a common occurrence in Hispanic telenovelas. Usually it is the male protagonist who is well off, and this means we wind up with a male lead called Ricardo Facundo (always, always called by both names) while the female lead is called María, Juana, or other ridiculously common names. This tendency has been parodied many, many times, often giving the parody protagonist an Overly Long Preppy Name.
- One famous case of a female Preppy Name is "María Joaquina" from the telenovela Carrusel. She was never called just "María," ever.
- Castilian Spanish conventions are different, and the pijo naming clichés tend to go along Araceli, Soraya, or Cayetana for girls and Gonzalo, Rodrigo, or Borja (Borjamari in terminal cases) for boys.
- More than half the cast of Gossip Girl. Including some of the actual cast members, such as Chace Crawford, Blake Lively, Penn Badgeley, and Leighton Meester. The cast is full of them.
- This last one is funny, since her parents were actually small-time crooks from Texas (her mother was serving time for marijuana smuggling at the time of her birth), but her name would be completely at home in the New York City elite, particularly given that her last name is Dutch (a large proportion of New York's oldest families are Dutch for historical reasons) and means "Master."
- Blaine Anderson from Glee.
- And his older brother Cooper.
- Minor characters Sebastian Smythe and Hunter Clarington, also from Dalton Academy.
- A good chunk of the kids from The Lying Game (Sutton Mercer, Laurel Mercer, Thayer Rybak etc.). The poorer characters have much more down to Earth names (Emma Becker, Ethan Whitehorse, Justin Miller etc.)
- Pretty Little Liars includes Spencer Hastings, Aria Montgomery, and Mona Vanderwal. Also the teacher Ezra Fitz.
- During the 2012 campaign season, Jon Stewart was fond of playing with this when discussing GOP presidential candidate Wilfred Mittington Romney the Third (to give a typical example).
- Also invoked in their response to Bernie Goldberg's contention that their audience was unsophisticated. A man with a monocle and top hat, sipping tea, introduced himself as Toppington Von Monocle. He then proceeded to quote Catullus, a Roman poet, in the original Latin. Yes, it really does mean "I will sodomize and face-fuck you."
- Cleyton Howell III from The New Addams Family. His appearance is so brief he probably would never be included here if this website cared about notability.
- Camilla Fortescue Cholmondeley-Browne (Everyone calls her "Chummy") from the BBC's Call the Midwife is a great example, and her character exhibits a typically upper-class jolly hockey sticks attitude towards her role as a district midwife in London's East End, despite the class chasm between her and her patients.
- Jonathan Quayle Higgins III from Magnum, P.I.
- Season 13 of Degrassi adds Miles Hollingsworth III, a New Transfer Student freshly expelled from prep school.
- Blair Warner in The Facts of Life.
- Maria Joaquina Villasenor and Jorge del Salto in Carrusel.
- Caroline Channing in 2 Broke Girls. Caroline is a stereotypically posh name in the UK, if not in the USA. And she's the one from a rich background.
- Parodied in Monty Python’s "Upper-Class Twit Of The Year" sketch with Vivian Smith-Smythe-Smith, Simon Zinc-Trumpet-Harris, Nigel Incubator-Jones, Gervaise Brook-Hamster and Oliver St. Johnnote -Mollusk.
- Taken Up to Eleven in their election night sketch, which included a candidate with a name that takes nearly a minute to read in full, and includes singing and a variety of sound effects.note
- Hannah's snooty friend Traci Van Horn from Hannah Montana.
- Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt:
- The unspeakably rich Voorhees family, with their classic New York Dutch last name, includes two children named Xanthippe Lannister and Buckley.
- When Kimmy herself is pretending to be rich to fit in at one of their parties, she claims that her name is "Kimberly Tiara von Lobster".
- A Running Gag on Mystery Science Theater 3000 would be if this sort of name appeared in the credits, Crow would remark in a snobby voice: "Oh, is the great X going to direct/produce/act/what have you?"
- A famous German TV sketch by Loriot has an announcer recapturing the first seven episodes of the (fictional) 16 episode English drama Die zwei Cousinen (The Two Cousins). While the sketch is mostly about the announcer struggling with the th sound (which doesn't exist in German) until she breaks down and starts babbling incoherently, the names qualify: Priscilla and Gwyneth Molesworth, Lord and Lady Hesketh-Fortescue and their son Meredith, Jasper Featherstone, Amelie Hollingworth, Lucinda Satterthwaite...
- The Nanny has the Blue Blood Maxwell Beverly Sheffield and his son, Brighton. The other two kids, Maggie (Margaret) and Gracie (Grace), also somewhat count.
- Grown-ish has Balty Winthrop, the great-great-grandson of California University's founder.
- Garfield, ever the Big Eater, tried to both invoke and then exploit this trope in the name of getting way more food at each meal: He lengthened his name to "Garfield Horatio, III, Esq." and got a dish big enough to write it on.
- Hubert Updike III in The Alan Young Show, voiced by Jim Backus.
- Several of Arthur's ex-girlfriends in Cabin Pressure, whom Carolyn describes as "bossy, pony-club types with Alice bands and stupid names" like Fliss, Minty, Libbett, and Pobs (when Arthur lists them, Carolyn says it sounds like he's brainstorming names for a Labrador puppy). The Grand Finale, "Zurich", introduces Tiffy, who does dressage.
- Yes, What? included upper class schoolboy Francis Marmaduke Algenon de Pledge, universally known to his classmates as "Pickles". The full names of his classmates (Rupert Bottomly, Ronald George Standforth, and Cuthbert Horace Greenbottle Jr.) might sound preppy by today's standards, but did reflect naming practices of the time (combined with a hint of lower middle-class pretension). 'Marmaduke' was well over the odds even for the time.
- The Ace Attorney series brings us Richard Wellington and Wesley Stickler.
- Most, if not all, of the preppies in Bully. Derby is probably the most egregious example.
- Slade Percy Benedict III from Wall Street Kid. See this playthrough.
- Lord Montague "Monty" Basingstoke-Pratt IV from Kingdom of Loathing, a hero of the Frat Warriors. He drops an item that increases money gains.
- Florian Phinaes Horatio Aldebrant, Esquire — otherwise known as Finn in Dragon Age: Origins DLC Witch Hunt.
- The Sims 2 has a pre-made sim named Francis J. Worthington III. He's obviously supposed to be a snobby rich kid.
- British aristocrat Isabella "Ivy" Valentine from the Soul Series.
- Nicole Whittaker of the Purple Moon games is one of the richest girls in town and puts this air on constantly. She's even on a first-name basis with her parents, Reginald and Cecilia, who themselves fit Preppy Name as well.
- Felicia Ravenswood, a foreign military brat who constantly talks about her trips to Europe, fits here as well.
- Crash 'n' the Boys: Three of the five school teams in the American port are upper-class high schools whose members all have rather snobby names (with slightly less effete-sounding nicknames used in-game), in contrast to the eponymous protagonists from Southside High School. Of particular note are the Lincoln High team of Arthur Van Smythe, Winston Hildegard Jr., Charles Edward Darlington, Alexander Knottingham III and Worthington Montgomery.
- Harvest Moon:
- "Cyril-Regis Shireworth-Tuxley the 3rd, Esquire" from Harvest Moon: Skytree Village is from an aristocratic family.
- Will's full name in Harvest Moon: Sunshine Islands is "William Terry Louis Andrew Carrick Jonathan Dredge Hams Reading Roger Southwark Alwick Plymouth Junior Regison III". Will's family is rich.
- Reginald Leopold Theophilus the Third, aka, the Mad Hatter of When Curiosity Met Insanity.
- In Irregular Webcomic!, Paris briefly dates a man named Forbes Davis, which would be enough of an example, except he spells it "fforbes-Davïs", combining Preppy Name with Xtreme Kool Letterz.
Spanners: Wow. Pretentious. He must come from a long line of really posh nobles or something.
Paris: That's his first name.
Spanners: Yeah, see, that's what happens when you inbreed amongst the upper classes; mutant names.
- In Lackadaisy, Rocky invokes this when making fun of Wick's full first name, Sedgewick, commenting that it's the name a snooty rich person with a snooty accent would give their kid when trying to name them "Cedric". It should be pointed out that Rocky doesn't like Wick.
- Orville Brand, Blair Duchess, Hadley Sharpe, Nelson Stickling, and Tatum West on Honorable Hogwarts.
- The idea behind Reginald Cuftbert's name in Spoiler Warning's Let's Play of Fallout 3. The original suggestion was Reginald Cuthbert, but something was lost in translation.
- SOTF-TV: A good portion of the kids in Silver Dragon Academy have this sort of name. Examples include Mae St. Clair, Leopold Sutherland, Bob Lazenby, and Renée Carlson.
- Remy Buxaplenty from The Fairly OddParents!.
- Muffy Crosswire, her mother Millicent, and brother Chip from Arthur. Subverted with her father, Ed, who is actually Nouveau Riche to her daughter's dismay.
- The real name of Cave Guy from Freakazoid!, whose voice is apparently based on Thurston Howell III, is Royce Mumphry.
- The students at Morningwood Academy in Family Guy, including James William Bottomtooth IV and Rogers Chapstick, heir to the Chapstick fortune.
- All of the employees at The New Yorker, as well: Wellesley Shepherdson, Fielding Wellingtonsworth, Livingston Winstofford, Amelia Bedford Furthington Chesterhill, and James William Bottomtooth III.
- WordGirl: Theodore "Tobey" McCallister III. Isn't that a mouthful?
- Trevor Noseworthy IV from James Bond Jr..
- From Total Drama, Cody Emmett Jameson-Anderson.
- Bradley Uppercrust III from An Extremely Goofy Movie
- Eric "Tann" Tannenbaum IV from Kong: The Animated Series.
- Hey Arnold!:
- Rex Smythe-Higgins, Grandpa's old stuck up inexplicably British-sounding rival, and his not-quite-as-antagonistic grandson Rex Smythe-Higgins III.
- Rhonda Wellington Lloyd, the upper-class girl in Arnold's class. Her first name does not fit this trope, but her middle name sure does!
- Charles Montgomery Burns from The Simpsons.
- Squilliam Fancyson III and Monty P. Moneybags from SpongeBob SquarePants
- The secret identity of Superchicken, one of the supporting features of ''George of the Jungle, was Henry Cabot Henhouse III.
- Princess Morbucks from The Powerpuff Girls.
- Alpha Bitch Nanette Manoir from Angela Anaconda.
- In the pilot episode of All Grown Up!, Angelica introduces her friend Samantha Shane to Chuckie (who has a crush on her) as "Charles Finster III" (even though Chuckie's paternal grandfather's name is Marvin) to impress her, obviously invoking this trope.
- Scooby-Doo, in all its permutations, gives us Daphne Blake and Norville Rogers. Amusingly, while the former absolutely plays the posh part straight, the latter is an easily-startled hippie who occasionally eats dog food and answers to "Shaggy".
- The foppish character associated with The New Yorker is Eustice Tilley.
- Monocle, spats, and cutaway jacket are the signature attire of rich Uncle Pennybags. Few know him by that name, however. Parker Brothers gave up trying to enlighten the millions and rechristened him (and trademarked) his better-known moniker, Mr. Monopoly.
- The late Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Amusingly, this was the opposite of upper-class when he was born: "Arthur" was still a fairly common name in 1917, and "Schlesinger" would have been seen as too ethnic — and particularly too Jewishnote — to be truly upper-class in that era (during which Jews were not considered white, and Germans were for obvious reasons not well-trusted). Later in life, though, things changed.
- Poppy Petal Emma Elizabeth Deveraux Donahue, aka Poppy Montgomery.
- Her sisters are Rosie Thorn, Daisy Yellow, Lily Belle, and Marigold Sun (and there's a brother, Jethro Tull), although some of those drift into hippy name territory.
- Camilla Rosemary Shand, now Duchess of Cornwall. ("Camilla" and "Rosemary" are both classic British upper-crust names; young Miss Shand was a debutante who in fact went to finishing school in Switzerland.)
- The Temple family (who were, in turn, Barons Cobham, Viscounts Cobham, Earls Temple, Marquesses of Buckingham, and Dukes of Buckingham and Chandos) kept marrying into bigger fortunes and adding surnames to reflect this. By the time they got to the 1822 creation of the final title, the Dukes possessed the quintuple-barrelled surname Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville... and then in 1889, the last Duke (whose full name and title, for the record, was the decidedly grand "Richard Plantagenet Campbell Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenville, 3rd Duke of Buckingham and Chandos") died without male issue, and the only titles to survive were the Scottish Lordship of Kinross (which went to his daughter Mary Morgan-Grenville) and the Viscountcy of Cobham, which went to his very distant cousin with the utterly unassuming and only slightly Sloaney name "Charles George Lyttleton."
- NFL Quarterback Peyton Williams Manning and his dad Elisha Archibald "Archie" Manning III, his brother Elisha Nelson "Eli" Manning, plus the non-famous brother Cooper Manning. This one is kind of strange, because given their Southern backgrounds (they're from New Orleans and have the accents to prove it), this puts some Americans in an "oh, they're hillbillies" frame of mind, but on one hand, those familiar with the South would recognize this pattern as common for the descendants of the old planter class and those with no idea the Mannings are Southerners would also jump to the "snob" conclusion.
- English comedian Miles Jupp is a great example, with a name that sounds inherently Sloaney, despite its brevity. His stand-up shtick revolves around how posh he is.
- Two chief mechanical engineers of the London and North Western Railway (LNWR): Charles John Bowen-Cooke and Captain Hewitt Pearson Montague Beames.
- Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax is, believe it or not, a member of the House of Commons (he's a Tory MP for South Dorset). The 'Family' section on his Wikipedia page is worth a read... (Lord Dunsany, his great-uncle, is just one of his numerous famous relations...)
- Editor, literary critic, and occasional sportsman George Plimpton came from the New York upper crust, so naturally he was called "George Ames Plimpton" and sounded like this. (Incidentally, his name does sound a bit like a law firm—in part because his father founded one.)
- English sociologist Henry Mayhew once described the case of a lower-class servant girl with the first name Rosetta ("as if she had been a Duchess"), the master of the house evidently took offense to such presumptuousness and promptly renamed her "plain" Susan.
- Actress Gabriella Wilde's full name is Gabriella Zanna Vanessa Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe.note Her half-sister is Isabella Amaryllis Charlotte Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe. Other siblings include Olivia (but not that Olivia, who is related to the slightly less posh Cockburn family), Arabella, Georgiana, Jacobi and Octavia. They are, of course, descendants of the Gough-Calthorpe family, who were made baronets in the 18th century and whose contributions to Birmingham were deemed sufficient to take an element of their arms and place it on those of the city.
- Kiefer William Frederick Dempsey George Rufus Sutherland. He likes to joke that his father owed a lot of money and favors to a lot of people and gave away naming rights as recompense.
- Anderson Hays Cooper, award-winning journalist and son of Gloria Vanderbilt.
- Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch. He even tried to make a career using the first surname, but the preppier one was the one who propelled him to fame.
- English actor Blake Harrison noted that when he was in acting school, he was expected and practically typecast to play educated, intelligent characters, and wound up utter subverting it by becoming best known for playing borderline terminally stupid Neil Sutherland.
- This is oddly common with the real names of rappers. Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. (Snoop Dogg), Earl Simmons (DMX), Reginald Noble (Red Man), Marshall Mathers (Eminem), Curtis James Jackson III (50 Cent), and Percy Robert Miller (Master P), just to name a few.
- Romantic poet Lord George Gordon Noel Byron (better known simply as Lord Byron) had an incredibly pretentious-sounding name, not even accounting for his full title.