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Hardison: The kid's from her first marriage. Widmark.
Elliot: Whoa, I'm sorry, Widmark?
Hardison: Rich people, man.
Leverage, "The Fairy Godparents Job"

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, for example.

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-barrelled' 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 Georgina 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. She probably also goes by "Minty", slightly childish-sounding nicknames being another part of it (more commonly for women than men, although, as mentioned above, "Wills" or "Rupe" aren't uncommon either).

Note — although preppy last names in the US and UK will be very similar (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 aforementioned "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 second "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.

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 Pretentious Pronunciation, 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). Hayseed Name is the rural equivalent to both, encompassing names unique to regions considered backwoods and uncultured. May overlap with Hippie Name if the character is a Bourgeois Bohemian. Wealth's in a Name is a sister trope that incorporates words related to money to make the character's financial status obvious.

See Analysis for non-Anglophonic examples.


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  • The foppish character associated with The New Yorker is Eustace 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.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Virtually the entire student body in the titular Ouran High of Ouran High School Host Club have unusual, highbrow, or outright pompous surnames (e.g., Suoh = "absolute king", Takaouji = "child of hawk and phoenix"), which is kinda the point. The protagonist Haruhi Fujioka, being a commoner, has an appropriately commoner surname.
  • In Sailor Moon, Nephrite disguised himself as a wealthy playboy named "Masato Sanjouin", which the DIC dub localized as "Maxfield Stanton".
  • The English version of Tokyo Mew Mew gave us Corina Bucksworth (aka Aizawa Minto) and Wesley J. Coolridge III (aka Akasaka Keiichiro).
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • 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.
  • In Yuri is My Job!, the main characters work at a salon called Liebe Girls' Academy, a fictitious school for rich girls, and roleplay as students at said school. The employees at the salon are given different surnames when working, presumably ones that sound higher-class. Examples include Hime Shirasagi (her real name is Shiraki), Mitsuki Ayanokouji (Yano), Kanoko Amamiya (Mamiya) Sumika Tachibana (Chibana) and Nene Saionji (unknown).
  • In The Gentlemen's Alliance, the setting is the incredibly prestigious Imperial Academy, where only the children of upper crust families attend. The main cast all have the character 宮, read as "miya" or "gu" somewhere in their names, e.g. Haine Otomiya, Shizumasa Togu, Yoshitaka Ichinomiya. This character means "temple" and has heavy associations with royalty and the Imperial Family in Japan, so it is often used to give an air of nobility, which is why the author, Tanemura Arina, explicitly gave them this Theme Naming.

  • Lee Evans pointed out that he could never take some names for STDs seriously because a lot of them, particularly Chlamydia, sound preppy.
    I have this image of a woman in some French doors going "Chlamydia! Chlamydia, your tea's ready!"
    And [there's] some diseased old frump in the garden going, "OK, I'm on my way!"
    ..."Is Syphilis out there with you?!"

    Comic Books 
  • X-Men: Warren Worthington III (aka the Angel), as well as Charles Francis Xavier (Professor X).
  • Gwen Stacy is Spider-Man's Uptown Girl love interest, and her full name is Gwendolyne Maxine Stacy.
  • In The DCU, the closest thing Firestorm has to an archenemy is Danton Black, alias Multiplex.
  • Archie Comics:
    • There's Veronica Lodge, as well as her father Hiram Lodge.
    • Jughead's real name is Forsythe Pendleton Jones III. The fact it's a Preppy Name is lampshaded in the reboot, when Archie states it "reeks of high society".
  • Considering the royal setting, posh names were relatively common in Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) pre-Cosmic Retcon. The royal House of Acorn included the likes of King Maximillian, Queen Alicia, Sally's brother Elias, and on-again-off-again royal spy Geoffrey St. John. This also showed up among the main characters' parents, such as Sonic's parents Jules and Bernadette, and Tails' parents Amadeus and Rosemary. Tails' birth name, Miles, would also count if it weren't a Punny Name (Miles Prower, i.e. "miles per hour").

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    Fan Works 
  • In the Pokémon fic The Myamoto Project, James' last name is "Rochester", befitting his wealthy parentage.
  • The Pokémon oneshot Confrontation gives James the full name of "James Miles William Roseworth". His rich parents are named George and Evangeline.
  • All My Kittens: Duchess' first mate (and Marie's father) is a pedigree stud that has the snooty full-name of "Cyrano de Bergerac".
  • In cool and new web comic, Hecka Jef's name is revealed to be short for Heckacious Jeferey.

    Films — Animation 
  • Devon Montgomery Johnston III from Cars, who is also simply known as DJ.
  • Bradley Uppercrust III from An Extremely Goofy Movie.
  • 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.
  • Hayop Ka!: The Nimfa Dimaano Story has tycoon character Iñigo Villanueva, who's a dog, in this case a purebred husky; his given name isn't just upper-crust Spanish, but Basque, from an ethnolinguistic region in between Spain & France that historically produced some of the Philippines' richest and most influential oligarch families (Real Life—and human—examples include the Zobel de Ayalas, the Elizaldes and the Aboitizes among others).
  • The Lion King 1 ½: According to Timon, Shenzi's full name is Shenzi Marie Predatorra Veldetta Jackalina Hyena. It's unknown what her ranking is, but she's higher ranked than Ed and Banzai by virtue of being a female.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Trading Places has Dan Aykroyd's character, Louis Winthorpe III, his bosses Randolph and Mortimer Duke, as well as his fiancée 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!

  • 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.
  • Though they're Surfer Dudes, Bill & Ted often refer to themselves as "Bill S. Preston Esquire and Ted Theodore Logan".
  • Knives Out features the family of wealthy mystery author Harlan Thrombey, with the most obvious example of this trope being his grandson Hugh Ransom Drysdale.
  • Brandon Sinclair, the heir to wealthy vineyard, in Witchboard. His name certainly stands next to the other two major characters: Jim Morar and Linda Brewster.

  • A minor character in one Animorphs book is named Hewlett Aldershot III. Marco jokes that this means three generations were subjected to having this terrible name.
  • 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:
    • Dead Stars: Alfredo Salazar, Esperanza, Dionisio del Valle. Julia Salas doesn't count, because her name sounds simple and is still fairly common today (though in that era it was very likely pronounced in the Spanish style, i.e. "Hulya", instead of the modern English style, i.e. "Dyulia").
    • Mass: Beatriz "Betsy" de Jesus. Augusto "Toto" Salcedo might count, although he's lower-class in status.
    • May Day Eve: (Don) Badoy Montiya (the "Badoy" is a localised nickname, but is likely short for something like "Salvador"); and his eventual wife, (Doña) Agueda.
    • My Brother, My Executioner: (Don) Vicente Asperri (who is actually of Basque descent), and a less outlandish example in (Don) Eduardo Dantes
    • The Pretenders: (Don) Manuel Villa, Carmen Villa
    • Smaller & Smaller Circles: Fr. Augusto "Gus" Saenz
    • Tree: Espiridion, The Narrator's father, who works as a farm administrator, although not exactly part of the landowning oligarchy himself.
    • 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.
    • America Is Not the Heart: The extended, elite de Vera family of Vigan in the Ilocos counts: with first names such as Apolonio (though he's often called "Pol") and the multiple cases of Geronima (three, to be exact, and two of them are nicknamed "Hero" and "Roni" respectively—by Roni's generation, i.e. the millennial generation, "Geronima" definitely sounds old-fashioned and aristocratic). Not all of the names in the family have such heavily elite connotations—Hero's own father is named Benjamin (goes by "Hamin"), and she has an aunt named Soledad ("Soly"), but there are more extreme cases, like an aunt named Escolastica ("Ticay"), and Hero's grandfather, the de Vera patriarch (and the original Geronima's husband), was named Tranquilino.
  • 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 C Cycle, who is fairly rich (at least by college professor standards).
  • In the Pink Carnation series, Geoffrey Pinchingdale-Snipe, Sebastion Vaughn, and Reginald Fitzhugh.
  • Maximilian’s full name in Rebecca is George Fortescue Maximilian de Winter.
  • 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 NeverEnding Story, Bastian Balthazar Bux.
  • Discworld:
    • 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 de Worde'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.
    • During Susan's time as governess in Hogfather, she ends up working for somewhat Nouveau Riche people who are horrified that the duchess of Sto Helit is is working for them. And they have a son named Gawain, which Death takes as a sign of questionable parenting.
    • Wintersmith establishes that Roland's full name is Roland de Chumfansleigh, which is pronounced "Chuffley." The narrator sympathetically notes that it isn't his fault. Do note that Roland's literally nobility so it's Played With.
  • 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. Namely: Gloss, Cashmere, Glimmer, and Marvel.
  • 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 of Memoirs Of Mr Charles J 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.
  • Several students attending prestigious Armedius Academy in The Rithmatist, for example Geoff Hamilton, Mary Isenhorn or Charlington (whose family name we never learn). Since Armedius is very expensive, they come from the best families around.
  • Mary Higgins Clark's standalone novel Daddy's Little Girl has Robson Parke Westerfield, the spoiled rich boy who killed narrator Ellie Cavanaugh's older sister, Andrea. His father is Vincent, and his grandfather, a former Senator, Pearson Westerfield. Clark also wrote a short novel about George and Martha Washington; Martha Washington's wealthy first husband, Daniel Parke Custis, and their son and grandson, John Parke Custis and George Washington Parke Custis, may have been her inspiration for Rob's middle name.
  • The Book Of Skulls by Robert Silverberg is about four students from different social backgrounds. The rich kid has a stepmother called Saybrook, and says that that sort of name is common among his set.
  • Saving Max has Lowell Stratton Price III, the head of the executive committee of Danielle's law firm.
  • Discussed, naturally enough, in great detail in The Official Preppy Handbook, including a list of 12 suggestions for nicknames for preppy children (Chip, Kip, Bunny, Muffy, Tiffy, Kiki, etc.). Some example characters discussed in situations also qualify, such as “Trip Dunwhistle” and “Alden Jewett Worthington”.
  • The Hanging Tree: Not surprisingly, several students from St. Paul school for girls, including Phoebe Beaumont-Jones, Olivia McAllister-Thames, Albertina Pryce. Not to mention Lady Caroline Elizabeth Louise Linden-Limmer.
  • A Georgian version appears in Emma. Mr. Elton's new bride is named Augusta (the name of one of George III's daughters), and her sister is Selina (like the then-current Countess of Huntingdon). Classic Greek and Latin names were trendy at the time, and a marker of their Nouveau Riche status compared to the good, solid English names the other ladies have—Emma, Jane, Harriet.
  • In Modern Villainess, the protagonist's Runa's name is deliberately designed by the Fictional Video Game's developers to complement her Alpha Bitch (i.e. "villainess") role in the game. Her surname Keikain is of the type exclusively used by the kuge class that she is descended from.note  "Runa" is also a full-onyomi name and uses difficult kanji (瑠奈) to show off their class.
  • In Ragged Dick, Fosdick applies for a job at a hat store, as does a snooty gentleman's son named Roswell Crawford who makes fun of Dick for being a boot-black. Fosdick is hired after Roswell admits he quit his last job because they wanted him to do "dirty work" like making a fire.
  • In the Batman prose story "Going Straight" by Laurie Sefton and Charles von Rospach, one of Bruce Wayne's peers who really is the Upper-Class Twit Bruce pretends to be is Eldon Wettinhouse. "The Third, my dear man. Just call me Tripp."
  • The Stranger Times: Reginald Fairfax III, a portly and plummy gentleman who always wears a three-piece tartan suit.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Anna Thornton-Wilton, head receptionist at Hotel Babylon is pretty fond of her hyphenated last name and the connotations of class it invokes, to the point where she calls to yell at HR for leaving out Wilton on her nametag, insistently demanding a tag that reads "Anna Thornton Hyphen Wilton". She eventually gets a replacement tag that literally reads Anna Thornton Hyphen Wilton.
  • Osgood Conklin on Our Miss Brooks, who isn't rich, yet is just 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 is notably preppy. 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 money, Harvard educated Boston blueblood who oozes with upper-class condescension at his campmates, especially early into his tenure. Margaret’s ex-husband from Seasons 5-7, LtCol. Donald Penobscott, is also said to come from a well-off family.note 
  • 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.
  • Skins:
    • 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.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Harrison Chase from "The Seeds of Doom". (English, very, and the owner of a mansion with attendant butler.)
    • Henry Van Statten from "Dalek", an American billionaire with a New York Dutch surname. He has both American and Dutch flags behind his desk.
    • And, of course, Brigadier General Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart.
  • 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 Badgley, 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 and his older brother Cooper from Glee. Also minor characters Sebastian Smythe and Hunter Clarington, from Dalton Academy.
  • A good chunk of the kids from The Lying Game (Sutton and 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).
  • 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: The Next Generation adds Miles Hollingsworth III, a New Transfer Student freshly expelled from prep school.
  • Blair Warner in The Facts of Life.
  • Maria Joaquina Villaseñor 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-Hampster and Oliver St. John-Mollusc. And in one of the events, the twits have to pose for a photograph with two debutantes named Lady Arabella Plunkett and Lady Sarah Pencil-Farthing-Vivian-Streamroller-Adams-Pie-Biscuit-Aftershave-Gore-Stringbottom-Smith.
    • Exaggerated 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. note  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.
  • In Midnight Caller, Jack's father J. J. participates in an art auction under the name Roland Smythe Hyde. His performance is so over-the-top, and his accent so unconvincing, that his cover is blown almost immediately.
  • Grace Bros department store in Are You Being Served? has some rich shareholders including Lavinia Stableforth, Henry Grant-Hopkins, and Lady Weeble-Abelsmith (which Mr Lucas has some trouble pronouncing).
  • Orange Is the New Black: McCullough's first name is revealed to be Artesian (or the name she goes by anyway, since her uniform's nametag has the initial B first).
  • Succession is naturally rife with these: quite aside from Connor, Kendall, Roman, and Siobhan Roy, we also get Nan and Naomi Pierce, Rhea Jarrell, Lady Caroline Collingwood, the late Baird Kellman, and Kendall's kids Sophie and Iverson.
    • In entertaining contrast, the two significantly more middle-class members of the extended Roy clan are Greg Hirsch and Tom Wambsgans; no one can ever quite say either one without a sneer, and no one pays the remotest attention to Cousin Greg's attempt to relaunch himself as "Gregory."
  • The West Wing: Josiah Edward Bartlett is pretty damn patrician name for a president to start with. And then there is this classic exchange from "The Short List":
    Josh: Peyton Cabot Harrison III.
    Josh: Peyton Cabot Harrison III. He sounds like he should be a Supreme Court justice.
    Donna: It's a good name.
    Josh: Phillips Exeter, Princeton, Rhodes scholar, Harvard Law Review, for which he was, oh yeah, the editor. Did I mention that he was dean of Harvard Law School? Did I mention that his father was attorney general to Eisenhower?
    Donna: Peyton Cabot Harrison III.
    Josh: That's right.
    Donna: Jewish fellow?
  • Trinkets: "Tabitha Foster" sounds pretty damn preppy. She also comes from wealthy family unlike the others in the trio.
  • The Brittas Empire gives us Michael T. Farrell III, Laura's rich estranged husband.
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend has Nathaniel Plimpton III, who does indeed come from an extremely wealthy, privileged background and sees himself as superior to most of the people he interacts with as a result.
  • On Frasier, Frasier's issues with his new African-American producer prompt Niles (of all people!) to gloat that he understands black people better than Frasier does. He points out that he had a black roommate at Yale, and Frasier snarks, "ah yes. Huntington Treadwell III."
  • You (2018)'s fourth season introduces the aristocratic English socialites Lady Phoebe Borewell-Blaxworth and Gemma Graham-Greene.

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  • 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 title character of Giles Wemmbley Hogg Goes Off, an Upper-Class Twit of the first order.

  • Three of the most affluent, upper-class characters in the cast of Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues are called Finn N. Flannagan, Irene Melissenos, and Benedict Tudor.
  • Orville Brand, Blair Duchess, Hadley Sharpe, Nelson Stickling, and Tatum West on Honorable Hogwarts.
  • 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.

  • Prima Face: While recounting her first day of law school, Tessa mocks a preppy classmate named Benedict:
    Tessa: Of course his name's Benedict!
  • In Wicked, Glinda is given the surname "Upland". She's posh and well-off, although not as much as she implies. This surname was later canonized in book canon come Son of a Witch.

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  • 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 obvious 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: Street Challenge: Contrasting the rough 'n tumble protagonists from Southside High School, three of the four rival teams come from upper-class high schools, and their members all have rather snobby names - particularly the Lincoln High team of Arthur Van Smythe, Winston "Skip" Hildegard Jr., Charles Edward Darlington, Alexander Knottingham III and Worthington Montgomery.
  • Harvest Moon:
  • The Frat Guys gang in River City Ransom, with names like Trent, Drake, Skip, Trip, Clark, and Grant.
  • Smite: Playable gods Fenrir, Ymir, Anhur, Kukulkan, and Sun Wukong get appropriately long names when they put on their Gentlemen skins, respectively: Lord Slashington III, Baron Frostchild, Duke dans de Lyons, Sir Pentsworth IV, Esq. note  and Earl Wubert St. Kongfrey.
  • Chicken Police: Before Deborah introduces herself to Sonny, he thinks "Elizabeth or Charlotte? I was sure she'd have a sophisticated sounding name."
  • A good chunk of Yankee names in After the End: A Post-Apocalyptic America, such as "Wentworth". At this point After the End, the Yankees have degenerated into savage tribes, worshipping the eldritch horrors of dark and terrible New England, but some things never change.

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  • Homestar Runner: In the Strong Bad Email "independent", Strong Bad says that Pom Pom, as an "indie" movie maker, uses "middle names and/or initials" to improve his "indie cred". We then see Pom Pom's name embellished to "Pom Thomas Pom", "J. Pom Thomas Pom", and eventually "J. William Pom Thomas C. Pom".
  • RWBY:
    • It's revealed in Volume 4 that Blake Belladonna comes from a decently well-off family.
    • Weiss and Whitley Schnee are wealthy siblings. Their parents Jacques and Willow, as well as their older sister Winter, however, have less preppy names.
  • Tricky from Subway Surfers: The Animated Series comes from a rich family. Her name is really "Beatrice".

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  • 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.
  • The "Zip It, Ella" Made in Chelsea spoof by English actor and comdian Luke Millington-Drake (whose own name absolutely counts) is a genius send up of ludicrously posh Sloane-rangers, complete with names like Mozzarella, Bruschetta and Tortellini (a spoof of classic Sloaney-pony names like Petronella, Henrietta and Tatiana).
I can’t live in Parsons Green anymore, it’s too common, I’m moving — to BELGRAVIA!

    Western Animation 
  • Remy Buxaplenty from The Fairly OddParents!.
  • Mary Alice "Muffy" Crosswire, her mother Millicent, and brother Chip from Arthur. Subverted with her father, Ed, who is actually Nouveau Riche to his 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 and Harold Norbert Cheever Doris McGrady V
  • 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.
  • Daria:
    • Thomas Sloane, which is mitigated by him just going by "Tom".
    • Also Charles Ruttheimer III. He prefers to go by "Chuck", though everyone else calls him "Upchuck".
  • 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: Played straight with Daphne Blake, who is as posh as you'd expect. Subverted with Norville Rogers, who is an easily-startled hippie who goes by "Shaggy" and voluntarily eats dog food.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: Billy's full name is William Geoffrey Fitzgerald Kitchener Parham III.
  • Coffers Worthington the oil baron from Xavier: Renegade Angel.

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  • 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.
  • The British singer Engelbert Humperdinck, although this isn't his real name (but is the same name as a known German composer). His birth name counts too: Arnold George Dorsey.
  • Alan Merrill, the Glam Rock singer-songwriter responsible for Joan Jett’s immortal "I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll", was born Allan Preston Sachs. His upbringing, contrary to his image, was indeed as posh as his name — he was the son of two successful and respected jazz musicians and attended boarding school in Switzerland as a child, as well as prestigious schools in New York and Los Angeles.
  • 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 Queen Camilla. ("Camilla" and "Rosemary" are both classic British upper-crust names; young Miss Shand was a debutante and the granddaughter of a baron 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."
  • The (almost) unbelievably named British aristocrat Algernon William John Clotworthy Whyte-Melville Skeffington, 12th Viscount Massereene and Ferrard (1873-1956), whose name is so marvellously posh that it grandly sails well beyond parody.
  • 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.
  • The Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes family, which includes its descendants, brothers Ralph (which, to add insult to injury, is pronounced "RAY-ff") and Joseph.
  • 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. In a twist, Kiefer's political views are in line with those of his maternal grandfather Tommy Douglas, the socialist former Premier of Saskatchewan who was instrumental in establishing Canada's single-payer healthcare system.
  • Anderson Hays Cooper, award-winning journalist and son of Gloria Vanderbilt.
  • Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch. He even tried to make a career using the "Carlton" as a surname (as his father did as Timothy Carlton), 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 (Redman), Marshall Bruce Mathers III (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.
  • Odd subversion with Dan Quayle. When Quayle was selected by George H. W. Bush as his running mate on the Republican presidential ticket for 1988; it was assumed that Quayle's full name (James Danforth Quayle) was an example, especially considering his maternal grandfather was famed newspaper publisher Eugene Pulliam (owner of several newspapers in Quayle's native Indiana as well as Arizona) with some (notably CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather) adding "III" out of habit. Quayle was actually named after a friend of Quayle's father who was killed in action during World War II.
  • Phoebe Mary Waller-Bridge, who has baronets on both the paternal and maternal sides of her family, and whose surname has led to its fair shake of jokes. Granted, while "Phoebe" may not sound that posh, her sister, composer Isobel Noeline Waller-Bridge, makes up for that.
  • BBC journalist Rupert Anthony Wingfield-Hayes checks most of the boxes for a posh English name.
  • Jacob Rees-Mogg has a surname that evokes the oft-encountered vague absurdness of Sloaney names. He's a British MP, who is nicknamed the Honourable Member for the Eighteenth Century for his absurdly old-fashioned poshness.
  • English Olympic equestrian star Pippa Funnell, whose name not only sounds incredibly jolly hockey-sticks but also vaguely (and humorously) suggestive.
  • People who announce the births of their children in the pages of The Daily Telegraph are from the posher end of British society. In 2019, the most popular girls' name was Ottilie, a name which wasn't even in the national top 100. Behold the details!