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Judge: State your first name, your last name, and your occupation.
Lizardman: Lizardman, Lizardman, and... Lizardman.

Sometimes, a character either a) is so very funny, badass, awesome, or all three, they don't deserve Only One Name, or b) has a Meaningful Name to the Nth degree that no other name works. What do you do?

Make their last name, and first name, the same name.

There are four common variations on this:

  • Classic Classic: Their first, last, optional middle, and in some cases job title are all the exact same word. Never is there a literal Odd Name Out, or even an intentional misspelling, unless it spans all the names. This would be an Alliterative Name.
  • Classic Classical: The name consists of a short first name and a last name that is like the first but longer (like "John Johnson"). This would also be an Alliterative Name.
  • Classic Original: The names aren't quite the exact same thing, but they are extremely close synonyms. Usually, this only works for people named after something, or products and inanimate objects. Often Truth in Television, due to Patronymic surnames (e.g. "John Jackson" or "Fernando Fernández").
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  • Classic Kurashikku: Also often used for characters named after something, it's when the two names mean the same thing, in different languages. ("Giovanni Johansen", "Sylvester Woods"). Alternate Character Reading can allow a similar effect with a single language, turning the pair of names into heteronyms or homophones.

Compare Meaningful Name and Theme Naming. Can be confused with The Name Is Bond, James Bond. Imagine any one of these characters doing The Name Is Bond, James Bond. (It hurts, doesn't it?)

When not applied to names, this is covered by Shaped Like Itself. Not to be confused with the Department of Redundancy Department, which concerns repetitive dialogue. Compare "Double, Double" Title.

See also this list on The Other Wiki.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • The 100 Girlfriends Who Really, Really, Really, Really, Really Love You: Momiji Momi and Yaku Yakusen.
  • The Big Bad of Animal Land is actually named Giller Giller Giller.
  • Lampshaded in Another by Mei Misaki when she explains that she was adopted by her aunt instead of her twin sister Misaki Fujioka to avoid having the name "Misaki Misaki".
  • In Bakuman。, Moritaka Mashiro's father, Masahiro Mashiro, is a Classic Classical example in which the given name is longer than the surname.
  • Miyako Miyazaki in Bamboo Blade, who is affectionately nicknamed "Miya-Miya" by her boyfriend.
  • Bleach has Quincy twin brothers named Loyd Lloyd and Royd Lloyd (pronounced as Eru no Roido Roido and Aru no Roido Roido in Japanese, respectivelynote ) and another Quincy called Mask de Masculine.
  • Mikoto "Mikorin" Mikoshiba from Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun.
  • Ming-Ming, Chiru-Chiru, Tam-Tam, and undoubtedly the fourth member of the Ming-Ming Band from the final season of Bakuten Shoot Beyblade.
  • Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo. Worst, he did The Name Is Bond, James Bond schtick. That whole series hurts.
  • Khamen Khamen from Braiger.
  • Sakura Sakurakōji, heroine and Faux Action Girl of Code:Breaker. Also her real mother, Sakurako Sakurakōji.
  • Carson D. Carson from Dirty Pair.
  • Tsukutsun Tsun in Doctor Slump. The rest of his family also have at least two 'tsu' syllables each.
  • Nobita Nobi and Nobisuke Nobi from Doraemon.
  • The Dragon Ball USA dub changed Muten Roshi's title (meaning "invincible old master"; real name unknown) to Master Roshi, which would mean... "master old master."
  • Shayla Shayla from El-Hazard: The Magnificent World.
  • Excel in Excel Saga claims her full name in the anime is Excel Excel; it's hard to tell if she is being serious or engaging in hyperbole. The manga clearly defines this and those of other ACROSS members as codenames, and her real name is never revealed.
  • 90% of the cast in Eternal Alice have this going on, such as Arisu Arisugawa.
  • Haruha "Haruhara Haruko" Raharu of FLCL.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • The second anime series for Fullmetal Alchemist is entitled "Hagane no Renkinjutsushi, Fullmetal Alchemist". Translate the Japanese half into English, and you get "Fullmetal Alchemist, Fullmetal Alchemist". The English version changed the name to "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood" Granted, a more literal translation of Hagane no Renkinjutsushi is "Alchemist of Steel" and "Fullmetal Alchemist" is a sort of Gratuitous English subtitle in the Japanese version.
    • Brotherhood give titles to the homonculi that are just adjective synonyms for the Seven Deadly Sins they're named for: "Lust the Lascivious", "Gluttony the Voracious", "Envy the Jealous", "Greed the Avaricious", "Wrath the Furious", "Sloth the Indolent" and "Pride the Arrogant".
    • Führer President King Bradley must be mentioned. (King is his first name.)
  • Saki Saki from Girlfriend, Girlfriend, though her given name and her family name are written with different kanji. This was invoked by her parents, since they thought it would be cute.
  • Haruka Haruno from Go! Princess Pretty Cure. Kirara lampshades this by nicknaming her "Haruharu".
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Lisa Lisa and Magenta Magenta.
  • Referenced in Kanon when a sobbing Ayu accidentally says that her last name is Ayu. Yuuichi then starts calling her Ayu Ayu. Including right after she later says her full name is Ayu Tsukimiya.
  • Naru Narusegawa of Love Hina. When calling her "Naru", it isn't clear if it's actually her first name or her last name shortened.
  • Miho Miho in Macross 7.
  • Kuran Kuran/Klan Klan/etc. from Macross Frontier.
  • Tetsutetsu Tetsutetsu from My Hero Academia, whose given and family names are made up of different kanji that all have the same pronunciation.
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam 00, the some of the Innovators names, like Regene Regetta and Revive Revival.
  • A whole lot of this is found in My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU:
    • Yukino Yukinoshita
    • Yui Yuigahama
    • Hayato Hayama
    • Saki Kawasaki (Better when said in Japanese order: Kawasaki Saki)
    • Tsurumi Rumi
  • Monster Musume: Rachnera Arachnera.
  • Hinata Hyuga from Naruto has a given name (spelled in katakana) that's an Alternate Character Reading of her surname (spelled in kanji).
  • Konoka Konoe of Negima! Magister Negi Magi (and her grandfather, Konoemon Konoe). Also the old teacher, Takamichi Takahata. At first, it can seem like Negi had mispronounced his last name.
  • The main character of Nono Nono is named Nonomiya Nono.
  • Otome Saotome in P2! — Let's Play Ping Pong!.
  • Yomiko means "Reading Child" in Japanese, and "Readman" speaks for itself. Thus is named the heroine of Read or Die.
  • The sequel series of Read or Die, R.O.D the TV, has a character named Alice Alice Arquet.
  • Sailor Moon has a set of villains named the Amazoness Quartet. Their names are VesVes, CereCere, JunJun, and PallaPalla.
  • Apricot Anzu in Sorcerer Hunters.
  • Collin Collins from Space Carrier Blue Noah/Thundersub.
  • Crossing over with Names to Run Away from Really Fast (or at least it would if she had a negative bone in her body), Torture Tortura from 'Tis Time for "Torture," Princess.
  • Kazuma Azuma from Yakitate!! Japan.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX lampshades this by forcing Judai to say three card names. They are: Gagagigo, Giga Gagagigo, and Gogiga Gagagigo. Even Judai can't say it due to the repetitive-ness. The real card game also has a fourth and fifth member of this family, but they aren't named anything nearly as clever. They're just called Gigobyte and Gagagigo the Risen.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ZEXAL has monsters with these names as Yuma's deck theme, such as Gagaga Magician and Gogogo Golem. Lampshaded with some of the key cards being named variations on "Onomatopeia".
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V has Ayu Ayukawa.
  • Victor Nikiforov from Yuri!!! on Ice. 'Nikiforov' can be loosely translated from Russian to "victorious", making his name translate to Victor Victorious.

    Asian Animation 
  • BoBoiBoy: Yaya's full name (Yaya Yah) is the inversion of the "Classic Classical" variation (let's call it "Classic Class").
  • The Lookus English dub of Happy Heroes does this with a location, weirdly enough. The dub calls Planet Xing by the name of Planet Xing Xing, most likely due to the way that its name is written in Chinese (星星球, or "xing xingqiu"; "xing" means "star" while "xingqiu" means "planet").

  • One of comedian Joel Hodgson's stand-up skits involved a two-headed ventriloquist dummy he named Danny O'Danny.
  • Stand-up comedian Bruce Bruce.
  • Comedian Ahmed Ahmed has a bit where he lampshades his repetitive Arabic name, saying that he has to get to the airport early "because it's not a good time to be named Ahmed, and my name's Ahmed Ahmed."

    Comic Books 
  • The DCU:
    • Thomas N. Thomas, the secret identity of the imaginatively named superhero TNT.
    • Brian Bryan from Azrael.
    • Gregor Gregorovich of the Blue Trinity in Flash comics.
    • Brian O'Brien, Quality Comics' The Clock.
    • Hawk, son of Tomahawk. This doesn't actually get addressed in-story, but since Tomahawk's real name is Tom Hawk, logically Hawk would be...
    • Tad Ryerstad, alias Nite-Wing.
    • In the Doom Patrol Doom Force special that parodied X-Force, Scratch, the Wolverine parody, has the full name "Morgan Morgan". This is probably meant as a joke on how at the time Wolverine's real name was thought to be "Logan" but it was never established whether that would be his first name or last.
    • The Martian Manhunter's name (written J'onn J'onzz) looks like it should be one. It's pronounced "John (or ‘Jean’, like the French name) Jones" though.
    • Zatanna Zatara.
    • Shazam! gives us "Uncle Marvel," real name Dudley H. Dudley.
    • Tommy Tompkins of the Newsboy Legion
  • Marvel Comics:
    • J. Jonah Jameson. One Twisted Toyfare Theatre comic joked that the "J" also stands for "Jonah". In actual Marvel continuity, the "J" actually stands for "John".
    • J. Jonah Jameson's employee's nickname is Robbie Robertson, though to be clear, "Robbie" is a nickname. He's actually named Joseph.
    • Comic relief character Harold H. Harold from The Tomb of Dracula.
    • The La Brea tar pits example is lampshaded by a couple of guards in Runaways.
    • Me-Me
    • Mobius M. Mobius, a member of the Time Variance Authority.
  • Mad Scientist Simon von Simon (and his rival in mad science, Sigmund von Sigmund), from Little Gloomy
  • Odious Kamodious the demon lord, from Jack Kirby's Satan's Six.
  • In the first Wakfu Heroes graphic novel, Korvus Korbiau. Corvus is the genus to which ravens belong, and Korbiau is one vowel away from corbeau, which is the French word for raven.
  • In Brazil and Portugal, Scrooge McDuck is known as "Patinhas McPatinhas".
  • Richie Rich. As Real Life wants to have it, there is a comic artist named Richard "Richie" Rich too. (Not to be confused with the Earl of Warwick.)
  • The main character of German Animesque comic Losing Neverland is called Lawrence V Lawrence (Laurie for short).
  • Taka Takata is a comic from Joel Azara, telling the daily life of a low-rank Japanese military (the titular character) and caricaturing Japanese society.
  • Equator Cold, the third album of Enki Bilal's Nikopol Trilogy, features a chess boxing champion named John Elvis Johnelvisson.
  • Kate from Shutter's father and brother are both named Chris Kristopher.
  • Les Nombrils has John John, a Satellite Love Interest to Jenny and Vicky. He's a cool biker who never takes off his helmet. The truth about his name is revealed at the end of book three: they're actually conjoined twins, with one body but two faces, both named John.
  • Soulsearchers and Company has Peter P. Peterson, the team's accountant and wielder of a magic carpetbag.
  • Auntie Agatha's Home for Wayward Rabbits, is threatened by (unseen) real estate tycoon J. Jackson Jackson. The J stands for Jackson! Julie finds him obnoxious enough as it is, but that name...
  • The synonym version applies to the title character of Arrowsmith, Fletcher Arrowsmith.
  • The title character of the Disney Adventures comic Gorilla Gorilla and his roommate/nemesis Lizard Lizard. Also, five alien-made clones of Lizard who call themselves Lizard Lizard Lizard Lizard Lizard; Gorilla, understandably, prefers to call them L-5.

    Comic Strips 
  • The Dutch comic strip series "Eric de Noorman" had a character named Pum-Pum, which later inspired a comic book magazine named "Pum-Pum".
  • Terry and the Pirates has Charles C. Charles, a.k.a. "Hotshot Charlie".
  • Jamaal J. Jamaal in the daily newspaper strip Herb And Jamaal.

    Fan Works 
  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers fanfic Under the Bridge introduces us to Captain Jürgen Jürgen Jürgen of the Albacore. You see, his father stuttered, and didn't want to correct his mistake. He's just called "Jürgen" throughout, so we don't find out until near the end that it's repetitive.
  • Kyon: Big Damn Hero has taken this approach for Sasaki; the author had a moment of confusion as to whether "Sasaki" was meant to be the character's given name or surname, so it ended up as both.note 
  • In the EarthBound romhack EquestriaBound, one of the default names for the third character in your party is Apple. Since that character is Apple Bloom, and the second part of her name is the part that is customized by the player, this causes a repetitive name.
  • In Some Kind of Wonderful the last student to be sorted during Harry's final year at Hogwarts is named Zach Zachariah Zachmann.
  • In Finally Living a Slytherin first year who's being abused by his family is named Robert Jackson Robertson the Fifth.
  • In Blue Steel one of the reporters at a press conference is named Simon Simonson.
  • Quizzical: Grand Chef Blitzen ‘Lightning’ Éclair, as explained in Chapter 14 of Thweet Geniuth:
    “Perhaps it would help if you thought of how ridiculous it really is,” said Quiz. “Consider – ‘Blitzen’ is Paarderdamen for ‘lightning.’ ‘Éclair’ is Fancy for ‘lightning.’”
    “And his nickname’s ‘Lightning’?” exclaimed Scootaloo. “So the Grand Chef wants to be called ‘Lightning, air-quotes Lightning, Lightning’? What a doofus!”
  • Human After All contains a character named "Bjorn Bjornson".

    Films — Animation 
  • Germain St. Germain, the effective male lead of Heavy Metal 2000.
  • The Incredibles has the youngest child, John Jackson Parr, who goes by the nickname "Jack-Jack".
  • Kung Fu Panda:
    • Master Shifu. Shifu is Chinese for Master.
    • Chorh Gom Prison. note 
    • Tai Lung's name means Ultimate Dragon, and wanted to become the Dragon Warrior.
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has an anchorman named Patrick Patrickson, presumably played for laughs
  • Auguste Gusteau from Ratatouille, his first and last name are anagrams of each other.
  • The Boss Baby has Francis Francis and Lamb-Lamb. (Some in-universe justification - reduplication is common in baby talk.)
  • Toy Story 4 has Gabby Gabby.
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa had Moto Moto — in his own words, "So nice, you say it twice."

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Aaron A. Aaronson in Hot Fuzz, whose name mysteriously refers to a joke one of the Andys made earlier in the movie.
  • Ascoyne D'Ascoyne in Kind Hearts and Coronets. (In the novel it's based on, Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal, the corresponding character is the even more repetitive Gascoyne Gascoyne.)
  • "Bake" Baker of Follow the Fleet—probably a nickname, but the character is never called anything else.
  • Bart Bartholomew in Beyond Sherwood Forest.
  • One of the wishes in Bedazzled (2000) features the reporter Bob Bob.
  • Officer Dick Dicks in 2001: A Space Travesty.
  • Durand Durand in Barbarella. (Note the - albeit voiceless - d which makes it easy to distinguish him from the pop band named after him.)
  • Grant Grant in Slither.
  • Dr. Henry Henry in Track 29.
  • Karol Karol from White.
  • Kuman-Kuman from The Interpreter.
  • Larry L. Lawrence, the hero of The Ghost Breakers.
  • Super Mario Bros. interpreted "Mario Brothers" literally and made their last name Mario. There's even a scene where Mario has to explain to somebody that Mario is both of his names. Many years later, this would officially become canon.
  • Mary Merriman from Deadly Little Christmas.
  • Owen Owens from Toys.
  • Peter P. Peters (stage name Petrov) of Shall We Dance? (1937).
  • Rockwell "Rocky" Rockman in The Devil's Brigade.
  • Freder Fredersen, the protagonist in Metropolis.
  • Solomon Solomon from Magnolia.
  • Wayne Wayne Wayne, Jr., one of the two protagonists of Happy, Texas.
  • In Whatever It Takes, Ryan is mostly known by his friends as "Brian Ryan" after they misheard his first name as "Brian" and assumed someone calling him "Ryan" was using his last name.
  • Chazz Michael Michaels in Blades of Glory.
  • The Tim Robbins film Bob Roberts, when you remember that Bob is short for Robert.
  • In The Wedding Singer, Julia was engaged to Glenn Guglia (pronounced "Gulia"), causing her to break down in sobs when she tries out her married name for the first time. He doesn't see the problem.
  • The not so obvious Stanley Yelnats in Holes. And not just him but his whole paternal line too.
  • From Cannonball Run II:
    Cannelloni: When I passed the powers of the my son Don...making him...Don Don...
  • Lipo-Lipo from Jungle 2 Jungle. The river guide even lampshades it with "So nice, they named it twice", a reference to Michael's home city of New York.
    Mimi-Siku: In Lipo-Lipo, we eat with hands.
    Michael: In New York, New York, we eat with forks.
  • King Kong, from the movie of the same name, when you consider that "kong" is the Danish word for king.
  • Ruben Rubenbauer, the muscle in Judas Kiss.
  • Egomaniac Hunter Brian O'Brien in Sands of the Kalahari.
  • The kooky 1970 Olivia Newton-John vehicle Toomorrow (featuring the prefab band she was in at the time, also called Toomorrow) has as part of the secondary cast a student leader who's called "Matt" and "Matthew" by the other students and "Mr. Matthew" by the college administrators. As The Agony Booth pointed out, a background radio report mentioning him late in the film seems to confirm the inescapable conclusion that the character's name is indeed Matthew Matthew.
  • Sheriff Ole Olsen in One Foot in Hell.


In General:

  • One French kid's novel has a character named Germain Germain Germain.
  • And a Spanish kid's novel has a Mauricius Mauricius. Lampshaded by the main character, who refers to him as "Mauricius squared".

By Author:

  • Rickard Dickens in the gangster spoofs by Rolf and Alexandra Becker — better known as Dickie Dick Dickens.

By Work:

  • Detective Meyer Meyer from Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series of novels.
  • Lawrence Block's The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams has Bernie's business landlord's brother-in-law, Martin Gilmartin.
  • Catch-22 has a character called Major Major Major, who was promoted to Major. Ex-P.F.C. Wintergreen ensures that Major Major Major Major can never be promoted or demoted because he thinks it's funny.
  • The protagonist in Anthony Boucher's The Compleat Werewolf is called Wolfe Wolf. His more irreverent students nicknamed him "Woof-Woof".
  • William Williams in The Century Trilogy, resulting in his nickname of "Billy Twice".
  • Discworld:
    • It seems that some dwarfs are lacking imagination when naming their sons or daughters. We have Albrecht Albrechtson (The Fifth Elephant), Bashfull Bashfullsson (Thud!), Gimlet Gimlet (Feet of Clay), Glod Glodsson (Soul Music), and the "Low King", Rhys Rhysson (The Fifth Elephant, Thud!). This could be explained by them being named for their father, with the problem that they also use Norse naming conventions, i.e. [father's name]son for last names. The dwarfs do mix it up a bit for variety, as with Snorri Snorriscousin.
    • Two counterparts of CMOT Dibbler, Dib Diblossonson and Swallow-Me-Own-Blowdart Dhlang-Dhlang.
    • The Discworld counterpart of Crocodile Dundee in The Last Continent is a humanoid crocodile. So, naturally, he's Crocodile Crocodile.
    • Volf Volfssonssonssonsson is the name of a Hubland barbarian in Soul Music.
    • Glod is a common name for dwarves on the Discworld (there used to be just one of them, but on two separate occasions [one based on King Midas, the other on Rumpelstiltskin], a case of bad spelling resulted in things being turned to "Glod" rather than gold, so that poor dwarf got magically copied several thousand times...). Therefore, Glod Glodsson is also a common name.
      • On top of that, dwarf patronymics stack, so that after a few generations you get Glod Glodssonssonssonsson.
    • The Discworld Atlas describes the correct form of address for Nothingfjord chieftains, in which you basically have to list all their ancestors. The example given starts "Eric the Wise, son of Eric Ericsson", and goes on for 22 lines, mostly of Erics. One of them is Eric the Eric.
  • In Erich Kästner's Das doppelte Lottchen, Lotte and Luise the two separated twins first meet in a fictional place called Seebühl am Bühlsee (roughly "Lakehill on Lake Hill").
  • Donald D. DonaldmcDonald from Brian Doyle's Easy Avenue:
    And I always wanted to ask him what his initial D. stood for, but I never did.
  • The title character in Paul R. Beath's Febold Feboldson: Tall Tales from the Great Plains.
  • The pawnshop owner's grandfather in the book Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life is named Oswald Oswald. Jeremy even wanted him to ask about it.
  • Narrator Santiago de Santiago in A Case for Casanova.
  • Golem Golem, the Killer Robot turned Robot Buddy of Feliks, Net & Nika series. He was called Golem, but he calls himself Golem Golem because his body was called Golem when it was being built and his program ("mind") was called Golem during programming. Other characters find it odd but finally decide to go along with it and call him Golem Golem.
  • Morton "Suds" Morton in Jerry Spinelli's Fourth Grade Rats.
  • Chester W. Chester IV of Keith Laumer's SF novel The Great Time Machine Hoax (1964).
  • Remus Lupin from Harry Potter is a Classic Kurashikku example: "Remus" comes from the Remus of Roman mythology, who was Raised by Wolves, and "Lupin" comes from the Latin "lupus," meaning "wolf." But his father, Lyall Lupin, is even worse because "Lyall" is derived from a Norse name meaning "wolf." Therefore, Remus is Werewolf McWerewolf, son of Werewolf McWerewolf.
  • Carlington Carlington, the hero of Georgette Heyer's short story "Hazard".
    • Though this may be a case of an omitted comma, since he's given a different first name later in the story.
  • Kantos Kan and Tars Tarkas in the John Carter of Mars books.
  • Jameson Jameson from Richmal Crompton's Just William stories.
  • Humbert Humbert in Lolita. Given the author's hobbies, it's a pun at taxonomy's use of repetitive genus/species names, which are called tautonyms.
    • In "Granita", Umberto Eco parodies this with his Umberto Umberto. The whole short story is living this trope, half of the examples found here being used.
  • Midnight Robber: Tan-tan, the protagonist.
  • Jean Valjean from Les Misérables.
  • Robert Asprin couldn't resist naming a Mob boss from a Myth Adventures short story Don Don de Don Don.
  • Corvus Crow from Nevermoor, as "Corvus" is the Latin word for "crow."
  • Wallace Wallace from No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman.
  • Nursery Crime: Appropriately for a novel about nursery-rhyme crime, Jasper Fforde's The Big Over Easy has Detective Sergeant Mary Mary.
  • The Parasol Protectorate: Major Channing Channing (of the Chesterfield Channings).
  • Jack Jackson in The Pillars of the Earth, though he's eventually known as Jack Builder.
  • Jay-Jay, the protagonist of the novel The Prince of Central Park. The exposition explains that his deceased mother's two heroes were the Pope and President Kennedy (the book is set in the 1970s), so she named her son John John after the pair of them.
  • Rant by Chuck Palahniuk has Echo Lawrence, whose father was named Larry. She points this out and seems annoyed at the constant jokes, but her nickname takes on an interesting light.
  • Rivers of London: Broken Homes has a minor character, an instructor at Hendon police college, who glories in the name of Douglas Douglas.
  • Joseph Joséphin, alias Rouletabille.
  • Antoine San-Antonio of the eponymous San-Antonio series of French police novels by Frédéric Dard. Also, his love interest is named Marie-Marie.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events had Dr. Montgomery Montgomery, AKA Uncle Monty. (He studies pythons.)
  • Seriously, Norman! focuses on the Normann family: Son Norman Normann and parents Norma Normann and Orman Normann.
  • Rose Rose in John Irving's The Cider House Rules
  • Brian McBrian in The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire has a minor character called Benfrey Frey.
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe: Servants of the Empire presents the audience with one Leo Leonis, father of Zare, whose name is guaranteed to make any astronomy enthusiasts who see it giggle.
  • Discussed in Sword Art Online, when Yuuki and Asuna are jokingly talking about getting married. Yuuki says that Asuna would have to join her family, as otherwise her name would be Yuuki Yuuki.
  • In Kathy Reichs's Temperance Brennan novels, Tempe's ex-brother-in-law is named Howard Howard. Apparently, he was abandoned on the steps of a church with a note that said "The baby's name is 'Howard'." The nuns weren't sure if this referred to his first or last name, so...
  • Warrior Cats: One of the cats is named Twigbranch.
  • Heathcliff Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights. Found wandering in the streets as a child by Mr. Earnshaw, who adopted him, but for some reason didn't give the boy his own name. It was at first an instance of Only One Name, but later it became both his first name and his surname.
  • German SF Xperten - Das Paranetz has Muriel D. Muriel. (His father got annoyed about people asking whether Muriel was his first or second name, so he avoided it for his son.)
  • Kelly Kelly in the Young Bond novel Double or Die, the younger sister of Bond's friend Red Kelly.
  • "Quijote" by Salman Rushdie seems to be quite fond of the trope. Main example is the protagonist Ismael Smile (the author explains that "Smile" is the Americanized version of "Ismael").

    Live-Action TV 


  • Mouse Mouse, the puppet co-moderator from Nickelodeon.

By Series:

  • Thing T. Thing of The Addams Family (the T stands for Thing).
  • Arrested Development: Bob Loblaw, who was briefly the Bluth's lawyers. His name is clearly an allusion to Blah, Blah, Blah, and is known to write on his "Bob Loblaw Law Blog".
  • Arthur Arthur in Beverly Hills, 90210. By his own account, he used to go by "Arthur Squared".
  • Paul Lynde's first appearance on Bewitched, before becoming the regular Uncle Arthur, was as Samantha's driving instructor Harold Harold.
  • Blackadder has Lord Percy Percy.
  • Bones: When Booth asks his psychiatrist why he always introduces himself as "Gordon, Gordon Wyatt", Dr. Wyatt asks if maybe it hadn't occurred to him that his parents named him "Gordon Gordon".
  • Richard (Richie) Richard in Bottom.
  • Chicago's Bozo's Circus has a clown named Oliver O. Oliver (played by Ray Rayner).
  • The short-lived TNT series Bull 2000 has a family of this: Main character Robert Roberts III is nicknamed "Ditto"; his grandfather, Robert Roberts, Sr., is known as "The Kaiser"; and his father, Robert Roberts, Jr., runs the day to day operations of the trading firm Ditto and his pals broke away from (which The Kaiser owns).
  • Shirley on Community names her youngest child Ben before she realizes that Ben Bennett is something of an unfortunate name.
  • Doctor Who:
  • Eureka has a one-episode scientist named Carl Carlson.
  • Steve Stevens, the father on Even Stevens.
  • Family Matters:
    • The show has Waldo Geraldo Faldo.
    • There is also an episode where Carl Winslow's immediate superior Lt. Murtaugh reveals that he changed his first name to match his current rank, making him Lieutenant Lieutenant Murtaugh — although his friends call him Lou.
      "What was your name before you changed it?" "Sergeant."
  • In Friends, Rachel apparently has a chiropractor named "Dr. Bobby Bobby" (she insists it's actually Robert Bobby). This is heavily mocked by Ross and her father.
  • One of the regulars in The Gong Show was Gene Gene the Dance Machine (real name Eugene "Gene" Patton).
  • The Goodies: The Reverend Llewellyn Llewellyn Llewellyn Llewellyn (Jon Pertwee) in "Wacky Wales".
  • Ben Bennett in Greek is marginal, but is good enough for his whole name to be his KT nickname.
  • On Here's Humphrey, Humphrey B. Bear's full name is Humphrey Bear Bear. The character was originally called Bear Bear before a viewer competition to find him a first name.
  • Heroes' Peter Petrelli.
  • The famous wise neighbor from Home Improvement, Wilson. Last name? Wilson. Oh, so then what's his first name? It's Wilson. Oh yes, Wilson W. Wilson. Guess what the "W" stands for.
  • Horrible Histories has “your host, a talking rat” named Rattus Rattus, the scientific name of black rats.
  • I Dream of Jeannie: When she takes a job in the real world, Jeannie says her last name is Jeannie too. Hilarity Ensues when the CIA attempts to track her, leading to several ultra-serious discussions about the non-existence of a Miss Jeannie Jeannie anywhere on record.
  • I Love Lucy has Ricardo Ricardo, better known as Ricky. His full name, with Spanish tradition of mother's surname last, would be Ricardo Alberto Fernando Ricardo y de Acha.
  • The Key & Peele sketches about the East/West Bowl feature players named Jammie Jammie-Jammie, EEEEE EEEEEEEEE (pronounced "dolphin noise, longer dolphin noise"), Ladadadaladadadadada Dala-Dadaladaladalada, Javaris Jamar Javarison-Lamar, Dahistorious Lamystorious, Quatro Quatro, Creme de la Creme, and Xmus Jaxon Flaxon Waxon.
  • The Dennis Potter mini-series Lipstick On Your Collar featured Private Francis Francis. His superior officer reminds him that his Repetitive Name does not exempt him from Last-Name Basis:
    Major Church: Well, Francis, get this clear. When we call you "Francis," we mean "Francis," not "Francis."
  • Lost minor character Dr. Arzt. (Type 4 - Arzt=German for "doctor")
  • The Middle has Sue Sue Heck. Her first name was accidentally written twice on her birth certificate. Her parents have been meaning to get that changed. When they finally get around to it in "The Name", the government worker at the courthouse thinks her name is interesting. Sue, delighted that someone has finally found something about her unique and special, decides not to have it changed after all.
  • One of the competitors in Monty Python's Flying Circus' "Upper-Class Twit of the Year" sketch is named Vivian Smith-Smythe-Smith.
  • Mr. Young has Derby. In the finale, his last name is revealed to be Von Derbitsford.
  • Clark Clark from an episode of My Name Is Earl, and recurring character Ray Ray.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000
    • The short before The Amazing Transparent Man has talk of a young couple looking forward to their marriage, commenting that the girlfriend can't wait to be Mrs. Joe. Mike responds with, "So his name is Joe Joe?"
    • Mike notices a "Leon Leon" in the opening credits of The Deadly Mantis. Crow is appalled at how lazy and uncreative his parents must have been,
    • During Devil Fish, a computer voice talks about a Dr. Davis, and (for some reason) repeats the "Davis" part twice. Crow thinks this means the character in question is named "Davis Davis Davis", and makes the same "unoriginal parents" joke as above,
  • NewsRadio:
    • Jimmy James. "The man so nice they named him twice." The head scriptwriter has said the character was named after the Beastie Boys song.
    • Later in the series, we are introduced to his nemesis, Johnny Johnson.
  • Nichols has Clueless Deputy Mitch Mitchell.
  • NTSF:SD:SUV:: featured Trent Hauser's rival Van van Damme as the villain of one episode. Like a lot of weird things in this show, the fact that his first name is "Van" isn't commented on.
  • Pizza has Habib Halal Habib.
  • Police Squad!: variation — Detective Drebin (who is acting undercover as a crooked locksmith) lets himself into a mob boss' office...
    Mob Boss: Who are you? And how did you get in here?
    Drebin: I'm a locksmith — and I'm a locksmith.
  • Mary Cherry and her mother Cherry Cherry from Popular.
  • On one episode of Private Benjamin (1981), Judy gets a visit from her grandfather, Benjamin Benjamin.
  • Charlotte "Chuck" Charles from Pushing Daisies. Her father was named Charles Charles.
    • For this reason, some fans believe/hope the Piemaker's full name is Edward "Ned" Edwards.
    • There's also Sister Mary Mary from "Bad Habits" and Dick Dicker from "Window Dressed to Kill".
  • On The Red Green Show, Winston often quotes a self-help guru named Anthony Anthony.
  • Saturday Night Live had Roseanne Roseannadanna, a recurring character on "Weekend Update" played by Gilda Radner.
  • Joe Flaherty's Guy Caballero from SCTV. Guy is pronounced like the English word for a man. And what does Caballero mean in Spanish?... Man (okay, gentleman, but you know where we're going).
  • In one Seinfeld episode, Jerry hosts a distance runner from Trinidad and Tobago, coming to New York to run the New York Marathon. The runner is named Jean Paul Jean-Paul.
  • Shake it Up: Deuce's real name is Martin Martinez, explaining the nickname.
  • Sledge Hammer!: Dori Doreau.
  • Subverted in Summer Heights High. Mr. G's full name is Greg Gregson, but it is later revealed that his real first name is Helen.
  • The Terror has Commander James Fitzjames, RN (who was also a real-life example). It's a rather cruel Punny Name his biological father stuck him with as a joke about his illegitimacy.
  • In one episode of Three's Company, Jack works for an encyclopedia salesman named "Morris Morris". (Janet: "Sounds like he should be selling ditto machines!") When he introduces himself to Chrissy, she responds with "Hello Hello."
  • The angels in Touched by an Angel have either this or Only One Name. Their lack of a surname is often the target of jokes.
    Col. Walls: Your name is... Rafael Rafael?
    Rafael: Yes. It is the name my father gave me.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has idiotic Cult leader John Wayne Gary Wayne.
  • Wilson Wilson from the British drama Utopia.
  • Waterloo Road has Barry Barry (which is ironic because who named their son twice).

  • Duran Duran
    • Not to be confused with the breakcore producer Duran Duran Duran.
  • Talk Talk
  • Mr. Mister
  • The Automatic Automatic note 
  • The The
  • Bruce Dickinson went by Bruce Bruce (inspired by Monty Python's sketch) before joining Iron Maiden.
  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • Australian band Jackson Jackson.
  • There's a Latin band called The Los Hermanos Brothers, which of course translates to "The The Brothers Brothers."
  • Tony! Toni! Toné!
  • In the late 1990s, there was a short-lived Country Music duo called Regina Regina, which consisted of two women named Regina. (Their last names were Nicks and Leigh.)
  • Honorary mention to Was (Not Was).
  • Belgian rock band Allez Allez.
  • The front singer of the Belgian rock band The Scabs is named Willy Willy.
  • INXS' bass player is Garry Gary Beers.
  • x3 bonus to Man Man, whose lead singer is called Honus Honus, and whose website is
  • Evelyn Evelyn (Neil Gaiman once wrote an article called "Afterword Afterword: Evelyn Evelyn")
  • Xiu Xiu. (Probably not related at all to the female Chinese Pentathlon athlete.)
  • Phillip Phillips.
  • Former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent.
  • Billy Idol's long-time guitarist/songwriting partner, Steve Stevens.
  • Motown session drummer Benny Benjamin.
  • The Dutch hip-hop band Osdorp Posse has a song called "Sam Sam", in which many of the lines are words that repeat themselves and are homonyms.
  • The song "Over & Over" from Fleetwood Mac's Tusk. Albeit this is actually not uncommon with song titles, with examples like "Doctor Doctor", "Rebel Rebel" and "Baby Baby Baby".
  • My Morning Jacket lead singer Jim James.
  • One of the founding members of The Kinks is named Dave Davies.
  • New York indie band Liquid Liquid.
  • Chaos Chaos, the sister-duo band known for its appearances in Rick and Morty.
  • Alessandro Alessandroni was a longtime fixture on the Italian film music scene as a composer and performer, though his big legacies these days are as the whistler on various Ennio Morricone scores, and as the male scatting voice on the original version of "Mahna Mahna".
  • Mother Mother



    Print Media 
  • MAD #70's "Museum of Madison Avenue" has a pedestal honoring Charles Charles (Chuck Chuck to his friends), whose pioneering contribution to the advertising industry was discovering the importance of repetition.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • ECW wrestler Dudley Dudley
  • Seen in IWA Puerto Rico, Andy Anderson
  • Rad Radford of the World Wrestling Federation and then National Wrestling Alliance member ECCW
  • Tony Anthony, better known as T.L. Hopper and Uncle Cletus in the late-'90s WWF. His complete first name, however, is Darrell, and not Anthony.
  • The "Big Japan CZW Crisis Big Born Cage of Death Death Match". Apparently needed two deaths to describe it and is but one example of how Big Japan looks at a dangerous gimmick match and decides it's not dangerous enough.
  • One half of Ring of Honor's American Wolves, Eddie Edwards.
  • Dragon Dragon of CHIKARA and Wrestling Is. Also, one of his red barons, "Mighty Mighty Monster Monster Medieval Medieval".
  • Kelly Kelly which is a lot better than her real name Barbie Blank.
  • Minoru Tanaka's Tag Team with Fergal Devitt, Prince Prince.
  • One half of Better Than You, Jayme Jameson
  • The Marvelous pro wrestling Power Stable Mabutachi 2 Manjimanji.
  • Rex King of the Southern Rockers, "rex" being Latin for "king". This was by coincidence rather than design; he named himself after the original Moondogs tag team, who in turn had chosen common dogs' names.

    Puppet Shows 

  • Adventures in Odyssey has a character named Digger Digwell. On top of it, he often introduces himself to characters in the Imagination Station as "Digger, Digger Digwell", prompting many of the characters to address him as "Digger Digger Digwell".
  • In The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Arthur Dent introduces himself to Slartibartfast as "Dent. Arthur Dent." which Slartibartfast takes to mean his name is "Dentarthurdent".
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan radio station WWWW, which brands as "W4 Country". Surprisingly, given the Unfortunate Implications of the call letters, a couple of radio stations in the Colorado Springs, Colorado area have used KKKK in the recent past, though not currently.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Magic: The Gathering's Arabian Nights expansion has the card Kird Ape. "Qird" is Arabic for ape.
  • Warhammer 40,000 has Corvus Corax, Primarch of the Raven Guard. Corvus is Latin for raven. Corax is Greek for raven. As a bonus, Corvus corax is also the scientific name for common raven. Real creative, GW.

  • The hero of Martin McDonagh's play The Pillowman is named Katurian K. Katurian. Guess what the middle initial stands for. His parents "were funny people". Given the context and the dual definition of "funny", he probably meant they were strange rather than amusing. They are funny-peculiar rather than funny ha-ha.
  • Nicely-Nicely Johnson of Guys and Dolls.
  • A Swedish farce which spawned six movies had as its main character eternal law student Sten Stensson Stéen.
  • In Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, Waffles' real name is Ilya Ilych Telegin. Someone accidentally calls him Ivan Ivanich, and he corrects them.
  • The hero of Robert Bolt's play for children The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew is the portly knight Oblong Fitz-Oblong.
  • In Kiss the Boys Good-bye by Clare Boothe, one character is a Hollywood director named Lloyd Lloyd.
  • Durak McMackMack from Of Dice And Men. He ultimately traces his line back to his ancestor, Mack the Mack.
  • As in the Literature section, Jean Valjean from Les Misérables.
  • Among the D'Ysquith line in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder are Lords Asquith D'Ysquith, Senior and Junior.
  • Caldwell B. Cladwell, the villain in Urinetown.

    Video Games 
  • Alter Ego (1986) has Martin Martinson and Morgana Morganstein from The Date of a Lifetime.
  • Escape from Monkey Island introduced us to the politician Charles L. Charles. Actually LeChuck in disguise.
  • Tales of Monkey Island reveals that Stan's full name is Stan S. Stanman.
  • Final Fantasy VII:
    • Dirge of Cerberus' Quirky Miniboss Squad all have colour-based names and titles — three of them have the same colour mentioned twice. To whit, "Azul the Cerulean" (or "Blue the Blue"), "Rosso the Crimson" ("Red the Red") and "Nero the Sable" ("Black the Black").
    • The Japanese-only storyline added one more to the list - "Argento the Silver" ("Silver the Silver").
  • Final Fantasy Tactics has a Dark Knight who's called Gaff Gaffgarion in the original Playstation translation. Downplayed in the updated translation where his first name is changed to Goffard.
  • Final Fantasy XIV has this specifically as the naming scheme of one of the playable races, the Lalafell.
  • Non-character example: In Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, Link learns a number of magic spells. Easily the oddest one is the Spell Spell. Its function has nothing to do with spelling, either.
  • Pokémon:
    • Darkrai's name comes from the English word dark and the Japanese word for dark, kurai.
      • This same line of thinking was also used for Tirtouga and Klefki.
    • In the Japanese versions of Pokémon Black and White, Klink, Klang, and Klinklang were named Giaru, Gigiaru, and Gigigiaru. People would jokingly refer to the third form as Gigigigigigigigigiaru (the number of "gi"s varied, of course).
    • The sponsor of Motostoke Stadium (Kabu's Fire-type Gym) in Pokémon Sword and Shield is Huo Guo Hot Pot... "Huo Guo" being Chinese for Hot Pot.
  • Subverted in Red Dead Redemption with Bill Williamson, whose name could be read as William Williamson. Red Dead Redemption II reveals that Bill is actually a nickname he uses to cover up his actual first name: Marion.
  • When it comes to Super Mario Bros., Nintendo and Miyamoto tend to go back and forth on whether or not Mario's full name is indeed Mario Mario, or he has Only One Name. Originally the story was that it's just "Mario", or that he had a surname that was never brought up, but it wasn't "Mario", and the reason they were called the "Mario Bros." was simply that Mario was the frontman. Both the live-action movie and The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! introduced the idea that the brothers's last name was "Mario", which became popular fanon for the games that went unconfirmed for quite a while. But for the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., Miyamoto said that "Mario Mario" was his full name.
  • Celestial 'Celes' Stella, the older sister of the Stella we see in Kara no Shoujo. Both names are clearly linked to the heavens and stars. Too Good for This Sinful Earth, perhaps?
  • Dick Richardson of Fallout 2; Given that Dick is short for Richard.
  • Summon Night: Swordcraft Story 2 features a character named Nina Nina. The player character and their Guardian Beast make fun of it by introducing themselves the same way.
  • Sheriff Duane Dwayne from Harvester
  • The Hozen from World of Warcraft, like Ook-Ook and Mung-Mung. Earning the "Name-Name", as it's called, is a rite of passage among the Hozen (who tend to die young due to predators or their curiosity getting the better of them) and a single-name Hozen, Riko, joins the Horde player's Five-Man Band in the hopes of earning his second Riko.
  • The main character in Purrfect Pet Shop ends up running their grandmother's pet adoption center due to her being ordered to take a vacation by Dr. Doctor.
  • The Urbz have Loop D. Loop.
  • Sunset Overdrive has Kim Kim Kym-Kim, called "4Kim" for short.
  • Averted in Starcraft with Samir Duran (later Emil Narud, then just Narud), despite being named for the band. Though one of his Stop Poking Me! quotes is "I told you my name, it's Duran, Duran!".
  • In Crusader Kings II, randomly generated lowborn Berber characters can get the first name Sultan. If you now give him a landed title he becomes a noble and since Berber take the first name of the founder as dynasty name, this character will be known as Sultan Sultan. If he now has a son who is named Sultan too and who gets a kingdom title, this son will be known as Sultan Sultan al-Sultan of the Sultan Sultanate.
  • Yandere Simulator has a few examples, largely of the last type, by pairing actual Japanese words with English ones for Punny Names:
    • Midori Gurin. Midori is "green" in Japanese, and Gurin, is the transliteration of Green, so her name means "Green Green".
    • Kizana Sunobu. Kizana is Japanese for "snobby", and Sunobu is a Japanese pronunciation of "snob", so her name is basically, fittingly enough "Snobby Snob".
    • Nasu Kankoshi, the school nurse. Her first name is a modern Japanese way of saying "nurse", while her surname is a more traditional word meaning "nurse". Her name is Nurse Nurse, or Nurse Nurse Nurse.
  • Fallout: New Vegas: Cook-cook. Pyromaniac, human eating cook for the Fiends.
  • The Kirby games have King Dedede.
  • In the Sugarland level of Scooby-Doo, Who's Watching Who?, one of the suspects for the true identity of the Clown Ghost is named Samson S. Samson.
  • Indiecalypse: Jack Jackson.
  • In Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide, your mentor is a dwarf with the non-stereotypical class of wizard, but nevertheless the stereotypically dwarven Luke Nounverber name of Drogan Droganson.
  • Kung Fu Panda: Showdown of Legendary Legends
  • Divine Divinity

    Visual Novels 

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 
  • Leo Leonardo (the 3rd) from VG Cats.
  • El Goonish Shive:
    • A case of a Repetitive Code Name: the word "Sciuridae", the family name for squirrels, means "shade-tail". Grace Sciuridae, once carried the code name Shade Tail. Good reason, too.
    • Later they introduced Arthur J Arthur.
      Interviewer: I must say, Arthur... or do you prefer Arthur?
      Arthur: ...
  • Achewood: Todd Todd Todd Todd Todd T. Squirrel. Though for convenience's sake, one "Todd" will suffice.
  • Polk Polkster from Polk Out.
  • Van Von Hunter changed his name from Vaughn to Von Hunter, so his real name is Van Vaughn, or possibly (as his sidekick decided) Van Von Vaughn.
  • Dennis Dennis III from Awesome Storm Justice 41
  • Mayor Mayor from Scary Go Round, the first Mayor being his occupation, the second one his surname.
  • The original Sporkman had Steve "The Steve" Stevenson.
  • Wayne W. Wayne from Two Guys and Guy.
  • Johnny Jhonny from Paranatural. Jhonny pronounced "JUH-HAW-NEE".
  • In Station Square, one of the Princessguard knights is named Riley O'Reilly.
  • In League of Super Redundant Heroes, one of the Power Group superheroes is Phantom Ghost.

    Web Original 
  • James "Jim" James, father of Jan(issary) James, from the Halo 2 ARG I Love Bees.
  • The title character from The Redundant Man Who Was Redundant is called Steven Stevenson II. He works in the Department Of Redundant Acronyms with his secretary, Dora.
  • Nico Nico Douga, the (rough) Japanese Youtube equivalent.
  • Moon Moon, a memetic mentally challenged wolf.

    Web Videos 

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • In the immediate family of Julius Caesar, there were seven women called Julia from the Julius family. Which in modern times would make their full names "Julia Julius". This wasn't unique to his family, though. That's how Roman naming conventions for women worked (except early in Roman history).
  • The former king of Spain, Juan Carlos, whose full name was Juan Carlos Alfonso Víctor María de Borbón y Borbón-Dos Sicilias. This was actually due to Spanish naming conventions, which incorporates the names of both parents into double-barreled last names (although the second last name, based on the mother's maiden name, is not commonly used.) This was due to the king's parents coming from two different branches of the Bourbon royal dynasty, one the Spanish branch and the other the Neapolitan (the Kingdom of Two Sicilies) branch.
  • The famous 17th century astronomer Galileo Galilei. This was, in fact, fairly popular in Italy in the past, especially during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Any Italian history book is a trove of repetitive names, though none quite as famous as Galileo.
  • Due to Patronymics, you will sometimes run into people with the same first name and patronymic, and when you're in a country that doesn't commonly use last names this becomes very confusing. Like a Pavel Pavlovich (literally Pavel son of Pavel) whose dad was also a Pavel Pavlovich. The extensive use makes something like this possible—albeit uncommon—in Egypt, and in Arabic-speaking countries in general. It's very normal for a guy to name his first son after his own father (the son's grandfather), and so on. So having a guy named "Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed Mohamed..." unto several generations is not only common, it's practically a national joke in some countries (Egypt chief among them) that if the Arabic system of nomenclature didn't allow you to pick an arbitrary nth ancestor as your last name (e.g. the random Ibrahim tossed in because you aren't the first son of the first son ad infinitum) or use an ancestral nickname keeps, practically everyone would have one and the government would have to ban them.
    • You can also get people who have the same first name, patronymic, and last name. Pavel Pavlovich Pavlov.
    • There is an Alexander Alexandrovich Alexandrov, a son of the composer of the Soviet/Russian national anthem. See below.
    • Mstislav the Bold (Mstislav Mstislavich)
    • Bulgarian patronymics can be identical to the surname, such as with Ivan Ivanov Ivanov.
  • Sporty siblings Gary, Phil (football) and Tracy (netball) Neville's father was a rugby player named Neville Neville. (Sing it to the tune of David Bowie's "Rebel Rebel".)
  • RFK assassin Sirhan B. Sirhan. This is on account of Arabic naming customs (Sirhan is Palestinian); his full name (Sirhan Bishara Sirhan) is entirely Patronymic: Arabs didn't get on to this whole "surname" thing until relatively recently, so it's common to have one's grandfather's name as the last name, and it's also very common to name your eldest son after your father.
  • Magnus Magnusson, the original host of the BBC quiz Mastermind. Although he was Icelandic, this isn't a direct patronym, the Magnus in Magnusson was his grandfather.
  • Longtime strongman champion Magnus ver Magnusson, also Icelandic.
  • Professional road cyclist Robbie McEwen named his son Ewan.
  • Mime Marcel Marceau.
  • The American Civil War soldier John St. John. Not to be confused with Jon St. John, who also counts.
  • Aharon Aharonson, botanist and World War I spy.
  • Pavel Pavel is a Czech engineer and a researcher who experimented with the Easter Island statues.
  • Jindrich Jindrich was a Czech musician and a composer.
  • In scientific circles, this is known as a tautonym when it applies to taxonomic classifications, where the genus and species of an animal have the same name. For example, Rattus rattus is the rat, Bison bison is the bison, while Puffinus puffinus is... the Manx Shearwater. Minus ten points if you said Puffin. Wikipedia has an incomplete -but not small- list of tautonyms.
    • One that deserves special mention is the Western Lowland Gorilla - Gorilla gorilla gorilla!
    • The scientific name for modern humans, "Homo sapiens sapiens", means "wise wise human".
    • Another one is the chicken, Gallus gallus.
  • There are also Classic kurashikku examples:
    • Diceros bicornis, the black rhinoceros, is "two horns" in both Greek and Latin.
    • Xiphias gladius, the swordfish, is "sword" in both Greek and Latin.
    • Ursus arctos, the brown bear, is "bear" in, yes, Latin and Greek. However the Latin name comes first in this case, whereas the Greek name comes first in the other two.
      • The Eurasian brown bear is Ursus arctos arctos. As they say on Tumblr, "The most bear a bear can be."
    • Equus caballus, the horse, is two different Latin words, both meaning "horse"; however, in this case, equus is Classical Latin, while caballus is a Vulgar Latin borrowing from Gaulish.
  • Guy Fawkes (he of Gunpowder Plot fame) used "John Johnson" as an alias. It wasn't very effective...
  • 20th-century philosopher John McTaggart Ellis McTaggart, author of The Nature of Existence.
  • There's also sci-fi writer Thomas T. Thomas.
  • There have been a surprising number of William Williams (or variants):
    • Billy Dee Williams was born William December Williams.
    • Writers William Carlos Williams.
    • William Williams, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
    • U2's set designer is another Willam Williams.
    • Liam Williams, William McWilliam, Liam Fitzwilliam, etc. also count. Copper Liam Williamson being a good example.
    • New York radio DJ William B. Williams.
  • Writer Jerome K. Jerome.
  • Former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali. This one came from his grandfather, Boutros Ghali, who was the first Copt named Prime Minister of Egypt. In his honor, the family changed their surname to "Boutros-Ghali". The later Secretary-General was named after his grandfather.
  • Holling Clancy Holling.
  • Ford Madox Ford (born Ford Madox Hueffer).
  • Cool Runnings actor Doug E. Doug, which is a stage name.
  • Not Cao Cao, legendary warlord of the Three Kingdoms Period and major character of Romance of the Three Kingdoms (and its various adaptations). Though the name seems repetitive when transliterated, in Chinese it is in fact composed of two different, though nearly homophonous, characters: 曹操. For that matter, homonymic names are common in Chinese culture.
    • Also these characters were most likely pronounced even more distinctly during his lifetime.
    • The name is homophonous in Japanese and Korean, but that is because they are not tonal like Chinese. In Japanese, it is "Sou Sou", while in Korean, it is "Jo Jo". By extension, translated Chinese works in both languages tend to have more homophonous names, since their languages aren't suited to convey tones that differentiate them in Chinese.
  • Jack Johnson, is the name of, among others, a singer, a boxer and a hockey player (the latter two are even John "Jack" Johnson). Jack Johnson the hockey player is even technically John Johnson III, which made coverage of the dysfunctional family relations of him, his father and his paternal grandfather rather confusing.
  • Author of the novel Flatland, Edwin Abbott Abbott. He originally published it under the pseudonym "A. Square" (a double pun; once on his own name and once on the characters of Flatland, whose lower-middle class were literal squares). The original additions simply refer to the author is "A Square", without the period, "A" being the indefinite article and not an initial. The narrator is literally a square.
  • Space Shuttle astronaut Richard Richards. The mind boggles at the unfortunate nicknames that could spawn.
  • Erik Erikson, the psychologist famous for coining the term "identity crisis", was born with the name Erik Salomonson. However, his father was only so in the legal sense, as his mother (also Jewish) had an extramarital affair with a Danish man (possibly) named Erik. Hence...
  • A conservative political commentator Erick Erickson.
  • Afghan Presidential candidate Dr. Abdullah Abdullah. He originally only went by "Abdullah", as it is common for Afghans to have no surname, but adopted "Abdullah" as his last name as well when Western news media kept asking him for a surname.
  • Comic artist and Venture Brothers storyboarder Stephen DeStefano.
  • Welsh band "The Automatic" are known as The Automatic Automatic in America due to a pre-existing act by the name of Automatic. American fans of the Welsh band commonly refer to them by their original name.
  • The word "ben" is Hebrew for son, so the name Benson translates into "son son". Before anyone says, "That's funny, but Benson is an English name," Benson means "Ben's Son", i.e. "Son of Benjamin". Benjamin is of course Hebrew for "Son of my right hand", from "ben" (son) and "yamin" (right). So, by an amusing accident, English isolated the part of the name that means "son" as the nickname for Benjamin... and thus "Benson" is, in a round about way, "Son-son" (son of son).
  • New York, New York. "The city so nice they named it twice."
  • Countries whose names are pars pro totonote  of one of their cities:
    • Belize, Belize.
    • Djibouti, Djibouti.
    • Guatemala, Guatemala.
    • Luxembourg, Luxembourg.
    • Kuwait, Kuwait.
    • Mexico, Mexico.
    • Panama, Panama.
    • Andorra la Vella, Andorra. The "la Vella" part was added to distinguish the main settlement from the principality (just like in English all of the above are referred to as "* City").
    • Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia were all named after one of their major cities: Algiers, Marrakesh, and Tunis. In Arabic, Algeria and Tunisia have the same name as their cities (al-Jazair and Tunis, respectively). Morocco, on the other hand, doesn't have this in Arabic, where the city is called Murrakush while the country is called al-Maghrib.
  • Papua New Guinea. "Papua" is the Malay name for the island the country sits on, while "New Guinea" is the European colonial name for the same island. The British later repurposed the Malay name to refer to the southern half of the country, while the European name stuck for the northern half (first colonized by Germany, then Australia after World War I). Upon independence, the country adopted both names to show that it was born from the merger of two territories.
  • Not far from Papua New Guinea is East Timor. Timor is Malayan for "east." Different versions of the country's name (Timor Temur and Timor-Leste) are also this.
  • This was an old stereotype of people from the Scandinavian countries (where patronymic surnames are common), especially when they emigrated to America. This inspired the rhyme "Yon Yonson" (John Johnson).
  • Griffith Park and Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles are named for one Griffith J. Griffith.
  • San San Te. Different parts of the same page suggest that the second "San" may be part of his last name, or it may be a middle name/part of his first name.
  • There is an area in Arizona known as Table Mesa. Mesa means "table" in Spanish.
  • Simone Simons, lead singer of Epica.
  • Simone Simon, the French actress best known in the United States for Cat People.
  • Loch Lochy
  • Alexander Alexandrov, composer of the Hymn of the Soviet Union, the Soviet and later, Russian national anthem (at least the tune thereof), and the founding bandleader of the famous Alexandrov Ensenble, the military choir, band, and dance troupe of the Soviet and Russian armed forces, also known as the Red Army Choir.
    • There is another Alexander Alexandrov, a famous Soviet mathematician who made important contributions to probability theory. Both are topped by Alexander Alexandrovich Alexandrov, a son of the composer Alexander Alexandrov above (who gets patronym Alexandrovich as per Russian Naming Convention).
  • Sir Isaac Isaacs, who was both the first Australian-born and first Jewish Governor-General of Australia.
  • The Mexican wave (as often seen in sport stadiums) is called La Ola (Spanish for The Wave) by the Germans. Often you can hear German people talk about "die La Ola-Welle" - "The The Wave-wave"!
  • In a similar vein, the La Brea Tar Pits. "La" = "The" and "Brea" = "Tar". The The Tar Tar Pits.
  • Ramiro "Pedro" Gonzales-Gonzales, a popular contestant on Groucho Marx's You Bet Your Life who went on to become a character actor.
    Groucho: If we got together as an act, what would it be called?
    Pedro: "Gonzales-Gonzales and Marx".
    Groucho: Do you believe that? Two men in the act, and I get third billing!
  • Garet Garrett. Born Edward Peter Garrett, officially changed his name to qualify for this trope. It was originally his pen name.
  • Scandinavian languages has rather few "usable" first names for men, so people with names like "Sven Svensson" (Swedish), "Lars Larsen" (Danish), "Halvor Halvorsen" (Norwegian) or "Sigurbjorn Sigurbjornsson" (Icelandic) are not too uncommon.
  • Author, baron, freiherr, politician etc. Yrjö Yrjö-Koskinen
  • In many German dynasties and noble families it was customary to designate the different branches of one house by their residence. If the family name already was taken from a place-name, this could lead to cases as the counts of Salm-Salm (as opposed to their relatives, the counts of Salm-Kyrburg) and the margraves of Baden-Baden (as opposed to those of Baden-Durlach) in the 18th century.
  • The now largely forgotten German writer Ida Marie Luise Sophie Friederike Gustava Countess Hahn (1805-1880) called herself Countess Hahn-Hahn since her wedding to a distant relative, Friedrich Wilhelm Adolf Count Hahn-Basedow.
  • The Austrian satirist Alexander Friedrich Roda (1872-1945), who later emigrated to the US, changed his name to Alexander Roda Roda in 1908.
  • Also from Austria, Field Marshal Johann Josef Wenzel Graf Radetzky von Radetz (1766-1858), in Czech: Jan Josef Václav hrabě Radecký z Radče.
  • "Sahara" translates to "Desert," so people unwittingly refer to the Sahara as "the Desert Desert."
  • As history buffs of the Iberian Peninsula can attest, "medina" is simply the Arabic word for "city", so the City of Medina, Saudi Arabia (and by extension, any other city bearing the name "Medina") is extraneous. The name for the city in SA is short for al-Madinah al-Munawwarah, which means "The City of Light".
  • Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey from 2010 to 2018 (and briefly a candidate in the 2016 Republican presidential primary, though he dropped out fairly early in order to back eventual winner Donald Trump.)
  • The large Sheftall family of Georgia were influential in founding the city of Savannah and started one of the oldest Jewish communities there. One of them was Sheftall Sheftall. At some point they must have just run out of names.
  • This can happen with foreign foods that are amended with the native name for the food, such as "shrimp scampi."
  • American country singer (of Swedish descent) Kris Kristofferson (Kris is indeed short for Kristoffer).
  • Courtney Taylor-Taylor of The Dandy Warhols, though it's a stage name, and his birth name is simply Courtney Taylor. According to him, it started as an in-joke: He had called a friend, and someone else picked up, so he had them write down a message - because he had to repeat his last name to the person on the other end, they wrote his name down as "Courtney Taylor-Taylor".
  • Similarly, Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond, former Jethro Tull bassist. His actual name was Jeffrey Hammond, yet he added the second "Hammond" after his mother's maiden name.
  • Character actor Edward Edwards.
  • Arthur MacArthur (I to III), a succession of military officers during the American imperialist era. However, out of this family, the most famous member's name is Douglas.
  • Happens a lot in Jewish names: Naftali Tzvi (Deer Deer), Dov Ber (Bear Bear), Aryeh Leib (Lion Lion) and Ze'ev Wolf (Wolf Wolf). Naftali Tzvi Hirsch is Deer Deer Deer.
  • Lauren Bush (niece of one president of the US and granddaughter of another) married David Lauren to become Lauren Bush Lauren.
  • Short-lived actor/murderer Milos Milos (real name Miloš Milošević)
    • Which still counts, the way John Johnson would, since Milosevic is itself a patronymic name based on Milos.
  • In baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies land this twice. Not just because of their current name, but also because in 1883 they replaced (and took all their players and staff from) the Worcester Worcesters.
  • Evans Evans was a '60s character actress who appeared in several TV shows and Bonnie and Clyde.
  • American Idol contestant Phillip Phillips.
  • Actress Sasha Alexander. In Russian, "Sasha" is a diminutive of Alexander (or Alexandra).
  • The Egyptian American stand-up comic/actor Ahmed Ahmed.
  • American humorist Hugh Gallagher's alter ego is Belgian "pop star" Von Von Von.
  • Nyambi Nyambi who plays Samuel on Mike & Molly.
  • River Jordan (river river).
  • The late chief and father of the present chief of the Scottish clan Gregor was called Sir Gregor MacGregor of MacGregor (the MacGregor of McGregor bit being his full surname and is used only by the clan chiefs, the rest of the family use MacGregor).
    • The same goes for other clan chiefs; there have been several Donalds who were MacDonald of MacDonald. Repetition is sometimes avoided by referring to the chief as "[clan name] of That Ilk".
  • Lake Jaurijärviozerosee in German wartime charts in Lappland. The name means simply lake-lake-lake-lake in Sami, Finnish, Russian and German. The original Sami name is simply jauri ("lake"). Finns then named it Jaurijärvi, Russians Jaurijärviozero and Germans Jaurijärviozerosee without anyone realizing the true meaning of the original Sami name.
  • Dan Avidan and Dana Avidan, the children of Avi Avidan and Deb.
  • Jose Chavez y Chavez, an associate of Billy the Kid.
  • Fernando Fernandez (example mentioned above) was actually a Spanish comic artist. Googling reveals he surely has a few namesakes...
  • About *any* panda bear is named such. (Including the cartoon panda Tao Tao.)
  • Croatian poet Dimitrije Demeter. (Demeter is a very common name on the Balkans, either as first name "Dimitri" or as family name, so he'll probably has a ton of namesakes.)
  • The Los Angeles Angels (of Anaheim) of Major League Baseball. The name inspired jokes that it should be called Los Angeles de Los Angeles in Spanish (although Mexican media, when the team won World Series in 2002, called it Los Serafines).
  • Druze-Israeli Azzam Azzam, who was sent to prison for 15 years for espionage in Egypt but released in a prisoner exchange after 8.
  • French actress Miou Miou.
  • German silent-era film actress Ossi Oswalda (born Oswalda Stäglich, so "Ossi" is clearly short for Oswalda).
  • The town of Baden-Baden (not to be confused with the former Margraviate) in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
  • Kansas City, Kansas.
  • Wagga Wagga in New South Wales.
  • Several places in the United States and Australia called Walla Walla. (The prison is most well known.) Also a Native American tribe. Even better, Walla is the tribal term for "river", so the Walla Walla River is actually "River River River".
  • The Hawaiian dance "Hula" often gets reduplicated to "Hula-Hula".
    • Hawaiian language reduplicates by the ton; random item: wiliwili, a balsa-like tree.
  • Welsh writer Owain Owain. (Maybe indirectly known via musician Gwenno.)
  • Sing Sing, derived from the Sintsink tribe. Originally both a prison and the New York town where it's located, since renamed Ossining because of the prison.
  • NFL running back Joey Iosefa – "Iosefa" is the Samoan variant of "Joseph." (Though "Joey" is actually his middle name; his first name is Marvin.)
  • The Mau Mau uprisal in Kenya. As you see from the link, countless spinoffs, *excluding* the card game but *including* the Maui Mau Mau note , a fictive terror organization in the SF novel Terror.
  • Teri Terry, author in the Young Adult genre.
  • Bora Bora, Polynesian island.
  • British engineer (and pyramidologist) David Davidson.
  • Animation historian and Cartoon Brew editor-in-chief Amid Amidi.
  • Neville Neville.
  • Rapper DJ Khaled's birth name is Khaled Khaled.
  • American model Amber Bernstein. Bernstein is German for "amber".
  • Leon Leonwood Bean, founder of L.L. Bean.
  • Europa Europa is the name of a Latin American cable channel only focused on films and series from Europe.
  • Pizza Pizza is a pizza restaurant chain that has branches all over the world, more known for appearing in the Scott Pilgrim franchise.
  • Dr. Robert F. Roberts, head of the food science department at Pennsylvania State University, who taught the art of making ice cream to the famous Ben and Jerry.
  • Italian actor Venantino Venantini.
  • Sofía Vergara Vergara — Colombian naming conventions give you a lot of names, though usually only the first few are mentioned. If someone's grandfathers both had the same last name, they will have a repeated last name, like Sofia Vergara Vergara.
  • The above shows how the Spanish\Portuguese tradition of inheriting surnames from both parents can end up with the same one twice. Comedian Bruna Louise has, among the many jokes on her Disappeared Dad, how he made her surnames repetitive given her parents were Kissing Cousins (Bruna Louise de Castro e Castro).
  • Former New Hampshire politician Dudley Dudley (maiden name Webster until marrying an attorney named Tom Dudley) used this to her advantage for much of her career as a member of the New Hampshire Executive Councilnote , using slogans such as "Dudley Dudley: Worth Repeating", and when she ran for Congress in 1984 "Dudley Dudley: Congress, Congress". However, this backfired when her opponent for the seat, Republican candidate Bob Smith, turned the slogan on its head by running campaign ads featuring the tag "Dudley Dudley: Liberal Liberal" en route to Smith defeating Dudley for the seat.
  • Actress Evans Evans.
  • Morgan Morgan, early pioneer in what is now West Virginia, and the father of the founder of Morgantown (where West Virginia University is located).
  • Veteran producer and writer George W. George. Actually the son of Rube Goldberg, who'd received some threats over political cartoons he'd drawn. Rube told his two sons Thomas and George to adopt new surnames for protection. Thomas decided to call himself Thomas George, and George decided to maintain the family tie by changing his last name to George as well.
  • In Germany, Ph.D. titles technically are part of your name. So you can become a Doctor Doctor Foo Bar if you are scientifically inclined so. (Only a fraction of these are multiple Ph.D.s though, there are also "copies" of your Dr. by habilitation, Dr. honoris causa...) Here is an Austrian (should have the same convention) who made a Ph.D. in six different areas. Wow.
  • An curious bilingual case: 13th Century Greek princess Theodora Megale Komnene was married to an Mongol Khan and became known afterwards as "Despina Khatun". Both titles translate to "lady" in both Greek and Mongol, as such her name means "Lady Lady".
  • Actor Edward Woodward.
  • Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan's middle name is Ann, of which Nancy is a derivation.
    • Since the name Ann (and therefore Nancy) means "grace," then Nancy Grace counts too.
  • The name of Saskatchewan derives from a Cree term that means roughly "river flows swiftly". So, the town of Swift Current, Saskatchewan has a name that amounts to "Swift Current, Swift Current".
  • This is no note  joke but scientifically correct: against Beri Berinote  (a Vitamine B deficiency syndrome) the Vitamine B rich rice bran will help - for example Tiki Tiki note .
  • As in the Live-Action TV section, vanished 19th century polar explorer Commander James Fitzjames, RN. Considering his biological father was Sir James Gambier, it was probably a rather harsh pun on Gambier's part- "fitz[father's name]" has a history of being used as a naming convention for acknowledged illegitimate children, but Gambier never acknowledged Fitzjames and in fact left him to be raised by a foster family (Happily Adopted, but still a lot of baggage to give a kid in the early 19th century).
  • Early radio pioneer John Stone Stone (Stone was also his mother's maiden name).
  • The founder of GUCCI, Guccio Gucci.
  • Carlos Carlos
    His Yearbook Quote: I hate my name.
  • Manute Bol, the 7'7" stringbean NBA center of the 90s, had a son who now also plays in the NBA — Bol Bol.
  • Basketball player Duany Duany, whose parents explain that it is a Sudanese custom to give the oldest son a "double name".
  • Tahoe derives from the word for "lake" in the language of the Washo people. So, Lake Tahoe="Lake Lake". Same thing applies to Lake Chad in Africa.
  • Phillip Phillips. Becomes even worse when you realize he's Phillip Phillips Jr.
  • West Indian Cricketers Richie Richardson and Pat Patterson.
  • In 2018, actor Macaulay Culkin asked fans to decide on what his new legal name should be. (His birth middle name was "Carson".) In 2019, he legally became Macaulay Macaulay Culkin Culkin as a result of the fan vote. Yes, his first and last name is his new legal middle name.
  • Akbar, a 16th century-era Mughal emperor, is popularly known as "Akbar the Great" (Akbar-i-Azam). Both "Akbar" and "Azam" mean "great" in Arabic.
  • Puerto Rican novelist Eduardo Lalo, the pen name of Eduardo Rodriguez. "Lalo" is a common Spanish nickname for "Eduardo" ("Edward Ted" would be a rough English equivalent to Eduardo Lalo).
  • Søren Sørensen, who introduced the pH scale for measuring acidity.
  • The The Band Band, a tribute act to a band called The Band.
  • Spanish dictator Francisco Franco. Both "Francisco" and "Franco" are analogous to the English name Francis.
  • One of the unfortunate people in this article is Cameron Cameron
  • Junior hockey player Ivan Ivan.
  • Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.
  • "Galaxy" derives from the ancient Greek name for the Milky Way (galaxías kyklos), so Milky Way Galaxy is basically "Milky Way Milky Way" (well, "Milky Way Milky Circle" if you want to be literal).
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright James Ijames.


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