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Sallah: Please, what does it always mean, this... this "Junior"?
Professor Henry Jones: That's his name. [points to himself] Henry Jones [points to Indy] Junior.
Indiana Jones: I like "Indiana".
Professor Henry Jones: We named the dog Indiana.

When a character needs a name that tells the audience right away how awesome they are, this trope is one way to do it. The character will have a first name that's interesting and long—at least three syllables long—contrasted by short and unremarkable last name.

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Similarly to Mister Strangenoun, the first name is sometimes a cool-sounding noun that isn't normally used as a name. It could also be a made-up word, or an actual name, but only one that's rare enough to still sound unique. Can overlap with Wacky Americans Have Wacky Names, if it's something like, say, Perpugilliam Brown.

For the last name, "Smith" and "Jones" are the two most used, but any one-syllable name that sounds common and unremarkable also works.


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  • Eulogy Jones from Fallout 3.
  • TimeSplitters has an entire family of these spread across all three games and several centuries. The three that are introduced are Peekaboo Jones in 1965, his great-great-grandfather, Elijah Jones from the 1800's and Mordecai Jones from the Robot Wars in the 2200's.

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  • "Springboard Jones, the Divin' Detective! Vomitorium Jones, the Pukin' P.I.!" - Ludic Log

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  • Sierra Smith, a Western private eye in The DCU.

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  • Jacqueline Moore, and some of her other names to a lesser extent (Georgia Brown, Sergeant Rock)
  • Former TNA X-Division wrestler Consequences Creed, now known in WWE as Xavier Woods.
  • CHIKARA. Inverted with founder Mike Quackenbush, and with Max Smashmaster and Flex Rumblecrunch who were 2/3 of The Devastation Corporation.note 
  • Inverted with Rico Constantino, though averted with his full name of Amarico Sebastiano Constantino.

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  • Warrick Kaine, Laurel Brant, and Brother Right, to name a few from The Descendants.

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  • Orangejello Brown and Lemonjello Brown. Well, except not.
  • Capability Brown (not his real name)... and his Discworld counterpart: Bloody Stupid Johnson (his less famous contemporaries being Sagacity Smith and Intuition de vere Slade-Gore.
  • Former US President Rutherford Hayes
    • Preceded by Ulysses S. Grant, though his full name was Hiram Ulysses Seward Grant.
  • Some Naming Guides actually suggest giving longer names to children born in families with a small surname.
  • Harrison Ford. Seems like the Indy connections have come full circle.
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Immanuel Kant, philosopher.
  • Elijah Wood, actor.
  • Cameron Crowe, film director.
  • Julianne Moore, actress.
  • Montgomery Clift, actor.
  • Susannah York, actress.
  • Mackenzie Crook, actor.
  • Oliver Platt, actor.
  • Timothy Spall, actor.
  • Naomi Watts, model and actress.
  • Alejandro Sanz, singer.
  • Vivien Leigh, actress.
  • Josephine Tey, author of mystery novels.
  • Ezekiel Hart, politician and entrepreneur.
  • Gregory Peck, actor.
  • Penélope Cruz, actress.
  • Thelonious Monk, musician.
  • Lucian Freud, painter.
  • Virginia Woolf, writer.
  • Fairuza Balk, actress.
  • Elisha Gray, inventor.
  • Rosamund Pike, actress.
  • Marian Keyes, romance novelist.
  • Deborah Kerr, actress.
  • Adelaide Kane, actress.
  • Kaniehtiio Horn, voice actress
  • Angharad James, 17th century Welsh poet.
  • Awadagin Pratt, concert pianist.
  • Felicia Day, actress and writer.
  • Horatio Sanz of Saturday Night Live fame.
  • Mahershalalhashbaz (or "simply" Mahershala) Ali, an actor who appeared in House of Cards and Luke Cage (2016) and who won Best Supporting Actor for Moonlight.
  • Sufjan Stevens, musician. Has a brother named Marzuki Stevens and a sister named Djohariah.
  • Nick Clegg has three sons, named Antonio, Alberto, and Miguel. Apparently, his Spanish wife, Miriam, insisted on this trope if all three were to have the surname "Clegg."
  • Vannevar Bush, 20th century American engineer.
  • Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee CBE CStJ managed to do this twice.
  • Supermodel Elle MacPherson has played this straight and inverted. She was born Eleanor Gow. Her parents divorced when she was young and her mother married a man named MacPherson. Eleanor took the last name and shortened her first name for balance.
  • Common in the NFL, with strange names combined with average or short surnames, such as D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Ndamukong Suh and Laveranues Coles.
  • BBC Radio 4 newsreader Zeb Soanes' full first name is Zebedee.
  • Giancarlo Stanton, baseball player. His full name is "Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton", but for the early years of his professional career he was simply known as "Mike Stanton". After the 2012 season, he insisted that he be referred to on a First-Name Basis.
  • Humiliation Hynde, a 17th century Puritan. Apparently he had two sons, both of whom were also named Humiliation Hynde.
  • Inverted, with John Mellencamp.

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