View Full Version : Alliterative Names - Adam Ant, Bob Barker, ...

09-27-2008, 11:09 AM
I'm looking to come as close as possible to completng a roster of 26 names with following rules:

1. The name is readily recognizable to Americans as a moderately well-known actual person (living or dead) or fictional character. If they don't have a wikipedia entry, they're not famous enough. But the mere presence of a wiki entry doesn't prove they're famous enough; wiki has a lot of really obscure stuff on it.

2. The first & last name start with the same letter, like those in the thread title.

3. If somebody is famous with a short form (e.g. Bob Barker is really named Robert Barker) or nickname (e.g. Babe Ruth), then that's the name which must alliterate. So even if Ruth's actual first name was Richard, he wouldn't qualify, while Barker does.

This isn't a game & I have no prize to give. I actually have a use for this & am looking to the SDMBers for their collective knowledge of trivia & catchy names. We'll probably fail on X & Q, but let's get as close as we can.

I'm not necessarily looking for more names for the letters I've already solved, but if you know of any, feel free to post them too.

So far I have:

A - Adam Ant
B - Bob Barker, Bill Bixby
C - Charlie Chan, Carol Channing
D - Dan Deirdorf (kinda weak unless you live around here)
E -
F - Fred Flintstone
G - Greta Garbo
H - Herbert Hoover
I -
J - Jesse Jackson
K -
L -
M - Marilyn Manson
N - Nick Nolte
O -
P -
Q -
R - Ronald Reagan
S - Sam Spade
T - Tom Terrific, Tiny Tim
U -
V -
W - Walt Whitman, Walter Winchell
Y -
Z -

09-27-2008, 11:15 AM
E: Emilio Estevez
V: Vivian Vance

09-27-2008, 11:18 AM
K - Ken Kesey

P - Peter Parker

Larry Borgia
09-27-2008, 11:30 AM
almost every classic marvel superhero: Reed Richards, Bruce Banner, etc.

09-27-2008, 11:41 AM
Lois Lane

09-27-2008, 11:55 AM
Y: Yankee Yankovich

09-27-2008, 01:17 PM
U -- Ugueth Urbina (http://baseball-reference.com/u/urbinug01.shtml)

09-27-2008, 01:22 PM

09-27-2008, 01:26 PM
Erik Estrada
Kevin Keegan - probably fails to meet "famous in America" criterion, so how about
Kasey Keller instead
Zinedine Zidane

09-27-2008, 01:27 PM
K---"Killer" Karl Kox, "Killer" Kowalski--both well known pro wrestlers, Kowalski probably being more famous.

E---Eric Estrada

09-27-2008, 01:29 PM
Z - Ziyi Zhang

Beware of Doug
09-27-2008, 01:30 PM
O: Ozzy Osbourne

Manda JO
09-27-2008, 01:50 PM
Pedantic note: alliteration is a repetition of the initial consonant sound. So Ozzy Osbourne is alliterative but Ugueth Urbina is not.

Of course, most people just think of it at "initial sound". But if you are using the list for something, you may want to try to make it pedant proof.

09-27-2008, 01:53 PM
But if you are using the list for something, you may want to try to make it pedant proof.


Isn't that something the Pink Panther might call a child molesting insect?


09-27-2008, 02:06 PM
Moving thread from IMHO to The Game Room.

09-27-2008, 02:31 PM
Ansel Adams

Really Not All That Bright
09-27-2008, 02:57 PM
V: Vic Vega (The real name of Mr. Blond, Michael Madsen's character in Reservoir Dogs.) I don't know if he passes the famousness test, so I'll submit Victor Von Doom, Dr. Doom's alter ego in the Fantastic Four.

Good luck with I. The only alliterative I people I could even find were all named Ivan Ivanov, and none of them are even remotely famous in the US. They're all Bulgarians, and two were Olympians and one was PM during WWII.

09-27-2008, 03:06 PM
Ike Issacs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ike_Isaacs_(guitarist))?

09-27-2008, 03:12 PM
Cassius Clay
Clarence Clemens
Marky Mark
Tina Turner
Bobby Brown
David Duke
J. Jonah Jameson
Lyle Lovett
Roger Rabbit
Sam Stone

09-27-2008, 03:17 PM
Farrah Fawcett
Janis Joplin
Harry Houdini
Kris Kristopherson

09-27-2008, 03:39 PM
Some Golfers

David Duval
Ernie Els
Fred Funk
Zoran Zorkic (very obscure golfer)

David Duchovny
Lucy Lu

Ricky Ricardo
Peter Pan

Walter Winchell

09-27-2008, 03:44 PM
Although he doesn't have a Wiki entry, Quin Queeribus (http://books.google.com/books?id=DKtrAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA77&lpg=PA77&dq=Quin+Queeribus&source=web&ots=0PvQ0RyCAy&sig=bkzVTy-L_BEc6dagdikOuXTLcJ0&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=2&ct=result) is the subject of a poem I (and thus many others) read as a child.

For "II", I found Isabella Ingram-Seymour-Conway (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabella_Ingram-Seymour-Conway,_Marchioness_of_Hertford), but she's only a household name if a member of your household is a devotee of the dalliances of English monarchs. There's also Irene Ighodaro (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irene_Ighodaro), West Africa's first female doctor.

Chefguy: Are you thinking of Frankie Yankovic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Yankovic)? As far as I know, he was never known as "Yankee".

09-27-2008, 04:35 PM
Yevgeny Yevtushenko

09-27-2008, 04:46 PM
From Hockey:

Jaromir Jagr
Zarley Zalapski
Harry Howell
Fedor Fedorov
Mark Messier
Serge Savard
Mike Modano
Scott Stevens
Manny Malhotra
Mario Marois
Bob Beers
Alex Auld
Barry Beck
Tony Twist

Andrew 21
09-27-2008, 07:57 PM
Charlie Chaplin
Lindsay Lohan
Mickey Mantle

and from boxing:

Herbie Hide
Michael Moorer
Razor Ruddock
Tony Tubbs
Tony Tucker

Ellis Dee
09-28-2008, 01:40 AM
These are particularly useful for the Name Game, a drinking game it's good not to suck at if you find yourself playing it.

Without reading the names already suggested, off the top of my head:

Ansel Adams
Alan Alda
Adam Ant
Alan Arkin

Bobby Brown
Bobby Brady
Betty Boop
Barbara Bush
Brian Boitano

Connie Chung
Charlie Chan
Charlie Chaplin
Chris Cooper

Danny Devito
Donnie Darko
David Duke
Donald Duck
Daffy Duck
Dudley Do-right

Farrah Fawcett
Flavor Flav
Fred Flinstone

Greg Gumble
Greta Garbo

Harry Houdini
Holly Hunter
Herbert Hoover
Hubert Humphrey
Holly Hobby

Jerry Jones (Dalls Cowboys owner)
Jenna Jameson
Jesse James
Jim Jones (That kool-aid guy, right?)

Kris Kristofferson
Kris Kringle

Lois Lane

Michael Moore
Micky Mouse
Mighty Mouse
Marty Moose
Michael Myers (Halloween)
Mike Myers (Austin Powers)
Michelle Monaghan
Martin Mull
Michael Mann

Peter Piper
Piper Perabo
Peter Parker

Ricky Ricardo
Rocky Raccoon
Rita Rudner

Sarah Silverman
Steven Segal
Sally Struthers

Tiny Tim
Ted Turner
Tom Thumb

Willy Wonka
William Wallace

For the V's, if you're dealing with Adam Sandler fans, he always used to make the love interest a double V name: Veronica Vaughn, Vicky Valencourt, etc...

09-28-2008, 02:10 AM
Barbara Boxer
Bob Barr
Dick Durbin
Tom Tancredo

09-28-2008, 02:26 AM
Vince Vaughn must be wondering why he's not good enough for you people.

Ellis Dee
09-28-2008, 02:41 AM
Vince Vaughn must be wondering why he's not good enough for you people.Just thought of him after I posted, as well as Sylvester Stallone. And the Chris Rock special reminded me of Keira Knightley and Rachel Ray.

09-28-2008, 02:45 AM
Jimmy Johnson

Beware of Doug
09-28-2008, 05:15 AM
Pedantic note: alliteration is a repetition of the initial consonant sound. So Ozzy Osbourne is alliterative but Ugueth Urbina is not.Okay, picky, you try and find another alliterative name that begins with U.U.

Unitarian Universalism doesn't count, because it's a denomination, not a person.

Tapioca Dextrin
09-28-2008, 05:24 AM
For "II", I found Isabella Ingram-Seymour-Conway (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isabella_Ingram-Seymour-Conway,_Marchioness_of_Hertford), but she's only a household name if a member of your household is a devotee of the dalliances of English monarchs. There's also Irene Ighodaro (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irene_Ighodaro), West Africa's first female doctor.

There are at least three Ivan Ivanovs (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Ivanov).

Flip Pancake
09-28-2008, 05:29 AM
Roger Rabbit
Bugs Bunny
Porky Pig
Spongebob Squarepants

09-28-2008, 11:44 AM
Larry Linville
Mary Moore (You might know her better with her middle name)

The Scrivener
09-28-2008, 01:26 PM
Donald Duck and Daffy Duck
Calvin Coolidge
Jimmy Johnson [football] and Jimmy Johnson [racing]
the "Big Bopper"
Freddy Fender
Dick Dale
Robert Rauschenberg
George Grosz
Vincent VanGogh
Charlie Chaplin
William Wordsworth
Walt Whitman
Hermann Hesse
Pier Paolo Pasolini
Robert Reed ["Brady Bunch" actor]
Samantha Stevens [the "Bewitched" witch]

The Scrivener
09-28-2008, 01:47 PM
:smack: I got "Silent" Cal Coolidge but forgot Woodrow Wilson.

If we're taking liberties with middle names and initials, then we can include:

William Carlos Williams
Wendy O. Williams
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Trawling through the NFL Hall of Fame [so, famous only to us American football fans]:

Bert Bell
Bobby Bell
Bob "Boomer" Brown
Dan Dierdorf
Jimmy Johnson
John Henry Johnson
Larry Little
Mike McCormack
Mike Michalske
Marion Motley
Mike Munchak
Pete Pihos
Thurman Thomas
Willie Wood

09-28-2008, 02:05 PM
For varying values of fame:

Benjamin Button (The Strange Case of Benjamin Button)
Boris Badenov (Bullwinkle & Rocky)
Ginger Grant (Gilligan's Island)
Gorgeous George (wrestler)
Green Goblin (Spiderman)
Jennifer Jones (Oscar-winning actress)
Marilyn Monroe (film icon)
Marilyn Munster (The Munsters)
Rose Red (fairy-tale)

Some of these aren't alliterative in that they start with different sounds, but you said letter, so there.

09-28-2008, 02:05 PM
This Royals fan can sink his teeth into a game like this. This year's team includes:

Brian Bannister
Billy Butler
David DeJesus
Kila Ka'aihue
Mitch Maier
Ramon Ramirez
Yasuhiko Yabuta

and in the all-time roster:
Brian Barber
Brandon Berger
Bob Boone (as player and as manager)
Billy Brewer
Bill Butler
Bill Buckner
Billy Buckner
Chris Codiroli
Craig Chamberlain
Dick Drago
Gary Gaetti
Greg Gagne
Gene Garber
Jason Jacome
Joel Johnston
Mike MacDougal
Mike Macfarlane
Monty Montgomery
Paul Phillips
Rick Reed
Rick Reichardt
Rico Rossy
Steve Scarsone
Scott Service
Steve Shields
Steve Shiflett
Steve Stemle
Scott Sullivan
Willie Wilson

09-28-2008, 02:18 PM
Marvel Comics characters, especially those created in the 1960's, are very alliterative:

Reed Richards
Susan Storm (maiden name)
Victor Von Doom
Bruce Banner
Peter Parker
Curt Connors
Otto Octavius
Stephen Strange
Scott Summers
Warren Worthington
Matt Murdock

09-28-2008, 03:00 PM
I'm surprised we have so many mentions of Lois Lane, but none of Lex Luthor or Lana Lang.

There's also Lazarus Long, from Heinlein's books (and several of his relatives, but they're not nearly as well-known) for LL

Other than those, the only one that comes to mind is Krazy Kat.

Elendil's Heir
09-28-2008, 09:44 PM
Better yet, a threefer: Hubert Horatio Humphrey!

Dead Cat
09-29-2008, 11:49 AM
Better yet, a threefer: Hubert Horatio Humphrey!My first thought was a virtual threefer: Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards.

The Scrivener
09-29-2008, 01:46 PM
A few more:

Alice Adams [a Kate Hepburn role]
William Wyler [film dir.]
John Jay [founding father]
[Lord] George Grenville [British govt. official who P.O.'ed the American colonials]

09-29-2008, 01:52 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zig_ZiglarGood, but "Zig" is just a nickname based on his last name, so does that really count?

"Tomorrow, when you wake up, I want you to sit up in bed, clap your hands, and shout, 'Today is a good day to get up and get 'em!'"

"Think positively! I want you to start calling it a 'go light'!"

09-29-2008, 02:01 PM
Lash LaRue.

09-29-2008, 02:17 PM
More baseball:

Rick Reuschel
Tony Tarasco
Walt Williams ("No-neck")
Frankie Frisch
Wilbur Wood
Dave Duncan
Dave Dravecky
Dick Davis


Mary Matalin
Henry Hyde
Mike Mansfield

Ike Witt
09-29-2008, 07:09 PM
Boris Becker.

Andrew 21
09-29-2008, 07:25 PM
Brian Bosworth
Lennox Lewis

Mr. Kobayashi
09-29-2008, 08:45 PM
Heroes has a couple; Peter Petrelli and Gabriel Gray (Sylar).

09-29-2008, 09:10 PM
Better yet, a threefer: Hubert Horatio Humphrey!
Better yet, an ultra-twofer: Humbert Humbert

09-29-2008, 11:00 PM
Barry Bonds
Barry Bostwick
Cab Calloway
Dirk Diggler
Dr. Dimento
Fannie Flagg
Jimmy Jam
Joe Jackson
Keystone Kops
Mandy Moore
Minnie Mouse
Phileas Fogg (OK, that doesn't count, but it should)

09-30-2008, 01:26 AM
Quentin Quinn (http://buddytv.com/quentin-quinn.aspx) ?

09-30-2008, 12:18 PM
Zip Zabel (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zip_Zabel), holder of the record for most innings piched in relief in a single game (18.3 on 17 June 1915).

Civil Guy
10-01-2008, 01:22 AM
Huckleberry Hound
George of the Jungle (well, sort of)
Pepe LePew (well, sort of)
Marvin the Martian
Roadrunner (well, sort of)

...well, sure, they're made up names that are supposed to alliterate. But they ought to be remembered.

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