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Silly (but funny) Name Game

Updated on December 4, 2012

What is Your "Soap Opera" Name?

In Laura Lippman's novel In Big Trouble, I learned about a "name game" that would make a good conversation "icebreaker" at a party.

(By the way, I highly recommend the book!)

In chapter 24, Tess (main character) and Rick (a lawyer) are heading to the home of a retired San Antonio Detective whose name is Marty Diamond. A discussion takes place between Tess and Rick about the detective's name.

Thus I discovered the "Silly Name Games".

Puzzled Guy image from Microsoft Clip Art that came with my computer!

In Big Trouble (Hardback Edition)
In Big Trouble (Hardback Edition)

"He must have a good p*rno name," [Tess] remarked, just to be saying something.

You might discover a few cool nicknames in this mystery book!

"Our detective friend, Marty Diamond. A good porno name, but not a good soap opera name," (remarks Tess.)

"What?" (replies Rick)

"Don't you know how to get your porno name? You take your childhood pet['s name] and the name of the street where you lived as a child, and that's your 'nom de nedkkid.' I don't have a good one unless I cheat and take the cross street where I currently live. Then I'm Tweetie Shakespeare. What's yours?" (Tess asks Rick.)


"The porno names are problematic, (Tess goes on to explain.) "But the soap opera names always work. That's middle name plus current street. Then I'm Esther Bond. So boring. Sounds like an old lady who runs the dress shop and never gets in on one of the big plots."

(Image of the hardback edition Made available by Baker & Taylor, Copyright 2006.)

"I'm... Midnight Zarzamora."

(said Rick the lawyer from Lippman's book)

"[Rick] scowled when Tess laughted (at his 'porn name'). "I think it's pretty."(she responded.)

Hmm. Is "Midnight" his pet's name or his middle name?" (Tess thought.)

[from In Big Trouble]

Mine would be "Dixie Hill." My childhood pet was a dog named Dixie. I lived on Perry Hill Rd. I cheated a little by leaving off the "Perry". But, it works.

My spouse's name would be "Sonny Boy Street." Or it could have been "Sonny Boy 37." He lived on 37th Street.

Kind of funny isn't it?

Don't forget to keep on reading to find more name games from this book; then sign the "guestbook" at the bottom of the page. Thanks!

Mine would be "Lee Deerfield". Guess what? My spouse's name would be the same! We both have Lee as a middle name.

The name sounds like a banker in Pine Valley, don't you think?

What would your soap opera name be? Explain your character's motivation, too.

Find More Silly Name Games

These websites have more games that you can play with your name.

Have included the "Captain Underpants" name game that a visitor to this page referred to in a comment.

In Big Trouble - The Names Game can be found in this mystery novel

This novel is one of the best in the Tess Monaghan mystery series by Ms. Lippman. I highly recommend this series, by the way. Better if read in the order written, however. Most of the older titles are in paperback. I bet there are a few kindle and nook versions, too.

In Big Trouble (Tess Monaghan Novel)
In Big Trouble (Tess Monaghan Novel)

I really enjoyed this novel by Laura Lippman. I enjoy all her books, come to think of it. Check out my page: Laura Lippman


Thanks for playing the games with your name!

If you have a name game that you would like to tell us about, then do so here. The more fun that can be had, the better.

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What would your "p*rno name" be? - Name of your childhood pet + Name of the street you lived on as a child:

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      6 years ago

      Harry Gibson...

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      Mickie Goad 

      7 years ago

      @PromptWriter: What a provocative name.

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Goad 

      7 years ago

      @World-Wanderer: I think "Hades" is a good one for p*rno part. It implies wickedness.

    • Mickie Gee profile imageAUTHOR

      Mickie Goad 

      7 years ago

      @RobGrawberger: Sounds appropriate for the profession! That name might be good for a Soap Opera name, too.

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      Mickie Goad 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: What a cute name you would have. This is such fun!

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      7 years ago

      mine would be...... tabby forest

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      Mickie Goad 

      7 years ago

      @anonymous: Added a link to the Captain Underpants game below. Keep on Scrolling!

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      7 years ago

      LMAO Rex Pacific

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      8 years ago

      Hades manorgate... that's awful

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      Carol Goss 

      9 years ago

      Mine would be Shadow Hazel. wow cool i like it, Thanks :)

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      Moe Wood 

      9 years ago from Eastern Ontario

      Ha! that's funny -- Smokey Dease

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      How does

      Tigger Garden

      Tigger Carlisle

      Tigger Armour

      or Tigger Spring sound?

      Not great, I'm thinking.


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      9 years ago

      Yeah my porn name doesn't work no matter what street or pet I use: Sugar/Heidi/Chump Scotia or Sugar/Heidi/Chump Saratoga but my soap opera name cracked me up: Gertrude Northview. I sound kind of old and wealthy! Very funny stuff!

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      Adrienne Jenkins 

      9 years ago

      The only pets I had as a kid were fish so my sordid name would be Guppy Fairmont or Siamese Fighting Fairmont or Neon Fairmont. Kind of like the last one.

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your laughs. It's well done. 5 *****'s

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      9 years ago

      That's my porn name. Pretty funny.


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