By Terry Kaiser Borning
What's the name of that thing where a person's first name and last name start with the same sound? Yeah, like Marilyn Monroe! Alliterative? That's hard to say! But it seems that alliterative names seem to roll off the tongue, even make one destined for stardom! Here's a list of celebrities, politicians, athletes, and historical figures with alliterative names!
(* Sometimes show biz personalities take a shortcut and use an alliterative stage name in place of their given name)
There have been 4 US Presidents with alliterative names: Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, and Ronald Reagan (Lyndon LaRouche hasn't made the cut yet!) In addition to Coolidge, Hannibal Hamlin, William A. Wheeler, and Hubert Horatio Humphrey (a triple alliterative!) have served as US Vice Presidents.
The three top single-season home run hitters in baseball all have alliterative names: Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Sammy Sosa. Mickey Mantle topped 50 homers in a season.
Other political figures: Former first lady Barbara Bush, Senator Bill Bradley, Reverend Jesse Jackson, Political documentarist Michael Moore.
Historical figures: astronomer Galileo Galilei, magician Harry Houdini*, outlaw Jesse James, artist Pablo Picasso.
Businessmen: Hugh Hefner, Calvin Klein, Ted Turner, Zig Ziglar
News celebrities: Katie Couric
Authors: Daniel Defoe, Graham Greene, Hermann Hesse, James Joyce, Louis L'Amour, Margaret Mitchell, Walt Whitman, William Wordsworth
Fictional Characters: Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny, Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Daisy Duke, Charlie Chan, Tim "The Tool Man" Taylor
Athletes: Mickey Mantle, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Dizzy Dean*, Don Drysdale, Robin Roberts, Arthur Ashe, Bjorn Borg, Andre Agassi, Lennox Lewis, Jaromir Jagr, Bill Bradley, Dave DeBusschere, Gail Goodrich, Sam Snead, Ernie Els, Billy Boat, Dominique Dawes
Actors/Directors: Chevy Chase*, Alan Alda*, Bob Barker, Bruce Boxleitner, Beau Bridges, 80's idol Kirk Cameron, 70's idol Erik Estrada, 10's idol Charlie Chaplin, Kevin Costner, Dom DeLuise, Danny DeVito*, David Duchovny, Matthew McConaughey, Martin Mull, Mike Myers, Nick Nolte, Robert Redford, Rob Reiner, Ray Romano, Steven Seagal, Steven Spielberg, Sylvester Stallone, Vince Vaughn, Hulk Hogan*, Roy Rogers*, Chris Cooper
Actresses: Marilyn Monroe*, Courteney Cox, Debbe Dunning, Doris Day*, Parker Posey, Anne Archer, Brigitte Bardot, 70's idol Farrah Fawcett, Helen Hunt, Lucy Lawless, Lucy Liu, Priscilla Presley, Rene Russo, Susan Sarandon*, Cybill Shepherd, Suzanne Somers, Sharon Stone, Sally Struthers, Holly Hunter, Mary Miller, Maureen McGovern, Kim Cattrall
Singers: Tina Turner*, Patti Page, Marilyn Manson*, Janet Jackson, Bobby Brown, Ozzy Osbourne, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Loretta Lynn, Mindy McCready, Carole King, Chubby Checker*, Janis Joplin, Lyle Lovett, Christopher Cross, Chris Christopherson