Looking for a name for a pair of boys? Here are some famous and iconic male duos to choose from.
Abbott and Costello
Baseball always comes to mind when you think of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Their work on radio and television and in films made them one of the most popular comedy teams of the 1940s and ‘50s. Who’s on First? has been called their signature routine.
Axl and Slash
Axl Rose is the lead vocalist and lyricist of the hard rock band, Guns N’ Roses, and Slash is the lead guitarist. The band’s greatest hit is Welcome to the Jungle.
Barnes and Noble
In New York City, more than 100 years ago, Gilbert Clifford Noble went into a partnership with William Barnes. Today, Barnes and Noble operates both online and in more than 600 stores in all 50 states.
Batman and Robin
The Caped Crusader, Batman, and Robin, the Boy Wonder, fight crime in Gotham City in comic books, on television and in the movies.
Beany and Cecil
Beany is the boy with the propeller beanie and Cecil is the seasick serpent in the 1962 television cartoon, Beany and Cecil. Like The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Beany and Cecil had satirical references to current events that attracted an adult audience.
Beaver and Wally
Leave it to Beaver is the iconic television sitcom about the adventures of a suburban boy in the 1950s. Theodore Cleaver gets his nickname, Beaver, from his older brother, Wally. The show is one of the first to tell stories from the point of view of the children.
Beavis and Butt-Head
The 1990s adult animated TV cartoon features Beavis and Butt-Head as a couple of teenage delinquents. ­­­­The series is satirical and scathing in its commentary on American society. It is also very violent.
Ben and Jerry
Childhood friends Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield combine their love of ice cream and social causes to create Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. Some of their most popular flavors are Cherry Garcia, Chubby Hubby and Chunky Monkey.
Bert and Ernie
Muppets Bert and Ernie have been best friends and roommates for more than 50 years on Sesame Street. Jokester Ernie tends to upset the no-nonsense Bert with his pranks.
Bill and Ted
William “Bill” S. Preston, Esquire, and Theodore “Ted” Logan have taken movie goers on three excellent adventures in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey and Bill & Ted Face the Music. The sci-fi, time-traveling comedies star Alex Winter as Bill and Keanu Reeves as Ted.
Brooks and Dunn
Country music’s Kix Brooks and Ronnie Dunn are known for their honky-tonk sound. The singer and songwriters joined forces in 1990, and their Boot Scootin’ Boogie helped revive line dancing.
Butch and Sundance
The late actor Paul Newman and actor Robert Redford team up for cinematic gold in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The story of a couple of outlaws who commit a string of train robberies in the Wild West is loosely based on fact.
Cain and Abel
Cain and Abel are the Biblical first sons of Adam and Eve. A jealous Cain murders Abel. As his punishment, Cain is forced into exile.
Calvin and Hobbes
Highly imaginative and sassy cartoon boy Calvin entertains and is entertained by his stuffed animal, Hobbes.
Capone and Dillinger
Gangsters Al Capone and John Dillinger achieve notoriety through their criminal ways. Capone, a violent bootlegger, is taken down by tax evasion charges. Dillinger and his gang rob 24 banks and four police stations before he is gunned down outside Chicago’s Biograph Theatre.
Cheech and Chong
The comic team of Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong had audiences rolling on the floor thanks to the counter-culture routines on hippies, free love and drugs. A couple of their most popular routines include Dave’s Not Here and Sister Mary Elephant. In 1978, Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke, grosses $100 million at the box office.
Chip ‘n’ Dale
Disney’s Chip ‘n’ Dale are a couple of cartoon chipmunks who tend to steal the spotlight from Donald Duck. Their names are a pun on 18th Century furniture maker Thomas Chippendale.
Click and Clack
Brother mechanics Tom and Ray Magiozzi – also known as Click and Clack – are the hosts of the delightful Car Talk for 35 years. The National Public Radio call-in talk show features listeners describing car problems and imitating the horrible sounds their cars are making. Between jokes and giggles, the Magiozzi’s somehow manage to diagnose what is wrong.
Crockett and Tubbs
Television’s Miami Vice features stylized music and visuals unlike any previous detective show. In the mid ‘80s, Don Johnson as James “Sonny” Crockett and Philip Michael Thomas as Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs are so influential that they change men’s fashion. Think t-shirts under pastel suits and shoes with no socks.
David and Goliath
David, the Biblical future King of Israel, kills the threatening giant Goliath with a rock from his sling. In modern times, a reference to David and Goliath means an underdog fighting against a larger opponent.
Dean and Jerry
Starting in 1946, singer Dean Martin and comedian Jerry Lewis team up in nightclubs, on radio and television and in films. They are the hottest act in the US in the early 1950s, but their mutual supernova success burns out in just 10 years. Both go on to lucrative solo careers.
Edward and Jacob
In the popular Twilight series, Edward Cullen is a vampire in the body of a teenager, and Jacob Black is a werewolf in the body of a teenager. Both love human teen, Bella Swan.
Felix and Oscar
Felix Ungar and Oscar Madison are polar opposites in the play and the television show, The Odd Couple. Felix is a neatnik to Oscar’s sloppiness.Frasier and Niles
The brothers Crane are perfect foils for each other on the Cheers spin-off, Frasier. The hilarious sibling rivalry between Frasier and Niles occasionally leads to chaos.
Fred and Barney
Fred Flintstone is best friends with his next-door neighbor, Barney Rubble, in the cartoon classic, The Flintstone’s. Their hair-brained schemes frequently get them into trouble with their wives, Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble.
Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff
Rapper Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff are the Grammy Award-winning hip hop duo from Philadelphia who are also known as Will Smith and Jeff Townes.
Fry and Laurie
Comedian Stephen Fry and actor Hugh Laurie make up the English comedy team of Fry and Laurie. The two met at the University of Cambridge and have collaborated on dozens of British television and film projects.
Garfield and Odie
Garfield is a lasagna-loving cartoon cat who hates Mondays. Odie is his slobbery cartoon dog pal in the comic strip, Garfield.
Gilbert and Sullivan
Dramatist W.S. Gilbert and composer Arthur Sullivan create 14 comic operas in the late 1800s including H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado and The Pirates of Penzance.
Gilligan and Skipper
Gilligan is the first mate, and the Skipper is the captain of the ill-fated SS Minnow on television’s Gilligan’s Island. Gilligan and the Skipper manage to save their passengers during a terrible storm, but they are unable to figure out a way to get the castaways back home.
Gumby and Pokey
Claymation Green Gumby and his best pal Pokey, a talking red horse, are popular TV fare in the 1950 and ‘60s. Their revival starts in the 1980s thanks to an Eddie Murphy parody on Saturday Night Live.
Hall and Oates
Vocalist Darryl Hall and guitarist John Oates make pop music in the 1970s and ‘80s with hits such as Rich Girl, Private Eyes and I Can’t Go For That.
Han Solo and Chewbacca
Han Solo is the reluctant Star Wars hero. Chewbacca is his giant furry companion and wingman in the Millennium Falcon.
Hans and Franz
Comedian Dana Carvey’s Hans and Kevin Nealon’s Franz are characters in the classic Saturday Night Live skit who promise to “Pump (clap) You Up!”
Hope and Crosby
Comedian Bob Hope and singer Bing Crosby team up with actress Dorothy Lamour for a series of charming Road to movies. From Road to Singapore to Road to Hong Kong, the romantic comedies satirize some popular film genres.
Holmes and Watson
This infamous pair, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, are the main characters in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s series of Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Portrayed by many actors, the most recent being Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on the BBC’s Sherlock and Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu on the series Elementary where Watson was a woman.
Huck and Tom
Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer are the literary creations of American writer Samuel Clemens, who is better known by his pen name, Mark Twain.
Itchy and Scratchy
The Itchy & Scratchy Show is a show within a show on the long-running cartoon, The Simpsons. It is a bloody parody of the old Tom and Jerry cartoons. Itchy, a blue mouse, violently attacks Scratchy, a black cat.
Jack and Daniel
Jack Daniel learns how to distill whiskey from an enslaved African American man named Nathan Green. Today, Jack Daniels, the whiskey from Tennessee, is a top seller around the world.
Jake and Elwood
“Joliet” Jake and his blood brother Elwood are the Blues Brothers. They are on a ‘Mission from God’ to save their childhood orphanage. John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd originated the roles in a Saturday Night Life musical skit and later in the Blues Brothers movie.
Jekyll and Hyde
Dr. Jekyll is an intelligent, respected scientist. Mr. Hyde is the hidden, violent side of his split personality. In Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dr. Jekyll decides to activate his dark side through experiments. The results are tragic.
Jobs and Woz
Personal computer pioneers are Steve Jobs and Stephen Gary “Woz” Wozniak. In the 1970s, they co-founded the Apple computer company.
Joel and Benji
Joel and Benji Madden are well known identical twin musicians. Joel is the lead vocalist and Benji is the lead guitarist of their band, Good Charlotte.
Kid ‘n Play
Christopher “Kid” Reid and Christopher “Play” Martin made up the popular ‘80s and ‘90s hip hop duo Kid ‘n Play. Their signature dance move was the Kid ‘n Play step dance.
Kirk and Spock
Captain James T. Kirk and his first officer, Mr. Spock, boldly take the USS Enterprise spaceship on a mission to explore strange new worlds. Actor William Shatner is the original Kirk to the late actor Leonard Nimoy’s Spock on television’s Star Trek.
Laurel and Hardy
Internationally popular slapstick comedians Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy made movie theatre audiences roar with laugher at their exploits in 107 films. Their classic, The Movie Box, depicts repeated attempts to move a piano up an exceedingly long flight of stairs.
Lennon and McCartney
The late musician John Lennon and singer Sir Paul McCartney are two of the four members of The Beatles. They had 180 song writing credits between the two of them. Bandmates Ringo Starr and the late George Harrison round out what is considered the greatest band of all time.
Lenny and Squiggy
On Laverne and Shirley, upstairs neighbors Leonard “Lenny” Kosnowski and Andrew “Squiggy” Squigmann always seem to appear just as other characters describe something disgusting. Michael McKean and the late David Lander made the studio audience and the at home audience laugh with their inappropriate timing and nasally “Hello.”
Lerner and Loewe
Lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe create beautiful music with their classic stage musicals, Brigadoon, My Fair Lady and Camelot and the film, Gigi.
Lewis and Clark
Captain Meriwether Lewis and Second Lieutenant William Clark lead an expedition Westward across the Louisiana Purchase to the Pacific Ocean. 45 people are part of the journey, including Clark’s enslaved person, York. The round trip takes about three years to complete.
Lone Ranger and Tonto
The mask-wearing Lone Ranger fights outlaws in the Old West with Tonto, his faithful Native American companion. The Lone Ranger program first appears on radio in the early 1930s. It moves to television in the late 1940s and runs through much of the ‘50s.

Lou and Bud (See Abbott and Costello)

Mac and Tosh
Best friends Mac and Tosh are the politest characters among the Looney Tunes. The cheerful gophers own an antique store called, Antiques. Their combined names are a pun on the surname, Macintosh.
Mario and Luigi
More twins! Mario and Luigi are fraternal twins in the world of Nintendo. The taller, Luigi, is a sidekick to his slightly older brother.

Martin and Lewis (See Dean and Jerry)

McDreamy and McSteamy
On Gray’s Anatomy, the handsome and charming neurosurgeon, Dr. Derek Shepherd, is dubbed McDreamy by the residents. His childhood friend and colleague, Dr. Mark Sloan, is nicknamed McSteamy by Dr. Shepherd’s love, Dr. Meredith Gray.
Mike and Ike
Mike and Ike is a fruit-flavored candy in cherry, lemon, lime, orange and strawberry flavors. There are several theories, but no one seems to know the origin of the name.
Mr. Burns and Smithers
On television’s The Simpsons, Charles Montgomery Burns (Mr. Burns) is the evil and greedy owner of the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant. Waylon Joseph Smithers Jr. (Smithers) is his over-devoted executive assistant.
Mutt and Jeff
When someone describes a couple of people as Mutt and Jeff, the image that comes to mind is a very tall person and a very short person. Mutt and Jeff were characters in the first daily comic strip published from 1907 to 1983.
Orville and Wilbur
Brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright are aviation pioneers who took flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, more than 100 years ago.
Penn & Teller
Penn Jillette and Teller are magicians who enjoy mixing comedy and magic. In their act, Penn does all the talking while Teller communicates through mime.
Pooh and Tigger
The fictional teddy bear, Winnie the Pooh, is the 1920 creation of author A.A. Milne and an unending pot of honey for The Walt Disney Company. Pooh’s friend is Tigger – a fictional character like a tiger – but one that bounces its way around the Hundred Acre Wood.
Pumbaa and Timon
Two more modern and hilarious Disney characters are Pumbaa and Timon. Pumbaa, a warthog, and Timon, a meerkat, rescue Simba, the future Lion King, and teach him their philosophy of Hakuna Matata – no worries.
R2D2 and C3PO
Droids R2D2 and C3PO are sometimes heroes and sometimes robotic versions of Laurel and Hardy in the nine-part Star Wars movie series.
Ren and Stimpy
The 1990s cartoon cult classic Ren and Stimpy follows a sociopathic chihuahua, Ren, and his dimwitted cat friend, Stimpy. Unlike other early Nickelodeon shows, Ren and Stimpy is filled with adult humor and sexual innuendos.
Rocky and Bullwinkle
Like Beany and Cecil, both children and adults love The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show with its fantastic mixture of puns and cultural satire. The 1960s cartoon show featured Rocket J. “Rocky” Squirrel and Bullwinkle J. Moose as they outwitted Cold War spies Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale. Other segments include Dudley Do-Right, Peabody’s Improbable History and Fractured Fairy Tales.
Rogers and Hammerstein
Without composer Richard Rogers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein, there would be no Carousel, Oklahoma, South Pacific, The King and I or The Sound of Music. While uplifting, their works addressed some serious issues such as domestic violence, racism and fascism.
Romulus and Remus
According to Roman mythology, Romulus and Remus are twin brothers. Their story is the basis for the founding of Rome.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are childhood friends of the Danish prince in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet. When they visit Hamlet at the request of King Claudius, Hamlet sees through their ploy.
Sam and Dean
Sam and Dean Winchester are brothers and the protagonists on television’s Supernatural. As the older brother, Dean is Sam’s protector.
Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo
Cartoon ‘fraidy dog Scooby Doo teams up with his fearless and somewhat annoying nephew, Scrappy-Doo, in the fourth incarnation of the Hanna-Barbera Saturday morning cartoon.
Shaggy and Scooby-Doo
Shaggy is Scooby-Doo’s human. Scooby and Shaggy are constantly on the search for Scooby snacks as they solve mysteries with their other teenage friends, Fred, Daphne and Velma.
Sheldon and Leonard
Sheldon Cooper and Leonard Hofstadter are roommates and best friends on The Big Bang Theory. Their names, Sheldon and Leonard, pay tribute to actor and producer Sheldon Leonard.
Siegfried and Roy
The late magicians Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn entertained audiences with white tigers and lions in Las Vegas until a tiger attacked Roy.
Simon and Garfunkel
Childhood friends Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel could make incredible music together as a 1960s folk-rock duo. Their biggest hits: The Sound of Silence, Mrs. Robinson and Bridge over Troubled Water. Their relationship soured in the 1970s.
Siskel and Ebert
For a movie, a thumbs up from the late movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert meant success, but a thumbs down meant disaster.
Smith and Wesson
Smith and Wesson is an American gun and ammo maker founded by Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson in 1856.
Spanky and Alfalfa
The late George McFarland portrays Spanky in the Our Gang/Little Rascals movie shorts. The late Carl Dean Switzer is Alfalfa, the little boy with the terrible cowlick.
Starsky and Hutch
Detectives Dave Starsky and Ken Hutchinson team up in the popular 1970s cop buddy show, Starsky and Hutch. The show made Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky) and David Soul (Hutch) stars.
Stewie and Brian
On the animated Family Guy, Stewie is a talking baby with the sociopathic personality of an arch villain. His best buddy is the talking family dog, Brian.
Tango and Cash
Rival Los Angeles Police Narcotics Detectives Raymond Tango and Gabriel Cash are forced to work together when they are framed for murder. The buddy cop action stars Sylvester Stallone as Tango and Kurt Russell as Cash.
Thor and Loki
Thor and Loki are royal brothers from the planet Asgard in the Marvel Universe. Thor is heroic, and Loki is cunning.
Tom and Jerry
The cartoon cat, Tom, and mouse, Jerry, have been around since the 1940s. They continually try to best each other, frequently in a very violent manner.

Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn (See Huck and Tom)

Tommy and Chuckie
Diaper-wearing Tommy Pickles and toddler Chuckie Finster are best friends on The Rugrats cartoon.
Wallace and Gromit
In the delightful Claymation movies, Wallace is an eccentric inventor, and Gromit is his faithful dog, who frequently helps Wallace out of predicaments.
Wayne and Garth
Saturday Night Live series of sketches lead to two Wayne’s World movies featuring Mike Meyers as Wayne and Dana Carvey as his best friend Garth. Meyers and Carvey are perfect as metal head teenagers who produce and star in a public access program from Wayne’s basement in Aurora, IL.
William and Harry
William, the Duke of Cambridge, and Harry, the Duke of Sussex, are the British Royal Princes. They are the sons of Charles, Prince of Wales, and the late Diana Spencer, the Princess of Wales.
Yogi and Boo-Boo
Cartoon bears Yogi Bear and Boo-Boo Bear live in Jellystone Park. They try to avoid Ranger Smith as they steal picnic baskets from unsuspecting tourists.