The names "Joe Bloggs
" and "Fred Bloggs
" are a commonly used placeholder name
in United Kingdom teaching
, and other thinking
. The surname Bloggs
on its own is sometimes used in the same way. Fred
alone can be a programming placeholder - note that its letters are close together on the standard QWERTY
keyboard. Other placeholders (eg in advertisements for store cards/credit cards) sometimes used are Mr/Mrs A Smith or A. N. Other
Equivalent American usages to Joe or Fred Bloggs include John Doe, John Q. Public and Joe Schmoe. In Germany Erika Mustermann and Otto Normalverbraucher are used.
In 1985, Shami Ahmed started a clothing company called "The Legendary Joe Bloggs Clothing Company".
- In The Princeton Review standardized test preparation courses, "Joe Bloggs" represents the average test-taker, and students are trained to identify the "Joe Bloggs answer", or the choice which seems right but may be misleading on harder questions.
- In an episode of the TV series Firefly "Joey Bloggs" is the name of a man Malcolm Reynolds uses as part of a cover story, only to find out Joey Bloggs is Miss Khouris' best friend and killed himself several months earlier. The show's Anglophile creator Joss Whedon possibly included it as a joke.