Very important Riverdale news: Jughead Jones isn't actually called Jughead Jones.

In case you’ve missed it, Riverdale is the teen drama currently melting TV screens across the world.

Based on the characters from the Archie Comics – that means Archie, Betty and Veronica are all there – the show is currently in its second season.

And while fans of the show have had many questions since the show first started airing in January – like, who tried to kill Archie’s dad? And why does Veronica insist on wearing her pearls in the shower? – there’s one that continues to persist:

Who the heck would name their kid Jughead?

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Surely no-one names their kid that... right? Image via The CW.

The character, played by Cole Sprouse, has fast become a fan favourite, but fans have always wondered just what was going through his parents' minds to give him a name like... that.


As it turns out, it's not actually his real name.... and it's all to do with his shady relationship with his dad.

According to an Archie Comics fanpage, Jug's real name is Forsythe Pendleton III. Hid dad (who goes by the name FP Jones) just so happens to be Forsythe Pendleton II.

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Considering FP is the leader of a gang of dangerous criminals called the Southside Serpents, it's only natural that Jug might want to distance himself from his own dad in the public eye.

It's a tactic also used by Jughead's little sister, Jellybean, whose real name is Forsythia.

We still have a lot of questions about what the heck is going on in Riverdale... but at least we can say this mystery has finally been solved.