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Weird last names

cookster 25 Jun 07 - 09:35 PM
Don Firth 25 Jun 07 - 09:40 PM
Malcolm Douglas 25 Jun 07 - 09:48 PM
cookster 25 Jun 07 - 11:34 PM
JennyO 26 Jun 07 - 12:12 AM
Georgiansilver 26 Jun 07 - 02:43 AM
Liz the Squeak 26 Jun 07 - 03:28 AM
The Walrus 26 Jun 07 - 03:48 AM
goatfell 26 Jun 07 - 04:10 AM
Dave Hanson 26 Jun 07 - 04:29 AM
ranger1 26 Jun 07 - 09:33 AM
Becca72 26 Jun 07 - 09:43 AM
dwditty 26 Jun 07 - 09:45 AM
Mickey191 26 Jun 07 - 10:04 AM
Scoville 26 Jun 07 - 10:06 AM
Dave the Gnome 26 Jun 07 - 10:11 AM
Mrrzy 26 Jun 07 - 10:13 AM
Dave Hanson 26 Jun 07 - 10:34 AM
The PA 26 Jun 07 - 10:35 AM
GUEST,Bruce Michael Baillie 26 Jun 07 - 10:56 AM
mack/misophist 26 Jun 07 - 10:58 AM
Bill D 26 Jun 07 - 11:37 AM
HouseCat 26 Jun 07 - 11:48 AM
Don Firth 26 Jun 07 - 12:37 PM
Jerry Rasmussen 26 Jun 07 - 01:22 PM
Bert 26 Jun 07 - 02:04 PM
Ythanside 26 Jun 07 - 02:06 PM
Bill D 26 Jun 07 - 02:54 PM
Don Firth 26 Jun 07 - 03:57 PM
Becca72 26 Jun 07 - 04:37 PM
Mickey191 26 Jun 07 - 04:48 PM
Liz the Squeak 26 Jun 07 - 06:30 PM
Steve Shaw 26 Jun 07 - 06:37 PM
Liz the Squeak 26 Jun 07 - 06:39 PM
GRex 26 Jun 07 - 06:56 PM
Becca72 26 Jun 07 - 07:02 PM
bubblyrat 26 Jun 07 - 07:21 PM
John Hardly 26 Jun 07 - 08:14 PM
Sorcha 26 Jun 07 - 08:16 PM
bubblyrat 26 Jun 07 - 08:25 PM
JennyO 26 Jun 07 - 11:54 PM
Michael 27 Jun 07 - 02:28 AM
Naemanson 27 Jun 07 - 03:07 AM
Michael 27 Jun 07 - 04:39 AM
bubblyrat 27 Jun 07 - 05:12 AM
JennyO 27 Jun 07 - 05:57 AM
Dave Hanson 27 Jun 07 - 07:00 AM
Mickey191 27 Jun 07 - 08:45 AM
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Subject: Weird last names
From: cookster
Date: 25 Jun 07 - 09:35 PM

My mom knew a family who's last name was Lear. When they had their daughter,they thought it would be a hoot to name their daughter Chanda.Her name is Chanda Lear.


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Don Firth
Date: 25 Jun 07 - 09:40 PM

I knew a couple who were going to name their new-born baby girl "Claire Annette."

Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 25 Jun 07 - 09:48 PM

See also thread ISA SAVAGE (2001). My post back then trumps 'cookster's'; so there.


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: cookster
Date: 25 Jun 07 - 11:34 PM

Fonda Dix.


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: JennyO
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 12:12 AM

I had a teacher by the name of Merry (short for Meredith) Chrismas (without a t). What could her parents have been thinking!


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 02:43 AM

Went to school with a guy called Eli Mann.......when he became a transvestite he renamed himself Eliza Mann (Eli's a man)


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 03:28 AM

Looking through old church records throws up some amazing ones... especially the Victorian fad for giving children obscure Old Testament names... How would you like to be called 'Hepzibah'?

I did like Hester, who married her sweetheart Eli Pester, making her Hester Pester.

Then there was the delightful Sunecai Genteelai whose parents were William and Jane.

The Reverend Goforth did a lot of good works in Dorset in the 1860's... especially baptisms.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: The Walrus
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 03:48 AM

"...My mom knew a family who's last name was Lear. When they had their daughter,they thought it would be a hoot to name their daughter Chanda.Her name is Chanda Lear... "
They could have called her "Goneril", "Regan" or "Cordelia" - not funny, just a Shakespearian reference.

I knew a couple called 'Palliss' who seriously considered calling their daughter "Crystal" (The reference probably means more to Brits than Americans).

It's not just a matter of names, initials can be a problem.
As an Army cadet, we had an RSM called Frank Kick, there was some amusement when we saw, on 'orders', that his middle iniial was "T" (F.T. Kick)
Also. As a child, I lived in a fairly 'tight' community, although part of London, everyone seemed to be linked by a web of family relationships. A few doors away from us lived my cousin's great-uncle and aunt* and her, an old couple known to most of the kids as "Uncle Bob and Auntie Ginger**".
The unfortunate part was that 'Uncle Bob" (born in a more innocent age, no doubt) was christened "Robert", no problem, except that his surname was 'Sole".

As for me, well, I got my initials before 'hole in the wall machines', but, my initials are ATM and yes, I do get the odd money-machine comment (I'm still yet to hear one that makes me laugh).

Walrus.


* The aunt of my Mother's Brother's wife
** I don't think I ever knew her real name, she was always 'Ginger'


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: goatfell
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 04:10 AM

I feel sorry for the children now because of their stupid parents giving them really daft names, so that when they go to school they will get bullied because of their names.

I mean how would they feel being called Apple I mean they are human beings not bloody fruit or vegetables are they.

I mean what happened to the Tom's, the William's and the James, and other proper names intead of these daft bloody names.


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 04:29 AM

I once worked with a young man called Richard Head, he didn't like being called ' Dick '

eric


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: ranger1
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 09:33 AM

My sister used to go to a dentist named Dr. Toothaker.


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Becca72
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 09:43 AM

There was a neighbor on the street I grew up on called Dick Small.

Also, I went to school with a girl called Iva Head. All the boys used to call her "gimme".


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: dwditty
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 09:45 AM

My daughter has a classmate named Harry Bahls....believe it or not, it is actually Harry Bahls, Jr. Man, Sr. should be arrested for child abuse.

dw


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Mickey191
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 10:04 AM

A neighbor last name is Byrd. Her first: Jale

How stupid is that?

A local's last name: Oxhandler.


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Scoville
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 10:06 AM

Ima Hogg (daughter of an early Texas governor). No kidding. Know affectionately as Miss Ima. Contrary to legend, she did not have a sister named Ura.


I had a great-great-something grandmother named Mrs. Grace. First name Grace. They called her "Gracie".

I also had an Uncle Bigelow who married a woman with a "normal" name who happened to be very short, thus they were Uncle Big and Aunt Tiny.


Had a client once named Cinnamon Barley. I thought it was the dog's name but one of the other vet techs knew her personally (as a friend) and it turns out, it was the owner's name.


And a Dr. Eaton runs a weight-loss clinic up the road from my house.


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 10:11 AM

I was a Polakow - In 1960-odd my parents changed it by deed poll. Could have been Polson or Poldark but 'Shaw' seemed much more good Lancashire name hence my moniker:-) We are the only ones in England so you don't get much odder. There are some unrelated ones on the US. I have emailed a couple but never had a response.

Cheers

dave


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Mrrzy
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 10:13 AM

In French school, there was a kid named Duri (du riz = some rice). All the kids called him Oncle Ben's (Uncle Ben's). It had to be explained to me, even though I was the American, because we'd never had Uncle Ben's rice...


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 10:34 AM

I also used to know a local amateur footballer called Fred Hough, once when a referee asked for his name he replied F. Hough, so the ref sent him off.

This is true.

eric


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: The PA
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 10:35 AM

I had a teacher named Agatha Sidebottom !


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: GUEST,Bruce Michael Baillie
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 10:56 AM

...My Fathers Grandmother was called Fanny Papps!


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: mack/misophist
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 10:58 AM

Boston's Old North Churchyard is said to contain the grave of John Praisegod Smallbehinds.


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Bill D
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 11:37 AM

Fredrick G. Wolfschegelsteinhausenbergerdorf

used to be the longest name in the NYC phone book.


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: HouseCat
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 11:48 AM

I know a guy named Boozer Down III. He has a bad attitude, wonder why? Imagine going through school with that name? Same for another fellow called Hensucker. Mad at the world.


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Don Firth
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 12:37 PM

I recall reading an article some years back on unusual names. That was where I first heard that there was a lady named Ima Hogg living somewhere in the Southwest.

But my favorite among those mentioned in the article was Clarence Clapsaddle.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 01:22 PM

A few come to mind. There is a very successful writer of Children's books named Wanda Gag. No thanks, if it's all the same to you. There was a family named Katz in my home town who named their two kids Tom and Kitty. Eccchhh!

As for weird last names (coupled with an unusual first one) my favorite was a kid I knew in college named Romer Klebesaddle.

Jerry Rasmussen(not a weird last name... honest..)


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Bert
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 02:04 PM

I used to work with a guy named Grocock.


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Ythanside
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 02:06 PM

Knew a guy once whose name was Seymour Waterfall.


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Bill D
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 02:54 PM

Two girls in a class I taught as a graduate student many years ago were: Linda Samples and Kathy Beaver...they were friends and sat together. I wish I'd dared to ask them how many bad jokes they had to field.


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Don Firth
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 03:57 PM

In the very long-running comic strip Gasoline Alley, Skeezix Wallet and his wife, Nina (whose full maiden name, by the way, was "Nina Clock") had a baby. Picking out names for the new little boy, they came with "Michael Thomas." Walt Wallet, Skeezix's adoptive father, came up with the suggestion that they might want to rethink that.

"Look at the initials he'll have," said Walt. "M. T. Wallet!"

A cautionary tale for all new parents!

Don Firth

P. S. I recall a news story some years ago about an overly sports-minded couple who were avid fans of the Arkansas Razorbacks. They named their firstborn son "Ray Zorback."

Too damned bad we don't do public floggings anymore!


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Becca72
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 04:37 PM

BillD reminded me of a girl I went to school with called April Beaver..

And Don, my name is Rebecca Ellen Morse...or R.E.Morse I like to use it when addressing mail. hehe


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Mickey191
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 04:48 PM

Bill D. had a good thought about ambiguous names that might cause confusion as to the owner's sex. Here at Mudcat I've been referred to as a male. I've been Mickey since age 2-alot better then Margaret Mary.

Course a Gwendolyn Or Jonathon might never be confusing- Though I have heard of two Females named Michael.

I always think of my wonderful gay cousin, Richard,
when I see a post by "Countess Richard." (Nothing bad intended) My cuz does have a very long boa!

Mickey191-F.


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 06:30 PM

I know a tax inspector called Battcock... a dentist named I Savage, there's a Doctor Lazarus just up the road and I once went out with an Andrew Simon Smith. He never used his initials.

LTS


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 06:37 PM

I was a teacher in London for 13 years. In that time I taught Jean Shrimpton, Teresa Green and Terri Bull. I hope none of those fine young ladies is reading this!


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 06:39 PM

Limpit was very nearly Phoebe Olivia but that would have made her initials POD. Now I just hope she doesn't marry anyone whose surname begins with S or T... her initials are PM....

LTS


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: GRex
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 06:56 PM

My father's christian names were John Wiliam, he was known as John Willie.

Had a customer named Pine-Coffin, she was proud of her name.

In a hospital waiting room today,saw a surgeon Doctor Hakit listed.


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Becca72
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 07:02 PM

My biology teacher in high school was Mr. Blood


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: bubblyrat
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 07:21 PM

A retired British diplomat has published a book of names of real people that he encountered on his travels. My favourite is the West Indian shipping-clerk called Euclides Von Pussberger De Jesus Maisonette   !!!


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: John Hardly
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 08:14 PM

An older friend of the family is named Rosie Dick.

What could be more embarrassing to a pastor (my brother-in-law) than having to introduce the visiting family friend, Rosie, to his congregation?

...adding insult to injury by introducing her as "Rosie Peters".


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Sorcha
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 08:16 PM

The Chanda Lear thing is true. I went to school with her. The poppa was the Lear Jet magnate. Wichita, Kansas.


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: bubblyrat
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 08:25 PM

My mother was going to call my sister Amanda-Lynne at one point !! ( Really !! )


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: JennyO
Date: 26 Jun 07 - 11:54 PM

There used to be a doctor on the Central Coast here called Dr Fee. It was mentioned in the local paper at the time when a new system of payments at doctors' surgeries was just being brought in. There was supposed to be a basic payment known as the "common fee", so they asked if Dr Fee was one of the common Fees.

A few years ago I went to a dentist at Chatswood - his name was Dr Pang.

I didn't much like my initials when I was a kid - JOR. At least it was before the days of all the shark movies.


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Michael
Date: 27 Jun 07 - 02:28 AM

I had a great(in many ways)aunt called Ida who married a Mr Down, so I suppose they were always warm in bed.

Mike


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Naemanson
Date: 27 Jun 07 - 03:07 AM

In Bath, Maine, you can go to a Doctor Toothaker if she's still there. However, she's a podiatrist....


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Michael
Date: 27 Jun 07 - 04:39 AM

And as I'm sure I've posted somewhere before: In Hull UK there was a Funeral Director called Boddy's (Now T Annison and R Boddy - Mr Annison is getting posessive)

Mike


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: bubblyrat
Date: 27 Jun 07 - 05:12 AM

And as I too ,have posted before :- One of the top-scoring American fighter "aces" in the Korean War was Everet J. Raspberry, Jr. He was no fool, though !!


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: JennyO
Date: 27 Jun 07 - 05:57 AM

Then in Ireland, in Sligo, there's the old firm of solicitors - Argue and Phibbs .


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 27 Jun 07 - 07:00 AM

Two well known rugby player: Englands Danny Grewcock, and the great French player Condom [ forgot his first name ]

eric


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Mickey191
Date: 27 Jun 07 - 08:45 AM

Chiropractor near me: Dr. Strange


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: GUEST,ruler
Date: 27 Jun 07 - 08:51 AM

On the subject of solicitors there's always "Wright Hassall"

click here

Steve

link fixed by
el joe clone


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Subject: RE: Weird last names
From: Dave Hanson
Date: 27 Jun 07 - 10:41 AM

Who can forget that wnderful scene in the film Porkys where they get the waitress to call out ' has anyone seen Mike Hunt '

eric


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