This Week in Aptonyms

In keeping with our aptonym tradition, a bunch of helpful readers have sent in good examples of people whose last names go well with their professions. To wit:

From a reader named James:

Apparently, the city of Boston has a tree inspector named Leif Fixen. (Also, the photo credit on that story goes to a guy named Kamerman.)

From our friend Rafe Furst comes this example:

Reading this article, I did a double take when I got here: “But slick PR and lobbying aren’t as important to the horse racing industry’s success on Capitol Hill as its longstanding ties with politicians from horse racing and agricultural states, said Keith Furlong, deputy director of the Interactive Gaming Council …”

Here’s what a reader named Andrew Henderson sent in:

Who better to speak for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety? None other than Russ Radar.

Here’s one from a reader named Karthik:

I found this name to be so perfect that I had to send it: ” …said Mark Shuttleworth, who leads distribution of the Ubuntu operating system (OS). … He is also well-known for being the second-ever, self-funded space tourist, traveling to the International Space Station aboard the Soyuz spacecraft in 2002.”

Sitar Teli of London sent this aptonym:

The relevant paragraph is the 5th one down: “Cost per employee? San Jose-based caterer Abe Caterman (really!) guesses it would cost Google about $15 per day, per employee, for breakfast and lunch. But Prentiss Hall, a helpful exec at Aramark Business Dining Services, thinks Google could be spending closer to $30 a day, based on the quality and level of service the company provides.”

And last but, during this exciting election season, very much not least, comes a contribution from a reader named Eric:

I found this amusing, thought you might. Premier Election Solutions, Inc. is a wholly owned operating subsidiary of Diebold and provides electronic voting solutions. Their spokesperson/media contact? Chris Riggall.

Thanks to James, Rafe, Karthik, Andrew, Sitar, and Eric for their sharp eyes. Keep them coming.


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  1. John Co says:

    My colleague, Dr. Drew Tuckman in New Jersey is…..right!!! a cosmetic surgeon.

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  2. JW says:

    There’s a gynecologist in Fairfax, Virginia named Harry Beaver.

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  3. Patrick Walker says:

    Knew a bartender in southern Louisiana named Randy Champagne. We teased him that he had a great porn name, and even invented an imaginary costar, Frisky Spumanti.

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  4. Joe Bloggs says:

    EDS just recently hired a new Information Security Manager named Mike Breach

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  5. DJH says:

    I recently came across a Web developer who’s last name is Link.

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  6. SB says:

    Herb Orange is a horticulture professor at our local community college.

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  7. JC says:

    When I was growing up, my dentist was named Dr. Smiley.

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  8. Gerrit says:

    There’s a gynecologist in Kenora, ON named Dr. Spread.

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