Is It Time to Start a Strange Name Hall of Fame?

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We should probably start a Strange Name Hall of Fame at some point to chronicle all the weird, wonderful, terrible names that readers have passed along to us since we first wrote about names in Freakonomics. This one, from Joyce Wilson, would probably make the cut:

I thought of Freakonomics when I was at a St. Louis area grocery store and saw cut-out paper snowflakes taped to the window with the makers’ names on them.  The name I particularly noticed?  Demonica.

Levitt’s reply when he saw this e-mail: “Perhaps the little girl’s mother is just a heavy metal fan.”


RogerP

Private Eye once featured a photograph in its I Spy section of a firm of attorneys called Argue & Phibbs

garrilla

My favourite name is 'Peripherique' - which is French for 'ring road' (UK) or 'beltway' (US).

It has some legal standing in France, I recall that the French had an official register of names and the couple who 'named' their Parisienne inner-ring-road had to go to court. They were immigrants. I couldn't find a reference to this on the wonderweb, but I recall reading about it in the UK 'The Guardian' paper perhaps 15 years ago.

Garry Haywood (@_garrilla)

by the way, I only raised the issue of them being immigrants as its an interesting juxtapostion: that it is immigrants of challenge the rules and conventions of naming. And not for any other reason.

Charles Barbour

My favorite recent one:

Y'All Jealous Jones.

Jeff #3

I work at an insurance company and see a goodly number of interesting names over the course of a day. My current favorite was a man with the first nameof 'Darth' (last has been forgotten) although his birthdate was in the mid-60s, so I don't know if that makes it better or worse.

Jim Reser

Maybe thirty years ago, a girl was born to a Navajo family in northwest New Mexico. They didn't have a name picked out yet, so the hospital staff inserted the word "Female" on the birth certificate. To this day, the girl's name is pronounced "Feh-Molly," and Mom never changed or challenged the hospital staff wisdom.

Adam Keeling

Something similar happened to a family in Virginia, only this time it was the parents who wrote in a name, but misspelled it.

They intended to name their son "Vernin" - why with an "i", I don't know. Only they spelled it "Vermin".

To compound this mistake, their last name is "Pest".

Ben Story

Unfortunately my wife has an entire family of kids in her school that all feature the word demon somewhere in their first name. Poor kids.

Blair

I keep a list of the ones I run into at work. There was a guy named "Chase Pester" and a woman named "Fanny Gravy," among others.

Larry Babb

Long ago, when my wife taught high school English, she had a succession of 3 brothers -- Huey, Dewey, Louie -- followed by the fourth after she left for another school -- Donald.

Joshua

Among my favorites is a friend's aunt named Mary-Chris Smith.

DaveyNC

Not his given name, but this is his legal name: Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/06/beezow-doo-doo-zopittybop_n_1190410.html

Jeez.

Chris

The Hall of Name already exists, courtesy of the Name of the Year competition: http://nameoftheyear.blogspot.com/

Google It

No discussion on this topic is complete without bringing up the Name Of The Year competition

http://nameoftheyear.blogspot.com/

Joe

Someone has beat you to it (it being an unusual name aggregator): http://nameoftheyear.blogspot.com has been compiling weird names since 1983, with a yearly competition (the 2009 winner was LSU football player Barkevious Mingo, who will be competing in the BCS bowl tonight!)

Jonathan

Sorry guys I have you all beat. This one came out this morning:
Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop

That is a man's legal name. He should be the first entrant, regardless of whether he changed his name or not.

(Source: http://madisonneareast.channel3000.com/news/crime/64043-man-bizarre-name-faces-weapon-drug-charges#.TwiboPsaGfc.facebook)

DaveyNC

Sorry, Jonathan, but I beat you to Mr. Zoppity-Bop-Bop by about an hour and a half. See above.

Bob Lewis

The "Name of the Year" blog has been doing a good job of tracking down (and validating) absurd names for almost 30 years: http://nameoftheyear.blogspot.com/

achilles3

Probably a nickname.
And a cool one at that!

erica

Maybe Demonica can hang out with Sindy, who was on Judge Judy several days ago.

Leah

I work with the state and you wouldn't believe some of the names I see here. Just to name a new lets start with Shavokva; twins-Gorgeous and Glamorous; twins-Pretty and Perfect; Tyronzia and my all time personal favorite Spiderman Garcia.

Rockman

I have an interesting story for some names in my country.

I'm from Chile, and one of the "big" cities is called Valparaiso. This is an international port, and back in the day many ships were from the US Navy.

The thing is that, as all sailors do, these guys went into town for a couple of days to have fun in the local scene. By that time (50 years ago or more), not many chilean people really spoke anything but spanish. So of course the girls in Valpo couldn't really communicate with these guys, but nothing stopped them from spraying a couple of Us dollars and have some fun. This left many girls pregnant from these sailors, that left the next week or so.

In Chile, back in the day, there was a tradition to name the kids after their father.

So the girls thought that the little tags they carried in their uniforms were their names. So, in Valparaiso, there are many folks named USNAVY and ILOVENY, just like their fathers.

This is a true story, and is well known in Chile. So those are my favorite names (that are pronounced differently in spanish haha).

LOL!

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mary

The name Mundungus Fletcher from the Harry Potter series is wonderful to me.