Aptonym Alert

We’ve blogged in the past about aptonyms — names that fit the people who own them, like a magazine fact-checker named Paige Worthy — and we’ve even held an aptonym contest.

So we would have been delinquent to not make note of a byline in a special section of yesterday’s Times called “The Business of Green,” whose lead article, “Millions of Jobs of a Different Collar,” about the burgeoning “environmental work force,” was written by none other than Steven Greenhouse.


The Doctor who performed my Vasectomy was called Dr. Fuks.

I've linked to his surgery as no-one ever believes this


As a child, my pediatrician was named Dr. Needleman. It was frightening!

Wicked Keemo

My gay lecturer was called Richard(Dick) Rider :D


And who can forget the most aptly named bishop in the Catholic Church. (Jaime) Cardinal Sin, Archbishop of the Philippines once.


My high-school drama instructor was Ms. Miskew.


The president of PEN is Francine Prose

Rank Merida

Here in Cebu, Philippines the biggest chain of jewelry shops is owned by the Lhuillier family.


In some parts of India, families usually stick to the family trade or business. thus the family name reflects the family profession..Family names like "motorwala" for mechanics, "office" for secretaries are some examples. obviously i have mentioned only the ones that can be understood in English, there are lots more in the local languages.
and yea, how come no one mentioned William Wordsworth-the poet
by the way, is the spelling aptronym or aptonym?


Amy Freeze is a meteorologist here in Chicago.


My childhood featured visits to Dr. Payne, my pediatrician.

Joe Arron

Academic physicians take the aptonym cake. There was a pain specialist at Sloan-Kettering named Richard Payne and another one at NY hospital named Paul Heerdt (pronounced "hurt"). A urologist at NY hospital is Dix Poppas. There's a gastroenterologist at UCSF called Dr. Turdiman. Two vascular surgeons (who may have missed their calling): Harry Bush and Fred Beavers.


I've met an English teacher named Mr. English. His students always got confused when their program cards said English with English.


You think any of these people change their name to that it would be an aptonym? It seems unlikely that there could be so many coincidences such as all those listed above.


There is a dentist here named Dr. Pullen.


This HR person at a university I was related to was called C. Rapp. For obvious reasons, that person rejected the standard rule for assignment of email addresses, which was using the first letter of the name, plus the last name (crapp@...). Given the person's usual bad mood, other people used it anyways.


In Hagerstown Maryland, I personally know a Urologist named Dr. Hackett and a orthodontist named Dr. Toothman


One of the pioneers in artificial reproduction technologies was Dr. Richard Seed...don't know if he goes by Dick, though.


Pottery class in my brother's high school was Mr. Potts. And an optomitrist in our city was Dr. Wink.

william fontaine de la tour dauterive

In the math dept at U of Toronto there is a Prof. Brainerd; there was also a Prof. Chalk, but he passed away in 2005.


A local WI tbusiness was featured on the Tonight Show when Johnny Carson still hosted: Dull and Scary Funeral Home.