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.


Not only is Keith Furlong's name interesting; so's his quoted statement. "... PR and lobbying aren't as its longstanding ties with politicians..." A fine distinction, that.

George W

There is a dentist in Colchester, CT. named Dr. Brian Hurt. You can't make this stuff up.


There is a dentist in Ann Arbor, MI named Dr. Fear. And there is a Texas Ranger named "Clete Buckaloo."


Not quite the same, but in Junior High the girls gym teacher was Mrs. Bush and the boys was Mrs. Dick.


The minister who presided over my grandfather's funeral in Sydney, Australia was named Rev. Deth.


Oh, and I used to work with a lawyer who specialized in defending against sex discrimination named Al Feliu. He had an associate for awhile named Liz Fealey. And we had a summer law clerk -- who unfortunately never worked with them -- named Les Kiss.

I could picture the deposition of the complainant:

Al: (Extending hand to shake) "Good afternoon, Ms. Jones, Al Feliu."

Les: (Likewise) "Les Kiss."

Ms. Jones: "Not again!"


Two brothers in Adelaide, Australia who are chiropracters, and share the name Dr Supple.


I knew two dentists in Omaha, brothers, named Fangman.


Orthopedic surgeon in Madison, WI named Dr. Bonebreak (maybe Bonebrake).


I always thought Dr. Trent Rencher, orthodontist in Poulsbo, WA was aptly named.


There is a real estate broker in Massachusetts named Enida Broka (


All good. And there's a podiatrist in DC named Dr. Korn and a psychiatrist named Dr. Kafka!

But the best ever aptonym may be that shared by Birdie Jo and Becky Hoaks:


There's Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder. If only he were better defensively...


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


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

Joe Bloggs

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


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


If only dick Dick Butkus had been a lobbyist.


Larry Sprinkle – TV weatherman in Charlotte NC


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