Wednesday, February 11, 2009

What's In a Name?

When my grandmother was alive, she kept lists of funny or unusual names that she heard. She regularly read the paper, and would jot down names as she read. My mother gave me her notebooks of lists, and I have been typing them up to be able to share with family members. Here are some of the funny ones that I have found:


Forest Hunter
Farmer Johns
Bill Fails
Golden Steele
Rod Hammer
Harry Clay
Neil Offen
Lester Jester
Arie Crack
Thankful Knight
Thomas Thomas
Earnest Blessing
Chase Shurtz
Hawk Kitty
Harry Hair
Dusty Rhoads


Penny Paycheck
Lota Crabtree
Crystal Ball
Shy Love
Ima Pearl Crook
Roda Crow
There were twins born to a Governor of Texas. He named them Ima Hogg and Ura Hogg

Annie Sharp Married a man surnamed Little. She became Annie Sharp Little. He died, so she married a man surnamed Thorn. She became Annie Sharp Little Thorn.

Martha Long married a Peck--now she is Martha Long Peck

Nellie Bitebellie married a man with a surname Policeman---Now she is Nellie Bitebellie Policeman

Carolyn Bellows married a man surnamed she is Carolyn Bellows Lowder.

Sanna Jane Black married Tom Bird. Now she is Sanna Jane Black Bird

Jean Irene Beanie from England married Ron Green. Now she is Jean Irene Beanie Green

Zelma Robb married a Glass. Now she is Zelma Robb Glass

LaRue Carry married a Wood. Now she is LaRue Carry Wood

Robin married a call, now she is Robin Call

Dianne Allred married a she is Dianne Allred Black

Maude Beggs married a man named Maude Beggs Story

I'll write more if I run across some more good ones in her books. :)


Erin said...

I think naming your child Ima is just plain rude anyway. But when it's paired with Crook or Hogg you're asking for rebellion!

Lindsay-Weaver said...

Some of names we run across doing title work are interesting. It's funny when girls marry into a funny name. You know, like Karen Karren or Sunny Winter. :)

Ramana Rajgopaul said...

This is simply fantastic! It is a pity that I cannot share with you some hilarious Indian names with which children have been saddled and subject to a great deal of teasing. One of the easier ones, though slightly naughty is a boy named Fazal Haque. You can imagine what he would be called by his boisterous class mates.

Ramana Rajgopaul said...

I just came across another risque one. Can you imagine some one living with a name like that?

Nene said...

I think what you name your child can affect them to some degree. I heard of a woman in Utah that named her sons Laman and Lemuel. What was she thinking? Anyone non-Mormon it would be okay. Can you imagine those boys growing up and learning about Laman and Lemuel in the Book of Mormon and wondering why their mother named them that?

Valorosa said...

Cool LOL