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People that have apt names

  1. Oct 30, 2012 #1

    jtbell

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    You probably know someone who has a name that's especially pertinent to his/her profession. For example, Charlotte NC has a TV weatherman named Larry Sprinkle. Here's one that I found just now when visiting my investment company's web site.
     

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    Evo

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    Lol.
     
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    Usain Bolt
     
  5. Oct 30, 2012 #4

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    A couple of names from Norway:

    For many years, the executive director at the light bulb factory OSRAM was Mr. Lampe (and yes, "Lampe" is "Lamp"..

    We also had in Oslo, a dentist with the name Røskeland (the verb "røske" means to "pull forcefully"...
     
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    For a short amount of time I lived in Fayetteville, NC, and somewhere along the road to the airport at Raleigh was a sign on the side of a building that read

    "Robert A. Buzzard, Attorney at Law"

    I don't know if it was a joke or not.
     
  7. Oct 30, 2012 #6

    Ben Niehoff

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    Apparently it wasn't a joke!

    http://www.bainlawyers.com/attorney-profiles/robert-a-buzzard [Broken]
     
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  8. Oct 30, 2012 #7

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    The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales is Mr Judge. (Well, actually he's now Lord Judge, but he was born plain Mr.)

    There is a plant breeder and nurseryman in the UK called Alan Bloom. And his wife is Flora Bloom. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Bloom
     
  9. Oct 31, 2012 #8
    In the town where I grew up there was a dentist named Dr. Comfort.
     
  10. Oct 31, 2012 #9

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    Names can be apt or "anti-apt". The latter occurs when the name, taken literally, embodies a concept that runs counter to the personality.

    I always thought the most awesome example of an anti-apt name was "Cardinal Sin". The late Filipino Archbishop, that is.

    Then there are people like Scott Speed, the American racing driver. I guess he raced in F1, making his name sorta apt. But he wasn't quite fast enough to last.

    I have a friend and former med school classmate who's named Doctor, and who's a doctor. So she's Doctor Doctor, sort of like Major Major (Major Major) in Catch 22. But there's a story behind her curious name - her grandfather (or great grandfather, I forget which) saved a lot of people in his native village by instituting clever public health measures against cholera. So his family got the honorary appellation "Doctor", and the name stuck through the generations. I guess the prod of tradition was strong enough for her to pursue a medical career as well. Hence, not really accidental in this case.
     
  11. Oct 31, 2012 #10

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    What about Endurance Abinuwa and Endurance Ojokolo?
     
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    Don't forget Albert Einstein who actually turned out to be a genius.
     
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    Dick Cheney, Dick Army, Dick Nixon
     
  14. Oct 31, 2012 #13

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    :biggrin:

    My dentist's first name is Dennis.
     
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    Postman Pat and Dennis the Dentist. Yup, sounds right..
     
  16. Oct 31, 2012 #15

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    Here's a fictional character: on the old Mary Tyler Moore TV show (I think it was on that show, anyway), there was a guy who did TV reports about gardening: Pete Moss the Plant Man.

    There used to be a woman in my church named Fern Moss, but I don't think she had a job related to her name.
     
  17. Oct 31, 2012 #16
    There was a weatherman in Los Angeles named Dallas Raines several years ago. Don't know if he's still around.
     
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    jtbell

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    I hope he pronounces his name "Boo-ZARD".
     
  20. Oct 31, 2012 #19

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    The Feedback column in the back of the New Scientist had a long-running thread on this. They christened the phenomenon "Nominative Determinism".
     
  21. Oct 31, 2012 #20

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