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Unfortunate Yet Funny Children's Names

Unfortunate, Yet Funny Children's Names

Ima Hogg. (Fact is always stranger than fiction, she was the daughter of Texas Governor James, Steven Hogg.)

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Regrettable Names That Parents Gave Their Children

You may have to work on deciphering the problem with one or two of the names.  For instance Guy struggled with Dwayne Pipe until Will helped with with the unusual 'r' stress on the 'w'.  I will say no more in case I deprive you of pleasure from working out the meanings of these unfortunate, stupid and weird children's names for yourself.

Girls Names

Boys Names

 Either Gender

  • Robyn Banks
  • Emerald Stone
  • Teresa Green
  • Nora Bone
  • Dee Zaster
  • Rosie Peach
  • Ima Kettle
  • Rosemary Border
  • Hazel Nutt
  • Daisy Chain
  • Barbara Dwyer
    (Barb. D wyer)
  • Pearl E. Whites
  • Penny Wise
  • Annette Kirton
  • Shada Lear*
  • Pat May Weiner
  • Anne Ball
    (Shouted at football matches)
    Real name of Will's first girl friend (age 5)
  • Justin Case
  • Dan Druff
  • Seymour Legg
  • Sean Head
  • Tim Burr
  • Ash Hull
  • Phil Hole
  • Woody Bush
  • Owen Money
    (comedian)
  • Dwayne Pipe
  • Norman Knight
  • Doug Graves
  • Justin Tune
  • Lowden Clear
  • Maurice Minor
    (British car Morris Minor)
  • Bernd Onions
  • Artie Choke
  • Rick O'Shea
  • Ted E. Baer
    (Father of boxer Max)
  • Jay Bird
  • Sandy Shaw
  • Rusty Nails
  • Robin Plunder
  • Terri Bull
  • Shandy Lear
  • Chris Cross
  • Jo King
  • NoSmo King*
  • Lorry Truck or
    (Lori Truck)

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* Nosmo King was the stage name of the 1920's actor H Vernon Watson.

* Shanda Lear is the daughter of Bill Lear who invented the Lear Jet.

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Top 10 Funny Names

Will and Guy's Top Ten Funny, Silly and Downright Inconsiderate Names, this selection makes us laugh:

  1. Carrie Oakey - karaoke
  2. Terry Bill - Will's friend from Portchester, England
  3. Barb Dwyer - barbed wire
  4. Stan Still - stand still as in an Army Sergeant-Major: 'Stand still you 'orrible little man.'
  5. Annette Kirton - a net curtain
  6. Theresa Green or Brown
  7. Justin Case
  8. Norman Knight - a friend of Will and Guy's.
  9. Rick O'Shea - as in "ricochet" of a bullet
  10. Seymour Legg - see more leg...................
  11. Ray Gunn came very close to inclusion in this top ten - just Jo King.

A Brainy Family

Will's wife used to teach at a school in Surrey, England, where there was a family named, Brain.

The father was Ivor Brain and the children were - A. Brain and P. Brain. Go on - say the names out loud.

More Possibilities for Unfortunate and Weird Children's Names

Girls have an extra hazard, they could marry a man with a tricky surname.  For example, Annette Brown marries Joe Curtain (Kirton) and becomes A Net Curtain.  There was also Penny Farthing who married Mr Halfpenny.  Two farthings made one half penny in old English money.

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Ten More Silly, Funny Children's Names

  1. Simon Swindells
  2. Doug Hole
  3. Rose Bush
  4. Daisy Picking
  5. Pearl Button
  6. Penny Bunn
  7. Dawn Hobbs
  8. Anna Prentice
  9. Anna Sasin
  10. Priti Manek (There is always one combination that Guy does not get, Will says 'Guy, it's Pretty Manic')

Sent in by a reader who went to school with - Dinah Drain!

See more really funny surnames.

Weird Children's Names

There is a Zulu tradition to name children after events that occur near their birth - fair enough.  However, Will and Guy pity these poor children who have been given these unfortunate names following the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.  Coach Sibise, Stadium Gumbi, Tickets Ngubane, Kick-off Shabalala Red-card Mbatha and Park n Ride Khumalo.  We also wonder about the father of Offside Mchunu and the mother of Substitute Shandu.

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More Hoggs

In Houston, Texas, we had a lovely lady named Ima Hogg. One simply did not make fun of her name because she was very rich and very generous supporting worth-while causes as her father did. Rice University was one of her charities.

Of course, there were a few that said she had a sister named Bea Hogg. and A brother named Eura Hogg.

(Kindly sent in by Leigh Eaton)

Funny Names Survey - Results Revealed

The funniest names in Britain have been revealed in a new and recent study and include Terry Bull. Interestingly, Will and Guy have a friend, who lives in Portchester, named Terry Bill who has suffered all his life from Mickey taking.

A former Royal Air Force man, Stan Still, 76, was also named along with Barb Dwyer, Max Power, Justin Case, Mary Christmas and Paige Turner, we can report. Stan Still, from, Cirencester, Wiltshire, England commented, 'When I was in the RAF my commanding officer used to shout "Stan Still! Get a move on" and roll about laughing. It got hugely boring. My name has been a blooming millstone around my neck.'

The study also unveiled wacky names in the USA, including Carrie Oakey, Annette Curtain, a dentist called Les Plack and a doctor called Sumey.

A spokesman for the site which compiled the study, told us, 'Parents need to think carefully when choosing names for their children. What's quirky and fun for a toddler might be regretted when the person is older.'

Strange Decline of "Rude" British Surnames

Recent research carried out by Professor Richard Webber [King's College, London] has brought to light an interesting and puzzling conundrum say Will and Guy.

It has been noticed that many "old" British surnames have been disappearing in recent years; old names which have been used for generations are being lost. We think the reason maybe that in modern times people have become increasingly embarrassed to hold "funny" and unusual names that may make other people laugh.

Names like: Cock, Daft, Death, Smellie, Gotobed, Shufflebottom, Willy, Nutters, Piggs and Jelly have declined seriously in the past century or so. We imagine that these people have changed their names to something innocuous.

The 2008 population, when compared to that in 1881 [using Census figures], shows that the number of Cocks has shrunk by 75%, while the number of people called Balls or Daft has fallen by more than 50%.

Apparently, the fastest-growing surname in Britain is Zhang, which has grown from 123 in 1996 to 5,804 in 2008. It is closely followed by four other Chinese names: Wang, Yang, Huang and Lin; only after that do a couple of African names get a look in: Moyo and Dube.

Some things have not changed, however. In 1881 the most popular surnames were, in order, Smith, Jones, Williams, Brown, Taylor, Davies, Wilson, Evans and Thomas; those top nine names are still in the exactly the same order of popularity today.

 

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Very Unusual and Funny British Names Revealed Say Will and Guy

Shy, Unity and Bean are just some of the particularly unusual names British parents have given their children over the past 10 years, it's been revealed. The bizarre monikers emerged after researchers trawled through the millions of recorded names given to newborns since the year 2000.

Other off-beat names in the top 20 list include Zowie, Puppy and Ice. There are also a handful of unusual hippy-style names such as Stone, Gift, Heaven and Echo, while the fashion world might have inspired the names Denim, Diesel and Armani.

In what can be the only solace in having one of these odd names, at least you're less likely to meet too many people with the same name as them. That would just be embarrassing.

From the list we present to you our top 10 most curious, funny and strange names:

Guy's Top 10 Names
Rated For Strangeness

  1. Porsche
  2. D'Andre
  3. Zowie
  4. Denim
  5. Armani
  6. Rooney
  7. Bowie
  8. Cobain
  9. Stone
  10. Heaven

Will's Top 10 Funny Names
Rated For Curiosity

  1. Shy
  2. Unity
  3. Bean
  4. Puppy
  5. Ice
  6. Diesel
  7. Gift
  8. Victory
  9. Maroon
  10. Echo

A spokeswoman for Bounty.com, which conducted the study, told us, 'Our records have uncovered these unusual name choices of parents over the decade, illustrating the ever growing trend for wackier, celebrity-style names not previously heard of in Britain's playgrounds. It's great to see parents being creative and wanting their children to stand out from the crowd with more unusual names but there are a few names here that children may find hard to live up to.'

Will and Guy would certainly agree with the final sentiment.

Top 10 Funny Children's Names - Kindly Sent by June Faulding

  1. Ivor Temper
  2. Eva Sigh
  3. Andy Mann
  4. Sandy Shaw (1960's pop singer)
  5. Noel Singer
  6. Onya Bike
  7. Rocky Stone
  8. Dun Roaming
  9. Rhoda Rage [You have to say this one with an Italian accent!]
  10. Ross Tee

Funny Girls's Names with a Food Connotation

  • Sally Lunn [Bun from Bath, England]
  • Victoria Plum
  • Marj Oram
  • Justin Thyme
  • Honey Pye
  • Rosemary Plant
  • Marie Gold
  • Holly Bush

Then there was Mr and Mrs Brain, who had a pet rabbit called Hare.

Will and Guy's List of Strange, Unusual and Occasionally Funny Surnames:

  • Cock - denoted cockerel-like pride
  • Daft - this meant meek and mild natured in medieval times.
  • Death or De'Ath
  • Smellie - Will knew a Mr Smellie in his childhood. The man insisted on being called Mr Smeelie. Regretfully, Will and his friends used to giggle at him.
  • Shufflebottom - most bottoms came from the bottom of a valley.
  • Dungworth
  • Gotobed

What's in a Name?

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Mrs Warren was discussing the origin of names with her Primary pupils. The 7 year olds were keen and enthusiastic learners and quickly grasped the notion that somebody named Taylor may well have had ancestors in mediaeval times who were makers of clothing.  A family name of Baker suggested that in the middle ages their predecessors might have baked bread.  First names were talked about: the name William belonged to the heir to the throne of Britain and it meant 'conqueror' as in the Norman invader 'William the Conqueror' in 1066.

One lad raised his hand and spoke, 'Please, Miss. I was named after a wall.'

'And what is your name, young man?' asked Mrs Warren.

'Adrian', came the response. Hadrian's Wall - Will and Guy's Jokes

The Roman Emperor Hadrian [AD117-138] felt that his Empire was growing too large. He ordered this wall to be constructed in Northern Britain. It runs for 73 miles and is estimated to be between 13 and 15 feet high. Hadrian wanted a wall built which would mark the northern limits of his empire and consolidate the hold on those parts of Britain already subdued. Hadrian's empire would not include Caledonia. [Scotland]. Although the Roman Army was strong enough to defeat the Picts who lived in Caledonia, Hadrian felt that the rough terrain and the guerrilla tactics employed by the Picts made the conquering of Scotland not worth his while.

What's in a Name - Latest Research

Studies by Richard Wiseman and others have shown that pupils with 'successful' names get higher marks, and succeed in school, compared with those with 'unsuccessful' names.   Will and Guy say that while such psychology probably is true, it needs to be put into context.  For example, in Wales (home of Dylan Thomas), Dylan would be a normal name.  But if Dylan moved to England they may call him Dull'un.

Nevertheless, in a large survey trends may be significant, for instance, Jack, James and Ryan are good, successful names for boys, and Lucy, Elizabeth and Sophie for girls.  However, Brian, Thomas and George were not highly rated by this survey, neither were Lucy, Tracey or Ann.

Another factor is age.  Names that are popular in one era, sound old-fashioned two generations later, for example, Florrie, Agnes and Constance would seem like unfortunate children's names in 2008.

True Story

A policeman pulled over a teenage girl for a traffic violation in Montana. 

Policeman: 'What's your name?'
Girl:  'Betsy Ross*.' 

Policeman: 'Date of birth?' 
Girl:
'Fourth of July.'

As the officer thought that she was 'taking the Mickey', he questioned her more closely.  However, a phone call to her father, and he produced the documents to prove that she was indeed Betsy Ross, born on 7/4/1990**. 

(* According to Legend Betsy Ross sewed the first American Flag.)
(** 4th of July in American date notation.  In Montana it's legal to drive at 15.  In Dakota the driving age is as low as 14.  However, I understand that at least in some states, drivers under 18 cannot take passengers, unless one passenger is over 25.)

Weird Name Change to: Mr SproutMr Sprout - name change

A man called Russell has changed his surname by *deed poll to Sprout. Here is a photo of Mr Sprout.

Russell Sprout, 26, from Ocean Village, Southampton, Hampshire, UK, dislikes the taste of Brussels sprouts and hasn't eaten one for years. 'Sprout was always my nickname and my friends dared me to change my surname to Sprout,' he told the Daily Echo. 'In the end, I thought why not? I dropped my middle name, which was James, so I am just Russell Sprout. I have got rid of the chance of having a rubbish nickname now because everyone just calls me Sprout and I like that.'

Russell, a council tax officer, added, 'Some people actually take it seriously and don't really bat an eyelid, they just don't get it. But most people will say, 'say that again', or they will laugh. I get all sorts of responses.'

* In the UK it is possible to change your name by deed poll. This will cost £7.50 [$14.90 USD]. This has been possible since 1760; a decade or so ago only 15,000 people took advantage of it but now more than 40,000 people seek to change their names each year. Applications are up by some 20%. Divorcees sometimes wish to change their names back to their maiden name. Civil partnerships, marriages and immigrants sometimes create a new 'meshed' name from their two surnames.

Interesting changes are not always allowed: Samantha Holloway wished to become HMP Holloway [Her Majesty's Prison] but the UK Passport Office refused to issue her a passport in that name.

Famous Name Changes:

  • Elton John = Reginald Dwight
  • Bono = Paul Hewson

The above are infinitely superior name changes than these unfortunate names

  • Jellyfish Mc-Saveloy
  • Mouth Who Wants To Know O'Mighty
  • Toasted Teacake
  • Or even the unfortunate name: Neil Down

Funny Name Change Funny Names

A Somerset teenager, George Garratt, aged 19, has changed his name to Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined. The music graduate changed his name by deed poll online for £10 [$16 USD] Will and guy have established. Captain Fantastic told reporters, 'I wanted to be unique. I decided upon a theme of superheroes.'

The teenager, from Glastonbury, Somerset, England, added that while he thought the new name was 'crazy', and that his grandmother was no longer speaking to him. Why are we not surprised?

Other Funny Children's Names

He joins a number of people with unusually long names, including Rhoshandiatellyneshiaunneveshenk Koyaanisquatsiuth Williams, a girl born in Texas in 1984.

Also, in Italy, we have discovered, a couple was banned from naming their son Friday, Venerdi, because the name could expose him to ridicule. Named after the manservant of Daniel Defoe's famous novel 'Robinson Crusoe', the court ordered the boy's name be changed to Gregorio, named after the Saint's day on which he was born.

Meanwhile, a judge in New Zealand made a young girl a ward of court so she could change her name from Talula Does The Hula From Hawaii: and last year a couple were banned from naming their baby 4Real, so they chose Superman instead.

And There Are Yet More Weird Children's Names Funny Names

Portsmouth Football Club has a supporter who never misses a match home or away. He is so dedicated to supporting the football club that he has changed his name. It is

John Anthony Portsmouth Football Club Westwood.

Will has met John, who owns a bookshop in Petersfield, Hants, England, when selling some books. At football matches he is very noisy, ringing a hand bell and bellowing his support. 'In real life' he is a much more gentle, learned person.

The Maori name for a hill in New Zealand so Will and Guy believe is:

Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapiki-maungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu

Now, that is a long word. You may know of a longer one, if so please let us know.


Appendix - Ideas For You To Generate More Unfortunate Children's Names!

  • Brandy Bottle
  • Bella Donna Drink
  • Brooke Waters
  • Bryony
  • Bunny Hare
  • Cammie Sole
  • Chrystal Glass
  • Ebony Wood
  • Gayle Storm
  • Gladys
  • Jasmine Flowers
  • Judy Punch
  • Katy Litter
  • Kimberley Mine
  • Lyn
  • Nelly
  • Paris Plaster
  • Penny Whistler
  • Prudence Island
  • Patsy
  • Shandy
  • Una
  • Trixie
  • Tori
  • Verity
  • Jade Stone
  • Cindy
  • Caesar Salad
  • Dan
  • Ben
  • Luke Warm
  • Sam
  • Noah
  • Jonah Wales
  • Chad Ticket
  • Grant
  • Hector
  • Harley Davidson
  • Junior
  • Nick Cut
  • Butcher, Baker, Taylor
  • Brown, White, Green
  • Miller
  • Lee, Walker
  • Carter
  • Morris
  • Cook
  • Price
  • Long
  • Butler

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