Really Funny Surnames
Really Funny Surnames
Many "old" British surnames have been disappearing in recent years; 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.
Last 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.
I got married 2 weeks ago and I can't decide on a surname. My surname is Pegg and my husband's surname is Legg.
We have 4 children between us (two Pegg's and two Legg's) and because we dont want to change their names, we were thinking about hyphenating ours to Pegg-Legg. Only problem is that we can't say it with a straight face.
If you think that these names are acceptable and non-problematic then consider the problem faced by Matt Hitchcock, whom computer giant Microsoft banned from opening an email account in 2002, deeming his surname too rude. Will and Guy hope they have come to their senses by now.
We suspect that you will be able to add to our list; if so, please send in your funny names.
Amy Freeze - Meteorologist (WABC-New York)
Will and Guy's Top Ten Funny, Silly and Downright Inconsiderate Names, this selection makes us laugh:
I heard of a lady in Southampton many years ago who visited an establishment with her young son, who tripped on the "Welcome" mat. "Pick youself up, Orson!" she called, and the lad did so.
On filling out her registration form, the secretary could'nt help a stifled laugh when she noticed that her surname was Carte!
[Kindly sent in by Trevor Warland]
It can be very funny if your first name is May or Will!
[Kindly sent in by Emily]
In 2012 a football match took place where all the players were called Bungay.
It's true all 22 players, the referee, linesmen and reserves shared the same name of Bungay has taken place in the town of Bungay in Suffolk. Bungay is one of Britain's rarest names with only 455 people called Bungay in the country - just 12 people per million. See more about this epic match.
More Possibilities for Really Funny Surnames
Women with an ordinary first name could marry a man with a tricky surname. For example, Annette Brown marries Joe Curtain (Kirton) and becomes A Net Curtain.
Sent in by a reader who went to school with - Dinah Drain!
Funny First Names for Girls and Boys
You may have to work on deciphering the problem with one or two of the names.
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.'
Amy Freeze - Meteorologist (WABC-New York)
Video from a school in New Zealand, kindly sent in by Rod Theobald
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.
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.
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?
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