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Old 11-16-2014, 06:01 PM
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Favorite Surnames

At first I thought this was MPSIMS material, but since it's an opinion type thing I'll put it in here.

What last names have you come across or know of that you wish you had? Of course, it's not really a consequential thing, but once in a while one comes up that really rocks. Most recently, I met a Blue. There's no name that's not improved by having Blue following it. John Blue, Rose Blue, Matthew Blue, Jack Blue, Melody Blue . . . Other color names like White also work beautifully.

I once met a woman whose last name was Valentine. Some people in this world are truly blessed.

So, if you could pick, what would you choose?
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Old 11-16-2014, 06:48 PM
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A couple years ago there was a military guy giving interviews for something or other.
I can't remember his rank, or even the service he was in, but his last name was "Slaughtermaster"

That is beyond awesome.
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Old 11-16-2014, 07:09 PM
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Most recently, I met a Blue. There's no name that's not improved by having Blue following it. John Blue, Rose Blue, Matthew Blue, Jack Blue, Melody Blue . . .
One of my ancestors was John Blackford Blue of Indiana, descended from the Blue family of New Jersey.
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Old 11-16-2014, 07:14 PM
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My last name is a colour, though not Blue, unfortunately, which is my favourite colour.

I like the French last name "Sanschagrin"- "without grief." I've also come across the French name "Painchaud" - warm bread.
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Old 11-16-2014, 07:18 PM
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I've come across these cool names in the last month and a half, in sports.

Bryan Anger, NFL
Joe Panik, MLB
Whitney Mercilus, NFL

I would LOVE to be "Jessica Mercilus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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Hazen Argue was a member of the Saskatchewan provincial legislature, laer elected to the Canadian Parliament..

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Old 11-16-2014, 08:54 PM
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I had a roommate in college whose last name was Stonebreaker.

Great surname!
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One of the other pilots at my employer has the last name "Pilot". Really.

In the military I knew officers with the last names Major and Minor.
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Old 11-16-2014, 09:07 PM
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There's a local wildlife biologist named David Bird, and I used to go to an optometrist named Dr. Spector.
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Old 11-16-2014, 09:08 PM
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I would have liked to use one of my mother's family names. Morse, Bell, Rand. Sadly, no relation to the big companies. Mom married an Irish name modern Americans laugh at. Her MIL's maiden German name would have Jackmanii chuckling, or snerking.
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Old 11-16-2014, 09:31 PM
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I really like French surnames. These are my favs from just B & C
Beauchene
Beaumont
Bellrose
Blaise
Bonhomme
Charbonneau
Chevalier
Courtemanche


My "girls night out name" was Chantel Dubois
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Old 11-16-2014, 10:05 PM
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A couple years ago there was a military guy giving interviews for something or other.
I can't remember his rank, or even the service he was in, but his last name was "Slaughtermaster"

That is beyond awesome.
Same or similar: SSgt Max Fightmaster (I think he since got promoted). Or Punch Rockgroin.

I like "ffolkes." Yes, always lowercase. And other weird British names like Featheringstonehaugh or St. John.
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Old 11-16-2014, 10:51 PM
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I like "ffolkes." Yes, always lowercase. And other weird British names like Featheringstonehaugh or St. John.
I rather favor Cholmondeley (pronounced Chumley), or Taliaferro (pronounced Tolliver).

A young fellow called Cholmondeley Colquhoun,
Once kept as a pet a babolquhoun,
His mother said, "Cholmondeley,
Do you think it quite colmondeley,
To feed your babolquhoun with a spolquhoun?"

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Old 11-17-2014, 03:35 AM
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I really like French surnames. These are my favs from just B & C
Beauchene
Beaumont
Bellrose
Blaise
Bonhomme
Charbonneau
Chevalier
Courtemanche


My "girls night out name" was Chantel Dubois
I had a "girls night out" name, too. Maybe you should start a thread.
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Old 11-17-2014, 04:16 AM
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There's an Israeli television personality whose name is pronounced "Guy Penis".
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By far the most common surname in the Yucatec Maya language is "Pech," which means "flea." So, the bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers has about a hundred thousand indigenous Mexican "namesakes."
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:03 AM
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I knew a girl called Lucy Rainbow. I said it was an unusual surname, but she said there were lots of Rainbows in the UK.
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:45 AM
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I knew a girl called Lucy Rainbow. I said it was an unusual surname, but she said there were lots of Rainbows in the UK.

I thought all the rainbows were in Ireland
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You gotta admit Wolf Biltzer is a pretty cool name.
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Bevilaqua.
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Lionel Tiger and Robin Fox are the collaborative authors on a number of well-known books on Sociology.
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Old 11-17-2014, 09:13 AM
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There is a family in Virginia named Enroughty, who to this day pronounce it Darby.

http://boards.ancestry.com/surnames....ty/1.3/mb.ashx
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I wouldn't like to have it, but back when my region had a Councilor for Industry named Iturriagagoitía, I loved watching national newscasters valiantly pronounce the whole mouthful without butchering it. They always looked kind of scared beforehand and relieved after.

My new dentist is a Pérez. I like his lastname cos it's short and simple, he likes mine because it's unusual. His father had always been called by his (the father's) second lastname and at one point even tried to claim that he wasn't "Mr. Pérez", only to be informed by his children that "hell yes, Dad, you are - we didn't get that "Pérez" in our IDs from Grandad without it being part of your name".
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I had an ancestor with the last name of 'Trebilcock.'

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Old 11-18-2014, 04:57 AM
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Target, Pilot, Fox, Knight: all cool. Rose and May are particularly cool for women and girls. Basically, common nouns that are cool things in themselves.

Those compound nouns that were probably originally Jewish (or at least German) and then translated are also awesome. Handfighter's a real name, for example, as are Starlighter and Nightwalker, and I'm sure there are others.

Colour names fail when it when it comes to Brown.
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:22 AM
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One of the contestants on Project Runway Allstars (currently on Lifetime Network) is named Gunnar Deatherage. Apparently his real name.
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:27 AM
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Hug and Kiss, Attorneys at Law? Wikipedia biographical pages list 16 people surnamed Hug (mostly Swiss) and 20 people named Kiss (mostly Hungarian). Both surnames are fairly common in Canada.
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:36 AM
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There was a lieutenant in our Transportation Company whose name was "K. Uski" - the English equivalent would be "D. River".

If I had to choose a new surname, I might pick a name I saw in a mailbox on my paper route: "Sudentalvi" (roughly translates to "Wolf's Winter"). I did a name search and apparently there's less than 5 people with that name, so it is probably an invented, modern name somebody took because they didn't like their proper surname. I still find it cool.

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Old 11-18-2014, 11:37 AM
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Hug and Kiss, Attorneys at Law? Wikipedia biographical pages list 16 people surnamed Hug (mostly Swiss) and 20 people named Kiss (mostly Hungarian). Both surnames are fairly common in Canada.
I'm in Canada and haven't encountered any Hugs, and I know only one Kiss.
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A distinguished family whose graves are in Machynlleth Wales rejoice in the name Vane Tempest. That is very fine.
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Old 11-18-2014, 01:53 PM
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At first I thought this was MPSIMS material, but since it's an opinion type thing I'll put it in here.

What last names have you come across or know of that you wish you had? Of course, it's not really a consequential thing, but once in a while one comes up that really rocks. Most recently, I met a Blue. There's no name that's not improved by having Blue following it. John Blue, Rose Blue, Matthew Blue, Jack Blue, Melody Blue . . . Other color names like White also work beautifully.

I once met a woman whose last name was Valentine. Some people in this world are truly blessed.

So, if you could pick, what would you choose?
Lavender Blue is pretty cool if I do say so myself.



I knew a rabbi Brazen. Brazen. Now that's a cool last name.
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Old 11-18-2014, 05:40 PM
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I like the Church guy in the Philippines named Cardinal Sin.
Or the Pakistani politician Sheila Dikshit.
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Until recently I was delivering meals to a Mr. Bonsignor. I said 'good day' Good Sir!
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There used to be a local TV news reporter named Phoebe Chongchua. I don't know what her name actually means, but in Vietnamese, "Có chồng chưa?" means, "Do you have a husband yet?"
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I like the Church guy in the Philippines named Cardinal Sin.
Or the Pakistani politician Sheila Dikshit.
Lots of good Asian names (surnames and given names). Indonesia has Megawati. Thailand has the unfortunate Kit(t)iporn. Phat Ho etc. Some interesting Indian names, I think especially in Parsi families: Engineer, Contractor, etc.

Then there's the old English name, Death (IIRC pronounced Deeth by some).
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There are some very strong one and two syllable UK and Irish names which I've grown quite fond of.

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Then there's the old English name, Death (IIRC pronounced Deeth by some).
Been around for a while now, has it...?
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Cardinal Sin was a Roman Catholic activist instrumental in overthrowing the Marcos regime.
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Old 11-19-2014, 12:00 PM
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A couple years ago there was a military guy giving interviews for something or other.
I can't remember his rank, or even the service he was in, but his last name was "Slaughtermaster"

That is beyond awesome.
I believe you're referring to the wonderfully named Max Fightmaster.

There was also a player on the Chicago Bears for a time named John Stonebreaker.

In general, I like craft names: Butcher, Baker, Cooper and such.
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I believe you're referring to the wonderfully named Max Fightmaster.

There was also a player on the Chicago Bears for a time named John Stonebreaker.

In general, I like craft names: Butcher, Baker, Cooper and such.
My mother's last name is Hunter. I think that's a slightly better than my grandma's (dad's mom's) maiden name of Blower.
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The Skaggs and Junk families eventually (it took a couple other "lines") marrying into each other on my Father's side. He's totally clean, he swears.
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There is an Ohiio politician whose last name is Branstool. He should have been a gastroenteroligist.

I like last names that are nouns. I've known a Mr. and Mrs. Grape and a Mr. and Mrs. Pancake.
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Years ago, I was reading a newspaper article which mentioned a bus driver by the name of Drago Nevistic. If I were ever to write a book with a super villain in it, that would be his name. Only I'd spell the first name Draco.

I also know of a fellow whose last name is Betz-All. I think that is pretty cool.
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I went to school with a Tenkiller, a Mankiller, and a Threekiller. Also the Loving sisters. (They hung out with the 'killers.) And a person whose last name was Derryberry.

I love all those names.
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I have always loved the name Cavalari.
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Monster and Freake are fairly common surnames in Newfoundland, and I once saw a notice in a newspaper announcing a Monster-Freake marriage. Hopefully, they did not hyphenate their name, and let at least one of them go.

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I believe you're referring to the wonderfully named Max Fightmaster.
You're probably right, I was probably getting confused with another wonderfully named doctor I came across in a work database once named Dr. Slaughterman
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There was a woman in an ad (Pepsi challenge, maybe?) many years ago whose name was Toppie Smellie.
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I knew a young unmarried couple with the girl having the surname Funk. People insisted that they keep her last name when they married.
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National Lampoon's True Facts has tons of supposedly real wedding announcements from such couples as (paraphrased from memory) Cox-Held and Dick-Kuntz.
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