What's in a name? As it turns out, quite a bit!
Your name is so much more than the literal word people use to get your attention. Your name might honor ancestors or people that your parents knew before you were born. It's inextricably linked to your bank account and credit cards. These days, it's probably also included in your email address and your social media profiles. As someone who got married semi-recently and had to go through the process of changing my name, I can tell you that there is a lot to consider when it comes to names, most of which you don't think about on a day-to-day basis.
And then, of course, there are some people whose names are just downright funny. For instance, I have a relative named Dusty Grounds. And we've all heard the urban myths about La-a (Ladasha) or twins named Oranjello and Lemonjello, right? There are some names out there that you can't help but smile at. A recent Twitter thread gave people the opportunity to share their own experiences with ridiculous names.
It all started when Twitter user @Fred_Delicious asked people to share the most ridiculous name they've encountered in real life.
What is the most ridiculous name you’ve ever come across in real life? I once met a kid who swore blind his friend… https://t.co/KhOZudmjq1— Fred Delicious (@Fred Delicious)1551725641.0
The responses started flying in, starting with this tale about Vanderson Anderson:
@Fred_Delicious A guy at the T-Mobile store gave me his card. I didn’t look at it and was about to throw it away wh… https://t.co/BlmVnyPv9i— 🎃☠️Dylan☠️🎃 (@🎃☠️Dylan☠️🎃)1551731454.0
Obviously, people asked for proof of this particular name.
@MinnDB are.. are we allowed to see it?— an 🇧🇾 #ЖывеБеларусь (@an 🇧🇾 #ЖывеБеларусь)1551738888.0
And sure enough:
@badbxn https://t.co/pKZscJFDkT— 🎃☠️Dylan☠️🎃 (@🎃☠️Dylan☠️🎃)1551749149.0
This response might actually be my favorite:
@Fred_Delicious Dijon Outlaw, a kid at a wrestling tournament I was at— Qlaudia Qonway (@Qlaudia Qonway)1551726588.0
This is just beautiful:
@Fred_Delicious I also came across, I think on here, that someone worked with a guy called Wayne Bruce, who's nickn… https://t.co/v4rsNPgFQw— Sir Andy Murray (@Sir Andy Murray)1551737497.0
Same with this one:
@emmcgoobz @awkwardstickman @ednewmy @mrsbiltawulf @Fred_Delicious I once served a customer named Robin Batman. I h… https://t.co/XGCdTMYKJp— Stubacca J Neal (@Stubacca J Neal)1551784731.0
This person sounds very interesting:
@Fred_Delicious I met a Paige Turner once 🤷♀️— Janie Frank (@Janie Frank)1551729291.0
I'm guessing there are probably several Ronald McDonalds in the world.
@Fred_Delicious When I was in my early 20’s I worked at a gas station and a man paid with his credit card so I need… https://t.co/0bZBtWgvUn— octopus/caveman (@octopus/caveman)1551754664.0
This name is just super majestic:
@Fred_Delicious My wife worked in an office with a guy called Megaton Bison. I honoured him by naming by xbox360 Rock Band band after him— Phil Saunders (@Phil Saunders)1551729202.0
Well, that's unfortunate.
@Fred_Delicious there was a guy in church growing up named Dick Washer— philz (@philz)1551794963.0
Timothy and Dimothy.
@Fred_Delicious All time favorite met a set of twins named Timothy and his brother Dimothy— Kevin Kimmel (@Kevin Kimmel)1551725754.0
And don't forget about Kimothy!
@KevinKimmel @Fred_Delicious A woman checked into the hotel I worked sat and her name was Kimothy. Like her mother… https://t.co/9l5E6rt8wB— Meowtal Gear Solid (@Meowtal Gear Solid)1551786062.0
Mister Wiggins, I presume?
@Fred_Delicious @andrewjaycohen I went to high school with a kid named Mister Wiggins. His first name was Mister.— K. Thor Jensen (@K. Thor Jensen)1551798049.0
@mrmattkgregory @astlebridge @Fred_Delicious Girl in my class called Amy Izitt. On the register it was written as Izitt Amy— Jo Brudenell-shaky painter (@Jo Brudenell-shaky painter)1551793895.0
What kind of ham?
@Fred_Delicious Came across a guy in my old company called German Ham— Dan Murphy (@Dan Murphy)1551725774.0
I assume this is German Ham's best friend:
@Fred_Delicious went to school with someone called Precious Salami— JESSICA (@JESSICA)1551738523.0
@Fred_Delicious Regular at my bars name is Rich Grape which is amusing because he is neither well off nor produce— Mikey Adams 🌹#NotMeUs (@Mikey Adams 🌹#NotMeUs)1551726655.0
@Fred_Delicious went to elementary school with a Yermajesty Beans— bananafanafofisa (@bananafanafofisa)1551748984.0
Sounds like a cool guy.
@Fred_Delicious Hugh Cumber— kinghugo (@kinghugo)1551740484.0
This one made me smile:
@Fred_Delicious @buntyhoven No shit: Russell Sprout. The surname was pronounced "sproot" apparently.— 💀 PixelGhoul 💀 (@💀 PixelGhoul 💀)1551740946.0
Congrats on the chicken!
@Fred_Delicious Mum went to school with Winsome Chicken.— Sheridan Jobbins (@Sheridan Jobbins)1551739905.0
I didn't get this one right away...
@Fred_Delicious i literally know a guy named carson rhodes— shen the bird (@shen the bird)1551768162.0
@Fred_Delicious My husband has a friend called Robert Sleigh, he likes to be called Bob Sleigh, this is 💯% true 😀— Elaine Steinberg (@Elaine Steinberg)1551768432.0
@Fred_Delicious I placed in a poetry competition in middle school and the woman who ran the competition was named Pegasus Buchanan.— Rosemary's Abby (@Rosemary's Abby)1551727117.0
@Fred_Delicious the dean of my university department: Doctor Boctor— Todd 'Spooki' Carlos (@Todd 'Spooki' Carlos)1551749212.0
Best. Last name. Ever.
@Fred_Delicious I once met a Dimitri Pancake and I'll never forget that name. Especially around breakfast.— NicholasDay (@NicholasDay)1551727068.0
I bet the kids loved that.
@ideirdre @RPRains @ThosMcStakin @BenjySarlin @DashiellHammlet @Fred_Delicious My son’s pediatrician was Dr. Doody.— Seedeedubs (@Seedeedubs)1551831080.0
@Fred_Delicious Had a neighbor as a kid named Macon Bacon.— John Gunn (@John Gunn)1551732222.0
@Fred_Delicious A girl at my school was called Sparkle Rice, and she had a brother with an odd name too but can’t remember that that was— Megan Jane (@Megan Jane)1551864507.0