Great name archive, 27 September – 2 November 2011


Preston Thor Miracle

Preston Thor Miracle

Sparkle Hayter, Canadian author, and former ice hockey cheerleader & war correspondent

Dr Preston Thor Miracle, Archaeology Senior Lecturer

Rupert Bear, UK solicitor (pic)

Pilar McShine, Trinadadian and Tobagonian 1500m runner and former Performer of the Week

Feek Tooke, horse breeder and Rodeo Hall of Fame member

Weston Wamp, prospective Tennessee politician and son of Zach Wamp

Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse University basketballer and headline writer dream

Elmo Zumwalt, US naval commander and beard authoriser

Berry Cash, early consultant to Apple and now venture capitalist

Shiraz Engineer, project officer and Deakin University graduate

Oral Zumwalt, rodeo rider, stock contractor and steer wrestling world-record holder

Bertram van Munster, Amazing Race co-creator and former head cameraman for COPS

Pablo Chin, Costa Rican composer and ‘ugly’ music lover

Adelaide Backer, Harvard rower and sentence finisher

De’End Parker, UCLA basketballer and de’head banger (plus how he got his name)

Unique Armstead, New York unique arm shooting victim

Walter Magnifico, Italian basketballer

Helen D. Ransom, Owner, Pacific Divorce-Bankruptcy Centre, LA

Nobumasa Yokoo, Japanese business adviser of questionable repute

Bede Tongs, Australian World War II veteran

Shadiamond Thrower, 8yo Queens resident and Danish princess greeter


Deconstructing Denzel Drone

Denzel Drone

The name Denzel Drone is proving the most irresistible of all the names I’ve covered so far. Others are more exotic, or funny – but Mr Drone’s is the one I keep returning to.

Why is this? Let us examine the ways:

Alliteration is alluring

I am a BIT partial to alliterative names; they bring instant poetry and interest to any name.

The very sound

When spoken, the harsh and short nature of the alliterative letter itself, ‘d’, conjures up imagery and association: bullets, guns, rapid-fire.


Not a particularly common name, until this fellow came along. A fellow renowned for his leading, militaristic man-of-action type roles.


Thanks to its increasing role in the Afghan War, the drone also carries military connotations. It’s an unseen, remote, aloof, silent,  and deadly force in a relatively small package.

The result

Putting all these together results in a two-word poem: Denzel Drone. A man of action, capable of inflicting sudden violence on his targets – and who, it turns out, plays American football, the sporting epitome of sudden violence. A man with a name straight from a Hollywood blockbuster.

A man with a truly great name.

Great name archive, 20-26 October 2011

Harrison Dunk

Chantz McClinic, former Wake Forest football player and visitor to Kenya

Cleopatra Borel-Brown, Trinadadian and Tobagonian shotputter

Marcel Poot, Belgian composer

Muslim Contractor, Indian mountaineer

Jazz Cool, wife of British mountaineer Kenton Cool

Gelo Orange, Wake Forest football player and sunny smiler

Kenton Cool, mountain climber and motivational speaker

Al Alburquerque, baseball pitcher and radio talk-show host-fooler

Energy Murambadoro, goalkeeper for South Africa’s Bidvest Wits football team

Modesto Colon, Global Internet Business Owner

Baique Bostq, Brazilian kiteboarder

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, basketball ‘saviour’ and quiet bucket-scorer

Genesis Concepcion, model and sibling of non-singing sister

Harrison Dunk, soccer player & employee at R Costings Abbey Stadium

Kareem Fahim, New York Times reporter in Libya

Fanny Chmelar, German alpine skier & quiz show host giggle invoker (additional information)

Marvin McNutt Jr, University of Iowa football player and record ladder-climber

Tsi Tsi Ki Felix, Chicago news presenter and quinceañera party non-attender

Q’orianka Kilcher, actress and distant relative of folk singer Jewel

Hugo Alfredo Tale-Yax, ‘Genovese Syndrome’ disprover

Will Power, IndyCar driver and crash survivor

Great name archive: 13-19 October 2011

Hope Solo

Hope Solo, naked lawn waterer (pic courtesy of

Dayne Zorko, AFL footballer and key-moment outside-50m goalkicker

Dewey Bozella, 52-year-old first-time boxer and wrongfully accused murder suspect

Keely Boom, lawyer, PhD student and Kangaroo Think Tanker

Cherry Chevapravatdumrong, writer/Family Guy co-producer

Cal Clutterbuck, NHL player and illegal head-hit recipient

Hope Solo, US women national football team goalkeeper and naked lawn-waterer

Bodger Hodgson, Time Team hornworker

Dick Wooding, Washington Uni 1964 wrestling team captain and now boat bartender

Usain Bolt, world’s fastest ever sprinter and possible reincarnated cheetah

Dakota Getz, University of Iowa football player for approx 5 secs in 2011

Kristin Lowdermilk, US party game death punch witness

Chiliboy Ralepelle, South African rugby unioner, drug-test failer & subsequent court-case winner

Hyleas Fountain, heptathlete, Olympic silver medallist and 2011 World Championships mystery withdrawalist

Fatmah Noer, Indonesian anti-people smuggling police commissioner

Dimitri Demetri, occupation unknown

Corky Merkel, school reunion attender

Cooper Cronk, accessible rugby league footballer

Turan Turan, Northolt Fire Station Manager (but not singer of Ortinary Worlt)

Spartacus Chetwynd, lo-fi performance art ‘queen’

Fortune Kalala, US high school footballer and Congolese refugee

Lester Mullet and Johnny Mullet, alleged Amish hate (and hair)-crime perpetrators

Great name archive: 6-12 October 2011

Bak Bak

Bak Bak (pic courtesy of

Whitney Mercilus, college football player and fingertip loser

DeJazz Woods, college footballer and lifter of the weights that crushed fellow greatnames-er Whitney Mercilus’ finger

Caleb Corneloup, street preacher

General Holiefield, United Auto Workers vice-president

Census Johnston, 6′ 3″, 138kg Samoan rugby unioner

Bak Bak, US college basketballer and Sudanese refugee

Rockwell Kent, early 20th century artist and printmaker

Perry Petty, US basketballer and verry petty on-time arriver

Israel Dagg, All-Black & meticulous preparer for yesterday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final

Chris Rainwater, Chairman, Homer Soil & Water Conservation District

Hugo Horn, Namibian rugby unioner and all-time losingest World Cup player

Sparkal Queenz, TV ‘personality’: More video

Bert Bongers, academic + object and space interactivator

Martavious Odoms, Roy Roundtree, Je’Ron Stokes & Junior Hemingway, Michigan wide receivers

Edson Buddle, US soccer player

Austin Horse, New York bike courier (and advocate)

Hannah England, English 1500m runner and world championships runner-up

Jackson Jeffcoat, University of Texas football player

Youri Zoon, Dutch (and current world number 1-ranked) kiteboarder

Zephaniah Grimes, American murder suspect

Dale Longanecker, retiring ‘smoke jumper’

Q&A with Q’orianka Kilcher

Q’orianka Kilcher is a Hollywood and TV actress, playing leading roles in Terrence Malik’s The New World,  and Princess Kaiulani and Sons of Anarchy. She is also a tireless human rights and environmental activist.

She – and her great name – very graciously agreed to be Name Curator’s first Q&Aer: thank you, Q’orianka!

Is there a story (that you’ve been told) about where your name comes from?

Yes, my mom made up the name… she put together two words in Quechuan: Q’ori = gold, Anka =Eagle.
The reason my mom wanted to name me ‘golden eagle’ is becaue she found a feather of a golden eagle falling from the sky when she was walking in Alaska on the beach while pregnant with me… and she translated it into Quechua, since I am half-Quechuan from Peru.

What does your name mean to you? Do YOU think you have a great name?

My name means golden eagle in the Quechua language of Peru and I LOVE my name, especially since my mom made it just for me!

Is it good or bad – or perhaps a bit of both – to have a distinctive name?

It’s a great thing and I always loved having a distinctive name ! When I was little there was no one with my name… no one !
Then , after I started to get a “name” as an actress and after my  film “The New World”  world premiere , many people named their babies Q’orianka… and at first I was super sad and upset, because I felt like people “stole” my name!

Now there are hotels, restaurants and many many kids born after 2006 with this name. I feel honored that people name their kids after me… but I really don’t like the adults who legally change their name to Q’orianka, because I was the first person with this name and I was the one who worked hard to give this name value and recognition.

I also don’t like when businesses use my name… especially if they don’t operate with the same moral and ethics I would operate my business with, because I worked hard to have my name stand for the values I stand for.

Do you care what others think of your name? What reactions from others have you encountered over the years?

People love my name. every year more and more Q’oriankas are born.

Do you have a favourite name you’ve encountered over the years?

Q’orianka 🙂

Follow Q’orianka on Twitter, or visit her humanitarian organisation’s website

Great name archive: 29 September – 5 October

Oliphant Chuckerbutty, composer

Sarah Rotman Epps, Forrester senior analyst

Stine Meland Tomb, Norwegian 400m hurdler

Garrett Stroup, University of Illinois punter

Peggy Lau Flux, banker and Flinders University Council member

Ed Balls, British Shadow Chancellor and stammering battler

Ristananna Tracey, Jamaican 400m hurdler and aspiring cosmetologist:

Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Italian composer

TyQuan Hammock, Michigan State football player

Tom Six, director of such horror movies as ‘The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence)’

Denzel Drone, Michigan State football player and native of Plant City, Florida

Oliphant Chuckerbutty, composer and cinema/church organist

Mercedes Chilla, Spanish javelin thrower

Noah ‘Soggy’ Sweat, Mississippi judge and whiskey orator

Damarlo Belcher, University of Indiana football player

Sean Lamb, HR honcho for accounting firm

Woody Orne, University of Iowa football player and friend of fellow great name-ee Dirk Kool

Mr Rock Rao, Chinese plastic supplier

Delwayne Delaney, Kittitian-Nevisian sprinter and rap song inspiration

Amantle Montsho, Botswanan sprinter and world 400m champion

Fritz Rock, University of Illinois football player

Scott Wiener, San Franciscan anti-public nudity campaigner