Great name archive, 4-10 June 2012

Fabulous Flournoy

Fabulous Flournoy (courtesy of

Hard to go past Fabulous Flournoy for this week’s Most Valuable Name. What must it be like being growing up as an African-American boy in the Bronx with a first name like Fabulous? One would think: less than Fabulous.

It’s the ‘l’ in the surname that elevates this name to something beyond brilliant. By the time your mind has processed that someone is called Fabulous, you establish that the surname also begins with ‘F’. As your tongue moves on from the ‘F’, it encounters that second ‘l’ – after the ‘f’ and ‘l’ from the first name, this repetition is just delightful. Trying saying it yourself: Fabulous Flournoy.

Oh, it’s fabulous.

This week’s names:

Potito Starace, Italian tennis player and bettor

Sara Serpa, Portuguese/American jazz singer and wordless improvisor

Spencer Paysinger, American footballer and eternal sports encircler

Ryker Killins, Canadian ice-hockeyer and in-game thinker

Baaba Maal, Senegalese singer and food crisis observer

Preston Dial, American footballer and romantic matchmaker

Uffa Fox, boat designer and canoe-riding English Channel crosser

Chucky Leroy Laster, Naperville (IL) resident and alleged panderer

J.R. Sweezy, American footballer and 65-year-old bus driver alleged assaulter

Barry Blitt, US artist and offensive cover explainer

Fabulous Flournoy, British-based US basketball player/coach and ghetto escaper

Quan Sturdivant, American footballer and drug charge non-facer

Kerwin Swint, American political scientist/author and Cobb County commentator

Kermit Bloomgarden, Broadway producer, former accountant and limb loser

Randy Bullock, NFL player and Gatorade video subject


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