1) Is there a story (that you’ve been told) about where your name comes from?
My dad tells me he played baseball with a kid named Rusty when he was younger, and he loved the name. My middle name, George, is a family tradition dating back about 6 generations. The Shellhorn family came to America from Germany around 1750. When the first Shellhorn arrived, the spelling of the name was a little ambiguous, and he often signed documents with different spellings of his last name.
2) What does your name mean to you? Do YOU think you have a great name?
My name is my own, and I think that’s the most important part. There isn’t another Rusty Shellhorn in this world. So I suppose that makes it hard to forget me.
3) Is it good or bad – or perhaps a bit of both – to have a distinctive name?
I think it’s great. I’ll never be confused with someone else. I’m an individual and my name proves it. It’s nice to be the only one of my kind!
4) Do you care what others think of your name? What reactions from others have you encountered over the years?
My name isn’t too embarrassing or incredibly hard to spell, so I’d say I’m pretty proud of it. Most people hear my name and just want to see the face behind it. I don’t get made fun of too much, yet it helps me stick out of the crowd quite a bit.
5) Do you have a favourite name you’ve come across over the years?
I’m playing minor league baseball for the Seattle Mariners, and our physical trainer’s name is Spyder Webb. I can’t imagine you see that very often.