Q & A with Rusty Shellhorn

 

Rusty Shellhorn

Rusty Shellhorn

Rusty Shellhorn is a US professional baseballer who has quite graciously agreed to be Qed about his name. His As are really good! I thank him for his help and commend to you this Q & A.

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.

The best 50 names of the London 2012 Olympics

Quentin Bigot

Quentin Bigot

The London 2012 Olympics have come and gone, but the memories of the manifold great names live on.

Here are my top 50:

(1) Joydeep Karmakar, Indian shooter

(2) Ignace Tirkey, Indian hockeyer

(3) Quazi Syque Caesar, Bangladesh gymnast

(4) Destinee Hooker, US volleyballer

(5) Traves Smikle, Jamaican discus thrower

(6) Rigoberto Uran Uran, Colombian cyclist

(7) Rich Fellers, US equestrian

(8) Quentin Bigot, French hammer thrower

(9) Hansle Parchment, Jamaican hurdler

(10) Britt Goodwin, British handballer

(11) Ignisious Gaisah, Ghanaian long jumper

(12) Epke Zonderland, Dutch gymnast

(13) Kanika Beckles, Granadian sprinter

(14) Bolade Apithy, French fencer (Frencher?)

(15) Eduardo Schwank, Argentinian tenniser

(16) Ruggero Pertile, Italian marathoner

(17) Priscah Jeptoo, Kenyan marathoner

(18) Blessing Oborududu, Nigerian wrestler

(19) Miguel Ponce, Mexican footballer

(20) Eelco Sintnicolaas, Dutch decathlete

(21) Sven Knipphals, German sprinter

(22) Chakyl Pfiffer Camal, Mozambican swimmer

(23) Nabil Kebbab, Algerian swimmer

(24) Miao Miao, Australian table tenniser

(25) Azza Alqasmi, Bahraini shooter

(26) Fortunato Pacavira, Angolan canoeist

(27) Butts Leon, horse of Thai equestrienne Nina Lamsam Ligon

(28) Harinelina Rakotondramanana, Malagasy weightlifter

(29) Mamarallo Tjoka, Mosotho (Lesotho) marathoner

(30) Dudu Karakaya, Turkish runner

(31) Werner Muff, Swiss equestrian

(32) Xavier Trenchs, Spanish hockeyer

(33) Silke Spiegelburg, German pole vaulter

(34) Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari, Iranian wrestler

(35) Storm Uru, New Zealand rower

(36) Dong Dong, Chinese trampolinist

(37) Tjasa Oder, Slovenian swimmer

(38) Leuris Pupo, Cuban shooter

(39) Raul Lall, Guyanese judoka

(40) Leevan Sands, Bahamian triple jumper

(41) Clark Burckle, US swimmer

(42) Lukas Lacko, Slovakian tennis player

(43) Takumi Kuki, Japanese sprinter

(44) Trell Kimmons, US sprinter

(45) Carmelita Jeter, US sprinter

(46) Heerden Herman, South African swimmer

(47) Moana Moo Caille, French BMXer

(48) Clemens Rapp, German swimmer

(49) Tim Lips, Dutch equestrian

(50) Roxroy Cato, Jamaican 400m hurdler

(50 + 1) Munkh-Erdene Uranchimeg, Mongolian boxer

An ode to Joydeep Karmakar, the best-named London 2012 athlete

Joydeep Karmakar

Joydeep Karmakar

It gives me deep joy to bring you (in a karma car) the best-named athlete of the London 2012 Olympics: Joydeep Karmakar.

Joydeep is an Indian shooter who finished fourth in his class at London. Sure, he doesn’t get the respect he deserves at home, but his name more than makes up for it.

He also possesses what I deemed to be the best name of the 10,500 athletes competing. Better than Destinee Hooker. Better than Miao Miao. Better than Ignisious Gaisah.

And why is this?

It’s the vivid mental imagery his name portrays. It’s that it’s made up of four separate words which combine for full awesomeness:

  • He has joy, but not just any joy – it is a deep joy
  • He has a car, but not just any car – it’s a karma car

Here is a man who is deeply happy, driving around in a automobile which delivers cosmic justice and fairness.

Here is Joydeep Karmakar. Let us pause and give thanks to him, and his name.

A lament for Fumiyuki Beppu

Fumiyuki Beppu

Fumiyuki Beppu

Oh, Fumiyuki Beppu, we hardly knew yu.

Self-described as the Fastest Ninja on 2 Wheels, Fumiyuki was originally in 7th place in the top 50 Olympic name countdown.

That was until I learnt recently about Rich Fellers, a name which, while not as much fun to say as Fumiyuki Beppi, is certainly more suggestive and incredibly well suited to the equestrian endeavour.

So Beppu was bumped.

Because I had scheduled the names in advance, it was too late (and to be honest, too much effort) to re-jig things entirely. Much simpler to perform a straight substitution: Beppu out, Fellers in.

But it’s a shame – near a crime – for Beppu not to appear at all; hence him being bloggified here. It’s such a beautiful name to say.

Fumiyuki Beppu: We salute yu.

Best 2012 Olympic Names, 20-11

Kanika Beckles

Kanika Beckles

Getting to the pointy end of countdown and things are getting exciting. When names like Ignisious Gaisah and Ruggero Pertile can’t crack the top 10, one knows the quality of names to come is exceptional.

My personal fave from names 20-11 is Kanika Beckles;  those 3 ‘k’s; and the ‘Beckles’, which sounds like something that should exist, but does not.

(“Doctor, what’s wrong with me?” “I’m afraid you have Beckles disease.”)

More than anything, and like many of the names in the countdown, it’s simply lovely to say out loud.

So say it to yourself now. Kanika Beckles. Again: Kanika Beckles. One last time! Kanika Beckles.

And now you’re smiling.

(11) Ignisious Gaisah, Ghanaian long jumper

(12) Epke Zonderland, Dutch gymnast

(13) Kanika Beckles, Granadian sprinter

(14) Bolade Apithy, French fencer (Frencher?)

(15) Eduardo Schwank, Argentinian tenniser

(16) Ruggero Pertile, Italian marathoner

(17) Priscah Jeptoo, Kenyan marathoner

(18) Blessing Oborududu, Nigerian wrestler

(19) Miguel Ponce, Mexican footballer

(20) Eelco Sintnicolaas, Dutch decathlete

Best 2012 Olympic names: 30-21

Nabil Kebbab

Nabil Kebbab

With all due respect to the likes of Chakyl Pfiffer Camal and a horse named Butts Leon, the pick of names 30-21 for me is concerned primarily with counting.

How many syllables is Harinelina Rakotondramanana, exactly? I’ve got ‘Har-i-ne-li-na’ for 5, and ‘Rak-o-ton-dra-ma-na-na’ for 7, giving a total of 12.

Twelve syllables? For one 2-word name?

So awesome.

(21) Sven Knipphals, German sprinter

(22) Chakyl Pfiffer Camal, Mozambican swimmer

(23) Nabil Kebbab, Algerian swimmer

(24) Miao Miao, Australian table tenniser

(25) Azza Alqasmi, Bahraini shooter

(26) Fortunato Pacavira, Angolan canoeist

(27) Butts Leon, horse of Thai equestrienne Nina Lamsam Ligon

(28) Harinelina Rakotondramanana, Malagasy weightlifter

(29) Mamarallo Tjoka, Mosotho (Lesotho) marathoner

(30) Dudu Karakaya, Turkish runner

Best 2012 Olympic names: 40-31

Silke Spiegelburg

Silke Spiegelburg

With the Olympics in full swing, so is the cavalcade of great names therein.

Favourites from the most recent 10: Storm Uru (best pronounced with an Australian “oo-roo!”) and Werner Muff (suggestive!), and my favourite favourite, Silke Spiegelburg.

So silky, and so spiegelburgy.

(31) Werner Muff, Swiss equestrian

(32) Xavier Trenchs, Spanish hockeyer

(33) Silke Spiegelburg, German pole vaulter

(34) Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari, Iranian wrestler

(35) Storm Uru, New Zealand rower

(36) Dong Dong, Chinese trampolinist

(37) Tjasa Oder, Slovenian swimmer

(38) Leuris Pupo, Cuban shooter

(39) Raul Lall, Guyanese judoka

(40) Leevan Sands, Bahamian triple jumper