Q & A with Britt Goodwin

Britt Goodwin

Britt Goodwin

Britt Goodwin is a British handballer who competed for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics – and who has also won a season of Norwegian Big Brother.

Bigger than both of those achievements: finishing in the top 10 of my Olympic Name Countdown! She breaks down her name in an illuminating Q &A here: thanks Britt!

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

Yes, I’ve been told by my parents that I was named after the Swedish actress Britt Ekland, the Bond girl. They also said that since I’m British that Britt makes me a true Brit as well. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

I think my name is great. It’s short and simple. It represents who I am. I am British Britt and I am also a very “Good winner” , since my surname is Goodwin. ๐Ÿ™‚

Your name takes on an extra dimension when considered in the context of Britain hosting the Games, Team GB, and so on. Did you attract any attention for it during the Games?

Yes, there were some people on Twitter that asked if my name was real and didn’t quite believe that there was someone representing team GB called Britt Goodwin. So I had to tell them that yes, this is my real name and that it was an actual fact. ๐Ÿ™‚

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

No, I really don’t care what other people think of my name. I think I’ve got a great name and I am very proud of it. ๐Ÿ™‚

From what I can glean from the Olympic results, how did it feel, as a Brit(t), not to have a good win? ๐Ÿ™‚

No one was expecting us to win and of course we were disappointed when we didn’t win the one game we had hoped to win against Angola. But for me, I’m a winner that even got to compete at the Olympic Games and that I got to experience what most other people only can dream about.

So for me to even make the team, be selected by Team GB and get to play in the London 2012 Olympics was a good win anyway. ๐Ÿ™‚

Biggest career achievement: representing your country at the Olympics, or finishing in the top 10 of my Olympic name countdown? ๐Ÿ™‚

Representing my country at the Olympics of course , but it was nice to win a spot on your top 10 list. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

I think my GB teammate has a good surname, her name is Fudge. Like the chocolate bar. That’s a good one. ๐Ÿ™‚


Great name archive, 17-23 September 2012

Magnificent Hanana

Magnificent Hanana

For something different this week, my last 3 names were all double Zs (aka ZZ Top Day).

What would it be like to have a double Z name? Irrespective of whether first or second names were used, one would be forever doomed to be read out last in any rollcall or list of names.

And is there a further alphabetical hierarchy among the ZZ names, ie if you’re Zarley Zalapski with the second letter of your names being ‘a’, then you’re a lesser ZZ than say Zig Ziglar or Zinedine Zidane?

Still, none of these ZZ names hold a candle to Pleasant Hackleman or my favourite name this week, Magnificent Hanana.

Just imagine if she got married to Name Curator favourite Banana Yaya: her surname could be Hanana-Yaya, orย heย could hyphenate and be Banana Yaya-Hanana.

It would be … Magnificent.

Zarley Zalapski, Canadian ice hockeyer and tease

Zig Ziglar, US self-help guru and Miley Cyrus quote inspirer

Zinedine Zidane, French footballer and former petanque player

Shack Stanwick, US lacrosser and hot summer continuer

Pleasant Hackleman, US lawyer, politician, Civil War participant and Ball’s Bluff Battler

Wesley Woodyard, American gridironer and smiling no-commenter

Chip Foose, US hot rod shop owner, TV star and WD-40 enthusiast

Ran Dank, Israeli pianist and stoner adjective inspirer

Max Sick, 19th century German strongman and musical muscle twitcher

Ellery Eskelin, US jazz saxophonist and ear-to-horn connection maintainer

Magnificent Hanana, Kalamazoo (Mich.) resident & free college attender

Boy van Poppel, Dutch cyclist and somewhat surprise race lead occupier

Aaron and Cara Rock-Singer, US newlyweds and Oxford distinction obtainers

Christilily Chiv, Los Angeles resident and Walmart worrier

HaHa Clinton-Dix, American gridironer and non-Ha’Sean answerer

Great name archive, 10-16 September 2012


Bacarri Rambo

Bacarri Rambo

Victor Vifquain, Belgian-US Army General and unsuccessful kidnapper

Cloudesley Shovell, 17th/18th century British naval officer & disaster overseer

Rizelyx Rivera, US-Puerto Rican weightlifter and clean catching muscle ripper

Wildeana Withers, Miss Kansas 1925 and train enthusiast

Shulamith Firestone, US feminist writer and utopian future envisioner

Tornado Ali Black, US junior tenniser and sister of Hurricane

Mg Mg Mint, Burmese policeman and flip-flop wearer

Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky, former US journalist/politician and son wedding aisle walker-downer

Blake McJunkin, US gridironer and unprotected head protector

Flip Flippen, US educator/psychotherapist/business coach and 20 child raiser

Emeric Pressburger, Hungarian-British film identity and sagacious, bird-like facial expressor

Bacarri Rambo, US footballer and mistaken pot brownie consumer

General Carter Ham, US Army General and Tanzanian court system praiser

Pebbles Zell, Miss Teen Conservative USA 2012

Wannah Bail, Bahamian basketballer and someone who wanted to bail from college team

Great name archive, 3-9 September 2012

Brickelle Bro

Brickelle Bro

Dr E.R. Squibb, US inventor/pharmaceutics manufacture and explosion survivor

Theophylact Bache, US merchant and Benjamin Franklin daughter brother-in-law

Brickelle Bro, US Paralympic swimmer and Paralympic Name Countdown winner!

Belle Boggs, US author and cell phone reception seeker

Robin Banks, Australian anti-discrimination commissioner & racist advert investigator

Cecil Shorts III, American footballer and rest stop sandwich consumer

Beaver Barone, US lacrosser and ground ball control gainer

Narjiss Nejjar, Moroccan film director and impression leaver

Willy Korn, US gridironer and eclectic skill owner

Moonjoong Tcha, academic and Olympics researcher

Xmas Lutu, American actor and skirt wearer

Venky Jois, Australian basketballer and freakishly athletic future doctor

Major Wingate, US basketballer and child support non-payer

Sgt. Law Power, Canadian policeman and bully arrester

Roman Maximyuk, Kazakh university student and panda observer

Great name archive, 20-26 August 2012


Major Dickie Head

Major Dickie Head

Shahla Shakerinia, Canadian teacher and leave enjoyer

Dent May, US musician and seriousness concealer

Ridge Flick, US lacrosser and aeronautical engineering student

Wallace Weatherholt, US airboat captain, alligator feeder and hand loser

Major Dickie Head, British soldier and bemused looker

Howdy Holmes, US race car driver / businessman and uniquely successful quester

Rich Sheriff, University of Hawaii official and alleged failed Stevie Wonder concert booker

Slade Smiley, US reality TV show participant and non-deadbeat dad

Dance Estes, US footballer and crack slipper-througher

Zealous Tower, US soldier / civil engineer and harbor improver

Buck Sixt, New Jersey public works director and second blast preparer

Jazz King, US footballer and speedy, spirally ball catcher

Cave Johnson Couts, 19th C US army general & surveyor and perfectly straight six-footer

Nimrod Zinger, US PhD student and daily medical life researcher

Moshoeshoe Mokake, Mosotho (Lesotho) PR officer and crisis stomacher

Great name archive, 13-19 August 2012

Cat Pause

Cat Pause

DeLoss Dodds, US university sporting administrator and landscaper

Hilly Kristal, US music promoter and cover band banner

Christian Knees, German cyclist and title romper

Dr Boris Worm, Canadian marine ecologist and several ‘ah-ha’ moment haver

Amy Parks, Australian TV journalist and AAMI Park reporter

Urie Bronfenbrenner, Russian-US psychologist and ecology theory advancer

Amiel Weeks Whipple, US engineer/surveyor and sharpshooter victim

Rainbow Marifrog, US therapist and traumatic cycle educator

Shyler Scates, US baseballer and plate teaser/nibbler

Tin Oo, Burmese soldier/activist and uprising commemorater

Cat Pause, US-born NZ-based academic and fat studies researcher

Wave Ryder, US footballer and spicy tuna roll eater

Fritz Zwicky, Swiss astronomer and nuclear goblin considerer

Cable Long, Australian IT expert and Swinburne University graduate

Joydeep Karmakar, Indian shooter and Olympic Name Countdown gold medallist!

Great name archive, 23-29 July 2012


X'Zavier Bloodsaw

X’Zavier Bloodsaw

Jameel Jaffer, Canadian lawyer and anti seriousness minimiser

Tobias Titz, German/Australian photographer and Polaroid camera advocate

Maynard K. Yingst, US race car driver and fatal aneurysm sufferer

Emma Element, UK graphic designer and tasty placement prowler

Shanda Lear, singer, daughter of Lear jet company founder and high note ender

Barkevious Mingo, US footballer and postpartum vanity inspirer

Ben Baby, US reporter and balcony collapse chronicler

Harry Baals, mid 20thC US politician and non building name recipient

German Creamer, Ecuadorian academic and algorithmic trading researcher

Wager Swayne, US Civil War participant and leg loser

Dr O’Neil Ankle, Jamaican school principal and potential abundant blessing receiver

X’Zavier Bloodsaw, US footballer and rep getter