Great name archive, 22-28 October 2012

Hero Nuus

Hero Nuus (and friend)

It’s been a busy few weeks for Name Curator but I’m finally on top of my archivist duties.

Some interesting names this week, including Hero Nuus and Moses Regular Jr (supplied by the incomparable namesmith Steve Rushin).

But of course, it’s impossible to go past Cynthia Chicken-Usher. Such a strange hyphenation: ‘Chicken’ on its name is intriguing, but to follow it up with ‘Usher’ elevates it to a level of brilliance I’ve rarely encountered.

Cynthia Chicken-Usher, I applaud you.

Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel, German academic and Shakespeare death analyser

Garold Sneegas, US photographer and hogchoker/stoneroller snorkeler

Jurickson Profar, Curaçaoan baseballer and former Hickory Crawdad

Gaillard ‘Evil’ Peck, US pilot and Constant Peg program initiator

Crystal Starr, US videoblogger and fun building troller

Rudell Crim, US gridironer and ‘ooooh baby’ utterer

Bland Ballard, US soldier/legislator and tough looking man

Hero Nuus, animal trainer and hippopotamus feeder

Jovan Belcher, American footballer and stat jacker-upper

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German director and vicious drug & sleeping pill combiner

Cynthia Chicken-Usher, British company director

Moses Regular Jr, American footballer and bullet-like projectiler

Cornell Capa, Hungarian/American photographer and non-artist

Peer Bork, German biochemist and diarrhoea sufferer email receiver

Abdulai Bell-Baggie, Sierra Leonean/English footballer and understated hinter


Great name archive, 1-7 October 2012


Hippolyte Tsafack

Hippolyte Tsafack

Amber Lawn, Australian sister and Malaysian jail visitor

Thurlow Weed, US political tyro and chronic vertigo sufferer

Junji Wiener, US lacrosser and ball shielder

Ermal Fraze, US tool company owner and aluminum can pull tab inventor

Bud Pidgeon, hunting fan & Saturday meeting organiser

Hippolyte Tsafack, Cameroonian hoopster and one-word answerer

Kenesaw Mountain Landis, US judge/baseball commissioner and real shorthand reporter

Bradley Wine, US criminal and public intoxicant

Titus Rubles, US basketballer and style translator

Carrie Coon, US actress and drooling man wake possessor

Kate Pumpa, exercise physiologist & calorie counter

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, French footballer and unafraid shooter

Helmut Pump, German waste manager and international advice provider

Christopher Christmas, US counsellor and Ball State University graduate

Rodrick Rumble, US gridironer and good-hearted people helper

Q & A with Emma Element

Emma Element

Emma Element

Emma Element is a British graphic designer who, in addition to loving pandas and maybe being a comic book hero, graciously took time out of her schedule to help provide some excellent answers to my questions.

Thanks so much Emma!

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

Well unfortunately there isn’t, as far as I’m aware, any stories or tales of the ‘Element’ name origin handed down in the family. But I’ve always been fairly curious, especially as a child, because I thought the word ‘Element’ has a kind of mystical charm to it. This interest led me to do a bit of research a couple of years back which opened a few interesting doors. Unfortunately, as it was online I’m not too sure on its validity, but either way it’s still pretty unusual.

Apparently after the Norman Conquest in 1066 when french became the official language in Britain, the application of french was quite a struggle which led to Anglicised pronunciations and spellings of french words. The name ‘Element’ comes from the Anglicised version of the french word for ‘German’ (Alemaund) and over the years there have been several variations (Allmand, Almand, Almond, Allamand, Ellemand, Ellement) which have led to the spelling of  ‘Element.’

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

It’s always been something I’ve had as an advantage because it’s always an instant positive talking point with strangers. It’s quite unusual, different and memorable, which is always nice I think, especially entering a creative industry. I do think I have a great name and I’m very proud of it to the point where if I ever get married my partner will have a hard time convincing me to give it up!

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

It’s a bit of both I think, but chances are it’s based solely on how you deal with it.  Some distinctive names can have negative associations which is the worst thing you want when you’re growing up. My name is unusual but fairly neutral and I still got teased because kids will make fun, different name or not, and that’s important to realise. You can either make the best of it and use it to your advantage (memorable names are always great for business) or decide to cut your losses and count the days till you can change it legally.

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

Hah! Well it’s always been a massive talking point if it comes up in conversation. I’ve had a lot of strange reactions before but pretty much all are extremely positive and complimentary. I regularly get people telling me it sounds like a comic book character’s name which always makes me feel pretty super hero-esque. I’ve also got the scientist and magician remarks over the years as well. A couple of times I’ve had to get my driving license out because people literally do not believe me. It’s always quite amusing nonetheless and something to laugh about.

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

I have a few I think because I know if I ever have kids I want to go all-out on a crazy naming spree. My cousin is called Cosmo Element and I know it’s cheating a little bit to name family but come on, Cosmo. Element. It’s just brilliant!

As for quirky celebrity names I’ve heard over the years It has to be either Frank Zappa’s Daughter ‘Moon Unit Zappa’ or David Bowie’s Son ‘Zowie Bowie’ those are my favourite. I love anything that sounds futuristic and space age.

6) Name your favourite element (periodic table or otherwise). 🙂

Hah, I’m well versed in this question. My favourite periodic element is neon because neon lights are pretty cool, and my favourite classical element is aether (the fifth element which is the material that fills the universe and not subject to change). Most people know Earth, Water, Air and Fire, but Aether is definitely the coolest one.

Best 20 names of the London 2012 Paralympics

Brickelle Bro

Brickelle Bro

Another massive sports event means another massive amount of brilliant – nay, Brickelle-iant – names.

Commiserations to silver and bronze medallists Gaydar Gaydarov and In Sik You respectively, who  can consider themselves unlucky.

But Brickelle Bro’s name stands apart:

  • The ‘Brickelle’ slays me – was she to have been just ‘Brick’ had she been a boy?
  • Bro is just… so… right on, dude
  • The repetitive ‘Br Br’ sounds at the start of each name make it alliteratively astounding.

So a hearty three cheers for Brickelle Bro, who also sports a hilariously self-deprecating Twitter handle which makes me like her even more.

(1) Brickelle Bro, US swimmer

(2) Gaydar Gaydarov, Russian judoka

(3) In Sik You, South Korean archer

(4) Tshotego Golden, Botswana track-and-fielder

(5) Mahamane Sacko, Malian track-and-fielder

(6) Semi Park, South Korean swimmer

(7) Meri-Maari Makinen, Finnish swimmer

(8) Siphamandla Gumbi, South African wheelchair basketballer

(9) Sirly Tiik, Estonian shotputter

(10) Sheila Finder, Brazilian track-and-fielder

(11) Gift Mooketsi, South African wheelchair basketballer

(12) Oleksandr Devylsh, Ukrainian 7-a-side footballer

(13) Tanguy de la Forest, French shooter

(14) Omar Font, Spanish swimmer

(15) Supachai Koysub, Thai track-and-fielder

(16) Keijo Kallunki, Finnish archer

(17) Chih-Chung Chiang, Chinese javeliner

(18) Jamey Jewells, Canadian wheelchair basketballer

(19) Abdulrahman Abdulqadir Abdulrahman, Qatari track-and-fielder

(20) Bestami Boz, Turkish wheelchair basketballer

Great name archive, 26 March – 1 April 2012


Tug Coker

Tug Coker

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian, journalist and non-voter in up to 4 different countries

Mamie Gummer, actress, daughter of Meryl Streep and gummi bear raider

Jermon Bushrod, American footballer and charity golf tournament hoster

Chuq Von Rospach, community manager and Steve Jobs flamethrower avoider

Norbert Leo Butz, Broadway actor and son of a birth certificate changer

Sen’Derrick Marks, American footballer and mythic basketball dunker

Vivian Vande Velde, children’s author and writing plunger

Varg Vikernes, Norwegian black metal musician and convicted murderer

Vernor Vinge, author, futurist and technological singularity phrase coiner

Chone Figgins, American baseballer and patient tendency haver

Cheetah Chrome, US guitarist and ear pin backer

Gerald Sensabaugh, American footballer and haircut finisher

Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley, mixed media painter and fart joke enjoyer

Tug Coker, actor and Larry Bird portrayer

Jair Jurrjens, Curaçaoan baseball pitcher, Papiamentu speaker and uniform buyer

Great name archive, 12-18 March 2012


Will Brill

Will Brill

Max Fightmaster, computer technician, Army Reservist and mixed emotion causer

Anne Manne, essayist and racehorse owner

Missy McLamb, documentary photographer and modern approach usher

Arrelious Benn, #NFL footballer, non-hyperbolist and Turkey Bowl participant

Flex Plexico, US Navy Personnel Command spokesman and service offerer

LaceDarius Dunn, US basketballer and possible jaw breaker of LaCharlesla Edwards

Foofwa d’Imobilité, Swiss dancer/choreographer and Telepedagogia provider

Sal Zizzo, American soccer player and food cart entrepreneur

Foster Friess, US billionaire, supporter and remorseful joke-teller

Tiny Kox, Dutch lawmaker, Russian election observer and non-alien

Gaylord Silly, new Seychellois 800m record holder and Twitter trender

Zinjaziyamkhonkotha Nzama, S. African political party spokesman & police impartiality seeker

Will Brill, Broadway actor and fragility keeper

Legedu Naanee, NFL footballer and crime scene disrupter

Perky Plumlee, lawyer, basketball family patriarch and uproar igniter

Great name archive, 27 February – 4 March 2012


Sherry Turkle

Sherry Turkle

Sherry Turkle, American social psychologist and sacred space creator

George Twopointoh, stage manager/MC for Janelle Monae & surreptitious moisturising videoer

Early Doucet, NFL footballer and target of teammate’s vitriolic father

Shambo Pfaff, Aviation Week analyst and ‘operational output channel’ creato

Bernt Haas, Swiss soccer player and former Armani model

Sxip Shirey, musician and obnoxiophone player

Soony Saad, Lebanese-American soccer player and time-taker

Patrick Cleandenim, NY-based singer-songwriter and phantomesque regalia wearer

Webster Slaughter, former NFL player turned blanket distributor

Maumoon Gayoom, former Maldives President and Boy Scout thanker

Dame N’Doye, Sengalese footballer and classy brace scorer

Zephyr Teachout, US law professor and ‘tough-minded zealot’

Ralph Eugene Meatyard, photographer and person non-personaliser

Grace Grace, Queensland politician and dumpling eater

Yanoussa Moussa, Cameroonian football referee