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

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, 9-15 July 2012

Patience Panski

Patience Panski

Siohvaughn Funches-Wade, NBA star ex-wife and alleged attempted child abductor

Jinx Burrus, 1950 Miss Nebraska and three year baton twirler

Jeep Van Wormer, US racecar driver and Labrador owner

Engin Toker, Adelaide cafe owner and paranormal activity explainer

Patience Panski, 1958 Miss Michigan and softball identity widow

Austen Aune, US baseballer/footballer and early dream starter

Wytch Rigger, US lacrosser and two turnover causer

Mirjam Christ-Crain, Swiss medical researcher and great motivation recipient

Umut Bulut, Turkish footballer and late-blooming gem

Britton Drown, US media relations practitioner and drug investigator

Marquessa Glee Bullock, Miss Utah 1993 and Rachmaninoff performer

DJ Driggers, US baseballer and next level seer

Felix Kirk Zollicoffer, US politician/Civil War participant and Tennessee State Printer

Axel Zwingenberger, German boogie-woogie pianist and Bulgaria lover

Tom LaCrosse, US college lacrosser and spark needer

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.

Great name archive, 2-8 July 2012

Aerial Powers

Aerial Powers

Not much to discuss with this week’s names; sure, Peer Fish, Rusty Shellhorn and Dick Kramp are cute in their own ways, but only one name has what can only be described as ‘Maximum Suggestive Connotations’.

And that name is Aerial Powers. What an incredibly, well, powerful name.

Does Ms Powers actually have aerial powers? Can she levitate? As a basketballer, these may well come in useful.

And can she get reception on any TV, anywhere, anytime?

It’s such a great name.

Spiderman Mulholland, US forensic investigator and birth observer

Marlboro Terry, Marlboro County (SC) sheriff and unexpected rubbish find detailer

Moise Plancher, American footballer and family name representer

Rusty Shellhorn, US baseballer and skin shedder

Peer Fish, US lacrosse player and sideline stander

BeBe Shopp, 1948 Miss America and vibraharp specialist

Brock Dykxhoorn, Canadian baseballer and non-water bottle kicker

Dick Kramp, Dutch marketer and low-hanging fruit noter

Fannie Whipple, 19th century US prostitute and sympathy provider

Aerial Powers, US basketballer and great X-ray owner

Galusha Pennypacker, US Civil War hero and 10-month hospital stayer

Beach Powers, Kansas playwright, cow avoider and subsequent car crash victim

Cal Crutchlow, British motorcyclist and pain overcomer

Lamont Sleets, former US basketballer and non-high five inventor

Tinker Hatfield, iconic shoe designer and lawnmower incorporater

Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Dutch swimmer and meningitis overcomer

Great name archive, 25 June – 1 July 2012

Quintavious Drains

Quintavious Drains (pic via Jackson State University)

So much to choose from this week. What are Angel Pagan‘s views on religion? Has Angus Pattie ever eaten an Angus pattie?

(I will safely assume that Dick Passwater has indeed…urinated.)

Ms Jetta Disco can consider herself unlucky this week; on most other weeks her name would have easily qualified as a Name of the Week.

Unfortunately for her, Mr Quintavious Drains was lurking. The ‘Quintavious’ is obviously spectacular – but to be followed by a word so unexpectedly out of the box and yet so mundane (mundrains?), elevates this name into a orbit to which few ascend.

Onto this week’s names:

Angel Pagan, Puerto Rican baseballer and freezing surprise sufferer (video)

Truman ‘Fonty’ Flock, early NASCAR driver and even earlier moonshine deliverer

Angus Pattie, New Zealand schoolboy and sunburn sufferer

Dick Passwater, NASCAR driver and purported enginer replacer

Dick Advocaat, Dutch soccer manager and social media advocate

Dick Dekker, Canadian wildlife researcher and wolf absolver

August Busch IV, former beer company CEO and companion of mysterious death sufferer

F. Skiddy von Stade Jr., former Harvard dean of freshmen and Unabomber admitter

Storm Throne, US baseballer and White Sox signer

Helga Happ, Austrian zoo director and turtle divorce commentator

Ketti Frings, Pulitzer Prize-winning screenwriter and box salesman daughter

Zebulon Sneed, US baseballer and projection flasher

Begonya Plaza, Colombian playwright/actress and Kathy Bates looooover

Jetta Disco, US Coast Guard spokeswoman and distress sign non-observer

Quintavious Drains, US baseballer and head swiveller