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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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. πŸ™‚

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

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. πŸ™‚

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

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

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. πŸ™‚

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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

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;Β  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

Best 2012 Olympic names: 50 (+1)-41

Takumi Kuki

Takumi Kuki

And so the Olympics – and my top 50 countdown – have begun.

Over the next two weeks, I’m counting down the best 50 (+1) names at the Olympics. (Yes, it’s technically 51 names, as 17 days of the Olympics x 3 names a day = 51 – but 50 has that nice ring to it.)

Some of the first 11 names are fun to look at (Tim Lips, Lukas Lacko) but my favourites so far have been the ones to say out loud: Carmelita Jeter, and, even better, Takumi Kuki.

Say them out loud, over and over, and rejoice in their great names.

(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