Great name archive, 8-14 October 2012

Amory Lovins

Amory Lovins

Lotus Delta Coffman, US university president and Normal School graduate

Zizi Papacharissi, US academic and house of power

Gimel President, US gridironer and Parade team researcher

Walrus ‘J.U.I.C.E./Waterslide’ Howard, US cameraman & industry experience obtainer

Emanuel Ax, German pianist and restful renderer

Tina Taps, US tennis official and anti-wayward tennis ball adviser

Skylar Tibbits, US architect and self-assembly line constructor

Natural Hunka Kaboom, US council meeting attender and Bomb Squad activator

Ezzideen Tlish, Libyan taekwondo-er and shooting victim

Stirling Silliphant, US screenwriter and Bruce Lee friend/student

Jackson Blankenship, US uni student and Alabama Face Guy

Spongy Benjamin, Trinidadian/Tobagonian hoopster and point chipper-inner

Amory Lovins, US scientist and Hypercar inventor

Raina Deerwater, US student and slammin’ poet

Shyquawn Pullium, US gridironer and North-South speed shower


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

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: 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

Great name archive, 4-10 June 2012

Fabulous Flournoy

Fabulous Flournoy (courtesy of

Hard to go past Fabulous Flournoy for this week’s Most Valuable Name. What must it be like being growing up as an African-American boy in the Bronx with a first name like Fabulous? One would think: less than Fabulous.

It’s the ‘l’ in the surname that elevates this name to something beyond brilliant. By the time your mind has processed that someone is called Fabulous, you establish that the surname also begins with ‘F’. As your tongue moves on from the ‘F’, it encounters that second ‘l’ – after the ‘f’ and ‘l’ from the first name, this repetition is just delightful. Trying saying it yourself: Fabulous Flournoy.

Oh, it’s fabulous.

This week’s names:

Potito Starace, Italian tennis player and bettor

Sara Serpa, Portuguese/American jazz singer and wordless improvisor

Spencer Paysinger, American footballer and eternal sports encircler

Ryker Killins, Canadian ice-hockeyer and in-game thinker

Baaba Maal, Senegalese singer and food crisis observer

Preston Dial, American footballer and romantic matchmaker

Uffa Fox, boat designer and canoe-riding English Channel crosser

Chucky Leroy Laster, Naperville (IL) resident and alleged panderer

J.R. Sweezy, American footballer and 65-year-old bus driver alleged assaulter

Barry Blitt, US artist and offensive cover explainer

Fabulous Flournoy, British-based US basketball player/coach and ghetto escaper

Quan Sturdivant, American footballer and drug charge non-facer

Kerwin Swint, American political scientist/author and Cobb County commentator

Kermit Bloomgarden, Broadway producer, former accountant and limb loser

Randy Bullock, NFL player and Gatorade video subject