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, 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, 24-30 September 2012

Name Curator has been going for more than a year now, and it amazes me that there are still so many good names out there.

Billy Boat

Billy Boat

One thing that I am noticing as the names pile up is that I am increasingly drawn to names which instantly conjure up some sense of the person that the name belongs to.

In other words, Zeppy O’Geen may sound like a Dr Seuss character, but can we gain a mental image of him from his name alone?

Kippy Lou Brinkman, on the other hand, sounds like a perky, chirpy US beauty queen – which, of course, she was.

And Billy Boat – say it fast, in one word, billyboat – sounds like someone who needs to drive things fast for a living, which he did.

By golly I love names.

Maynard Um, US IT analyst and iPhone 5 upgrade surveyor

Comfort Sands, US merchant/politician and first NY State Auditor-General

Billy Boat, US driver and Turkey Night Grand Prix midget race winner

Cable Green, US education analyst/researcher and food machine ponderer

Outerbridge Horsey (VII), US architect and seventh-generation Outerbridge Horsey

Zeppy O’Geen, US lacrosser and constant every-game contributor

Whitfield Diffie, US cryptographer and self-described iconoclast

Kippy Lou Brinkman, Miss Washington 1965 and intricate harp music performer

Marynell Meadors, US basketball coach and powers struggle loser

Cyril Curtain, Australian biophysical researcher and lighthouse enthusiast

Tromp van Diggelen, South African physical culturalist and sickly child

Lake Keawekoaikamakaokalani Ka’ai, US gridironer and whirlwind truth teller

Grinling Gibbons, English sculptor & monument maker for NC fave Cloudesley Shovell

Wendell Venerable, US university student and alleged Montee Ball attacker

Darqueze Dennard, US gridironer and cheerleader crush instigator

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, 11-17 June 2012

Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon

Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon

Most of the names curated here are two words; it takes an especially strong name of three words (or more) to make the cut.

And then there’s Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon.

Of course, the ‘Cosmo’ is captivating; the ‘Duff’ adds some extra flavour and by the time you get to ‘Gordon’, it’s a pretty satisfying concoction. But that ‘Sir’ at the start is what does it for me. What’s he done in order to get the ‘Sir’?

(As it turns out, it probably wasn’t his efforts when departing abruptly from the Titanic.)

‘Sir’ and ‘Cosmo’ are so incongruous a coupling that it’s endearing – the leap from the stately ‘Sir’ to the Seinfeldian ‘Cosmo’ is such that it scarcely matters what comes next. Quite the achievement in a name.

On to this week’s assortment:

Coach Wei, US tech company CEO and anti-lean advocate

Lyle Link, US jazz saxophonist and chest slicer

Kash Kalkowski, US baseballer and pretty mean stick swinger

Elijah Goldtrap, American footballer and good putter

Caramyl Drake-May, University of Alabama academic advisor and incoming student activist

Montgomery Meigs, former US Army General and uncertainty embracer

August Sander, German photographer and / or self-portrait assister

Hiro Himmerl, 1yo son of late American photographer Anton and auction beneficiary

Dwight Dasher, American footballer and inadvertent opposition inspirer

Noxolo Nogwaza, South African gay rights activist and murder victim

Yaya Herman Dune, French singer and oddball Parisian rock band frontman

Mister Alexander, American footballer and ‘Mentally Ready’ court non-appearer

Winston Watson, US drummer and Hong Kong newspaper Bob Dylan misquotee

Erastus Fairbanks Snow, Mormon pioneer and co-founder (along with William J. Flake) of Snowflake, AZ

Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon, dueling pistol Olympics competitor and Titanic survivor

Q & A with Zebb Prime

Zebb Prime

Zebb Prime

Dr Zebb Prime is a smart man with a smart name. A Research Associate at the University of Adelaide’s School of Mechanical Engineering, his current research centres on Linear Parameter Varying (LPV) control techniques for the robust control of a scramjet powered hypersonic vehicle, while he cites his current research interests as robust LPV control, embedded control, and “the production of nice looking documents”.

He meets my research interest of finding out more about people with great names from the people themselves. Thanks Zebb!

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

My parents tell me that they liked the name ‘Zeb’ from an old Western.  I think (but aren’t sure that) it was the character Zeb Macahan in the TV show ‘How the West Was Won’.  I haven’t seen the show myself.

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

I think I have a good name, and I value it as ‘my name’, but generally I don’t think I attribute any more meaning to it than anyone else does to their name.

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

Having a distinctive (and unique) name can be a bit of a double-edged sword.  It obviously makes being remembered easier (for better or worse), and it makes it easier to be found (especially these days on the internet).

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

I generally receive positive reactions to my name, so it doesn’t really bother me what people think of my name, however I could easily imagine how it could bother someone if people were were more negative about their name.

Over the years, I’ve had quite a few funny reactions to my name.  They usually fall into the ‘superhero name’ [Zebb Prime], ‘evil genius name’ [Dr Prime] or ‘transformer’ [Optimus Prime] varieties.

Once in my honours year, we had to submit a conference paper to an internal student conference as part of one of my subjects.  My lecturer later told me that he thought the paper by “Prime and Stabile” was a joke paper, right up until we turned up to give our talk.

More recently, during some lecturing, I had a student tell me I could improve lectures by yelling at the end of each one “Autobots rollout!”

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

I’ve got quite a few friends (post-doctoral researchers and post-graduate students) whose names are quite funny with the doctor title, such as Dr Moreau (who has heard no end of island jokes), and the (hopefully) soon to be Dr Jones, who has given us a 1 week grace period of jokes once his PhD gets conferred.