Terry Bill – Wills friend from Portchester, England
Ray Gunn came very close to inclusion in this top ten – just Jo King.
Norman Knight – a friend of Will and Guys.
Nevertheless, in a large survey trends may be significant, for instance, Jack, James and Ryan are good, successful names for boys, and Lucy, Elizabeth and Sophie for girls. However, Brian, Thomas and George were not highly rated by this survey, neither were Lucy, Tracey or Ann.
It has been noticed that many old British surnames have been disappearing in recent years; old names which have been used for generations are being lost. We think the reason maybe that in modern times people have become increasingly embarrassed to hold funny and unusual names that may make other people laugh.
On filling out her registration form, the secretary couldnt help a stifled laugh when she noticed that her surname was Carte!
We suspect that you will be able to add to our list; if so, please send in your funny names.
I heard of a lady in Southampton many years ago who visited an establishment with her young son, who tripped on the Welcome mat. Pick youself up, Orson! she called, and the lad did so.
Last names like: Cock, Daft, Death, Smellie, Gotobed, Shufflebottom, Willy, Nutters, Piggs and Jelly have declined seriously in the past century or so. We imagine that these people have changed their names to something innocuous.
Names like: Cock, Daft, Death, Smellie, Gotobed, Shufflebottom, Willy, Nutters, Piggs and Jelly have declined seriously in the past century or so. We imagine that these people have changed their names to something innocuous.
If you think that these names are acceptable and non-problematic then consider the problem faced by Matt Hitchcock, whom computer giant Microsoft banned from opening an email account in 2002, deeming his surname too rude. Will and Guy hope they have come to their senses by now.
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The 2008 population, when compared to that in 1881 [using Census figures], shows that the number of Cocks has shrunk by 75%, while the number of people called Balls or Daft has fallen by more than 50%.
The funniest names in Britain have been revealed in a new and recent study and include Terry Bull. Interestingly, Will and Guy have a friend, who lives in Portchester, named Terry Bill who has suffered all his life from Mickey taking.
A Somerset teenager, George Garratt, aged 19, has changed his name to Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine Hulk And The Flash Combined. The music graduate changed his name by deed poll online for 10 [$16 USD] Will and guy have established. Captain Fantastic told reporters, I wanted to be unique. I decided upon a theme of superheroes.
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In 2012 a football match took place where all the players were called Bungay.
The teenager, from Glastonbury, Somerset, England, added that while he thought the new name was crazy, and that his grandmother was no longer speaking to him. Why are we not surprised?
Video from a school in New Zealand, kindly sent in by Rod Theobald
Some things have not changed, however. In 1881 the most popular surnames were, in order, Smith, Jones, Williams, Brown, Taylor, Davies, Wilson, Evans and Thomas; those top nine names are still in the exactly the same order of popularity today.
Smellie – Will knew a Mr Smellie in his childhood. The man insisted on being called Mr Smeelie. Regretfully, Will and his friends used to giggle at him.
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Stan Still – stand still as in an Army Sergeant-Major: Stand still you orrible little man.
You may have to work on deciphering the problem with one or two of the names.
We have 4 children between us (two Peggs and two Leggs) and because we dont want to change their names, we were thinking about hyphenating ours to Pegg-Legg. Only problem is that we cant say it with a straight face.
Shufflebottom – most -bottoms came from the bottom of a valley.
Will and Guys Top Ten Funny, Silly and Downright Inconsiderate Names, this selection makes us laugh:
Apparently, the fastest-growing surname in Britain is Zhang, which has grown from 123 in 1996 to 5,804 in 2008. It is closely followed by four other Chinese names: Wang, Yang, Huang and Lin; only after that do a couple of African names get a look in: Moyo and Dube.
I got married 2 weeks ago and I cant decide on a surname. My surname is Pegg and my husbands surname is Legg.
A spokesman for the site which compiled the study, told us, Parents need to think carefully when choosing names for their children. Whats quirky and fun for a toddler might be regretted when the person is older.
It can be very funny if your first name is May or Will!
Sent in by a reader who went to school with – Dinah Drain!
Amy Freeze – Meteorologist (WABC-New York)
Another factor is age. Names that are popular in one era, sound old-fashioned two generations later, for example, Florrie, Agnes and Constance would seem like unfortunate childrens names in 2008.
Many old British surnames have been disappearing in recent years; names which have been used for generations are being lost. We think the reason maybe that in modern times people have become increasingly embarrassed to hold funny and unusual names that may make other people laugh.
My surname is Godbehere. It is pronounced exactly the same way it looks (God be here) and is a relatively rare surname which originates from Yorkshire, England. It comes from the old Germanic name Godeberht meaning God Bright.
Seymour Legg – see more leg……………….
Daft – this meant meek and mild natured in medieval times.
Women with an ordinary first name could marry a man with a tricky surname. For example, Annette Brown marries Joe Curtain (Kirton) and becomes A Net Curtain.
A former Royal Air Force man, Stan Still, 76, was also named along with Barb Dwyer, Max Power, Justin Case, Mary Christmas and Paige Turner, we can report. Stan Still, from, Cirencester, Wiltshire, England commented, When I was in the RAF my commanding officer used to shout Stan Still! Get a move on and roll about laughing. It got hugely boring. My name has been a blooming millstone around my neck.
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Recent research carried out by Professor Richard Webber [Kings College, London] has brought to light an interesting and puzzling conundrum say Will and Guy.
The study also unveiled wacky names in the USA, including Carrie Oakey, Annette Curtain, a dentist called Les Plack and a doctor called Sumey.
Studies by Richard Wiseman and others have shown that pupils with successful names get higher marks, and succeed in school, compared with those with unsuccessful names. Will and Guy say that while such psychology probably is true, it needs to be put into context. For example, in Wales (home of Dylan Thomas), Dylan would be a normal name. But if Dylan moved to England they may call him Dullun.
Its true all 22 players, the referee, linesmen and reserves shared the same name of Bungay has taken place in the town of Bungay in Suffolk. Bungay is one of Britains rarest names with only 455 people called Bungay in the country – just 12 people per million.See more about this epic match.