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There’s a baby born every minute and each one has to be named. In this book, you’ll find an insanity of nomenclature that beggars belief. Russell Ash has trawled birth, marriage, and death certificates, phone books, and censuses going back centuries to compile a compendium of breathtakingly unlikely-but-true names.
Why on earth would Mr. and Mrs. O’Shea name their son Rick? What were the Fants thinking when they named their child Elle? Or Mr. and Mrs. Royd, for that matter, when naming their daughter Emma? Or how about Everard Cock, Page Turner, or Sally Forth?
In this painstakingly researched, utterly true, riotously entertaining collection, readers will discover real-life examples of some of the most unusual, crude, and shocking names ever, presenting a laugh-out-loud overview of eccentricity through the ages.
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RUSSELL ASH is best known for his annual Top 10 of Everything and other reference books. He is the author of numerous humor titles, and his extensive research work encompasses biographical studies and genealogy. His ancestors include Claudius Ash (the inventor of false teeth) and Serjeant (his name, not his rank) Ash, and he married into a family that celebrates its ancestors, the Cobbledicks.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
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Chapter OneTHE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLYIn which we meet a diverse array of people whose names are remarkable, baffling, uncategorizable, or just plain weird.--A--Alf Abbet Born Teddington, Middlesex, c.1849 (Teddington, 1891 census)George Sneezum Acock Born Woolwich, London, 1873Herbert Slap Aldhous Born Islington, London, 1874Agent Mildred Allsop Born Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire, 1904Phil Ander Born Westminster, London, c.1842 (St Martln-in-the-Fields. London, 1871 census)Furious Andrews (Female) Born Great Horwood, Buckinghamshire, c.1821 (Steeple Claydon, Buckinghamshire, 1881 census)B. Ann Angel (Female) Born Bedwelty, Monmouthshire, 1894Onesiphorous Ankers Married Blackburn, Lancashire, 1910John Anonymous Born np c.1865; died West Ham, Essex, 1868Rameses Arblaster Born Cannock, Staffordshire, 1910Ann Archy Born Haslingden, Lancashire, 1886Annie Argument Born Durham 1887Wow Ashworth (Female) Born Lancashire c.1771 (Blackburn, Lancashire, 1841 census)Herbert Abcdef Atkinson Born Tynemouth, Northumberland, 1904Betty Auckward Baptized All Saints, Hereford, 6 June 1755--B--Fairest Babbett Died Manchester, Lancashire, 1864Eileen Back Born Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, 1908Helen Back Born Tiverton, Devon, 1849Shepherdess Jane Backhoffner Born St Marylebone. London, 1845 (St Marylebone, 1851 census) Shepherdess was the daughter of George H. Backhoffner, Professor of Chemistry and Natural Philosophy and Registrar of Births & Deaths.Ptolemy Tom Backholer Born Sherborne, Dorset, 1872Bedding Badding Born Holborn, London, c.1889 (Lambeth, London, 1901 census)Lilian Comforter Badman Born West Ham, Essex, 1902Earthly Emma Bailey Born Mitford, Norfolk, 1879Bertram Cannon Ball Born Stourbridge, Worcestershire, 1875Intercydonia M. Ball (Female) Married James Jarvis, Wolstanton, Staffordshire, 1912Mother Balmforth Born Bramley, Yorkshire, 1866Banger Balster Married Manchester, Lancashire, 1855Aberycusgentylis Balthropp Baptized Iver, Buckinghamshire, 25 January 1648Dimple H. Bangle (Male) Born Barnstable, Devon, c.1825 (Instow, Devon, 1871 census)Piggy Banks Born Kimmeridge, Dorset, c.1810 (East Stonehouse, Devon, 1851 census)Fud Barbee Born Scotland c.1853 (on ship Bride of the Nile, Humber, 1871 census)Ali Barber Baptized Inveresk with Musselburgh, Midlothian, 29 August 1731William Y. Barfly Born Penmaenmar, Caernarvonshire, c.1864 (Leek, Lancashire, 1881 census)Joseph XXX Barkass Married Newcastle uponTyne, Northumberland, 1855Zerrubabel Barraclough Born Keighley, Yorkshire. 1879Faith Hope And Charity Barratt [one person] Born Exeter, Devon, I 846Lilian Fluffy Barrett Born Shoreditch, London, 1895Thomas Honeybun Bartlett Born Weymouth. Dorset, 1877Monte Cristo T. Barton Born Lambeth, London, 1898Boadicea Basher Baptized St Hilary, Cornwall, 13 January 1856William Bashful Born Staffordshire c.1847 (Spitalfelds, London, 1871 census)Bertie Basin Born Holborn, London, c.1891 (Clerkenwell, London, 1901 census)Fancy Baskett Married Steyning, Sussex, 1880Sosthenes Bather Died Cokhester, Essex, 1847Thomas Grain Thought Bays Married City of London, 1841New Year Beadle (Female) Married James Theaker, Thorne, Lincolnshire, 1862Mercy Beak Married Bath, Somerset, 1870Hula Beanland Born Burnley, Lancashire, 1871Choo Ah Beano Married Stepney, London, 1882Astynax Beattle Born Burghfield, Berkshire, c.1855 (Dorking, Surrey, 1871 census)Harry Beatup Born Eastbourne, Sussex, c.1878 (Eastbourne, 1881 census)John Sidney Six Beckham Born Norwich, Norfolk. 1860Eleazer Bed Born Whitechapel, London, 1871Gaylord Beebe Born Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, 1892Sarah Pudentia Beeks Married Bala, Merionethshire, 1868Bess Befor Baptized St Giles without Cripplegate, London, 26 July 1629Bozy Bench Born Calverton, Nottinghamshire, c. 1889 (Calverton, 1891 census)May Snow Bennett Born Plymouth, Devon, 1893Thomas Churchreform Bennett Married Faversham, Kent, 1858Rob Bery Born Whitechapel, London, 1857Tunu Bibi Born np 1938; died St Albans, Hertfordshire, 1998 Tunu is said to be a Miwok Indian name meaning 'deer thinking about going to eat wild onions'.Annice Bible Born Wolstanton, Staffordshire, 1907Uretha Jane Biddle Born Nottingham 1889Betty Big Baptized Rolvenden, Kent, 17 January 1762Smallhope Biggs (Male) Born Cranbrook, Kent, c.1556Old Bill Died Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, 1906Spanner Bing Born Northwood, Isle of Wight, c.1822 (Newchurch, Hampshire, 1851 census)Eliza Dribble Bingham Married Chesterfield, Derbyshire, 1862Beasley Bingo (Male) Married Elizabeth Davies, Orleton, Herefordshire, 29 May 1681Annie Primate Binnington Married Sculcoates, Yorkshre, 1880John Wheeler Binns Born Wellington, Shropshire, 1874Al Bino Born St Marylebone, London, c. 1860 (Southwark, London, 1871 census)Parky Bishop Died Pontypridd, Glamorgan, 1880Simon Straight Bishop Born np c. 1818; died St Columb, Cornwall, 1871Matt Black Born Felling, Durham, c.1861 (Holmside, Durham, 1891 census)Thomas John Dosias Four Blackwell Born Morpeth, Durham, 1842Minnie Moon Blagg Born Basford, Nottinghamshire, 1880Trueheart Blanchard Died Spilsby Lincolnshire, 1839Marmaluke Bland Married Spilsby, Lincolnshire, 1888Silence Bliss (Female) Born Woodend, Northamptonshire, c.1846 (Blakesley, Northamptonshire, 1871 census)Strain Blogg Born Norfolk c. 1773 (South Erpingham, Norfolk, 1841 census)Emma Bloodisack Born Rotherhithe, London, c. 1858 (Hackney, 1881 census)Phalliss Bloomer Born Cradley, Worcestershire, c.1876 (Litchurch, Derbyshire, 1881 census)Mary L. Blotto Born Lambeth, London, 1911Bill Board Born Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, c. 1890 (Abergavenny, 1891 census)Water Board Born Axbridge, Somerset, 1853Kiss Bobby (Female) Born Diss, Norfolk, c.1853 (Fersfield, Norfolk, 1871 census)Liar Bodwell (Male) Born Manchester Lancashire, c.1884 (Ince-in-Makerfeld, Lancashire, 1901 census)Annie Body Born Plympton St Mary, Devon, 1866Bold Bold Married Salford, Lancashire, 1838Nora Bone Born South Stoneham, Hampshire, 1902Fuku Nozwara Boogert Born np 1935; died Hammersmith, London, 1988Risque Booth Born Stockport, Cheshire, 1909Julius Caesar K. Borgia Born StAndrews, Middlesex (Holborn, London, 1871 census)Friend Bottle Born Middlesex c. 1816 (St Botolph, Aldersgate, London, 1841 census)Pop Botts (Male) Born Dorset c.1878 (Bournemouth, Hampshire, 1891 census)Bridget Bouncer Baptized Dunchideock, Devon, 23 October 1659Sarah Bouncy Married Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, 1876Honour Bound Buried St Pinnock, Cornwall, 1783Spartacus Martial Bourdin Born Hendon, Middlesex, 1890Faintnot Isaday Bourne Born Rye, Sussex, 1878Geronimo Bow (Male) Married Cathe [sic] Williams, St George in the East, London, 1810Charles Damp Bowden Born Portsea Island, Hampshire, 1895Affability Box Baptized St John Horsleydown, Bermondsey, London, 3 March 1822Ima Box Born Reading, Berkshire, c. 1865 (Reading, 1871 census)Wallop Brabazon Married Jane Du Pre, St Marylebone, London, 19 March 1796Herbert Superbus Bradbury Born Chorlton, Lancashire, 1908 His middle name is assumed to be'Superb-us', as in Roman prefect Marcus Superbus, rather than 'Super-bus'.Amelia Disturnal Brassington Born West Bromwich, Staffordshire, 1871Susan Brasso Baptized Wisborough Green, Sussex, 12 December 1602Lettice Bray Baptized Mobberley, Cheshire, 26 April 1807Richard Clencher Brazier Born Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, 1840Freezer Breeze Born GreatYarmouth, Norfolk, c.1839 (GreatYarmouth, 1851 census)Eva Brick (Female) BornTurkey c. 1874 (Battersea, London, 1901 census)Napoleon Lavoisier Voltaire Briggs Married West Bromwich, Staffordshire, 1862Jucy [sic] Ann Brocklebank Born Bootle, Cumberland, 1871Foetus Brocklehurst Born Prestwich, Lancashire, 1877Napkin Brooker Married Mary Hawkins, St Michael, Lewes, 23 October 1799Wack Broomhead (Male) Born Over Haddon, Derbyshire, c.1848 (Haddon, Derbyshire, 1851 census)Emily Pocohontas [sic] Brown Born Gravesend, Kent, 1847 An appropriate middle name: native American princess Pocahontas, wife of English colonist John Rolfe and star of the Disney animated film, died in Gravesend 230 years earlier.Irony Thomas Brown Born Romford, Essex, 1843Nimrod Buckett Born Portsmouth, Hampshire, 1820Content Increase Buckley Born Oldham, Lancashire, 1860Benito Mussolini Buckross Born np 1932; died Bradford, Yorkshire, 1997 What may have sounded like an interesting choice of first names when the fascist dictator was allegedly making the Italian trains run on time perhaps seemed less appealing ten years later.Lovely Budge Born Chard, Somerset, 1881Alefounder Bugg Born Brantham, Suffolk, 18 April 1817Original Bugg Born Lincoln 1907Lamentation Bullivant Born Spilsby, Lincolnshire, 1841Rahartha Bung (Female) Born Tiverton, Devon, c.1860 (Newton Abbot, Devon, 1861 census)Philemon Bungy Born Brighton, Sussex c. 1873 (Brighton, 1881 census)Philadelphia Bunnyface Laneast, Cornwall, will, 1722 The inclusion of this name among those published by the Cornwall Record Office in its list of 'Silly Names' upset some people called Boniface, who believed the name to be a corruption of theirs.Bounce E. Burbidge (Female) Born Sheffield, Yorkshire, c. 1856 (Sheffield, 1871 census)Furry Jane Burbidge Born Friskney, Lincolnshire, c. 1847 (Friskney, 1871 census)Rhoda Failing Burpee Born Bucklow, Cheshire, 1905Tim Burr Born Watford, Hertfordshire, 1867Ethelbert Bursting Born Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, c. 1877 (Cambridge, 1901 census)Judas Iscariot Burton Born Stafford 1882Wealthy Buscomb Buried St Breock, Cornwall, 1723Florence May Bust Born Nottingham 1895Thankful Butler Born Hastings, Sussex, 1838Providence Buttefant (Female) Born np c. 1806 (Southwold, Suffolk, 1841 census)Delight Butterworth Born np c. 1856, Massachusetts, USA (Droylsden, Lancashire, 1891 census)Leviathan Buttress Born Stevenage, Hertfordshire, c. 1853 (Bartlow, Cambridgeshire, 1881 census)Bob By Born Battle, Sussex, c. 1841 (Battle, 1841 census) Along with names such as Er and Up, By is one of a small number of two-letter surnames in the UK.--C--Harie Cabaret Baptized London 10 January 1628William Snafu Cadman Born St George, Southwark, London, 1853 If correct, this would be a unique usage of'Snafu'-better known as the acronym for'Situation Normal All Fucked Up'-as a name, but is more probably a snafu by the Registrar, and is meant to be 'Snape'.Julia Caesar Born Westminster, London, c. 1832 (Lambeth, 1851 I census) Julia Caesar was the daughter of Octavius Caesar, a coachsmith.Julius Caesar Married Alice Dente, Mitcham, Surrey, 10 April 1596Rose Cann Cann Born Barnstaple, Devon, 1867Peculiar Cannon (Female) Born Claypole, Lincolnshire, c.1876 (Hawton, Nottinghamshire, 1881 census)Mephibosheth Capstack (Male) Born Halifax,Yorkshire, 1869 (Northowram, Yorkshire, 1871 census)Truly Carbon Born Dorking, Surrey c. 1869 (Broadwater Down, Kent, 1901 census)I. D. Card (Female) Born Portsmouth, Hampshire, 1908Valentine Card (Male) Born np 1913; died Chelmsford, Essex, 1993Joseph Greenhouse Careless Born Walsall, Staffordshire, 1874John Lucknow Hidden Carpenter Born Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire, 1859 His name presumably commemorated the Siege of Lucknow, India, two years earlier.Clint Cartilige Born Prescot, Lancashire, 1849Splash Carver Born np 1913; died Romsey, Hampshire, 2001George Frisky Cattermole Born Depwade, NorFolk, 1896Swill Baden Dentwyford Cawthorne Born Leeds, Yorkshire, c. 1900 (Chapel Allerton,Yorkshire, 1901 census)Mary Celeste Born Lancashire c.1811 (Liverpool, Lancashire, 1841 census) A spookily prescient name-the mysterious case of the abandoned ship Mary Celeste did not occur until 1872.Flora Sexburga Chambers Born Durham c. 1874 (Altrincham, Cheshire, 1881 census)Moon Chaplin Died Norwich, Norfolk, 1844Molesbury Vim Chapman (Male) Born Helpston, Northamptonshire, c.1847 (Newborough, Northamptonshire, 1871 census)Eliza Kanbone Chegwidder Baptized Feock, Cornwall, 28 May 1848Alice Louisa Damp Child Born Sandown, Hampshire, c.1877 (Portsea, Hampshire, 1891 census)Charity Chilly Baptized Menheniot, Cornwall, 24 November 1736Emma Chiset Born Brighton, Sussex, c.1828 (Brighton, 1851 census)Ah Choo Married Stepney, London, 1882Jesus Christ Born np 1940; died Rotherham, Yorkshire, 2004Merry Christmas Born Midhurst, Sussex, 1874Sabbath Church (Male) Baptized Wybunbury, Cheshire, 3 March 1731El Cid (Female) Baptized St Paul, Norwich, Norfolk, 25 April 1686Minnie Pudentiana Clague Born West Derby, Lancashire, 1872George Edward Short Clampit Born Newton Abbot, Devon, 1848Charlotte Clapsaddle Born np c.1796 (Rochdale, Lancashire, 1841 census)Pussie Maude L. Clarke Born Lexden, Essex, 1898Argy Clatworthy (Female) Born Exeter, Devon, 1876Curvey Cleary Born Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, c. 1846 (Paddington, London, I 89 I census)Minnehaha Clements Born Wandsworth, London, 1874Pubella Clements (Female) Born Middlesex c. 1879 (Lambeth, London, 1881 census)Aureola Clinton Born Battersea, London, c. 1892 (Battersea, 1901 census)Jelling Cluck Baptized Bedlington, Northumberland, 17 December 1671Jessie Clutterbuck Clutterbuck Born Chepstow, Monmouthshire, 1845Charles Cobweb Baptized St James Roman Catholic Church, Winchester, Hampshire, 12 February 1818Mary Ann Cocaine Born Derbyshire c. 1828 (Failsworth, Lancashire, 1901 census)Earthy Cocksedge Born Stowmarket, Suffolk, c. 1899 (Stowmarket, 1901 census)Christopher Cockshit Baptized Clayton with Frickey, Yorkshire, 14 October 1771Admonition Codd Died Newton Abbot, Devon, 1842Not Wanted James Colvill Born Lambeth, London, 1861William Conqueror Born Sunderland, Durham, 1862Norman Co...
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