Unfortunate Last Names

I've always thought my last name was pretty bad. And I mean that in the literal sense. 'Boese' means 'bad' (or angry) in German. But its meaning wouldn't matter much if only English-speaking people could pronounce it (it's 'burr-za', as if it had an 'r' in it... not 'boose'). But I shouldn't feel too sorry for myself, because this guy in Brazil, Mr. Reinhardt Adolfo Fuck, has me beat hands down. As far as I can tell, that really is his name. He must get endless jokes about it.


Posted on Thu May 20, 2004


Greetings. Dr Reinhardt A. Fuck indeed is a real
person. He is a respected geologist from Brazil.
I did a literature search on his name in the
international database GeoRef and there are 91
bibliographic citations for him.

Steve Craigg
Atlanta, GA
Posted by steve craigg  on  Thu May 20, 2004  at  01:09 PM
Dr. Fuck no doubt comes from German stock. His
last name is probably pronounced "Fook.

BTW--I really like your site. I've always wondered how you get the time to devote to it.
Posted by steve craigg  on  Thu May 20, 2004  at  01:31 PM
You would think he would legally change his name.
Posted by Alex  on  Thu May 20, 2004  at  04:44 PM
Maybe he doesn't want to change it. Having a name like that might actually help him pick up women. Or it might not. Could work either way... depending on the woman, really.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Thu May 20, 2004  at  05:00 PM
I had an art teacher named Mrs. Anger, and a friend whose last name was Gross.
Posted by PlantPerson  on  Thu May 20, 2004  at  06:52 PM
I had a dentist named Dr. Maybe. But the all time winner is the girl who sat behind me for a semester of Freshman algebra in high school: Nancy Kockabich. Yes, it's pronounced how you're thinking.
Posted by Goo  on  Thu May 20, 2004  at  09:54 PM
My mother is a college professor, and at UCSD early in her career, she somehow got a Justin Time (Thyme?) and a Justin Case in the same class! They actually partnered up for projects, I think.

Also in San Diego, I distinctly remember a Dick Ryder running for a position in local government sometime in the early 90s. I am absolutely not making this up. Why wouldn't you go by "Richard?"

More recently, I found out that the first name of the manager of a friend's apartment building is Nimrod. He's of middle-eastern or eastern-european descent, and it's a biblical name, but even so -- you can't help but do a double take when someone shakes your hand and says "Hi, I'm Nimrod."
Posted by Ben Syverson  on  Fri May 21, 2004  at  12:33 AM
The real estate agent in our town is Dick Payne... Again, why would you not make it Richard? Especially when you're going to display it on large signs all over town...
Posted by Lachlina  on  Fri May 21, 2004  at  04:42 AM
Here in Portugal there's a Brasilian football plauer known as Argel, but is real name is Arg̩lico Fucks.
There's also an italian (I think) named Marco Bode (stands in portuguese for male goat...)
Posted by sakeb  on  Fri May 21, 2004  at  07:25 AM
Let's see... there's a Dick Seaman, the GP racer from the 1930's; there's Amigone Funeral home; and don't forget Dick Trickle, the NASCAR driver
Posted by Bob S. Yunkle  on  Fri May 21, 2004  at  10:47 AM
These are all good aptronyms being posted. I know several usgs people whose names are aprtonyms:
Robert Gauger (stream hydrologist)
Richard Hereford (geomorphologist, specializes in the effects of cattle overgrazing on arroyo formation in arid landscapes)
Erik Beever (ecologist)
Kyle Juracek (geologist)
John Sutter (geologist; remember Sutter's Mill?)
there's Sally Ride (the astronaut)
the list could go on and on. i'm sure there's an
aptronym website out there.
Posted by steve craigg  on  Fri May 21, 2004  at  10:56 AM
Here in San Diego there's a car dealership called Lusti Motors. I always figured that must be a happily married couple who owns it: Mr. and Mrs. Lusti.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Fri May 21, 2004  at  11:09 AM
sorry to post again, but I just remembered... once my dad had an interview with a guy named Sultan McDoom. We all got a laugh out of that one, and the idea that he might get a job with Sultan McDoom as his boss.
Posted by PlantPerson  on  Fri May 21, 2004  at  02:55 PM
My Aunt in Iowa has a dermatologist named Harry Hyde...really...true person.
Posted by Gee  on  Fri May 21, 2004  at  03:55 PM
There is a funeral home near Buffalo, NY - "Amigone Funeral Home"...
Posted by Megan  on  Fri May 21, 2004  at  06:53 PM
Edith Mycock..she was a year behind me in high school. A relative of her lives a few doors down from me. Her maiden name is Mycock.
Posted by bob g  on  Fri May 21, 2004  at  08:20 PM
I lived in Porto Alegre ( Rio Grande do Sul) for a while and there are lots of Fucks there (fnarr fnarr snigger). By the way, I went to school with a girl called Nichola Gotobed, who apparently did put out , but wether this is true or not I don
Posted by Alistair  on  Sat May 22, 2004  at  10:38 AM
In Keneduskeg, Maine there's an orchard called Treworgy Orchards. Apparently named after the family that owns it.
Posted by Goo  on  Sat May 22, 2004  at  04:27 PM
Is the town of Fucking, Australia a real place?
Posted by David  on  Sat May 22, 2004  at  07:25 PM
Yes and no, it's in Austria.
Posted by Peter  on  Sun May 23, 2004  at  07:37 AM
I played football against a guy in high school with an unfortunate last name. His first name was Jeremy, and his last names was pronounced shi-they-ad. But sadly, it was spelled shithead. And the name shithead didnt look very good on the back of a football jersey.
Posted by Bob  on  Sun May 23, 2004  at  02:47 PM
There was a woman, daughter of a former Texas governor, James Hogg, whose name was Ima. That's right, she was Ima Hogg.
Posted by Bionic Bozo  on  Sun May 23, 2004  at  07:59 PM
And don't forget the thousands of places (city, streets, etc..) named Fu King
Posted by Bob S. Yunkle  on  Sun May 23, 2004  at  11:24 PM
A man that goes to my church has the name Ivan Odor.
Posted by AJ  on  Mon May 24, 2004  at  08:27 AM
In high school there was an Asian boy bearing the unfortunate name of Pissit Tapanya...
Posted by K  on  Mon May 24, 2004  at  12:14 PM
Mr. Lear of Lear jet named his daughter, Krista Shanda Lear.
Knew a girl in highschool- her grandmother's name--Christy Malisty Spitznoggle. Her other gm's name --Florence Hotblast Brown--The Florence Hotblast cookstove was delivered on her birthday.
Posted by allan munkres  on  Mon May 24, 2004  at  03:20 PM
I used to live in a house with a girl named Melinda Cockhead.

Went to school with Titsianna Boobalini.

Worked with an exchange photomat dude named Dum Phuick.

Ah... the laughs go on and on...
Posted by Happy Noodle Boy  on  Mon May 24, 2004  at  11:06 PM
I know someone with the last name Cockburn
Posted by Abi  on  Tue May 25, 2004  at  08:11 AM
Some people with the surname Hornblow live near me and some unfortunate Chinese person has a name that looks like You Shit! Yu something. Alas I've long forgotten the Shit part of the name...
Posted by Jan  on  Tue May 25, 2004  at  08:42 AM
My friend graduated just this month and in his class there was a woman named Anita Dick. She married into the name.

When my mother graduated last year from grad school one of the presenting professors was Anita Panake. It is pronounced PAN-a-kay, but it was misheard as Pancake.
Posted by Tam  on  Tue May 25, 2004  at  10:36 AM
There's a famous Czech poet called
Posted by Paul Farrington-Douglas  on  Wed May 26, 2004  at  09:39 AM
I used to work with a guy whose name is Richard Weiner. He does not like to be called Dick!
Posted by Wally  on  Wed May 26, 2004  at  01:44 PM
I worked with a guy named Matt Morrow. He has a brother named Tom.
Posted by Tim  on  Wed May 26, 2004  at  01:48 PM
I used to work for Hertz Rent-A-Car and we rented to a man whose last name was "Pussey". He pronounced it Poo-say. It took everything we could do to control our laughter when he arrived at the counter.
Posted by B. Shields  on  Wed May 26, 2004  at  04:34 PM
I knew a guy named Harry Wolf.

Oh, and we can't forget the racecar driver named Dick Trickle.
Posted by Jen  on  Wed May 26, 2004  at  06:31 PM
Here are a few names I have run across:

l) Harry Ball
2) Dick Handworker
3) Dickie Quick
4) Bob Glasscock

Honest - none of these were made up. Parents should be ashamed!
Posted by SUSAN  on  Wed May 26, 2004  at  10:51 PM
I knew a girl named Megan Passwater. Also, my mother's friend was named Richard Dick Dickinson.
Posted by The Armani Ninja  on  Wed May 26, 2004  at  11:48 PM
:roll: I have a client at the bookstore I work at her name is Honey Poole. She is a teacher in one of the local school systems.
Posted by Eric  on  Thu May 27, 2004  at  07:41 AM
Here are a few good ones. My grandpa's coworker was named Harry Boddom pronounced bottom. My friend's stepmom named Fanny married into the Weiper family (Fanny Weiper). A girl I went to highschool with was named Ada. Ada Cok. She pronounced it "coke" but everyone knew how you REALLY say it.
Posted by Andy  on  Thu May 27, 2004  at  02:40 PM
There was a Japaneese foreign exchange student in one of my college classes named Kimiko Takeashita. I'm sure it wasn't actually pronounced take-a-shit-a. But I had to do a double take when I saw that name on paper. She was a very cute girl by the way.
Posted by Aaron  on  Thu May 27, 2004  at  04:51 PM
I work in a tradeshow office and one of my exhibitor's last names is Ahrenhoeresterbaeumer. My boss laughs at me all the time because I refuse to type it more than once. I always copy and paste.
also, my bf used to work w/ a guy named Harry Woodcock. no joke.
Posted by Kristen  on  Thu May 27, 2004  at  05:02 PM
At my hometown, one of the local radio stations decided to haved "Weird Name Wednsday." A nurse who worked in maternity called in and spoke about twin girls whose mother had named them Syphilis and Gonorrhea(pronounced Si-phylis and Ganaria). There was another little girl named Pajama, pronounced Pa-ja-may. I feel especially sorry for the twins, though.
Posted by Missy  on  Thu May 27, 2004  at  11:44 PM
Posted by RICKK  on  Fri May 28, 2004  at  10:31 AM
In Pennsylvania, the past president of the state financial aid agency, PHEAA, was named Richard Willey. He went by Dick, so he was known as Dick Willey...talk about a double phallic name. Kinda like Peter O'toole.
Posted by Mike  on  Fri May 28, 2004  at  10:41 AM
a friend of mine is a nurse at a local hospital and had a patient who didn't speak english and named her new-born baby Shithead pronounce (sha-theed)
Posted by Fezzik  on  Fri May 28, 2004  at  11:40 AM
I work with a guy named Jack Hard. And his fathers name is Dick Hard. My grandparents introduced me to a guy named Richard Cum, he pronouced his last name cuum
Posted by Tyler  on  Fri May 28, 2004  at  01:06 PM
I worked at a place where one of our frequent clients was Proctor Coffin. My niece's name is Mia Mann. We don't know why, and my sister STILL doesn't understand why this is bad. My grandfather's name was Zenas (and used to get mail addressed to everything from Zena to Zenith to Jesus), I had a great grandfather named Magnus and the woman living down the street from me growing up was named Casio. Better than all this was a girl I went to school with called P.J. or Jane. I asked her why she was called P.J. sometimes and Jane other times, and she said her actual name was Probably Jane, due to a clerical error at the hospital where she was born.

Under bizarre spellings, I went to school with a girl named Kjellander (pronounced Shellanda) and another girl named Kaijsa (pronouced Kai-sah).
Posted by Ga  on  Fri May 28, 2004  at  01:26 PM
Went to school with Merry & Melody Tune. At my company (at another branch) there's a Dick Likeness. And also a Mai Ho.
Posted by Doug  on  Fri May 28, 2004  at  04:05 PM
My ex-boyfriend's name is Stoney Walls. His two younger brothers are Adobe and Brick. I fell especially sorry for Brick because he really is big an not too bright.
Posted by Lesley  on  Fri May 28, 2004  at  05:00 PM
Had a science teacher in high school. His name was Dick Pew! Students used to come into class singing the Skynard classic The Smell: "Ewww..that smell. Dick, where'd ya get that smell?"
Posted by Dave  on  Sat May 29, 2004  at  09:19 AM
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