Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Have a Hugh Jass in Your Family?

The authors of the new book Bad Baby Names relied mostly on U.S. census records.

  • Long before Bart Simpson made prank calls to Moe's Tavern, children were burdened with names such as "Mike Rotch," "Hugh Jass," "Ivana Tinkle" and "Maya Buttreeks."
  • Think the "Boy named Sue" had to be tough? How about Cinderella Liverotti, whom the authors note was "sadly, a man, and a coal miner at that."
  • Babies named after food include "Lettuce Crum," "Hoagie Hoagland," "Onion Critzer," "Mustard M. Mustard" and "Tomato Billips."
  • Among the simply comical Dickensian monikers are "Leech Goodpaster," "Smock Bufner," "Knob Simmons," "Hose Belt," "Glove Butts" and "Hornby Toot." [Link]

Matthew Rayback

Hey. Thanks for this comment. Anyone who wants to know more or see other funny census names can go to my blog, www.badbabynames.net.

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