to ask if you know of any 'urban myths' that are actually true?

(291 Posts)
manicinsomniac Sun 12-May-13 17:27:53

a colleague told me the other day that her husband had been to school with a brother and sister called Everard and Ophelia Dick. I was very dismissive, told her I'd heard that story several times before, that it was an urban myth and possibly on

Luckily I stopped short of saying that the story probably had racist undertones.

But I've just googled them and they're well documented in the same town that her husband is from. So the chances are he's right. I'm very blush and will have to tell her so in the morning.

I get so used to these name tales being false and offensive that I didn't think there was any way it was going to be true.

Does anybody know if any of the others are true?

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Sun 12-May-13 17:29:48

How are those names racist? confused

Neo That's what I was thinking

HollyBerryBush Sun 12-May-13 17:31:59

The only Everard I know of was Larry Graysons friend he used to refer to in stand up.

SilvercloudRainbow Sun 12-May-13 17:32:25

My school janitor was called Willie Dick. He lived up to his name by being a complete knob. He tried to call himself "Bill" but everyone called him Willie. A Maths teacher let us know this by saying that his first name was a synonym of his surname.

VBisme Sun 12-May-13 17:33:47

Really? I don't believe it (and I've googled blush)

Euphemia Sun 12-May-13 17:34:41

The leader of our local council is Richard Stiff.

SilvercloudRainbow Sun 12-May-13 17:35:40

...and my ex shared a flat with a guy called Richard Head, no kidding.

I work with a Willy Cox.

Actually I lie, he goes by Bill, but he's still William Cox!

Otherwise, no. Then they wouldn't be myths! Just gossip smile

Our maths tutors son is called Richard Head.

I know a first name bob second schrunkle.

TheseFoolishThings Sun 12-May-13 17:40:47

Oh please educate us - how on earth is any part of this 'story' (for want of a better word) racist? This I have to hear..........

Saidar Sun 12-May-13 17:40:57

Went to school with a Ben Dover. I imagine his parents thought we would all refer to him as Benjamin, that being his first name and all, alas no.

thebody Sun 12-May-13 17:42:19

I heard of an Annette who married a Mr Curtain.

Euphemia Sun 12-May-13 17:42:58

Ben Dover - fuck off! grin

Some parents ...! <shakes head>

manicinsomniac Sun 12-May-13 17:44:24

I think a lot of these name stories are racist (or nation-ist maybe) because they rely on parents not having the knowledge of English to know that the names sounded ridiculous in English or aren't really names (eg L-a, Female, Chlamydia, Testicalus Bolliakus, Fanny Chu etc). Maybe that's not racist. But it's something I've picked up on mn and I've been very cautious about mocking names because of it ever since (I laughed hysterically the first time I heard all these myths and was very ashamed when I found out the racist origins).

DuchessFanny Sun 12-May-13 17:44:24

I'm glad I'm not the only one confused by the racist undertones !

My stepdad went to schools with Ivor Blackhead ! Still makes me smile !

HintofBream Sun 12-May-13 17:44:40

The current head of City College, Norwich, is called Dick Palmer. And from all accounts he is a bit of a one.

LST Sun 12-May-13 17:45:23

I went to school with a jon paul mycock and his sister holly rose mycock.

no word of a lie!

Saidar Sun 12-May-13 17:45:24

I swear on my life Euphemia. Ben fucking Dover.

There's a whole family of Dicks in the town I live in. I do not get the racist element?

HollyBerryBush Sun 12-May-13 17:47:46

These are just one step up from the old knock knock jokes:

knock knock
Who's there
Theresa who?
Theresa Green

There is nothing racist about them, they are puns on words:

EuroShaggleton Sun 12-May-13 17:50:02

I've worked with a Richard Smellie.

And as a teenager I knew two boys who were friends - Mr Wright and Mr Perfect. I used to chuckle to myself when I sat between them on the bus!

Loulybelle Sun 12-May-13 17:56:08

My friend went to school with someone called Ethan Wan King.

EffieTheDuck Sun 12-May-13 18:00:17

I knew a nurse who named her dd Candida.

Another one here who met a Richard Head. (Wonder if it is the same man)

theodorakisses Sun 12-May-13 18:01:32

My husband who is a head of an overseas school has had a pupil called lawnmower and one called gaylord. Didn't matter a jot

PollyIndia Sun 12-May-13 18:01:53

I used to know a girl called henrietta McKinnon. She married a guy called nick pye and became henrietta pye. She calls herself Hettie though.

And there is an estate agent called crook and blight in my parents' town, which always makes me laugh.

HollyBerryBush Sun 12-May-13 18:02:11

Richard Head used to lead manager for mortgage lending at RBS many moons ago - he certainly gets about!

Candida is a real name, its Spanish.

XBenedict Sun 12-May-13 18:02:56

Freddie one of my very good friends is a Dick.

TheCunnyFunt Sun 12-May-13 18:03:22

My friends mum is called Theresa. Her surname is Green.

SuffolkNWhat Sun 12-May-13 18:03:49

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Ben Dover is a famous porn star.

Calmisthemantra Sun 12-May-13 18:05:11

Read a newspaper story about some patents who called their son Drew Peacock and only realised afterwards!

schoolgovernor Sun 12-May-13 18:05:59

Boring. I thought this was going to be about someone who actually knows of an incident where a young couple stop for a snog in the woods one night and he hears a noise and gets out of the car to investigate and the next thing she knows his head bounces off the bonnet. shock

KenDoddsDadsDog Sun 12-May-13 18:06:43

There was a Bob Sherunkle on our work directory (big company) that people purported to know. But he was really a test entry by the IT team.

Softlysoftly Sun 12-May-13 18:08:48

My sisters headmaster was mr shaw-twilly.

LadyVoldemort Sun 12-May-13 18:09:20

My old form tutor was called Mrs Dick and she was the head of technology grin everyone took great joy in calling by her full title!

Pudden Sun 12-May-13 18:11:06

my dad worked with a Rose Chicken and an Ophelia Bott; never failed to raise a snigger when i was a kid!

GilmoursPillow Sun 12-May-13 18:11:24

grin schoolgovernor

Ihaveavoo Sun 12-May-13 18:22:03

Racist? RACIST?!

You are being v. OTT here and to jump in and correct your friend before you knew it was true or not is actually rather rude.

Ezza1 Sun 12-May-13 18:24:06

Thats what I thought Schoolgovener!


Helpyourself Sun 12-May-13 18:26:01

Local headmistress is called Mrs Sonia Case. grin

LemonsLimes Sun 12-May-13 18:30:18

I thought it was an urban myth that if you use an eyelash curler while you are wearing mascara it chops your eyelashes. It is not as it has happened to me and i have a row of eyelash stubs to prove it! blush The eyelash curler is new and i notice that when i press it down the metal bit touches the metal bit of the bottom, instead of just the plastic cushion bit, so it might be a bit misaligned. I did press it down quite hard

DuchessFanny Sun 12-May-13 18:34:10

My DH has just informed me while he was working in the MOD there was a Major Richard Head, commonly known as Dick ... We're amazed at the number of Richard Head's out there !

thebody Sun 12-May-13 18:35:03

Heard that one too school.

Racist???? Don't get it myself.

DontmindifIdo Sun 12-May-13 18:40:28

I work for a head hunter, I swear I have seen real CVs for a "Ben Down" and "Randy Sessions" (the second is American) In fact there's been a few hideous names where I've thought "really, what were the parents thinking?" then I look on the baby names section on here and realise there's a lot of parents who don't think these things through

EllaFitzgerald Sun 12-May-13 18:40:36

There was a girl in the year below me at school named Theresa Green.

EasyToEatTiger Sun 12-May-13 18:43:02

Minnie Driver, the London born actress is the daughter of Laurie and Scroo. She has a brother called Tren.

Dawndonna Sun 12-May-13 18:43:17

Dick Palmer (a different one) was also the head of the British Olympic Association, for many years.

TheCrackFox Sun 12-May-13 18:43:24

I used to go to school with a Willie Dick.

At the same school, but 2 yrs above me, there was also a Michael

IWishIWasSheRa Sun 12-May-13 18:45:24

My mum used to work with Jenny Taylor but insisted on calling her Jennifer during presentations....

Isthiscorrect Sun 12-May-13 18:45:52

Teenage ds, politico in the making always said Ed Balls should have called his daughter Ophelia.

EasyToEatTiger Sun 12-May-13 18:48:33

You can see a Dr Cox or Dr Ball on the NHS if you want.

OhThePlacesYoullGo Sun 12-May-13 18:59:21

I've met a Dr Viral (first name) and briefly went to school with Peter Pan.

I'm Welsh, and live in Wales. It is shocking how many people choose beautiful 'welsh' names for their children when they don't speak the language. There is a boy in DDS class named brechdanau- sandwich in Welsh. I kid you not. There are also a few boys called gegin which is kitchen(in Welsh)

quoteunquote Sun 12-May-13 19:00:40

Tom morrow His real name.

I went to school with a Richard and Fanny who were siblings, both went onto have academic careers in an unusual subject, and have a surname you wouldn't want with those first names.

Hard is a common surname around here, there are quite a few with Richard as a first name.

specialsubject Sun 12-May-13 19:03:30

I used to drive a route that went through Kidderminster, and on the last of the many roundabouts was a firm of either lawyers or estate agents called Doolittle and Dalley.

anyone in Kidderminster care to corroborate?

EverybodysStressyEyed Sun 12-May-13 19:05:09

I've met two Ewan kerr

And went to school with a Richard head

AlfalfaMum Sun 12-May-13 19:05:38

It took me ages to 'get' Jenny Taylor blush

My dad was at school with Willie Byrne.
On that note, I've always been sceptical about the 'correct' pronounciation of the surname name Cockburn.. So, the 'ck' is silent - yeah right!

Can't remember who was talking about a Mr Wright and Mr Perfect, but I know a Mr Lovely.

SofaKing Sun 12-May-13 19:07:08

My dh went to school with a Wayne King and a Richard Head.

After this thread I may have to apologise for not believing him!

WetDog Sun 12-May-13 19:13:00

Easily Google-ale SpecialSubject - they do indeed exist, love it!

jacks365 Sun 12-May-13 19:15:30

If you call your ds Mark when your surname is Spencer then Andrew was not the best thought out middle name.

One set of parents whose surname is Cox named their son Richard, Dick as he's normally called thought carefully and called his son Isaac, takes teenagers to spot that one.

FoxyRoxy Sun 12-May-13 19:16:16

I went to school with a Jade Greene and a David Davis. Why on earth would you call your son David if your last name was Davis? Why?

wonkylegs Sun 12-May-13 19:17:34

I know a Jenny Taylor (to be fair her parents called her Jennifer)
I also know a Theresa Wood, whose maiden name was Green.

Toptack Sun 12-May-13 19:19:11

I once met an American pastor called the Rev Randy Bishop. I nearly swallowed my tongue in my effort not to laugh when introduced.

JoyceDivision Sun 12-May-13 19:19:28

My friend taught Dwayne Pipe. He was 4th child and ll their kids names began with a d!

Euphemia Sun 12-May-13 19:21:02

I was once sold a car by a salesman called Roch Starrs.

DontmindifIdo Sun 12-May-13 19:21:36

oh, I've also met a Jenny Taylor and a Dwayne Wayne [surname I can't remember, it wasn't as memorable as first/middle name combo].

Euphemia Sun 12-May-13 19:22:05

Best to avoid the name Richard altogether, by the sounds of it!

lborolass Sun 12-May-13 19:22:32

I know of a Richard Cox, I don't know him well enough to know if he has children but I don't get Isaac Cox confused

marjproops Sun 12-May-13 19:22:49

I know a guy called.Mike Hunt. really!

If I were to marry DP, I'd be Jenny Taylor. Good argument not to change my name! smile

natwebb79 Sun 12-May-13 19:27:48

Iborolass - I-saac-cox. Say it slowly in three separate syllables grin

Coconutty Sun 12-May-13 19:28:09

I used to know Ophelia and her brother, must be from the same home town as Ops DH.

They are real.

confusteling Sun 12-May-13 19:28:42

In my church the priest's called Fr Coyle, the nun was called Sr Condon and the organist was William Richard (known by his friends as Willy Dick)...

PlasticLentilWeaver Sun 12-May-13 19:29:02

There is a vet called Everard Cock, so very similar to the OP's name. I did not believe this could be true until I looked him up in the RCVS directory. He is not British so could have had parents who did not realise what they were doing when they chose his name.

I also knew a lady called Randy who very reasonably refused to take her husband's name. He was called Byron Gay.grin

Hulababy Sun 12-May-13 19:29:18

One of DH's clients is Albert Hall.
He also had one called Fungus the Bogeyman - but that one had been a deed poll change of name and he was well known in the business world local, especially in the housing market.

TheSecondComing Sun 12-May-13 19:29:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

D0GWithAYoni Sun 12-May-13 19:31:16

I had a head teacher called Mr Cock also know of a Richard William Cock no lie!

D0GWithAYoni Sun 12-May-13 19:31:59

Also someone in my area called Tommy Thomas but his actual real true name is Thomas Thomas Thomas

SaturdayMorningYawns Sun 12-May-13 19:32:30

There is a child in my year group with the surname Mahboob. Obviously not an English name so would have a different pronunciation maybe in country of origin and not the same connotations either.

Another one here humphing at this Fred being all about names and nothing to do with paedophile clown statues angry

Although in the spirit of things, as a child in the East End I knew a pair of identical twins called Karly Marly and Kristy Karly. Always known by both names. Three names between two girls confused

They looked like piglets in wigs and were so thick they even blinked slowly. Years later they turned unsurprisingly into fat evil bullies. I watch the news hoping for updates on their development.

I went to university with someone who had a brother called Richard Cox. lborolass - wonder if it's the same guy?!

My landlord last year was called Michael Michael. Apparently it's common practice in Wales??

JessKM Sun 12-May-13 19:38:45

Wasn't there an athlete caller fanny schmeller? Unfortunate

My MIL is a medical receptionist and she was horrified to tell me yesterday they just had a baby registered with the first name of La-a.

So it appears its not a myth! MIL isn't on MN and not the kind to tell fibs!

catlady1 Sun 12-May-13 19:42:08

I know a Jordan Jordan, but he wasn't named that at birth, I think his mother either divorced or remarried and his surname was changed along with hers.

I also know a John Johnson, and a Jo(ann) King smile

My dh went to Uni with a girl called Fanny Gurgly. He also dated a Holly Bush.

miffybun73 Sun 12-May-13 19:42:58

I've known an Albert Hall and a Miles Dunne grin

JerseySpud Sun 12-May-13 19:43:36

There is a consultant in a hospital called Mr O'pong

He is a colo-rectal surgeon.

I shit you not

RandallPinkFloyd Sun 12-May-13 19:43:42

I know a Chris Peacock.

(I also didn't get Jenny Taylor for a good long while blush )

miffybun73 Sun 12-May-13 19:46:09

EverybodysStressyEyed I just cannot believe that there is anybody in this world who has called their son Ewan Kerr shock

YoniOneWayOfLife Sun 12-May-13 19:47:52

I know Joanne King too. And Richard Bottom, and Eliza Goode.

And a Robert Roberts.

manicinsomniac Sun 12-May-13 19:47:59

yellowhat - really?! Wow, that's the kind of thing I was thinking of, exactly.

It's become so knee-jerk on mn to shout 'no you don't, urban myth, snopes, racist' whenever someone says they know a le-a of any of the others that it seems (as I have proved) there is a danger of saying it to people irl (and yes, I know I was rude, did my OP not make that clear!).

And, just occasionally, they're apparently right!

YoniOneWayOfLife Sun 12-May-13 19:48:22

Amd Chris (tine) Peacock.

flipchart Sun 12-May-13 19:48:40

My cousin's daughter is called Genna Taylor - seriously.
I never noticed the two words together for about 10 years because we just obviously called her by her first name and I never put the two together until someone pointed it out!

ChestyNut Sun 12-May-13 19:49:16

I work with a Michael hunt..he goes by Mick hmm

The new starters think I'm taking the piss I'd I ask them to ring and ask for him.

TiggyD Sun 12-May-13 19:50:10

The myth about the computer that has a 'cup-holder' must have come true somewhere, given the amount of stupid things people do with computers.

FaceCake Sun 12-May-13 19:51:00

I know a Chris Peacock. Never fails to make me smile. His parents didn't realise until too late.

Yawn4theday Sun 12-May-13 19:51:08

Years ago, when it was not so PC, I worked for a large institution. Staff would make up names on forms and get junior colleagues to go into the waiting room and call them out.

One example - Matista Richie. Can't really say some of the others.

My granddad had a friend called Arthur Pye - always made me snigger!

sparkleshine Sun 12-May-13 19:54:19

I know of a William Williamson and a Robert Roberts. Both have been patients on the ward I work on.

manicinsomniac Sun 12-May-13 19:56:53

I think having the same first name as surname is common in both Wales and Scandanavia (ag David Davies and Magnus Magnuson)

TheCrackFox Sun 12-May-13 20:04:23

I once met a Gordon Bennett. What were his parents thinking?

Hiphopopotamus Sun 12-May-13 20:10:47

I went to school with a Peter File (bless him) and best of all, genuinely, a Hugh Cumber!

marriedinwhiteagain Sun 12-May-13 20:11:52

Iona MacIntosh
Victor D Clapp
Mr W Ankerson
Rose Plant
Also met a Richard Head (eek) and where I'm from the surname Johncock isn't uncommon!!

VenusStarr Sun 12-May-13 20:12:35

I had a teacher in sixth form called Jo King grin

KittensoftPuppydog Sun 12-May-13 20:12:37

My gynecologist was called mr fish.

I've also met a couple of people with the surname 'Spiss' - add any first name for much hilarity grin

YNK Sun 12-May-13 20:13:16

Frends dd, Abbie Hind!

JennyEnglish Sun 12-May-13 20:14:12

Years ago my Dad had a phonecall from sombody Gotobed and he just said 'ah gwan outta that stop messing' and hung up. Then he thought, the voice lacked humour, it sounded weary, not cocky or amused... so he looked yerman up in the phone book and there he was.

MonsieurReynard Sun 12-May-13 20:14:30

Creepy rather than funny, but Purple Aki would probably belong in this thread? Late 80s/early 90s bogeyman in school playgrounds around NE England who was physically massive, either purple-skinned or in purple clothes, and asked boys to touh their muscles (then sometimes molested/ kidnapped/killed them - the story got more dramatic with each retelling!) Turns out he was actually a real person (although not purple), and is now in prison on sex offences - which hasn't stopped there still being playground scares and rumours about him appearing, so he's gone from urban myth to real criminal to urban myth again! There's a pretty informative thread on Fortean Times - hopefully this link'll work...

marjproops Sun 12-May-13 20:14:32

is this just about names?

i mean, id like to know if jelly DOES take away the white spots that appear on your nails!!!! myth or truth?

Hassled Sun 12-May-13 20:16:50

Another "not about names" question - the whether rats really do swim up your pipes and out of your toilet question. Someone on MN swore it had happened to her - but I want to believe it's a myth. And anyway - what's the rat's motivation?

louisianablue2000 Sun 12-May-13 20:18:12

OH, it's just about names. I was at school with a Penny Black.

But if it's about urban myths generally my SIL did have a spot that burst and lots of baby spiders came out of it. She's been in the Amazon (with Peter Duncan of Blue Peter fame no less!).

There was a dinner lady at my sons school called Mrs Bottom, which is unfortunate enough, but her christian name was Pat. She must have really loved Mr Bottom to take on that name.

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

MoanyYoni Sun 12-May-13 20:33:20

Unfortunately I don't have any names to add but I just wanted to thank you all for making me almost roll off the sofa from laughing. Possibly the funniest thread I've ever read on MN.

Also a revelation, there are an awful lot of Dick Head's out there!

I once went to school with a laurie driver!

Fakebook Sun 12-May-13 20:40:54

In the first prank call I ever made, my sister made me call a random number and ask for Hugh Jars. The man who answered told me he didn't know but he could have a look for him. Epic fail.

Thisvehicleisreversing Sun 12-May-13 20:41:37

My brother had a surgeon called Michael Hunt grin

My friend at school's mum was called 'Firstname' Theresa Greene grin

manicinsomniac Sun 12-May-13 20:46:03

arghh hassled I really hope that's not a myth too!
My sister got hit on the bum by a frog jumping up at her from the toilet bowl in Brazil. But that probably just hopped in there rather than swimming up the pipe.

A non name related one that I've always believed but, thinking about it, is so unlikely to be true is that we eat 5 spiders over a lifetime in our sleep. I'm fairly sure I'd wake up if there was a spider in my mouth!

Somebody also told me that KFC breed chickens without legs so that they get fatter. I was outraged. But then my family reminded me that you can buy chicken legs in KFC. I don't think that's an urban myth though, that was just someone taking advantage of my gullibility

Locketjuice Sun 12-May-13 20:47:02

I know a Chris peacock.. Year above and school and was taken the piss out of everyday.. Didn't help he was as camp as ever so the boys generally took a dislike anyway!

starlightloz Sun 12-May-13 20:48:47

My history teacher was called Roger Dick. He was also Head of Year 11 and so on his door it was written
' Mr. Dick
Head of Year 11". Oh we laughed. Also a Jenna Taylor in the year below me but nobody really picked up on that oddly.

Ezza1 Sun 12-May-13 20:50:36

<eyes shut>

The baby spiders coming out of spots is a myth.

The baby spiders coming out of spots is a myth.

The baby spiders coming out of spots is a myth...

And repeat...


manicinsomniac Sun 12-May-13 20:53:43

ooooh, what about the swimming in the amazon, swallowing snake eggs and having an anaconda living in your large intestine.
That used to give me nightmares. Apparently the woman's appetite was getting bigger and bigger and she was losing more and more weight.

Got to be false, surely.

Though I do know somebody who deliberately swallowed a tape worm after I repeated that story in the hope that she could eat loads and lose weight!

meddie Sun 12-May-13 20:59:09

louisianablue2000 Did you go to school in Liverpool during the 70's as I also went to school with a Penny Black...

HazzleMcDazzle Sun 12-May-13 21:04:32

My Mum used to know an Ophelia Ball and a friend of mine had a college tutor called Pat Mycock.

Another friend, who's a midwife, had to gently dissuade Mr and Mrs Neal from calling their newborn son Perry.....

LemonsLimes Sun 12-May-13 21:18:49

Pat Mycock grin

ShowOfHands Sun 12-May-13 21:36:57

There's a MNer called Jenny Taylor in rl...

Plomino Sun 12-May-13 21:37:20

I am alas related to someone whose first husband was called Wayne King .

Turned out he was more of a Wayne Kerr.

KittyAndTheFontanelles Sun 12-May-13 21:50:25

I don't get Jenny Taylorconfused

What am I missing? Why is it funny?

HollyBerryBush Sun 12-May-13 21:51:49

Though I do know somebody who deliberately swallowed a tape worm

one born every minute - where did she get this tape worm? Internet order? Grow your own diet kit?

HollyBerryBush Sun 12-May-13 21:52:53

I know several Jenny Taylors

Holly, I've a friend who claims to have got one on Ebay. She became very ill at the end of it all. But she began with an ed.

Kasterborous Sun 12-May-13 22:03:16

A maths teacher at my school was called Arthur Willy.

Scrutler Sun 12-May-13 22:04:00

the body Have heard of Mrs Curtain - friend's aunt.

Have worked with a Tom Bowler and a Hugh Dix.

LemonsLimes Sun 12-May-13 22:06:20

Kitty Genetalia

Pigsmummy Sun 12-May-13 22:06:48

Does anyone know anyone who swallowed an apple pip and now has an apple tree growing out of their Foo?

LemonsLimes Sun 12-May-13 22:07:00

oops. Genitalia

Trumpton Sun 12-May-13 22:08:21

DH worked with a Michael Hunt never knowingly shortened to Mike Hunt.

lucjam Sun 12-May-13 22:09:17

I went to school (in Yorkshire) with a girl called Emma Dale, she was born the year before the soap started. A boy in the year below was called Robin Holmes. Really some parents need to have a long hard think before naming their kids!

Trumpton Sun 12-May-13 22:10:00

And I had a friend called Jen Taylor . Never known as Jenny .

Theas18 Sun 12-May-13 22:10:55

there is producer on radio 4 gardeners question time called jo king. ds and I titter at it often!

Gobbolinothewitchscat Sun 12-May-13 22:11:59

Yup. I know a Mike Hunt. Used to die on con calls. Particularly when the female head of department used to say "anyway, back to Mike Hunt". No, I'd really rather not!

My dad has an American cousin called Candy Barr.

My Aunt used to teach twins: Armani and Versace Mclatchie.

Am I racist for posting this?! confused

VodkaKnockers Sun 12-May-13 22:12:14

Used to work with a Max Myring

Someone said they knew a Gordon Bennett up thread - I saw an eye specialist called Gordon Bennett, could it be the same one?

I know a Jo King (the one mentioned earlier, as it happens).

colleysmill Sun 12-May-13 22:16:51

My dsis has a friend who's surname was Day and when she married she became Mrs Dayley.

She also knew a girl called Henrietta Man. I laughed as a teenager and naughtily I still laugh now!

Summerloading Sun 12-May-13 22:18:27

I don't get Theresa Green, dud manage to get Jenny Taylor though!

Trumpton Sun 12-May-13 22:24:01

Trees are Green.

LastOrdersAtTheBra Sun 12-May-13 22:26:23

Theresa Green = Trees are green

Someone on another site at my work has one of these names, I had to leave the team meeting when they announced he would be visiting our workplace as I couldn't stop laughing (features Seaman).

DH has worked with a Kuntal, pronounced kunta, poor bloke didn't know why people sniggered when he introduced himself.

KittyAndTheFontanelles Sun 12-May-13 22:26:39

Ah, thanks lemons blush

Silly me

HazeltheMcWitch Sun 12-May-13 22:30:47

I know a Jo King also.

I also met a Randy Wiggle once. I could not stop laughing for about an hour. Unfortunately I was at work.

Even funnier was that he introduced himself as 'Randy Wiggle from Milwaukee'. Not sure why Milwaukee is funny, but it is.

Summerloading Sun 12-May-13 22:33:34

Trees are green grin blush no wonder some parents didn't realize what names they were giving their dc's, took me a while before getting some of them!

Binkybix Sun 12-May-13 22:37:04

I always thought the one about swallowing spiders in your sleep was silly...until I woke up with a massive spider right on the corner of my mouth and going in! Ewww.

Names: I knew a red headed Amber Bush.

I know Manic, she said to me "how would you pronounce this new baby's name?" Thanks to MN I knew, she was horrified. But in Kilmarnock, she has a Pocahontas, twins Leonardo and destany (spelt with an A) and many other belters.

BalloonSlayer Sun 12-May-13 22:55:41

I used to work for someone called Dick Rotter. He was a very nice bloke, but I suppose you have to be with a name like that.

Spamspamspam Sun 12-May-13 23:41:32

I met a client by the name of Richard Veryard and he told me to call him Dick.

Now work with a guy called Ufuk.

Wasn't there a company down south called Wayne Kerr Electronics?

MsVestibule Sun 12-May-13 23:44:01

One of my colleagues was called Richard Staines and an American customer was Randy Rogers. Still snurk now when I think of them.

SabrinaMulhollandJjones Sun 12-May-13 23:49:19

Ben Dover is a porn star.

I knew an Annette who went out with a Mr Ball. Real.

Hattie23 Sun 12-May-13 23:57:34

I know a lady called Olive Green and went to school with a girl whose surname was Hoare.
A friend of a friend was named Kimberly Clark.

OxfordBags Mon 13-May-13 00:01:03

Ben Dover the porn star is the father of Tyger Drew-Honey, the oldest child in Outnumbered, fat fans.

I was taught at school by a man called Dickon Head, which never failed to make us fall into hysterics. And we had a family friend whose full name was Luke Skye Walker, although he was born in 1939, so pre-dated Star Wars.

Also, my friend's married surname is Hunt. Nothing wrong with that. Except for when they found out they were having a boy at the 20 week scan and declared that the name they had picked for him was Isaac. Isaac Hunt. It took about five of us to get her to see why she might want to choose another name...

OxfordBags Mon 13-May-13 00:01:26

Fact fans, not fat fans!

Trumpton Mon 13-May-13 00:01:43

Ben Dover's sun is the elder boy in " outnumbered "

Trumpton Mon 13-May-13 00:02:13

X-post . Sorry.

salsmum Mon 13-May-13 00:06:08

My late hubbs worked as a butcher with a mr T (terry) bone and I remember seeing a film and when the credits came up there was a Dick Pull ....I pmsl at that one!.

Trinpy Mon 13-May-13 00:24:10

I went to school with a girl who had the surname longbottom. poor girl.

ComposHat Mon 13-May-13 00:51:48

These aren't urban myths, urban myths are stories that are widely circulated and believed without having a basis in fact - like Bob Holness playing the sax solo on Jerry Dafferty's Baker Street or losing 70% of body heat through your head.

But funny but true names....there was a female teacher at the other school in the town I grew up with called Pat Mycock (We used to joke that her husband was called Phil or Paul)

I went to university with an A.C.Hunt (and to paraphrase a classic mumsnet bon mot, he lacked both the warm and the depth of a cunt) he was a lanky streak of piss and was utterly condescending to anyone who wasn't privately educated, white and male.

DHs grandad is John Johnson. Not a lot of imagination in the family!

And whoever mentioned Purple Aki upthread, it's not just NE England - I'm in Liverpool and everybody 'knows' about him. I give them this face confused every time as they all claim to have had a run-in with him but it's all a bit vague.

Just read the Fortean Times link.

I take back all my skepticism, Purple Aki is real! shock

Bogeyface Mon 13-May-13 01:22:42

I paid £££ for an extended warranty on a washer dryer that broke down at least twice a year. The guy that came to mend it each time was called Andrew Mann, he was known as Andy!

cumfy Mon 13-May-13 01:55:33

Dr Death was a consultant at a local hospital.

OK. Dr De'Ath.

cumfy Mon 13-May-13 02:00:21

Are but ComposHat, the 60-70% heat loss through your head is true.

Twas a big argument about it at the time.

ComposHat Mon 13-May-13 02:22:03

I was pretty sure if was a myth, you don't lose heat faster or lose more heat through your head than anywhere else. If that was the case that 70% of heat was lost through the head, why not go out in a woolly hat and a swimming costume?

Heat loss occurs wherever the skin is exposed, so if you went out with a hat on, but no trousers, more heat loss would occur through the legs.

rosepettel Mon 13-May-13 05:41:46

yap. eating the crust make youre hair go curly

ripsishere Mon 13-May-13 06:05:31

DD is at school with children called Minge, Fanny Pong and Fanny Kok.
She has also had the company of a couple of Fuchs in Germany.
I worked with a Wayne King. Lovely man, a bit thick, but very nice.

MrsFruitcake Mon 13-May-13 07:12:22

I used to iase with a lady at the insurance company when I managed the work fleet cars - her name was Summa Loving! grin

BabyMakesTheBoobiesGoLeaky Mon 13-May-13 07:27:03

My consultant when I had dc3 was called Mr Darling. Dh works with a lady whose married name is now Hollie Woods.

Binkybix Mon 13-May-13 08:05:39

The 70% heat loss through the head is a myth, which happened because of the way heat loss was recorded in some soldiers (I think).

Can't believe people aren't more freaked out by my spider story!

fivefathoms Mon 13-May-13 09:11:50

I also remember Doolittle and Dalley the firm of estate agents/solicitors in Kidderminster, used to make us chuckle every time when we were buying our first house in that area. It's many years since we lived there though so I wonder if they are still in business? ( They shouldn't be if they've lived up to their name!)

ComposHat Mon 13-May-13 10:27:50

Yes, there was a company who boarded up empty buildings where I grew up called 'Bodgit and Scarper.'

I like to think that somewhere a Mr/Ms Bodgit and a Mr/Ms Scarper met and decided to set up a construction firm, rather than it being a marketing ploy. (Well it worked, I still remember it after 25 years)

olympicsrock Mon 13-May-13 10:38:40

The real Ben Dover was in my brother's class at primary school.

fdparis Mon 13-May-13 11:17:31

I met a guy called John Thomas.

I've always enjoyed these announcements, too

SonOfAradia Mon 13-May-13 12:01:44

A group of us travelling to Brittany on the Portsmouth-St Malo ferry managed to get the nice French lady on the customer service desk to request that Ms Gloria Sboobs come to reception as soon as possible.

Happy days.

EggsMichelle Mon 13-May-13 12:50:06

My dad met a south american lady called Usnavy, she was named after a boat (US Navy!)

5Foot5 Mon 13-May-13 13:00:05

I used to work with an American called Sterling Pratt

Bloodybridget Mon 13-May-13 13:22:53

There's a British urologist with the surname "Burns-Cox".

Ladyflip Mon 13-May-13 13:42:38

I knew a Gay Dyke. It was her married name.

I've also met Bluebell Woods and Tom Bowler.

KatoPotato Mon 13-May-13 13:46:16

One of the trainers at my gym is called Beverly Hills.

Dawndonna Mon 13-May-13 14:43:11

I have come across a Doctor A. Choo and a psychiatrist named Dr. Freaker.

tb Mon 13-May-13 15:05:44

Knew someone who was a personnel assistant called Richard Head, a presbyterian minister's son called James (never Jimmy) Riddall, and a vicar called Shufflebotham (yes, pronounced shufflebottom) who was known as Shuff.

My uncle is Ivor John Thomas. My gran naively let her two much younger brothers choose his names! grin

FayeKorgasm Mon 13-May-13 18:59:45

I went to school with Helen Fury.

ModreB Mon 13-May-13 19:09:19

Near where I live is a GP surgery, run by a Dr. Dick and Dr. Seax.

Jan49 Mon 13-May-13 19:45:39

Two experts gave a lecture together at a university where I once was. Their surnames are Duck and Pond. The lecture was advertised on notice boards and people assumed it was a joke.grin

Ivor John Thomas! grin grin

JennyEnglish Mon 13-May-13 20:00:34

I know a woman who called her son William. Sur name Byrne. And the weird thing is that it did occur to her "willy burn" before she went ahead and called him William Byrne. But she said they decided that nobody else would be analysing it as closely as they had, and so it was "ok".

34DD Mon 13-May-13 20:03:08

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

usuallyfoundinthefastlane Mon 13-May-13 21:35:18

I used to play badminton with Ivor Woolcock......

Bananaketchup Mon 13-May-13 22:16:31

I went to school with a Richard Head - obviously a few of them about. Also brother and sister Theresa and Darren Ingall - Tingle and Dingle.

My mum claims she went to school with twins Nick and Dick Pick.

I also know a Cherry Pye (married name) and a Holly Day (birth name)

Apileofballyhoo Tue 14-May-13 00:08:44

I knew a Rose who married Mr Plant, and of a May who married Mr Day. Some of the names on this thread like Ivor wouldn't be that funny in Ireland as 'R' is heavily pronounced at the end of words so doesn't really sound like 'I've a'. A person learning English mightn't realise the pronunciation by UK English speakers.

cumfy Wed 15-May-13 22:06:29

There was a Omar Gould in my class at school

CouthyMow Wed 15-May-13 22:36:00

My first 'boyfriend' (holding hands stage!) was called Joe. It wasn't until I had known him a while that he confessed that his surname was King. What makes it worse was that his brother was genuinely called Wayne.

What was their mother thinking?!?!

Even at 9yo, my brain was thinking WTF?! Was his mum drunk or something?!

(Apologies if you are reading this, Joe or Wayne. But really, what WAS your mum thinking?!)

CouthyMow Wed 15-May-13 22:39:00

One of my DD's teachers was called Miss Bird. She married a Mr Woods. DD and I keep dissolving into childish giggles over it!

I don't get Jenny Taylor

My cousin is called Holly Wood.

CouthyMow Wed 15-May-13 22:56:55

And the 'urban myth' about babies being born holding their mum's coil is not an urban myth.

My DS2, my third DC, did exactly that. According to the MW, he was very lucky, as some babies that carry to term when the mum was using a coil for contraception end up with it embedded in their arm, leg, or even their head, and need it surgically removed. shock

CouthyMow Wed 15-May-13 22:58:07

Apparently Jenny Taylor = genitalia.

NeoMaxiZoomDweebie Wed 15-May-13 22:58:56

Coil in baby's hand!?? shock


My Dad knew someone whose married name was Annette Curtin. Also, he was at university with a girl called Chris Lea. At the graduation ceremony they read out her full name: Crystal Shande Lea.

MoominsYonisAreScary Wed 15-May-13 23:03:12

I spent the whole of my pg with ds3 wondering if he would come out holding the coil, he didn't and I never did find out where the bloody thing went

1944girl Wed 15-May-13 23:10:05

I am laughing at Jenny Taylor.I was at primary school with a Jenny Taylor but of course I was too young to realise the joke then.

1944girl Wed 15-May-13 23:16:43

I remember a dentist when I was a child called Mr Payne.
When I was a student nurse there was a Sister Nightingale.
My DS2 had a teacher called Mrs Woodcock.

LippyDiDooDah Wed 15-May-13 23:33:56

My mums singing teaching was called Miss Wayling - always made me smile.

Sarahplane Wed 15-May-13 23:39:17

I used to know a guy called Richard Payne

DadOnIce Wed 15-May-13 23:46:19

Candida quite well known as a name I thought - the keyboard player with Pulp for one Candida Doyle

DadOnIce Thu 16-May-13 00:01:49

All those Randys are good for a snigger.

Especially Randy Bender

Bogeyface Thu 16-May-13 02:18:34

I thought that the children named after entire football teams was a myth, in a sort of "no one is that stupid" kind of way. But there seems to be quite a few!

I wonder if they change their names as adults. It really does amaze me that some parents are so thick as to not realise that you are not naming a pet or making some ridiculous statement about yourself when naming your child. Naming your child is a huge responsibility, they have to live with it for the rest of their lives!

Maybe they dont want to be "unique" or "different" or have to spend the rest of their lives explaining that no it isnt spelt G-E-O-R-G-I-A but G-E-E-E-'-A-W-E-J-E-A or something equally fucking ridiculous!

MoistPlinth Thu 16-May-13 02:36:56

I know a married couple with the surname May-Day (they joined their respective birth surnames). They are also both doctors. So it's Dr May-Day and Dr May-Day. I'm sure they did it as a joke.

sashh Thu 16-May-13 03:44:32

I used to know a Peter Ennis.

He was one as well.

pollywollydoodle Thu 16-May-13 04:04:48

you need to introduce him to Dr C P Cock grin

ComposHat Thu 16-May-13 04:14:00

This is almost certainly a myth, but Diana Dors told the story herself.

Diana Dors's real name is Diana Fluck and she was invited to open a church fete close to where she grew up.

The local vicar was keen to introduce Diana by her real name, but equally anxious to avoid any verbal slip ups :

'Ladies and gentlemen, it is with great pleasure that I introduce to you our star guest. We all love her, especially as she is our local girl. I therefore feel it right to introduce her by her real name.

“Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the very lovely Miss Diana Clunt.”

escape Thu 16-May-13 04:45:31

Candida is a legitmate, age old female name. I worked with Theresa Green

sleepywombat Thu 16-May-13 04:53:09

Gosh I must be very slow/innocent. Have known a Jenny Taylor almost all my life & never twigged.
Also remember Chris Peacock from TVS/Meridian - never twigged that one either, perhaps because I was quite young when he was on!

Know lots of Candidas, but knew them before I knew about the fungus.

Went to school with a Joe King, but did get that one!

ComposHat Thu 16-May-13 04:53:42

All those Randys are good for a snigger

My favourite Randy is the US politician Randy Bumgardener

I thought that the children named after entire football teams was a myth, in a sort of "no one is that stupid" kind of way

The footballer Charlie Outway's real name is Anthony Philip David Terry Frank Donald Stanley Gerry Gordon Stephen James Oatway

His parents were big QPR fans and they named him after QPR's 1973 team. When they told his Aunt about this decision she said 'he'll sound a proper Charlie with a name like that' and it stuck.

TheRealFellatio Thu 16-May-13 06:21:18

I am quite sure most urban 'myths' are probably true - but only once. The story gets picked up and passed around, and people claim to 'know' the person it happened to, when in truth they probably know and aquaintance of a person who knows the person, iyswim......and eventually before you know it, the thing that happened in Cornwall in 1998 is still being talked about in Edinburgh as if it was last week.

dbil works with a Joe King.

RustyBear Thu 16-May-13 08:01:20

DD once went out with a guy called Mike Rack.

randgirl Thu 16-May-13 08:15:25

Omar Gould grin

At school we had a teacher called Mr Cummings. When he left he was replaced by Mr Goings...

Really, this is true smile

flipchart Thu 16-May-13 11:33:31

My son's swimming teachers were called Mr and Mrs Fearful and Misss Savage. They were lovely but kids took things quite literally when they are young so there were a few horrified looks when they introduced themselves!

shemademedoit Thu 16-May-13 11:57:34

Please put me out of my misery and explain Jenny Taylor to me. I just don't get it. Have even been saying the name out loud.... Kids are asking who I'm talking about blush

Summerloading Thu 16-May-13 12:01:29

Jenny = Geni
Taylor = talia

Jenny Taylor = Genitalia


I too find it hard to decipher some of the names!

Eskino Thu 16-May-13 12:06:48

My neighbour is Jan Sandwich.

I know a Phillipa Pugh (makes me laugh anyway)

And then there's Ben Doon and Phil McCracken grin

Eskino Thu 16-May-13 12:07:40

Oh, my old teacher Mr Pidd

We used to joke his first name was Stu.

ComposHat Thu 16-May-13 18:25:37

ooh my mum taught an Aaron Hiscock!

RustyBear Thu 16-May-13 19:11:59

My Dad once had to introduce a Mr Batty to a Mr Dippy...

shemademedoit Thu 16-May-13 19:13:17

Thanks! Thought it might be, but wasn't sure. Taylor isn't really like talia, though....but I'm going with it because I know a Taylor who is a right c&@t wink

Rosieres Thu 16-May-13 20:01:13

Where I grew up there was a pair of dentists called Hackett and Howell.

Otherwise, I once had to keep a straight face at a meeting when introduced to Alison Bastard and Ron Badger.

MrsWooster Thu 16-May-13 20:16:36

Cookery teacher called Miss Haddock who married a Mr Baker. Also solicitors firm called Godloves Solicitors. I bet he doesn't...

Miss Jenny Taylor was my headmistress at primary school.

And my year 5 teacher was called Mr Noyce. First name Roly.

I also know a Richard Flood. Not that funny, until you meet his daughter....Scarlett....

OO, and I know a Silver Gooch.

(that used to make me laugh so hard at school when her name got called out on the register.)

phantomnamechanger Thu 16-May-13 20:57:47

our local school nurse/sex ed lady is called Ms LOVECOCK - no word of a lie, heard her on the radio!

I know a Miles Long and a Dick Cocker

DD has teachers called Miss Butt and Mr Wibbly - everyone jokes that if they married they would be Mr & Mrs Wibbly-Butt grin

Livvylongpants Thu 16-May-13 21:06:53

I went to school with an Isla white... Still makes me chuckle

MerkinMaker Fri 17-May-13 12:15:20

I worked with a man called Phillip Phillips and there is also a Neville Neville (the footballers dad)

I knew a Wayne Bow and his sister Laura.

edwardsmum11 Fri 17-May-13 12:38:48

We had a michael/mike hunt and richard head in my year at school.

Technotropic Fri 17-May-13 12:43:07

A few jobs back I worked with a Martin D'eath who also happened to have a PhD grin

Bogeyface Fri 17-May-13 12:43:38

I quite like Phillip Phillips, sounds ok to me!

CalamityJ Fri 17-May-13 12:51:02

I used Wright Hassell as solicitors to do my house conveyancing. I also knew a Mathew Mathews. When I asked him why he said it was a family tradition. He didn't take too kindly to me saying it was a stupid family tradition blush

CalamityJ Fri 17-May-13 12:53:41

Oooh and I knew a Sherry Cherry (by marriage) and a Richard Long.

Technotropic Fri 17-May-13 12:54:10

Wasn't there a Christopher Cross who was a PC on Crimewatch a few years back?

TheSmallClanger Fri 17-May-13 12:58:08

The twin girls called Dolly-molly and Truly-Scrumptious who have been mentioned on here and on things like The Wright Stuff are real - they live near my mum and dad and their family used to be regular features in the local paper for various reasons.

Purple Aki is definitely real. In between remand and prison, he was photographed on the Liverpool metro. Some of the stories about him are fabrications (he never carves his initials on anyone's bum) but the basic ones (obsessed with teenage boys and muscles) are.

gordyslovesheep Fri 17-May-13 12:58:30

I have known a Richard Head, Joanne King (my GP) and a Dwayne Pipe!

Chockyeggpants Fri 17-May-13 13:08:32

I knew a Richard Head when I was at school, NW England.

<ahem> Richard Long is my BIL. grin

Many moons ago my mother's area manager at work was called Andrew Dick. As a teenager seeing a letter addressed to my mum informing her of her pay rise which was signed A Dick had me in stitches.

At school we had a Mr Dore, a Mr Rugg, and a Mr Bath. Very juvenile but we used to say things about walking through the Dore, tripping over the Rugg and falling in the Bath

LaQueen Fri 17-May-13 13:23:06

My Dad's solicitor was called Rupert word of a lie. A well know professional, in the Nottingham area, back in the 70s/80s.

I lived across the road from an Olive Bush (who had an Olive tree in her garden, which really made me giggle when I saw it grin ) I also know a Richard Dick

HazeltheMcWitch Fri 17-May-13 14:31:46

One of the best-loved NASCAR (American car racing) drivers has just died - very sad, he took his own life.

RIP Dick Trickle

PipkinsPal Fri 17-May-13 14:33:18

RustyBear that reminds me of when a colleague had to introduce a Mr Wolff to a Mr Fox grin

PipkinsPal Fri 17-May-13 14:34:32

I also knew a Leigh King

PipkinsPal Fri 17-May-13 14:40:00

And a Sue Lugg (S Lugg)

The most senior judge in England is the Lord Chief Justice. The current LCJ is Lord Igor Judge i.e. I Judge.

I went to school with a girl named Feather Byrd...

I don't understand Theresa Green?

LadyRainicorn Fri 17-May-13 15:04:30

The lady on the Help desk at the campus bank was called Gaye Cummings.

At primary school the village vicar used to come in to assembly regularly. 100 primary school children would then have to chant 'good morning Reverend Willy'

I went to school with Adora Dick. She as a really lovely girl, who was ALWAYS known as Dora - no-one ever used or referred to her full name, even the teachers.

Her brother's name was Ivor.

Theresa Green = Trees are green

Technotropic Fri 17-May-13 15:39:41

Apologies if someone has already mentioned Fanny Chmelar.

BottledWaterandFags Fri 17-May-13 15:44:17

On the names thing, a lot of Chinese students at the University I work at give themselves Anglicised names. Some of the girls pick beautiful names (I once taught a Lilly Pearl) and some of the boys take very 'masculine' superhero names (I once taught a Blaze).

One guy this year calls himself Terry Wogan hmm

SlatternismyMiddlename Fri 17-May-13 16:45:59

I come from a long line of Dicks thank goodness my grandmother married my grandfather

Eskino Fri 17-May-13 17:14:48

Justice Judge? Bonkers

What about Justice Fingers?

Walter Wall
Courtney Fishyet?

ilooklikegrotbagstoday Fri 17-May-13 17:57:50

My brother had a friend in Florida named Bud Weiser.

peeriebear Fri 17-May-13 18:05:34

There's a Cinderella Smith in my town. Regular court visitor and alcoholic, I wonder if having a stupid name contributed to her shitty adult life hmm

Bananaketchup Fri 17-May-13 21:00:13

Oh I forgot about Bishop Bishop - as in, his last name was Bishop, and being a bishop was his job. Self fulfilling prophecy?

lucjam Fri 17-May-13 21:44:40

OMG LaQueen my Mum was Rupert Bear's secretary! She worked in Nottingham and Birmingham supporting my Dad through uni. She often told me about Rupert Bear.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Fri 17-May-13 21:50:49

i saw on here recently somethibg I just didnt believe but is true... on ebay people advertise "chester drawers"

lucjam Fri 17-May-13 21:56:45

Terry Wogan, that just had me and DH laughing our heads off. Why chose Terry Wogan, too funny!

ComposHat Sat 18-May-13 10:28:16

I met a John Spunky-Cock once.

True Story.

My mum will be Theresa Wood when she gets married.
There is a reporter on our local paper called Wayne Ankers. Proof.
My SIL told me about her friend getting married in Alton Towers (I'm not judging) and the Beckhams paying her to change the dates so they could hire it out for a private party. She didn't like it when I sent her 6-7 links where this "happened" to other lucky brides. She doesn't like me anymore. grin

VivaLeBeaver Sat 18-May-13 11:33:59

I used to work with a chris peacock. Also a mary christmas

Ehhn Sat 18-May-13 23:20:41

At st Mary's surgery in Berkshire, there is a doctor called Dr Stiff.

phantomnamechanger Sun 19-May-13 14:01:56

vicar near to here has surname Holy

firm of funeral directors "gore brothers" always makes me smile!

LarvalFormOfOddSock Sun 19-May-13 14:13:34

I know a gynaecologist called Mr Gash, a haematologist called Bloodworth and an oceanographer called Dr Flood. I've also known a Richard Head- it seems they're quite commonplace. Oh, and I used to know a girl called Rosie Butt. Once had a client called Mr Onion who insisted it was pronounced O'Nion!

LarvalFormOfOddSock Sun 19-May-13 14:14:23

Oh yes. In Twickenham, there's also a funeral directors called Wake and Paine. Used to make us laugh.

Euphemia Sun 19-May-13 14:15:35

Mr Gash! shock grin

LarvalFormOfOddSock Sun 19-May-13 14:20:13

It's true. A very nice man by all accounts!

attilascupcakes Sun 19-May-13 14:24:05

I once sold tickets to an Allie Gator. I didn't believe her and checked the name on her credit card. She wasn't lying blush

livinginwonderland Sun 19-May-13 17:04:32

I went to school with a kid whose dad was Richard (Dick) Head.

Also when I was in labour with ds 9 years ago one of the student mw's had a double barrelled surname. I cannot recall the second part of it but the first part of her name is Crotch! grin

Bananaketchup Mon 20-May-13 22:14:27

I've got another one but I don't know if it counts because this person actually changed his name by deedpoll. His (real) last name is Sherunkle, so he changed his name to Bob. Bob Sherunkle. True story.

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