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Famous people with unusual names - how many?

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MannyMoeAndJack Tue 22-Jul-08 19:56:37

This is a little tongue in cheek....I've noticed that whenever a poster asks for opinions on unusual names, there will generally be one or two replies along the lines of, 'don't choose it, it won't suit an adult' or 'they won't be taken seriously' and similar.

Well....just how many people in the public eye do have unusual (first) names? Are there very many?

Tiger Woods

NotQuiteCockney Tue 22-Jul-08 19:59:02

His real name is Eldrick, Tiger is just a nickname.

southeastastra Tue 22-Jul-08 19:59:44

rip torn

NotQuiteCockney Tue 22-Jul-08 20:00:27

Rip Torn was born Elmore Rual Torn, Jr. on February 6, 1931

thisisyesterday Tue 22-Jul-08 20:00:47

well Eldrick is quite unusual in the grand scheme of htings too I guess.

am imagining the replies you'd get on here for suggesting it for an imminent baby lol

MannyMoeAndJack Tue 22-Jul-08 20:00:49

OK, but in my book, Eldrick is also fairly unusual!

MannyMoeAndJack Tue 22-Jul-08 20:01:16

Ditto Elmore

NotQuiteCockney Tue 22-Jul-08 20:01:58

It is fairly unusual, but not as unusual as 'Tiger' - he was named after a friend of his dad's.

NotQuiteCockney Tue 22-Jul-08 20:02:39

Elmore's a fairly normal name for someone of that age. And it's actually a name, unlike 'Rip'.

Oh, and before anyone brings up Sigourney Weaver, she was born Susan Weaver, and changed her own name as a teenager.

southeastastra Tue 22-Jul-08 20:03:24

impressed with your name knowledge nqc

MannyMoeAndJack Tue 22-Jul-08 20:03:36

Oprah Winfrey?

beanieb Tue 22-Jul-08 20:05:14

Her name (Oprah) was mis-spelt, as was Brittney (Spears)

BrownSuga Tue 22-Jul-08 20:05:44

a friend has just used Tiger as a middle name.

MannyMoeAndJack Tue 22-Jul-08 20:07:31

the late River Phoenix

BrownSuga Tue 22-Jul-08 20:08:25

Isn't there a Rainbow and Leaf in the Phoenix clan as well?

MannyMoeAndJack Tue 22-Jul-08 20:13:13

Not sure on this but isn't Joaquin a.k.a. Leaf?

And I would say Madonna is an unusual name

BrownSuga Tue 22-Jul-08 20:16:57

His 3 sisters Rain, Summer, and Liberty and Joaquin, don't know where I got the LEaf from. Then a half sister Jodene, changed her name to Trust.

he was originally River Jude Bottom. Fancy that, River Bottom.

NotQuiteCockney Tue 22-Jul-08 20:18:19

Yeah, Madonna's a weird name.

<helpfully shows SEA the internet - the source of all her magical info grin>

NotQuiteCockney Tue 22-Jul-08 20:19:11

(Oh, no, I lie, I knew about Sigourney Weaver already - because Sigourney is a name that used to be a boy's name. Names only go from being boy's names to girl's names, in our culture - bit of a bugbear of mine.)

BettySpaghetti Tue 22-Jul-08 20:19:59

Don't forget those famous (hmm) daughters of Bob Geldof and/or Paula Yates -Peaches, Pixie, Fifi Trixiebelle and Tiger Lily (if I've got them right??)

ButterflyBessie Tue 22-Jul-08 20:20:12

Sienna isn't your common or garden name really

WendyWeber Tue 22-Jul-08 20:21:10

American kids can be called anything (multi-cultural, see? wink) and nobody bats an eyelid - I don't believe they have playground teasing for weird names.

We lived in a normal residential area on Long Island; a Jewish baby over the road was called Yair (pronounced Yah-ear) and a brother & sister of Irish descent 2 doors down were Tara (boy) and - ooops, I forget his sister but hers was pretty odd by UK standards too.

BroccoliSpears Tue 22-Jul-08 20:21:25

Condoleeza Rice

Califrau Tue 22-Jul-08 20:21:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

WendyWeber Tue 22-Jul-08 20:22:37

These are all American so far (except Sienna, & Siena isn't that different from Florence) so my case rests grin

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