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Old 04-13-2013, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Ostend,Belgium....
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My brother in law's last name was Seabra, I'm sure there was plenty of laughing by school kids, to me it's not that funny. Anyhow, the name originally was Seabora. I think they messed it up when his grandparents immigrated from Protugal. I would have went back to the original if I was him.
Some names will never be free of shame, like Hitler and a few others. Every generation is keeping the negative connection alive.
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Old 04-13-2013, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Central AL, USA
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I once worked with someone whose last name was Killings, which was an oddity to me, but not to the extent of finding it ridiculous or laughable. The name still makes me wonder about its origin.
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:49 AM
 
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When I was in H.S. there was a girl in a neighboring school whose surname was pronounced "goodiekunst." Not sure of the spelling. Can anyone not imagine what that was turned into?

The poor wretch was constantly tormented by that.
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:54 AM
 
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My high school nurse was named Fonda Jones. She married during the summer and came back to school with the name Fonda R a p e. I SO wish I was kidding....
My high school principal was named Donald Horr. He married a woman whose first name was Ima. I swear.

She switched to her middle name, Frances.
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:45 AM
 
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My neighbors last name is Bates, and when someome calls him from the old school of politeness 'maste'r it can be very embarrasing.
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Old 04-13-2013, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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I had an elementary school teacher named Miss Savage. I think it is a common French Canadian name and is pronounced...Sa Vage (with a soft "g") We considered her to be an old battle-ax so we called her Miss Savage.
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:14 PM
 
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Some of my ancestors came over from "the old country" (Switzerland) and their last name was Rubsamen. When they got here, they were told that the English version of that was Turnipseed. So - they thought that was better, and changed their last name to Turnipseed.

I don't think it was an upgrade myself.
Funny, I had NEVER heard of the last name Turnipseed until we moved to the South!! When I first heard the name mentioned, I silently laughed to myself. It sounded so funny to me.

Also - Roach has got to be one of the last names ever. I have joked with my family for years, "What if our names were _____, _______, and ______ Roach?!!

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Old 04-15-2013, 08:41 AM
 
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I just remembered another one: Kuntz

If this were my last name, I'd definitely have to change it. I once worked with a girl back in college who had this as a surname, and she hated it.
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Old 04-15-2013, 01:31 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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This thread reminds me of a friend I had a long time ago who had a urologist named Dr. Fawcett and an OB-GYN named Beaver. In those cases, you almost wonder if they changed their last names to fit their line of work.
Knew of a Beaver family, won't go into the first names, but somebody in that family had a weird sense of humor.
Also a dentist by the name of Fearnow.
I would not change an odd name like that if it were a fairly common name in the area, but if I were the only person in town saddled with something awkward I might consider it.
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Old 04-15-2013, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Center of the universe
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Entering this thread, I thought the OP was going to say Gay. Which is the last name of a friend of mine.
I always figured if my name was Gay, I would change it to the West African "Guye."
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