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Old 04-15-2013, 07:09 PM
 
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The word "Gay" has only taken on its current meaning, in the last generation. There is a "Gay Street" in Baltimore, also a man named Connie B. Gay used to be a promoter of country-western concerts, and another man surnamed Gay, a few years ago, got tired of being teased, and fired a gun in a gay bar in Roanoke, VA.

Another funny surname is Glasscock. Drinkwater, Rainwater, Organic, and Barefoot are also surnames.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:18 PM
 
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Another funny surname is Glasscock. Drinkwater, Rainwater, Organic, and Barefoot are also surnames.
Another very different last name: Redtinsoldier - pronounced red-tin-soldier.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:13 AM
 
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Gay is a very old English name that appeared in the Colonies in the 1600s. My cousin's married name is Gay. He was a well respected journalist and writer before he died.
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:54 AM
 
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My mother had a cousin whose name was Harry Dick.
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Kathryn, what a cute name for a character, was she constantly contradicting herself? he he

I am wondering if there might be a fellow named Harry Balls out there somewhere? Either that or it would also make a great name for a Detective in a historical mystery novel.
There was a guy listed in the Chicago phone book (40 years ago) called Harry B____S.
Can you imagine the crank phone calls he got?

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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.
Yes, there was a manager who's last name was Kuntz and to make matters worse his first name
didn't help either. It was horrible paging him on the intercom.....you could hear people laughing
in the building.

This was fun.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:52 AM
 
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I would!

But I am a man that has actually had a full legal name change. I didn't like my first, middle, or last name that my parents gave me and they were very normal American names! I changed all three when I was 23 years old. I have no regrets.
Good for you!

We have an interesting situation in our family. My oldest son despises his father (my ex husband) - and for good reason. He loves my father, his grandfather, who has been much more of a dad and role model to him than his biological dad.

My son is seriously considering changing his last name to my former family surname. I am trying to stay out of the decision making completely, but inwardly I am proud of him for having the nerve to live by his principles.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:55 AM
 
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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.
I would be willing to bet that many of those Turnipseeds came from Switzerland originally!
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:55 AM
 
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I think some last names are really stupid, and makes on wonder why they were never changed in the first place.

I had a friend in HS, his last name was "Watt". Kenny, what is your last name? Watt. No Kenny, what is your last name?, My last name is Watt.

pretty dumb.

another friend in HS, last name was "Butt", i am assuming it was shortened from some ethnic last name, Buttafucco, perhaps....but never the less, to go thru school with a last name like Butt. OMG


My mothers first BF his last name was "Stump", OMG, thank goodness she didn't marry him, I would never have of wanted the last name like "Stump", I would have changed it at 18.

Luckily my Mother married a Greek man and we now have a great ethnic Greek last name....


I dont get, the really stupid last manes, there should be no reason for it.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:11 AM
 
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My boys went to elementary school with a girl named Rose Carnation. Who does that?!

One Dtr-in-law's maiden name was Gay.

Used to work with a girl, she got married and her new name was Hiney. When she got pregnant, the name suggestions were flying - my favorite was Ophelia. I think she chose Carol.

Growing up in Philadelphia, there was a tailor on the corner and the sign in the window told everyone his name was Bratspis.

And then there is Amanda Picker. Not so bad, right? Amanda Lynn Picker? NOooooooo.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:40 PM
 
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I would DEFINITELY change my last name if it was Hiney. No ifs, ands, or...BUTTS!
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Old 04-16-2013, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Default Different Dicks

I worked in the insurance field for over thirty years. In one company in Ohio, our Underwriting Vice President was named Dick Wilt---and he was about 5' 6" tall with a fiery temper and an insanely one track mind.

Years later I worked for a company in Colorado where the executive vice president's name was Dick Rock.

I always felt when it came to Dicks I'd rather be known as Rock than Wilt.

And finally for all you that named Hogg as a tough name to live with, here's this:

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Ima Hogg (July 10, 1882 August 19, 1975), known as "The First Lady of Texas",[1] was an American philanthropist, patron and collector of the arts, and one of the most respected women in Texas during the 20th century.[2] Hogg was an avid art collector, and owned works by Picasso, Klee, and Matisse, among others. Hogg donated hundreds of pieces of artwork to Houston's Museum of Fine Arts and served on a committee to plan the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. An enthusiastic collector of early American antiques, she also served on a committee tasked with locating historical furniture for the White House. She restored and refurbished several properties, including the Varner plantation and Bayou Bend, which she later donated to Texas arts and historical institutions who maintain the facilities and their collections today. Hogg received numerous awards and honors, including the Louise E. du Pont Crowninshield Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Santa Rita Award from the University of Texas System, and an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Southwestern University.

Hogg was the daughter of Sarah Ann "Sallie" Stinson and James Stephen "Big Jim" Hogg, later Attorney General of Texas and Governor of the state. Ima Hogg's first name was taken from The Fate of Marvin, an epic poem written by her uncle Thomas Hogg. She endeavored to downplay her unusual name by signing her first name illegibly and having her stationery printed with "I. Hogg" or "Miss Hogg".
Ima Hogg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

And my father was Gay---in that it was his given name--and he was from Louisiana. I always thought it was not only unusual but limited strictly to women. But, no, the town where he lived some of his youth was Denham Springs, LA and there is another male "Gay" with same surname buried in that cemetary--and not a relative of ours either. But my father had a successful career in the USAF and never hid his name from anyone--and really had no problem. He retired in 1964.

Last, I worked several years myself in a medical records department in Colorado as a retirement job. I assembled ER records (back when they were mostly paper) so I saw a lot of names. The most interesting one I ever saw was Candy Barr!

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