Aptronyms  OCT 19 2005

Aptronym "refers to a name that is aptly suited to its owner"...Ms. Banks who works in finance, Dr. Beach the marine biologist, Art Wolfe the nature photographer, that sort of thing. See also nominative determinism. (thx robert)

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Dan48 19 200512:48PM

Don't forget the 2003 WSOP Main Event winner Chris Moneymaker, who happened to be an accountant before winning the biggest poker tournament in the world.

Tom Dolan59 19 200512:59PM

I know a dentist named Dr. Chu and an Ob-Gyn named Dr. Guie (pronouced goo-ey). No joke.

Del Shimandle11 19 2005 1:11PM

A friend of mine has a Sharpei named "B flat."

Jason Rossitto17 19 2005 1:17PM

Would it be obnoxious to point out that you've misspelled it? Oops, too late.

Aptronym.

tat28 19 2005 1:28PM

The director of the museum of photography in charleroi is called Cannone (pronounced Canon).

jkottke32 19 2005 1:32PM

Would it be obnoxious to point out that you've misspelled it?

Fixed, thanks.

Joshua Works44 19 2005 2:44PM

I've always wondered what the word was, and have wanted to compile a list (with evidence... letterhead or whatnot). I'm aware of a urologist named Dr. Peaster and a DDS, Eric Wisdom.

Nonchalant Savant09 19 2005 3:09PM

When I was a kid, my dentist's name was Dr Pickus. I hated him.

My wife had an office visit with a surgeon named Dr Hatchett. After HE made a joke about it, we opted to
see someone else.

Fenton11 19 2005 3:11PM

Seinfeld reference:

A librarian named "Bookman"

An ice cream man named "Cone"

ben15 19 2005 3:15PM

My high school had an English teacher named Mrs Read, a guitar teacher named Harry Strum, and the swimming coach was Coach Kramp.

Overworm20 19 2005 4:20PM

Does Madonna qualify?

lia17 19 2005 5:17PM

The head of the Catholic Church in the Philippines my entire life was Cardinal Sin, I shit you not. He was an asshole.

MattNotHaughey12 19 2005 9:12PM

Check out John Train's book Remarkable Names of Real People and its sequel. Most are just odd names, but others fall into this category.

Excerpts are here.

slickvague53 19 2005 9:53PM

a loan officer named Helen Hunt?

as in, "looking for a loan? Go to Helen Hunt, her door is down to the left"

Ivan41 19 200511:41PM

See also this collection (mostly in Spanish).

John Dowdell51 21 2005 7:51PM

Herb Caen (historical SF Chronicle columnist) called these "namephreaks".

Patrick Madden37 22 200510:37AM

Thank you for solving a lifelong quest to know how to categorize my junior high teachers: Mrs. Stout, who taught cooking; Mr. Swet, who taught woodshop; Mrs. Law, who taught math; Mr. Echo, who taught band; and perhaps even Mrs. Dancy, who taught, alas, art.

Meg41 23 2005 5:41PM

My Chiropractor here in London is called Dr Back. Seriously.

Steph Mineart13 27 2005 6:13PM

My cardiologist is named Dr. Valentine.

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