All the funny names, A-Z! Find your favorites!


Adewalé Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt

Alert, Qiqiqtaaluk Region, Nunavut

Ever Gabo Anderson

Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley “Dido” Armstrong

Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III

Cletus Awreetus-Awrightus


Churchill Babington

Dusty Baker

Ed Balls

Outram Bangs

Tallulah Bankhead

Biola Bankole

Sara Beth Bareilles

Felix Baumgartner

Lloyd Millard Bentsen

Christian Frederick Albert John Henry David “Bruno” Betzel

Ludwig Binswanger

Clarence Birdseye II

Rik Aalbert Blijleven

Moon Bloodgood

Mr. Bojangles

Christ Bongo

Dr. Cornelis Bontekoe

Gutzon Borglum

Ernest Borgnine

Boutros Boutros-Ghali

Raj-I Alujah “Livingstone” Bramble

Lloyd Vernet “Beau” Bridges III

Wilford Brimley

Elbert Dysart Botts

Peabo Bryson

Gesine Bullock-Prado

Fritzi Burger

Dick Butkus

Asa Maxwell Thornton Farr Butterfield


William John Cavendish Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck

Bennett Cerf (see also Theodor Seuss Geisel)

Vint Cerf

Salmon P. Chase

Jonathan Cheechoo

Chicken, Alaska

Kermit Cintron 

Richard Wagstaff “Dick” Clark

Christina and Wilbert Cock

Oberia Coffin

Paulo Constanzo

Fearne Cotton

Lesane Parish Crooks

Benedict Cumberbatch

Thomas Crapper

Pleasant Riggs Crump

Xavier Cugat and Charo

Vonteego Marfeek Cummings

Kaley Cuoco


Erasmus Darwin

Ram Dass

Margarethe Blossom Dearie

Debi Derryberry

Larry Derryberry

Dick Dickey

The Brothers Dickey

Phyllis Diller

Lord Timothy Dexter

Nonito Donaire

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Crescent Dragonwagon

Cornelius Drebbel

Olympia Dukakis

Lena Dunham, Zosia Mamet, Jemima Kirke


Megalyn Echikunwoke


Philo T. Farnsworth

Satchel Ronan O’Sullivan Farrow

Orval E. Faubus

Wilhelmenia Wiggins Fernandez

Rollie Fingers

Siegfried Fischbacher and Roy Horn

Fionnula Flanagan

Rodman Flender

Dominic ffytche

Firesign Theater (Peorgie Tirebiter, Mudhead)

Frankenstein, Missouri

Critter Fuqua


Giuseppe Garibaldi

Green Gartside

Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss)

Aloysius Gonzaga

Grinch and Grinch-Related Funny Names (see also Theodor Seuss Geisel)

Johannes Gutenberg


Binyamin Shlomo Hamburger

Learned Hand

Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump

Milton Hershey

Michael Hickenbottom, Son of Dick

Don Ho

Dummy Hoy

Gaynor Hopkins

Outerbridge Horsey

Whip Hubley


Punch Imlach

Kornelis “Kees” A. Schouhamer Immink


Xzavie Jackson

Jasper Jasperse

Carly Rae Jepsen

Mungo Jerry

Jia Jiang

Goodluck Jonathan

Bumpus Jones and Bobo Holloman


Harmon Killebrew

Waldemar Klasing and Rev. Vertrue Sharp

Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo

Clyde Kluttz

C. Everett “Chick” Koop

Julius Kruttschnitt Sr.

Orland Kurtenbach of Flin Flon, Manitoba

Swoosie Kurtz

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (Caroline Charonplop Kyary Pamyu Pamyu)


Napoleon “Nap” Lajoie

Kenesaw Mountain Landis

Archibald Alexander Leach

Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter

Sampson Lewkovicz

Judith Q. Longyear

Jubjang Lookmakarmwan


Arthur MacArthur, Jr.

Magnus ver Magnusson

Majestic Mapp & Scientific Mapp

Firpo Marberry

Inga DeCarlo Fung Marchand

Othniel Marsh & Edward Drinker Cope

Chi McBride

Cornelius McGillicuddy, Sr.

Kerry McCluggage

Scoot McNairy

Ethel Merman

Franz Anton Mesmer

Windell Middlebrooks

Muffet McGraw & Kimberly Duane Mulkey

Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish

Return J. Meigs Jr.

Van Lingle Mungo

Elon Musk

Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo


Carrie A. Nation

Taffy Nivert

Danbert Nobacon


Dewey “Spooner” Oldham Jr.

Graham “Bunny” Onions

Dolores O’Riordan

Mel Ott

Governor C.L “Butch” Otter

Orval Overall


Mary Cheves West Perky

Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso

Busy Phillips

Cappie Pondexter

Faith Popcorn


Moira Quirk


Sir Stamford Raffles

Thurl Ravenscroft (see also Grinch, Theodor Seuss Geisel)

Orville Redenbacher

Eppa “Jephtha” Rixey

Hardy Rodenstock aka Meinhard Görke

Anika Noni Rose

Lucretia “Crete” Rudolph

Virgil Runnels, Jr.

Amos Rusie

Nipsey Russell

Rosalind Russell


Cornelius Calvin Sale Jr. 

Ossee Schreckengost

Kliph Scurlock

Tristram Shandy

Tristram Shapeero

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Stirling Silliphant

Fulwar Skipwith

Urban Shocker

Sir Cloudesley Shovell

Izzy Skenazy

Lenny Skutnik

Kip Sopp

Tristram E. Speaker

Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone

Konstatinos “Dino” Stamatopoulos

Lennon and Maisy Stella

Abbye “Pudgy” Stockton

Picabo Street

John Ridley Stroop

George Stroumboulopoulos

Bert Sugar

Chesley P. Sullenberger

Sun Ra (Herman Poole Blount)

Vermin Supreme


Toots Thielemans

Archibald Hall Throckmorton

Ledell “Cannonball” Titcomb

Leone Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet Tollemache-Tollemache

Elmore Rual “Rip” Torn

Guppy Troup

Truth or Consequences, NM

Ron Tugnutt

Bitsie Tulloch

Whitmell P. Tunstall


Binky Urban


Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart

Cornelius Vanderbilt

Ricky van Wolfswinkel


Rube Waddell


Bill Wambsganss

Bushrod Washington

Wallace Wattles

Apitchatpong “Joe” Weerasethakul

Judson C. Welliver

Norbert Wiener

Willard Wigan

Wolfgang Wolf


Denton True Young


Zarley Zalapski

Hermann Zapf and the Dingbats

Abraham Zapruder

Renée Zellweger and Her Mom

Quick Hits Articles

One Book – Twelve Funny Names

Body Parts

Fish Wars! (And Mullets Too!) – Funny Baseball Names

Golden Baby Naming Tips: Rhyming Names


Nine Men, 38 Navy Crosses

Top 15 Funniest Names in the NHL 2011-2012 Season

Intercourse, PA, and Other Treasures from Lancaster County

Election 2012 : Funny Names Presidential Ballot

Election 2012 : Funniest Candidate Names Across the Land

Danger Fourpence and the 11 Weirdest Names in Soccer

Funny Names from the 2012 NHL Draft

Funny Baseball Nicknames – Part One

Funny Baseball Nicknames – Part Two

Funny Names at the NFL Draft 2013

Oscars 2013 Funny Names Recap

Sock it to Me! Funny Baseball Draft Names

Soccer Punch! Funny Names in English Football

Funny Baseball Team Names

Bollywood Beauties

Our Olympics 2012 Coverage : 

Stambolova’s Stumble

Saied Mohammadpourkarkaragh

Funniest Medalist Names in Olympic History

Funny Names at 2012 Olympics, Part Two

Funny Names at 2012 Olympics, Part One


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15 thoughts on “A-Z

  1. kato writes says:

    Are you aware that a key figure of the political opposition in the UK, the Labour party, is called Ed Balls? It might not even be as funny if it were more apt.

    • Dave says:

      I feel like I must have come across that name before, but it definitely slipped my mind. Thanks for the heads-up. It’s much harder to have a really funny simple name (the longer ones give a lot more room for silliness), so we always really cherish funny short names like Vint Cerf.

    • Arto says:

      I used to live in England and I was always amused at how even the more respectable papers couldn’t resist playing up the name in their headlines when Balls was in the news. “Balls back at heart of Labour as Johnson quits” is one I remember seeing in the Guardian.

  2. nancyola says:

    David, did you ever about Mr. Hogg. He supposedly named his daughters Ima and Urra. I heard this many years ago and it was said to be true. I’m enjoying your funny names.

    • Arto says:

      According to Wikipedia (who’s always right), Ms. Ima Hogg was “one of the most respected women in Texas in the 20th century”. That’ll certainly qualify anyone for this blog! Thanks for the tip!

    • Dave says:

      I remember hearing about the Hogg family. Actually, come to think of it, I may have heard that when I was 8 and living up in Canada, so it might be my oldest funny names memory. What a momentous event. Thanks for jogging my memory!

  3. Tom Lucas says:

    Great website, thanks for “liking” my most recent rant. I plan to explore your list. Forgive me if you already wrote about this, but one of my favorite things to listen to when I was a teenager (totally dating myself) was the Tube Bar recordings. There have been many references in pop culture to this joy of joys. Here’s the Wikipedia link if you aren’t up on it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tube_Bar_prank_calls

  4. Javier says:

    Or this other: Ben Dover http://www.bendover.com/

  5. Bumba says:

    Yesterday weak-hitting, but ever-popular (because of his name) Coco Crisp tripled and homered in the same game, thereby doubling his total bases for this season and boosting his batting average all the way up to .167. So, what’s the official ruling on names like Coco Crisp and Dusty Rhodes and the like, where the surname is altered for these aesthetic reasons?

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  7. Thomas says:

    I seem to remember that on a recent trip to the United States, UK Prime Minister David Cameron was met and greeted by Assistant Chief of Protocol, one “Randy Bumgardner”. The British press had a field day.

  8. I just found your site today, and would like to add a gem from my primary school days:
    Dealy Kanickle. I think it was actually spelt Knickle, but pronounced with a hard K. It just trips off the tongue!
    Before I feel too guilty about nominating him, I’ll confess right now that I had an ancestor named Gugy. There, I feel better now (and hope Dealy never reads your blog).

  9. Headandheart says:

    Glad to find Dr ffytche featured here for lacking a capital. I am keeping myself amused while studying Cognitive Psychology by spotting the silliest names. Zenon Pylyshyn is another psychologist who seems to lack something – in this case a vowel http://ruccs.rutgers.edu/faculty/pylyshyn.html

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