Funny Names in Comic Authors

Welcome back funny name fans. I’m counting down the days until Comicon 2017 tickets go on sale for Seattle. That would be 30 days and counting. *Fannie pulls out the noise makers and throws confetti.*

Sorry, I didn’t mean to get any on you.

Since we’re talking about Comicon, what better place to look for fabulous, funny names than in the creators of the comics themselves.

I Marvel at the thought, all of today’s guests were born in December and they’ve all worked for Marvel.

Dear future parents who wish to Spawn comic book geniuses, mark late March and April on your calendar. Just a thought.

*Stan Lee photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore.

Stan Lee photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore.

Let’s start with Stan Lee. The person whose first name and last name combine to make his first name. His real name is Stanley Martin Leiber. At 93 he’s the Hugh Hefner of the comic world, now making cameo appearances as himself in movies and on television. Who could forget his appearance on the Big Bang Theory? Clearly he has great taste in women, his wife of 69 years is the fabulously named Joan Clayton Boocock Lee.

We can thank him as co-creator for such memorable works: Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Thor, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, and X-Men.

Fabian Nicieza photo courtesy of © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons.

Fabian Nicieza photo courtesy of © Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons.

Since the movie Deadpool based on the comic released last December, how about a shout out to comic co-creator Fabian Nicieza. He’s worked on many series including X-Men, X-Force, New Warriors, Cable and Deadpool, and Thunderbolts, creating many memorable characters for each of the series.

Matt Fraction photo courtesy of Jasmine Heyward.

Matt Fraction photo courtesy of Jasmine Heyward.

Matt Fraction, whose pen name is a fraction of his real name—Matt Fritchman—but not an anagram. He’s won the Eisner Award for best new series and the Eagle Award for favorite newcomer. A fraction of his work includes: Hawkeye, Sex Criminals, The Invincible Iron Man, The Immortal Iron Fist, Casanova, and Uncanny X-Men.

He’s married to Kelly Sue DeConnick a comic book artist in her own right who also adapts Manga (Japanese comics) into English.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to catch up with Buffy, the Vampire Slayer.

Carry on.

Tracy — Fannie Cranium’s Guide to Irreverent Wisdom





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Ding Dong, It’s Freek De Jonge

Hello, readers! Now that it’s September, we move from Olympic Games back to funny names. And the winner winner (chicken dinner) for Freaky Friday’s funny name is Freek de Jonge, the Dutch cabaret performer and writer. Yes, you heard right, folks! Freek it is!

Around these parts, “freak” is a pejorative, used to express contempt. For example, when we spot a curiously-coiffed and curiously-clad person, we often say, “Look at that freak on a leash,” a reference to an old Korn song. However, in the Netherlands, Freek is short for Frederick, which means “peaceful ruler,” derived from frid “peace” and ric “ruler.” So if you named your dog Freek, you actually could put him on a leash.

Frederik “Freek” Jan Georg de Jonge, who celebrated his 72nd birthday just this week, was born in the village of Westernieland. As festive as that name sounds, the family sought greener grass first in Workum, then in Zaandam and lastly, Goes. I wonder if Jean-Claude Van Damme ever Goes to visit Zaandam? If so, this is one of their hotels.

Egads! Methinks it’s made of gingerbread.

While studying cultural anthropology in Amsterdam, Jonge met Bram Vermeulen and Johan Gertenbach, and they formed a comedic performing group called Neerlands Hoop In Bange Dagen. How soon can we get this on rotation?

It looks delightful. Even better than Korn.

In 1978, Neerlands Hoop had a hit with”Bloed aan de paal” (“Blood on the Goalpost”–not to be confused with John Cougar Mellencamp’s “Rain on the Scarecrow”), about a fight against the participation of the Netherlands national football team at the football world cup in Argentina. But bloody goalposts weren’t enough to keep the band together, and they split up the next year. Freek de Jonge was free to start his solo career.

Though his career was solo, Jonge himself was not. In February of 1971, he married Hella Asser. Yes, Hella Asser. Look, folks, I can’t make this stuff up. Here’s Hella with her man.

When not performing in cabaret, Jonge penned the novels Zaansch Veem, Neerlands Bloed, and Opa’s Wijsvinger. He also dabbled in hosting television shows and writing two films: The Illusionist (1983) and De Komediant (1986). Just for grins and giggles, he wrote a hip-hop song with Dutch rapper Brainpower.

In 1994, Jonge collaborated with Nits, known for Urk, Giant Normal Dwarf, and their critically-acclaimed album dA dA dA. How can one be a giant dwarf, do you suppose? That’s rather oxymoronic. An album was released in 1995: Dankzij de Dijken.

In February 2004, he went to Iraq for a week to perform for the Dutch troops. Jonge continues to work (get his freek on) in the music industry.

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Fannie’s Olympic Medalist List

Greetings funny names fans! I apologize for the brevity, I’m running up against some unexpected deadlines on the home front and I’m not as creative as Dave is under pressure.

Now that the Olympics have come to a close, let’s recap some of the more memorable names in Olympic History.

Michael Phelps photo courtesy of Agencia Brasil Fotografias

Michael Phelps photo courtesy of Agencia Brasil Fotografias

Even though Michael Phelps does not have a funny name, we have to give him a nod as the most decorated Olympic athlete with 31 medals to his name and because he talked about changing his kid’s diaper during an interview.

Larisa Latynina photo courtesy of

Larisa Latynina photo courtesy of

Followed up by Ukranian gymnast, Larisa Latynina with 18 Olympic medals. Anyway you spell it, she has a great name.

Paavo Nurmi at the Antwerp games in 1920.

Paavo Nurmi’s debut at the Antwerp games in 1920.



Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi is one of only 4 athletes to win 9 Olympic gold medals. He was associated with a team of Finnish athletes known as the “Flying Finns”. He was the first athlete in Olympic history to win five gold medals in a single game. His total medal count you ask, 12.

My personal favorite, American swimmer, Mark Spitz.

Mark Spitz swam with facial hair, because he could.

Mark Spitz swam with facial hair, because he could.

He swam with a fabulous mustache at a time when most swimmers removed excess hair. His record of 7 gold medals in one Olympic competition stood for 36 years until Michael Phelps broke the record in Beijing. He earned 11 medals. Incidentally, when he was 42 years old, he was paid $1 million as a promotional stunt to swim in an Olympic qualifier. He missed the cut by 3 seconds. Not bad when you consider he was still swimming as fast as he did when he was in his twenties. Maybe that’s where Dara Torres got the inspiration?

Sawao raised the gymnastic bar by using a trampoline to train.

Sawao raised the gymnastic bar by training on a trampoline.

And we’ll round out the count with Sawao Kato, gymnast, from Japan. He did for gymnastics what Michael Phelps did for swimming, earning 8 gold medals over the course of 3 Olympics. More than any other gymnast in Olympic history. Total medal count, 12.

Let’s call that a wrap. Or at least a short list.

Tracy – Fannie Cranium’s Guide to Irreverent Wisdom


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Paddy Barnes and Funny Names of Boxers at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, but don’t say that to their faces!

Hello everyone, it’s that magnificent time again…. the summer Olympics are in full force and we’re here to celebrate the finest names at the games!

New readers may like to know that The Blog of Funny Names exists not to mock, but to celebrate fantastic people with fantastic accomplishments and fantastic names! We’ve done so for 700 fun-filled posts now, and the Olympics might be our favorite time of all!

If you wanna catch up on where we left off, here are some splendid funny names posts from the 2012 summer games in London. We started with Gaylord Silly and some other fantastically-named athletes in Funny Names in the news 7.

Then we got into Stambolova’s Stumble (not an auspicious name for a hurdler) plus Laugher vs. Giglmayer, and then Saeid Mohammadpourkarkaragh and his heavyweight name (he was a weightlifter whose fantastic name went viral and ended up bringing in our biggest daily hits in the history of the blog… over 5,000 hits in about 14 hours).


Paddy Barnes

In case the name Paddy Barnes didn’t seem Irish enough, maybe the red hair will convince you of his homeland!

So much more fun was had: Rehan and Imran Butt, Sparkle McKnight, and other goodies.

And Arto started pulling in the legends with the funniest OLYMPIC MEDALIST NAMES OF ALL TIME. seriously, my caps lock key is toggling on and off spontaneously as I’m writing this. Oh what fun!

So today we’ll start things off with Dave’s favorite sport… BOXING! (caps lock intended)

Some of our regular readers may know that Dave is a huge boxing aficionado, and has been chatting back and forth with many of our Olympic boxers, including the esteemed American women’s boxing team, whose star Claressa Shields has a chance to make history, becoming the first American boxer (male or female) to win gold in two consecutive Olympics.

Claressa Shields and Mikaela Mayer, two amazing women... you really wanna be on their good side too!

Claressa Shields and Mikaela Mayer, two amazing women… you really wanna be on their good side too!

Both of them are remarkable success stories… Claressa rose from poverty a depressed Detroit area and found her way to stardom, and is now supporting her family and helping inspire thousands of people in the area. Mikaela Mayer, a former model, provides a tale of remarkable persistence….got eliminated from the Olympic trials last time, and decided to pursue her dream of representing her country, and now she’s here. I’ll be rooting on the American women starting today (August 6th), and continuing to do so!

But back to the main attraction…. the best names in Olympic Boxing at these 2016 Rio Olympics.

We’ll start off our team with a guy who got some professional experience, but also is representing Cameroon in the Olympics… Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam. Woohoo!

Daniyar Yeleussinov of Kazakhstan hopes to make a big impact for the land of Borat and Gennady Gennadyevich Golovkin.

Ireland brings stereotypically Irish names to the table in the form of talented flyweight Paddy Barnes, and he’s a definite medal contender.

These United States of America bring Shakur Stevenson (another medal favorite) to Rio, and Britain sends along the fantastically-named Qais Ashfaq who hopes to follow in the footsteps of Amir Khan and Anthony Joshua and deliver the gold for Mother England.

Funny Names Blog cofounder Dave is from Canada, so he’ll be rooting for Mandy Bujold in the women’s division, and the other cofounder Arto (who likes fondling Ted Danson) has Mira Potkonen to cheer for in women’s boxing.

One of the first Google Hits for Tetyana Kob. I love the internet!

One of the first Google Hits for Tetyana Kob. I love the internet!

Tetyana Kob of Ukraine and Nouchka Fontijn of the Netherlands help round out a superb women’s boxing division, which is only being contested in the Olympics for the second time ever, following London 2012’s debut.

I don’t know about you, but I’ll be rooting for some Knockout Names at the Olympic Games (which would’ve been a great title for this post), and watching the world’s best do their thing!

For more Funny Named Olympic Coverage, check out Mark Bialczak’s splendid post on a Chinese Trampolinist, and Kerbey’s post on two fantastically-named Brazilian siblings representing the host country. Now let the games begin

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Diego Hypólito and Danielle Hypólito: Bringing The Hype To The 2016 Rio Olympics

photo: Jasmin Schneebeli-Wochner/Gymbox

photo: Jasmin Schneebeli-Wochner/Gymbox

Welcome to the 2016 Rio Olympics edition of The Blog of Funny Names. Today we showcase siblings Diego and Daniele Hypólito, shown here, discussing the merits of having a hometown advantage this year in Brazil. Both are gymnasts, competing for the gold.

A physician might see the prefix hypo and conclude that these two are “below normal” litos. But that is not the case. And don’t confuse them with other hippos like Hippolytus Guarinonius, noted physician and polymath. Isn’t that a fun word? It’s not actually a teacher of many maths; it’s more of a Renaissance man, one who has knowledge of broad subjects. And speaking of broad subjects…

Perhaps, like me, the accented Hypólito surname brings to mind a baby hippo.

While this is not altogether unpleasant, it is inaccurate. Neither sibling resembles a hippo in any way. But looks can be deceiving. While Daniele looks young, she will turn 32 (egads, man!) in September. Compare this to the fact that the average age of U.S. women’s gymnastics teams has hovered around age 16. In effect, Daniele is not only a double Hypólito sibling, but double the age of her competition. But that just makes her a seasoned athlete; Daniele competed in the 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Added to the fact that she has trained in Rio de Janeiro all of her life, the odds are ever in her favor.

Just last March, Daniele traveled to Jesolo, Italy to compete at the 2016 City of Jesolo Trophy, where she helped the Brazilian team place 2nd and individually placed 20th All Around.

Brother Diego is also in his dirty 30s, having just entered the decade in June. He competes this Saturday in events such as pommel horse, vault, and rings. And don’t worry about Diego catching the Zika virus, a major concern in Rio. He contracted dengue fever, a mosquito-borne tropical disease, in 2008 but was able to recover just in time to compete at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He’s not going out like that, you can bet.

If you can’t catch Diego on Saturday, be sure to stay tuned for Sunday’s women’s gymnastics. Perhaps sister Daniele will score an individual all-around again!

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