Quick Hits – Body Parts

Let’s see if we can form the entire human body out of funny names – a bit of a Frankenstein’s monster, only made to amuse, out of spare parts from great names :

Peter Elbow – Author and professor of writing.

Philippa Foot – British philosopher. She’s the granddaughter of President Grover Cleveland, and daughter of Esther Cleveland, who was born in the White House. Adding to her name credentials is that her paternal grandfather was Sir Frederick Albert Bosanquet, who held a major position in England in the early 20th century. She was also one of the founders of the Oxfam charity.

Toe Blake – Canadian hockey player and coach. He got his nickname “Toe” because his younger sister was as a child unable to pronounce his real name Hector, saying “Hec-toe” each time. He was eventually universally known as Toe, which replaced his previous nickname, “The Old Lamplighter”.

Jeff Finger – An American pro hockey player. He played junior hockey with the finely named Green Bay Gamblers. He made the big time in 2007 with the Colorado Avalance and was soon fingered as the next big thing on the Toronto Maple Leafs blue line, but fell out of favor and is now plying his trade in the minor league team Toronto Marlies.

David Goodwillie – Scottish soccer player, currently with the Blackburn Rovers team. There is also an American author of the same name, who was once a professional baseball player, auctioneer and private investigator.

Martin Brest – Film director, 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop, Gigli

Legs McNeil – Co-founder of Punk Magazine.

Not quite a complete Frankenstein’s monster, but pretty close. Unfortunately there don’t appear to be many people named Torso. A creature with a head, fingers, legs, one toe, a breast, a foot, and, ahem, a goodwillie,  would certainly be quite terrifying.


About Arto

Co-founder of the Funny Names Blog, Hawaiian shirt enthusiast, and holder of a funny name himself with too many vowels for any sensible person. Currently residing in San Diego, California, scouring through obscure documents on a hunt for more funny names. www.funnynamesblog.wordpress.com
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5 Responses to Quick Hits – Body Parts

  1. Dave says:

    Arto – I was just looking at old posts and realized I have a few additions for this lists: there aren’t many people named Torso, but there was Chesty Puller! https://funnynamesblog.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/quick-hits-nine-men-38-navy-crosses/

    There’s also former baseball player Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown, and baseball player Rollie Fingers. That gets us up to 10 fingers.

    Let’s see, there’s Kneeland Youngblood, who worked in a pretty high up position in the Obama campaign back in ’08.

    And there’s a guy from an old Penn & Teller episode on Prostitution named Bum Hess, who was the Nevada State Commissioner. P.S. Did you know that when “bum” is in your Google search query, they will also search for “ass”. Fun facts!

    Maybe you could do a Quick Hits: Body Parts, part 2! Or I could do it once I make my return after my brief MCAT-related hiatus.

  2. Carie Fox says:

    Ok, this is a seriously bizarre obsession and also contagious. I love this site!

  3. Pingback: Grover “Ugly Honest” Cleveland | The Blog of Funny Names

  4. Dave says:

    Wow!!!!! A blast from the past thanks to Fannie’s Grover “Ugly Honest” Cleveland post. Woohoo!

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