Dominic ffytche

Some names are not funny by just sounds but also by spelling. Dr. Dominic H ffytche certainly qualifies in this regard, in that his name…well, it just kind of looks funny.

This is doubly true if you include the professional titles that generally follow his name in directories and such, in full : BSc, MBBS, MD, MRCP, MRCPsych. He must have really enjoyed school.

Dr. ffytche is a famed neuroscientist from England, currently on staff at King’s College of London.

And no, that is not a typo, his last name really is spelled with a lower case f.

Why is that? As far as we could tell, it’s because that is the way the letter “F” used to be spelled in archaic English documents – with a lowercase “ff”. Dr. ffytche and any other folks using a lowercase double-f today are merely using this old-school style of spelling. Which is kind of badass, and certainly looks different.

UPDATE : Many thanks to Raimo Hopkins, who wrote in to clarify that “because of the fragility of certain type-cast letters in the printing trade, doubling [letters gave] greater strength than was otherwise obtainable.” This makes perfect sense, given the tools used for printing back in the day.

We’re just glad Dr. ffytche and others have decided to continue using this spelling even with today’s perhaps less fragile tools.


Mmmmm, braiiins.

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.
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14 Responses to Dominic ffytche

  1. Great name – always fancied a ff in my name.

  2. LeBlogDuSpectateurSentimentale says:

    ffantastic post!

    • Dave says:

      Thanks! You have the ffanciest-sounding name of any of our visitors thus ffar! (I’m getting carried away with this ff thing 🙂

  3. Historical or hysterical – your choice! Nice read

  4. raimo2 says:

    I understand that the double f in lower case, standing for upper case, came about because of the fragility of certain type-cast letters in the printing trade, doubling giving greater strength than was otherwise obtainable.

  5. PD says:

    I googled him because I was reading Oliver Sacks and couldn’t figure it out, thanks for the explanation 😀

  6. angrygaijin says:

    Huh – that is kinda bad ass! I had no idea there were people writing their names like that today. Does his family do the same, or did he just wanna be that bad ass? 😉

  7. R Harrison Scott says:

    Love it.

  8. Alan says:

    ffytche has more degrees than a thermometer….

  9. Ronald Schleyer says:

    It’s a variation of the affectation noted by human-face expert Max Picard (d. 1965) on beards in men, that they are “a fictive sign of importance.” In other words, symptomatic of the Age of Narcissism. Typical also of the British penchant for eccentricity as a mode of their much-ballyhooed “freedom.” They don’t care what trouble is causes others.

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