Larry Derryberry

Sometimes, the names of our subjects here at the Funny Names Blog are so good, we barely need to write anything. But then, it turns out the people behind the names are even more awesome than the name, and it would just seem silly to only post a name and leave you in the dark as to the remarkable lives of these amazingly named folks.

A jolly old picture of the great “Papa Derryberry”.

For instance, did you know that Larry Derryberry is the youngest ever Attorney General in the great state of Oklahoma? Probably not, unless you are one our many readers who follow the legal politics of Southern States obsessively. Mr. Derryberry was re-elected to the position three times before starting the practice he runs to this day, amusingly named Derryberry & Naifeh.

Mr. Derryberry has such an irresistable funny name (that instantly shoots to the top of our previous best rhyming names list), I’ve even exceptionally decided to take a chance and write a post about a distinguished lawyer with a funny name, hoping our site isn’t taken down in a hurry. If I haven’t written anything here in a few weeks, look for me in a Tishomingo jail house.

But hey, did you think Larry Derryberry is just a highly accomplished attorney with a funny name? Think again. He’s also a children’s book author, who woke up one morning, and asked himself this question : “Did you ever wonder what would happen if a tornado picked up five farm animals and scrambled them into one?”. That is the premise of his sure-to-be amazing children’s book The Oklahoma Scranimal. I would buy it right now and read it to my kids, but I don’t have any, and my cat seemed disinterested when I mentioned it to him.

Does this not look great to you?

Scranimal is actually a “sing-along” book illustrated by Larry’s wife, Gale Brazil Derryberry (she almost deserves her own entry on this blog). Not only did the great Larry Derryberry come up with the story and words, he also wrote the songs for the book, performed vocals, and played the keyboard. This fact alone probably makes him the hippest lawyer in the state of Oklahoma, and I’ll throw in Texas and Kansas too just because I’m so impressed. He also has the most unlikely combination of titles come up when you search for his name on The first page includes both Scranimal-apolis 500 of the Papa Derryberry series, and the bestselling Shepherd (John) v. Oklahoma U.S. Supreme Court Transcript of Record with Supporting Pleadings.

Larry Derryberry, a name so good you have to say it all every time. We love his work, we are impressed with his career, and we sure love his name (and say nice things to avoid a lawsuit, just kidding, we say it because we mean it). Savor this name, and it’ll save your day.


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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20 Responses to Larry Derryberry

  1. asklotta says:

    Great posting…very interesting person with a very interesting name!

  2. unfetteredbs says:

    I love this name… fun to say and fun to read your post

  3. drewpan says:

    Sure this guy isn’t a Harry Potter character?

  4. I am very grateful that Larry & I were not classmates, his name would be a distraction for me. It looks like he wears his name well with that great smile.

    • Arto says:

      I agree, he seems like a great fellow who has really embraced his name. After all, he could just be known as Laurence or whatever his birth name was but decided to go for the rhyme!

  5. Hey! I know Larry Derryberry! Really and I know the Naifeh family as well. One of the Naifehs is a beautiful jewelry artist working in white and yellow gold – owns her own jewelry store out in Clinton, Ok. Truth is – everyone that know Larry pretty much calls him by his full name all the time because as you said, “it’s fun to say!”. He’s really smart and he would have to be, wouldn’t he?

    • Arto says:

      That’s awesome! This is only the second time we’ve had a comment from someone who knew the subject, and I’m very pleased to hear he’s always referred to by his full name. That makes me very happy. 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

  6. Oh yeah, you pronounce Neifeh Nay-Fee…..just in case you were wondering.

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  8. William Zahorsky says:

    I am saddened to say that Mr. Derryberry passed away Nov. 9th, 2016. He had become a very special and close friend to us over the last few years. I totally agree that his name is super fun to say, but I can’t help but to always refer to him as Mr. Derryberry because of the great respect I have for him. He was an exceptional man that enjoyed and lived life to the fullest. With all of his great accomplishments, none was more important to him than his family. He was a man that showed immense integrity in all that he did and truly cared about the people around him. I know this sounds like he was a saint, but to us, he was!

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