As funny names bloggers, we believe it’s a wonderful thing when someone notable has a fantastic and unusual name. Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso is such an example.
However, it is perhaps even more impressive when a person’s name is so extraordinary that it lifts someone out of relative obscurity, seemingly by the virtues of his or her name alone. Saeid Mohammadpourkarkaragh falls into this category. The Iranian weightlifter’s hefty surname turned him into a Reddit darling during the Olympics, and “Saeid Mohammadpourkarkaragh” is – by an alarming margin (bringing us almost 30x as many hits as the next most popular name Fearne Cotton) – the top search query in the history of our blog.
Which brings us to Leone Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet Tollemache-Tollemache. He was a captain in the British Army who passed away of influenza during World War I. Unfortunately, he passed away in his early 30’s, but by all accounts he lived a very full wife. He married an Irishwoman, they had a child together, he rose to the rank of Captain, served in India, Ireland, France and Australia, and had a well-regarded diary of his exploits.
However, one thing Leone can’t say is that he had the best name in his family. I believe that belonged to his brother, Lyulph Ydwallo Odin Nestor Egbert Lyonel Toedmag Hugh Erchenwyne Saxon Esa Cromwell Orma Nevill Dysart Plantagenet Tollemache-Tollemache, whose first fifteen initials spell LYONEL THE SECOND. Pretty rad.
How does one get such a tremendous name? Well, in a continuation of the Izzy Skenazy Postulate, it was a fantastic parent – in this case, the eccentric clergyman Ralph Tollemache-Tollemache. Ralph started off timidly, with none of the five children from his first marriage earning more than seven names. Then, when Ralph married his second wife, Dora Cleopatra Maria Lorenza de Orellana, his creativity took flight, and they had ten children together:
- Dora Viola G. I. de Orellana Dysart Plantagenet
- Mabel Helmingham Ethel Huntingtower Beatrice Blazonberrie Evangeline Vise de Lou de Orellana Plantagenet Toedmag Saxon
- Lyonesse Matilda Dora Ida Agnes Ernestine Curson Paulet Wilbraham Joyce Eugénie Bentley Saxonia Dysart Plantagenet
- Lyulph Ydwallo Odin Nestor Egbert Lyonel (LYONEL) Toedmag Hugh Erchenwyne (THE) Saxon Esa Cromwell Orma Nevill Dysart (SECOND) Plantagenet
- Lyona Decima Veroica Esyth Undine Cyssa Hylda Rowena Adela Thyra Ursuala Ysabel Blanche Lelias Dysart Plantagenet
- Leo Quintus Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet
- Lyonella Fredegunda Cuthberga Ethelswytha Ideth Ysabel Grace Monica de Orellana Plantagenet
- Leone Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet
- Lyonetta Edith Regina Valentine Myra Polwarth Avelina Phillipa Violantha de Orellana Plantagenet
- Lyunulph Cospatrick Bruce Berkeley Jermyn Tullibardine Petersham de Orellana Dysart Plantagenet
And the rest, as they say, is history.
One last note before I hit my 500-word limit: James Joyce parodied Ralph’s naming strategies in his book Finnegan’s Wake, naming a character Helmingham Erchenwyne Rutter Egbert (HERE) Crumwall Odin Maximus Esme Saxon (COMES) Esa Vercingetorix Ethelwulf Rupprecht Ydwalla Bentley Osmund Dysart Yggdrasselmann (EVERYBODY).