Birthday Bang-Up: From Iggy To Oaxaca

You may have read that yesterday was long-reigning monarch Queen Elizabeth II’s 89th birthday. But it was also a day of birth for much funnier-named folk than Elizabeth Alexandra Mary. Yep, that’s her regal name. It’s not quite as interesting as singer Iggy Pop (not to be confused with Iggy Azalea, whom we profiled less than a year ago), who turned the big 6-8, enjoying his Medicare benefits while sitting topless on a couch. Does he even own shirts? And nope, Iggy wasn’t his real name. He was born James Newell Osterberg, Jr. 

Who else ate cake yesterday? Little Jason Duggar turned 15, surrounded by many of his 18 brothers and sisters. Peace out, Jason.

Jason, the one who fell 12 feet into an orchestra pit and broke his leg, carries a rather normal name. However, let us recall that ALL of his siblings have J names:

Joshua, twins Jana and John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, twins Jedidiah and Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johannah, Jennifer, Jordyn, and Josie. And that, my friends, is NOT normal at all.

Yesterday was also the birthday of actor and musician, Jencarlos Canela, whose name sounds like two names squished together. Jencarlos was the protagonist Ángel Salvador in the telenovela Más Sabe el Diablomore than the devil knows?

Everybody’s favorite Croatian pop singer, Severina Vučković (here, let me help you; it’s pronounced sɛʋɛrǐːna ʋût͡ʃkɔʋit͡ɕ) turned 43. Her latest album, released in 2012, was called Dobrodosao u klub, which means “welcome to the club” and was probably about getting old and joining the 40s club.

Those of you in the over-40s club may remember Anthony Quinn, who would have turned 100 yesterday, had he not died at age 86. He was born in Chihuahua (yes, like the dog) as Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca. And Oaxaca, as we all know, is one of the 31 states which makes up the 32 federative entities of Mexico, best known for its indigenous peoples, including Zapotecs and the Mixtecs. But you knew that.

Honorable mention of funnier foreign-named but less widely-known folks born on April 21st include:

  • Wladyslaw Rzepko and Vojtech Rihovsky, composers (both now decomposing)
  • Hippolyte Taine, French philosopher/historian
  • Gijsbert van Hall, banker/mayor of Amsterdam (1957-67)
  • Feike P. Asma, Dutch organist
  • Choh Hao Li, bio-chemist professor who isolated growth hormones, Dave
  • Souleymane Cisse, director (Waati, Yeelen, Finye, Baara)
  • Aleksandr Ivanovich Laveykin and Sergei Viktorovich Zalyotin, Russian cosmonauts

Well, that about wraps it up this Earth Day. Throw your trash away and recycle plastic bottles. And if you have 19 children, please don’t give them all J names.

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33 Responses to Birthday Bang-Up: From Iggy To Oaxaca

  1. west517 says:

    Not all J names here :))))

  2. I laughed despite the fact my tongue now needs a chiropractor. 🙂

  3. Benson says:

    I know the letters appear to be the same but my,my, they do have a strange arrangement don’t they.

  4. Dave says:

    This post had me at Jinger. Jinger?!?!? Jinger! The world is a magical place!

    • kerbey says:

      I know, I know. I want to tell them how English works. Ginger is how this one works. But she explained that after she’d named the first three J’s, she didn’t want the 4th to feel left out, and so it has continued. They should do “Jose” but still have it sound like the H.

  5. Dave says:

    I like how we’ve found a situation where Iggy Azalea is the one who wears MORE clothes! Iggy Pop is quite the fella!

  6. marksackler says:

    At least they’re not all named George.

  7. Dave says:

    Last thing before I run off to my “practice of medicine” session… who’s the dude who breaks chains using only his deltoids, pecs, lats and rhomboids? Is that one of the folks mentioned in the post?

  8. marksackler says:

    And coincidentally, my daughter is in Oaxaca this week.

  9. ksbeth says:

    yep, iggy, little duggar and tony quinn – all very similar in looks and personality )

  10. Arto says:

    Iggy Pop is 68? Wowza. Good to know he’s still out there searching and destroying shirts on the regular.

    I fondly remember Severina’s 2006 Eurovision effort linked below. My favorite part is the middle of the bridge when the music stops and she yelps out “Africa Paprika” for no apparent reason. Good stuff.

    • kerbey says:

      I think the Church Lady would watch this and say, “Isn’t that special?” It’s like a lurid bellydancing-sounding frenzy with a hint of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Maybe she said “Africa Publica”? My best guess is she was referencing the South Bronx DJ, Afrika Bambaataa, as a huge influence on her career.

  11. reocochran says:

    I am continually amazed at the strangest names going around! Smiles!

  12. Liz says:

    This is an awesome post, Kerbey! Love how you pulled so many fun names in–sort of like a birthday edition of Funny Names in the News. You may have started something here. Perhaps you should be BoFN’s birthday correspondent? I think yes you should. Who knows, maybe even a pay raise in it for you.

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  14. markbialczak says:

    Oh, Kerbey, I dearly hope that Cisse’s partner referred to him (her? as Souleymate. Great post here, my friend.

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