Merry Christmas, everyone! Today we do not spotlight only one funny-named person, but some of the poor souls who had to share their birthdays with the baby Jesus. One collective gift instead of two. I wonder if anyone born on Christmas enjoys it?
Well, we can’t ask Muhammed Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, because he died in 1948. Being born on that day probably wasn’t a problem for him in the city of Karachi, but now 12/25 is observed as a national holiday in Pakistan because it is HIS birthday. Way to be famous! P.S. How many Muhammed Alis are there? One is enough. Right, Cassius Clay?
Now one name NO ONE steals these days is Adolf. Yep, that name had a quick decline in the 1940s. But that was way before Adolf Otto Reinhold Windaus was born on Christmas day in 1876. He won a Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1928 for his work on sterols and their relation to vitamins. I don’t know what sterols are, but I bet Dave does! Hey, do you guys remember in 2012 when a judge ruled kids named Adolf Hitler and Aryan Nation had to be taken away from their parents? Lesson learned. No genocide-themed names.
Moving away from evil dictators, we discover that Louis-Joseph Chevrolet, co-founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company, was born on Christmas Day, as was Greek composer Antiochos Evanghelatos (Evangelizing gelato?).
On Christmas of 1904, Gerhard Herzberg, the Canadian physicist who won the Nobel Prize in 1971 for molecular structure, came into the world. Exactly two years later, Ernst Rusk cried his first cry, and he, too, won a Nobel Prize–for physics in 1986, when he was super old.
As far as entertainment goes, Christmas babies include bandleader Cab Calloway, actress Helen Twelvetrees (like the 12 days of Christmas!), Humphrey Bogart, and Norah Dunfee, the elderly lady at the bus stop who gives Tom Hanks advice in Forrest Gump.
Actress Irish McCalla (Sheena, Queen of the Jungle) was also born on Christmas. Should her name really be an adjective? Are you even reading this or looking at the pic?
Those of you who are into boxing may be familiar with Christmas baby Emmanuel Agassi, Iranian boxer and father of Andre Agassi, oh he of formerly lovely locks.
More fun-named Christmas babies include:
1934 – Giancarlo Baghetti, racing driver/journalist
1937 – O’Kelly Isley, singer in the Isley Brothers
1938 – Wibo van de Linde, Dutch TV host
1943 – Hedley Howarth, cricketer
1943 – Ravish Malhotra, Indian cosmonaut
1949 – Sissy Spacek (yay, alliteration!) of creepy Carrie
1958 – Joop Hiele, soccer player
1960 – Ron Bottitta, British actor (oh, the teasing he must have endured)
1971 – Dido, pop singer whose song “Thank You” makes me wretch, and I really only added her because her full name is Dido Florian Cloud de Bounevialle O’Malley Armstrong. Awesome.
1985 – Perdita Rose Annunziata Weeks, British actress and younger sister of Honeysuckle Weeks
Well, that about wraps it up for famous funny-named Christmas babies. Enjoy your holiday!