What’s in a name? – Aptonyms and Nominative Determinism**

What were they thinking?  Mr and Mrs. Hunt when they named their child  Michael knowing he’d be called Mike*.

Mr and Mrs Orff when the called their son Hans*, and how could the Jarses name their boy Hugh?

A talented American swimmer had a tough enough start in life with the surname Hyman but her folks had to christen her Misty.  Then there was  jazz musician Dick Hyman but I don’t know if they were connected.

There are names than on their own are one thing but when aligned to a job take on added fascination.

Dr. Finger who headed up the Adelaide  VD clinic.

Patricia Feral an animal rights activist in Stamford, Connecticut.

Kevin Kidney the butcher

Sid Foots the boot maker

Rodney Supple the chiropractor

Dr.Slaughter GP

Dr. Death GP (not surprisingly he pronounced it Deeth)

Sue Yoo the Lawyer – that would inspire confidence.

The head of fisheries in Tasmania at one time was Barry Mundy,not so strange on the scale of things.

There’s no hiding place – The British Journal of Urology by J. W. Splatt and D. Weedon. – that’s hands on experience.

And who knew in the Buck family that they’re young son would grow up to be a Pastor.

Cardinal Sin

If that wasn’t difficult enough, how about Chris Moss who gave up dreams of the priest hood.  Couldn’t handle being Father Chris Moss.

Still on a clerical bent, Jamie Sin rose through the ranks to be the head of the Catholic church in the Philippines, to become Cardinal Sin.

Finally on a political note let’s not forget those Republicans  in the U.S. trying to delay legislation against global warming named Doolittle and DeLay.

All contributions gratefully received.

*Mike Hunt was a wrestling referee in Australia. * Hans Orff was head of the Australian Submarine Corporation.

**New Scientist magazine coined the terms “nominative determinism” or “aptonyms” to describe the phenomenon of people whose names reflect their jobs – or rather, who end up working in areas that reflect their names (hence the “determinism”!).

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