Mongolians have a tradition of giving unpleasant names to children born to couples whose previous children have died, to confuse evil spirits. Ex: Muunokhoi – “Vicious Dog”.
In the 80s, businessman Armand Hammer bought a significant portion of the company that makes “Arm & Hammer” products simply because people kept asking him about the name.
The first manager of the first McDonald’s franchise was called Ed MacLuckie.
A man was arrested for trespassing at the Budweiser brewery. His name? Bud Weisser.
For nominatively challenged parents, a new company offers help. Future Perfect charges $350 for a personalized list of 10 possible first and middle names for a newborn. For $225, you’ll get a list of first names only, while for $100 they’ll provide “a namestorming session like no other.” And for a mere $75, they’ll also help you name your pet.
Women named Virginia are disproportionately likely to move to Virginia in their adulthood. The same logic applies to women named Georgia and to those whose surnames begin with “Cal” (California) and “Tex” (Texas).
Change your name, of course.
In 2009, a drunk New Zealander lost a poker bet and had his name changed to “Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova”. He found out that it was accepted 5 years later after receiving a confirmation letter.
Matthew McConaughey’s brother, Rooster McConaughey, named his son Miller Lyte and in return was gifted a years supply of beer for his life long commitment to the brand.
Parents who are concerned about how their children’s names may affect them in life can now hire services to name their kids for them. Services have popped up all over the US and Europe, with one Swiss agency charging $29,000 to research and recommend your child’s name.