Having one sign off and one cancellation was rather nice, too.
Oh, look. It's 1811... I'm done!
Justin Case, Barb Dwyer and Stan Still.
It sounds like a bad joke, but a study has revealed that there really are unfortunate people with those names in the UK. Joining them on the list are Terry Bull, Paige Turner, Mary Christmas and Anna Sasin. And just imagine having to introduce yourself to a crowd as Doug Hole or Hazel Nutt. The names were uncovered by researchers from parenting group TheBabyWebsite.com after trawling through online telephone records.
Retired airman Stan Still, 76, from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, said his name had been "a blooming millstone around my neck my entire life". "When I was in the RAF my commanding officer used to shout, 'Stan Still, get a move on' and roll about laughing," he said. "It got hugely boring after a while."
But 51-year-old Rose Bush, from Coventry, West Midlands, said she loved her name.
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"I always get comments about it but they are always very positive," she said.
Researchers also scoured phone records in the US and found some unlikely names there too.
Spare a thought for Anna Prentice, Annette Curtain and Bill Board the next time you sign your name.
A string of Americans also have very job-specific names, including Dr Leslie Doctor, Dr Thoulton Surgeon and Les Plack - a dentist in San Francisco. A spokesman for TheBabyWebsite.com said: "When the parents of some of those people mentioned named their children, many probably didn't even realise the implications at the time. Parents really do need to think carefully though when choosing names for their children. Their name will be with them for life and what may be quirky and fun for a toddler might be regretted terribly when that person becomes older or even a grandparent perhaps."
Notable Names of 2009
From the newsmakers that took flight—Falcon or Sparrow, anyone?—to the stories that captured our imaginations, here are the names that thrilled us, stunned us, and grabbed us in 2009.
At close to midnight, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden welcomed son Sparrow James Midnight. (Older sister Harlow Winter Kate was born in the winter of 2008.) Mama Nicole said of the choice, "I liked the way it sounded with Harlow, and there's the Captain Jack Sparrow connection." Naming stylistas will notice both Harlow and Sparrow end in "–ow." Do you think their names are "Ow!" or "Wow!" in turning heads?
On movie posters, the full title is Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire, but Precious soon found itself on the lips of Oprah and Tyler Perry, who offered glowing word-of-mouth for a film about an abused, overweight, and illiterate teenager and its lead actress, Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe. At Sundance, Precious won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in drama, along with a Special Jury Prize for Mo'Nique's performance. Precious has been a top-1000 name since it first appeared on the popularity chart for girls in 1978, gradually climbing to #378 in 1996, before finding its current rank of #791.
There were no fewer than three celebrity tykes named Charlie in the past year—thanks to Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell's daughter Charlie Tamara Tulip, Julie Chen and Les Moonves' son, Charlie, and Jeremy Sisto's daughter, Charlie Ballerina. Make it four if you count Tiger Woods' son, Charlie, born on February 8, 2009.
Or maybe it isn't. Not if you're Octo-mom, Nadya Suleman, who already had six children before delivering octuplets Noah, Maliyah, Isaiah, Nariyah, Makai, Josiah, Jeremiah, and Jonah in January. (All eight children bear the middle name, Angel and the last name, Solomon).
The runner-up who almost ran away with our hearts? Bandit Lee Way, daughter of My Chemical Romance lead singer, Gerard Way.
That's about all the bad baby/people names I can take... And from 2008, is this post: 20 Worst Baby Names (http://traislinge.blogspot.com/2008/07/20-most-bizarre-celebrity-baby-names.html) - shows all those weirdo names, like Moxie Crimefighter.