Funny Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names  

Jordan Love
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List Rules Upvote the people whose names are the most hilariously appropriate for their careers.

When people have funny names that relate to the things they do in life, it is called an aptronym. From Tim Duncan who is always dunkin' on the court to Anthony Wiener who has a fondness for showing off his appendage, there are a lot of notable people out there with literal names that are sure to give you a chuckle. Some of the most famous aptronyms include athletes whose names either reflect the sport they play or their position.

Of all the groups of people in the world, though, there seems to be one that has more aptronyms than anyone else: meteorologists. There are so many meteorologists with aptronym names that there's almost one for every type of whether pattern you could imagine. From Raines to Blizzard to Storm to Freeze (and more!), meteorologists take the aptronym cake.

English isn't the only language that has famous people with literal names. Almost every language and culture in the world has at least a few aptronyms. The retired Serbian NBA player, Vlade Divac was a giant on the court. It's appropriate, then, that in Serbian, div means giant.

There's just no getting around aptronyms sometimes so check out this list of some of the most famous and hilarious ones out there - and don't forget to vote up those that make you laugh the most!
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Thomas Crapper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Dec. at 74 (1836-1910) - Famous manufacturer of Victorian toilets

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Anthony D. Weiner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
age 53 - Notoriously liked to show off his wiener

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Willie Thrower is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Dec. at 72 (1930-2002) - Former NFL quarterback

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Chris Moneymaker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
age 42 - The 2003 World Series of Poker champion

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Dr. Richard Chopp is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Dr. Richard Chopp A doctor who performs vasectomies

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Frank Beard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
age 68 - The only beardless member of ZZ Top

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John Balance is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Dec. at 42 (1962-2004) - Died after losing his balance and falling two stories.

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Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Dec. at 79 (1920-1999) - Pitcher who won twice on opening day

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Larry Playfair is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Larry Playfair age 59 - NHL player notorious for his fighting

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Lake Speed is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
age 70 - Former NASCAR driver

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Bob Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
age 63 - Legendary rock producer for bands such as Aerosmith, Simple Plan, Bon Jovi, and more

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Jules Angst is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Jules Angst age 92 - Psychiatry professor with several works on anxiety.

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Russell Brain, 1st Baron Brain is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Russell Brain Dec. at 71 (1895-1966) - Notable neurologist

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William Wordsworth is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Dec. at 80 (1770-1850) - Poet and advocate for the worth of words

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George de Forest Brush is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
George de Forest Brush Dec. at 86 (1855-1941) - Artist who deals heavily with camoflauge

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Amy Freeze is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
age 43 - New York meterologist

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Sara Blizzard is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
age 48 - BBC meterologist
 

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Igor Judge, Baron Judge is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
age 76 - Former judge and Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

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Larry Speakes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Dec. at 75 (1939-2014) - Spokesperson for President Ronald Regan

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Scott Speed is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names

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Marina Stepanova is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Marina Stepanova age 67 - Former record breaking hurdler

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Colin Bass is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
age 66 - Bassist in the band Camel

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Bernard Madoff is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
age 79 - Famously "made off" with millions of dollars in other people's money

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Tommy Tune is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
age 79 - Famous for knowing how to carry a tune on Broadway, as well as dance to one

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Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
age 41 - NBA player who's great at dunking

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Dr. Don Livermore is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Dr. Don Livermore A whiskey expert

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Dallas Raines is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Dallas Raines age 64 - Meteorologist in Los Angeles

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Richard Smalley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Dec. at 62 (1943-2005) -

Pioneer in Nanotech

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Go Seigen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Go Seigen One of the greatest Go players to ever live

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Paddy Driver is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Paddy Driver age 84 - Car and motorcycle racer

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Ryan Longwell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
age 43 - NFL kicker responsible for the longest field goal in Packers history

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Jack Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
age 53 - Retired pitcher for the Cincinatti Reds

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Lance Bass is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
age 38 - Bass singer for NSYNC

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Prince Fielder is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
age 33 - Famous baseball player, though not exactly known for his fielding

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Jeff Bagwell is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
age 49 - Retired first baseman for the Houston Astros