names 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
Thomas Crapper Died at 74 (1836-1910) - Famous manufacturer of Victorian toilets

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Jules Angst is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Jules Angst age 89 - Psychiatry professor with several works on anxiety.

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Russell Brain, 1st Baron Brain is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Russell Brain Died at 71 (1895-1966) - Notable neurologist

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Colin Bass is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Colin Bass age 64 - Bassist in the band Camel

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Willie Thrower is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Willie Thrower Died at 72 (1930-2002) - Former NFL quarterback

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John Balance is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
John Balance Died at 42 (1962-2004) - Died after losing his balance and falling two stories.

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Frank Beard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Frank Beard age 66 - The only beardless member of ZZ Top

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Amy Freeze is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Amy Freeze age 41 - New York meterologist

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William Wordsworth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
William Wordsworth Died at 80 (1770-1850) - Poet and advocate for the worth of words

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Marina Stepanova is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Marina Stepanova age 65 - Former record breaking hurdler

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Igor Judge, Baron Judge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Igor Judge age 75 - Former judge and Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales

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Dr. Richard Chopp is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Dr. Richard Chopp A doctor who performs vasectomies

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Anthony D. Weiner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Anthony D. Weiner age 52 - Notoriously liked to show off his wiener

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Early Wynn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Early Wynn Died at 79 (1920-1999) - Pitcher who won twice on opening day

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Lake Speed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Lake Speed age 69 - Former NASCAR driver

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Dr. Don Livermore is listed (or ranked) 16 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) 17 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Dallas Raines age 61 - Meteorologist in Los Angeles

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Chris Moneymaker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Chris Moneymaker age 40 - The 2003 World Series of Poker champion

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Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Tim Duncan age 40 - NBA player who's great at dunking

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Bernard Madoff is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Bernard Madoff age 78 - Famously "made off" with millions of dollars in other people's money

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Bob Rock is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Bob Rock age 62 - Legendary rock producer for bands such as Aerosmith, Simple Plan, Bon Jovi, and more

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Scott Speed is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Scott Speed age 32 - Professional race car driver

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George de Forest Brush is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
George de Forest Brush Died at 86 (1855-1941) - Artist who deals heavily with camoflauge

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Sara Blizzard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Sara Blizzard age 47 - BBC meterologist  

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Larry Playfair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Larry Playfair age 57 - NHL player notorious for his fighting

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Jack Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Jack Armstrong age 50 - Retired pitcher for the Cincinatti Reds

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Larry Speakes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Larry Speakes Died at 75 (1939-2014) - Spokesperson for President Ronald Regan

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Ryan Longwell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Ryan Longwell age 42 - NFL kicker responsible for the longest field goal in Packers history

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Paddy Driver is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Paddy Driver age 81 - Car and motorcycle racer

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Richard Smalley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Richard Smalley Died at 62 (1943-2005) - Pioneer in Nanotech

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Tommy Tune is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Tommy Tune age 78 - Famous for knowing how to carry a tune on Broadway, as well as dance to one

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Go Seigen is listed (or ranked) 32 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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Lance Bass is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Lance Bass age 37 - 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
Prince Fielder age 32 - 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
Jeff Bagwell age 48 - Retired first baseman for the Houston Astros