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Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names

Updated June 14, 2019 3.2k votes 373 voters 12.9k views35 items

List RulesUpvote 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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    Dr. Don Livermore

    A whiskey expert
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    Colin Bass

    Age: 70
    Bassist in the band Camel
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    Richard Smalley

    Dec. at 62 (1943-2005)

    Pioneer in Nanotech

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    Famously "made off" with millions of dollars in other people's money
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    Retired pitcher for the Cincinatti Reds
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    NFL kicker responsible for the longest field goal in Packers history
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    Paddy Driver

    Age: 87
    Car and motorcycle racer
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    Famous baseball player, though not exactly known for his fielding
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    Go Seigen

    One of the greatest Go players to ever live
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    Retired first baseman for the Houston Astros