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!
- Dec. at 73 (1836-1910)Famous manufacturer of Victorian toilets
- Age: 58Notoriously liked to show off his wiener
- Dec. at 71 (1930-2002)Former NFL quarterback
Dr. Richard ChoppA doctor who performs vasectomies
- Age: 46The 2003 World Series of Poker champion
- Age: 39
- Age: 73The only beardless member of ZZ Top
- 8Dec. at 71 (1895-1966)Notable neurologist
- Dec. at 79 (1920-1999)Pitcher who won twice on opening day
- Dec. at 80 (1770-1850)Poet and advocate for the worth of words
- 11Age: 96Psychiatry professor with several works on anxiety.
- 12Age: 64NHL player notorious for his fighting
- Age: 48New York meterologist
- Age: 74Former NASCAR driver
- 15Age: 88Car and motorcycle racer
- Age: 68Legendary rock producer for bands such as Aerosmith, Simple Plan, Bon Jovi, and more
- 17Age: 52BBC meterologist
- Dec. at 74 (1939-2014)Spokesperson for President Ronald Regan
- Age: 81Former judge and Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
- Age: 83Famous for knowing how to carry a tune on Broadway, as well as dance to one
- 21Age: 68Meteorologist in Los Angeles
- Dec. at 42 (1962-2004)Died after losing his balance and falling two stories.
- One of the greatest Go players to ever live
- 24Dec. at 85 (1855-1941)Artist who deals heavily with camoflauge
- Age: 43Bass singer for NSYNC