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Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names 

Jordan Love
Updated June 14, 2019 2.7k votes 321 voters 10.8k views 35 items

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) from Thorne, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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 54 from New York City, New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Brooklyn, Continental United States
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) from New Kensington, Pennsylvania
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 43 from Tennessee, United States of America
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 69 from Frankston, Texas, United States of America
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) from Mansfield, United Kingdom
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) from Hartford, Alabama
Pitcher who won twice on opening day
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Russell Brain, 1st Baron... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Russell Brain
Notable neurologist
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William Wordsworth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Dec. at 80 (1770-1850) from Wordsworth House, United Kingdom
Poet and advocate for the worth of words
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Bob Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Age 64 from Winnipeg, Canada
Legendary rock producer for bands such as Aerosmith, Simple Plan, Bon Jovi, and more
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Sara Blizzard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Sara Blizzard
BBC meterologist
 
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Jules Angst is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Jules Angst Age 93 from Z├╝rich, Switzerland
Psychiatry professor with several works on anxiety.
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Larry Playfair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Larry Playfair Age 60 from Fort St. James, Canada
NHL player notorious for his fighting
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Lake Speed is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Age 71 from Jackson, Mississippi
Former NASCAR driver
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Amy Freeze is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Age 44 from Utah, United States of America
New York meterologist
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Igor Judge, Baron Judge ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Age 77 from Mediterranean Sea, Europe, Malta, Eurasia
Former judge and Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
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Larry Speakes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Dec. at 75 (1939-2014) from Cleveland, Mississippi, United States of America
Spokesperson for President Ronald Regan
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Scott Speed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Age 36 from Manteca, California
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George de Forest Brush ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
George de Forest Brush Dec. at 86 (1855-1941) from Shelbyville, Tennessee
Artist who deals heavily with camoflauge
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Marina Stepanova is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Marina Stepanova Age 68 from Soviet Union
Former record breaking hurdler
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Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Age 42 from Christiansted, United States Virgin Islands
NBA player who's great at dunking
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Dallas Raines is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Dallas Raines
Meteorologist in Los Angeles
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Tommy Tune is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Age 80 from Wichita Falls, Texas, United States of America
Famous for knowing how to carry a tune on Broadway, as well as dance to one
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Colin Bass is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names
Age 67 from London, United Kingdom
Bassist in the band Camel