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Famous People with Literal (and Hilarious) Names

Updated June 14, 2019 3.1k votes 365 voters 12.5k 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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    Thomas Crapper

    Dec. at 73 (1836-1910)
    Famous manufacturer of Victorian toilets
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    Notoriously liked to show off his wiener
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    The 2003 World Series of Poker champion
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    Willie Thrower

    Dec. at 71 (1930-2002)
    Former NFL quarterback
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    Dr. Richard Chopp

    A doctor who performs vasectomies
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    81
    21

    Early Wynn

    Dec. at 79 (1920-1999)
    Pitcher who won twice on opening day
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    The only beardless member of ZZ Top
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    73
    22

    William Wordsworth

    Dec. at 80 (1770-1850)
    Poet and advocate for the worth of words
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    28

    Russell Brain

    Dec. at 71 (1895-1966)
    Notable neurologist
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    23

    Bob Rock

    Age: 67
    Legendary rock producer for bands such as Aerosmith, Simple Plan, Bon Jovi, and more
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    Sara Blizzard

    Age: 51
    BBC meterologist
     
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    John Balance

    Dec. at 42 (1962-2004)
    Died after losing his balance and falling two stories.
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    Larry Playfair

    Age: 63
    NHL player notorious for his fighting
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    20

    Lake Speed

    Age: 73
    Former NASCAR driver
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    23

    Jules Angst

    Age: 95
    Psychiatry professor with several works on anxiety.
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    Igor Judge

    Age: 80
    Former judge and Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
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    Amy Freeze

    Age: 47
    New York meterologist
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    Larry Speakes

    Dec. at 74 (1939-2014)
    Spokesperson for President Ronald Regan
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    57
    23

    George de Forest Brush

    Dec. at 85 (1855-1941)
    Artist who deals heavily with camoflauge
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    49
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    Tommy Tune

    Age: 82
    Famous for knowing how to carry a tune on Broadway, as well as dance to one
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    50
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    Dallas Raines

    Age: 67
    Meteorologist in Los Angeles
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    Tim Duncan

    Age: 45
    NBA player who's great at dunking
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    Lance Bass

    Age: 42
    Bass singer for NSYNC
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    Dr. Don Livermore

    A whiskey expert