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'Most unfortunate names' revealed

_45306407_000222469-1.jpg Imagine growing up as Annette Curtain or Tim Burr

What do you call some of the most unlucky people in Britain? Justin Case, Barb Dwyer and Stan Still.

It sounds like a bad joke, but a study has revealed that there really are unfortunate people with those names in the UK.

Joining them on the list are Terry Bull, Paige Turner, Mary Christmas and Anna Sasin.

And just imagine having to introduce yourself to a crowd as Doug Hole or Hazel Nutt.

The names were uncovered by researchers from parenting group TheBabyWebsite.com after trawling through online telephone records.

Retired airman Stan Still, 76, from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, said his name had been "a blooming millstone around my neck my entire life".

"When I was in the RAF my commanding officer used to shout, 'Stan Still, get a move on' and roll about laughing," he said.

"It got hugely boring after a while."

But 51-year-old Rose Bush, from Coventry, West Midlands, said she loved her name.


Pearl Button

Jo King

Barry Cade

Carrie Oakey

Priti Manek

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"I always get comments about it but they are always very positive," she said.


Researchers also scoured phone records in the US and found some unlikely names there too.

Spare a thought for Anna Prentice, Annette Curtain and Bill Board the next time you sign your name.

A string of Americans also have very job-specific names, including Dr Leslie Doctor, Dr Thoulton Surgeon and Les Plack - a dentist in San Francisco.

A spokesman for TheBabyWebsite.com said: "When the parents of some of those people mentioned named their children, many probably didn't even realise the implications at the time.

"Parents really do need to think carefully though when choosing names for their children.

"Their name will be with them for life and what may be quirky and fun for a toddler might be regretted terribly when that person becomes older or even a grandparent perhaps."

Below are a selection of your comments.

I was named Simon Swindells at birth. It caused no end of ridicule throughout my childhood and teens and I changed my first name by deed poll shortly after turning 18 and changed the surname a few years later.

I found it difficult to be taken seriously when meeting people (socially and professionally when applying for jobs etc) as they laughed out loud when hearing the name.

Chrys Hudson Lee, Brighton

My name is the same as the actor who played the third Doctor Who. Growing up wasn't so bad, I used to get called all sorts, but because Doctor Who was seen as "cool" the nicknames were always positive.

But when he moved on and became Worzel Gummidge, the school taunts became crueller. I was constantly asked if I had an Aunt Sally, asked by teachers if I had the stupid head on today etc.

In my 20s, people still recognised the name, and when the actor passed away, I got several phone calls to see if I was still alive.

Jon Pertwee, Sion, Switzerland

This is a common name in Belgium and France but when I was living in UK it was quite weird, because people were always talking about Richard the Third and I had no clue of what they were talking about. I just realised some time later on.

Furthermore in France, one of my colleagues has double nationality (British and French) and his name is Olivier Moron (French origins). Once again in French, no problem at all... but in English

Richard Six, Paris, France (but I'm Belgian)

Mine tops the lot. Think about it.

Jenny Taylor, Kendal

Well, years of ruthless teasing have given way to slightly kinder comments along the lines of "what a great name". I just wish I had a decent answer to the question: "What were your parents thinking?"

Daisy Picking, London

My father, whose name was Albert Hall, had a lot to answer for when he named my brother Jim. Jim took a pounding whenever PE came round at school.

You'd have thought the "Royal" Albert would have been a bit more circumspect in his choice of name for his offspring!

David Hall, Cardross, Scotland

My cousins called their daughter Esther Munday, it has always made me chuckle.

Terry Withington, Hinckley, England

This article has put a big smile on many of my colleagues, friends and client's faces today. You would not believe how many times I have been e-mailed with links to your website.

I personally love my name as it makes people laugh and at least no-one will forget it! I'd never consider it unfortunate, it's just funny.

Jo King, London

My name was Susan Frame. I am a lawyer. I met and married Robert who is a banker. His surname is Mee. Now we are Sue Mee, a lawyer, and Rob Mee, a banker - ironic? I have taken no end of stick for this, believe me.

Susan Mee, Doncaster

My name being Andrew Burke, a lot of letters I get are to A Burke.

Andrew Burke, Aldershot, UK

When I lived near Aberystwyth, 20 years ago, I had a lovely neighbour called Ivy Plant. If she's still alive, or anyone knows of her whereabouts, I'd appreciate an address or any news of her.

John McCullough, Ballymena, Antrim

Unfortunately your name doesn't have to have a double meaning to be found continually amusing to others. However, I have found the benefit in adult life is that it is always noticed and remembered and is therefore a great networking "tool".

Bill Badger, Romford, Essex

A chap who preceded me as student's union president at Imperial in London changed his name to Sidney Harbour-Bridge for a year for charity. After the year he decided to keep it as he found it an asset in business... I'd love to hear if he has the moniker after nearly 20 years!

Chris Davidson, Market Bosworth

Hi, my mum was Hazel Nutt. Her maiden name was Morrison and she married my father, Peter Nutt. I watched her write out a cheque once with the checkout girl grinning, but my mum was definitely hiding a grin too. I think she loved it.

Donald Nutt, Dundee

My name is ok, but I have a 14-year-old niece called Lotte Flack. Luckily for her she lives in Germany so she is blissfully unaware of the implications. So far.

Eliot Flack-Hill, Hove, East Sussex

Doesn't sound bad but when people start chanting merrily, merrily, merrily it becomes tedious. Should have kept my maiden name.

Mary Lee, Pinner, Middlesex

I've always said that if my partner (a Button) and I had a baby girl we'd call her Pearl. With the fringe benefit that I'd get to call myself mother-of-Pearl Button.

Katie, St Albans, Hertfordshire

At the turn of the last century it was common to give girls the names of flowers, hence my Nan and her sisters who were called Ivy, Daisy and Rose. It's a shame their maiden name was Roots. My father, on the other hand, has a sister called June, which goes so well with our family name, don't you think?

Kevin May, Kent

I went to school with a Penny Bunn and my cousin always said she would call her daughter her favourite girl's name, Dawn, until she married a Mr Hobbs.

Delia Wyers, Burton-on-Trent

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I know a woman whose last name was Cumming. Then she got married and took on the last name Chisholm. Neither name is strange, really, but given the fact that Chisholm sounds so much like jism, her name change can be seen as oddly fitting, I suppose. No one else in our group ever mentioned the fact that she was going from Cumming to Chisholm, so maybe I'm the only one who had my mind in the gutter.

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I know a Namibian girl whose family name, when read as a Finnish word, means 'Piece of Candy'. That's not so bad, just amusing (and fitting...). Worse, a Russian friend told of a Vietnamese exchange student with the name Hui (or close to that). In Russian that is the rude word for male sexual organ. People in charge of student exchange programmes, please try not to send people to countries where their names are some of the rudest words. Or at least warn them beforehand... :(

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In my school there was 4 teachers named after colors.A Dr Orange, Mr Black (Who was white),Mr Green (Who was black) and Mr White(Who was very white and almost looked like Wolf Blitzer on CNN).I also had another teacher in elementary school who was called Mr Obey, and believe me, he was not to be messed with as the name says.

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A number of years back, my parents, some friends and I, drove around checking out neighbourhoods in the area where I was to attend college. We passed by a house that had a sign alongside the driveway that read "The Wong Place". One of the adults in the car - Mr. White - joked about how he should buy the house next door and call in 'The White Place'.

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In my school there was 4 teachers named after colors.A Dr Orange, Mr Black (Who was white),Mr Green (Who was black) and Mr White(Who was very white and almost looked like Wolf Blitzer on CNN).I also had another teacher in elementary school who was called Mr Obey, and believe me, he was not to be messed with as the name says.

There wasn't a big bank robbery in the area, was there?

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Sergei might have fallen a little short on the film reference, but he gets the runner up prize for hitting the most common joke on the school yard.Our teachers were named after colors,now how gangsta is that? :D

Funny and weird names are tough to deal with, but the other tough part that could fit into this, is look a likes.When someone else looks like a funny looking character on TV like Pee-Wee Herman or Mr Bean, or even a cartoon character like Chip and Dale and the list goes on:D.Just saying those names makes me laugh ,imaging when you see someone who looks like them lol.Poor guys get the same reaction from every single person they meet.Life for those look a like people along with the people with funny names can be cruel at times, but also on the flip side of that coin, some advance quicker then others because of their name and look a like features.Just gotta roll with it I guess, or change the name.

It must be hilarious if someone enrolled in the military and had the last name Parts."Hey! Private Parts, stop fooling around and fall back in line!":D

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Ha! I completely forgot about Mr Brown(who is white).You can now chalk that up to 5 teachers in my school that had the last name of a color, yes that's right 5.I knew I was forgetting someone, and he happened to be one of the coolest damn teachers of the bunch. I'm almost ashamed for forgetting about him, I considered him a mans man and he had every ones respect.Not to mention he was the first teacher in the school with the last name of a color.All the others joined after, so that made him the original one.:)

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In my high school, one of the teachers was named Fillipinni. Behind his back we called him Flipaweenie. Although his first name was actually Bruce, he was sometimes referred to as Bruno due to his somewhat ursine build and demeanor.

Then there was the school librarian who was referred to by everybody as Tutti-Frutti...


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Knew a girl who’s mum taught some refugees daughter. Lovely girl called Funky Porn. No idea how it was spelled. So she took them to one side and said you can’t call her that, so they called her Barbara. No idea why I found it so funny at the time but it seemed even funnier than Funky.

My mate went to college with a Scottish girl called Shona Twott.

Knew a Dr Cart, called his son Orson. And it’s supposed to be a caring profession.

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