What Is the Funniest Name In History You’ve Ever Seen?

Usually when you read something is the “[fill in the blank]iest in History” it’s hyperbole. Take for instance, this video of the funniest names in history.

Yes, these are pretty funny names, but did you notice that they were almost all people who lived within the lifetime of the creator? Historically speaking, that’s a very limited sampling, but it’s all-too common. One usually winds up limiting such lists to their own time, culture, and experience. Unless they have access to history and the internet.

So, since many of you have access to both, we want to ask you what’s the funniest name in history you’ve ever seen.

There are some rules to this, but they are simple and include:

  • To be clear, when we say “funny” we mean humorous, not odd.
  • Names can come from any time or place (citations are always appreciated).
  • Valid names include individual given names, individual family names, or an individual’s full name.
  • The original name does not need to be in English, but it does need to have a translation (somewhere in the past there must have been a Sumerian whose name translates to “Conan the Librarian”).
  • Untranslated names, which are funny in English, are permitted (and probably common).
  • No fictional characters or nicknames please.
  • You may submit more than one name.
  • You do not need to be present to win (as there are no identified “winners”).

Please leave your submissions in the comments section below.

We’re certain we can find better names than Harry Baals.


About T.H. Gray

T.H. Gray is the self-appointed court jester and Dr. Demento for the history museum field. A lifelong museum professional and reenactor, he is a graduate of the prestigious Peale-Barnum Public History Museum Studies Program. Until 2011, when the AHS hired him away, he was on staff at the Benjamin Dover Memorial Museum & Swimming Pool ("Our History is All Wet!"). He remembers when museums were still about history, science, and art. BTW, all of these posts say they are by T.H. Gray because he can't turn off the byline. Credit, when due, is given. View all posts by T.H. Gray

7 responses to “What Is the Funniest Name In History You’ve Ever Seen?

  • Mimi Stevenson

    Ethelred the Unready

  • Greg Jackson

    Dick Trickle (October 27, 1941 – May 16, 2013). All around stock car racing driver (NASCAR, ASA, and others).
    Wikipedia contributors. “Dick Trickle.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 16 Jul. 2015. Web. 24 Aug. 2015.

  • Michelle

    There was a news anchor in Washington, D.C. in the 1970s — one of the first African-American female anchors — who had the name Thelma Thigpen. No matter how you say it you sound like you have a speech impediment.

  • Michelle

    I have done the genealogy of the family we interpret at our historic house. There is a Jane Urin in the 1600s.

  • A P Wagner

    Outerbridge Horsey – a Washington architect. Supply Clapp Thwing – 19th century business man from a family that had Supply Clap(p) as a traditional name celebrating the timely arrival of, you guessed it, supplies. Preserved Fish, New York shipping merchant. Under the heading of more sad than funny, Silence Parkhurst. Wentworth Saltenstall, an oppressed 17th century woman, and Submit Dickinson Field, an oppressed 19th century woman. These all come from the Catalog of American Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery.

  • Mark A. Turdo

    Freelove Staples.

    She eloped from her husband in November of 1762. The runaway ad is published in Runaways, Desserters, and Notorious Villains: From Rhode Island Newspapers, Volume I, page 1.

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