List of Most Unfortunate Names: Stan Still and Doug Hole Top List
Sometimes it's hard not to wonder what parents are thinking when they name their children (I'm looking at you, Sarah Palin). A UK website has assembled a list of "Most Unfortunates Names." Topping the list are poor souls named Justin Case, Barb Dwyer and Stan Still.
Researchers from TheBabyWebsite.com put together the list after countless hours combing through telephone records. Other names include Terry Bull, Paige Turner, Mary Christmas and Doug Hole.
Such names may be funny to us, but can be a burden.
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."
When naming their child, parents often fail to consider how it might be interpreted. Such lack of forethought helps creates the legions of people with names like Barry Cade and Carrie Oakey.
There are some parents, however, who go out of their way to create an unfortunate name. Consider the case of the Chicago Cubs-obsessed parents who named their daughter Addison N. Clark, in honor of the intersection of Addison and Clark Streets where Chicago's Wrigley Field is located. The Clarks were clearly following in the footsteps of another Chicago family who named their son Wrigley Fields.
For most of us, such names are memorable. A friend of mine, for instance, has a family friend named Ida Ho. Then there's my favorite junior hockey player Duncan Siemens, perhaps the most suggestive hockey name since legendary defenseman Harry Dick.
Who are some of the most unfortunately named people you've met? Feel free to share them in our comments section.
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