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« on: March 25, 2009, 06:50:57 PM »
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The number of people in Britain with surnames like Cockshott, Balls, Death and Shufflebottom -- likely the source of schoolroom laughter -- has declined by up to 75 percent in the last century. Skip related content
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A study found the number of people with the name c**k shrank to 785 last year from 3,211 in 1881, those called Balls fell to 1,299 from 2,904 and the number of Deaths were reduced to 605 from 1,133.

People named Smellie decreased by 70 percent, Dafts by 51 percent, Gotobeds by 42 percent, Shufflebottoms by 40 percent, and Cockshotts by 34 percent, said Richard Webber, visiting professor of geography at King's College, London.

"If you find the (absolute) number goes down, it's either because they changed their names or they emigrated," Webber, author of the study, told Reuters on Wednesday.

He said that in many cases, people probably changed their surnames as they came to be regarded as in bad taste. "It's because the meaning of words can change. Take the name Daft -- that as a term for a stupid is a relatively recent innovation."

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Daft meant "mild" or "meek" in Old English, whereas it means "foolish" today.

"That's why there are names which people think aren't really very pleasant names and you wonder why they persisted as long as they did."

Webber, whose work can be seen on the website mapyourname.com, got his data for 2008 from credit card firm Experian and mapping service Geowise. He then compared it with the census of 1881.

Webber also discovered that the most popular names in Britain have not changed over the past 127 years. Last year, Smith, Jones, Williams, Brown, Taylor and Davies held the top five spots, in exactly the same order as they did a century ago.

Webber also found that between 1996 and 2008, the names Zhang, Wang, and Yang and experienced the fastest growth. Zhang rose by 4719 percent, while Wang grew by 2225 percent.
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Funniest name i've ever heard of was a girl from Belfast called "Anita Dick"....My mate from work say's she's lives close to him.

Why would anyone do that to their child?
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Re: Funny Surnane's
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2009, 07:08:06 PM »


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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2009, 08:24:12 PM »
There are people down my country with the surname Pratt. I know another lad with the surname twocock.

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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2009, 08:24:51 PM »
There are people down my country with the surname Pratt. I know another lad with the surname twocock.

Does he have to use a big stick to beat them away with?

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« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2009, 08:34:56 PM »
The surname Ramsbottom is very common around Leix
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2009, 08:39:29 PM »
There is BBC commentator Mark Sidebottom, he has a brother Tony. Toe-knee Side-Bottom.......geddit? The fun we had with that one.........
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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2009, 08:43:10 PM »
Taught a boy in England once with the innocuous name "Sidebottom."

But he insisted that it be pronounced SIDDY Buh TOM

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« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2009, 08:48:52 PM »
kinda off topic here-but i had a 'Beyonce' in my class last year and everytime i said her name, i had the urge to sing, Beyonce, Beyonce, Shakira, Shakira.
I just sang it in my head.

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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2009, 08:50:51 PM »
You shoulda just lined her up to the left to the left

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« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2009, 08:56:10 PM »
There is BBC commentator Mark Sidebottom, he has a brother Tony. Toe-knee Side-Bottom.......geddit? The fun we had with that one.........

That reminds me of the guy from Big Brother - Jon Tickle, who has a sister called Tess
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« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2009, 09:00:37 PM »
You shoulda just lined her up to the left to the left

Haha, good one  :D
But now that song is stuck in my head  >:(

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« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2009, 09:01:11 PM »
Interestlingly I heard an urban legend about a man who shoots birds around dungannon having two black labs, called tess and tickle.

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« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2009, 09:11:53 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2009, 09:31:20 PM »
I was standing in TK Maxx in belfast (I know, Credit Crunch and all that)......an announcement came over the shop tannoy:

"Madonna McConville, Call on line 2, thats Madonna McConville, call on line 2."
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« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2009, 09:40:37 PM »
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"Madonna McConville, Call on line 2, thats Madonna McConville, call on line 2."

I knew a girl called Madonna, she said it was after 'Our Lady' as opposed to the other Madge.