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Funny Quotations about names

quotations about names

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to embark on a whimsical journey through the fascinating world of names. In this delightful exploration, we'll uncover the charming, amusing, and sometimes downright peculiar monikers that grace individuals across the globe. From famous figures to everyday folks, names have the power to intrigue, inspire, and occasionally leave us scratching our heads.

Through a collection of witty and insightful quotations, we'll unravel the stories behind names, uncover amusing wordplay, and perhaps even stumble upon the occasional case of nominative determinism. So, fasten your seatbelts, put your linguistic curiosity in gear, and let's embark on a remarkable voyage where the letters of the alphabet paint a vivid tapestry of human identity and endless amusement.

I never really needed a nickname at school. Although it was bad for me it was much worse for my sister Ophelia. Ed Balls (British Labour politician, 1967-)

of Arianna Stassinopoulos: So boring you fall asleep halfway through her name. Alan Bennett (English dramatist and actor, 1934-)

fashionable children's names of which Camden disapproved: The new names, Free-gift, Reformation, Earth, Dust, Ashes... which have lately been given by some to their children. William Camden (English antiquary, 1551-1623)

of Alfred Bossom: Who is this man whose name is neither one thing nor the other? Winston Churchill (British Conservative statesman, 1874-1965)

If you don't give your child a middle name, how are they ever to know when you are cross with them? Vivienne Clore British showbusiness agent

nickname for Cecil Beaton: Malice in Wonderland. Jean Cocteau (French dramatist and film director, 1889-1963)

Rip-Van-With-It. nickname for Cecil Beaton Cyril Connolly (English writer, 1903-74)

One theory is that I was named after the opera and the other that my mum was sitting in her boudoir wondering what to call me and glanced at her Carmen rollers. I prefer the Bizet theory. Carmen Ejogo (British actress, 1974-)

on J. P. Horrocks-Taylor's slipping Mick English's rugby tackle to score: Horrocks went one way, Taylor went the other, and I was left holding his bloody hyphen. Mick English d. 2010 Irish rugby player

Colin is the sort of name you give your goldfish for a joke. Colin Firth (British actor, 1960-)

to Arthur Hornblow, who was planning to name his son Arthur: Every Tom, Dick and Harry is called Arthur. Sam Goldwyn (American film producer, 1882-1974)

comment at a Test Match as Michael Holding faced Peter Willey: The batsman's Holding, the bowler's Willey. Brian Johnston (British cricket commentator, 1912-94)

In the last Parliament, the House of Commons had more MPs called John than all the women MPs put together. Tessa Jowell (British Labour politician, 1947-)

One day I'll be famous! I'll be proper and prim; Go to St James so often I will call it St Jim! Alan Jay Lerner (American songwriter, 1918-86)

when asked if Groucho were his real name: No, I'm breaking it in for a friend. Groucho Marx (American film comedian, 1890-1977)

on why she had named her canary 'Onan': Because he spills his seed on the ground. Dorothy Parker (American critic and humorist, 1893-1967)

But I must not go on singling out names. One must not be a name-dropper, as Her Majesty remarked to me yesterday. Lord St John of Fawsley (British Conservative politician, 1929-2012)

wondering why, since he was Irish, he was not O'Sheridan: For in truth we owe everybody. Richard Brinsley Sheridan (Irish dramatist and Whig politician, 1751-1816)

I remember your name perfectly; but I just can't think of your face. William Archibald Spooner (English clergyman and academic, 1844-1930)

on being asked by William Carlos Williams how he had chosen the name 'West': Horace Greeley said, 'Go West, young man.' So I did. West was born Nathan von Wallenstein Weinstein Nathanael West (American writer, 1903-40)

A good name will wear out; a bad one may be turned; a nickname lasts forever. Johann Georg Zimmerman (Swiss physician and writer, 1728-95)

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