Funny family names

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Re: Funny family names

Postby CityBird » 2014-03-24, 14:44

I remember me asking my new classmate on the very first school day of the 5th year of secondary school what her name was and recall her being a bit evasive at the time. The why of this evasiveness became all to clear to me later that day when she finally revealed, slightly red-faced, that her name was De Neucker which literally translates as "The f**ker" :).

Anyway, both of us bursted into laughter and got along very well for the rest of the year.

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Re: Funny family names

Postby IpseDixit » 2014-03-28, 10:15

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Re: Funny family names

Postby mōdgethanc » 2014-03-28, 16:49

My family name means "crucian carp". I have no idea why, and it's not even a common name. There is a lake with the same name in the north of Poland, but my family is, AFAIK, from Kraków.

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Re: Funny family names

Postby linguoboy » 2014-03-28, 17:27

mōdgethanc wrote:My family name means "crucian carp". I have no idea why, and it's not even a common name.

Metonymic for a fisher/fishmonger?
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Re: Funny family names

Postby mōdgethanc » 2014-03-29, 3:53

linguoboy wrote:Metonymic for a fisher/fishmonger?
Could be. It's a species of fish that's eaten in eastern Europe. But I like my theory about a geographic origin - except that I have nothing concrete to back it up.

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Re: Funny family names

Postby md0 » 2014-03-29, 4:04

Not sure if funny, but definitely weirds me out: the Greek surname Χούντας (Khúndas > junta-er, aka one related to the military dictatorship).

Eg, this guy is called Kóstas Khúndas, an former newscaster in Greece

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Re: Funny family names

Postby ling » 2014-03-29, 4:57

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