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Morecock, Fartwell, & Hoare

A Collection of Unfortunate but True Names

Russell Ash

St. Martin's Press

There’s a baby born every minute and each one has to be named. In this book, you’ll find an insanity of nomenclature that beggars belief. Russell Ash has trawled birth, marriage, and death certificates, phone books, and censuses going back centuries to compile a compendium of breathtakingly unlikely-but-true names.

Why on earth would Mr. and Mrs. O’Shea name their son Rick? What were the Fants thinking when they named their child Elle? Or Mr. and Mrs. Royd, for that matter, when naming their daughter Emma? Or how about Everard Cock, Page Turner, or Sally Forth?

In this painstakingly researched, utterly true, riotously entertaining collection, readers will discover real-life examples of some of the most unusual, crude, and shocking names ever, presenting a laugh-out-loud overview of eccentricity through the ages.


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MORECOCK, FARTWELL, & HOARE
Chapter OneTHE GOOD THE BAD AND THE UGLYIn which we meet a diverse array of people whose names are remarkable, baffling, uncategorizable, or just plain weird.--A--Alf Abbet Born Teddington, Middlesex, c.1849 (Teddington, 1891 census)George Sneezum Acock Born Woolwich, London, 1873Herbert Slap Aldhous Born Islington, London, 1874Agent Mildred Allsop Born Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire, 1904Phil Ander Born Westminster, London, c.1842 (St Martln-in-the-Fields. London, 1871 census)Furious Andrews (Female) Born Great Horwood, Buckinghamshire, c.1821 (Steeple Claydon,
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“On my way downtown each day, I pass a street called Athol. And every time, it cracks me up. If you’re the same kind of immature goober that I am, this book will absolutely slay you. I love it.” —Mary Roach, author of Stiff, Spook, and Bonk

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Russell Ash

  • RUSSELL ASH is best known for his annual Top 10 of Everything and other reference books. He is the author of numerous humor titles, and his extensive research work encompasses biographical studies and genealogy.  His ancestors include Claudius Ash (the inventor of false teeth) and Serjeant (his name, not his rank) Ash, and he married into a family that celebrates its ancestors, the Cobbledicks.
  • Russell Ash Catherine Benson
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Morecock, Fartwell, & Hoare

A Collection of Unfortunate but True Names

Russell Ash

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