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  • Paperback: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Ancestry.com (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593313144
  • ASIN: B0096EON3Q
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 0.3 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,278,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

Do you like your name? Loathe it? Wish you could have has some say in the matter, because if you had, you would have chosen something stronger, something sexier, something smarter - something more you?

Well, we're here to tell you, you could have done worse.

I've been a Michael so long, I can't imagine being anything else, but do you really think Emmy Royd or Ima Muskrat felt the same way?

When you work for a company that helps people find names in old documents you get sort of preoccupied with names. This book came from that preoccupation. What started as occasional emails passed around on quiet afternoons turned into us scouring records for names that stood out for...well, their unique stropping power. Trust me, when you come across Wild Looney or Cash Favors it gives you a pause. Others make you laugh out loud, titter, shake your head, gape, or otherwise simply boggle the imagination. You can't help but wonder what the Hineys were thinking when Dad suggested, "Hey honey, I know, let's name him Harry..."

Most of the names in this book have come from the United States Censuses, 1970-1930. Some came from other record sources, such as military or birth, marriage, and death records. All of the names, as near as we can tell, are authentic. AS the very least, they are the names people offered on official documents. And why would you lie about something like Maxim D. Wart/Pure Blow/Valentine Bender/Love Lee Couch/Love Youmans/Willie B. Long?

Good reading, and remember: a name is for life...

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Real People. Real Names. Real Funny. We have the proof.

Here is just a sample: Warren Peace - Born in 1866. Son of Edward and Betsey Peace of Essex, Essex County, New York. Appears in the 1880 United States Federal Census.

Hades Fryher - Born in 1916. Daughter of Louis and Annabell Fryher of East Hampton, Suffolk County, New York. Appears in the 1920 United States Federal Census.

Mars Nix - Born in 1928. Son of Johnie and Tammie Nix of Franklin County, Alabama. Appears in the 1930 United States Federal Census.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Sherrod on March 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've read a number of baby name books, but it never occurred to me that among them would be one dedicated to the WORST names possible.
Some of the names in here defy description. It's amazing to think of people actually being named things like Evil Blessing! And they're all from the U.S. Census!

I had a great time reading this with my kids on a recent roadtrip. Highly recommended to all parents: think of the names you could have saddled your kids with!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Summer Destiny on March 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've read books over the years about what to name the baby, but have never seen a book that is factual and reviews some of the worst names in the U.S. Census. I find it difficult to believe that parents could look at their beautiful baby and name them Wrath or Sloth, but it seems they did. Surely the mothers were not awake when these names were bestowed! A great book and one that will make you laugh when you reflect on someone else's misery!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve in San Francisco on March 11, 2008
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What a hilarious book! A friend gave it to me, and I was howling not only about the names but over the great pictures in the book, too. And if you think you have a reason to hate your parents, you'll think again after seeing names such as Hunter Fisher, Acne Fountain, Lotta Bull, and Nighten Day.

A perfect baby shower gift!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Hannig on March 4, 2008
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If you enjoy laughing this book is for you. I could not believe some of the bad/funny names that are in this book. I gave this book to one of my friends who is having a baby and they loved it. And I guess each one of the names is real names from the U.S. Census. They even put images of the actual Census for some of the names. FUNNY BOOK - LOVED IT!
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