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* Current Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Lazor Bill Lazor.]]
* KevinBacon. 'nuff said.
* Popular local hip hop artist from Richmond - '''God Bigal Masterstanding Allah Harrison.''' No, that is not a stage name.
* [[OlderThanTheyThink Fionn]] [[OlderThanFeudalism mac Cumhaill]] (a FolkHero in Irish CelticMythology), an awesome name in itself, is Anglicised as Finn [=McCool=] which means, fittingly enough, "Child of the Champion."
** Made even better by the fact that it's [[RealityIsUnrealistic an actual surname]], in use to this day. Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler Michelle [=McCool=]'s name really was, in fact, Michelle [=McCool=], until she got married to Wrestling/TheUndertaker. Now her name is Michelle [=McCool-Callaway=].
* Eric Mutch, who changed his name to Zero None Of The Above and ran for the Mayor of Bristol in 2010. In 2012, he ran for Mayor of Bristol again - this time under the name Mr. Corrupt Self-Serving Lying B'stard.
* [=CyanogenMod=] Inc. CEO [=Kirk McMaster=]. As if having Kirk as a name wasn't cool enough to anyone who knows about [[StarTrek Star Trek]], the last name [=McMaster=] also cool. His company also has a cool name.
* Nnamdi Asomugha, his last name is pronounced ah-sam-wah, but it almost always comes out sounding like AWESOME-wa.
* Ulysses S. Grant, commander of the Union forces during the American Civil War. U.S. Grant. He even served as President later!
** Although this may be a Subversion as his given name was Hiram Ulysses Grant, and he started going by his middle name because his initials spelled the word HUG.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Sledge Eugene Bondurant]] [[SouthernFriedPrivate 'Sledgehammer']] [[SouthernFriedGenius Sledge]]. Badass marine, famous author, Professor of Biology.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orban Urban]]. Badass Hungarian ironmonger and gunsmith. Designed and built the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dardanelles_Gun Great Turkish Bombard]], one of the largest guns ever built, and which was instrumental in the capture of nigh-impregnable Constantinople in 1453. It was later returned to service, 350 years later, in 1807, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dardanelles_Operation promptly started punching massive holes in British ships]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Ridgway Matthew Bunker Ridgway]]: Conquered Korea.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandr_Solzhenitsyn Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn]]: Not only an awesome name, but a great author and badass who took shit from no one, not even Joseph Stalin himself. Survived the gulag, outlived the Soviet Union, all while rocking an awesome beard.
* Supercross racer Scott Champion. Jake Canada also qualifies.
* Ben Nighthorse Campbell. Korean War airman, congressman from Colorado, Olympian judo competitor.
* The current President of Nigeria, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodluck_Jonathan Goodluck Jonathan]], who is incidentally married to Patience Jonathan.
* Zakk Wylde, being an AscendedFanboy, named one of his kids Hendrix Halen Michael Rhoads Wylde, after Music/{{Jimi|Hendrix}}, [[Music/VanHalen Eddie]], Music/{{Ozzy|Osbourne}} (John Michael Osbourne), and Randy, respectfully.
* ESPN's boxing commentator Teddy Atlas.
* [[Series/MadMen January Jones]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usain_Bolt Usain Bolt]] would already be a pretty cool name just on its own but the fact that he's an Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter makes it both awesome and {{meaningful|Name}} at the same time.
* [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Samuel Leroy Jackson]].
* WiltChamberlain
* [[OfficerandaGentleman Joshua]] [[BadassTeacher Lawrence]] [[BayonetYa Chamberlain]] just has a nice ring, no?
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' star Creator/MishaCollins, whose was born Misha Dmitri Tippens Krushnic, named his first son West Anaximander Collins.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_James_Hollywood Jesse James Hollywood]]
* Leader of "The Worldwide Unification Church" Sun Myung Moon ([[CaptainObvious he has both the sun and moon in his name]])
* Ho Chi Minh was actually named Nguyen Sinh Cung, but like any respectful Communist leader, adopted a more smashing name later in life. It roughly translates into English as "Bringer of Light".
** Note that "lightbringer" is in fact the literal translation of [[{{Satan}} "Lucifer"]]! But quite appropriate for a man who was enemy #1 of the US for some time.
* NFL tight end, Kevin Boss.
* The last name "Slaughter" instantly creates these no matter how boring your first name. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travis_Outlaw Travis Outlaw]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo_Outlaw Bo Outlaw]], [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Dr.]] [[http://www.healthgrades.com/directory_search/physician/profiles/dr-md-reports/dr-gary-slaughter-md-dc702171 Gary Slaughter]], Mark Allen Slaughter (lead singer of a self-named band, and American crime writer Karin Slaughter.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._C._H._Pounder C.C.H. Pounder]].
* Charles Martel. Since Charles or Carl means "Man" and Martel means "hammer", he is literally known to history as Man the Hammer. Or Manhammer, for short.
* Hannibal Barca sounds cool enough on its own, but when you translate his name, Hannibal means "Blessed by Baal" while Barca means "Lightning." The fact that he attempted to march Elephants into Rome and led a campaign lasting over a decade in hostile territory, thereby ensuring his reputation as Rome's boogeyman... Yeah, he lived up to his name. And his dad's name was Hamilcar. Hamilcar Barca. It rolls off the tongue like a tsunami of awesome.
* Hannibal gets one upped by his little brother, who was named ''Hasdrubal.'' Say it aloud. ''Hasdrubal Barca.'' It ended there, though, as the last of the Barca boys was named Mago.
* A candidate for California representative: Zane Starkewolf. Yes, really.
* Trek Thunder Kelly ran for ''governor'' of California in the 2003 recall election.
* According to [[http://www.cracked.com/article_14982_9-manliest-names-in-world.html Cracked.com]], there's actually a man in the U.S. Army called Staff Sergeant Max Fightmaster. And [[http://www.myspace.com/mfightmaster he has]] a Website/MySpace.
* The Website/{{Cracked}} staff includes Soren Bowie.
* Dr. Duncan Steel, whose job was to blow up marauding asteroids from approximately January 1982 to 1999. Did this man, like, escape from a superhero comic or something?
* [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/whats-your-zombie-contingency-plan-11-practical-strategies This]] Cracked article has a contributor named Jennifer '''Bonesteel''', which the writer comments on.
* ''Film/MirrorMask'' Star Music/StephanieLeonidas, and also her little sister, ''Film/HarryPotter'' star GeorginaLeonidas.
* Music/VictoriaJustice.
** Victoria ''[[UpToEleven Dawn]]'' Justice.
* [[Music/FrankZappa Moon "Unit One" Zappa]].
* Actress [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Moon Bloodgood]].
* On that note, Soleil Moon Frye. [[BilingualBonus Extra bonus as "soleil" is French for "sun"]], giving her two celestial bodies in one name.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_Blitzer Wolf Blitzer]]. ''His granddad was named that, too.'' Added coolness: He shares his name with a high-ranking villain from the original ''VideoGame/{{Mechwarrior}}'' game.
* Stone Phillips is named... Stone. It's not quite on the same level, but still. It sort of gives "news anchor" a little extra... [[{{Pun}} weight.]]
* Another cool name in the world of television news, Colorado Springs reporter Tak Landrock.
* [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0453228/ Greg Killmaster]], As noted in [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=58 this]] ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' strip.
** By extension, his wife, Laura Killmaster.
* German police minister from a few years back; Alexander von Stahl (von Stahl="of steel"). Alexander also means "protector of men" or something like that.
** And yes, that means his name means "protector of [[Franchise/{{Superman}} men of steel]]".
* One possible reason a certain actor has so many "facts" and an internet cult surrounding him is because his name is...[[Creator/{{ChuckNorris}} CHUCK NORRIS]]!!!!
* Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili (or Iosif Vissarionovich Jugashvili, the Russianized version) chose to be called JosephStalin ("Man of Steel"), as it is a direct translation of Jughashvili to Russian. He followed a tradition of renaming himself that included Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, who went by Lenin.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Mauroy#Mauroy.27s_First_Government.2C_22_May_1981_.26ndash.3B_23_June_1981 Pierre Mauroy's French government in 1981]] had, at the same time, Delors (''some gold'') as Finance minister, Defferre (''of iron'') as Police minister, Faure (''strong'') as Justice minister, Lang (pronounced like ''langue''=''language'')[[note]]This is a poetic coincidence, as Lang's name is originally German (he's of German-Jewish ancestry on his father's side); it means "long" or "tall"[[/note]] as Culture minister, and Cresson (''cress'') as Agriculture minister. Also in 2005-2007, Clément (''merciful'') was Justice minister.
* One of the guys at Creator/GamesWorkshop is named Space [=McQuirk=]. One of the writers for GW subsidiary Black Library is Lucien Soulban.
* One National Guardsman legally changed his name to [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]].
* There seems to be an unwritten rule demanding that TV meteorologists bear [[PornNames pornst]]- ...''distinctive'' names. "Dallas Raines," "Storm Field," "Johnny Mountain," "Aloha Taylor," "Topper Shutt," "Sam Champion," "Ray Ban," "Monte Montello," "Flip Spiceland" and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Freeze Amy Freeze]] are all actual examples. The Germans have Ben Wettervogel, which translates to "Weatherbird." Many of these are stagenames, but not all: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sara_Blizzard Sara Blizzard]] really is called that, yes.
** It's not a weather related name like these other examples but BBC meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker has a pretty good name.
* Music/BearMcCreary, composer of all of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'''s [[AwesomeMusic/BattlestarGalactica Crowning Music of Awesome]].
* Canadian lawyer, former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (aka "the guys who make sure the athletes aren't juicing"), and one-time IOC delegate Dick Pound. Yes, that's his real name, not his porn-star stage name.
* ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' creator Creator/DickWolf.
* A 19 year-old from Glastonbury changed his name to [[OverlyLongName Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine The Hulk And The Flash Combined]], and currently holds the world record for the longest name ever registered in the UK.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfe%2B585,_Senior Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfe schlegelstein hausenberger­dorffvoraltern waren gewissenhaft­schaferswessen schafewaren­wohlgepflege und sorgfaltigkeit­beschutzen von angreifen durch­ihrraubgierigfeinde welche voraltern­zwolftausend jahres­vorandieerscheinen wander ersteer­dem enschderraumschiff­gebrauchlicht als sein ursprung von­kraftgestart sein lange fahrt­hinzwischen sternartigraum auf der­suchenach diestern welche gehabt­bewohnbar planeten kreise drehen­sich und wohin der neurasse von­verstandigmen schlichkeit konnte­fortplanzen und sicher freuen­anlebens langlich freude und ruhe mit­nicht ein furcht vor angreifen von­anderer intelligent geschopfs von­hinzwischen sternartigraum, Senior]] might have the [[OverlyLongName longest name ever]]. He's apparent't got a son: Adolph Blaine Charles etc. etc. ''Junior''.
** It got [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] when it has been found out his real name was Hubert Blaine Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff, Sr. and the long version when translated from German was just gibberish.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116]] (pronounced Albin) was rejected as a name.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' writer David X Cohen was originally called David ''S.'' Cohen, but the Writers Guild of America doesn't permit two members with the same name, so he [[PenName changed it]]. The 'X' doesn't stand for anything; it just "sounds sci-fi". He also said he hoped it would make him the David Cohen people would remember.
* As part of his journey as a Celtic poet (in his book ''The Sky Is Falling On Our Heads''), Rob Penn assumed a more Celtic (specifically, Manx) name: Ned Clague (pronounced Clegg), and something of a new persona along with it.
* A writer for (among other things) ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' has the name Joseph Kuhr. He even wrote "Game Over for Owlman", the episode where the Joker actually appears. He stated in [[http://www.worldsfinestonline.com/WF/jl/backstage/interviews/kuhr01.php an interview]] that more than a couple people have mistaken it for a pseudonym, and that [[NoPronunciationGuide it is pronounced "Koor", not "Ker"]].
* There's a basketball player named Grlenntys Chief Kickingstallionsims. You should see the back of his jersey. He goes by Chief for obvious reasons.
* Speaking of basketball, let's not forget God Shammgod.
* World B. Free. Changed from the slightly less awesome Lloyd B. Free.
** On the same note, Metta World Peace, changed from the considerably less awesome Ron Artest.
* NBA player Bison Dele.
* Sunshine Megatron, whose name was the result of an online contest he held to decide what his new name would be.
* Macon, Georgia had a professional hockey team for a while called the [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Macon Whoopie]].
* There's a comic-book artist named Wade Von Grawbadger.
* Jens Fleischhauer, German notary. His name translates literally into John Meat Cutter. But Fleischhauer just sounds way more impressive.
* There is a Singaporean identity card widely circulated on the Internet belonging to a man named Batman bin Suparman (trope image). In Muslim terms, the name means "Franchise/{{Batman}}, son of Franchise/{{Superman}}". Suparman is actually a common Indonesian name.
** Became HarsherInHindsight in 2013, when [[http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/11/us-singapore-batman-idUSBRE9AA0G420131111 he was sent to prison.]]
* Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel, as a real life English politician legally changed his name to the one from the ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' sketch.
* [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/11/julius-andreas-gimli-arn_n_284276.html Julius Andreas Gimli Arn MacGyver Chewbacka Highlander Elessar-Jankov.]]
* Website/{{Facebook}}'s name-filtering system tends to lock out the accounts of people with these kinds of names, as to its logic they sound made up. Native Americans are especially unhappy.
* Averted by [[Wrestling/RickySteamboat Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat]]. who didn't use his decidedly awesome real name, Richard Blood, since it doesn't lend itself to a babyface. [[GroinAttack Dick Blood]].
* K-Kwik/R-Truth, who spent some time in Wrestling/{{TNA}} under his given name, [[Wrestling/RonKillings Ron "The Truth" Killings]].
* One name that SOUNDS cool is Richard Fliehr. His last name is spoken the same way as the name that made him famous: Wrestling/RicFlair.
* And, of course, James Brian Hellwig, whose real name is now Warrior "Wrestling/UltimateWarrior" Warrior. Yup, (that) Wrestling/UltimateWarrior. This has led to his children carrying "Warrior" as their surname. His two children are named Indiana Marin "Indy" Warrior and Mattigan Twain Warrior.
* BrockLesnar. It just SOUNDS badass.
* Adewale Ogunleye, Chicago Bears defensive end. The Ogun part of his surname means "God of Iron".
* Another, literal [=McCool=] was William C. [=McCool=], the pilot on the space shuttle ''Columbia'''s last mission. According to friends and family he did indeed live up to his name.
* Justice Summerfield.
* Edwin Eugene Aldrin had his first name legally changed to his nickname Buzz after becoming famous for the moon landing.
* Voice actor Creator/DaranNorris, known for playing Cosmo from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' (among many other roles), occasionally uses the stage name "Jack Hammer".
* Swedish nobility loves this trope. One of Sweden's oldest noble families is Natt och Dag ("Night and Day"). Others include Gyllensköld (literally "Goldenshield"), Silverhielm ("Silverhelmet"), Gyllenpistol ("Goldenpistol") and Stålhandske ("steel glove").
** One of the greatest {{Magnificent Bastard}}s of all time: Axel Oxenstierna.
* Also, a lot of Swedish commoners whose ancestors were professional soldiers have inherited snappy surnames like e.g. Blixt ("lightning bolt"), Svärd ("sword"), Pistol, Warg ("wolf") and Frimodig ("cocksure"). In the old days, farmers did not have proper surnames, so company commanders were obliged to give their new recruits distinctive ones to tell the soldiers apart.
** Incidentally, when a seventeenth-century Swedish commoner with the rather boring name Nils Haal ("Haal" means "hall") was ennobled after himself in the Army, he renamed himself Gyllenhaal ("golden hall"), establishing one of Sweden's most prominent families, one that counts among its members an American [[Creator/MaggieGyllenhaal sister]] and [[Creator/JakeGyllenhaal brother]] pair of actors.
* The Danish-Norwegian 18th-century Vice-admiral and national hero Peter Wessel Tordenskiold. That means "Thundershield".
* A minor league outfielder during the Deadball Era went by the name of Ten Million. More recently, the nineties produced pitcher Perfecto Gaud and outfielder ''Wonderful Terrific Monds''.
* Urban Shocker, even though its an Anglicized version of his actual name, Urbain Shokor.
* Surely [[Music/BrianEno Brian Peter George St. John la Baptiste de la Salle Eno]] is an example, if only for the way his full name unfolds - a couple of mundane names peel away to reveal awesome.
* There's a cricketer in India called Napoleon Einstein.
* Lance Armstrong and his sons [[Franchise/StarWars Luke]] and Max, who were both born ''after'' Lance was diagnosed with cancer that spread from his testicles to his brain. Unfortunately since Lance has admitted to doping it's now a horribly ironic name.
* While their last name isn't quite so awesome, [[LetterMotif Rocket Valentino, Racer Maximilliano, Rebel Antonio, and Rogue Joaquin]] Creator/{{Ro|bertRodriguez}}driguez have some pretty awesome first and middle names. Their sister Rhiannon Elizabeth is [[OddNameOut normal]].
* Enter the [[http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Social Security Death Index]] and go to town. [[ForScience Science]] Thompson! Vivian B. [[TheGrimReaper Death]]! Dennis [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Wayne]] [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja Kills-Enemy-At-Night]]! Cleveland H. Iron Heart! God M. Chief! John J. Gun Hammer! Ronald Two Teeth! Agostino Tornado!
* Noted Australian scientist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_M._Scienceman David M. Scienceman]]. Made even better because, in scholarly papers, sources are often cited using the author's last name, which leads to things like (Scienceman 1987) scattered throughout journal articles in certain fields of study.
** Not that his previous name was bad: David ''[[ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} Slade]]''.
* The Finnish metal band Turisas is fronted by a man named Mathias Nygård.
* In Flames guitarist and founder Jesper Strömblad, whose name translates from Swedish to English as Jasper Streamleaf. This is his real name, not a stage pseudonym.
* This is phenomenon is fairly common in Swedish surnames overall. Examples include Stenbeck ("Stonestream"), Törngren ("Thornbranch"), Bergman ("Mountainman"), Forsberg ("Rivermountain") and so forth.
* Many Finns translated their Swedish surnames into Finnish more or less literally in the early 1900s.
* General Sir John Hackett. Led a parachute regiment at Arnhem. Also wrote [[Literature/TheThirdWorldWar a rather good book]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilma_Mankiller Wilma Pearl Mankiller]]. First woman ''ever'' to be the Chief of the entire Cherokee Nation. With a name like that, are ''you'' going to tell her no?
* Air Chief Marshal Sir Graham Eric Stirrup, or as he's more popularly known, Sir Jock Stirrup. He used to be a fast jet pilot too.
* ''{{Maakies}}'' creator Tony Millionaire? That's his real name.
* '''Creator/{{BRIAN BLESSED}}!!!'''
* [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President]] Solomon [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demirel Ironfist]].
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alparslan_T%C3%BCrke%C5%9F Alparslan Türkesh]], the founder of Turkish nationalism, also falls into this. Arslan means lion (it's an archaic variation of the modern word "Aslan") and Türkesh is obviously linked to his race, which is very fitting for his political opinions. Notably, Alparslan Türkesh is not his birth name but one he took in 1934, which means he was also a bit GenreSavvy for appreciating the power of an AwesomeMcCoolname in politics.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paracelsus Philip von Hohenheim]] didn't think his name was badass enough, so he changed it to Theophrastus Philippus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim. Later he used the moniker "Paracelsus" ("equal of Celsus" - Celsus was perhaps ''the'' ancient authority on medicine) instead, and it is the name he is most known by (as an important physician, chemist, botanist and occultist).
* Conservative radio host Radio/MichaelSavage's real name is Michael Weiner. Pretty funny given his occasional habit of using "sausage" as an insult.
** Of course, the proper German/Austrian spelling for the ''sausage'' would be "Wiener" (literally "Viennese"). "Weiner" isn't really even a word as such, and if it was would most likely translate to something close to "crybaby" (from "weinen" => "to cry")...
* Representing the National Football League, we have Mack Strong, Rock Cartwright, Takeo Spikes, Quentin Jammer, and Peerless Price.
* Former quarterback Joe Montana. Won 4 Super Bowls with the 49ers and 1 National Championship at Notre Dame. In a contest to give him a nickname, one contestant felt "Joe Montana" already sounded like a nickname, and therefore came up with "David W. Gibson."
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfgang_de_Beer Wolfgang 'Teddy' de Beer]], in Germany known as Teddy de Beer (pronounced almost like "Teddy der Bär" in German, "Teddy the Bear")
* Geof Manthorn of ''Series/AceOfCakes'', which is completely at odds with such a laid-back dude.
* There's someone in the credits for ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' named Frank Military.
* A writer for ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' is named [[TheStoner Speed Weed]].
* Former Archbishop of Boston Bernard Francis Law (famous for resigning in the wake of church sex abuse scandals) had a fairly unassuming name for a priest... until he became a Cardinal, making him '''Cardinal Law'''.
* Former Archbishop of Manila Jaime Lachica Sin (reigned 1974-2003). He was also a Cardinal... that's right, '''Cardinal Sin'''. A running joke of his was meeting visitors to his residence by saying, "Welcome to the house of Sin."[[note]]He was Chinese-Filipino; in [[UsefulNotes/WhyMaoChangedHisName Hanyu Pinyin]], his name is the rather less memorable "Xin" (it means "New").[[/note]]
** According to P.J. O'Rourke, who visited the country in the last days of the Marcos regime, the newspapers were given to all sorts of needling puns whenever the Cardinal made an announcement ("Sin Requires Sobriety", et cetera).
* Detective Stephanie Lazarus. Sure, she may have been an AxCrazy {{Yandere}} who [[MurderTheHypotenuse murdered her]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Sherri_Rasmussen ex-lover's fiancée]][[note]]and got away with it for 23 years[[/note]], but come on. ''Detective Lazarus''.
* Among BlackMetal bands, it's popular for members of bands in the genre to give themselves all sorts of ridiculously cool (and dark) names (Nocturno Culto, Necrobutcher, Count Grishnack and so on and so forth).
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._Elton_Trueblood D.E. Trueblood]] is not a comicbook superhero but a theologian. ''A freakin' theologian''!
* There is an astronomer named Sumner Starrfield.
* ''Film/HarryPotter'' actor Sean Biggerstaff. Worth noting that he plays a character with the last name of ''Wood''. No, really.
* There's a map writer named Knight Biggerstaff.
* The most badass name in American football history ... [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronko_Nagurski Bronko Nagurski]]. The man was even tougher than his name.
* BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall.
* Dick Butkus was so tough, he turned an otherwise embarrassing name into ''the'' paragon of football names.
* Former University of Texas and current Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt [=McCoy=]. Though his actual first name is Daniel. Colt is his middle name.
* Chicago Cubs player Kosuke Fukudome. Put a space after the third, fourth, and sixth letters.
* Minnesota Twins pitcher Jeff [[GagPenis Manship]]. Although, if you were to hyphenate it, it would take on [[YaoiGuys a completely]] [[{{Shipping}} different]] [[HoYay meaning]].
* University professor Doctor Travis Edward White Doom. Apparently he got his doctoral degree specifically so he could be called SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom.
* An actor on the teen show ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' is called Sterling Sandman Knight.
** An actress on the same show is named [[AlliterativeName Allisyn Ashley Arm]].
* Grizzly Adams.
* At the Google X labpratories, where the company comes up with all its CrazyEnoughToWork ideas like Google Glass and driverless cars, such projects are known as "Moonshots". The director in charge of overseeing these projects is the "Captain of Moonshots". His name? Astro Teller. That's right: he is "Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots". Granted, his real first name is Eric, but still...
* Voice talent who spoke for Tony the Tiger, sang "You're a Mean One, Mister Grinch", and recorded narration and songs for many classic Disney theme park attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion? ThurlRavenscroft.
* Raphael Ravenscroft, sax player on Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street", also played with Music/PinkFloyd.
* The actor who played ''[[ActingForTwo all]]'' of the Oompa-Loompas in Tim Burton's ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''? ''Creator/DeepRoy''. He was also one of Jabba's house band in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', playing... [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Droopy_McCool Droopy McCool.]]
* [[http://www.af.mil/information/bios/bio.asp?bioID=6233 Major General Lord, Commander of the United States Air Force Cyberspace Command]]
* Actor and voice actor Lorenzo Music, best known for his portrayal of ''WesternAnimation/{{Garfield|AndFriends}}'' among other things. Truth be told, it's not wholly his birth name... but the Music part is!
* Jai Kishen Shroff, a.k.a. Creator/JackieShroff.
* Johnny Walker names, shared with the whiskey.
** There is one old Bollywood actor whouses this as his stage name,
** A veteran (or should that be well-aged?) UK radio DJ.
** There is an Australian cyclist whose ''real name'' is Johnnie Walker. But wait, it gets better. He is in the same team with another cyclist named Michele ''Merlo''. I am [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Footon-Servetto-Fuji not making this up]].
* ''Vanness'' Wu!
* Malaysian Indian radio disk jockey Phat Fabes. His real name is Fabian Jesse James.
* Crystal Waters.
* John [[{{Seers}} Foresight]] a crab fisherman for Red Lobster
* Pierre Andre (Mohd Pierre Andre Bin Nazarul Andre), a Malaysian actor.
* [[ButNotTooForeign Malay-English]] siblings Ashraf Sinclair and Aishah Sinclair. And Ashraf's Indonesian wife Bunga Cinta Lestari (literally "Sustainable Love Flower" in Indonesian).
* Actor Isaac Jin Solstein.
* VA actor Creator/DanteBasco. His most famous roles? Prince Zuko (a [[MeaningfulName Firebender]]), and WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong.
* TITUS MANLIUS TORQUATUS I, II, and III! Is it any wonder that all three of these men were elected Consul in the Roman Republic?
* Multiple WorldsStrongestMan contest winner Magnus ver Magnusson.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isambard_Kingdom_Brunel Isambard Kingdom Brunel]], creator of the Great Western Railway and leading light of the Industrial Revolution. I haven't tested this, but I believe that bellowing his name aloud will stop a speeding train.
* The lovely soprano [[GiftedlyBad (snerk)]] Florence Foster Jenkins, and her loyal accompanist, Cosme [=McMoon=].
* General StoneWall Jackson, although his real name is Thomas Jonathan Jackson. He got his BadAss nickname after his brilliant defense at the First Battle of Bull Run. Since then, ''everybody'' calls him Stonewall. Even history textbooks.
* Vlad {{Dracula}} -- "Son of the Dragon" in Romanian. "Dracul" nowadays means "devil", making it even better. His nickname was "Țepeș", which means "The Impaler" (it sounds cooler if you don't know why that's his nickname).
* Dracula was also a nickname (in medieval Romanian spelled "Drãculea" - "Little Dragon" or "Little Devil"). His true name was Vlad III Basarab, which is not uncool either. His brothers and rivals were also nicknamed Vlad IV "the Monk" and Radu III "the Handsome".
* Speaking of Dracula, Creator/BelaLugosi is a pretty cool name too.
* Ladies and gentlemen, legendary ballroom dancer [[http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090527/SYTYCDC_montreal_audition_pierre_allaire_20090527/20090527?s_name=dance2008 Pierre Allaire!]]
* Actress [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_DeMilo Venus DeMilo]].
* THE Reverend, Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior. [[ComicStrip/TheBoondocks It's like A Tribe Called Quest, you gotta say the whole thing.]]
* Australian politician Nick Xenophon (born ''Xen''opho''u''), who by interesting coincidence is speaking out against [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpKxzWNdONM Scientology]] (warning, the ex-Scientologist's testimonials are quite depressing). Another slightly interesting coincidence is that one of the Scientology spokespeople in Australia is named Cyrus. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenophon Xenophon]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrus_the_Younger Cyrus]] have worked together before...
* Mars Bonfire, author of the seminal rock song ''Born To Be Wild''.
* MichaelIronside. Anything with "iron" in it for that matter.
* Lord Brain. No, really. [[StevenUlyssesPerhero He was a neurosurgeon.]]
* Some historians wonder if AdolfHitler would have climbed as high as he did if he had used his father's surname, Schicklgruber. While "Heil Hitler!" has been described as "a Wagnerian, pagan-like chant," it's hard to imagine the same furvor being placed into the phrase "Heil Schicklgruber!"
** His dad had been fully aware how much social respect in a conservative country like Austria depends on a proper name, this is why he adopted the surname of his stepfather (Hiedler / Hitler).
* Creator/MrT. He invented the handle so that everyone would have to address him respectfully, and went on to have it legally changed.
* Penn Jillette, one half of infamous magician duo Creator/PennAndTeller, named his daughter Moxie [=CrimeFighter=] Jillette and his son Zolten Penn Jillette.
* On that note: Teller. Just Teller. He legally changed his name to become a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mononymous_person mononymous person]].
* ''Series/{{Xena|WarriorPrincess}}'''s Creator/LucyLawless. She has been born Lucy Ryan and [[{{Pun}} became Lawless]] by marriage to her first husband, Garth Lawless.
* ''Series/{{Skins}}''' Lily Loveless. Also the probably pseudonymic Sophia Black-D'Elia from the American version.
* Armie Hammer, [[ActingForTwo most of]] [[Film/TheSocialNetwork the Winklevoss twins]]. His real name is Armand (Arm and) Hammer. His grandfather was a senator with the same name, and discovering the NamesTheSame baking powder was highly amusing.
* Professional hockey player Miroslav Satan. Sadly, he has never played for the New Jersey Devils. Also, [[ItIsPronouncedTroPay It is pronounced "shu-TAN"]],[[note]]In his native Slovak, his name is written as Šatan; the "sh" sound is (roughly) how the Š is pronounced.[[/note]] but still looks awesome on the back of a jersey.
* Engineer Buckminster Fuller, the namesake of the carbon molecule buckminsterfullerene, so named because it resembles his designs for geodesic domes.
* The 2010 Winter Olympics also saw the rise of ice hockey player Tore Vikingstad of Norway. The name alone made him a MemeticBadass in online hockey communities, nevermind he was one of the few bright spots on an otherwise hopeless Norwegian team.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Poundstone Derek Poundstone]], America's Strongest Man for 2007.
* Satan Xerxes Carnacki [=LaVey=]. What else would you expect from the only son of Church of Satan founder, Anton [=LaVey=]?
* Zoltan Bathory of the band Five Finger Death Punch. Bathory is the name of a infamous Hungarian murderess, and Zoltan sounds like a villain from the future, but it's actually a pretty common Hungarian name.
* [[CementShoes Murdered]] [[LotteryOfDoom lottery winner]] ''Abraham Shakespeare''.
* There is a Broadway actor whose name is Manley Pope.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naming_law_in_Sweden To protest the naming law in Sweden]], a girl received the name of Music/{{Metallica}} Tomato.
* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, journalist Ernie Pyle mentioned a young soldier whose father had named him so his initials were "T.N.T."
* [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001800/ Rip Torn.]] Played Zed in ''Film/MenInBlack'' and its sequel.
* Walt Disney World once employed a topiary sculptor names Bserko (pronounced "Berserko") Bronk.
* The Russian ice dancers may have {{unfortunate|Implications}} [[http://www.metro.co.uk/sport/extra/810017-russian-ice-skaters-cause-controversy-with-aboriginal-dance costumes]] [[note]] : Not even their more "conventional" (by figure skating standards) long program costumes were without controversy, because [[LoopholeAbuse they used the belts to hold on to each other]] during the performance.[[/note]], but their names are pretty awesome: Oksana '''Domnina''' and '''Maxim''' Shabalin.
* Norm Hiscock, a writer for ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''.
* Dr. L. Richmond Sparks, [[{{Pun}} conductor]].
* [[http://www.dcs.warwick.ac.uk/~bane/ Dr. Sorabain Wolfheart de Lioncourt]] (but it seems he does AI research, not Grendel-slaying). He apparently gets enough questions about it that he has a picture of his passport online.
* [[Film/ThePhantom Billy Zane]]. It's even played with in his AdamWesting cameo in ''Film/{{Zoolander}}''.
* [[HeyItsThatGuy Peter Stormare]]. His last name means "Stormer," but it's a stage name. His birth name, however, is Rolf Peter Ingvar Storm!
* Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, cousin of Creator/IanFleming and descendant of Charlemagne.
* Canadian musician [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dallas_Green_(musician) Dallas Green]]. Aside from being in Alexisonfire, he does solo albums under the "band" name City and Colour, allegedly because he figured people would see his actual name on a CD cover as a band name anyway. He's named after a World Series-winning manager.
* Sir Nicolas Grimshaw. Not only is he knighted, but has one of the most badass/beloved anime characters named after [[Manga/{{Bleach}} him]]. He also is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nicholas_Grimshaw_flats_Camden_Town_back_of_Sainsburys.jpg freaking]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eden_Project amazing]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:National_Space_Centre,_Leicester.jpg modernist]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Thermae_Bath_Spa.jpg architect]]. That's the tip of the iceberg. Grimshaw is his ''last name'', so there could be any number of family members with awesome names.
* [[http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=538670028&ref=ts Graham McCool]].
* The Leo in Leo Fender's name is short for [[Film/ThreeHundred Leonidas]].
* Former ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'' actress Blaze Berdahl.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owGykVbfgUE The Man Your Man Could Smell Like's]] real name Isiah Mustafa.
* Adam Savage of ''Series/MythBusters''. On the other hand, his middle name is [[EmbarrassingMiddleName Whitney]].
* Creator/OrsonWelles's real first name is "George", which led to this amusing exchange in his book-length interview with Peter Bogdanovich:
-->'''Peter Bogdanovich:''' Why'd you choose to be called by your middle name, Orson, instead of your first name, George?\\
'''OrsonWelles:''' There wasn't any choice involved. I've been Orson all my life. I first learned my name was George when I was nine years old. It came as a terrible shock. Children started screaming "Georgie, Porgie, puddin' and pie, kissed the girls and made them cry." This enraged me. I kicked out at my little playmates and got black eyes for it. How wrong I was. What a name to be born with and not use -- George Orson Welles.\\
'''Peter Bogdanivich:''' All of it? You trust people with three names.\\
'''Orson Welles:''' With a name like George Orson Welles, I wouldn't need to be trusted -- I'd be Emperor of the World!
* Creator/QuentinTarantino. A name tailor-made for someone slightly dangerous, clearly wicked, utterly cool, and flat-out ''awesome'' in every sense of the word.
* Storm Thorgerson, famous for designing album covers for Music/PinkFloyd, among others.
* There is a Member of the Scottish Parliament called Jackson Carlaw.
* Richard Smith, a care worker from Carlisle, clearly thought his name was unremarkable and changed it to a more ''metal'' one "It's just a strange name I like the sound of," said the newly dubbed Stormhammer Deathclaw Firebrand.
* With a name like [[http://wedinator.com/2010/05/06/funny-wedding-photos-yes-please/ Moore-Bacon]], this contestant has a powerful bid for the throne of cool names.
* Lord Chief Justice and President of the Courts of England and Wales is Lord Igor Judge – ''Judge Judge''. He is formally addressed as Lord Chief Justice Igor Judge, Baron Judge.
* German actor [[Series/{{Lexx}} Dieter]] [[Film/TheHumanCentipede Laser]] ([[ItIsPronouncedTroPay pronounced "lah-ser"]]).
* There is a Filipino Senator named Joker Arroyo.
* UsefulNotes/CalvinCoolidge. What did you expect from a guy who has 'cool' in his last name?
* UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan, as noted by Website/BadassOfTheWeek, was born with the name "Temujin" - which literally meant ''"iron man."'' Of course, the man himself made the name "Khan" one of the scariest and coolest names ever.
** Of course, "Khan" was a title--"king" or "ruler" more generally. "Genghis" means "oceanic"--that is, his empire was as big as the ocean.
** Pakistani squash player Maria Toor Pakey wanted to play sports so her father disguised her as a boy and dubbed her Chengis Khan (he's one of those crazy people who think women should get education and jobs). When she took up weightlifting she outclassed the boys. On ''Real Sports with Bryant Gumbal'' she says in regards to the death threats she and her family get from the Taliban: (essentially) [[BadAssBoast "They can kill me after I become world champion and change Pakistan."]]
* One of the creators of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Geoff Fink had his name changed to Geoff Lazer Ramsey.
* A British nobleman named Richard ''Payne Knight''.
* Australian [=IndyCar=] racer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Power Will Power]].
* Comedian [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Skelton Red Skelton]].
* Golfer (and winner of the 2010 Open Championship) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Oosthuizen Lodewicus Theodorus "Louis" Oosthuizen]]
* Ragnar Tørnquist, notable game designer (''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney''). An awesome name for a ''D&D'' character.
* Famous American soldier and explorer Zebulon Montgomery Pike Jr.
* Peter Gutmann. What's more, he even accidentally created the most overzealous wiping scheme (35 passes) known to man![[note]]What happened is that he created each pass to destroy data on a specific storage technology (except for the eight random passes) and the whole thing got combined, despite most of the passes being meaningless with modern tech[[/note]]
* Ransom Love (Co-Founder of Caldera), Havoc Pennington (Programmer)
* David Justice, Major League Baseball outfielder and DH.
* Jesse James Hollywood, who was at one time on the FBI's most wanted list and later had a [[Film/AlphaDog Hollywood film]] made about his crime.
* Creator/BenedictCumberbatch (Full name: Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch). Part of it's how well it comes together. Either half on its own would sound a little ridiculous, but together, it's just awesome. Sounds very regal too. TMZ started their segment about him praising his unusual name.
* In the same vein, there's Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio, who got his first name from the fact that he kicked his mother in-utero for the first time while she was looking at a da Vinci painting. Bonus points to him for not changing it to Lenny Williams, as an agent once suggested he should do.
* [[Series/ZekeAndLuther Hutch Dano]], whose real name is Hutching Royal Dano.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has a writer named Zeus Cervas. Ironically, his writing says otherwise. He is good at storyboard art though.
* Charlotte Free, fashion model.
* A Texas politician who is also a singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, and former columnist by the name of "Kinky Friedman".
* Another NFL example. Rookie defensive lineman for the Detroit Lions - Ndamukong Suh. If that first name sounds like it would be a tribal language for something epic, that's because it is. 310 pounds of an angry guy named "House of Spears." That does [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhtLDG5JxUI this]] to people on occasion. Good luck.
* If you get interested in Etymology, you can find awesome ones with first names: Louis is "Glorious fighter" (as, for that matter, is Boris, if you take it as short for Borislav). Walter is "Warrior Commander". Michael/Mikael is "Who is like God?" Charles is "The Strong". Nicholas is "Victory of the people". David is "Beloved".
* From the NHL, we have Jarome Iginla (which translates as either 'big tree' or 'lightning' in Yoruba)
* Mexican archaeologist Marta Turok and Eduardo Matos Moctezuma
* Ex-British MP for the Liberal Democrats, Lembit Öpik.
* Arkadius Antonik, vocalist and lead guitarist of the MelodicDeathMetal/[[FolkMetal Celtic Metal]] band [=SuidAkrA=] (which also happens [[IAmTheBand to be his name]] [[SdrawkcabName spelled backwards]]).
* Finnish singer Suvi Teräsniska, whose name could be translated to ''Summer Steelneck.''
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyson_Fury Tyson Fury]], a rising Irish-British... heavyweight boxer. What else could he be with a name like that? When he first went to a boxing gym the coach couldn't believe he was really (as a white kid) called Tyson, and was even more amazed when he asked his surname – it certainly makes thinking up a nickname rather redundant. He is actually named after Mike Tyson.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lex_Shrapnel Lex Shrapnel]]. An actor rather than a vigilante.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_H._Bonesteel_III General Charles Hartwell Bonesteel III]], complete with EyepatchOfPower.
* Due to the characteristics of the language, this is a pretty common occurrence in Japanese given names, since parents usually take special care in choosing kanji with the best meanings for their children's name. It gets more awesome in feudal nobility where names were even more of a SeriousBusiness. They generally don't translate well to English, though, because rather than going for a specific meaning, the point is to combine cool/elegant/graceful kanji into a name that looks and sounds powerful (or in case of women, elegant) and positive.
** An example: Uesugi Kenshin was born as Torachiyo (general pattern for a childhood name, plus the character for "tiger"). At coming of age he became known as Kagetora (bright+tiger), which he later changed to Masatora (rule+tiger), and after that, Terutora (radiance+tiger). Somewhat uncharacteristically for the age, he kept holding on to a specific character, at least until he became a devout Buddhist and changed his name to Kenshin (modest+faith).
* Spangler Arlington Brugh, born in Nebraska in 1911. He is an unfortunate subversion of this trope, however, because when he signed with MGM in 1932, he changed his name to...[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Taylor_%28actor%29 Robert Taylor.]]
* Actress Clémence Poésy (meaning Mercy Poetry, though Poésy is her mother's maiden name and not her birth name)
* Actress Creator/AngelinaJolie, whose last name (originally her middle name, before she dropped her birth surname, Voight) ''literally'' means "beautiful". [[Creator/AngelinaJolie Given the evidence, it seems appropriate]].
* ''SoYouThinkYouCanDance'' competitor Kuponohi'ipoi Aweau (he goes by Kūpono)
* Feminist author [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shulamith_Firestone Shulamith Firestone.]]
* Many Brazilian [[TheBeautifulGame footballers]] tend to acquire {{Awesome McCoolname}}s for professional nicknames, starting from Pelé, all the way down to Kaká in the current squad. And let's not forget the most awesome of all: Roberto Dinamite.
* [[UseYourHead Zinedine Zidane]] a.k.a. Zizou, legendary [[TheWorldCup World Cup]]-winning French [[TheBeautifulGame midfielder]]. His name is wonderfully alliterative, and has an interesting meaning: "Zinedine" is a French transcription of the Arabic ''Zain-ad-Dīn'', ("Beauty of the Faith") and "Zidane" is a French version of, um, "Zīdān'' ("He who adds/increases"). Yes, he adds/increases goals quite beautifully...
* Volkan Demirel, Turkish goalkeeper. Why? His name roughly translates as "Vulcan Ironhands".
* Dutch football (soccer) trainer and former player Leo Beenhakker, whose last name literally translates as "leg chopper".
* Puritans of the New World used names like this frequently, including some that have become respectable, not-weird names, like Chastity, Hope, Constance. Other names didn't quite catch on. Praise-God Barebone was a significant Puritan figure in the EnglishCivilWar, and named the Barebone's Parliament. The middle name of his son was "If-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Wouldst-Have-Been-Damned." He was a pioneer of free-market economics and tended to go by the much less awesome Nicholas Barbon.
* A Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs was named Lawrence Cannon.
* There's a picture floating around of a [[ImageBoards 4chan]] thread where the poster would name his newborn son whatever a post ending in the number 77 said. He delivered. The winner? [[http://funnyjunk.com/funny_pictures/470637/Courage+Wolf+Harper Courage Wolf Harper]].
* Doc Holliday, fastest gun in the west.
* There is an author named Manly Banister. Unfortunately, his books are not about banisters.
* Kurt Tank, test pilot and the man who designed the Fw 190.
* How about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zadok_Magruder Colonel Zadok Magruder]]?
* The real name of the man behind Music/VenetianSnares is Aaron Funk. You don't even really need to do the IAmTheBand thing with a name like that, but he did anyway.
* Music/{{Coldplay}}'s Will Champion, a last name he, of course, passed down to his children, who are named Ava Champion, Juno (as in the goddess) Champion, and ''Rex (King) Champion.''
* The United States once had a Court of Appeals Judge named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_Hand Learned Hand.]]
* Boom mike operator [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003603/ Kelly Zombor.]] Most famously known as a one-shot joke from the opening credits of ''Film/TheFinalSacrifice'' by [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike and the 'bots.]]
* Sky [=McCloud=] and Winter [=McCloud=], the daughters of comics artist and essayist Creator/ScottMcCloud.
* Actress [[Film/TheLostBoys Tanit Phoenix]].
* Actor Creator/RiverPhoenix.
* Dr. Rocky Strong, who makes a living studying sharks.
* A bus bombing made headlines in the Philippines. What does that have to do with this trope? The bus driver was named Maximo Peligro (aka "Maximum Danger"). And he survived the bus bombing, too.
* James Robertson Justice. (Sadly not related to Music/{{Victoria|Justice}}.)
* [[Series/CharliesAngels Crispin]] [[Literature/RatmansNotebooks Hellion]] [[Film/{{Beowulf}} Glover.]] His middle name really is Hellion; considering most of the roles he's played, this shouldn't be all that surprising.
* Creator/KatsuyukiKonishi.
* ''Monsters'' actor Scoot [=McNairy=]. Adorable name, bonus points for actually having the 'Mc'.
* There's an [[http://studio4496.deviantart.com artistic nude photographer]] on Website/DeviantArt whose name is Michael ''Kilgore''. Link {{N|otSafeForWork}}SFW
* Dr. Stephen Granade, Rocket Scientist and co-host of [[http://www.whatthecast.com/ What The Cast]].
* Max Planck, Nobel Prize winner.
* Actress Alia Shawkat.
* Creator/HollyBlack.
* Whether you're an occultist of any flavour or not, you have to agree that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleister_Crowley Aleister Crowley]] had a damn cool name.
* St. Olaf's College choir conductor '''Anton Armstrong'''.
* One member of the German Parliament is called Cajus Julius Caesar. His eldest son and his grandson go by the same name.
* A doctor in a small German town nobody cares about is named Dr. Totmacher. That literally means [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Dr.]] [[DeadlyDoctor Deadmaker"]]. Guess where his office was. In the street "Am Friedhof" which means "At the cemetery".
* The founder and president of Hazardous Software, the studio that's developing VideoGame/{{Achron}}, is called Dr. Chris Hazard.
* Howzabout science fiction/horror writer Manly Wade Wellman?
* Corin Nemec, versus his character in ''Series/StargateSG1'', "Jonas Quinn".
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preserved_Fish Preserved Fish ]], prominent 19th C. New York City shipping merchant.
* Onika Miraj (one letter short of being "Demon-child Illusion"), better known as Music/NickiMinaj AKA Roman Zolanski.
* Apparently in some parts of India it's traditional to name children after famous people, whether they know ''why'' they're famous or not. This can lead to weird situations like [[http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x2917266 Hitler trying to beat Frankenstein in a local election]]. The article also mentions a guy named [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Britainwar]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raphael_Berdugo Raphael Berdugo]] (1747 – 1821), respected Moroccan rabbi, has a surname that literally translates to "Executioner" in Filipino. A religious scholar whose name is roughly equivalent to "Archangel-of-Healing Executioner". With a father named Mordecai Berdugo.
* Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, whose [[Music/LadyGaga professional name]] only barely outdoes her real one for awesomeness.
* Former kickboxer and some-time actor ''[[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0862092/ Thunderwolf]]''.
* Mathematician and computer scientist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nimrod_Megiddo Nimrod Megiddo]].
* The Head of Psychology at my father's former workplace was named Dr. Richard Storm. His temperament lived up to his name.
* NY Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova.
* A CG Supervisor for ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' has the name of Francisco X. [=DeJesus=].
* Creator/ZendayaColeman.
* Belgian soccer player [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eden_Hazard Eden Hazard]]. Only surpassed by his younger brother, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Joao10Siamun/Sandbox/Thorgan_Hazard Thorgan]]''.
* Creator/VernorVinge, a sci-fi author.
* American actor Texas Battle.
* Cosmetics company Max Factor is named after its founder, groundbreaking film makeup artist Max Factor. His evil heir (if a crime drama has a perp who videotaped himself having sex with unconscious women it's probably based on him) is named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Luster Andrew Luster]] ([[DontExplainTheJoke both shiny and lustful]]).
* ''ProjectRunway'' contestant Gunnar Deatherage.
* A well-noted Tennessean show business family contains patriarch BillyRayCyrus, matriarch Leticia Cyrus, sons Christopher Cody, [[MetroStation Trace]], and Braison, and daughters Brandi, [[Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea Noah]], and middle child [[Music/MileyCyrus Destiny Hope Cyrus]] -- better known as Miley. And that's not counting their late grandfather, Senator Ronnie Ray Cyrus from Kentucky.
* Dick Armey. Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
* Esteemed classical organist E. Power Biggs.
* Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, victor of the Battle of Lake Erie.
* Creator/HPLovecraft is a pretty badass-sounding name, even if the H.P. stands for the fairly unremarkable "Howard Phillips".
* One of the designers of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ka-Bar Ka-Bar knife]] was Major Howard America, so at one time he was Captain America.
* Kevin Clash, who is best known for puppeteering and voicing the rather harmless [[Series/SesameStreet Elmo]]. His private life [[{{Pun}} clashed]] with his public persona when it was discovered he paid underaged men for sex. The first accuser recanted but when others came forward he was essentially fired.
* VinDiesel. For added credibility, his name is an anagram for "I end lives."
* Current ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' actor Taran Killam (tear 'n' kill 'em)
* Aussie Rules footballer Steele Sidebottom. Sounds like he should be in porn with a name like that.
* Australian professional cyclist Steele Von Hoff
* Elton Sledge.
* The one and only StirlingSilliphant. Sounds like "sterling silly pant"... or, in any case, an adjective and a noun.
* John Sappington Marmaduke, Civil War Major general.
* The city of Modesto has a Creator/JackieChan, MD, whose name is engraved on a plaque outside his office.
* Kiki Wolfkill, executive producer of 343 Industries, the company developing Halo 4.
* Since names in Native American languages tend to be literally translated into English, we end up with names like [[BearsAreBadNews Conquering Bear]], [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Wilma Mankiller]], Madonna Thunderhawk, One-Who-Walks-With-The-Stars, and They-Fear-Even-His-Horses.
* Admittedly [[Manga/DragonBall it's more]] HilariousInHindsight, but how much would you give to be named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamehameha_I Kamehameha the Great]]?
* [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/114243-Say-Hello-to-Baby-Dovahkiin There's a baby named]] [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Dovahkiin.]]
* Actor Omar Doom. Interesting note: his dad was a doctor, meaning that he was the son of SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom. (Actually, he was born with the last name "Makhdomi," but that's close enough.)
* Jack Justice is an Australian philosopher.
* Filipina beauty queen Athena Imperial.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' co-creator BobSchooley.
* Guess the awesome name of the person behind the ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice'' series.
* As demonstrated in the article picture, Indonesian people sometimes come up with impossibly cool names. There is at least one recorded case of ''Muhammad Yesus'' in Indonesia.
* Somewhere in my chain of command is an officer with the name of Thrasher, making him Major Thrasher.
* Actor Diego Diablo Del Mar.
* A man was arrested for drinking and drug abuse. His name? [[http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/317574 Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop.]]
* J.E. Sawyer at Creator/ObsidianEntertainment.
* Creator/AntonioBanderas, according to Jay Leno.
* The noted British entomologist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Wigglesworth Sir Vincent Brian Wigglesworth.]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJ_Bonebrake DJ Bonebrake, drummer for punk band]] {{Music/X}}. He's the only member of the band to not have a {{Stage Name|s}} of some kind, because apparently his real name sounded cool enough.
* Lieutenant Wilhelm Blitz, commander of Germany's first ever platoon of {{tank|Goodness}}s during WWI.
* Cymphonique Miller, MasterP's daughter. Her ex-AlphaBitch / FallenPrincess character's name is plain old [[HowToRock Kacey Simon.]]
* Chamillionaire, who's name is an obvious portmanteau of chameleon and millionaire.
* [[http://wins.failblog.org/2012/02/23/epic-win-photos-cool-name-win/ Tahra Dactyl]]
* Edward John Izzard or Creator/EddieIzzard.
* The Shia prayer leader of al-Awamiyah in eastern Saudi Arabia is a guy named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nimr_al-Nimr Nimr al-Nimr]], which means ''Tiger the Tiger.''
* Historical abolitionist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sojourner_Truth Sojourner Truth]]. It wasn't her original name, but it certainly was an awesome one.
* Since he's been mentioned above twice, it should be noted that Storm Field is his real birth name. His father is Frank Field, a TV meteorologist (weatherman). Frank named his son Storm. Storm also became a TV weatherman. Frank's daughter also became a TV weatherperson, but sadly her name is Allison.
* ''American Pie: Band Camp'' star and all-around hottie, Crystle Lightning. She even gets [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_9yQ5mTsEs questioned during an interview]] if that's her real name.
* Sam Steele, the Mountie who was in charge of Canada's Northwest Mounted Police Yukon contingent during the Klondike Gold Rush. He was famous for living up to his name.
* British TV Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
* There's a Zimbabwean association footballer (Soccer Player) called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danger_Fourpence Danger Fourpence]]
* [[http://www.yorknewstimes.com/news/article_e9991cb6-9860-11e1-aff3-0019bb2963f4.html A man in Nebraska legally changed his name to Tyrannosaurus Rex.]]
* American racing driver [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Speed Scott Speed]].
* Greek engineer Hero of Alexandria.
* Philadelphia's Drexel University music department has a Professor Wesley Broadnax.
* Rodney Dangerfield. Sounds like an action hero.
* English actor Roger Delgado (The first Master in ''Series/DoctorWho'') was born Roger Caesar Marius Bernard de Delgado Torres Castillo Roberto.
* [[http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=605412 Joe Panik]].
* Linebacker [[http://www.nfl.com/draft/2012/profiles/whitney-mercilus?id=2533049 Whitney Mercilus]]
* People used to get names like "Wolf" and "Horse" as a matter of course. Imagine introducing yourself as "I am Bear, son of Badger, son of Wolf, of The People and I kill strangers with this stick."
* The ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' comics world has the oddly appropriately named IDW writer Zander Cannon. One of the official ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' writers even eventually went and named an actual weapon after him in that universe.
* Kenesaw Mountain Landis, U.S. federal judge and the first Commissioner of Baseball.
* There is a church in inner city Chicago whose pastor is named Abraham Lincoln Washington.
* There was an astronaut by the name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_C._McCool Willie McCool]].
* US Olympic soccer player [[Film/ANewHope Hope Solo]].
* Retired US Olympic beach volleyball player [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misty_May-Treanor Misty May-Treanor, nee Misty May]].
* Krystof Harant z Polzic a Bezdruzic a na Pecce which translates as '''Christopher Bastard from After-Spoons and Without-Satellites and in Stone'''. He was a Bohemian (Czech) aristocrat, traveller, writer, composer and soldier. A true Renaissance man.
* Stuntman [[http://www.julianlightwing.com/ Julian Lightwing]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/DeStorm?feature=watch DeStorm Power]].
* Skip Priest, Mayor of Federal Way, Washington.
* A Colombian professional cyclist on the Lampre team is named Winner Anacona.
* Actor Creator/PowersBoothe.
* The physicist Freeman Dyson, who designed the DysonSphere.
* The Marquis de La Fayette (the American Revolutionary hero) named his son George Washington de La Fayette.
* The surname of second UsefulNotes/UnitedNations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld not only means Hammershield, he told reporters it was okay for English-speakers to call him that if they couldn't pronounce Hammarskjöld.
** Also, his first name means "Day." Day Hammershield. So he hammers people with his shield in broad daylight. Of peace.
* A later Secretary General (serving 2007-present) is Ban Ki Moon, especially prominent to any fans of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
* From Website/{{Facebook}}: Thurman [=McFeelgood=]
* The incredibly heroic, and incredibly named, Mustafa Kemal.
* [[http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/03/14203051-kaboom-oddly-named-mans-walking-stick-prompts-evacuation-in-akron?lite Natural Hunka Kaboom]].
* Nikola Tesla. How cool does that sound!
* Russia's first scientist, Mikhail Lomonosov, or the archaic variant Mikhailo Lomonosov.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Evill Sir Douglas Evill]], RAF chief marshal in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The "Douglas" makes him seem more WickedCultured and AffablyEvil, and the extra "L" on "Evill" means you draw out his name. He was a strong supporter of DeathFromAbove.
* Creator/MelGibson's character in ''Film/ThePatriot'' was vaguely based on a real man named Francis "Swamp Fox" Marion.
* Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, creator of the Dogs Playing Poker.
* Jonah Falcon sounds like the kind of name a Marvel comic character might have. It's also the name of a man who, to put it delicately, [[GagPenis could shame a horse and jokes about it.]]
* Navy Midshipmen safety [[http://www.navysports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/ryder_wave00.html Wave Ryder]].
* German chemist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Magnus_von_Hell Carl Magnus von Hell]], who worked with other chemists to come up with the equally awesome-sounding Hell-Volhard-Zelinsky reaction.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasper_Maskelyne Jasper]][[http://www.cracked.com/article_19170_6-insane-stories-magician-who-helped-win-wwii.html Maskelyne]], the magician who (if we believe his own account of things) used masterful illusions to help win World War II.
* Creator/GarthNix. It almost sounds like a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Name to Run Away From Really Fast]].
* Actor Robert Wisdom, perhaps best noted for his role as Major Howard "Bunny" Colvin on the Wire – who, funnily enough, is a wise mature, middle-aged mentor and a Father To His Men.
* The Red Baron is a {{Trope Namer|s}} for [[RedBaron the trope about awesome nicknames]], but his real name is equally impressive-sounding - ''Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen''.
* Comic book writer Matt Fraction. There's no way he isn't also a superhero with a name like that.
* As if the name Music/VanHalen weren't good enough for Eddie Van Halen, he named his son Wolfgang Van Halen. I would *kill* to have a name that cool.
** Edward ''[[{{Beethoven}} Lodewijk]]'' Van Halen might have had his classical piano training in mind [[FridgeBrilliance when naming his son]] ''[[{{Mozart}} Wolfgang]]''.
* Creator/SummerGlau
* Emiliano Rosales-Birou, who commonly goes by Emile, but is much better known as LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}}.
* Dutch gymnast [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epke_Zonderland Epke Zonderland]], also known as the Flying Dutchman for his seriously awesome high bar routines.
* "Tony Hawk" is fitting for someone who made a career of getting his skateboard as airborne as possible (plus "Hawk" as a surname sounds pretty smooth anyway).
* One of the men who was awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Medicine is named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Fire Andrew Fire]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Force John Force]] is not a superhero. He's a champion drag racer.
* Australian comedy actress Rebel Wilson. There's also her siblings [[FamilyThemeNaming Anarchy, Riot, and Liberty.]]
* A search of the 1911 British Census reveals the existence of an individual going by the name of [[http://www.1911census.co.uk/search/results4.aspx?x=137282453 Ass Killingback!]]
* An American man named Eric Boring changed his name to Eric Bloodaxe.
* Inverted by Thomas Wanker, a composer who worked on ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'', but you gotta [[{{Pun}} hand]] it to the guy for sticking with it.
** Played straight by one of the show's writers, David Fury.
* Music/JeanMichelJarre, godfather of electronic music.
* Influential dada artist Man Ray. (Short for Emmanuel Radnitzky.)
* Eino Leino, a Finnish poet. The rhyming is irresistible. Bonus points for Czechs. [[InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike In their language that sounds like this: "Lo and behold, a piece of excrement!"]]
* From ''{{American|Title}} [[{{MSNBC}} Greed]]'', financial investigators Rick Raven and "Lethal" Letha Sparks (not ''Film/LethalWeapon'' (of mass fraud destruction)?).
* Former {{NASCAR}} driver Roy "Buckshot" Jones.
** Also from {{NASCAR}}, and before that FormulaOne, Scott Speed.
* Acclaimed Czech type designer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franti%C5%A1ek_%C5%A0torm František Štorm]]. "Štorm" would be awesome enough on its own, but try saying the whole thing out loud... For bonus points, he doubles as the lead musician in a popular black metal band called "Master's Hammer".
* Ethan Hawke and Creator/UmaThurman have a daughter named Maya. It seems like someone named "Maya Hawke" is doing herself a disservice if she ''doesn't'' become some sort of pulp action hero.
* One of [[CoolCar Lamborghini]]'s test drivers is named Max Venturi. Memorably [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] on ''TopGear'':
-->'''Richard Hammond''': Nobody outside of a comic strip is called "Max Venturi, '''Lamborghini Tester'''"!
** Their previous test driver was "Valentino Balboni" and was so awesome that his name was used to denote his preferred Lamborghini - A two wheel drive Gallardo with a special edition stripe. At the time, this was the only way to get a two wheel drive Gallardo and it was much more unstable to drive. Thus they called it "The Balboni". Makes a name like "Max Venturi" seem downright lame by comparison.
* Former Ghana national [[TheBeautifulGame football]] team goalkeeper, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Kingson Richard Kingson]].
* German footballer Moritz Volz (pronounced "volts"). Made even better after he scored the 15,000th goal in the history of the English Premier League and promptly became known as "15,000 Volz".
* The founder of the Palestinian resistance movement/political party Fatah and his family were made of this:
** The founder himself is "Khalil al-Wazir", meaning "Noble-Friend the Vizier" (more or less).
** His wife's name is Intissar, meaning "Victory". So yes, she is Victory the Vizier.
** His eldest son's name is Jihad--"Struggle". So he is "Struggle the Vizier", and because [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunya_(Arabic) Arab fathers get to nickname themselves after their eldest sons]], his father got to call himself "Abu Jihad"--the "Father of Struggle". Rather fitting--if mostly accidental--for the founder of a resistance movement.
* There's a guy who worked on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' named David Lazer.
* A few contestants on ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' come to mind, for example [[Characters/SurvivorBorneo Richard Hatch, Sue Hawk]], [[Characters/SurvivorPearlIslands Andrew Savage]], and [[Characters/SurvivorCaramoan Eddie Fox]].
* German actor Gedeon Burkhard. If that's not enough, his dad is called Wolfgang.
* Several of the St. Louis Cardinals from the last decade sound like action heroes: Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, Jake Westbrook, Woody Williams, Jason Isringhausen (nickname: Izzy), [[GeniusBonus Jon Jay]], Skip Schumaker, Lance Berkman, [[PlanetOfSteves Lance Lynn]], David [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Freese]], Pete Kozma...even Chris Carpenter sounds like he should be played by a gun-wielding Bruce Willis.
** Pujols' father's name was Bienvenido Pujols. Yes, Welcome Pujols.
* Great Britain has had two military leaders with the name ''Manley Power.'' The first was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manley_Power Lieutenant General Sir Manley Power]], and the second was his great-grandson [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manley_Laurence_Power Admiral Sir Manley Laurence Power.]] Oh, and the former was also knighted. His then full title? ''Lieutenant General Sir Manley Power, Knight Commander of the Order of Tower and Sword.'' The greatest title given to a man, ever.
* Creator/EvangelineLilly. It sounds like something out of a Fairytale, which is fitting, since the actress also ''looks'' like someone out of a fairytale.
* [[LetsPlay/ScottManley Scott Manley]], actually sounds very manly when he's reviewing games on Website/YouTube. Also is a scientist who studies killer asteroids. His young son is clearly destined for even more greatness with the name Orion Manley
* Creator/GenndyTartakovsky.
* Author Brad Thor.
* Music/KanyeWest, and his daughter [[PunnyName North]].
* 12-year-old guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, possessor of "the blackest name of all time" according to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6ra7_M9LXw Totally Biased]].
* The man whose assassination sparked UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, bears a mention on this page. His name is {{alliterative|Name}}, noble-sounding, and even somewhat {{badass}}. And it's so cool that he even [[Music/FranzFerdinand has a band named after him!]]
* Braveheart's Angus [=MacFayden=]. Aach!
* Tara-Jay Bangalter, whose first name is actually a variant of ''tarrajey'', which translates to "star wars" in Sanskrit. That's right. His name is ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* [[BarackObama Barack Hussein Obama]]. "Barack" means "blessing" or "blessed", and "Hussein", once you put aside [[UnfortunateNames the association]] with SaddamHussein, means "handsome". Obama provides the page quote on the main article.
* Japanese actor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryo_Ryusei Ryo Ryusei]], star of ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger''. Sounds innocuous? "Ryo" means "Cool", "Ryusei" sounds like "meteor" but is actually made up of the characters for "Dragon" and "Star". His full name is Cool Dragonstar.
* In July 2013, NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner had been caught tweeting pictures of his private parts ''[[WhatAnIdiot again]]'' after having previously been caught in 2011, but this time, he'd used the alias "Carlos Danger".
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antoinette_Tuff Antoinette Tuff]], a school bookkeeper who once convinced a gunman to surrender peacefully to police.
* Keira Knightley. It just sounds like the name of a badass. A classy badass.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stiff_Leadbetter Stiff Leadbetter]], 18th century British architect.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luke_Ravenstahl Luke Ravenstahl]] is the current mayor of Pittsburgh. His last name contains "stahl" -- German for "steel". His name is Luke ''Ravensteel''.
* There has been at least one officer named [[TheBeatles Sgt. Pepper]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalid_ibn_al-Walid Khalid ibn al-Walid]], who was a companion (read bodyguard) of [[TheProphetMuhammad Muhammad]]. Well his given name Khalid ibn al-Walid means ''Khalid son of al-Walid'', literally translated it means ''Immortal son of the Newborn''. Oh yeah, he was also called ''Sayf Allāh al-Maslūl'' which means ''the Drawn Sword of God''. He was also a [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Commander-in-chief, Field commander, Commander of Mobile guard, Military governor of Iraq, and Governor of Chalcis]].
* This trope was defied by Tennessee judge -- at least that's what the media is calling her, she's really future Associate Justice Lu Ann Ballew, "Child Support Magistrate," and since this whole affair is about claiming a grandiose title, it's deliciously ironic -- has ordered that the birth certificate of a 7-month-old baby named "Messiah" be "Martin De Shawn [=McCullough=]." based her name change on her religious beliefs about TheChosenOne:
-->"The word Messiah is a title and [[CriticalResearchFailure it's a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ]]" [[note]]Mashiah simply means “anointed” or “anointed one.” The Old Testament writers use it and its verb form, mashah, to describe kings (David, Saul, even Gentile kings like Hazael — II Samuel 1:14; 12:7; I Kings 19:15); priests, including the high priest (Leviticus 4:3, 5); and prophets (I Kings 19:16; Isaiah 61:1). Normally, these people were anointed with oil in a ritual as a sign of being set apart for the office that they were about to fulfill. Thus, at its most basic, mashiah indicates a person God authorizes and sets apart for His service.[[/note]]
* A couple of dozen people in the UK changed their name, specifically so they can say "Danger is my middle name"...
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Gary_Powers Gary Powers]] an American pilot who got shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960.
* The German entertainer "King Size Dick". (Note: Dick is the German word for fat.)
* The AC-47 Spooky gunship has a pretty cool name to begin with, but got the rather odd nickname of "Puff" through the rather cool sequence of: Dragonship to Dragon to Puff, the Magic Dragon to Puff.
* A man from Leeds legally changed his name to "Yorkshire Bank Are Fascist Bastards" after being charged £20 for a £10 overdraft, and when asked to close his account he demanded they pay him the entire balance, all of 69p, by cheque to his new name. There is no word if Mr. Bastards changed his name back to Michael Howard or not.
* Dredd Scott, an African-American slave who was denied freedom in a famous Supreme Court ruling.
* [[Film/TheHobbit Bombur's]] stunt/scale double Bronson Steel.
* Another one from the large Cool family is Anna-Maria Cool, comic artist. (Sorry, no Mc.)
* Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus' full name is Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus.
* There is an American family with the surname of ''Batman''. Apparently it used to be Bateman, but somewhere along the line the "e" got dropped.
* Cat whisperer Jackson Galaxy.
* Campaign manager Remzey Samarrai (quoted [[http://www.saintpetersblog.com/jake-rush-responds here]]). The aspiring politician he manages is averagely-named Jake Rush, but [[http://www.saintpetersblog.com/jake-russ-conservative-congressional-gop-hopefuls-bizarre-double-life in his former life]] as a ''VampireTheMasquerade'' LARP-er he was known as "Chazz Darling" and "Staas van der Winst". Naturally, Mr. Rush is running as a "right-of-the-Tea-Party-family-values Republican" in (where else) [[OnlyInFlorida Florida]].
* Patrick Dangerfield lives up to his extremely cool last name as a star AustralianRulesFootball player.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Miles_McCool Richard Miles McCool]] (whose name can also be conveniently shortened to Dick Miles McCool), a man who helped rescue the crew of the capsized and [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19637_the-5-craziest-war-stories-all-happened-same-ship.html hilariously incompetent]] destroyer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_William_D._Porter_(DD-579) "USS William D. Porter"]] during WWII, and who also received a Medal of Honor in part for doing it.
* Pro poker player [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Moneymaker Chris Moneymaker]], who not only has a cool name, but won the main table of the World Series of Poker in his first year, having won his way into the tournament as an amateur qualifier.
* [[VideoGames/{{Touhou}} Marisa]] [[Manga/AttackOnTitan Ackerman]], a name this troper had come across at work...
* One of the founders of Melbourne, Australia was named John {{Batman}}.
* [[Film/BlueIsTheWarmestColour Adèle Exarchopoulos]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rex_Masterman_Hunt Sir Rex Masterman Hunt]], former Governor of the Falkland Islands.
* [[TheBeautifulGame Bastian Schweinsteiger]].
* A Toyota employee in the Philippines is named [[Creator/SylvesterStallone Stallone Silvestre]]. [[http://i.imgur.com/Nu81QKA.jpg Here is his calling card.]]
* Lou Diamond Phillips, the actor.
* Creator/MichaelFassbender.

!! Places and Things

* The city known as ''Climax'', Georgia. Not to mention ''Intercourse'', Pennsylvania.
* "Lightning rod"
* "Flame Thrower:" It's a MeaningfulName which is what makes it so cool. One-upping it: "Flame Sprayer". It doesn't shoot out flames per se. It shoots out '''molten metal'''.
* A "boom" mike and "shotgun" mike.
* The "Street Sweeper" shotgun.
* The ''[[http://hdl.handle.net/2246/5013 Ninjemys]]'', a horned turtle. Yes, it was named after [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles that]].
* The M67 "Zippo" flame throwing tank. Ironically, the British soldiers' less than complimentary nickname "[[UnfortunateName Ronson (lighter)]]'' for the Sherman tank makes the same comparison.
* [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships The Royal Navy]] is especially fond of this trope with aircraft carriers. HMS Ark Royal. HMS Eagle. HMS Courageous. HMS Glorious. HMS Furious. HMS Illustrious. HMS Victorious. HMS Formidable. HMS Indomitable. HMS Implacable. HMS Indefatigable...
* There is a gene known as "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_hedgehog Sonic hedgehog homolog]]". The enzyme that potentially ''inhibits'' it has been dubbed "Robotnikinin." There's also a retinal protein named "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pikachurin Pikachurin]]". There's a huge debate over naming proteins/genes since defects in these genes can have serious consequences. It puts doctors in the awkward situation of telling heartbroken people ''"I'm sorry but the reason for your miscarriage was that you unborn child had a defect in gene encoding for the Sonic Hedgehog Hormone."''
* The [[http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/06/photogalleries/100630-leviathan-mellvillei-sperm-whale-fossils-science/#whale01-leviathan-rendering_22737_600x450.jpg newly-discovered prehistoric giant killer whale]] called [[Literature/TheBible Leviathan]] [[Literature/MobyDick Melvillei]]. However, [[http://svpow.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/the-new-miocene-sperm-whale-leviathan-is-now-livyatan/ thanks to an odd situation involving junior synonyms]], it's ''Livyatan'' now, which has the same meaning for Hebrew speakers.
* This trope is probably one of the reasons why ''{{Tyrannosaurus rex}}'' is so popular. It gets better: in Latin, it means Tyrant Lizard [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment King]]. In fact a general trend in the dinosaur paleontology world seems to be to give theropod dinosaurs names that are as badass as possible. Other examples include ''Carnotaurus'', ''Skorpiovenator'', ''Tyrannotitan'', ''Megaraptor'', ''Pyroraptor'' and ''Atrociraptor''. One aversion is ''Bambiraptor'', which funnily enough is closely related to ''Atrociraptor''.
* Soviet/Russian spacecraft are launched from the '''Baikonur Cosmodrome'''.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Antarctic_Stareater.PNG Behold the Stareater!!!]] An 8-inch fish found in the cold depths of Antarctica, it looks like it would be comfortable [[SpaceIsAnOcean in the cold depths of SPACE!]] devouring suns.
* Though the name [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightning_Ridge,_New_South_Wales Lightning Ridge]] sounds like the name of a dungeon from a role playing video game, it is actually a mining town in New South Wales, Australia. Not that it makes it any less awesome.
* The rather ugly car Dodge Magnum.
** And it's cousin, the Dodge Charger.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_Cabinet The Shadow Cabinet]], anyone? Sounds more like something from ''Franchise/StarWars'' than government.
* They may have combined the expense of a battleship with the inadequate (when compared with real battleships) armour of a cruiser, but has there ever been a cooler name for a class of ship than [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlecruiser Battlecruiser]]? The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreadnought Dreadnought]] would like to have a word with you.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman,_Turkey Batman, Turkey]]. Capital of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman_Province Batman Province]]. On the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman_River Batman River]]. Yeah. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments They even sued Christopher Nolan over using their name without permission because of it!]]
* From Australia: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Batman#Places_named_after_John_Batman Batman Bridge, Batman's Hill, Division of Batman]] and so on. What is now the city of Melbourne, he originally founded as [[EgoPolis Batmania]].
* Oregon has a Nine Devils Road. Seriously, how on Earth does a place get an awesome name like Nine Devils Road?
* TheodoreRoosevelt's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressive_Party_(United_States,_1912) Progressive Party]] -- better known as the ''Bull Moose Party''.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirate_Party_%28Sweden%29 The Pirate Party]]. They have two seats at the European Parliament and 45 in German state parliaments.
* The exact translation of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hezbollah Hezbollah]]'s name is "The Party of God".
* Britain actually derives its name from one of these. The Romans named the islands after the Priteni, meaning "The Tattooed Ones". Rather fortunate, actually. Because there are two kinds of Celts. P-Celts, who called themselves the aforementioned Priteni, and Q-Celts who called themselves Cruteni. The difference is that P-Celts used "p" sounds where Q-Celts used "k" sounds. Hence the Scottish "mac" and Welsh "map" for "son of" in surnames. Anyway, Prethanik got Hellenized into Pretanikos by the Greeks, then Italicized into "Britannia" by the Romans. Imagine living in modern Crutain. Would you want to be a Crut?
* ''HMS Glowworm'', a British destroyer during WWII.
* Seventh Standard Road runs through Kern County, California, USA. The name is actually just a surveying term, but it sounds rather like something out of Revelations.
* Has there ever been a gun with a cooler name than the Desert Eagle?
** How about the Super Redhawk?
** There's always the Colt Peacemaker. Actually, "Peacemaker" has also been used for a variety of American weapons, to include a six-([[MidSeasonUpgrade or eight]])-engined strategic bomber in the Cold War and a ballistic missile.
** Let's just say that weapons systems tend to invoke this trope, such as with the widely popular 9mm "[[AltumVidetur Parabellum]]"[[labelnote:Lat.]]Latin for "Prepare for War"[[/labelnote]] pistol round.
* Before ''[[http://www.geologi.no/data/f/0/21/02/6_2401_0/NJG_2_3_2012_13_Knutsen_etal_Scr.pdf Pliosaurus funkei]]'' was formally described in 2012 it was referred to in the paleontological community as Predator X.
* As a species, we define ourselves as ''homo sapiens sapiens'', literally "Very intelligent man"
* An aptly named portrait reputedly from New York, titled ''Muhammad Jesus Gautama''. It does depict Muhammed, Jesus, and Gautama in one canvas.
* The State Capital of Arizona is named Phoenix.
* The Megalodon a ginormous prehistoric shark the size of a whale and can eat one.
* We used to have the giant squid. Now we have the Colossal Squid in the Antarctic which attacks blue whales.
* Thunder Bay, Ontario.
* The suburb of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manly,_New_South_Wales Manly]] in Sydney, Australia, home of the [[RugbyLeague Manly Sea Eagles]]. RatedMForManly, anyone?
** Legend has it that the British Naval Officer whose ship landed at that very location named it as such specifically ''because'' he was in admiration of how well-built and athletic the "manly" native Indigenous Australians were, so this was very much intentional.
* Town of Kotka, Finland. Who wouldn't like to live a town whose name means plainly and simply "Eagle" ?
* The biggest steam locomotive in the world is called the [[http://rlkitterman.deviantart.com/art/Union-Pacific-Big-Boy-No-4014-in-Pomona-284561845 Big Boy]]. Other trains with cool names include Evening Star, Lord President, Cock of the North, Challenger, Daylight, Super Chief, Zephyr, the "Raven Pacific" class, the "Klondike" class, and Defiant.
* While the naming theme of Tropical Storms and Hurricanes averts this with rather mundane names, the new system of naming winter storms plays this straight. So far, there have been winter storms dubbed names as [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons Draco]], [[NorseMythology Freyr]], and one of the possible names for the next one could be [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Gandalf]]. Needless to say, one has to wonder why Hurricanes aren't given such intimidating and poignant naming.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_I-Mobile_Stadium New I-Mobile Stadium]] in Thailand, a soccer venue whose former name is Thunder Castle Stadium. It sounds like something right out of ''VideoGame/MarioStrikers''.
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!!People

* Current Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Lazor Bill Lazor.]]
* KevinBacon. 'nuff said.
* Popular local hip hop artist from Richmond - '''God Bigal Masterstanding Allah Harrison.''' No, that is not a stage name.
* [[OlderThanTheyThink Fionn]] [[OlderThanFeudalism mac Cumhaill]] (a FolkHero in Irish CelticMythology), an awesome name in itself, is Anglicised as Finn [=McCool=] which means, fittingly enough, "Child of the Champion."
** Made even better by the fact that it's [[RealityIsUnrealistic an actual surname]], in use to this day. Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler Michelle [=McCool=]'s name really was, in fact, Michelle [=McCool=], until she got married to Wrestling/TheUndertaker. Now her name is Michelle [=McCool-Callaway=].
* Eric Mutch, who changed his name to Zero None Of The Above and ran for the Mayor of Bristol in 2010. In 2012, he ran for Mayor of Bristol again - this time under the name Mr. Corrupt Self-Serving Lying B'stard.
* [=CyanogenMod=] Inc. CEO [=Kirk McMaster=]. As if having Kirk as a name wasn't cool enough to anyone who knows about [[StarTrek Star Trek]], the last name [=McMaster=] also cool. His company also has a cool name.
* Nnamdi Asomugha, his last name is pronounced ah-sam-wah, but it almost always comes out sounding like AWESOME-wa.
* Ulysses S. Grant, commander of the Union forces during the American Civil War. U.S. Grant. He even served as President later!
** Although this may be a Subversion as his given name was Hiram Ulysses Grant, and he started going by his middle name because his initials spelled the word HUG.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Sledge Eugene Bondurant]] [[SouthernFriedPrivate 'Sledgehammer']] [[SouthernFriedGenius Sledge]]. Badass marine, famous author, Professor of Biology.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orban Urban]]. Badass Hungarian ironmonger and gunsmith. Designed and built the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dardanelles_Gun Great Turkish Bombard]], one of the largest guns ever built, and which was instrumental in the capture of nigh-impregnable Constantinople in 1453. It was later returned to service, 350 years later, in 1807, and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dardanelles_Operation promptly started punching massive holes in British ships]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_Ridgway Matthew Bunker Ridgway]]: Conquered Korea.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleksandr_Solzhenitsyn Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn]]: Not only an awesome name, but a great author and badass who took shit from no one, not even Joseph Stalin himself. Survived the gulag, outlived the Soviet Union, all while rocking an awesome beard.
* Supercross racer Scott Champion. Jake Canada also qualifies.
* Ben Nighthorse Campbell. Korean War airman, congressman from Colorado, Olympian judo competitor.
* The current President of Nigeria, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goodluck_Jonathan Goodluck Jonathan]], who is incidentally married to Patience Jonathan.
* Zakk Wylde, being an AscendedFanboy, named one of his kids Hendrix Halen Michael Rhoads Wylde, after Music/{{Jimi|Hendrix}}, [[Music/VanHalen Eddie]], Music/{{Ozzy|Osbourne}} (John Michael Osbourne), and Randy, respectfully.
* ESPN's boxing commentator Teddy Atlas.
* [[Series/MadMen January Jones]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usain_Bolt Usain Bolt]] would already be a pretty cool name just on its own but the fact that he's an Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter makes it both awesome and {{meaningful|Name}} at the same time.
* [[Creator/SamuelLJackson Samuel Leroy Jackson]].
* WiltChamberlain
* [[OfficerandaGentleman Joshua]] [[BadassTeacher Lawrence]] [[BayonetYa Chamberlain]] just has a nice ring, no?
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' star Creator/MishaCollins, whose was born Misha Dmitri Tippens Krushnic, named his first son West Anaximander Collins.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesse_James_Hollywood Jesse James Hollywood]]
* Leader of "The Worldwide Unification Church" Sun Myung Moon ([[CaptainObvious he has both the sun and moon in his name]])
* Ho Chi Minh was actually named Nguyen Sinh Cung, but like any respectful Communist leader, adopted a more smashing name later in life. It roughly translates into English as "Bringer of Light".
** Note that "lightbringer" is in fact the literal translation of [[{{Satan}} "Lucifer"]]! But quite appropriate for a man who was enemy #1 of the US for some time.
* NFL tight end, Kevin Boss.
* The last name "Slaughter" instantly creates these no matter how boring your first name. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travis_Outlaw Travis Outlaw]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo_Outlaw Bo Outlaw]], [[MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate Dr.]] [[http://www.healthgrades.com/directory_search/physician/profiles/dr-md-reports/dr-gary-slaughter-md-dc702171 Gary Slaughter]], Mark Allen Slaughter (lead singer of a self-named band, and American crime writer Karin Slaughter.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C._C._H._Pounder C.C.H. Pounder]].
* Charles Martel. Since Charles or Carl means "Man" and Martel means "hammer", he is literally known to history as Man the Hammer. Or Manhammer, for short.
* Hannibal Barca sounds cool enough on its own, but when you translate his name, Hannibal means "Blessed by Baal" while Barca means "Lightning." The fact that he attempted to march Elephants into Rome and led a campaign lasting over a decade in hostile territory, thereby ensuring his reputation as Rome's boogeyman... Yeah, he lived up to his name. And his dad's name was Hamilcar. Hamilcar Barca. It rolls off the tongue like a tsunami of awesome.
* Hannibal gets one upped by his little brother, who was named ''Hasdrubal.'' Say it aloud. ''Hasdrubal Barca.'' It ended there, though, as the last of the Barca boys was named Mago.
* A candidate for California representative: Zane Starkewolf. Yes, really.
* Trek Thunder Kelly ran for ''governor'' of California in the 2003 recall election.
* According to [[http://www.cracked.com/article_14982_9-manliest-names-in-world.html Cracked.com]], there's actually a man in the U.S. Army called Staff Sergeant Max Fightmaster. And [[http://www.myspace.com/mfightmaster he has]] a Website/MySpace.
* The Website/{{Cracked}} staff includes Soren Bowie.
* Dr. Duncan Steel, whose job was to blow up marauding asteroids from approximately January 1982 to 1999. Did this man, like, escape from a superhero comic or something?
* [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/whats-your-zombie-contingency-plan-11-practical-strategies This]] Cracked article has a contributor named Jennifer '''Bonesteel''', which the writer comments on.
* ''Film/MirrorMask'' Star Music/StephanieLeonidas, and also her little sister, ''Film/HarryPotter'' star GeorginaLeonidas.
* Music/VictoriaJustice.
** Victoria ''[[UpToEleven Dawn]]'' Justice.
* [[Music/FrankZappa Moon "Unit One" Zappa]].
* Actress [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Moon Bloodgood]].
* On that note, Soleil Moon Frye. [[BilingualBonus Extra bonus as "soleil" is French for "sun"]], giving her two celestial bodies in one name.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_Blitzer Wolf Blitzer]]. ''His granddad was named that, too.'' Added coolness: He shares his name with a high-ranking villain from the original ''VideoGame/{{Mechwarrior}}'' game.
* Stone Phillips is named... Stone. It's not quite on the same level, but still. It sort of gives "news anchor" a little extra... [[{{Pun}} weight.]]
* Another cool name in the world of television news, Colorado Springs reporter Tak Landrock.
* [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0453228/ Greg Killmaster]], As noted in [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=58 this]] ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' strip.
** By extension, his wife, Laura Killmaster.
* German police minister from a few years back; Alexander von Stahl (von Stahl="of steel"). Alexander also means "protector of men" or something like that.
** And yes, that means his name means "protector of [[Franchise/{{Superman}} men of steel]]".
* One possible reason a certain actor has so many "facts" and an internet cult surrounding him is because his name is...[[Creator/{{ChuckNorris}} CHUCK NORRIS]]!!!!
* Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili (or Iosif Vissarionovich Jugashvili, the Russianized version) chose to be called JosephStalin ("Man of Steel"), as it is a direct translation of Jughashvili to Russian. He followed a tradition of renaming himself that included Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, who went by Lenin.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierre_Mauroy#Mauroy.27s_First_Government.2C_22_May_1981_.26ndash.3B_23_June_1981 Pierre Mauroy's French government in 1981]] had, at the same time, Delors (''some gold'') as Finance minister, Defferre (''of iron'') as Police minister, Faure (''strong'') as Justice minister, Lang (pronounced like ''langue''=''language'')[[note]]This is a poetic coincidence, as Lang's name is originally German (he's of German-Jewish ancestry on his father's side); it means "long" or "tall"[[/note]] as Culture minister, and Cresson (''cress'') as Agriculture minister. Also in 2005-2007, Clément (''merciful'') was Justice minister.
* One of the guys at Creator/GamesWorkshop is named Space [=McQuirk=]. One of the writers for GW subsidiary Black Library is Lucien Soulban.
* One National Guardsman legally changed his name to [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Optimus Prime]].
* There seems to be an unwritten rule demanding that TV meteorologists bear [[PornNames pornst]]- ...''distinctive'' names. "Dallas Raines," "Storm Field," "Johnny Mountain," "Aloha Taylor," "Topper Shutt," "Sam Champion," "Ray Ban," "Monte Montello," "Flip Spiceland" and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Freeze Amy Freeze]] are all actual examples. The Germans have Ben Wettervogel, which translates to "Weatherbird." Many of these are stagenames, but not all: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sara_Blizzard Sara Blizzard]] really is called that, yes.
** It's not a weather related name like these other examples but BBC meteorologist Tomasz Schafernaker has a pretty good name.
* Music/BearMcCreary, composer of all of ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'''s [[AwesomeMusic/BattlestarGalactica Crowning Music of Awesome]].
* Canadian lawyer, former head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (aka "the guys who make sure the athletes aren't juicing"), and one-time IOC delegate Dick Pound. Yes, that's his real name, not his porn-star stage name.
* ''Franchise/LawAndOrder'' creator Creator/DickWolf.
* A 19 year-old from Glastonbury changed his name to [[OverlyLongName Captain Fantastic Faster Than Superman Spiderman Batman Wolverine The Hulk And The Flash Combined]], and currently holds the world record for the longest name ever registered in the UK.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfe%2B585,_Senior Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfe schlegelstein hausenberger­dorffvoraltern waren gewissenhaft­schaferswessen schafewaren­wohlgepflege und sorgfaltigkeit­beschutzen von angreifen durch­ihrraubgierigfeinde welche voraltern­zwolftausend jahres­vorandieerscheinen wander ersteer­dem enschderraumschiff­gebrauchlicht als sein ursprung von­kraftgestart sein lange fahrt­hinzwischen sternartigraum auf der­suchenach diestern welche gehabt­bewohnbar planeten kreise drehen­sich und wohin der neurasse von­verstandigmen schlichkeit konnte­fortplanzen und sicher freuen­anlebens langlich freude und ruhe mit­nicht ein furcht vor angreifen von­anderer intelligent geschopfs von­hinzwischen sternartigraum, Senior]] might have the [[OverlyLongName longest name ever]]. He's apparent't got a son: Adolph Blaine Charles etc. etc. ''Junior''.
** It got [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] when it has been found out his real name was Hubert Blaine Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenbergerdorff, Sr. and the long version when translated from German was just gibberish.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116]] (pronounced Albin) was rejected as a name.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' writer David X Cohen was originally called David ''S.'' Cohen, but the Writers Guild of America doesn't permit two members with the same name, so he [[PenName changed it]]. The 'X' doesn't stand for anything; it just "sounds sci-fi". He also said he hoped it would make him the David Cohen people would remember.
* As part of his journey as a Celtic poet (in his book ''The Sky Is Falling On Our Heads''), Rob Penn assumed a more Celtic (specifically, Manx) name: Ned Clague (pronounced Clegg), and something of a new persona along with it.
* A writer for (among other things) ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' has the name Joseph Kuhr. He even wrote "Game Over for Owlman", the episode where the Joker actually appears. He stated in [[http://www.worldsfinestonline.com/WF/jl/backstage/interviews/kuhr01.php an interview]] that more than a couple people have mistaken it for a pseudonym, and that [[NoPronunciationGuide it is pronounced "Koor", not "Ker"]].
* There's a basketball player named Grlenntys Chief Kickingstallionsims. You should see the back of his jersey. He goes by Chief for obvious reasons.
* Speaking of basketball, let's not forget God Shammgod.
* World B. Free. Changed from the slightly less awesome Lloyd B. Free.
** On the same note, Metta World Peace, changed from the considerably less awesome Ron Artest.
* NBA player Bison Dele.
* Sunshine Megatron, whose name was the result of an online contest he held to decide what his new name would be.
* Macon, Georgia had a professional hockey team for a while called the [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Macon Whoopie]].
* There's a comic-book artist named Wade Von Grawbadger.
* Jens Fleischhauer, German notary. His name translates literally into John Meat Cutter. But Fleischhauer just sounds way more impressive.
* There is a Singaporean identity card widely circulated on the Internet belonging to a man named Batman bin Suparman (trope image). In Muslim terms, the name means "Franchise/{{Batman}}, son of Franchise/{{Superman}}". Suparman is actually a common Indonesian name.
** Became HarsherInHindsight in 2013, when [[http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/11/us-singapore-batman-idUSBRE9AA0G420131111 he was sent to prison.]]
* Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel, as a real life English politician legally changed his name to the one from the ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' sketch.
* [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/09/11/julius-andreas-gimli-arn_n_284276.html Julius Andreas Gimli Arn MacGyver Chewbacka Highlander Elessar-Jankov.]]
* Website/{{Facebook}}'s name-filtering system tends to lock out the accounts of people with these kinds of names, as to its logic they sound made up. Native Americans are especially unhappy.
* Averted by [[Wrestling/RickySteamboat Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat]]. who didn't use his decidedly awesome real name, Richard Blood, since it doesn't lend itself to a babyface. [[GroinAttack Dick Blood]].
* K-Kwik/R-Truth, who spent some time in Wrestling/{{TNA}} under his given name, [[Wrestling/RonKillings Ron "The Truth" Killings]].
* One name that SOUNDS cool is Richard Fliehr. His last name is spoken the same way as the name that made him famous: Wrestling/RicFlair.
* And, of course, James Brian Hellwig, whose real name is now Warrior "Wrestling/UltimateWarrior" Warrior. Yup, (that) Wrestling/UltimateWarrior. This has led to his children carrying "Warrior" as their surname. His two children are named Indiana Marin "Indy" Warrior and Mattigan Twain Warrior.
* BrockLesnar. It just SOUNDS badass.
* Adewale Ogunleye, Chicago Bears defensive end. The Ogun part of his surname means "God of Iron".
* Another, literal [=McCool=] was William C. [=McCool=], the pilot on the space shuttle ''Columbia'''s last mission. According to friends and family he did indeed live up to his name.
* Justice Summerfield.
* Edwin Eugene Aldrin had his first name legally changed to his nickname Buzz after becoming famous for the moon landing.
* Voice actor Creator/DaranNorris, known for playing Cosmo from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'' (among many other roles), occasionally uses the stage name "Jack Hammer".
* Swedish nobility loves this trope. One of Sweden's oldest noble families is Natt och Dag ("Night and Day"). Others include Gyllensköld (literally "Goldenshield"), Silverhielm ("Silverhelmet"), Gyllenpistol ("Goldenpistol") and Stålhandske ("steel glove").
** One of the greatest {{Magnificent Bastard}}s of all time: Axel Oxenstierna.
* Also, a lot of Swedish commoners whose ancestors were professional soldiers have inherited snappy surnames like e.g. Blixt ("lightning bolt"), Svärd ("sword"), Pistol, Warg ("wolf") and Frimodig ("cocksure"). In the old days, farmers did not have proper surnames, so company commanders were obliged to give their new recruits distinctive ones to tell the soldiers apart.
** Incidentally, when a seventeenth-century Swedish commoner with the rather boring name Nils Haal ("Haal" means "hall") was ennobled after himself in the Army, he renamed himself Gyllenhaal ("golden hall"), establishing one of Sweden's most prominent families, one that counts among its members an American [[Creator/MaggieGyllenhaal sister]] and [[Creator/JakeGyllenhaal brother]] pair of actors.
* The Danish-Norwegian 18th-century Vice-admiral and national hero Peter Wessel Tordenskiold. That means "Thundershield".
* A minor league outfielder during the Deadball Era went by the name of Ten Million. More recently, the nineties produced pitcher Perfecto Gaud and outfielder ''Wonderful Terrific Monds''.
* Urban Shocker, even though its an Anglicized version of his actual name, Urbain Shokor.
* Surely [[Music/BrianEno Brian Peter George St. John la Baptiste de la Salle Eno]] is an example, if only for the way his full name unfolds - a couple of mundane names peel away to reveal awesome.
* There's a cricketer in India called Napoleon Einstein.
* Lance Armstrong and his sons [[Franchise/StarWars Luke]] and Max, who were both born ''after'' Lance was diagnosed with cancer that spread from his testicles to his brain. Unfortunately since Lance has admitted to doping it's now a horribly ironic name.
* While their last name isn't quite so awesome, [[LetterMotif Rocket Valentino, Racer Maximilliano, Rebel Antonio, and Rogue Joaquin]] Creator/{{Ro|bertRodriguez}}driguez have some pretty awesome first and middle names. Their sister Rhiannon Elizabeth is [[OddNameOut normal]].
* Enter the [[http://ssdi.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ Social Security Death Index]] and go to town. [[ForScience Science]] Thompson! Vivian B. [[TheGrimReaper Death]]! Dennis [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Wayne]] [[InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja Kills-Enemy-At-Night]]! Cleveland H. Iron Heart! God M. Chief! John J. Gun Hammer! Ronald Two Teeth! Agostino Tornado!
* Noted Australian scientist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_M._Scienceman David M. Scienceman]]. Made even better because, in scholarly papers, sources are often cited using the author's last name, which leads to things like (Scienceman 1987) scattered throughout journal articles in certain fields of study.
** Not that his previous name was bad: David ''[[ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} Slade]]''.
* The Finnish metal band Turisas is fronted by a man named Mathias Nygård.
* In Flames guitarist and founder Jesper Strömblad, whose name translates from Swedish to English as Jasper Streamleaf. This is his real name, not a stage pseudonym.
* This is phenomenon is fairly common in Swedish surnames overall. Examples include Stenbeck ("Stonestream"), Törngren ("Thornbranch"), Bergman ("Mountainman"), Forsberg ("Rivermountain") and so forth.
* Many Finns translated their Swedish surnames into Finnish more or less literally in the early 1900s.
* General Sir John Hackett. Led a parachute regiment at Arnhem. Also wrote [[Literature/TheThirdWorldWar a rather good book]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilma_Mankiller Wilma Pearl Mankiller]]. First woman ''ever'' to be the Chief of the entire Cherokee Nation. With a name like that, are ''you'' going to tell her no?
* Air Chief Marshal Sir Graham Eric Stirrup, or as he's more popularly known, Sir Jock Stirrup. He used to be a fast jet pilot too.
* ''{{Maakies}}'' creator Tony Millionaire? That's his real name.
* '''Creator/{{BRIAN BLESSED}}!!!'''
* [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President]] Solomon [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demirel Ironfist]].
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alparslan_T%C3%BCrke%C5%9F Alparslan Türkesh]], the founder of Turkish nationalism, also falls into this. Arslan means lion (it's an archaic variation of the modern word "Aslan") and Türkesh is obviously linked to his race, which is very fitting for his political opinions. Notably, Alparslan Türkesh is not his birth name but one he took in 1934, which means he was also a bit GenreSavvy for appreciating the power of an AwesomeMcCoolname in politics.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paracelsus Philip von Hohenheim]] didn't think his name was badass enough, so he changed it to Theophrastus Philippus Aureolus Bombastus von Hohenheim. Later he used the moniker "Paracelsus" ("equal of Celsus" - Celsus was perhaps ''the'' ancient authority on medicine) instead, and it is the name he is most known by (as an important physician, chemist, botanist and occultist).
* Conservative radio host Radio/MichaelSavage's real name is Michael Weiner. Pretty funny given his occasional habit of using "sausage" as an insult.
** Of course, the proper German/Austrian spelling for the ''sausage'' would be "Wiener" (literally "Viennese"). "Weiner" isn't really even a word as such, and if it was would most likely translate to something close to "crybaby" (from "weinen" => "to cry")...
* Representing the National Football League, we have Mack Strong, Rock Cartwright, Takeo Spikes, Quentin Jammer, and Peerless Price.
* Former quarterback Joe Montana. Won 4 Super Bowls with the 49ers and 1 National Championship at Notre Dame. In a contest to give him a nickname, one contestant felt "Joe Montana" already sounded like a nickname, and therefore came up with "David W. Gibson."
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolfgang_de_Beer Wolfgang 'Teddy' de Beer]], in Germany known as Teddy de Beer (pronounced almost like "Teddy der Bär" in German, "Teddy the Bear")
* Geof Manthorn of ''Series/AceOfCakes'', which is completely at odds with such a laid-back dude.
* There's someone in the credits for ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' named Frank Military.
* A writer for ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' is named [[TheStoner Speed Weed]].
* Former Archbishop of Boston Bernard Francis Law (famous for resigning in the wake of church sex abuse scandals) had a fairly unassuming name for a priest... until he became a Cardinal, making him '''Cardinal Law'''.
* Former Archbishop of Manila Jaime Lachica Sin (reigned 1974-2003). He was also a Cardinal... that's right, '''Cardinal Sin'''. A running joke of his was meeting visitors to his residence by saying, "Welcome to the house of Sin."[[note]]He was Chinese-Filipino; in [[UsefulNotes/WhyMaoChangedHisName Hanyu Pinyin]], his name is the rather less memorable "Xin" (it means "New").[[/note]]
** According to P.J. O'Rourke, who visited the country in the last days of the Marcos regime, the newspapers were given to all sorts of needling puns whenever the Cardinal made an announcement ("Sin Requires Sobriety", et cetera).
* Detective Stephanie Lazarus. Sure, she may have been an AxCrazy {{Yandere}} who [[MurderTheHypotenuse murdered her]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Sherri_Rasmussen ex-lover's fiancée]][[note]]and got away with it for 23 years[[/note]], but come on. ''Detective Lazarus''.
* Among BlackMetal bands, it's popular for members of bands in the genre to give themselves all sorts of ridiculously cool (and dark) names (Nocturno Culto, Necrobutcher, Count Grishnack and so on and so forth).
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._Elton_Trueblood D.E. Trueblood]] is not a comicbook superhero but a theologian. ''A freakin' theologian''!
* There is an astronomer named Sumner Starrfield.
* ''Film/HarryPotter'' actor Sean Biggerstaff. Worth noting that he plays a character with the last name of ''Wood''. No, really.
* There's a map writer named Knight Biggerstaff.
* The most badass name in American football history ... [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bronko_Nagurski Bronko Nagurski]]. The man was even tougher than his name.
* BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall.
* Dick Butkus was so tough, he turned an otherwise embarrassing name into ''the'' paragon of football names.
* Former University of Texas and current Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt [=McCoy=]. Though his actual first name is Daniel. Colt is his middle name.
* Chicago Cubs player Kosuke Fukudome. Put a space after the third, fourth, and sixth letters.
* Minnesota Twins pitcher Jeff [[GagPenis Manship]]. Although, if you were to hyphenate it, it would take on [[YaoiGuys a completely]] [[{{Shipping}} different]] [[HoYay meaning]].
* University professor Doctor Travis Edward White Doom. Apparently he got his doctoral degree specifically so he could be called SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom.
* An actor on the teen show ''Series/SonnyWithAChance'' is called Sterling Sandman Knight.
** An actress on the same show is named [[AlliterativeName Allisyn Ashley Arm]].
* Grizzly Adams.
* At the Google X labpratories, where the company comes up with all its CrazyEnoughToWork ideas like Google Glass and driverless cars, such projects are known as "Moonshots". The director in charge of overseeing these projects is the "Captain of Moonshots". His name? Astro Teller. That's right: he is "Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots". Granted, his real first name is Eric, but still...
* Voice talent who spoke for Tony the Tiger, sang "You're a Mean One, Mister Grinch", and recorded narration and songs for many classic Disney theme park attractions including Pirates of the Caribbean and The Haunted Mansion? ThurlRavenscroft.
* Raphael Ravenscroft, sax player on Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street", also played with Music/PinkFloyd.
* The actor who played ''[[ActingForTwo all]]'' of the Oompa-Loompas in Tim Burton's ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''? ''Creator/DeepRoy''. He was also one of Jabba's house band in ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'', playing... [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Droopy_McCool Droopy McCool.]]
* [[http://www.af.mil/information/bios/bio.asp?bioID=6233 Major General Lord, Commander of the United States Air Force Cyberspace Command]]
* Actor and voice actor Lorenzo Music, best known for his portrayal of ''WesternAnimation/{{Garfield|AndFriends}}'' among other things. Truth be told, it's not wholly his birth name... but the Music part is!
* Jai Kishen Shroff, a.k.a. Creator/JackieShroff.
* Johnny Walker names, shared with the whiskey.
** There is one old Bollywood actor whouses this as his stage name,
** A veteran (or should that be well-aged?) UK radio DJ.
** There is an Australian cyclist whose ''real name'' is Johnnie Walker. But wait, it gets better. He is in the same team with another cyclist named Michele ''Merlo''. I am [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Footon-Servetto-Fuji not making this up]].
* ''Vanness'' Wu!
* Malaysian Indian radio disk jockey Phat Fabes. His real name is Fabian Jesse James.
* Crystal Waters.
* John [[{{Seers}} Foresight]] a crab fisherman for Red Lobster
* Pierre Andre (Mohd Pierre Andre Bin Nazarul Andre), a Malaysian actor.
* [[ButNotTooForeign Malay-English]] siblings Ashraf Sinclair and Aishah Sinclair. And Ashraf's Indonesian wife Bunga Cinta Lestari (literally "Sustainable Love Flower" in Indonesian).
* Actor Isaac Jin Solstein.
* VA actor Creator/DanteBasco. His most famous roles? Prince Zuko (a [[MeaningfulName Firebender]]), and WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong.
* TITUS MANLIUS TORQUATUS I, II, and III! Is it any wonder that all three of these men were elected Consul in the Roman Republic?
* Multiple WorldsStrongestMan contest winner Magnus ver Magnusson.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isambard_Kingdom_Brunel Isambard Kingdom Brunel]], creator of the Great Western Railway and leading light of the Industrial Revolution. I haven't tested this, but I believe that bellowing his name aloud will stop a speeding train.
* The lovely soprano [[GiftedlyBad (snerk)]] Florence Foster Jenkins, and her loyal accompanist, Cosme [=McMoon=].
* General StoneWall Jackson, although his real name is Thomas Jonathan Jackson. He got his BadAss nickname after his brilliant defense at the First Battle of Bull Run. Since then, ''everybody'' calls him Stonewall. Even history textbooks.
* Vlad {{Dracula}} -- "Son of the Dragon" in Romanian. "Dracul" nowadays means "devil", making it even better. His nickname was "Țepeș", which means "The Impaler" (it sounds cooler if you don't know why that's his nickname).
* Dracula was also a nickname (in medieval Romanian spelled "Drãculea" - "Little Dragon" or "Little Devil"). His true name was Vlad III Basarab, which is not uncool either. His brothers and rivals were also nicknamed Vlad IV "the Monk" and Radu III "the Handsome".
* Speaking of Dracula, Creator/BelaLugosi is a pretty cool name too.
* Ladies and gentlemen, legendary ballroom dancer [[http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20090527/SYTYCDC_montreal_audition_pierre_allaire_20090527/20090527?s_name=dance2008 Pierre Allaire!]]
* Actress [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_DeMilo Venus DeMilo]].
* THE Reverend, Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior. [[ComicStrip/TheBoondocks It's like A Tribe Called Quest, you gotta say the whole thing.]]
* Australian politician Nick Xenophon (born ''Xen''opho''u''), who by interesting coincidence is speaking out against [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpKxzWNdONM Scientology]] (warning, the ex-Scientologist's testimonials are quite depressing). Another slightly interesting coincidence is that one of the Scientology spokespeople in Australia is named Cyrus. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenophon Xenophon]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyrus_the_Younger Cyrus]] have worked together before...
* Mars Bonfire, author of the seminal rock song ''Born To Be Wild''.
* MichaelIronside. Anything with "iron" in it for that matter.
* Lord Brain. No, really. [[StevenUlyssesPerhero He was a neurosurgeon.]]
* Some historians wonder if AdolfHitler would have climbed as high as he did if he had used his father's surname, Schicklgruber. While "Heil Hitler!" has been described as "a Wagnerian, pagan-like chant," it's hard to imagine the same furvor being placed into the phrase "Heil Schicklgruber!"
** His dad had been fully aware how much social respect in a conservative country like Austria depends on a proper name, this is why he adopted the surname of his stepfather (Hiedler / Hitler).
* Creator/MrT. He invented the handle so that everyone would have to address him respectfully, and went on to have it legally changed.
* Penn Jillette, one half of infamous magician duo Creator/PennAndTeller, named his daughter Moxie [=CrimeFighter=] Jillette and his son Zolten Penn Jillette.
* On that note: Teller. Just Teller. He legally changed his name to become a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mononymous_person mononymous person]].
* ''Series/{{Xena|WarriorPrincess}}'''s Creator/LucyLawless. She has been born Lucy Ryan and [[{{Pun}} became Lawless]] by marriage to her first husband, Garth Lawless.
* ''Series/{{Skins}}''' Lily Loveless. Also the probably pseudonymic Sophia Black-D'Elia from the American version.
* Armie Hammer, [[ActingForTwo most of]] [[Film/TheSocialNetwork the Winklevoss twins]]. His real name is Armand (Arm and) Hammer. His grandfather was a senator with the same name, and discovering the NamesTheSame baking powder was highly amusing.
* Professional hockey player Miroslav Satan. Sadly, he has never played for the New Jersey Devils. Also, [[ItIsPronouncedTroPay It is pronounced "shu-TAN"]],[[note]]In his native Slovak, his name is written as Šatan; the "sh" sound is (roughly) how the Š is pronounced.[[/note]] but still looks awesome on the back of a jersey.
* Engineer Buckminster Fuller, the namesake of the carbon molecule buckminsterfullerene, so named because it resembles his designs for geodesic domes.
* The 2010 Winter Olympics also saw the rise of ice hockey player Tore Vikingstad of Norway. The name alone made him a MemeticBadass in online hockey communities, nevermind he was one of the few bright spots on an otherwise hopeless Norwegian team.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derek_Poundstone Derek Poundstone]], America's Strongest Man for 2007.
* Satan Xerxes Carnacki [=LaVey=]. What else would you expect from the only son of Church of Satan founder, Anton [=LaVey=]?
* Zoltan Bathory of the band Five Finger Death Punch. Bathory is the name of a infamous Hungarian murderess, and Zoltan sounds like a villain from the future, but it's actually a pretty common Hungarian name.
* [[CementShoes Murdered]] [[LotteryOfDoom lottery winner]] ''Abraham Shakespeare''.
* There is a Broadway actor whose name is Manley Pope.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naming_law_in_Sweden To protest the naming law in Sweden]], a girl received the name of Music/{{Metallica}} Tomato.
* During UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, journalist Ernie Pyle mentioned a young soldier whose father had named him so his initials were "T.N.T."
* [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001800/ Rip Torn.]] Played Zed in ''Film/MenInBlack'' and its sequel.
* Walt Disney World once employed a topiary sculptor names Bserko (pronounced "Berserko") Bronk.
* The Russian ice dancers may have {{unfortunate|Implications}} [[http://www.metro.co.uk/sport/extra/810017-russian-ice-skaters-cause-controversy-with-aboriginal-dance costumes]] [[note]] : Not even their more "conventional" (by figure skating standards) long program costumes were without controversy, because [[LoopholeAbuse they used the belts to hold on to each other]] during the performance.[[/note]], but their names are pretty awesome: Oksana '''Domnina''' and '''Maxim''' Shabalin.
* Norm Hiscock, a writer for ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''.
* Dr. L. Richmond Sparks, [[{{Pun}} conductor]].
* [[http://www.dcs.warwick.ac.uk/~bane/ Dr. Sorabain Wolfheart de Lioncourt]] (but it seems he does AI research, not Grendel-slaying). He apparently gets enough questions about it that he has a picture of his passport online.
* [[Film/ThePhantom Billy Zane]]. It's even played with in his AdamWesting cameo in ''Film/{{Zoolander}}''.
* [[HeyItsThatGuy Peter Stormare]]. His last name means "Stormer," but it's a stage name. His birth name, however, is Rolf Peter Ingvar Storm!
* Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, cousin of Creator/IanFleming and descendant of Charlemagne.
* Canadian musician [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dallas_Green_(musician) Dallas Green]]. Aside from being in Alexisonfire, he does solo albums under the "band" name City and Colour, allegedly because he figured people would see his actual name on a CD cover as a band name anyway. He's named after a World Series-winning manager.
* Sir Nicolas Grimshaw. Not only is he knighted, but has one of the most badass/beloved anime characters named after [[Manga/{{Bleach}} him]]. He also is a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Nicholas_Grimshaw_flats_Camden_Town_back_of_Sainsburys.jpg freaking]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eden_Project amazing]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:National_Space_Centre,_Leicester.jpg modernist]][[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Thermae_Bath_Spa.jpg architect]]. That's the tip of the iceberg. Grimshaw is his ''last name'', so there could be any number of family members with awesome names.
* [[http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?id=538670028&ref=ts Graham McCool]].
* The Leo in Leo Fender's name is short for [[Film/ThreeHundred Leonidas]].
* Former ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'' actress Blaze Berdahl.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owGykVbfgUE The Man Your Man Could Smell Like's]] real name Isiah Mustafa.
* Adam Savage of ''Series/MythBusters''. On the other hand, his middle name is [[EmbarrassingMiddleName Whitney]].
* Creator/OrsonWelles's real first name is "George", which led to this amusing exchange in his book-length interview with Peter Bogdanovich:
-->'''Peter Bogdanovich:''' Why'd you choose to be called by your middle name, Orson, instead of your first name, George?\\
'''OrsonWelles:''' There wasn't any choice involved. I've been Orson all my life. I first learned my name was George when I was nine years old. It came as a terrible shock. Children started screaming "Georgie, Porgie, puddin' and pie, kissed the girls and made them cry." This enraged me. I kicked out at my little playmates and got black eyes for it. How wrong I was. What a name to be born with and not use -- George Orson Welles.\\
'''Peter Bogdanivich:''' All of it? You trust people with three names.\\
'''Orson Welles:''' With a name like George Orson Welles, I wouldn't need to be trusted -- I'd be Emperor of the World!
* Creator/QuentinTarantino. A name tailor-made for someone slightly dangerous, clearly wicked, utterly cool, and flat-out ''awesome'' in every sense of the word.
* Storm Thorgerson, famous for designing album covers for Music/PinkFloyd, among others.
* There is a Member of the Scottish Parliament called Jackson Carlaw.
* Richard Smith, a care worker from Carlisle, clearly thought his name was unremarkable and changed it to a more ''metal'' one "It's just a strange name I like the sound of," said the newly dubbed Stormhammer Deathclaw Firebrand.
* With a name like [[http://wedinator.com/2010/05/06/funny-wedding-photos-yes-please/ Moore-Bacon]], this contestant has a powerful bid for the throne of cool names.
* Lord Chief Justice and President of the Courts of England and Wales is Lord Igor Judge – ''Judge Judge''. He is formally addressed as Lord Chief Justice Igor Judge, Baron Judge.
* German actor [[Series/{{Lexx}} Dieter]] [[Film/TheHumanCentipede Laser]] ([[ItIsPronouncedTroPay pronounced "lah-ser"]]).
* There is a Filipino Senator named Joker Arroyo.
* UsefulNotes/CalvinCoolidge. What did you expect from a guy who has 'cool' in his last name?
* UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan, as noted by Website/BadassOfTheWeek, was born with the name "Temujin" - which literally meant ''"iron man."'' Of course, the man himself made the name "Khan" one of the scariest and coolest names ever.
** Of course, "Khan" was a title--"king" or "ruler" more generally. "Genghis" means "oceanic"--that is, his empire was as big as the ocean.
** Pakistani squash player Maria Toor Pakey wanted to play sports so her father disguised her as a boy and dubbed her Chengis Khan (he's one of those crazy people who think women should get education and jobs). When she took up weightlifting she outclassed the boys. On ''Real Sports with Bryant Gumbal'' she says in regards to the death threats she and her family get from the Taliban: (essentially) [[BadAssBoast "They can kill me after I become world champion and change Pakistan."]]
* One of the creators of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Geoff Fink had his name changed to Geoff Lazer Ramsey.
* A British nobleman named Richard ''Payne Knight''.
* Australian [=IndyCar=] racer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_Power Will Power]].
* Comedian [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Skelton Red Skelton]].
* Golfer (and winner of the 2010 Open Championship) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Oosthuizen Lodewicus Theodorus "Louis" Oosthuizen]]
* Ragnar Tørnquist, notable game designer (''VideoGame/TheLongestJourney''). An awesome name for a ''D&D'' character.
* Famous American soldier and explorer Zebulon Montgomery Pike Jr.
* Peter Gutmann. What's more, he even accidentally created the most overzealous wiping scheme (35 passes) known to man![[note]]What happened is that he created each pass to destroy data on a specific storage technology (except for the eight random passes) and the whole thing got combined, despite most of the passes being meaningless with modern tech[[/note]]
* Ransom Love (Co-Founder of Caldera), Havoc Pennington (Programmer)
* David Justice, Major League Baseball outfielder and DH.
* Jesse James Hollywood, who was at one time on the FBI's most wanted list and later had a [[Film/AlphaDog Hollywood film]] made about his crime.
* Creator/BenedictCumberbatch (Full name: Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch). Part of it's how well it comes together. Either half on its own would sound a little ridiculous, but together, it's just awesome. Sounds very regal too. TMZ started their segment about him praising his unusual name.
* In the same vein, there's Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio, who got his first name from the fact that he kicked his mother in-utero for the first time while she was looking at a da Vinci painting. Bonus points to him for not changing it to Lenny Williams, as an agent once suggested he should do.
* [[Series/ZekeAndLuther Hutch Dano]], whose real name is Hutching Royal Dano.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has a writer named Zeus Cervas. Ironically, his writing says otherwise. He is good at storyboard art though.
* Charlotte Free, fashion model.
* A Texas politician who is also a singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, and former columnist by the name of "Kinky Friedman".
* Another NFL example. Rookie defensive lineman for the Detroit Lions - Ndamukong Suh. If that first name sounds like it would be a tribal language for something epic, that's because it is. 310 pounds of an angry guy named "House of Spears." That does [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhtLDG5JxUI this]] to people on occasion. Good luck.
* If you get interested in Etymology, you can find awesome ones with first names: Louis is "Glorious fighter" (as, for that matter, is Boris, if you take it as short for Borislav). Walter is "Warrior Commander". Michael/Mikael is "Who is like God?" Charles is "The Strong". Nicholas is "Victory of the people". David is "Beloved".
* From the NHL, we have Jarome Iginla (which translates as either 'big tree' or 'lightning' in Yoruba)
* Mexican archaeologist Marta Turok and Eduardo Matos Moctezuma
* Ex-British MP for the Liberal Democrats, Lembit Öpik.
* Arkadius Antonik, vocalist and lead guitarist of the MelodicDeathMetal/[[FolkMetal Celtic Metal]] band [=SuidAkrA=] (which also happens [[IAmTheBand to be his name]] [[SdrawkcabName spelled backwards]]).
* Finnish singer Suvi Teräsniska, whose name could be translated to ''Summer Steelneck.''
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyson_Fury Tyson Fury]], a rising Irish-British... heavyweight boxer. What else could he be with a name like that? When he first went to a boxing gym the coach couldn't believe he was really (as a white kid) called Tyson, and was even more amazed when he asked his surname – it certainly makes thinking up a nickname rather redundant. He is actually named after Mike Tyson.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lex_Shrapnel Lex Shrapnel]]. An actor rather than a vigilante.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_H._Bonesteel_III General Charles Hartwell Bonesteel III]], complete with EyepatchOfPower.
* Due to the characteristics of the language, this is a pretty common occurrence in Japanese given names, since parents usually take special care in choosing kanji with the best meanings for their children's name. It gets more awesome in feudal nobility where names were even more of a SeriousBusiness. They generally don't translate well to English, though, because rather than going for a specific meaning, the point is to combine cool/elegant/graceful kanji into a name that looks and sounds powerful (or in case of women, elegant) and positive.
** An example: Uesugi Kenshin was born as Torachiyo (general pattern for a childhood name, plus the character for "tiger"). At coming of age he became known as Kagetora (bright+tiger), which he later changed to Masatora (rule+tiger), and after that, Terutora (radiance+tiger). Somewhat uncharacteristically for the age, he kept holding on to a specific character, at least until he became a devout Buddhist and changed his name to Kenshin (modest+faith).
* Spangler Arlington Brugh, born in Nebraska in 1911. He is an unfortunate subversion of this trope, however, because when he signed with MGM in 1932, he changed his name to...[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Taylor_%28actor%29 Robert Taylor.]]
* Actress Clémence Poésy (meaning Mercy Poetry, though Poésy is her mother's maiden name and not her birth name)
* Actress Creator/AngelinaJolie, whose last name (originally her middle name, before she dropped her birth surname, Voight) ''literally'' means "beautiful". [[Creator/AngelinaJolie Given the evidence, it seems appropriate]].
* ''SoYouThinkYouCanDance'' competitor Kuponohi'ipoi Aweau (he goes by Kūpono)
* Feminist author [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shulamith_Firestone Shulamith Firestone.]]
* Many Brazilian [[TheBeautifulGame footballers]] tend to acquire {{Awesome McCoolname}}s for professional nicknames, starting from Pelé, all the way down to Kaká in the current squad. And let's not forget the most awesome of all: Roberto Dinamite.
* [[UseYourHead Zinedine Zidane]] a.k.a. Zizou, legendary [[TheWorldCup World Cup]]-winning French [[TheBeautifulGame midfielder]]. His name is wonderfully alliterative, and has an interesting meaning: "Zinedine" is a French transcription of the Arabic ''Zain-ad-Dīn'', ("Beauty of the Faith") and "Zidane" is a French version of, um, "Zīdān'' ("He who adds/increases"). Yes, he adds/increases goals quite beautifully...
* Volkan Demirel, Turkish goalkeeper. Why? His name roughly translates as "Vulcan Ironhands".
* Dutch football (soccer) trainer and former player Leo Beenhakker, whose last name literally translates as "leg chopper".
* Puritans of the New World used names like this frequently, including some that have become respectable, not-weird names, like Chastity, Hope, Constance. Other names didn't quite catch on. Praise-God Barebone was a significant Puritan figure in the EnglishCivilWar, and named the Barebone's Parliament. The middle name of his son was "If-Christ-Had-Not-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Wouldst-Have-Been-Damned." He was a pioneer of free-market economics and tended to go by the much less awesome Nicholas Barbon.
* A Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs was named Lawrence Cannon.
* There's a picture floating around of a [[ImageBoards 4chan]] thread where the poster would name his newborn son whatever a post ending in the number 77 said. He delivered. The winner? [[http://funnyjunk.com/funny_pictures/470637/Courage+Wolf+Harper Courage Wolf Harper]].
* Doc Holliday, fastest gun in the west.
* There is an author named Manly Banister. Unfortunately, his books are not about banisters.
* Kurt Tank, test pilot and the man who designed the Fw 190.
* How about [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zadok_Magruder Colonel Zadok Magruder]]?
* The real name of the man behind Music/VenetianSnares is Aaron Funk. You don't even really need to do the IAmTheBand thing with a name like that, but he did anyway.
* Music/{{Coldplay}}'s Will Champion, a last name he, of course, passed down to his children, who are named Ava Champion, Juno (as in the goddess) Champion, and ''Rex (King) Champion.''
* The United States once had a Court of Appeals Judge named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_Hand Learned Hand.]]
* Boom mike operator [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0003603/ Kelly Zombor.]] Most famously known as a one-shot joke from the opening credits of ''Film/TheFinalSacrifice'' by [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 Mike and the 'bots.]]
* Sky [=McCloud=] and Winter [=McCloud=], the daughters of comics artist and essayist Creator/ScottMcCloud.
* Actress [[Film/TheLostBoys Tanit Phoenix]].
* Actor Creator/RiverPhoenix.
* Dr. Rocky Strong, who makes a living studying sharks.
* A bus bombing made headlines in the Philippines. What does that have to do with this trope? The bus driver was named Maximo Peligro (aka "Maximum Danger"). And he survived the bus bombing, too.
* James Robertson Justice. (Sadly not related to Music/{{Victoria|Justice}}.)
* [[Series/CharliesAngels Crispin]] [[Literature/RatmansNotebooks Hellion]] [[Film/{{Beowulf}} Glover.]] His middle name really is Hellion; considering most of the roles he's played, this shouldn't be all that surprising.
* Creator/KatsuyukiKonishi.
* ''Monsters'' actor Scoot [=McNairy=]. Adorable name, bonus points for actually having the 'Mc'.
* There's an [[http://studio4496.deviantart.com artistic nude photographer]] on Website/DeviantArt whose name is Michael ''Kilgore''. Link {{N|otSafeForWork}}SFW
* Dr. Stephen Granade, Rocket Scientist and co-host of [[http://www.whatthecast.com/ What The Cast]].
* Max Planck, Nobel Prize winner.
* Actress Alia Shawkat.
* Creator/HollyBlack.
* Whether you're an occultist of any flavour or not, you have to agree that [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleister_Crowley Aleister Crowley]] had a damn cool name.
* St. Olaf's College choir conductor '''Anton Armstrong'''.
* One member of the German Parliament is called Cajus Julius Caesar. His eldest son and his grandson go by the same name.
* A doctor in a small German town nobody cares about is named Dr. Totmacher. That literally means [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Dr.]] [[DeadlyDoctor Deadmaker"]]. Guess where his office was. In the street "Am Friedhof" which means "At the cemetery".
* The founder and president of Hazardous Software, the studio that's developing VideoGame/{{Achron}}, is called Dr. Chris Hazard.
* Howzabout science fiction/horror writer Manly Wade Wellman?
* Corin Nemec, versus his character in ''Series/StargateSG1'', "Jonas Quinn".
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Preserved_Fish Preserved Fish ]], prominent 19th C. New York City shipping merchant.
* Onika Miraj (one letter short of being "Demon-child Illusion"), better known as Music/NickiMinaj AKA Roman Zolanski.
* Apparently in some parts of India it's traditional to name children after famous people, whether they know ''why'' they're famous or not. This can lead to weird situations like [[http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=389x2917266 Hitler trying to beat Frankenstein in a local election]]. The article also mentions a guy named [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Britainwar]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raphael_Berdugo Raphael Berdugo]] (1747 – 1821), respected Moroccan rabbi, has a surname that literally translates to "Executioner" in Filipino. A religious scholar whose name is roughly equivalent to "Archangel-of-Healing Executioner". With a father named Mordecai Berdugo.
* Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, whose [[Music/LadyGaga professional name]] only barely outdoes her real one for awesomeness.
* Former kickboxer and some-time actor ''[[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0862092/ Thunderwolf]]''.
* Mathematician and computer scientist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nimrod_Megiddo Nimrod Megiddo]].
* The Head of Psychology at my father's former workplace was named Dr. Richard Storm. His temperament lived up to his name.
* NY Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova.
* A CG Supervisor for ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' has the name of Francisco X. [=DeJesus=].
* Creator/ZendayaColeman.
* Belgian soccer player [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eden_Hazard Eden Hazard]]. Only surpassed by his younger brother, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Joao10Siamun/Sandbox/Thorgan_Hazard Thorgan]]''.
* Creator/VernorVinge, a sci-fi author.
* American actor Texas Battle.
* Cosmetics company Max Factor is named after its founder, groundbreaking film makeup artist Max Factor. His evil heir (if a crime drama has a perp who videotaped himself having sex with unconscious women it's probably based on him) is named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Luster Andrew Luster]] ([[DontExplainTheJoke both shiny and lustful]]).
* ''ProjectRunway'' contestant Gunnar Deatherage.
* A well-noted Tennessean show business family contains patriarch BillyRayCyrus, matriarch Leticia Cyrus, sons Christopher Cody, [[MetroStation Trace]], and Braison, and daughters Brandi, [[Anime/PonyoOnTheCliffByTheSea Noah]], and middle child [[Music/MileyCyrus Destiny Hope Cyrus]] -- better known as Miley. And that's not counting their late grandfather, Senator Ronnie Ray Cyrus from Kentucky.
* Dick Armey. Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
* Esteemed classical organist E. Power Biggs.
* Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, victor of the Battle of Lake Erie.
* Creator/HPLovecraft is a pretty badass-sounding name, even if the H.P. stands for the fairly unremarkable "Howard Phillips".
* One of the designers of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ka-Bar Ka-Bar knife]] was Major Howard America, so at one time he was Captain America.
* Kevin Clash, who is best known for puppeteering and voicing the rather harmless [[Series/SesameStreet Elmo]]. His private life [[{{Pun}} clashed]] with his public persona when it was discovered he paid underaged men for sex. The first accuser recanted but when others came forward he was essentially fired.
* VinDiesel. For added credibility, his name is an anagram for "I end lives."
* Current ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' actor Taran Killam (tear 'n' kill 'em)
* Aussie Rules footballer Steele Sidebottom. Sounds like he should be in porn with a name like that.
* Australian professional cyclist Steele Von Hoff
* Elton Sledge.
* The one and only StirlingSilliphant. Sounds like "sterling silly pant"... or, in any case, an adjective and a noun.
* John Sappington Marmaduke, Civil War Major general.
* The city of Modesto has a Creator/JackieChan, MD, whose name is engraved on a plaque outside his office.
* Kiki Wolfkill, executive producer of 343 Industries, the company developing Halo 4.
* Since names in Native American languages tend to be literally translated into English, we end up with names like [[BearsAreBadNews Conquering Bear]], [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Wilma Mankiller]], Madonna Thunderhawk, One-Who-Walks-With-The-Stars, and They-Fear-Even-His-Horses.
* Admittedly [[Manga/DragonBall it's more]] HilariousInHindsight, but how much would you give to be named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamehameha_I Kamehameha the Great]]?
* [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/114243-Say-Hello-to-Baby-Dovahkiin There's a baby named]] [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Dovahkiin.]]
* Actor Omar Doom. Interesting note: his dad was a doctor, meaning that he was the son of SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom. (Actually, he was born with the last name "Makhdomi," but that's close enough.)
* Jack Justice is an Australian philosopher.
* Filipina beauty queen Athena Imperial.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' co-creator BobSchooley.
* Guess the awesome name of the person behind the ''VideoGame/AmericanMcGeesAlice'' series.
* As demonstrated in the article picture, Indonesian people sometimes come up with impossibly cool names. There is at least one recorded case of ''Muhammad Yesus'' in Indonesia.
* Somewhere in my chain of command is an officer with the name of Thrasher, making him Major Thrasher.
* Actor Diego Diablo Del Mar.
* A man was arrested for drinking and drug abuse. His name? [[http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/317574 Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop.]]
* J.E. Sawyer at Creator/ObsidianEntertainment.
* Creator/AntonioBanderas, according to Jay Leno.
* The noted British entomologist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vincent_Wigglesworth Sir Vincent Brian Wigglesworth.]]
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DJ_Bonebrake DJ Bonebrake, drummer for punk band]] {{Music/X}}. He's the only member of the band to not have a {{Stage Name|s}} of some kind, because apparently his real name sounded cool enough.
* Lieutenant Wilhelm Blitz, commander of Germany's first ever platoon of {{tank|Goodness}}s during WWI.
* Cymphonique Miller, MasterP's daughter. Her ex-AlphaBitch / FallenPrincess character's name is plain old [[HowToRock Kacey Simon.]]
* Chamillionaire, who's name is an obvious portmanteau of chameleon and millionaire.
* [[http://wins.failblog.org/2012/02/23/epic-win-photos-cool-name-win/ Tahra Dactyl]]
* Edward John Izzard or Creator/EddieIzzard.
* The Shia prayer leader of al-Awamiyah in eastern Saudi Arabia is a guy named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nimr_al-Nimr Nimr al-Nimr]], which means ''Tiger the Tiger.''
* Historical abolitionist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sojourner_Truth Sojourner Truth]]. It wasn't her original name, but it certainly was an awesome one.
* Since he's been mentioned above twice, it should be noted that Storm Field is his real birth name. His father is Frank Field, a TV meteorologist (weatherman). Frank named his son Storm. Storm also became a TV weatherman. Frank's daughter also became a TV weatherperson, but sadly her name is Allison.
* ''American Pie: Band Camp'' star and all-around hottie, Crystle Lightning. She even gets [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_9yQ5mTsEs questioned during an interview]] if that's her real name.
* Sam Steele, the Mountie who was in charge of Canada's Northwest Mounted Police Yukon contingent during the Klondike Gold Rush. He was famous for living up to his name.
* British TV Chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
* There's a Zimbabwean association footballer (Soccer Player) called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danger_Fourpence Danger Fourpence]]
* [[http://www.yorknewstimes.com/news/article_e9991cb6-9860-11e1-aff3-0019bb2963f4.html A man in Nebraska legally changed his name to Tyrannosaurus Rex.]]
* American racing driver [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Speed Scott Speed]].
* Greek engineer Hero of Alexandria.
* Philadelphia's Drexel University music department has a Professor Wesley Broadnax.
* Rodney Dangerfield. Sounds like an action hero.
* English actor Roger Delgado (The first Master in ''Series/DoctorWho'') was born Roger Caesar Marius Bernard de Delgado Torres Castillo Roberto.
* [[http://mlb.mlb.com/team/player.jsp?player_id=605412 Joe Panik]].
* Linebacker [[http://www.nfl.com/draft/2012/profiles/whitney-mercilus?id=2533049 Whitney Mercilus]]
* People used to get names like "Wolf" and "Horse" as a matter of course. Imagine introducing yourself as "I am Bear, son of Badger, son of Wolf, of The People and I kill strangers with this stick."
* The ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' comics world has the oddly appropriately named IDW writer Zander Cannon. One of the official ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' writers even eventually went and named an actual weapon after him in that universe.
* Kenesaw Mountain Landis, U.S. federal judge and the first Commissioner of Baseball.
* There is a church in inner city Chicago whose pastor is named Abraham Lincoln Washington.
* There was an astronaut by the name of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_C._McCool Willie McCool]].
* US Olympic soccer player [[Film/ANewHope Hope Solo]].
* Retired US Olympic beach volleyball player [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Misty_May-Treanor Misty May-Treanor, nee Misty May]].
* Krystof Harant z Polzic a Bezdruzic a na Pecce which translates as '''Christopher Bastard from After-Spoons and Without-Satellites and in Stone'''. He was a Bohemian (Czech) aristocrat, traveller, writer, composer and soldier. A true Renaissance man.
* Stuntman [[http://www.julianlightwing.com/ Julian Lightwing]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/user/DeStorm?feature=watch DeStorm Power]].
* Skip Priest, Mayor of Federal Way, Washington.
* A Colombian professional cyclist on the Lampre team is named Winner Anacona.
* Actor Creator/PowersBoothe.
* The physicist Freeman Dyson, who designed the DysonSphere.
* The Marquis de La Fayette (the American Revolutionary hero) named his son George Washington de La Fayette.
* The surname of second UsefulNotes/UnitedNations Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld not only means Hammershield, he told reporters it was okay for English-speakers to call him that if they couldn't pronounce Hammarskjöld.
** Also, his first name means "Day." Day Hammershield. So he hammers people with his shield in broad daylight. Of peace.
* A later Secretary General (serving 2007-present) is Ban Ki Moon, especially prominent to any fans of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
* From Website/{{Facebook}}: Thurman [=McFeelgood=]
* The incredibly heroic, and incredibly named, Mustafa Kemal.
* [[http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/10/03/14203051-kaboom-oddly-named-mans-walking-stick-prompts-evacuation-in-akron?lite Natural Hunka Kaboom]].
* Nikola Tesla. How cool does that sound!
* Russia's first scientist, Mikhail Lomonosov, or the archaic variant Mikhailo Lomonosov.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Douglas_Evill Sir Douglas Evill]], RAF chief marshal in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. The "Douglas" makes him seem more WickedCultured and AffablyEvil, and the extra "L" on "Evill" means you draw out his name. He was a strong supporter of DeathFromAbove.
* Creator/MelGibson's character in ''Film/ThePatriot'' was vaguely based on a real man named Francis "Swamp Fox" Marion.
* Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, creator of the Dogs Playing Poker.
* Jonah Falcon sounds like the kind of name a Marvel comic character might have. It's also the name of a man who, to put it delicately, [[GagPenis could shame a horse and jokes about it.]]
* Navy Midshipmen safety [[http://www.navysports.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/ryder_wave00.html Wave Ryder]].
* German chemist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Magnus_von_Hell Carl Magnus von Hell]], who worked with other chemists to come up with the equally awesome-sounding Hell-Volhard-Zelinsky reaction.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasper_Maskelyne Jasper]][[http://www.cracked.com/article_19170_6-insane-stories-magician-who-helped-win-wwii.html Maskelyne]], the magician who (if we believe his own account of things) used masterful illusions to help win World War II.
* Creator/GarthNix. It almost sounds like a [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Name to Run Away From Really Fast]].
* Actor Robert Wisdom, perhaps best noted for his role as Major Howard "Bunny" Colvin on the Wire – who, funnily enough, is a wise mature, middle-aged mentor and a Father To His Men.
* The Red Baron is a {{Trope Namer|s}} for [[RedBaron the trope about awesome nicknames]], but his real name is equally impressive-sounding - ''Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen''.
* Comic book writer Matt Fraction. There's no way he isn't also a superhero with a name like that.
* As if the name Music/VanHalen weren't good enough for Eddie Van Halen, he named his son Wolfgang Van Halen. I would *kill* to have a name that cool.
** Edward ''[[{{Beethoven}} Lodewijk]]'' Van Halen might have had his classical piano training in mind [[FridgeBrilliance when naming his son]] ''[[{{Mozart}} Wolfgang]]''.
* Creator/SummerGlau
* Emiliano Rosales-Birou, who commonly goes by Emile, but is much better known as LetsPlay/{{Chuggaaconroy}}.
* Dutch gymnast [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epke_Zonderland Epke Zonderland]], also known as the Flying Dutchman for his seriously awesome high bar routines.
* "Tony Hawk" is fitting for someone who made a career of getting his skateboard as airborne as possible (plus "Hawk" as a surname sounds pretty smooth anyway).
* One of the men who was awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize in Medicine is named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrew_Fire Andrew Fire]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Force John Force]] is not a superhero. He's a champion drag racer.
* Australian comedy actress Rebel Wilson. There's also her siblings [[FamilyThemeNaming Anarchy, Riot, and Liberty.]]
* A search of the 1911 British Census reveals the existence of an individual going by the name of [[http://www.1911census.co.uk/search/results4.aspx?x=137282453 Ass Killingback!]]
* An American man named Eric Boring changed his name to Eric Bloodaxe.
* Inverted by Thomas Wanker, a composer who worked on ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'', but you gotta [[{{Pun}} hand]] it to the guy for sticking with it.
** Played straight by one of the show's writers, David Fury.
* Music/JeanMichelJarre, godfather of electronic music.
* Influential dada artist Man Ray. (Short for Emmanuel Radnitzky.)
* Eino Leino, a Finnish poet. The rhyming is irresistible. Bonus points for Czechs. [[InMyLanguageThatSoundsLike In their language that sounds like this: "Lo and behold, a piece of excrement!"]]
* From ''{{American|Title}} [[{{MSNBC}} Greed]]'', financial investigators Rick Raven and "Lethal" Letha Sparks (not ''Film/LethalWeapon'' (of mass fraud destruction)?).
* Former {{NASCAR}} driver Roy "Buckshot" Jones.
** Also from {{NASCAR}}, and before that FormulaOne, Scott Speed.
* Acclaimed Czech type designer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franti%C5%A1ek_%C5%A0torm František Štorm]]. "Štorm" would be awesome enough on its own, but try saying the whole thing out loud... For bonus points, he doubles as the lead musician in a popular black metal band called "Master's Hammer".
* Ethan Hawke and Creator/UmaThurman have a daughter named Maya. It seems like someone named "Maya Hawke" is doing herself a disservice if she ''doesn't'' become some sort of pulp action hero.
* One of [[CoolCar Lamborghini]]'s test drivers is named Max Venturi. Memorably [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] on ''TopGear'':
-->'''Richard Hammond''': Nobody outside of a comic strip is called "Max Venturi, '''Lamborghini Tester'''"!
** Their previous test driver was "Valentino Balboni" and was so awesome that his name was used to denote his preferred Lamborghini - A two wheel drive Gallardo with a special edition stripe. At the time, this was the only way to get a two wheel drive Gallardo and it was much more unstable to drive. Thus they called it "The Balboni". Makes a name like "Max Venturi" seem downright lame by comparison.
* Former Ghana national [[TheBeautifulGame football]] team goalkeeper, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Kingson Richard Kingson]].
* German footballer Moritz Volz (pronounced "volts"). Made even better after he scored the 15,000th goal in the history of the English Premier League and promptly became known as "15,000 Volz".
* The founder of the Palestinian resistance movement/political party Fatah and his family were made of this:
** The founder himself is "Khalil al-Wazir", meaning "Noble-Friend the Vizier" (more or less).
** His wife's name is Intissar, meaning "Victory". So yes, she is Victory the Vizier.
** His eldest son's name is Jihad--"Struggle". So he is "Struggle the Vizier", and because [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kunya_(Arabic) Arab fathers get to nickname themselves after their eldest sons]], his father got to call himself "Abu Jihad"--the "Father of Struggle". Rather fitting--if mostly accidental--for the founder of a resistance movement.
* There's a guy who worked on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' named David Lazer.
* A few contestants on ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' come to mind, for example [[Characters/SurvivorBorneo Richard Hatch, Sue Hawk]], [[Characters/SurvivorPearlIslands Andrew Savage]], and [[Characters/SurvivorCaramoan Eddie Fox]].
* German actor Gedeon Burkhard. If that's not enough, his dad is called Wolfgang.
* Several of the St. Louis Cardinals from the last decade sound like action heroes: Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina, Adam Wainwright, Jake Westbrook, Woody Williams, Jason Isringhausen (nickname: Izzy), [[GeniusBonus Jon Jay]], Skip Schumaker, Lance Berkman, [[PlanetOfSteves Lance Lynn]], David [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Freese]], Pete Kozma...even Chris Carpenter sounds like he should be played by a gun-wielding Bruce Willis.
** Pujols' father's name was Bienvenido Pujols. Yes, Welcome Pujols.
* Great Britain has had two military leaders with the name ''Manley Power.'' The first was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manley_Power Lieutenant General Sir Manley Power]], and the second was his great-grandson [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manley_Laurence_Power Admiral Sir Manley Laurence Power.]] Oh, and the former was also knighted. His then full title? ''Lieutenant General Sir Manley Power, Knight Commander of the Order of Tower and Sword.'' The greatest title given to a man, ever.
* Creator/EvangelineLilly. It sounds like something out of a Fairytale, which is fitting, since the actress also ''looks'' like someone out of a fairytale.
* [[LetsPlay/ScottManley Scott Manley]], actually sounds very manly when he's reviewing games on Website/YouTube. Also is a scientist who studies killer asteroids. His young son is clearly destined for even more greatness with the name Orion Manley
* Creator/GenndyTartakovsky.
* Author Brad Thor.
* Music/KanyeWest, and his daughter [[PunnyName North]].
* 12-year-old guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, possessor of "the blackest name of all time" according to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6ra7_M9LXw Totally Biased]].
* The man whose assassination sparked UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, bears a mention on this page. His name is {{alliterative|Name}}, noble-sounding, and even somewhat {{badass}}. And it's so cool that he even [[Music/FranzFerdinand has a band named after him!]]
* Braveheart's Angus [=MacFayden=]. Aach!
* Tara-Jay Bangalter, whose first name is actually a variant of ''tarrajey'', which translates to "star wars" in Sanskrit. That's right. His name is ''Franchise/StarWars''.
* [[BarackObama Barack Hussein Obama]]. "Barack" means "blessing" or "blessed", and "Hussein", once you put aside [[UnfortunateNames the association]] with SaddamHussein, means "handsome". Obama provides the page quote on the main article.
* Japanese actor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryo_Ryusei Ryo Ryusei]], star of ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger''. Sounds innocuous? "Ryo" means "Cool", "Ryusei" sounds like "meteor" but is actually made up of the characters for "Dragon" and "Star". His full name is Cool Dragonstar.
* In July 2013, NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner had been caught tweeting pictures of his private parts ''[[WhatAnIdiot again]]'' after having previously been caught in 2011, but this time, he'd used the alias "Carlos Danger".
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antoinette_Tuff Antoinette Tuff]], a school bookkeeper who once convinced a gunman to surrender peacefully to police.
* Keira Knightley. It just sounds like the name of a badass. A classy badass.
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stiff_Leadbetter Stiff Leadbetter]], 18th century British architect.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luke_Ravenstahl Luke Ravenstahl]] is the current mayor of Pittsburgh. His last name contains "stahl" -- German for "steel". His name is Luke ''Ravensteel''.
* There has been at least one officer named [[TheBeatles Sgt. Pepper]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalid_ibn_al-Walid Khalid ibn al-Walid]], who was a companion (read bodyguard) of [[TheProphetMuhammad Muhammad]]. Well his given name Khalid ibn al-Walid means ''Khalid son of al-Walid'', literally translated it means ''Immortal son of the Newborn''. Oh yeah, he was also called ''Sayf Allāh al-Maslūl'' which means ''the Drawn Sword of God''. He was also a [[AsskickingEqualsAuthority Commander-in-chief, Field commander, Commander of Mobile guard, Military governor of Iraq, and Governor of Chalcis]].
* This trope was defied by Tennessee judge -- at least that's what the media is calling her, she's really future Associate Justice Lu Ann Ballew, "Child Support Magistrate," and since this whole affair is about claiming a grandiose title, it's deliciously ironic -- has ordered that the birth certificate of a 7-month-old baby named "Messiah" be "Martin De Shawn [=McCullough=]." based her name change on her religious beliefs about TheChosenOne:
-->"The word Messiah is a title and [[CriticalResearchFailure it's a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ]]" [[note]]Mashiah simply means “anointed” or “anointed one.” The Old Testament writers use it and its verb form, mashah, to describe kings (David, Saul, even Gentile kings like Hazael — II Samuel 1:14; 12:7; I Kings 19:15); priests, including the high priest (Leviticus 4:3, 5); and prophets (I Kings 19:16; Isaiah 61:1). Normally, these people were anointed with oil in a ritual as a sign of being set apart for the office that they were about to fulfill. Thus, at its most basic, mashiah indicates a person God authorizes and sets apart for His service.[[/note]]
* A couple of dozen people in the UK changed their name, specifically so they can say "Danger is my middle name"...
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Gary_Powers Gary Powers]] an American pilot who got shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960.
* The German entertainer "King Size Dick". (Note: Dick is the German word for fat.)
* The AC-47 Spooky gunship has a pretty cool name to begin with, but got the rather odd nickname of "Puff" through the rather cool sequence of: Dragonship to Dragon to Puff, the Magic Dragon to Puff.
* A man from Leeds legally changed his name to "Yorkshire Bank Are Fascist Bastards" after being charged £20 for a £10 overdraft, and when asked to close his account he demanded they pay him the entire balance, all of 69p, by cheque to his new name. There is no word if Mr. Bastards changed his name back to Michael Howard or not.
* Dredd Scott, an African-American slave who was denied freedom in a famous Supreme Court ruling.
* [[Film/TheHobbit Bombur's]] stunt/scale double Bronson Steel.
* Another one from the large Cool family is Anna-Maria Cool, comic artist. (Sorry, no Mc.)
* Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus' full name is Julia Scarlett Elizabeth Louis-Dreyfus.
* There is an American family with the surname of ''Batman''. Apparently it used to be Bateman, but somewhere along the line the "e" got dropped.
* Cat whisperer Jackson Galaxy.
* Campaign manager Remzey Samarrai (quoted [[http://www.saintpetersblog.com/jake-rush-responds here]]). The aspiring politician he manages is averagely-named Jake Rush, but [[http://www.saintpetersblog.com/jake-russ-conservative-congressional-gop-hopefuls-bizarre-double-life in his former life]] as a ''VampireTheMasquerade'' LARP-er he was known as "Chazz Darling" and "Staas van der Winst". Naturally, Mr. Rush is running as a "right-of-the-Tea-Party-family-values Republican" in (where else) [[OnlyInFlorida Florida]].
* Patrick Dangerfield lives up to his extremely cool last name as a star AustralianRulesFootball player.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Miles_McCool Richard Miles McCool]] (whose name can also be conveniently shortened to Dick Miles McCool), a man who helped rescue the crew of the capsized and [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19637_the-5-craziest-war-stories-all-happened-same-ship.html hilariously incompetent]] destroyer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_William_D._Porter_(DD-579) "USS William D. Porter"]] during WWII, and who also received a Medal of Honor in part for doing it.
* Pro poker player [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Moneymaker Chris Moneymaker]], who not only has a cool name, but won the main table of the World Series of Poker in his first year, having won his way into the tournament as an amateur qualifier.
* [[VideoGames/{{Touhou}} Marisa]] [[Manga/AttackOnTitan Ackerman]], a name this troper had come across at work...
* One of the founders of Melbourne, Australia was named John {{Batman}}.
* [[Film/BlueIsTheWarmestColour Adèle Exarchopoulos]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rex_Masterman_Hunt Sir Rex Masterman Hunt]], former Governor of the Falkland Islands.
* [[TheBeautifulGame Bastian Schweinsteiger]].
* A Toyota employee in the Philippines is named [[Creator/SylvesterStallone Stallone Silvestre]]. [[http://i.imgur.com/Nu81QKA.jpg Here is his calling card.]]
* Lou Diamond Phillips, the actor.
* Creator/MichaelFassbender.

!! Places and Things

* The city known as ''Climax'', Georgia. Not to mention ''Intercourse'', Pennsylvania.
* "Lightning rod"
* "Flame Thrower:" It's a MeaningfulName which is what makes it so cool. One-upping it: "Flame Sprayer". It doesn't shoot out flames per se. It shoots out '''molten metal'''.
* A "boom" mike and "shotgun" mike.
* The "Street Sweeper" shotgun.
* The ''[[http://hdl.handle.net/2246/5013 Ninjemys]]'', a horned turtle. Yes, it was named after [[Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles that]].
* The M67 "Zippo" flame throwing tank. Ironically, the British soldiers' less than complimentary nickname "[[UnfortunateName Ronson (lighter)]]'' for the Sherman tank makes the same comparison.
* [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships The Royal Navy]] is especially fond of this trope with aircraft carriers. HMS Ark Royal. HMS Eagle. HMS Courageous. HMS Glorious. HMS Furious. HMS Illustrious. HMS Victorious. HMS Formidable. HMS Indomitable. HMS Implacable. HMS Indefatigable...
* There is a gene known as "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sonic_hedgehog Sonic hedgehog homolog]]". The enzyme that potentially ''inhibits'' it has been dubbed "Robotnikinin." There's also a retinal protein named "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pikachurin Pikachurin]]". There's a huge debate over naming proteins/genes since defects in these genes can have serious consequences. It puts doctors in the awkward situation of telling heartbroken people ''"I'm sorry but the reason for your miscarriage was that you unborn child had a defect in gene encoding for the Sonic Hedgehog Hormone."''
* The [[http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/06/photogalleries/100630-leviathan-mellvillei-sperm-whale-fossils-science/#whale01-leviathan-rendering_22737_600x450.jpg newly-discovered prehistoric giant killer whale]] called [[Literature/TheBible Leviathan]] [[Literature/MobyDick Melvillei]]. However, [[http://svpow.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/the-new-miocene-sperm-whale-leviathan-is-now-livyatan/ thanks to an odd situation involving junior synonyms]], it's ''Livyatan'' now, which has the same meaning for Hebrew speakers.
* This trope is probably one of the reasons why ''{{Tyrannosaurus rex}}'' is so popular. It gets better: in Latin, it means Tyrant Lizard [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment King]]. In fact a general trend in the dinosaur paleontology world seems to be to give theropod dinosaurs names that are as badass as possible. Other examples include ''Carnotaurus'', ''Skorpiovenator'', ''Tyrannotitan'', ''Megaraptor'', ''Pyroraptor'' and ''Atrociraptor''. One aversion is ''Bambiraptor'', which funnily enough is closely related to ''Atrociraptor''.
* Soviet/Russian spacecraft are launched from the '''Baikonur Cosmodrome'''.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Antarctic_Stareater.PNG Behold the Stareater!!!]] An 8-inch fish found in the cold depths of Antarctica, it looks like it would be comfortable [[SpaceIsAnOcean in the cold depths of SPACE!]] devouring suns.
* Though the name [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightning_Ridge,_New_South_Wales Lightning Ridge]] sounds like the name of a dungeon from a role playing video game, it is actually a mining town in New South Wales, Australia. Not that it makes it any less awesome.
* The rather ugly car Dodge Magnum.
** And it's cousin, the Dodge Charger.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_Cabinet The Shadow Cabinet]], anyone? Sounds more like something from ''Franchise/StarWars'' than government.
* They may have combined the expense of a battleship with the inadequate (when compared with real battleships) armour of a cruiser, but has there ever been a cooler name for a class of ship than [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlecruiser Battlecruiser]]? The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dreadnought Dreadnought]] would like to have a word with you.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman,_Turkey Batman, Turkey]]. Capital of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman_Province Batman Province]]. On the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Batman_River Batman River]]. Yeah. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments They even sued Christopher Nolan over using their name without permission because of it!]]
* From Australia: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Batman#Places_named_after_John_Batman Batman Bridge, Batman's Hill, Division of Batman]] and so on. What is now the city of Melbourne, he originally founded as [[EgoPolis Batmania]].
* Oregon has a Nine Devils Road. Seriously, how on Earth does a place get an awesome name like Nine Devils Road?
* TheodoreRoosevelt's [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Progressive_Party_(United_States,_1912) Progressive Party]] -- better known as the ''Bull Moose Party''.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pirate_Party_%28Sweden%29 The Pirate Party]]. They have two seats at the European Parliament and 45 in German state parliaments.
* The exact translation of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hezbollah Hezbollah]]'s name is "The Party of God".
* Britain actually derives its name from one of these. The Romans named the islands after the Priteni, meaning "The Tattooed Ones". Rather fortunate, actually. Because there are two kinds of Celts. P-Celts, who called themselves the aforementioned Priteni, and Q-Celts who called themselves Cruteni. The difference is that P-Celts used "p" sounds where Q-Celts used "k" sounds. Hence the Scottish "mac" and Welsh "map" for "son of" in surnames. Anyway, Prethanik got Hellenized into Pretanikos by the Greeks, then Italicized into "Britannia" by the Romans. Imagine living in modern Crutain. Would you want to be a Crut?
* ''HMS Glowworm'', a British destroyer during WWII.
* Seventh Standard Road runs through Kern County, California, USA. The name is actually just a surveying term, but it sounds rather like something out of Revelations.
* Has there ever been a gun with a cooler name than the Desert Eagle?
** How about the Super Redhawk?
** There's always the Colt Peacemaker. Actually, "Peacemaker" has also been used for a variety of American weapons, to include a six-([[MidSeasonUpgrade or eight]])-engined strategic bomber in the Cold War and a ballistic missile.
** Let's just say that weapons systems tend to invoke this trope, such as with the widely popular 9mm "[[AltumVidetur Parabellum]]"[[labelnote:Lat.]]Latin for "Prepare for War"[[/labelnote]] pistol round.
* Before ''[[http://www.geologi.no/data/f/0/21/02/6_2401_0/NJG_2_3_2012_13_Knutsen_etal_Scr.pdf Pliosaurus funkei]]'' was formally described in 2012 it was referred to in the paleontological community as Predator X.
* As a species, we define ourselves as ''homo sapiens sapiens'', literally "Very intelligent man"
* An aptly named portrait reputedly from New York, titled ''Muhammad Jesus Gautama''. It does depict Muhammed, Jesus, and Gautama in one canvas.
* The State Capital of Arizona is named Phoenix.
* The Megalodon a ginormous prehistoric shark the size of a whale and can eat one.
* We used to have the giant squid. Now we have the Colossal Squid in the Antarctic which attacks blue whales.
* Thunder Bay, Ontario.
* The suburb of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manly,_New_South_Wales Manly]] in Sydney, Australia, home of the [[RugbyLeague Manly Sea Eagles]]. RatedMForManly, anyone?
** Legend has it that the British Naval Officer whose ship landed at that very location named it as such specifically ''because'' he was in admiration of how well-built and athletic the "manly" native Indigenous Australians were, so this was very much intentional.
* Town of Kotka, Finland. Who wouldn't like to live a town whose name means plainly and simply "Eagle" ?
* The biggest steam locomotive in the world is called the [[http://rlkitterman.deviantart.com/art/Union-Pacific-Big-Boy-No-4014-in-Pomona-284561845 Big Boy]]. Other trains with cool names include Evening Star, Lord President, Cock of the North, Challenger, Daylight, Super Chief, Zephyr, the "Raven Pacific" class, the "Klondike" class, and Defiant.
* While the naming theme of Tropical Storms and Hurricanes averts this with rather mundane names, the new system of naming winter storms plays this straight. So far, there have been winter storms dubbed names as [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons Draco]], [[NorseMythology Freyr]], and one of the possible names for the next one could be [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Gandalf]]. Needless to say, one has to wonder why Hurricanes aren't given such intimidating and poignant naming.
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_I-Mobile_Stadium New I-Mobile Stadium]] in Thailand, a soccer venue whose former name is Thunder Castle Stadium. It sounds like something right out of ''VideoGame/MarioStrikers''.
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->'''Richard Hammond''': Nobody outside of a comic strip is called "Max Venturi, '''Lamborghini Tester'''"!

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* Creator/LaurenFaust, creator of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''.
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* Actor Powers Boothe.

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* Actor Powers Boothe.Creator/PowersBoothe.
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* Creator/MichaelFassbender.
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29th Aug '14 4:56:16 AM VoidKnightsc
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**Victoria ''[[UpToEleven Dawn]]'' Justice.
28th Aug '14 4:19:33 PM F1Krazy
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* At the Google X labpratories, where the company comes up with all its CrazyEnoughToWork ideas like Google Glass and driverless cars, such projects are known as "Moonshots". The director in charge of overseeing these projects is the "Captain of Moonshots". His name? Astro Teller. That's right: he is "Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots". Granted, his real first name is Eric, but still...
25th Aug '14 2:31:09 PM Michal
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* A general trend in the dinosaur paleontology world seems to be to give dromeosaurs (raptors) names that are as badass as possible. Examples include ''Pyroraptor'' and ''Atrociraptor''. One aversion is ''Bambiraptor'', which funnily enough is closely related to ''Atrociraptor''.

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* A This trope is probably one of the reasons why ''{{Tyrannosaurus rex}}'' is so popular. It gets better: in Latin, it means Tyrant Lizard [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment King]]. In fact a general trend in the dinosaur paleontology world seems to be to give dromeosaurs (raptors) theropod dinosaurs names that are as badass as possible. Examples Other examples include ''Carnotaurus'', ''Skorpiovenator'', ''Tyrannotitan'', ''Megaraptor'', ''Pyroraptor'' and ''Atrociraptor''. One aversion is ''Bambiraptor'', which funnily enough is closely related to ''Atrociraptor''.



* This trope is probably one of the reasons why ''TyrannosaurusRex'' is so popular. It gets better: in Latin, it means Tyrant Lizard [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment King]].
24th Aug '14 3:05:18 PM whunt
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* One possible reason a certain actor has so many "facts" and an internet cult surrounding him is because his name is...Creator/{{ChuckNorris}}.
** Carlos, actually. But it still works.

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* One possible reason a certain actor has so many "facts" and an internet cult surrounding him is because his name is...Creator/{{ChuckNorris}}.
** Carlos, actually. But it still works.
[[Creator/{{ChuckNorris}} CHUCK NORRIS]]!!!!
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