Made even better by the fact that it's an actual surname, in use to this day. WWE wrestler Michelle McCool's name really was, in fact, Michelle McCool, until she got married to The Undertaker. 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 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.
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, Goodluck Jonathan, who is incidentally married to Patience Jonathan.
Zakk Wylde, being an Ascended Fanboy, named one of his kids Hendrix Halen Michael Rhoads Wylde, after Jimi, Eddie, Ozzy (John Michael Osbourne), and Randy, respectfully.
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 "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. Travis Outlaw and Bo Outlaw, Dr.Gary Slaughter, Mark Allen Slaughter (lead singer of a self-named band, and American crime writer Karin Slaughter.
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 Cracked.com, there's actually a man in the U.S. Army called Staff Sergeant Max Fightmaster. And he has a MySpace.
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 men of steel".
Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili (or Iosif Vissarionovich Jugashvili, the Russianized version) chose to be called Joseph Stalin ("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.
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" as Culture minister, and Cresson (cress) as Agriculture minister. Also in 2005-2007, Clément (merciful) was Justice minister.
One of the guys at Games Workshop is named Space McQuirk. One of the writers for GW subsidiary Black Library is Lucien Soulban.
One National Guardsman legally changed his name to Optimus Prime.
There seems to be an unwritten rule demanding that TV meteorologists bear pornst- ...distinctive names. "Dallas Raines," "Storm Field," "Johnny Mountain," "Aloha Taylor," "Topper Shutt," "Sam Champion," "Ray Ban," "Monte Montello," "Flip Spiceland" and Amy Freeze are all actual examples. The Germans have Ben Wettervogel, which translates to "Weatherbird." Many of these are stagenames, but not all: 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 "Batman, son of Superman". Suparman is actually a common Indonesian name.
One name that SOUNDS cool is Richard Fliehr. His last name is spoken the same way as the name that made him famous: Ric Flair.
And, of course, James Brian Hellwig, whose real name is now Warrior "Ultimate Warrior" Warrior. Yup, (that) Ultimate Warrior. This has led to his children carrying "Warrior" as their surname. His two children are named Indiana Marin "Indy" Warrior and Mattigan Twain Warrior.
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").
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 sister and 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.
There's a cricketer in India called Napoleon Einstein.
Lance Armstrong and his sons 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.
Noted Australian scientist 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.
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 Genre Savvy for appreciating the power of an Awesome McCoolname in politics.
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 Michael Savage'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."
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 Ace Of Cakes, which is completely at odds with such a laid-back dude.
There's someone in the credits for NCIS named Frank Military.
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 Hanyu Pinyin, his name is the rather less memorable "Xin" (it means "New").
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).
Among Black Metal 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).
D.E. Trueblood is not a comicbook superhero but a theologian. A freakin' theologian!
There is an astronomer named Sumner Starrfield.
Harry Potter 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 ... 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.
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? Thurl Ravenscroft.
Raphael Ravenscroft, sax player on Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street", also played with Pink Floyd.
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 (snerk) Florence Foster Jenkins, and her loyal accompanist, Cosme McMoon.
General Stone Wall Jackson, although his real name is Thomas Jonathan Jackson. He got his Bad Ass 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, Bela Lugosi is a pretty cool name too.
Australian politician Nick Xenophon (born Xenophou), who by interesting coincidence is speaking out against 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. Xenophon and Cyrus have worked together before...
Mars Bonfire, author of the seminal rock song Born To Be Wild.
Some historians wonder if Adolf Hitler 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).
Mr. T. 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 Penn & Teller, 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 mononymous person.
Professional hockey player Miroslav Satan. Sadly, he has never played for the New Jersey Devils. Also, 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. 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 Memetic Badass in online hockey communities, nevermind he was one of the few bright spots on an otherwise hopeless Norwegian team.
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.
Walt Disney World once employed a topiary sculptor names Bserko (pronounced "Berserko") Bronk.
The Russian ice dancers may have unfortunatecostumesnote : Not even their more "conventional" (by figure skating standards) long program costumes were without controversy, because they used the belts to hold on to each other during the performance., but their names are pretty awesome: Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin.
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 Ian Fleming and descendant of Charlemagne.
Canadian 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 him. He also is a freaking◊ amazingmodernist◊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.
Orson Welles'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? Orson Welles: 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!
Quentin Tarantino. 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 Pink Floyd, 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 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.
Calvin Coolidge. What did you expect from a guy who has 'cool' in his last name?
Genghis Khan, as noted by Badass of the Week, 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) "They can kill me after I become world champion and change Pakistan."
One of the creators of Red vs. Blue, Geoff Fink had his name changed to Geoff Lazer Ramsey.
Ragnar Tørnquist, notable game designer (The Longest Journey). 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
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 Hollywood film made about his crime.
Benedict Cumberbatch (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 Leonardo DiCaprio, 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.
Hutch Dano, whose real name is Hutching Royal Dano.
SpongeBob SquarePants has a writer named Zeus Cervas. Ironically, his writing says otherwise. He is good at storyboard art though.
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 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.
Finnish singer Suvi Teräsniska, whose name could be translated to Summer Steelneck.
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.
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 Serious Business. 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...Robert Taylor.
Actress Clémence Poésy (meaning Mercy Poetry, though Poésy is her mother's maiden name and not her birth name)
Many Brazilian footballers tend to acquire Awesome McCoolnames 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.
Zinedine Zidane a.k.a. Zizou, legendary World Cup-winning French 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 English Civil War, 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 4chan thread where the poster would name his newborn son whatever a post ending in the number 77 said. He delivered. The winner? 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.
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 professional name only barely outdoes her real one for awesomeness.
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 Andrew Luster (both shiny and lustful).
A well-noted Tennessean show business family contains patriarch Billy Ray Cyrus, matriarch Leticia Cyrus, sons Christopher Cody, Trace, and Braison, and daughters Brandi, Noah, and middle child 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.
H.P. Lovecraft is a pretty badass-sounding name, even if the H.P. stands for the fairly unremarkable "Howard Phillips".
One of the designers of the 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 Elmo. His private life 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.
Vin Diesel. For added credibility, his name is an anagram for "I end lives."
Aussie Rules footballer Steele Sidebottom. Sounds like he should be in porn with a name like that.
Australian professional cyclist Steele Von Hoff
The one and only Stirling Silliphant. 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 Jackie Chan, 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 Conquering Bear, Wilma Mankiller, Madonna Thunderhawk, One-Who-Walks-With-The-Stars, and They-Fear-Even-His-Horses.
The Shia prayer leader of al-Awamiyah in eastern Saudi Arabia is a guy named Nimr al-Nimr, which means Tiger the Tiger.
Historical abolitionist 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.
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 Transformers comics world has the oddly appropriately named IDW writer Zander Cannon. One of the official Transformers Animated 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.
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.
The Marquis de La Fayette (the American Revolutionary hero) named his son George Washington de La Fayette.
The surname of second United Nations 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 Bleach.
Acclaimed Czech type designer 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 Uma Thurman 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.
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.
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), Jon Jay, Skip Schumaker, Lance Berkman, Lance Lynn, David 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 Lieutenant General Sir Manley Power, and the second was his great-grandson 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.
Evangeline Lilly. It sounds like something out of a Fairytale, which is fitting, since the actress also looks like someone out of a fairytale.
Scott Manley, actually sounds very manly when he's reviewing games on YouTube. Also is a scientist who studies killer asteroids. His young son is clearly destined for even more greatness with the name Orion Manley
Japanese actor Ryo Ryusei, star of Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger. 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 again after having previously been caught in 2011, but this time, he'd used the alias "Carlos Danger".
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.
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 The Chosen One:
"The word Messiah is a title and 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.
A couple of dozen people in the UK changed their name, specifically so they can say "Danger is my middle name"...
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.
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 here). The aspiring politician he manages is averagely-named Jake Rush, but in his former life as a Vampire: The Masquerade 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) Florida.
The city known as Climax, Georgia. Not to mention Intercourse, Pennsylvania.
"Flame Thrower:" It's a Meaningful Name 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 Ninjemys, a horned turtle. Yes, it was named after that.
The M67 "Zippo" flame throwing tank. Ironically, the British soldiers' less than complimentary nickname "Ronson (lighter)'' for the Sherman tank makes the same comparison.
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 "Sonic hedgehog homolog". The enzyme that potentially inhibits it has been dubbed "Robotnikinin." There's also a retinal protein named "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."
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.
Soviet/Russian spacecraft are launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
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 Battlecruiser? The Dreadnought would like to have a word with you.
The Pirate Party. They have two seats at the European Parliament and 45 in German state parliaments.
The exact translation of 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-(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 "Parabellum"Lat. Latin for "Prepare for War" pistol round.
Before Pliosaurus funkei was formally described in 2012 it was referred to in the paleontological community as Predator X.
This trope is probably one of the reasons why Tyrannosaurus rex is so popular. It gets better: in Latin, it means Tyrant Lizard King.
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.
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 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 Draco, Freyr, and one of the possible names for the next one could be Gandalf. Needless to say, one has to wonder why Hurricanes aren't given such intimidating and poignant naming.