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  • Current Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.
  • Kevin Bacon. 'nuff said.
  • Popular local hip hop artist from Richmond - God Bigal Masterstanding Allah Harrison. No, that is not a stage name.
  • Fionn mac Cumhaill (a Folk Hero in Irish Celtic Mythology), 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 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.
  • Eugene Bondurant 'Sledgehammer' Sledge. Badass marine, famous author, Professor of Biology.
  • Urban. Badass Hungarian ironmonger and gunsmith. Designed and built the 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 promptly started punching massive holes in British ships.
  • Matthew Bunker Ridgway: Conquered Korea.
  • 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.
  • ESPN's boxing commentator Teddy Atlas.
  • January Jones.
  • 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 at the same time.
  • Samuel Leroy Jackson.
  • Wilt Chamberlain
  • Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain just has a nice ring, no?
  • Supernatural star Misha Collins, whose was born Misha Dmitri Tippens Krushnic, named his first son West Anaximander Collins.
  • Jesse James Hollywood
  • Leader of "The Worldwide Unification Church" Sun Myung Moon (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 "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.
  • 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 Cracked.com, there's actually a man in the U.S. Army called Staff Sergeant Max Fightmaster. And he has a MySpace.
  • The 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?
  • This Cracked article has a contributor named Jennifer Bonesteel, which the writer comments on.
  • MirrorMask Star Stephanie Leonidas, and also her little sister, Harry Potter star Georgina Leonidas.
  • Victoria Justice.
    • Victoria Dawn Justice.
  • Moon "Unit One" Zappa.
  • Actress Moon Bloodgood.
  • On that note, Soleil Moon Frye. Extra bonus as "soleil" is French for "sun", giving her two celestial bodies in one name.
  • Wolf Blitzer. His granddad was named that, too. Added coolness: He shares his name with a high-ranking villain from the original 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... weight.
  • Another cool name in the world of television news, Colorado Springs reporter Tak Landrock.
  • Greg Killmaster, As noted in this 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 men of steel".
  • One possible reason a certain actor has so many "facts" and an internet cult surrounding him is because his name is...CHUCK NORRIS!!!!
  • 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  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.
  • Bear McCreary, composer of all of Battlestar Galactica's 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.
  • Law & Order creator Dick Wolf.
  • A 19 year-old from Glastonbury changed his name to 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.
  • 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 longest name ever. He's apparent't got a son: Adolph Blaine Charles etc. etc. Junior.
    • It got 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.
  • Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116 (pronounced Albin) was rejected as a 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.
  • A writer for (among other things) Batman: The Brave and the Bold has the name Joseph Kuhr. He even wrote "Game Over for Owlman", the episode where the Joker actually appears. He stated in an interview that more than a couple people have mistaken it for a pseudonym, and that 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 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.
  • 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 Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch.
  • Julius Andreas Gimli Arn MacGyver Chewbacka Highlander Elessar-Jankov.
  • 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 Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat. who didn't use his decidedly awesome real name, Richard Blood, since it doesn't lend itself to a babyface. Dick Blood.
  • K-Kwik/R-Truth, who spent some time in TNA under his given name, 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: 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.
  • Brock Lesnar. 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 Daran Norris, known for playing Cosmo from The Fairly OddParents (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").
  • 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.
  • Surely 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 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, Rocket Valentino, Racer Maximilliano, Rebel Antonio, and Rogue Joaquin Rodriguez have some pretty awesome first and middle names. Their sister Rhiannon Elizabeth is normal.
  • Enter the Social Security Death Index and go to town. Science Thompson! Vivian B. Death! Dennis Wayne Kills-Enemy-At-Night! Cleveland H. Iron Heart! God M. Chief! John J. Gun Hammer! Ronald Two Teeth! Agostino Tornado!
  • 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.
    • Not that his previous name was bad: David 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 a rather good book.
  • 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.
  • BRIAN BLESSED!!!
  • President Solomon Ironfist.
    • 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.
  • A writer for NCIS: Los Angeles is named 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 
    • 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 Ax-Crazy Yandere who murdered her ex-lover's fiancéenote , but come on. Detective Lazarus.
  • 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.
  • Minnesota Twins pitcher Jeff Manship. Although, if you were to hyphenate it, it would take on a completely different meaning.
  • University professor Doctor Travis Edward White Doom. Apparently he got his doctoral degree specifically so he could be called Doctor Doom.
  • An actor on the teen show Sonny With A Chance is called Sterling Sandman Knight.
  • Grizzly Adams.
  • At the Google X labpratories, where the company comes up with all its Crazy Enough to Work 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? Thurl Ravenscroft.
  • Raphael Ravenscroft, sax player on Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street", also played with Pink Floyd.
  • The actor who played all of the Oompa-Loompas in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? Deep Roy. He was also one of Jabba's house band in Return of the Jedi, playing... Droopy McCool.
  • Major General Lord, Commander of the United States Air Force Cyberspace Command
  • Actor and voice actor Lorenzo Music, best known for his portrayal of Garfield among other things. Truth be told, it's not wholly his birth name... but the Music part is!
  • Jai Kishen Shroff, a.k.a. Jackie Shroff.
  • 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 not making this up.
  • Vanness Wu!
  • Malaysian Indian radio disk jockey Phat Fabes. His real name is Fabian Jesse James.
  • Crystal Waters.
  • John Foresight a crab fisherman for Red Lobster
  • Pierre Andre (Mohd Pierre Andre Bin Nazarul Andre), a Malaysian actor.
  • 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 Dante Basco. His most famous roles? Prince Zuko (a Firebender), and American Dragon Jake Long.
  • 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 World's Strongest Man contest winner Magnus ver Magnusson.
  • 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.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, legendary ballroom dancer Pierre Allaire!
  • Actress Venus DeMilo.
  • THE Reverend, Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior. It's like A Tribe Called Quest, you gotta say the whole thing.
  • 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.
  • Michael Ironside. Anything with "iron" in it for that matter.
  • Lord Brain. No, really. He was a neurosurgeon.
  • 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.
  • Xena's Lucy Lawless. She has been born Lucy Ryan and became Lawless by marriage to her first husband, Garth Lawless.
  • Skins' Lily Loveless. Also the probably pseudonymic Sophia Black-D'Elia from the American version.
  • Armie Hammer, most of the Winklevoss twins. His real name is Armand (Arm and) Hammer. His grandfather was a senator with the same name, and discovering the Name's the Same baking powder was highly amusing.
  • Professional hockey player Miroslav Satan. Sadly, he has never played for the New Jersey Devils. Also, It is pronounced "shu-TAN",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 Memetic Badass in online hockey communities, nevermind he was one of the few bright spots on an otherwise hopeless Norwegian team.
  • 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.
  • Murdered lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare.
  • There is a Broadway actor whose name is Manley Pope.
  • To protest the naming law in Sweden, a girl received the name of Metallica Tomato.
  • During World War II, journalist Ernie Pyle mentioned a young soldier whose father had named him so his initials were "T.N.T."
  • Rip Torn. Played Zed in Men In Black and its sequel.
  • Walt Disney World once employed a topiary sculptor names Bserko (pronounced "Berserko") Bronk.
  • The Russian ice dancers may have unfortunate costumes note , but their names are pretty awesome: Oksana Domnina and Maxim Shabalin.
  • Norm Hiscock, a writer for Parks and Recreation.
  • Dr. L. Richmond Sparks, conductor.
  • 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.
  • Billy Zane. It's even played with in his Adam Westing cameo in Zoolander.
  • 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 amazing modernistarchitect. That's the tip of the iceberg. Grimshaw is his last name, so there could be any number of family members with awesome names.
  • Graham McCool.
  • The Leo in Leo Fender's name is short for Leonidas.
  • Former Ghostwriter actress Blaze Berdahl.
  • The Man Your Man Could Smell Like's real name Isiah Mustafa.
  • Adam Savage of MythBusters. On the other hand, his middle name is Whitney.
  • 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.
  • German actor Dieter Laser (pronounced "lah-ser").
  • There is a Filipino Senator named Joker Arroyo.
  • 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.
  • A British nobleman named Richard Payne Knight.
  • Australian IndyCar racer Will Power.
  • Comedian Red Skelton.
  • Golfer (and winner of the 2010 Open Championship) Lodewicus Theodorus "Louis" Oosthuizen
  • 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 
  • 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.
  • Lauren Faust, creator of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
  • 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 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 Melodic Death Metal/Celtic Metal band SuidAkrA (which also happens to be his name spelled backwards).
  • 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.
  • Lex Shrapnel. An actor rather than a vigilante.
  • General Charles Hartwell Bonesteel III, complete with Eyepatch of Power.
  • 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)
  • Actress Angelina Jolie, whose last name (originally her middle name, before she dropped her birth surname, Voight) literally means "beautiful". Given the evidence, it seems appropriate.
  • So You Think You Can Dance competitor Kuponohi'ipoi Aweau (he goes by Kūpono)
  • Feminist author Shulamith Firestone.
  • 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.
  • How about Colonel Zadok Magruder?
  • The real name of the man behind Venetian Snares is Aaron Funk. You don't even really need to do the I Am the Band thing with a name like that, but he did anyway.
  • 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 Learned Hand.
  • Boom mike operator Kelly Zombor. Most famously known as a one-shot joke from the opening credits of The Final Sacrifice by Mike and the 'bots.
  • Sky McCloud and Winter McCloud, the daughters of comics artist and essayist Scott McCloud.
  • Actress Tanit Phoenix.
  • Actor River Phoenix.
  • 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 Victoria.)
  • Crispin Hellion Glover. His middle name really is Hellion; considering most of the roles he's played, this shouldn't be all that surprising.
  • Katsuyuki Konishi.
  • Monsters actor Scoot McNairy. Adorable name, bonus points for actually having the 'Mc'.
  • There's an artistic nude photographer on deviantART whose name is Michael Kilgore. Link NSFW
  • Dr. Stephen Granade, Rocket Scientist and co-host of What The Cast.
  • Max Planck, Nobel Prize winner.
  • Actress Alia Shawkat.
  • Holly Black.
  • Whether you're an occultist of any flavour or not, you have to agree that 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 "Dr. 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 Achron, is called Dr. Chris Hazard.
  • Howzabout science fiction/horror writer Manly Wade Wellman?
  • Corin Nemec, versus his character in Stargate SG-1, "Jonas Quinn".
  • Preserved Fish , prominent 19th C. New York City shipping merchant.
  • Onika Miraj (one letter short of being "Demon-child Illusion"), better known as Nicki Minaj 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 Hitler trying to beat Frankenstein in a local election. The article also mentions a guy named Britainwar.
  • 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.
  • Former kickboxer and some-time actor Thunderwolf.
  • Mathematician and computer scientist 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 Alice in Wonderland has the name of Francisco X. DeJesus.
  • Zendaya Coleman.
  • Belgian soccer player Eden Hazard. Only surpassed by his younger brother, Thorgan.
  • Vernor Vinge, 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 Andrew Luster (both shiny and lustful).
  • Project Runway contestant Gunnar Deatherage.
  • 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."
  • Current Saturday Night Live 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 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.
  • Admittedly it's more Hilarious in Hindsight, but how much would you give to be named Kamehameha the Great?
  • There's a baby named Dovahkiin.
  • Actor Omar Doom. Interesting note: his dad was a doctor, meaning that he was the son of Doctor Doom. (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.
  • Kim Possible co-creator Bob Schooley.
  • Guess the awesome name of the person behind the American McGee's Alice 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? Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop.
  • J.E. Sawyer at Obsidian Entertainment.
  • Antonio Banderas, according to Jay Leno.
  • The noted British entomologist Sir Vincent Brian Wigglesworth.
  • DJ Bonebrake, drummer for punk band X. He's the only member of the band to not have a Stage Name of some kind, because apparently his real name sounded cool enough.
  • Lieutenant Wilhelm Blitz, commander of Germany's first ever platoon of tanks during WWI.
  • Cymphonique Miller, Master P's daughter. Her ex-Alpha Bitch / Fallen Princess character's name is plain old Kacey Simon.
  • Chamillionaire, who's name is an obvious portmanteau of chameleon and millionaire.
  • Tahra Dactyl
  • Edward John Izzard or Eddie Izzard.
  • 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.
  • American Pie: Band Camp star and all-around hottie, Crystle Lightning. She even gets 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 Danger Fourpence
  • A man in Nebraska legally changed his name to Tyrannosaurus Rex.
  • American racing driver 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 Doctor Who) was born Roger Caesar Marius Bernard de Delgado Torres Castillo Roberto.
  • Joe Panik.
  • Linebacker 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 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.
  • There was an astronaut by the name of Willie McCool.
  • US Olympic soccer player Hope Solo.
  • Retired US Olympic beach volleyball player 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 Julian Lightwing
  • DeStorm Power.
  • Skip Priest, Mayor of Federal Way, Washington.
  • A Colombian professional cyclist on the Lampre team is named Winner Anacona.
  • Actor Powers Boothe.
  • The physicist Freeman Dyson, who designed the Dyson Sphere.
  • 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.
  • From Facebook: Thurman McFeelgood
  • The incredibly heroic, and incredibly named, Mustafa Kemal.
  • Natural Hunka Kaboom.
  • Nikola Tesla. How cool does that sound!
  • Russia's first scientist, Mikhail Lomonosov, or the archaic variant Mikhailo Lomonosov.
  • Sir Douglas Evill, RAF chief marshal in World War II. The "Douglas" makes him seem more Wicked Cultured and Affably Evil, and the extra "L" on "Evill" means you draw out his name. He was a strong supporter of Death from Above.
  • Mel Gibson's character in The Patriot 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, could shame a horse and jokes about it.
  • Navy Midshipmen safety Wave Ryder.
  • German chemist Carl Magnus von Hell, who worked with other chemists to come up with the equally awesome-sounding Hell-Volhard-Zelinsky reaction.
  • JasperMaskelyne, the magician who (if we believe his own account of things) used masterful illusions to help win World War II.
  • Garth Nix. It almost sounds like a 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 for 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 Van Halen weren't good enough for Eddie Van Halen, he named his son Wolfgang Van Halen. I would *kill* to have a name that cool.
  • Summer Glau
  • Emiliano Rosales-Birou, who commonly goes by Emile, but is much better known as Chuggaaconroy.
  • Dutch gymnast 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 Andrew Fire.
  • John Force is not a superhero. He's a champion drag racer.
  • Australian comedy actress Rebel Wilson. There's also her siblings Anarchy, Riot, and Liberty.
  • A search of the 1911 British Census reveals the existence of an individual going by the name of Ass Killingback!
  • An American man named Eric Boring changed his name to Eric Bloodaxe.
  • Inverted by Thomas Wanker, a composer who worked on Buffy, but you gotta hand it to the guy for sticking with it.
    • Played straight by one of the show's writers, David Fury.
  • Jean Michel Jarre, 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. In their language that sounds like this: "Lo and behold, a piece of excrement!"
  • From American Greed, financial investigators Rick Raven and "Lethal" Letha Sparks (not Lethal Weapon (of mass fraud destruction)?).
  • Former NASCAR driver Roy "Buckshot" Jones.
  • 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.
  • One of Lamborghini's test drivers is named Max Venturi. Memorably lampshaded on Top Gear:
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 football team goalkeeper, 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 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 The Muppet Show named David Lazer.
  • A few contestants on Survivor come to mind, for example Richard Hatch, Sue Hawk, Andrew Savage, and 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), 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
  • Genndy Tartakovsky.
  • Author Brad Thor.
  • Kanye West, and his daughter North.
  • 12-year-old guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, possessor of "the blackest name of all time" according to Totally Biased.
  • The man whose assassination sparked World War I, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, bears a mention on this page. His name is alliterative, noble-sounding, and even somewhat badass. And it's so cool that he even 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 Star Wars.
  • Barack Hussein Obama. "Barack" means "blessing" or "blessed", and "Hussein", once you put aside the association with Saddam Hussein, means "handsome". Obama provides the page quote on the main article.
  • 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.
  • Stiff Leadbetter, 18th century British architect.
  • 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 Sgt. Pepper.
  • Khalid ibn al-Walid, who was a companion (read bodyguard) of 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 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 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 
  • 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.
  • Bombur's stunt/scale double Bronson Steel.
  • Another one from the large Cool family is Anna-Maria Cool, comic artist. (Sorry, no Mc.)
  • Julia Louis-Dreyfus' 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 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.
  • Patrick Dangerfield lives up to his extremely cool last name as a star Australian Rules Football player.
  • Richard Miles McCool (whose name can also be conveniently shortened to Dick Miles Mc Cool), a man who helped rescue the crew of the capsized and hilariously incompetent destroyer "USS William D. Porter" during WWII, and who also received a Medal of Honor in part for doing it.
  • Pro poker player 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.
  • Marisa Ackerman, a name this troper had come across at work...
  • One of the founders of Melbourne, Australia was named John Batman.
  • Adèle Exarchopoulos.
  • Sir Rex Masterman Hunt, former Governor of the Falkland Islands.
  • Bastian Schweinsteiger.
  • A Toyota employee in the Philippines is named Stallone Silvestre. Here is his calling card.
  • Lou Diamond Phillips, the actor.

Places and Things

  • The city known as Climax, Georgia. Not to mention Intercourse, Pennsylvania.
  • "Lightning rod"
  • "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."
  • The newly-discovered prehistoric giant killer whale called Leviathan Melvillei. However, 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 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.
  • Behold the Stareater!!! An 8-inch fish found in the cold depths of Antarctica, it looks like it would be comfortable in the cold depths of SPACE! devouring suns.
  • Though the name 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.
  • The Shadow Cabinet, anyone? Sounds more like something from Star Wars 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 Battlecruiser? The Dreadnought would like to have a word with you.
  • Batman, Turkey. Capital of the Batman Province. On the Batman River. Yeah. They even sued Christopher Nolan over using their name without permission because of it!
  • From Australia: Batman Bridge, Batman's Hill, Division of Batman and so on. What is now the city of Melbourne, he originally founded as Batmania.
  • Oregon has a Nine Devils Road. Seriously, how on Earth does a place get an awesome name like Nine Devils Road?
  • Theodore Roosevelt's Progressive Party — better known as the Bull Moose Party.
  • 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.  pistol round.
  • Before 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 Manly in Sydney, Australia, home of the Manly Sea Eagles. Rated M for Manly, 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 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.
  • The New I-Mobile Stadium in Thailand, a soccer venue whose former name is Thunder Castle Stadium. It sounds like something right out of Mario Strikers.

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