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MichelleR said:


People gravitate to places and things that remind them of their own names -- they feel an affinity for them. A guy named Dennis is more likely to be a dentist and marry a woman named Denise and, I dunno, cheat on her with Della from Dellaware. If someone with a similar name to your own asks you to take a survey, you're more likely to agree, but if someone asks you why you agreed, you probably won't realize the name was a factor.
There is a proctologist in Humble, TX by the name of Butts. Seriously! :)
 

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The milkman in the town where my father grew up was named Teets.
 

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I used to share an apartment with an oboe player whose name was Electra Reed.
 

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Folks I'm going to move the last bit of this thread down to Not Quite Kindle. . . .it's morphed from Kindlette's into "Aptonyms". . . .which is great. . . .keep going. . .I bet we can find lots of them!

Thanks for understanding!

(Ann)
 

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The pediatrician my children went to was Dr. Balls. His first name was Flamen. I'll let you put it together. ;D
 

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Ann in Arlington said:
Folks I'm going to move the last bit of this thread down to Not Quite Kindle. . . .it's morphed from Kindlette's into "Aptonyms". . . .which is great. . . .keep going. . .I bet we can find lots of them!

Thanks for understanding!

(Ann)
Thanks Ann! I was beginning to feel a bit guilty that the thread was being hyjacked! ;) Of course, I was also VERY surprised when I clicked on Show new replies to your posts and discovered I had started a new thread!! :) I knew I was half asleep when I made my last couple of posts last night (this morning), but I just sat there and stared at the screen for a moment with my mind completely blank!! ;D

I can't wait to see more of these Aptonmyns! (I never knew they were called that)
 

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My music teacher in elementary school was Dan Major, or as I thought of him: "D-major".

The first Anglican minister in the town I grew up in was Reverend Good.
 

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Aptonym is my new word of the day!  I haven't looked it up yet, is it related to the name being "apt" for the profession?  My veterinarian's name is  Dr. Doggett and her partner is Dr. Pound.
 

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The only one I think can think of is there is an equine vet in Tomball, Texas named Dr. Hay and I always thought that he should put the slogan "Hay is for Horses" on his business cards.
 

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Noun

aptonym (plural aptonyms)

A proper name that aptly describes the occupation of the person, especially by coincidence.
"Cutter & Sons, Butchers" and "Dr. Childer, Pediatrician" are examples of aptonyms.


New Scientist magazine coined the terms "nominative determinism" or "aptonyms" to describe the phenomenon of people whose names reflect their jobs - or rather, who end up working in areas that reflect their names (hence the "determinism"!).
 
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