Following my recent witterings about Finnish and Latvian names, thank you to Laurence for sending me some Danish surnames.
They include Mrs Pipe Pond, Mr Blotch Castle and Mr North Twig.
Meanwhile in the Netherlands, they didn’t really bother with surnames until 1811, when Napoleon made them a legal requirement. The Dutch thought this was just a short-term thing, so they gave themselves comedy names such as Mr Naked, Mr of the Pants (van de Broek) and Mrs Seldom at Home (Zeldenthuis).
The English seem particularly prone to silly combinations. At university, I personally knew someone called Annette Curtain. And I’ve also uncovered the following (real) names – Gaye Barr, Rich Bustard, Al Fresco, April Schauer, Hazel Nutt, Daisy Dog, Pebble Heaven, Dwaine Pipe, Paige Turner, Halloweena Coffin, Crystal Ware, Donald Duck and Debbie May-Dye.
I do like a good double- or triple-barrelled name. Prince Charles has a friend called Tiggy Leggge-Bourke, whose sister married a Captain Richard Grosvenor Plunkett-Ernle-Erle-Drax. Prince William has a friend called Isabella Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe. Let’s hope she doesn’t marry a Vane-Tempest-Stuart or a Heathcote-Drummond-Willoughby.
As you know, I’m single-barrelled myself, but I’m actually vaguely related to the Montague-Stuart-Wortley-Mackenzies (via the de roos Normans on Mum’s side of the family).
However, as far as I know, I’m not one of the Hepburn-Stuart-Forbes-Trefusises or Temple-Nugent-Brydges-Chandos-Grenvilles.
As for Mr Sextus Denys Oswolf Fraudatifilius Tollemache-Tollemache de Orellana Plantagenet, well – good luck to him.
Me with some of my de roos Norman relatives