Odd names. What were the parents thinking?

  • Both a father and son in the 17th century thrived despite having...unusual names. The father, a parliamentarian was called Praise-God Barebone. His son, Nicholas Unless-Jesus-Christ-Had-Died-For-Thee-Thou-Hadst-Been-Damned Barbon is known as one of the first proponents of a free market.
  • Does a name mean something? One man, with can only be called a unique taste in names, named one of his sons Loser and the other Winner. Winner went on spend two years in jail with 31 arrests and Looser became a policeman and detective. However, an unrelated Mr. Vice of New Orleans was convicted on 421 of his 890 arrests.
  • Spelling may not be linked to education. Supply Clapp Thwing graduated from Harvard in 1837.

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