THE 19 FUNNIEST WRITER’S NAMES IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD

We discussed here a few weeks ago why it is sometimes a good idea to use a pen name.

Here are some more good reasons.

I knew you’d think I was making these up so here they are, complete with Amazon links, the 19 funniest names for writers in the history of the world.

19. FILIBERTO VAGINA d’EMARESE

Being born in the 19th century is no excuse. Books live forever. Even one with a title as gripping as Dei primi elementi dell’economia politica secondo i progressi della scienza libri quattro … con aggiunta d’una memoria sui vantaggi resultanti dalla coltura dei publici pascol.

18. BANANA YOSHIMOTO

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She has, of course, written a whole bunch of books.

It’s a pen name. Is it silly or a work of marketing genius? You decide.

17. RENE-JEAN PALAPRAT de BIGOT

Wonderful name. But where would he get filed in the Dewey system?

16. MODY COGGIN BOATRIGHT

Brilliant work by the parents in this case. Not a big fan of the covers though.

15. JOHN HARDON

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This is kind of obvious. I’m absolutely sure it’s his real name and I mean no disrespect.

But John, are you sure – I mean, the clergy already have an image problem – that you wouldn’t prefer to use a pseudonym?

14. ARSEN DIKLIC

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This sounds like college humour but its just a case of a name not translating very well into another language.

13. ALEXANDRE FARTO

Same for this one. Alexandre is a very serious artist exploring very serious subjects with a name that may sound elevated in his native Portuguese but is very distracting for English speakers. Did his publishers not realize this and warn him?

12. BRIGITTE FUX

It’s a book about flowers.

11. HENRIETTE HORNY

She sounds like she writes fifty shades of Pythagoras but she actually writes Geometry books.

10. MILDRED MOODY NUTTER

And she has a five star review! Is it for her name or her genealogy?

9. PAMELA BALLS ORGANISTA

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I imagine the psychology of some ethnic groups would be sorely tested by having to keep repeating their names over the telephone.

8. MU-CHOU POO

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But what would Confucius say?

7. J. J. FOUQUEAU de PUSSY

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Seriously?

6. ARNOLDUS SCHYTTE BLIX

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I’d be schytting blix too if I was carrying a live polar bear.

5. NEGLEY KING TEETERS

He’s from the last century. Is that any reason to sound like a burlesque act?

4. COLONEL NIT TONGSOPIT

You can imagine how the conversation goes. “Why has our teacher got such a strange name, Negley?” “I don’t know, Arnoldus, do you think it’s because he’s from Thailand?”

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3. GERALD BASTARD

It sounds like the cover should have a shirtless guy holding a whip and a busty girl in a torn dress in the background. But I guess it’s hard to justify it with a title like Wave Mechanics Applied to Semiconductor Heterostructures

2. HELEN KNISELY BONK

A lively name for a very dull subject.

And the clear winner is …

1. LUDWIG VON BALDASS

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Blatant self promotion.

Why Ludwig’s not a best seller I’ll never know.

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10 Comments

  1. lynettemburrows

    March 26, 2013 at 2:49 am

    You know, somethings we just can’t make up. LOL. Those were some names. Not sure that they work as a marketing gimmick.

    • Except with the possible exception of for Banana, I’m not even sure they realized they had a gimmick going, Lynette. I think HELEN KNISELY BONK should have tried to cash in!

  2. I just hope that the names don’t linger in your subconscious and pop out years later as characters in your novels.

  3. Hilarious. Imagine how tough Twitter would be with a name like ARNOLDUS SCHYTTE BLIX…

  4. I have tears in my eyes from #6. And #13? I’m sorry, but I think that word must be the universal term for gas emissions by now. Why any publisher, in any country, would would be okay with that… But at least they’re giving me a good laugh today. Thanks for sharing them! 🙂

  5. I am still giggling over the Banana guy! These all gave me a good laugh.

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