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Their baby is just days old and already she’s the butt of countless jokes. So sad.
I’d like to think that most people cringe when they hear a name like “North West.” But I’m sure other people out there genuinely like it. With this in mind, here’s my question:
Do you think “North West” will inspire more parents to bestow pun names this year?
I don’t have a way to measure pun name frequency, unfortunately, so we’ll have to rely on anecdotal evidence for this one. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for pun names in the coming months. If you spot any, please let me know.
Clyde and Dorothy Popp of Missouri had a baby boy in 1952 and named him Soda.
Yup — Soda Popp.
When Soda Popp was enrolled in school, it made the news:
Jefferson City, Mo., May 15 (AP) Soda Popp, 5, has been enrolled for kindergarten here next year.
And he’s been in the news quite a bit since, thanks to his memorable name.
In a 2003 interview with the Kansas City Star, he had this to say about it:
“I tell folks I have a sister named Lolly,” he said with a laugh. “And that I have twin sons, Snap and Crackle.”
That’s fiction, of course. But his name? That’s pure fact, he insists.
“My mom wanted to give me a name that would stand out – something unusual; something folks wouldn’t forget,” he said.
It’s worked. “People say, ‘How could your parents name you that?’ But I’m glad they did. My name has opened a lot of doors for me.”
A writer for the Topeka Capital-Journal spent a few days with Soda Popp in 2007. He said Soda was often forced to produce his driver’s license to prove his name really was “Soda Popp.”
What do you think of the name “Soda Popp” — cool, or cruel?
P.S. Soda Popp reminds me of two names I’ve seen on the 1940 census: R C Cola Osbey, a 21-year-old man in Texas, and Seven Up Stubin, a 22-year-old man in South Carolina. (And Seven Up Stubin reminds me of Lemon Lime Clay.)
“A Little Drink.” Milwaukee Sentinel 16 May 1957: 2.
Frazee, Brent. “Refreshing Soda: Yes, his name is really ‘Soda Popp.'” Kansas City Star 25 May 2003: C14.
Which of these name combinations is your favorite?
I think I’d have to go with Married Young from the first + last list.
[P.S. For some of the above, I assumed the state where the person was issued a social security number was also the birth-state. I realize now that this isn’t always the case. Sorry about that. If you’ve found a mistake, feel free to correct me in the comments.]