Every year, the wonderful people behind Name of the Year cast aside their NCAA Tournament brackets to coordinate a competition that pits funny names of real people against one another. In their own words:
Name of the Year was founded in 1983 on an Ivy League campus. Its mission has remained unchanged: to discover, verify, nominate, elect and disseminate great names. All names included here are, to the best of our knowledge, real. No malice is intended.
Organized in a spirit of innocent fun, NOTY revels in the sheer joy of funny-sounding, confusing, or ludicrous names. This year’s tournament includes competitors like Vernon Lee Bad Marriage Jr., Ulysses Castro, Stonegarden Grindlife, and presumptive front-runner Courvoisier Winetavius Richardson. (You can find the entire bracket here.) There’s even a “Hall of Name” for the all-time greats: Assumption Bulltron, Tokyo Sexwale, Jew Don Boney Jr. and their illustrious peers.
Below, I have included my own nominations for the Bullblog’s inaugural Name of the Year tournament, culled from Yale faculty and administration. We urge you to submit your own nominees in the comments thread by tomorrow, when we will allow Bullblog readers to vote for their favorite name at Yale. On Friday, we will name a champion.
Rules: No students, no malice, just Yale faculty or staff and their wonderfully weird names. Please submit full names along with their respective posts at Yale.
Pericles Lewis — Professor of English & Comparative Literature
Ana L. De La O — Assistant Professor of Political Science
Bloomstaff — Sterling Professor of Humanities
Alastair Minnis — Douglas Tracy Smith Professor of English
Zoltán Gendler Szabó — Professor of Philosophy of Language and Metaphysics
Alec Stone Sweet — Leitner Professor of International Law, Politics and International Studies
Howard V. Zonana — Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Professor (Adjunct) of Law
Monique Boney — Secretary, Department of Philosophy