Sometimes the names of the fathers who sired future super achievers turn out to be a lot more interesting than those they bestowed on their progeny. For example, Truman Capote’s dad’s name was Archulus, Humphrey Bogart’s was Belmont, Bela Lugosi’s Istvan and Marc Chagall’s Khatskel. Intriguing appellations, yes, but we’ll go here with the more wearable ones.
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr, and fought under his birth name until 1964, when he entered the Nation of Islam and was renamed Muhammad Ali, rejecting Cassius Clay as “a slave name”—though the original Cassius Clay was an abolitionist. The august Latin Cassius is another ancient relic that has recently been revived, along with Caspian, Cassian and Casper.