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.
Elvis Costello, née Declan Patrick MacManus, was the son of Ross MacManus, a successful musician in his own right. And now that Friends has faded into syndication land, it might be time to reevaluate this gentle, understated single-syllable Scottish surname name. One of Ross’s other derivations is as a nickname for a redhead.