25 People Much Cooler Than Their Names

25 People Much Cooler Than Their Names

By Pamela Redmond Satran

We like to think the names we choose will help determine the people our children grow up to be.  Serious, classic names create serious, classic (and classy) people; gorgeous names breed future stunners; and cool names will make your kid cool.

And sure, it works out like that sometimes.  From Beyonce to Leonardo Di Caprio, there are lots of examples of cool people with cool names.

But sometimes people transcend the image of their names, like the 25 folks here who are undeniably cool yet have names that are pretty much not.

  1. Allen Ginsberg

  2. Armie Hammer

  3. Bruce Springsteen

  4. Cindy Sherman

  5. Edna St. Vincent Millay

  6. Ernest Hemingway

  7. Frances McDormand

  8. Gary Shteyngart

  9. Gertrude Stein

  10. Heidi Klum

  11. Herman Melville

  12. J.K. Rowling

  13. Jerry Seinfeld

  14. Jon Hamm

  15. Larry David

  16. Lenny Kravitz

  17. Marge Simpson

  18. Marlon Brando

  19. Marvin Gaye

  20. Merle Haggard

  21. Michelle Obama

  22. Neil Gaiman

  23. Sidney Poitier

  24. Stanley Kubrick

  25. Wilma Rudolph

Who would you add to the list?  What names would you take away?

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About the Author

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond

Pamela Redmond is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry and Baby Name DNA. The coauthor of ten groundbreaking books on names, Redmond is an internationally-recognized baby name expert, quoted and published widely in such media outlets as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The Today Show, CNN, and the BBC. She has written about baby names for The Daily Beast, The Huffington Post, and People.

Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its sequel, Older. She has three new books in the works.