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25 People Much Cooler Than Their Names

April 9, 2014 Pamela Redmond

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 is the cocreator and CEO of Nameberry. The coauthor of ten bestselling baby name books, Redmond is an internationally-recognized 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. Redmond is also a New York Times bestselling novelist whose books include Younger, the basis for the hit television show, and its new sequel, Older.

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