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Hillbilly Names: Rubes, hayseeds and bumpkins

Hillbilly Names: Rubes, hayseeds and bumpkins
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Blame L’il Abner, The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, Andy Griffith and even The Simpsons, for the fact that some names have long been stereotyped as aw shucks, rube, hick, hayseed, country bumpkin names.  Well, one of our causes here at nameberry is the slaying of stereotypes, and we think there are names here that are definitely worthy of resuscitation.  Some of them are already making their way back from that cartoony pigeonholing—there have, for example, been starbabies and civilian named Chester, Gus, Homer, Jasper, and certainly lots of Lukes—but they all deserve a second look–I think several of them have a nice, down home, funky appeal.

Not included here are labels like Bubba and combo names like Billy Bob, and we’re sticking with the boys, as the girls’ equivalents tend to be mostly combos like Ellie Mae and Bobby Jo.

ABNER

BARNEY (has other problems related to prehistoric purple)

BO

CAL

CHESTER

CLEM

CLETUS

CLYDE

CY

CYRUS

EARL

ELMO

FLOYD

GUS

HOMER

IKE

JASPER

JEB

JED

JETHRO

LEM

LUKE

LUM

MOSE

REUBEN

ROSCOE

RUFUS (possibly saved by Wainwright)

SILAS

WILBUR

WILLIE

ZEB

ZED

ZEKE

About the Author

Linda Rosenkrantz

Linda Rosenkrantz is the co-founder of Nameberry, and co-author with Pamela Redmond of the ten baby naming books acknowledged to have revolutionized American baby naming. You can follow her personally at InstagramTwitter and Facebook. She is also the author of the highly acclaimed New York Review Books Classics novel Talk and a number of other books.

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