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Christian Boulanger

I love this one: A Jazz pianist called Eyran Katsenelenbogen (http://www.eyran.com). Would be very interesting to find out how the family got its name...

JM

Further to the "Ferguson" story, Check out the name of the officer in this story:
http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/loaded-gun-in-vagina-687341

Lutz

What if these are your gynaecologists?

http://www.frauenaerzte.de/frankschenderlein

Martin

These names are fun. But it gets rather difficult when the pronounciation of your name has a meaning in another language. Just think about all the guys called Jörg travelling in English speaking countries. Or someone named Bernd Kund.

Martin

Johannes

The Ferguson/vergessen story is a spoof. It's a gaelic name, cf. the wikipedia entry.
And I don't think it's a good story. Why would an immigrant state that he forgot his name?

FabMax

@Notger: Maybe the agents gave that name to those German immigrants who forgot their last names (probably children and those who didn't want someone to follow them to the US for whatever reason). The name Fergus, however, is Gaelic in origin.

Susanne

I went to a gynecologist once in Toronto whose name was Nadel (although he was no surgeon).

Unfortunately, I only noticed this after the fact as his staff kept pronouncing his name with the emphasis on the second syllable.

Notger

I was once told, that the name "Ferguson", which also exists in the UK, is a german name too.

When asked their name by the immigration office of the US, some Germans would answer "vergessen", meaning "forgotten", but the officials would understand "Ferguson". Thus they would come to their new name.

I don't know wether this is a myth or truth, but it is a good story nevertheless.

Cuneiform

Deceased Czech politician Jiří Dienstbier of course had an exceptionally cute surname.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jiří_Dienstbier

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