Of all the professions, the medical business seems to be populated the most with unusual names that raise an eyebrow or cause a chuckle.
Years ago, I recall getting a physical from Dr. Hirt. I always chuckled at the name and embarked on a lifelong journey of collecting funny doctor’s names. And lo and behold, they’re everywhere.
When you’re in the insurance business, one of the common questions on every life insurance form is the full name and address of the client’s doctor.
One client in south Florida went to the medical firm of Conda and Plummer, PA., Anna Conda and Anita Plummer. You can’t make this stuff up folks!
And then there’s Dr. Charles Munk, who actually uses the nickname “Chip.” I can’t even believe he didn’t do that on purpose. What’s he thinking?
One of my own doctors I visit for a quarterly shot is Dr. Hatue (pronounced hate). He tells me he once had a partner named Jennifer Love, MD. You can guess the name of their medical practice. It’s not as bad as the urologist named Dr. Richard Head. Figure it out.
My own doctor growing up in the town of Lexington, SC was J.S. Liverman. No, I didn’t go to him for liver problems. He actually delivered me into this world along with most of my ten brothers and sisters.
One insurance client went to Dr. Croak. Another went to Dr. Slaughter.
I admit, I’m sure I would have considered changing those names as well as Dr. Payne.
Some of my best friends growing up were the Looney boys. I never gave their name much thought until I came across a psychiatrist named Dr. Looney. I couldn’t stop laughing and then I met another shrink by the name of Dr. Nutt.
I recently had hand surgery thanks to getting rear-ended in an auto accident. I couldn’t stop laughing when the anesthesiologist came over and introduced herself as Dr. Good. Her first initial on her badge was the letter “F” which prompted me to nickname her Dr. Feelgood!
And then there is the doctor in Utah named James Shorts. You guessed it, they call him Jim Shorts.
One of the little girls who used to babysit my twin sons when they were growing up was named Candy. I ran across a Dr. Apple. Her first name was Kandi!
And if your name is Lance Boyle or Lily Ponde, you have to find a way to change something.
One of my good friends in the speaking profession is Lisa Ford, CSP, CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame. I never gave much thought to it until I ran across a doctor named Lisa Honda, MD. Really?
That’s almost as bad as Luke Warm or the dentist named Les Plak or good ole Dr. Stitch. And why would Dr. Richard Head allow the nickname of “Dick”? How would you like to be named Dr. Harry Beaver?
I was once on a program with Dr. Rocco Bottums, who went by the nickname Rock. That’s as bad as being named Seth Poole and pronouncing it with a lisp. And if your last name is Butts, why in the world would you name your son Harry? And if your last name is Pepper, really, why would you pursue medicine?
The co-author one of my nine books “The Toastmasters International Guide to Successful Speaking” is Jeff Slutsky. You can imagine the jokes he hears surrounding that name.
An attorney friend of mine in South Carolina was John Cheatham. I used to jokingly call him part of the law firm of Hookem, Crookem and Cheatham.
There’s a race car driver in Formula One named Will Power. That’s a great racing name. There’s a NASCAR driver now retired by the name of Dick Trickle. Don’t go there Mike.
My wife actually once had a doctor by the name of Dr. Weiner. The good news was his first name wasn’t Harry. Could be worse, I suppose.
One of my clients went to an OBGYN named Dr. Wiwi. The actual name of a noted urologist in St. Petersburg, FL is Dr. Cockburn.
When your name is Michael Aun, you really don’t have much room to make fun of other people with odd monikers. If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times… “Is the mike on?”