Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Oh Grow Up (And Change Your Surname)

Recent research carried out by King's College, London has found that many old British surnames have been disappearing in recent years.
Probably due to the embarrassment of owning a 'funny' name, the last census revealed that names like: Cock, Daft, Death, Smellie, Gotobed, Shufflebottom, Willy, Nutters, Piggs and Jelly have declined in the past century with Cock's shrinking by 75%, Balls dropping by 50% and the same amount of Willy's no longer seen and you will be struggling to see any Bottoms anymore.
The nation's most embarrassing surnames, including Handcock, Glasscock, Hickinbottom, Shufflebottom and Winterbottom are also among the names people have been most desperate to shake-off.
Today there are the most Smellies in Glasgow, Nottingham is home to the greatest number of Dafts, Blackburn is named as the hometown of Nutters, Cocks are mostly in Truro, Willy's mostly hang out in Taunton and Bottoms call Huddersfield home.
All very amusing unless you happen to be the child of Mrs & Mrs Glasscock and given the name first name of Ivor.

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