Really Unfortunately Named Person of the Day: Æthelred the Unready

Poor Æthelred- he is unfortunately named for two reasons. First, that whole letter A and E together thing is really hard to do (I may or may not have to copy/paste it in every time I type his name). The letter thingy is common among early kings of England (it also freaks out all automatic spellcheckers, just saying). What kind of nickname do you give … Continue reading Really Unfortunately Named Person of the Day: Æthelred the Unready

Unfortunately Named Person of the Day: Emperor Pupienus

Even Roman Emperors cannot avoid bad names…today’s unfortunately named person of the day is the Marcus Clodius Pupienus Maximus, or just plain Emperor Pupienus. According to Wikipedia, contemporary texts tend to refer to him incorrectly as “Maximus”, instead of his family name of Pupienus. Really? I can’t imagine why. Despite a name good enough to grace the pages of history books, poor Pupienus somehow managed … Continue reading Unfortunately Named Person of the Day: Emperor Pupienus

Unfortunately Named Person of the Day: Ivar the Boneless

Back in the good old days (i.e. the Middle Ages), last names had not yet been invented. Instead, people just went around being called their first name and then some piece of information that was relevant to them. For example: Louis the Fat…because he was fat (real person, I swear) or Thomas, John’s Son (precursor to the modern Johnson). Of course, you didn’t really get … Continue reading Unfortunately Named Person of the Day: Ivar the Boneless