I purchased a copy of “Remarkable Names of Real People” from Blackwell’s, whilst in my first year at Christ Church, a little over forty years ago now. I was therefore delighted to chance upon this article in the Washington Post, which explains its genesis. Who could not take pleasure in the giddying abundance of improbable names? Life is a constant source of paronomasia and nomenclatural delight.
Melissy Dalciny Caldony Yankee Pankee Devil-Take-The-Irishman Garrison. QED. Amen LJ
Fact Affliction: John Train’s True Remarkable Obsession – The Washington Post