Finally, A Name for It!

Aptronym – the name for it!  I’ve always been interested in names – where they come from, how they were formed, what meaning they convey.  And I’ve always thought that people with certain surnames had no real choice in occupation.

I mean, could Brian Thorn be anything but a florist?  Our friend Tony Dean is head of one of the colleges at the Colorado School of Mines – making him Dean Dean.  There’s a real estate company in NC called Buyers & Sellers, owned by Christine Buyers and Herb Sellers.  This list goes on.

And now I know there is a name for it – aptronyms.  It means last names that are occupational.  Thanks to Brian Christian in The Most Human Human for the label.  Finally, I have a name for it!

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