Funky Names

Posted by John Dojka on July 3, 2008 in

I'm looking forward to a three-day holiday weekend and some summer fun, so it's hard to concentrate on RPI history today! I've been working on an inventory of faculty/alumni files and doing some organization in the collection. I frequently use information in this collection to answer questions about RPI people. Several years ago, we started compiling a list of unusual names that we came across in our research. We call it the Funky Names List. Here is the list for your amusement:

  • Clifton Sifton
  • Burr Beach
  • Van Rensselaer
  • Mason Flogswell
  • D. Humphreys Hiner
  • Minerva Matthews
  • Ellen Van Allen Lyman
  • Sharon Ina Berger
  • Tryphena Cady
  • General James E. Slaughter
  • Onward Bates
  • McKoskry Butt
  • Harwood Olyphant
  • Norbert Hepfinger
  • Marmaduke Ward Easby
  • Gustavus A. Longnecker
  • Lewis Passmore Pennypacker
  • Chris Csikszentmihalyi
  • Independence Grove
  • Dork Sahagian
  • Philander Moore
  • Choppy Wicker
  • Ario Pardee
  • Athol Morton Miller
  • Omar Murgatroid
  • Twinkle Van Winkle
  • Turpin Bannister


Joann Taylor
Mon, 02/23/2009 - 18:50 Permalink

How about Ario Pardee (Class of '58..1858, that is)

Sharon Ina Berger
Sun, 02/21/2010 - 17:15 Permalink

Ha ha, I love it, I feel famous.

Sharon In a Berger
Class 1999

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