Ruined Names

Perhaps it was because he had a better moustache than Hitler

I killed millions, but my first name is still popular! Ha!

In America, I can think of three real-life villains whose deeds have tainted both their first and last names with permanent associations:

  • Adolf Hitler
  • Osama Bin Laden
  • Saddam Hussein

Any kid whose name involves any of those words will be mentally associated with the respective American villain.*  Obviously, it helps that those names are foreign, non-English names.  Nevertheless, other notorious men have not ruined their entire names:

  • Joseph Stalin
  • Jean Kambanda
  • Joseph Goebbels
  • Kim Jong-il
  • Augusto Pinochet
  • Benito Mussolini
  • John Wilkes Booth
  • Benedict Arnold
  • Timothy McVeigh
  • Pol Pot (here because of a technicality – name makes people think of weed)
  • Scott Boras

*A fact not overlooked by Barack Hussein Obama’s sleazier opponents.

PS  My sister tells me that there are kids in Ecuador named Stalin.  Not sure how that happens – perhaps Google search hits are not the best way to pick names.


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