We've all known people whose names or nicknames indicated that their parents had a sense of humor, if not compassion or good taste. One of the most highly noted examples of frivolous appellation was Ima Hogg, the highly-regarded philanthropist. The actor Rip Torn's real name is Rip Torn, and in popular fiction, Perry Mason's courtroom adversary was Hamilton "Ham" Burger.
Douglass, Richard E.
"The Name is the Game,"
Word Ways: Vol. 13
, Article 8.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol13/iss1/8