Balls and Bottoms give way to Wangs

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Balls and Bottoms give way to Wangs

Postby Egaladeist » Thu Mar 26, 2009 4:49 am

The number of people in Britain with surnames like Cockshott, Balls, Death and Shufflebottom -- likely the source of schoolroom laughter -- has declined by up to 75 percent in the last century.

A study found the number of people with the name Cock shrank to 785 last year from 3,211 in 1881, those called Balls fell to 1,299 from 2,904 and the number of Deaths were reduced to 605 from 1,133.

People named Smellie decreased by 70 percent, Dafts by 51 percent, Gotobeds by 42 percent, Shufflebottoms by 40 percent, and Cockshotts by 34 percent, said Richard Webber, visiting professor of geography at King's College, London.

http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEno ... IN20090325
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Re: Balls and Bottoms give way to Wangs

Postby Ally » Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:04 pm

Egaladeist wrote:The number of people in Britain with surnames like Cockshott, Balls, Death and Shufflebottom -- likely the source of schoolroom laughter -- has declined by up to 75 percent in the last century.

A study found the number of people with the name Cock shrank to 785 last year from 3,211 in 1881, those called Balls fell to 1,299 from 2,904 and the number of Deaths were reduced to 605 from 1,133.

People named Smellie decreased by 70 percent, Dafts by 51 percent, Gotobeds by 42 percent, Shufflebottoms by 40 percent, and Cockshotts by 34 percent, said Richard Webber, visiting professor of geography at King's College, London.

http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEno ... IN20090325


I used to go to school with some Higginbottoms and Winterbottoms ...... wait for it ..... but I never went to school with a Cock :mrgreen:
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Re: Balls and Bottoms give way to Wangs

Postby Opus » Thu Mar 26, 2009 2:12 pm

you went to an all girls school?
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Re: Balls and Bottoms give way to Wangs

Postby SirDice » Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:32 pm

Or was it a rooster?
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