Anthroponymy is the term for choosing names.
Especially interesting to me are "reduplicated names":
I know a Lewis Lewis. I wondered, "Of all the names in the world, they chose Lewis as his first name!"
I know a Beverly Beverly.
I know three people named Jesse James (one pictured--LOL)
Evans Evans, an American actress
Fei Fei, an Asian actress
Lisa Lisa, an American singer
Sylvain Sylvain, an American guitarist
Thomas Thomas, a science fiction writer
Helle Helle, Danish author
Wilson Wilson, American actor (the next-door neighbor, always behind the fence, on Home Improvement)
My brother just interjected, "How about Sirhan Sirhan?"
Some examples of WTH were the parents thinking?:
DWARD FARQUAHR was Dody Goodman's dance teacher in Columbus, OH and she would talk about him with Jack Paar on The Tonight Show.
Dick Sweat was a NH congressman
Ron Tugnutt (former NHL player)
Andy Friese (another race car driver)
Dick Trickle, NASCAR driver (pictured)
Candace was a very popular name some forty years ago: Gerald's niece's name is Penelope Candace--they wanted to call her Penny Candy! (WHY do people name a child and then say, "We named him/her that so we can call him/her...": some NICKNAME? Why don't they just name the child the name they are going to call them?)
My sister-in-law had a cousin whose last name was BARR; she ALMOST named her daughter Candace; fortunately, my sister-in-law advised her that the child would inevitably be nicknamed by somebody as Candy and she would live as Candy Barr; fortunately, she chose another name.
Scarlet Ann Gray: to my knowledge, she was featured in the The Columbus Dispatch three different times:
1. When she was born--her father claimed to be the world's biggest Ohio State University fan.
2. When she started college--at THE Ohio State University.
3. When she married--I bet she was glad to change her name.