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Renaming the Schwar(t)zkopf baby.

DEBORAH GLUPCZYNSKI does not need to repeat herself. There she is in all her glory--a doctor from western Massachusetts--18 letters, no repeats, and a new record for a real person's name. She surpasses the previous record-holder, clearly departed 17-letter MELVIN SCHWARZKOPF, formerly of Illinois. This discovery begs some important questions in the exciting field of heterogrammic onomastics--the study of names which do not repeat a letter. (The term heterogram--a word with no repeated letters--refers to a word in which all letters appear the same number &times.) These questions demand answers.

Brief History

In "Naming the Schwarzkopf Baby" (August 1991), Ross Eckler pseudonymously issued the challenge of finding a real name of at least 15 letters with no repeats, unaware of the then-quite-vital Melvin. He also proposed naming the hypothetical baby EMILY JUNG SCHWARZKOPF (20 letters). Soon, readers would concoct con·coct  
tr.v. con·coct·ed, con·coct·ing, con·cocts
1. To prepare by mixing ingredients, as in cooking.

 22 to 26-letter proposals employing various devices.

In the realm of famous people, shorter records were noted--most famously MICHAEL TYSON (12), who is tied by baseball's BUTCH WYNEGAR
    Harold Delano Wynegar Jr. (born March 14, 1956 in York, Pennsylvania) is a former Major League Baseball catcher who played for the Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, and California Angels from 1976 to 1988.
     and BUCK MARTINEZ John Albert "Buck" Martinez (born November 7, 1948 in Redding, California) is a former catcher, manager and is currently a play-by-play commentator in Major League Baseball. He also managed the American national team at the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006.  if common nicknames are allowed. I noted manager BUCK SHOWALTER William Nathaniel "Buck" Showalter (born May 23, 1956 in De Funiak Springs, Florida) is a former professional baseball player and manager. His most recent managerial position was with the Texas Rangers from 2002-2006.  (13)--often called BUCKY (14)--and fictional character PINKY TUSCADERO Pinky Tuscadero was a character on the American television sitcom Happy Days played by Roz Kelly. Tuscadero was a former love interest of Fonzie. Her tough sister was Leather Tuscadero, played by Suzi Quatro.  (14) of TV's Happy Days.

    More creative theoretical names have been proposed, each consisting of a real first and last name, though not of the same person. At 17 letters, we meet BARNEY WOLFSCHMIDT, FLOYD KIRSCHENBAUM, and MARK YEDLOUTSCHNIG. At 18, BEULAH TROMPCZYNSKI and MELVIN SCHWARTZKOPF with a T. (While the General and the real Melvin have no T, others do.) However, none of these exceeds our very real friend Deborah.

    New Discoveries

    The challenge remains: What is the longest theoretical name--consisting of names of actual people or characters--with no repeated letters? Here are some new discoveries which go beyond previous efforts. Sure, Google makes it easier to find some strange stuff but that's not my fault--I just report the news.

    To rein in to check the speed of, or cause to stop, by drawing the reins.
    to cause (a person) to slow down or cease some activity; - to rein in is used commonly of superiors in a chain of command, ordering a subordinate to moderate or cease some activity deemed excessive.

    See also: Rein Rein
     the chaos, we order our search by the number of words in the name. First, it is natural to seek the longest heterogrammic first and last names. As it happens, both may be satisfied by BARTLOMIEJCZYK (14), a Polish diminutive di·min·u·tive  
    1. Extremely small in size; tiny. See Synonyms at small.

    2. Grammar Of or being a suffix that indicates smallness or, by semantic extension, qualities such as youth, familiarity, affection, or
     form of Bartholomew, which surpasses all previously noted names. If 1920's artist Edmund had adopted a Vietnamese son, PHUNG BARTLOMIEJCZYK (19) might have had some explaining to do at homeroom home·room  
    A school classroom to which a group of pupils of the same grade are required to report each day.

    Noun 1. homeroom
     roll call, but he would have exceeded our 18-letter benchmark. Considering people named after fictional characters This is a list of fictional characters. It has been expanded into the following lists:
    • List of fictional actors
    • List of fictional aliens
    • List of fictional amateur detectives
    • List of fictional Amazons
    • List of fictional anarchists
    • List of fictional androids
    , Beulah's boy JUGHEAD TROMPCZYNSKI (19) would tie the mark. (In the Archie comics his real name was the far less interesting Jones). But to find our record holder we return to our favorite family. Turns out they have a Dickens fetish fetish (fĕt`ĭsh), inanimate object believed to possess some magical power. The fetish may be a natural thing, such as a stone, a feather, a shell, or the claw of an animal, or it may be artificial, such as carvings in wood. . Named after the Nicholas Nickleby character Dingleby Dabber dab·ber  
    A cushioned pad used by printers and engravers to apply ink.
    , young DINGLEBY SCHWARTZKOPF (20), tops our list--for now. No doubt computer searches of name databases could improve on this.

    We can also look for a real person whose first and last names are each heterograms on their own. In this case, the longest minimum name would be of interest. Again Polish obliges--painter FRANTISZEK SMUGLJEWICZ (10,11) has at least 10 letters in each heterogrammic name.

    Including middle names is again a family affair. Melvin's actual son, who passed on in September 2003, was named Gerald Melvin Schwarzkopf. If his daughter had been named JUDY MELVIN SCHWARZKOPF (21) she would have surpassed EMILY JUNG. We can climb this ladder of theoretical names step by step--first we add back the T for a total of 22. Next we note the Belgian surname SURNAME. A name which is added to the christian name, and which, in modern times, have become family names.
         2. They are called surnames, because originally they were written over the name in judicial writings and contracts.
     VLEMING, which would allow the very plausible JUDY VLEMING SCHWARTZKOPF (23). But also possible is the alternate spelling VLEMINX (often, but not always, spelled with a CK before the X). In concert with the (very real) adult film star Judgy Saville, we can now form the (very theoretical) JUDGY VLEMINX SCHWARTZKOPF (24) which tops our list --again, only for now. And there it lies, in all its glory. One theoretical person, three actual names, 24 letters.

    Records for real, famous, and fictional 3-word names are left as open questions for the reader.

    Of course, as with previous concoctions, one could go further allowing titles, middle initials, generational markers, etc. These quickly test the limits of contrivance. Allowing only one of each to maintain at least some plausibility, in ten generations we might see the honorable JUDGE VIMBLY Q. SCHWARTZKOPF, X (25) named after Punjabi journalist Vimbly Sumbly. Or someday the football-playing QB JUDGY VLEMINX SCHWARTZKOPF (26). No point in considering these as 'records'--in this family, there's no need to repeat yourself.

    Summary of Current Known Records, names with no repeated letters:

    longest first name or last name, real or fictional: BARTLOMIEJCZYK (14)

    longest full name (first+last), real person: DEBORAH GLUPCZYNSKI (18)

    longest full name (first+last), famous person (nickname allowed): BUCKY SHOWALTER (14)

    longest full name (first+last), famous person (no nickname): MICHAEL TYSON (12)

    longest full name (first+last), fictional character: PINKY TUSCADERO (14)

    longest minimum name (first, last--each heterograms), real person: FRANTISZEK SMUGLJEWICZ (10,11)

    longest theoretical name (first+last), both real: PHUNG BARTLOMIEJCZYK (19)

    longest theoretical name (first+last), real or fictional: DINGLEBY SCHWARTZKOPF (20)

    longest full name (first+middle+last), real, famous, fictional: ?,?,?

    longest theoretical name (first+middle+last), plausible: JUDY VLEMING SCHWARTZKOPF (23)

    longest theoretical name (first+middle+last), less plausible: JUDGY VLEMINX SCHWARTZKOPF (24)


    Aug 1991 article "Naming the Schwarzkopf Baby", Robert Cass Keller. MELVIN SCHWARZKOPF (17, hypothetical), EMILY JUNG SCHWARZKOPF (20)

    Nov 1991 Colloquy col·lo·quy  
    n. pl. col·lo·quies
    1. A conversation, especially a formal one.

    2. A written dialogue.

    [From Latin colloquium, conversation; see
    , John Bulten, BIG MEL (Maya Embedded Language) See Maya.

    Mel - The story of Mel

    Aug 1992 Colloquy, John Bulten, RANDY SCHULTZ (12)

    Aug 92 Kickshaws Kick´shaws`

    n. 1. Something fantastical; any trifling, trumpery thing; a toy.
    Art thou good at these kickshawses!
    - Shak.

    2. A fancy dish; a tidbit; a delicacy.
    Some pigeons, . . .
     "The Schwarzkopf challenge", Dave Morice. MICHAEL TYSON (12), DAVORIN KEMPF (12), BENJY GIL GIL Global Interpreter Lock (to protect Python objects from being modified from multiple threads at once)
    GIL Gerenciador de Informações Locais (Brasil) 

    Aug 1993 Colloquy, Andrew Griscom / Eckler. MARK YEDLOUTSCHNIG (17)

    Nov 1996 Colloquy, Richard Hyde / Eckler. BEULAH TROMPCZYNSKI (18)


    May 1997 Kickshaws. BLAGOJEVICH (11)

    Aug 1998 Colloquy. Eric Chaikin, BUCK SHOWALTER (13)
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    Date:Feb 1, 2004
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