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Everyone rolls their eyes when they recognize that the last name of the Australian Hobart family is a city in Tasmania. But did you know that Kent (last name of Victoria, the British Princess), is a county in England? And that Ramsey is a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey?

Are there any other examples of this phenomenon?

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Taren said, January 23rd, 2008 at 12:27 am

Kent is supposed to be so obvious though. There actually is a Duke of Kent, but with “Sir Charles and Lady Kent” as her parents, Victoria would never have been a real princess.

Laura said, January 23rd, 2008 at 2:59 am

I believe I am one of those eye rollers :) I wonder if there is a Japanese town called Kishi? (a quick visit to Wikipedia reveals this is not so, but it is a relatively common Japanese surname)

Jacki said, January 23rd, 2008 at 4:32 pm

well, there’s a mcgill university in montreal, but none in nyc as I can tell

Lou said, January 24th, 2008 at 9:09 pm

In the Winter Vacation Super Special, Stacey falls in LUV with a French Canadian guy called Pierre d’Amboise. Amboise is a town in France.

All these examples still beat Sweet Valley, where French people had names like “Che Crepe”. A crepe is a freakin pancake!

Lou said, January 24th, 2008 at 9:10 pm

Above was meant to be “Chef Crepe”. My bad.

Kylie90210 said, May 28th, 2008 at 1:14 am

Call me stupid, but as an Australian, I never put Hobart with Tasmania. So blatantly obvious…

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