Proper names with apostrophes?

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Mon Jan 2 23:49:39 UTC 2012

On Mon, Jan 2, 2012 at 5:18 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> I don't know how common this is.  But there's a basketball player for
> St. John's University (NYC) named God'sgift Achiuwa (as he appears in
> box scores) or God's Gift Achiuwa (as he appears on the web, e.g. in
> No doubt not the only Christian (I assume) name with an apostrophe in
> it but I can't think of others I've encountered.
> (Maybe it's something about the Big East Conference; a basketball player
> for rival Providence College a few years ago was named God Shammgod.
> Too bad he never got the chance to go man-on-man against God'sgift.)

Elsewhere in the NCAA, Wake Forest's football team recently recruited
a defensive end from Florida named God's Power Offor. (Like Mr.
Achiuwa, he's originally from Nigeria.)

On the Wake Forest website, he's Godspower Offor:


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