The Assassin Brothers

Nowadays, with a name like 'The Assassin Brothers', these two would probably be offered a reality TV show deal .

Exeter and Plymouth Gazette – October 18, 1895
via the British Newspaper Archive

There are in France two brothers with the surname of Assassin, who recently obtained the necessary permission from the high functionary called the Keeper of the Seals to change their name to one less offensive. After mature reflection, they decided to change their name to Berge. Now that it is too late to alter it, they have discovered, to their intense annoyance, that their new name happens, by a singular coincidence, to be that of the chief assistant to M. Deibler, the public executioner, who will, in all probability, succeed to M. Deibler's gruesome business.
     Posted By: Alex - Sat Dec 07, 2013
     Category: Weird Names | Nineteenth Century

Sometimes, what is a perfectly good name in one culture, is not so in outs. Consider the prominent Indian politician Ms. Sheila Dikshit:
Posted by Joshua Zev Levin, Ph.D. on 12/07/13 at 09:40 AM
Sounds like it was just meant to be.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 12/07/13 at 06:43 PM
Killer name! Why change it?
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 12/08/13 at 06:58 AM
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