What’s in a name? A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.

I guess that’s true. If we called it a curly petal, it would still smell good.

Cathy Gillentine is a Daily News columnist. She may be reached at cathy.gillentine@comcast.net.

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Carlos Ponce

You've heard of Oail Andrew Phillips, former Nederland Bulldogs football coach. Name doesn't ring a bell? He went by his nickname of "Bum". His older sister had trouble saying brother - it came out "Bum". "Bum" is defined as a tramp, a vagrant, one who avoids work. In Britain, "bum" refers to the buttocks. But the name stuck. Bum Phillips removed his hat when the Houston Oilers played in the Astrodome. It was not proper to wear a hat indoors.

Bailey Jones

I'm always curious about what happens to someone who has a famous name. My namesake had the middle name Washington. My father's family had given names of Alexander, Jefferson and Lafayette, my mom's family had at least two Julius Caesars. None of these guys amounted to much more than his lesser named siblings. Occasionally we'll see the opposite, as when a man named after Martin Luther will equal or eclipse the fame of his namesake.

Carlos Ponce

James Earl Jones - great actor

James Earl Carter - President of the United States listed among the worst

James Earl Ray - Assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Then there's John Wayne Gacy - serial killer, far removed from John Wayne the actor

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