What 11 Celebrities Would Be if They Had the Job Their Name Means

Arika Okrent
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Many surnames are derived from words for occupations. A Baker is a baker, and a Miller is a miller. But the origins of these names are usually a bit more obscure, especially when the occupation of the person is terrible match for the name. Here are what 11 celebrities would be if their jobs matched their names.

1. Kim Kardashian

A stone carver. Or the son of a stone carver in any case. From the Armenian kardash (stone cutter) –ian (son of).

2. Kris Jenner

An engineer. From Middle English ginnur or genour.

3. Teresa Giudice

A judge. From the Italian.

4. Ashton Kutcher

A coachman. From the Yiddish or German Kutscher.

5. Leighton Meester

A teacher, or maestro. From the Dutch.

6. Diane Kruger

An inn-keeper or a potter. From German.

7. Natalie Portman

A gate keeper.

8. Bradley Cooper

A barrel maker.

9. Kaley Cuoco

A cook. From Italian.

10. Liev Schreiber

A clerk or writer. From German

11. Jason Bateman

A boatman. From Middle English bate for boat.

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