At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Friday 31 May 2019


I've been having a further look into the numbers of people named after animals in the United States.  These are fiercer animals and the numbers are approximate.

Bear 1200
Lion 250
Tiger 600 (120 are female)
Puma 200 (male and female bearers)
Panther 65 
Cougar 55
Bobcat 15

Going on to birds I found

Eagle (600)
Hawk (1000)
Buzzard (103) - this figure includes Canada

Among the reptiles I would mention Alligator.  Although the number of bearers is 3, the shortened form Gator has 145 who share its name.  I found 45 examples of Lizard.  For Turtle I found 60, though sometimes this may come from a surname meaning Turtle-dove.  I encountered a single Tortoise.

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