If Emily what’s-her-name who wrote Wuthering Heights had married the American financier George Soros, she might now be known as Emily Bronte-Soros.
Please note that 'Bute' is pronounced Byoot, or Beaut, which provides a little bit of disguise of the punchline, as does putting the Countess first. If we'd said it the other way round, it'd have been more predictable and correspondingly less effective. than the above:
If the Duke of Wellington had married the Countess of Bute, would she be called Lady Wellington Bute?
This makes the gag more of a statement than a joke, and is arguably less surprising and so less funny than my effort above.
Which of the two gags above is the best?
Where did the Bute / Duke joke come from?
It was just a case of typing it up today, with a bit of thought on the exact phrasing. It wasn't hard.
how to find suitable names
What I left out is by far the best type of resource for finding strings of well-known people's names:
The index of any recently published quote book.
I have a book of genuinely funny humorous quotations called 'The funniest thing you never said' by Rosemary Jarski.
The writers / speakers of the quotes are listed in the index - hundreds of them - and I reckon that roughly quarter of them have something potentially usable in their names.
go through them fairly quickly
You can come back later to do the joke creating.
I'll return to this theme tomorrow.
Have a good night,