There aren’t a lot of us Funders out there, though we did meet some members of the original, Danish branch of the family a few years ago. (I learned I can’t pronounce my own name; the correct, Danish pronunciation sounds sort of like “foonthah” but I never get it exactly right.) A member of the Australian branch of the family, Anna Funder, wrote a really good book which my daughter found by chance one day in a bookstore in Berlin.
My father once observed that he was pretty sure having an unusual name helped his career. As a kid, all I knew was that a name like “funder” led to obvious jokes (such as “funderstorms”). It wasn’t until I was in graduate school that I first noticed that organizations that give money to research are called “funders.” Just last week I was at a conference that included many “funders” and I jumped a bit every time I heard the word. You’d think I’d get used to it.
I don’t know of any other Funders in academic psychology, though, which probably is an advantage. Sometimes I do feel sorry for the people with more common names — looking yourself up in Psych Info or the SSCI must be confusing. Not that I spend much time doing that.