The Reel Story: As “Meet the Fockers” continues to break records at the box office, each dollar spent on tickets seems to support one singular theory: the name “Focker” is kind of funny.
In the star-studded sequel to 2000’s blockbuster hit “Meet the Parents,” the now engaged Greg Focker (Ben Stiller) and Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo) arrange for their parents to finally meet at the Focker family home in Florida. Comedy ensues when straight-laced Jack (Robert De Niro) and Dina Byrnes (Blythe Danner) mix their oil with the laid-back bohemian water of Bernie (Dustin Hoffman) and Roz Focker (Barbra Streisand).
While the interaction between these superstars makes for entertaining cinema, the ongoing joke of Bernie and Roz’s borderline obscene last name had us wondering: Does anyone really have the last name “Focker?”
The Real Story: Yep, kids, the world really is full of Fockers.
Well, not completely full. The name is fairly common in the Netherlands, and variations include Fock, Focke, Fockes, Focck, Fockk, Foock, Fohck, Fockez and Fockz. While rare in the States — there were no Fockers registered in the 1990 nationwide census — there is a family crest featured at the House of Names Web site.
And there are enough Fockers out there that Universal Pictures staged a Focker family reunion at Universal Studios Orlando last month. For three days, people with the legal last name Focker were invited to share their family histories and stories with other Fockers.
Apparently, the clan is quite large in British Columbia, Canada, as 21 members of the extended Focker family flew in from there to join in the festivities. To beef up the guest list, some Foeckings from Cleveland and New York were flown in as well.
Presumably, they had a Foecking good time.
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