Origins: A registrar, as a joke, fills one entire class with students whose last names are also animal names (e.g., Byrd, Fox, Lyon, Finch, Lamb).
Origins: As reported by Brunvand, this prank allegedly occurred in a Freshman English section at Yale University. Since nearly all universities have switched over to systems that allow the students themselves to choose which sections they want to attend, this legend is now outdated and seldom repeated.
The appeal of groups with related surnames is manifested in fact and fiction, as evidenced by this excerpt from one of Patrick O'Brian's historical novels, in which two Royal Navy captains discuss the efforts of a third captain to steal a crewman
'Why did he do that?' asked Jack.
'Because he dresses his bargemen in all colours of the rainbow, and likes them to have answerable names. He has a Green, a Brown, a Black, a White, a Gray and even a Scarlet, and he fairly longed for my John Blew.'