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Treez 'n' Cheez?

The co-op I work at is making a new VEGAN flavor of pizza. It's got broccoli, mushrooms, red onions and nutritional yeast based "cheese". Help, we need a cool name!
posted by a humble nudibranch on Aug 29, 2014 - 34 answers

This puppy has everything she needs, except a name.

We just adopted this 8 month old female Pekingese from a shelter in the midwest. We started out working through Buffy-verse names, and got excited about Fred, which we long-formed first to Winifred, then decided that sounded like a middle name and tried to think of a very generic first name, like Lady. We ended up with Lady Winifred and we call her Fred, but the grandparents object, and we're open to choosing something different, since we chose it before meeting her. [more inside]
posted by kevin is... on Aug 28, 2014 - 35 answers

How to pick a name for my company

I would like to pick a name for my construction company. I am living in Vancouver, Canada. I am looking for something tough and masculine as the industry itself. How can I find a catchy name which is not already taken? Also, I would like to use the word "development" instead of "construction" at the end of my company name (xyz development) Do you think it is a good idea since its more general?
posted by mbn1455 on Aug 21, 2014 - 19 answers

Name my brass quintet!

My brass quintet is giving its debut recital next month. We all identity as LGBT (and have slight aspirations of trying to get gigs playing at weddings, same-sex or otherwise), and we rehearse on Capitol Hill. At a loss for what to call ourselves. Hope us?
posted by QuantumMeruit on Aug 15, 2014 - 36 answers

How do you change the name of a preschool in California?

Asking for a friend who just became a preschool director and wants to rebrand. We have googled the hell out of it but just can't find anything. This is an existing licensed preschool that just wants to have a new name with no other changes. We are in Marin County, California. Hope us?
posted by guster4lovers on Aug 6, 2014 - 3 answers

Gramma, Grandmama, Nana, Oma, Nona, Gigi?

What do you call your grandmother? What do your grandchildren call you? What names for Grandmother do you like? I'm about to have my 1st grandson soon (yay!), and will need a grandmother name.
posted by Mom on Aug 5, 2014 - 106 answers

Name Blindness

I'm somewhat notable in my professional field and I meet a ton of new people weekly, as attending social events is part of my job (cocktail parties, art openings, etc.) It often takes 3-4 times before I can remember someone's name, or to even recognize their face. However, they recognize me instantly, and approach me with great familiarity, a hug, like we're buddies. I panic. It gets awkward. "Excuse me, ma'am, how did we meet?" seems such an rude question, especially when they act so intimate with me. (This happens weekly!) What can I say to people in this situation that doesn't offend them, but will divulge our (thinly) established relationship? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 24, 2014 - 20 answers

Please help us name our kitten - very specific requirement edition!

We have a naming convention for our cats - so far they are all science related terms that start with M. We have Magnet, Möbius and Meniscus. Now we have a new little fluff ball - a black kitten with a white tuft on her chest. Can you help think of a name for her? So far we've thrown around Muon, Mendel (too masculine) and plain ol' μ.
posted by lizjohn on Jun 21, 2014 - 67 answers

The Name as Subject Line==Severe Stuff convention: how did it start?

So I've noticed a convention that using someone's name--and only their name--as the subject line in the email message means that something pretty severe has happened to them. Like, if Jane Bloggs had a healthy baby, the subject line would be something like "Jane had a baby!", but if the subject line was just "Jane" or "Jane Bloggs" or "Aunt Jane" (assuming I'm Jane's nephew) then either Jane or her baby or both would be in the (N)ICU or more likely the morgue. I'm wondering where this started. Any help?
posted by tellumo on Jun 17, 2014 - 18 answers

Nobody calls "deja vu" the Spartacist League Phenomenon

What's the etymology of the "Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon"? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Apr 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Name my personal finance blog/website.

Asking for my boyfriend: This will be a blog about what steps I am taking as I learn to be responsible with money, with the goal of retiring early. I will write about budgeting, saving for an emergency fund, figuring out how to invest in 401ks, etc. While this all sounds serious, I am a young guy with a sense of humor. Some ideas I am considering inside.. [more inside]
posted by never.was.and.never.will.be. on Apr 8, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me name my kitten!

What should I name the newest and most adorable member of my family? [more inside]
posted by fresh bouquets every day on Mar 28, 2014 - 69 answers

Help me think of a name for my potential business.

I need help coming up with a name for my potential new business. Unfortunately everything I like is already being used and I'm struggling to think of something suitable. [more inside]
posted by Ranting Prophet of DOOM! on Feb 24, 2014 - 26 answers

Lady Curie's Finishing School for Cybernetic Ladies

Myself and a group of like-minded ladies are in the throes of creating a feminist hackerspace in DC. We're at the point where we need to name ourselves, and haven't been able to get too far off the ground with brainstorming. [more inside]
posted by Gonestarfishing on Feb 19, 2014 - 29 answers

Name my teenage daughter's (hobby which is turning into a) business.

She paints sandshoes and calico bags with original designs. She's 15, this thing just started growing by itself, she's never aggressively marketed her creations. It might provide a bit of spending money or she could be the next Collette Dinnigan, she really doesn't care because she wants to be a forensic psychologist, but she wants a catchy business name to start a Facebook page, maybe get business cards, etc. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Feb 12, 2014 - 25 answers

Name this recent literary science fiction book!

Name this Science Fiction book! Recently translated to english from a european language (german?) out in hardcover. Protagonist is an italian woman living in a post catastrophe europe. Primary plot mover is time-travel/many worlds machine. She travels back to the middle ages and engages with a philosopher/academic/monastic (after getting burned at the stake on at least one attempt) [more inside]
posted by leotrotsky on Feb 7, 2014 - 5 answers

So the name we liked was too masculine...

Mr. Kitty and I are adopting a puppy this Sunday! What do we call her? [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty on Feb 1, 2014 - 38 answers

Can you help me puzzle out what my sister is going to name her baby?

My sister is pregnant, and they're keeping the baby's name a secret. But I get one guess, and she'll tell me if I'm right. They came across the name in a magazine article, and they heard it in a sci fi movie, as well. Here's everything I know about the article and the movie... can you help me sleuth out the name? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Jan 19, 2014 - 24 answers

Open domains and business names for a mailing service?

I want to start a service that will put real letters into the mail via a website. I kind of prefer a meaningless name that is simple, unambiguous to spell, and memorable that would grow with the site, if it began to branch out into different areas. And of course, the domain should be open. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jan 14, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me name my new boat.

Continuing the long tradition of getting AskMe to help name things, I have a boat that needs naming. [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Jan 13, 2014 - 62 answers

Experience with changing from ethnic to non-ethnic first name?

I have a weird ethnic first name that causes me daily hassle and anxciety. Has anyone had experience with dropping their ethnic name or do you know anyone who has done it? [more inside]
posted by petrovski on Jan 8, 2014 - 40 answers

Deciding on a new name for myself

I am female, I go by like 10 different names (and respond quite well to all of them). I never really had one name as a result. I have reasons for changing from my birth name, including that there are porn stars with the same name online lol! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2014 - 70 answers

another round of Name My Dog

I have a new retired greyhound, and have utterly failed to come up with a new name for him. Please help! [more inside]
posted by sepviva on Dec 2, 2013 - 79 answers

Dear IRS, I swear I am who I say I am!

My legal name and gender change court order will be finalized in late January and I will immediately go and change my SSA, DMV, and birth cert information. My W2 will probably arrive before I can get my new documents to my HR department. Will this cause problems filing my taxes? What should I expect and prepare for? I'm in California and use Turbotax.
posted by blnkfrnk on Nov 19, 2013 - 7 answers

Getting your name changed. How to?

Do any of you have experience with changing your name for non-marriage/divorce reasons. As far as I understand, it involves filling out a form, getting your fingerprints taken and requesting a hearing with a judge. It's the hearing that concerns me. On what basis might a name change be denied? What helps your case? Florida here, if that's an issue. I know, I know. Talk to a lawyer. I plan to do so but it's also important to just hear "I never thought of that" real experiences from everyday, non-attorney people. Thanks.
posted by caveatz on Nov 19, 2013 - 15 answers

Should I give my baby the same name as my cousin's child?

I'm pregnant with my second child (yaaay!) and am mulling over naming options with my husband. Two of my favorites are family names, but already taken by the children of cousins. Is it weird for us to use the names, too? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Nov 18, 2013 - 65 answers

Is there an elegant name for a square but with convex, curvy sides?

Is there an elegant name for a shape that is a square but with convex, curvy sides? [more inside]
posted by Tallguy on Oct 29, 2013 - 8 answers

Help name our baby!

Baby Mr. Fuga will be appearing in March. We'd like to name her some form of a name that can be shortened to Charlie. Charlotte is out, for various reasons, as is Charlene. Any ideas?
posted by mrfuga0 on Oct 21, 2013 - 49 answers

Help me name my new cat?

I adopted a new cat today and need help naming him. There's history here, so please check inside for details and pictures of existing cat and new cat. [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Oct 15, 2013 - 61 answers

Namefilter, gift economy edition.

I´m currently designing (on paper, while I look for a person with the tech skills to build it) a web platform for an alternate, moneyless economy. I have a working name for it, but some people have read into it something different from what I intended, so I´m looking for a new name. More details after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Fermin on Oct 14, 2013 - 6 answers

Looking for a Native American place name for a location in Vermont

My family and I have a chance to name a minor new road in Rutland County, Vermont. We would like to honor it with a Native American place name that is appropriate to the region. Can you help us find such a name? [more inside]
posted by ms.codex on Sep 8, 2013 - 6 answers

Name my kitty! Kitler edition.

I am breaking my lurker status by asking a "name my kitty" question. Will you please help me name my new adopted shelter kitty? She's about 2 years old, and very sweet and playful. I would like a girl name. I know all about the "cats that look like Hitler" sites, but I'm not into exploiting that cute little mark on her nose (even though I was considering naming her "Eva" for a while). I'm open to just about anything. And kitty thanks you in advance, she will enjoy no longer being called "New Kitty." Oh yeah... here's the photo!
posted by Bohemian Sailor on Sep 6, 2013 - 60 answers

What should we name our new dog?

This guy came home with us from the shelter tonight. Help us name him . [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Sep 4, 2013 - 92 answers

Name This Dog, Terrier/Otter Edition

Dear AskMetaFilter, I never thought this would happen to me! My partner and I adopted a terrier mix and we are stumped for a name! (Well, strictly speaking, this isn't true; we each have ideas, but we can't agree.) Your collective wit, whimsy, and wisdom are required within. [more inside]
posted by scody on Aug 25, 2013 - 53 answers

I am trying to discern the name of a Spanish printer in very small print

I have an antique label from a Spanish olive oil producer. The printer's name is at the bottom of the label in minuscule print. Even with a pretty good magnifying glass, the name is difficult to make out. It looks like "Huryabo" or "Hunyabo" or "Hursabo" or something like that. The name is followed by the place name "Jerez". I would like to know what the correct spelling of this printer's name is and when this print shop was in operation. Thanks. The label is probably from sometime between 1930 and the 1950s.
posted by kirsti on Aug 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Need help with English names for a half Japanese baby girl.

We are trying to think of names for our impending baby girl. I am American and my husband is Japanese. We plan to give her an English first name, Japanese middle and last name. We have settled on a middle name, Miyuki (美幸). So her name thus far is _______ Miyuki xxxxshi. Criteria for English name: [1] must be easily writable in katakana (For example, Wi- isn't great, or Gl-, or x. All of these sounds can be written, but they come out complicated.) [2] must not sound silly in Japanese (this is subjective and related to [1].) [3] must not end in a long e sound, since middle and last names already do. [4] Prefer a classical name (i.e. something my Grandma would recognize as a name) but no need for it to be especially popular right now. We'll probably avoid the top five or ten most popular names. We are NOT looking for names that do double duty (which is what most of the threads I've found are about). So, not Naomi (always the first name that gets trotted out in these situations). We want a name from each culture that the grandparents on the opposite side can pronounce and that the kid can write when she gets to kindergarten. I'd especially appreciate input from fluent Japanese speakers here, and/or members of mixed families. Thanks!
posted by telepanda on Aug 8, 2013 - 51 answers

Name for a garden cat

We've recently adopted an approximately ten month old stray male tuxedo cat and are looking for a name for him. [more inside]
posted by sciencegeek on Aug 6, 2013 - 78 answers

Help name a barbecue blog?

It's that time again: name that blog. It's a single-topic one: my quest to go from amateur barbecue hobbyist to -- who knows -- maybe entering a few competitions. Want to play up the angle of having grown up in Alabama but only gotten interested in BBQ while living in Yankee territory. My brainstorms haven't coalesced into something snappy yet. Help me, clever wordsmiths! [more inside]
posted by supercres on Aug 5, 2013 - 33 answers

Dilbert Recurring Character Names

We know Dilbert's alter egos, megalomaniac Dogbert, evil Catbert, moronic Ratbert, plus the regular characters such as Alice, Wally and Asok. [more inside]
posted by KRS on Jul 23, 2013 - 2 answers

What do you call yourself to your pets?

When you are talking to your pets, what do you refer to yourself as? [more inside]
posted by lpcxa0 on Jul 19, 2013 - 132 answers

What's in a name? Name an integrated human services center

My employer, a nonprofit in the Denver Metro area, is opening an integrated human services center. We desperately need a name. [more inside]
posted by fieldtrip on Jul 16, 2013 - 7 answers

Name this woman-friendly cocktail school

CleverFilter: Please help me come up with a (non-masculinist) name for a monthly cocktail-making meetup! [more inside]
posted by Edna Million on Jul 5, 2013 - 32 answers

Smug cat needs a name

What's a good name for a cat with a very smug, supercilious, condescending, long-suffering-why-am-I-surrounded-by-fools expression? Think Jeeves, Stephen Fry, Sir Humphrey in Yes Minister, Quentin Crisp...
posted by Year of meteors on Jul 3, 2013 - 109 answers

What to name this word game app?

My husband built an android app that is one of those word games where you are given a rack of seven letters and have to find as many words using those letters as you can. It's basically a Scrabble trainer, but he wants/needs to avoid using the word Scrabble in the name so as not to piss off Hasbro. What should he name it instead? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jun 28, 2013 - 33 answers

Help me name my car

I will be picking up my brand new Kia Rio EX (5 door, manual transmission, black). I name my cars. Help me name this one like a boss. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Jun 24, 2013 - 33 answers

Appealing and clever name for a weekly home decor workshop for men

This is a group for single men who are moving into their first home of their own. We need a snappy name. Help please!
posted by DarwinianDan on Jun 14, 2013 - 37 answers

Downside to using a "fake" last name on your resume?

A friend wants to use a short, easy-to-spell last name on their resume, in place of their legal name, putting the first initial of their legal last name as their middle initial. Why is this a bad idea? [more inside]
posted by davejay on Jun 11, 2013 - 37 answers

Order of names in a letter signature matter when sent from a couple?

My wife and I were writing a brief thank-you note to some friends, and she was helping to edit. I then signed it off as 'Arandia & Wife' -- only my wife says that it should be 'Wife & Arandia', since *I* wrote the letter and it is coming from my email address. [more inside]
posted by Arandia on May 21, 2013 - 17 answers

Name. That. PUPPY!

So, new-to-me pound hound, red heeler mix with golden eyes. She needs a name. [more inside]
posted by BlueHorse on May 15, 2013 - 88 answers

Name/domain for private photo network for parents.

Please help me pick a name and domain for our website/app. We're a private network for parents to upload, backup and share their kids' pictures. [more inside]
posted by signal on Apr 14, 2013 - 1 answer

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