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What's my name again?

I am a transgender individual who has been unable to come up with a name for myself. I have tried numerous names over multiple years and feel completely adrift when it comes to a named identity. What names fit my (pickypicky) criteria? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 23, 2014 - 87 answers

Names & work

Summer contracting job -- when do I have to use my legal name? [more inside]
posted by krakus on Jul 17, 2014 - 13 answers

A catchier way to say "Nice Meeting You" / "Let's get together again"?

Looking for words or short phrases that represent the idea that it was "Nice Meeting You" or "we will see each other again" or maybe "let's hang out again sometime soon." The best I've got so far is "Ciao," which may be perfect - it means hello and goodbye, and it's kind of informal. [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Jun 20, 2014 - 32 answers

Smith & Doe or Smith-Doe?

What's the best way to reflect our family's last names on a return address stamp? [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Jun 11, 2014 - 38 answers

How do I get google to distinguish me from another author?

I'm an author with a google problem. I have the same name as another author (completely different genre, though) and if you google that name, my books show up alongside hers in search results. This has been a recurring problem for years, to the point where I'm planning on tweaking my name for my next book, but for now I'd just like our books not to be conflated. (Google also combines images of me and this other woman, although I'm not as concerned about that). I've tried reporting this issue to google, but so far haven't had much luck penetrating the bubble. Any tech-savvy people have ideas on how I can distinguish my work? Thanks in advance...
posted by Victorian Gal on Jun 11, 2014 - 14 answers

Vitamin names

How did vitamins get their names? Like, why is retinol "vitamin A," ascorbic acid "Vitamin C," etc.? Do the letters have any significance?
posted by DoctorFedora on Mar 14, 2014 - 1 answer

Being a real _(person's name)_

I'm looking for first names that are used to describe a kind of person or that person's actions. For example: if you are accused of being a "Pollyanna", it means you have sort of a blind optimism or more generally harbor a positivity bias (and it's not usually a compliment). What are some other names that are shorthand for character traits? [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Mar 3, 2014 - 81 answers

Changing your name...some of the time?

I'm getting married, and am considering what to do about changing my name. My finance and I both like the idea of changing my name, both for personal and practical reason -- we are both sort of traditional when it comes to things like this, both like the idea of both having the same name as our kids, our names sound awful hyphenated, etc. That said, I worry about this professionally. [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Feb 26, 2014 - 43 answers

Roller Deby Name

My whole life I've sucked at naming things, now I need to come up with a Roller Derby name and I want it to be awesome! [more inside]
posted by missmagenta on Feb 20, 2014 - 31 answers

The same as my father before me, and his father before him, and ...

Can you think of someone who has the same given name as their great x 20 grandparent (and whose intervening ancestors did, too)? Great x 30 grandparent? Who's the record holder? [more inside]
posted by andromache on Jan 8, 2014 - 25 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

Why Portsmouth, NH? Why not Danvers?

I live off Interstate 95 in Massachusetts, and if I want to go north, the sign indicates 95N Portsmouth, NH, and if I want to go south, the sign says 95S Providence, RI. How are these seemingly random cities chosen? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Jan 2, 2014 - 13 answers

What's in a name, anyway?

My husband and I are expecting our first child, a girl, due in 2 months and are having a serious naming dilemma. We are both worried about the possibility of our chosen name leading to teasing. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 11, 2013 - 78 answers

Help me choose a name, book club edition

I'm starting a book club and need to come up with a name. [more inside]
posted by ambrosia on Nov 20, 2013 - 17 answers

Yet another cat naming question...

My roommate and I have just adopted this cat, an 8 year old male, and are hoping to get ideas on what to rename him. He's currently known as Fantik (apparently this means candy wrapper in Russian), and comes from a previous household where they couldn't keep him because of allergies. [more inside]
posted by MelanieL on Nov 9, 2013 - 42 answers

Really? They used to call him Hansel Solo at school!

How do you get people to call you by a nickname without having to draw it to their attention? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess on Nov 5, 2013 - 21 answers

Her Cats Were Named...

A female detective had two cats, which she'd named Onanoff and Offanon. Some variation in the spelling is likely. This was Sci Fi radio program in the 80's. Anybody remember her, or her kitties? Super bonus points for a link to the archives, if it exists. Google won't even discuss it with me.
posted by mule98J on Oct 8, 2013 - 4 answers

How to name things?

I would like journal articles, books and other serious treatments of how to name things. [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Oct 4, 2013 - 11 answers

Yet another request for a dog name...

So I've now had this awesome dog for 8 days. For the life of me I can't find a name that sticks. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Oct 4, 2013 - 156 answers

Origin of Los Angeles street names?

I'm looking for a resource that lists Los Angeles city street names and their origin/namesake. There's an old Angelfire site that does exactly what I'm looking for, but only for a few major streets. Where can I find information similar to what that site offers, but for lesser-known streets?
posted by averageamateur on Oct 2, 2013 - 11 answers

"Fluffy" isn't gonna cut it

Cat name help! [more inside]
posted by sprezzy on Sep 19, 2013 - 69 answers

What arbitary systems for naming things have been thought of or used?

Can anyone give me any examples of naming strategies? They can be for buildings, places, people, things, pets, computer files–whatever–but I'd especially like examples where the resulting name is more or less arbitary, ie with as little human choice in it as possible. Examples from fiction are fine, so are cultural, historical or private strategies that people may have used. Any example, basically of a system that delivers a name for something. Thanks!
posted by einekleine on Sep 10, 2013 - 36 answers

What are some nice feminine sounding gender neutral names?

To be more clear, what do you think are some names that, while you would first assume someone with that name is a woman, if it was a man you wouldn't be all like "Why is this guy called Jennifer?" [more inside]
posted by Fermin on Sep 6, 2013 - 137 answers

Name our co-op!

We're trying to start a co-op in the greater Boston area. Our values are kid-friendliness, parent-friendliness, social justice, and intentional community. We'd like it to be a peaceful, welcoming place. What should we name it?
posted by woodvine on Aug 15, 2013 - 13 answers

Name that puppy!

I'm getting a puppy! He's a male cream-colored lab, pictured here. What should I name him? [more inside]
posted by mcav on Jul 8, 2013 - 41 answers

We Are The World

What would be the quickest and easiest way to compile a series of lists of 25-30 first and last names, male and female, of 6-7 ethnicities? I need them sorted by ethnicity and the names can't be famous people. [more inside]
posted by A god with hooves, a god with horns on Jul 8, 2013 - 7 answers

Actually, that isn't my name

My name is Stephanie*. I go by Stephanie and always introduce myself that way. People shorten or change my name a lot - I get Steph and Stephie frequently. I don't like this, but can't think of a non-rude, non-awkward way to ask work colleagues and casual acquaintances to quit it (I don't have this problem with friends). How have others dealt with this, or should I just get used to being called Stephie, which makes me feel like some sort of repugnant plush unicorn? *Ok, not really, but something similar
posted by arnicae on Jun 29, 2013 - 81 answers

What is the comic/cartoon connection?

My neighbors' outdoor cats, whom I catsit occasionally and interact with regularly, have names that I cannot quite parse, even though my neighbor has repeated them for me on several occasions. Both cats are male. One cat is "Dillon" or "Dylan." The other cat's name sounds like "Sits" or "Zits" or "Sitz." When I looked confused at some point, my neighbor said the names were "from a comic" or "from a cartoon." [more inside]
posted by jaguar on May 27, 2013 - 11 answers

Can you two just please introduce yourselves because I have no idea!

I've had this silly and embarrassing little problem for years and I'm noticing that it's getting worse. Sometimes, when I run into somebody I know or if I'm introducing somebody I know to somebody they don't know, I truly blank out on the name of the person I know. [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on May 18, 2013 - 25 answers

Who named Ghost Ditch? And when?

This past weekend I drove from Los Angeles to Tucson via Interstate-10, and took to noticing the names of the various ditches and washes that are spanned by the highway out in the middle of the high lonesome desert. There are a lot of them. Ghost Ditch, Taro Ditch, Larry Ditch, Stubby Wash, Fornat Wash, Itta Wash, Edom, Mccoy, Rollie, Bula, Sutro, Calotus, Esso, Arco, Teed, Turala, maybe a hundred between the ditches and the washes. The names don't seem to refer to nearby municipalities (there aren't any) or other geographical features, and are clearly part of the National Bridge Inventory. How were these 'waterways' named? Who named them? Were they named before the freeway required infrastructure to pass over them, or during the construction process, or when the NBI was implemented, or after the fact altogether? [more inside]
posted by carsonb on May 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Looking for pronunciations of US city names

I'm looking for a source - either paid or free - that can provide pronunciations of US city names. [more inside]
posted by zorm on May 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Help with coming up with a titular character for my book

I need help coming up with a titular character of my book, someone who is sympathetic and sounds like a reasonable person to ask for advice. [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on May 7, 2013 - 25 answers

name my kid for a hero of cosmopolitanism

So my wife is pregnant. Hooray! (Still early enough that we don't know the gender). We're starting to think about names. It seems to me that the world's great hope and story of progress is the expansion of rights and consideration of the views & interests of an ever-widening swath of humanity. Which historical figures stand for pluralism, for rejecting provincialism, in word or deed? I've picked up, but haven't yet read Kwame Anthony Appiah's Cosmopolitanism; I'd be grateful for suggestions of books or other resources that might be useful. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2013 - 30 answers

Name my shell companies

MetaFilter, I'm creating two corporate entities for small side ventures, and I get to name them whatever I want! Suggestions/inspirations? (some parameters inside) [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Mar 1, 2013 - 44 answers

I'm curious about how this works in other families

What is the name of your child's favorite stuffed animal? I just wanted to know what kind of names kids come up with for the little characters that inhabit their bedrooms. Curiosity is all.
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Feb 27, 2013 - 91 answers

Why are wine bottles named after old, dead, semitic men?

Why are large-format wine bottles predominantly named after biblical figures (e.g. this reasonably comprehensive Wikipedia page)? The answer is not easily forthcoming on either the internet (although Google has been asked "why do wine bottles have biblical names?" before) or in my collection of food-studies books. Any ideas?
posted by scrim on Feb 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Help me pick a name that doesn't rhyme!

I am expecting a baby boy, and we have a slight problem when it comes to giving this kid a name. Our last name, Hadley, rhymes or sounds sing-songy with the only names we like. Help! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 9, 2013 - 66 answers

Help with a trendy Asian restaurant name?

I'd like to get some help for a new trendy, southeast Asian restaurant name. The restaurant will be limited service (fast-casual), similar to a Chipotle. Some names that I like: 1) Papaya 2) Spice 3) Samosa Any help would be greatly appreciated. Let me know if you have questions, and I can try to answer them. Thanks! Eric
posted by emeyer5269 on Jan 21, 2013 - 61 answers

Help us name our cats.

We just acquired two new kittens from the shelter. Problem: we are stumped as to what to name them. [more inside]
posted by baby beluga on Jan 12, 2013 - 78 answers

"Pigeon" "Roach" and "Rat" are right out

A New York client has asked for a group of names (3 to 6) with which to market some high-end luxury residences in Midtown. The previous theme was "theater" and they'd like something different. The residences are 30+ floors up. Unfortunately the setting is pretty sleek and anonymous. I haven't been to the city in a year and without a theme, my creative fu is completely failing. (Once I have that, the individual names will probably come.) Perhaps you have some ideas? Many thanks.
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet on Jan 9, 2013 - 22 answers

Writings on novel given names

I'm looking for writings on modern given names, name lists and/or theories on why so many parents feel compelled to give children unusually spelled variants or completely invented names instead of names from the common stock, so to speak. [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Jan 7, 2013 - 13 answers

Post not-so-Secret

I'd like to start a blog featuring my small collection of found (used/sent) postcards. What measures should I take for due ethical diligence? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jan 2, 2013 - 4 answers

I'm not Mrs Him!

I am not Mrs Myhusband'sfirstinitial Myhusband'slastname. I keep getting Christmas cards that suggest I am. Is there any way of nicely asking people not to do this that isn't rude or churlish? [more inside]
posted by raspberry-ripple on Dec 20, 2012 - 129 answers

Why do I have to be Mr. Pink?

Film buffs! - Other movies where we never know the characters real names and are only given nicknames? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Dec 2, 2012 - 43 answers

Will my new cat's smell ever go away?

I just got a new kitten and she smells terrible. Will it go away? [more inside]
posted by kerri13 on Dec 1, 2012 - 66 answers

Cross-lingual baby name suggestions

Baby name finder... international edition. [more inside]
posted by gorcha on Dec 1, 2012 - 11 answers

AskMezza

What is the etymology of British nicknames ending in -zza/-zzer? [more inside]
posted by catlet on Nov 30, 2012 - 21 answers

Name This Cat

Help me name my cat. [more inside]
posted by munyeca on Nov 30, 2012 - 78 answers

Musical Spoon River or Tilbury Town

Help me make a mix CD that populates a fictitious town. [more inside]
posted by dlugoczaj on Nov 7, 2012 - 34 answers

Girl names with a B

Help me come up with a girl baby name within some very special constraints! [more inside]
posted by House of Leaves of Grass on Nov 4, 2012 - 77 answers

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