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Should we name a kid after a dead guinea pig?

Would it be OK to name the kid after a dead pet? Were you named after a pet? Did you name your kid after a pet? We like the names, but we don't want to weird the kid out when they're older. [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Sep 22, 2016 - 98 answers

Name this Band

Starting up a new project, and we can't agree on a name. Hope that Mefi will have a good suggestion! [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Sep 19, 2016 - 63 answers

Vegetarian Themed Room Names

I'm helping to plan a state-wide vegan festival that will feature food samples, non-profits (animal welfare, environmental) and speakers. I have been given the job of coming up with themed names for the hotel rooms we are using that we can use on our guides to the event. [more inside]
posted by katinka-katinka on Aug 31, 2016 - 7 answers

Ess Ay Are Ay WITHOUT AN H at gmail dot com

How do I get an email address I don't have to spell? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Aug 22, 2016 - 39 answers

Japanese Names for Dummies

I've recently started a new job in which I work with a lot of people from Japan. I understand that I am supposed to call them "Surname-san" when I talk to them or write them emails. But I don't really understand why, or how this works in general, and I have some specific questions. [more inside]
posted by something something on Aug 5, 2016 - 20 answers

Name these dogs.

Can you help name these beautiful creatures? [more inside]
posted by a sourceless light on Jun 26, 2016 - 23 answers

The Intersectional Feminist Name Game

Are there questions about race and culture that my fiancé and I should be asking ourselves as we figure out the answer to the dreaded Last Name Issue? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Jun 10, 2016 - 52 answers

Mediate my baby-naming debate :-)

We are having a unique disagreement over a potential baby name. I'm looking for some tie-breaking feedback. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Jun 9, 2016 - 61 answers

Help Name... Me!

I am a trans person looking for a new name, and I am having the worst damn time coming up with something suitable. Difficulties within... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 26, 2016 - 88 answers

Another round of: name our cat?

Hello metafilter! We just brought home a new cat from the shelter today. He's a small, young, tuxedo who's simultaneously playful and a love bug. Name ideas? [more inside]
posted by sazerac on May 21, 2016 - 59 answers

What should two picky parents name our baby girl?

Another baby naming question (girl edition). Parental disagreement and other special criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on May 17, 2016 - 115 answers

Need help naming a Secular Meditation / Mind Training Centre

Without getting into too much detail, I am part of a group of volunteers trying to establish a NFP centre which offers secular contemplative practices that are grounded in the meditative traditions and tested by science. As the resident marketing/advertising person, I have been tasked with coming up with a name for our project/space, but after spending days in thesaurus.com, wordoid, and the free dictionary, I'm coming up short. Can anyone help me throw some ideas into the mix? [more inside]
posted by sxtrumpeto on Apr 15, 2016 - 13 answers

Obscure or antiquated place Nicknames

While reading this article on buried German WWII saboteur treasure in the Catskills I came across the name "Borscht Belt" for the Catskill Mountains. What other interesting defunct (or still funct) colloquial nicknames do you know for geographical regions?
posted by srboisvert on Apr 5, 2016 - 37 answers

How do I best make money from undeveloped domain names?

I own several domain names that I intended to develop over the years and just haven't gotten around to it. Realistically I won't get around to it anytime soon. Right now there's absolutely nothing there. What is the best way to make them at the very least pay for their own domain registration fees, and preferably more? [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger on Mar 10, 2016 - 4 answers

Dranks for... skanks?

Can you help me come up with a name for my Cocktail club? [more inside]
posted by Dressed to Kill on Feb 24, 2016 - 26 answers

What is this new dog's name?

We're 99% sure we're bringing home a new dog tonight, to be a companion to our beloved dog already in residence. Following Metafilter regulations, pictures of current dog, Birdie, and new dog are here. [more inside]
posted by ImproviseOrDie on Feb 17, 2016 - 55 answers

A WASP by any other name

I want to learn more about upper class naming conventions, most obviously the British aristocracy but anything on the topic more generally would be interesting. Ideally I'm looking for a book or article that explains how some of the ridiculously prolix naming conventions came to be, and how you end up with people named, for example, Admiral of the Fleet Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, [string of post-nominal letters] (born Prince Louis of Battenberg) aka Lord Mountbatten, aka Dickie. [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Feb 4, 2016 - 17 answers

Name my blog about race and racism

I'd like to start a blog to provide links each day to informative writing and videos about race and racism. I'd like a good name for it and ideas for theme days, like Wednesdays focused on White fragility. Straightforward and cute names both accepted (and opinions on which one is better). [more inside]
posted by Margalo Epps on Feb 3, 2016 - 8 answers

Why are so many women in Sierra Leone named Fatmata Jalloh?

I'll need someone familiar with Sierra Leonean culture to answer this one. My job deals with people from lots of different countries, and it seems like almost every woman from Sierra Leone has exactly the same name: personal name Fatmata, surname Jalloh. It's not uncommon for a man to have a mother named Fatmata Jalloh, a sister named Fatmata Jalloh, and a wife named Fatmata Jalloh. How did this situation come about, what is the significance of the name, how is confusion avoided, and what is a culturally sensitive way for us to keep better track of our files?
posted by anonymous on Dec 17, 2015 - 13 answers

Seeking witty rejoinders for when someone gets my name or pronouns wrong

I've just come out as trans at work (like, yesterday) and I know that people are going to struggle with my name and pronouns for awhile, especially since I don't appear super masculine. I am sure that their slip ups won't be out of hostility. I'd like some ideas for jokey corrections that are still appropriate for a white collar workplace. (If "mistakes" persist I will get more serious, and management has my back on this.) [more inside]
posted by desjardins on Dec 16, 2015 - 34 answers

Bumpy squirrels need not apply

The other day I drove past a Squirrel Level Road in Virginia. Where did the name come from? [more inside]
posted by metaquarry on Dec 13, 2015 - 11 answers

How do places get their names?

I'm thinking both of naming conventions within the U.S. Department of the Interior as well as counties, cities, towns, and streets. Also, how are counties created (and named) as populations grow? Finally, what circumstances would dictate name changes? Thanks.
posted by holdenjordahl on Dec 10, 2015 - 16 answers

Name my family's dog, botanical edition.

My family has just received approval to adopt this adorable little guy, and we are in the process of selecting a name. We have a tradition of giving dogs floral and botanical names. I am allowed to put two names on the ballot for the family to vote on, and I'm turning it over to y'all. [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The on Nov 29, 2015 - 53 answers

Good genealogy websites for wildcard name searching?

I'm trying to compute all the variations of my family last names in hoping of finding more leads to my family tree. [more inside]
posted by Calzephyr on Nov 28, 2015 - 7 answers

Other languages' terms for transgender?

What are some terms for transgender in other languages, especially Spanish? What words do they use to identify themselves? [more inside]
posted by the bird at the bottom of the tree on Nov 13, 2015 - 11 answers

Please help me name my fashion label!

Am in the midst of planning a start up business and actually need two names (for different price points- mass market and higher end). More.... [more inside]
posted by TenaciousB on Nov 8, 2015 - 11 answers

Looking for a (gender-neutral) name!

I am genderqueer/nonbinary and plan to legally change my name to reflect this next summer. I have a first name and middle name which I've cast into gender-neutral forms, and I'm looking for a second, new middle name to add to them. [more inside]
posted by daisyk on Nov 8, 2015 - 31 answers

Help us name our daughter

We're looking for strong girls names with spunk for our daughter. No wilting flowers need apply. Ideally the name wouldn't be in the top 50-100 most popular, but we're struggling a bit for ideas. What should we name her?
posted by david1230 on Nov 7, 2015 - 117 answers

Name suggestions please, for this dog with cowlike qualities

This sweet rescue was found wandering the streets of downtown L.A. He is 1.5 years old and moves slowly, and sometimes falls asleep while sitting upright. [more inside]
posted by taupe on Nov 6, 2015 - 63 answers

Peter, Paul, Macbeth, and Matthew -- more, please?

This week, I learned about a mathematical inequality called "The Peter-Paul inequality" (so named because you have to "rob Peter to pay Paul") and, from this comment, about the Macbeth principle ("t'were well it were done quickly"). What other principles, formulas, or procedures are named to reference particular stories that illustrate their basic idea? [more inside]
posted by cider on Nov 2, 2015 - 18 answers

Tricks for remembering names and context

I have a problem with remembering people's names. I've read previous posts on the topic and generally I can smilingly apologise and say, "Hey, I'm sorry but I am terrible with names." But my bigger problem is that I meet people in many contexts that don't overlap and all require various levels of professionalism. I don't mind apologising for forgetting their name, but to then add, "...and how do we know each other?" is veering into rudeness. Suggestions?
posted by tracicle on Oct 25, 2015 - 11 answers

New catte! Please help name my new shelter kitten!

We just brought home a new kitten, and would like your assistance in coming up with names. Tell me what you got for an orange-ish kitty! [more inside]
posted by megafauna on Oct 9, 2015 - 69 answers

Help me identify this locution

There's a certain phrase that is usually associated with old money Northeastern WASPs of the form "$FIRSTNAME $LASTNAME, of the $LOCATION $LASTNAME[S]". [more inside]
posted by Cash4Lead on Oct 1, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me feel less weird about my name change!

I’m changing my name (for non-marriage reasons) and having a hard time. Looking for advice on how to make this easier and more positive, how to normalize it in conversation with people and deal with rudeness or nosiness, and also on dealing with a sense of loss and finding ways or rites to mark and celebrate this change. [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos on Sep 30, 2015 - 16 answers

Can you think of names like Dr. Spaceman in 30 Rock?

Can you think of names like Dr. Spaceman in 30 Rock? [more inside]
posted by falsedmitri on Sep 22, 2015 - 55 answers

What criteria are used for unique names among urban blacks?

I've been teaching in an environment where the students each have unique names. They come from lower-income black urban families, and the names are in the style of those satirized by Key and Peele in the "East-West Bowl" sketches. It feels too sensitive to ask them directly, but I wonder how these names are developed. Is the cultural value to give each child an entirely unique name? Or is it more to use elements of traditional African names in a way that's simply become fashionable?
posted by Jon44 on Sep 6, 2015 - 14 answers

Do you know your Filipino given names? Help!

Quick and simple question: How common is the name Janeskie or Janeski as a given or first name for women in the Philippines? [more inside]
posted by bobbyno on Aug 22, 2015 - 1 answer

Indian names and honorifics

I am interested in the various honorifics that are sometimes incorporated into (or sometimes partially substituted for) Indian names. I run into this from time to time professionally, and I feel terribly ignorant about it. Is there a resource or primer online that could help me get a better understanding of this and related matters of naming? Or can you give me the ten cent tour?
posted by DirtyOldTown on Aug 10, 2015 - 3 answers

Date this Billboard!

Driving through Poughkeepsie, NY this weekend, I spied this amazing billboard lurking at the back of a parking lot off Route 9. I think it was quite recently uncovered and, from a quick look at the wood frame, looks like an actual old ad. What year is it from?
posted by minervous on Jul 6, 2015 - 3 answers

Best college practices re: transgender students

What are the best practices right now, as far as official college policies dealing with transgender students' needs? For example, making it easy to change your name on campus records. Are there any good examples of colleges doing things right? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 2, 2015 - 15 answers

Help me think of a name for my handmade jewelry line?

A while back I took up metalsmithing as a hobby. I mostly work with copper, silver, and brass, and create necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, etc. I think I've reached the point where my stuff is good enough to sell (and people keep telling me I should)! Yay! But...what do I call it? [more inside]
posted by Syllables on May 27, 2015 - 10 answers

Name this podcast

Please help me come up with a name for my new podcast. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on May 18, 2015 - 30 answers

MeFi, help me name my new dog?

We are adopting this puppy right here, and I'd love some help with name ideas! [more inside]
posted by malphigian on May 12, 2015 - 62 answers

What was the name of that GT bike for petites?

I'm trying to remember the model name of a bike manufactured by GT (at least, I'm 95% sure it was GT). Here's what I recall: [more inside]
posted by paperback version on May 11, 2015 - 6 answers

How to keep track of names and faces to build relationships at a large c

Remembering who someone is has been a roadblock to successful networking in the past – but in my new job, I have more people to remember than ever. I’d like to know what you, as someone who also has trouble remembering names and faces, has done to keep track of a large network. I am not looking for mnemonic tricks to remember one or several specific names. I’m hoping more for something like “Everyone I meet goes in my electronic rolodex that I update with X information after each meeting.” [more inside]
posted by rebent on May 7, 2015 - 9 answers

What are female names that are also actions?

I've recently realized, much to my dismay, that guys get all the active, doing, [enter verb here]-er names, like Hunter, Cooper, etc. Female names seem to get inactive nouns, like Rose or Patience. Laaaaame. Can ya'll think of any active, female names of the [Verb]-er construction? Or even any cool verbs that aren't traditional names, but would make a nice name? The best I've come up with is Runner, which I think sounds lovely, but that's just me.
posted by Grandysaur on Apr 28, 2015 - 53 answers

Name our data consultancy business.

I'm setting up a data consultancy with an ex-work colleague. Our core business will be to provide analysis relating to children's services in local government, advice on what services should be monitoring, trends and benchmarking, setting up performance frameworks and so on. We are having difficulty finding a business name. [more inside]
posted by paduasoy on Apr 13, 2015 - 13 answers

Job hunting with a gender neutral name - how to be less awkward

I'm a recent grad and a woman with a first name that is sometimes shared by men. Although I have a linkedin profile with a photo and the name of a women's college on my resume, when applying online for jobs I occasionally get positive response emails that begin with "Dear Mr. Lastname." Should I immediately give a quick correction in my reply? (If so, polite suggestions for how to phrase this would be helpful.) Or should I just wait until we meet in person and they figure it out for themselves? Note that I'm not offended by being addressed as male, I just want to minimize embarrassment or awkwardness for anyone who might be in a position to hire me.
posted by horizons on Apr 6, 2015 - 30 answers

T is for Tanrıvermiş

Does anyone know the etymology of the Turkish name Tanrıvermiş? In particular, is it etymologically Turkic, or does it have an Arabic or Persian root?
posted by yarntheory on Mar 15, 2015 - 3 answers

Help my friend name her business!

My friend would love MetaFilter's help as she goes through the process of naming her piano and voice studio. [more inside]
posted by WaspEnterprises on Feb 24, 2015 - 17 answers

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