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Help us name our baby!

We're having a baby next week and need help picking between two names. Looking for advice and experience relating to full names vs. nicknames . [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 11, 2014 - 39 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

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

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

The First Question of Ask Metafilter (because I say so)

Why do churches and banks -- and only churches and banks -- name themselves "The First X" or "The First X of Y"? Especially when it's obvious they're not actually the first X ever built in Y? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco on Feb 9, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me give a horse a name in Arabic, please?

Naming suggestions for a foal in Arabic? [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Jan 29, 2012 - 9 answers

Name for new female puppy?

Please help us name the new puppy. [more inside]
posted by joe vrrr on Jan 22, 2012 - 84 answers

What should my characters be named?

Help me give my fictional characters non-stereotyped names! Degree of difficulty: Iranian and Russian [more inside]
posted by Lady Gaga on Oct 9, 2011 - 29 answers

Can I make Gmail a little more formal?

Can I force Gmail to show last names of message senders when I'm looking at the list of messages? [more inside]
posted by Xalf on Jul 10, 2011 - 4 answers

Why 'Mark Antony' and not 'Marcus Antonius?'

Why do we say 'Mark Antony' and not 'Marcus Antonius?' His name seems unique among Romans in the way we name them now - is it?
posted by tomboko on Feb 25, 2011 - 22 answers

Danger's my middle name.

Someone I met once mentioned to me that her name, Judy, meant "catastrophe" in Russian, her mother's native language. Is this true? Do I have the details wrong? What Russian word was she talking about?
posted by i_am_a_fiesta on Feb 21, 2011 - 4 answers

How can I make meeting new people easy and advance in my career when I have an unusual name?

My name is unusual in the US, and the associated hassle is inconvenient. Should I use a nickname, change my name or keep it as-is? If I keep it, what strategies can I use to wear it better? [more inside]
posted by zelot on Feb 16, 2011 - 39 answers

I don't know who I am any more

In the US (Illinois, specifically) I changed my name legally, or so I thought. Now it appears the name change may not have happened. How can I confirm beyond a doubt whether the name change legally exists or not, and if not, what's next? [more inside]
posted by davejay on Oct 7, 2010 - 25 answers

I don't know who my brother is anymore!

Bands with the same name. Since you can't usually have a fist fight over it, how do you decide who wins? [more inside]
posted by theichibun on Sep 28, 2010 - 21 answers

Next week: What was that site with photos of librarians on drugs?

I've been trying to re-discover two websites that I've found before but have now utterly lost. One was a photo gallery of people in drug-induced altered states, and the other was a repository of name pronunciations curated by librarians. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Aug 24, 2010 - 10 answers

What should my friend name his dog?

What should my friend name his VERY SMALL, MALE, Chihuahua? [more inside]
posted by learninguntilidie on Aug 14, 2010 - 88 answers

cartoon hero names A-Z suitable for monkeys

I work in a lab with rhesus monkeys. They need names. For reasons of historical precedent and notational convenience, lab animals are usually named alphabetically, from A ("Abe") until you run out of monkeys. For reasons of awesomeness, we're naming our monkeys after spunky cartoon characters. So, please help me come up with the best comic/cartoon/superhero names for each letter of the alphabet. [more inside]
posted by miagaille on Jul 31, 2009 - 53 answers

somename vs some-name?

Businessnamefilter: How similar is too similar? [more inside]
posted by Ctrl_Alt_ep on May 6, 2009 - 8 answers

"A famous Joe? Joe Mamma" is not a good answer.

Who are some famous LIVING people, in America, who are named Joe, who are not fictional and, very important, who are NOT plumbers? [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on Nov 12, 2008 - 29 answers

Can I start using my new name now?

I want to start using a new last name, but it's likely going to be several months before I can officially change it. What problems could come up if I start using my new name now? [more inside]
posted by hazelshade on Mar 4, 2008 - 8 answers

A rose by any other name...

What makes a good name? [more inside]
posted by sephira on Feb 18, 2008 - 31 answers

Bond girl seeks double entendre

My friend is having a Bond-themed 25th and requires an appropriate and original Bond-girl double entendre for a name. Any good suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Silentgoldfish on Nov 30, 2007 - 36 answers

Go forth and dub creatively, O my nerd army!

Name my new (home) server! Witty is better, obviously. [more inside]
posted by TheNewWazoo on Nov 27, 2007 - 33 answers

What do we call these informal school group meetings?

I'm posting this on behalf of a teacher friend of mine who wants your ideas: A university is developing an initiative in which pairs of professors, across disciplines, will meet up with small groups of first year students during their second semester to discuss themes of interest and promote intellectual engagement. These informal meetings will occur at least four times over a couple of months and can take place anywhere: in seminar rooms, in a dorm lounge, at a restaurant, at a professor's home, at an art gallery. So, what do we call these? [more inside]
posted by brownpau on Oct 3, 2007 - 23 answers

Name Yet Another Website

Yet another episode of the ever-popular Name That Website! I need a catchy, clever, cute (even punny) name for a website about dogs (and cats and horses and pets in general), photography and the internet. Help me hive mind, you're my only hope!
posted by biscotti on Sep 6, 2006 - 27 answers

Help name a retro-style burger joint in Georgia!

Help name a new burger restaurant in Georgia! [more inside]
posted by agropyron on Jul 14, 2006 - 61 answers

You can call me Al -- as long as it's legal

What does "your legal name" really mean? [more inside]
posted by acoutu on Jan 6, 2006 - 27 answers

Cities that have changed their names

Have any U.S. cities (or cities elsewhere) ever changed their name out of embarrassment? [more inside]
posted by interrobang on Dec 29, 2005 - 41 answers

Baby Names

Babynamefilter: Can anyone fill me in on the history of Page/Paige as a girl's name? [mi] [more inside]
posted by blueshammer on Sep 13, 2004 - 9 answers

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