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.
What are some terms for transgender in other languages, especially Spanish? What words do they use to identify themselves? [more inside]
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]
Can you think of names like Dr. Spaceman in 30 Rock? [more inside]
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]
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?
Hey Green, need some help with naming my newborn. We came up with first name some time ago, but not middle name. And since she has now been born this became a more pressing issue. First name - Zoe, last name - long, russian/jewish, something like, but not, Shostakovich. Trying to find something that flows/sounds good. Bonus points - starts with a V or an F. Potentially OK with more obscure names.
We've been using "Pieceworks" for a small division that employs women from the families we work with to make school uniforms and small handicrafts, but absolutely no-one likes the name except me. The division is being spun off into a social enterprise and we need to rename it this month. [more inside]
My husband and I are expecting our first child, a boy, in December. We're struggling with the name issue (of course). We really want to name him Edward (I love the name and it has a family connection). But there are a couple of issues with nicknames and possible negative associations. [more inside]
What are some fictional car names that sound funny or would get someone to raise a smile? I know there are some out there; I get asked about car names sometimes and want to put some fun responses together.
We are looking into baby names, and really like the nickname Molly. I thought Molly was a nickname for Margaret, but apparently it has traditionally been a nickname for Mary. Would it be weird to name our baby Margaret, but call her Molly? Should we just name her Molly?
Summer contracting job -- when do I have to use my legal name? [more inside]
How did vitamins get their names? Like, why is retinol "vitamin A," ascorbic acid "Vitamin C," etc.? Do the letters have any significance?
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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]
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!
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]
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]
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]
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]
Help me name my cat. [more inside]
There's a new Corgi in town! But what's his name??? [more inside]
Name my scrappy survivor terrier puppy? [more inside]
What are all of the male/female homophone name pairs? I am looking for examples of names that sound alike but are spelled differently depending on whether the individual is male or female. Examples: Don/Dawn, Erin/Aaron, Francis/Frances, Yves/Eve.
I’m a snowflake with a “weird” name. How do I start using a common nickname instead? [more inside]
What are some obliquely named bureaucracies, organizations, and companies? [more inside]
What are the best online tools for checking domain name availability? [more inside]
What to call a presidential mouse and her twin sister? My library's Summer Reading Program mascots need names! [more inside]
I am female. I have a unisex name. My male partners have always had unmistakably male names. Why, then, have new acquaintances continually called my male partners by my name?! [more inside]
I need pet names for guns from movies and TV. For example, "Winona" was John Chrichton's blaster on Farscape, and "Vera" was Jayne's tricked-out assault rifle on Firefly. Please give me more examples. Thanks!
Is the name Jesus popular in other languages besides Spanish?
Cool Workout Names? [more inside]
Can we give our first child my wife's maiden name as his/her last name? [more inside]
Need recommendations for foreign-language baby name books. [more inside]
BABY NAMES! *pistols fire in air* Yes, I'm that
desperate curious to come up with a name for my daughter that I'm asking the internet. Can you help me name mah baby? [more inside]
trying to compile a list of condescending terms like "kid" or "son" [more inside]
I'm an Englishman married to a Lithuanian - so we have 2 different, though similar, alphabets between us - how can we orthographically regularise our surnames? Alternative spellings? Double-barrelled names? [more inside]
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?
What is an Edgar Allan Poe (particularly the Pit and the Pendulum) theme that keeps up with the P alliteration and would be suitable for a geocache hidden under a pile of rocks? [more inside]
I need a woman's name in Arabic that rhymes with "ninja". [more inside]
Is there some kind of zoning ordiance in Seattle that all apartment buildings with above a certain number of units must have a name? [more inside]
How can I find common words in two (or more) lists? [more inside]
Besides Black Sabbath's song Black Sabbath on the album Black Sabbath, what are other song/album/band eponymous trifecta? [more inside]
What are some good songs for a slow, long-distance run? [more inside]
If you were selling a product at (fictional example) socialnetworkmarketing.com, would you buy facebookmarketing.com and twittermarketing.com to just redirect to socialnetworkmarketing.com? [more inside]
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