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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name This Cat

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

Help! Puppy is eleven weeks and still nameless!!!

There's a new Corgi in town! But what's his name??? [more inside]
posted by OolooKitty on Nov 1, 2012 - 57 answers

What is this puppy's name?

Name my scrappy survivor terrier puppy? [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon on Oct 20, 2012 - 40 answers

Francois, meet Francoise

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.
posted by bq on Sep 28, 2012 - 76 answers

How to start using a nickname with people who already know you?

I’m a snowflake with a “weird” name. How do I start using a common nickname instead? [more inside]
posted by epanalepsis on Jul 12, 2012 - 28 answers

Shadowy names?

What are some obliquely named bureaucracies, organizations, and companies? [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jun 25, 2012 - 46 answers

Bulk domain name checkers?

What are the best online tools for checking domain name availability? [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Jun 13, 2012 - 7 answers

Cheese in every fondue pot! Two motorcycles in every garage for a mouse named Ralph!

What to call a presidential mouse and her twin sister? My library's Summer Reading Program mascots need names! [more inside]
posted by beekept on May 25, 2012 - 23 answers

My name, please make a note of it.

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]
posted by thrasher on May 18, 2012 - 34 answers

See, Vera? Dress yourself up you get taken somewhere fun.

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!
posted by ScarletPumpernickel on Apr 24, 2012 - 18 answers

Is the name Jesus popular in languages beside Spanish?

Is the name Jesus popular in other languages besides Spanish?
posted by ivan.santiesteban on Feb 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Cool Workout Names?

Cool Workout Names? [more inside]
posted by redandblue on Jan 13, 2012 - 18 answers

Hi! My name is.. (what?)

Can we give our first child my wife's maiden name as his/her last name? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 on Dec 12, 2011 - 39 answers

Where to find foreign-language baby name books?

Need recommendations for foreign-language baby name books. [more inside]
posted by skilar on Oct 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Looking for help naming mah BABY! Daughter...

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]
posted by cavalier on Aug 15, 2011 - 178 answers

condescending names

trying to compile a list of condescending terms like "kid" or "son" [more inside]
posted by addelburgh on May 14, 2011 - 80 answers

Lithuanian names, spellings and family names

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]
posted by KMH on Mar 4, 2011 - 16 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

Pit and the Pendulam themes

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]
posted by FairlyFarley on Jan 25, 2011 - 12 answers

Ainja?

I need a woman's name in Arabic that rhymes with "ninja". [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Jan 18, 2011 - 8 answers

There is also El Capitan and Sir Galahad

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]
posted by Ideal Impulse on Jan 12, 2011 - 18 answers

How can I find common words in two lists?

How can I find common words in two (or more) lists? [more inside]
posted by pantufla on Dec 13, 2010 - 9 answers

We really, really, really liked the name

Besides Black Sabbath's song Black Sabbath on the album Black Sabbath, what are other song/album/band eponymous trifecta? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed on Nov 6, 2010 - 51 answers

What songs should I listen to for a slow, long distance, trance-like run?

What are some good songs for a slow, long-distance run? [more inside]
posted by shortyJBot on Sep 20, 2010 - 19 answers

Would you use a brand name in a URL?

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]
posted by smersh on Aug 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Name This Baby

We're having (another) boy. We have no boy names we like. Help. [more inside]
posted by kpht on Aug 1, 2010 - 109 answers

What bands have names that are a word and then a number?

What bands have names that are words followed by numbers? [more inside]
posted by allthewhile on Apr 22, 2010 - 91 answers

The trainer is coming tomorrow, and we can't just call him "puppy"!

We got a new dog, a male Australian Shepherd. Now we need a name. [more inside]
posted by eiramazile on Feb 17, 2010 - 64 answers

Double-barrelled Surnames

I was told that my great-great grandfather surname was double-barrelled and was subsequently changed to the last surname. Can I (under UK Law) use the double-barrelled name when signing official documents? [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Jan 3, 2010 - 5 answers

What's your name again?

Needed: Memory hacks. I have trouble remembering names. How do you do it? [more inside]
posted by ASM on Oct 20, 2009 - 22 answers

What does the name "Yukichi" mean?

What is the literal meaning of "Yukichi?" ( 諭吉) It's kitten naming time... [more inside]
posted by HopperFan on Sep 8, 2009 - 17 answers

How do you pronounce Charles Wuorinen?

How do you pronounce composer Charles Wuorinen's name? Which syllable is accented?
posted by mediareport on Jul 16, 2009 - 8 answers

Can I pick my own nickname?

Unusual name filter: My first name is Irish and hard to spell and understand for most people. I have never had a nickname except for a juvenile one and various people making up a pronunciation of my name. But now I'm grown up and I constantly have to spell my name to people on the phone. [more inside]
posted by sio42 on Nov 14, 2008 - 55 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

Help me name my impending baby?

I'm looking for suggestions for monosyllabic girl names that are more unique/interesting than things like "Ann" or "Jane" or "Sue" but still familiar enough that my as-yet-unnamed fetus won't have to go through life spelling out BOTH her first and last names for people. (She'll have my husband's last name to deal with--something like Dziewolrgjeoaezkxyzski.) [more inside]
posted by mere on Sep 6, 2008 - 83 answers

Is my kid an ancient hebrew good luck charm?

A few years back, an older Israeli man told me that my daughter's name, Kameya, meant "good luck charm" in ancient Hebrew. Was he just pulling my leg? [more inside]
posted by Gucky on Jun 19, 2008 - 6 answers

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