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"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

Name my (presumably) awesome baby

Help us name our second born so that she/he can live up to the awesomeness of her/his brother. [more inside]
posted by deadcrow on Nov 3, 2012 - 61 answers

Impending name change and the resulting identity crisis.

I'm getting re-married. How do I juggle a professional identity with my soon-to-be old name and a new name identity everywhere else? [more inside]
posted by _Mona_ on Nov 3, 2012 - 6 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

Name Two Sister Kitties!!!

Help me name two adorable sister kitties! [more inside]
posted by Flamingo on Oct 4, 2012 - 35 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

Should I use my name for my business, or make one up?

I'm a proposal writer and editor who has decided to go the independent contractor route and set up my own LLC. Should I just use my own name, or come up with some other company name? [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Sep 24, 2012 - 4 answers

And that's why they call me "Adjective Noun" Surname.

Can anyone think of examples of well-known fictional characters or historical figures whose names fit the format [Adjective / Number] [Noun] [Surname]? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Sep 23, 2012 - 57 answers

Portrait of the artist as...

Name-it filter: blog of artists’/designers’ early work [more inside]
posted by ella_minnow on Aug 28, 2012 - 5 answers

To pseudonym or not to pseudonym?

Is using a pseudonym right for me? I'm a fiction writer, not a talk-radio host! [more inside]
posted by Eldritch on Aug 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Mission to Mars in need of name that isn't completely stupid

I'm writing about a (fictional) Chinese-led mission to Mars -- what's a believable name for the ship itself? [more inside]
posted by Narrative Priorities on Jul 23, 2012 - 17 answers

How to Buy an Expiring Internet Domain

I want to buy an internet domain name that is expiring in 3 days. I though it would be a simple process, but looking into it, I was quickly overwhelmed. Here is the info on the current domain: Registrar: HOMESTEAD LIMITED DBA NAMEVAULT.COM / Whois Server: whois.namevault.com / Referral URL: http://www.namevault.com / Name Server: NS1.FASTPARK.NET / Name Server: NS2.FASTPARK.NET. Honestly, I don’t really understand this info but I think it may be important. can anyone offer me advice or point me to webpage with current info about this process? (A Google search turned up several posts but they’re all years old.) Thanks!
posted by laswingkid on Jul 15, 2012 - 5 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

"Hi, great to see you, who are you?"

Which is best: asking an acquaintance "What's your name again?", hoping they don't notice you don't remember their name, or guessing their name and being wrong? [more inside]
posted by escabeche on Jul 10, 2012 - 35 answers

My middle name is not "Evgene"

Birth Certificate: Should I bother correcting a non-vital piece of info? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Jul 3, 2012 - 18 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

Nicknames on my Android

My phone is driving me nuts filter: How can I search by nickname on my HTC One S Android phone? [more inside]
posted by tavegyl on Jun 23, 2012 - 6 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

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