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]
I'm looking for a source - either paid or free - that can provide pronunciations of US city names. [more inside]
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]
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]
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]
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.
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?
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]
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
We just acquired two new kittens from the shelter. Problem: we are stumped as to what to name them. [more inside]
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.
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]
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]
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]
Film buffs! - Other movies where we never know the characters real names and are only given nicknames? [more inside]
I just got a new kitten and she smells terrible. Will it go away? [more inside]
Baby name finder... international edition. [more inside]
What is the etymology of British nicknames ending in -zza/-zzer? [more inside]
Help me name my cat. [more inside]
Help me make a mix CD that populates a fictitious town. [more inside]
Help me come up with a girl baby name within some very special constraints! [more inside]
Help us name our second born so that she/he can live up to the awesomeness of her/his brother. [more inside]
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]
There's a new Corgi in town! But what's his name??? [more inside]
Name my scrappy survivor terrier puppy? [more inside]
Help me name two adorable sister kitties! [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 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]
Can anyone think of examples of well-known fictional characters or historical figures whose names fit the format [Adjective / Number] [Noun] [Surname]? [more inside]
Name-it filter: blog of artists’/designers’ early work [more inside]
Is using a pseudonym right for me? I'm a fiction writer, not a talk-radio host! [more inside]
I'm writing about a (fictional) Chinese-led mission to Mars -- what's a believable name for the ship itself? [more inside]
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!
I’m a snowflake with a “weird” name. How do I start using a common nickname instead? [more inside]
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]
Birth Certificate: Should I bother correcting a non-vital piece of info? [more inside]
What are some obliquely named bureaucracies, organizations, and companies? [more inside]
My phone is driving me nuts filter: How can I search by nickname on my HTC One S Android phone? [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]
Suggestions for girl names needed! We've got a few contenders, but nothing seems exactly right. [more inside]
Should I include the names of my friends when I talk about them in personal correspondence to family?
Should I include the names of my friends when I talk about them in personal correspondence to family? [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!
What is your crafty job title? [more inside]
Everyone loves to do it: help me name my new kitty! [more inside]
Help me compile a list of names of iconic fictional characters from popular songs. For example Jimmy Mack, Jumpin' Jack Flash, Maggie May, Absolutely Sweet Marie, Johnny B Goode. [more inside]
Is the name Jesus popular in other languages besides Spanish?
Should I allow my son’s mother to change his surname? [more inside]
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]