What was the first church to give themselves a non-geographic name? [more inside]
Businessnamefilter: How similar is too similar? [more inside]
When attempting to register at an online forum I was repeatedly blocked when attempting to pick a username. My choices included random strings of letters and numbers. I sent a email asking what was up. The answer was that one had to register using ones "real" name... How the heck can a web admin make that determination? The only question asked previous to picking a username and pw was DOB. (Which seems a bit weird too.) Since that time I have attempted to pick a username with several plausable "real" names including my real real one and have been blocked Does this make any sense?
I need some help deciphering (what I assume) is an Arabic name. [more inside]
Why do NPR reporters have such unusual names? [more inside]
I know that some Hebrew and English names are identical (e.g., Maia, Deborah, and Miriam), some English and Hebrew names are similar (e.g., Isaac/Yitzchak, Jonathan/Yonatan, Jonas/Yona), and some are translations (e.g., Eve/Chava). Are there other less obvious correspondences between Hebrew and English names? Specifically, nobody has been named for my late grandfathers, whose Hebrew names are Chaim and Yona. We could use those as Hebrew names for a boy, but what are the options for Hebrew names for a girl and English names for either? My Hebrew name is Chava, so I would not want to use that as a feminine version of Chaim.
Say I'm writing a story and I want to emulate the old practice of referring to proper nouns by initials: i.e. Dr. M— from the town of S—. Where and when did this start? Why did they do this? (It hides the person's name, but from the author's perspective, is it to give his story an air of veracity, as with Defoe and Cervantes's works?) Would some names remain hidden and others not? Do I hide the last name only? If a man came from Monte Cristo, would I write M— C— or simply M—? I want as much information on this as possible. The name of this practice, if there is one, might be useful.
How important is it to purchase all available domain extensions? [more inside]
Asking for family member: Brother is thinking of starting a merchandise delivery business and needs name suggestions for said business. Southwest TX if it matters.
Does anyone know any obscure synonyms or industry-related terms for 'Special Bookings' or 'By Appointment Only'? [more inside]
Help my neighbor name her new rescue dog with an enormous head! He's a black dog with white markings here and there. But the really distinguishing feature is his HUGE cranium! He is a super-sweet pit bull mix and is looking for something that will not add to the fear some will feel just by looking at him because of his breed. [more inside]
In eight years, I'm still not used to my married name. [more inside]
On naming son with the same name as emerging boy band: would you, or wouldn't you? [more inside]
What are some good ethnic-neutral last names? [more inside]
There's a book I read about 8 years ago I'm trying to identify. I can't remember the title. It was a thick paperback, a blue cover with possibly a butterfly on it. But here's the weird thing about this book, which is why I am hoping someone can help me - it was written by two people, and they were only identified by their first names on the cover. I had never seen that before. On the cover, it was like, "Edward & Judy" or something like that. Weird, huh? [more inside]
Why do cities and countries have such vastly different names in different languages? [more inside]
How is the name Pritha pronounced? [more inside]
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]
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]
I now own an untitled cat. Inspire me with ridiculous pet names you've encountered. [more inside]
I was engaged, but never married to, a guy 11 years ago - somehow our names and my mother's address are linked together in several combinations out in cyberspace and on direct-mailing lists. How can I unlink them? [more inside]
SEO filter: What's this about getting descriptive domain names for forwarding? [more inside]
Help me name a newsletter!!!! Details inside. [more inside]
After many weeks of consideration, my wife has decided to start a Spanish translating/tutoring business. Everything looks good, we've done our research, we're moving into an area where Spanish is taught k-12, we...just can't figure out a name for the biz. Help [more inside] [more inside]
What are the meanings of the surnames Seliukova and Bessadna? [more inside]
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]
Babynamefilter: I need help finding the English translation of a Hebrew name [more inside]
My recently married friend is having some doubts about her name change. If you or your spouse did a name change after you got married, could you offer some insights about her situation? [more inside]
I'm working on a list of movies that have spawned notable band names and song titles. Dead on is great, esoteric is just fine. No Weird Al or other humorists, please. Can you help?
Personal Branding in Academia: Jon vs. Jonathan? [more inside]
I want to do something (maybe embroidery, maybe a tattoo, maybe plant a garden) with plants that symbolize my three children. My youngest is named Rosemary, so that's quite easy, but I am having a harder time coming up with plants that would symbolize the names Evan and Nathaniel. I've googled and had no luck. I'm looking for something that contains the names, or something recognizably similar to them in the common or botanical name, or maybe a plant that is somehow associated with those names, or... anything you can think of. And the plants probably shouldn't look odd with a Rosemary plant next to it.
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]
Asking for a friend: If you were the captain of a golf team full of lawyers, what would you name your team?
Help me with a name for a six week old black pug. We're stumped. [more inside]
NameVoyager lists popular baby names dating back to the 1800's. Where could I find something similar for foreign names? Specifically, I'm interested in finding names that were used before the 1970's (as opposed to current baby name lists that show what's popular now).
Should I legally change my often mispronounced name? [more inside]
How may one obtain access to a web site, or ownership of the domain, of someone who had recently died? [more inside]
I'm really, really bad at remembering the names of new people that I meet. How can I get better at remembering new names? [more inside]
Help me come up with a name for a spring fundraiser dinner for a farm alliance [more inside]
Why do the French capitalize each letter of their last names? [more inside]
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]
Name a pet supply store in Baltimore! [more inside]
I need a good name! I'm putting together a travel website focusing mainly on indie rock/nightlife/offbeat stuff to do in different cities, aimed mainly at 20-something travellers or anyone looking for live music or more alternative venues while they're travelling. What should I call it? [more inside]
What makes a good name? [more inside]
Iraqi first names Zainab, Aysha and Nour: how should I pronounce them? (For each name: how do the vowels sound [in comparison with an English word], how many syllables does the name have, and which syllable is accented?)
What is the correct way to pronounce the name of the feminist/psychoanalytic critic Mary Jacobus? Which syllable is stressed?
Why do some actors use their own names in TV shows? [more inside]
Changing my name for marriage: Does FirstName HisLastName MyLast Name make things too complicated? [more inside]
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]