Baby Names for a girl and a boy? I'm pregnant with twins! Yay! Except that after months of fearing for the worst, we're nearing the end of the second trimester and we have no names ready. Help! [more inside]
I have an idea that may be patentable. I want to search patent listing websites to see if something like it already exists. [more inside]
Literary/historical baby boy name suggestions? Guidance inside. [more inside]
Help me name my illustrated book blog project! [more inside]
Why do some people use false names when travelling? Is this legal? I'm interested in the history of people using noms de voyages, people who do it now, attitudes towards them, and what practical difficulties there are and were.
I guess I know too many Saras and Sarahs, Teresas and Theresas, etc., because I find myself having a hard time remembering who spells their name which way. I know that people can become annoyed when their name is spelled incorrectly, so I'm wondering if anybody has any suggestions for how to remember the correct spelling when someone has a common name with multiple possible spellings, without having to consult an address book every time I want to write or type their names. Thanks.
Members of the SCA, how did you come up with your name? [more inside]
What are some good names for a zombie cowboy? [more inside]
I need great, imaginative, appealing names for black dogs! A friend operates a rescue organization for dogs and cats, and mentioned how hard it is to find homes for black dogs (see Black Dog Syndrome)... and since I was already helping her come up with names, I thought I'd come up with a special list of Black Dog names that are perhaps evocative of personality types, and that might inspire interest so that potential adopters will maybe find their curiosity/sense of whimsy piqued and stop to at least read a description on the website, instead of just passing by any photo of a black dog. Some specific considerations inside... [more inside]
Needed: Memory hacks. I have trouble remembering names. How do you do it? [more inside]
I am looking for translations for the words "twin" and "sister". I have used babelfish and other sites but really want the pronunciation not just foreign writings I can't decipher. Also, translations in other languages not listed such as different Native American tribal translations. Help?!
I will make you a dress but I will also make you pants. [more inside]
Questions about Hong Kong Chinese people renaming themselves with more "American" sounding first names
Questions about Hong Kong Chinese people renaming themselves with more "American" sounding first names. [more inside]
How do photojournalists keep track of subjects names? [more inside]
What is the literal meaning of "Yukichi?" ( 諭吉) It's kitten naming time... [more inside]
Should we name our baby girl Roxanne? Why or why not? [more inside]
I'm trying to put together a list of gender-neutral first names. [more inside]
Baby Name Block: I'm pregnant with my third boy. I'm so totally out of boy names it isn't even funny. I have a total block. Help me get inspired by participating in this exercise. [more inside]
If the name on my birth certificate is 'Jeffrey', can I use 'Jeff' on my next passport or drivers license? [more inside]
I work in a lab with rhesus monkeys. They need names. For reasons of historical precedent and notational convenience, lab animals are usually named alphabetically, from A ("Abe") until you run out of monkeys. For reasons of awesomeness, we're naming our monkeys after spunky cartoon characters. So, please help me come up with the best comic/cartoon/superhero names for each letter of the alphabet. [more inside]
I have two new dwarf rabbits in my family and I need some naming help from the hive mind. I've been noodling around names for two weeks now and I'm just drawing a blank. "Bunnnnneeeee!" and "bayyyybbbbeeeeeeee bunny!" just isn't cutting it anymore. Details and (killer-cute) pics inside. [more inside]
Ideas for name of Croquet team... [more inside]
I've just got a hold of my class lists for next year and there are a few names that I'm not sure how to pronounce. [more inside]
How do you pronounce composer Charles Wuorinen's name? Which syllable is accented?
Help me name my child. [more inside]
Name pronunciation help! (Bengali and Albanian) [more inside]
What made-up names does your very young child call favorite movies, books, games, or television shows? [more inside]
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]