Is there anywhere on earth where people still do not have surnames?
Just had a beautiful and healthy baby boy a bit earlier than expected, and my husband and I are still trying to decide IF we'd like to give him a middle name. Thoughts on if? (Followup extra credit question: if yes, then what?) [more inside]
My new cats need names! After mourning the loss of my best friend Minnie (who was with me for 21 years), I've taken munchingzombie's advice to heart and adopted two new buddies from the shelter. [more inside]
We have struggled for three weeks to name our rescue dog. He will be ours Saturday so we have to decide soon. [more inside]
We are participating in a scavenger hunt type event and need help with a team name. Metafilter rocks when it comes to names for businesses/websites/roller derby, so give me your best nautical team names. [more inside]
Without getting into too much detail, I am part of a group of volunteers trying to establish a NFP centre which offers secular contemplative practices that are grounded in the meditative traditions and tested by science. As the resident marketing/advertising person, I have been tasked with coming up with a name for our project/space, but after spending days in thesaurus.com, wordoid, and the free dictionary, I'm coming up short. Can anyone help me throw some ideas into the mix? [more inside]
I want to learn more about upper class naming conventions, most obviously the British aristocracy but anything on the topic more generally would be interesting. Ideally I'm looking for a book or article that explains how some of the ridiculously prolix naming conventions came to be, and how you end up with people named, for example, Admiral of the Fleet Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, [string of post-nominal letters] (born Prince Louis of Battenberg) aka Lord Mountbatten, aka Dickie. [more inside]
I'd like to start a blog to provide links each day to informative writing and videos about race and racism. I'd like a good name for it and ideas for theme days, like Wednesdays focused on White fragility. Straightforward and cute names both accepted (and opinions on which one is better). [more inside]
I am creating a YouTube channel and a couple of associated social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr). I figured I'd have come up with a name by the time I finished editing my first video. However, that's not the case, and I find myself basically ready to launch but with a lot of uncertainties about name. [more inside]
I'll need someone familiar with Sierra Leonean culture to answer this one. My job deals with people from lots of different countries, and it seems like almost every woman from Sierra Leone has exactly the same name: personal name Fatmata, surname Jalloh. It's not uncommon for a man to have a mother named Fatmata Jalloh, a sister named Fatmata Jalloh, and a wife named Fatmata Jalloh. How did this situation come about, what is the significance of the name, how is confusion avoided, and what is a culturally sensitive way for us to keep better track of our files?
I'm thinking both of naming conventions within the U.S. Department of the Interior as well as counties, cities, towns, and streets. Also, how are counties created (and named) as populations grow? Finally, what circumstances would dictate name changes? Thanks.
My family has just received approval to adopt this adorable little guy, and we are in the process of selecting a name. We have a tradition of giving dogs floral and botanical names. I am allowed to put two names on the ballot for the family to vote on, and I'm turning it over to y'all. [more inside]
Am in the midst of planning a start up business and actually need two names (for different price points- mass market and higher end). More.... [more inside]
Help us name our organization! My colleague and I are building a business (or maybe it’s two businesses) and we need a name or two. We've got a freeschool-inspired school alternative for kids and a coworking space for adults. Will it blend? [more inside]
I’m changing my name (for non-marriage reasons) and having a hard time. Looking for advice on how to make this easier and more positive, how to normalize it in conversation with people and deal with rudeness or nosiness, and also on dealing with a sense of loss and finding ways or rites to mark and celebrate this change. [more inside]
I recently caught the archery bug, and after shooting on some shared equipment in classes/on a range, decided to take the plunge and order my own bow. I feel like this is a piece of equipment deserving of its own name. Metafilter, help me name my bow! [more inside]
Reaching out to the hive mind to help me name my blog - I am doing a masters in coaching and mentoring and trying to carve out a niche for myself working with research students/researchers/academics - this is the bulk of my "clients" at the moment (in inverted commas as all of that is unpaid and part of the training). I really enjoy working with this group as an ex-academic myself and wanted to share some of that enthusiasm via a blog but can't come up with anything that sounds right. Help?! Some further requirements below. [more inside]
I'm starting a group that will be pursuing Freedom of Information requests (mostly under state laws, not federal FOIA) to have genealogically and archivally relevant materials released from local and state archives and governments and put online for free access. But we need a name for this new group! [more inside]
A while back I took up metalsmithing as a hobby. I mostly work with copper, silver, and brass, and create necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, etc. I think I've reached the point where my stuff is good enough to sell (and people keep telling me I should)! Yay! But...what do I call it? [more inside]
Hello everybody! I am starting an independent animation-focused non-profit. Our mission statement is 'a not for profit organization that supports independent, non-commerical animated film through education, grants, and distribution.' And we need a name! [more inside]
After running a successful food/lifestyle blog for a year with a friend, I'm branching out to do my own thing. I'm having trouble pinning down a name and after thinking of nothing but names for the past week, my brain is mush. [more inside]
Roadblocked on names for my bakery endeavor. Do you like cookies, and naming things that aren't pets? Come on in. [more inside]
I'm setting up a data consultancy with an ex-work colleague. Our core business will be to provide analysis relating to children's services in local government, advice on what services should be monitoring, trends and benchmarking, setting up performance frameworks and so on. We are having difficulty finding a business name. [more inside]
What's the current thinking around using the newer domain extensions (.me, .info, etc.) for a personal home page? [more inside]
Seeking your crowd wisdom for some creative names for a professional networking group. [more inside]
Hey Green, need some help with naming my newborn. We came up with first name some time ago, but not middle name. And since she has now been born this became a more pressing issue. First name - Zoe, last name - long, russian/jewish, something like, but not, Shostakovich. Trying to find something that flows/sounds good. Bonus points - starts with a V or an F. Potentially OK with more obscure names.
...then what would the names of those days be? I started wondering about that after reading this Wikipedia article about the names of the days of the week. [more inside]
We've been using "Pieceworks" for a small division that employs women from the families we work with to make school uniforms and small handicrafts, but absolutely no-one likes the name except me. The division is being spun off into a social enterprise and we need to rename it this month. [more inside]
For Quonsmas I was gifted a new pet: a marimo! (Marimo are balls of green algae that live in lakes and also now many aquariums and jars.) My particular marimo came with a jar, a nice wooden tag, and instructions to "Write the name of your new Marimo on the wooden tag provided." [more inside]
Dearest Metafilter - You named my dog, and you almost named my first business, so I thought maybe you could help me name one more thing! We've recently purchased a small property that we are going to turn into a guesthouse / creative retreat, and it needs a name to match! [more inside]
I have long wanted to start a knitting blog/website but need help naming it. [more inside]
This young gentleman will be joining my family of two other cats later today. I'm at a loss for names. [more inside]
My podcast network is piloting a pop culture panel show. Chat about culture high and low, fun and funny and well-informed. It needs a name. What have you got? Pithy and understandable on first glance really helps. If we use yours, we will credit you and send you a box of maximumfun.org stuff from our prize closet :).
Hi, after the sudden and unexpected death of our beloved pet cat on Sunday, we've decided to adopt two kittens. We are finalists for the adoption and will meet them on Saturday. The kitten we are basing the adoption around is a white male shorthair. We are working on finding him a littermate or bonded kitten to come home with him. I want to name him Jon Snow after the Game of Thrones character because he is one of my favorite characters (also...winter is coming, people!). [more inside]
Since the team is growing and business is going well, I'm more and more inclined towards founding a design studio (print, video, interactive). Having come up with names for a potential business many years ago, they seem silly and immature now. I don't want to choose a name and regret it down the line. [more inside]
We're having a baby next week and need help picking between two names. Looking for advice and experience relating to full names vs. nicknames . [more inside]
If you were working with a digital tool that was responsible for placing or verifying digital signatures, what would you expect that tool to be called? Not a product name, but rather name of the class of tool (like a codec for encoding/decoding or a compiler for translating code in one language to another)?
I'm building the most fun city-exploring company ever, now it just needs a name. [more inside]
When I got married I never changed my last name. We're pregnant now (yay!), and thinking the baby will have my last name. Dad will likely big picking kiddo up from daycare/school a lot and we'll be traveling internationally a lot (Oz-US). How big a deal is it if dad has a different surname? [more inside]
I am female, I go by like 10 different names (and respond quite well to all of them). I never really had one name as a result. I have reasons for changing from my birth name, including that there are porn stars with the same name online lol! [more inside]
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]
I'm working on an app project and am having a really hard time doing the whole marketable memorable unique name thing. Any idea I have is absurd or taken. It's frustrating because I'm already working with a designer to bring the thing to life. It's a very visual, beautiful daily mood tracker. I might extend it to include a meditation guide. The idea is to be more tolerant and observant about your mood rather than rating how happy you are or aren't every day. [more inside]
Help me name a menswear blog with a reference to monkeys. [more inside]
I would like journal articles, books and other serious treatments of how to name things. [more inside]
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!
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?
I'm working on a new book and I need to name a genome. I can't handwave it-- while the book is SF, I don't want people in the know to be able to look at it like people look at Law & Order address (ie, nobody from New York would ever think that's a real address. Nobody in science would ever think that's a real genome.) [more inside]
I work at a Museum and we are about to roll out a new staffing model for our part time staff. Essentially a "career ladder", the program will have four stages of progression starting with general skills (everyone in this stage can float around the Museum providing customer service, essentially). The three subsequent stages add increased specialization, training and skills (employees in stage 4 can lead teach programs like camp, for example). We have a pretty young staff, and are generally a hands-on STEAM (science technology engineering art and math) focused institution. We're looking for creative names for the stages that are descriptive without being too silly. Any thoughts? [more inside]
I'm writing a tongue-in-cheek tabletop RPG about a bunch of soulless backstabbing ladder-climbers trying to become the leader of a group. It needs a name. [more inside]
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]