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Help me name my city exploring company!

I'm building the most fun city-exploring company ever, now it just needs a name. [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Feb 3, 2014 - 30 answers

Family of three, two last names. Problem?

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]
posted by jrobin276 on Jan 25, 2014 - 43 answers

Deciding on a new name for myself

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]
posted by anonymous on Jan 4, 2014 - 70 answers

Yet another cat naming question...

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]
posted by MelanieL on Nov 9, 2013 - 42 answers

How do I name a thing?

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]
posted by sweetkid on Nov 5, 2013 - 11 answers

Name that blog!

Help me name a menswear blog with a reference to monkeys. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Nov 5, 2013 - 30 answers

How to name things?

I would like journal articles, books and other serious treatments of how to name things. [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Oct 4, 2013 - 11 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

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

Help me name a genome!

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]
posted by headspace on Aug 14, 2013 - 11 answers

Help me name our ranks

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]
posted by leastlikelycowgirl on Aug 13, 2013 - 7 answers

Help name my political story game!

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]
posted by hayvac on Jun 13, 2013 - 38 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

Name that site

Please help me name a new website for discussing business ideas. [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on May 8, 2013 - 14 answers

Is it a farm if you mainly grow kids and locust trees?

Help me name my little farm business! [more inside]
posted by annathea on May 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Question title? I can't even think of my own title!

Hope me Hivemind, I need a title for my business card! [more inside]
posted by moons in june on May 1, 2013 - 10 answers

My New iPod Needs a Name

After years of loyal service, my constant companion, the iPod, gave up the ghost. I just received my replacement today, and before I can use it, I have to give it an appropriate name. Bizarrely specific guidelines inside. [more inside]
posted by Krazor on Apr 27, 2013 - 15 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

Yet another cat naming question ...

We are about to adopt a gorgeous pair of young cats. They are 1yo, brother and sister, tabby and white, mainly white with tabby spots and blotches and stripey tails. She is smaller than him. They are rangy at the moment but will be indoor cats and will probably become "fine" and content with time. Quite lively but friendly. They have, erm, had kittens together already (the boy is now neutered and the girl gets done next week), so bonus points for incestuous brother-sister pairs (I am already mining Iris Murdoch's novels for some but they don't have great cat names). [more inside]
posted by LyzzyBee on Mar 11, 2013 - 48 answers

Name my university learning blog

Looking for a descriptive and short name for a blog about university study. Save me from bad puns and opaque acronyms! [more inside]
posted by Paragon on Jan 29, 2013 - 12 answers

Archival software naming ideas needed

Could anybody suggest some name ideas for a program (UNIX command-line/cron job, not GUI) for progressively backing up/archiving files in a directory tree to archive volumes and sending them to some remote location (i.e., Amazon Glacier, or else a server reachable by ssh)? [more inside]
posted by acb on Jan 20, 2013 - 22 answers

Help me find this kitchen item!

I was in a kitchenware store on holidays a few weeks ago and I saw these great silicon-type glass drainers. Of course I can't remember what they were called, nor can I describe them in ways that google will like. Can anyone help? I'm Australian and I saw them in Beechworth... [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Jan 18, 2013 - 2 answers

What is a good single term for Apple iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad?

I am writing some documentation for an app that runs on the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. I need a consistant way to refer to these devices and am looking for something better than "iPhone/iPod/iPad". For example: "Hold your iPhone/iPod/iPad's camera so that the QR code is centered in the brackets." I've come up with either "... iPhone/iPod/iPad (referred to as iPhone from here on)" or "IOS device" Anyone have a better idea?
posted by cosmac on Dec 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Exact placement of nicknames?

As a rule, when writing out a woman's full name in a formal manner, should the nickname, if present, be positioned just before the maiden name, or just before the most recent (married) name? Example: Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Bouvier Kennedy Onassis vs. Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy "Jackie" Onassis. [more inside]
posted by The Confessor on Nov 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me name my cat?

Help me name my cat? Three year old female burmilla. Sweet, smoochy, playful personality.
posted by Year of meteors on Oct 27, 2012 - 68 answers

This hellish tech startup trafficking in souls needs a name

Halloween Filter: Help me with a name and tagline(s) for my 'business' of getting people to sign over their soul to eternal damnation. Tech startup parodies most welcome. [more inside]
posted by subject_verb_remainder on Oct 11, 2012 - 28 answers

Super-important-room Names

The Situation Room. Mission Control. The Batcave. Give me some more super-important-room names. [more inside]
posted by halseyaa on Sep 25, 2012 - 56 answers

Elexener?

Can you tell me anything about the woman's name "Elexener"? [more inside]
posted by Countess Elena on Sep 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Name my new company please?

Help me name my new service! I'm opening a consulting service specialised in improving listings for bed&breakfast websites like airbnb, home away from home, 9flats etc... and I'm struggling to chose a name. Tell me what you think? [more inside]
posted by PardonMyFrench on Aug 28, 2012 - 19 answers

Naming ceremony for baby - ideas on what to do?

We are having a non-religious, self-created naming ceremony for our new daughter on Saturday. Can you help with ideas on what, actually, to do to make this a "ceremony" and not just a bunch of people standing around looking at the baby?? [more inside]
posted by tristeza on Jul 31, 2012 - 30 answers

Looking for a new name for the company.

Need help naming a small HR development business [more inside]
posted by brappi on Jul 30, 2012 - 5 answers

What should I name a non-fiction reading stage?

What should I name a Non-fiction book reading venue? [more inside]
posted by ashputtel on Jul 5, 2012 - 13 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

Need help naming a polydactyl girl kitten

Name the kitten. Polydactyl edition. Details and pictures within. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Apr 21, 2012 - 52 answers

3..2..1.. Blog name!

What would be a good name for a blog/site about the Apollo space program? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Mar 28, 2012 - 36 answers

Name that award.

Please help me name our new "employee of the month" award. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Mar 21, 2012 - 25 answers

Piano duo names

[Naming filter] Help me come up with a name for a piano duo. [more inside]
posted by astapasta24 on Mar 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Help my wife name her new latin Latin dance classes!

Help my wife name her new latin Latin dance classes! [more inside]
posted by neilkod on Feb 17, 2012 - 4 answers

The First Question of Ask Metafilter (because I say so)

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]
posted by Afroblanco on Feb 9, 2012 - 16 answers

Walrustitty for Leicester

Why do Commonwealth countries and provinces name their parliamentary constituencies, and why do American state legislatures and Congress tend to number them?
posted by Hollywood Upstairs Medical College on Feb 8, 2012 - 25 answers

Help me name my self-guided city tour website!

Help me name my self-guided city tour website. [more inside]
posted by carbide on Dec 21, 2011 - 16 answers

Hi! My name is.. (what?)

Can we give our first child my wife's maiden name as his/her last name? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 on Dec 12, 2011 - 39 answers

Food lecture series hungry for a name & other bad puns

Help me name a food lecture series. The best food lecture series! [more inside]
posted by soma lkzx on Dec 5, 2011 - 18 answers

Where to find foreign-language baby name books?

Need recommendations for foreign-language baby name books. [more inside]
posted by skilar on Oct 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Help rename my public radio show!

Rename my public radio show! (Details inside.) [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Oct 17, 2011 - 174 answers

What should we name our blog devoted to publishing great college writing and literature class assignments or exercises?

Naming filter: Help me name a blog devoted to publishing great exercises, activities, and assignments by and for instructors of college composition and literature classes. [more inside]
posted by cymru_j on Sep 6, 2011 - 12 answers

Help name my Coffee Bean Business

Help name my coffee bean company. I'm very excited about this new venture that I just embarked on. I have all the logistics in place, but I'm still missing a Big piece of the puzzle, the name of the company. My choice for the name was " Una Voce "(one voice), because part of this venture will be to give back to the communities that produce the finest Coffee Beans in the world. These communities still lack some fundamental basics, like clean drinkable water, medical facilities, schooling for both children and adults. I will be funneling back some of the profits to improve the lives of our fellow humans. Two other names that I was thinking about were "One World" or "Human Beans". None of the names I have liked have received positive feedback, so I turn to you. I will keep everyone here posted on my decision and Thanks in Advance.
posted by roastermarv on Sep 1, 2011 - 26 answers

Sites to Help with Wordsmithing

I like ClicheFinder and use it often to help me brainstorm clever titles for events and programs. What are some other sites that aggregate common word associations and turns of phrase? Or more general creative wordplay? [more inside]
posted by Miko on Sep 1, 2011 - 8 answers

Help me name my blog!!

What should I name my blog that will talk about a super strange mixture of physics and anime? [more inside]
posted by Event Horizon on Aug 12, 2011 - 13 answers

name my art and coffee group, please

Please name my little group and suggest items that should be provided. [more inside]
posted by FunkyHelix on Jun 30, 2011 - 14 answers

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