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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 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

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 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

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

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

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

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

How do you pick your Anglo name?

I live in Australia, and have noticed lot of the students I study with who are from somewhere in East Asia will adopt a Western name while they're over here, presumably to make things easier for thick-tongued Anglos. I'm curious about how these names are selected. [more inside]
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on Jun 3, 2011 - 50 answers

This'll show them

Help me name my company! [more inside]
posted by doublehappy on Mar 10, 2011 - 38 answers

We really, really, really liked the name

Besides Black Sabbath's song Black Sabbath on the album Black Sabbath, what are other song/album/band eponymous trifecta? [more inside]
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed on Nov 6, 2010 - 51 answers

Help me learn to think of better names for things

I have always had a hard time naming things. Is there a process you go through when choosing a name? Categories of ideas or questions that you run through? [more inside]
posted by agropyron on Jan 27, 2010 - 13 answers

Who Will He Be?

Help me name my child. [more inside]
posted by It ain't over yet on Jul 14, 2009 - 113 answers

What made-up names does your child use for favorite media?

What made-up names does your very young child call favorite movies, books, games, or television shows? [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on Jun 6, 2009 - 33 answers

Other words for 'Special Bookings'?

Does anyone know any obscure synonyms or industry-related terms for 'Special Bookings' or 'By Appointment Only'? [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Mar 1, 2009 - 5 answers

Giants, Jets, Yankees, Mets, Knicks, Rangers, Liberty?

Conference-room-naming filter (since yall are so damn good at it). [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime on Oct 10, 2008 - 25 answers

Help me name my impending baby?

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]
posted by mere on Sep 6, 2008 - 83 answers

So many names, so little time

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]
posted by donnagirl on Aug 19, 2008 - 14 answers

Name that podcast.

Here's a NameFilter for you: I've just started a new podcast. It's a chat show, with a focus on intelligent humor. We're trying to give it a name. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Dec 8, 2006 - 27 answers

Help name a new Graphic Design studio!

Help name a new Graphic Design studio! [more inside]
posted by LongDrive on Nov 20, 2006 - 32 answers

Clever team names combining rock music and computers!

Help me come up with creative team names involving rock music and computer terms. [more inside]
posted by Diva Despina on Oct 11, 2006 - 33 answers

Single Letter Indian Surnames

What's the story behind Indian (as in the country) last names that consist of a single letter? [more inside]
posted by mmascolino on Aug 18, 2006 - 13 answers

Help name a retro-style burger joint in Georgia!

Help name a new burger restaurant in Georgia! [more inside]
posted by agropyron on Jul 14, 2006 - 61 answers

Flash names site - forgotten!

Anyone remember a great interactive "naming" site, run in flash I think, where you could see how popular or not a name was over a period of time (even by country I think)? I have searched, I promise - but I just can't find it!
posted by dash_slot- on Dec 8, 2005 - 9 answers

Group names based on one person

I'm looking for some naming help - to try to turn an individual's name into a collective. There are some obvious ones - "Steptoe & Son" "Will Vinton Studios" "The Jimi Hendrix Experience" as well as the typical "and associates" or "and partners" or "and Co." [more inside]
posted by stevil on Jun 1, 2005 - 23 answers

Age range for different generations?

Generational filter: I am trying to apply an age/birth year range to the following generations: Boomers, GenX, GenY, Nexter. I find conflicting information when I google. [mi] [more inside]
posted by suchatreat on Jan 7, 2005 - 44 answers

Business Names

Can a business have two names? [more inside / warning: bureaucratic question] [more inside]
posted by malphigian on Feb 2, 2004 - 4 answers

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