Friday, April 11, 2008

Batman bin Suparman: behind the name. "Could Suparman and his wife have named their son Batman as a wry joke, playing on the similarity of Suparman to Superman? Perhaps, but it would be unfortunate for the young man to be saddled for life with his parentsí one-time attempt at humor."

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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Wow, long time no post. Anyways, Nanowrimo, a.k.a. National Novel Writing Month, is coming up fast. And it's the season for finding more places with names...

NamePlayground.com. Plenty of name statistics. Find out what the most popular names for boys and girls are for 2006.

Name Generators. Of all sorts. They're all here, from cyborgs to ogres to reggae pets.

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Monday, July 02, 2007

But Isabella is such a lovely name! and A few words on names and expectations. Certain names are perceived as more feminine than others? Bah. Sometimes you've just got to be yourself and not fall into the trap of being what others think you might be.

Literary girl names. Actually, it's more like girl names from fantasy novels.

Nymbler. Something about inspirations and name connections. Looks more like a random generator to me.

The Baby-Name Business. Parents are hiring consultants to brand their babies? This can't be good or practical.

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Sunday, May 06, 2007

Do Girly Names Obstruct Scientific Progress? (via 2Blowhards) "A press release is circulating wildly about a new study by David Figlio (an economist), which suggests that girls with more feminine-sounding names are less likely to pursue math and the sciences compared to girls with less feminine names." Hm. Note the small sample size.

Names Commonly Found in Romance Novels. Seems like historical romance authors have a really strong preference for Alexander/Alexandra.

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

My Hebrew Name. (Thanks to Jacob Richman) An online database to lookup, view, print and save your Hebrew name.

The Internet Surname Database. Look up a surname to find its origins.

33 Names of Things You Never Knew had Names. Oh man, obscure vocabulary building! Reminds me, an item on my want list is an unabridged dictionary...

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Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Denomination in old Quebec. An interesting article about naming customs in Quebec. There's also a list of the most frequent first and last names used before 1800.

Timegames. A list of names that Charles Dickens used in his literary works.

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Saturday, September 30, 2006

The Name Game

How it works: Person A posts one and only one name that they've come up with and are unsure about bestowing upon , along with a three-word description of the character, or if he/she doesn't yet have a character to fit the name, at least the gender they're considering.

Example -- Haakon of Tarrendon: lovesick, rebellious hero OR Haakon (male)

Person B then gives the name a score (x/5, with 1 being "terrible" and 5 "fantastic") and supports his/her judgment with maybe one sentence.

Example -- Score: 3. "Haakon" is too confusing to spell and pronounce easily, but I like the place-name, "Tarrendon". OR Score: 5. The "k" denotes strength and "-on" is a good masculine ending.

Person B then posts his/her own name and Person C responds, and so on.

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