Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Gazetteer of British Place Names. I am not sure if I posted this before but this is a niftly little web resource where you can search for British place names. Also includes Gaelic and Welsh versions as well as which county the places are located.

Beckhams celebrate birth of Cruz. More hoopla on celebrity baby names.

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Friday, February 11, 2005

The games people play with names. Ah, the fine art of naming TV characters.

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Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Have Your Very Own Species, for a Price. Aw, the lil' monkey sure is cute. And the money gained from the auction is for a good cause. But I'd really hate it if the monkey got saddled with a ridiculous name.
These days, if you're willing to pay the asking price, you can put your name on just about anything - a basketball arena, a hospital wing, perhaps even a subway station.

How humdrum.

The Wildlife Conservation Society, on the other hand, is offering some true naming-rights excitement. The group will be auctioning off the chance to name a new species of monkey.

Random Wisconsin City Name Generator. I got "Marin de wega". If that's the best it can come up with, we're in trouble.

The Baby Name Wizard: NameVoyager. (via Metafilter) This looks like a really cool app:
The Baby Name Wizard's NameVoyager is an interactive portrait of America's name choices. Start with a "sea" of nearly 5000 names. Type a letter, and you'll zoom in to focus on how that initial has been used over the past century. Then type a few more letters, or a name. Each stripe is a timeline of one name, its width reflecting the name's changing popularity. If a name intrigues you, click on its stripe for a closer look.
Also check out the Metafilter thread for comments about this resource.

Curious, George: Greek Names. This discussion thread contains many examples of Greek/Roman mythology name use in advertising.

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