The names are back!

moses regular

Moses Regular Jr is excited by Name Curator’s return

I’m back! After a bit of a break, it seemed like a good thing to do.

Previously I was pumping out 15 names a week, blogging, doing Q&As and generally letting names take over my life.

This time I’m a bit more relaxed about it: it will be much less than  15 names a week, no blogging/Q&As to start with, and very much in the mode of ‘when I get around to it’.

So please follow me on Twitter to get the latest. As always, I welcome any and all name submissions and thank you for your support!

Finishing up

Quintavious Drains

Don’t be sad, Quintavious Drains – it’s been a great ride.

After some 15 months of name curation – and many hundreds of brilliant, fantastic names – I’ve decided to put this site and Twitter feed on indefinite hiatus.

Pretty simply, I’m stopping because I no longer have the time or energy to find and curate the names to a standard I’m happy with.

It’s been terrific fun. I’ve loved collating names, researching who these people are, and putting together 15 names each week.

I’ve loved that others have gotten involved: suggesting names, retweeting ones I’ve found that they’ve liked, and so on.

I’ve really loved that those people with great names themselves – most of whom had no idea who I was other than I lived on the other side of the world – have willingly opened up and talked about their names.

There’s lots of very good sites out there that take similar delight in names (Name of the Year and Funny Names Blog are two of the better ones) but it’s a source of pride to me that mine is the only one that goes above and beyond the initial ‘isn’t that a strange name?’ reaction to actually ask the real person behind the name what they think of their own name.

It’s my way of trying to show that there’s a human being, who exists in real life, behind all of these names as they come cascading off the computer screen.

Thank you

I couldn’t have come up with 15 names a week for more than a year if it wasn’t for the help of many fine folk. Isaac Forman, Kate Potter, Ben Fitzsimons, Hilary Talbot,CJ Fogler and Marcy Elliott-Rupert in particular helped with names, laughed, cried, etc. I sincerely appreciate their input.

A big thank you to Richard Deitsch, a fine reporter for Sports Illustrated who gave me an unsolicited and very welcome shoutout on Twitter. Another Sports Illustrated writer – and my writing hero – Steve Rushin is, and will always be, the benchmark for name analysis and writing in general.

Finally, a thank you to the fine men and women who agreed to provide As to my Qs. In particular, Q’orianka Kilcher will always have my eternal gratitude for her willingness to be the first. She made it an ‘easier sell’ for those who followed.

What’s next?

There’ll be no new names – under the guise of Name Curator – for the foreseeable future. I have a couple of Q & As up my sleeve which I’ll endeavour to get up before Xmas, plus I need to bring my archives up to date. Maybe in the New Year I can sign off in style with a ‘Best of the Best’ countdown of all the names curated.

If Sports Illustrated would like to employ me as a ‘Names Reporter’, I’d be quite willing to discuss terms. Similarly, if a US college wished to throw a PhD scholarship at me for name-related research, I’d be willing to entertain that notion too.

But for now, as the Year of the Name draws to a close, I’m signing off as the Secretary-General of the United Name-tions.

In the name of Quintavious Drains,

Amen.

Great name archive, 22-28 October 2012

Hero Nuus

Hero Nuus (and friend)

It’s been a busy few weeks for Name Curator but I’m finally on top of my archivist duties.

Some interesting names this week, including Hero Nuus and Moses Regular Jr (supplied by the incomparable namesmith Steve Rushin).

But of course, it’s impossible to go past Cynthia Chicken-Usher. Such a strange hyphenation: ‘Chicken’ on its name is intriguing, but to follow it up with ‘Usher’ elevates it to a level of brilliance I’ve rarely encountered.

Cynthia Chicken-Usher, I applaud you.

Hildegard Hammerschmidt-Hummel, German academic and Shakespeare death analyser

Garold Sneegas, US photographer and hogchoker/stoneroller snorkeler

Jurickson Profar, Curaçaoan baseballer and former Hickory Crawdad

Gaillard ‘Evil’ Peck, US pilot and Constant Peg program initiator

Crystal Starr, US videoblogger and fun building troller

Rudell Crim, US gridironer and ‘ooooh baby’ utterer

Bland Ballard, US soldier/legislator and tough looking man

Hero Nuus, animal trainer and hippopotamus feeder

Jovan Belcher, American footballer and stat jacker-upper

Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German director and vicious drug & sleeping pill combiner

Cynthia Chicken-Usher, British company director

Moses Regular Jr, American footballer and bullet-like projectiler

Cornell Capa, Hungarian/American photographer and non-artist

Peer Bork, German biochemist and diarrhoea sufferer email receiver

Abdulai Bell-Baggie, Sierra Leonean/English footballer and understated hinter

Great name archive, 15-21 October 2012

 

Isma'il Kushkush

Isma’il Kushkush

Wendell Wallach, US bioethicist & academic and friendly skeptic

Shabaan Banana, UK administrator and smooth day-to-day runner

Happy Jele, South African footballer and field of play misser

Isma’il Kushkush, freelance reporter and reflection capturer

Burl Doble and Chic Henry, Australian political candidates and hard line takers

Quandre Diggs, US footballer and hype purchaser

Melaina Shipwash, Miss Colorado 2010 and loaded question answerer

Graf von Wackerbarth, German general and quiet string puller

Manti Molemo Moholo, South African footballer & angry substitute

Mistaker Greenway, 19th century British baby and imaginative parent haver

Thor Tripp, US reporter and 7.5 burger eater

Teeboy Kamara, Liberian footballer and fresh blow incurrer

Paco Underhill, US environmental psychologist and in-store shopping advocate

Jean Lean, New Zealand student and earthquake practicer

Tyler Tettleton, US footballer and undisclosed abdomen injury sufferer

Great name archive, 8-14 October 2012

Amory Lovins

Amory Lovins

Lotus Delta Coffman, US university president and Normal School graduate

Zizi Papacharissi, US academic and house of power

Gimel President, US gridironer and Parade team researcher

Walrus ‘J.U.I.C.E./Waterslide’ Howard, US cameraman & industry experience obtainer

Emanuel Ax, German pianist and restful renderer

Tina Taps, US tennis official and anti-wayward tennis ball adviser

Skylar Tibbits, US architect and self-assembly line constructor

Natural Hunka Kaboom, US council meeting attender and Bomb Squad activator

Ezzideen Tlish, Libyan taekwondo-er and shooting victim

Stirling Silliphant, US screenwriter and Bruce Lee friend/student

Jackson Blankenship, US uni student and Alabama Face Guy

Spongy Benjamin, Trinidadian/Tobagonian hoopster and point chipper-inner

Amory Lovins, US scientist and Hypercar inventor

Raina Deerwater, US student and slammin’ poet

Shyquawn Pullium, US gridironer and North-South speed shower

Great name archive, 1-7 October 2012

 

Hippolyte Tsafack

Hippolyte Tsafack

Amber Lawn, Australian sister and Malaysian jail visitor

Thurlow Weed, US political tyro and chronic vertigo sufferer

Junji Wiener, US lacrosser and ball shielder

Ermal Fraze, US tool company owner and aluminum can pull tab inventor

Bud Pidgeon, hunting fan & Saturday meeting organiser

Hippolyte Tsafack, Cameroonian hoopster and one-word answerer

Kenesaw Mountain Landis, US judge/baseball commissioner and real shorthand reporter

Bradley Wine, US criminal and public intoxicant

Titus Rubles, US basketballer and style translator

Carrie Coon, US actress and drooling man wake possessor

Kate Pumpa, exercise physiologist & calorie counter

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, French footballer and unafraid shooter

Helmut Pump, German waste manager and international advice provider

Christopher Christmas, US counsellor and Ball State University graduate

Rodrick Rumble, US gridironer and good-hearted people helper

Q & A with Ben Baby

 

Ben Baby

Ben Baby, baby.

Ben Baby is a newspaper reporter in Texas. He’s not only got a great name, but he’s very cool for taking the time to answer my questions about it. You rock, Baby!

1) Is there a story (that you’ve been told) about where your name comes from?

My parents are Indian, and according to the naming nomenclature in the state of Kerala, Christians usually follow the biblical naming system. So the last name of the family would be the first name of the father. So when my father came to the United States, his last name was Baby, the first name of his father. Rather than confuse everybody and continue the system in the US, he decided against it. So Baby has stuck for the following generations.

2) What does your name mean to you? Do YOU think you have a great name?

2. Honestly, I probably have one of the coolest names ever, and I’m pretty thankful for it. All my friends usually just call me Ben Baby, and they love to say it whenever they can. I’ve had to pull out my driver’s license on multiple occasions to prove my last name is actually Baby.

3) Is it good or bad – or perhaps a bit of both – to have a distinctive name?

I love having a distinctive name. Whenever I meet people who are terrible with remembering names, they always tell me they’ll never forget my name. And honestly, that’s something everybody strives for — nobody wants to be forgotten. And that’s coming from a guy who can’t remember anybody else’s name.

4) Do you care what others think of your name? What reactions from others have you encountered over the years?

At this point, I don’t care what others think about my name. I don’t think people think too negatively of it, so that’s probably why I don’t care as much. When I was in elementary school, a few kids used to tease me about it. I haven’t been heckled about it in a long, long time.

5) Do you have a favourite name you’ve come across over the years?

I don’t think I have a favorite name, but just going by “Ben Baby” is pretty awesome. I’ve been truly blessed.

6) Have to ask: have you, in fact, ever been put in a corner? :)

Considering I’ve yet to see the three new Batman movies or Titanic, I’m not a huge movies guy. But I still know the line from Dirty Dancing and I’ll use it from time to time. People usually laugh. I probably need to watch that movie so I realize why that line is so famous.