Q & A with Slater Doggett

Slater Doggett

Slater Doggett

Slater Doggett is not only a Canadian ice hockey player, he is also a very fine fellow for taking the time to respond to some questions from someone he doesn’t know on the other side of the world. Thanks Slater!

1) Is there a story (that you’ve been told) about where your name comes from?
So my grandmother on my dad’s side, her maiden name is Slater –  so I guess my parents liked that name.  A pretty weird coincidence is that my grandma with the last name Slater passed away with cancer on my first birthday.
2) What does your name mean to you? Do YOU think you have a great name?
To me the name is like anybody else’s name. For the most part my friends don’t call me Slater but for me it’s an up and down thing because I always feel like I have a weird name and  that some people might judge me – but for the most part it’s no different than having any other name.  It’s kind of annoying when people ask me if Slater is my real name, but most people end up saying they really like it and I can’t complain about that.
3) Is it good or bad – or perhaps a bit of both – to have a distinctive name?
I’d say it can be a bit of both because a lot of people say it’s a cool name and that they wished they had a unique name like me.  Also sometimes I think to myself that these people saying that wish they had a unique name until they actually had one, sometimes I wish I just had a normal name but having something that helps you stand out is an advantage in my eyes.
4) Do you care what others think of your name? What reactions from others have you encountered over the years?
Sometimes I get a little self-conscious of my name and what people will think of it, for example a couple of weeks ago a girl in my gym class asked what my name was and when she heard Slater, she looked shocked and asked the typical question,”is that your real name?” In the end people usually tell me they like it, but I do care what others think.
5) Do you have a favourite name you’ve come across over the years?
Off the top of my head I’m drawing a blank of some interesting names, but I have a little brother who also plays hockey he’s 12 years old and his name is Holden Doggett – so some pretty unique names in our family!

Great name archive, 14-20 May 2012


Demitrius Omphroy

Demitrius Omphroy

J.J. Current, childhood safety worker and former car seat inspector

Ratan Tata, Indian business tycoon and German Shepherd owner

Frantrell Forrest, American gridironer and knee pop hearer

Ronald Pickup, British actor and wonderfully psychologically apposite play enthusiast

Edo de Waart, Dutch conductor and awful weather fan

Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, American footballer and accidental leg-whipping victim

Ned Sublette, US musician and Cuban photographer

Hans Rat, Secretary General of International Association of Public Transport and Estonia visitor

Jamaaladeen Tacuma, free funk electric bass virtuoso and grant recipient

Rougned Odor, Venezuelan baseballer and ridiculously brutal brawl starter

Demitrious Omphroy, American-Panamanian footballer and multiple sclerosis live-wither

Marquis Maze, US footballer and non-overhead TV camera fan

Red- Wacky League – Antlez– Broke the Stereo – Neon Tide – Bring Back Honesty – Coalition – Feedback – Hand of Aces – Keep Going Captain – Let’s Pretend – Lost State of Dance – Paper Taxis – Lunar Road – Up! Down! Strange! – All & I – Neon Sheep – Eve Hornby – Faye Bradley – AJ Wilde – Michael Rice – Dion Watts – Matthew Appleyard – John Ashurst – Lauren Swales – Zoe Angus– Jaspreet Singh – Emma Matthews – Nicola Brown – Leanne Pickering – Victoria Davies – Rachel Burnside – Gil Parker – Freya Watson – Alisha Watts – James Pearson – Jacob Sotheran-Darley – Beth Lowery – Jasmine Hewitt – Chloe Gibson – Molly Farquhar – Lewis Murphy – Abbie Coulson – Nick Davies – Harvey Parker – Kyran Williamson – Michael Anderson – Bethany Murray – Sophie Hamilton – Amy Wilkins – Emma Simpson – Liam Wales – Jacob Bartram – Alex Hooks – Rebecca Miller – Caitlin Miller – Sean McCloskey – Dominic Parker – Abbey Sharpe – Elena Larkin – Rebecca Simpson – Nick Dixon – Abbie Farrelly – Liam Grieves – Casey Smith – Liam Downing – Ben Wignall – Elizabeth Hann – Danielle Walker – Lauren Glen – James Johnson – Ben Ervine – Kate Burton – James Hudson – Daniel Mayes – Matthew Kitching – Josh Bennett – Evolution – Dreams, owner of world’s longest name and charity fundraiser

Cadwalader Ringgold, US Navy officer, explorer, and ceaseless vessel repairer

Stormy Wing, US rodeo rider and eloquent coincidence explainer

Great name archive, 7-13 May 2012


Hans Finger

Hans Finger

Richard Roland Spore III, Tennessee lawyer and valuable reference author

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, The Atlantic video person and Harvard sex mag founder

Jerheme Urban, American footballer and Seahawk definer

Thaddeus McCotter, US politician and star-spangled guitar owner

TP Sankrankutty Nair, Indian historian and International School of Dravidian Linguistics Senior Fellow

Jerrel Jernigan, American footballer and non-jewelry guy

Hans Finger, Sky Deutschland sports reporter and editorial team fan

Oded Hirsch, video artist and wheelchair hoister

Erislandy Lara, Cuban boxer and underwater photo participant (a great pic, BTW)

Franchon Crews, female American boxer and singing career flirter

Buford Pusser, ‘legendary’ American sheriff and movie inspirer

Buster Skrine, American footballer and feet strength advocate

Torsten Slama, Austrian artist and deadpan stabber

Azalia Snail, avant-garde musician & hallucinogenics endorser

Dontavia Bogan, currently unemployed American gridironer and dollar spender

Great name archive, 30 April – 6 May 2012

Miki Meek

Miki Meek

Earl Derr Biggers, creator of Charlie Chan and skilled raconteur

Red Grooms, artist, gaudy baseball home run sculptor and criticism shrugger-offer

Amara Kamara, Liberian-born US footballer and business & academics care-taker

Wonderful Terrific Monds II, US footballer and son of Wonderful Terrific Monds III (not a typo)

Ambrose Akinmusire, US jazz trumpeter and smirk elicitor

Joey Pankake, American baseballer and nickname recipient

Miki Meek, New York Times writer and corpulent photographer interviewer

Per Djoos, Swedish icehockeyer and presumed pear juice drinker

Laupepa Letuli, American footballer, musician and grandson of firedancing pioneer

Majestic Mapp, US basketballer and former Niagara Daredevil

Aajonus Vonderplanitz, raw milk advocate and orgasm craver since age three (3)

A.J. Allmendinger, NASCAR driver and freakish quirky part failure sufferer

CC Smiff, US stuntman and Game of Thrones Swordmaster/battle discusser

Howdy Ledbetter, US hot rod upholsterer and 1927 Ford owner

Delashaun Dean, American footballer and double firearm-possessing breakfast eater

Q & A with Dakota North

Dakota North

Dakota North, speedway rider

Dakota North is a 20-year-old Australian speedway rider currently plying his trade in the UK. We appreciate him taking the time to answer our questions – thanks Dakota!

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

My father named me after an aeroplane that he really liked , the C-47 Dakota.

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

Ha ha! It doesn’t mean anything to me; I knew it was different when i was growing up but I thought it was normal.

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

It’s good in some ways. People always ask about it and seem to like it, and people always remember it even if you don’t want them to. So it has its ups and downs – ha ha!

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

No, I’m not bothered, it has been good with the ladies (ha ha)! They seem to like it after I introduce myself, and I always get the joke ‘Are you from North Dakota?’!

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

I haven’t really thought about it, but I did go to school with a girl named Zarli and I thought that was a sweet name.

6) Gotta ask: have you ever been to North Dakota in the US? 🙂

Ha ha –  I knew this question would be asked, and I sure haven’t, but I might get out there one day!

Great name archive, 23-29 April 2012


Buster Posey

Buster Posey

Zebulon Montgomery Pike Jr, US explorer and drinking/wenching spier

Miles Mayall, wine educator / buyer and Indian wine fan

Foeke Booy, Dutch football identity and fan of Name Curator favourite Ricky van Wolfswinkel

Justice Mordecai Bromberg, Australian judge and iPad speed claim determinant

Northrop Frye, Canadian literary critic and counter-intelligence target

Jaap van Zweden, Dutch conductor and Lady Gaga fan

Exree Hipp, US basketballer / Harlem Globetrotter and competitive edge maintainer

Watcharaporn Nantahkhum, sex criminal

Buster Posey, US baseballer and careful celebrator

Hylton Mowday, composer and seamless genre mover

Essex Hemphill, US poet and artistic priorities fierce defender

Slater Doggett, Canadian ice-hockeyer and every position player

Meri-K Appy, US fire protection advocate and ‘Get Ready Freddie’ discusser

Cookie Crackenbush, Gloversville (NY) Salvation Army branch manager

Randy Frimpong, ineligible Canadian basketball player

Great name archive, 16-22 April 2012

Juniper Shuey

Juniper Shuey

Major Wright, American footballer and cold weather embracer

Pernille Ironside, UNICEF child protection adviser and agitated rebel encounterer

Titus Bramble, English footballer and double calf size sufferer

Juniper Shuey, US visual artist and eye-popping visual provider

Bodo Rasch, German architect and non-flammable tent city designer

Nobby Stiles, former English footballer and medal seller

Siphiwe Tshabalala, South African footballer and badge player

Orrin Hatch, US politician and non-crap taker

Papa Bouba Diop, Senegalese footballer and wearer of the nickname ‘The Wardrobe’

Wolfgang Wolf, German soccer identity and former Wolfsburg manager

Nina Nannar, British journalist and Visiting Fellow

T.J. Oshie, US ice hockeyer and grittiness booster

Zeddie Little, US runner, ridiculously photogenic guy and internet meme

Richard Almond Blow, US stone artist and free brush handler

Goodluck Okonoboh, US basketballer and tough love lover