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.
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.
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,