The names are back!

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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!

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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, 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

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.

Great name archive, 24-30 September 2012

Name Curator has been going for more than a year now, and it amazes me that there are still so many good names out there.

Billy Boat

Billy Boat

One thing that I am noticing as the names pile up is that I am increasingly drawn to names which instantly conjure up some sense of the person that the name belongs to.

In other words, Zeppy O’Geen may sound like a Dr Seuss character, but can we gain a mental image of him from his name alone?

Kippy Lou Brinkman, on the other hand, sounds like a perky, chirpy US beauty queen – which, of course, she was.

And Billy Boat – say it fast, in one word, billyboat – sounds like someone who needs to drive things fast for a living, which he did.

By golly I love names.

Maynard Um, US IT analyst and iPhone 5 upgrade surveyor

Comfort Sands, US merchant/politician and first NY State Auditor-General

Billy Boat, US driver and Turkey Night Grand Prix midget race winner

Cable Green, US education analyst/researcher and food machine ponderer

Outerbridge Horsey (VII), US architect and seventh-generation Outerbridge Horsey

Zeppy O’Geen, US lacrosser and constant every-game contributor

Whitfield Diffie, US cryptographer and self-described iconoclast

Kippy Lou Brinkman, Miss Washington 1965 and intricate harp music performer

Marynell Meadors, US basketball coach and powers struggle loser

Cyril Curtain, Australian biophysical researcher and lighthouse enthusiast

Tromp van Diggelen, South African physical culturalist and sickly child

Lake Keawekoaikamakaokalani Ka’ai, US gridironer and whirlwind truth teller

Grinling Gibbons, English sculptor & monument maker for NC fave Cloudesley Shovell

Wendell Venerable, US university student and alleged Montee Ball attacker

Darqueze Dennard, US gridironer and cheerleader crush instigator

Q & A with Britt Goodwin

Britt Goodwin

Britt Goodwin

Britt Goodwin is a British handballer who competed for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics – and who has also won a season of Norwegian Big Brother.

Bigger than both of those achievements: finishing in the top 10 of my Olympic Name Countdown! She breaks down her name in an illuminating Q &A here: thanks Britt!

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

Yes, I’ve been told by my parents that I was named after the Swedish actress Britt Ekland, the Bond girl. They also said that since I’m British that Britt makes me a true Brit as well. 🙂

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

I think my name is great. It’s short and simple. It represents who I am. I am British Britt and I am also a very “Good winner” , since my surname is Goodwin. 🙂

Your name takes on an extra dimension when considered in the context of Britain hosting the Games, Team GB, and so on. Did you attract any attention for it during the Games?

Yes, there were some people on Twitter that asked if my name was real and didn’t quite believe that there was someone representing team GB called Britt Goodwin. So I had to tell them that yes, this is my real name and that it was an actual fact. 🙂

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

No, I really don’t care what other people think of my name. I think I’ve got a great name and I am very proud of it. 🙂

From what I can glean from the Olympic results, how did it feel, as a Brit(t), not to have a good win? 🙂

No one was expecting us to win and of course we were disappointed when we didn’t win the one game we had hoped to win against Angola. But for me, I’m a winner that even got to compete at the Olympic Games and that I got to experience what most other people only can dream about.

So for me to even make the team, be selected by Team GB and get to play in the London 2012 Olympics was a good win anyway. 🙂

Biggest career achievement: representing your country at the Olympics, or finishing in the top 10 of my Olympic name countdown? 🙂

Representing my country at the Olympics of course , but it was nice to win a spot on your top 10 list. 😉

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

I think my GB teammate has a good surname, her name is Fudge. Like the chocolate bar. That’s a good one. 🙂