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.

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Great name archive, 17-23 September 2012

Magnificent Hanana

Magnificent Hanana

For something different this week, my last 3 names were all double Zs (aka ZZ Top Day).

What would it be like to have a double Z name? Irrespective of whether first or second names were used, one would be forever doomed to be read out last in any rollcall or list of names.

And is there a further alphabetical hierarchy among the ZZ names, ie if you’re Zarley Zalapski with the second letter of your names being ‘a’, then you’re a lesser ZZ than say Zig Ziglar or Zinedine Zidane?

Still, none of these ZZ names hold a candle to Pleasant Hackleman or my favourite name this week, Magnificent Hanana.

Just imagine if she got married to Name Curator favourite Banana Yaya: her surname could be Hanana-Yaya, or he could hyphenate and be Banana Yaya-Hanana.

It would be … Magnificent.

Zarley Zalapski, Canadian ice hockeyer and tease

Zig Ziglar, US self-help guru and Miley Cyrus quote inspirer

Zinedine Zidane, French footballer and former petanque player

Shack Stanwick, US lacrosser and hot summer continuer

Pleasant Hackleman, US lawyer, politician, Civil War participant and Ball’s Bluff Battler

Wesley Woodyard, American gridironer and smiling no-commenter

Chip Foose, US hot rod shop owner, TV star and WD-40 enthusiast

Ran Dank, Israeli pianist and stoner adjective inspirer

Max Sick, 19th century German strongman and musical muscle twitcher

Ellery Eskelin, US jazz saxophonist and ear-to-horn connection maintainer

Magnificent Hanana, Kalamazoo (Mich.) resident & free college attender

Boy van Poppel, Dutch cyclist and somewhat surprise race lead occupier

Aaron and Cara Rock-Singer, US newlyweds and Oxford distinction obtainers

Christilily Chiv, Los Angeles resident and Walmart worrier

HaHa Clinton-Dix, American gridironer and non-Ha’Sean answerer