It's that time of year again! Time to vote for the 2011 Name of the Year
! This year's contestants include such heavyweights as Col. Many-Bears Grinder, Ebenezer Noonoo, Yolanda Supersad, RexAchilles Imperial, and La'Peaches Pitts. [more inside]
posted by eugenen
on Apr 5, 2011 -
March Madness just got a little crazier... It's this year's Name of the Year ballot
! Names are submitted, verified to be real, then put in an NCAA-style bracket. Nohjay Nimpson might be a favorite this year, but I think Pepi Hamburger is going to be the dark horse. Voting for your favorites starts soon.
. Previously on MeFi
posted by battlebison
on Mar 24, 2010 -
Thousands of new products and businesses every year need names. The creation of these names, is a business in itself, and is usually a pretty secretive process. But Igor
, a naming and branding agency, offers a surprisingly detailed and illuminating primer on the naming game. Igor describes how they do it
and who they’ve done it for
. Igor’s naming taxonomy charts
for various products (including one for the company names of naming companies
) help illustrate the research portion of the process. Check out: studies of successful names like Pepperidge Farm’s cookie names
, and why AT&T Canada’s name change to Allstream was a bad idea
. And don’t miss Igor’s two blogs (metablogged here
): Snark Hunting
, “all about naming and branding in popular culture” and Wordlab
, on “naming and branding issues.” For fun, try Wordlab’s own tongue-in-cheek naming tools
, like the Drug-o-matic drug name generator, Name Your Band, and the Morpheme generator.
posted by beagle
on Sep 7, 2006 -
The name "Firebird"
was chosen by Mozilla to rename their Phoenix
product. However, Firebird is also the name of a popular and long-standing open-source database
project -- and the Mozilla organization was clearly aware
of this naming conflict before making their decision. Some
feel that such an action, within the context of the open-source community, is unfair and constitutes bad etiquette, at the least. The discussion is ongoing
, but LinuxWorld reports that the Mozilla organization has deleted recent message-board comments that criticized their decision.
posted by TreeHugger
on Apr 16, 2003 -
Famous Name Changes
What a turn off when you find out Paul David Hewson, Vincent Damon Furnier, William Michael Albert Broad are your favorite rockers (inside)
posted by Voyageman
on Dec 20, 2001 -
"In a town full of soldiers, on the edge of Fort Bragg, there could be worse names for a restaurant these days than Osama's Place, but it is hard to think of any."
posted by stchang
on Sep 28, 2001 -
in my home state is to be appealled. Requests to change one's name are very rarely denied. This judge has really stepped over the line by worrying about "the appearance of [the requester] being married. . . [and] . . . how this would appear to our neighbors, to our shopkeepers and to society at large."
posted by fpatrick
on Sep 22, 2000 -
the silly boys with their cute little grindcore band names. Oooh! I'm threatened! I'm quivering! I'm shocked and saddened, saddened and shocked! So scary.
posted by Mo Nickels
on May 21, 2000 -