Posts Tagged: names

How To Change Your Name In 41 Easy Steps

1.) Practice saying your new name. Say it aloud to friends, family, and police officers. Ask yourself these questions: Can I pronounce it? Can I spell it? Can I remember it?

2.) If you are changing your name as part of getting married, proceed to step 2b.) If not, skip to step 3.

2b.) Go online and print out an application for your marriage license. On the application, there will be a question asking what you want your new name to be, followed by a large blank space. Whatever you write here will be your new name! Congratulations! Mazel tov!

2c.) The application will most likely have some rules [...]


Francis and the Lights, "If They Don't Come Tomorrow"

This song, new off the upcoming Like a Dream EP from the New York singer/producer Francis Farewell Starlite, has been hypnotizing me all morning. "If They Don't Come Tomorrow" sounds like the Beatles in a benzo daydream: sincere, lovey piano pop against the ghostly snaps and soulfulness of 2013 R&B.


Before Too Long, Everyone You Know Will Be Named Emma

In 2012, "Emma" was the most popular name for baby girls in 31 states. Those 31 states now comprise "Emmaland," as seen in the map above. This is a time for national unease.

There once was a time, long ago and before Monica ruined everything, when I could tell people, "I'm named after my great-grandmother" not defensively, but with a simple pride. That time has long passed. Slowly but surely, these Young Emmas are taking over the world. They are everywhere. They're sitting in the baby seat in the grocery cart in front of you at the supermarket, and you're pretty sure they're giving you the side-eye. They're taking [...]


What You've Named Your Outlets For Maternal Feelings

Something about the pretty watercolor design of this map belies the fact that it's truly interactive in a slide/click/zoom-y kind of way, but please don't change a thing, WNYC. I love it. Can you make one for humans but with names only, please?


Professors Love Answering Cold Emails from White Dudes, "Meh" on Everyone Else

From NPR's transcript of a Morning Edition story:

Group of researchers ran this interesting field experiment. They emailed more than 6,500 professors at the top 250 schools pretending to be the students. And they wrote letters saying, I really admire your work. Would you have some time to meet? The letters to the faculty were all identical, but the names of the students were all different. […] Brad Anderson. Meredith Roberts. Lamar Washington. LaToya Brown. Juanita Martinez. Deepak Patel, Sonali Desai, Chang Wong, Mei Chen. […]

All they were measuring was how often professors wrote back agreeing to meet with the students. And what they found was there were [...]


Which Name Is Weirder, Saxby Chambliss or Barkevious Mingo? The Answer May Tell You Whether or Not You're Racist

The great Jamelle Bouie wrote about "black names" for the Daily Beast, and it's a solid one if you missed it. Prompted by a question posed to the "Black American parents of Reddit"—“[I’m] just curious why you name your kids names like D’brickishaw, Barkevious D’quell and so on?”—Bouie writes the ever-necessary reminder that black Americans are not a monolith, that the adoption of names that signify difference was an important part of the Black Power movement in the '70s, and that black children are not the only ones with unusual names.

It’s not hard to find white kids with names like Braelyn and Declyn. And while it’s tempting to chalk [...]


Why Do NPR Reporters Have Such Great Names?

"Why Do NPR Reporters Have Such Great Names?"


The Best Time I Learned My Last Name Means Blow Job

As a shy, late bloomer with a nervous twitch in my eye, I didn't particularly enjoy high school. I was consistently the last one to get a joke, with the exception of dirty jokes, which I usually didn’t get at all. This sense of being on a different wavelength from my peers led to a paranoid, left-out feeling—like nobody knew I existed, and at the same time, they were all laughing at me behind my back.

One night after dinner in tenth grade, my mom said there was something she wanted to “talk about.” My first thought was that my mom had seen one of those TALK TO YOUR KID [...]


And I Will Call Her Candy Crush

Do you have any children? Do they play the game? Yes, I have two daughters. One of them is called Saga and yeah, she has seen the game and tried it with me. But it's not primarily a game for children, of course.

Did you say her name was Saga? Like Candy Crush Saga? Yeah.

You named her after the game?! No, it was a coincidence. It means the same in Swedish as it does in English. She's eight so I named her eight years ago. That was before the game. But I haven't told her yet that the game is not named after her.

She thinks it is? Yeah, [...]


New Movie PR

“Mrs. Witherspoon began to hang out the window and say that she did not believe that I was a real police officer." … According to the report, she “stated that she was a ‘US citizen’ and that she was allowed to ‘stand on American ground.’” The officer then … details, “Mrs. Witherspoon asked, 'Do you know my name?' I answered, 'No, I don’t need to know your name.' I then added, 'right now.' Mrs. Witherspoon stated, 'You’re about to find out who I am.' … “Mrs. Witherspoon also stated, ‘You are going to be on national news.’ I advised Mrs. Witherspoon that was fine.”

Reese! Well WAS he [...]