Topics related to given names, surnames, and linguistic aspects of naming in English.

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How do the British pronounce these names?

Leif, as in Leif Ericsson; Elise, I know the British pronounce Denise like "dih-'neez"; Gisele; and Gisela
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Can names be categorised under language? [on hold]

For my language course I decided to look at gendered names. One of the requirements is that the content must link to the language course. We have studied language and gender, but are names considered ...
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How do I address an envelope to a married couple, who are respectively Professor and Dr?

The form Mr & Mrs (or Ms) gives way to Dr & Mrs, or Professor & Mrs, or The Rev'd and Mrs, where the lady is a traditionalist who does not have a profession of her own. But when the lady ...
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What's the right way to pronounce “Louis”?

The name of the comedian Louis C.K. is pronounced LU-EE-SEE-KAY. Is the S pronounced as a part of the given name "Louis", or just the first constant of the of the letter C? Is there a canonical way ...
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using a brand name in MLA style

Should a brand name be italicized when used in a MLA-style paper? For example, tin he following paragraph: Future Shop, which offered technology supplies, was closed and in an statement the CEO ...
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What would you call a contraption that uses a string or a cord to turn on a light?

When I was younger, I hated to fumble my way in the dark to my bed, so I rigged up a string that ran from my light switch, across the ceiling and down to my bed. I could tug on it to turn off the ...
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What are the application conditions of the phrase “the same name”? [closed]

Suppose my brother is named Bob, my father is named Robert, and my mother is named Roberta. Do these three people all have the same name? This is obviously not a question about their birth ...
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Do you need to capitalize any words that are used to refer to a specifc place?

For instance: Outside the city gates, there's a dangerous forested domain. We often refer to it as the wild terrain... We entered the specified area, the so-called "wild terrain". Do you have to ...
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Choose a username is easy to remember and pronounce [closed]

English is not my mother tongue language. But I am trying to pick a good internet user name for my new career life in America. And I read a lot of "How to Naming" article but still have no idea. I ...
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Name a person who loves to do things manually

What will you call a person who loves to do things manually rather than using any technology tools.
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Ways to introduce a name in the middle of sentence

Suppose that you want to introduce a name of a thing or count several names of things in a sentence (e.g. they are namely "X", "Y", "Z") For example I know "called", "namely", perhaps "named" are ...
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Is it wise to specify a country name in brackets when referring to foreign city in an official document

While writing a formal document in an English language, I would like to know whether it's wise to specify a country name in brackets when referring to foreign city in an official document. For ...
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What characters are used in English for a person's name? [closed]

Obviously the letters A-Z (upper and lower case) are used in a person's name. Last names like "Smith-Brown", "Van Buren", "O'Brian" also use -, space and '. Historical ÆLFRÆD and novel names like ...
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'Petrovski's home/residence' or 'Petrovski home/residence' [duplicate]

What's correct? Petrovski's home/residence or Petrovski home/residence. Note that Petrovski is the family name (last name), not the first name. I know that for first name is always 's, but what ...
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A word that describes something that has been given a name

Is there a word besides named that describes something that has been given a proper name? For example, a guitar is just a guitar, but if I call it, say, Shirley, is there another word that would now ...
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How are English forms of Irish names used?

I've noticed that many Irish people use both their English and Irish versions of the name. For example, Moya Brennan, born Máire Ní Bhraonáin Can someone tell me what is the official status of ...
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Why do the names of so many places end in -ia?

Many countries, continents, states, and cities have an English name ending in ‘-ia’: India, Indonesia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Asia, Alexandria, Philadelphia, California, … What ...
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Word to call a person that works in the registration counter

I'm looking for the word to call aa person that works in the registration counter for an audition. Their job scopes are to confirm the auditees' attendance, double check if they need special ...
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use of articles with personal names modified by adjectives

Suddenly, to everybody's surprise, the silent Mr.Smith swung around and addressed Barbara. The dinner was served by a silent Mrs. Keats. I saw an infuriated Jennifer, who started shouting at ...
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Title for prices in a report [closed]

I am preparing a report and need to name a few columns in a report. these are consecutive prices that will be updated few times a day so we need to show last 3 of them for each let say ...
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What term would you use to indicate a maiden name you weren't born with?

My adopted sister is married and took her husband's name. She includes her former last name (my last name) in parentheses on her work email. In this case, née wouldn't be an accurate designation ...
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What is the meaning of “Dick” when it is a person's name? [duplicate]

Some people are named "Dick". What does "Dick" mean when it is a name?
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What is the proper way to write a firm's name? [duplicate]

What is the proper way to write a firm's name? Would it be Someone, Someone, & Associates or Someone, Someone & Associates or no commas at all?
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Is there a single word for “sunflower seeds”? [closed]

I assume in many languages there are single terms to refer to "sunflower seeds", so I want to know if there is such a word in English also. Example: Tonight we should eat sunflower seeds while ...
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Last names that are English words with an extra 'e'

I noticed that there are a lot of last names that have an 'e' at the end. The pronunciation usually isn't changed from that of the base word. Poole Steele Browne Clarke Why do English words not ...
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What is “a room a company provides for eating food” called?

Companies provide a room which has tables and chairs. In some companies, the room may have other things such as refrigerators and microwaves. I have been calling this place pantry, but I noticed that ...
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How to write Vietnamese names in English correctly? (“Việt Nam” to “Vietnam” or “Viet Nam”?)

Commonly, in writing, the country name in Vietnamese is Việt Nam, in English is Vietnam; its capital city name in Vietnamese is Hà Nội, in English is Hanoi; its largest city name in Vietnamese is ...
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Is there an English word for “a name you legally gave yourself”?

Let's say that a woman known since birth as Alice Smith changes her name to Mary Jones. Alice Smith would be her "birthname"; is there a word for Mary Jones meaning "a name she gave herself"? I see ...
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Why they pronounce 'Shehab', 'Shebab'? [closed]

My name, Shehab, is an Arabic word. Interesting, more than 10 white Americans and a black American have addressed me 'Shebab' (both in writing and verbally). Why is this particular mistake is so ...
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Which singular names ending in “s” form possessives with only a bare apostrophe?

Many questions already ask about this topic (What is the correct possessive for nouns ending in s? , Adding apostrophe-s to a singular noun already ending in “s”, etc.) and their answers vary, but ...
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Collective name for computing and embedded systems

I was wondering if there was any collective name for computing and embedded systems. They both has commonalities, so I thought there might be a world that encompasses
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How should I include names which are written in non-Latin scripts in a list of software authors?

I have a list of the authors of a software program, some of whose contributors are from such places as China and Russia. I would like to include both their transliterated Latin-script names and their ...
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When referring to an author, should I use their pseudonym or their real name? [closed]

When referring to an author, such as in a book report or essay, should I use their pseudonym or their real name when I am speaking about them or their works? Thanks!
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Should I use “Team X” or “X Team” when “X” alone is ambiguous?

Suppose I want to put a description below a picture of a sports team or prepare t-shirts and other promotional gadgets with the name of the team. Sometimes the team is well-known (Manchester United) ...
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Bird's Nest, Birds' Nest, or Birds Nest? [duplicate]

If I had to name a store selling bird houses from the three following options, which one would sound the most appropriate? Bird's Nest Birds' Nest Birds Nest
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First name & Last name VS Forename & Surname

Is there a difference between First name and Forename, and, Last name and Surname ? Also i would like to know how should i call each of the sections of a name, for example: Full Name: James William ...
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What's the methodology for naming groups of animals? [duplicate]

Don't you find the words to name various groups of animals strange? Here are just some examples: Group of cats (wild): Destruction Group of crows: Murder Group of ravens: Unkindness Group of rhinos: ...
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How to write my Name? [closed]

MY First Name is Sridharan,my last Name(Father's Name)is Sitharaman.How should i write my Full Name, as Sridharan Sitharaman or Sitharaman Sridharan?
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Do these river names mean anything?

I was planning a little trip the other day when I noticed that a number of rivers in Britain have common names. The ones I spotted were Avon, Ouse and Esk. Is there a reason for this? Are these names ...
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Using apostrophe for plural with names

Let's say the phrase I want to write is "all of the Mike Tysons, Donald Trumps, and Morpheus's in the world." I'm guessing that the first two names do not need one and the third does. Is this correct? ...
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How to mark a stressed vowel in a text?

I write an article containing many Russian names and surnames, and sometimes it is important to specify which vowel is stressed (e.g. to distinguish Baskov from Baskov). In Russian we put an accent ...
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When is it appropriate to refer to someone as Dr. [Surname]?

I know that the title Dr. is often used to refer to those who practice medicine. For example, today I am going to see Dr. [Surname]. But are we in general expected to use the title when we refer to ...
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What do you call a 'Nickname' that's longer than the actual name?

I'm pretty sure I used to know the term for a nickname that was longer or an expansion of a person's name. EXAMPLE: My name is Sunny but friends sometimes call me Sunshine. Though longer, Sunshine ...
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Best practices to address a person having the same name? [closed]

I am not a native speaker. I would really like to know how you address someone with the same name as you have. Like my name is Daniel. I met a colleague who is also called Daniel. By the way, we ...
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Origin of street names ending in “-hurst”

There is a large number of streets in the UK whose names end in -hurst, for example Ravenhurst, Gathurst, Oakhurst, Amhurst, Bonehurst, Eaglehurst, etc. Is there a common meaning for this -hurst ...
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Is it common practice to shorten names with an “N” [duplicate]

Game of thrones : Eddard becomes Ned. Wuthering heights : Ellen becomes Nelly. It this common practice, or 2 isolated co-incidents? If it is common practice, is there a convention followed, stating ...
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“Tab Tree” or “Tabs Tree” (-s at the end) [duplicate]

I created an extension for Firefox and named it "Tabs Tree". The extension is for managing browser tabs and representing them in the form of a tree structure. But now I think that I should have named ...
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Changes in English names of people

Why is Robert called Bob and John called Jack sometimes? What is the history of or reason for this practice in changing the English names of people?
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Name for first line of something

Is there a term for the first line of something, whether it's a poem, song, or prose? Addendum: Sometimes, though not always, the first line is the same as the title, such as in Walt Whitman’s poem ...
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Surname plural, Wolf becomes The Wolves? [duplicate]

The Simpson family becomes The Simpsons, does that mean I can call a family with surname Wolf, The Wolves or The Wolfs? I don't know if changing letters of someone's surname is appropriate or not.