J-Lo Is Now Jennifer Affleck. Why That Matters.

I like the romance of Bennifer 2.0 as much as the next person, but her name change makes me wince.

#affleck-ben, #lopez-jennifer, #marriages, #names-personal, #pop-and-rock-music, #weddings-and-engagements, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

The Site Called ‘Machu Picchu’ Had Another Name First, Researchers Say

For decades, the ancient Incan ruins in Peru have been called Machu Picchu. But the original name was Picchu or Huayna Picchu, according to two researchers.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #huayna-picchu, #incas, #machu-picchu-peru, #names-personal, #peru, #university-of-chicago

Anonymity in Crypto Raises Alarm

Investors give money to pseudonymous developers. Venture capitalists back founders without learning their real names. What happens when they need to know?

#blockchain-technology, #computers-and-the-internet, #engineering-and-engineers, #entrepreneurship, #names-personal, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #start-ups, #venture-capital, #virtual-currency

Chinese Fans Create Unforgettable Nicknames for Olympic Athletes

The world’s most popular Olympians are household names. But to Chinese fans who delight in creating nicknames, they’re different characters entirely.

#beijing-china, #chinese-language, #fans-persons, #names-personal, #national-basketball-assn, #olympic-games-2022

Behind a Top Female Name in Spanish Crime Fiction: Three Men

Carmen Mola, a novelist publishing under a pen name, seemed to shatter a glass ceiling in the world of Spanish books. But when the author’s true identity was revealed while claiming a big prize, it was a shock.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #madrid-spain, #names-personal, #spain, #spanish-language, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

Experts on Deaf Culture Help Times Explain Name Signing

To understand the process of name signing, a Times team turned to people who knew it best.

#deafness, #disabilities, #harris-kamala-d, #language-and-languages, #names-personal, #new-york-times, #sign-language, #translation-and-interpreters, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Lilith, Lilibet … Lucifer? How Baby Names Went to ‘L’

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are hardly the only new parents gravitating toward quirk, family tradition and “L” names.

#names-personal, #parenting, #royal-families

The Cost of Being an ‘Interchangeable Asian’

At some top companies, Asian Americans are overrepresented in midlevel roles and underrepresented in leadership. The root of this workplace inequality could stem from the all-too-common experience of being confused for someone else.

#asian-americans, #discrimination, #hiring-and-promotion, #labor-and-jobs, #names-personal, #workplace-environment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Ed Balls Day Turns 10. How Is It Still Funny?

A decade is an eternity in internet years. But people still haven’t forgotten the British politician’s errant tweet, and he’s still playing along.

#balls-ed-1967, #comedy-and-humor, #computers-and-the-internet, #great-britain, #london-england, #names-personal, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #twitter

Joshes Battle For Josh Supremacy in Nebraska

How “pandemic boredom” led to an internet sensation and a battle royale (with pool noodles) of many Joshes.

#arizona, #lincoln-neb, #names-personal, #nebraska, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #social-media, #twitter, #university-of-arizona

The Solitary Queen Elizabeth: An Iconic Image

A reader says no other picture has captured our experience as a world since the onset of Covid. Also: Leave Karen alone; yoga as a path to wisdom.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #names-personal, #philip-duke-of-edinburgh

Celebrate Your Name Day. It’s Like a Birthday, but Better.

Sometimes just being a Linda is the best reason to celebrate.

#birthdays, #names-personal

Silicon Valley’s Safe Space

Slate Star Codex was a window into the psyche of many tech leaders building our collective future. Then it disappeared.

#artificial-intelligence, #astral-codex-ten, #blogs-and-blogging-internet, #computers-and-the-internet, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #names-personal, #race-and-ethnicity, #rationalists, #science-and-technology, #silicon-valley-calif, #siskind-scott, #slate-star-codex, #substack-inc, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

When Grandparents Want a Say in Naming Their Grandchildren

The expectant parents spend weeks deciding on their new baby’s name. Then the grandparents weigh in.

#babies-and-infants, #families-and-family-life, #grandparents, #nameberry-llc, #names-personal, #parenting

What’s It Like to Inspire a Song?

What’s it like to be name-checked by Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Amy Winehouse, et al? We asked, among others, “our” Sharona.

#my-sharona-song, #names-personal, #pop-and-rock-music, #valerie-song

Hilaria Baldwin Talks Spain, Boston, Alec and Instagram

Accused of a “decade long grift where she impersonates a Spanish person,” the entrepreneur (and spouse of Alec Baldwin) talks about being the main character in this last week of 2020.

#baldwin-alec, #boston-mass, #children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #names-personal, #news-and-news-media, #social-media, #spain, #spanish-language, #your-feed-internet-culture, #your-feed-selfcare

Asbestos, a Quebec Mining Town, Will Change Name to Val-des-Sources

The Quebec town is home to one of the world’s largest former asbestos mines. Residents voted to rename the town Val-des-Sources, or Valley of the Springs.

#asbest-russia, #asbestos, #canada, #cancer, #france, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #mines-and-mining, #names-geographical, #names-personal, #quebec-province-canada, #russia, #strikes, #world-health-organization, #world-war-i-1914-18

Changing My Name Allowed Me to Move On

For some of us, shedding the old is less an act of vanity than of self-respect.

#names-personal, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts

A Brief History of ‘Karen’

In 1965, it was the third-most-popular baby name in the United States. In 2018, it was the 635th — and today it’s even less popular. How did Karens fall so far?

#cooper-amy-may-25-2020-central-park-incident, #names-personal, #race-and-ethnicity

For 20 Years, His Firm Called Him Antoine. Now Mohamed Is Suing.

Mohamed Amghar, a retired software sales manager in France, has filed a discrimination complaint against his former employer, accusing the company of making him use a traditional French name at work.

#discrimination, #france, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #hiring-and-promotion, #intergraph-corp, #labor-and-jobs, #names-personal, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Three Poets on Marriage and Female Identity

A discussion of wives, husbands and the names we choose to go by.

#cash-june-carter, #frohman-denice-1985, #kahlo-frida, #kay-sarah-1988, #marriages, #mort-helen-1985, #names-personal, #poetry-and-poets, #women-and-girls

What Does ‘Wife’ Mean for Queer Women?

Do married lesbians use the title “Mrs.?” The answer is often “no.” Women also have strong feelings about the word “wife.”

#dennis-benn-nicole, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #magruder-sydney-1992, #morelli-lauren, #names-personal, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #snow-tha-product-rapper, #wiley-samira-1987, #women-and-girls, #wright-chely

The Mrs. Files

A woman’s identity in the world is more than a one-dimensional story about honorifics.

#archives-and-records, #cash-june-carter, #earhart-amelia, #kahlo-frida, #marriages, #names-personal, #new-york-times, #women-and-girls

Does My Child’s Name Erase My Identity?

My husband and I gave her names that honor our heritage, but now we wonder if it’s enough.

#families-and-family-life, #names-personal, #parenting, #race-and-ethnicity

Some L.G.B.T. Parents Reject the Names ‘Mommy’ and ‘Daddy’

For people who are not gender conforming, traditional parent names may not fit. Some are trying mash-ups like “Mather” or “Maddie.”

#discrimination, #families-and-family-life, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #names-personal, #parenting