Ant Lion Larvae Are Called Doodlebugs and Other Random Stuff from My Name Collectory

April 15, 2010

His name’s Jim. It’s really James, but he likes Jim more. If he really likes you, you can call him Jamie.
• Sal Mineo about James Dean in
Rebel Without a Cause

Names, fun, Flaming Youth, war and peace, gross and disgusting stuff, creativity, hair, breasts, masks—I have Collectorys on many, many, many topics. What does this mean? It means that just about every magazine and book I read flutters with Post-It® notes marking information I want to record. It means that I have suitcases filled with categorized 3×5 cards on topics that interest me. It means I have bookshelves filled with related books and random, yet related, materials on multiple topics.

You can never have too many books!

The stuff that follows comes from the name Collectory:

Walt Disney’s middle name was Elias.

Salmonella Mjordan is a bacteria named after Michael Jordan. There are asteroids named for Eric Clapton and for each of the Beatles.
What would you like to have named after you? Why?

Isuzu means “50 bells” in Japanese.

Charles Dickens study had a secret door designed to look like a bookcase. The fake books on the shelves had titles like Noah’s Arkitecture and a nine-volume set of Cat’s Lives.
What would you name your fake books?

The original title of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace was All’s Well that Ends Well.

The origin of the name Junior Mints? The manufacturer had just seen a play called “Junior Miss” (1949) and decided to call the mint candies Junior Mints.
If you were designing and naming a candy, what kind of candy would it be and what would you call it?

Billy Bob Thornton refuses to say his children’s names out loud for fear it will curse them.

Batman’s dog was named Ace the Bat-Hound. Napoleon’s favorite horse was named Marengo and George Washington favored his mount Lexington. I once had a dog named Deeohgee.
What would you/have you named your pets? If you were to get a new pet, what would it be and what would you name it?

One of the ways Kurt Vonnegut found names for his characters was by reading them on mailboxes in his town.

The porcelator is the little hole in the sink that prevents an overflow. The white membrane in citrus fruit is the rag.
There is no single word for the back of the knee. What would you call it? Why?

Small Sam was the original name of Charles Dickens’ character Tiny Tim.

Question: If T.O. stood for something other than Terrell Owens, what would it stand for? Answer: I don’t know. . .ah. . .Terrific One. Terrific One. I like that. (Question from Madison Welch of Arlington, Virginia in “Ten Questions,” Time Magazine, September 10, 2007, p. 6).
If the initials of your name stood for something other than your name, what would they stand for?

The original name for St. Paul, Minnesota? Pig’s Eye.

Charles Dickens’ characters often had nicknames, and so did each of his ten children—nicknames like Skittles and Plorn. Prince William’s nickname is Wombat.
If you were choosing a new nickname for yourself, what would it be? Why?

During World War II, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Philadelphia Eagles combined as the “Steagles.”

Author Anne Rice’s real name is Howard O’Brien. She was named after her father.
What’s the origin—real or imagined—of your name?

The scientific name of the tomato is lycopersicon lycopersicum which translates as “wolf peach.”

Write your own naming braindance. Can’t think of one? Invent some good conference name tag names like Anne R. Key or Ed U. Kayshun.

Stu? That’s more a thick soup than a name, really.
• Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire about his ex-wife’s boyfriend in
Mrs. Doubtfire



  1. Because I feel I have not true creativity, yet somehow I manage to produce quality work when pressed for time, I’m choosing the Russian sounding name of Spurov D. Moment for my author’s name! It sums up where I manage to find my best creative work!

  2. I’m giving props to a movie about a great teacher, who recently passed away. Motivated me then and continues today.
    Stan D.A. Deliver

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