March 5, 2012 - Fun Facts About Names Day

This is Day 2 of the Celebrate Your Name Week, and today's special focus is fun facts about names.

Here's some fun facts to get you started:

  • Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausenberdorft, Sr., had a name for every letter of the alphabet and—you will not be surprised to hear—holds the record for the longest name officially used by a person. He shortened his name to Mr. Wolfe Plus 585, Sr.
  • There are several people who have the last name “Name.” So when one of them is asked, “Last name, please?” and he answers, “Name,” I bet the asker says, “That's right, your name, please.” And it would go round and round like that for a tiresome!
  • Can you discover
    the name of this
    Monopoly man?
    Some characters have official names that you may not know. For example, did you know that the prisoner and the police officer on the Monopoly gameboard have names? They are Jake the Jailbird and Officer Edgar Mallory. Also, the dog playing piece has the name Scotty.
  • Names change a lot. For example, the name of the building we know as the White House used to be more boringly called the President's Palace, the President's House, or the Executive Mansion...until Theodore Roosevelt started referring to it as the White House. Also, the band we know and love as the Beatles used to be called the Quarrymen, Johnny and the Moondogs, the Moonshiners, and Long John and the Silver Beatles.
  • We call some countries and towns their actual names, but for others we use an English translation of the name. For example, Italy is Italia in the Italian language, and its capital city, Rome, is really Roma. One of the most interesting Italian cities is Venice—but in Venice, it's called Venezia! Okay, all of those names are pretty similar in both languages, but consider Japan: in Japanese, the nation is called Nippon or Nihon. If you have ever seen Japanese stamps or money and wondered what “Nippon” means, now you know!

Find out lots more fun name facts here.

Make your name bug! First, write your name in cursive along a line (make it BIG). Second, fold the paper on that line and then use the light coming in through a window to trace your name onto the other side of the paper. You will end up with a mirror image of your name. Third, turn the paper vertically and then color your name / mirrored name so that it looks like an insect. I've created a name bug here for my name, Cathy.

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