Archive for July, 2017

The Tale Of Names From The World Of Beatrix Potter

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Helen Beatrix Potter was born on the 28th July 1866, so today we’re taking a look at some of the names of her best known creations to see how popular they have proven to be (with our customers at least!).

Beatrix Potter wrote 24 children’s tales beginning with “The Tale Of Peter Rabbit” (1902) – a book which has since been translated into 36 languages and has sold over 45 million copies (making it one of the best-selling books of all time!).

In addition to being an author and illustrator, Beatrix was also a natural scientist, farmer, and conservationist – the Lake District National Park is largely made up of land that she is credited with preserving. She studied a wide variety of subjects including archaeological artefacts, fossils, insects, and plants, and she became a widely respected expert in the field of mycology (the study of fungi).

Mrs Rabbit with Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter – illustration by Beatrix Potter (via Wikimedia Commons)

Beatrix and her brother (Walter Bertram) shared a love of the countryside and both were talented artists; they made endless drawings and paintings of their childhood pets and the country estates that they visited during the summer holidays. In the 1890s, they began printing cards for Christmas and other special occasions as a way to earn money and Beatrix often used mice and rabbits as the subjects of her paintings. Some of her animal drawings (including several of her pet rabbit, Benjamin Bunny) were bought by Hildesheimer and Faulkner as illustrations for books that they were publishing – inspiring Beatrix to publish her own illustrated stories.

She often added small sketches to the letters that she sent to young friends and amongst these was a letter she wrote to the eldest son of her former governess; Noel was often ill and so Beatrix wrote a short story to amuse him – a tale about “four little rabbits whose names were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter”. It was this letter that Beatrix chose as the starting point for the first of her tales; “The Tale Of Peter Rabbit”.


While our customers haven’t used some of Beatrix’ more whimsical character names for their children (meaning, sadly, we haven’t printed any labels for a Flopsy, Mopsy, OR a Cottontail – or indeed anyone named Twinkleberry, Duchess, Simpkin, Hunca Munca, Moppet, Mittens, Kep, Pickles, or Diggory Delvet), we’ve seen plenty of orders for names that feature in the world of Beatrix Potter…

  • Peter (Rabbit); the hero of Beatrix’ first tale was named after her childhood pet rabbit, “Peter Piper”.
  • Benjamin (Bunny); Peter’s cousin was named for another of Beatrix’ pet rabbits.
  • Tom (Thumb and Kitten); the name of one of the “Two Bad Mice” (named for one of two mice that Beatrix rescued from a trap in her cousin’s kitchen) and the kitten who featured in his own tale.
  • Tiggy (-Winkle, Miss); the hedgehog washerwoman inspired by Kitty Macdonald (a Scottish washerwoman employed by the Potters during their summer holidays at Dalguise House) and named for Beatrix’ pet hedgehog.
  • Jeremy (Fisher); the frog fisherman inspired by Beatrix’ childhood pet frogs and her father’s love of sport fishing.
  • Tabitha (Twitchit); a character who pops up in five of Beatrix’ tales and was inspired by a cat (called Tabitha Twitchit) that lived on Hill Top Farm (bought by Beatrix in 1905).
  • Jemima (Puddleduck); based on a duck that lived at Hill Top Farm, this character was (most likely) named for Jemima Blackburn (an ornithological painter and illustrator whom Beatrix greatly admired).
  • Samuel (Whiskers); a rat named after a previous pet owned by Beatrix – a fancy rat called Sammy.
  • Anna (Maria); Samuel Whisker’s wife who appears in “The Tale Of Samuel Whiskers”, which was inspired by an invasion of rats at Hill Top Farm.
  • Ginger; a cat who features in “The Tale Of Ginger and Pickles” and was named after Tommy Bunkle – a cat belonging to a schoolmistress in the town of Sawrey (the town near to Hill Top Farm).
  • John (Dormouse); “The Tale Of Ginger and Pickles” was dedicated to John Taylor (the owner of the shop that inspired the tale) and he was included in the tale as the character John Dormouse.
  • Timmy (Tiptoes and Willie); the name of both Timmy Tiptoes (a squirrel who features in his own tale) and Timmy Willie (the country mouse who features in “The Tale Of Johnny Town-Mouse”).
  • Tommy (Brock); the badger who is the arch enemy of the fox “Mr Tod”.
  • Johnny (Town-Mouse); the friend of Timmy Willie (the country mouse) was inspired by Dr Parsons, a friend of Beatrix’ husband.
  • Cecily (Parsley); a rabbit who was featured in the illustrations for Beatrix’ second collection of traditional nursery rhymes.
  • Kitty (-in-Boots); the central character of a tale that was written in 1914 but remained unpublished until the manuscript was discovered in an archive in 2015.

Our name labels are perfect for labelling your children’s belongings safely and securely – even if they’re as adventurous as Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny! Stikins ® use a unique adhesive that is designed to make sure that these name labels simply stick on and stay on – even after repeat trips through the washing machine. Each label simply peels off its backing sheet and can then be applied onto the wash-care label of clothing or directly onto personal items, including shoes and bags, lunch boxes and water bottles, and mobile devices.

Visit our website to find out more about our Stikins ® name labels, to read reviews from families who have used our name labels year after year, or to go ahead and place an order today.

Go Loony For These Lunar Names Inspired By The Moon

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Today has a couple of lunar links; it’s generally best known as the day on which Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon but it’s also the day on which the Temple Of Artemis (one of the Seven Wonders of the World) was destroyed – Artemis being a Greek Goddess who was closely associated with the moon.

So we thought we’d go with a lunar theme for this week’s blog and take a look at some names that have been inspired by the moon.

Moon itself has been used as a baby name and there are plenty of names that mean “Moon”, including:

Alcmene ~ Ayla ~ AylínAyselBadarChanHalaHelen ~ JacyJericho ~ Kamaria ~ Lusine/LucineMayarMondayNeoma ~ QamarQuaceyRakesh ~ Selena

There are also plenty of names that have been inspired by Moon Gods and Goddesses (or deities associated with the moon) from across the world, such as:

Arianrhod (Welsh Goddess) ~ Artemis (Greek Goddess; also Cynthia and Delia)
Bulan (Philippine God) ~ Chandra (Hindu God; also Indu) ~ Diana (Roman Goddess)
Elatha (Irish God) ~ Hecate (Greek Goddess) ~ Iah (Egyptian God)
Khonsu (Egyptian God) ~ Losna (Etruscan Goddess) ~ Luna (Roman Goddess)
Mahina (Polynesian Goddess) ~ Máni (Norse God) ~ Marama (Polynesian Goddess)
Mayari (Philippine Goddess) ~ Phoebe (Greek Goddess) ~ Selene (Greek Goddess)
Thoth (Egyptian God) ~ Trivia (Roman Goddess)


At Label Planet, we supply two kinds of stick on name labels; Stikins ® name labels and silver name labels.

Stikins ® are white labels printed with a black font (or left blank if you purchase our Name Label Kit) and are multipurpose name labels that can be used on all kinds of items, including clothing (where they should be applied onto the wash-care label). These stick on name labels were designed with busy families in mind and the one pack can be used to label all kinds of items quickly and securely. They are available in four pack sizes (containing 30, 60, 90, or 120 labels) and are made and despatched same or next working day.

Silver name labels are silver labels printed with a black font and are multipurpose name labels that can be used on all kinds of personal items including shoes and bags, books and stationery kits, P.E. kits, and mobile devices (phones, tablets etc). These name labels allow you to label personal belongings quickly and securely using a decorative label that is both easy to find (when you need it) and discrete (when you don’t need it). Like Stikins ®, they are available in four pack sizes (of 30, 60, 90, or 120 labels) and are made and despatched same or next working day.

To place an order for Stikins ®, the Stikins ® Name Label Kit, or silver name labels (or even all three!), simply head on over to our Buy Name Labels page.

Winning Names & Fascinating Facts To Celebrate The #Wimbledon Finals

Friday, July 14th, 2017

This weekend sees the final matches played at Wimbledon to determine just who will be the champions for 2017, so we thought we’d take a look at the tournament and some special names associated with Wimbledon and tennis.

Wimbledon is officially called “The Championships” although it’s known by a number of titles including “The All England Lawn Tennis Championships”, “The Wimbledon Championships”, or just “Wimbledon”. It is held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (All-England Club or AEC for short), which was founded in 1868 as a private croquet club called the All England Croquet Club. It was renamed the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club in 1877 to account for the introduction of a brand new game that had been invented the year before – Sphairistikè or lawn tennis. Later that year the club decided to hold a tennis tournament to raise money to repair the pony roller used to maintain the lawns; 22 amateur players competed for a prize of 12 guineas and a silver cup, with the final being played in front of around 200 people after – rather fittingly – being delayed for three days by rain. The tournament generated a profit of £10 (saving the broken pony roller from the scrap heap) and launched what is now the oldest tennis tournament in the world.

Wimbledon remained a competition for amateur players only until 1968 when the tournament was opened up to allow both professional and amateur players to compete and has expanded from a single event to a tournament made up of five main events (Gentlemen’s Singles, Ladies’ Singles, Gentlemen’s Doubles, Ladies’ Doubles, and Mixed Doubles), four junior events (Boys’ Singles, Girls’ Singles, Boys’ Doubles, and Girls’ Doubles), and seven invitation events (Gentlemen’s Invitation Doubles, Ladies’ Invitation Doubles, Senior Gentlemen’s Invitation Doubles, Gentlemen’s Wheelchair Singles, Ladies’ Wheelchair Singles, Gentlemen’s Wheelchair Doubles, and Ladies’ Wheelchair Doubles). The tournament takes place over two weeks and was traditionally scheduled around the last Monday in June – this has now been delayed by a week, with play beginning on the first Monday in July.

It is one of four “Grand Slam” or “Major” tournaments, which are the four most important tennis tournaments held each year – the others are the Australian Open (held in January), the French Open (held in May), and the US Open (held in August/September). Wimbledon is the only major tournament played on grass courts; the French Open takes place on clay courts, while both the Australian Open and US Open take place on hard courts. Winning all four tournaments in one of the five main events in a single year is called a “Grand Slam”, winning all four along with a gold medal at the Summer Olympic Games is a “Golden Grand Slam/Golden Slam”, and if a player also wins the ATP World Tour Final/WTA Tour Championship (held in November) it is a “Super Slam”.


You might not realise it but “Tennis” itself has actually been used as a boy’s name; traditionally, it is an alternative version of “Tennyson” and peaked in popularity in the 1920s.

We’ve taken a look at the lists of Wimbledon champions, top tennis players, and the current top ranking players to find out which names are most popular among these winning players.

MOST POPULAR NAMES FOR WIMBLEDON CHAMPIONS:
John, Frank, Helen, and Margaret
Honourable mentions: Ken, Bob, Martina, and Elizabeth

TOP 5 NAMES FOR TOP RANKING PLAYERS:
John, Frank, Robert, Bill, Mark, Mary, Barbara, Dorothy, Helen, and Andrea

MOST POPULAR NAMES AMONGST THE TOP RANKING PLAYERS OF 2017:
David, Nicolas, Philipp, Alexander, Andre, Andrey, Daniel, Dominic, Gilles, Guillermo, John, Jonathan, Juan, Marc, Marcelo, Mikhail, Pablo, Robert, Sam, Santiago, and Steve

Alison, Anastasia, Andrea, Barbora, Caroline, Daria, Ekaterina, Jelena, Johanna, Julia, Lucie, Madison, María, Monica, Naomi, Sara, Shuai, and Timea


While our name labels might not have won any prizes (yet!), they’re a winning solution to the problem of labelling stuff safely and securely to make sure your children’s belongings don’t go missing. Our multipurpose Stikins ® have been designed for busy families; they simply stick on and stay on – saving time for more important things – and they can be used on all kinds of items, including clothing, shoes and bags, lunch boxes and water bottles, books and stationery, and digital devices including phones and tablets. You could even use them to label up a full tennis kit, including clothes, shoes, rackets, towels, water bottles, AND the bag to put everything in!

You can find out more about Stikins ® by visiting the Information Page or simply head over to the Buy Stikins ® page now to place an order today.

Name Labels Vs Sun Creams – How To Make Your Labels Last All Summer Long

Friday, July 7th, 2017

You may have noticed that we describe our Stikins ® name labels and Trons ® name transfers as being “resistant to children’s alcohol-free sun creams and lotions” and perhaps wondered why we mention sun creams as being a particular problem for name label products.

Name labels are often applied into clothing where they come into contact with skin OR onto personal items (especially lunch boxes and water bottles) that are handled a lot, which may result in sun cream being transferred from the skin onto a name label. Modern sun creams are made with increasingly advanced ingredients designed to boost the protection offered by these products (for example by increasing the level of protection, improving water resistance or durability, or simply making a product easier to apply) and, while these ingredients do make sun creams and lotions extremely effective, they can also be quite damaging to the surfaces that they come into contact with over time – including name labels.

While name labels themselves are unlikely to be damaged (they are, after all, designed to withstand repeat cycles through washing machines and/or dishwashers), the printing inks used to personalise these labels may not be resistant to some of the ingredients used in sun creams and lotions – which can result in the print disintegrating or smearing away completely.

Beating The “Blockers”
Sun creams and lotions often contain “blockers”, which are ingredients that protect us from sunlight by preventing (or blocking) ultraviolet light from reaching our skin (by reflecting, scattering, or absorbing UV rays). A common example is titanium dioxide, which is a particularly popular ingredient because it is believed to be less irritating than other chemicals – making it ideal for use in products that are intended to be used by children or individuals with sensitive skin.

While titanium dioxide is brilliant at providing protection against harmful UV light, it is also extremely damaging to some printing inks – which is why we have sourced an advanced ink for our name label products that is fully resistant to titanium dioxide (as well as other similar ingredients used to produce sun creams and lotions).

The Problem With “Alcohol”
Unfortunately, there is one ingredient used in SOME sun creams and lotions that our ink is NOT currently resistant to – and that is alcohol. Alcohols are used in sun creams and lotions for a variety of reasons; some make sun creams more opaque (less transparent) or thicker or less greasy, some act as emollients (moisturisers), some help to preserve sun creams (so they last longer “on the shelf”), and some are used as carriers – particularly in sun sprays, where the alcohol helps to propel the spray more efficiently.

The problem is that alcohols are solvents; solvents are capable of dissolving other substances and this includes some printing inks used to personalise name labels. While our printing ink is not fully resistant to alcohol (or other solvents), this doesn’t mean that your name labels won’t survive the summer.

Firstly, alcohol is only used in SOME sun cream products and many manufacturers offer alcohol-free alternatives. Sun creams and lotions designed for children and individuals with sensitive skin are – as a general rule – among these alcohol-free product ranges.

Secondly, the risk of damage tends to exist immediately after a product has been applied (i.e. while the sun cream is drying or being absorbed into the skin); as long as you allow plenty of time for your sun cream product to dry or absorb in place, there won’t be any danger of the alcohol coming into contact with, and therefore damaging, the print on your name labels.

You can find out much more about our name labels by visiting our Stikins ® Information Page or our Trons ® Information Page – alternatively, you can visit our Stikins ® and Trons ® product pages to place an order for your very own name labels that will remain firmly in place all summer – and all year – long.