Archive for October, 2017

Get Ready For Halloween With Stikins ® Name Labels

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Halloween Stikins Name Labels

Celebrate Halloween with Stikins ® Name Labels

With Halloween almost upon us, the team at Stikins ® Name Labels have decided to look at a few suitably scary names from television shows with a decidedly frightening feel! From the Addams Family to the Munsters, along with The Walking Dead and Stranger Things, by way of a few more light-hearted examples (here’s looking at you, Scooby-Doo!), these names are the perfect way to pay a subtle tribute to the joys of celebrating Halloween!

ABBIE ABRAHAM ADALIND ADAM AIFE
ALEXANDER AMARA ANDREW ANGEL ANGELIQUE
ANNIE ANYA ARTIE ASH BARNABAS
BARTHOLOMEW BENNET BENNY BETSY BILLIE
BO BOBBY BUFFY CAITLIN CALIBAN
CASSANDRA CASSIE CASTIEL CATRIONA CHARLES
CHARLIE CHUCK CLAIRE CLAUDIA CLIO
CONNOR CORDELIA CROWLEY DANA DAPHNE
DARLA DARYL DAWN DEAN DEANNA
DELPHINE DEXTER DIANA DONNA DORIAN
DOYLE DUSTIN DYSON EDDIE EDMUND
ELEVEN ETHAN EVE EVONY FAITH
FAYE FENTON FIONA FOX FRANK
FRED FREDDIE GARTH GEORGE GLENN
GRIFFIN HAL HECATE HELENA HERMAN
HILDA HOMER ICHABOD JACKSON JAKE
JINKS JODY JOHN KALI KATRINA
KENZIE KIT LACHLAN LAFAYETTE LANA
LAVINIA LEENA LILY LORNE LUCAS
LUCY MAGGIE MARIE MARILYN MARY
MATTHEW MAYER MEG MELISSA MICHONNE
MINA MISTY MONROE MORGAN MYKA
NAN NEGAN NICK NINA OZ
PANDORA PETE QUEENIE RICK ROSALEE
ROSITA ROWENA RUBY RUPERT SABRINA
SALEM SAM SASHA SEMBENE SHELLEY
SOOKIE SPIKE TARA TATE THELMA
VANESSA VELMA VEX VICTOR VICTORIA
VINCENT VIOLET VIVIEN WEDNESDAY WESLEY
WILLOW WINIFRED XANDER ZELDA ZOE

We hope you have a wonderfully weird time celebrating Halloween, whether you’re out and about trick or treating, zombie-shuffling on the dance floor in a creepy costume, or hiding behind a cushion with a well-stocked pile of terrifyingly tasty snacks for a Halloween-themed marathon!

And remember – to keep your hard-earned sweets safe from wandering hands, why not use your Stikins ® Name Labels to label up your stash – and make sure everyone knows to keep off, or else!

Here’s a treat for all our fundraising partners!

We’ll have a “treat” heading your way soon as we are busy preparing commission cheques to send out to all of our school and PTA partners! Your commission earnings will be based on the orders we received where your unique fundraising was quoted between 1st October 2016 – 30th September 2017 AND your rate of commission.

Schools on our basic rate will receive a fundraising total calculated at a 15% commission rate, while those who have applied for our higher rate (by adding a link to their website) will receive a total based on a 30% commission rate.

Cheques will be going out in the post via Royal Mail’s first class service; if you don’t receive anything in the next two weeks please get in touch with us (we allow Royal Mail five working days to deliver items sent on this service).

Remember, you can keep an eye on your commission earnings throughout the year by visiting the Fundraising Account page on our website.

Fly Away Home with Our List Of Names Inspired By Feathered Friends

Friday, October 20th, 2017

Bird Name Tags

Today is the 385th anniversary of the birth of Sir Christopher Wren, who is best known as the architect who rebuilt 52 churches after the Great Fire of London (including St Paul’s Cathedral), although he was also an anatomist, astronomer, mathematician, and physicist.

To celebrate this anniversary, we thought we’d gather up a flock of names inspired by our feathered friends.

Our Top 5 Name Tags Inspired by Feathered Friends

Among Stikins ® customers, the top five most popular bird-inspired names requested for name tags are:

  • Wren
  • Robin
  • Jay
  • Raven
  • Kestrel

With an honourable mention to the mythical Phoenix!

You could also try these wonderful names with distinctly avian-based inspirations:

ADERYN: “bird” in Welsh AQUILA: “eagle” in Latin
AGHAVNI: “dove” in Armenian ARAS: “eagle” in Lithuanian
ALCYONE: from an Ancient Greek name AREND: “eagle” in Dutch
meaning “kingfisher” ARI: old Norse name meaning “eagle”
ALONDRA: “lark” in Spanish ASTOR: from the Occitan astur (“hawk”)
BRANWEN: “beautiful raven”
(from the Welsh elements bran (“raven”)
and gwen (“fair, white, blessed”))
BERTRAM/RAMBERT: from the Germanic elements beraht (“bright”) and hramn (“raven”)
DERYN: possibly derived from the Welsh aderyn (“bird”) BRAN: both a Welsh and an Irish name meaning “raven”
DOVE: the English name for this bird COLUM: from the Latin columba (“dove”)
FAIGEL: from the Yiddish for “bird” CORBIN: from the French corbeau (“raven”)
HALCYON: from a genus of kingfishers FALK: “falcon” in German
JEMIMA: “dove” in Hebrew FECHÍN: “little raven” in Irish
LÆRKE: “lark” in Danish HAYTHAM: “young eagle” in Arabic
LAGLE: “goose” in Estonian HRAFN: “raven” in Old Norse
LARK: the English name for this songbird MAYUR: “peacock” in Sanskrit
PALOMA: “dove, pigeon” in Spanish RABAN: from the Germanic hraban (“raven”)
SHAHIN: “peregrine falcon” in Persian

Female names tend to be inspired by songbirds, while male names tend to be inspired by birds of prey – however, by far and away the most popular inspiration is the Raven, which inspired over a quarter of the names that we found during our search.

Stikins ® Name Tags Keep Belongings Safe and Secure as Your Little Ones Leave the Nest

With half term either underway, about to start, or even about to finish (depending on where you live), now is the perfect time to take stock and order some extra name tags to make sure that EVERYTHING really is safely and securely labelled. Whether you ran out of tags at the start of term, you’ve found yourself presented with yet another list of vital equipment for the next term (or trip or holiday or camp etc), or you’ve got a few items that somehow escaped the grand tagging session at the end of the school holidays (including all those now-essential winter warmers) you can place a quick top up order and rest assured that your children’s belongings are safe and sound.

How Do Stikins ® Name Tags Work?

Stikins ® name tags are a multipurpose solution to quickly and easily tagging your children’s belongings safely and securely – there’s no sewing and no ironing involved AND we despatch all orders on the same working day (up to 3pm) by Royal Mail’s first class as standard. If you need your tags even faster, you can also give us a call to upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery.

Our name tags simply peel off their backing sheet and stick onto all kinds of items; they can be applied onto the wash-care label of clothing and fabric items or directly onto personal items (including lunch boxes and water bottles, books and stationery, mobiles and tablets, P.E. kits and equipment, and bags and shoes).

You can order our Stikins ® Name Tag Kit to receive 60 blank labels and a pen (so you can personalise each tag however you like) or you can order one of our personalised packs; we have four pack sizes available (with 30, 60, 90, or 120 labels per pack), which are personalised with your requested text in a bold black font to ensure that your labels are really easy to read. To find out more or to place an order, please contact our team today.

Fabulously Foxy Names Inspired By Fabulously Foxy Foxes!

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Foxy Names Stikins Name Tags

Today’s date, the 13th October, has a number of fascinating features that you might not know about; for example, this particular date doesn’t exist in the year 1582 (in Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain anyway) due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar AND it is also International Skeptics Day (unless you believe the skeptics who say that 13th January is actually Skeptics Day!). More importantly though, it is also the birthday of the fictional character Special Agent Fox Mulder, which got us taking a closer look at words and names associated with foxes!

Foxes around the world…

Foxes feature in myths, legends, and folklore from all around the world; they are commonly associated with magical transformations and often appear as tricksters, magical familiars, or anthropomorphic creatures. In Western folklore, foxes tend to be associated with cunning and trickery (perhaps a reflection of their ability to “outfox” hunters and farmers attempting to protect their livestock OR a reflection of the association made between foxes and evil during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, when foxes were burned as symbols of the Devil). Other folklore depicts foxes as spirits with magic powers (used for making mischief or for more malicious purposes) or even as mystical and sacred creatures (that are either good omens that bring wonder or bad omens that bring ruin).

One of the most famous examples is “Reynard the Fox”, an anthropomorphic red fox and trickster figure, who featured as the main character in a cycle of European fables, including Dutch, English, German, and French tales. The success of these fables was such that the name of the central character was adopted into the French language as the standard word for “fox” (replacing the Old French “goupil”).

Names inspired by Foxes

Working in the name labels industry, we encounter a range of different names daily. To celebrate fabulous foxes everywhere, we’ve put together a list of names that have their origins in different words for “fox” or in stories that feature foxes:

  • Fox: an English name that developed either from the word “fox” itself or from the surname “Fox” (itself traditionally given as a nickname to individuals who exhibited fox-like cunning).
  • Tod/Todd: another English name that developed from a surname; the surname “Todd” comes from the Middle English word for fox – todde.
  • Reynard/Renard: Reynard is an English name derived from the Germanic name “Raginhard” (made up of the German elements ragin meaning “advice” and hard meaning “brave/hardy”); the name was used for the medieval character “Reynard the Fox” and the French version (Renard) has become both a French name and the French word for “fox”.

In fact, while female foxes are known as “vixens”, male foxes are commonly known as “dogs”, “tods”, or “reynards”, and the names Reynard/Renard and Tod/Todd are commonly used for fictional characters that are either actual foxes or that have fox-like characteristics.

Other names inspired by these fabulous creatures include:

  • Balgair/Balgaire – Scottish, m
  • Crevan – Irish, m
  • Devoss – Dutch, m
  • Refr – Icelandic, m
  • Rennard – German, m
  • Ræf – Danish, m
  • Sinopa – Native American, f
  • Tokala – Native American, f
  • Vixen – English, f

Keep goods safe with our fieeendishly cunning name labels!

If you need to find a fiendishly efficient fix to the problem of labelling school uniform and belongings then why not try Stikins ® name labels? Our cunning plan to solve the problem of lost property!

These easy to use name labels simply stick on and stay on – with absolutely no sewing and no ironing required. They are made with a unique adhesive that is designed to keep each name label firmly in place, even after repeat trips through the washing machine, and they can be used to label clothing and fabric items (where they should be applied to the wash-care label) as well as all kinds of personal items, including lunch boxes and water bottles, books and stationery kits, P.E. kits and equipment, music and drama equipment, mobiles and tablets, and bags and shoes (where they should be applied beneath the tongue or onto the side wall of the shoe).

We supply our name labels in four different pack sizes (with 30, 60, 90, or 120 labels in a pack) or you can order our Stikins ® Name Label Kit, which contains 60 blank labels and a pen so you can personalise each label however you like! All of our orders are despatched same working day (up to 3pm) and delivered via Royal Mail’s first class service – so you can order, receive, and apply your name labels just as quick as a fox!

To place an online order, simply fill in our handy order form online here. You can also contact us directly via telephone or email!

We’re Celebrating #WorldSpaceWeek With Names That Are Out Of This World!

Friday, October 6th, 2017

World Space Week - Stikins Name Labels

Celebrating World Space Week with Stikins ® Name Labels

With the word “Planet” in our company name, we could hardly allow ourselves to miss out on the fact that it is World Space Week; a week-long international celebration of space (and the science and technology that supports our understanding and exploration of space).

World Space Week takes place every year between 4th and 10th October; the former being the date on which the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched in 1957 and the latter being the date on which the “Outer Space Treaty” was put into force in 1967.

With this in mind, we thought we’d take a look at some names that have an extra-terrestrial flavour.

Planets & Their Moons

All of the planets within our solar system have been named after mythological gods and goddesses (with the exception of Earth); these names were taken from the Roman pantheon of gods, while many of the moons and satellites that orbit these planets have names taken from Greek mythology (usually related to the Roman counterpart used for the name of the planet they orbit).

MERCURY ~ VENUS ~ EARTH ~ MARS ~ JUPITER ~ SATURN ~ URANUS ~ NEPTUNE ~ PLUTO (yes, we know, technically Pluto is a dwarf planet)

  • Mars’ moons are Deimos and Phobos, named after the children of Ares – the Greek equivalent of Mars.
  • Jupiters’ moons are named after (some of) the lovers and children of Zeus (the Greek equivalent of Jupiter) and include: Adrastea, Amalthea, Callisto, Dia, Elara, Europa, Io, Leda, Metis, Pasiphae, and Thebe.
  • Saturns’ moons are named after Titans and Giants from Greek mythology (Cronus, the leader of the Titans, was the Greek equivalent of Saturn), other figures from Greek and Roman mythology, along with giants from the Inuit, Norse, and Gallic mythologies, including: Atlas, Aegir, Anthe, Calypso, Daphnis, Dione, Fenrir, Janus, Kari, Mimas, Pallene, Pan, Pandora, Phoebe, Prometheus, and Rhea.
  • Uranus’ moons are named after literary characters created by Shakespeare and Alexander Pope (the first moons to be discovered were named after “spirits of the air” – i.e. the fairies Titania and Oberon and the sylphs Ariel and Umbriel – because Uranus is the Roman god of the sky), including: Belinda, Bianca, Cordelia, Cressida, Cupid, Desdemona, Ferdinand, Francisco, Juliet, Mab, Margaret, Miranda, Ophelia, Perdita, Portia, and Rosalind.
  • Neptune’s moons are named for water deities from Greek mythology (as Neptune is the Roman god of the sea), including: Galatea,
    Halimede, Larissa, Naiad, Nereid, Neso, Psamathe, Sao, and Triton (although one is still known as the rather catchy S/2004 N 1!).
  • Plutos’ moons are named after figures from Greek mythology with connections to the Underworld (which was, of course, ruled over by Pluto): Charon, Hydra, Kerberos, Nix, and Styx.

While Earth itself wasn’t named after a god or goddess, there are many “Earth Goddesses” who have been/are worshipped as the personification of the Earth – with Gaia being the Greek name and Terra being the Roman equivalent.

CONSTELLATIONS & THEIR STARS

Another source of space-inspired names is constellations and some of the stars that feature within these arrangements. In modern astronomy, there are 88 constellations officially recognised by the International Astronomical Union and they include 42 animals, 29 objects, and 17 humans/mythological characters.

ANDROMEDA (the chained princess) AQUILA (the eagle) ARA (the altar)
ARIES (the ram) AURIGA (the charioteer) CARINA (the keel)
CASSIOPEIA (the chained queen) COLUMBA (the dove) CRUX (the southern cross)
CYGNUS (the swan or northern cross) DELPHINUS (the dolphin) DRACO (the dragon)
GEMINI (the twins CASTOR & POLLUX) GRUS (the crane) HERCULES (the hero)
LACERTA (the lizard) LEO (the lion) LUPUS (the wolf) LYNX (the lynx)
LYRA (the lyre) NORMA (the carpenter’s square) ORION (the hunter)
PAVO (the peacock) PERSEUS (the hero) PHOENIX (the mythical bird)
TUCANA (the toucan) VELA (the sails)
VIRGO (variously identified as ASTRAEA, DEMETER, ERIGONE, and SHALA)

Individual stars in these constellations include: ADHARA, ALCYONE, ALTAIR, ALUDRA, ARISTA, BELLATRIX, DENEB, MAIA, MEISSA, NASHIRA, POLARIS, REGULUS, SIRIUS, SUHA, and VEGA.

THE SKY IS FULL OF STARS

Of course, there are plenty of names that take inspiration from things associated with space itself, such as:

ASTRA COSMO ESTELLE EVREN HALLEY HALO LUNA MOON NOVA ROCKET SEREN STAR STELLA STEREN TARA ZEKE

Keep your belongings safe and secure whilst stargazing with Stikins ® Name Labels

Of course, if you’re eager to spend time watching the night sky at this time of the year, you’ll definitely need to wrap up warm – and our multipurpose Stikins ® name labels are an ideal way to keep track of all those extra winter warmers. Our name labels measure just 30mm wide by 15mm high, which means they fit neatly onto the wash-care label of all sorts of fabric items – so you can find them easily when you need to read the label but they can also be tucked discretely out of sight when they’re not needed. Each label is white in colour and is either printed with a bold black font OR is available as a blank label for you to personalise as you wish (as part of our Stikins ® Name Label Kit).

Each label is made with our unique Stikins ® adhesive, which has been specially developed and independently tested to make sure that it can survive repeat trips through the washing machine (as well as repeat exposure to the delights of British weather!). To order your very own of name labels, please contact us via email or telephone. You can also order a packet of labels conveniently online by using our handy enquiry form!