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Stikins Name Labels Presents Top-Scoring Names For #ScrabbleDay

Friday, April 13th, 2018

Stikins Name Labels Scrabble Score

Yes, we know you can’t use proper nouns in a real game of Scrabble. Regardless, we thought we’d find out which names we’ve printed onto Stikins name labels comes out tops for Scrabble Day.

Stikins Name Labels – An Introduction To Scrabble

Scrabble has been around since 1938, which means that 2018 will see the game reach its 80th anniversary. Originally called “Criss-Crosswords”, there are now more than 50 language versions of Scrabble and more than 4,000 Scrabble clubs worldwide. There are a variety of national and international tournaments – including the World Scrabble Championships. National Scrabble Day is celebrated on the 13th April, which is the birthday of the game’s inventor Alfred Mosher Butts, an architect from New York City.

Over 150 million sets have been sold worldwide and more than half of all UK homes own a Scrabble set. If all of the Scrabble tiles ever produced were placed end to end they would reach around the earth nine times. It is estimated that more than a million Scrabble tiles have “gone missing”. There are official Scrabble dictionaries to help avoid any fights over particularly contentious word choices.

Stikins Name Labels – Finding The Top-Scoring Names On Our Name Labels

In Scrabble, each letter of the alphabet has a point value as follows:

  • 1 point: A E I O U L N S T R
  • 2 points: D G
  • 3 points: B C M P
  • 4 points: F H V W Y
  • 5 points: K
  • 8 points: J X
  • 10 points: Q Z

Using these values, we’ve worked out the Scrabble scores for all of the names we printed in 2017. Our top-scoring names are: Jack-James (31) and Zola-Jayne (28).

Obviously, they have the advantage of being hyphenated names so – in the name of fairness – our top scoring (non-hyphenated) names are: Jacqueline (28) and Zulaykha (27).

Unsurprisingly, names with high-scoring letters (especially Qs, Zs, Js, & Ks) fill out our top 10 (although Christopher gets an honourable mention for having no individual letters worth more than 4 points):

Lizzy (26), Mackenzie (26), Izzy (25), Jacquie (25), Zackery (25), Aziz (22), Johnathan (22), Christopher (21)

In honour of the fact that it is Harvey’s birthday on Sunday (Harvey, of course, being the Stikins Name Labels Dog), we have to mention that Harvey’s Scrabble Score is 15.  

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARVEY!

Stikins Name Labels – Top Tips For Choosing The Letters On Your Sticky Labels

It’s entirely up to you what you include on your name labels. Although we do have a few rules (and recommendations) for creating your own set of clothing labels or name stickers.

  1. We print alphanumerical characters, basic punctuation marks, and some standard European accented characters. (À Á Â Ä Ã Å Æ à á â ä â å æ È É Ê Ë è é ê ë Í Î Ï ì í î ï Ô Ö Õ ò ó ô ö õ Ù Ú Û Ü ù ú û ü Ç ç Ñ ñ Ý Ÿ ý ÿ Ø ø Ð ð ß ƒ) We cannot print emoji, pictures, icons, or extended accented character sets. If you need any advice on the characters that you can include, please contact our Customer Service Team.
  2. Our system automatically chooses the largest font size that will allow your text to fit on your sticky name labels. If you use a lot of characters you will get a smaller font size. You CAN include up to 35 characters per line but we recommend a maximum of 15-20 to get the best possible font size.
  3. We offer the choice of 1 line or 2 lines of text on your name labels. We recommend sticking with the default of 2 lines (unless you are using less than 15 characters altogether – e.g. “Harvey Bear”). We also recommend including no more than 2 pieces of information. For example, a name and a phone number, a name and a class or year group, or a name and a friendly message.
  4. We can’t split a pack between different names. You can, however, arrange your names carefully so you can either share the pack or (carefully) cut your name labels in half to create individual sets of personalised name labels.

Stikins Name Labels – Order A Set Of School Labels, Clothing Labels, or Name Stickers Today!

Whether you need school uniform labels, general clothes labels, or sticky name labels that can be used to label pretty much everything and anything, it is so quick and simple to order a pack of Stikins name labels. You can order anytime online by going to www.stikins.co.uk. Alternatively, give our Customer Service Team a call to order by phone OR fill in one of our order forms to order by post.

Happy #TartanDay From Stikins Name Tags!

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Happy Tartan Day From Stikins Clothing Labels

A Big Happy Tartan Day From Stikins Name Tags!

Here in the Stikins Name Tags office, we thought we’d celebrate Tartan Day with a list of some of our favourite names that have their origins in the language (and lands) of Scotland.

There are so many different names that can trace their roots to areas of Scotland and to Scottish languages. Some have retained a flavour of their Scottish heritage while others have adapted to different times (and different tongues) to create a whole range of brand new names for new generations all around the world.

Scottish Names From Stikins Clothing Labels

Stikins: Clothing Labels For All Kinds Of Items (Kilts Included!)

Stikins name tags are made with a brilliantly advanced adhesive. This adhesive creates a strong bond that allows your clothing labels to remain firmly fixed to items. Even after repeat visits to the washing machine and the tumble drier.

Our name tags have been independently tested to ensure that your clothing labels will simply stick on and stay on. During testing Stikins were applied to the wash-care label of clothing and fabric items. They were then washed using the BS EN ISO6330 wash test procedure for 40 washes at 40 degrees.

Of course, they’ve also been independently tested by thousands of families across the country over the last fourteen years. You’ll find more than 7,000 reviews from existing customers on our Review Page.

Stikins name tags are really easy to use as clothing labels. Simply peel a name tag carefully from the backing sheet – taking care not to touch the adhesive too much. Apply your tag to the wash-care label of your item of clothing or fabric item. Firmly press down to ensure that the adhesive fully bonds with the label. Leave for 24 hours before washing your item for the first time.

Stikins are also multipurpose name tags that can be used to label pretty much anything and everything. The one exception is socks, which don’t have a wash-care label. Their stretchy surface is difficult for sticky labels to bond with effectively and so they are likely to peel off. 

Order Clothing Labels For School Uniform, Day To Day Clothes, and Fabric Items Today.

To order your own set(s) of name tags, you can go online, give us a call, or pop an order form in the post.

Happy #GroundhogDay & #HedgehogDay from Stikins® Name Tags

Friday, February 2nd, 2018

As today is Groundhog Day and Hedgehog day, the team here at Stikins® thought that it would be a fantastic idea to celebrate gifted groundhogs and humble hedgehogs everywhere with a few fascinating facts about both!

What are the origins of Groundhog Day?

Now, we’ve probably all seen the classic 90’s movie “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray but did you know that most people don’t actually know the origins of the famous celebration? Well, Groundhog Day’s origins actually lie in the midst of overlapping ancient European weather lore, pagan and Christian festivals, and cult worship…

  • Imbolc (1st February): This is a pagan festival which marks the mid-point between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. The arrival of spring is celebrated by lighting fires and candles; traditionally, Cailleach (a weather deity) will make Imbolc a sunny day if she needs to collect firewood for a longer winter, while serpents and badgers will emerge from their winter dens if there is to be an early spring.
  • Brigid/Saint Brigid: Imbolc also celebrates the goddess Brigid; offerings are made in return for her blessing on homes and farms (to ensure an early spring and fertile land). It is also the Saint Day of Saint Brigid (possibly a Christianised version of the goddess), who is associated with perpetual sacred flames.
  • Candlemas (2nd February): This festival of light marks the end of the Christmas season; traditional rhymes say that a sunny Candlemas Day means winter will continue, while a cloudy day means winter will end.
  • Ancient European weather lore: The habits of burrowing or hibernating animals were observed to predict a long winter or an early spring.
  • Cult worship of bears: The emergence of bears from their dens would indicate the arrival of spring.
  • Februa/Lupercalia (15th February): These Roman festivals of “Purification” or “Purging” were a form of spring cleansing ritual to drive out evil spirits and purify the city of Rome. February 5th was also an important date for weather divination.

According to one origin story, ancient beliefs merged as Roman legions travelled across Europe, leading to the creation of an ancient German proverb, which says that if a hedgehog sees his shadow at Candlemas, he will return to his winter den for another six weeks. This tradition arrived in the US with German settlers who had to replace the non-native hedgehog with another creature – the groundhog!

Where is the largest Groundhog Day Celebration?

The largest Groundhog Day celebration is held in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where the annual prediction is made by Punxsutawney Phil – “Seer of Seers, Sage of Sages, Prognosticator of Prognosticators and Weather Prophet Extraordinary”. Phil is 131 years old (thanks to a special “elixir of life” he drinks each summer at the Groundhog Picnic) and spends most of the year living in the town library with his groundhog wife, Phyllis. At 7:25am (ish), Phil emerges from a special burrow to make his prediction (in “Groundhogese”) to the President of the Groundhog Club’s “Inner Circle”. The Vice President then reads one of two pre-prepared scrolls; declaring six more weeks of winter (if Phil has seen his shadow) or an early spring. According to the Groundhog Club, Phil’s predictions are 100% accurate (according to official records his accuracy rate is 39%). Other predictive groundhogs include Wiarton Willie, Buckeye Chuck, General Beauregard Lee, Shubenacadie Sam, and Staten Island Chuck!

What are the origins of Hedgehog Day?

Hedgehog Day has slightly sadder origins; the day was introduced as a way to raise awareness about the dangers faced by hedgehogs – particularly in Britain where numbers are dropping rapidly due to a decline in suitable habitats. Land is being used up for intensive farming, buildings, and transport links – making it difficult for hedgehogs to find food and isolating them in places with further dangers (including traffic, rubbish, and higher populations of natural predators such as badgers). Hedgehog Day aims to educate people about ways they can make their homes and gardens more friendly to hedgehogs (such as putting out shallow dishes of water and hedgehog food – or meat-based wet dog/cat food – and creating safe spaces and small holes in fences).

What makes a Groundhog or Hedgehog happy?

Groundhogs (also known as woodchucks) belong to a group of ground squirrels known as marmots. They measure around 40-65cm long (including a 15cm tail) and are extremely good diggers with very powerful jaws. They are mostly herbivorous (eating wild grasses and other vegetation where available) although they occasionally eat grubs, grasshoppers, insects, and snails. Groundhogs warn each other about impending dangers by whistling(!) and popular nicknames for these creatures include groundpig, whistlepig, monax (a Native American name meaning “the digger”) – young groundhogs are called chucklings.

Happy Groundhog Day from Stikins Name Labels

Hedgehogs share a distant ancestry with shrews and have evolved very little over the last 15 million years. There are seventeen different species and, like many other early mammals, they have adapted to a nocturnal lifestyle – although they have poor eyesight and rely heavily on their senses of hearing and smell. They have between 5000-7000 spines, which are hollow hairs stiffened by keratin; most hedgehogs use them defensively (by curling up in a ball) although others (especially desert hedgehogs) will ram intruders with their spines to drive them away. Hedgehogs are omnivorous (eating plants and small animals) and they communicate with each other through grunts, snuffles, squeals, and even sneezes. Hedgehog comes from the Middle English “heyg/hegge” meaning hedge and “hoge/hogge” meaning hog (due to their piglike snouts), although they are also called urchins, hedgepigs, and furze-pigs – baby hedgehogs are generally referred to as hoglets.

Happy Hedgehog Day from Stikins Name Labels

Stikins® name tags & school uniforms – perfect together whatever the weather!

Like the humble little groundhog or the spiky little hedgehog, our school uniform name tags can withstand even the coldest weather conditions. What’s more, they are also specifically designed to withstand repeat trips to the washing machine. A perfect multipurpose labelling solution, our name tags simply stick on and stay on, whether you’re labelling items of clothing, books, stationery, lunch boxesshoes or bags!

Measuring a discrete 30cm wide by 15mm – our name tags fit perfectly on the wash-care label of clothing and fabric items, onto the side wall or beneath the tongue of shoes, and onto personal items of all shapes and sizes. Despite their small size, they can hold vital information, such as a name and a phone number, in a bold and clear font.

Our stick on name tags have also been independently tested using the BS EN ISO6330 wash test procedure for 40 washes at 40 degrees. This means that they can be put through the washing machine time and time again – they’ll even survive in dishwashers, tumble driers, microwaves, and sinks so you can safely wash and dry all of your labelled items!

To find out more about our name tags, or to order your own pack today, please do not hesitate to contact our team today! Each name tag guarantees to survive through even the longest of winters and the earliest of springs!

It’s Grand Slam Time at the Stikins® Name Tags Office!

Friday, January 26th, 2018

As the Australian Open is moving into its final weekend, we thought we’d celebrate the first grand slam of the year with a showdown between the most popular names in the UK and the most popular names in Australia! As you can imagine, we create name tags for a wide range of names all year round, we do however come across several usual suspects! To keep our study *supremely scientific* though, we’ve taken a look at the top 100 names given to children born in 2016 (the latest set of data for both the UK and Australia) to see how the countries compare – at least when it comes to choosing names!

* i.e. not remotely scientific at all

Australian Open - Stikins Name Tags

Popular Names for Girls in 2016

UK’S  TOP 10 NAMES FOR GIRLS

AUSTRALIA’S TOP 10 NAMES FOR GIRLS

Olivia Amelia Emily Isla Charlotte Olivia Mia Ava
Ava Lily Ella Jessica Amelia Isla Sophia Chloe
Isabella Sophia Grace Emily
  • Amazingly 60% of the top 10 names are the same in both the UK and Australia – although Australia’s top name falls significantly lower in the UK (coming in 13th place), while the UK’s top name is almost as equally popular in Australia (coming in 2nd place).
  • 75% of the top 20 names are the same; although where the UK choose Alice, Freya, Jessica, Poppy, or Scarlett, parents in Australia are more likely to choose Evelyn, Harper, Ivy, Ruby, or Zoe.
  • This similarity continues through the top 50 names (64%) and the top 100 names (66%).

UK NAMES NOT IN
AUSTRALIA’S TOP 100

AUSTRALIAN NAMES NOT IN
THE UK’S TOP 100

Amber Amelie Arabella Beatrice Aaliyah Addison Alexis Alyssa
Clara Darcey Erin Esme Ariana Audrey Aurora Ayla
Felicity Francesca Freya Gracie Billie Bonnie Charlie Chelsea
Iris Julia Leah Lexi Claire Eden Eloise Eve
Lottie Luna Lydia Maisie Frankie Hayley Hazel Indiana
Maria Martha Maryam Megan Lara Mackenzie Madeline Olive
Millie Nancy Robyn Rosie Paige Peyton Piper Quinn
Sara Sofia Savannah Stella

Popular Names for Boys in 2016

UK’S  TOP TEN NAMES FOR BOYS

AUSTRALIA’S TOP TEN NAMES FOR BOYS

Oliver Harry George Jack Oliver William Jack Noah
Jacob Noah Charlie Thomas James Thomas Ethan Lucas
Oscar Muhammad Jackson/Jaxon/Jaxson Lachlan
  • While the UK and Australia have similar tastes in girls’ names, there’s a bit more variation when it comes to naming boys; only 40% of the top 10 names are the same in the UK and Australia – although “Oliver” is the most popular choice in both countries.
  • 50% of the top 20 names are the same; with the UK favouring Alfie, Archie, Freddie, George, Isaac, Jacob, Joshua, Muhammad, Oscar, and Harry where Australia favours Alexander, Harrison, Hunter, Jackson/Jaxon/Jaxson, Lachlan, Liam, Lucas, Mason, Max, and Samuel.
  • The top 50 names are 60% the same, while the top 100 names are 63% the same.

UK NAMES NOT IN
AUSTRALIA’S TOP 100

AUSTRALIAN NAMES NOT IN
THE UK’S TOP 100

Aaron Albert Albie Alex Aiden Angus Archer Ashton
Alfie Arthur Bobby David Beau Chase Christian Connor
Dexter Elliot Elliott Ellis Cooper Darcy Dominic Eli
Ezra Finley Frankie Freddie Fletcher Flynn Hamish Hayden
Frederick Harley Ibrahim Jenson Hudson John Jordan Levi
Jesse Jude Leon Louie Lincoln Marcus Maxwell Nate
Ollie Reggie Reuben Roman Nathaniel Nicholas Owen Parker
Ronnie Rory Stanley Teddy Patrick Ryder Sonny Spencer
Theo Tommy Vincent Xavier

Ordering name tags from Stikins®

While we don’t ship name tags to Australia, we do have a number of customers from a variety of different countries (including Australia!) who order name tags from us. We are more than happy for non-UK customers to order from us with a nominated UK address; for example, you can nominate the address of friends or relatives living in the UK, who will be able to forward your sticky name tags onto you OR hand them over the next time you meet up. Alternatively, you may be able to order from our sister company (Madebuy), who supply school name tags via Amazon and who are able to ship internationally.

We offer TWO UK delivery options when you order Stikins® stick on tags from Label Planet:

STANDARD DELIVERY: our standard delivery service is Royal Mail’s first class service and is free of charge. Around 93% of first class mail arrives the next day, with the remainder taking a day or two extra (particularly in the London area).

SPECIAL DELIVERY: next day delivery is via Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed service; this guarantees that your stick on name labels will be delivered by 1pm on the next day and costs £5.75.

This option is ideal if you need your sticky name tags to arrive in plenty of time before an important date – for example, if you need to order name tags for school trips or tags for a friend or relative who is moving into a nursing home or residential care facility.

If you are ordering name stickers on a FRIDAY and need to receive them over the weekend, we also offer Royal Mail’s Saturday Delivery Guaranteed service, which costs £8.75.

Currently our Special Delivery options are ONLY available to request by phone (call us on 01270 668076, Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm), which allows us to ensure that your name tags will be printed and posted same day for next day delivery.

So, whether you have a very unusual name or a name which has proven to be very popular in recent years, the team here at Stikins® can provide you with truly unique name tags when you need them most! To find out more about our products or to place an order, please do not hesitate to contact us today!

Our Most Requested Name Labels of 2017!

Friday, January 12th, 2018

Is your name in our top 20 requested name labels?

As we start 2018, we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on 2017. It’s been another fantastic year for the entire team here at Stikins ® – we’ve had the pleasure of providing name labels for many familiar customers and many new! To round the year off, we’ve completed another annual review of all of the wonderful names that were ordered last year to come up with our top 20 lists for 2017. Has your name made the list?

Name Labels - Top 20 for 2017
Top 20 name labels requested in 2017 for girls:

1. Lily 6. Sophie 11. Ava 16. Eva
2. Emily 7. Evie 12. Lucy 17. Mia
3. Ella 8. Ruby 13. Freya 18. Poppy
4. Grace 9. Isla 14. Jessica 19. Daisy
5. Olivia 10. Chloe 15. Amelia 20. Holly

Top 20 name labels requested in 2017 for boys:

1. Harry 6. James 11. Alex 16. Ethan
2. Jack 7. George 12. Daniel 17. Leo
3. Oliver 8. Sam 13. William 18. Tom
4. Max 9. Charlie 14. Jacob 19. Henry
5. Ben 10. Thomas 15. Alfie 20. Joshua

FAQ – What text can I request on my name labels?

When you order Stikins ® name labels, it is entirely up to you as to what you have printed on each name tag; you can request a full name, short name, or nickname – along with any other information or personalisation that you wish to include. Some customers opt to include a phone number or a medical or allergy alert, whilst others choose to include a friendly message such as “This Belongs To” or “Please Return To”). The ONLY limits that we have are:

  • We can only print alphanumeric characters (0-9, A-Z, a-z), basic punctuation marks, and the following accented characters:
    À Á Â Ä Ã Å Æ à á â ä â å æ È É Ê Ë è é ê ë Í Î Ï ì í î ï Ô Ö Õ ò ó ô ö õ Ù Ú Û Ü ù ú û ü Ç ç Ñ ñ Ý Ÿ ý ÿ Ø ø Ð ð ß ƒ
  • We cannot print emojis, although you can use punctuation marks to create your own emojis on your sticky name labels!
  • Please also note that the font size does reduce as you add more text. Stikins ® name labels are designed to be neat and discrete and are therefore made in ONE SIZE only (30mm wide by 15mm high). While you can fit up to about 30-35 characters on each line, we recommend using NO MORE than 15-20 to ensure that your text remains clear and legible.

To order name labels for school, nursing homes, or general purpose labelling, please fill in our handy order form online. You can also contact us directly to place your order. We are open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm and a member of our team will be more than happy to help!

On The 10th Day Before Christmas, Stikins ® Gave To Me…

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Christmas with Stikins Name Labels

Names for Father Christmas & the last posting dates for our name labels!

Yes, there are only TEN DAYS left until Christmas Day and hopefully you’re managing to keep on top of the chaos that is Christmas! To help you into the spirit, we’ve decided to look into the world of festive names…

While taking a look at Christmas inspired names, we were struck by how many different names are used to refer to those Christmas (and Winter) visitors who bring gifts to children each year. Here in the UK, we’re all extremely familiar with the jolly man himself, “Father Christmas”, but did you know that there are many other Christmas and winter gift-bringers who are celebrated around the world? Here’s just some of the festive figures that we encountered…

Christmas Names - Stikins Name Labels

While the majority of these figures follow “Old Man” traditions, there are some female gift-givers to be found, including:

  • Saint Lucia/Saint Lucy: most commonly celebrated in Scandinavia and Italy, Saint Lucy is associated with light and “festivals of light” which are held in her honour on the 13th December. In Italy, she brings gifts to good children and coal to bad children – children leave out food to entice the donkey and make sure that Saint Lucy visits their house.
  • The Snow Girl/The Snow Maiden: Snegurochka is celebrated in Russia, where she is usually depicted as the granddaughter and helper of Ded Moroz (“Old Man Frost” or “Grandfather Frost”) – who delivers presents to children on New Year’s Eve.
  • Frau Holle/Old Mother Frost: also known as Holda, Huld, or Hulda, she is variously depicted as a Goddess of Winter, of the Sky, and of the Weather. In some traditions, she flies through the skies on 24th December (also known as “Mother’s Night”) to bring gifts to children. The Grimm Brothers used her in one of their fairy tales; snow falls to earth whenever she shakes out the blanket on her bed and she rewards a good child with gold and punishes a bad child with hot pitch.
  • Perchta: also known as Percht, Berchta, and Bertha, Perchta is a variation of the Frau Holle figure (or vice versa) and traditionally roams the countryside between Christmas and Epiphany, rewarding good children and punishing bad children.
  • Befana the Christmas Witch: celebrated throughout Italy, Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts on Epiphany Eve (the night of 5th January); good children wake up to a stocking full of gifts and sweets, while naughty children find a lump of coal – traditionally, children find nice gifts AND a lump of coal (rock sugar darkened with caramel colouring) as a reminder that they haven’t always been on their best behaviour…

Last posting dates for ordering Stikins ® name labels before Christmas…

So, now that we’ve shared some festive fun with you it’s onto our second gift – our last posting dates for ordering Stikins ® name labels! We’ll be printing our labels for clothing & personal items all next week (Monday – Friday); any orders we receive before 3pm will be despatched on the same day, while those received after 3pm will be sent next day.

Orders are despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard BUT we highly recommend upgrading to our special delivery service (Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed service; shipping cost £5.75) to make absolutely sure that your name labels arrive before Christmas. This is because Royal Mail do NOT guarantee that first class items will arrive next day AND because first class mail does tend to see delays in the run up to Christmas.

How to upgrade your name labels order to a special delivery service…

Currently, our special delivery service is only available to request by phone; this allows us to make absolutely sure that your stick on name labels will be made and despatched on the SAME DAY so you definitely get them on the NEXT DAY. Our Customer Service Team is available Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm – simply give us a call on 01270 668076 and we’ll be happy to help.

Please note:

1. Today is the LAST DAY to order Christmas name labels for delivery to the Republic of Ireland.
2. If you find yourself leaving things to the very last minute, the LAST DAY for any orders of school labels, equipment name tags, and general purpose name stickers will be Friday 22nd December (up to 3PM).

To receive your order on Saturday, you will need to order by phone and request our Saturday delivery option (shipping cost: £8.75).

Once normal opening hours resume, you can order at ANYTIME by filling in our handy online order form or you can give us a call (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) to order your personalised name labels by phone.

Happy #PretendToBeATimeTravellerDay!

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Did you know that today is the 10th anniversary of ‘Pretend To Be A Time Traveller Day’? You could be a visitor from the future, who finds everything outdated and quaint, or a traveller from the past, who is amazed and astonished by all of our wonderous technologies, odd clothing, and amusing social customs! The choice really is yours!Time Traveller Day

Famous Time Travelling Names

If you’re looking for a name with a bit of a time travelling theme, there’s plenty of inspiration to be found in fiction. Here’s just some of our favourites…

Aaron & Abe
Primer

Alba DeTamble
The Time Traveller’s Wife

Amy Pond
Doctor Who

Bill & Ted
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Bill Potts
Doctor Who

Cameron
Terminator

Claire Randall
Outlander

Clara Oswold
Doctor Who

Donna Noble
Doctor Who

Emmett Brown
Back To The Future

Gary Sparrow
Goodnight Sweetheart

Gil Pender
Midnight in Paris

Henry DeTamble
The Time Traveller’s Wife

Hiro Nakamura
Heroes

Holly Marshall
Land Of The Lost

Jack Harkness
Torchwood

Jake Epping
11.22.63

James Cole
12 Monkeys

John Connor
Terminator

Kevin
Time Bandits

Kiera Cameron
Continuum

Kyle Reese
Terminator

Lola
Run Lola Run

Lucy Preston
Timeless

Martha Jones
Doctor Who

Marty McFly
Back To The Future

Mickey Smith
Doctor Who

Phil Connors
Groundhog Day

Rick Marshall
Land Of The Lost

Rip Hunter
Legends of Tomorrow

River Song
Doctor Who

Rory Williams
Doctor Who

Rose Tyler
Doctor Who

Rufus Carlin
Timeless

Samuel Beckett
Quantum Leap

Sarah Connor
Terminator

Tim Lake
About Time

Tommy Clark
Heroes Reborn

Tru Davies
Tru Calling

Wyatt Logan
Timeless

Don’t lose your stuff in time OR space – Use Stikins ® name tags; the modern alternative to sew in name tags & iron on name tags

Okay, so Stikins ® can’t help you to actually travel through time (or space) but they can help you and your family to keep track of all your belongings on any adventure (even if that’s just getting them to school and back in one piece!). Our stick on name tags are made with a unique – and extremely advanced – adhesive that has been developed using the latest materials and manufacturing processes to ensure that each tag lives up to their name, that is that they simply stick on and stay on!

Each name tag measures 30mm wide by 15mm high and features a white background with a bold black font for text – this ensure that they’re really easy to read (when you need to) but also totally discrete (when you don’t). Stikins ® are a truly multipurpose name labelling solution; you can use one pack of stick on name tags as school uniform tags, general purpose clothing tags, name tags for lunch boxes, water bottles, and for anything else that you want to keep safe.

How to apply Stikins ® Name Tags:

Stikins ® can be applied in seconds; you simply peel each name tag off its backing sheet and then stick it onto the wash-care label (of clothing and fabric items) or directly onto the item that you want to label – use your thumb to apply pressure firmly and evenly across the surface of your name tags to ensure that the adhesive bonds fully with the surface and then allow 24 hours before washing for the first time to allow the adhesive time to set and fully strengthen.

With Stikins ® name tags, you can make sure that your children’s belongings are securely labelled so that everything always make it’s way home safely – even if their adventures get a bit timey-wimey! To order a personalised pack of name tags today, please fill in our handy online form or contact us directly to place an order!

We’re Going Dippy For Delightful Names Given To Dazzling Discoveries!

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Dippy and Delightful Names - Stikins Name Labels

Today is the 43rd anniversary of the discovery of AL 288-1 or, as you probably know them, the fossil bones of LUCY.

Lucy was discovered in Ethiopia in 1974 and, although only 40% of her skeleton was found, she remains both the most famous example of the hominin species Australopithecus afarensis and one of the most complete examples of an early human ancestor to be discovered – dating to around 3.2 million years ago!

Lucy was named after the Beatles song “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”, which played in the camp as the discovery was celebrated. Lucy is also known in Ethiopia as DINKINESH, which means “you are marvellous” in the Amharic language.

To celebrate the anniversary of this amazing discovery, the team at Stikins ® has decided to take a look at some of the other names that have been given to other scientific discoveries that have been made over the years…

Human Evolution Fossils

  • ABEL:

The only known fossil of the Australopithecus bahrelghazali species (approx. 3.5 million years old); while the name has the connection of the Biblical son of Adam and Eve, it was actually chosen by Michel Brunet in memory of his friend Abel Brillanceau.

  • ARDI:

A female skeleton from the Ardipithecus ramidus species (approx. 4.4 million years old); the name comes from the species, which is based on the Afar words Ardi meaning “ground/floor” and ramid meaning “root” – implying that Ardi lived on the ground and was the “root” of human ancestry.

  • Eurydice:

The skull of a (possibly) female member of the Paranthropus robustus species (approx. 2.3 million years old); she is named after the nymph from Greek mythology – a second fossil found a few inches away was named Orpheus.

  • Luzia:

A skeleton from the Homo sapien species (approx. 11,500 years old); she was found in Brazil and her name is a Portuguese variant of Lucy – in homage to the earlier discovery.

  • Miguelón:

The most complete skull found from the Homo heidelbergensis species (approx. 400,000 years old); the nickname was inspired by that given to Miguel Indurain, a Spanish cyclist who won both the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia in 1992 – the year this skull was discovered.

  • Moshe:

The most complete postcranial skeleton of a Neanderthal (Homo neanderthalensis species) to be found (approx. 60,000 years old); the name is the Hebrew equivalent of Moses.

  • Samu: 

A fossil belonging to a member of the Homo Erectus species (approx. 350,000 years old); the bone was found on 21st August, the name day of Sámuel, and given the name Samu – a Hungarian version of Sam.

  • Selam:

The fossil of a three-year-old member of the Australopithecus afarensis species (approx. 3.3 million years old); she is commonly known as Selam (“peace”) but also has the nickname “Lucy’s Baby” (because both fossils are from the same species) – despite the fact that Selam is actually around 120,000 years older than Lucy!

  • Toumai:

A partial skull from the species Sahelanthropus tchadensis (approx. 7 million years old); the name Toumai means “hope of life”.

  • Twiggy:

A skull from the Homo habilis species (approx. 1.8 million years old); the skull was crushed almost completely flat and so was named after the famously slim model.

Dinosaur Fossils

  • Spike (Polacanthus & Pentaceratops)
  • Alana, Ashley, Bertha, Bruce, Cybill, Hellboy, Lisa, Louise, Patty, Stephanie, Tara, Willie, and ZEMONA (Pachyrhinosaurus)
  • Hatcher (Triceratops)
  • Antonio (Tethyshadros)
  • Dakota (Edmontosaurus)
  • Elvis and Roberta (Brachylophosaurus)
  • Lizzie (Hadrosauridae)
  • Sophie (Stegosaurus)
  • Big Mike, Bucky, Jane, Samson, Scotty, Stan, Sue, and Tristan (Tyrannosaurus Rex)
  • Alan, Clancy, Cooper, Dippy, George, Elliot, Gordo, Jimbo, Lyle, Matilda, Max, Misty, and Wade (various Sauropodomorphs)
  • Big Al, Baby Louie, Borsti, Dave, Ebenezar, Elmer, Gorgeous George, Gertie, Kirky, Lori, Pete, and Sid Vicious (various Theropods)

The Origins of Stikins ® Name Labels

Our origins lie with our managing director’s wish to find a simple name label product to use on his children’s belongings. Not happy with the array of sew-in labels, iron-on labels, name tapes, and clip on name tags available on the market, he decided to create an alternative name labelling solution – stick on name labels that simply stick on and stay on.

Stikins ® have gone through a number of evolutions, starting with our Original Stikins ® (comprising “H” shaped clothing labels, shoe labels, and micro labels – along with silver school labels) and ending with our latest generation of Stikins ® (with their unique adhesive) and our Stikins ® Name Label Kit. We even have our very own evolutionary off-shoot in the form of our iron on name transfers, Trons ®.

Thus, STIKINS ® name labels were born!

Order Personalised Name Labels Today!

At Stikins ® we’re not aiming to create a whole heap of school uniform labels or sticky name labels in every possible size, shape, and colour (with an assortment of fonts and pictures on top). Instead, we want to create the best possible name labelling product that is “fit” for its intended purpose i.e. we want to create stick on labels that just work, with no fuss and no muss! Our name labels are white labels with a bold black font (so they’re really easy to read), they measure 30mm wide by 15mm high (so they’re also really discreet), and they are made with a unique “Stikins ®” adhesive – that helps them to stick on and stay on.

So, whether you need school uniform labels, plain clothes labels, or labels for general items so that you can make sure that your belongings are safe and secure, we can help! If you are interested in ordering a pack of personalised name labels, you can do so online, by phone, or by post. You can also contact us directly with any questions, a member of the Stikins ® team will be more than happy to help!

Flaming Good Names To Celebrate Bonfire Night!

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Celebrate Bonfire Night with Stikins Name Labels

Celebrate Bonfire Night with Stikins® Name Labels!

This weekend will see hundreds of events taking place across the country in honour of Bonfire Night / Guy Fawkes Night. To celebrate, we thought we’d gather up some blazingly brilliant names to suit the occasion.

Names Inspired By “Fire”
There are plenty of names from across the world that mean “fire”, including:

ÁED/ ÁEDH

AODH

ÁEDÁN

AODHÁN

AIDAN

ADEN

AGNI

ASH

AZAR

BLAZE

BRANDR

CINÁED

CONLÁED

CONLETH

FIAMMETTA

FINTAN

HURIK

KEAHI

NINA

PYRRHUS

UGNĖ

Names Inspired By “Fireworks”
There are also names that have a perfect connection to Bonfire Night and the fireworks and effects that are used during celebrations, including:

BLOSSOM A flower-like effect that opens and expands.
CATHERINE (wheel) A firework that is either a spiral tube or an angled rocket mounted with a pin through its centre so that it rotates when ignited.
CHERRY (bomb) A firecracker contained in a paper cup that explodes as a sphere.
CHRYSANTHEMUM An effect characterised as an expanding sphere of coloured stars that leave behind a trail of sparks.
DAHLIA An effect that is similar to the peony (see below) but has fewer and larger stars that travel for longer and may have a cylindrical rather than spherical shape.
(jumping) JACK A firework that appears to “jump” around on the ground as it spins and produces coloured effects that fire in all directions.
LANCE A firework contained in a thin paper tube, which is combined with other lances to produce words, phrases, or pictures.
PEARL An effect characterised by stars that burn in just one colour until they burn out at their maximum height.
PEONY An effect characterised as an expanding sphere of coloured stars (without a trail of sparks).
ROMAN (candle) A firework contained in a card tube that periodically emits either a single effect or a series of small effects (e.g. stars, comets, bombettes, trails, serpents etc).
WILLOW An effect characterised as an expanding sphere of coloured stars that leave behind a trail of long burning gold or silver stars.

Names Inspired By “(Guy) Fawkes”
Of course, there are also names connected with the Gunpowder Plot itself, including the thirteen men involved in the plot to remove King James I from the throne. The group began with five original conspirators, before two individuals were added, followed by two groups of three further conspirators.

ROBERT Catesby The leader of the group who planned the Gunpowder Plot.
THOMAS & ROBERT Wintour Cousins of Catesby; Thomas was amongst original group of five conspirators, while his brother Robert was recruited in the penultimate group of three (most likely to boost the group’s funds).
JOHN (Jack) & CHRISTOPHER (Kit) Wright John was one of the original five conspirators (and purchased plenty of weapons for the group), while Christopher was a later recruit (one of the penultimate group of three).
GUY Fawkes The most famous member of the group (owing to the fact that he was caught guarding the gunpowder); he was invited to join the group by Thomas Wintour due to his expertise with explosives. He used the alias JOHN Johnson, in an attempt to hide his own identity.
THOMAS Percy The final member of the original group of five; Thomas Percy was a friend of Robert Catesby and brother in law to the Wright brothers; he helped to fund the group and secured the leases of a number of key properties in London for the group’s use (including the vault beneath the Houses of Parliament where the gunpowder was eventually placed in preparation for the attack).
ROBERT Keyes Recruited to guard the gunpowder supplies before they were transferred to their hiding place beneath the Houses of Parliament, Robert was a distant cousin of both the Wintour brothers and the Wright brothers.
THOMAS Bates Robert Catesby’s servant was added to the group of conspirators because he accidentally discovered the plot after becoming suspicious of his master’s movements.
JOHN Grant The third member of the penultimate group of three, John Grant was brother in law to the Wintour brothers, and was recruited to provide supplies for an uprising in the Midlands.
AMBROSE Rookwood The first member of the final group of three recruits, Ambrose was Robert Keyes’ cousin in law and was recruited for his extensive stable of horses – needed for the Midlands uprising.
FRANCIS Tresham A cousin of Robert Catesby, Francis was recruited for access to his recent inheritance and his estate at Rushton Hall; he refused Catesby both, although he did give a small amount of money to Thomas Wintour.
Sir EVERARD Digby The final recruit, Sir Digby was recruited for his money and his stable of horses to fund (and participate) in the Midlands uprising.

Buy Stikins ® name labels & get all your winter warmers safely & securely labelled

If you’re planning to be out and about this weekend, you’ll probably be wrapping up nice and warm in a variety of winter warmers, which makes this the perfect time to get out your Stikins ® name labels (or to place another order if you’re running short) to get everything labelled.

Whether it’s a favourite scarf, a well-loved pair of gloves or mittens, or a super-snuggly hat, it’s all too easy to take these items off, put them down “somewhere safe”, and then completely forget to pick them up again – not to mention all the mix ups and confusion that can happen when these winter warmers are thrown together into the chaos of a classroom or school cloakroom. This is where our super sticky name labels can help to save the day!

Easy to use name labels that stick on and stay on

Stikins ® are extremely easy to use stick on labels that can be used as name labels on all kinds of winter warmers. The labels simply stick onto the wash-care label and will remain there for a very long time. Their durability and intense stickiness also renders them brilliant for use as school name labels throughout the winter, spring, summer, and autumn months. Each name label measures 3cm wide by 1.5cm high (so they won’t stick out when they’re not needed) and they are printed with a bold black font to make it really easy for your child (or a member of staff) to read the name on each item that you’ve labelled.

If you’re looking for name labels that can be used as school uniform labels, clothing labels, shoe labels and bag labels, and general purpose name labels for all the other “essentials” that your child likes to keep with them at all times, Stikins ® offer a truly multipurpose name labelling solution – meaning you can use just one pack of our stick on name labels to label pretty much everything! For more information about our name labels or to order a pack today, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our team, Finally, the whole team would like to wish you a very happy and safe Bonfire Night!

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.