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Take A Road Trip Across America With The Stikins ® Hit List Of US-Inspired Names

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

American Names Name Tags

And The Nominees For Most Popular US-Inspired Names Printed Onto Stikins ® Name Tags Are…

We’ve printed lots of name tags for people who share their names with American states and decided to find out which states are the most popular. So, we’ve searched through and records and the most popular US state names – among Stikins ® customers anyhow – are:

Georgia ~ Indiana ~ Dakota ~ Virginia ~ Alabama ~ Alaska

A lot of American towns and cities were named after places in the UK by British settlers and explorers – including Bath, Birmingham, Blackburn, Bolton, Bradford, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Carlisle, Chester, Coventry, Crewe, Dartmouth, Derby, Dundee, Durham, Exeter, Gloucester, Hastings, Hull, Ipswich, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Macclesfield, Maidstone, Manchester, Newcastle, Northampton, Norwich, Portsmouth, Preston, Scarborough, Sheffield, Shrewsbury, Southampton, Stafford, Warwick, Weymouth, and Winchester.

Recently, of course, there has been a trend of people choosing names based on American states and cities so, if you’re looking for a name with an American feel, there’s plenty of options to be found across the good old U.S. of A., including:

Name Tags – Despatch & Delivery Information For The UK (& The Rest Of The World)

Here at Stikins ® HQ, we only supply our name tags within the UK. We print name tags every day, Monday to Friday up to 3pm, which means that all orders are made and despatched on the same or next working day (with the exception of Bank Holidays and Christmas/Easter).

Our standard delivery service is completely free with orders despatched via Royal Mail’s first class service. Around 93% of items sent on this service arrive next day, with the rest taking a day or two extra (especially in the London area).

If you need to receive your name tags quickly – in time for a school trip or before a relative/friend moves into a nursing home – you can opt to upgrade to our next day delivery service. This option uses Royal Mail’s Special Delivery Guaranteed service, costs £5.75, and guarantees that your name tags will arrive the next working day by 1pm.

Currently, you can only upgrade to this service by phone (our Customer Service Team is available 9am-5pm on 01270 668076) – although you’ll be able to upgrade online very soon!

If you live outside the UK and want to order Stikins ® name tags – don’t despair!

Customers can order Stikins ® for delivery to a number of countries worldwide by ordering from our sister company Madebuy, which sells Stikins ® name tags via Amazon and eBay!

You can order Stikins ® name tags online at www.stikins.co.uk or you can give our Customer Service Team a call and we’ll be happy to help!

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!

Discover Digital Names for a Digital Age with Stikins® Name Labels

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Did you know that today marks the 35th anniversary of the “Apple Lisa”, a personal computer developed by Apple during the 1970s and 1980s? This got us thinking about how computers have sometimes been named after people – and how, nowadays, some people are named after computers!

Names inspired by the digital age…

Over the years, new forms of technology and digital devices have been given “human” names. Some are named for friends/relatives/colleagues (like Lisa– Steve Job’s daughter – and the Watson supercomputer – named after IBM’s first CEO), some are inspired by fictional characters (like Phoebe – a personal computer named after the Friends character – and Simon– a computer named for the “Simple Simon” nursery rhyme), and others have been named in honour of technology pioneers (like Ada and Pascal – programming languages named for Ada Lovelace and Blaise Pascal respectively).

Today, some parents are turning to the digital world for inspiration; while some opt for more subtle nods to their favourite tech (as seen in the rise of names like Alexa and Siri), others have gone all out – with names including Like, Hashtag, Google, Facebook and Vista. In fact, a tech-loving family have even decided to adopt the phrase “2.0” in place of the traditional suffix “Junior”!

Whether you’re a technology fanatic or you simply want a name with a futuristic feel, there’s plenty of inspiration to be found in the digital world:

Acer Alice Apple Archie Baxter Bixby Blue Chip
Cortana Dell Echo Evi Linux Lumia Luna Lynx
Mac Mycroft Pearl Pepper Pixel Ruby Tag Viv

Modern Name Labels for a Modern Age

Stikins ® name labels were designed to be a modern labelling solution for modern families; in other words, they were designed to fit into the lifestyle of busy families with a minimum amount of muss and fuss!

Modern Name Labels

Our sticky name labels are made with an incredibly advanced adhesive that allows them to simply stick on and stay on – with absolutely no need for sewing or ironing. The strong adhesive means that they are multipurpose school name labels that can be used on virtually any surface, from uniforms, bags and shoes, to general purpose objects such as lunch boxes, water bottles, books, stationery, and all those “essentials” that children refuse to go without!

Our name tags measure 30mm wide by 15mm high and are white stick on labels printed with a bold black font – this means that they’re a discrete addition to any item which is also really easy to read (especially in the rush and tumble of the school environment).

Our name labels have been independently tested using the ISO6330 wash test procedure for 40 washes at 40 degrees so they’re perfect as school uniform labels (where they need to survive a LOT of trips through the washing machine).

Order your Stikins ® name labels today!

You can order your Stikins ® name labels online at any time simply by filling in our handy order form here. Alternatively, you can also give our Customer Service Team a call on 01270 668076 and order by phone; we’re available Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm, and we print and post out name labels every day (up to 3pm).

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!

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!

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!