Archive for the ‘Names & Meanings’ Category

Go Loony For These Lunar Names Inspired By The Moon

Friday, July 21st, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Summer Names For The Summer Season

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Last week saw the arrival of the summer solstice and today is the last day of June, which means it must officially and definitely be summer! So we thought we’d take a look at some suitably sunny names that are perfect for the summer season.

NAMES MEANING SUMMER:
BEHAR HEFIN  HAF  SUMMER  SUVI  VERA

NAMES MEANING SUN/SUNSHINE:
AARUSH  AELIUS  AFTAB  ELIO  HAUL  HELIOS  HEULWEN  IDALIA  KALINDA  KIRAN  RASHMI  RAVI  SAMSON SOL SOLANA SOLEIL SOLVEIG  SUMA  SUNDAY  SUNNIVA  SUNNY  SUNSHINE  SURAJ  SURYA  SYLVI  THEROS

NAMES ASSOCIATED WITH THE SUMMER MONTHS:
All of the summer months are used as names but they also have symbols associated with them that offer a variety of subtly summery names:

JUNE
JUNO – the Roman Goddess for whom the month was (possibly) named
PEARL – a birthstone associated with June
ROSE – a flower associated with June
HONEY(SUCKLE) – a flower associated with June
CASTOR / POLLUX – the twins associated with Gemini, a zodiac sign linked to June
HERCULES – the Greek hero who defeated Karkinos (the crab of the zodiac sign Cancer)

JULY
JULIUS – the Roman general for whom the month was named
RUBY – a birthstone associated with July
LARKSPUR – a flower associated with July
(WATER)LILY – a flower associated with July
LEO – one of the zodiac signs linked to July

AUGUST
AUGUSTUS – the Roman Emperor for whom the month was named
PERIDOT – a birthstone associated with August
POPPY – a flower associated with August
(SWORD)LILY – a nickname for Gladiolus, a flower associated with August
ASTRAEA – the Greek Goddess associated with the zodiac sign Virgo


Visit our website to order Stikins ® name labels this summer – we’ll be printing and despatching name labels all summer long in preparation for the new school year. We print name labels every day (Monday to Friday), which means that all orders we receive by 3pm will be made and despatched same day. Orders received after 3pm or over the weekend will be made on the next working day.

All of our orders are sent out via Royal Mail’s first class service as standard and shipping is included in our prices. We also offer the option to upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery option (by phone only, shipping cost £5.75) if you need to receive your labels in a hurry.

Wonderful Names For Wonderful Women!

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Today sees the UK release of Wonder Woman, the first superhero film to be directed by a female director that also features a female protagonist, so we thought we’d take a look at some of the names used by female superheroes to keep their heroic identities a secret…

ANNA: member of the X-men known as Rogue
ANYA: the superhero Spider-Girl
BARBARA: both Barbara Gordon (Batgirl & Oracle) AND the superhero Mockingbird
CAROL: a superhero known as Ms Marvel, Captain Marvel, Binary, & Warbird
CAROLINE: “Carrie”, a superhero known as Robin, Catgirl, & Batgirl
CASSANDRA: Wonder Girl AND a superhero known as Batgirl, Black Bat, & Orphan
COURTNEY: the superhero Stargirl
DIANA: Amazonian superhero known as Wonder Woman
DINAH: the superhero Black Canary
DONNA: Wonder Woman’s sister (Troia, Darkstar, & Wonder Woman/Wonder Girl)
DOREEN: the superhero Squirrel Girl
ELIZABETH: X-men character Psylocke (also Captain Britain) AND the first Liberty Belle
EMILY: the superhero and vampire Looker
EMMA: X-men character known as the White Queen
EVE: the superhero Nightshade
FELICIA: the superhero Black Cat
HARLEEN: better known as Harley Quinn
HARPER: the superhero Bluebird
HELENA: the superhero Huntress & Batgirl
JANET: the superhero Wasp
JEAN: X-men member known as Phoenix, Dark Phoenix, & Marvel Girl
JENNIFER: Bruce Banner’s cousin (She-Hulk) AND the superhero Jade
JESSICA: Jessica Jones (Jewel, Knightress, & Power Woman) AND Spider-Woman
KAMALA: the fourth superhero to be known as Ms Marvel
KARA: cousin of Superman, known as Supergirl
KAREN: the superhero Bumblebee
KATHERINE: X-men member Kitty Pryde (Shadowcat) AND two characters known as Batwoman (Kathy/Kate) AND and the superhero Hawkeye (Hawkette & Lady Hawkeye)
KAYLA: the alias of Silver Fox
LAUREL: the superhero Silk Spectre in the Watchmen series
LINDA: alias for Supergirl (Kara Zor-El) AND another superhero also known as Supergirl
LYRA: the name of an alternative-universe version of She-Hulk
MAY: the superhero Spider-Girl
MAYA: also called Ronin, known as the superhero Echo
MONICA: a superhero known as Captain Marvel, Photon, Pulsar, & Spectrum
NATALIA: “Natasha”, member of the Avengers known as Black Widow
ORORO: X-men member Storm
RAVEN: X-men character known as Mystique
SELINA: the superhero Catwoman
SUSAN: “Sue”, Fantastic Four member Invisible Woman/Invisible Girl
VANESSA: the superhero Copycat


Did you know: here at Label Planet, we give parents the super power to label their children’s belongings quicker than the Flash, all thanks to the incredibly enhanced (super) power of our unique Stikins ® adhesive. This adhesive has been developed to ensure that our name labels will always simply stick in and stay in, leaving busy parents time for more important things – like saving the world.

You can find out more about our super name labels by visiting our Information Page or you can place an order today by visiting our Buy Stikins ® Page.

Blooming Great Names Freshly Picked From The Garden

Friday, May 26th, 2017

In honour of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which is heading into its last couple days of glorious gardens and perfectly planted – well – plants, we’ve taken a look at the names favoured by our customers that share a distinctly botanical theme.

As you might have guessed, there are plenty of female names that have a floral feel – among our customers, the most popular are LILY, DAISY, and POPPY. An honorary mention goes to ROSE, which is the sixth favourite flower-inspired name for girls BUT is by far and away the most popular choice when it comes to picking a floral middle name (or as half of a double barrelled first name).

Other botanically inspired favourites include WILLOW, VIOLET, IVY, HEATHER, HAZEL, BLOSSOM, BLUEBELL, LAUREL, and PEONY.

For boys, the theme tends to lean more towards trees and more general nature-inspired names, such as ROWAN, ASH, HEATH, and WOODY.

While the RHS Chelsea Flower Show is an excellent place to pick up all kinds of wonderful ideas for the garden, we think it’s also a pretty good place to discover a name with a touch of flower power.


Did you know: our Stikins ® name labels can be used to label all kinds of items, including personal possessions so – if you’re a bit of a gardening fan, why not use some of your name labels to get your gardening gadgets labelled up. You could also try our Stikins ® Name Label Kit, which contains blank labels and a pen so you can write whatever you want onto each individual label – perfect for adding permanent labels onto pots or storage containers for all of your gardening supplies.

We’re Celebrating WORLD WILDLIFE DAY With Baby Names That Take A Walk On The Wild Side!

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

Today is World Wildlife Day – a day dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness of the world’s wildlife. Each year, World Wildlife Day is given a theme and this year the theme is “Listen to the young voices”.

With this in mind, we thought we’d take a look at the names that we’ve printed over the last year and celebrate the young voices with names inspired by nature – (especially as the closest thing to wildlife here in our office is a rather alarming number of potted plants and Harvey the Stikins ® Dog who isn’t so much wild as extremely mild.)

For boys, the most popular wildlife-inspired names are based on five animals – Lions, Bears, Dogs, Wolves – and Doves!

While the most popular group is lion-based names (including Leo, Leon, and Lionel), the single most popular name is actually Callum – which is a Gaelic name meaning “Dove” – while the sixth most popular name is another dove-inspired name: Jonah.

Our third and fourth most popular groups are names that mean “Bear” (including “Arthur” and “Orson”) and “Dog” (represented by “Caleb” and its variant “Kaleb”), while our fifth most popular group (the wolves) has the most variations – including names as diverse as Channing, Conan, Lyall, Lycan, Rudy, and Wolfram.

For girls, inspiration comes from Sheep, Antelope, Birds, and Lions.

The first group includes both “Una” (which means “Lamb”) and the most popular wildlife-themed name “Rachel” (meaning “Ewe”). The second group includes “Tabitha”, which you might be inclined to think of as a name associated with cats although it’s actually an Aramaic name meaning “Gazelle”.

Birds are represented by the names “Paloma” meaning “Dove” and “Merle” meaning “Blackbird” (along with “Robin” and “Wren”), while the lion is represented by feminine versions of “Leo” such as “Leona” and “Leonie”.

Animals are also a popular inspiration for nicknames; amongst our customers, “Bear” and “Teddy” are the most popular animal-based nicknames for boys, while girls are most likely to have cat-inspired nicknames, such as “Cat” and “Kitty” – although we also love the “big cat” nickname chosen by one of our customers: “Tiger”.

(We’re also very fond of the nickname “Wolfie”!)


We hope you take some time this weekend to celebrate the wonderful (and sometimes weird) wildlife that we live with on our planet; whether you go big and take a trip to a zoo, garden centre, aquarium, or wildlife park to learn more about the world around us or you stay a little closer to home and just spend some time giving your pets (or your garden’s wildlife) a little extra TLC.


Remember, you can request ANY name when you buy name labels from Label Planet – whether you want to stick to a simple First Name & Surname format or you prefer to include a personal nickname – and  you can use our multipurpose Stikins ® name labels to label pretty much ANYTHING (including any walking boots and equipment you use to spend more time in the great outdoors or even labelling those all-important boxes of pet treats so there won’t be any arguments – or unfortunate mix ups!)

Fairy Tale Names With A Grimm Twist

Friday, February 24th, 2017

As today is the anniversary of the birth of Wilhelm Grimm (the younger of the two “Brothers Grimm”) and Sunday (26th February) is “Tell a Fairy Tale Day”, we thought we’d celebrate by taking a closer look at some of the baby names used by our customers that also feature in the Grimms’ Fairy Tales.

While we don’t have some of the more famous names (such as Rapunzel, Cinderella, or even a Hansel & Gretel), there are few less well known fairy tales that feature some better known names:

JOHN:
In “Faithful John”, a servant is given three warnings about terrible events that are about to happen to a woman who is due to marry his master (the king); John is told how to prevent these events from happening BUT must not tell anyone the truth about his actions or he will turn to stone.

John is the English form of a Latin form of a Greek name that is derived from a Hebrew name, meaning “God is gracious”. John has a number of variations, diminutives, and feminine forms, including Jowan, Evan, Ian, Ivan, Sean, Shane, Shaun, Shawn, Eoin, Ioan, Iwan, Iefan, Ieuan, Jack, Jake, Ianto, Jock, Jane, Janet, Janna, Jayne, Jean, Jeanette, Joan, Joanne, Johanna, and Shauna.
Among our customers, “John” is one of the top 75 names for boys.

HENRY/HARRY:
In “Lazy Henry” (sometimes “Lazy Harry”), a lazy man marries so that he can share his duties with his wife (so he won’t have to work as hard); unfortunately, his wife is just as lazy as he is and, following an argument, she accidentally destroys their last source of income (a pot of honey).

Henry and Harry are both derived from the Germanic name “Heimirich”, which means “Ruler of the home”. Another hugely popular name, there are a variety of alternative versions including Hal, Hank, Hendry, Henri, Harrie, Ettie, Etta, Hallie, Harriet, Henrietta, and Hettie.
Among our customers, “Harry” is the most popular name for boys, while Henry remains a firm favourite, sitting just outside the top 20 names for boys.

ROLAND:
“Sweetheart Roland” features an evil witch, a bad daughter, a good stepdaughter, a shepherd and a wise woman, and the titular Roland who, after a mixture of murder, mistaken identity, magical transformations, spells, and enchantments, is united with his true love for a traditional happy ending.

A popular French name with Germanic origins meaning “Renowned throughout the land”; the name Roland was made famous by a Frankish military leader under Charlemagne who became the subject of a number of (highly embellished) epic poems. Variations include Orlando, Rolando, Rolland, and Roly.
Among our customers, “Roland” only made one appearance in 2016 but we think it’s a brilliant name!

LISA:
In “Lean Lisa”, Lisa is the exact opposite of Henry and his wife; she works all day long and spends all night thinking about how she can get money to buy a cow, and ends up fighting with her husband about their future prospects (providing the lesson that is possible to work too hard as well as too little).

Lisa is actually a diminutive form of Elizabeth/Elisabeth (the meaning of this name is usually given as “God is my oath”/“pledged to God”/“oath of God”/“God is satisfaction”/“My God is bountiful”) and is one of many different variations of that name. Lisa is a popular name in a number of countries including Germany, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Austria, and Belgium.  
Among our customers, Lisa is one of the less commonly used variations of Elizabeth but remains a consistent presence in our list of baby names year after year.

ELSIE:
Unfortunately, while the Elsie of the Grimm fairy tale is given the title of “Clever Elsie”, she is actually anything but and acts as a warning that you may not know the true nature of someone until it is too late!

Like Lisa, Elsie is another diminutive form of Elizabeth and has increased rapidly in popularity over the last decade (though it may be its closeness to the name of a certain ice princess rather than its closeness to “Elizabeth” that accounts for this jump!).  
Among our customers, Elsie is much more popular than she is in her fairy tale, being one of the top 80 names for girls.


We hope you have a fabulous weekend with a happy ever after ending to your half term break.

If you have the “grimm” nightmare of finding that your children have “misplaced” some of their school uniform or equipment before or over the holidays, remember, you don’t need to wait for a fairy godmother to arrive! Simply order some of our multipurpose Stikins ® name labels to get all their stuff quickly and securely labelled – and watch in amazement as these wonderfully labels simply stick on and stay on as if by magic!

To Celebrate RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS Week, Here Is Our Random List Of Names Meaning “Kindness”!

Friday, February 17th, 2017

This year, February 12th to 18th is “Random Acts Of Kindness” week, during which everyone is encouraged to perform random acts of kindness to help make the world a kinder place.

These random acts can be anything, big or small, from simply paying a compliment to the people you meet, buying coffee for a random stranger, leaving positive notes for others to find, or making a donation to charity.

To celebrate, we’ve put together a list of names from around the world that mean “kindness”:

Ademar: one of the meanings used for the name “Ademar” is “famous for his kindness”; this name is Germanic in origin, although there are a number of variations (including Adhemar, Adimar, Ademaro) and the name is popular in both French and Spanish speaking countries.

Benen: the name of an ancient Irish saint who was a favourite disciple of the patron saint of Ireland, St Patrick, Benen is derived from the Latin name “Benignus”, which means “kind, friendly”.

Caron: a Welsh name derived from “caru” (to love), meaning “loving, kind”.

Chares/Charis: an Ancient Greek name derived from the Greek word “charis” meaning “grace, kindness”; this name has inspired a number of variations including Chariton, Haris, Khariton, Caris, Caris, Charisma, Carissa, Charissa, and Karissa.

Charity: based on “Caritas”, the Latin word for one of the three Christian theological virtues (alongside Fides/Faith and Spec/Hope), this name has a number of meanings including “benevolence” and “generous love”. Charity is sometimes shortened to “Cherry”.

Ebele: originating from Africa, this name means “mercy, kindness” in Igbo.

Ellis: there are a number of origins for the name “Ellis” but one of them is the Welsh name “Elisedd”, which is derived from “elus”, meaning “kind, benevolent, charitable”.


We wish you well with any random acts of kindness that you have planned and, remember, if you need any assistance with your name labels, you can always get in touch with our Customer Service Team who will be more than happy to help out!