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Enigmatic Names To Celebrate The Queen Of Crime

Friday, September 15th, 2017

Queen of Crime

Celebrating the Queen of Crime with Stikins ® Name Tags🔍…

Today is the anniversary of the birth date of Dame Agatha Christie, who is often described as the “Queen Of Crime” and is currently the best-selling novelist of all time with sales of her novels estimated at around 2 billion worldwide. She wrote 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections, along with the world’s longest-running play (the Mousetrap), and 6 romance novels (under the pen name Mary Westmacott). Her work has been translated into over 103 languages and her novel “And Then There Were None” is the world’s best-selling mystery novel AND one of the best-selling books of all time.

To celebrate this particular anniversary, the Stikins ® name tags team have decided to take a closer look at some of the names she used for some of her best known characters… Do you recognise any?

Hercule Poirot: the Belgian detective who featured in 33 novels, a play, and more than 50 short stories; his name is the French version of Hercules (which is derived from the Ancient Greek name Herakles for the hero of Greek Mythology).

Regular characters in the Hercule Poirot set of stories include:

  • ARIADNE OLIVER: a mystery novelist and friend of Hercule Poirot; ARIADNE means most holy and is another name taken from Greek Mythology – Ariadne is the daughter of King Minos and helped Theseus to escape the Minotaur in the labyrinth on the island of Crete.
  • Chief Inspector JAMES “Jimmy” JAPP: a detective with Scotland Yard who assists Hercule Poirot in a number of Christie’s novels (as well as the play “Black Coffee”); the name JAMES derives from JACOB, which features in the Old Testament of the Bible and means holder of the heel or supplanter.
  • Captain ARTHUR HASTINGS: Hercule Poirot’s closest friend features in 8 Poirot stories and is the narrator for many others; his name is possibly derived from the Celtic “artos” (meaning bear) and “viros” (man) or “rigos” (king) – the name is famously associated with the legendary King Arthur.
  • FELICITY LEMON: Hercule Poirot’s secretary (who was also secretary to another Christie detective, Parker Pyne); her name comes from the word “felicity” (meaning happiness), which itself derives from the Latin word “felicitas” (meaning good luck).
  • Colonel JOHNNIE RACE: a good friend of Hercule Poirot, Colonel Race features in four of Christie’s novels; his name is a diminutive of JOHN, which is the English form of IOHANNES (itself the Latin form of the Greek IOANNES, which comes from the Hebrew name YOCHANAN meaning “Yahweh is gracious”).

Jane Marple: the amateur consulting detective who featured in 12 novels and 20 short stories; Jane comes from Jehanne, the French feminine form of Iohannes.

Regular characters in the Miss Marple set of stories include:

  • RAYMOND WEST: a famous author and Miss Marple’s nephew who appears in several Miss Marple novels; his name comes from the Germanic name RAGINMUND, which is made up of “ragin” (advice) and “mund” (protector).
  • Sir HENRY CLITHERING: a retired Scotland Yard commissioner who supports Miss Marple’s investigative efforts (and is godfather to Dermot Craddock); the name HENRY comes from the Germanic name HEIMRICH, which is made up of “heim” (home) and “ric” (power, ruler).
  • DERMOT CRADDOCK: godson of Sir Henry Clithering and a Detective Inspector with Scotland Yard, this character appears in 3 Miss Marple novels; DERMOT is an Anglicised version of the Irish name DIARMAID, which means without envy.
  • Colonel ARTHUR BANTRY & DOLLY BANTRY: the inhabitants of Gossington Hall in St Mary Mead, ARTHUR and DOLLY Bantry are Miss Marple’s closest friends within the village; DOLLY is a diminutive of DOROTHY, which is an English form of DOROTHEA (a feminine form of the Ancient Greek name DOROTHEOS from “doron” (gift) and “theos” (god)).
  • Reverend LEONARD CLEMENT & GRISELDA CLEMENT: the vicar of St Mary Mead and his wife; LEONARD comes from the Germanic elements “levon” (lion) and “hard” (brave, hardy), while GRISELDA comes from the Germanic elements “gris” (grey) and “hild” (battle).

Harley Quin: a mysterious detective who features in 14 short stories by Christie (and was one of her favourite characters); the name Harley comes from a surname based on a place name, which was derived from the Old English “hara” (hare) and “leah” (woodland, clearing).

(James) Parker Pyne: another detective who appears in 14 short stories; his name comes from the surname (PARKER), which means “keeper of the park”.

Thomas Beresford (Tommy) / Prudence Beresford (Tuppence): the married detectives who feature in 4 of Christie’s detective novels and a collection of short stories; the name THOMAS is a Greek form of an Aramaic name meaning “twin”, while PRUDENCE comes from PRUDENTIA, the feminine form of PRUDENTIUS, a Latin name meaning “prudence, good judgement”.

Agatha Christie often created characters who went by (rather British) nicknames; in addition to Tommy & Tuppence, Christie’s stories featured:

Lady Eileen Brent – BUNDLE // Diana Harmon – BUNCH // Dora Bunner – BUNNY
Caroline Lemarch – CARLA // Charles Evans – CHUBBY
Dorothea Preston-Grey & Margaret Ravenscroft – DOLLY & MOLLY
Hermione Lytton Gore – EGG // Fenella Guteman – ELLIE // Genevieve Driver – JENNY
Juliet Bellever – JOLLY // Wilhelmina Lawson – MINNIE // Magdala Buckley – NICK
Pamela Stirling – POPPY // Marguerite Vandermeyer – RITA // Vera Daventry – SOCKS

Easily identify belongings with Stikins ® Name Tags…

To avoid having to turn detective yourself to solve the mystery of the missing school uniform / P.E. kit / insert miscellaneous school item here, why not use Stikins ® name tags to get all of your children’s belongings safely and securely labelled so they are easy to identify (and to return to their rightful owner). Stikins ® are extremely quick and easy to apply; these adhesive tags simply peel off their backing sheet and then stick on and stay on. They can be used to label items of clothing and fabric items (where they should be applied onto the wash-care label) along with a wide range of personal items that need to be kept safe (including lunch boxes and water bottles, shoes and bags, books and stationery kits, and mobile devices).

The days of playing detective are over thanks to Stikins ® Name Tags!

You can order Stikins ® name tags online, by phone, or by post (using the Order Form provided on the back of our Parent Leaflets). With our easy to apply name tags, you can ensure that you don’t fall prey to the mysterious school uniform thief whilst also making sure that all your children’s belongings make it safely to school and back again, all year long! For more information about our name tags, or for any order queries, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Stikins ® team today – we will be more than happy to help!

Getting Creatively Colourful With Colour-Inspired Names

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Colourful Clothing Labels

Names inspired by colours – Our most requested colourful clothing labels

While looking for a theme for this week’s blog post, we noticed that today is the birthday of the American singer P!nk, which reminded us of all the wonderfully colourful names we’ve received over the years. As the leading supplier of stick on clothing labels, we’ve encountered hundreds of different names over the years, many of which are inspired by different colours. Here are just some of the most popular colour-inspired names used by Stikins ® customers (so far):





Warm colours tend to be the most popular options, with all of our top five colour-based names being associated with red and orange tones. While some colour-inspired names are taken straight from different terms for different colours, we also have a number of names that are inspired by colours, including “Bruno” (derived from the Germanic word “brun” meaning brown), “Bianca” and “Blanche” (derived from a French nickname meaning white), and “Phoenix” (the name of the mythical bird is said to have derived from the Greek word “phoinix”, which means “dark red” or “purple-red”).

Other colour-inspired names that we’ve come across include:

Albus / Alba / Arun / Aruna / Azure / Blaine

Blake / Ciarán / Ciara / Cyan / Edom

Electra / Fidda / Fionn / Grey / Gwen / Iole

Iris / Lavender / Lilac / Lloyd / Melanie

Nila / Nilam / Odhrán / Red / Sable / Sini

Sonal / Tawny / Teal / Xanthe

Do you need personalised clothing labels?

At Label Planet, we supply Stikins ® clothing labels, which are plain white labels that are with a bold black font to make sure that your information is clear and easy to read. These multipurpose labels measure 30mm wide by 15mm high and can be used to label almost any kind of item, including clothing (where they should be applied on the wash-care label), bags and shoes (in shoes they should be applied onto the side wall or beneath the tongue), and all kinds of personal items including lunch boxes and water bottles, books and stationery kits, mobile devices and tablets, and P.E. kits and sports equipment.

Sadly, our silver clothing labels are now a discontinued item as we are no longer able to source the material used to make these labels. We do however have a limited supply of silver labels, which can be ordered by phone – while stocks last! To order your own pack of labels today, you can do so online by filling in our online enquiry form, or you can contact us directly. A member of our team will be happy to help and can also answer any questions that you may have!

Pinch Punch, It’s The First Of The Month!

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Back to School Stikins Name Labels

It’s back-to-school time – Have you ordered your name labels?

Yes, September is here and the summer is fast falling away into autumn but we’re still busy printing and packing name labels for those emergency back-to-school orders. Don’t worry if you’ve run out of labels or you’ve forgotten to buy new name labels in the rush of getting ready for the new school term – all orders we receive by 3pm will be despatched same day, while orders received after 3pm or over the weekend will be despatched on the next working day. If you need your order urgently, simply give us a call and you can upgrade your order to a guaranteed next day delivery option (this service costs £5.75 and our Customer Service Team is available 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday).

Names inspired by the months of the year…

Seeing as it’s the first day of a brand new month, we thought we’d take a look at a few names that are associated with the months of the year, some of which have actually been requested for name labels in recent years…

  • While “January” itself is a great name, you could also opt for Janus (the Roman God of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages, and endings) or Juno (the Roman Goddess of marriage, women, and Rome, as well as queen of the gods).
  • Like January, “April” is a lovely “monthly” name and is, in fact, the most popular month-inspired name amongst Stikins ® customers.
  • “May” is another popular name, as is Maia – the Greek Goddess for whom the month of May was named.
  • “June” takes second place amongst our customers, while Juno (the Roman Goddess from January) also has strong associations with the month of June.
  • While we didn’t have any name labels for Augustus (the Roman emperor for whom the month is named), we did print labels with the name “August” itself.

Sadly, so far, we haven’t printed any name labels for a February, March, July, September, October, November, OR December – but there’s plenty of time yet!

If you are in need of name labels to prepare your children’s belongings for the back-to-school period, please do not hesitate to contact the Stikins ® team today! You can order a pack via phone, email or post OR you can fill in our handy online enquiry form here.

Lyrical Names That Hit A Musical Note

Friday, August 4th, 2017

name labels musical note

Today is the birth date of musician Louis Armstrong, who became one of the most influential people in the genre of jazz music. His career spanned over five decades and he remained popular even as the genre shifted numerous times to encompass all kinds of different musical styles, tones, and characteristics.

He was a pivotal figure in the world of jazz as a trumpet player, a vocalist, and a composer, and his gift for improvisation won him fame and success across America and the rest of the world. Armstrong began as a cornet player, switching to the trumpet in the mid-1920s, and worked as a bandleader, accompanist, soloist, composer, singer, actor, and comedian throughout his career.

So, in honour of Louis Armstrong, we thought we’d take a look through a few of the musical names that our customers have requested.

Derived from the Italian musical term “allegro”, which indicates that a particular section of music should be played at a quick and lively tempo (speed).

An expressive melody, typically a self-contained piece for a single voice (usually a singer performing with or without orchestral accompaniment) that is part of a larger work (generally an opera, although vocal arias also feature in oratorios and cantatas).

A sequence of musical elements (notes, chords, or rhythmic patterns etc) that creates a strong sense of resolution, finality, or pause and is used to indicate the momentary or final conclusion of a phrase, section, or piece of music.

A musical instrument (also known as a steam organ or steam piano) that makes a sound by sending a gas (originally steam although compressed air became the norm) through large whistles; they were popular forms of entertainment on riverboats and in travelling fairs and circuses.

A style of music that originated in Trinidad and Tobago and is often associated with Carnival; it is a type of folk song and usually features witty and satirical lyrics that target topical political and social themes and events (with lyrics often improvised on the spot). It has a syncopated (off beat) rhythm and often makes use of call and response.

Another name for “capriccio”, which is a piece of instrumental music that is composed in free form (i.e. doesn’t conform to the rules set out for any particular musical form) and is lively in tempo and style.

Derived from the Old French word “carole” (which was a medieval circle dance accompanied by singers), the carol began as a dance song and was later used as a processional song for festivals and an accompaniment for religious mystery plays. Over time, the form has gained a strong connection with religious contexts (although carols are not necessarily “religious songs”); carols are joyful and festive songs (or hymns) that are usually centred around a particular subject, season, or celebration (e.g. Christmas, Advent, Easter, harvest etc).

Another name for a “celesta”, which is a musical instrument made up of a set of graduated metal plates or bars (usually steel) that are hit by key-operated hammers; it produces a delicate bell-like sound and so was named for the French word “celeste” meaning “heavenly”.

The name of former US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, whose parents created the name based on the Italian musical term “con dolcezza”, which means “with sweetness”.

A simultaneous combination of musical notes (to produce a pleasing sound); also the structure of music in terms of the arrangement and progression of chords.

A musician (particularly a folk musician) who plays a harp.

A genre of music that originated in New Orleans around the beginning of the 20th century, which is characterised by strong and intricate rhythms, improvisation, and syncopation (off beat rhythms).

Derived from “lyre”, a stringed instrument that was extremely popular in ancient Greece; the constellation “Lyra” is said to represent the lyre of Orpheus (from Greek mythology).

A Greek word referring to a song that is suitable to sing with the accompaniment of a lyre (lyric), the words that make up a song (lyrics), having the form and musical quality of a song (lyrical), a form of poetry that expresses personal emotions or feelings (lyric poetry), and the classification used to refer to a singing voice that has a light, clear quality and is melodic in style.

A Hawaiian word for chants, songs, or poems.

A sequence of single notes that are arranged into a musically satisfying phrase or whole; also the principal part in a harmonic composition.

A musician who plays a pipe (any wind instrument that consists of a single tube) or the bagpipes.

Used in woodwind instruments to produce a sound via vibration; reeds are thin strips of material and may be made from Arundo Donax (“giant cane”), synthetical materials, or metals. Instruments have single reeds (as in the mouthpieces of clarinets and saxophones), double reeds (used in oboes, bassoons, and bagpipes, usually without a mouthpiece, where the two reeds vibrate against one another), or quadruple reeds (with two reeds on top and two on the bottom).

A musical composition for an instrumental soloist (with or without a piano accompaniment) that usually includes three or four movements of contrasting forms and keys. A short or simplified sonata is called a “sonatina”.

A musical composition for a full orchestra (between 50-120 musicians) made up of several movements, generally four, at least one of which is traditionally a sonata.

An instrument from the violin family (made up of the violin, viola, cello, and double bass); the viola is slightly larger in size than the violin, has four strings, and is tuned a perfect fifth below the violin, which gives it a lower and deeper sound.

For a harmonious start to the new school year, why not try our Stikins ® name labels – the multipurpose name labels that simply stick on and stay on so you can get your children’s belongings safely and securely labelled while saving yourself a little extra time and money to spend on much more interesting things.

Stikins ® can be applied onto the wash-care label of clothing or directly onto other personal items including shoes and bags, lunch boxes and water bottles, books and stationery kits, and all those “essential” extras that your children simply refuse to do without.

You can order printed Stikins ® in four pack sizes (containing 30, 60, 90, or 120 name labels) OR you can order our Stikins ® Name Label Kit (containing 60 blank name labels and a pen) so you can personalise each individual label exactly as and when you need another name label.  

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.

lunar name labels

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

Alcmene ~ Ayla ~ Aylín ~ Aysel ~ Badar ~ Chan ~ Hala ~ Helen ~ Jacy ~ Jericho ~ Kamaria ~ Lusine/Lucine ~ Mayar ~ Monday ~ Neoma ~ Qamar ~ Quacey ~ Rakesh ~ 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)

Our Name Labels are taking off

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.

Contact Stikins for Name Labels

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

name labels summertime

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 – Silveig – 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:

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)

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

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

Contact Stikins ® for Name Labels

Visit our website to order Stikins ® name labels this summerwe’ll be printing and dispatching 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. Speak to one of our experts today.

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…

name labels super women

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

name labels chelsea show

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.

Get in Touch for Name Labels

If you would like any additional information about any of our name labels, please speak to a member of our team today.

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

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

name labels wildlife day

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

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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:

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.

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.

“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!

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.

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!

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