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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!

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):

RUBY ~ SCARLETT ~ AMBER ~ SIENNA ~ ROSE

~ VIOLET ~ OLIVE ~ HAZEL ~ JADE ~

SAFFRON ~ BRUNO ~ PHOENIX ~ BIANCA/BLANCHE ~ INDIGO

~ SAPPHIRE ~ CORAL ~ SILVER ~ BLUE ~

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!

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.

Allegra
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).

Aria
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).

Cadence
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.

Calliope
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.

Calypso
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.

Caprice
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.

Carol
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).

Celeste
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”.

Condoleezza
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”.

Harmony
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.

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

Jazz
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).

Lyra
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).

Lyric
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.

Mele
A Hawaiian word for chants, songs, or poems.

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

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

Reed
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).

Sonata/Sonatina
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”.

Symphony
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.

Viola
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

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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:

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

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.

Fun Facts & Truly Scrumptious Names For National Picnic Week

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Today marks the beginning of National Picnic Week, which aims to get us all out and about in the great outdoors with family, friends, and a good old pic-a-nic basket!

Picnics are a really easy way to organise a fun day out that won’t cost you the earth – all you need is food, fun extras to keep you and the kids amused, friends and family, and a picnic-friendly venue to set up camp. There are plenty of ways to keep everyone entertained from taking along a football or Frisbee, arming yourself with a good book or puzzle book, or even downloading a few apps full of fun games to keep you all amused.

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Picnics – FUN FACTS

The concept of a “picnic” has varied hugely over time and has previously referred to medieval hunting feasts, country banquets, Victorian garden parties, and even indoor social gatherings or dinner parties at which every guest brought their own contribution to the meal.

According to the National Picnic Week website, each of us will attend at least three picnics a year (which means that the UK sees around 94 million picnics per year) and the average family will spend £26 on a picnic (meaning that we collectively spend around £2,479,720,000 on picnics each year).

While picnics can be arranged in all sorts of shapes and sizes from intimate meals for two to large family gatherings, there have been some truly impressively picnics that have managed to pick up World Records along the way, including:

The Longest Picnic Table – 322.42 metres long (2nd April 2017 / Réunion)
The Longest Picnic Line – 2,277 metres long (15th July 2012 / Canada)
The Largest Picnic – 22,232 people (20th June 2009 / Portugal)
The Largest Picnic Blanket – 1,760 square metres (April 2008 / Woven In Wales & Laid Out In South Africa)

Picnics – TRULY SCRUMPTIOUS NAMES

We’ve had a quick rummage around in our basket of previous orders to see if we could find any suitably sweet names to match our picnic theme and found Téa, Clementine, Honey, Cherry, Berry, and Candy.

Admittedly, this probably isn’t the healthiest selection for a real life picnic but we also found a whole selection of names meaning “sweet” that provide a subtler addition to our picnic theme: Anush, Dulcie, Esti, Madhu (Madhur/Madhuri), Miela, Pamela, Pollux, and Shirin.

For more information about any of our Name Labels, Speak to us Today

Hopefully, you’ll have time this summer to indulge in a relaxing picnic (or two) and remember, if you need to get any food containers or drinks bottles labelled, you can always use Stikins ® name labels to make sure that everybody’s stuff is clearly and securely labelled (so at least you know there won’t be any arguments about which water bottle belongs to whom when you’re trying to pull off a peaceful family picnic).

Stikins ® name labels can be used to label all kinds of personal items; simply make sure that your item is clean and dry, then peel one of your name labels off its backing sheet and apply it directly onto the item. Use your thumb to smooth the label down to make sure that the adhesive fully bonds with the surface.

If you are labelling clothing or fabric items, you should apply your name labels to the wash-care label. In shoes, we recommend that you stick your name labels onto the side wall or beneath the tongue – if you apply Stikins ® to the floor of the shoe, the print will disintegrate over time due to the friction generated between it and the heel.

Visit our website today to Find Out More about Stikins ® name labels or to Place An Order. Or contact a member of our team for more information.

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!)