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

Friday, December 15th, 2017

…Names For Father Christmas & The Last Posting Dates Of The Year!

Yes, there are only TEN DAYS left until Christmas Day and hopefully you’re managing to keep on top of the chaos that is Christmas!

NAMES FOR FATHER CHRISTMAS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

While taking a look at Christmas-inspired names, we were struck by how many different names are used to refer to those Christmas (and Winter) visitors who bring gifts to children each year. Here in the UK, we are extremely familiar with the jolly figure of “Father Christmas” but there are many other Christmas and winter gift-bringers who are celebrated around the world – each with their own names, traditions, histories, and helpers…

Christmas Brother

Christmas Elder Man

Christmas Grandpa

Christmas Man

Christmas Old Man

Father Christmas

Father Frost

Good Little Oldie

Grandfather Christmas

Grandfather Frost

Grandfather Santa

Grandpa Christmas

Grandpa Frost

Little
Star

Lord Of The Cold

New Year Boy

Old Man Christmas

Snow Grandfather

Star
Man

The Easter Oldman

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

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

Last Posting Dates For Ordering Stikins ® Name Labels Before Christmas…

We’ll be printing our name labels for clothing & personal items all next week (Monday – Friday); any orders we receive before 3pm will be despatched on the same day, while those received after 3pm will be sent next day.

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

How To Upgrade Your Name Label Order To A Special Delivery Service…

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

THINGS TO NOTE:

1. Today is the LAST DAY to order Christmas name labels for delivery to the Republic of Ireland.
2. If you find yourself leaving things to the very last minute, the LAST DAY for any orders of school labels, equipment name tags, and general purpose name stickers will be FRIDAY 22ND DECEMBER (UP TO 3PM).
To receive your order on Saturday, you will need to order by phone and request our Saturday delivery option (shipping cost: £8.75).

Remember, you can order ANYTIME by visiting www.stikins.co.uk OR you can give us call (Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm) to order name labels by phone and to upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery service.

Happy #PretendToBeATimeTravellerDay!

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Today is the 10th anniversary of Pretend To Be A Time Traveller Day; a day to have a bit of fun by pretending to be a time traveller!

You could be a visitor from the future, who finds everything outdated and quaint, or a traveller from the past, who is amazed and astonished by all of our wonderous technologies, odd clothing, and amusing social customs.

Famous Time Travelling Names

If you’re looking for a name with a bit of a time travelling theme, there’s plenty of inspiration to be found in fiction:

Aaron & Abe
Primer

Alba DeTamble
The Time Traveller’s Wife

Amy Pond
Doctor Who

Bill & Ted
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

Bill Potts
Doctor Who

Cameron
Terminator

Claire Randall
Outlander

Clara Oswold
Doctor Who

Donna Noble
Doctor Who

Emmett Brown
Back To The Future

Gary Sparrow
Goodnight Sweetheart

Gil Pender
Midnight in Paris

Henry DeTamble
The Time Traveller’s Wife

Hiro Nakamura
Heroes

Holly Marshall
Land Of The Lost

Jack Harkness
Torchwood

Jake Epping
11.22.63

James Cole
12 Monkeys

John Connor
Terminator

Kevin
Time Bandits

Kiera Cameron
Continuum

Kyle Reese
Terminator

Lola
Run Lola Run

Lucy Preston
Timeless

Martha Jones
Doctor Who

Marty McFly
Back To The Future

Mickey Smith
Doctor Who

Phil Connors
Groundhog Day

Rick Marshall
Land Of The Lost

Rip Hunter
Legends of Tomorrow

River Song
Doctor Who

Rory Williams
Doctor Who

Rose Tyler
Doctor Who

Rufus Carlin
Timeless

Samuel Beckett
Quantum Leap

Sarah Connor
Terminator

Tim Lake
About Time

Tommy Clark
Heroes Reborn

Tru Davies
Tru Calling

Wyatt Logan
Timeless


Don’t Lose Your Stuff In Time OR Space – Use Stikins ® Name Labels; The Thoroughly Modern Alternative To Sew In Name Tapes & Iron On Name Tags.

 

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

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

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

Get all of your children’s belongings safely and securely labelled with Stikins ® name labels so that everything will always make it there and back again – even if your adventures get a bit timey-wimey!  

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

Friday, November 24th, 2017

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

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

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

To celebrate the anniversary of this amazing discovery, we decided to take a look at some of the other names that have been given to other scientific discoveries that have been made over the years.

HUMAN EVOLUTION FOSSILS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DINOSAUR FOSSILS

SPIKE (Polacanthus & Pentaceratops)

ALANA, ASHLEY, BERTHA, BRUCE, CYBILL, HELLBOY, LISA, LOUISE, PATTY, STEPHANIE, TARA, WILLIE, and ZEMONA (Pachyrhinosaurus)

HATCHER (Triceratops)

ANTONIO (Tethyshadros)

DAKOTA (Edmontosaurus)

ELVIS and ROBERTA (Brachylophosaurus)

LIZZIE (Hadrosauridae)

SOPHIE (Stegosaurus)

BIG MIKE, BUCKY, JANE, SAMSON, SCOTTY, STAN, SUE, and TRISTAN (Tyrannosaurus Rex)

ALAN, CLANCY, COOPER, DIPPY, GEORGE, ELLIOT, GORDO, JIMBO, LYLE, MATILDA, MAX, MISTY, and WADE (various Sauropodomorphs)

BIG AL, BABY LOUIE, BORSTI, DAVE, EBENEZAR, ELMER, GORGEOUS GEORGE, GERTIE, KIRKY, LORI, PETE, and SID VICIOUS (various Theropods)


THE ORIGIN OF STIKINS ® NAME LABELS

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

Thus, STIKINS ® name labels were born!

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

We also have our own form of “Survival of the Fittest”; we’re not aiming to create a whole heap of school uniform labels or sticky name labels in every possible size, shape, and colour (with an assortment of fonts and pictures on top). Instead, we want to create the best possible name labelling product that is “fit” for its intended purpose – i.e. we want to create stick on labels that just work, with no fuss and no muss! Our name labels are white labels with a bold black font (so they’re really easy to read), they measure 30mm wide by 15mm high (so they’re also really discreet), and they are made with a unique “Stikins ®” adhesive – that helps them to stick on and stay on, whether you need school uniform labels, plain clothes labels, or just name labels for school (and home) so that you can make sure that all of your children’s belongings are safely and securely labelled.

You can order Stikins ® name labels online, by phone, or by post.

Flaming Good Names To Celebrate Bonfire Night!

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

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 in 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!

Stikins ® are extremely easy to use stick on labels that can be used as name stickers on all kinds of winter warmers (where they stick onto the wash-care label) and they’re brilliant school name labels for use 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 is 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.

Plus, if you’re looking for name labels or name tags 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!

Get Ready For Halloween With Stikins ® Name Labels

Friday, October 27th, 2017

With Halloween almost upon us, we thought we’d take a look at a few suitably scary names from television shows with a decidedly frightening feel. From the Addams Family to the Munsters, along with The Walking Dead and Stranger Things, by way of a few more light-hearted examples (here’s looking at you, Scooby-Doo!), these names are the perfect way to pay a subtle tribute to the joys of celebrating Halloween!

ABBIE ABRAHAM ADALIND ADAM AIFE
ALEXANDER AMARA ANDREW ANGEL ANGELIQUE
ANNIE ANYA ARTIE ASH BARNABAS
BARTHOLOMEW BENNET BENNY BETSY BILLIE
BO BOBBY BUFFY CAITLIN CALIBAN
CASSANDRA CASSIE CASTIEL CATRIONA CHARLES
CHARLIE CHUCK CLAIRE CLAUDIA CLIO
CONNOR CORDELIA CROWLEY DANA DAPHNE
DARLA DARYL DAWN DEAN DEANNA
DELPHINE DEXTER DIANA DONNA DORIAN
DOYLE DUSTIN DYSON EDDIE EDMUND
ELEVEN ETHAN EVE EVONY FAITH
FAYE FENTON FIONA FOX FRANK
FRED FREDDIE GARTH GEORGE GLENN
GRIFFIN HAL HECATE HELENA HERMAN
HILDA HOMER ICHABOD JACKSON JAKE
JINKS JODY JOHN KALI KATRINA
KENZIE KIT LACHLAN LAFAYETTE LANA
LAVINIA LEENA LILY LORNE LUCAS
LUCY MAGGIE MARIE MARILYN MARY
MATTHEW MAYER MEG MELISSA MICHONNE
MINA MISTY MONROE MORGAN MYKA
NAN NEGAN NICK NINA OZ
PANDORA PETE QUEENIE RICK ROSALEE
ROSITA ROWENA RUBY RUPERT SABRINA
SALEM SAM SASHA SEMBENE SHELLEY
SOOKIE SPIKE TARA TATE THELMA
VANESSA VELMA VEX VICTOR VICTORIA
VINCENT VIOLET VIVIEN WEDNESDAY WESLEY
WILLOW WINIFRED XANDER ZELDA ZOE

We hope you have a wonderfully weird time celebrating Halloween, whether you’re out and about trick or treating, zombie-shuffling on the dance floor in a creepy costume, or hiding behind a cushion with a well-stocked pile of terrifyingly tasty snacks for a Halloween-themed marathon!

And remember – to keep your hard-earned sweets safe from wandering hands, why not use your Stikins ® name labels to label up your stash – and make sure everyone knows to keep off, or else!


ATTENTION – ALL LABEL PLANET FUNDRAISING PARTNERS!

We’ll have a “treat” heading your way soon as we are busy preparing commission cheques to send out to all of our school and PTA partners!

Your commission earnings will be based on the orders we received where your unique fundraising was quoted between 1st October 2016 – 30th September 2017 AND your rate of commission.

Schools on our basic rate will receive a fundraising total calculated at a 15% commission rate, while those who have applied for our higher rate (by adding a link to their website) will receive a total based on a 30% commission rate.

Cheques will be going out in the post via Royal Mail’s first class service; if you don’t receive anything in the next two weeks please get in touch with us (we allow Royal Mail five working days to deliver items sent on this service).

Remember, you can keep an eye on your commission earnings throughout the year by visiting the Fundraising Account page on our website.

Fly Away Home With Our List Of Names Inspired By Feathered Friends

Friday, October 20th, 2017

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.

Among Stikins ® customers, the top five most popular bird-inspired names 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.


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 labels to make sure that EVERYTHING really is safely and securely labelled. Whether you ran out of labels 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 labelling 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.

Stikins ® are a multipurpose solution to quickly and easily labelling 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 labels even faster, you can also give us a call to upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery.

Our name labels 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 Label Kit to receive 60 blank labels and a pen (so you can personalise each label 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 online today, simply visit our website: stikins.co.uk.

Fabulously Foxy Names Inspired By Fabulously Foxy Foxes!

Friday, October 13th, 2017

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, 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 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).

Reynard the Fox – drawn by Ernest Griset (via Wikimedia Commons)

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”).

There are a number of names that have their origins in different words for “fox” or in stories that feature foxes, including:

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
  • DEVOSSDutch, m
  • REFR Icelandic, m
  • RENNARD German, m
  • RÆF Danish, m
  • SINOPA Native American, f
  • TOKALANative American, f
  • VIXEN English, f

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We’re Celebrating #WorldSpaceWeek With Names That Are Out Of This World!

Friday, October 6th, 2017

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


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!).

Stikins ® can be ordered online (at stikins.co.uk), by post, or by phone.

Autumn Starts Here & We’ve Got Name Labels For All Your (Winter) Gear!

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Tonight, (at 21:02 to be precise) the Autumn Equinox will take place, traditionally signalling the transition from summer to autumn.

“Equinox” comes from the Latin word “aequinoctium”, which is made up of “aequus” (meaning equal) and “nox” (from “noctis” meaning night) – there are TWO equinoxes each year, which mark the moments at which the sun is directly above the equator making night and day (roughly) equal in length.

The two equinoxes occur each year in March and September and they are known by a variety of names including: the vernal equinox and autumnal equinox (the Latin words for spring and autumn), the March equinox and September equinox (indicating the months during which the equinoxes take place), the northward equinox and southward equinox (indicating the direction of the sun’s movement across the equatorial line – in March this is south to north and in September it is north to south), and the First Point Of Aries and the First Point Of Libra (derived from the constellations that the sun appears to be in front of at the moment of the equinox – confusingly, due to the very gradual change in the orientation of Earth’s axis of rotation (the line from the north pole to the south pole) these constellations are actually currently Pisces and Virgo).

The autumn equinox has traditionally been used as a symbol of the change from summer to autumn (in the northern hemisphere; in the southern hemisphere it marks the passage from winter to spring) and is often used as a traditional time for harvest festivals around the world.

Given that today marks a change in season, we thought we’d take a look at how the four seasons fair amongst our customers as names with a seasonal flavour. AUTUMN is actually the second most popular season amongst Stikins ® customers with SUMMER being the most popular and WINTER taking third place – sadly, none of our customers (so far) have requested name labels printed with SPRING.


With the shift into autumn, children across the country will be settling into the first term of the school year and gathering an ever impressive array of paraphernalia to carry around with them – including winter warmers, once the weather takes a(nother) cooler turn. Our Stikins ® name labels can be used to label all kinds of clothing and personal items, including hats and gloves, coats and scarves, and suitable shoes for the autumn and winter months.

While the back to school rush might well be firmly over, we’ll be continuing our daily production runs so you can rest assured that your order will be made and despatched same day (up to 3pm) or next day. You can also request a special next day delivery service by phone (shipping cost: £5.75) if you need to receive your name labels before an upcoming event, such as a residential trip or holiday.

You can order name labels from Label Planet online (at www.stikins.co.uk) or by phone (visit our Contact Page for more information).

Enigmatic Names To Celebrate The Queen Of Crime

Friday, September 15th, 2017

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, we thought we’d take a closer look at some of the names she used for some of her best known characters:

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


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You can order Stikins ® name labels online, by phone, or by post (using the Order Form provided on the back of our Parent Leaflets), so don’t fall prey to the mysterious school uniform thief and make sure all of your children’s belongings make it safely to school and back again, all year long.