CatchThis Blog / name origins

Laurel Sutton

February 11, 2009

I’m fresh from the American Name Society meeting in San Francisco, so placenames are on my mind. A friend of mine sent me a link to this fabulous publication. Here’s a nice summary from news coverage in Der Spiegel: Called the “Atlas of True Names,” the new map traces the etymological roots of European and […]

Burt Alper

October 17, 2008

Many of us occasionally wonder about the origins of our favorite band names. As it turns out, bands can be wildly creative when engaging in the name game. A band name can come from a crazy dream, a mispronunciation of a member’s name, pop-culture and literary references, and interesting foreign languages. Enjoy the following band-name […]

Mark Skoultchi

November 9, 2007

I’ve been experimenting with Pandora lately, that increasingly popular music matching website otherwise known as the “music genome project”. Pretty cool stuff actually. So far, fairly accurate. It hasn’t once suggested I’d like The Who (sorry sorry – inside joke). Most people have some idea of who Pandora was, or at least they know something […]

Mark Skoultchi

November 5, 2007

At a recent client meeting, Burt and I learned that Bluetooth wasn’t just an abstract brand name. It turns out that the Bluetooth brand name has a story to tell. According to Wikipedia, the source of all things good and true, Harald Bluetooth was a tenth century King of Denmark whose legacy includes uniting (if […]