In the age of the internet and social media, the old adage “buyer beware” still holds true. According to investigations conducted by security firm leader Raytheon/Websense, there are millions of different URLs out there that are at least suspicious if not entirely malicious. Read more about the criminal use of domain names.
We are only in first quarter of 2016 and already there have been several landmark decisions in the area of domain naming. An excellent example is the January 27, 2016 case Diamond Trust Consultancy (UK) Limited v. Kim, James. In this litigation, the court ruled that “registrations of lapsed or abandoned domain names returned to the general pool are not vulnerable to forfeiture simply because by happenstance the names correspond to trademarks…”. To learn more about this and other important domain name rulings in 2016, read the summary by Gerald M. Levine, author of Domain Name Arbitration.
One of the hottest topics in the naming business involves branding and domain names. And just like personal names, domain names also exhibit strong fashions trends. Domain News covers the top patterns for branding 2016.
From the 10th to the 11th of October 2016, in Mainz, Germany, the Academy for Science and Literature will be holding an onomastics conference on “Eigennamen.” The deadline for abstract proposals is the 31st of May 2016. More on the conferences and other onomastic events held by the Academy is available in German.
Although Canadians are known the world over for their liberalism, in some provinces officials can actually forbid parents from selecting a name they deem inappropriate. For example, according to a February 2016 article from the Huffington Post Canada, in Saskatchewan, swear words are not allowed as baby names. In Quebec and British Columbia, a baby name may be denied if officials believe it may lead to future embarrassment or bullying.
After the cake has been cut and the presents opened, many modern newlyweds decide to follow the tradition of taking their spouse’s name. While the decision to alter one’s last name can be bitter-sweet emotionally, the logistics involved in making the onomastic switch can lead many to despair. To help out newlyweds out, the website NameChangeLaw.com has assembled useful information state-by-state.
Coronation Street and Notting Hill, Number 10 Downing Street and Strawberry Fields, the place names of England are famous for their charm. But not all English toponyms are positively regal. In fact, some are just the opposite. Find out more about some of what the BBC has labelled “England’s rudest street names.”
Ever wanted to know more about the names of England’s cities, towns, and villages? The Institute for Names Studies at the University of Nottingham has made available a newly updated website providing information on the history and meaning of over 10,000 place names in England.
On the 3rd of April 2016, the Guild of One-Name Studies, an onomastic organization devoted to the intensive investigation of single surnames, will be holding a conference at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England.