In episode 446 of the Mental Floss List Show, John Green shares the name origins of 39 America’s cities. How many of these did you know? They’re not as straightforward as you might think!
Why is it called Chanel No. 5? What happened to numbers 1 to 4? Take this fun and informative quiz from Business Insider, and find out the history of these 13 “numbered” brand names.
Actress Sofía Vergara is now facing a historic lawsuit from her pre-implanted eggs, Emma and Isabella. In a “right-to-live” lawsuit filed in the state of Louisiana, it is claimed that not allowing the eggs to be born is essentially depriving them of their inheritance. What began as a nasty custody dispute has erupted into an explosive discussion over whether and when an en vitro fertilized egg can be legally recognized as a “juridical person”. According to Vergara’s lawyer, the fact that Nick Loeb, the actress’s former partner and co-progenitor, has given personal names (Emma and Isabella) to the fertilized eggs was simply done to “garner sympathy from the public and the courts.”
New York Times correspondent in London, Katrin Bennhold, also wrote about her own surname and family identity as part of this project.
Every year, many people go through the legal challenges of changing their names. Here’s a snapshot of a few of the New Yorkers who changed their names in 2016.
It’s not easy to turn a family name into a globally iconic business. And not all names start on even footing. In this article in Business World Naseem Javed discusses some of the family name considerations that are important to today’s successful global businesses.
How important is it to pronounce ethnic names correctly? Bronx-based teacher Adam Levine-Peres created this short video about why correct pronunciation is important. It boils down to teaching trust, perseverance, and common courtesy.
Iceland allows only a limited number of approved baby names. This is so that Icelandic babies receive names that are compatible with Icelandic culture. However, in an increasingly cosmopolitan generation, this can be challenging. This fall the official Personal Names Committee expanded the list of approved names to include Angelína, among others.