Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July 2013 Roundup

It's time for my monthly roundup of other blogs that profiled geeky names for the month of July!

Appellation Mountain profiled Domino and Jubilee who are known to geeks as characters from X-Men.

NameFreak! has a great post on the characters from the movie Pacific Rim.

Naming the Fishes has a list of Names Worn By Elves.

Bewitching Names has a list of names inspired by the constellation Cancer.

Nameaholics Anonymous continues their Harry Potter Name series with H is for Hestia.

Histornamia has found a great name, Jaina, from Star Wars and World of Warcraft.

Sunday, July 28, 2013


An atom is a unit of matter that consists of a nucleus of protons and neutrons surrounded by a cloud of electrons.

Atom is a boxing robot in the movie Real Steel. Charlie Kenton and his son Max found Atom in a junkyard when they were salvaging parts for another robot. Max fell off a precipice, and was snagged on Atom's arm that was jutting out of the side of the cliff, saving his life. Max insisted on digging up Atom and bringing him home. Atom was a simple sparring robot, but with some creative maneuvers from Max and Charlie, he went on a winning streak. In their big showdown with Zeus, the voice controller was damaged. They used Atom's shadowboxing feature so that Charlie, an ex-boxer himself, could control him from the sidelines.

Captain Atom is a comic book hero that has been featured in his own series, but has also been part of the Justice League. Captain Atom was a scientist who was 'atomized' in an accident, which made him atomic powered.

A.T.O.M. or Alpha Teens On Machines, is an animated television series from France. It centers around a group of teenagers who use high tech gadgets and weapons to fight a criminal mastermind.

Arthur Thomson was a science fiction artist that used the name Atom.

Atom is a programming language. It is a domain-specific language (DSL) in Haskell, for designing real-time embedded software. Intel Atom is a name of an Intel CPU (Microprocessor).

I think Atom can work as a name because it sounds similar to 'Adam', and could also be used as a variant of 'Tom'. In 2012, 52 boys in the United States were named Atom.  

Sunday, July 21, 2013


Stephen Hawking is a theoretical physicist and cosmologist. Hawking suffers from ALS, which caused him to lose his voice. He communicates via a computer that generates speech.

Hawking radiation is a type of radiation theoretically emitted by black holes. It was named after Stephen Hawking, who first theorized it's existance.

There is a main belt asteroid named 7672 Hawking, in honor of Stephen Hawking.

Robert Hawking was a student at Hogwarts in the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban video game.

In Star Trek, two different shuttlecraft were named Hawking after Stephen Hawking.

Hawking Technology is a company that manufactures Wi-fi hardware.

Hawking fits in well with the current surname trend, and can be shortened to the very cool nickname, "Hawk". It doesn't appear in the Social Security Administration's name database, but the name Hawk was given to 33 boys in 2012. For parents in love with the sound of Hawk... why not add a few letters for a more brainy formal name?