02 July 2010

Is this YOUR name?

What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.
~William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

{I watched Shakespeare in Love the other night while making jewels. I love that movie!}

I am obsessed with naming my jewelry pieces.

Although I could choose names like "Purple pearl and Dradonfly necklace" I think "Fly Away Home" has a nicer ring to it. Don't you?

When I was charged with naming a person {or two} I took that very seriously. I wanted names with a bit of history...names that didn't have obnoxious nicknames or shortened versions...names that would sound as good on a toddler as they will on an octogenarian...names that aren't so overused that when you call them half the class looks up. I ended up with Calvin Peter {actually named for the cartoon character} and Olivia Charlotte {positively Shakespearean and my favorite aunt}.I actually think that I did alright in that department.

Today I stumbled upon this website Is This Your Name? and I was intrigued enough to play along. I am pretty sure that I am the only Erin Prais-Hintz in the world {although that has never been proven} so I wondered what it would say. You put in your name and then hit enter. It spits out all sorts of fun facts about your name. Here is what it says about mine {my comments are in italics}:

Top 5 Facts for this Name: Erin Prais-Hintz

1. 36% of the letters are vowels. Of one million first and last names we looked at, 47.7% have a higher vowel make-up. This means it is averagely envoweled.
Did you know that 86% of statistics are just made up? I think that this is an actual verifiable statistic, but nonetheless I am glad to know that I am "averagely envoweled".

2.In ASCII binary it is... 01000101 01110010 01101001 01101110 00100000 01010000 01110010 01100001 01101001 01110011 00101101 01101000 01101001 01101110 01110100 01111010
Is there anyone who an actually read that? What good would that do me? Maybe if I ever want to start writing in a barcode font...

3.Backwards, it is Nire Ztnih-siarp... nice ring to it, huh?
Well, I am sometimes labeled a bit backwards. I'm not surprised.

4.In Pig Latin, it is Erinway Ais-hintzpray.
My best friend from grade school could talk for hours in pig latin. I never had a clue as to what she was saying. And looking at this, I would have no idea even if she wrote it down.

5.People with this first name are probably: Female. So, they are constantly overcharged for beauty products.
Duh. And double-duh.

Name Origin and Meaning: Erin
Origin: Celtic
Meaning: Peace

3 Things You Didn't Know (because they're fiction):

1.Your personal power animal is the Tae-kwon Dodo
Erin Prais-hintz, your Power Animal is the Tae-kwon Dodo.  Discover more at www.IsThisYour.Name
Always good to have a power animal on your side.

2.Your 'Numerology' number is 6. If it wasn't bulls**t, it would mean that you are responsible, careful, and compassionate. A giver, you are there to support and care for the most vulnerable.
Yea. That number is bulls**t. My lucky number is 11 {do you know why?}. But I am a giver...

3.According to the US Census Bureau°, 0.148% of US residents have the first name 'Erin' and fewer than 0.001% have the surname 'Prais-hintz'. The US has around 300 million residents, so we guesstimate there is only 1 American who goes by the name Erin Prais-hintz.
That is the only thing they got 100% right!

Try it yourself! Click on my power animal to discover yours!

And one last quote that made me snort so loud I couldn't resist...

"All British people have plain names, and that works pretty well over there."
~Paris Hilton

Enjoy the day!


Courtney Breul said...

Love this!

Lance said...

Hey Erin,
Or...should I call you Nire!! Ha!!

One thing I know for sure....I'm lucky to have crossed paths with that one person named "Erin Prais-Hintz"! It's made life only better for me!! You...are...AWESOME!!

Brandi Hussey said...

So, I did it, and I had to laugh! My power animal is a black pirranha - SO random.

Jenners said...

What fun ... I'm going to go try that. And I love that you name your jewelry pieces .. I think it elevates them to something special. I know I always think of the names when I put the earrings you made me on!

Andrew Thornton said...

That was a lot of fun! All the mysteries of the universe exposed with just a couple taps of the keyboard and a few clicks. ;-)

I have a rather common name. A guy in England killed himself by drinking too much water. He had the same name. There's a gymnast with my name also. And a furniture designer for children's furniture. There is actually a Facebook group called, "My name is Andrew Thornton." There are at least 30 people in it.

And oddly enough, I come from a long line of Andrew Thorntons. We didn't know this until later when my dad started digging through all the records. Apparently there was an Andrew Thornton or a Thomas (my middle name) Thornton every hundred years ago with nearly the same birthday and exactly the same year. I'm probably not going to have children, so I guess the train stops here. Unless they develop cloning or I live into the next century... which I doubt with my love of fried foods and coffee.

Jeannie said...

This was so fun.
Said only one in America with my name. My personal power animal is a Amozonian Manatee and I'm spiritul and think deeply.
"God is Gracious" was the meaning of my first name.

I'm curious if it was say the same thing if I did it again.

Patty said...

Thanks for a fun diversion, Erin. I was not surprised to learn that my name is rather unique - when we married my husband and I concatenated ours, some say just to drive the geneologists mad. I'm intrigued by the numerology though, as they got it mostly right: "Your 'Numerology' number is 4. If it wasn't bulls**t, it would mean that you are practical, tenatious, traditional, and serious. You are well organised and have a strong work ethic.". Well, most of it fits.

I'm also not surprised that my "power animal" was the red kangaroo - one sat on me at Pebbly Beach and I've not been the same since. :-)

Leslie @ Bei Mondi said...

haha! very cute indeed.

Anonymous said...

that's very interesting! i think i'll be the only sandra neights too. the name neights is very rare and so far we've only found it within the family. i'll check out that site. thanks for sharing.

when i first saw Aidan Quinn in a movie in the early 80's i fell in love with his name (and him too ; D). i named my second son Aidan because it was so unique to me. now, thanks to sex in the city, all my children and that darn barbie princess movie, there are so many Aidans. i'm so bummed, but i still think it's a beautiful name.


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