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Namedrop - Your Name

Namedrop - Your Name

By Ebonscape®

Join me on the Namedrop podcast while I, and you, explore names (anthroponomastics, onomastics, nomeclature, monikers). Let's look at the meaning, history, etymology, popularity, and social use OR abuse of names and naming.
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Is Prince Harry the Same Person as Prince Henry?
Just call him Harry, or is it Henry? What's in a name? With Henry, well, plenty. Join me to learn about this name of kings, and some of the surprising findings and variations.
April 21, 2021
Is Sharon Just A Plain Powerbroker?
Oh the conspiracy.
April 06, 2021
Rashida the Righteous
Back into Arabic names.
March 22, 2021
Is Meghan from a Pearl of Oyster?
This name belongs to controversial women in any variation you choose: Meghan, Megan, or Megyn. What does this name really mean and what does it have it common with Margaret and Margot? #MeghanMarkle 
March 15, 2021
Is Novak Djokovic the Greatest Tennis Player of All Time?
I don't know, but let's explore this name, Novak.
March 08, 2021
Iwaju Kugali Nnedi
No, Iwaju Kugali Nnedi is not a single person's name. You're getting 3 in 1. Three names to close out Black History Month.  Today, I look at the AfricanFuturistic project, Iwaju that's coming to DisneyPlus in 2022. The secret project is the brainchild of the pan-African production team, Kugali. Let's delve into this special episode of Namedrop.
March 01, 2021
Kwame, Born to Lead
 Brought to you by Pan-Africanist leader, Kwame Nkrumah. Black History Month edition. #BLM BHM
February 22, 2021
Fred Hampton, the Black Messiah
 This episode is brought to you by Fred Hampton Jr., a subject of the new film, Judas and the Black Messiah. We discuss often about whether names are fitting of the person. For Fred Hampton, a brilliant young activist (August 30, 1948 - December 4, 1969) this appears to be the case. Find out the meaning of the name Frederick or Fredrick (Fred). #BlackHistoryMonth #BHM
February 15, 2021
David Played A Secret Chord and It Pleased the Lord
A dive into one of the most popular names in history. The name of a baffled king to a servant. 
February 08, 2021
What does Ta-Nehisi of House Coates and Phineas Have in Common?
 Welcome to season 2 of Namedrop: your name. We're starting the season with Phineas, a name with an interesting history. 
February 01, 2021
Abu Bakr : Father, why do you love camels?
Venturing into Arabic names and the concept of KUNYA (no, I did not misspell Kanye).  Ever heard of a parent taking a nickname/honorific from a child?  The web calls this teknonym.
October 19, 2020
My Name Is Hashtag on Twitter
Looking at the Twitter trend #mynameis. 
October 18, 2020
Cleopatra, Queen of the Nile
Wonderwoman actress, Gal Gadot has been tapped by Patty Jenkins to star in the latest film adaptation of Cleopatra, a story based on the famed Ancient Egyptian, albeit, Macedonian-Greek queen who seduced two would-be Roman rulers before being killed by an actual Roman emperor, or so the story goes. Cleopatra, which means the glory of the father, is a fitting name for a woman is was the last of a powerful paternalistic dynasty. Join me to learn about this dynamic personality, her name, and why her story fascinates the world.
October 13, 2020
Black Names , Ghetto Names, Hood Names --What? Part 1
Keke, can you hear me? What is a black name? What do people mean by that? Well, a black name, according to Internet logic, is a name associated with so-called black people—to be read here as African Americans, or ADOS (American descendants of enslaved Africans). In theory, that’s what it means. And on this episode, we’ll explore exactly why "black" people give their children "black" names. e.g.  Are these so bad? Airwrecka, Darealyst, Sheeluu, DeShawn, L'bron, Lateesha. More readings: 1. Da'Shaun Harrison: 2. Marijuana Pepsi: 3. What's Up With Black Names: 4. 5. Black Names Matter:The Black Names Book Paperback – Nov. 6 2015.
October 07, 2020
My Name is Older Than Yours
A note on names, etymology for common names (Sara, Adam, Andrew, William, etc.). The title of this podcast has changed to Your Name Is? You can find me online at Send emails to
October 07, 2020
Andromache is Ready for Battle
Andromache, an Amazon who fought Heracles and was defeated; only known from vase paintings. Not to be confused with Andromache, wife of Hector. She was portrayed by Charlize Theron in the film The Old Guard. 
October 03, 2020
Dominic, Master and Lord
Domenic. Dominator, Domino, Domingo, Dominique, Dominica, Dominicus! In honor of the 2020 US Open Men's champion, Dominic Thiem.
September 21, 2020
Cordelia Has The Heart of a Lion
Obscure but powerful ... the way I like it. Coeur de Leo? Heart of the lion or  Creiddylad ... ooh, very Welsh but it does mean jewel of the sea. Cordelia Chase, this is for you.
September 14, 2020
The Nihilistic Nietzche
Nietzsche is a 19th Century German, uh, Prussian, maybe Polish nobleman, but definitely a philosopher most famous for the phrase "God is dead" and the theory of NIHILISM.  Everyone's a nihilist these days. This is our first 'LAST NAME' episode as we delve into the origins of a last name that is fun is say and controversial to mention,
September 07, 2020
Chadwick, A Name Fit for A King
In honor of King T'Challa of Wakanda, I take a look at the name, Chadwick, surprising myself to find out that the name, comprised of two words -Ceadda and Wic, is actually a name that translates to, Ruler of a Town or village. That's right, even his name was REGAL.
August 31, 2020
O Lucifer! O Lucifer! O Lucifer!
 What's in a name? Would you consider giving your child a name like Lucifer?  Sure, it's associated with devils and angels, but did you know Lucifer also means the bringer of light? On this episode, I explore the origins and cosmic myth behin the name. The name, the myth, the legend. #bannednames.
August 24, 2020
Is Kamala Harris a Red Pale Lotus?
Kamala Harris just made history as the first female of VP pick for the Democrats of the U.S.A. She's a 5 "2" powerhouse of Jamaican and East Indian heritage. If the Biden-Harris ticket wins,  Harris will become the first female, Indian, and black VP of the USA. Already, there have been articles about how to pronounce the name, Kamala. (see here: Join me to find out the root of this lovely name.
August 14, 2020
Ahmaud Arbery, in Praise of a Name
 A tragedy that has impacted the world.  Today, I dig deep into the etymology of the name, Ahmaud, with some surprising findings. What's the link between Ahmaud, Jesus, and Mohammad? The Greco-Biblical,  'Paraclete' -- that's what?  Uh? Is Ahmaud really the esoteric/secret name of Mohammad?
August 02, 2020
By George!
 Prince George turns 7. George Floyd, may he rest in power and peace. George Clooney,  worst Batman ever ... Maybe the Batfleck. What's behind this old name? Is it truly the name of Kings? Zeus Georgios ... I will explain. Join me on this namedrop episode of Your Name! 
July 29, 2020
Namedrop: X Æ A-12
Twitter obsessed tech billionaire, Elon Musk has welcomed his 6th child (son) with Canadian singer, Grimes (Claire Boucher) and well, if you have been living under a rock, they've given their son a very unsual name. In this episode, I analyze this name, and take my best guess at how to pronounce the name that has been baffling the Internet and has taken celeb baby naming conventions to new heights. This is Your Name! Drop me an email at or visit me at
May 06, 2020
The Real Tupac
Tell me if you've heard this one before.  In April 2020, a man named Tupac applied for unemployment insurance and Andy Bashear, the governor of Kentucky, just wasn't having it, because, well, Tupac Shakur died in 1996. So begins this namedrop episode... exploring the origin of the name (s), Tupac Shakur.
May 03, 2020
Seven of Nine: That's An Unusual Name (Star Trek Names)
 In this namedrop episode, I'm working with the theme of SFF (science fiction & Fantasy) names. This time I am doing a short take on Star Trek.
April 29, 2020
Namedrop: The Lorelei Signal
A Trekkies episode. In the episode. When the male members of the spaceship Enterprise are lured to a planet by a mysterious signal that only they can hear, they discover a bevy of beautiful women, and, subsequently learn that these vampiric women only need their energy so they can keep themselves young and alive. Lieutenant Uhuru to the rescue! Folklore and myth are riddled with mysterious and deadly women--nymphs, sirens, mermaids, and harpies. But not many know about the obscure Lorelei myth and how that name belongs in the same company of deadly women.  Join me in this "namedrop" episode to find out the origins of this lovely (maybe deadly) name. You will not be disappointed. Visit the podcast home at Are you a Lorelei or know a Lorelei? I'd love to hear from you. Email me at
April 17, 2020
Karen Needs to Speak to Your Manager
In this Namedrop episode, we will look at the name, Karen. Danish meaning "pure" and supposedly from Katherine. Karen these days is a slang for a certain type of women--entitled, middle-aged white women who "needs to speak to your manager." Ha! Is Karen worthy of its slang/slur use? Is it as bad as the n-word? How popular is Karen as a name? If you type Karen in Google, what images come up? Podcast website: Email here:
April 09, 2020
Namedrop: Your Name Trailer
Hello,  my name is Mell. Join me in this new podcast where I, and you, explore names (anthroponomastics, onomastics,  nomeclature, monikers). In this podcast, we analyze the history, etymology, and social use and abuse of names and naming.  What does it mean to say, "You don't look like a Tiffany of feel like a Bryan"? Why do we have nicknames? How does Robert become Bob and Henry become Harry? Chuck = Charles? What's a black name? An ethnic name? A stripper name? What about Fictions and Science Fiction & Fantasy (SFF) names? Would Luke Skywalker be as cool if he was named Charles Taylor?  How about Indiana Jones? Why do actors change their names? Archibald Leach = Cary Grant. Mark Sinclair = Vin Diesel? Bond villains like Dr. No. Can a person be too dignified for a name or vice versa? Floyd Mayweather, for example. Narendra Modi. Join this podcast as we explore names in all their glory ... and shame.
March 29, 2020