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Namedrop - Your Name

Namedrop - Your Name

By Ebonscape®

Join me in Namedrop--a 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.
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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
Nietzche? Who?????
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 7, 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 2, 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 6, 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 3, 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
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.
April 27, 2020
Namedrop: The Lorelei Signal
A special Namedrop episode--the Lorelei Signal. The title is from Star Trek: the Animated series (1973). In the episode, 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 mysterous and deadly women--nymps, sirens, mermainds 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
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
April 9, 2020
Namedrop: Are You A Karen?
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 9, 2020
Your Name Is? - Intro
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