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Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name. ~ Thomas Merton
I have as many names as there are winds, as many titles as there are ways to die. My ravens are Huginn and Muninn, Thought and Memory; my wolves are Freki and Geri; my horse is the gallows. ~ Mr. Wednesday to Shadow in American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Names are labels for nouns such as people, things, places, products, and even ideas or concepts, and are normally used to distinguish one from another. Names can identify a class or category of things, or a single thing, either uniquely, or within a given context. A personal name identifies a specific unique and identifiable individual person. The name of a specific entity is sometimes called a proper name (although that term has a philosophical meaning also) and is a proper noun. Other nouns are sometimes, more loosely, called names; an older term for them, now obsolete, is "general names".

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Bible[edit]

They shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? ~ Moses
The name of Jehovah is a strong tower. Into it the righteous runs and is given protection.
Solomon, Proverbs 18:10
  • Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
    • Moses in Exodus 3:13; as recorded in 3:14-15 God responds: I AM THAT I AM (אהיה אשר אהיה Ehyeh asher ehyeh)
      Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
      Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

Tao Te Ching[edit]

The Testament of Laozi
The Tao that can be expressed is not the eternal Tao; The name that can be defined is not the unchanging name
There is a thing inherent and natural, which existed before heaven and earth. … I do not know its name. If I am forced to give it a name, I call it Tao, and I name it as supreme.
  • The Tao that can be expressed is not the eternal Tao; The name that can be defined is not the unchanging name.
    Non-existence is called the antecedent of heaven and earth; Existence is the mother of all things.
    • Ch 1, as translated by Ch'u Ta-Kao (1904)
    • Also as Tao called Tao is not Tao.
  • The Tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao;
    The name that can be named is not the eternal name.
    The nameless is the beginning of heaven and earth.

    The named is the mother of ten thousand things.
    Ever desireless, one can see the mystery.
    Ever desiring, one can see the manifestations.
    • Ch. 1, Gia-Fu Feng & Jane English (1972).
  • The tao that can be told
    is not the eternal Tao
    The name that can be named
    is not the eternal Name.
    The unnameable is the eternally real.

    Naming is the origin
    of all particular things.
    Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
    Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.
  • The tao that can be described
    is not the eternal Tao.
    The name that can be spoken
    is not the eternal Name.
    The nameless is the boundary of Heaven and Earth.
    The named is the mother of creation.
    Freed from desire, you can see the hidden mystery.
    By having desire, you can only see what is visibly real.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 541-43.
  • Oh! no! we never mention her,
    Her name is never heard;
    My lips are now forbid to speak
    That once familiar word.
  • Je ne puis rien nommer si ce n'est par son nom;
    J'appelle un chat un chat, et Rollet un fripon.
    • I can call nothing by name if that is not his name. I call a cat a cat, and Rollet a rogue.
    • Nicolas Boileau-Despréaux, Satires, I. 51.
  • Call a spade a spade.
    • Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621), Democritis Junior to the Reader, p. 11. Scalinger, Note on the Priapeia Sive Diversorum Poetarum. Baxter, Narrative of the Most Memorable Passages of Life and Times. (1696). Dr. Arbuthnot, Dissertations on the Art of Selling Bargains. Philip of Macedon. See Plutarch's Life of Philip.
  • He left a Corsair's name to other times,
    Linked with one virtue, and a thousand crimes.
    • Lord Byron, The Corsair (1814), Canto III, Stanza 24.
  • I have a passion for the name of "Mary,"
    For once it was a magic sound to me,
    And still it half calls up the realms of fairy,
    Where I beheld what never was to be.
  • Oh, Amos Cottle!—Phœbus! what a name!
    • Lord Byron, English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, line 399.
  • Who hath not own'd, with rapture-smitten frame,
    The power of grace, the magic of a name.
    • Campbell, Pleasures of Hope, Part II, line 5.
  • Ah! replied my gentle fair,
    Beloved, what are names but air?
    Choose thou whatever suits the line:
    Call me Sappho, call me Chloris,
    Call me Lalage, or Doris,
    Only, only, call me thine.
  • Some to the fascination of a name,
    Surrender judgment hoodwinked.
  • "Brooks of Sheffield": "'Somebody's sharp.' 'Who is?'" asked the gentleman, laughing. I looked up quickly, being curious to know. "Only Brooks of Sheffield," said Mr. Murdstone. I was glad to find it was only Brooks of Sheffield; for at first I really thought that it was I.
  • Known by the sobriquet of "The Artful Dodger."
  • The dodgerest of all the dodgers.
  • He lives who dies to win a lasting name.
  • Above any Greek or Roman name.
    • Dryden, Upon the Death of Lord Hastings, line 76.
  • A good name is better than precious ointment.
    • Ecclesiastes, VII. 1.
  • There be of them that have left a name behind them.
    • Ecclesiasticus, XLIV. 8.
  • Ficum vocamus ficum, et scapham scapham.
    • We call a fig a fig, and a skiff a skiff.
    • Erasmus, Colloquy. Philetymus et Pseudocheus. Also in Dilucalum Philyphnus. In his Adagia he refers to Aristophanes as user of a like phrase. Quoted by Lucian, Quom, Hist. sit. conscribend. 41. Also in his Jov. Trag. 32. Found also in Plutarch, Apopthegms, p. 178. (Ed. 1624). Old use of same idea in Taverner, Garden of Wysdom, Part I, Chapter VI. (Ed. 1539).
  • The blackest ink of fate was sure my lot,
    And when fate writ my name it made a blot.
  • I cannot say the crow is white,
    But needs must call a spade a spade.
  • "Whose name was writ in water!" What large laughter
    Among the immortals when that word was brought!
    Then when his fiery spirit rose flaming after,
    High toward the topmost heaven of heavens up-caught!
    "All hail! our younger brother!" Shakespeare said,
    And Dante nodded his imperial head.
  • My name may have buoyancy enough to float upon the sea of time.
    • Quoted by Gladstone, Eton Miscellany, Nov. 1827.
  • One of the few, the immortal names,
    That were not born to die.
  • A nickname is the hardest stone that the devil can throw at a man.
  • My name is Norval; on the Grampian hills
    My father feeds his flocks; a frugal swain,
    Whose constant cares were to increase his store,
    And keep his only son, myself, at home.
    • John Home, Douglas, Act II, scene 1, line 42.
  • And, lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest.
  • He left the name, at which the world grew pale,
    To point a moral, or adorn a tale.
  • Ramp up my genius, be not retrograde,
    But boldly nominate a spade a spade.
    • Jonson, Poetaster, Act V. 3.

  • Stat magni nominis umbra.
    • He stands the shadow of a mighty name.
    • Lucan, Pharsalia]]. I. 135. Junius adapted this as motto affixed to his Letters. (Stat nominis umbra). Claudianus, Epigrams]]. 42. gives "Nominis umbra manet veteris".
  • Clarum et venerabile nomen.
    • An illustrious and ancient name.
    • Lucan, Pharsalia, IX. 203.
  • Out of his surname they have coined an epithet for a knave, and out of his Christian name a synonym for the Devil.
  • But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings.
  • The name that dwells on every tongue,
    No minstrel needs.
  • My name is Legion.
    • [[Mark. V. 9.
  • I, a parrot, am taught by you the names of others; I have learned of myself to say, "Hail! Cæsar!"
    • Martial, Epigrams, Book XIV, Epigram 73.
  • "What is thy name, faire maid?" quoth he.
    "Penelophon, O King," quoth she.
    • Thomas Percy, Reliques. King Cophetua and the Beggar-Maid.
  • O name forever sad! forever dear!
    Still breath'd in sighs, still usher'd with a tear.
  • A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.
    • Proverbs, XXII. 1.
  • Byzantine Logothete.
    • [[Term applied by Roosevelt to President Wilson. Taken from Hodgkin's Italy and Her Invaders, or Bury's Hist. of the Later Roman Empire. The officials of Byzantium were called Logothetes, "men of learning," "academic"; their foes were "barbarians." These men wrote notes to their foes, who read the notes and conquered the empire. Term defined by Prof. Basil Gildersleeve as "a scrivener, a subordinate who draws up papers." See N. Y. Tribune, Dec. 13, 1915.
  • Your name hangs in my heart like a bell's tongue.
  • Ich bin der Letzte meines Stamms; mein Name
    Endet mit mir.
  • I am the last of my race. My name ends with me.
  • My foot is on my native heath, and my name is MacGregor!
    • Scott, Rob Roy, Chapter XXXIV.
  • Who, noteless as the race from which he sprung,
    Saved others' names, but left his own unsung.
    • Scott, Waverley, Chapter XIII.
  • The one so like the other
    As could not be distinguish'd but by names.
  • I would to God thou and I knew where a commodity of good names were to be bought.
  • Then shall our names,
    Familiar in his mouth as household words—
    * * ** * ** * ** * ** * ** * *
    Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered.
  • And if his name be George, I'll call him Peter;
    For new-made honour doth forget men's names.
  • When we were happy we had other names.
  • I cannot tell what the dickens his name is.
  • Good name in man and woman, dear my lord,
    Is the immediate jewel of their souls:
    Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
    'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
    But he that filches from me my good name
    Robs me of that which not enriches him,
    And makes me poor indeed.
  • What's in a name? that which we call a rose
    By any other name would smell as sweet.
  • I do beseech you—
    Chiefly, that I might set it in my prayers—
    What is your name?
  • I am thankful that my name is obnoxious to no pun.
  • Ye say they all have passed away,
    That noble race and brave;
    That their light canoes have vanished
    From off the crested wave;
    That mid the forests where they roamed
    There rings no hunter's shout;
    But their name is on your waters;
    Ye may not wash it out.
  • And last of all an Admiral came,
    A terrible man with a terrible name,—
    A name which you all know by sight very well;
    But which no one can speak, and no one can spell.
    • Southey, The March to Moscow, Stanza 8.
  • I'll give you leave to call me anything, if you don't call me spade.
  • And the best and the worst of this is
    That neither is most to blame,
    If you have forgotten my kisses
    And I have forgotten your name.
  • The myrtle that grows among thorns is a myrtle still.
    • Talmud. Sanhedrin. 44.
  • No sound is breathed so potent to coerce
    And to conciliate, as their names who dare
    For that sweet mother-land which gave them birth
    Nobly to do, nobly to die.
  • O, Sophonisba, Sophonisba, O!
  • Charmed with the foolish whistling of a name.
    • Virgil, ''Georgics (c. 29 BC), Book II, line 72. Cowley's translation.
  • Neither holy, nor Roman, nor Empire.
    • Voltaire, Essay on the Morals of the Holy Empire of the Hapsburgs.

The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904)[edit]

Quotes reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p.180.
  • Where a man calls himself by a name which is not his name, he is telling a falsehood.
    • Lord Esher, M.R., Reddaway v. Banham (1895), L. R. 2 Q. B. D. [1895], p. 293; reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 180.
  • Nihil facit error nominis owm de corpore constat: An error as to a name is nothing when there is certainty as to the person.
    • llCo.21. See also Janes v. Whitbread and others (1851), 11 C. B. 406, 411; reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 180.
  • Any one may take upon him what surname, and as many surnames as he pleases without an Act of Parliament.
    • Sir Joseph Jekyll, M.B., Barlow v. Bateman (1730), 3 P. Wms. 65; reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 180.

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