The Grand Curiopening!

Posted on March 1, 2016 By

And so it begins...

March the First has arrived and, as planned, it is time for the Curionomastics Kick-Off!


Let me explain…

Curionomastics is my attempt at a creative description for my curiosity about fascinating people with intriguing or wonderful names. At least, that’s how it started out, but as I began to create content for this blog, it has expanded into something that will encompass a multifaceted view of onomastics, or the study of names.  

As a writer, one of my favorite things to do when planning out my stories and novels, is to name my characters. I do not have any set routine for doing so, nor do I stick to one genre when writing, so I like to make up my own names just as much as researching names that already exist. That being said, I’ve known many writers that struggle with naming their characters, and I would be more than happy to help you with yours. Please feel free to email me at or DM me on Twitter (I’m TeeLaFranceTodd) if you would like me to suggest names for any of your unnamed characters for stories, games, etc. I will not, however, name your baby, so don’t be tricksy.

With the myriad of baby name sites out there, Curionomastics is definitely not going to be another one. I do not aim to give advice about naming your child or future children. I will not be highlighting a name of the day or discussing gendered names. Rather, I will be showcasing individuals with unique and rhythmic names, outlining their major accomplishments, and providing information about their names.

I will post a Sunday Spotlight each week, which is exactly what I described above: a post on a person that was chosen because they are a ‘colorful character with a compelling cognomen.’ These posts will be brief but hopefully informative and interesting.

At another point or points during the week, I will put out tidbits about things named after people, naming practices, the history of certain names, meanings of names, people with the same names, etc. I don’t want to get too detailed here, because I do not want to ruin any surprises, and because these interim posts, as I call them, keep evolving. 

So be prepared for the first Spotlight this Sunday! Here’s a hint on who it will be: He wore crimson hosiery during the most impressive parts of his career. Can you guess who it is?

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~ Tee


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