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I was at my high school friends house hanging out when she recommended I give SecondLife a try to make friends. We had been out of high school for almost a year and were both struggling to find folks in our age group who actually wanted to hangout.  She was explaining to me once I changed my legacy name that I could never change it again and I told her I understood. 

My favorite color is Red and at the time I was a really angry young adult. So naturally my first thought was 'Seeing red and being so angry that it manifests into Wrath'.  I looked at her and said "RedWrath" and she goes "Ha! Thats the dumbest name I've ever heard, don't come crying to me when you can't change it"   I have never changed my name since joining in 2012, thats exactly what I wanted to be named then, and exactly what I want to be named now. 🤣

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The story behind my name Darklion is I created it as a name for my fursona which is Darklion The Thundercat since I am a furry in the furry fandom also a big Thundercats cartoon fan. I am also a gay male whitelion.  When I joined Second Life back in January 28th of 2010 I found the last name of Baddingham interesting so I used it.  =^.^= 

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My first avatar was a mouthful of syllables, Kattatonia Wickentower.  Kattatonia was a play on both the words catatonia and Kathleen(my real name) and was to denote that I am clinically depressed.  I invented it in another venue, the old usenet newsgroup ASD (alt support depression).  I chose Wickentower for two reasons one was because it suggested pagan beliefs (wiccan) and two because it was the only fiery choice and I joined SL because I heard they had a virtual burning man festival and I wanted to see that. Well, everyone I met shortened my name to Katt which was fine with me. But I learned my lesson and for my first alt (the me I am now) I chose a shorter name.  Kali for the Hindu Goddess of change, destruction and death.  Wylder because I intended my new avatar to be bolder, braver and stronger than my first.

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I was originally just going to use the same rather unique handle I use across various platforms and social media--and then while creating my account, I realized using a name that people could very easily track down my regular social media with was probably not the greatest idea.

So, quickly brainstorming a new name, I was thinking of something involving yōkai, oni, or something Japanese folklore related. That led to me thinking of Yōkai Watch (a video game sort of similar to Pokemon) and the first derivative from that to pop up in my mind was Yōkai Clock. Antique clocks can be kind of creepy in the right setting, and since old objects in Japanese folklore can possess a spirit and become a tsukumogami, which is essentially a yōkai, I thought it was fitting. So, that's what I stuck with.

So, no deep meaning with a rich history behind my name--just the result of an on the spot, stream-of-consciousness.

 

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I hopped on the last name bandwagon last week. Whimsy is the only last name that I felt fit me. And Charlotte is a callback to an old account I had back in 2013 that I miss and can't get back into because I don't know the email or password, and all my email addresses from that time of my life are deleted. lol I have made some poor choices in my life. Anyway, the name of that account was Scarlot Charlotte. Scarlot Charlotte was the name given to a pirate ship my college light RP group made up.

My old name was Lethe Soldumaagh. Lethe is the name of a river in the Underworld that when you drink from it, it helps you forget. I forget everything constantly. Obviously, that's a different, more shallow story, but I just like how it sounds, and I love Greek mythology. Soldumaagh is of my own making. I'm not a linguist, but it's supposed to be Proto-Indo-European (or was it Old English... 🤔) for Salt Maiden. I did a research paper on salt once in the 8th grade because I was lazy and that was the last listed topic I could do one on. I now have tons of useless information about the history of salt swimming about in my head, ready to burst forth and and drown any innocent bystanders in  K N O W L E D G E TM.

I feel like this is way more information than what was asked for. I grant you all permission to chase me with pitchforks and torches.

 

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7 minutes ago, Charlotte Whimsy said:

Soldumaagh is of my own making. I'm not a linguist, but it's supposed to be Proto-Indo-European (or was it Old English... 🤔) for Salt Maiden

As someone with a passing interest in etymology, I can see how this makes sense.

Modern German : Salzmagd
Modern Dutch : Zoutmaagd 

I'm sure there are more than these two languages in which there is a close similarity to Soldumaagh 🙂

 

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4 minutes ago, Fritigern Gothly said:

As someone with a passing interest in etymology, I can see how this makes sense.

Modern German : Salzmagd
Modern Dutch : Zoutmaagd 

I'm sure there are more than these two languages in which there is a close similarity to Soldumaagh 🙂

 

YES! A fellow word-lover! There are literally dozens of us! DOZENS!!!!

 

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On 4/24/2020 at 2:07 PM, rushingaround said:

I used a random name generator online with an option for cyberpunk and picked a first name and last.. Cammy Ducante.    The sl username rushingaround was random

...or... was it prophetic? 

I adopted mine from my favorite uncle... it was a gaming name he made for me in another VW. I brought it with me.

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I was a kid and learning AutoCAD at school

I looked at the software menus and thought that 'extrude' sounded like a cool name.

These were pre-mesh days in SecondLife. Oh if I knew I would be pressing the extrude key in Blender every single day in 6 years time....

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There's nothing amazing about it. I liked the sound of the surname Szaberwick when I first signed up in 2008, and I'm a fan of the Metal Gear Solid game series/franchise. In the first game for the original Playstation, one of the characters who you could keep in contact with for all matters weapons related, is/was Nastasha Romanenko; a Ukrainian-Russian weapons analyst.

I didn't foresee, however, how many people would call me Natasha instead--well, bollocks. 

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Well... this is kind of a silly thing and super shallow xD I like the name Allegra Cole from the movie 'Hitch' where Kevin James asked for Will Smith's help to make his boss fall inlove with him. At the same time Will meets Eva Mendes and falls inlove with her...

And so I chose Allegra. But inworld I like to be called Aℓℓιε. So yes.. this is the wiki of the movie in case no one remembers it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hitch_(film) 

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This is a fairly convoluted story so bear with me...

Back in 2008, I had an alt who was a slave to a Mistress. One night, she had me kneeling in front of her, just doing nothing, while she played with another slave she had. No hello..no conversation...just kneeling there. Upset me so much being completely ignored like that that I left her and decided that I would find the manliest name that I could and create a new character. My choices were Tex or Clint. Wound up checking through the list of last names (it was 2009 after all) and found Monday. I thought that Tex Monday was a pretty manly name so I took it. 

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On 4/21/2020 at 11:31 PM, Charlotte Whimsy said:

I hopped on the last name bandwagon last week. Whimsy is the only last name that I felt fit me. And Charlotte is a callback to an old account I had back in 2013 that I miss and can't get back into because I don't know the email or password, and all my email addresses from that time of my life are deleted. lol I have made some poor choices in my life. Anyway, the name of that account was Scarlot Charlotte. Scarlot Charlotte was the name given to a pirate ship my college light RP group made up.

My old name was Lethe Soldumaagh. Lethe is the name of a river in the Underworld that when you drink from it, it helps you forget. I forget everything constantly. Obviously, that's a different, more shallow story, but I just like how it sounds, and I love Greek mythology. Soldumaagh is of my own making. I'm not a linguist, but it's supposed to be Proto-Indo-European (or was it Old English... 🤔) for Salt Maiden. I did a research paper on salt once in the 8th grade because I was lazy and that was the last listed topic I could do one on. I now have tons of useless information about the history of salt swimming about in my head, ready to burst forth and and drown any innocent bystanders in  K N O W L E D G E TM.

I feel like this is way more information than what was asked for. I grant you all permission to chase me with pitchforks and torches.

 

I found your post exceptionally interesting. I am sorry you are unable to get back into your old account, what a fab name Scarlot Charlotte is, and the reason behind it too.

My name was created simply because one person in my real life in the 1980s always called me Marigold Duckboat for some unknown reason, and Devin was about the nearest last name I could find at the time. 

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On 12/1/2019 at 6:52 AM, Saravendi said:

I’ve often wondered what the story or inspiration was behind your Avatar names... ??? 
So... ???

Aloha Sara. Thanks for this thread! I love this kind of thing. I named my avatar after a place I love, Waiomao Stream. Wai is the Olelo Hawaii word for water, so is in a lot of words (Waikiki, etc)! Omao is the word for green, a lush green. Put these two together and Waiomao refers to a stream that feeds life around it.

BTW, mao is pronounced like Chairman Mao, not like mayo. But I guess it's normal for folks to mispronounce Hawaiian words :-) Why-Oh-Mao.

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On 12/1/2019 at 9:14 PM, Elora Lunasea said:

. I did not, even notice it was also a misspelling of "lunacy" which was much later pointed out to me by more than several people 😋

 

No, dear, that was not misspelled, that was you being intentionally clever and subtle, for ppl to pick up along the way, remember?! At least that's how I choose to recall it. 😛

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On 5/10/2020 at 8:23 PM, Waiomao said:

Aloha Sara. Thanks for this thread! I love this kind of thing. I named my avatar after a place I love, Waiomao Stream. Wai is the Olelo Hawaii word for water, so is in a lot of words (Waikiki, etc)! Omao is the word for green, a lush green. Put these two together and Waiomao refers to a stream that feeds life around it.

BTW, mao is pronounced like Chairman Mao, not like mayo. But I guess it's normal for folks to mispronounce Hawaiian words 🙂 Why-Oh-Mao.

It's the first time i've seen Grandpa Mao's name in a long time!

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