By Michele Herenstein


What is Sara, other than a nice Jewish name? It’s also one of the names on the alphabetical list of 2018 Atlantic hurricanes, which are named in advance by the World Meteorological Organization.

“Storms are given short, distinctive names to avoid confusion and streamline communications. Hurricane Ike (2008) was the third costliest storm in United States history. Until the early 1950s, tropical storms and hurricanes were tracked by year and the order in which they occurred during that year.” (Wikipedia)

I love the name Matthew. However, because Hurricane Matthew caused much damage and many deaths in 2016, the name Matthew has been retired as a hurricane name. The same happened with Hurricane Fran in 1996. Half of my family members’ names are retired hurricane names. Hmmm ….

“During World War II, meteorologists in the United States Army and Navy started naming Pacific typhoons after their wives and girlfriends,” according to an article recently published in the Sun Sentinel.

“The practice spread to the Atlantic and became official in 1953. The gender barrier fell in 1979, when the honor was extended to men.”

The many names selected by the World Meteorological Organization for this year’s hurricanes are: Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie, and William.

What about Crayola crayons? Who named the hues? I visited the website “Crayola Crayon History.” Crayola brand crayons were the first kids’ crayons ever made, invented by cousins, Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith, says Mary Bellis. The brand’s first box of eight Crayola crayons made its debut in 1903. The crayons were sold for a nickel and the colors were black, brown, blue, red, purple, orange, yellow, and green. The word Crayola was created by Alice Stead Binney (wife of Edwin Binney) who took the French words for chalk (craie) and oily (oleaginous) and combined them.”

There are specialty crayons with names such as Magic Scent, Gem Tones, Heads n’ Tails, and Glow in the Dark.

Not only crayons and hurricanes are given names. You might be familiar with the hundreds of names and shades of nail polish. Ballet Slippers is a good example of a nail polish name. I’ve seen it on hundreds of people. My mom asks for it each time she gets a manicure.

Nail polish is never named brown, red, or blue. It’s always Ride The Waves, Blu Boo, etc. Some of the most iconic OPI shades are Tiramisu For Two (a classic nude shade), Lincoln Park After Dark (a dark purple), and Mod About you (a classic pink).

Suzi-Weiss Fischmann is known as the “First Lady of Nails” and is co-founder and brand ambassador of OPI. Fischmann has the huge responsibility of naming all the OPI polishes.

There are many brands of polishes so I doubt you will ever have a problem finding the exact shade you like. I adore red. However, when I try to choose a shade of red, each brand has several shades of red, some pinkish, some maroon, and it’s very hard for me to find a red that I can love and feel happy with.

Choosing children’s names is always a fun topic. I’ve always had my favorites and I’m sure it’s the same for others. Many other components are considered when taking on the task of naming a child. First, there are different choices, such as English or Hebrew names, current popular names, and theme names like flowers.

Some green names for example, green being the theme, are Jade, Jasmine, Lily, and Amber.

There are many people who name their child after a grandparent or some other family member who passed away.

Some parents are more interested in the naming of their children rather than thinking of the child’s embarrassment. If the surname is Cane, a first name might be Candy! This child would be mortified and probably be made fun of. A common Jewish last name is Silver; to make it a fun name, name this child Sterling. Candy Cane and Sterling Silver are fun, but not fun for the child as they mature. Parents should try to not be selfish when naming their children.

There are many funnier children’s names that make me laugh, like Rose Bush, Seymour Legg, Carrie Oakey (karaoke), Just In Case, Barb Dwyer (barbed wire), and Ima Hog (You really don’t want to be named that).

There’s no running out of hilarious children’s names—MacDonald Berger, Bud Light (Lake Norman resident), Chris P. Bacon, Dyl Pickle (I’m craving one now), and so many more. names rescue dog names and breeds. The good rescue dog names and breeds are Apollo (German Shepherd), Balto (Husky), Barry (Saint Bernard), Dakota (Pitbull), Dusty (Airedale Terrier), Gandalf (Shiloh Shepherd), Swansea Jack (Newfoundland), Togo (Siberian Husky), and Velvet (Labrador Retriever).

Yes, there’s a position in yoga named Downward Dog. So, in looking for names for your dog, you might choose Downward.

The White House is a perfect example of naming rooms. There are 132 rooms in the White House and many of them are named, such as the Blue Room, which is used for formal dinners or entertaining. The Red Room is used by the First Lady for teas and after-dinner entertaining. The Yellow Room is used by the President to entertain guests and receive visitors.

I work out of a home office decorated with beautiful red furniture. Since day one, I’ve called it the Red Room, not the guest room or office.

Monopoly named its properties for streets in Atlantic City, N.J., such as Baltic Avenue, Ventnor Avenue, and Park Avenue.

Most things have names. We can’t go around calling things “this or that”, nor people “him or her”. The world has too many aspects to not have things be named. And if you remember Harry Potter, “He who must not be named.”

What’s in a name? As Shakespeare said, “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Have a good weekend from your secret admirer, surname Pieces, first name Reeses, my favorite chocolate ever. Yuuuum.

Michele Herenstein can be reached at


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