Tell Us Dammit: Where Did You Get Your Name?

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Online handles have been for almost as long as the internet has been a thing. Some people flit between nicknames while others end up stuck with one for a long, long time. There's usually a story behind the name, what's yours?

I've been using TrjnRabbit (and variants thereof) online for over a decade. It's reached the point where many of my friends, and even my wife, call me "Bun" which is the current stop on the wandering path of nicknames.

For those wondering, the evolution was "Rabbit" to "Bunny" to "Bun Bun" to "Bun".

My in-laws think it's a pet name. That amuses me.

Anyhow, TrjnRabbit as a name comes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. I wanted to sign up for some service or another under the name Trojan Rabbit but it was taken. One of the few automatically generated alternatives was TrjnRabbit and I liked the potential confusion a lack of vowels in 'Trojan' could cause.

In the years since, it has caused a lot of confusion.

Anyhow, that's my terribly boring little tale of why I call myself TrjnRabbit. Now it's your turn.


    Back in the days of IRC some schoolmates and I moderated the #AliceSprings channel on AustNet. My friend Brad decided one day that he was going to start using B-rad (Be Rad), which I thought was dumb; who says "Rad"?! So I changed mine to B-ob. I've been using it ever since, while he lasted about a fortnight from memory (we're talking 1997 or 8). Some usernames don't allow for a hyphen, so in those instances I use a badly rendered phonetic of "beeawwb"

    Fun fact I just learned now... "Ob" comes from the Latin for "‘towards, against, in the way of’." - "Be Against, Be In The Way Of" - fitting given the original purpose.

    When I signed up here I was watching a lot of Tim and Eric.

    Most places I go by InsanityAwaits, which I took from Red Dwarf when nearly ten years ago I joined Xbox Live and couldn't use my existing name on the platform.

    I had been watching a lot of Red Dwarf (still love it) and it is when Rimmer is mind patching to join the hologram ship.

    He says "Glory or Insanity Awaits"

    Mine comes from an idea I had about 25 years ago to set up my own zaibatsu.

    I got mine playing hockey. I was a goalie, and every time I got hit by a ball, I grunted. Didn't even realise I did it until a teammate pointed it out after a game. At our clubhouse. In front of ~100 other players...

    Stuck after that, and when I went on to play MMO's, it became a name that fit a lot of my characters. Its one of many nicknames, but the one I default to online.

    Fong - A Knight's Tale, one of the characters is extremely short tempered and prone to violent outbursts, and threatens to "fong" people. Apparently some mates thought I shared some characteristics, so it stuck.

    I got invited to a local LAN, while I was at uni (tafe) and there was alot of guys with the same, so nicknames were a given.
    Apparently to the Aussies here, I sound Welsh, so they kept referring me to Welshie, despite my attempts to correct them on this...or perhaps they knew that it annoyed me, they kept calling me it and introducing me to everyone and with that, it stuck

    Mine's boring, blonde hair turned into Snowy pretty quick in High School.

    I refuse to use more that three "e"s or add numbers to any user name I make, so I often just go with the letter replacement that turns me into Snoxeee.

    In my earlier days i had a penchant for bright Hawaiian shirts. One Saturday afternoon, i arrive at a friends house wearing a fluorescent yellow shirt. We engage in a highly entertaining afternoon of Tekken Tag Tournament and beer. Unknown to most of the people there, i had spent approximately 6 months of my university life doing not much except playing Tekken.

    After losing (again), my friend searches for a suitable comeback, eventually going with
    "Damn you, you big.....BANANA!" and the name has stuck ever since.

    My current name.... Back in the days of vanilla WoW, I had one of my friends unexpectedly buy the game and roll on a server I didn't have any characters on, and I figured I'd go muck around with him until I got bored and then go back to my main... so I threw together a random rogue and called it the first thing that popped into my head - "Miak", not really caring much about the throwaway character I was making. However the rogue ended up being more fun than my priest and I had a great time with my friend so I had a new main and the name stuck.

    I got the actual word out of a random bit of text that popped up for about 0.5 sec in an animutation video I watched not long before, which said "Got Miak?". At the time I didn't know that was itself a reference to Ernest Scared Stupid until someone explained it to me. Apparently Ernest had to answer a question where the answer was Mi_k (clearly "Milk") but he wrote an A instead of an L.

      However the rogue ended up being more fun than my priest

      Everything was more fun than a priest in vanilla WoW...

        No argument there :D

          Think I lasted to about lvl 10 before I switched to a mage. Never looked back after that, was fun (by the standards of the day) soloing through to 60 in Winterspring. No way I could have done that with a Priest.

            When I first started I intended to join the guild my old C&C Renegade community had set up. In deciding which class to play, they kept telling me to be a priest because they don't actually have to heal at all and that shadow priests "melt faces". What they didn't tell me was that no one wants to group with a shadow priest and I would be forced into a healer role sooner or later.

            As such, I would spend entire raids with my screen covered in health bars, staring mostly at those and only responding to alerts telling me to do various things ("like move away from X", "get out of fire", etc)... I only started to feel like I was *actually* participating in fights when I started raiding as a rogue.

              Was lucky there with having the mage to play. There was some variety in the class, with crowd control and DPS being the main ones. Which made me happy after the free range I had in EQ.

              I'd played a bard in EQ, which could be one of the most varied classes in any MMO. In a raid I could be doing any of a half dozen things, depending on who else was there. That was a class that kept you on your toes :) And I was pretty good at it.

              Juggling only a couple of roles in WoW was a holiday after that :) We got to vanilla Naxx right before BC launched. That effectively killed our guild, and my interest died until Legion last year. By that point I'd given the mage away to a friend so restarted as a demon hunter. That was fun.

                WoW was my first MMO and the one I stuck with for the longest time. I tried a good half-dozen or so other MMOs since but I haven't been able to stick with them for various reasons. When I left WoW, I kept my rogue's name and moved on to other things, often going for similar classes/roles wherever I can. I guess it just suits my play style.

                Only problem with this name is it's apparently quite common and I often have to shove stuff in front of it. I used to call myself "s1elite" (which has its own story attached) so sometimes I go by s1Miak ... because I'm getting old and "elite" no longer applies ;)

    I've used BeakerBaby for years. It comes from a high school friend who, when he learned that i was an IVF or test-tube baby, said "he's too fat - he'd have to be a beaker baby". I found it cruelly funny and unique enough to embrace, so I've stuck with it.

      Hahahaha! Turns the tables on him by taking ownership of the quip, eh?

      It's a shame there won't be any new Futurama episodes, yet they keep going for The Simpsons.

        Yeah, Futurama was clearly the better show. Groening had a massive fight with Fox about it too, threatened to make the Simpsons shit in retaliation because he wanted to end it and move on to Futurama.

        Look at it this way: The Simpsons was pretty awesome for the first 8-10 years, as was Futurama. If Futurama were still going, it'd probably be about as bad as The Simpsons... so enjoy the good memories of the episodes that exist?

          I doubt it would have run as long, but it would have been nice for all the sub-plots to have been tied up.

          For example, it is still unknown/unconfirmed what Nibbler meant when he called Leela "The Other".

    I used to go by Chuckles_World™ from the early days of html chatrooms and IRC days.

    That got a bit unwieldy. In 2003 I started planning a cycle tour around Australia on my recumbent tricycle, and so the name Trikeabout was born... The actual Trikeabout cycle tour wound up being 17128km from Melbourne along the south coast, up the Monaro Hwy to Canberra, back to the coast and all the way up to the Daintree, across the Barclay Hwy, up to Kakadu/Darwin, to Broome, Perth, Cape Leeuwin, back across the Nullarbor and arriving back in Melbourne after 10 months of camping and cycling...

    And I've used the handle ever since.

    Mine is actually a portmanteau. It is short for Wisecracking Hacker.

    The later part I took for the old school meaning of computing expert (not the 60s anymore, I know but that is the origin of the word).

    As for the Wisecracking part. Well, let's just say I've been dealing out wise cracks long before I started torturing @weresmurf with Star Trek V references.

      Sybok: I couldn't help but notice your pain!
      "God": My pain?
      Sybok: It runs deep, share it with me!

    Playing Quake over a modem some time in the late 90s, I'd found out how to use player skins, and the Batman one was pretty sweet. I couldn't just call myself Batman, though, cos that would be lame, so I went with Batguy which is totally not lame. No way. So that's what I went with then, I liked it, and here we are.

    I have no idea...I just suck at thinking up names.

    Im A.x. here but Im Aerio Rik and variants of that on all gaming formats.

    Used to be short and skinny then got tall but still skinny. Brothers mates joked about how it's like I just got stretched intead of actually growing and it's stuck ever since

    I saw that there wasn't a minimum character limit and tested this (I'm usually using Gaz). Usually I'm Zaygr, derived from the Vaygr in Homeworld 2.

    Mine goes back to the days when I used to play quake 2 on dial up with ping of about 300. i would often dominate and rail people in mid air despite my ping, and people would often accuse me of using an aimbot.
    So I was like.... well... bot. But I think it looks stupid with two l's so I dropped one, and it's stuck ever since

      Dial-up multiplayer Quake nickname bros... *fist bump*

        lol glad to know i'm not the only one ;) *fist bump*

    I like RPG's and when I have the choice I nearly always play defensive builds. I was going to call myself Plus4Defense because 4 is my fav number but I knew I could do 1 better.

    Battlefield 2142 asked me to enter a name and being the creative dead zone I am I used my Initials CJS but like this C.j.S everyone called me CJ. Ended up in a clan CJ faster then CJS. Was once called Captain Jack Sparrow in a shout cast of a match.

    These days it's CJS or as close as I can get it to be cause turns out a lot of other people also decided to use my initials the greedy bastards.

      Occasionally I'll be called Seige as a way to pronounce CJ. (Also am SecretCorgi due to injoke. But only in PLUNKBAT (PubG))

    Shamrocks is because Shamrock is always taken. I was way into my heritage (Irish) for a while and it was the only thing that i could think of that was Irish at the time.

    Wait what? You're allowed to have a username different from your actual name?!?

      Wait what? I though Haoran Un was a pseudonym!


        That must be why they won't give me my blue Twitter tick :(

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