Why Did You Choose Your Username
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- 1 art_wolf
- 2 atlas
- 3 bilco
- 4 cain
- 5 calyx
- 6 cambo
- 7 cammy
- 8 coconut
- 9 colmmacc
- 10 cooker3
- 11 david
- 12 DoC
- 13 drag0n
- 14 drusilla
- 15 elmer
- 16 exzantia
- 17 fatwa
- 18 fox_chic
- 19 gizmo
- 20 gavin
- 21 gmblitis
- 22 jesjes
- 23 keloe
- 24 kpodesta
- 25 lithium
- 26 macbain
- 27 marvin
- 28 mo
- 29 MoJu
- 30 montoya
- 31 moridin
- 32 niT
- 33 noelfitz
- 34 ornat
- 35 p
- 36 phaxx
- 37 receive
- 38 r0b
- 39 robby
- 40 sandman
- 41 scraib
- 42 shimoda
- 43 singer
- 44 spanner
- 45 spock
- 46 svan
- 47 thedara
- 48 undone
- 49 werdz
- 50 wilburt
Cool picture I have hanging up. Have had it for ages and its by Art Wolfe.
I originally handed in my student card, and said "Use my first name, please". I got an email later giving me my username as 'James' ( my middle name ). When I asked them to change, I decided to go with something a little cooler. I had been up for hours before that playing Mechwarrior somethingorother, and the Atlas mech was my favourite. I also, occasionally, feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders.
Cause as a fresher I though it was the character's name from The Hobbit
I always thought Cain got a raw deal. Firstborn son of Adam, built the first city on earth and he's remembered for allegedly killing his brother Abel though the evidence is, to put it mildly, unconvincing and God was clearly biased against him. When I joined Redbrick, Cain was gone so I got Caine, which was the spelling of the name in an RPG I played at the time. Dropped the 'e' in my second year.
Misread the name of a song. In a perfect world, I would have been calx.
An abbreviation of sorts on my surname (campbell)... original eh?
I was using it as a web handle long before I joined Redbrick. It comes from the name of one of my first roleplaying characters that wasn't just a bunch of stats. The name for that roleplaying character though, came from the computer game Streetfighter 2.
Well actually cammy was my second choice. I would have liked to use The_Dead_One but that exceeds the 8 character limit.
On Clubs and Socs day 2005 I was put on the spot while joining Redbrick. It went a little something like this.
Keeper of Membership (I forget who it was): "Okay, and pick a username."
Me: "What... now?!"
Me: "Right now?!?"
Me: "Errr.." *looks down at the free chocolate being given away - notices the wrappers and ingredients* "Em.. coconut?"
KoM: "kk lol"
Me: "I'll change it later."
That last part was, evidently, a lie.
I was assigned the username colmmacc for the purposes of my first ever internet account (and job), email@example.com , way back when in 1995/6 (I think). Ever since, I've used it for all my accounts and it works at every domain on which I hold an account. Despite the huge coincidence, my username is fact not just a mere contracted concatonation of my real name "Colm MacCarthaigh", but is fact an acronym. It stands for "Colm's On-Line Memetic Mechanism [for] Accessing Complicated Computers".
It is my username for the lab machines in the CA building, it's not to do with an obcession with cookers!
The year that I joined DCU Hasselhoff was given a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. With all the new challenges in my life at that time I found that he was someone I could look up to. I could admire his achievements. He was like an uncle to me. I grew up on Kinght Rider and am looking forward to the new movie coming out this year. And then when I got a little older and started noticing girls I got interested in Baywatch. I wanted to be the stud that he was on that show. Appropriately in 2000 when I joined redbrick he released one of his many hit albums in Germany - "The Magic Colleciton". So I chose david as my redbrick username because ... well actually its not that interesting really, its my name in real life.
It's the initials of my real name. I've been called DoC in real life by friends, family, etc, for as long as I can remember.
Friends in college said that I needed a nickname, probably because they're too lazy to say my full name "Diarmuid" and I find "Diarm" quite creepy, so basically, "dragon" popped into their heads and it stuck! I used be called siphi (for no particular reason, it was a random name I was known by onli ne), then changed to drag0n (with a zero). The zero is because the user "dragon" is allready taken on rb. But everyone loved the new name so I added the zero. If you hey the other dragon, you generally get a confused hey in response, so I generally have heys disabled. anyways...
My nick was surprisingly enough, from the character on Buffy! Friends of mine in second year of school gave it to me when they noticed the similarities between myself and the insane vampire. Funnily, dru was my second nick on RedBrick, before that I was zerocool
My username came from my first ever email address(firstname.lastname@example.org) which i chose based on the looney tunes character elmer fudd
As many, many people have pointed out, my name seems like a random string of letters, and it kinda is... When I was signing up for a Yahoo mail account in '98 everything I tried was already taken. I was not having under-scores or numbers so I decided to come up with something that would always be available! I thus far have succeeded.
In first year, whilst learning to program, my friend Andrew wrote a program that printed out "That's a fatwa on you, mein freund". I thought it was funny and it must have stuck in my head for redbrick registering. Also, it's short for "fat wanker".
Cause I'm an xphile and Mulder's first name is Fox. :)
My nick came from a combination of thinking gizmo was a pretty cool name due to that little flurry critter in Gremlins and also cns putting me on the spot on Clubs And Socs day when I first joined so that I couldn't think of anything else. Strange, but true.
I needed a username I wouldn't forget and seeing as Gavin was written on my underpants I decided to use that. Handy quinkadink that it is also my real name eh !
Would've been gamblitis but for those dam restrictions!so the idea came in the first place came from my unhealthy obsession with horses and cards!
My name is Jessica. And people from home call me Jesi, and at some stage during sixth year I decided I much more liked Jess. So when I got THE INTERNETS, I just called myself jesjes. It stuck.
I wrote down kehoe, my surname and an old nickname, on the slip. However, due to my incapability to write h's correctly, the admins read it as keloe.
Because that's my real name. I thought Redbrick was some email yoke - all else fails, I was getting a decent email address.
Coz I like the sound of it. And coz it goes crazy when you put it in water. And not because of the Nirvana song.
He wanted the username 'mcbain' but Karlos (mcbain) got it before him. Being original, Sarv decided that macbain would do instead, so he could forever confuse new users between himself and Karl.
There are three references here : Starvin Marvin from South Park, Marvin The Paranoid Android from Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy and Marvin the Martian from the Warner Bros cartoon. I'll leave it to the reader to decide which one was the greatest influence (hint: it wasn't Starvin Marvin).
Due to my considerable soccer talent, I was nicknamed "mo" after Mo Johnston, the scottish football hero.
It's in a similar vein to HoJu(Homer Junior) from the Simpsons. Given to me by a someone on a forum after they saw a picture of me and thought I was the aforementioned Mordeth. So they suggested Mordeth Junior which was then condensed to MoJu. I then adopted it as my second online nick.
The name is that of a character from the book "The Princess Bride" by William Goldman. The specific character is Inigo Montoya, a Spanish swordsman out for revenge against a 6-fingered man who killed Inigo's father.
The most evil and therefore cool character in a series of books that I was reading. Said series of books has since degenerated into a mush of crap writing. Boo.
Originally my name was a combination of many words that described me, and was dreamt up whilst I was at college in Aylesbury. It all started when I got a demo copy of Diablo from my cousin in Singapore, and us lads built our first LAN at my mate Dave's house. We also played Carmegeddon, the Star Wars game and Quake 2 (of which my mate Dave had a 600mhz processor and TWO 3dfx cards linked up in parallell - he was our God). It was necessary for me to have a character name in Diablo so I chose Nitsuj Buaya Chen, the latter two meaning 'Crocadile man that snaps up ladies' (in Singapore slang) and monkey (as my star sign is golden monkey). I later joined a CS clan called Black Legion and people naturally shortened my name down to nit. At that time I also had a friend who was called 'kippy' in real life and online, so I started using nit in real life too. Later I joined a 'talker' called theManor which was a twin site to the LambdaMoo, there was a guy there who set it all up and went by the nick 'beN', he and girlfriend sadly died in a car accident and so manor spods paid tribute but capitalising the final letter of their nick, hence why I use niT.
8 letter truncation of my real name (boring but true.)
You'd have to ask my parents that question. Ornat is my real name, and unlike popular belief, no, I am not a guy!
Back the old days of IOL/Indigo's IRC servers I used a variety of names, which all began with the letter p. Eventually, I ditched the different nicknames and used ^P^. Redbrick doesn't support weird characters though, so now it's just p. It also happens to be my middle initial.
Originally from the character Lord Fax in the book Dragonriders Of Pern by Anne McCaffrey. I used Lord_Fax in MS Comic Chat for a while. I saw somebody using a 'ph' instead of an 'f', and thought, in that usual 13-year-old way, OMGZ COOL, and promptly became LordPhaxx. I was LordPhaxx for a few years, until until around 16 when I met a bunch of other Irish nerds one afternoon. jerry was among them, and commented, "With a name like LordPhaxx, I expected you to be taller."
So er, I dropped the pretentious 'Lord', and I've been 'phaxx' ever since.
See, nothing to do with fax machines! :)
It was Michelle Smith (swallow) that dragged me along to sign up during first year, so I'd handed over my 4euro before I'd begun to think of a username, so I turned and said "Shit, Michelle, what will I pick?" and she suggested "receive" because it went so well with swallow. Stupidly I agreed, and it stuck (after we found a spell checker to check how to spell it that is), so i never changed it to anything better. Ironically, i never have been at the receiving end of swallows abilities.
Rob is my name *shock* *gasp* rob was taken so used r0b instead. Amazing story tbh
During my primary school days i was known as "bobby" mainly because it was cool for others to say "bob a job", this originates from my hatching days (spending the majority of time of a football game, in the opponents box) stealing goals.
A natural progression to robby occured at secondary school, joining other mates sully, foxy, danny, richie and cozzy. somewhere along the path me and richie got into Stargate, and proceeded to use somewhat satirical names online (and joking about) of rickophis and robnubis...yah "NERDS!". So my choice for username was either robnubis or robby, i made the logical choice.
I didn't. It was assigned on the basis that a) I was asleep and b) I read comics, didn't I? Ironically, I hadn't read much Sandman at the time.
I'm from Kilkenny and 'Scráib' is the Irish for 'Cat-Scratch'! 'Tis a very GAA name, but to be honest I could never play hurling so I picked it really cause it sounded cool...
It was a character in a book (Illusions by Richard Bach) I read during my formative years. Another rb user thought the description of the protagonist was suited to me so I nabbed the name.
I was a singer in a band. The guitarist mocked me for being the singer by calling me "singer". The nickname stuck. Non-Redbrick people address me as singer! My 2nd choice username was "scano".
In fact eeh! picked it out during the hay days of eeh gift grub and in fairness now sometimes im a bit of a spanner.
I chose spock because I had no idea that it would follow me around for at least the next 10 years. I didn't even know what Redbrick was when I was joining, and when I had a membership form thrust in my face by Hyper on Freshers day 1996, we had three preferences for username. I put down "spock" as my first preference. It wasn't taken, and that is how I didn't end up with the username "data", or "benji".
Sarunas Vancevicius. First letter of name, then first 3 letters from surname.
My nick was given to me years before redbrick on irc (irc.phishy.net) I was the first person some americans had met called Dara and they found that interesting for some reason or other and hence I became thedara. On redbrick irc i'm known as Darz0re, It was a in-joke at the time when myself and dizer stuck z0re at the end of out names hence thez0rekorp.com and z0re.org
Couldn't think of anything on Clubs & Socs day, so for about 2 days my username was my actual name. Then I picked this, because of the Weezer song, but also because I think it's a nice word.
A long time ago in a net cafe far, far away, a sexy asian friend by the name of quank said "Hey Andrew, stop using the name andrew in CS. Use werdna instead. It's andrew only backwards!" - That lasted about five minutes until people got bored trying to pronounce it ("OMG! WERDNA! QUIT TK'ING YOU NOOB!") and just started shouting werdz instead ("OMG! WERDZ! QUIT TK'ING YOU NOOB!"). And that's my life story up until this point.
Long story, guys i used to know named me Wilburtino, i didnt really like it cos they were muppets. However, it grew on me over time. Wanted Wilburtino or Will as my username but they wouldnt let me :( so wilburt was the only one left. Like all rb usernames i think, they are spur of the moment. (or admin mistakes)