What's the story behind your username?

If you are one of us folks whose username is not your actual name, what is the story behind it?

I'll go first.

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    Uh-oh, good luck proving @MikeEdenfield is not a false name! – Möoz Oct 12 '15 at 2:57
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    I just copied my username from StackOverflow. Prosaic as hell :) – DVK-on-Ahch-To Oct 12 '15 at 3:04
  • @DVK : Short but sweet, both the story and the name! ;-) – Praxis Oct 12 '15 at 3:05
  • @Praxis, point of clarification, in my opinion, part of what's the story ought to include why did you pick it – ThePopMachine Oct 12 '15 at 5:50
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    @ThePopMachine : I'd prefer people be able simply to contribute whatever they think is interesting. – Praxis Oct 12 '15 at 6:29
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    Fun question! Why the downvotes? – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Oct 12 '15 at 6:57
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    @Wikis, (Not me but) I would imagine people are voting on the legitimate position that this is not on-topic for meta because it's not about questions, answers, scope, or how the site works. (But I find that position to be no fun.) – ThePopMachine Oct 12 '15 at 14:18
  • @ThePopMachine: thank you for that explanation. If that is the case, they should vote to close rather than downvote. – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Oct 12 '15 at 14:59
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    @Wikis : To counter ThePopMachine's explanation, cataloguing memes and organizing movie nights are also not about questions, answers, scope, or how the site works, but meta has been used frequently for those purposes. Therefore, there is plenty of precedence for this type of question, and they should not vote to close this without voting to close those too. – Praxis Oct 12 '15 at 15:05
  • @Wikis : I suspect they are not downvoting for the reason that ThePopMachine has suggested (he is almost uniquely concerned with whether things are on-topic or not), but rather just because they are not "into" this kind of fun question. Clearly you and I both see the value of it. :-) – Praxis Oct 12 '15 at 15:07
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    @Praxis: all possible theories. But unless the downvoters explain, we can only speculate. It seems a wasted opportunity. – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Oct 12 '15 at 15:10
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    @randal'thor: how do you know it is one person? Each answer has two downvotes, maybe we have two unhappy campers. – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Oct 12 '15 at 20:42
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    @randal'thor : To each, their own. Let's not let it stop us from doing something intended to be fun and community-building. :-) – Praxis Oct 12 '15 at 20:52
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    I would have taken my usual username (used at online game services like Xbox Live, Steam, UBI, etc) if I hadn't registered at StackOverflow first and there I found it appropriate to use my real name, even though it is a rather common one. – Thomas Feb 2 '16 at 14:28
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    This question is inspiring to me. I should start a meta post on the many passwords of SFF se... – CHEESE Mar 11 '16 at 19:05

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My name is Niffler. You want to know why? Well it's because they're so darn cute!

If that isn't adorable I don't know what kind of person creature you are.


A combination of both my initials and "Penguin". Incidentally, idea for my avatar came first as it appeared on the image bit of the "Life at a glance" bit on Windows 10 while I was trying to think of a username.


My username is "Stormblessed", from the name people in his squad called Kaladin in The Way of Kings, "Kaladin Stormblessed". Goes with my avatar because he is forced to fight in the same war as House Kholinar’s troops and (The Way of Kings major spoilers)

joins them, eventually


Amarth was an evil necromancer character I made for a very old "rogue-like" Tolkien-based PC game Angband, and later on a similar necromancer in Diablo 2. It's been my recurring gamer name since back in the days.

It was picked at a whim while I were browsing through Tolkien's Silmarillion and it simply means "Doom" in Sindarin. Most famously in Amon Amarth, Mount Doom, the volcano where the One ring was forged. A fitting (though admittedly silly) name for a necromancer.

Now as it happens I'm from Sweden and there's a somewhat famous Swedish death metal band named Amon Amarth. So everyone thinks I took the name from them and that I'm a fan, though neither is true. I simply took it from the same original source as them - Tolkien.


I don’t know. Everyone seems to hate whatever I write anyway.

<—- see?

Years ago I was posting on a political forum and for some reason people started writhing in pain whenever I told them what was wrong with them. So I did a genome test and found I was dropped off on a doorstep one day from a passing Vogon freighter (yeah, I was lucky I got my security clearance, because I was able to see some of the Area 51 files). Anyhow, I thought I’d carry on my family legacy. Vote if you care - or are still alive to.


The SS part of my username is the abbreviation of my real name.

The numeric part 3.1415926535897932384626433 is the value of ratio of circumference to diameter of a circle. In reality, this value is infinitely long, but I had to trim it down to 25 post-decimal digits because of the limitation of Stack Exchange. I picked this ratio because I was always interested in it. Also, there's a supernatural kind of thing attached with it. When I was kid, I realized I already knew certain things like speed of light is fastest. The value of ratio of circumference to diameter of a circle being infinitely long was also among them.

The entire username signifies that the mystery of SS is infinitely long just like ratio of circumference... oh, leave it.

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    What about the anagram part? ;-) – Rand al'Thor Oct 31 '15 at 12:56
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    You do know that pi = 3 for small circles? – ab2 Feb 1 '16 at 22:31
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    It's not your name anymore! – Reinstate Monica - Goodbye SE Jun 10 '16 at 14:45
  • Super Saiyan Pi – Neo Darwin Feb 1 '19 at 3:20
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