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 :) 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 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? 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.) 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. 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. 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. 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.

  • I love Nifflers! They are the cutest creatures in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - I love how they are attracted to shiny things and are constantly trying to collect treasure. In Order of the Phoenix a Niffler tries to steal Pansy Parkinson's gold watch during a Care of Magical Creatures class. Great name! Apr 27 '20 at 20:56

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.


Jack be nimble,
Jack be quick,
Jack jump over
The candlestick

Too much Jack is a bad thing. That is why it is BEST to take JACK in MODERATION.

  • Perhaps the problem is that people expect you to do jack
    – Valorum
    Jun 15 at 16:54
  • @Valorum Jack is as Jack does. Jun 15 at 19:40

I was trying to think of a random name for use on the SE network, and I decided to pick a fairly common name (on stackoverflow) - a type of variable that has only two values (a Boolean value.) Of course, when it comes to the sci-fi SE, I'm unique (as I'm the only one on this branch of SE!)


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 Mod
    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! Jun 10 '16 at 14:45
  • Super Saiyan Pi
    – Neo Darwin
    Feb 1 '19 at 3:20
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