Friday, 20 October 2017

Stikins ® Name Labels: Fly Away Home With Our List Of Names Inspired By Feathered Friends

Today is the 385th anniversary of the birth of Sir Christopher Wren, who is best known as the architect who rebuilt 52 churches after the Great Fire of London (including St Paul’s Cathedral), although he was also an anatomist, astronomer, mathematician, and physicist.

To celebrate this anniversary, we thought we’d gather up a flock of names inspired by our feathered friends.

Among Stikins ® customers, the top five most popular bird-inspired names are:

With an honourable mention to the mythical Phoenix!

You could also try these wonderful names with distinctly avian-based inspirations:

ADERYN: “bird” in WelshAQUILA: “eagle” in Latin
AGHAVNI: “dove” in ArmenianARAS: “eagle” in Lithuanian
ALCYONE: from an Ancient Greek nameAREND: “eagle” in Dutch
meaning “kingfisher”ARI: old Norse name meaning “eagle”
ALONDRA: “lark” in SpanishASTOR: from the Occitan astur (“hawk”)
BRANWEN: “beautiful raven”
(from the Welsh elements bran (“raven”)
and gwen (“fair, white, blessed”))
BERTRAM/RAMBERT: both created from the Germanic elements beraht (“bright”) and hramn (“raven”)
DERYN: possibly derived from the Welsh aderyn (“bird”)BRAN: both a Welsh and an Irish name meaning “raven”
DOVE: the English name for this birdCOLUM: from the Latin columba (“dove”)
FAIGEL: from the Yiddish for “bird”CORBIN: from the French corbeau (“raven”)
HALCYON: from a genus of kingfishersFALK: “falcon” in German
JEMIMA: “dove” in HebrewFECHÍN: “little raven” in Irish
LÆRKE: “lark” in DanishHAYTHAM: “young eagle” in Arabic
LAGLE: “goose” in EstonianHRAFN: “raven” in Old Norse
LARK: the English name for this songbirdMAYUR: “peacock” in Sanskrit
PALOMA: “dove, pigeon” in SpanishRABAN: from the Germanic hraban (“raven”)
 SHAHIN: “peregrine falcon” in Persian

Female names tend to be inspired by songbirds, while male names tend to be inspired by birds of prey – however, by far and away the most popular inspiration is the RAVEN, which inspired over a quarter of the names that we found during our search.

With half term either underway, about to start, or even about to finish (depending on where you live), now is the perfect time to take stock and order some extra name labels to make sure that EVERYTHING really is safely and securely labelled. Whether you ran out of labels at the start of term, you’ve found yourself presented with yet another list of vital equipment for the next term (or trip or holiday or camp etc), or you’ve got a few items that somehow escaped the grand labelling session at the end of the school holidays (including all those now-essential winter warmers) you can place a quick top up order and rest assured that your children’s belongings are safe and sound.

Stikins ® are a multipurpose solution to quickly and easily labelling your children’s belongings safely and securely – there’s no sewing and no ironing involved AND we despatch all orders on the same working day (up to 3pm) by Royal Mail’s first class as standard. If you need your labels even faster, you can also give us a call to upgrade to a guaranteed next day delivery.

Our name labels simply peel off their backing sheet and stick onto all kinds of items; they can be applied onto the wash-care label of clothing and fabric items or directly onto personal items (including lunch boxes and water bottles, books and stationery, mobiles and tablets, P.E. kits and equipment, and bags and shoes).

You can order our Stikins ® Name Label Kit to receive 60 blank labels and a pen (so you can personalise each label however you like) or you can order one of our personalised packs; we have four pack sizes available (with 30, 60, 90, or 120 labels per pack), which are personalised with your requested text in a bold black font to ensure that your labels are really easy to read.

To find out more or to place an order online today, simply visit our website:

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Label Planet: Make Your Items Safe & Secure With Our Tamper Evident Security Labels

Labels can be a quick and easy way to add a little bit of extra security to a variety of items, from high value goods to important documentation. A label can be used not only to securely seal packaging, folders, and envelopes but to also increase the security of items by acting as a visual deterrent against unauthorised tampering AND by providing visual evidence that an item has been opened or otherwise damaged in some way.

There are a range of security labels available, including a group known as “Tamper Evident Labels”; these labels provide some form of visual evidence that someone has attempted to tamper with an item.

At Label Planet, we supply two kinds of Tamper Evident Labels: TAMPER EVIDENT VINYL LABELS (TEV) and SILVER VOID LABELS (SVP).

Tamper Evident Vinyl Labels

Our TEV labels are “frangible labels” designed to provide evidence of tampering by disintegrating into tiny pieces when any attempt is made to remove one of these labels. They are made with a strong permanent adhesive and a very thin, very fragile (hence “frangible”) vinyl face material, which means that the label disintegrates when you try to remove it – the result being that only a tiny fragment of the label is removed with the rest of the label remaining behind, as an indication that the label (and therefore the item) has been tampered with in some way.

Please note: it IS possible to (eventually) remove the entire label but it is extremely difficult and time consuming to make sure that every part of the label has been removed.

Our TEV labels are available in 11 stocked label sizes (available in 25 sheet packs for same day despatch from stock) and a further 33 made to order label sizes (available in 500 sheet boxes with up to five working days for despatch).

These labels can be (carefully) handwritten or printed using a laser printer – although, due to the fragile nature of the vinyl, you do need to take care when handling these labels to avoid damaging the material. These labels should be printed using a standard print setting (rather than a specific “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” setting) and we strongly recommend requesting a sample of these labels to make sure they are suitable for your requirements.

While they can be used on a range of surface types, they are best suited to solid inflexible surfaces where there is a fixed and consistent surface for them to bond with successfully (compared to flexible surfaces such as plastic bags or wrapping).

Silver Void Labels

Our SVP labels are “void labels” designed to provide evidence of tampering by leaving behind a message (the word “VOID”) when they are removed from an item. Our void labels are made with a silver matt metallic polyester face material and a “partial transfer” VOID adhesive; this is a permanent adhesive that is designed to split when a label is removed from an item – leaving part of the adhesive on the back of the label and part on the previously labelled item.

This makes these labels extremely popular for use as security seals (on product packaging and important document folders or envelopes), warranty labels on high value goods (to indicate that an item has been tampered with in a way prohibited by the terms of a warranty agreement), and as security labels on high value goods (to prevent items being resold illegally under a different name or brand).

Our SVP labels are available in 9 stocked label sizes (available in 25 sheet packs for same day despatch from stock) and a further 35 made to order label sizes (available in 500 sheet boxes with up to five working days for despatch).

These labels can be handwritten or printed using a laser printer; as the silver polyester has a metallised backing, we recommend using a standard print setting and NOT a specific “Labels” or “Heavy Paper” setting (this is because the metallised backing causes the labels to reflect the heat generated by laser printers, which can generate too much heat if the more specialised print settings are used).

You can find out more about our security labels, view all of the label sizes available, and place an order for your own tamper evident labels by visiting our dedicated range pages; go to the TEV range page for tamper evident vinyl labels or go to the SVP range page for void labels.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Label Planet TEMPLATE TUESDAY: Designing A Label Template – Why The Kiss Principle Creates Perfectly Practical Labels

If you haven’t heard of it before the "KISS" principle stands for “Keep It Simple Stupid” and states that most things work best if they are kept simple (i.e. they don't have unnecessary complications) and therefore simplicity should be a key consideration during the design phase.

This principle is a useful concept to keep in mind when it comes to designing and printing your own labels; many people start off with a very complicated (albeit beautiful) design in their head, only to find that it is extremely difficult to reproduce that design accurately – often leading to a waste of time, money, effort, and labels.

Starting off with a simpler, more straightforward design is a quick and easy way to save yourself the headache – with the added benefit that label designs with less content and less complexity often end up looking much cleaner, attractive, and professional than “busy” designs (that often look messy and even illegible).

Here at Label Planet, if you’re doing anything more complicated than a single image or a single block of text, we highly recommend taking a moment to draw a quick sketch of what you want your labels to look like. Simply tracing out where all the bits of your label design should fit can help to give you a better idea of where to start when you come to add your design to your template – and how to go about building up your elements to produce your final design. It also gives you a chance to see if your design actually WORKS in the way you need it to and to play around with different versions to see if there’s a better way of arranging your elements to make your labels more effective.

If you’re also intending to add a LOT of text (for example, a list of ingredients, health and safety warnings, or instructions for use etc), we also recommend taking the time to type up your text FIRST, so you know exactly how much room you need for your text (and how much space is left for adding more decorative elements around your text) – or even if you perhaps need to consider cutting down your text or dividing your text over a couple of labels (rather than scrunching it all up onto one). 

While the prospect of designing your own labels might seem like an opportunity to create a really “unique” design, you need to bear in mind that it is YOU who will have to actually recreate your ideas in a label template. You need to consider how confident and experienced you are when it comes to using software for design purposes – as well as how sophisticated (and accurate) your software is when it comes to replicating a design. If your software simply can’t perform a particular task to create a specific part of your design OR if you simply don’t know how to use the more advanced features of your software, then it really may well be worth simplifying things into something that you know you are able to recreate successfully instead of wasting time struggling with something more complicated.

Remember, there are lots of ways to create unique labels that DON’T rely on complicated designs and advanced design tools – and there are plenty of forums and sites available online for you to pick up hints and tips on how to use your software to create some pretty amazing designs and effects.

It’s also worth remembering that you probably decided to design and print your own labels as a way to save yourself some time and money by not dealing with a design company and/or printing company - it’s not worth doing it yourself if you only end up wasting time trying to set up a needlessly complicated design.

Next Week On Template Tuesday: Designing A Label Template – Troubleshooting Tips For Trouble-Free Label Designs

Friday, 13 October 2017

Stikins ® Name Labels: Fabulously Foxy Names Inspired By Fabulously Foxy Foxes!

Today’s date, the 13th October, has a number of fascinating features that you might not know about; for example, this particular date doesn’t exist in the year 1582 (in Italy, Poland, Portugal, and Spain anyway) due to the adoption of the Gregorian calendar AND it is also International Skeptics Day (unless you believe the skeptics who say that 13th January is actually Skeptics Day!). More importantly, it is also the birthday of the fictional character Special Agent Fox Mulder, which got us taking a closer look at words and names associated with foxes!

Foxes feature in myths, legends, and folklore from all around the world; they are commonly associated with magical transformations and often appear as tricksters, magical familiars, or anthropomorphic creatures. In Western folklore, foxes tend to be associated with cunning and trickery (perhaps a reflection of their ability to “outfox” hunters and farmers attempting to protect their livestock OR a reflection of the association made between foxes and evil during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, when foxes were burned as symbols of the Devil). Other folklore depicts foxes as spirits with magic powers (used for mischief or for more malicious purposes) or even as mystical and sacred creatures (that are either good omens that bring wonder or bad omens that bring ruin).

Reynard the Fox
Drawn by Ernest Griset (via Wikimedia Commons)
One of the most famous examples is “Reynard the Fox”, an anthropomorphic red fox and trickster figure, who featured as the main character in a cycle of European fables, including Dutch, English, German, and French tales. The success of these fables was such that the name of the central character was adopted into the French language as the standard word for “fox” (replacing the Old French “goupil”).

There are a number of names that have their origins in different words for “fox” or in stories that feature foxes, including:

FOX: an English name that developed either from the word “fox” itself or from the surname “Fox” (itself traditionally given as a nickname to individuals who exhibited fox-like cunning).

TOD/TODD: another English name that developed from a surname; the surname “Todd” comes from the Middle English word for fox – todde.

REYNARD/RENARD: Reynard is an English name derived from the Germanic name “Raginhard” (made up of the German elements ragin meaning "advice" and hard meaning "brave/hardy"); the name was used for the medieval character “Reynard the Fox” and the French version (Renard) has become both a French name and the French word for “fox”.

In fact, while female foxes are known as “vixens”, male foxes are commonly known as “dogs”, “tods”, or “reynards”, and the names Reynard/Renard and Tod/Todd are commonly used for fictional characters that are either actual foxes or that have fox-like characteristics.

Other names inspired by these fabulous creatures include:
  • BALGAIR/BALGAIRE - Scottish, m
  • CREVAN - Irish, m
  • DEVOSS - Dutch, m
  • REFR - Icelandic, m
  • RENNARD - German, m
  • RÆF - Danish, m
  • SINOPA - Native American, f
  • TOKALA - Native American, f
  • VIXEN - English, f

If you need to find a fiendishly efficient fix to the problem of labelling school uniform and belongings then why not try Stikins ® name labels – our cunning plan to solve the problem of lost property!

These easy to use labels simply stick on and stay on – with absolutely no sewing and no ironing required. They are made with a unique adhesive that is designed to keep each name label firmly in place, even after repeat trips through the washing machine, and they can be used to label clothing and fabric items (where they should be applied to the wash-care label) as well as all kinds of personal items, including lunch boxes and water bottles, books and stationery kits, P.E. kits and equipment, music and drama equipment, mobiles and tablets, and bags and shoes (where they should be applied beneath the tongue or onto the side wall of the shoe).
We supply our name labels in four different pack sizes (with 30, 60, 90, or 120 labels in a pack) or you can order our Stikins ® Name Label Kit, which contains 60 blank labels and a pen so you can personalise each label however you like! All of our orders are despatched same working day (up to 3pm) and delivered via Royal Mail’s first class service – so you can order, receive, and apply your name labels just as quick as a fox!
To place an online order, simply head on over to now!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Label Planet: Reasons To Use Rectangles & Pointers To Print Them Perfectly!

While you’ll often hear that using a different label shape is a quick and easy way to create a more “decorative” design, there’s a lot to be said for rectangular labels, which have a lot of benefits that you might not have considered.

So, in this post we'll be championing the humble rectangle and giving you a few pointers to perfect your rectangular label printing!

While you might dismiss rectangular labels as too basic, don’t forget that the simplicity of this shape makes it much easier to design than other shapes (especially circles and ovals).

This holds especially true if you aren’t using design software to create your labels; for example, many people use Microsoft Word, which was created specifically for inserting and editing text (NOT for designing labels). Word templates are basically tables that replicate the layout of a sheet of labels, which is fine if your labels are square or rectangular in shape but less so if you have a more complicated shape (such as those pesky circles and ovals).

With the clearly defined and straightforward edges of a rectangle, you simply need to make sure your design fits inside the four sides of your labels – and you don’t need to spend time thinking about how you’ll get your design to fit inside a curved or fluctuating shape.

The regularity and simplicity of the rectangular shape also makes it easier to print your labels accurately. Sheets of rectangular labels are made by simply dividing a sheet into equal shapes (with perhaps some spacing between and around the labels), making it is much easier to print your design accurately across each row and column of labels.

In fact, the only time rectangles tend to cause printing problems is when your labels fall inside the “unprintable area” of your printer; standard desktop printers cannot print all the way to the edge of an A4 sheet and the area that they cannot print is called the “unprintable area”. If your labels fall into this area then you may need to choose a different label size OR adapt your design so that it doesn’t occupy this area on your label sheets. This tends to happen more often with square cut corner rectangles that tend to go all the way to the edges of a sheet (although some label layouts use “selvedges” or blank strips at the edges of the sheet to avoid this problem).

As a basic shape, rectangular labels are available in a lot more sizes AND material options than other shapes because they are popular with both manufacturers AND customers.

Manufacturers like rectangular labels because they produce less waste than other shapes (making them more cost effective) and because they are extremely versatile labels that can be used for hundreds and thousands of different applications – making them a popularly requested size. This means that manufacturers tend to view rectangular labels as “standard sizes”, which they therefore produce in large volumes, on a frequent basis, and in a range of material options.

This means that customers get a better choice of label materials AND rectangular labels are often available at better prices than other shapes.

For example, if you really want round labels in a particular size and a particular material, you may find that you can’t buy those labels as a standard product, which means you either have to pay extra to have them made for you (usually at a higher order quantity and price than you’d like) or you have to compromise by choosing a different size or material.

If you choose a rectangular size, however, it is more than likely that you’ll be able to find that size in a range of materials as a stocked item (with a lower minimum order quantity and price).

It’s also more likely that it will be a size offered by Avery, which means that there may be a compatible template already available in the software you want to use to design your labels.

Plus rectangular labels can be printed in a portrait orientation OR a landscape orientation, giving you twice as many label sizes to choose from!

We supply both portrait and landscape templates for all of our rectangular label sizes so you don’t have to crane your neck as you try to fill a portrait template with a landscape design.

At Label Planet, our rectangular labels fall into one of two shape categories; those with rounded corners and those with square cut corners. We have 70 label sizes that are rectangular in shape (39 with round corners and 31 with square corners) – compared to 19 round label sizes, 8 oval label sizes, and 5 square label sizes.

While some of our rectangular labels are “special” sizes that are only available as standard paper labels, most of our rectangular labels are “standard” sizes that are available across our range of more than 30 different label materials and adhesives. We stock as many of these different options as we can so that customers can order their labels knowing that they will be despatched same day.

In fact, we have more than 350 different rectangular label products available for same day despatch from stock!

Less popular combinations are not kept in stock but are available as made to order items (sold in 500 sheet bulk boxes), which are made and despatched within five working days).

Many of our rectangular labels use the same label size and layout as Avery products, which means that you can print your Label Planet labels using a compatible Avery template that already exists within your software.

So, if you think that a good old reliable rectangle might just be the shape for you after all, why not head over to our website to view all of our Rectangular Labels – including our Rounded Corner Rectangles and our Square Cut Corner Rectangles.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Label Planet TEMPLATE TUESDAY: Designing A Label Template – Top Tips For…Round Labels & Oval Labels

This week, we’re taking a quick look at our top tips for designing ROUND LABELS & OVAL LABELS.

Their curved and ever-changing edges can make these labels a bit more difficult to design (and print) accurately, especially if you need to rely on software (and hardware) that isn’t really geared up for pin-point accuracy when it comes to creating the perfect label design on circular labels and oval labels. HOWEVER, our top tips should help to give you a head start in designing your own round labels and oval labels with as little stress as possible!

TOP TIP NUMBER ONE: always centralise your design.
One of the easiest ways to create beautiful looking labels with a minimal amount of fuss is to centralise your design; this means that your design will be positioned in the centre of each label, which helps to prevent parts of your design getting cut off at the edges and can stop white edging appearing on your labels (this occurs with coloured backgrounds, where the printer doesn’t quite line up your design perfectly, leaving part of the label unprinted – as most labels tend to be white in colour, this is referred to as “white edging” although “blank edging” would probably be more accurate).

At Label Planet, ALL of our label templates are set up with a central alignment so you don’t have to remember to set this up before you start designing. 

TOP TIP NUMBER TWO: use a bleed area if you want to add a coloured background and/or border.
A bleed area is basically a blank space outside of the actual area being printed that is used to overlap a design in order to avoid white edging.

Bleed is used for all kinds of printed materials, including labels where the blank spaces between labels can be used as a bleed area. This technique is ideal for designing round labels and oval labels, which always have at least some blank space between and around each label.

Even if there is only a few millimetres between two labels, you can still use this space to avoid white edging. Basically, all you need to do is to very slightly oversize your label design so that its edges overlap each label; when you come to peel your printed labels off their backing sheet, you shouldn’t get any blank unprinted areas at all.

You must make sure that you don’t include any important design elements at the very edges of your labels – if they fall into the bleed area, they will be left behind when you remove your labels from their backing sheet. 

TOP TIP NUMBER THREE: use a thick border if you have to use a border at all.
While we’d generally say that borders can be more trouble than they’re worth, if you do absolutely HAVE to have a border on your labels you should make the border as thick as possible so that you can still make use of the bleed technique described above.

It is unlikely that a standard printer would be able to reproduce a very narrow border accurately enough to line up that border perfectly all the way around an oval or circular label – which will probably lead to some white edging. It will also emphasise the fact that your labels are (very slightly) misaligned, which can spoil the overall look and finish of your labels.

To overcome this, you can increase the size of your border so that it will overlap the edges of your labels all the way around - leaving behind a (more or less) even border with no blank unprinted gaps when you remove your labels from their backing sheet.

TOP TIP NUMBER FOUR: accept the limitations of the software you are using.
While some people will make their own labels using graphics software that is designed specifically for creating complex and detailed graphics, other people will be “making do” with software that isn’t really designed for this purpose.

While most software has tools that can be used when designing a label template, they simply won’t be as sophisticated and accurate as those provided in graphics software – and you may need to simplify your design to make sure that it can be replicated by your software.

For example, many people use Word to design labels and, while it is perfectly possible to create decorative AND professional looking round labels and oval labels in Word, you do need to adapt the tools that are available in Word to the task of adding a design to a label template (and have a bit of patience with their limitations).

It is also worth noting that Word is NOT sophisticated enough to create templates that show the outlines of round labels and oval labels. Instead, Word templates are made up of tables that replicate the layout of a sheet of labels; the square or rectangular cells in the table represent the spaces in which each round label or oval label sits (so that the outermost points of each label touches the four sides of the corresponding square or rectangle). This means that you may need to use a bit of trial and error to make sure that your design aligns correctly with your labels (by performing a few test prints onto paper). 

Next Week On Template Tuesday: Designing A Label Template – Why The Kiss Principle Creates Perfectly Practical Labels

Friday, 6 October 2017

Stikins ® Name Labels: We’re Celebrating #WorldSpaceWeek With Names That Are Out Of This World!

With the word “Planet” in our company name, we could hardly allow ourselves to miss out on the fact that it is World Space Week; a week-long international celebration of space (and the science and technology that supports our understanding and exploration of space).

World Space Week takes place every year between 4th and 10th October; the former being the date on which the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, was launched in 1957 and the latter being the date on which the “Outer Space Treaty” was put into force in 1967.

With this in mind, we thought we’d take a look at some names that have an extra-terrestrial flavour.

All of the planets within our solar system have been named after mythological gods and goddesses (with the exception of Earth); these names were taken from the Roman pantheon of gods, while many of the moons and satellites that orbit these planets have names taken from Greek mythology (usually related to the Roman counterpart used for the name of the planet they orbit).

MERCURY ~ VENUS ~ EARTH ~ MARS ~ JUPITER ~ SATURN ~ URANUS ~ NEPTUNE ~ PLUTO (yes, we know, technically Pluto is a dwarf planet)
  • Mars’ moons are DEIMOS and PHOBOS, named after the children of Ares - the Greek equivalent of Mars.
  • Jupiters’ moons are named after (some of) the lovers and children of Zeus (the Greek equivalent of Jupiter) and include: ADRASTEA, AMALTHEA, CALLISTO, DIA, ELARA, EUROPA, IO, LEDA, METIS, PASIPHAE, and THEBE.
  • Saturns’ moons are named after Titans and Giants from Greek mythology (Cronus, the leader of the Titans, was the Greek equivalent of Saturn), other figures from Greek and Roman mythology, along with giants from the Inuit, Norse, and Gallic mythologies, including: ATLAS, AEGIR, ANTHE, CALYPSO, DAPHNIS, DIONE, FENRIR, JANUS, KARI, MIMAS, PALLENE, PAN, PANDORA, PHOEBE, PROMETHEUS, and RHEA.
  • Uranus’ moons are named after literary characters created by Shakespeare and Alexander Pope (the first moons to be discovered were named after "spirits of the air" - i.e. the fairies TITANIA and OBERON and the sylphs ARIEL and UMBRIEL - because Uranus is the Roman god of the sky), including: BELINDA, BIANCA, CORDELIA, CRESSIDA, CUPID, DESDEMONA, FERDINAND, FRANCISCO, JULIET, MAB, MARGARET, MIRANDA, OPHELIA, PERDITA, PORTIA, and ROSALIND.
  • Neptune’s moons are named for water deities from Greek mythology (as Neptune is the Roman god of the sea), including: GALATEA,
    HALIMEDE, LARISSA, NAIAD, NEREID, NESO, PSAMATHE, SAO, and TRITON (although one is still known as the rather catchy S/2004 N 1!).
  • Plutos’ moons are named after figures from Greek mythology with connections to the Underworld (which was, of course, ruled over by Pluto): CHARON, HYDRA, KERBEROS, NIX, and STYX.
While Earth itself wasn’t named after a god or goddess, there are many “Earth Goddesses” who have been/are worshipped as the personification of the Earth – with GAIA being the Greek name and TERRA being the Roman equivalent.

Another source of space-inspired names is constellations and some of the stars that feature within these arrangements. In modern astronomy, there are 88 constellations officially recognised by the International Astronomical Union and they include 42 animals, 29 objects, and 17 humans/mythological characters.

ANDROMEDA (the chained princess) AQUILA (the eagle) ARA (the altar)
ARIES (the ram) AURIGA (the charioteer) CARINA (the keel)
CASSIOPEIA (the chained queen) COLUMBA (the dove) CRUX (the southern cross)
CYGNUS (the swan or northern cross) DELPHINUS (the dolphin) DRACO (the dragon)
GEMINI (the twins CASTOR & POLLUX) GRUS (the crane) HERCULES (the hero)
LACERTA (the lizard) LEO (the lion) LUPUS (the wolf) LYNX (the lynx)
LYRA (the lyre) NORMA (the carpenter’s square) ORION (the hunter)
PAVO (the peacock) PERSEUS (the hero) PHOENIX (the mythical bird)
TUCANA (the toucan) VELA (the sails)
VIRGO (variously identified as ASTRAEA, DEMETER, ERIGONE, and SHALA)


Of course, there are plenty of names that take inspiration from things associated with space itself, such as:


Of course, if you’re eager to spend time watching the night sky at this time of the year, you’ll definitely need to wrap up warm – and our multipurpose Stikins ® name labels are an ideal way to keep track of all those extra winter warmers.

Our name labels measure just 30mm wide by 15mm high, which means they fit neatly onto the wash-care label of all sorts of fabric items – so you can find them easily when you need to read the label but they can also be tucked discretely out of sight when they’re not needed. Each label is white in colour and is either printed with a bold black font OR is available as a blank label for you to personalise as you wish (as part of our Stikins ® Name Label Kit).

Each label is made with our unique Stikins ® adhesive, which has been specially developed and independently tested to make sure that it can survive repeat trips through the washing machine (as well as repeat exposure to the delights of British weather!).

Stikins ® can be ordered online (at, by post, or by phone.