Daniel Morrison

Name or Title?

I find that I’m extremely particular about which objects should have a ‘title’ and which should have a ‘name’. Spending the better part of my day writing database-backed web applications, this comes up frequently.

Objects I give names:

Objects I give titles:

I’m not sure I can identify a reason, but one always feels right, and the other wrong.

Am I crazy?


  1. Pat — April 24, 2007

    I found myself pondering this exact same subject this afternoon. It seems to me that a title carries a connotation of status, whereas a name is a mere identifier. Anyway, I’m glad I’m not the only person thinking about this stuff.

  2. Bertg — March 05, 2008

    I usually just use name, it’s a form of convention.

    A person also might have a title like “Phd” or “Sir” so it should have both. Anyway, I don’t think it really matters that much, thats why we have ‘alias’ at our disposal :)

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  4. Babemo — January 26, 2023

    It is necessary to provide both since a person may also hold a title such as “Doctor” or “Sir.” Anyway, in my opinion, it probably doesn’t make that much of a difference, which is why we have the alias option available to us: geometry dash subzero

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