Derby names have to be unique -- there's a national registry, and if your desired name is the same as or even too similar to another skater's name, you can't use it.
That's too bad, because my first (and, I still think, best) idea for my own skate name was "Auntie Maim." No dice -- there's already a skater named "Annie Maim" and it's too similar.
Some of the other names Charlie and I thought up -- which are all already taken -- include Sara Whalin', Killary Clinton, Penny Pain and Punky Bruiser.
The names I am now considering, which don't appear to be taken:
- Queen of the Harpies
- Harriet Half-Nelson
I'll probably think of more before the time comes that I actually need one. :-)
Also, if any African-American derby girl out there needs a name, may I suggest "Michelle OSlamma"? It's not taken.