What’s In a Name

What’s in a Name? takes viewers on a fun and exciting romp through history, telling the stories of the names we know best—from perfume to hockey teams, cars to wrestlers. Every episode begins with someone who needs to name something: a newly invented electric car, a mouthwatering chocolate bar, a baby about to be born.  Along the way, experts and celebrities offer advice.  Actor George Wendt (Norm from Cheers) gives tips on naming beer, astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield names a new space exploration robot, wrestling legends Bret Hart and Hulk Hogan weigh in on punchy names in the ring, and Randy Bachman gives a young band tips on finding a name that rocks.  We look at which names have worked throughout history, which haven’t, and why it matters.

The WhatsInAName.com immersive website offers a cool dashboard of interactive elements including polls, quizzes and social media modules. The site also allows users to discover the meaning, popularity and origin of their own names, create and submit stories on names, and explore other users’ name stories. Experts from the TV series contribute to a name-themed blog giving users the opportunity to write in and have their questions answered. Viewers can also catch up on missed episodes and web-exclusive video.

What’s in a Name? was produced in association with History Television Canada. Distribution and sales handled by Distribution360.

  • Category:  Unscripted
  • Sub Category:  Factual entertainment
  • Target Audience: 25-55
  • Episodes: 13 x 30
  • Starring: Col. Chris Hadfield, George Wendt, Bret Hart, Hulk Hogan, Randy Bachman
  • Partners: History Television, Distribution360