Little boys who call names are wicked boys, and are very false boys too.
For one can scold and call names with a much better grace in Latin than in French or any tame modern tongue.
But now Marija was able to call names in English, and so she got the woman who made the mistake to disliking her.
She knew her mistress was very "particular," and did not allow any one in her house to "call names."
Never had Mr. Thorpe, on any former occasion, been known to call names, or bang doors.
You said to me once yourself that it's only rude children that call names; and I'm sure Curdie wouldn't be rude.
It was not at all painful, but extremely funny, to hear Gid call names, for he never did it in a provoking way at all.
But I think you might have asked me in a nicer way, and not call names, and smash things all about!
The more young and inexperienced he used to teach to talk saucily, and call names.
It would be invidious to call names or describe individual cases, and could answer no necessary purpose.
Old English nama, noma "name, reputation," from Proto-Germanic *namon (cf. Old Saxon namo, Old Frisian nama, Old High German namo, German Name, Middle Dutch name, Dutch naam, Old Norse nafn, Gothic namo "name"), from PIE *nomn- (cf. Sanskrit nama; Avestan nama; Greek onoma, onyma; Latin nomen; Old Church Slavonic ime, genitive imene; Russian imya; Old Irish ainm; Old Welsh anu "name").
Meaning "famous person" is from 1610s. Meaning "one's reputation" is from c.1300. As a modifier meaning "well-known," first attested 1938. Name brand is from 1944; name-calling attested from 1846; name-dropper first recorded 1947. name-tag is from 1903; name-child attested from 1845. The name of the game "the essential thing or quality" is from 1966; to have one's name in lights "be a famous performer" is from 1929.
He who once a good name gets,
May piss a bed, and say he sweats.
["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]
Old English namian "to name, call; nominate, appoint," from source of name (n.). Related: Named; naming.