I could never find a username that I liked enough to stick with it for long before I got to this one. I was asking a friend to help me come up with a username. Actually, he suggested "LavenderLight" and I almost went with it. It's pretty, but like I told him, "it doesn't quite have the... whimsical feel that I'm going for". Then it hit me. Since we were already on the alliteration train with LavenderLight, I decided on WhimsicalWays. And I figured it would be easier to remember what to call me if it was just a shorthand version of my username, so I go by Whim.
Honestly, I just wanted something with a soft and cute feel, so I started thinking of words that gave me the vibe I was going for, and "daydream" was one of them. I also always really liked -escent words, "Evanescent", "Efflorescent", etc, so I eventually settled on adding one to the name. Effervescent also means bubbly, which makes me think of something "bubbly" and happy. On top of that, something about applying a physical quality (being bubbly or fizzy) to a nonphysical thing (a daydream) feels somehow poetic to me and I like that.
“Scientific hooliganism” was a phrase used to describe a phone prank back in the 1800s and I really liked it and wanted to make it my dA username but the name was too long for deviantArt so I removed the “-ism” part and the name stuck.
Archie is my name now and was my birth name as Zonic (a lot of us changed our names for some reason or another.) I decided that since I am trans, I would just keep the name Archie. My name as Zonic was Archibald but I hate that name, I prefer the shorter version. Ace, I guess in some way symbolises how I had a flawless record as Zonic and how I was and still am proud of that, even though I can't really take credit for being a dimension-hopping cop anymore.
Sapphire's my name, I happened upon it by comparing me and barker (median twins) to ruby and sapphire in steven universe. Barker is very like ruby - impulsive and enthusiastic and loud, favorite color red, and I'm more like sapphire - calmer and analytical, favorite color blue. Overall I'm not terribly similar to sapphire the character, but the name fit me instantly
Lopori is the name of my fursona and general online alias. It is originally the name of a river that runs through bonobo habitat in DRC, plus the name of a bonobo at the nearby zoo, I found it to be a very pretty name so I nabbed it for myself. To an extent it's a were name too since I feel like the bonobo part of me is being addressed directly when I go by Lopori. It's as much my real name as my actual real name.
It's the translation of troodon, which I used to call my theriotype before scientists declared troodon invalid and renamed what I am stenonychosaurus...which ironically enough used to be used before they went with troodon. Anyway, I stayed with Wounding Tooth since I think it's better sounding than the meaning of stenonychosaurus, Narrow Claw lizard.