What's in a name?
I play on around 10-12 sites, and I usually stick to Dogfish44 wherever possible... except on the few sites where your player name cannot be the same as your login name, in which case it becomes 44Dogfish.
I've used Dogfish as a nick when I first got online in the IRC chat rooms some 13 years ago. I used to buy my T-shirts from a little shop called Dogfish/Catfish (Dogfish for Guys, Catfish for girls) and so adopted that as my nick back in 1997.
The 44 comes from my old American Football number, and my birthday coincidentally happens to land on the 44th day of the year.
As I said earlier I am signed to around 10-12 sites but have a main six that I use regularly. The only exception to the above nickname criteria, is the first site I signed up for, FTP. On FTP I have the rather cumbersome ID of Dogfish44-MD57. When I signed up to FTP about a year ago, there was already a Dogfish44 and I didn't have the presence of mind then to switch it around. So I tagged on the end the MD57, to honour a close friend of mine who's death I learned of on Mothers Day 2009. Martyn Doust #57 was not only a close friend, but a team-mate and fellow coach for the UEA Pirates, our American Football team.
Where am I going with this, I hear you ask. Well, one year to the day of learning of Martyn's passing, I ended up placing 5th in the CC OFC $400 freeroll on FTP. So I guess someone was watching over me, but then again, what's in a name?