This usually pertains to proper nouns. There are some signs for common proper nouns that are used frequently, but for names of people or places it is common to fingerspell, or spell the name using the sign language alphabet.
A common occurrence in deaf communities is to appoint a name sign to individuals, so that their names do not need to be spelled out each time. A name sign commonly consists of the first letter of the person’s name, with a motion near the head or shoulder. Some name signs are designed specifically from a person’s quirks, personality, or characteristics. Usually, the name sign is created by people who know the person well. Also, the name sign is usually remembered and used within the community or social circle.
When fingerspelling a word with a double consonant or vowel, you simply slide the handshape over when signing, unless the word has double Z’s. See the video below for an explanation.
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