What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever named?
Most of you are on Nameberry to find a name for your baby. Others are looking for either a fictional character or a pet name. (Or are just crazy about names!) But that’s just the beginning of things that could be named.
Which brings us to our question of the week: What’s the weirdest, funniest, most out-there thing you’ve ever named?
Have you ever named a kayak? A statue? A freckle?
What about when you were a kid? You probably named your dolls and stuffed animals, but how about other toys or even a blanket?
What did you name it? And why?
It’s OK, by the way, if the weirdest thing is an animal or character or something else– as long as you tell us which one was the most unusual! (A pet iguana or ocelot, say.)
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on February 27th, 2018 at 11:58 pm
My first car was Howie, my Second is Nova, I have a guitar that I call Bucky, and a Quidditch broom I call Felix. Most were named on instinct but my broom was name Felix because of the meaning luck and fortune which I hoped it would bring me during my games. My team mates who are less versed in the world of names simply assumed it was a reference to Felix Felicis which was fine with me.
on February 28th, 2018 at 12:09 am
My first truck was Owen, my blue Honda was Tess, my red Volvo is Althea June (what my husband had wanted to name his daughter from his first marriage).
I named his white truck Orlando and his current truck Roger Marlowe (after a birdwatcher I used to date).
My lawnmower was Olivia (before it became so big and yes, she did start better once I started calling her that).
My houses have been Many Gardens, Windy Poplars, Mabel, Plumbago, Cerulean (after one of my favorite Crayola names) and currently The Eaves at Lush Thicket.
My trusty white sewing machine is Constance.
Our flower beds are named after all our beloved late animals.
And of course there are named body parts, which I will save for the x-rated version of nameberry. 🙂
on February 28th, 2018 at 12:40 am
I named childhood pets Ziggy, Snow White, Phoenix and Poppy
When I would play pretend when I was little I would choose my ‘name’ to be Amy or Vanessa, my ‘boyfriend’s’ name Toby or Mason, and my ‘kids’ names Lily, Eleanor, Riley, Liam or Benji…all of which just because I liked them
My removed appendix was Otis, my brain tumour is Ned and my lipoma growth is Rodney…Otis just because, Ned because it rhymes with head, and Rodney because it annoys me haha
on February 28th, 2018 at 1:02 am
My car is currently Oberpfaffenhofen (Ober, for short) because my cars are named after the airport code the number plate correlates to. All of our joint owned technology and his stuff is named after TV/Film robots (S/O’s computer is currently Wall-e), my stuff is named after Percy Jackson characters. But I think these are all pretty standard things to name…
on February 28th, 2018 at 1:17 am
I started my name obsession with naming my coloured pencils when I was 8. I had a plastic hedgehog and they all fit in there. I didn’t use them once they were in there!
on February 28th, 2018 at 3:42 am
I named my musical instruments. My violin was Louis and my viola was Myrtle.
on February 28th, 2018 at 6:32 am
I named a plant Susan because I felt that if I had to take care of it that it needed a name.
We had a bat in the place I worked once and I named it Bruce (after Batman).
I named my second phone Laverne, then it was Shirley, followed by Louise, and my current one is Thelma.
on February 28th, 2018 at 6:48 am
Not too weird, but I name my succulents… I have Claira, Thaddeus, and Pearl and another plant named Emerson.
on February 28th, 2018 at 6:58 am
My first notebook was named Wilbur… It died the blue death in the old age of four years and will always be missed.
The white cedar tree in my backyward is called Mister Samuel Evergreen from the day we moved in.
I have a joke body pillow with a sexy skelleton in it that I call Caretaker (in a omnious voice, usually).
My favorite mug is Linda.
And a toy-art stuffed sheep with occult-like embroidery I have is called Sheepheus (as in Sheep + Morpheus).
I name things, aparently.
on February 28th, 2018 at 7:44 am
I named my sewing machine Skye and my mannequin Lydia.
on February 28th, 2018 at 8:42 am
The carafe I make coffee in every morning is called Rowena.
on February 28th, 2018 at 9:12 am
I had some medical issues as a kid, and had to have periodic testing that involved and IV needle left in for a couple of hours. The needle’s name was always Charlie, and the little plastic cover they taped over him was his house.
on February 28th, 2018 at 9:13 am
I have a sweet potato in the cupboard that’s starting to sprout, named Boris.
on February 28th, 2018 at 9:31 am
I named my friends BEARD 5 years ago. To this day I can’t hear the name Felix without associating it with his beard.
on February 28th, 2018 at 9:34 am
Oh and the large format printers and cutters at my Office are Luke, Leia, K2 and C3PO.
There’s also a large fan named Nancy Grace…
on February 28th, 2018 at 9:53 am
Six year old me used to name her teeth when they fell out. . .
on February 28th, 2018 at 10:04 am
Our Google Chrome is called Henry. We shout ‘throw it to Henry’ when binge watching movie trailers that need to be on the big screen 🙂
on February 28th, 2018 at 10:54 am
I name all my cacti and orchids and my sister recently named her stuffed minion Freddie.
on February 28th, 2018 at 11:10 am
We had this chicken shaped egg hard boiler that I named Henrietta as a kid; got to the point where we would use the term “Henrietta eggs” instead of hard boiled eggs or deviled eggs. My mom still has her and now I own the lovely Lady Cluck to make my Henrietta eggs
on February 28th, 2018 at 11:14 am
I remember naming a microscope as a group in science, I think we called it Bartholomew Xanthippe.
on February 28th, 2018 at 11:27 am
I named my sourdough starter Boris because he came from a town with a lot of russian heritage. And there was a bird drawing incorporating a knot in the wood on my desk I named Horatio.
On a slightly different note, the most embarrassing name I ever gave was to a cat. I was still learning English as a kid and I was reading a book with twins named Dick and Dorothea. My cat had kittens and I named them all after characters in the book: Peggy, Dorothea, Nancy and… Dick. Unfortunately for Dick, he was not a healthy kitten and stayed very small, so his name became Little Dick. They had a good laugh at the vet clinic. I changed his name once I figured it out.
on February 28th, 2018 at 11:32 am
I named my Bari Sax Clarabelle. My Alto Sax Beluah and my Piccolo Pinky.
on February 28th, 2018 at 1:33 pm
I had a piggy bank as a child that I named Mortimer Q. Purple.
on February 28th, 2018 at 2:07 pm
I named my “girls” in high school. My left is Persephone cause it’s a name I figured I would never actually use on future children. And my right was Penelope, a name that I didn’t like as much but matched in syllables and assonance. It’s grown on me since.
But the weirdest thing I named stemmed from the above. My high school gal pals were making fun since I was quite serious on naming my “girls” so they decided to name their belly buttons in mockery. I went along with it and named mine Ulrich after Ulrich Alphonse from Full Metal Alchemist because he lost his body and no longer had a belly button of his own.
To this day my friends and family know about Ulrich, Penelope and Persephone. It wasn’t a fad and doesn’t look to be fading anytime soon now that it’s not just a personal joke but the actual replacement words for said parts.
on February 28th, 2018 at 2:20 pm
I have a laptop named Cassandra who I call Cassie when a page won’t load or I drop it.
on February 28th, 2018 at 3:04 pm
Cars are the obvious ones.
My cars have been Babs, Trudy and Rainey.
My partner’s cars are Frostine and Sadie.
My sister has had Pete and Penny.
Our family friend had a pet skunk, and her name was Hilary. It really suited her, somehow.
on February 28th, 2018 at 3:11 pm
My car is called Kitty, but I don’t think its that uncommon to name a car.
All house spiders that are in my house are called Fred or Freddie, though my mum named them, not me. I was terrified of spider when we first moved into my house, and there were a lot of them, some of which were pretty big, and the only way my mum could get me to tolerate them a bit more was to name them, and act like they were all the name spider.
on February 28th, 2018 at 4:53 pm
I once named a pile of gardening dirt that my husband wouldn’t move out of the yard D’Irtagnan. Figured if he wouldn’t move it so it might as well be part of the family.
Our mini van is also named Goldie Vawn. Guess what colour she is?
on February 28th, 2018 at 5:01 pm
As a child, I named my cat after a Powerpuff Girl.
on February 28th, 2018 at 6:14 pm
My brother named his SOLID GREEN teddy bear “Rainbow Popcorn” and a guinea pig “Mini Me” (Austin Powers lol)
I named a cat “Keetuhn” because we didn’t know if she was a boy or a girl so named her “Kitten” but I always pronounced it funny so it became “Keetuhn” 😛
on February 28th, 2018 at 6:52 pm
Surprisingly it’s not me who’s named the oddest things in my house…my husband is a computer whiz & has more computer equipment than any normal private citizen. (He works for a defense company & the computer system in our house has more capability than the computer system at his office.) Anyway, every single piece of equipment has its own name; it’s a handy way for him to ID the piece of equipment if there’s a problem. He tends to use themes w/different groups of equipment as well; e.g., our printers are Brego, Roheryn, & Shadowfax. My laptop is Théoden. (I’m the Lord of the Rings geek.) There’s a whole group of Harry Potter-related names, although I’m blanking on any in particular. The shared drive for the house is Dewey, for the Dewey Decimal System (I’m a librarian). I’m pretty sure there are some Star Trek- & Star Wars-themed groups of equipment as well. 🙂
on February 28th, 2018 at 10:33 pm
I don’t name much ‘weird’ stuff, although I have a very active friend who often gets injured and names all her bruises/scabs/cuts etc. It’s quite funny actually- “Frank’s healing up nicely” or “Lilian turned purple yesterday”
on February 28th, 2018 at 11:56 pm
Apparently musicians have a knack cor naming instruments. My school cello section named all the cellos last year: Gwyneth, Jefferson, Louise, Rose (mine), Fat Amy, and Fat Patricia. My trumpet is named Theodore, and my friend’s saxophone is Gloria. My boyfriend named his baritone Shaniqua and his trombone Sharkiesha (idk why, he’s just like that). The school piccolos are Vanessa, Mystique, and Cherry Blossom. All instruments aside, my car is Penny (due to the sheer amount of pennies found inside when I got it), the garbage can I keep nearly hitting is Bill, and my purse is Anastasia. Also, my Destination Imagination team has a broken car tire named Jeffrey and a stuffed-animal turtle head that has been named, at one point or another, Geoffrey/Prince/Bob/My Dark Minion/Beck/Geoff/Methuselah/Bob.
on March 1st, 2018 at 12:59 am
Named my laptop Johnny Appleseed. It’s a MacBook. I call him ‘Johnny’ for short. My Chromecast is named Platinum instead of something normal like XFamilyChromecast. Cars aren’t too weird to name, but we bought a Kia and my mom demanded we give it a Korean name – my sister and I were just going to name it Reginald, nicknamed Reggie for short, so we had to think quick. (Good thing it takes hours to buy a car.) So, the car is named Young Jae Reginald – still Reggie for short. (Other Korean contenders included Dae Sung and Si Won. Young Jae was the only one our mom could pronounce correctly, so it’s Young Jae we went with.)
on March 1st, 2018 at 3:49 am
I name my plants:
A Palm Frond named Jane Fronda,
A Ficus named Phineas,
A Juncus named Juncissa Jones
A Devils Ivy called Pamela Ivesly
and three ferns:
on March 1st, 2018 at 9:09 am
I named my clarinet Daphne, all my plants are Herbert and when I was younger I named the seaweed at the beach Grünther (a mix between green and the German name Günther).
on March 1st, 2018 at 11:20 am
My boyfriend and I names my period Ariel. Yup, after The Little Mermaid as I was keeping tampons in a bag with her character on it. Now Aunt Flo doesn’t come to town, Ariel does. Or the tide comes in.
on March 1st, 2018 at 5:38 pm
When I was in middle school I had an odd group of friends. We LOVED to give inanimate objects names. All I can remember is for some reason we liked the name Philip A LOT. There was a period of time where everything was named Philip the something-eth. Like a basket ball in the gym stuck in the basketball net was Philip the 256th. We never even paid attention to the number. It was just whatever number that popped into our heads at the time. For whatever reason we thought it was hilarious and kept it up for a while…
on March 2nd, 2018 at 12:19 am
When I was little, I used to name all my stuffed animals. I still do, actually. Some of the animals’ names are:
Lumpy (my parents said that when they got me a Puff-A-Lump when I was 2, I christened him Lumpy)
Nune (I was about 3 when I named a stuffed dog this; I don’t remember where I came up with it)
Pew (after Blind Pew from Treasure Island)
When my sister and I were little, we had two pet turtles who we named Leonardo and Raphael.
on March 2nd, 2018 at 2:32 am
when i served in the army i named my M16 Cosmo.
also, when i was in middle school i had this funny ring with big googly eyes, and i have no idea why but i named it Flufflie.
on March 3rd, 2018 at 2:03 am
Starting with the more normal things to name, I have a stuffed purple llama named Darwin (named after my friend Will who got me obsessed with llamas in 6th grade and Dawn who gave me the llama-Darwin also means old friends and I’ve been friends with them for 10+ years so it’s a perfect name). My first car was named Ryan and my current car (same make and model, just a newer year) is named Bryan. One summer when I worked at camp my program area was pranked and the prank involved an inflatable sea horse I kept and named Felix. I worked at the lake at camp so I also named the boats. The rowboats were Denise, Holly, and Sharron (from P.S. I Love You because of the rowboat scene), Gunnar, Thor, and Sebastian (from Little Mermaid). The canoes were named after favorite campers so they all had names like Gabe, Connor, Alex, Keegan, Aaron, Jacob, Braxton, Merrick, Zach, etc. The kayaks were named Jude and Lucy (Beatles themed). The paddleboards were named Shamu, Layla, Lilo, and Henry.
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