An Entertaining Look at Names and Naming
We all get to name something in our lifetime. We can treat the occasion as a solemn duty, a mindless chore, or a chance to express our creativity or our sense of humor. In any case, we seldom realize what power there is in naming something—in creating a string of syllables that others must use. It is like inventing a new word for the language. Even if the sounds and spelling are old, that new label you assign to someone or something gets a new definition, a new meaning for the people around you—and maybe, if fate dictates, for the whole world.
Sports Team Names
Baseball Team Names — A list of Major League Baseball team names, past and present.
Major League Baseball team standings — Sort teams by statistics from 1901 to the present.
Basketball Team Names — A list of professional team names, past and present.
Football Team Names — A list of professional teams, past and present, for American football.
National Football League team standings — Sort teams by statistics from 1933 to the present.
Hockey Team Names — A list of professional team names, past and present.
All Professional Team Names; Sortable — A list of professional sports team, past and present.
College Team Names with Variable Sorting — A complete list of college team names in the United States.
Famous Cowboy Names
Other Name Lists
Best Picture Awards — A listing of Academy Awards for best picture.
Best Actor Awards — A listing of Academy Awards for best actor.
Famous Dog Names — Dog movie stars, and other famous canines.
Famous Ship and Boat Names — A list of famous sailing vessels.
Famous Masked Heroes — What were they called during their day job?
Famous Streets, Roads and Byways — Famous Street and Roads the around the world.
U.S. Presidents — A list of presidential facts you can sort on several facts about them.
The Chemical Elements — A list of the chemical elements, sortable on several characteristics.
State Names — Origins and meanings of the American state namess and other facts.
Renaming the States — What if we could rename the States...
Hair Raising Names — Barbers are great at creating pun-ishing names for their businesses.
Fun With Names — Ivan Itch and lots more.
Common Name Phrases — Many first names have become part of the English language.
Silly Business Names — Some clever business names aren’t so clever.
Jack O’ Words — The name Jack is part of many common English phrases.
Common American Surnames — Comparison of occurrences between 1990 and 1790.
Children Surnames — Options for naming the kids.
Roles and Names — The many names you have.
Boat Name Generator — Got a boat to name?
Street Name Generator — Want to invent a pastural name for a street?
Fictional Name Generator — Create your own fictional name
Indian Name Generator — Create your own fictional name
Articles about Names
What is a Name? — That question is finally answered.
Strong Names/Weak Names — Why are some names stronger than others?
Commercial Names — You don’t buy a good commercial name, you sell it.
Place Names — Surveying the names of states and cities in the United States.
Street Names — The story of street names in the United States.
Sports Names — A look at the game of naming sports teams.
Improving Football — Some suggestions for American football.
You Are Not Your Name — Don’t take your personal name personally.
Surnames and Her-Names — The history and future of last names.
This and That Names — How we name pets, boats, churches, newspapers and more.
Name Train — Why is Jimmy Johnson so upset?
The Johnson Formula — How many people do you know? Try this.