Name My Car

Words have meaning and names have power. — Author Unknown

There is something about putting a name to an item that can transform it into something bigger than it really is.

Naming things helps to take ownership.  It lets us feel invested into whatever it was we named.  If something has a name, its less likely we give it up, get rid of it, or forget it (Which may explain why I still own ‘T’. A tee shirt I’ve had for the better part of 10 years).

Probably no inanimate object in the history of mankind has been named more often than cars (although I would be willing to bet there was more than a few chariots in ancient Rome that had names).  Some of these cars have become celebrities and they have their names to thank for that.  Would anyone besides hippies and Phish fans remember a 1963 VW Beetle?  You probably would if it was named Herbie.  Bo and Luke Duke had one of the greatest cars ever but a nameless car from Hazzard County can be replaced unless it’s the General Lee.  Then you get Crazy Cooter to fix it. Do I even have to explain KITT?

The point is, people feel more connected when there is a name attached and guys name their cars all the time.  It may have to do with specific anatomical insecurities, it may just be a true sign of affection towards an inanimate object (leave it to us to love a piece of metal enough to name it), or it could be engrained in our DNA to do such things?  Whatever the reasons, I have not excluded myself from naming my cars.

I’ve had the Goblin (a green Jetta), Snow Cat (a white Golf), the Batmobile (a black Jetta), Black Beauty (a Chevy Blazer) and Bullet (a silver Jetta wagon) to name a few.  It is something I have always done.  Something I am going to continue to do right now but I want your help.

I recently bought a dark blue 2009 Honda Accord.

I like my car but I want to love my car (especially because I’m going to be paying for it for the next 60 months) so I need a name.   Which is why I am having a contest!

Name Founding a Father’s Car Contest!

The rules are fairly simple.

All are welcome to enter.

In the comment section, send me a name.

Any name.  It can be a female’s name.  It can be a superhero name.  It can be an animal name.  It can be a play on words dealing with the car.  Be as creative as you like. Also, if you’ve named or name your car, let me know what the name is. I’m interested.

No vulgarity. Nothing crude or derogatory. I’ll be deleting those immediately. Let’s try to remember I’m trying to name my car so I can love it like a living thing…so let’s have some maturity. Seriously. No bad stuff.

I’ll run the contest starting now until Wednesday, May 17th, 2012 at noon EST.  Since I may know some of the people who are leaving comments, I am going to let my kids and wife decide so no one can blame me for being biased.

The winner will have the satisfaction of knowing their name will forever be attached to my car (all manner of thanking, hyping, and promoting said winner via social media will be done).  Also, as an added bonus, I will send the winner an original autographed drawing.

While I may not be famous now, one day you’ll be able to sell that drawing on e-Bay for at least as much as a picture of a piece of toast with Jesus’ face burnt in to it.

So please, help me out. Send me your best car names!



13 responses to “Name My Car

  1. How about Harmony. Get it, it’s a play on Accord.


  2. 1) Babe (the blue ox!)
    2) Neytiri (Avatar!)
    3) Jake Sulley (haha Avatar, again)
    4) Bluebell


  3. My first vehicle was a 1972 GMC Pick-up Truck. It was brown and rusty and I put a Thrush muffler on it so it was loud as hell. I called it the Screamin’ Buffalo. It was famous!

    Blue Honda Accord. Hmmm…. I’m thinking Benny because of your twitter name. The car is Benny and you are the Jetts.


  4. How about Bruiser? As a dad, I’m sure you encounter lots of black & blue boo-boos. I also like the previous suggestion. And thanks, EduDad, now I have Benny & the Jets stuck in my head!


  5. If the car is blue, then it simply must be named Blue Steel.

    Why? Because water is the essence of wetness.


  6. Thunder. I looked at your car and that’s the name that came out at me.

    Incidentally, I’ve asked both of my cars what there names were. My old Honda Prelude was Ellie. Short for Elanor. And my current car a black Honda Fit is Lizzie. Short for Elizabeth. I asked, they told me.

    And your car told me he wanted to be called Thunder. That’s my method and I’m sticking to it. 😀


  7. Smurfette.

    (I also name cars…Tiny and Stinky were the latest members of the family)


  8. How about letting your kids name it.. I picked up a subaru and tried to get my 4 year old son to call it subie, he heard zoomi, like the kids show team Oomi zoomi, needless to say the cars name is Oomi zoomi…
    For the blue accord, I think I would go with something feminate, like Samantha, Sam for short…


  9. My mini vans name was Vanna Red, instead of turning the letters she turned the miles. My Gold 1998 Saturn SW2 is named Goldie Horn!
    Unfortunately, without being able to ride in your new car. I have a hard time naming it. I’ll keep thinking.


  10. Thank you all for posting your names. I’ve gotten all the names together and will be having the kids look them over. I’ll be announcing a winner soon!


  11. Alexis Wildermuth

    I like the name Blue Bandit. I am also considering a name for my car. It’s a midnight blue BMW 5 series. Any suggestions?


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