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.
Famous Cowboy Names
Famous Cowboys Actors — Notable personalities of film and TV whose fame was predominantly in westerns
Famous Cowboy Characters on Screen — Notable cowboy characters in western movies and TV series
Legends of the Old West — Notable personalities of the West
Sports Team Names
Baseball Team Names — A list of professional baseball team names, past and present.
Major League Baseball Team Standings — Sort MLB teams by statistics from 1901 to the present.
Basketball Team Names — A list of professional baseball team names, past and present.
National Football Team Names — A list of professional football team names, past and present.
National Football League Team Standings — Sort NFL teams by statistics from 1933 to the present.
Hockey Team Names — A list of professional hockey team names, past and present.
All Professional Team Names; Sortable — A list of all professional sports team, past and present.
Best List of American Colleges & Universities — A complete list of American colleges and universities.
Other Name Lists
Best List of Famous Dog Names — Dog movie stars, and other famous canines.
Best List of Famous Ship and Boats — Best list of famous sailing vessels.
Famous Fictional Detectives — Private detectives in books, movies and TV.
Best List of Famous Streets, Roads and Byways — Famous Street and Roads the around the world.
Best List of Respectable U.S. Presidents — Sort by biographical facts, like number of siblings, heigth, BMI, etc.
State Names — Origins and meanings of the American state names and other facts.
Renaming the States — What if we could rename the States...
Famous Masked Heroes — What were they called during their day job?
Boat Name Maker — Got a boat to name?
Street Name Maker — Want to invent a pastoral name for a street?
Fictional Name — Create your own fictional name
Indian Name — Create your own Indian name
Hair Raising Names — Barbers are great at creating pun-ishing names for their businesses.
Silly Business Names — Some clever business names aren’t so clever.
Jack O’ Words — The name Jack is part of many common English phrases.
Fun With Names — Funny Names Unless One of Them is Yours.
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 Team Names — A look at the game of naming sports teams.
Surnames and Her-Names — The history and future of last names.
Common Surnames in the U.S. — Most common surnames, 2000 compared to 1790.
Naming Odyssey — How we name pets, boats, churches, newspapers and more.
The Johnson Formula — How many people do you know? Try this.
You Are Not Your Name — Don’t take your personal name personally.
Name Meanings — The meaning of names and much more.
Behind the Name — The etymology and history of first names