That’s right. October 2, 2013 is National Name Your Car Day. No one seems to know how this holiday got started–which means that you can’t really celebrate it in the wrong way. (Now, that’s my kind of holiday!)
History of vehicle naming
People have been naming their vehicles for thousands of years, with the oldest known example the formal-sounding Praise of the Two Lands, which was the name of an Egyptian ship in 2,613 BCE. Meanwhile, ancient Romans preferred ship names such as Mars, Hercules and Victoria.
And, as soon as cars began being manufactured for mass consumption, the manufacturers began brainstorming catchy names for different models. These names ranged from the Curved Dash Olds to the Model T, and from the Benz Velo to the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.
Popular car names
A statistic floating around online says that 61% of people name their cars. If you surf around, you’ll even find advice from a self-proclaimed “automobile psychologist” suggesting that you wait to understand your car’s personality (and know its gender!) before choosing a name.
People in Great Britain have apparently taken to car naming with great enthusiasm, with Confused.com listing the top 10 favorite names for male cars and the top 10 for female cars. Here is the entire list, with “Charlie” winning the jackpot for males and “Ruby” for females.
The site also offers another fun feature, whether you already have a name for your car or not:
- If you don’t, use this car naming generator that asks you a few simple questions before giving you a name and then select the option to print out a birth certificate.
- If you have already named your vehicle, then you simply enter in the name and print out your car’s birth certificate.
Cars that are featured in movies and television shows are often named, including:
- General Lee from Dukes of Hazzard
- KITT from Knight Rider
- Batmobile from Batman
- Bumblebee from Transformers
- Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters
- Christine from the Stephen King horror film of the same name
- Herbie from The Love Bug
Editor’s note: What about your car names? Share the most creative ones in the comments below.
Graphic courtesey of Carstache.com.