What Do You Name Your Computers?

Picking a good naming scheme for your networked computers, server and other devices is important. If you're feeling stumped coming up with unique and memorable names, consult this awesome Network Naming Schemes wiki.

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The site lists a wide number of suggestions, including: Batman characters, books of the Bible, Linux flavours, stars used for navigation, dwarven characters, infamous cars, Japanese foods, and a whole lot more. They're organised alphabetically and also by server type and general categories. Use the random page link to quickly find inspiration.

Feel free to contribute your own and help out with the pages that need more work.

The site suggests that these schemes can be used to find unique and scalable names not just for computing devices, but also projects, products, and even pets or kids.

What do you use?

Network Naming Schemes


    At one place I worked they used days of the work week. Monday through Friday. They did it because to keep those WIndows Servers running sweet, that was the day they were rebooted....

    I use the generic placeholder text so I have the main server as 'Lorem' then whatever is generated by http://www.lipsum.com/

    I used game characters - Mario, Sonic, etc... Always fun when you had to upgrade Sonic to make it faster, or; after 100 requests, you finally get the coin to 1UP the Mario server..!

    Our family uses Star Trek ships and our home server is Deep Space 9

    For my computers, I use star system names: Rigel, Betelgeuse, Antares. For external drives (that go between them) I use sci-fi ship names: Lexx, Red Dwarf, Prometheus.

    Shuttle for the shuttle PC
    Voyager for my notebook
    Mothership I, II, III, and now Mothership IV for each big PC I've built.

    When I was responsible for maintaining a small network in one company (I was deemed most suitable because I knew how to ctrl/alt/del to forcequit) I used names of Latin American dictators for all the computers. From memory, there was Batista, Peron, Pinochet, Stroessner... the list is endless. It got a few raised eyebrows, but what were my bosses gonna do.

    Some interesting suggestions, although I am not sure who is going to use this: http://namingschemes.com/Vagina_Synonyms

    Wireless SSID - Cry_Havoc
    PC - Let_Slip
    Router - Dogs_Of_War

    I named my first PC Osiris, and everything has been named for an Egyptian god ever since. It doesn't stop at computers, I have named phones, TVs, my cat, even my new washing machine. I'm running out of main gods, and have to look up more obscure ones.

    I use elements from the periodic table to name machines. The last octet of the private IP address is mapped to the atomic number, so my router ( is named hydrogen, my main server (oxygen) is

    Quite simply, I call my computer "Shitbox", because it is.

    We've been using Middle Earth inspired names for about ten years now. Helm's Deep used to be the family desktop, Weathertop was my old tower PC, Bree was my mother's laptop, and so on. My current laptop - a convertible tablet PC - is Brandywine (a sort of border between two device worlds), my wife's laptop is Moria (deep thoughts for a PhD candidate), and the desktop tower connected to the flatscreen TV is Orthanc (a tower with a far-reaching eye!). There are so many places to choose from that it'll be a while before we run out of options :)

    I use names like Io, Xerxes, Lusankya.

    Either old gods or lore from other sources.

    My naming scheme for my home network is possibly the most lame of anyone here. Before I set up the network, all the computers had default windows generated names. When I took control, I named my laptop awesome. Since then every new computer gets the name awesome with a roman numeral suffix.

    WiFi - TheManufactory
    PC's - TheForge, TheAnvil, TheVice, TheHammer
    HTPC - TheWatchtower

    Characters from the Austin Powers series...

    Windows 7 system - fat bastard
    Second Windows 7 system - number 2
    Ubuntu Laptop - austin
    Ubuntu Netbook - mini me
    XBMC PC running on Ubuntu - foxy

    I use characters and locations from the Thomas Covenant novels for production servers and characters from Futurama for test servers. Client PCs are just stuffed with an area-department-user code designation.

    Any name starting with H. Henry, Hugo, Helga. My phone's name is Helga's kid.

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    At a place I used to work the naming convention was 4 letter site code + server function + counter which was great until we went from Openmail to Exchange and we ended up with ABESEXCHANGE001 as I recall the naming convention changed after that.

    Last computer the drives were named after skeelo's song I wish.

    One was taller,
    Another was the baller drive
    The last one was a girl.

    Main PC is called 'Nirvana'
    , laptop is called 'MiniBuddha'
    , phone is called 'MicroBuddha'.

    Cthulhu mythos, we name everything after different Elder Gods.

    Im going to go boring and use a Location-Role-OS-NUMBER naming convention as you need something like that when you manage 1200+ VMs.

    But as this is a bit tongue in cheek - the best name I have seen for a server within a clients DMZ was Christmas_ Island!

    I built up a fairly powerful desktop PC a few years ago that, through a typo, got called "Gruntr". The name stuck, and I now have "Servr", "Printr", "Creatr" (actually Gruntr dual booted into Ubuntu Studio) and "XMBCr" (yeah, that one's lame)... Never managed to apply the schema to iPad/iPhone though... any suggestions?

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