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


    Mine started off as being named after wine grapes, merlot, cabernet, shiraz etc, but have recently branched out a bit, new laptop is called absinthe.

      Hey I like the alcohol idea. I'll keep this in mind.

    Going all the way back to my trusty old C64 I've named my PCs Edgar (from Electric Dreams). My current PC is Edgar VII.
    My servers on the other hand are just SRV01, SRV02... etc

      Love it!

      That was the first movie I ever borrowed from a shop. My dad told me to get it because it was about a computer that came to life. I spent 90 minutes trying to figure out the bad hair and why there was all this kissy crap in a computer movie.

    We name ours after starwars systems. Our main network drive is deathstar (cause it keeps blowing up), we also have degoba and tatooine.

      Same here - When I take my laptop to work, I keep having to tell people how to spell Dathomir to access the file share.

    Batman for my main PC, as it's a black beast.
    Robin for my media Centre TV as it's pretty much just a lacky.
    Thinktank for my laptop, cause it's a Lenovo Thinkpad.
    I've used SuperMan before and would probably use other super heroes like GreenLantern, SpiderMan, Wolverine, Cyclopes, etc
    Also considered using Greek Gods. Had a client at work do that, seemed cool, though wasn't that good for work environment. Would be fine for home though.

    Last edited 25/10/12 1:59 pm

    I use The Simpsons. Hardware is characters (main(-ish) characters for PCs, secondary characters for phones and other devices), network infrastructure is locations.

    I bought a pc from an old isp that was liquidated and it had Homer tapped across it, another one had The Deathstar written on it which sounded way cooler.

    My PC case is a big, red NZXT Phanton case. It reminds me of the Royal Guards from Star Wars, so I've named it Imperial.

    Everest, Kangchenjunga, Kailash, Dhaulagiri. Big mountains and stuff

    My old work used to have the network drives as Kirk, Spock etc. But slowly they all disappeared and we were only left with Kirk, and by that time I was the only one who knew the meaning...

    Router/ssid is Threshold.
    My first server was Castle, and my new server is Sphynx (yes, spelt like that)
    My small NetBook is Sting (The Hobbit)
    2 gaming PCs are Hydra and Scylla
    2 laptops are Chimera and Quetzalcoatl

    Laptop named Tesla after my favourite scientist, phone named Buzz after a dog I knew. No schema, though I'll probably continue with the scientist names when the time comes - so if you have any suggestions of eccentric geniuses, let me know.

    Erm.. Pancake, Pancake Junior, Pancake III and my laptop is Echelon. ^_^

      Oh - And my phones have been Navi and Nayru. <3 LoZ!

    For the most part I've used the nine muses of Apollo (Euterpe, Clio, Terpsichore, etc.)

    I have all kinds of servers and other devices that connect to my various networks. I name them all after pokemon. Starting from number 1 :)

    For a small business, servers, yeah, names like Batman, Superman, Homer, Bart, Lisa are cool names - but anything more. But when you have hundreds of servers, doing this will get confusing.

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