What’s in a name?


I have to keep pinching myself because I still can’t believe that the house is sold and the boat is under contract.  For months, thoughts of boat names have crossed my mind, but I put them aside, thinking “I have bigger things to get accomplished right now, then worrying about a name.”  I have been taking things step-by-step, but always thinking ahead to the next move.  Every step is a new one for me.  But, now is the time. Name Time!

The boat will be ready for Coast Guard documentation within the next couple of weeks.  The new name will be needed to complete this process.  My Mom and I have hashed over  some thoughts, but nothing has really hit me yet, as the one.  I want a unique name.  A name that no other boat has, but has meaning and/or purpose for us; a clever name.  Any bright ideas?

And… of course, the renaming ceremony.  I am very superstitious and the last thing I want to do is piss off the Greek Gods and sentence my new boat to an unlucky fate.

Capt Pat, from Boatsafe wrote an interesting article,  Renaming Your Boat.

“According to legend, each and every vessel is recorded by name in the Ledger of the Deep and is known personally to Poseidon, or Neptune, the god of the sea. It is logical therefore, if we wish to change the name of our boat, the first thing we must do is to purge its name from the Ledger of the Deep and from Poseidon’s memory.”

He goes on to describe the ceremony to properly change the boat name and avoid the wrath of the Gods.  There are several different variations of this ceremony, but they all have the same goal, to appease the Gods.  But first, we have to come up with the name.


Know any great boat names?  Leave a comment and your 2 cents!!!






What’s in a name? — 8 Comments

  1. Some ideas to try:
    -different languages
    -google for random name generators
    -names from old books
    -names of places
    -two part names
    -three part names
    -spiritual words
    -initials of your family names
    -make your own random word generator (pick letters from hat)
    -old books about sailing (finding something from there)
    -pirate names
    -old dictionaries
    -old English
    -ask your kids 🙂

  2. You said: “A name that no other boat has…”

    How do you intend to do that?

    IMHO, find one YOU like, has nothing to do with the rest of the world.

    Actually, Galaxy Girl wold be just fine. 🙂

    Good luck.

  3. Just one thing, if you havent found a name yet. Make sure the name can be pronounced three times clearly and understood. Like saying it fast three times on a radio transmission to call for help. I hear names on the radio all time that I cant even understand. A bad name for example would be “The Boat of us”. Can you imagine hearing this three times? Go ahead, try to say it. Crazy, huh? on the other hand something easy, like “Real Deal” would be easy to say and clearly understood. It took me a long time to find our name and I was just laying in bed one night and it came to me so dont work too hard on it, it will come.

    • Pate,
      That’s an excellent point and one that we did consider when choosing the name. If I said a name, by Mom would jokingly pretend that she was announcing it over the radio, saying “Come in (whatever name), come in. Then we would laugh and say, “Nope, that won’t work.” I actually settled on 45 Gaege as the boat’s new name. My youngest son is named Gaege. He wanted Gaege’s Yacht. So we got the bright idea to go with 45 Gaege (My Mom’s idea actually). We figured that it might be helpful in warding off intruders 😉