By Tobi Schwartz-Cassell
The winning answer: “Yes! Of course I name my cars!”
An eBay study, published in Fortune Magazine, found that 40% of Millennials name their cars, as opposed to 25% of Baby Boomers.
Despite those numbers, from the time my Baby Boomer friends and I started purchasing our cars in our 20s, we totally named them! Do I remember what I named mine? No. Does my current car have a name? You bet. It’s “Dot.”
So, here’s what I found out in my search:
Kerry D has a formula for naming her cars. “I usually go for alliteration,” she told me. Thus, her cars’ names: “Apollo the Accord,” “Nathan the Navigator,” “Ian the Intrepid” and “Carlos the Chrysler.”
Patricia Q-A’s last car was “Sandy,” a beige Toyota. Her very first car was purchased in the late 70s. It was a baby blue Mustang named “Livingston Blue” for singer Livingston Taylor.
Colleen M had a 1985 750-Honda Motorcycle she named “Godzilla.” The name was inspired by a Blue Oyster Cult song.
Bill S told me, “I own two Mustangs. They are based on a body that Ford code-named FOX. The hatchback has been a hobby car modified with junkyard parts. It’s a red FOX named “Fred Sanford.” The newer convertible was going to be “Ginger” but after driving it for a week I felt it was a bit clumsy and not light on its feet.” So instead of “Fred and Ginger,” Bill’s cars are named “Fred and Ethel.”
Natalie H’s Nissan was named “Maria.” Her Expedition was “Oprah.” She hasn’t yet settled on a name for her GMC Envoy.
Olivia A borrows her mom’s Red Ford Taurus X. Her boyfriend named it “Big Red.”
Melissa A has often contemplated getting vanity plates, but never thought to actually name her car. She doesn’t have to. Her daughter is Olivia A (above), whose boyfriend has already named it “Big Red.” Melissa got a big kick out of that.
Back in the day, Sharon G, named her dad’s car. She was 16 at the time and worked at Gino’s. Her dad always picked her up after her shift was over at 1 AM. He’d dutifully show up in his big black Mercury Grand Marquis, which to her and her co-workers looked just like a shark. You guessed it. They all named it “The Shark.”
Christy B-C called her red minivan “Minnie.” When it became her daughter’s car, she renamed it “Minnie Driver.”
Connor S owns “Rhonda the Honda.”
Natalie D owns “Terry the GMC Terrain.”
Shaina G’s first Mazda was named “Mushi Mushi.” Therefore, her second one is named “Mushi Mush II.”
And then there’s Denise F, who blew everyone out of the water. She’s had a lot of cars over the years, so hang on to your seatbelt! They are: “Joey,” “Lilac,” “Louie,” “Orangy,” “Blue Boy,” “Tighty Whitey” and “Rosy,” just to name a few.
We spend a lot of time in our cars, so they deserve a name! Right?
So, what was/is your cars’ name(s)? Please post in the Comments Section below!
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