Boat Names

These are just potential names, in no particular order, from long lists compiled by myself over many years. Perhaps you will find in them some inspiration. I may have some unintentional duplicates.

I've named my last two boats - after months and sometimes years, and pages and pages of ideas, after grandmothers - Stella B. and Ksenia. (My current boat, as of the Fall of 2008, needs renaming and I'm having the same old problem.) Seems to have worked out well, although people have trouble pronouncing the previous one (a Russian name). Warning: names that are too "cute" may not wear well.

I used to say that my ideal boat name would:

  1. sound nice (as in tripping melodiously from the tongue);
  2. not be too long but also not too short;
  3. have at least three layers of meaning:
    1. one humorous,
    2. one serious and
    3. one relating to something about us and/or about the boat;
  4. be easy to understand, pronounce and spell over the radio, and
  5. go well and without irony with "Mayday."

It turns out I think that's way too much to ask. Hence my recent grandmother policy! ctLow

Babushka
Elusive
Happenstance
Poetry
Middle Distance
Interval
L'Eau Water (courtesy tgl)
Alacrity
Slow Haste
Road (Rode) Less Travelled
Sostenuto
Morpheus
Legato
Necessity
Out-Takes
Prosperity
Fine Line
Affluence
OnGoing
Dream Catcher
WaterShed
Brought Forward
WinSome
LandFall
(Making) Headway
Jubilant
Patty M.
Pattième
Quaff
Particular
November Prelude
Salubrious
Incessant
Relaxed Rush
Quotidian
Elegant Simplicity
Contingencies
Old Man Moe (tpm)
SupraTentorial
General Idea
(Total) Knock Out (courtesy aml)
General Revenue
(Keeping Up) Appurtances
La Maîtresse
The Child Within
Inner Child
... Gambo ...
MoonLight(ing)
UnSecured
StandOffish
Fender Bender
Dynamic
Out-Psyched
Came, Saw, Concurred
Quartet/Quarto
Sea Legs
Enhancement
Pier Review
OverReaction
Bone in Teeth
Vague Notion/Motion
All Akimbo
Thistle Dew
All that Chas.
Lower Profile
Go Daddy Go
Intervals
Digression
Whereabouts
Continuum
Water Music
Rite of Passage
And So Forth
Vital Signs
MidNight Oil
Poetry in Motion
Motion Poem
WallFlower
WildFlower
Wholesome
Propensity
Propitious
Perspicacious
Rock Bottom
Rarin' to Go
Captured Moments
Scalliwag
Nonchalant
WorkHorse
PloughHorse
Obvious
WhatEver
Water Bison/Buffalo
Kaboodle
Distillation
Essence/Essential
Unfathomable
Heart Felt
Heart Strings
Epilogue
Gadzouks!
Unearthly
Perpetual/elle
Dry Humour
Relationship
Savoir Flare (courtesy jal)
Euphoria
Panoplia ("armor")
Boon
Vassal
Mastodon
Sashay
Draft Horse
...Yonder...
Mixed Blessing
Imprint
Perigrinations
Regardless
Tangential
A Work in Progress
Vigilant
Stern Rebuke
Quintessential
Above & Beyond (the Call of Duty)
... Stride ...
Melodic/Meledious
Exemplary
Mesomorph
Diatribe
(Dignified) Ruckus
Balance
Betsy Murgatroid
Wild Horses
Rock Solid
Behemoth
Matri-Ark
Patri-Ark
Lateral Thinking
Unambiguous
Moseying
Absent Minded
Larger than Life
Footloose
Override
Rugged
Outgoing
Attitude
Primeval
Sparkling
Whimsical
Shimmering
Righteous Indignation
Rebellion
Slipstream
Passenger
Suspended Solid
Distant Thunder
Rode Warrior
Imponderable
Shining Glory
Lithsome
Medium
(A) Tangent
Intangible
Gloaming
Gallivant(ing)
Yeoman's Service
Cadenza
Exuberant
Evensong
Faith over Reason
Time Being
Hearty
Altruism
Blithe
Fortitude
Interlude
Enthralled
Low Flyer
Imprint
Reproach
Enough (Already)
Elegant Sufficiency
Laconic
Otherwise
Ebeneezer (sp?)
Midnight Sun
Perennial
Aperture
Sojourn
Nuances
Smolalihfy! ("Sweet mystery of life at last I have found you!")
Endorphin
Juxtaposition
Fulfillment
Existential
Approachable
Rapscalian(sp?)
Ruffian
Roustabout
Hint of...
Melted Snow
Turnaround
Eventually
Suffusion
Unearthly
Interloper
Timeless
Mechanical Advantage
Tireless
Grindstone
Aspiration
Digression
Allegoria
Constellation
Scintilla(te)
Impromptu
Symbiosis
Chimera
Emphasis
Texture
Ambit
Extempore
Merlin
Magnanimous
Hyperion
Verisimilitude
Inspiration
Some Assembly Required
Ensemble
Current Events
Ellipsis...
...Slic(e)...
Waft...
Waffl...
Passable
Sufficient
Reasonable Compromise
Outlandish (courtesy aml)
Ambience
Shibboleth
Evocative
Anachronism
Amalgam
HouseHold
Prosody (sp?)
My author boat (groan)
Authorwise
Authorship
Otherworldly
Pub Crawl
OverTime
WaterMark
...Press...
Royalties
Bookmark
Itself
Beyond(er)
Much More Better
After Words
Beatitude
Roustabout
Vagary
Vernacular
Tuppence
Back Canal (groan)
(Extended) Metaphor
Henceforth
Euthymic
The Present
Generosity
Beneficence
Solid
Pilgrimage
Exuberant Abundance
Confidence
Intrinsically Worthwhile
Worthwhile
Trustworthy
Medium Rare
Heartfelt
Technique
Pennance
Mixed Blessing
Lo & Behold
Stellatum
Summer Solstice
Proportion
Sincerity
L'Attitude
Trojan Horse
Synergy
Synthesis
Momentum
Solange
Cumulus
Courage
Ipheginia
Ophelia
Euphemia
Snowstorm
Sequel
Sophistry
Gravity
Morning Light
Spellbound
Enchanted
Entranced
Reflex
Temporal
Extemporaneous
Ex tempore
Rhythm
Between
Betwixt
Levity
Steadfast
Sturdy
Stalwart
(Beyond) Belief
Rift in Time
Suspension
Portal
(Parentheses)
Singularity
Pendulum
Sincerity
Skidaddle
Favonian (Pertaining to the west wind; soft; mild; gentle)
Onslaught
Gamut
Awoken
Rollicking
Robust
Exhilarating
Astonish
Zealous

-originally posted 2002-06-19
-updated 2016-05-15