Question of the Day: Would You Name Your Child After a Gun or Gunmaker?

Armed America (courtesy telegraph.co.uk)

“In 2002, only 194 babies were named Colt,” the dailybeast.com reports, “while in 2012 there were 955. Just 185 babies were given the name Remington in 2002, but by 2012 the number had jumped to 666.” Uh-oh. “Perhaps the most surprising of all, however, is a jump in the name Ruger’s (America’s leading firearm manufacturer) from just 23 in 2002 to 118 in 2012 . . . In 1999, Gunner ranked 739th on the list of the Official Social Security site’s 1000 most popular names for boys—by 2012 it jumped to 293rd. Remington, for both girls and boys, spiked in the last few years as well, starting at 731st place in 1999 and jumping to 421nd a decade later. In 2012 alone, approximately 1,607 babies per million were named Colton—a peak high for the name.” Would you name a child after a gun or gunmaker? Have you? And OK, yes, if my dog wasn’t such a bitch I would have called her Ben for Benelli. [h/t DB]

comments

  1. avatar Wurzel Gummidge says:

    Glock Kalashnikov, play nice with your sister Taurus.

    1. avatar Dracon1201 says:

      That’s cruel, naming the sister “Taurus”…

      1. avatar Dennis says:

        +1

        Hahahhhaahhahaha

    2. avatar Bill says:

      I have a cousin named Kimber…

    3. avatar Kris says:

      No joke, I met a retired church pastor named Ruger Winchester. I run into him once a year at an annual fundraiser. Said the name is purely coincidental. Mothers maiden name was Ruger, dad’s last name Winchester.

    4. avatar Kelly in GA says:

      Trying to convince the fiancee that Tenifer would be a good name for a daughter. Gun folks would get it, everyone else would think I can’t spell Jennifer.

  2. avatar Anonymous says:

    In my family, our pets were named after philosophers and astronomers. My father named me after a philosopher as well. I named my son after a philosopher. We like philosophies, logic, and reason, and we like to defend them with firearms.

    1. avatar DV says:

      Cool story, brosef!

    2. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

      That’s pretty neat.

    3. avatar SteveInCO says:

      I knew of a dog named Uzi and a cat named AK–though now the cat is named George.

    4. avatar Richard69 says:

      Not too surprising. Anonymous was a prolific philosopher.

      1. avatar jwm says:

        Yep, read a ton of his stuff on bathroom walls.

        1. avatar William Burke says:

          Here’s a short and sweet one a pal of mine saw: ASS IS NOT GOOD.

    5. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

      Now that’s a good idea

    6. avatar Marcus Aurelius says:

      All those philosophers who’s names we know and they named you Anonymous.

    7. avatar Anonymous says:

      I keep my name concealed because it is very unique. If I actively distributed it around … “gun sites” then its very easy for them to look me up. That and I like being… somewhat Anonymous. However, if the CIA or NSA wanted, they could easily find my identity. After all, gun owners are targets these days.

      😉

  3. avatar Saintsin23 says:

    Yes I named our 8 month old son Barrett.

    1. avatar Yarburg says:

      My 19 month old son’s name is also Barrett. Wanted a strong sounding name and when the wife saw it in a gun magazine, she was sold. Lot of positive comments from random people when they hear his name.

    2. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

      That is not as overt as some other gun names. Only gun people would likely pick up on it.

    3. avatar Carry.45 says:

      Fifty for short?

  4. avatar Maineuh says:

    I was named after The Rifleman’s son. The TV series, that is. Not the magazine.

  5. avatar Daniel Silverman says:

    name: Tavor but no more kids for me, so you are spared..

  6. avatar Nine says:

    I’d name a kid Ruger, guess what his first gun would be?

    That’s right, an M&P 15-22.

    I’d also name a Blood Hound Winchester.

  7. avatar Leadbelly says:

    Not to mention all the Smiths in the phone book.

    1. avatar RKflorida says:

      Could call him Wesson but everybody would think you were talking about the vegetable oil and were kinky.

    2. avatar Cliff H says:

      Would it be impolitic to point out that the majority of the guns being discussed as possible names for children were themselves first named after their designers/manufacturers?

  8. avatar RKflorida says:

    I thought “Savage Uberti” would be a great boys name and you could call him “Bersa” for a nickname. For a girl the best female sounding name I can think of at this moment is “Hernia”.

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      I always liked “Fluorine”.

  9. avatar SteveInCO says:

    I don’t think I’d want to saddle my child with Česká Zbrojovka Uherský Brod or any part of it; no one would ever, ever pronounce or spell it right until/unless they went to Eastern Europe on vacation.

    1. avatar Bill says:

      Name your kid Charles Zane and then just call him CZ for the rest of his life.

    2. avatar VSN says:

      “Seska” and “Brody” seems easy to pronounce.

      1. avatar SteveInCO says:

        Except the C with a caron over it is pronounced “ch”

        1. avatar scoutino says:

          That’s right. And that ‘ above vowels makes them sound long.

        2. avatar lolinski says:

          Also dont forget that “Cheshka” (how you pronounce it) means Czech. Which is like calling your kid “America” or “Canada”.

  10. avatar Maineuh says:

    I will not name my son Daisy!

    1. avatar RKflorida says:

      Winner!

    2. avatar Bryan says:

      Now “Red Rider” on the other hand………!

  11. avatar emfourty gasmask says:

    I named my dog Mossberg if that counts for anything

  12. avatar Maineuh says:

    I can see naming a kid after a revolutionary. Thomas if you want him to be a thinker; Benjamin if you want him to be a diplomat; maybe Morgan if you’d rather see your kid grow up to be an out and out brawler.

  13. avatar S.CROCK says:

    no not a kid, but a dog… definitely.

    “Winchester! drop the shoe now!”

    “good boy Ruger.”

    1. avatar William Burke says:

      Flint Locke.

  14. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

    A dog, yes. A bull, absolutely. Horse, freaking cool. Your child, hell no!

    It’s kind of like the white version of LaQuanda, Shanequa, or Deshawndre…

    It’s basically condemning your child to being looked upon as a stereotype.

    1. avatar Paul W. says:

      Came here to say exactly this.

    2. avatar James says:

      Agreed. Stick with Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, etc. for humans. Life is tough enough for kids; it’s tougher if your name is “Gaston Glock Gildersleeve.”

      1. avatar Vhyrus says:

        So, were naming them after apostles now?

        1. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

          How about condiments?

          Ketchup, you and Worcestershire better stop picking on Mayo, or so help me!

          Honey, please help me out here…

      2. avatar William Burke says:

        I knew a little kid named Yar. And he didn’t turn into a pirate, either.

  15. avatar Tom W. says:

    Let me ask my son “Sig” short for Sigmund.

    1. avatar Marcus Aurelius says:

      Whenever he’s having a tantrum: “what’s the matter, is Sig sour?”

  16. avatar PNG says:

    If I get another rat terrier, I’d call him Mauser.

  17. avatar Nechochwen says:

    I knew a woman who wanted Llama named Llama and carried a 1911 Llama. She wisely did not have kids.

  18. avatar Bruce L. says:

    Remington could be Remington Steel from the old TV show. But why would it have taken so long to catch on. I think your on to something, Robert.

  19. avatar Paul W. says:

    Heck no. We keep to a group of family names.

  20. avatar Hannibal says:

    I think it’s tacky to name a child after a brand… including guns.

  21. avatar Ralph says:

    I’d have to discuss it with my wife Bushmaster.

    1. avatar Model66 says:

      +1 Wow….

    2. avatar Mack Bolan says:

      That’s just not right!

    3. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

      Does the name match the… Never mind.

    4. avatar Stephen M. says:

      I’ve heard of some guys who’d married snakes….

    5. avatar Bryan says:

      Well trimmed, ………..err. I mean well timed Sir.

    6. avatar JoshtheViking says:

      That is awesome.

  22. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Used to be a guy around here named
    Winchester sharps colt spencer III.
    And I may be leaving one out.

  23. avatar Colt Magnum says:

    “Why do you ask, Two Dogs F——?”

    1. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

      Classic

    2. avatar Gunr says:

      That’s a great story, go ahead and tell it.

  24. avatar former water walker says:

    No…unless I was PAID

  25. avatar Hasdrubal says:

    Well, my son is John, but depending on my mood I could tell people he was named for John Browning, or John Surtees, or John Glenn, etc. John Browning is, of course my favorite, but his middle name isn’t Moses.

    1. avatar Ralph says:

      This is my son “Nick.” The name came to me while I was shaving.

  26. avatar ensitue says:

    John Moses, what’s not to love?

    1. avatar tdiinva says:

      +1

      Nothing wrong with Michael or Paul either.

      1. avatar ensitue says:

        John Moses BROWNING

        1. avatar tdiinva says:

          Paul [Mauser] ain’t bad either especially if you have some German heritage.

  27. avatar Right II Defend says:

    I once had a Great Dane named Chester, from Winchester. He was a good dog.

  28. avatar Randy Drescher says:

    Sure, I could call him Gaston, then he could be a chip off the old Glock, ok, thats bad.

  29. avatar Model66 says:

    I plan on having robot children, so there names will be things like PM9, SR40c, and 5-5-6.

  30. avatar Maineuh says:

    I’m still thinking about that Bushmaster thing…

  31. avatar Mike says:

    My family is apparently the hipsters of gun people (doing it before it was cool). I had an uncle named chautchaut, but he was kinda useless

  32. avatar pyratemime says:

    I won’t name my child or my dogs after gun manufacturers for the same reason I generally don’t name my guns or other weapons. Chiefly, that names such as that need to be earned through character and performance. Certainly I hope that my daughter will be reliable and true, that my dogs will be tough and ready when called upon but as a baby or pup they have not been tested and tried to show the proof so they can’t bear the name.

  33. avatar Concerned_Soldier says:

    Named one boy Colt! So yes!

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      At least people might think he’s named after the horse instead of from an endorsement deal.

      1. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

        Brought to you by Carl’s Jr.

        1. avatar Julian says:

          LMAO!

  34. avatar David B. says:

    If you want your child to be

    Lazy, not work: Jennings Keltec

    An Indian: Baby Eagle

    Chinese: XIX XI

    A know it all, but you still love him away and this is not an ad hominem attack: nutnfancy

    On a side note, no way would I call my child Remington. I bought the 597 based on a TTAG review and had nothing but trouble with the gun or Rem. customer service. It would be consigning my boy to a lifetime of ridicule.

  35. avatar Bill says:

    Savage is kind of a cool name

  36. avatar Simon says:

    My parents named me after a game. 🙁

    1. avatar Vhyrus says:

      Psh, thats what you say….

  37. avatar Vhyrus says:

    In my college town, one of the local gun shop owners named his youngest Remington.

  38. avatar HiddenHills says:

    Hi-Point. Because it’s better than “OOPS!” or “Blanket”

    1. avatar Vhyrus says:

      Don’t name your kid Hi-point unless you want him/her to be overweight and cheap with a questionable reputation.

  39. avatar VSN says:

    “Remy” for Remington (that’s how I refer to them)? Whinny for Winchester?

    Samuel? Henry?

    A friend-of-a-friend, who’s a fan of the A-Team, named his first kid so that his first and middle initials are B.A.

  40. avatar Phil says:

    My kids first initials are AR and AK.
    And my wife named ’em. Quite by accident, but I tell my wife she’s a closet gun-nut.

  41. avatar Scottlac says:

    Stranger: “Awe, cute twins. What are their names?”
    Me: “Heckler and Koch”

    1. avatar Unarmed and unnamed says:

      Those kids will grow up to hate you and think that you suck.

  42. avatar Gunr says:

    It ticks me off when parents name their baby girl, a boys name.
    The TV series “Wild West Alaska” The gun stores teenage sales gal is named “Fred” only they spell it “Phred”. I think her girl friend’s name is Larry, but don’t know how it’s spelled.
    I suppose one of these days were going to hear about an up coming male movie actor named “Patricia”, or “Elizabeth” God forbid!

    1. avatar jwm says:

      Lighten up, Francis.

      1. avatar Gunr says:

        It’s Francois!

    2. avatar Dennis says:

      Or a boy named Sue (aka Johnny Cash.)

    3. avatar Paul G. says:

      or Dana.

      1. avatar Pantera Vazquez says:

        I have a male friend named Dana. I’ve asked him what were his parents thinking? He told me-“I think they were high.”

        1. avatar Gunr says:

          Wasn’t there a male movie actor named Dana Andrews?

        2. avatar Marcus Aurelius says:

          Dana Carvey

  43. avatar Col. Angus says:

    I’m still trying to figure out why Mr. Maddow named his son “Rachel.”

    1. avatar Bryan says:

      +1 enough said

  44. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Had to name my dog “twice”.
    He never would come if I called him once.

  45. avatar PhoenixNFA says:

    yeah my son will be named “advanced armament” and my daughter “primary weapons systems”

    my cat is named mazda. and his sister (went feral, rip) was named ariel (ariel atom)

  46. avatar bluefivespot says:

    I did – Samuel.

  47. avatar Kevin says:

    No. Seems white-trashy.

  48. avatar C says:

    I named my boy Igotd because he was the result of a negligent discharge.

    1. avatar Phil says:

      Ba-dump Che!

  49. avatar BTinAfghan says:

    Would Thomas count for Tommy?

  50. avatar iCONOCLAST says:

    So stupid, Colt is a newborn horse, Gunner or Gunnar is a Scandinavian name….

    1. avatar Gunr says:

      How about Gunr?

  51. avatar Dodger says:

    My nephew’s middle name is Remington.

  52. avatar scoutino says:

    I wanted to name my son Scorpion after Vz. 61 but it was vetoed by my bushmast.. I mean wife. Damn you Ralf!

  53. avatar Other Don says:

    My dad used to refer to us as the FN kids………does that count?

  54. avatar Paul says:

    We named our son Henry Ruger. Subtle, but it’s a good, strong sounding name. We call him Hank.

  55. avatar Paul G. says:

    I named my son Uzi, it was an automatic response, he looked like a he was going to be a little pistol.

    1. avatar Hannibal says:

      I’m not sure I’ve seen a “little pistol” called uzi. Maybe you should have called him Springfield.

  56. avatar Nigil says:

    Once met a girl named Kimber Winchester. If she’d also been into guns I would’ve courted her like nobody’s business, but she wasn’t really my type and the name was a coincidence only.

  57. avatar Chad says:

    My boxer’s official registered name is Gunner John Moses Browning.

  58. avatar Noishkel says:

    Well it beats the crap out of people naming their kids Edward, Bella, or Jacob.

  59. avatar Javier says:

    The day I name one of my kids after a product or company–*any* product or company is the day you all collectively have my permission to kick me in the nuts.

    Pets are fair game though.

  60. avatar scooter says:

    Bryco Jennings Jimenez, this room is filthy!

    1. avatar Bill says:

      I felt dirty just reading that name sequence!

  61. avatar mrvco says:

    Would Chiappa be a boy or girl name?

    1. avatar Gunr says:

      Hermaphrodite!

  62. avatar Gunr says:

    I’m glade my folks didn’t name me the same name as my father. I’d hate to go through life with Junior tacked on the end of my name.
    “The Third” is even worse!
    I guess I should be happy they didn’t name me after my mother!…………………Flossy!

  63. avatar Russ Bixby says:

    It’s a tidge late for that; my daughter’s 25, and I got snipped the month after she was born.

    She’s always been kinda coltish, though…

  64. avatar Mediocrates says:

    Unfortunately, my sperm count has officially reached zero.

  65. avatar phantom72 says:

    Coonan?

  66. avatar DrVino says:

    Didn’t see: Scout, Sniper, Galil, or Avtomat on the list…..

  67. avatar Jim R says:

    No, and furthermore HELL no. IF I ever get married and have kids (hopefully in that order) that’s not going to happen. I haven’t given much thought to the matter but I”m not naming my kid after a brand name ANYTHING. That’s the kind of thing that ghetto/trailer trash does.

    1. avatar Matthew says:

      If you’re not ghetto/white trash you shouldn’t be worried about “hopefully” getting things in the right order… Think about it.

  68. avatar Matthew says:

    I’d name a boy Heckler and Koch. It would be awesome if he grew up antisocial and hated everyone…

    1. avatar Scottlac says:

      I already claimed that one for the twins.

  69. avatar S_J says:

    Rigby or Holland are both pretty good boy’s names (though in keeping with my roots I’d probably go with Simo, as in the Finnish sniper). Norma or Kriss for a girl.

  70. avatar Ducky says:

    My wife nixed the name Alexis Kalashnikov Duke. Didn’t she understand? I just wanted another AK.

  71. avatar crashbbear says:

    Sounds trashy. I worked with a girl who named her sons Dodge and Diesel. I also know of dudes named Tylenol, Shith-ead, and Lemonjello…

    I would name my kids KSG and Rhino60DS causes they don’t exist.

  72. avatar Jonathan -- Houston says:

    If it’s a legitimate name you like or a name that has some serious significance to you, which happens also to be a firearms-related name, then that’s just coincidental and there’s nothing odd or unbecoming about it. If it’s not a legitimate first name in its own right, or if it is, but only in some other culture, and the only real reason you’ve chosen it is because it’s firearm related, then that’s pretty lame.

    A name like “Gunner” is great for many dogs and doesn’t make a half-bad nickname for a young man, but a first name for a boy? Ridiculous in this culture.

  73. avatar Calvin says:

    Mikhail

  74. avatar Jacen says:

    Colt and Remington are last names. Maybe as a middle name sure. I’d name my kids John Moses, Horace, Daniel B or even Eliphalet

  75. avatar Ronaldo_Ignacio says:

    I would never name my son Vera…

  76. avatar jdb says:

    Name a child after a gun? Like, an infantry weapon? No.
    But I do have a daughter named after this:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katyusha_rocket_launcher

  77. avatar William Burke says:

    And the ex freaked at the prospect of my grandson-to-be being named “Hunter”. 100% guaranteed truth.

  78. avatar TeeJay says:

    Okay, how about “Ppsh”? Good, strong name!

  79. avatar Kevin A. says:

    Dog, yes. Child, hell no.

  80. avatar PantherCity says:

    My middle name is Remington, I was born in 1985.

    It has served me well.

    My dad said he want to pick “Wolfgang” & I would have been cool with that too.

  81. avatar DBPolice says:

    If I have a boy his name will be Sten. If I have a girl she will be Sterling.

  82. avatar RobinGoodfellow says:

    I think Webley Fosbery would be a cool name for a boy.

  83. avatar Victoria Panell says:

    I have four kids ages 5 -9 . Three girls and one boy. Their names are Chevy Danielle , Remington Brooke, Ruger( no middle), and Derringer Laraine . We soon be adding another and we are stuck between Beretta Sue. Decided if girl but boy name Benilli (something) and Wesson Kane !! Do yes we named all ours from guns and one truck

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