“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]
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Glock Kalashnikov, play nice with your sister Taurus.
That’s cruel, naming the sister “Taurus”…
I have a cousin named Kimber…
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.
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.
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.
Cool story, brosef!
That’s pretty neat.
I knew of a dog named Uzi and a cat named AK–though now the cat is named George.
Not too surprising. Anonymous was a prolific philosopher.
Yep, read a ton of his stuff on bathroom walls.
Here’s a short and sweet one a pal of mine saw: ASS IS NOT GOOD.
Now that’s a good idea
All those philosophers who’s names we know and they named you Anonymous.
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.
Yes I named our 8 month old son Barrett.
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.
That is not as overt as some other gun names. Only gun people would likely pick up on it.
Fifty for short?
I was named after The Rifleman’s son. The TV series, that is. Not the magazine.
name: Tavor but no more kids for me, so you are spared..
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.
Not to mention all the Smiths in the phone book.
Could call him Wesson but everybody would think you were talking about the vegetable oil and were kinky.
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?
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”.
I always liked “Fluorine”.
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.
Name your kid Charles Zane and then just call him CZ for the rest of his life.
“Seska” and “Brody” seems easy to pronounce.
Except the C with a caron over it is pronounced “ch”
That’s right. And that ‘ above vowels makes them sound long.
Also dont forget that “Cheshka” (how you pronounce it) means Czech. Which is like calling your kid “America” or “Canada”.
I will not name my son Daisy!
Now “Red Rider” on the other hand………!
Nicely done, sir.
I named my dog Mossberg if that counts for anything
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.
no not a kid, but a dog… definitely.
“Winchester! drop the shoe now!”
“good boy Ruger.”
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.
Came here to say exactly this.
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.”
So, were naming them after apostles now?
How about condiments?
Ketchup, you and Worcestershire better stop picking on Mayo, or so help me!
Honey, please help me out here…
I knew a little kid named Yar. And he didn’t turn into a pirate, either.
Let me ask my son “Sig” short for Sigmund.
Whenever he’s having a tantrum: “what’s the matter, is Sig sour?”
If I get another rat terrier, I’d call him Mauser.
I knew a woman who wanted Llama named Llama and carried a 1911 Llama. She wisely did not have kids.
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.
Heck no. We keep to a group of family names.
I think it’s tacky to name a child after a brand… including guns.
I’d have to discuss it with my wife Bushmaster.
That’s just not right!
Does the name match the… Never mind.
I’ve heard of some guys who’d married snakes….
Well trimmed, ………..err. I mean well timed Sir.
That is awesome.
Used to be a guy around here named
Winchester sharps colt spencer III.
And I may be leaving one out.
“Why do you ask, Two Dogs F——?”
That’s a great story, go ahead and tell it.
No…unless I was PAID
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.
This is my son “Nick.” The name came to me while I was shaving.
John Moses, what’s not to love?
Nothing wrong with Michael or Paul either.
John Moses BROWNING
Paul [Mauser] ain’t bad either especially if you have some German heritage.
I once had a Great Dane named Chester, from Winchester. He was a good dog.
Sure, I could call him Gaston, then he could be a chip off the old Glock, ok, thats bad.
I plan on having robot children, so there names will be things like PM9, SR40c, and 5-5-6.
I’m still thinking about that Bushmaster thing…
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
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.
Named one boy Colt! So yes!
At least people might think he’s named after the horse instead of from an endorsement deal.
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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.
Savage is kind of a cool name
My parents named me after a game. 🙁
Psh, thats what you say….
In my college town, one of the local gun shop owners named his youngest Remington.
Hi-Point. Because it’s better than “OOPS!” or “Blanket”
Don’t name your kid Hi-point unless you want him/her to be overweight and cheap with a questionable reputation.
“Remy” for Remington (that’s how I refer to them)? Whinny for Winchester?
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.
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.
Stranger: “Awe, cute twins. What are their names?”
Me: “Heckler and Koch”
Those kids will grow up to hate you and think that you suck.
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!
Lighten up, Francis.
Or a boy named Sue (aka Johnny Cash.)
I have a male friend named Dana. I’ve asked him what were his parents thinking? He told me-“I think they were high.”
Wasn’t there a male movie actor named Dana Andrews?
I’m still trying to figure out why Mr. Maddow named his son “Rachel.”
+1 enough said
Had to name my dog “twice”.
He never would come if I called him once.
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)
I did – Samuel.
No. Seems white-trashy.
I named my boy Igotd because he was the result of a negligent discharge.
Would Thomas count for Tommy?
So stupid, Colt is a newborn horse, Gunner or Gunnar is a Scandinavian name….
How about Gunr?
My nephew’s middle name is Remington.
I wanted to name my son Scorpion after Vz. 61 but it was vetoed by my bushmast.. I mean wife. Damn you Ralf!
My dad used to refer to us as the FN kids………does that count?
We named our son Henry Ruger. Subtle, but it’s a good, strong sounding name. We call him Hank.
I named my son Uzi, it was an automatic response, he looked like a he was going to be a little pistol.
I’m not sure I’ve seen a “little pistol” called uzi. Maybe you should have called him Springfield.
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.
My boxer’s official registered name is Gunner John Moses Browning.
Well it beats the crap out of people naming their kids Edward, Bella, or Jacob.
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.
Bryco Jennings Jimenez, this room is filthy!
I felt dirty just reading that name sequence!
Would Chiappa be a boy or girl name?
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!
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…
Unfortunately, my sperm count has officially reached zero.
Didn’t see: Scout, Sniper, Galil, or Avtomat on the list…..
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.
If you’re not ghetto/white trash you shouldn’t be worried about “hopefully” getting things in the right order… Think about it.
I’d name a boy Heckler and Koch. It would be awesome if he grew up antisocial and hated everyone…
I already claimed that one for the twins.
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.
My wife nixed the name Alexis Kalashnikov Duke. Didn’t she understand? I just wanted another AK.
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.
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.
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
I would never name my son Vera…
Name a child after a gun? Like, an infantry weapon? No.
But I do have a daughter named after this:
And the ex freaked at the prospect of my grandson-to-be being named “Hunter”. 100% guaranteed truth.
Okay, how about “Ppsh”? Good, strong name!
Dog, yes. Child, hell no.
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.
If I have a boy his name will be Sten. If I have a girl she will be Sterling.
I think Webley Fosbery would be a cool name for a boy.
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