A Brief History
On October 2, 2023, Americans celebrate National Name Your Car Day. A tradition since before the 1990 inaugural “holiday” for naming cars, one poll indicates about 40% of Americans name their car.
We name our children, pets, boats, and sometimes homes or even body parts, but cars have a special place in the hearts of Americans. Sometimes a “love-hate” relationship, at least according to Adam Sandler! Female names account for a majority of car names, although some famous ones had male names, such as The General Lee, Herbie, and Kit, all from TV or movies.
You can pick an aggressive name, a derogatory name, a cuddly name, or a lover’s name for your ride, and some websites even offer to help you make a choice. We say do not name your car after a lover. You might not want to dump your car when you get dumped!
Question for students (and subscribers): Have you named your car? If not, please tell us about your car and we may recommend a name! Please let us know in the comments section below this article.
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For more information, please see…
Krause, William. Hollywood TV and Movie Cars. Motorbooks, 2001.
Publications International Ltd. and Auto Editors of Consumer Guide. 100 Cars That Changed the World: The Designs, Engines, and Technologies That Drive Our Imaginations. Publications International, Ltd., 2020.
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