Wow! Kevin, you may have opened a “can of worms” by asking “the storyman” to throw his hat into the tractor naming ring. Let me explain to you a couple of instances how I have come up with names and then I’ll make some suggestions for you that I have. Joining the GT hobby with Cub Cadets first back about a decade ago, at first they were nameless. Then as I collected more of them, I decided that names would help for the ones that I was keeping. My cousin named my diesel CubKub for Cub Cadet/Kubota engine.
Tractors that I no longer own include Cubbie and Cubber.
Judges Cub 100 we call “the Mule” because of its plow capabilities.
Claudia named her Case GT “Casey”.
When I got into Wheel Horses, the naming options opened up for several reasons. First and foremost, should a person want to do it, many famous horses in history have names. For instance, Caleb chose to name his 854 “Comanche” because that was the unions sole survivor of the battle of the Little Big Horn. He was General Custer famous mount and since Caleb’s tractor is an amazing condition survivor, we thought it a fitting name.
Some names work, others don’t. Whatever you decide, you try it and see if it will stick. Two of my Local Circle plow buddies got Raiders in the last couple of years. I tried to get them to name them “Lyle” and “Howie” after to of the most famous NFL Raiders players of the late 1970’s but it was a no go! Maybe because we are in Packer country...
However, for a name to work on any machine, it needs to feel natural and not to elaborate. Simple and easy to roll off the tongue.
Mrs. Pullstart has a very interesting horse to start with since it has the unique stars theme. I really like the name “Liberty” for the tractor but that got my story brain going. I thought, “What is more patriotic than George Washington?” He rode horses throughout the war for independence and since I’m about 25 years out of high school, it was time to research what their names were—Nelson and Blueskin. Very interesting stories on both horses and worth the read. Nelson would be a fun name but not my first choice for the tractor at hand. Blueskin would be great on @ebinmaine’s blue horse but he has already named it. So then I started to look through the long list of famous American war horses. Here are some that I liked...
—Cincinnati call it “Cinny” for short
—Red Pepper (only if it is a ‘spicy’ horse like @fast88pu‘s latest concoction!)
—Duke (a personal favorite because it’s tie in with one of my favorite actor/patriots-John Wayne)
BUT THEN...I stumbled across the name Sybil Ludington. Does that ring a bell with anyone reading this? Probably not. I’m not sure that I ever heard the name either. Apparently she was a feisty 16 year old who grew up in the home of a famous military man from the Colonial period in America. The same night of Paul Revere’s famous ride she was called upon to do the same thing. The man that had come to her families door was too weary to go on rousting the militia. Her father had more important obligations at the moment and so she was called upon to carry the important message on her faithful steed that night. The horses name was “Star”! I thought that would fit well with Mrs. pullstart’s machine for obvious reasons.
If you don’t care for the post Kevin, you can ask the mods to make it disappear but don’t say I didn’t warn you! You asked for the storyman to give you a few names. Maybe one of these will spur some thoughts of your own or maybe you like one of them...
I’ll continue to follow along.