- heinz (the black MacBook)
- horst (the router)
- herbert (the old Toshiba)
- gunther (the other router)
- fred (the new MacBook Air)
- marlene (the old MacBook Air)
- waltraud (the work computers used for E-Learning and OldPhras)
- berta (my Nokia 6700 c)
- Fräulein Meier (the iPad)
- tippse (the Bluetooth keyboard currently paired with Heinz)
"marlene" and "waltraud" allude to Marlene Jaschke, my favorite stage personality of the comedian Jutta Wübbe, and her budgie. I actually knew the name for my iPad even before unboxing it -- I wanted a meaningful signature instead of the default "sent from my iPad" signature and now it says "Von Fräulein Meier verschickt" ("sent by Fräulein Meier"). "tippse" is a derogatory term for a typist.
"heinz", "horst", and "herbert" are references to my northern German heritage. You use those names to refer to "someone" (similar to "Tom, Dick, and Harry" in English) -- you also can refer to several unknown people by naming them Horst1, Horst2, and so on. "fred" is just another northern German male name -- as the MacBook Air is thin, it had to be a short name, and a male one because of its angular shape.
The computers I used while working at the Institute of Informatics and later the Institute of Computational Linguistics at the University of Zurich were named:
- keywest (when it it was a Sun workstation, until ca. 2006)
- renamed to sylt
- caipi (when it was replaced by an iMac)
- gnaegi (when I moved caipi to another office, the colloquial term for the Swiss Army Trikothemd 75, a light olive-green jumper, named after former Federal Councilor and minister of defense Rudolf Gnägi, who introduced it)
When I studied at Friedrich-Alexander University, the computers in the lab of the Department of Computational Linguistics (CLUE) were named after planets -- or what they assumed to be planets -- e.g., saturn, uranus, sol, terra. Later that was changed into a naming scheme "clueXX" (with XX being the last part of the IP address). I worked with clue21, IIRC.
In Konstanz, the iMacs in the computational linguistics lab are named after Roman emperors (e.g., augustus, vespasian, domitian, hadrian, titus, aurel, caesar) and the Mac minis after comic figures (e.g., professor-x, wicked, quicksilver, iron-lad, aurora, captain-ultra, lightspeed). Also theme-naming here.
Names for my partner's devices at home also follow a theme: Greek mythological figures (e.g., gaia, selene, themis). However, when I think about this theme-naming recommendation, I do follow a theme: I name my devices according to the first impression they make.
What is your naming theme?