It has been a hobby of mine for many years to collect computer naming themes. When the time comes to name computers, I am always at a loss, so when I think of one, I keep it for later use.
Fortunately, Don Libes has written an article called Choosing a Name for Your Computer (which is now an RFC)
I detest boring, cutesy name themes, so if you are looking for something of that sort, go elsewhere!
A group in our California office started naming NT build machines after presidents: lbj, polk, kennedy, taft, harding, &c. Boring!
When I started getting my own NT build machines, I wanted a name theme that would answer that theme and would properly express the hateful nature of NT, so I named them after presidential assassins. Here is the list and the presidents they killed or tried to kill: Lawrence (Jackson), Booth (Lincoln), Guiteau (Garfield), Czolgosz (McKinnley), Schrank (Roosevelt), Zangara (FDR), Collazo (Truman), Torresola (Truman), Oswald or The-man-on-the-grassy-knoll (Kennedy) Byck (Nixon) Squeaky/Fromm (Ford), Moore (Ford), Hinkley (Reagan).
Related are: Wiess (Huey Long), Ray (M.L. King), Sirhan (Robert Kennedy), Bremer (George Wallace).
Source: J. Clark, Presidental Assassins.
Marcion, Montanus, Novation, Sabellius, Arius, Apollinaris, Nestorius, Eutyches, Honorius, Sergius, Pelagius, Caelestius, Zosymus, Luther, Calvin, Jansenius, Marcus, Priscillian, Elipandus, Felix, Wyclif, Huss, Molinos, Weishaupt, Ockham.
Source: M. L. Cozens, A Handbook of Heresies, 1928. http://cedar.evansville.edu/~ecoleweb/glossary/ has info on these and many related people.
Over a fairly short period I heard the word ``screed'' used several times, and liked the sound (and meaning) of the word, and came up with this list of synonyms and near-synonyms:
rant, rave, screed, diatribe, tirade, harangue, invective, homily, oration
A co-worker suggested this theme: words with 7 syllables or more. The only word I can think of is "arteriosclerosis" (thanks to the Spam-Ku for that word). But Jacob Remes comes to the rescue: industrialization, conceptualization, establishmentarian, reconciliatory, historiographical, epistemological, Garciamarquezian (does that count?)
Of course one of the most common hostnames on the net is 9 syllables: "www" :-)
arete, aperion, quintessence, ergon, dike, theos, logos, kosmos, physis, taxis
This is one of my favorites, I used to use it to name the computers for sysadmin classes. The latin equivalents are in parens, supplied by email@example.com
lust (luxuria), avarice (avaritia), envy (invidia), sloth (acedia), gluttony (gula), pride (superbia), anger (ira)
A few related, sinful, names:
Babylon, Sodom, Gomorrah
Another companion theme, the latin names for the three cardinal and four pagan virtues (again, thanks to firstname.lastname@example.org): fides, spes, caritas and temperantia, justitia, prudentia, fortitudo.
Originally taken from Monty Python's Cheeseshop Sketch
Leicester, Tilsit, Caerphilly, Bel Paese, Red Windsor, Stilton, Ementhal, Gruyere, Norweigan Jarlsburg, Lipta, Lancashire, White Stilton, Danish Brew, Double Goucester, Cheshire, Dorset Bluveny, Brie, Roquefort, Pol le Veq, Port Salut, Savoy Aire, Saint Paulin, Carrier de lest, Bres Bleu, Bruson, Camenbert, Gouda, Edam, Case Ness, Smoked Austrian, Japanese Sage Darby, Wensleydale, Greek Feta, Gorgonzola, Parmesan, Mozarella, Paper Cramer, Danish Bimbo, Czech sheep's milk, Venezuelan Beaver Cheese, Cheddar, 'Illchester, Limburger
This borders on cutesy, but I'll include it anyway. Thanks to Leslie Young for compiling this list.
Silver (Buck Jones), Trigger (Roy Rogers), Topper (Hoppalong Cassidy), Fritz (William S. Hart), Blackjack (Allan Rockey Lane), Koko (Rex Allen), White Flash (Tex Ritter), Champion (Gene Autry), Diablo (Cisco), Loco (Pancho), Fury
Inspired by an SNL Wayne's World sketch.
hurl, spew, barf, retch, vomit, upchuck, blow (chunks), toss (cookies), park (a custard (british slang?)), gag, technicolor yawn, driving the porcelain bus.
I was probably thinking about someone specific when I thought of this one :-)
corpse, stiff, cadaver, carcass, skeleton, carrion, remains,
related theme: ghost, spook, mummy, wraith, spirt, shade, phantasm, revenant, spectre, phantom, vampire
Another sick name theme. Keeping it to medical terms would keep this less objectionable than using slang.
phlegm, mucus, saliva, urine, feces, semen, vomit
iron maiden, rack, stocks, hairplucker, boilingoil, hotpoker, judas chair, branding iron, the wheel, clamp, press.
There is another, longer, list.
Here are some other name themes... *I* wouldn't use them (or wouldn't use them again). Most of these were given to me by William McVey