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Old 11-06-2018, 09:00 AM
 
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Back in the day (or even after) did you ever give your car(s) a name?

Don't know if this was a regional thing or not, but I'm curious how widespread the practice was. Recently I mentioned it to an email correspondent of the same age (late 60s/early 70s) and she claims never heard of anyone ever naming their car. She grew up in a farming community in California; I grew up in a NYC suburb.

I always thought it was a Baby Boomer generation thing but maybe it was indeed regional?

One of the kids on my block had a yellow 1960 Buick that he named the Big Banana, and a 1970s co-worker had a red Ford Pinto that she named the Tiki Torch after the whole exploding gas tank thing started (morbid, yes, but funny.)

The funny thing is that I never named my cars back in the day (60s, 70s, etc) but I did name my 2002 Lexus "Lexie" (how unoriginal, right? lol) after I'd had it about 8 years (kept it for 15.) However, my new ride which is a 2017 Honda was named Athena during her first week.

Anyone else who either did or still does name their car(s)?
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:03 AM
 
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No.. Never have...don't name my house or my computer either.
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:05 AM
 
Location: WA
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I have called some of my cars names but try not to in front of children.
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:33 AM
 
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I called my last car "Fifteen Years and Long Paid Off."
Have never named non-animate things, only animals.
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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Nope. I call my cars by their model names. The Forester or the Legacy
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Old 11-06-2018, 09:35 AM
 
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No car....just GPS. Susan. Same voice as DH`s co-worker. Always barking orders, or directions, that are not accurate.
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Old 11-06-2018, 10:02 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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No, over 30 cars since my first at age 14 in 1966, never named one. Currently it's "Your car" and "the truck" when I'm talking, "My Car" and "the truck" when my wife is talking.
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Old 11-06-2018, 10:09 AM
 
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oh my.
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Old 11-06-2018, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Denver CO
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Every car I've ever owned has had a name. Sometimes I come up with it, a few times, a friend has come up with something very clever that stuck.

It's not that I use it regularly or anything, and I generally just say my car or the car (I have an SUV but still call it a car) and not the name. But they all still have a name that is specific to them.
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Old 11-06-2018, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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I had one sports car back in the Stars Wars day that I named the Millennium Falcon

My DW has a VW Passat and she gave it a name that I'm embarrassed to post on a public forum.
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