I thought that it would be cool to see what names people have given their GPS units and maybe why you named it such.
I named mine Sophia. I did this because there is a dumb movie called "How to lose a guy in 10 days" and in it the girl names the guys penis "Princess Sophia" and I thought that by giving it that name you emasculate this man...well the traditional Joke about man is that he always feel emasculated about asking for directions and well I ask the GPS unit for directions all the time. You get the idea =)
Please share your stories and names.
After Billy the Blue Nose Reindeer!
Right now he is flying a plane, but it's still known as Billy.
Mine has always been named Bitching Betty ... some will know what that term means, others can look it up.
PS ... nothing to do with my wife .... Susan
In the UK the term Nagging Norah is sometimes used.
Although I can't say that I have named my GPS yet, in looking through the responses it appears the propensity of the names are female. Does that mean the female voices are used most frequently and why? Are the majority of owners male? Does the female voice remind them of someone dear or the mother in law backseat driver? Perhaps a poll should be set up to see what the preference is by different factors (sex, age, location, etc.) Perhaps we could get government funding.......nah. It is interesting to read the responses on this one, though.
The reason why we call it Maggie is because when we borrowed a Magellan Maestro 3210 and for some reason we called it Maggie, and now that I bought a nuvi 255w we still call it Maggie though the name of the voice is Samantha.
I call mine Lola
We don't usually name inanimate objects, but when we refer to our Garmin 760, it's either called "The GPS" or "the Noooovi".
If it starts acting up, I'm going to start calling it FRED, because to be honest, that's an awesome acronym!
But eventually, every piece of electronics becomes a FRED...as in Freaking Retarded Electronic Device.
This one is to hilarious! And I also call mine.........."My GPS"
The Register from the UK has published a list of rules for naming computers. A lot of those rules can be applied to naming our different devices.
But before naming your GPS, remember Motorcycle Mama's admonishment: "Don't anthropomorphise computers. They hate that." Your GPS is really a computer in disguise.
I object to that!
i named it "Jack"
Our 6 year old grandson said to call her Jill Map so that is what we call her.
yes dear or emma
We call our 760 Mary Jane. On a resent trip this is what happened, all I can say sometimes she gets a little confused. We stopped to get gas about ¾ to 1 mile off the hwy, I left Mary Jane on. When we started up again we were instructed to go West, the way I just came from, we were going East!! Another time Mary Jane must have got tired of the scenery on the hwy. She told me to take an exit, we were in West Virginia and I thought it mite be a shortcut around the mountains. WRONG, it was a two-lane road to no where. We got to every where we wanted to go, but you just didn’t know what Mary Jane had in store for you.
I call GPS unit "Garmin". It's a model 255W.
My wife and I tried to name ours "Greta the Garmin" but it is now known as "the Garmin"
Since I used to run TomTom on a PocketPC with External connection to Extrex (WIRES!!!!) and used an Australian Female, we named her Sheila, as that is Aussie slang for "girl-friend"
Of course, now if its using Borat's voice, we have to call it Borat of course!
I started with a unit from Magellan and named it Maggie (as in the simpsons Maggie) she was slow and fell down alot.
I now have a Nuvi 255W and I have named it Jeepers because compared to Maggie, jeepers its faster.
My wife calls ours "Gypsy". Not being particularly interested in personifications, I call it "the GPS."
Victoria Stilwell from "Its me or the dog". Lovely accent and all.. just can't argue with her! Well... not usually. She doesn't know her way around our neighborhood like I do.
lol i named mine FUBAR
'cause that's his name (British Male TTS)
Mine is named the "Groovie Nuvi"
I call mine Gwendolyn t(the G in gps).My wife named her.
First post here at the POI forums.
Because "there's no place like home".
Actually this is my 2nd GPS.
The first one was a MIO c230 and that was the 1st Dorothy.
I have a Garmin 255w now and that one is Dorothy 2.
I am sure it will get shortened to just Dorothy soon.
We call ours "Homer" Really like the sped up male voice.
Sorry, oculdn't resist.
But hey, since it is the real KITT (and not KARR or some other evil variant), what else could I call it?
My 8 year old nephew named my Garmin "the Duchess" because she is "always bossing us around." He likes me to program in the wrong place, and see how many times she says, "recalculating." He does a very funny, sarcastic impression of her.
My cousin DOUG named his Rhoda....get it? Pretty self explanitory-but effing hillarious.
I've never formally named my GPS like I did my car or a number of other things I own. However, I have noticed that I prefer to call it a "JEEPS" (G-P-S all smoosed together). My gf has a garmin and I a tomtom and I kept mixing the names up. We've just been calling it a JEEPS.
I just call mine the "Z"
I had not thought of naming my GPS. About 10 months ago I was in Comack, NY on business, travelling with a co-worker. For some reason, my co-worker (who exclaimed that he did not see any need for a GPS), fell in love with this device and started calling it Ginger. Well, it stuck and now the family knows who Ginger is.
By the way, thank heavens we had Ginger.
Garmin Nuvi 260W
My 880 sometimes can't understand what I'm asking due to background noise and after repeating the command a few times and the 880 pops out of voice recognition mode... I call it.. You useless piece of s**t!!! Then I enable the voice recognition again and I get what I ask for… We have an understanding…
My friends named theirs Rhoda Router.
Miss Garmin and the Mobile xt I have on my phone is Baby Garmin
My brother calls his Bitchin Betty - she's always bitching about recalculating or something.
I call mine Lola... yes, from that RV movie. LOL.
A co-worker refers to his as "the bitch in the box."
Funny, I never thought of him as a dog fancier.
+1, for exactly the same reason. After years of working on and flying large aircraft, I have had Betty in my ears since the 1980s. I can't imagine any other name for such a device.
I call my GPS unit Yoko -- as in Yoko Ono. Before I got the unit, I was always shouting out things like, "Oh no (Ono), I missed a turn", "Oh no, now I'm lost", etc. So it seemed I was always calling out to Yoko for directional guidance.
i did one like this!! but anyway, since my windmill flew out of the nest.. my 660 NUVI was called NAVI (Im a legend of zelda fan) and since thats been stolen, i got a new one.. and i dont know.. maybe kitt? (my name is michael) but ive yet to give it a thought.
We named our Copilot "BeeSDee" for Back Seat Driver - the laptop rides on the back seat and gives directions! Now we have a Nuvi 650 but we kept the name.
My wife dubbed the old unit "Dharma" because it sort of rhymed with Garmin.
My new unit has become "Selena", the name attached to the British voice that I prefer.
i think ill name my new one mint cus it hasnt been opened/used... =(
Sold my Nuvi 265WT.
I simply call mine "The 765", or simply "The GPS". I have called it other names, which I wont print here. I did change the irritating, scolding sounding "Recalculating" to "recalculating another route". Sounds a little less bad. Changed "roundabout" to "traffic circle". I love my 765, but it does have some shortcomings.
Mine is called Lola from the Robin Williams movie "RV". It is hilarious when his GPS tells him to make a u-turn when he is on a mountain road that is accessable only to 4 wheel drive vehicles and he is trying to go up the thing in an RV. After about 4 times of the GPS telling him to make a u-turn, he yells, "Shut up, Lola". I fall off the couch laughing every time I watch that movie.
are my favorites.
and the car's name is The Highwayman, I call it "Highway" for short.
My mother-in-law was a school secretary for about 30 years and was used to working with student's GPA's. So she kept calling the GPS a GPA, so that's what we call it now.
Mine is "Jack" Cause Jack knows S*** --- Stuff
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