I’ve been using a system for naming my devices for several years now, starting when I learned about computer naming schemes at ResTek1. I’ve taken inspiration from RFC 1178 - “Choosing a Name for Your Computer”2.

This page exists to document my current and historical names.

I name each of my computers after Washington rivers and try to group them by device type via the starting letter.

NameDescriptionYear acquiredActive
Chehaliswork MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2019)2019
Chelanwork MacBook Pro 15” (late 2016)2016
Chinookwork MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)2020
Chiwawawork MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2021)2022
DungenessiPhone 52012
DungenessiPhone 6S2015
DungenessiPhone Xs2018
DungenessiPhone 12 mini2021
DeschutesiPhone 15 Pro2023
ElwhaiMac (refurbished) 21.5"/3.20/2X2G/1TB/5670/SD-USA2011
GlacierDigitalOcean Debian development server2013
MathenyDigitalOcean droplet2019
MethowDigitalOcean droplet2014
NachesMacBook Pro 14", 20232023
NisquallyMacBook Pro (13-inch, 2019, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports)2019
NooksackMacBook Pro 13” (late 2013)2014
QueetsiPad Pro 10.5” (2017)2017
QuinaultiPad (2012)2012
SaukRaspberry Pi
SitkumRaspberry Pi (HomeKit server)
SkagitRaspberry Pi
SoleducRaspberry Pi

I’ve also started naming non-computers after bodies of water

NameDescriptionYear acquiredActive
CrescentSeagate 4TB drive2013
PaddenDigitalOcean Kubernetes cluster2019
SutherlandBackblaze B2 bucket2019

  1. When I worked there, the server admins had started using Norse gods, and apparently a previous generation had used Sesame Street characters. ↩︎

  2. Yep, there’s an RFC for this. Another great one is RFC 1855 ↩︎