Tip Tuesday Contest – Name my Van

We have a problem.

We have a van.


The van has no name. Okay, the van has a name. Right now we are calling it the Mighty Muffin. This name is unsatisfactory.

DYV award sized2This week I would like tips on what to name the van. The person who chooses the winning name for the Muffin will receive, fame, glory, a web banner similar to the one seen on the right, and all their wildest dreams will come true.

Some hints to help you come up with a good name, a winning name, a name the Daring Family will adopt as their own:

1. Past Daring vehicle names –

The Flying Smurf

Howie (inspired by Howie of the Backstreet Boys, determined to be chic but gutless)
As a random sidenote, I will republish a poem written by a 13-year-old girl in a teen magazine, dedicated to the aforementioned boy band member. This poem has been recited many many times in the most serious tone imaginable while driving that vehicle:

Howie, Howie, he’s our man
If he can’t do it, no one can
Howie, Howie, he’s our man
If he can’t do it, no one can
Howie, Howie, he’s our man
If he can’t do it, who can?
Nobody, nobody, nobody, that’s who.
Howie, I love you.

2. Van Facts – The Muffin is a gold 2000’s Toyota Sienna LE with dual sliding doors (one power), a decent stereo system, and tan interior. It’s a sweet ride with a powerful engine that drives like a car but turns like a bus. I am the primary driver, with Laylee and Magoo as first mate and chief petty officer. The van is currently gender-neutral.

3. Family facts – We travel consistently at 4 miles over the speed limit. We plan to fill the van with small people eventually. We like boats, mountains, jazz music, the color puce and wireless internet. We live in the Northwest where it rains all the time. We eat spaghetti at least once per month. Our KitchenAid is red and our garage is gigantic. We bake foods that are meant to be fried. We speak Chinese, French, English, and Pig-Latin.

Good luck coming up with names. The contest will remain open until midnight Pacific Standard Time on Monday, January 9th. (If this goes well, maybe we’ll name our next child this way.)

This contest is open to all legal residents of planet earth, regardless of hair color, favorite vegetable or preferred boy band. No purchase necessary. No limitations or exclusions apply. Must be 5 or older to play or have parental consent. Void where prohibited. Multiple entries are encouraged.

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56 Responses to Tip Tuesday Contest – Name my Van

  1. jessica says:

    I too love to make spreadsheets to aid in decision making! And because you can never have enough data on a spreadsheet, I’ll give you another name to mull over in addition to my previous suggestion…

    Art Vandelay

    …This one would only work if the Daring Young Family speaks “Seinfeld”-ese in addition to Chinese and Pig-Latin. Roughly translated from the original Seinfeld-ese, “Vandelay” means a catch-all; a problem solver. Sounds sort of like a minivan, no?

  2. elliespen says:

    Hm. Not so much of an exporter/importer as a transporter, though. It works.

  3. kaylang says:

    Hello dear friend! Well, naming inanimate objects is one of my favorite things of all time! So here it goes: Mortimer the Minivan (you could call him Morty for short), Vantasy, Frank (a classic), Skiffington (or Skiff for short)…hmm, I’ll continue pondering. Good luck w/ the decision-making! These are all great names!

  4. Pam says:

    Okey dokey. Vanessa. Surcie, I like it, too. Simple. Refined, in a slightly sofisticated way. So sorry to all the Vanessa’a out there. You have a great name. Which reminds me, I let the kids name our golden retriever. I thought they’d name her some great creative name…but no. Sandy. Plain Old Sandy. But the worst of that is that we had a neighbor girl friend named Sandy, who turned out to be the veterinary assistant where we take our dog! When she asked what the dogs’ name was, to my embarrassment, I had to say “Sandybutthekidsnamedher, itwasn’tmyfault!” She smiled and said that half the dogs out there are named Sandy–and that, btw, is my second choice! Sandy! It’s the right color, will have lots of sand if you fill it up with kids (and neighbor kids, you live on the coast, for goodness sake!) And sorry to KayLynn’s lovely roomate, Vanessa, if you happen to like that one!You could always say…so sorry, “myvansmademedoit!”

  5. Pam says:

    Petunia is also good. 🙂

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