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Top 10 Boat Names & the Meaning Behind Them

Top 10 Boat Names & the Meaning Behind Them


Top 10 Boat Names & the Meaning Behind Them

Have you ever wondered why people name their boats and the significance behind it? If you aren’t aware, boat naming started thousands of years ago and is considered to be an important tradition. It is said that captains began to name ships to honor a god in order to protect them from danger and bring them good fortune during their travels. Some even believed that a simple name could mean the difference between life and death; I.e. making it their destination or getting lost out at sea. Today, boat names are typically a brief one to two-word name.

Common Patterns

While a boat’s name varies depending on the owner at the helm, certain themes do stick out, according to BoatUS. There seems to be a common pattern found in many boat names that signify relaxation, a new life chapter, fishing, music, and embracing the boating life. Check out the list of top 10 boat names found throughout the United States, and the meaning behind each one.

Top 10 List of Boat Names per Boat U.S

  1. Serenity. One of the most common and beloved boat names. Typically owners of this boat may have a high-stress job and are likely looking to the water for a little peace and quiet.

  2. Island Time. Everything is better in the islands. Free-flowing hair, feel the sun on your face, and the warm, clear turquoise waters surrounding your feet; that’s what we call Island Time.

  3. Scout. The owner of this boat is an adventurer. Whether out exploring with family, cruising to far-off destinations, or chasing down a secret fishing spot, Scout’s skipper is on a mission.

  4. Pura Vida. A way of life in Costa Rica. In English, it translates to “pure life.” Living a good life with your family, cherishing simple pleasures, and enjoying a slow, relaxed pace.

  5. Seas the Day. This boat owner is likely completely in charge while boating and intends to get the most out of the boating lifestyle. This boat is also likely to be the last one to return to home base for the night; enjoying every ounce of daylight on the water.

  6. Shenanigans. This boat owner is obviously up to something, and it may have to do with a big, extended family aboard.

  7. Black Pearl. Like the fictional ship of Disney movie, this vessel may not look like much, but she’s brought her captain home every time and had a lot of fun along the way.

  8. Cool Change. Originating in Australia to define the change from a hot summer day to a cool afternoon breeze and thunderstorms ahead. This boat’s owner likely believes in the transformative nature of “cool and bright clear water.”

  9. Liberty. A boater who chooses this name is a patriot to his or her core. There’s a fair chance this owner served in the military or has a family who does.

  10. Knot on Call. A name once chosen by doctors and nurses, Knot on Call now appeals to a wider group of boaters. Specifically, where technology has increased the intrusive reach of the office or added 24-hour job demands.

Top 10 list provided by BoatUS