A FORD NAMED ‘PORKCHOP:’ OWNERS ARE SHOWING THEIR LOVE WITH TERMS OF ENDEARMENT
- An unscientific Facebook survey of Ford owners reveals their gift for giving their vehicles nicknames. From Betsy to Black Beauty to The Beast – there’s even a Ford out there named Porkchop – the list totaled nearly 700 names. Some owners named their vehicles for their grandmothers, others for their old girlfriends.One or two even honored Henry Ford’s wife, Clara Jane.
- One name, Grace, makes the list for both favorite car nicknames and most popular children’s names for 2009, according to parenting.com.
- The favorite of all the Ford nicknames…starts with the letter O.
- The complete list of nicknames that Ford owners have given their vehicles over the years can be found at Ford’s Facebook fan page, http://bit.ly/FordNames.
DEARBORN, Mich., May 6, 2010 – For many Ford customers, a car or truck is much more than transportation – it’s a part of the family – and it deserves a special name. A recent Facebook query on Ford Motor Company’s fan page proved just how devoted – and creative – Ford owners really are when it comes to giving their vehicles pet names.
Color, size, power and personality inspired a lot of nicknames, including Black Beauty, Big Red, Silver Bullet, Danger Ranger and The Beast. Owners also liked sweet and simple monikers, such as Ruby, Sally and Molly.
A few got really creative.“We named my new Taurus The Baby,” wrote one fan. “Because we treat it with love like a baby.” Another Ford owner was equally enthusiastic. “We named the Ford Focus we got earlier this year Mick, after Mick Jagger. The tune ‘Start Me Up’ – ‘If you start me up I’ll never stop’ – came to mind with the great gas mileage the car gets.”
And while Fords are part of the family, they seem to have little in common with what parents are naming their progeny these days. In 2009, according to parenting.com, the most popular baby names were Aiden, Jayden, Max, Riley and Liam for boys and Ella, Ava, Grace, Lolita and Emma for girls.
The only overlap, according to Ford’s unscientific study? Grace.
There were plenty of other female names on the Ford list: Bessie, Pearl, Blanche and Betty were mentioned, as were Myrtle, Miki, Marilyn and Big Bertha. Lots of Mustangs were named Sally and more than a few had the name Eleanor, inspired by the film “Gone in 60 Seconds.” There’s even a Mona Lisa, after Marisa Tomei’s character in “My Cousin Vinny.”
Men shouldn’t feel left out, though. There are Ford trucks out there named Hank, and quite a few Big Reds. There’s a Walter, an Oliver and a Santana, and even an Oscar and a Grover from Sesame Street fame. There’s a Mr. T. and a Black Knight, a Hoss and even a Porkchop – although that could go either way, gender-wise.
Some owners are openly sentimental: “I named my 1999 Taurus Stephanie, for the first girl I fell in love with,” wrote one. Another vehicle got the name Glenice, after a late grandmother. And more than a few went with Clara Jane, after Henry Ford’s wife.
But when it came to choosing their favorite nickname in a poll, Ford owners bowed to creativity. Omnitron, a 2005 Mustang, came out on top among all the Facebook entries. Cookie Monster, a 2010 blue F-150 SVT Raptor, was the runner-up.
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