This is my list of machine names that I use or have used, recorded here so I can pick new names without overlap. My current naming scheme (first described here) names machines after living things with some broad divisions for different types of machines.

Machines marked with a {*} are in active use.

laptops

Mostly mythical creatures.

servers

Mostly birds.

small machines

phones

wireless routers

Flying insects.

desktops

  • beaver {*} (Dad's)
  • sparrow
  • penguin
  • mouse {*} (Maggie's)

functional names

  • digi
  • phone
  • sat
  • labswitch

test machines

Large herbovores.

  • donkey
  • bison
  • zebra
  • elephant
  • cow
  • pegasus
  • ox

Small amphibians.

  • frog (bitsyxb)
  • toad (bitsyg5)

guest machines (pre-allocated DHCP IPs)

  • butterfly
  • ant
  • flea
  • roach
  • termite
  • tapeworm
  • leech
  • spider
  • wasp
  • hornet
  • carpenter-bee
  • sponge
  • coral
  • starfish
  • lizard
  • newt
  • komodo-dragon