Top 15 Roomba names

Most people stick with the default “Roomba” name for their Wi-Fi connected vacuuming robots but many also give their Roomba a name. Here are the top 15 most common names people assign to their Roomba vacuum cleaners.

It’s hard not to anthropomorphize your robotic vacuum cleaner like it was a new pet when it’s wizzing around on your floors and gently bumping into things. Whether you’ve got a smart or a rather stupid model of robot vacuum cleaner you’ll want to give it a good solid name of its own.

The following list is the most commonly assigned names to Wi-Fi connected Roomba models vacuum cleaners, according to data collected via the iRobot Home management app for Android and iOS.

  1. Roomba
    The default name. Call a spade a spade.
  2. Rosie
    After the robotic house maid from the 1960s TV show The Jetsons.
  3. Alice
    After an early-2000s chatbot capable of responding to many queries, or a programmable microbot from the same era.
  4. Hazel
    After a popular 1940s comic strip about a maid, or the 1960s TV show based on it.
  5. Alfred
    After Batman’s trusted butler and father-figure.
  6. DJ Roomba
    After an actual Roomba that appeared on the 2010s TV show Parks and Recreation.
  7. Wall-E
    After a beloved Disney character commissioned to clean the entire planet Earth in the movie of the same name.
  8. Ruby
    Possibly after a chatbot known as Agent Ruby, or the slightly useless maid in the 1970s British TV show Upstairs, Downstairs.
  9. R2D2
    After Anakin Skywalker’s astromech droid in the Star Wars movie series.
  10. Robbie
    After the clunky robotic character in the 1950s movie Forbidden Planet.
  11. Dusty
    A very utilitarian name.
  12. Bob
  13. Jeeves
    After the arch-British valet of the Jeeves & Wooster books, or one of several characters based on Jeeves — like the Ask Jeeves search-engine’s butler figurehead, “the perfect gentleman robot butler” from the videogame World of WarCraft, or perhaps Hugh Laurie’s Jeeves from the 1990s British TV show based on the books.
  14. Maria
    After either or both the heroine or the False Maria robot in the 1920s movie Metropolis.
  15. Rhonda
    After a robotic character in the videogame Fallout.

It’s quite clear that people really do like to name their robotic aid after science fiction and early attempts at artificial intelligence chatbots!


You can borrow from the list of names that I’ve given to my own robotic vacuums over the years if your looking for more inspiration and name suggestions:

  • Skippy
    After Skippy The Magnificent, the artificial intelligence an housed in a shiny beer can in Craig Alason’s Expeditionary Force series of books.
  • CL4P-TP
    After the annoying little robot in the Borderlands videogame series.
  • Dustin Bieber
    After a Canadian musician.
  • Niles
    After the sardonic butler in the 1990s TV show The Nanny.
  • Zero Credibility
    After an artificial intelligence in The Culture novels.

Sources

  • Replying to @ChelseaKane, , iRobot, Twitter
  • Roomba 15th Anniversary flyer, , iRobot
  • Cultural references from Wikipedia articles ranked by Google. #badjournalism

Feature photo based on a promotional photo by © 2016 iRobot.