Most people stick with the default “Roomba” name for their Wi-Fi connected vacuuming robots. Many do still choose to name their Roombas, and I’ve got hold of the list over the most popular names.
It’s hard not to anthropomorphize your robotic vacuum cleaner like it was a new pet as it’s wizzing around on your floors. Whether you’ve got a smart or mostly-foolish robotic 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 models of Roomba vacuum cleaners, according to data collected via the iRobot Home management app.
The default name. Call a spade a spade.
After the robotic house maid from the 1960s TV show The Jetsons.
After an early-2000s chatbot capable of responding to many queries, or a programmable microbot from the same era.
After a popular 1940s comic strip about a maid, or the 1960s TV show based on it.
After Batman’s trusted butler and father-figure.
- DJ Roomba
After an actual Roomba that appeared on the 2010s TV show Parks and Recreation.
After a beloved Disney character commissioned to clean the entire planet Earth in the movie with the same name.
Possibly after a chatbot known as Agent Ruby, or the slightly useless maid in the 1970s British TV show Upstairs, Downstairs.
After Anakin Skywalker’s astromech droid in the Star Wars movie series.
After the clunky robotic character in the 1950s movie Forbidden Planet.
A very utilitarian name.
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.
After either or both the heroine or the False Maria robot in the 1920s movie Metropolis.
After a robotic character in the videogame Fallout.
It’s quite clear that people really do like old science fiction and early attempts at artificial intelligence chatbots!
If your looking for more name suggestions for your own Roomba, you can borrow from this list of names that I’ve given to my different robotic vacuums over the years:
- Dustin Bieber
After a Canadian musician.
After the annoying little robot in the Borderlands videogame series.
After the sardonic butler in the 1990s TV show The Nanny.
- Zero Credibility
After an artificial intelligence in The Culture novels.