A Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner cleaning the floor wearing a “Hello, my name is Rosie” name-badge.

Top 15 Roomba names

Most people stick with the default “Roomba” name for their Wi-Fi connected vacuum cleaning robots. However, many also give their Roomba a proper name.

It’s hard not to anthropomorphize your robotic vacuum cleaner like its a new household pet. It can be kind of cute when it’s whizzing around on your floors and gently bump 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 15 most commonly assigned names to Wi-Fi connected Roomba models vacuum cleaners, according to data collected via the iRobot Home app for Android and iOS.

  1. Roomba
    The default name. Call a spade a spade.
  2. Rosie
    After the robotic housemaid from the 1960’s TV show The Jetsons.
  3. Alice
    After the maid in The Brady Bunch, or an early-2000’s chatbot capable of responding to many queries, or a programmable microbot from the same era.
  4. Hazel
    After a popular 1940’s comic strip about a maid, or the 1960’s 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 2010’s 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 1970’s 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 1950’s 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 1990’s British TV show based on the books.
  14. Maria
    After either or both the heroine or the False Maria robot in the 1920’s movie Metropolis.
  15. Rhonda
    After a robotic character in the videogame Fallout.

There are some really good Roomba names on this list! People clearly like to name their robotic aid after beloved maids and butlers in pop-culture, and science fiction robots. I’d expected people to choose funnier names for their Roombas but none of the obvious ones have made it onto the list.

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

  • Skippy
    After Skippy The Magnificent, the artificial intelligence 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
    A pun based after a Canadian musician.
  • Niles
    After the sardonic butler in the 1990’s 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.