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.
The default name. Call a spade a spade.
After the robotic house maid from the 1960’s TV show The Jetsons.
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.
After a popular 1940’s comic strip about a maid, or the 1960’s TV show based on it.
After Batman’s trusted butler and father-figure.
- DJ Roomba
After an actual Roomba that appeared on the 2010’s TV show Parks and Recreation.
After a beloved Disney character commissioned to clean the entire planet Earth in the movie of the same name.
Possibly after a chatbot known as Agent Ruby, or the slightly useless maid in the 1970’s British TV show Upstairs, Downstairs.
After Anakin Skywalker’s astromech droid in the Star Wars movie series.
After the clunky robotic character in the 1950’s 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 1990’s British TV show based on the books.
After either or both the heroine or the False Maria robot in the 1920’s movie Metropolis.
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! I personally had 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 your looking for more inspiration and name suggestions:
After Skippy The Magnificent, the artificial intelligence an housed in a shiny beer can in Craig Alason’s Expeditionary Force series of books.
After the annoying little robot in the Borderlands videogame series.
- Dustin Bieber
After a Canadian musician.
After the sardonic butler in the 1990’s TV show The Nanny.
- Zero Credibility
After an artificial intelligence in The Culture novels.