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Cassie
08-22-2015, 04:55 PM
This time I have a more serious topic. Have you ever given your uke a name? If so, what is it? I'm thinking of naming the one I get for Christmas, if I get one. I'm thinking of reserving the name Leilani for a lanikai. Then you could basically call it Leilanikai. Get it? If I were to get a Kala, I'm not sure what I would call that one. I prefer Hawaiian names and the proper way to pronounce them. That's why I'm asking for some of your uke names. Sorry there are 2 posts on the same topic. I don't know how to eraise one of them. I really really really want a uke for Christmas. It's at the top of my list. I have a bad case of what you might call Pre UAS. I say Pre because I don't have one yet. How would you diagnose my case?

weerpool
08-22-2015, 05:02 PM
my jumbo soprano is talula. sweet, thick, curvy and naughty

ohmless
08-22-2015, 05:14 PM
My first is named Haina, but the others aren't named.

kohanmike
08-22-2015, 08:46 PM
If I were to get a Kala, I'm not sure what I would call that one.

How about Kalalele? Not to be too irreverent, but all my ukes already came with names; Lanikai, Gretsch, Kala, Uku, Mahalo, GT, Rondo, Les Paul (hark, a proper name) even my customs; Gypsy, Mandolele, Tele, so I never thought of changing them. (Sorry, couldn't help myself.)

Purdy Bear
08-22-2015, 09:18 PM
Yes I have:

Sunwolf, purple soprano - Serenity
Octopus, blue soprano - Pathfinder

jollyboy
08-22-2015, 11:16 PM
My all-black Korala is named Johnny, after Johnny Cash (y'know, the Man in Black).

When I pick it up to play I like to say "Heeere's Johnny!", but only if no one else is in the room :)

hammer40
08-23-2015, 01:24 AM
No, I don't name them.

Cassie
08-23-2015, 01:27 AM
I like that. Unfortunately, I don't have any cash. I'm asking for a uke from my mom for Christmas. I want to get one so bad I might bust! LOL. The closer it gets, the worse my pre UAS seems to get.

CeeJay
08-23-2015, 02:17 AM
Yessss...but nothing you could say in polite company...usually after a specactular finger top bout edge interface catastrophe during a particularly fast strum .

Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu B etc etc, und so weiter...

VegasGeorge
08-23-2015, 02:26 AM
I named my plastic Kealoha that I play in the bathtub "Bubbles." I just got another one, mostly just to keep Bubbles company. So I guess her name will be "Bubbles Too."

Down Up Dick
08-23-2015, 02:38 AM
I only name mine when my fingers just won't fret the correct strings or contort into the right shapes. :old:

CeeJay
08-23-2015, 02:58 AM
I named my plastic Kealoha that I play in the bathtub "Bubbles." I just got another one, mostly just to keep Bubbles company. So I guess her name will be "Bubbles Too.":rofl::biglaugh:

SteveZ
08-23-2015, 03:54 AM
Yep, and all the names are the given names by the maker. My overall favorite is "LU-6 6-String." My least favorite varies by circumstance and is usually referred by the nickname "&%#€$@!" when bad things happen.

coolkayaker1
08-23-2015, 04:03 AM
82749

Larry, Moe, and Ignatius.

mikelz777
08-23-2015, 04:04 AM
I understand that it is harmless and meant to be fun but I don't get it. I find it odd when/if someone refers to an inanimate object by name as if it were a person, even more so if they attribute human characteristics or behavior to it. I refer to mine by their brand name, the/my Pono, Ohana or Lanikai.

coolkayaker1
08-23-2015, 04:07 AM
I find it odd when/if someone refers to an inanimate object by name as if it were a person, even more so if they attribute human characteristics or behavior to it.

Your post is a rascal, with an itchy little goatee, who whistles loudly between two fingers to hail his mother.

mikelz777
08-23-2015, 04:27 AM
Your post is a rascal, with an itchy little goatee, who whistles loudly between two fingers to hail his mother.

That was odd! :)

Down Up Dick
08-23-2015, 04:34 AM
"What's in a name?" Would a Uke sound sweeter if you didn't call it "&%#€$@'"?

miklz777, I thought so too, but I guess it takes all kinds.

Well, onward and upward. :old:

hollisdwyer
08-23-2015, 04:34 AM
my jumbo soprano is talula. sweet, thick, curvy and naughty

Talula (also the name of my sailboat) is a Choctaw Indian name meaning leaping water.

hollisdwyer
08-23-2015, 04:40 AM
I understand that it is harmless and meant to be fun but I don't get it. I find it odd when/if someone refers to an inanimate object by name as if it were a person, even more so if they attribute human characteristics or behavior to it. I refer to mine by their brand name, the/my Pono, Ohana or Lanikai.

Oh, I don't know. Maybe that desire comes from a deep seated racial memory that harks back to the time when Animism was a widely held belief system.

Down Up Dick
08-23-2015, 04:51 AM
Wow, man, that's deep--far out! :old:

Down Up Dick
08-23-2015, 04:54 AM
How 'bout Kala La-La-La or Ohana Banana or . . . :old:

stevepetergal
08-23-2015, 04:59 AM
I tried naming one of my instruments. Instantly got a horrible taste in my mouth. I decided I'd take up the practice of naming ukuleles when I resumed growing my hair long and wearing bell-bottoms. Flower power sounded like a good idea at the time, but that was fifty years ago.

Down Up Dick
08-23-2015, 05:05 AM
How 'bout Lanikai-Yi-Yippee-Kai-Yay! :old:

AcousticTones
08-23-2015, 06:13 AM
I don't name them, but I consistently refer to all of my instruments has "her" and/or "she". "I can't wait to play her." "Isn't she sexy." "I so love her." :)

Down Up Dick
08-23-2015, 06:33 AM
Lighten up, ubulele. Ain't nobody "snubin'" nobody. Just havin' a bit of creative fun. Call yer Ukes whatever ya want. :old:

Down Up Dick
08-23-2015, 06:39 AM
I call all my Winds "Mariah". :old:

mikelz777
08-23-2015, 09:02 AM
I've been inspired! In an attempt to appear less restrictive and more mature as evidenced by playfulness and an empathetic capacity, I'm naming one of my ukes "sobriquet". Certainly using such a ten dollar word as a name will leave little doubt that I'm mature but at the same time, brimming with whimsy. ;)

Fleacia
08-23-2015, 09:05 AM
I've named many ukes that have passed through my hands, at least those I've bonded with. I think the only Hawaiian name I've used is Kalea. Have also had Caera, Kieran, Eventide, Moonlight, Lyric, Felice... and others.

Names are a sign of bonding for me. Yes, they are ukes and they have brand names, sizes, etc. But people are people, men/women/etc, and pets are pets, dogs and so on, but they still have names...

Are you hoping for soprano, concert, tenor or another flavor? :)

Cassie
08-23-2015, 10:14 AM
I'm really hoping for a soprano. This will be my very first uke. I guess you could say that it will sort of be my very own pet. I've had a few pets of my own but they are alive. I like the name Kalea. How do you like Leilani for a Lanikai? Then you can sing the song Sweet Leilani and Little Leilani in your arms will sing along. Unlike dogs, cats and other live pets, they won't need feeding but they will need water. You water it by using the humidifier. They will need to be let out of there cases which you could think of as there cages. Now that I think of it, you cradle a uke like you're cradling a baby. Are there things I should include in my Christmas list to help care for it better?

Down Up Dick
08-23-2015, 10:17 AM
Good Lord! :old:

Cassie
08-23-2015, 10:19 AM
That's funny. I never thought of thSat.

jollyboy
08-23-2015, 10:40 AM
Get a clip-on tuner to keep it sweet :)

(Seriously, it's a pretty essential accessory for a beginner.)

Hippie Dribble
08-23-2015, 06:02 PM
Have you been over-medicated this morning Bill? LOL

Hippie Dribble
08-23-2015, 09:16 PM
Oops. Sorry mate, I thought we were on uke names. Didn't realise the thread had morphed. Back to your regularly scheduled program. (If I haven't killed it, that is). :p

Rllink
08-24-2015, 02:03 AM
Accessories. Tuner, name it Albacore (Alby) or Mackeral (mac). No name soft case or patterns with kit to make one. Music book (s) and bag to carry them. Ukulele chord stamp from FleaMarket website shop. Felt pick(s). Shoulder strap. Spare strings. Soft microfibre cloth for wiping and cleaning. Hanger to store the uke near your favourite chair. Aquarium for humidity (maybe a bit over the top). Nail cutters and nail file. Little screwdriver or multitool. Low cost suction cap pick up and little amp for fun making heavy guitar noises. Ukulele material CDs and videos. Lyle Ritz albums for jazz intro. Tickets to UOGB, even if they are playing in Europe (maybe another over the top suggestion). Bicycle basket set up to carry a ukulele. Music stand. Posters of ukulele players.Honestly, that right there scares me.

Down Up Dick
08-24-2015, 02:52 AM
Hi, Rollie. Why? Part of the fun of a hobbie is buyin' stuff. Have you bought a special stool or rocker to perch on while playing? I have a cut-down stool and a drum throne, and I'm looking for a rocker without arms. What about some wall hangers for displaying your now three Ukes? C'mon, Rollie, get with the program; this is America!

Hey, have you named the newest of your Ukes? If not, how do you tell them apart? Or call them? :old:

Rllink
08-24-2015, 03:03 AM
Hi, Rollie. Why? Part of the fun of a hobbie is buyin' stuff. Have you bought a special stool or rocker to perch on while playing? I have a cut-down stool and a drum throne, and I'm looking for a rocker without arms. What about some wall hangers for displaying your now three Ukes? C'mon, Rollie, get with the program; this is America!

Hey, what did you ever name the newest of your now three Ukes? How else will you tell them apart? Or call them? :old:Well, I can fall into that trap if I'm not careful. I found a flashlight in my golf bag the other day. I wonder how long I've been carrying that around? Hey, ya never know when you might need one out there on the golf course. How do I tell my ukes apart? Let's see, there is the one that I play, which I guess I call "my uke", and the two up in the spare upstairs bedroom closet that I call "The ones I don't play".:)

Down Up Dick
08-24-2015, 03:24 AM
Hey, Rollie. Very good names--good system. You're a master at this Uke stuff!

I've decided to name one of mine after all, but I can't decide on "Woodie" or "Brownie". :old:

Rllink
08-24-2015, 03:27 AM
Hey, Rollie. Very good names--good system. You're a master at this Uke stuff!

I've decided to name one of mine after all, but I can't decide on "Woodie" or "Brownie". :old:I would go with Woodie, because it gives you one when you play it. :)

Captain America
08-24-2015, 03:31 AM
Tried naming the ukes, but it didn't stick long.

so now it's "my soprano uke" and "my concert uke" and "my tenor."

I DID rename the Kala tenor that I"ve got, since it had such a nonsense bunch of alphabest for a name. It's a cedar top, lam acacia side/back; I call this model, "The LaSalle" since it's so sleek.

farmerjones
08-24-2015, 02:53 PM
I call mine Duke Uke'em.

k0k0peli
08-24-2015, 06:05 PM
I recall discussions like this on photography forums. "Do you name your camera(s) / lens(es) / flash(es) / etc?" I currently possess (or am possessed by) 45 cameras, 245 lenses, 124 musical instruments (34 of them stringed), and numerous other tools, not to mention our artifact collections. I do not name them. That would be madness. And I could never remember all those names. I have enough trouble with a dozen cousins and a few sisters.

We nickname our vehicles -- the old Ford Explorer is Big Blue, the Nissan Murano is Baby Blue, the old Dodge Aspen wagon was Toots (color of a Tootsie-Roll), the white '69 Chevy pickup was Phantom, the Land Cruiser was Elsie (LC), the ancient Mobile Traveler housecar was Spud (the beer that made Boise famous), and the Coupe de Ville was That [expletive deleted] Money Pit.

We also have mountain bikes and recumbent bikes. We do not name them beyond Your BikeE and My BikeE and Your Trek and My Trek, just as we call our favorite tenor 'ukes Your Alvarez and My Kala. We have had several homes. We nickname them by their street names -- the Adrian, the Utah Trail, the Rio Vista, the Bonnie Brae, the Phillips.

Hmm, I see a trend. If the item in question encloses and contains us, like a vehicle or house, we give it a name. If not, we don't.

Mivo
08-24-2015, 08:44 PM
I don't name my ukuleles. I usually refer to them as "the Barron River tenor", the "Stagg concert", "the acacia tenor", or "the factory mahogany soprano". Hmm, I don't really seem to give other objects names either, except my computers, but that is just for networking purposes (I could name them Laptop-005 or Desktop-002, but I go for names of cat breeds).

HBolte
08-25-2015, 02:05 AM
No. And In don't call them her or she either.

Kale'a
12-08-2015, 08:18 AM
Yes...I must admit, I do name my ukuleles. LOL A few are: Koko, Keoki, Malialani, Kauanoeanuhea, Melelani, Kapua, Kikeona... But when I am telling people which one I am playing I usually refer to the brand and size, ie KoAloha concert, Kamaka soprano, etc.

Inksplosive AL
12-08-2015, 08:32 AM
Since this has been reopened and I dont think I added to it before.

No I have not named a ukulele yet. I have named custom built tattoo machines or seriously reworked machines. I had one picked from various parts boxes and put together I called Old JYD or Junk Yard dog, when I reworked it I renamed it "BenWah".

I own a few 80's Hondas that Ive given nicknames, one I call Red the other The Black Bitch or simply The Bitch and one 87 Magna I bought from a guy who owned her for 16 years called her Scarlett I call her Scar'.

I have a red BC Rich Warlock from the 80's, an Aria Pro2 cardinal series bass and a Yamaha acoustic guitar for many years now that have no names. None of the multitude of ukuleles have a name either. Wait I lie I did at one point call my Bruce Wei tenor my Wei Wei but then she sang much nicer a year later. Hmmm my BW soprano was my little Brazilian girl, we have had a love hate relationship to this point. So I guess I do name ukuleles but only those from Vietnam.

hehe

bellgamin
12-08-2015, 09:36 AM
I named my Pono Tenor "Molly B. Denum" -- because of her musical chem-mystery.

gregc
12-09-2015, 01:44 PM
I can't even remember my kids names.

ukuleleden
12-10-2015, 12:46 AM
They come pre-named, so I just refer to them by their make and/or model. i.e. "The T1K", The CK-38, etc..

tw62862
12-10-2015, 06:07 AM
Pono Acacia Tenor - Casey
Kimo Custom Tenor - Aces **

** I was playing "Let It Ride" at a local casino and hit 4 Aces. That's the only reason I could afford the uke :)

UkieOkie
12-10-2015, 06:25 AM
i don't name mine, but it seems like something i would do.

SweetWaterBlue
12-10-2015, 06:27 AM
I generally call mine by their brand name, followed by the size or other characteristic. In other words, there is ny Lanikai tenor, my Mainland baritone, Kala Ubass, etc.

Django
12-11-2015, 04:57 PM
Only one of mine has a name. It is my 3K, named for it's late owner, Tom Norm Morrison, (Juneberry 78s). It just seems right to refer to it as Tom. I like the connection, but the others are identified by make and model. The 3K is also my favorite. I have named my motorcycles, hang gliders and boats in the past. It seems more personal and less like an inanimate object that way. BB King had Lucille, so it's cool enough for me.

Blackdog131
12-11-2015, 05:54 PM
Mine is simply called 'My wooden wife' and when we dance and sing together we go to a new magical place which i refer to as 'My wooden life'. Its very similar to a real marriage, i spent alot of money on her, we spend almost all our time together, we dance we sing, at times we get so frusrated with one another..some time she wines and annoys the f@#k out of me, when noones home i strum her really hard and fast and we're very loud ;)...but through good times, and the bad we love each other, we grow old together, and no matter how hard times get there's always a place for her in my arms next to my heart, or my lap is always there for her to rest on those long winter nights sat as one cuddled by the fire singing 'you and me' by Penny and the quarters at top of our little voices.

This is also probably why i don't have a 'real wife'....catch 22...meh.

JJFN
12-12-2015, 02:10 AM
I call my baritone "The Big Kahuna", not very original but appropriate.