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Server naming conventions

I have always had a problem to name servers and workstations, at home I am using nerdy Neptune’s moons names of our computers, my stationary windows XP is called Proteus my IBM Thinkpad is Triton and Travelmate is Galatea.
At work we have less creative names my workstation is called jpworkpc and mail server is called addition-server. In my previous work at Intrasuite we were naming our server by names of small cities in Denmark that was quite funny.
Though, I liked a lot naming what we had in Icon Medialab Finland in the end of nineties. We had 5 main servers and they were named after Jackson Five, which was funny and groovy. I remember that in my first job at Tietovalta we didn’t have real naming conventions except servers had names after a car. Our main server (Solaris) was called Ferrari and my main dev. server (Linux) was called Porsche, quite boring names IMHO.
Last server I have named was Linux box I installed in my work a month ago. I was thinking that what would be absolutely the most nerdish name I can think of… all I was able to come up was some planet names and Lord Of The Ring character names. Even Gandalf or Frodo as a server name is quite nerdy I was thinking there has to be something even better so I did some Googling on the subject and I found perfect name… hold on… here it comes… Deathstar. Every time I open SSH to deathstar I feel so nerd, I think it’s a best name ever :D
Now that we are starting to come up with more servers I would like to have some pattern in naming. I don’t like names SRV01 etc. that has no meaning. I think servers should always have some creative friendly name. Since I have taken some time on this issue I have come up with some suggestions I like.
I think the best ones are names of some famous people like artists, actors, historic figures or monsters and other figures. Also animal names work like Tiger, Bear, and Wolf or fish names like Salmon, Cod, and Pike. As long as all servers are named using good naming theme that is scalable, unique, and easy to remember.
Good place for getting some naming ideas.