by Catherine Moreland August 26, 2021 10338 14 min read
Anyone who’s ever participated in any group activities knows the value of a shared name. Whether it’s the family team at the neighborhood sporting event, a friendly trivia night at the local bar, or a workplace team-building exercise, group names have the power to turn a random collection of people into a cohesive unit.
Unfortunately, having to think of cool team names in these situations can make the best of us short-circuit. If you’re struggling to think of an impactful and individualized name for your squad, don’t worry. The following list of cool team names should save you some time.
200+ Cool Team Name Ideas for Group Chats, Projects, or Activities
If you go looking for the best names for your crew online, you’ll find endless lists of suggestions. As you’ll find, many of them serve distinct purposes. For example, some names are impersonal and formal — so you can use them in professional settings. Others are humorous and even a bit risque — so they should be suitable for more casual purposes as well.
In any case, the following list will be presented in a similar style, by grouping similar team names under broader categories. With that in mind, let’s start with the most likely winners.
Cool Team Names for the Winning Squad
The team names in this first category would be great for company teambuilding exercises. They’re non-offensive but still motivational, which should make them perfect for professional environments.
You’ll also see that these team names emanate a certain level of confidence. So they’ll be the perfect option for a group of people that are expected to win. These names include:
6. Deal Makers
7. Dream Team
8. High Rollers
11. Peak Performers
12. Powers That Be
18. The Quota Crushers
19. The Untouchables
Of course, if the workplace activities you’re participating in have predetermined winners — the runners-up will be one step behind.
Badass Team Names for Groups Who Are Out for Blood
The following team names would be appropriate for teams that are just as good as the ones sporting the names you’re just seen, if not better. These are the groups that challenge the status quo. They might have previously lost the battle — but never the war. More than anything else, these guys have spunk!
21. Bloody Bannermen
26. Chosen Ones
28. Code Red
30. Demolition Crew
37. Hell’s Angels
48. Rule Breakers
53. Storm Breakers
54. Storm Chasers
56. Trouble Makers
61. Wrecking Crew
As you can see, these names emit a decidedly aggressive kind of energy. While that may exclude most of them from being used in professional settings, you can always keep them in your back pocket. Who knows when a neighborhood football match might break out?
Cool Team Names for Folks Who Just Want to Have Fun
The next category of team names you can choose from would be ideal for people who are only participating in group activities to have fun. Everyone expects these teams to lose — even the people who are in them. Still, in the right conditions, they might just give the other teams a run for their money! So without further ado, let’s hear it for:
62. The Hungover Hunks
63. The Amigos
64. Average Joes
65. Bane of Your Existence
67. Couch Potatoes
68. The Crapulents
69. Dirty Old Men
71. Lazy but Loveable
72. Mandatory Attendance
73. Mediocrity at Its Best
74. Our Uniforms Match
77. Just Staying Afloat
78. Wasted Potential
79. We Showed Up
80. We Tried
If nothing else, these team names will bring some much-needed levity to any sporting event. Seeing them on the scoreboard next to the Obliterators should bring a chuckle out of even the most competitive people. And, it’ll be especially hilarious if the Couch Potatoes are actually winning.
Group Names That Reference Different Sports
If you’re looking for cool team names that contain sports puns, you’ll have to narrow down your search! After all, there are so many hilarious team names to choose from based on what sport you’re going to play. For example, if you’re going to play hoops, you could go for:
81. Basket Brawlers
82. Basket Hounds
83. Net Rippers
84. Big Net Worth
85. Nothing But Nets
86. The Hot Shots
87. Shooting Stars
88. LeBron’s Tutors
On the other hand, if you’re looking for football, soccer, baseball, or even volleyball team names, you can try:
89. Back That Pass Up
90. Goal Diggers
92. We Got the Runs
93. 99 Problems But a Pitch Ain’t One
94. Basic Pitches
95. Pitch Please
96. Bat Attitudes
97. Some Spike It Hot
98. Spiked Punch
Needless to say, if you’re looking for punny names for your sports team, these are your best options.
Cool Team Names for the Women’s and Girls’ Leagues
So far, all of the team names on this list have been gender-inclusive. But if your team is made up of women and you want to make that clear right off the bat, here are some of the cool team names you can go for.
102. Chicks with Kicks
103. Queens of Goals
104. End Zone Divas
105. Killer Cats
106. Elite Mankillers
107. Vicious and Delicious
108. Gutter Girls
109. Girl Scout Dropouts
110. Femme Fatale
As you probably noticed, these names are similar to the first two categories on this list. After all, they are similarly aggressive. So if you’re looking for softer or cuter suggestions that might work for girls’ teams, consider:
These adorable names will also work well with any adjectives that would better describe your team. Still, you might want to think twice before incorporating gendered terms in your daughters’ team names. Simply put, some women might take issue with it.
Then again, you can always turn the stereotype on its head and use these team names for men’s teams. Just imagine a bunch of burly athletes playing on a team called the Dancing Daisies!
Animal-Themed Group Names
Many professional sports teams are named after animals — you’ve got the Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, and San Jose Sharks, to name a few. Typically, people either combine the name of the city with local wildlife species or settle for an animal name that provides an alliteration.
Either way, they pick the names that have a certain ring to them and therefore inspire respect. If you want to name your group after an animal, here are some examples you can use:
123. Black Mambas
124. Blue Jays
135. Lions or the Lion Pride
142. Wolves or the Pack
The best thing about teams that are named after animals is that you have a built-in mascot. Moreover, you can usually pick your team colors from the animal’s coat or feathers. And as always, you can also pair these animal names with colors or other adjectives to further personalize your team name.
Cool Team Names That Contain Pop Culture References
If you love pop culture, you can always incorporate it into your team name. Other people have already used musical references to name sports teams and trivia night groups. Examples include:
143. Hoops I Did It Again
144. Don’t Stop BALLieving
145. Bennie and the Nets
146. The Real Slim Shadies
147. Bed Bath and Beyonce
If you’re not into popular music, you could go for team names that reference movies, TV shows, or even literature. For example:
148. Gone With the Win
149. Pretty in Pink
153. Fast & Furious
154. Identity Theft Is Not a Joke (the Office)
155. Lost Boys
156. Bad Boys
157. Men in Black
158. Mad Men
159. Dothraki (Game of Thrones)
160. A Team Has No Name (Game of Thrones)
161. Marauders (Harry Potter or the 2016 Bruce Willis movie)
163. The Force
164. The Dark Side
165. The Justice League
166. Men of Steel
167. The Jokers
168. Gotham City Robins
169. The Birds of Prey
172. Black Panthers
173. Black Widows
174. Ghost Riders
Ultimately, pop culture has inspired some of the best team names — whether you need them for group chats, sports, or even just trivia nights. After all, they allow all members of the team to gather around a common motif. And like the animal-themed group names, they usually come with a built-in mascot.
Group Names That Reflect the Members’ Personal Qualities
Speaking of coming together around a common theme, you can also build a team around the members’ shared attributes. Usually, those are age-related or generational, so you might name the team:
175. The Boomers
176. The Gen Xers/Zers
177. Eighties Babies
178. Ladies from the Eighties
179. The Millennials
180. Dirty Thirty
181. The Roaring Twenties
182. The Young Bucks
Alternatively, you can latch onto other characteristics of the team members. For example, if you want to express your shared love of certain foods, you could name the team:
183. Cake Fiends
184. Will Work for Food
185. Cereal Killers
186. Captain Crunch
187. Food for Thought
188. Fry Friends
189. Flame Kings
190. Pig Roast Pals
191. The Simmer Sisters
192. Gourmet Group
193. Gourmet Goddesses
194. Good Looks Cooks
195. Cooking Killers
196. Burrito Brothers
197. Oh Crêpe!
198. Simmer Down
199. Jalapeño Hotties
200. The Gouda Life
201. Tasty Temptations
202. True Grit
203. The Spice Girls
204. Chop It Like It’s Hot
205. Slice, Slice, Baby
206. Shakers and Bakers
These kinds of cool team names would be great for cooking or eating competitions. Alternatively, they could just be cute group chat names for restaurant workers or casual foodies alike.
But depending on the team members’ interests and reasons for forming the squad in the first place, you can do this with almost any personal characteristic. The world has no shortage of puns you can use — as long as you’re willing to look for them!
Tips for Choosing Your Team Name
At this point, you might start feeling a bit overwhelmed. The list above features more than 200 of the best team names on the Internet — and those are just the tip of the iceberg! So how do you choose the right name for your team?
1. Set the Tone
First and foremost, your team name needs to set the tone for whatever activity you need it for. Usually, the formation of teams signifies that people are competing in one way or another. If that is the case, start by figuring out the mood everyone else is in.
That way, you won’t make the grievous mistake of naming your team the Obliterators while the other teams come in with names like We Tried and Lazy but Loveable. Sure, you could probably laugh that situation off. However, it may look strange if you’re the only one who’s coming in hot.
When in doubt, you could always wait for the other teams to choose their group names and work from there. That will not only let you read the room more easily but also allow you to position your team as superior.
For example, if the other team chose to be called the Serpents, you could go for the animal’s natural enemy. That would maintain the theme the other team started and build onto it.
Ultimately, the language you use should always reflect the occasion. So if you’re naming a work squad, go for a professional and non-personal name, like the A-Team. But if you’re participating in a casual sporting event, you could incorporate more humorous and even risque language.
2. Identify a Central Theme and Personalize It
Next, you have to consider the attributes that connect the members of your team. That can be gender, age, profession, neighborhood, or a random personal interest. The list above already contains ideas for building upon some of those characteristics.
On the other hand, if the members of your team don’t have much in common, go for something that just sounds cool. That’s how you get all those historical warriors and animal-inspired team names. If nothing else, those themes are great for branding.
If you need something to spice up one of the ideas on the list above, a dynamic adjective is always a good addition. You can preface a noun with a color or a descriptor such as:
Alliteration, or pairing words that start with the same letters or sounds, tends to work wonders for making team names sound catchy. Coming onto the field with a name like the Brawling Blossoms is sure to get your team some buzz!
And hey, if you have a concept in mind but you can’t quite think of a snappy team name off the top of your head, you can use a team name generator to get ideas.
3. Ask for Your Teammates’ Opinions
Ideally, forming a team name should be a group exercise that engages all members of the crew. That means that everyone should go through the process of thinking of catchy names together. In the end, you should have a long list of cool team names to sift through.
After narrowing the list down to only five or so options, take the time to write them on a whiteboard. That will let you and the squad consider your options from all sides. If the team name is going to be a permanent decision that involves branding, consider the marketability of the team colors and mascot.
Granted, since the Philadelphia Flyers unveiled their “gleefully deranged mascot,” Gritty, envisioning a more controversial team representative has been difficult. Still, those are just some of the things you should consider before settling on a team name.