Top 89 Theme Names for Teams (Curated & Ranked) + Generator

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When planning a team-based event or organizing a large group into teams, it can help to have a specific theme that all teams must follow for their name.

While it’s fun for team members to have freedom when choosing their names, giving them some guidelines can help make their decisions easier and inspire them.

Studies show that limitations can actually bring about greater creativity![1]

The theme you choose should keep in mind the purpose of the event and the audience (professionals? students? etc.).[2] In many ways, your choice will set the tone for the event.

Below, we list more than 80 team name theme ideas, plus tips for choosing the perfect theme for your group!

Note that linked themes will direct you to our lists featuring team names that fit that particular theme.

Theme Names for Teams

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    Fairy Tale Endings

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    Superheroes

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    Trees

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    Mythical Creatures

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    Fast Food Combos

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    The Four Elements

    inspired by earth, water, air, and fire

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    Seven Sins

    inspired by pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth

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    Flowers

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    Seven Heavenly Virtues

    inspired by prudence, justics, temperance, courage, faith, hope, and charity

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    Pet Peeves

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    Outlaws

    name each team after a famous criminal, from old west outlaws to mobsters

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    Superhero Day Jobs

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    Odd Error Messages

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    Greek Gods and Goddesses

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    Worst Things to Find in Your Attic/Basement

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    Planets

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    Insects

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    Under-Sea Creatures

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    Hollywood Chrises

    name each team after a famous “Chris,” such as Chris Hemsworth or Chris Evans

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    Seen at the Circus

    name each team after a circus act, such as “Ringmasters” or “Magicians”

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    Box Office Flops

    real or imagined films that would fail at the box office

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    High Fashion

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    Outer Space

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    Landmarks

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    Rejected Children's Books

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    Most Vicious Villains

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    Star Wars

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    Star Trek

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    Animals

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    Harry Potter

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    First Day Jitters

    name each team after something that would make you nervous on the first day of school or at a new job

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    Weather

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    Alternative Facts

    similar to Alternate Histories, but with basic facts — like “Clear Skies Are Green”

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    1990s

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    Innovators

    name each team after a famous thinker or inventor

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    Snow Cone Flavors

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    Birds

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    Fictional Worlds

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    Colors

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    One-Hit Wonders

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    Sketchy Restaurant Names

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    Cartoon Characters

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    Greatest Films Never Made

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    Odd Jobs

    name each team after a strange or unusual career

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    Herstory

    name each team after a famous woman from history

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    Proudest Moments

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    Fates Worse Than Death

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    Coolest Cars

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    Extinct Creatures

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    Gemstones

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    Super Powers

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    Non-Charting Boy Bands

    create rejected ’90s boy band names

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    Doomsday Scenarios

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    Strange Grocery Delivery Substitutions

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    Flashback

    each team chooses a decade or century to represent

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    The Seven Wonders of the World

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    Weird Laws

    name each team after a nonsensical or silly law, such as “Don’t Drive Blindfolded” or “No Highway Horse Races”

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    Pro Team Mascots

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    Numbers

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    Word Translations

    choose a word and name each team after a translation of that word (e.g., translating “Love” into team names like the French “Amour” or the Korean Romanization “Sarang”)

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    Conspiracy Theories

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    Foods

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    1337

    every team name must be in leetspeak

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    Greatest Character Flaws

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    Alternate Histories

    name each team after something that didn’t happen, such as Gerald Ford’s second term as president

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    Corny Pick-Up Lines

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    Famous Firsts

    name each team after the first time something happened, such as “Robert Cornelius’ Selfie” or “The Ford Quadricycle” (the first car designed by Henry Ford)

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    Spooky Old Mansions

    choose a name that sounds like it would suit a haunted estate

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    Famous Ensembles

    name each team after a well-known band, screen ensemble, etc.

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    Worst Impulse Buys

    name each team after something you regret buying

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    Grease Is the Word

    name each team after something retro/1950s-inspired

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    Oscar Winners

    name each team after an Academy Award-winning film or star

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    1980s

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    News Bloopers/Strange Headlines

    referencing news that doesn’t sound real or was shared in error

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    Weird Vacation Destinations

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    Hawaii/Island Life

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    Spy Skills

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    Canceled TV Pilots

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    Natural Disasters

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    Unusual Movie Genres

    strange combinations like “Horror-Romance” or “Silent Music Documentaries”

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    National Parks

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    Holidays

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    Patriotism

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    College Majors

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    Countries

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    Musical Instruments

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    Spices

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    Reptiles

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    Unusual Pizza Toppings

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How to Choose the Perfect Theme for Your Team or Event

Keep these tips in mind to find or create the perfect theme for your teams/event:

  • Choose an appropriate theme. Your theme should match the type of event or activity you’re planning. For example, if you’re splitting your division at work into smaller teams for a complex project, you’ll want to be sure to choose a theme that’s appropriate for your workplace. Are you a company that follows strict rules of professionalism or one with a more relaxed atmosphere? Always keep your environment in mind when choosing themes and team names.
  • Consider the interests of your groups. Are your participants pop culture whizzes, ’90s babies, foodies, or nature lovers? If they have a lot in common, calling upon their interests can make it easier to choose the perfect theme. For instance, if none of the participants enjoy camping or hiking, you’ll probably want to avoid the National Parks and Great Outdoors themes. However, if they’re all outdoorsy, choosing one of these themes will make the event even more fun for them.
  • Use your sense of humor. Some people like puns, some like slapstick, and others like dark humor. Whatever your sense of humor, if the teams share it, put it to good use when choosing the theme. Funny names are always great to use — they can completely shape the mood of your event! Some ideas on our list above won’t be appropriate for every team or event; use your best judgment and be sure not to choose a theme that some participants will find offensive.
  • Consider the event size. Many of the themes on our list above have the potential to spawn dozens of team names, but if you’re planning an activity for a particularly large number of teams, consider the limitations of the themes you like. Something like “The Four Elements” won’t work if you have 12 teams, for example.

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