Cool Code Names

top-secretHow cool is it to use a code name for an important project rather than “version 2.5” or “next gen”?  This article includes a list of more than 300 code names to consider for your project.  In fact, one column includes code names grouped by a particular theme (can you figure out the theme for the last group in the list?) and another column just lists a bunch of cool words and phrases to consider for code names.  I’ve used many of these code words over the years and hope you enjoy using them too.

Why Are Code Names Needed?

First, it’s fundamentally fun and cool to use code names but that’s not necessarily the reason to start using code names.  The key reason relates to confidential programs and activities that are talked and written about in ways that could possibly be exposed to people that shouldn’t have knowledge, including the general public.  Haven’t you ever been in a coffee shop or restaurant and overhead a conversation that was clearly confidential?

The most common use cases I’ve seen are as follows:

Other Hints & Tips

If your company has multiple products or product lines, consider assigning a theme to each and then using code names from those themes. It will help your employees and business partners more easily remember what the code name stands for.  For example, one of the companies I worked for in the past used names of philosophers for one product line, types of snakes for another and Greek/Roman gods for another.  You’ll see such category groupings below.

For acquisitions, use a code name that has the same first letter as the target company.  But realize that if your general employee population finds out that you use this approach, they might be able to figure out who your acquisition target is.

The Lists

Themes
Tiger
Lion
Leopard
Panther
Jaguar
Puma
Cheetah
Black Cat
Siamese
Wolverine
Badger

Scorpion
Hornet
Yellow Jacket
Wasp
Black Widow
Tarantula
Centipede

Triton
Hercules
Zeus
Medusa
Athena
Apollo
Iris

Viper
Rattler
Cobra
Anaconda
Cottonmouth
Copperhead
Sidewinder
Python

Great White
Mako
Hammerhead
Gator
Barracuda
Shark
Jaws
Orca
Moray
Piranha
Stingray

Excalibur
Samurai
Stiletto
Dagger
Axe
Saber
Machete
Spear
Sword
Scythe
Blade
Bayonet
Scimitar

Lightning
Hurricane
Tornado
Thunder
Blizzard
Storm
Tropical Storm
Avalanche
Rainbow
Typhoon
Cyclone
Volcano
Twister

Plato
Einstein
Aristotle
Socrates
Edison
Voltaire
Machiavelli
Freud

Jeopardy
Monopoly
Scrabble
Backgammon
Roulette
Blackjack
Keno
Baccarat

Superman
Batman
Spider Man
Flash
Phantom
Thor
Iron Man
Hulk
Wonder Woman
Wolverine
Aquaman
Green Arrow
Green Lantern
Daredevil

Maverick
Stallion
Colt
Thoroughbred
Clydesdale
Mustang
Pony

Baja
Fiji
Cayman
Jamaica
Cozumel
Aruba
Bali
Bora Bora
Capri
Ibiza
Majorca
Nantucket
Tahiti

Hawk
Eagle
Falcon
Condor
Raptor
Oriole
Raven
Thunderbird
Blackhawk
Pelican
Vulture
Osprey

Dagobah
Death Star
Devaron
Hoth
Jakku
Lothal
Naboo
Scarif
Tatooine
Zanbar

Lancer
Volunteer
Searchlight
Passkey
Deacon
Rawhide
Timberwolf
Eagle
Tumbler
Renegade
Mogul

Cool Names List
007
Advantage
Alert
Backhander
Blade
Blaze
Blockade
Blockbuster
Boxer
Brimstone
Broadway
Buccaneer
Champion
Cliffhanger
Coachman
Comet
Commander
Courier
Cowboy
Crawler
Crossroads
Desperado
Double-Decker
Echelon
Edge
Encore
En Route
Escape
Eureka
Evangelist
Excursion
Explorer
Fantastic
Firefight
Foray
Forge
Freeway
Fun Machine
Game Over
Genesis
Hacker
Hawkeye
Haybailer
Haystack
Hexagon
Hitman
Hustler
Iceberg
Impulse
Invader
Inventor
Iron Wolf
Jackrabbit
Juniper
Keyhole
Lancelot
Mad Hatter
Magnum
Majestic
Merlin
Multiplier
Netiquette
Nomad
Octagon
Offense
Olive Branch
Omega
Onyx
Orbit
Outlaw
Patron
Patriot
Pegasus
Pentagon
Pilgrim
Pinball
Pinnacle
Pipeline
Pirate
Pirate Ship
Portal
Predator
Prism
Raging Bull
Ragtime
Reunion
Ricochet
Roadrunner
Robin Hood
Rover
Runabout
Sapphire
Scrappy
Seige
Shadow
Shakedown
Shockwave
Shooter
Showdown
Six Pack
Slam Dunk
Slasher
Sledgehammer
Spirit
Spotlight
Starlight
Steamroller
Stride
Sunrise
Sunset
Sweetheart
Top Hand
Touchdown
Tour
Trailblazer
Transit
Trecker (Trekker)
Trio
Triple Play
Triple Threat
Unstoppable
Utopia
Vicinity
Vector
Vigilance
Vigilante
Vista
Visage
Vis-à-vis
VIP
Volley
Whizzler
Wingman

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Over the past 15 years Gordon has seen nearly 1,000 startup pitches, advised more than 200 entrepreneurs and been involved with raising over $45M in growth and venture capital. Throughout his 28 year career in high tech, serving twice as President and three times as CMO, Gordon has both an IPO and a $200M acquisition exit under his belt. Now his emphasis is purely focused on helping startups and early stage tech companies. Through his Shockwave Innovations advisory practice and as Managing Director for Austin’s Capital Factory startup accelerator, Gordon is an active angel investor, VC and startup advisor.

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