Who names their instrument(s)?

September 15, 2009 at 01:46 PM ·

Who else names their instrument(s)? 

My fiddle is Emmy Lou, and my cello is Angus.  My mom`s fiddle is Anna Maria Magdalena Tatiana Olga Anastasia Barkov and her viola is Stan.  I know someone with a fiddle named Spud, and a mandolin called Mandy Lynn (haha).  I also know of a Henry, a Casper and a Fred. 

I`m interested to hear other people`s fiddle`s name!

Hanna  x)

Replies (95)

September 15, 2009 at 03:15 PM ·

wow your mom has fertile imagination!!!   I often refer to mine as "the tiger" because of his sound and stripes but I am not sure if I would say it's a real name. However I categorically refuse to call it "it" in my heart because it is not just a "thing" for me.  Since I'm so much in love with it, it is just logical to call it "him" lol


September 15, 2009 at 04:41 PM ·

See recent thread http://www.violinist.com/discussion/response.cfm?ID=6515.

Personally I don't think Bruce Bodden's contribution can be bettered.

September 16, 2009 at 12:09 AM ·

My mom didn't name it totally herslelf.  We both came up with all the female Eastern European names we could think of (it's Bulgarian made).  I came up with the Barkov. 



September 16, 2009 at 12:49 AM ·

I see : )   

Anna Maria  : )

September 16, 2009 at 01:04 AM ·

 I've had:






and now...



September 16, 2009 at 03:54 AM ·


and now:


September 16, 2009 at 04:27 AM ·



Fidel Diablo, AKA Black friday

September 16, 2009 at 09:05 AM ·

Lord Casper and Gallant.

September 16, 2009 at 10:42 AM ·

My violin is called Pipin, haha. [When I was obsessed, I even called it Vanessa Mae... but I got bored of her (The person)]

My friend named my hands... Left is Zazu, right is Bruce. Zazu is a party gay and Bruce is a stereotypical blokey kind of guy. It makes sense, I butcher alot with my bow :( I have to practice being a gentleman. Haha

September 16, 2009 at 02:39 PM ·

My violin is Fiddel and the bow is Bow-Jangles.

September 16, 2009 at 03:33 PM ·

My violin is Viktor.  He told me his name the first time I picked him up.  And so its been ever since.

September 16, 2009 at 11:20 PM ·

Cool.  So I guess I don't belong in an Insane Asylum, then....

September 17, 2009 at 03:10 AM ·

Oh hush, the violin was once a living tree =[

+ its good to have a sense of humour

September 17, 2009 at 12:47 PM ·

Yes Dimitri and the bow was once a living horse (a few because they mix hairs from all tails)...  (this is the darkest forgotten disgusting side of this so noble instrument we pose our hands on everyday)  I feel as if I was using the product of a... well I won't start about this... because this thread was rather "light" and funny! But may we all honour horses and give them a nice pat or apple whenever we see one!  We really owe them...


September 17, 2009 at 02:18 PM ·

Mines synthetic!! I don't want to harm a living creature :( ... well if it gave me a good tone then maybe ... hehe


(Wait is synthetic still horse hair? I'm confused now!!)

September 17, 2009 at 02:36 PM ·

My violin is called Mya and the bow Rosalyn:) I only call them there names in private though as to avoid weird stares ;)

September 17, 2009 at 03:14 PM ·

I call my violin Nick. And now I feel like I need to go tell my horses that I'm sorry about the bow thing.

September 18, 2009 at 02:01 AM ·

My poor violin always goes by the name of "Don't Touch".


September 18, 2009 at 10:12 PM ·

Yes! I know I do! They are "The old man" who's about 100 yrs old, "Downtown Brown" which is pecan brown, "Pinkie" which is the newest member so far to my collection, which is metallic pink, and my future family member, a candy apple red yamaha, I will dub "Big Red".

I love my violins, they give me hours of listening pleasure, and they all have their own sweet personalities.

September 18, 2009 at 10:12 PM ·

Yes! I know I do! They are "The old man" who's about 100 yrs old, "Downtown Brown" which is pecan brown, "Pinkie" which is the newest member so far to my collection, which is metallic pink, and my future family member, a candy apple red yamaha, I will dub "Big Red".

I love my violins, they give me hours of listening pleasure, and they all have their own sweet personalities.

September 19, 2009 at 02:59 PM ·

Since someone else named their violin Fidell before I named mine I'm renaming my violin from a name from the Primus song, "My Name is Mud".

My violin is now; Alowishus Devadander Abercrombie (that's a little long for Mud, so I've been told!)  }:^D

September 20, 2009 at 12:48 PM ·

I've named a number of my instruments - and not only violins. I have an antique reed organ named "Harvey", and a beautiful antique Knabe grand piano named "Michaela".

Oddly enough, I haven't given people names to many of my violins, or sometimes any names ( - I have over a dozen!). Many Strads and del Gesus have been named the 'Prince this' or the 'Duke that', or "the Sunrise", or "the Nightengale", etc. Well, one of my violins is a beautiful old French violin made by Desire (i.e. de-zi-ray). It's rather grand, with fleur-de-lies carvings, etc. So with  toungue-in-cheek mock pretention I call that one "The Versailles". But I named a cat after its original maker, and called her "Desi".

Ed Maday (of Long Island, NY) recently made a lovely violin for me -  the second one I've commisioned from him - based on Paganini's favorite del Gesu, which P. called "Il Cannone". So I call mine "Il Cannone Secundo".

I just got an excellent violin from the Cremona maker, Vittorio Villa, based on the "Soil" Strad. He actually encourages his clients to name their instruments that he makes for them, and this becomes a part of their official record. So in a fit of ego, I named my violin after myself - "Raphael"! However, it wasn't entirely megelomania. I also had in mind the great Renaissance artist, Raphael Sanzio. I've only had this violin since Thursday evening, but I've been so impressed with it that I've already asked Vittorio if he would make me another one - this time on a del Gesu model. To continue the Renaissance theme, I would call the next one "Michelangelo"!

September 20, 2009 at 01:10 PM ·

If Raphael names his future violins after renissance artist he'll have the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle violin collection. ;^p

September 20, 2009 at 08:54 PM ·

 My violin's name is Georgianna and my bow is Mr. Darcy.  My viola's name is Edward but I haven't named my viola bow because I'll be getting a new (and decent) one soon.

I encourage my students to name their instruments when they first start lessons with me because violins are people too. :D  They have good/bad days depending on the weather, they need lots of love and care, and we sure spend enough time with them!

September 20, 2009 at 11:35 PM ·

 I've never named my violins or bows ever, though some of my students have named theirs (and even mine).  Then one day when I got a violin, it was named Jade.  Don't have any idea why, it's almost like it got up, walked across the room, and told me that that's what it prefers to be called.  And Jade it has been ever since.

September 21, 2009 at 12:52 AM ·

Uh-oh - as it is, my violins sometimes get frisky. What if they get it it into their heads that they're super-heros?!

September 21, 2009 at 01:18 AM ·

Rebekah- If you're familiar with Twilight, you should name you viola bow Bella.  :D

September 21, 2009 at 02:42 AM ·

Oh, speaking of bows, I once named a bow that was my favorite at the time, "Excalibur". I could never top that name, for a bow, and stopped trying.

September 21, 2009 at 10:16 AM ·

Sinsey Klayman (sp?)...... Has a nice ring to it! ;)

September 21, 2009 at 11:29 AM ·

Hmmm...is it too early in the morning for me? I don't get the referemce...

September 21, 2009 at 02:43 PM ·

If I spelled it correctly a sensei is a master teacher in Japan, offten refered to of teachers of martial arts.

September 21, 2009 at 10:30 PM ·

Aso..arigato kosai imas! (Thanks very much!)

September 21, 2009 at 10:44 PM ·

My instrument is actually my teacher's violin.  So, I don't think it's appropriate, BUT,  if it were, deff. something like Emily.  She's quite soft-spoken.

September 22, 2009 at 03:04 AM ·

Funny you should say that.  My violin's name is Emily.  I borrowed one once which I named Erica.  I liked her better.  Guess you could say I cheated on Emily for a couple years.

Knew a girl once who named her rental Clyde.

September 22, 2009 at 12:46 PM ·

lol Rob I did worst... I exchanged my ex for the one I have now!!!   (violin I mean!)


September 22, 2009 at 01:59 PM ·

I have my clarinet, Claire Annette. Her name is quite creative, if I do say so myself. 

My violin is Lynn, though he's a boy. (Think of "A Boy Named Sue".) My bow is named Hamilton. Then there's Ross II, the rosin. Ross the First shattered...

I think naming your instruments gives you a better connection with them, an ability to play better. But that's just my opinion. :)

Good day to all


September 22, 2009 at 02:09 PM ·

yeap - mine's called Arnost - he's Czech.

the meaning is "determined, stubborn" - and if it makes any sense, he definitely sings the way he wants to and it's always better than anything i can come up with. i just let him do his thing.

September 22, 2009 at 08:05 PM ·

My friend named her cello:  

September 24, 2009 at 02:07 AM ·

My violin wont get a name until I can use the bow properly, (That'll be be awhile yet). Then I'll properly name it so it can rest proudly with Harmony (Casio Keyboard) and Brick (1st Gen Fender Starcaster that weighs like a ton of...) :)

September 24, 2009 at 04:23 AM ·

You know you're crazy when you've named your bows, too.

Frank, Fred, and Baldy.

Just got a guitar...wondering what to name her now.

September 27, 2009 at 01:53 AM ·

My first violin, a student violin, I named Jenny after my best friend. She named hers Karen after me.

My mom asked recently when my daughter would be ready for Jenny - so the name stuck for her too all these years.  But, I have not named my wonderful violin of 35 years- and it has always eluded me to what it was - I always thought it had one, but it hasn't told me. Maybe I haven't heard her? See post from Interesting Stories for my violin's story - maybe it won't tell me because ...

I have slews of different instruments and the only other one I wanted to name is my hammer dulcimer. Oh, as a side note, I practice my violin next to my dulcimer, (a result of the space in my room) and the dulcimer's strings all ring when I play - it's like a duet and quite pretty!

Now because of these posts, I want to find her name even more.

October 16, 2009 at 06:26 PM ·

 I proud to have  Tzar Nikolas violin. It is real name, because it is copy of Vuillaume made by Walter Mahr. It has painting at back and sounded mellow. I like combination history and purity in one instrument!

October 17, 2009 at 02:19 AM ·

@ Elena- Welcome to violinist.com!  I read your personal page. I'm Impressed!!!!!  I look forwards to your posts!


Royce Faina

October 17, 2009 at 02:49 AM ·


I'm not really really sure what I'm going to call my violin yet (I just bought it a few weeks ago). I'm in the process in searching for a bow, and I'm pretty sure I know the one that has stood out to me (as in, I'm probably buying it tomorrow.. :P). It's a *really* nice bow, especially compared to my violin (75% ish the cost of my violin--but it's most definitely worth it), and I think I already know the name for my bow :). It's from the Morizot family, and is stamped "Jh. V AUBRY-PARIS". Aubry/paris is most likely the city it was sold to. The Jh. V... well, nobody I've spoken to knows. Because of this, I think I'll name it John V, or something of that sort :)


October 17, 2009 at 04:17 AM ·

My violin's name is Ghenadius.. it's a romanian name and it means "noble".. Amelia is the bow's name, which means "hard working".. they're awesome

October 17, 2009 at 07:26 AM ·

 I don't think I've ever named an instrument. But I sometimes refer to my violin as my mistress... :-)

October 22, 2009 at 05:02 AM ·

My violin, which I've had for over 3 years, just told me its name is Sam.  Since that name can be either male or female, the violin's gender doesn't matter.  However, I like to think it has both a male and female aspect.

January 25, 2010 at 03:23 PM ·

Hi everyone,

I've just named my violin and bow today. The violin is called Wispa after the chocolate bar, as it's got a chocolate colour on the body and scroll, and Twirl for the bow.

Loz xx

January 25, 2010 at 08:57 PM ·

My Violin is called the Phoenix, I wanted the firebird but a strad is already named that..

January 25, 2010 at 09:17 PM ·

January 26, 2010 at 06:17 AM ·

My older fiddle is Meg; she's a fine old gal, with a bit of a crisp voice. gretchen, the 5 string has a deeper voice.

Dusty, my CF bow does pretty well, but he's a bit stiff at times. Skip, my other main bow, is pretty nimble, but sometimes tends to dance when I don't expect it.

The strings are attached to Peg, and the other sister Peg, and the other sister Peg, and... well, you get the idea.

January 26, 2010 at 10:28 AM ·

this has been here before BUT still fun to here.

1.  I named the first violin/fiddle De-na-roe (Spanish accent) because I have put more into getting it up and running that I paid for it ! LoL << E-jip Oops E-bay purchase.

2. I named the second fiddle/violin Long-Fellow because he's an oldie but a goody, was dated by luthier at about 275 years old.

3. I have given the third violin/fiddle the Temp. name BRAT ! it's on loan to me and it has not show me it's true name.

January 26, 2010 at 09:22 PM ·

My viola is a Decepticon and therefore is named BOWSCREAM.  The fact that it is a Decepticon and its name says it all.  It transforms when I least want it to.

---Ann Marie

January 26, 2010 at 10:17 PM ·

My violin was made by Jeff Muller in Los Angeles.  He named it the "Red Prince"

January 26, 2010 at 10:46 PM ·

Mine is 'The Count' (it's a Gliga).

January 27, 2010 at 01:21 PM ·

My first violin is Delbert.  He was gifted to me several years ago, and had been in the estate of a wonderful elderly gentleman I knew named Delbert.  Delbert (the violin) seems to be at least 100 years old -- he had originally belonged to Delbert's (the elderly gentleman's) grandfather.  I could never track down the name of the grandfather, so "Delbert" is the name.

I just purchased a new Florea violin.  I think I'll have to get to know her better before her name comes to me.

Hadn't thought about naming my bows.  Delbert's original bow is waiting for a re-hair (it may be a while before I can work that into the budget!).  Guess I'll have to listen and see if they all (4) want names.  Hmmmmmmm.................

January 27, 2010 at 05:56 PM ·

 Well, I have 3 violins.

The first violin I have played since my 6th grade until high school I named "the mastodont", because she's a big and not very good-looking girl.

My second violin is called DeadHead, because 1. it has a lion head and 2. it has been broken to pieces by a fall and was glued back on. Of course, it doesn't sound much like it used to at all.  

And the 3rd violin (the one I actualy play) I call Bitch, because despite its very good looking appearance (It's a Gliga), it does not respond easily and I quite cordially hate its guts.

Say Cheese!

January 27, 2010 at 08:13 PM ·

I'll name my violin -- well as soon as I get one that I'm not going to rent! :P (going to buy)
I won't think up a name out of the blue because I think it's unappropriate. My imagination is that once I get the violin I like, a name with come naturally ;)


January 27, 2010 at 11:15 PM ·

 My first violin I didn't name. My new one, my Gliga 2 Genova, I'll probably name when I can think of something good to name it. I need to figure out its personality first. :)

February 2, 2010 at 12:56 AM ·

Update on my violin naming:  I had to return my Florea violin because of some structural issues.  I'd named her "Grace" -- feminine to suit her, but also because she often squawked like a pet goose I used to have (also named Grace).

I've replaced her with a lovely Bellafina violin that I've name Angelina.  To me, she has the voice of an angel!

February 6, 2010 at 05:44 PM ·

Wow...I can't believe how many replies this thread got!

Since I first posted this I got a new violin, and his name is Vinny.  He's a Ming-Jiang Zhu and he's absoloutley beautiful.  (:  And my mom also got a new violin who's name is Stella.

February 7, 2010 at 12:45 AM ·

My violin doesn't have a name of any conventional kind but I refer to it as "the axe".  And when I go to the practice rooms I say that I'm going to go "chop some wood".  Lately when I practice sevcik double-stop studies that's the way it feels too...anyway back to work.  Cheers.

February 7, 2010 at 12:53 AM ·

Congratulations on your new babies. I should give my violin a name, but I can't figure out if it's a boy or a girl. Sort of hoping it's a boy, because they're easier to direct (manipulate?), but then girls are so much more responsive.


February 7, 2010 at 06:09 AM ·

Catherine maybe this would help:   If your violin was a human beeing (with all his qualities transposed in human) would you mary him or would you have her as a good friend??? If the answer is marriage... then he's more likely to be a guy. 

Kidding too!  

Well maybe not actually ; )  since I see my violin as a partner, thus as a guy and I admit... kiss it good night every night. (don't laugh after all even Rostropovich told he took his cello on his laps and told him love words! He added his cello was a girl... )

Anyway, you'll find it out soon! 


February 7, 2010 at 07:50 AM ·

Hm..Her name is Aegis..(my violin)

I know it's a strange name..But i like it.. ^^

I've not named my bow though..

February 7, 2010 at 11:44 PM ·

I have a newbie, inexpensive violin I bought and still haven't named but my newer violin, meant for my lifetime, is so handsome, and clearly masculine, so I named him Alphonse after his maker, Alphonse Kroeger, Bohemia, in 1923. I think my first newbie violin will eventually reveal his or her name when the time comes. Good to know I'm not alone. I also have a spinning wheel and found that fellow spinners name their wheels also. Mine is Margaret

February 8, 2010 at 02:39 PM ·

Antonio Stradivari named all his instruments! So you're in good company!

February 18, 2010 at 06:51 PM ·

Stradivari didn't name them.....the names all came much later....

February 20, 2010 at 01:19 AM ·

Well, one of my bows finally has a name.

Last month I bought a Florea (very low-budget model!) violin outfit, which I ended up returning to the store (the violin had "issues").  They replaced it with a much better violin (a Bellafina Model 330) that they'd been unable to sell because of some inventory control problems.  When I purchased the Florea, I'd ordered a relatively inexpensive bow as an upgrade to the one that came with the outfit.  When it arrived, it was warped.  The store ordered another one for me, but that one arrived warped, too.

I returned the warped bow (the first one -- I never even took posession of the second one), and the store refunded my money and told me they'd located a bow in inventory that was part of an outfit which had a defective violin.  They said they'd just give me the bow.  When I went to pick it up, it turned out to be the one from the Florea outfit that I'd returned!  It's a perfectly functional bow that will get me by until the (much better!) bow I have on order comes in.  I've named it "Boomer" -- short for "Boomerang", since it seems to keep coming back to me.  :)


February 20, 2010 at 02:36 AM ·

My 4 stringed buddy's name is Victor.  Even though he hales from turn of the century (20th not 21st) Battle Creek Michigan, for some reason I can't say his name without a Russian accent.  Funny that, eh?

February 20, 2010 at 03:02 AM ·

I bought a gorgeous new violin last month....his name is Dominik....the bow is Cody.

March 3, 2010 at 08:08 PM ·

I tried to find the discussion most recent, because I knew there had to be one (or several) around here somewhere.

In the three days after I had first heard my violin being played, before I actually bought her, I always thought of her as Carmen, or Carmella.

I decided today when I really thought about it, that Carmen suits her, and I do love the opera.

And my bow is Riccardo, because I think it's a silly name, and might help me from wanting to break my bow in half sometimes. ;)

Also I think Carmen and Riccardo sound very nice together.

March 7, 2010 at 02:51 AM ·

My violin's name is Cecilia, and while I didn't know it at the time, being an atheist, it turns out in Catholicism St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music and musicians, so it turned out to be quite the coincidence.

March 8, 2010 at 03:59 PM ·

My violin & bow are named "Ernie" and "Scratch." Ernie is short for Ernst Heinrich Roth, and Scratch is so named for obvious reasons, although the nickname should really belong to me, not the bow!

Scratch is a nice Heiko Wunderlich octagonal stick, he really deserves a better nickname. :)



March 8, 2010 at 04:08 PM ·

David, don't feel guilty or complexed... The russian word for violin is "skripka" and it comes from the russian word for scratch...  

So, Oistrakh, Mislstein and Kogan all scratched sinced they played skripka!!! 

Thus, you're in good company in the scratching club ; )  


March 8, 2010 at 04:39 PM ·

see, I just learned something new...thanks Anne


March 10, 2010 at 03:34 PM ·

I make my own violins. On the label, I put the name of relatives or friends that have or had a good influence in my life. That's a simple way to recognize each life and their qualities. On my first violin there is the name of my wife, on my second one my mother, etc. We never know where these violins will be in 10 or 200 years from now, it should help developing some topics in the future.

March 10, 2010 at 05:51 PM ·

Thanks Anne-Marie! My teacher is from Ukraine, I'll have to bring this up at my next lesson. :)

March 10, 2010 at 06:03 PM ·

I named mine Jean-Luke Picard.  It's a french violin, a french name, and my violin is certainly as handsome as the captain of the Starship Enterprise!

One of my favorites is a violin student I have in my 6th grade orchestra.  His case is falling apart and a screw came loose.  I received an email that said,

"Help Ms. Wilke!  My case is broken and the screw is coming close to my violin.  He might get scratched.  Please help, poor Vio is in pain (that's his name!)  What can I do to ease his suffering?"

I like Vio... and the email was priceless!

March 11, 2010 at 06:14 PM ·

I kept mine to a fairly southern name, common around where I live (if you go to the right place):



March 11, 2010 at 07:29 PM ·

David cool!   My teacher too is from there and I love so much her pedagogical skills that I find efficient and straigh to the point! 


April 5, 2010 at 07:23 PM ·

 Mine's name is 'Mephisto' after Franz Liszt's Mephisto Waltzes. 

His full name is "Mephisto Faustino Ferrero" 

Obviously, I like Goethe, and indeed my Violin is sort of a little devil. ;) 

Previously, I had Jeoffrey (5th grade- the first nice violin I ever rented) and Mauvian Reverie Rossi. 

April 6, 2010 at 01:06 AM ·

My almost-brand-spanking-new viola is apparently named Stevie.  :-)  No name for the bow, though.  I'm trying to think of the bow as part of me instead of an object, like a magic wand that I pick up to suddenly give myself a two-foot-long index finger that I use to play.  (Or to try.)

April 7, 2010 at 02:47 PM ·

my violin is named maple due to the butifull colour :) my well my bow is named bow FOR now  you have all goy me thinking

April 7, 2010 at 05:26 PM · My main violin is Lady Night. I also have an old lion-headed instrument named Leijona and a rather delapidated student one that I re-painted as an art project who is known as cadence.

April 7, 2010 at 05:52 PM ·

 Named after the young lady who was my inspiration to take up the violin.

April 8, 2010 at 03:58 AM ·

My sis loves hugging my violin, and that's why I called it "Dakishi", and the Bow, "Doki". Dakishi is from the word "dakishimete", which means "embrace me" and Doki means "(racing)Heartbeat". I called my bow "Doki" because when I start playing my violin with my bow, it makes my heartbeat race! ^^

April 8, 2010 at 04:59 PM · Queenielou Quita: those are really beautiful names, they even sound musical.

April 10, 2010 at 12:44 AM ·

My violin's name is Vlad and the bow is called Percival. I also know of a guitar named Charlie and a viola named Vincent.

August 30, 2010 at 11:30 AM ·

 i guess i will call my violin (Laurie Niles)....and my bow (the bow that plays on the editor)...haha

August 30, 2010 at 01:38 PM ·

I now hereby name my 5-string violin "snazz". Better than William, I guess :)

My bow' already has a name. It's called Arcus.



August 30, 2010 at 04:56 PM ·


My Violin is Ai Enma- Jigoku Shoujo and my Bow is Taiga Aisaka, i have a love for japanese manga and used to read lots of them when i was younger and these have always stuck in my head and since my violin now takes all my time, i honour one love with the other, and thus my violin and bow where named...  

Regards from the DR,

Ana Ottenwalder


August 30, 2010 at 04:57 PM ·

Dudie.  Its just a reduction of Dieudonne, the workshop from whence he came.... (by a tortuous route).

September 1, 2010 at 03:27 PM ·

reading these silly blurbs is more fun that practicing!  but i call mine 'fretless little bastard'- not to his face, though.  actually he was named by a guitar player.  what can you expect?

September 1, 2010 at 03:46 PM ·

Actually, you DID name him that.  Unfortunately, you were overheard.

There was a knock on the door this morning and 'FLB' just moved in to stay with Dudie.

BTW 'FLB' is a girl... and just got renamed Loml*  You have to agree to the new name if you want her to move back...  that is if we don't have a bunch of 1/8th sized violins running round the basement soon...

*Love Of My Life

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