Roller derby is known for its wonderful blend of theatrics and athletics. Whilst hotpants and face-paint may be slowly falling out of style (with the notable exception of Scald Eagle – Scald, we adore you and your warpaint), the idea of a derby name still holds significance for many of us. The question is, how do you go about picking one? Here, we run through some handy tips for picking the best on-track name for your derby alter ego.
Please bear in mind that all the names we've used here already belong to other skaters, and are just for inspiration.
Step One: Who are you?
Your derby name is going to give an indication of your personality – be it your real personality, or a derby persona – so it's a good idea to know what aspects of your character you want to project. Do you want to be more fierce, or funny? Perhaps you want to use word-play on your real name, or maybe invent a new identity all together? Maybe you just want a pun that reflects your interests. Whatever you decide, remember that your derby name is a part of your on-track identity – not only should you love your name, you should also be aware that this is how other players and spectators will recognise you.
Step Two: What position do you play?
Whilst some derby names don't reflect on a player's position, some give an indication – a leaning towards blocking, an inkling of aggression, or a hint at a jammer's heart. If you do favour a particular position, try to keep it in mind when deciding your name. “Blockerina Sublime” might sound great – but if you're always wearing the star, it doesn't fit with your overall track persona.
Step Three: Be punny
A good (or bad) pun is easy to remember, fun to say, and leaves us all with a smile. Whether it's a play on your real name (Lethal Fawce; Hallowheels), a twist on a pop culture reference (Boba Threat; R2Die2), or even something a little scandalous (Motherclucker; Mary Fagdelene), puns are always a great way to go when picking your derby name.
Step Four: Talk to your team mates
It's important to say your derby name out loud – preferably in the presence of another human being. If they look confused, or you have to explain your name, it likely isn't the one for you.
Step Five: Consult the Derby Name Whisperer
Totally confused? Having sleepless nights, unable to envision the right derby name for you? It might be time to contact the Derby Name Whisperer. Browse through this handy page for inspiration, or get in touch with your real name and some personality traits or interests for some personalised suggestions.
Step Six: Check the register
So you think you've come up with the perfect name? Great! Then it's time to check the Roller Derby Roll Call.
Each roller derby name is unique, so no two skaters can become confused during an on-track career. Whilst the European register is a little less strict than the American Two Evils version, it's still important to check your name is unique, and once you're settled on a name, to register it for yourself. If your league has a list of names and numbers for their skaters, you may also wish to add your new derby name to their register.
Voila! You now have a new derby identity. Time to get on track and kick some ass.
What are the best derby names you've heard of? Let us know in the comments below!