Suggested Nicknames for the Timberwolves





Fans throughout and beyond Minnesota submitted 6,076 entries featuring 1,284 different nicknames in a "Name The Team" contest held in 1986.

Timberwolves, which was submitted 17 times, and Polars were the finalists. The 842 City Councils around the state eventually chose the winning name.

The other 1,282 entries ran through a number of different categories including animals, fish, political interests, outer space, already existing names, some names that had to be researched with a dictionary and a potpourri of nicknames that no specific category could claim.

Here are some of the names submitted for Minnesota's expansion franchise:

Animals
Timberwolves
Blue Ox
Cheetahs
Coyotes
Drakes
Elk
Flying Foxes
Grey Wolves
Jackals
Kodiaks
Loons
Monkeys
Muskrats
Peregrines
Ponies
Lynx
Moose
Dingoes
Palominos
Pheasants
Prairie Dogs
Raccoons
Scorpions
Animals
Wasps
Beavers
Bobcats
Cougars
Dragons
Eagles
Mallards
Rabbits
Reindeer
Squirrels
Unicorns
White Bears
Bears
Bluebills
Coots
Deer
Ducks
Falcons
Giraffes
Grizzlies
Jackrabbits
Larks
Flies
Golden Doves
Gulls
Kangaroos
Leopards
Mongeese
Mosquitoes
Panthers
Polar Bears
Purple Cows
Ravens
Silver Greyhounds
Turkeys
Whippets
Stallions
Outer Space
Atoms
Aviators
Challengers
Galaxy
Neptunes
Orbits
Satellites
Stars
Thunderstars
Zeniths
Aurora Borealis
Big Dippers
Twin Stars
Apollos
Avionics
Comets
Gemini
Eclipse
Missles
Northern Lights
Shooting Stars
Stars of the North
Twilights
Political
Americans
Fat Cats
Politicians
Senators
Taxes
Tyrants
Diplomats
Technocrats
Democrats
Governors
Populists
Liberals
Rudys
Taxmen
Potpourri
Abominable
Snowmen
Aquachiefs
Aquadrinks
Aquaneers
Armory
Bench
Blue Gems
Blue Sox
Brights
Bushwackers
Busters
Canterbury
Downers
Cedar Laners
Cybers
Loon-A-Ticks
Megamaulers
Mikans
Mikan's Law
Minneepauletts
Minni-Snowters
Mississippi Muds
Monsters
Moosekateers
Mosquito Nets
Mukluks
Oofdahs (Uffdas)
Prairie Fire
Realtors Dandelions
Domers
Double-dribblers
Downers
Dullards
Fighting
Norsemen
Fisher Practices
Flakes
Frozen Chosen
Gandy Dancers
Heart and Souls
Jump Starters
Killer Karps
Scandians
Ski-U-Mahs
Sodbusters
Shake and Bake
Soul on Ice
Taco Knights
Voyeurs
Wobegones
Wooly
Mammoths
Yumpin Yaks
Zips
Dales



Weather
Arctics
Blue Skies
Brrs
Chills
Clouds
Cool
Degrees
Drizzlers
Freezers
Frost
Headwinds
Icebox
Jumpstarts
Polars
Ice
Ice Breakers
Melt
Seasonals
Snow
Snowplows
Storm
Tornadoes
Windchill
Blizzard
Brisk
Chillers
Clear Skies
Cold Ducks
Snowdrift
Snowstorm
Thermostats
Wind
Avalanche
Breeze
Chill
Chinooks
Cold Front
Deep Freeze
Drift
Flurries
Frigid Fives
Frostbite
Deicers
Drifts
Freeze
Frigid Zones
Glaciers
Icebergs
Icicles
North Winds
Sleet
Snowballs
Snowshoes
Thaw
Thunderbolts
Tropics
Winter
Nicknames Already
Spoken For
Aggies
Blitz
Breakers
Cavaliers
Devils
Flames
Hawkeyes
Hoyas
Kings
Lobos
Maulers
Nordiques
Pirates
Magic
Mavericks
Pacers
Rangers
Runnin' Rebels
Shockers
Stars
Warriors
Wolverines
Bears
Braves
Bucks
Colts
Saints
Stallions
Tigers
Wolfpack
Alouettes
Blues
Broncos
Chiefs
Eagles
Generals
Hawks
Huskies
Lakers
Falcons
Giants
Hornets
Jets
Lions
Mariners
Nets
Penguins
Red Wings
Sabres
Spartans
Steelers
Royals
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Arties
Gavies
Knats
Maji
Odins
Teutonics
Frig
Flints
Snoose
Stapolis
Fluers
H's
Lacustrians
Helmsmen
Maelstroms
Orebays
Yuaas
Vikers



Fish
Bass
Burbots
Chinooks
Fish
Minnows
Eelpouts
Sharks
Walleyes
Bluegills
Carp
Fighting Pike
Great Northerns
Northerns
Snappers
Bullheads
Catfish
Fighting Walleyes
Marlins
Pike
Sturgeons
Whalers