Finally, the lists of potential and discounted nicknames to replace Fighting Sioux at the University of North Dakota are out.

From the potential list these are my favorites:

  • 7th Calvarly
  • Abominable Snowmen
  • Amber Wave
  • Aurora
  • Barnstormers
  • Berserkers
  • Fighting Teutons
  • Fighting Swedes
  • Flickertails
  • Frackers
  • Frost Giants
  • Grey Wolves
  • Homesteaders
  • Meadowlarks
  • Nordic Warriors
  • Norse
  • Old Norse
  • Pronghorns
  • Roughnecks
  • Saga
  • Sodbusters
  • Frozen Tundra
  • Threshing Crew
  • Trappers
  • Voyageurs
  • Yeti

The list of discounted names contains several of the same names that are being considered along with multiple pages of variations on Fighting Sioux, or Sioux, which we all knew can’t be chosen. It also contains my favorite name, which is rather disappointing: Suhaki. It could be fun seeing the Abominable Snowmen/Snowwomen or the Yeti.

Right now my top three would be:

  1. Berserkers – brings to mind the strong Viking traditions that make up a large part of the states residents.
  2. Flickertails – going old school, back to a previous name.
  3. Voyageurs – another fine tradition of the people that helped settle this area.