For different major releases of a software product it is nice to assign a name to them. Although I find this tough...

Properties of a good software version name:

  • relatively large group of nouns (so you have options for future releases)
  • an order to them

For example:

  • Planets : Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, etc. ? * arguably too small a list
  • Elements : Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium, etc.

What other name options exist?

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    I think the best you're going to get without losing meaning with respect to versions is something simpler such as an alphabetical naming system, like they do with hurricanes. – faustus Jun 21 '18 at 3:22
  • sweets, or maybe big cats and mountains? that should catch on – De Novo Jun 21 '18 at 3:35
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    Requests for naming is off topic. – Jason Bassford Jun 21 '18 at 4:02
  • Planets and elements are simply too boring to be used. Choose something original with at least some relevance and/or interest to the people involved in the project. – k1eran Jun 21 '18 at 12:10
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    Sorry @JasonBassford , I wasn't very clear, I'm not after a name per se. As I think k1eran noticed I'm after other categories of things that have an implicit order. Or even a greater term that describes this. – jamesmstone Jun 22 '18 at 23:48

There are a lot of options to choose from, but this is going to be more of a branding decision than anything else. My personal favorite list of major release names is for the statistical computing and graphics language, R. They are Peanuts comic references:

My favorites:

  • Very Secure Dishes
  • Supposedly Educational
  • You Stupid Darkness
  • Kite-eating Tree

May I suggest using Calvin & Hobbes references*? Or perhaps episode names from your favorite TV show.

*Your beta could be: "I just don't test well"

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Other Calvin & Hobbes references that make good version names:

  • Philosopher's sled
  • Transmogrifier
  • Evolved from a snowball
  • Love the idea, although unless you follow comic order, these don't really have an order to them – jamesmstone Jun 21 '18 at 4:33

Greek Alphabets could be also an option


and yet it also got list of only 24

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