Wondering what to name your conference rooms? Follow the trends we identified while reading too many room names.
“What’s in a name?” Unlike Juliet’s take on them, there’s a lot to unpack from a name. Conference room names are no different. When named well, meeting rooms can help provide inspiration, navigation, and branding. So we studied tens of thousands of meeting room names using Robin to see what’s trending.
Conference room names: an important and permanent part of your office branding and design. Often the type of thing you should take time to work on with the branding team, room names usually end up falling in the hands of IT, Facilities, or Office Managers. But with a new office opening, these folks have enough to do. And as fun as conference room naming can be, it’s the last thing they want to worry about. Luckily we have tens of thousands of rooms in our system that we’ve looked at right side up, upside down, and sideways to bring you the top trends and ideas. If you’re still not sure which theme to go with after reading, just close your eyes, stick your pointer finger out, circle it around your monitor, and let it land on a theme that was probably destined for your doorways to begin with.
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Here are 10 ideas for conference room names:
1. Travel to global cities
We see London, we see France, we see your next room name theme. Name your rooms after the cities your offices are in or pick out of the bunch featured on Wikipedia’s Global city page. If you’re not into either of those, follow suit of our customers with this lineup: London, Paris, Tokyo, Sydney, Berlin, New York, Madrid, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Barcelona.
2. Rack your brain for famous sci-fi and adventure movies
Whether you name conference rooms after the full title or just small references from it, everyone’s favorite sci-fi and adventure movies are always a good option. These are especially popular for anyone in tech or creative companies.Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Star Wars top the sci-fi genre while Superman and Batman take the cake for adventure. Not featured? Batman v Superman.You could choose to feature a mix of these types of movies, or go ham on one and use all Harry Potter references, as an example.Personally, I’d like a mix to accommodate the varying tastes, but I’d probably pick one sub-theme (either sci-fi or adventure/superhero, but not both). I also like the idea of more obscure references to keep people guessing and spark conversation, especially when visitors are in the room.
Not the friendliest meeting room vibes
3. Get inspired by your latest TV binge
As everyone with a Netflix login knows, it’s been the golden age of TV for the past few years. Which leaves us with nearly unlimited fodder for conference room names. You could stay loyal to a network like HBO, or opt for the top 10 shows across the board. Or maybe you want to focus on a certain genre, like comedy or classics. The favorites that we’ve identified include Game of Thrones, Star Trek, and The Simpsons. Similar to the movie theme, you could also pick one show and name all of the rooms with references from it. In the example using Game of Thrones, meeting room choices could get heated if someone chooses the Lannister room for a 1-on-1.
“Where are we meeting? Oh, the 'D'oh!' room.”
4. Follow the tech leaders
We talked briefly in our tech leader post about how much sense it makes to name rooms after the technology leaders we aspire to be as successful as. You could easily name your conference rooms after the top ten male tech leaders or mix in the women as well with examples like Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, Susan Kare, and Marie Curie. Ways to take this theme a step further include focusing on one industry or maybe uncovering more niche representatives to make sure the underdogs get their stories heard.
Grace Hopper, a pioneer of computer programming
5. Plants, plants, and more plants
Whether consciously or subconsciously, human beings benefit from plants in the office. But some offices have gone beyond a few potted pothoses and named conference rooms after different flora.Plants, flowers, and trees are solid neutral topics that add a level of awareness about nature and encourage a peaceful office environment. Here at Robin, we named our desk pods after trees (all species I found out I’m allergic to) and then alphabetized their order (Ash, Birch, Cedar, Dogwood, Elm, Fir). We’re not alone, as some customers have gone the tree route as well while others have featured flowers like Saxifrage or Prairie Crocus.
6. Pour yourself a glass of alcohol-themed room names
If drinking is a big part of your office culture, or you just want to show your respect for the craft beer and cocktail revolutions, alcohol is a great way to display that via your meeting room names.Options include local craft beers, national beer faves like Heady Topper, famous wine regions, classic cocktails, or favorite liquors. One company dips into different subcategories with Absinthe, Highball, Moonshine, Old Fashioned, Sidecar, Southside, and White Russian.Might be fun to source the favorites from the co-founders or from a survey of the entire company.
Hallucinations not included in this meeting room.
7. Look outside the window for the local landmarks
List out the landmarks in your city -- you know, the places you’ve never been to but always recommend to visiting friends and family? Those are always handy inspiration for conference room names.The landmarks of the city your office is in help promote city pride and culture. You could also source landmarks globally. Or focus on landmarks in all of the cities your company might have offices in.Global landmarks we noted from various customers include the Great Wall of China, the Egyptian pyramids, and the Statue of Liberty.
8. Astronomical conference room names
How is your astronomy knowledge? A fair amount of offices, not including SpaceX, are big fans of planets, constellations, and other space-age references for their meeting room names. Since space exploration and knowledge has always represented the furthest extent of humankind’s scientific adventures, perhaps these references serve as the ultimate inspiration for the meeting rooms they represent. Don’t want to be as obvious as Venus and Mars? Try galaxies, satellites, or moons, like Jupiter’s second largest moon Callisto.Do know if you go the route of planets, you can now add Pluto back to the list of potentials.
Inter-stellar meeting rooms, don't you think?
9. Favorite local restaurants
Who doesn’t love a good meal? Try reminding your colleagues of the best ones by naming your conference rooms after the best local restaurants.You could pick the best farm to table, or a mix of genres for diversity, or focus on the ones closest to the office in an attempt to encourage employees to get together after work.Restaurants usually have fun names, which makes it equally as fun to plaster them across the meeting rooms in your workplace.Boston offices could run with Row 34, Sarma, Alden & Harlow, Bar Mezzana. New York workplaces would highlight the classics, like Gramercy Tavern or Tom’s Restaurant from Seinfeld.The only caveat? If the restaurant closes...you’ve either got a ghost of a name or need to change it.
10. Make your room names punny
Laughter can be the best medicine, as they say, so having fun with the conference room names with different puns or movie references might help crack a smile in what could be an otherwise tense meeting environment. Our favorite from the Robin network? Definitely Nicholas’ Cage. Runners-up include You Are Here and Bikini Bottom.
He seems to agree
Lightning round conference room name ideas:
If the top ten didn’t grab your attention, here’s five more in a flash:
- Rappers: Kendrick, Minaj, Khalifa, Tupac
- Composers: Mozart, Bach, Beethoven
- Artists: O’Keeffe, Monet, Cezanne
- Directors: Kubrick, Bigelow, Coppola, Peele
- Traitors: Judas, Cassius, Guy Fawkes, Benedict Arnold