We thought through a lot of names ourselves but decided that a more serious one was due since we hope this to be our last one.
I'm a funny guy and have some funny friends who suggested lots of goofy names but by the time they ponied up with some names we'd already decided.
Our first boat-a 16' Skipper Snipe-was the Lubberdink. I know it sounds funny but my family originated in Holland and our family name WOULD have been Lubberdinck had we stayed (and the Admiral said she'd have never married me so just as well).
We moved up to a 20' O'Day when she decided using her 50 year old weight slung out with feet in hiking straps was not something she wanted to do anymore. All was well and we enjoyed the Lubberdink Twee (Dutch for "two") until she realized she had to crawl around in the cabin on hands and knees and sleeping on board was a chore including backing up to the potty sans drawers. So, cabin height became a must-have for the next one.
Thank God (really, thank God!) we came upon a good deal on our old 27' Newport with 6'0" headroom.
Anyway, back to the name. We went to look at the boat just after we had been to the funeral of a friend and WWII Navy veteran. When we decided to get it and was working on a name we decided to name it for a Congressional Medal of Honor winner who died the year the boat was made. After looking on the MoH website CMOHS.org - Official Website of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society
we settled on the Glenn E, after S/Sgt Glenn English, Jr, who saved many lives while giving his own in Viet Nam, September, 1970. It will help us remember those who don't get to enjoy sailing so that we can.
BTW-everyone is welcome on the Glenn E but the price to board is a salute to the colors in his memory.