List of college sports team nicknames in North America

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The following is a sports team nicknames for colleges (universities in non-U.S. English) in North America, primarily in the United States and Canada.

These are the general, collective nicknames that various colleges and universities' athletic teams compete under, grouped by a general theme before dividing into specific nicknames. For specific names of live or costumed mascots, see List of U.S. college mascots.

Animals[edit]

Anteaters[edit]

Antelopes[edit]

Badgers[edit]

Banana Slugs[edit]

Bearcats and variants[edit]

Bears (Larger Category)[edit]

Beavers[edit]

Bees (Larger Category)[edit]

Big Cats (Larger Category)[edit]

Birds (Larger Category)[edit]

Bison or Bisons[edit]

Black Sheep[edit]

Boll Weevils[edit]

Buffaloes[edit]

Bulldogs (standalone category - large quantity)[edit]

Cows (Larger Category)[edit]

Deer (Larger Category)[edit]

Caimans[edit]

Camels[edit]

Cats (Larger Category, excluding Big Cats)[edit]

Cobras[edit]

Coyotes[edit]

Dinos[edit]

Dogs (Larger Category excluding Bulldogs)[edit]

Dolphins[edit]

Dragons[edit]

0–9[edit]

49ers[edit]

A[edit]

Academic Occupations (Larger Category)[edit]

Aggies[edit]

Grecian (Larger Category)[edit]

Arrows[edit]

Avalanche[edit]

Avengers[edit]

B[edit]

The Beach[edit]

Beacons[edit]

Belles[edit]

Big Green[edit]

Big Red[edit]

Billikens[edit]

Blazers[edit]

Blue (Larger Category)[edit]

Blue Devils[edit]

Blue Hose[edit]

Blugolds[edit]

Boilermakers[edit]

Bombers[edit]

Boxers[edit]

Brewers[edit]

Buccaneers[edit]

Buckeyes[edit]

Builders[edit]

Bullets[edit]

C[edit]

Capers[edit]

Carabins[edit]

Cardinal[edit]

Cascades[edit]

Cavaliers[edit]

Chanticleers[edit]

Christian Symbols/Figures (Larger Category)[edit]

Chargers[edit]

Citadins[edit]

Claim Jumpers[edit]

Clippers[edit]

Cobbers[edit]

Colonials[edit]

Comets[edit]

Conquistadors[edit]

Cornhuskers[edit]

Cowboys[edit]

Crimson and Variants[edit]

Crusaders[edit]

Cyclones[edit]

D[edit]

Defenders[edit]

Demons[edit]

Devils[edit]

Diplomats[edit]

Dirtbags[edit]

Drovers[edit]

Dutch/Dutchmen[edit]

E[edit]

Eagles[edit]

Engineers[edit]

Ephs[edit]

Eutectics[edit]

Excalibur[edit]

Explorers[edit]

Express[edit]

F[edit]

Falcons[edit]

Fighting Illini[edit]

Fighting Irish[edit]

Fighting Muskies[edit]

Fighting Scots[edit]

Fire Ants[edit]

Flames and Variants[edit]

Flyers[edit]

Flying Fleet[edit]

Fords[edit]

Foresters[edit]

Fury[edit]

G[edit]

Gaiters[edit]

Gators[edit]

Gauchos[edit]

Geckos[edit]

Gee-Gees[edit]

Geese[edit]

Generals[edit]

Gentlemen[edit]

Geoducks[edit]

Giants[edit]

Gila Monsters[edit]

Golden Bears[edit]

Golden Eagles[edit]

Golden Flashes[edit]

Golden Flyers[edit]

Gold Nuggets[edit]

Gold Rush[edit]

Golden Seals[edit]

Golden Tornadoes[edit]

Gophers[edit]

Gorillas[edit]

Gorloks[edit]

Governors[edit]

Great Danes[edit]

Great Lakers[edit]

Green Terror[edit]

Greyhounds[edit]

Griffins[edit]

Grizzlies[edit]

Gusties[edit]

H[edit]

Hardrockers[edit]

Harvesters[edit]

Hatters[edit]

Hawkeyes[edit]

Hawks[edit]

Herons[edit]

Highlanders[edit]

Hilltoppers[edit]

Hokies[edit]

Hoosiers[edit]

Horned Frogs[edit]

Horses/Mules (Larger Category)[edit]

Hoyas[edit]

Humpback Whales[edit]

Hurricanes[edit]

Huskies[edit]

I[edit]

Ice Dogs[edit]

Ichabods[edit]

Ironmen[edit]

Islanders[edit]

J[edit]

Jackrabbits[edit]

Jaguars[edit]

Jaspers[edit]

Javelinas[edit]

Jayhawks[edit]

Jets[edit]

Jimmies[edit]

Johnnies[edit]

Judges[edit]

Jumbos[edit]

K[edit]

Kangaroos and variants[edit]

Koalas[edit]

Kingsmen[edit]

Knights[edit]

L[edit]

Ladies[edit]

Lady Macs[edit]

Lady Techsters[edit]

Lakers[edit]

Note: "Laker" can also be a term for a lake freighter, a ship designed and built for the Great Lakes trade, and by extension an individual who serves on such a ship. The two Michigan schools listed here explicitly use maritime imagery in their athletic branding—Grand Valley State's mascot is a caricatured maritime captain, and Lake Superior State's athletic logo prominently features an anchor.

Lancers[edit]

Larks[edit]

Lasers[edit]

Lazers[edit]

Lemmings[edit]

Leopards[edit]

Lightning[edit]

Lions[edit]

Little Giants[edit]

Little Johns[edit]

Llamas[edit]

Lobos[edit]

Longhorns[edit]

Lords[edit]

Libros[edit]

Lumberjacks[edit]

Lutes[edit]

Lynx[edit]

Lyons[edit]

M[edit]

Maccabees[edit]

Magicians[edit]

Majors[edit]

Mammoths[edit]

Manatees[edit]

Marauders[edit]

Maritime (Larger Category)[edit]

Marlins[edit]

Maroons[edit]

Martlets[edit]

Mastodons[edit]

Matadors[edit]

Mavericks[edit]

Mean Green[edit]

Mechanics[edit]

Mighty Macs[edit]

Mighty Sabers[edit]

Military (Larger Category)[edit]

Miners[edit]

Moccasins[edit]

Mocs[edit]

Monarchs[edit]

Moose[edit]

Mountaineers[edit]

Mountain Lions[edit]

Mounties[edit]

Note: "Mounties" can refer to either the geographic feature or, in Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Mount Allison's nickname may possibly come from either source; U.S. schools would use the geographic feature.

Muskies[edit]

Mystics[edit]

N[edit]

Nads[edit]

Nickname based upon College[edit]

Nickname based upon Indigenous Americans[edit]

Nickname based on cultures/peoples (not Indigenous American)[edit]

Nighthawks[edit]

Nor'easters[edit]

Northern Lights[edit]

O[edit]

Oilers[edit]

Oles[edit]

Olympians[edit]

Orcas[edit]

Orange[edit]

Orediggers[edit]

Ospreys[edit]

Otters[edit]

Owls[edit]

P[edit]

Pacers[edit]

Paladins[edit]

Panthers[edit]

Patriots[edit]

Peacocks and Peahens[edit]

Penguins[edit]

Penmen[edit]

Phoenix and Variants[edit]

Pilots[edit]

Note: "Pilots" can refer to either the maritime or aeronautic profession. Portland and LSU-Shreveport's nicknames refer to the former, while Providence Seminary's refers to the latter.

Pioneers[edit]

Pipers[edit]

Pirates[edit]

Plainsmen[edit]

Plants (Larger Category)[edit]

Platypodes[edit]

Political Movements (Larger Category)[edit]

Political/Royal Occupations (Larger Category)[edit]

Pomeroys[edit]

Prairie Stars[edit]

Pride[edit]

Pumas[edit]

Purple Aces[edit]

Q[edit]

Quakers[edit]

R[edit]

Ragin' Cajuns[edit]

Raiders[edit]

Railsplitters[edit]

Rainbow Wahine[edit]

Rainbow Warriors[edit]

Ramblers[edit]

Rams[edit]

Rangers[edit]

Raptors[edit]

Rattlers[edit]

Ravens[edit]

Razorbacks[edit]

Red Barons[edit]

Red Flash[edit]

Red Foxes[edit]

Red Storm and variants[edit]

Reddies and Lady Reddies[edit]

Regals[edit]

Regents[edit]

Reivers[edit]

Riverbats[edit]

River Hawks and variants[edit]

Roadrunners[edit]

The Rock[edit]

Rockets[edit]

Rouge et Or (Red and Gold)[edit]

Roughnecks[edit]

Royals[edit]

Runnin' Lopes[edit]

Lamar CC (Lamar, Colorado)

Rustlers[edit]

S[edit]

Sagehens[edit]

Sailfish[edit]

Saints[edit]

Several of the schools listed here, among them D'Youville, Maryville, and Siena, use the St. Bernard dog as a mascot.

Samsons[edit]

Sasquatch[edit]

Scots[edit]

Sea Beggars[edit]

Seagulls[edit]

Seahawks and variants[edit]

Sea Lions[edit]

Seasiders[edit]

Seawolves[edit]

Senators[edit]

Sharks[edit]

Shock[edit]

Shockers[edit]

Silverswords[edit]

Skipjacks[edit]

Skylanders[edit]

Sooners[edit]

Spartans[edit]

Spiders[edit]

Spires[edit]

Spirits[edit]

Squirrels[edit]

Stags[edit]

Stars[edit]

Statesmen[edit]

Steels[edit]

Steers[edit]

Storm[edit]

Stormy Petrels[edit]

Student Princes[edit]

Suns[edit]

Sun Chiefs[edit]

Surge[edit]

Swamp Foxes[edit]

T[edit]

Tar Heels[edit]

Tartans[edit]

Tartan Pride[edit]

Tartars[edit]

Terrapins[edit]

Terriers[edit]

Tetons[edit]

Texans[edit]

Thoroughbreds and variants[edit]

Thunder[edit]

Thunderbirds[edit]

Thundering Herd[edit]

Tigers[edit]

Titans[edit]

Tommies[edit]

Toppers[edit]

Toreros[edit]

Tornado[edit]

Tornadoes[edit]

Toros[edit]

Tracers[edit]

Trailblazers[edit]

Trappers[edit]

Tribe[edit]

Tribunes[edit]

Tritons[edit]

Trolls[edit]

Twins[edit]

U[edit]

Utes[edit]

V[edit]

Valiants[edit]

Valkyries[edit]

Vandals[edit]

Vaqueros[edit]

Varsity Reds[edit]

Vert et Or (Green and Gold)[edit]

Vikes[edit]

Vikings[edit]

Vixens[edit]

Violets[edit]

Volunteers[edit]

Voyageurs[edit]

Vulcans[edit]

W[edit]

Warhawks[edit]

Warriors[edit]

Wave/Waves[edit]

Wesmen[edit]

Wildcats[edit]

Wolf Pack and variants[edit]

Wolverines[edit]

Wolves[edit]

Wombats[edit]

Wonder Boys[edit]

X[edit]

X-Men and X-Women[edit]

Y[edit]

Yeomen[edit]

Z[edit]

Zias[edit]

Zips[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Why are Purdue students and alumni called Boilermakers?". International Brotherhood of Boilermakers. 2007-05-29. Retrieved 2020-08-20.
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