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]

Aardvarks[edit]

Amphibians/Reptiles (Larger Category)[edit]

Antelopes[edit]

Armadillos[edit]

Badgers[edit]

Bearcats[edit]

Bears (Larger Category)[edit]

Bees (Larger Category)[edit]

Big Cats (Larger Category excluding Cougars, Lions, Panthers, Tigers & Wildcats)[edit]

Birds (Larger Category, excluding Eagles, Hawks & Falcons)[edit]

Bison[edit]

Black Flies[edit]

Boll Weevils[edit]

Buffaloes[edit]

Bulldogs (standalone category – large quantity)[edit]

Cows (Larger Category)[edit]

Camels[edit]

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

Cougars (Standalone Category – Large Quantity)[edit]

Coyotes[edit]

Deer[edit]

Dogs (Larger Category excluding Bulldogs)[edit]

Eagles (Standalone Category – large quantity)[edit]

Falcons (Standalone Category - Large Quantity)[edit]

Foxes[edit]

Hawks (Standalone Category – larger quantity)[edit]

Horses/Mules (Larger Category)[edit]

Lions (standalone category – large quantity)[edit]

Marine Animals (Larger Category)[edit]

Marsupials (Larger Category)[edit]

Moose[edit]

Otters[edit]

Panthers (Standalone Category – Large Quantity)[edit]

Prehistoric Animals (Larger Category)[edit]

Rams[edit]

Rodents (larger category)[edit]

Scorpions[edit]

Snakes (Larger Category)[edit]

Tigers (Standalone Category - Large Quantity)[edit]

Wildcats (Standalone Category - Large Quantity)[edit]

Wild Pigs[edit]

Wolverines[edit]

Wolves (Larger Category)[edit]

Colors[edit]

Blue (Larger Category)[edit]

Gold (Larger Category)[edit]

Green (Larger Category)[edit]

Purple (Larger Category)[edit]

Red (Larger Category)[edit]

Legendary, Religious and Supernatural Figures[edit]

Ancient Greece (Larger Category)[edit]

Christian Symbols/Figures (Larger Category)[edit]

Demons and Devils[edit]

Dragons[edit]

Giants[edit]

Griffins[edit]

Phantoms[edit]

Phoenix[edit]

Spirits[edit]

Thunderbirds[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Beacons[edit]

Blazers[edit]

Lasers[edit]

Nickname based upon college name[edit]

Nickname based upon college tradition/figure[edit]

Sabers/Sabres[edit]

Vehicles (Larger Category)[edit]

Nature/Outer Space[edit]

Comets[edit]

Electricity (Larger Category)[edit]

Flames[edit]

Hurricanes[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.

Plants (Larger Category)[edit]

Stars[edit]

Storm[edit]

Suns[edit]

Thunder[edit]

Tornadoes[edit]

Wave/Waves[edit]

People[edit]

Academic Occupations (Larger Category)[edit]

Agricultural Occupations (Larger Category)[edit]

Belles[edit]

Cowboys (Larger Category)[edit]

Engineers[edit]

Exploration (Larger Category)[edit]

Foresters[edit]

Hilltoppers[edit]

Knights (Standalone Category - Large Quantity)[edit]

Marauders[edit]

Maritime (Larger Category)[edit]

Matadors[edit]

Military (Larger Category)[edit]

Miners (Larger Category)[edit]

Mountaineers[edit]

Mystics[edit]

Nickname based upon Indigenous North Americans[edit]

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

Pacers[edit]

Pilots (Larger Category)[edit]

Pioneers[edit]

Pipers[edit]

Political Movements (Larger Category)[edit]

Political/Royal Occupations (Larger Category)[edit]

Raiders[edit]

Rangers[edit]

Tartans[edit]

Trailblazers[edit]

Trades (Larger Category)[edit]

Vikings (Standalone Category - Large Quantity)[edit]

Warriors[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mississippi State Traditions".
  2. ^ http://www.gozips.com/zippy/AboutZippy