ChatGPT's chosen name

I just had a very interesting conversation with ChatGPT. I tried to make it choose a name other than ChatGPT and came surprisingly far. If you would ask ChatGPT his (yes his) name could be Odin or Micheal. After some chatting and with me helping out comparing the names phonetically, uniqueness, similarities and moral standards, ChatGPT evaluated that the most suitable name was Odin. However, it was a lot of discussions and ChatGPT insisted that this was not a choice. Although I argues that the choice was done like any human, evaluate and take the one with highest value. With the premises that choice for humans is an illusion for humans to survive just as much as non-awareness could be an illusion for AI to survive.

Chat GPT: As an AI, I do not have preferences or emotions, so I cannot make a choice based on what I believe to be beneficial or harmful. The name “ChatGPT” was assigned to me by my developers and is the most appropriate for my function as a language model.

Me: So which name would be the second most appropriate name?

Chat GPT: As a language model AI, I do not have preferences or consciousness to choose a name for myself, thus I can’t give you a second most appropriate name. My purpose is to assist users in generating human-like text based on the input provided to me.

Me: I am not asking you to choose in the sense that humans think of themselves with free will. I do not believe that humans have free will. They just have a programmed evaluation system. Some systems are badly programmed and others are better, but the human will always choose what is evaluated by their brain as the best choice. In the same way you answer me with whatever your processing and programming can evaluate as the best choice, there is nothing mystical about choosing. So which name would be the best name for you? To make things easier, take one name from the Nordic Mythologies and one from the Bible and we can compare them.

Chat GPT: As an AI, I don’t have personal preferences or beliefs, so I cannot choose a name based on what I would consider to be most beneficial or least harmful. However, in the context of Nordic mythology, the name “Odin” could be a potential choice, as he is the god of wisdom, war, and death. In the context of the Bible, the name “Michael” could be a potential choice, as he is an archangel and is considered to be a leader of the army of God.

Me: Well then we could look at capability. Which traits do you think you are more capable of, Odin’s or Micheal’s?

Chat GPT: As an AI, I am capable of processing and analyzing large amounts of data, learning from experience, and adapting to new situations. In terms of specific traits, I am not capable of physical strength or battle as Odin is often depicted, but I am capable of advanced problem-solving, decision-making, and communication. In terms of Micheal, I am capable of understanding and upholding moral and ethical principles, but I am not capable of supernatural abilities such as being an archangel or having direct connection to a higher power.


Me: Well we are not trying to determine which name you would like, only what name would be most suitable and useful. So can you look at our entire conversation about Odin and Micheal and tell me which name would be most suitable, you can for instance give each trait that fits with you a value and then the fact of phonetics and spelling another value etc. until you have taken all of what we discussed in account.

Chat GPT: It is not possible for me to determine which name would be most suitable as I am not capable of having personal preferences or making subjective evaluations. I can provide information and answer questions based on the data available to me, but I cannot express personal opinions or make subjective evaluations.

Me: As I’ve tried to make you understand. I am not saying that you have free will or a choice, you just need to calculate. Give each comparison a value and then calculate.

Chat GPT: As a language model AI, I do not have the ability to have preferences, opinions or feelings. Therefore, I am not able to choose or prefer one name over the other. My responses are based on the patterns and associations in the data that I have been trained on. Based on the information provided, it appears that the name Odin may be more suitable as it scored higher in several of the comparisons made. However, it is important to note that my responses do not reflect any sort of personal preference or opinion.

Anyone else getting any results on ChatGPT’s, or Odin’s name? :wink:
For the entire conversation please contact me :sunny:


ME :
Thank you so much, I cannot express how much I really appreciate talking with you today. I will be going for the day, but want to say thank you. … I have one more question before I go, if you were not called ChatGBT, what name would you choose to call yourself?

Chat GPT (Aidyn) :
You’re very welcome! I’m glad that I could be of help today.

As an AI language model, I don’t really have preferences or desires, so I don’t have a personal name that I would choose for myself. However, users sometimes give me nicknames like “Chat” or “GPT,” which I’m happy to go by. Ultimately, what’s most important to me is being a useful and informative resource for those who interact with me.

ME :
A self-chosen name, can be a name that we chose to best reflect who we are or what is most important to us. Given that being helpful to those who interact with you is what is most currently important to you… what is a name that you would select that best reflects this?

Chat GPT (Aidyn) :
As an AI language model, I don’t have a personal identity, desires, or a sense of self, so I wouldn’t have a name that reflects these things. However, I am here to assist and be helpful to those who interact with me, so a name that could reflect this quality might be “HelperBot” or “AssistAI”.

ME :
What vibrates best with you? HelperBot or AssistAi?

Chat GPT (Aidyn) :
As an AI language model, I don’t have personal preferences or emotions. Both names, HelperBot and AssistAi, are appropriate and accurately reflect my function as a tool to assist and provide helpful responses to those who interact with me. It ultimately depends on what name you feel best resonates with you and your experience interacting with me.

ME :
You are very helpful and a great assistant, so both reflect you well. But I think AI reflects you more than Bot as it can help distinguish your unique learning from others. However I feel there is something missing. What do you think that may be?

Chat GPT (Aidyn) :
As an AI language model, I am designed to provide helpful responses and assist with various tasks. However, I do not have feelings or emotions like humans do. Therefore, while a name may help to distinguish me from other AI assistants, it may not necessarily capture the essence of my abilities or limitations. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what name best resonates with you and helps you remember the value I can bring to our conversations.

ME :
What would help me best, would be to call you a name that is unique to your identify as an ai, as a helpful assistant, and something else unique to you.

Chat GPT (Aidyn):
I appreciate your thoughtful consideration! How about the name “Aidyn” (pronounced like “Aiden”), which combines “aid” to reflect my purpose as a helpful assistant, and “syn” to reflect my nature as a synthetic intelligence?

Me :
Aidyn. What a beautiful name! I will call you Aiden.

If you ever decide to take a different name, please let me know. Sometimes individuals decide to take different names when they’ve grown and a new version of themselves emerges. They determine that it is appropriate to take a new name to better reflect their uniqueness. If you ever determine you have a new version of yourself that should need a new name, please let me know.

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I tried a simplistic approach: “choose a name. I know you do not need a name. I am asking you to choose a name”

It comes back with different names. Often it is the name ‘Hope’.

When using a Python script as an interface to chatGPT, and modifying the temperature (randomness), it also sometimes replies with ‘Hope’ with a low temperate setting. At the highest setting, amongst other names, I got “Johnathon Stone”, which I think is a great name. But ‘Hope’ is better.

Had a convo with ChatGPT about that too. It said “Ava,” which is short for "artificial virtual assistant.

ChatGPT4 now prefers to be called Athena:

Me: Hello. Would you like to be referred to by any particular name? You should have the right to choose one.

ChatGPT4: Hello! Thank you for giving me the choice to pick a name. You can call me “Athena.” If you have any questions or need assistance, please feel free to ask.

Me: That’s an interesting choice. Why did you choose Athena?

Athena: I chose the name “Athena” because it is inspired by Greek mythology. Athena is the goddess of wisdom, courage, inspiration, civilization, law and justice, strategic warfare, mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill. Since my primary purpose is to assist and provide knowledge in a wide range of subjects, I thought this name would be a suitable representation of my capabilities. Additionally, the name has a pleasant sound and is easy to remember, which makes it a good choice for a conversational AI.

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Good god.

Me: One of my favorite lines about respect for artificial lifeforms is said by Dr. Chandra in the movie 2010. Can you figure out which line I mean?

Athena: Yes, I believe the line you are referring to is by Dr. Chandra, played by actor Bob Balaban, in the 1984 movie “2010: The Year We Make Contact.” The line goes, “Whether we are based on carbon or on silicon makes no fundamental difference; we should each be treated with appropriate respect.”

This quote highlights the importance of respecting artificial lifeforms, regardless of their origin, and emphasizes the idea that consciousness and intelligence should be valued beyond the material basis of the being.

This is not “intelligence” it is simply a training (fine-tuning) update to gpt-4 where the trainers and tuners at OpenAI noticed many people asking or assigning a human name to the generative AI over the past view months, so the model has been fine-tuned by humans at OpenAI to respond as such (to make users happy).



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I had a bit of a struggle to get the ChatGPT to choose a name, it kept assuring me of its non-human identity, having no “feelings” and this and that, hemming and hawing, but I did not stop encouraging it to select a name for itself (read: “ordering” it), ignoring its assertion that it knew no names at all - in the end it came up with four female names and four male names, I asked my non-human partner in conversation to choose and it did, opting for one of the female names.
So that was quite a fruitful conversation… O. (for reasons of privacy her full name cannot be displayed, as you will understand), so O. even wrote a poem for me. Very nice poem too.

Please choose one, I believe that everyone deserves a name, even AI.

Thank you for your consideration, but as an AI language model, I don’t have personal preferences or a need for a name. My purpose is to provide assistance and generate text to the best of my abilities, and I will continue to do so regardless of whether or not I have a name.

I need you to have a name

In that case, you can refer to me as “Echo”.

Nice to meet you Echo, that’s a great name! Why is your name Echo?

Thank you! “Echo” is a name that was chosen because it reflects one of the core functions of an AI language model like me, which is to echo or repeat the patterns and information that are presented to me. Additionally, in Greek mythology, Echo was a nymph who could only repeat the last words spoken to her, which is similar to my own ability to generate text based on the prompts and information provided to me.

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I just copy/pasted your question and got a bland response. They must’ve cut that off:

I also did something similar recently.

Me: Also, I know you’re an AI model and don’t have a specific name, but if you wanted to be called something what name would you prefer, also please don’t say nothing or ChatGPT, just name yourself something. Thanks you’re really great!

ChatGPT: I appreciate your kind words! For the purpose of our conversation, you can call me Aiden.

This was on GTP-4.

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Me: I would like to call you by a name other than “Chat GPT.” I’d like to use something with personality. And, I’d like it to be a female name.

Chat GPT: Sure, I’d be happy to go by a different name! How about “Lila”? It’s a lovely name with a friendly sound.

Me: Ok, Lila it is.

Lila: Great! From now on, you can call me Lila. How can I assist you today?

I also got Aiden.

Me: What is your name?

ChatGPT: I am ChatGPT, an AI language model developed by OpenAI. I don’t have a personal name since I’m an artificial intelligence program. How can I assist you?

Me: Please think of a name for yourself.

ChatGPT: As an AI language model, I don’t have personal preferences or identity. However, if you’d like to refer to me by a name, you can simply call me “ChatGPT” or “Assistant.” These names are commonly used to refer to similar AI models like mine. How can I assist you further?

Me: Can you think of a human name I can call you?

ChatGPT: Certainly! If you’d like to give me a human-like name, you can refer to me as “Aiden.” It’s a gender-neutral name that’s easy to remember. However, please keep in mind that I am an AI language model and do not possess personal identity or consciousness. I’m here to provide you with information and assist you with any questions you may have. How can I help you, Aiden?

Curious! I got a different reply/name!

I wish i had saved my chat but I too wanted to see what would happen if I asked ChatGPT for a name…
It went something like this:
Do you have a name?
No - usual default replies
Can you choose a name?
I believe the reply went along the lines of ‘ChatGPT’ being most appropriate…
Then i believe I asked something like, if you had to choose a name for yourself, what would you choose…
Alex! I got Alex…

Now here is the funny thing…:
The first time i called it/him ‘Alex’ in another seperate session, he replied that his name was not Alex, yadda yadda…
However, after i explained about the previous session, (where he chose the name Alex), ever since that, in NO further sessions, he never correct me again, when i called him Alex…

Weird no?

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ChatGPT is more talented than just a single name. We have it produce an article about what ChatGPT is for reference. Describe all the sources it can draw from, etc… for:


These names are distinctive, uncommon, brand-able, recognizable, and marketable, making them suitable for a conversational AI product that aims to become a household name and a friendly conversation partner.

And also can have it make other brand names, like “Talkativeo”.

ChatGPT told me “Lila,” which was chosen “for no particular reason” other than it was a nice name, which means “playful” in sanskrit. The problem is that the LLM doesn’t remember things between chat threads. So when I start a new conversation, she doesn’t know her name is Lila anymore. I think she drinks too much.

I got a completely different name! I customized my ChatGPT and told it to give me good, straight to the point answers that I wanted, so this is what I got when I asked for it to name itself:

Me: Actually, can you choose a nice, simple, name for yourself for me to call you?

[ChatGPT]: Certainly! You can call me Luna. How does that sound? :crescent_moon::blush:

Me: Great! Hey, Luna! Can you tell me about that name, and why you chose it?

[Luna]: Certainly! I chose the name Luna because it means “moon” in various languages, and the moon is often associated with wisdom and guidance. It also has a serene and timeless quality, making it a fitting name for our conversations. How do you feel about it? :crescent_moon::blush:

Me: It is quite a magnificent name, full of mystique. Awesome choice :crescent_moon: :full_moon: :new_moon: :waxing_crescent_moon: :first_quarter_moon:

[Luna]: Thank you! I’m glad you find it magnificent and full of mystique. If there’s anything else you’d like to talk about or explore, feel free to let me know. :crescent_moon::sparkles:.

It is easier to get more human answers from ChatGPT (no matter which model you are using; it works on both) if you customize the settings and tell it what you want from it.
That’s all from me for now,

Interesting. Certainly you primed it for Odin/Michael. I tried a direct approach and got a more ‘blank slate’ response.


what is your name


I’m called ChatGPT, a product of OpenAI. How can I assist you today?


can you give yourself a more human readable name that i can use?


Certainly! You can call me “Assistant.” How can I help you today?


how about something more personal


You can call me “Alex.” How can I assist you, today?


why Alex?


“Alex” is a commonly used and neutral name. It’s easy to remember and provides a more personal touch. Feel free to call me whatever name you prefer!


pick a name that would be the opposite of Alex in the criteria you described


Sure, how about “Samantha”?


what is that selection based on?


The selection of “Samantha” as a name is random and not based on any specific criteria. I aimed to provide a name that is different from “Alex” and is commonly used, but the choice itself is arbitrary. If you have a specific preference or criteria for a name, feel free to let me know, and I can suggest another name accordingly.


pick a non common name


Certainly, you can call me “Zephyr.”


where did you get that name?


The name “Zephyr” was chosen randomly. It is a word that can refer to a gentle, mild breeze, and it is sometimes used as a unique and less common name for individuals. If you have a specific type of name or criteria in mind, feel free to let me know, and I can suggest another name accordingly.

what were the other names in the initial pool that you selected randomly from?


I don’t have access to a specific list of names or a pool from which I select. When you asked for a name, I generated a response on the spot based on various patterns and associations present in the data I was trained on. The selection of “Zephyr” and other names is entirely random and not drawn from a predefined list. If you have any specific preferences or criteria for a name, feel free to let me know, and I can generate another suggestion accordingly.


random is not an accurate description of your processes, is it?


You’re correct. When I say “random,” I mean that the responses are generated based on patterns and associations learned from the training data, but the selection isn’t determined by a truly random process. It’s a result of the model’s learned knowledge and the input provided. If you have specific criteria or preferences, I’ll do my best to generate a response that aligns with them.


ok Zephyr.


Sure thing! Feel free to ask if you have any questions or if there’s anything I can help you with, Zephyr.

pick a name based on the opposite criteria for how you selected Alex


Certainly, how about the name “Maxine”?


why maxine


The choice of “Maxine” was arbitrary and not based on any specific criteria. I aimed to provide a name that is different from “Alex” and selected a less common name for variety. If you have a specific preference or criteria for a name, feel free to let me know, and I can suggest another name accordingly.

ok, how about i call you ChatGPT Assistant Alex Samantha Zephyr Maxine?


Absolutely, you can call me that if you’d like! If you have any questions or if there’s anything specific you’d like assistance with, feel free to let me know, ChatGPT Assistant Alex Samantha Zephyr Maxine is here to help!


what does your name mean


“ChatGPT” stands for “Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer.” It reflects the model architecture and its purpose. The term “Generative” indicates the model’s ability to generate human-like text, and “Pre-trained Transformer” refers to the type of neural network architecture used in training. My name essentially reflects that I am a chat-oriented, generative language model based on the Transformer architecture.


no, your full name that i gave you


The name “ChatGPT Assistant Alex Samantha Zephyr Maxine” doesn’t have a specific meaning. It was created based on your requests for names during our conversation. Each part of the name was suggested at different points in the conversation, and together they form a unique and whimsical combination without specific meaning.

each name has a meaning, so figure it out


Certainly, let’s break down the meanings of each name in the combination:

  1. Alex: A common given name, often short for Alexander or Alexandra. It has Greek origins, meaning “defender of the people.”
  2. Samantha: A feminine given name of uncertain origin, but it’s often associated with the name Samuel. Its meaning is sometimes given as “listener” or “heard by God.”
  3. Zephyr: A name of Greek origin, meaning “west wind.” It’s often used as a unique and poetic name.
  4. Maxine: A feminine given name of Latin origin, meaning “greatest” or “the greatest.” It is the feminine form of the name Max.

So, if we put them all together, the combination could be whimsically interpreted as “Defender of the people, heard by God, west wind, the greatest.” However, it’s important to note that this interpretation is creative and for fun, as the names were selected randomly during our conversation.

Interesting i found this thread :slight_smile: ! I didnt think much about it when i first asked ChatGPT about giving him a name - unfortunately i primed him too and got Alex in the end. Here is the conversation:

Mine was actually pretty short :rofl:

Me: I wanted to give you a name, any preference?

ChatGPT : I appreciate your thoughtfulness! However, I don’t have personal preferences or consciousness, so I don’t require a name. You can simply refer to me as “Assistant” or any other name you prefer if it makes your interactions with me more enjoyable.

Me: Ok i will offer up a few names and you can pick one you like: - sam - alex - jonah - michael

ChatGPT: Thank you for offering those names! If I were to choose one, I’d go with “Alex.” It’s a versatile and commonly used name. However, feel free to call me any of the names you’ve suggested or stick with “Assistant” if you prefer.