Thank you for cross referencing the ship names found among the armoured cars. I look forward to seeing what you turn up. It seems likely that the names of at least these cars date from the Royal Navy period. Also, in his book Steel Chariots in the Desert
, S.C. Rolls identifies "Blast", "Bloodhound", "Bull Dog", and "Bitter" by name during the period in which he was a petty officer in the Royal Navy based at Wormwood Scrubbs, London, England. Given the common origin for the 1914 Pattern cars at that facility, one would expect some uniformity in naming convention.
I agree that once named, cars tended to keep their names. However, it remains possible that some
cars were either renamed or not initially named until later.
So far, in putting together my database of identified cars, I have come across a few exceptional cases. For example, I have found two photos of a car in RAF service, clearly named "Euphrates" in both photos, where one is a 1914 Pattern with updated chassis and the other is a 1920 Pattern. This is not just a case of a swapped turret (which did occasionally occur). The radiator shields, driver's visor shield, and the position of the side vision ports all point to these being two different cars. Unfortunately, these two photos are not dated, but I suspect that this case represents the replacement of a worn-out car with a newer model that was then named in honor of the retired car.
Similarly, I have come across labeled photos showing the names "Carisbrooke" and "Cambrai" being used first for 1914 Pattern cars, then 1924 Pattern cars. Interestingly, cars by these names are shown together in one photo as 1914 Pattern with RAF roundels and then together in another photo as 1924 Pattern Army
cars. I am not sure what to make of this cross-service naming coincidence. I suppose that it is possible that cars in the two services could have carried the same names simultaneously.
In most cases, though, there appears to be continuity in the names of cars. Names seen on 1914 Pattern cars usually continue to be seen on 1914 Pattern hulls, even as the underlying chassis are replaced with newer ones over the years.
In post 13, looking at the list of names, there is a high percentage which are also Royal Navy warship names... obvious ones being Renown,Repulse and Thunderer even some of the "later cars" like Chatham and Cerberus, which may be a pointer to thier origins. I would think it would have been bad form to change the name, even though the changed hand several times.
I'm at work now, but I'll go down the list and hightlight the ones and copy back to you.