I hadn't known that some airlines bestowed names on individual planes until I chanced upon FlyerTalk, "the world's most popular frequent flyer community." A while back the forums were full of posts about JetBlue plane names; as it happens, all of that airline's 134 planes are named, mostly using "blue" in some playful way. Some of my favorites:
Bada Bing, Bada Blue
Bippity Boppity Blue (anyone else recognize the misspelled song title from the Disney Cinderella movie?)
Blue Kid in Town
Mo' Better Blue
Wild Blue Yonder
And later researched on Wikipedia:
The Name Is Blue, Jet Blue
Whole Lotta Blue
Also according to Wikipedia, there are two exceptions to the blue-name rule: tail number N190JB is "Luiz F. Kahl", named for the former chairman of the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, and tail number N533JB is "Usto Schulz", named for JetBlue's former VP of safety.
Plane names are selected from employee suggestions; winners of past years' contests have received trips to Toulouse, France, to tour the Airbus hangar. And each gets to fly home in his or her namesake plane.
My favorite plane name, however, isn't in the JetBlue fleet. It's the Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 that recently made it onto a list of top 10 ugliest commercial airplanes. "Sporting the glimmering image of a wild Alaska king salmon," the plane, is naturally, called the Salmon Thirty Salmon. Brilliant. (Hat tip to Sore Eyes.)