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The Best Sports Teams Not Named After Animals

Updated January 30, 2020 3.7k votes 83 voters111 items

List RulesOnly professional teams from the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and MLS.

Sports teams have been named after animals since organized sports have been around, but did you ever wonder how many profession sports teams are not named after animals? Football and baseball teams in particular have looked to other places for inspiration.

The Houston Astros, LA Galaxy, and Dallas Stars come from the astronomy world, while other teams like the Tennessee Titans and the New York and San Francisco Giants take their inspiration from Greek mythology. The Philadelphia Phillies and New York Islanders are even named after their city, and the Houston Texans are named after their state. These teams are champions full of Hall of Famers and MVPs, and they have accomplished all of that without naming themselves after animals.

So check out this list of all the professional sports teams not named after animals, and vote up the franchises that have had the most success in their sports. Then, head over and check out all the teams named after animals to get the other side of the coin.

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  • Boston Celtics1
    60
    35

    Boston Celtics

    Basketball

    LocationBoston

    Founded1946-06-06

    17x NBA champions (1957, 1959-1966, 1968-1969, 1974, 1976, 1981, 1984-1987, 2008, 2010)

  • Montreal Canadiens2
    58
    40

    LocationMontreal, Québec

    Founded1909

    24x Stanley Cup champions (1916, 1924, 1930-1931, 1944, 1946, 1953, 1956-1960, 1965-1966, 1968-1969, 1971, 1973, 1976-1979, 1986, 1993)

  • New York Yankees3
    55
    37

    LocationNew York City, The Bronx

    Founded1901

    27x World Series champions (1923, 1927-1928, 1932, 1936-1939, 1941, 1943, 1947, 1949-1953, 1956, 1958, 1961-1962, 1977-1978, 1996, 1998-2000, 2009)

  • Dallas Cowboys4
    52
    35

    Dallas Cowboys

    American football

    LocationArlington

    Founded1960

    5x Super Bowl champions (1971, 1977, 1992-1993, 1995)

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  • New England Patriots5
    50
    32

    New England Patriots

    American football

    LocationFoxborough

    Founded1960

    6x Super Bowl champions (2001, 2003-2004, 2014, 2016, 2018)

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  • Los Angeles Lakers6
    51
    37

    LocationLos Angeles

    Founded1946

    16x NBA champions (1949-1950, 1952-1954, 1959, 1962-1963, 1965-1966, 1968-1970, 1972-1973, 1980, 1982-1985, 1987-1989, 1991, 2000-2002, 2004, 2008-2010)

  • Boston Red Sox7
    50
    35

    LocationBoston

    Founded1901

    9x World Series champions (1903, 1912, 1915-1916, 1918, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2018)

  • San Antonio Spurs8
    38
    22

    LocationSan Antonio

    Founded1967

    5x Super Bowl champions (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014)

  • Toronto Maple Leafs9
    34
    20

    LocationToronto

    Founded1917

    13x Stanley Cup champions (1918, 1922, 1932, 1942, 1945, 1947-1949, 1951, 1962-1964, 1967)

  • FC Cincinnati10
    22
    7

    LocationCincinnati, Ohio

  • Los Angeles Dodgers11

    LocationLos Angeles

    Founded1958

    6x World Series champions (1955, 1959, 1963, 1965, 1981, 1988)

  • Cincinnati Reds12
    44
    34

    LocationCincinnati

    Founded1881

    5x World Series champions (1919, 1940, 1975-1976, 1990)

  • Detroit Red Wings13
    32
    21

    LocationDetroit

    Founded1926

    11x Stanley Cup champions (1936-1937, 1943, 1950, 1952, 1954-1955, 1997-1998, 2002, 2008)

  • Green Bay Packers14
    32
    22

    Green Bay Packers

    American football

    LocationGreen Bay

    Founded1919-08-11

    2x Super Bowl champions (1996, 2010)

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  • Indiana Pacers15
    32
    22

    Indiana Pacers

    Basketball

    LocationIndianapolis

    Founded1967

  • San Francisco Giants16

    LocationSan Francisco

    Founded1958

    8x World Series champions (1905, 1921-1922, 1933, 1954, 2010, 2012, 2014)

  • San Francisco 49ers17
    31
    21

    San Francisco 49ers

    American football

    LocationSan Francisco

    Founded1946

    5x Super Bowl champions (1981, 1984, 1988-1989, 1994)

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  • Pittsburgh Steelers18
    44
    37

    Pittsburgh Steelers

    American football

    LocationPittsburgh

    Founded1933-10-20

    6x Super Bowl champions (1974-1975, 1978-1979, 2005, 2008)

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  • Colorado Avalanche19
    32
    24

    LocationDenver, Colorado

    Founded1972

    2x Stanley Cup champions (1996, 2001)

  • Chicago Blackhawks20
    25
    15

    LocationChicago, Illinois

    Founded1926

    6x Stanley Cup champions (1934, 1938, 1961, 2010, 2013, 2015)

  • New Jersey Devils21
    24
    14

    LocationNewark

    Founded1974

    3x Stanley Cup champions (1995, 2000, 2003)

  • Atlanta Braves22
    30
    21

    LocationAtlanta

    Founded1966

    3x World Series champions (1914, 1957, 1995)

  • New Orleans Saints23
    21
    11

    New Orleans Saints

    American football

    LocationNew Orleans

    Founded1967

    2009 Super Bowl champions

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  • Edmonton Oilers24
    31
    24

    Edmonton Oilers

    Ice Hockey

    LocationEdmonton

    Founded1972

    5x Stanley Cup champions (1984-1985, 1987-1988, 1990)

  • Oakland Athletics25
    24
    15

    LocationOakland

    Founded1901

    9x World Series champions (1910-1911, 1913, 1929-1930, 1972-1974, 1989)