And some of the suggestions are… creative.

Fox News reports:

University of North Dakota releases 1,200 possibilities for new nickname

BISMARCK, N.D. – From “Amber Waves” to “Zombies,” the list of potential new nicknames for University of North Dakota athletic teams ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous.

UND released a list of nearly 1,200 potential new nicknames Monday night, from which a committee will make a short list of finalists that will go to a public vote, likely sometime this year, school spokesman Peter Johnson said Tuesday.

State residents voted overwhelmingly in 2012 to dump UND’s “Fighting Sioux” nickname, which had been in place since the 1930s. The NCAA considered it hostile and abusive, and it failed to get the endorsement of one of the state’s two namesake tribes. The state Legislature put a moratorium on replacing the nickname until this year.

Among the more popular nickname suggestions were “North Dakota” — essentially no nickname at all — and “Flickertails,” the name of a ground squirrel. Many proposals also retained the word “Fighting,” including the “Fighting Farmers” and other monikers with Norwegian or aviation themes. UND’s flight school is considered one of the best in the nation.