Name Activities In Team-Building Workshops

Name activities are a great way to help team members learn more about each other in a fun and interactive setting. The goal is to build stronger connections between team members by sharing personal details and finding commonalities. This can improve communication, collaboration, and trust within the team.

Instructions for Completing the Activity

A simple name activity involves each participant sharing some background on their first name and how they got it. Here are the steps:

  • Gather participants in a circle or around a table.
  • The facilitator explains that each person will share their first name, its origins/meaning, and any story behind why they were given that name.
  • Go around the circle and have each person introduce themselves and share their name story in 1-2 minutes.
  • The facilitator can ask follow up questions or highlight common themes.
  • At the end, the facilitator summarizes key learnings and connections made through the activity.

Cost and Resources

This activity requires no special supplies, just participants gathered together.

Time Required

Allow 15-20 minutes for a group of 5-10 people. Add 5 minutes for each additional 5 participants.

Ideal Group Size

5-15 people works best. For larger groups, break into smaller groups of 5-8 people.

Best Suited For

All team members, useful for new and existing teams.

Facilitator’s Role

The facilitator explains the activity, keeps it moving, asks follow up questions, and summarizes key takeaways.

Participant’s Role

Participants should actively listen and make connections between team members’ stories.

Reflection Strategies

  • Ask participants to share one new thing they learned about a team member.
  • Have participants reflect on common themes that emerged from the stories.
  • Discuss what surprised people or what assumptions were challenged.

Debrief Questions

  • What did you enjoy about this activity?
  • What connections did you make with team members?
  • How can we use what we learned to improve our teamwork?


Name activities are a simple but powerful way to facilitate relationship building between team members. Taking time to learn about each other’s backgrounds and names can increase understanding and unity within a team.