The Baltimore Ravens became a team in 1996. In that very same year, the team was named "The Baltimore Ravens." Most people that don't live in Baltimore don't understand how hard it was for the fans in Baltimore to choose a name for their football team. The Baltimore Sun constructed multiple polls to dwindle down the number of names in each poll and to pick a name for the new team.
Before the Sun did this, Modell and other members of the family went to the Indianapolis Colts about giving their name to Baltimore, since they were formerly the Baltimore Colts. The Colts were determined to keep their name, so the guys in Baltimore didn't proceed to acquire the name.
The Baltimore Sun sent out its final poll on March 28th. The poll would expire in approximately 24 hours. The names listed on the poll included: