But Waspinator is a rubbish name because 'wasp' does not rhyme with 'term'.
Waspinator was was playing on the nineties trend of adding "inator" to everything, as in Terminator. Because his original personality was very different than the one we know from the show.
Like a rattlesnake's tail before an attack, a chilling sound buzzes in the distance as if to forecast approaching danger. Suddenly from the sky the giant wasp appears, revealing its monstrous face and bulging eyes as it streaks down for an aerial attack! The Waspinator launches its secret wing missiles, striking the helpless victims below with the poisonous power of a robotic cyber-sting!
None of those names are that good in my opinion. Manterror? Tigerhawk? Cicadacon? Blackarachnia? Some of them are quite lazy. But you also bring to my attention some more decent ones, like Sea Clamp & B'Boom so they aren't all bad.
Of course the one universe that is even worse in it's naming than BW is the Live Action Movies - Brains, Dino, Que, Igor...
Hmm I don't know. The thing that bothers me with most Beast Wars names is that they are just pretty much what they turn into - a Black Widow that is also an arachnid. Comparing Starscream's name to her, he would be called something like Greyflyer. I liked that most of the old names are actions or terms rather than going down the Marvel or He-Man route. Heh, we could have just had the Adventures of Truck Man and Volkswagon Boy!
But I agree that a lot of the original names are just as bad - we are just used to them because we were younger back then and now they are engraved in our memory: Hook, Hound (but at least he isn't an actual hound), Laserbeak, Kup, Hot Rod, Blurr. Unicron is an incredibly strange name (unless I'm missing something). Brawn is just as rubbish a name as Brains.
It did teach me a lot of words and meanings too. Before I knew what Brawn's name meant I thought it was something to do with Branflakes. Like Vortex made me think of the toilet cleaner - then I discovered it had a meaning!