Anybody who knows their way around a hymnal knows that hymn tunes have names, and hymnal editors sometimes mix and match hymn texts with compatible tunes. Some of the most familiar hymn tunes have odd-sounding names like Nettleton, Darwall, Aberystwyth, Old Hundredth, Dix, Kingsfold, Truro, Solon, Nicaea, Slane, Coronation, Rockingham Old, Bellevue, Diademata, and Erie, not to mention several German phrases.
I have composed a hymn tune which I plan to submit for consideration in a new hymnal. As the composer, I get to name the tune. For recently composed hymns I've seen, the tune name often matches the hymn title. But in this case I'm submitting only the tune, and the editors will pair it with some other text. The song for which I originally composed the tune is a love song, and the title might be unfitting for a hymnal. It would work fine if I used a shortened form of the title. I was just wondering if there are any other considerations I should think about. How do people name new hymn tunes?