|Concept art for Parkville Station (via MMRA)|
It's pretty common for PTV to seek community feedback when they name new stations - they did it for Wendouree and Waurn Ponds stations in recent years. There's nothing inherently wrong with this - it's a good idea to see what name most makes sense to the community - but most of the names proposed aren't much better than Trainy McStationface. The name of a station should instantly let you know where it is - "Archer" is an in-joke, and will only make sense to a tiny number of people.
|Southern Cross (source)|
However, I wouldn't go so far as to say that the stations shouldn't include any honours for famous people, or any references to nearby monuments - quite the opposite. I just don't think the name is the best way to do it.
|Brixton Station, home of the visual pun (via tompagenet)|
For example, Blackhorse Road has a black horse, Victoria has a silhouette of Queen Victoria, and King's Cross has a cross made up of five crowns. Some of the references are a little obscure - for example, Warren Street has a maze (like a rabbit warren), Brixton has something representing a ton of bricks, and Baker Street has a silhouette of Sherlock Holmes (who famously lived at 221b Baker Street) - but it doesn't really matter because of the combination of higher literacy rates and audible announcements. Now it's just a nice bit of whimsy that makes them easily-distinguishable and connects them to the local area.
|The tiles at Baker Street doff the deerstalker to Sherlock Holmes (via givingnot)|
So Arden should still be called Arden - but I would definitely be on board with highlighting the connection to North Melbourne Football Club in the station design. A blue-and-white colourscheme, a kangaroo motif, a mural of North's team of the century on the concourse - whatever.
Parkville should stay Parkville - but there's nothing wrong with making reference to the University above. Even if it's as subtle as a general colour palette of sandstone.
CBD North and CBD South are a special case - they aren't really new stations, they're additional platforms for Melbourne Central and Flinders Street respectively. They will be connected internally to the existing stations, and so must keep their names. Ideally you'd like to see some sort of architectural consistency (or at least the appearance of it) between the current stations and their new platforms, but I won't hold my breath.
|The tiles at Euston show the grand archway that used to be on the surface (via dgeezer)|
Our stations can have a bit of fun about them - some local connections, some in-jokes, some historical tidbits. All too often their designs reflect the priorities of architects who want to win prizes, rather than the desires of the people who actually use them - little touches like these tiles could really make these stations feel like they're ours. But the names really have to be more practical.