Threesology Research Journal
Criminal Twos...
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(The Study of Threes)

With respect to the names of gangs using numbers, it might be argued that a word followed by a number is linguistically pronounced as being a larger pattern. For example, the gang 1512 Crew is pronounced "Fifteen" "Twelve" "Crew", which is a pattern-of-three, though some might further claim that the "Fifteen" is two conjoined words "Fif" and "teen". Thus said, "Fifteen" becomes a singular with an inclusive two-pattern. While the numbers "13" or "14" often accompany the word name of a gang, it is seldom recognized that, historically, with respect to the development of number words (words used for numbers), the "teen" in 13, 14, 15, etc., actually represent the value "ten". Thus, the numerical word "thirteen" is three plus ten, and so forth. The value "ten" was a cognitive limit for the mind of humanity.

While the word distinctions "eleven" and "twelve" would appear to not express the notions of one plus ten and two plus ten, respectively, they do exemplify a repeat of the earlier cognitive limits associated with the values of one and two, with all other numbers thereafter represented by the word "many". Thus, eleven as a separate entity, followed by twelve as a separate entity, is followed by the "many" teens. Hence, it is but another flavor of the old One- Two- Many points of cognitive limitation identified by researchers involved in analyzing the origin and development of number concepts which includes the usage of words-for-numbers also called number words, a means by which number concepts become derived into mathematical word problems, and decried by some students as torturous mental exercises in mathematical computation.

The word "twenty", although mostly indistinct in our day and age, historically represented two tens, with thirty as representing three tens and so forth. The reason for this suggests that the human mind, let us say the human brain, encounters stumbling blocks, represented today by our inability to cognitively grasp a higher designation beyound the values small- medium- large, without resorting to repeating a usage of the word "large" with the notion of X, XX, and XXX large. Although we might claim this is the result of a limitation in human cognitive ability, we might also want to consider it is the result of a poor language ability. Both of which suggest the human species remains in a primitive age and stage of development. With respect to numbers and words for numbers, the human mind appears to have experienced several points of cognitive/linguistic limitation, resulting in a world-wide recurrence of an identifiable "One- Two- Many" number development, to be re-discussed on another page at this site.

It has also been noted by some researchers of gangs, that the letters "V", "B" and "L" are common letters in gang names and are often displayed as acronyms for the gang's name. In El Paso and the Southwestern United States, for example, the letter "M" is now commonly used in connection with the word "Mexican" as part of a gang name. Some members of the Mexican Mafia gang sport a Mickey Mouse tattoo in order to substitute for the two "M's" of their gang name.

--- Hispanic Youth Gangs of El Paso, Texas ---

As a momentary digression into the realm of philosophical psychology, let us ask whether M & M gangs eat more M & M candy, or drink more Mescale (fermented cactus juice), or smoke more Moto (marijuana), whether consciously or unconsciously oriented towards an infatuation with the letter "M"? Perhaps this notion is a bit of evaluation that is overlooked by most researchers of gang behavior since most researchers are inclined to follow prevailing research trend interests of their mentors, peers, and endowment providers. Such an evaluation of personal research motivation should be contrasted with what occurs on an individual bases with all gangs, and even non-gang members with respect to what is traditionally cited as obsessive-compulsive behaviors. Originating indices of compulsive, obsessive, or obsessive/compulsive behaviors (whether defined psychiatrically as a disorder or not), can provide a perspective of gang behavior frequently overlooked. And I am not talking about law enforcement cited MO characterizations, but those with an identity obscured by typical research methodologies.

For threesologists, it is of some interest to note that while some gangs have an affinity to the numbers 7 and 13 based on some conscious or unconscious orientation to phenomena associated with superstition or some other inclination towards the usage of such numbers similar to groups in antiquity; they overlook the "M", much less the "W" or "E" as a symbolic re-oriented reference to the number 3. Whereas the letters M, W, and E are all 'straight-armed' versions of the presently used curved-arm number 3, the number 3 is thought to have evolved from a straight (or stick) armed portrayal. Such numbers and letters are thought to have an origin prior to written history in that they are symbolic portrayals of single, double, and triple triangle-shaped pyramids sketched in the sand, as might the mind of a child when it draws a person with straight "stick" arms and stick legs. I will venture into this symbolism on a different page.

By drawing stick versions of the three Giza Plateau pyramids and placing them singularly into single (one pyramid), double (two pyramids), and triple (three pyramid) groupings side-by-side, it does not require too much imagination to see the number 3, nor the letters, v, n, m, w, or E. Different writing styles will portray the letters and number in a linear, circular, or triangular fashion. These three are basic geometric forms that crop up again and again in different subject areas, and will be discussed on a different page.

Let us take a look at some other gang names:

1950s California Car "Clubs":

Low Riders
Road Devils

Major (1950's - 1960's) California territorial clubs:

Slausons (1952-1965)
Rebel Rousers
Farmers (from Watts)
Blood Alley

Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation (ALKQN)
Almighty Latin Kings Nation (ALKN)
Arizona's New Mexican Mafia
Aryan Brotherhood of Texas
(1993) Blood Stone Villains (BSV) and Sex
Brothers of the Struggle (BOS
5th & O Street Crew
15th Place Crew (1-5 Mob)
1st & Kennedy Crew
1st & O Street Crew
1st & Seaton Place Crew
1st & T Street Crew
14th & Good Hope Road Crew
14th & Monroe Crew
42nd Street Little Criminals
(1993) One Eight Trey (183) Bloods
7 n L Mob
7th & O Crew
7th & Taylor Crew
Sisters of the Struggle (SOS)
16th and U Street Crew
Sursum Corda Court Crew
12th & Hamlin Street crew
Lords of Flatbush (Movie)

Italian Mafia gangs:
Sicilian Mafia or Cosa Nostra
‘Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia
Sacra Corona Unita (SCU)


Almighty Latin King Nation of Connecticut
Chicago Latin Kings
Almighty Latin Charter Nation

Tiger Tribe, Wolf Tribe and Lion Tribe to label the different chapters.

1950's- 1960's

Blackstone Rangers (Black gang)
Vice Lords (Black gang)
Blackstone Ranger Nation ("Nation" due to black power movement)
Conservative Vice Lords ("Conservative due to black power movement)

National titles:

American Mafia (1878)
Mexican Mafia
Italian Mafia
Russian Mafia
Russian: "Vory v Zakone," (thieves in law)
Sicilian Mafia
Chinese Triads
Indian thuggees
Korean gangpeh
Wah Ching (Asian organized crime)
Wo Hop To Triad (Asian organized crime)
Japanese yakuza

The name yakuza originates from the Japanese game of Oicho-Kabu, which is like Black Jack. In Oicho-Kabu, the goal is to reach 19, not 21 like in Black Jack. The word Ya means 8, Ku means 9, and Za means 3. When you add the three numbers, you get 20, which is worthless in Oicho-Kabu. The yakuza, therefore, are outsiders of society. The yakuza are completely different from the Yakuza. The Yakuza are a form of organized crime. The yakuza are just outcasts and petty criminals.

--- Yakuza ---

Bloods refer to each other as Dawg (DOGS). They will burn an upside down triangular shape, looking like a dog paw, on their upper arm. The three circular burns, usually from a cigarette, can be found on a member of the bloods. Some Bloods will have a tattoo of a dog, usually a bulldog, like the Mack Truck logo. Bloods will also use the acronym M.O.B. (Member of Blood or Money Over Bitches) to identify themselves. This can be seen as a burn scar or sometimes a tattoo. The Bloods have recently, in the year 2000, become more involved and connected to their People Nation affiliation.

--- Bloods/United Blood Nation (East Coast Blood Nation) ---

The Kray Family (of the United Kingdom) consisted of 3 brothers Charlie, Reggie and Ronnie. They were involved in Murders, Beatings, Jailbreaks, and extortion. They kept local violence in the east end to a minimum.

The term "Yardie" is a moniker given by the Jamaican people themselves to someone recently arrived in the United Kingdom from Jamaica, which is referred to as the "back yard" (meaning back home). Yardies are generally single males between the ages of 18 and 35. They are usually unemployed, often by choice, although some will claim to be involved in the music business as singers, musicians, record producers or promoters, or disc jockeys, when challenged. Although determining the nationality of those who arrive is difficult, Jamaica is by far the predominant country of origin. The frequently enter the country as tourists or to "visit relatives," Yardies usually assume false identities and carry forged credentials. Many have criminal convictions or are wanted by the police. Because they are known only by their street names to their associates, they are extremely difficult to identify. Some even travel on false or fraudulently obtained British passports.

Many Los Angeles-style gangs will use (3-numbered) telephone area codes in their graffiti. The number 187 is frequently used in gang graffiti around the United States, and represents the number of the California Penal Code for homicide. Graffiti which includes 187 is literally making a death threat.

Gang names are usually abbreviated to two or three letters, but may include the affiliation of the gang written out (Crip, Blood, Surenos/SUR, Folk, etc.), as well as slogans, such as "Brown Pride."

---National Alliance of Gang Investigators Association ---

1700's Glascow Gangs:
Shanavists, the Caravats, and the Ruskavallas.

1883 Galscow: Ribbon Men

To take but one example of comparing the developmental trend from a two to a three- linguistically portrayed pattern, let us look at the names which have been adopted by some street gangs. When we look at the names of gangs in the early decades of the 20th Century and compare these with the names of gangs from the later decades, we see a distinct increase in the usage of three-patterned names that are frequently abbreviated into three letters, with or without mixing in other elements such as numbers or symbols. If we remove the designation "THE" when referring to a gang in the first column, we would have single word names.

Nonetheless, the point still remains that there is an increase in the usage of three-word names both by gangs and the society at large. This suggests that an underlying cognitive change has taken place and warrants a closer look under the supposition that it may be a circumstance of physiological development that will continue with the need for preparation in order to deal with eventual changes. In other words, what if the mindset of the individuals in gangs from the early 1900's had a three-patterned dominance while law enforcement was stuck in a two-patterned preference? What if the next generations of gang members begin to use a predominant perspective of a 3 to 1 ratio while law enforcement are stuck in a three-patterned predominant perspective? Like some criminologists say, the face of gangs and gangsters is changing.

Early 1900's

1 or 2-patterned
Late 1900's America
3-patterned dominant
Common Abbreviations
3-patterned recurrence
Drag Strippers
The Avengers
Blue Valleys
Joe's Gang
The Conquerors
The Debutantees
The Friars
The Gophers
The Jaguars
The Marvelettes
The Murderers
The Oblongs
The Ravens
The Rialtos
The Scarboros
The Serpents
The Sharks
The Tigers
The Toltecs
The Saracens
The Warlords
The Westies

ABH- Aryan Brother Hood
BCB- Big Circle Boys
BTC- Black Top Crip
BBH- Brown Brother Hood
BSG- Brown Society Gang
CCB- Crip City Boys
LLC- Lay Low Crip
LVL- Los Varrio Locos
M1F- Murder One Family
NFL- Nortenos For Life
QVO- (pronounced QueVo)
SIA- Samoans In Action
TCG- Tongan Crip Gang
THC- Trigger Happy Chicanos
TSG- Tongan Style Gang
VCF- Varrio Chosen Few
VGL- Varrio Grande Locos
VPB- Vision Piru Blood
WSG- West Side Gangsters
WAR- White Aryan Resistance

ABC = American Broadcasting Company
ADA = American Dental Association
AMA = American Medical Association
ATF = Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms
BBC = British Broadcasting Company
CBS = Central Broadcasting Station
CEO = Chief Executive Officer
CFO = Chief Financial Officer
CIA = Central Intelligence Agency
DEA = Drug Enforcement Agency
DOA = Dead On Arrival
DOB = Date of Birth
FBI = Federal Bureau of Investigation
GMC = General Motors Corporation
GNP = Gross National Product
INS = Immigration and Naturalization Service
IRA = Irish Republican Army
IRS = Internal Revenue Service
IYQ = (I Like You)
KGB = Komitet Gosudarstvennoj Bezopasnosti
Last, First, M.I = Doe, John, W.
MVP = Most Valuable Player
NBC = National Broadcasting Station
OHS = Office of Homeland Security
POW = Prisoner Of War
S.O.P. = Standard Operating Procedure
UPC = Universal Product Code
USA = United States Army

A criminal street gang is an ongoing organization, association or group of three (3) or more persons, whether formal or informal, having as one of its primary activities the commission of one or more criminal acts and that has a common name or common identifying sign, symbol or specific color apparel displayed, and whose members individually or collectively engage in or have engaged in a pattern of criminal activity.

Definition source:
--- Gang ---

Now look at a few acronyms of social organizations involved with addressing gangs:

GIU= Gang Intelligence Unit
OCU= Organized Crime Unit
GIU= Gang Investigation Unit
GTF= Gang Task Force

The incidence of three-patterned orientations in various interests, such as gangs, is not being looked at from a broad- threesological perspective. People get so caught up in their singular interest (frequently involving some pattern-of-three), that nothing beyound their respective blinders can be seen. This perspective involves the realization of an environmentally based influence that, if understood correctly, has far reaching implications for life on planet Earth. The reader may or may not remember this interjected comment, but it will be discussed on another page in an altogether different area of threesological research. Like a circadian-rhythmed clock, the increased visibility of threes is a tell-tale sign of things to come, more-so than they are already taking place.

Yes, there are examples of three-patterned names of gangs before and during the first decades of the 20th Century such as the KKK which originated in the 1800's primarily as an anti-negro voting group. But by using a 1- 2- 3 model of organization, we can clearly see there is a distinctive change in the basic structure of the names which may be attributed to a cognitive change with respect to the human species. If such a trend is due to a physiological development change, what comes next?

Here are a handful of (1- 2-) 3-patterned examples from physiology/anatomy/genetics/physics/ geology:

There are three families of Atomic particles.
Three commonly known atomic particles are the Protons- Neutrons- Electrons.
Each of these are said to contain 3 quarks and 3 anti-quarks.

Earth is the 3rd planet from the Sun.
The earth is basically divided into the Core- Mantle- Crust.
Three basic rock formations are: Igneous- Metamorphic- Sedimentary

  • RNA is predominantly single stranded (ONE)

    (Some researchers have considered RNA to have preceeded DNA in in the development of life and would therefore have had a single strand. If the obverse is true, then we would simply flip-flop the positions of RNA and DNA.)

  • DNA is predominantly double stranded (TWO)

  • Proteins can have a Primary- Secondary- Tertiary Structure (THREE) (with a composite of these referred to as a quaternary structure but that I suggest may be a reference to a 3 to 1 ratio event.)

  • Primitive organisms can be said to grow from ONE Germ layer such as the Endoderm.

  • More advanced primitive organisms can be said to grow from TWO Germ layers such as the Endoderm and Ectoderm.

  • More complex organisms such as humans are said to grow from THREE Germ layers called the Endoderm - Mesoderm - Ectoderm.

If the change is not culturally-wide and takes place with the gang population first instead of the rest of society, will society be able to deal with such a change in cognitive patterning? There are more one and two-patterned names in the early part of the 20th century, and more three-patterned names in the later part of the same century. This 1- 2- 3 formula becomes even more telling when we look at gangs with a dominant Asian membership. We find a common usage of such two- patterned names as White Eagles, Black Eagles, Red Dragons, Black Dragons, Natoma Boys, Lue Boys, Bad Boys, Asian Pride (AP), Viet Pride (VP), etc., ...and yet the epitome of Asian gangs is the Triad. It is as if the Triad is that which one must strive to be a part of if not by direct membership, then by emulation.

Yes there are Asian gangs with three-patterned names. Just as there are other gangs with a predominant minority membership which have three-patterned names. The point to make is that there is a distinctive absence of gang names with patterns-of-four, five, six, seven, eight, etc... Here we have another reference to the previously mentioned idea about an underlying 1- 2- 3 maturational template that is represented in vocal behavior which no doubt influences how we think.

In the above table, I included examples of 3-lettered Abbreviations to present the consideration that some people might want to think that the young are merely copying (emulating) the behavior of adults in society by adopting three-patterned marks of identification such as when a government agent flashes an identification badge with FBI, ATF, or CIA on it. The showing of the three-patterned identification card/badge is like a gang member flashing a three-patterned gang sign. No less, the handshakes of many young are three-patterned while we see two-patterned "slaps" of palms primarily exhibited by blacks or those involved with blacks. The one-patterned handshake is still widely used by many in a common greeting. However, in parts of Europe, there is the greeting of first kissing one cheek, then the other, then the first one again. Yet, a two-patterned abbreviation of this may be displayed by those having experienced some degree of conflict. Thus, the 1- 2- 3 handshake examples are another reference to the idea of a 1- 2- 3 cognitive template, suggesting a biological counterpart that may have had an initial geophysical influence during life's pristine development.

Chinese people in 1900, considered themselves too polite to exchange a greeting in so barbarous a way as to shake hands in the 1-handed Western style, and preferred to make a motion with their two fists in front of themselves. This gesture became the symbol of solidarity of the Chinese Nationalists. Sports- minded Westerners of that era interpreted the gesture similar to that seen by boxers in a boxing ring, and promptly labeled the nationalists "Boxers" and their rebellion against imperialists as the Boxer Rebellion. The point I'm trying to make in using this example is to provide another indication of a "two-patterned" orientation.

Let me give you an example from the classroom in an attempt to give you a better gasp of the difference between a two-patterned world-view and a three- patterned world-view:

"Today Class, we are going to write a story. All stories have a Beginning~ Middle~ End, sometimes referred to as Title~ Body~ Conclusion. Remember, Nouns are Persons~ Places~ Things; there are 1st~ 2nd~ 3rd person Pronouns, and I~ before E~ except after C. Don't forget that you end a sentence with a Period~ Question mark~ or Exclamation point. If you need more information you may go to the library and look it up by Author~ Title~ or Subject. And please remember to hold your pen or pencil with three fingers and not your toes. Also, I want to remind you about tomorrow's test which will have Multiple choice~ True/False~ and Essay portions."

Most of the kids will (unconsciously) use these and other three-patterned rules-of-thumb as mnemonic devices to turn in relatively acceptable papers. But Lo and Behold, as most teachers will no doubt attest to...there is a Johnny or Susie who just doesn't seem to get it. For theirs is a world made mostly of patterns-of-two:

My gang
Native American

Your gang

In the Adult and Youth Corrections facilities we find a similar two-patterned world-view even though the labels to describe such are somewhat different in several expressions:

Tier Rat/Worker

(Inmates participate in prison programs sometimes to help make the passage of time go more quickly, but many of them "figure" that their participation in social functions gives an indication to the prison officials and parole board that they want to be good citizens, while "true" convicts refuse to involve themselves with the "system" that they feel corrupted them in the first place.)

While most of society's youth will grow out of harboring a predominant two-patterned world-view just as most juvenile delinquents will stop committing status offenses, there are a few kids who go on to commit additional crimes of a more serious nature. But why is this? Why do most kids grow out of having a predominant two-patterned world-view while some retain this focus whether they or society are aware of such or not? Is it due to immaturity, abuse, neglect, poverty, retardation, gender, hormones, etc.? But more importantly, after we have identified an individual with a predominant two-patterned world-view, can we as a society take steps to adopt a predominant three-patterned world-view which will keep them from committing additional offenses? Is there a critical developmental period for the effective implementation of intervention techniques with respect to a "pattern-of-three" training? I don't know. At the present time, I am not aware of anyone who would be interested in funding such a research project.

Here is a list of dates for some of the gangs cited above:

(1966) Bandidos (motorcycle gang)
(1940's +) Bishops
(1920's - 1930's) Blodgettes
(1920's - 1930's) Boozies
Bosozoku (Japanese: Violent Race Tribe- motorcycle gang)
Crips (1960' - 1970's)
(1940's - 1960's) Enchanters
Five Prisoners
(1865) Mafia
(1920's - 1930's) Magnificents
(1959) Outlaws (motorcylce gang)
(1959) Pagans (motorcycle gang)
Thugz (1200 A.D. India)


Aryan Brotherhood (ABH)
Asian Boyz (ABZ)
Asian Mafia
Barrio Azteca
Border Brothers
Brown Union
Cheap Boys
(1970's) Compton Crips
Confederate Hammerskins
Crittenden Crew
(-1971) Denver Lanes
Dog Pound
(1920's - 1930's) Driver Brothers
(1970's) Eastside Crips
18th Street
El Esquadron
El Rukns
F Mob
1512 Crew
Five Percenters
Florencia 13
Folk Nation (Crips)
14 words
G 27
Gangster Disciples
Grupo (Group) 27
Gypsy Jokers (Aussie motorcycle gang)
Hatian Mafia
Hawaii Boys
Hawaii Brothers
Harrison Gents
(1947) Hell's Angels (Motorcycle gang)
Hobart Stars
Hothead Boys
Hoover (Folk) Nation
Imperial Gangsters
(-1971) Inglewood Crips
Insane Unknowns
La Eme
(1970's) La Familia
La Mugre
(1979) La Ñeta (Puerto Rican)
[Ñeta Association (Asociacion Ñeta)]
La Raza
Lady Rascals (Asian female)
Langston Crew
(1940's - 1960's) Latin Gents
Latin Kings (1940's - 1950's)
Latin Ladies (Hispanic female)
Latin Queens
Lincoln Westmoreland
(1990s) Los Solidos (The Solid Ones)
Los Zetas
Malditos 13
Mandingo Warriors
Mara Salvatrucha
Mau Mau
Mellon Mob
Mexican Mafia
Mickey Cobras
Midnite Pearls (Hispanic female)
MS 13
Norteños 14
Northern Structure
Orchestra Albany
Orleans Crew
Our Gang (Little Rascals television show)
Pachucos 21
Parkland Crew
People Nation (Bloods)
(1940's) Purple Hearts
Rat Hunters
Raza Unida
(1950's - 1960's) Renegade Slauson
Riverside Locos
Rock Machine (Canadian motorcycle gang)
Rosedale Crew
Satan's Slaves (2000- New Zealand)
Shower Posse
Sinaloan Cowboys
Southside Scissors (Asian Female)
Sur 13
Sureño 13
Texas Mafia
Texas Syndicate
The Headhunters (2000- New Zealand)
The Mob
(1940's) 31st Street
3500 Crew
(1980's) Tiny Rascals
Toy Soldiers
20 Luv
211 Crew
203 Crew
(1940's) 28th Street
(1973) Valentine Bloods (VB)
Vatos Locos
Vice Lords (1940's - 1950's)
(1970's) Westside Crips
Wetback Power
Woodland Crew
Young Guns
(1940's - 1960's) Young Lords
Zulu Nation


African American Council
Afrikan Liberation Army
Afrikan National Ujamaa
Alabama Avenue Crew
Allison Street Crew
Arizona Aryan Brotherhood
Arizona's Old Mexican
(-1971) Athens Park Boys
(-1971) Avalon Garden Crips
Ba Hala Na
(1969) Baby Avenues aka Avenue Cribs
Barrio Pobres Locos
Barry Farms Crew
Black Gangster Disciples
(Street Killing Boys)
Black Guerrilla Family
Black P Stones
(1960's) Black Panther Party
Bloods (United Blood Nation)
Born to Kill
Brothers of Struggle
Brown Mexican Pride
Brown Pride 13
Brown Side Locos
Bull Dogs (F-14)
Cash Money Boys
Clifton Terrace University
Condon Terrace Crew
Congress Park Crew
Conservative Vice Lords
Dirty White Boys
Dominicans Don't Play
E Street Crew
East Side Latinos (1993)
Elm City Boys
Fairfax Village Crew
Fern Street Crew
501 Capers Crew
58th Street Mob
Five Percenters (5%)
Five Points Gang (1890's -1900's)
14th & Clifton
Four Corner Hustlers
(1993) Gangster Killer Bloods (GKB)
Gophers (early 1900's Hell's Kitchen)
(1940's - 1960's) Greene Avenue Stompers
H Street Crew
Hermanos Pistoleros Latinos
Highland Court Crew (1984)
(1993) Hit Squad Brims (HSB)
Hmong Nation Society
Imperial Vice Lords
Insane Gangster Disciples
Insane Hmong Pride
Insane Spanish Cobras
Insane Vice Lords
Kentucky Courts Crew
(1860's) Ku Klux Klan (19th century)
La Cosa Nostra (LCN- 1930's)
La Familia (1960's) La Familia Nation
La Gran Familia
La Mara Park
La Mara R
La Nuestra Familia
Levis Street Crew
Lincoln Heights Crew
L.A. 213 18's
Lueders Park Hustlers
(1993) Mad Stone Villains (MSV)
Maniac Latin Disciples
Mara Salvatrucha 13 (or MS-13 1980's)
Masters Of Destruction (Hmong)
Michigan Park Crew
(1993) Money and Murder (SMM
Montana Avenue Crew
Naylor Road Crew
Nazi Low Riders
New Mexico Syndicate
(1973) Nine Trey Gangsters (NTG)
Oriental Ruthless Boys
Park Morton Crew
(-1970) Piru Street Boys
Pissed Off Bastards (now called Hell's Angels)
Playboy Gangster Crips
Potomac Gardens Crew
Puros Vatos Locos
Queen Street Crew
Riggs Road Crew
Savage Nomads (1960's)
Savage Skulls (1960's)
Simon City Royals
Sons of Samoa
Stanton Terrace Crew
Supreme White Power (SWP)
10th Place Crew
The Chain Gang (Prisoners)
The Devil's Henchmen (2000- New Zealand)
The Grim Reapers (2000- New Zealand)
The James Gang (Western U.S. 1800's)
(1969) The L.A. Brims
The Mexican Boys
(1980's) Tiny Little Rascals
(1980's) Tiny Rascal Gangsters (TRG)
Todd Place Crew
Tom Sawyer's Gang (Huckleberry Finn)
12th Street Crew
Two Two Boys
United Blood Nation
Wellington Park Crew
White Aryan Resistance (WAR)

--- Wikipedia List of street gangs of the nineteenth century to the present (2006) day. ---

One Word Names Two Word Names Three Word Names
American Guards
Atlantic Guards
Black Angels
Bloody Tubs
Boodle Gang
Bowery Boys
Buckoos Gang
Chisel Gang
Clanton 14
Daybreak Boys
Dead Rabbits
Demonic Dragonz
Dock Rats
Dutch Mob
Eastman Gang
Egan's Rats
Fashion Plates
Florencia 13
Folly Gang
Formby Gang
Forty Thieves
Frog Hollows
Gopher Gang
Gorillas Gang
Grady Gang
Hartley Mob
Honeymoon Gang
Hook Gang
Hudson Dusters
Lady Gophers
Latin Kings
La Raza
Little Augies
Little Doggies
Mabuhay Pinoy Trece
Midnight Terrors
Molasses Gang
Neighbors Sons
Oriental Troops
Parlor Mob
Pearl Buttons
Plug Uglies
Potato Peelers
Rag Gang
Ragen's Colts
Red Onions
Red Peppers
Rhodes Gang
Roach Guards
Shirt Tails
Short Tails
Silver Gang
Squab Wheelman
Stable Gang
Swamp Angels
Sydney Ducks
The Hounds
The Marginals
The McCarty's
The Sullivans
Valley Gang
Yakey Yakes
Albanian Boys Incorporated
American Born Chinese (ABC)
Batavia Street Gang
Battle Row Gang
Baxter Street Dudes
Car Barn Gang
Charlton Street Gang
Cherry Hill Gang
Crazy Butch Gang
Dipset Street Gang
Duffy Hills Gang
Eighteen Street Gang
Five Points Gang
Forty Little Thieves
Fourteenth Street Gang
Gas House Gang
Hell's Kitchen Gang
Henry Street Gang
Humpty Jackson Gang
Italian Dave Gang
James Street Gang
Jimmy Curley Gang
Lenox Avenue Gang
Live Oak Boys
Lollie Meyers Gang
Nineteenth Street Gang
Patsy Conroy Gang
Slaughter House Gang
Tenth Avenue Gang
The Mackerville Crowd
The Terry Reukkets
The Tunnel Gang
Yellow Henry Gang

Here are some "exceptions" to a 1-2-3 rule concerning the amount of words used to describe a gang. No doubt there are a variety of other names made up by groups of kids in different neighborhoods that are more inclined towards mischievious immaturity on the one hand or doing chores for neighbors to acquire money (or some useful item), on the other hand:

Battle Row Ladies Social & Athletic Club
Fourth Avenue Tunnel Gang
Knights of the Golden Circle
Lenny & Dyke Association
Tub of Blood Bunch

Here is a list of a few sites (collected several years ago) displaying three-lettered abbreviations. (I will chase them down at a later date to see whether or not the links are still viable.)

--- The Great 3-letter Abbreviation Hunt ---

--- Hawaii Picture Postcard Publishers ---
3-letter abbreviations in alphabetical order

--- Online Journal Publishing Service ---

--- Airport Abbreviations list ---

--- 3-letter Virginia County Abbreviations ---

--- 3-letter Olympic Country Codes ---

Your Questions, Comments or Additional information are welcomed:
Herb O. Buckland