The Houston Texans were an expansion franchise that was granted to the city to replace the Houston Oilers that had left in the late 1990s. The team was to hit the field in 2002, but in 2000 it was still looking for a name. The final five name choices to make the cut were the Apollos, Bobcats, Stallions, Texans, and Wildcatters.
Texans had been used by an NFL team before back in 1960 when the team that is now the Kansas City Chiefs joined the AFL as a charter member named the Dallas Texans. The Chiefs ownership granted permission to the Houston franchise to use the name Texans, and the team has been the Houston Texans ever since.