Interestingly the docs for
setNames()sound as if it were created just for this use case!
“This is a convenience function that sets the names on an object and returns the object. It is most useful at the end of a function definition where one is creating the object to be returned and would prefer not to store it under a name just so the names can be assigned.”
For the opposite operation, removing the names of an object, we can use
Read on for an overview of several of these functions. H/T R-Bloggers.