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I am surprised to find a rather large array of dog names in this group. I was just wondering how ... go. So, anyway, I thought it would be fun to see how others picked their dogs' (or other pets) names.

Our dog is Nelson. I'm a bit of a history nut and have always admired Lord Horatio Nelson. But we thought that naming a dog Horatio would be a bit too much; hence Nelson. We do occasionally refer to him as "His Lordship" since he pretty much runs the place.
I am surprised to find a rather large array of dog names in this group. I was just wondering how ... go. So, anyway, I thought it would be fun to see how others picked their dogs' (or other pets) names.

My first GSD was named Henry, after mistakenly asking my ex if he was going to give the pup a stupid name like...you guessed it...though he did seem to grow into that name (great dog too!)
My second and current GSD pup is Ashke, usually called Ash, after reading a Mercedes Lackey book where a fictional language has Ashke mean "beloved"...thought it sounded nice
So, anyway, I thought it would be fun to see how others picked their dogs' (or other pets) names.

There are only so many good names for black dogs... and I've met an awful lot of Coal/Cinder/Java FCRs.
The breeder asked for the word "Easy" in the registered name. We're water people, so "Easy Sailing" sounded like fun. From there, I thought "Tempest" would make a good, two-syllable name. Unfortunately, after a few days with us, "Tempest" was just not the right name for the dog I had, so we cast about, and "Storm" seemed right.
It's still right. And now, lo, an FCR not two hours from me is also named "Storm."
DD wanted to name the guinea pig "Scrambles," but in truth, we all just call the creature "Piggy."

Kate
and Storm (Affinity Easy Sailing JH WCX CGN) the FCR arfenarf at hotmail dot com
So, anyway, I thought it would be fun to see how others picked their dogs' (or other pets) names.

Orson came from the 70s tv show Mork & Mindy, specifically from the line 'Mork calling Orson, come in, Orson.' We had him a few days before picking the name, and thought naming him after a fatuous, invisible pseudo-boss seemed just the ticket. It didn't occur to us that for the rest of Orson's life, everyone would assume we're huge Citizen Kane fans.

Emily the cat was named after Amelia Earhart. There were 5 crazy minutes when I thought it was important to have a cat with a name that would easily spill off the tongue, and Amelia seemed not to fit this requirement, so it was bastardized to Emily. Of course, cats do what they please so it makes no difference what they're called. Also, she mostly gets called plain old Kitty.
When I named the rodents of my childhood, I worried my parents. I had a guinea pig named Boozer and a hamster named Harry Bottom Boo.

Cate
I am surprised to find a rather large array of ... wondering how everyone goes about picking names for their dogs?

My last dog was a biter so I named him Tyson. He was also a snow white Eskie so most people didn't get the connection..until they got too close! Had a terrier named P-nut because the "eyebrows" were that tan color and wiggled up and down like little p-nuts.
Our current dog, Sophie, a boxer, came with her name and we liked it. Our oldest cat didn't have a name for many years other than 'hey cat'. (She belonged to Tyson and he never bothered to name her.) Then in her later years, she lost the ability to meow and became 'Squeaks' which has stuck. Lucky, another cat, was rescued from a bird of prey when he was a kitten. and Cassidy, another cat, was lame in one leg so she was "Hoppalong Cassidy". I won't bore you with the horse names..or the chickens..

Fran
question about dog names- kinda a poll
Group: rec.pets.dogs.behavior Date: Tue, Mar 22, 2005, 4:15pm From: (Email Removed) (MauiJNP)
I am surprised to find a rather large array of dog names in this group. I was just wondering how everyone goes about picking names for their dogs? I have one right now, Maui, named well before he was born. I knew I wanted a beachy or beach/sand related name because of how much I love the beach and to remind me of all the good memories I have growing up and vacationing at various beaches. Also, I knew I wanted a sandy colored dog. Though I have never been to Hawaii or Maui, I fell in love with the name immediately. I loved the name also because it is unique as far as dogs go. So, anyway, I thought it would be fun to see how others picked their dogs' (or other pets) names.What I do for a dog or cat is pick a name that I like & call the pet by that nae & if that pet acknowledges it by looking at me I'll do it again or call that pet by that same name & if that pet comes to me then I know the animal accepts it. I was given this dog & the dogs name was Scrappy or Scrapper because the person who had it lived near the railroad tracks & the dog ate scraps. He gave me the dog. On that same day I took the dog for a walk & I'm talking to him.

I said I got to change your name to something good. I think I'm going to name you Ivan. Well as soon as I said Ivan he looked at me as if to as me what I want. I tried it again & he stopped & looked at me. I had another dog that I wanted to name Chantey, She wouldn't acknowledge it at all. Then I thought of naming her after a town I lived in as a kid in Massachusetts. Thorndike, Mass & I called her Thorndike. The only difference is that I spelled it Thorndyke.

She automatically came up to me with her tail waggin & I had this cute kitten. Haven't thought of a name for it but while I was in the bathroom the kitten decided to get in trouble. I said Trouble that's a good name for you & the kitten looked at me. So as far as myself. I try to pick name I like & hope the pet likes it too. If not I get another one. I usually have a few names.
Pepino Gordo, mostly aka Gordo, or Poopie - a chihuahua who would love it if we'd let him live up to his name ("fat cucumber").

Chile Picante - a real firecracker of a chihuahua - she lives up to her name, although "Gordita" would also fit her, since she has an appetite that has no off switch.
Dylan - our GSD whom Hubster says she's named after Bob Dylan and I say Dylan Thomas. Most people say, "Why did you give her a boy's name? Well, she's a poet, and sometimes she recites doggie verse (composed of mixed low growls and whines) when she wants attention.

Oppie - short for Oppenheimer, a bad mismatch of a name if there ever was one! I picked out that name when he was a pup and would get this very thoughtful look on his face, reminiscent of J. Robert. But rather than being lean and ascetic, Oppie is muscular, goofy and emotional, a very typical yellow lab.
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Harley the Pomeranian was named after the motorcycle I was a metalhead at the time and into the whole leather jacket thing.

Solo (Ashfall Solo River) is named after two fossil sites. For some reason the name "Solo" popped into my head when I first took him home and stuck. In some ways it suits him and in others it's a bad joke. He grew up isolated and alone in a kennel, and had bad separation anxiety.

Fly came with her name. It's an exceedingly common and traditional Border Collie name, and I considered changing it, but I really like it. Let's face it, it's a cool name. It also lends itself to all sorts of permutations (Superfly, Flygirl, Firefly, The Fly).

Skeeter the Yapillon (Ashfall Anopheles) is named after a small, annoying, biting insect. Anopheles is a mosquito genus the malaria mosquito. I like the whole sickle cell/balanced polymorphism story and I'm an evolution geek, so... He came with the name "Mr. Poppy" and I tried to live with it since he responded well to it but I just couldn't.

"Ashfall" is the "kennel name" I attach to rescues. It's the name I had originally cooked up for the horse farm I wanted to own some day.

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