I am always intrigued by how people name their pets. Both what these names are and how the name was chosen. There are all sorts of ways to choose pet names including:
Ease of use: two syllables rather than one is meant to be easiest to call. Try it. A short one-syllable name such as Max is often lengthened to “Ma-ax” when calling. In fact choosing a name that you don’t feel embarrassed calling is often a good check. As a side note: Max is consistently one of the most common dog names.
Place names: Does your pet remind you of a place or did it come from a place. My cat Clyde was my first pet in Australia and was named after a Scottish river – to remind me of home.
Fashionable names: Perhaps your name for your pet came from a rock star or soap actor. My cat Mew was named after the pokemon (by my son) which probably tells you exactly when we got her. Our previous cat Maisie was named after a children;s book character Maisie from Morningside.
Based on looks: An easy solution to the naming debate is to name your pet based on his physical characteristics. Take my cat Ginger – (named by another son) what colour do you think he is? And then there is Leo, our large Maine coon who, when he’s not recovering from paralysis tick attack, has a mane like a lion. (Again, Leo was named by my son. I have a lot of sons and a lot of cats!!)
My previous dog Cherry‘s name was also suggested by my son. Cherry was a liver-spotted Dalmatian, her spots were like ripe cherries. Actually his first suggestion was Peter Pan – not quite sure where that one came from but it didn’t stick (phew!)
Based on personality: it can often be beneficial to wait a few days before naming your pet to get to know his or her personality. Our current dog Chilli is red-ish in colour so her name fits her looks but it fits her personality ever better! A red hot chilli pepper. She is fiery, fiesty and fun! And like Cherry, we were sticking to the “Ch” theme and the food theme.
Then there are our ferrets Thunder & Lightning, aptly named for the weather conditions the day that we picked them up from ferret rescue but also reflective of their personalities – they certainly enter a room with a flash and a bang! However,when you have lost a ferret out in your backyard at 10pm at night and you are out with a torch calling “Lightning”, your neighbours tend to think you are a little strange! (Didn’t think of that one in naming my ferrets, did I?!)
In clients, I have come across 2 x Killer (both a Chihuahua and a Mastiff X), 3 x Diesel, 4 x Bella, Bacon, Cookie (food theme again), Lambchop (food or children’s puppet), Pikachu (same era as Mew!), Precious, Treasure and so many more.
How did you name your pet?