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Q: How did you choose your pets name?

October 18, 2008 | By Denise T. | 30 answers | Expired: 2246 days ago

Denise T.

After being on this site awhile now, I have seen pet names from the very common to the extremely rare that probably has its own special meaning that only the family knows. Even the common names, still hold a special meaning behind them as the reason you chose it for your pet. Some I know pick the name based on color of the dogs coat, personality, and something that has special meaning. Some takes weeks to find that perfect name and some just know instantly. I was just wondering the background on how your pet got his/her name. For me, Sammy got his name because of his coloring, he looked just like a chocolate sammy bar. Buddy got his name because Sammy was so fearful of other dogs, we got a dog to be Sammy's buddy and help him with his fear and Lucky just because I felt he was so lucky to come home to us and we were so lucky to have him! For the most part, these names were picked pretty instantaneous, so that's why there not very creative or unique. Lucky is the only purebred but I still haven't registered him but when I do I know his registered name will have Lucky Charm in it. Some of the names that dogs are registered with are more creative than I think I'm capable of coming up with. So, fill us in...how did you choose your pets name?

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Kelly
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Oct 30, 2008

I try to get to know them before naming them & sometimes they just seem to name themselves. I do have a couple named on the fly because they were taken to the vet as strays & I had to think fast so I went with physical characteristics because I knew nothing about them. Just a few of my examples include:

My dog was a rescue from a construction site. For months we worked on rescuing her & my rescue network kept emailing about the "construction site dog" which eventually got shortened to "CSD". When we finally caught her we felt like CSD should stay in her name somehow since those letters had been such a big part of who she was for so long so her name is Cassidy.

I have a little blue tabby who was abused & terrified of her own shadow. When I brought her home she hid under the stereo cabinet for a week & she would literally pee on herself if I tried to touch her. But one night my other cat turned her kitty tree over & it smashed her tail & she started squalling & this littel kitty came racing down the stairs & put herself squarely between me & my other cat. In her mind, with her experiences, I had hurt Katy & she was going to protect her. From that moment she was named Scout for the little girl in To Kill A Mockingbird who so fearlessly defended her brother.

Katy was named Kato because she kicked like kato in the Green Hornet. Plus I got her around the time of the OJ trial & I soon realized that, like Kato Kaelin, she lived like a millionaire without doing anything & was totally clueless.

Romeo is a lover. Oliver was a rescue who always seemed to be saying, "May I have some more please?" like Oliver Twist. Dodger always darted away & stayed just out of reach & it tied in to Oliver as in Oliver & the Artful Dodger.

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Lara H.
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Oct 27, 2008

We rescued our dog from the humane society. She was 2 years old was named Roza Belle by her previous owners. I thought that was too long and since Beuty and the Beast was my favorite Disney movie, we shortened it to just Belle. I felt bad about renaming her, so thought it would be better to keep a part of her original name. It didn't take long for her to answer to her new shorter version of her name.

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Denise N.
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Oct 27, 2008

Everytime we have named a pet its always like were making a life or death decision and usually turns out to be a really silly or simple name. I have a dog named Ben, which was not my first choice. my mother and i finally narrowed it down to a few choices. We were undecided between Ben or Ace (I wanted to name him Ace or mud). We could not agree so we told the two names to my little sister who was about three at the time(now 7) adn she chose BEN. i like the name now. And i also have a dog named yardley which is a funny story. Actually my little sister was about a year old or so and before she was born we had been joking about baby names, one of our joke names for a boy were: Yardley. Well thankfully my little sister wasnt a boy b/c my father was actually begining to consider the name had she been a boy.whew. so when My dad brought a small puppy home one day we pondered over a name for a while and then remembered the name YARDLEY. It was a joke at first and then we decided it might be cute so we went with it. its a really unique name that my father actually made up but that we later found in a baby namebook. People still look at me funny when i talk about my little dog Yardley. Often times they think they have misheard me. Also we have a cat named Oliver, who is actually a girl, but the second she was born my little sister named her Oliver off of Oliver and Company. Oliver Olivia we decided. and finally we have a cat named Wendy whish i picked b/c thats the name i kept coming back to when i was trying to decide. <3.

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Eric H.
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Oct 27, 2008

I always try to name pets according to their personality. I stay away from common names. Over the years some people have actually asked me to name their pets (Dozer!) while some have specifically asked me never to do it again (Diablo!) while still others have wished they would have let me. But that's what it's all about for me, the animals personality should warrant a hint towards it's perfect name

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Kevin  D.
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Oct 27, 2008


We tend to name them what they kind of look like to us. You know sometimes people look like there names, well cat or dogs can to. We do get comments from some that it's strange that our cats have people names... i.e. (Tina, Rosie, Brady, Mike, Jeff)

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Carmelcream
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Oct 23, 2008

My kitten mittens has en extra paw and it looks like a pair of mittens, so that how I dedcided on his name.

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Tenlivesclub
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Oct 23, 2008

Our one cat was a stray who wandered into the Town Highway Department where my husband works and hence we named him "Highway". Another cat we adopted from the wonderful Ten Lives Club shelter. He is all white with one blue eye and one amber colored eye. He looks identical to our cat Precious and hence we named him "CopyCat".

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Jenison S.
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Oct 22, 2008

My cat Rorschach (Rory) - I originally tried to come up with something close to her pre-adoption name, "Mo", but my pysch-major background picked Rorschach based on her symmetrical black and white, ink-blot-like coat. She's my little ink blot. :)

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Chenea T.
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Oct 21, 2008

I usually name my cats from my favorite characters in books. Of course it has to suit them, and a lot of them do just fine. For my birds, I looked on tons of websites trying to find cute, clever names, but i mostly just end up with something from my head. Or a strange nudge to name my bird a certain name usually wins out. They always end up creating a personality (probably only to me) for that name

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SweetieKisses
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Oct 20, 2008

We got Klondike when he was a cute lil pup. They told us they named him "Sweet Pea". I thought of the Johnny Cash song, A Boy Named Sue. and Sweet Pea just won't do. That name lasted till we got out of their driveway with him. less then 1/2 mile down the road we renamed him :)

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