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Q: How did you choose your pets name?

October 18, 2008 | By Denise T. | 30 answers | Expired: 2240 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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Pam K.
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Oct 20, 2008

U-Bee got his name from his immense Under Bite. My daughter thought of it. She took the U from under and the B from bite. I had to spell it out - otherwise it just looked like Ub. I didn't want people to call him Ub so I hiphonated it to make it more readable.

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Cfisher3406
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Oct 19, 2008

I let my children help pick our pet's names, sometimes they come up with some off the wall name's and other times they have normal names.

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Maryjodellamaggiore
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Oct 19, 2008

all but one of my friend's pets has come with a name. she found her last cat in the parking lot of an ice cream store. named her 'robbin' as in baskin robbins! for her foster kittens, she goes online and looks up cute names; often ones that rhyme. her last fosters were named jan, julianne, leighanne, suzanne and tarzan. she'll often name them by their personality. adora-bella was very beautiful but clutzy. avril, french for april, was born in april.
get the idea?
good luck.

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Crhodes22
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Oct 19, 2008

Our cat Petey was originally named Durango, by the cat shelter workers who rescued him from under the hood of a Dodge Durango. We adopted him and decided to name him PT (Petey) because our car is a Chrysler PT Cruiser

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Nikki
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Oct 19, 2008

Zippy was named after a black and white beanie baby cat named Zip(Zippy is not black and whtie but a tabby)
Pumpkin was named for her orange color
Liberty was named form his coloring also(after being named Jester and Warrior and neither fit him)

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LoriHill123
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Oct 19, 2008

First cat when I was little was black, and I named him Blackie (how original). Second cat, also black - BJ for Blackie Junior. Third cat, black also, from the pound was already named Buddy Johnson (another BJ). Very confusing at our house. Like George Forman's house...

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Emaluski
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Oct 19, 2008

My mom has typically named our family's animals, even my cat (which she surprised me with for my 15th birthday). While driving my cat home from the shelter she said she just knew the name was Jasmine Lucinda (except supposedly my cat doesn't like her middle name...), and I never considered calling her anything else.
I did name the first cat my family got when I was in first or second grade. For some reason I named this poor black and white cat Freckles, and would hear of nothing else. She didn't have spots at all. Although she did eventually develop a freckle on her nose.

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Ibedatkid
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Oct 18, 2008

I try to pick human names. If the dog is goofy it's Gomer Pyle. I also like British names for some reason like Nigel or Petunia. I try to refrain from names that are "harsh" like Killer, Max, Zeus, or Hercules unless it is ironic (like for a Chihuahua).

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Christine B.
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Oct 18, 2008

Of the animals I have currently, Casper came with his name attached (he was a 4-year-old foster adoption). If he'd been named 'Fluffy' I would surely have changed it, but Casper suits him and is a nice name.

Nexus was a name I'd decided would fit a cat really well, and so when I took in a pastel tortie stray, I knew it was perfect! I don't usually pick names in advance, but that was a special case.

Frodo and Elliott were named for their characteristics. Frodo is missing several toes, and Elliott, a canary, is named after the lead singer of Def Leppard, because whenever I play one of their songs he invariably starts warbling like crazy. :)

Other odd names I've given animals:

'Cricket' was named for the hotel where we picked her up as a stray, the Cricket Inn, and also because she had a habit of hopping back and forth over my legs.

Leona was an explorer as a kitten, so I -- in my infinite wisdom at the age of ten -- named her 'Pounce de Leona'.

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melissa f.
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Oct 18, 2008

All of our pets are named after other animals or creatures that we have seen in movies. My favorite pet was a young American Eskimo, pure silky white. I named him Falcor from the white flying dog from "The Neverending Story." Our current dog is named after a dog on "Bridge to Terabithia". Out other dog is named from a style of making my son laugh. My husband would act like he was power driving his fist into our sons belly when he was a newborn, and say skyark. So the name fit our male, who our son gave a skylark to the first time they met.

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