We have 25 dogs (between 3 households) and 2 cats, and every single one of them end in the letter Y. Even further - so do all the names of the non furry people... We've joked it's a boyfriend/girlfriend requirement.
Before I know I'm getting a pet, I usually sit down in front of the computer and go through tons of baby-name and pet-name sites. I write down all the ones that I like and then my husband and I have the "veto" time where we take turns crossing off names. After that, with what's left...we see what the children can pronounce and choose from the ones that are easy for them to say.
Well, I didn't do this myself, but I thought it was a good idea and will do it the next time the occasion arises:
My cousin and her family all had names they wanted for a baby pug they got. So they got the baby a bunch of toys and named them their favorites names. They lined the toys up in a row and let the baby decide! He got the name of whatever toy he went to first...turned out to be Morpheus.
Seemed to me like a cool and diplomatic way to name a new baby!
We take on rescues all the time and they are usually puppies or kittens with no name. I am always the one who names them - sometimes 4 per week! I have a list of names for boys and girls and once I know what we have, I usually pick from the list. I love picking names and it usually fits. Having cute names also helps in the adoption process - lots of people have trouble coming up with a name so they are usually happy that the animal already has one. Once in a while they will change the name, but it usually stays.
hard to come up with new names, or more original names. we had so many different cats over the years, i started off naming them puss-1 and puss-2, etc, only have 2 now and names got changed to big puss and little puss.
I also get to name my fosters and I usually like to name them according to how they behave.
Like right now I have 2 tiny chihuahua mix and oh! boy do they bark at each other! So, I named them Lucy and Ricky (from I love Lucy)
I had a mini poodle that was blind and when I got her I named her Vicky (Victory) because I felt she had over come so many obstacles to make it all the way to where she was with me. She was a rescue from Tijuana and was found in the dirtiest, ugliest place and in the worst shape possible. For a while nobody wanted her because she was blind and people couldn't see beyond that impairment but she had the most happy personality and loved people. Then one day after I had her for several months a wealthy lady heard about her and immediately wanted to adopt her. I will always remember Vicky.
Naming pets, Im not good at that! it took me about a month to name my chocolate lab (Chewie) Luckily my other dog, Foxy, already had a name!! But I think I want to name, My Future Dachshund, Trixie. I am wanting a girl, Does that sound like a girls name?
hey that was a great idea about having the toys and naming them all and the first one the baby goes to is what it is cool .. i think thats a great idea! i might have to use that as i have so many names to choose from! lol
Our cats were almost Mario & Luigi (like the video game) or Jack and Jack (because my boyfriend thinks Jack Bauer (from 24) is awesome, and i like Jack Skelington from Nightmare before Christmas) but they ended up Ratchet and Clank (also a video game...)
So far we only have two dogs but the first one is Georgie and George was my husband's father's name and our 2nd is Jackson and my dad's name is Jack so I think we would keep using a derivative of a family member's name.
I almost always come up with a name before I go and get a pet. Like I wanted a black cat named snow and a white cat named Midnight for the longest time. But I never name them what I plan on. Like my white cat got the name Stormy Blue Sky and the black cat was Gargomel. Now I just have a dog that I bought out on an impulse. I walked in and saw him and he just looked like a Merphy to me. I had never even considered that name before, but it fits.
once I had a cat and just couldn't seem to name her, kept calling her kitty so finally named her miss kitty. this time knew if I got a boy it would be Tsion (zion)and girl would be Tsaiga, (zaiga) Maybe some day would like to have a Basil and Sage, I also like the name Sioux (sue).
We tend to name our pets with human names. I'm not a big fan of calling animals with object titles, or descriptions. Like Fluffy is a big no no. So we have 3 cats with the names Simon, Oliver and Spencer.2 Dogs Leeza and Ozzy. I've had many Guinea Pigs, they had names like Guinea, Gus, Sandy etc etc. It kind of has to fit their personallity as well. Oliver at first was a Deisel, but he seemed to friendly for that name, so I changed it to Oliver.
***Edited By: sue on 11/1/2005 1:36:21 PM*** Reason: uihuigyu
Every year we have about 4-6 kid goats born and we let our girls name them. Its always having to do with the day they were born. We had twins born a day before thanksgiving and they were named pilgrim and chief. We had a female born on valentines day she became Valentina. Then we had twins born on Christmas eve and they were named Noelle and Angel. One females was born in early spring day when it snowed and she was named Snowy daze. I think they are pretty creative with their names. Our horses are all males and of course I refer to them as the three amigos.... :) Oh our fish is a Beta fish and they named him "Beta Max" we call him Maxie!! Those are just a few!!