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Smarter Home: The Best Pet Names

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A good friend of mine just adopted a brand new pup. Before she and her boys brought the little guy home, they spent weeks thinking of the name for their new addition. Now, as I'm allergic to both cat and dogs and Kiddo is allergic to cats, we haven't had the pleasure of picking a name for a furry creature. We have named some finned creatures: Fredo, Bubbles, Princess FishyFish, and currently Finners, all of whom have taken a lovely swim in a bowl in our abode.

Similar to when you hear of a friend who is pregnant, when you hear someone is getting a new pet, you start thinking of names for them. Making lists, emailing them what you think are fantastic choices, perhaps annoying them with your ideas.

And just like names for babies, some pet names are more popular than others. In 2011, the most popular names for dogs and cats were strikingly like "people" names. For cats, Bella, Lucy, Chloe, and (of course) Kitty all made the top 10 list for feminine felines, while Max, Tiger, Charlie, Oliver, and Smokey were top picks for male cats. Popular choices for girl pups were Bella (thank you Twilight), Daisy, Lucy, Molly, and Lola, while the male pooches were named Max, Buddy, Charlie, Bear, and Rocky. So weird that Max was top for both cats and dogs, huh?

(Not to leave our aquatic friends out there, top fish choices were Jaws, Goldie, Nemo, Elvis, Finley, and Dory...yup, movies influenced the naming process here too.) 

So, what did my friend name her dog? I gave her great options like Zoom, Harry, Moose, Zip, Houndsley, Burt, Seymour, Percy, Mac, Doc, Jazz, Rufus and Spike. They had planned on naming it Darcy (she's an English professor), but the sweet little guy was just not a Darcy. Big paws, big guy, he needed a big name. They decided on a perfect one: Tank.

What are your pets' names? What were the names of your pets growning up? 


by on Jul. 25, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Jul. 26, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Shadow- Cat

Coco- Siamese cat

Rex- mutt

Duke- Black and tan coonhound I think we named after John Wayne

Johnny- pit/lab

Ginger- weimeraner

Travis- poodle

Fred- basset hound named after Smokey and the Bandit basset hound

Boy- collie

Thor- chow/wolf

Jugger or Juggernaut- pit bull

Bingi- mutt

Sheba- german shepherd/rottweiler

Solomon- Doberman

Lily- lab

Colby- chihuahua (my dog now)

by on Jul. 26, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Growing up:
Tasha the Doberman
Patch the dob/shepherd mix

Autumn - Alaskan Husky

by on Jul. 26, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Growing up...Cat~Shirley
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by Ruby Member on Jul. 27, 2012 at 11:42 AM

 don't have any pets now but did when i was growing up

snowball -hamster

peppy & j j-poodles

stoli -poodle terrier mix

by on Jul. 27, 2012 at 12:44 PM

We have a black kitten named Ninja. I adore him. 


by on Jul. 27, 2012 at 3:16 PM

 Boo Boo my bad cat.  Tiger a toy poodle. 

by on Jul. 27, 2012 at 3:17 PM

 Tuffy a male Yorkie and Taffy a female tiny yorkie.

by on Jul. 27, 2012 at 3:18 PM

A friend had Pebbles and Bam bam.  loved those names for tiny Yorkies.

by on Jul. 27, 2012 at 3:18 PM

 Our blk and white cat is Oreo, not very original. lol

by Sandra on Jul. 27, 2012 at 3:25 PM

my first pet was a bird I named him Billy...

then a cat name Schnurrli (which is pretty much purrly in german), then mogwil, then Zwirbeli for a guniepig, then Speedy for a cat.. and I had more...


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