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Just wondering as there are so many interesting dog names on here :) We don;t have our puppy yet (and won;t for several more months) but I have been starting to think about possibilities and realize I am more drawn to people names, rather than other types of names.
 

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The most interesting dog name I've got is Chisum; my other two are Lexy and Sophie and were really just named because I liked the names at the time.

Chisum was actually named by my mother and brother. He's named after the John Wayne western that apparently a lot of people haven't heard of, though I thought it was one of the more well known ones, as whenever I try to explain the name I get blank looks haha. I'm not a huge fan of the movie myself, but it's very loosely based on a real person who's pretty cool AND I like the uniqueness of the name so it stuck :)

I like names that either fit the dog or have a meaning to you. For my next dog I'm thinking India if it's a girl, after a character in on of my favorite books, or Denver if it's a boy after John Denver who I am a shameless fan of. :)
 

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I love giving my pets interesting names and I try to put a lot of thought into the name of my pets and give them names that fit them and have meaning too.
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~I try to shy away from names ending in the hard 'E' sound... like Mary, Tuffy, Sparky..etc.
~I also, with a passion, try to avoid current popular culture names...from movies, songs, or artists.

I will however use names from older not so popular entertainment stuff. I recently chose a name for my dog and a cat from an Asian entertainment...the artists are not well known in the States...so I don't consider it 'pop culture' Examples I think of as well known pop culture would be like so many naming their dog Marley some years ago, or Lassie or Benji...etc. I remember the year Gremlins came out...so many dogs were name Gizmo. ugh.

Anyway, as of now, I have a dog named HaHa and one named Jaya.

Jaya, an aussie mix, came to me with her name, in Hindi it means something like strong...brave and given what she endured under the ownership of her former owner, it fits. I don't know what her original name was...Jaya was the name the rescue org gave to her. I didn't change it as this dog had been through so much and her name did fit her.

My golden retriever was called 'Ruger' by his breeder and the shelter. He was 2 years old when I got him and has some mental short comings. He can't learn some things like a normal dog and he forgets stuff really fast too. But he's a big sweet goof, and I felt the name Ruger didn't fit him as that's a brand name of a handgun...and there's nothing deadly about this dog...lol. So I renamed him HaHa.

I got the name HaHa for several reason. HaHa is the stage name of a funny actor/singing in Korean named Ha Dong Hoon. He's probably one of the funniest guys I've ever seen on tv. But HaHa also fit as a name because for decades, I would play with my pets and actually say "Haha...I got your toy" and third...he's just a funny dog...and makes me laugh everyday.

I also have a cat named Song at the moment and she too had several reasons for that name.
On the same variety show as HaHa, is an actress named Song Ji Hyo - She's amazing!
But also I love the song by Neil Diamond called "Song Sung Blue' and my cat is a grey, which is often described as a 'blue' for a color with some cats...like the English Blue, or Russian Blue. I was coming out of very bad time in my life when I adopted her...and feeling bad is known as having the blues. So Song seemed to tie a number of ideas in my head together... Song sung blue... my grey cat Song...who's also named after a Korean actress. : ) Btw, her name at the shelter was Mouse...which to me...is a terrible name for a cat. Also...mice just remind me of turds on my counter and food ruined where they chewed through the packaging.

Back in the mid-1970's I also had a dog named Hey You.
I actually named her Sasha, but she wouldn't come to that...one day I got miffed at her ignoring me and yell "Hey You, get over here now!" and the dog came running. I then tried for the next three days or so in calling her and each time I said Hey You, she came...but wouldn't do so when I called her Sasha, so I named her Hey You....or I should say, she named herself.

My pets over the decades
Sampson - who was a female it turned out
Hey You - one of Sampson's pups from her only litter
Shilo - named after a Neil Diamond song
Ernie - belonged to my dad and I got Ernie when my dad died
Ashley- cat...and one of the few times I ended up with 'E' sound at the end of a name...but she was a grey too, and I didn't care for the name Ashes...thus Ashley.
Shayle - cat...loved to roll in the shale piles next to my home at the Department of Transportation gravel lot...and she was grey and her name was spelled using the letters in Ashley...who had passed away some years prior.
Kayla - cat...her name at the shelter was Cleo, I didn't like that name and she too came from an abusive home and Cleo was her name there...so I thought it would be best for her to have all ties cut from those bad days....yet I wanted to keep the hard 'K' sound as she was 6 years old and I wanted to make the new name transition easier for her.
Harper - dog, I adopted her, she was 6 at the time and that had been her name... I liked it so I kept it.
Lacey - Her name when I adopted her, this was also her life long name, she was 8 years old...so I wasn't comfortable changing her name at that age, also while slightly neglected, she didn't come from an abusive home so on that point I didn't feel a new name was warranted.

and...those I mentioned earlier:
Jaya
HaHa
Song


Stormy:)
 

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Pearl (Pearl Lee Mae) originally belonged to my grandparents and was named my my Grandma.

LeRoy (Bad LeRoy Brown) got his name from the song.

Penny was named by a friend of mine who was her foster mom. Named her Penny because she ''kept coming back like a bad penny.''

Dexter (reg. name ''{my last name}'s Hit Pay Dirt'') was named Dexter at the shelter. Fit so I kept it. I was helped with his formal name for registrations... I'm lucky to have him, he's a really great 1st sport dog, and has a certain terrier tendency to help me with landscaping. :p

Leggs was also named at the shelter. He was an incredibly leggy puppy. Tiny body on stilts. We thought it was cute and I just added the second ''g'' for uniqueness. He's still very tall and lean so works. He also came from out of state. A local trucker found him in the middle of nowhere on the interstate on a return trip. Didn't know what to do with him, so brought him home and then to the shelter. I've been thinking every now and then about a reg name as he is also sports bound. Maybe ''Leggs for Miles'' or a play on similar words to pull his call name and background together...
 

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When we met Samantha at the shelter, she kind of told us she wanted to be called Samantha, well to us she just looked like a Samantha. The name fits her perfectly, she took to it immediately.
 

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Stella-Somethig about her coat (the ticking) made me think Stella fit, mainly because it sort of looks like stars. I also thought it sounded pretty just like her.

Tyrion-my mom named him after Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones. He's small, blond, feisty, and bad knees just like his namesake! :)

Past dogs:
Perdy/Perdita-I was 4 when we found her and obsessed with 101 Dalmatians so obviously I named her after my favorite!

Bingo-I was 6 and also named him after a movie dog he looked like. Oddly enough he looked more and more like that dog as he matured.

Teckel-I was 12 and found out this was an alternative way to say Dachshund. I thought it was very clever and unique. Well...it was unique at least.

Barney-for some strange reason my mom thought he resembled Barney Rubble. I still don't really see it.

Roman-my grandma's dog but he's got a good name story. When she and my 3 yr old cousin went to pick a puppy the mom's owner couldn't find one. 'Ugh, Roman's gone!' She said, then explained that was his name because he was always 'roamin' around. :p I would think it was a bad sign now but he was the best dog ever.
 

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Reese I named after the candy because I love it.

Chessa I kind of made up. Generally I like more unusual names, not the common ones(I was 15 when I named Reese lol).

Echo just really seemed to fit her. And indeed, being a beagle, you hear the echo of her howling or the echo of your voice as she goes deaf when the nose turns on. :eyeroll:
 

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I had been looking for a puppy for a couple months and one day was looking online and saw him! It was a picture of him and his litter mates lined up and looking identical, so it must have been something in his eyes that set him apart. I wasn't even sure if he was available but I emailed the breeder and said he was the last pup of that litter! I didn't even have to think, I just knew right away his name had to be Romeo. Sometimes you just know! He grew up to be very loving and attentive, albeit dense at times lol.
 

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When I was 9 years old a neighbor gave me a very cute mixed breed puppy. The neighbor's name was Joe Buck _____. So I named the puppy Joe Buck. In later life, at age 70 I went to a Beagle Breeder near my home and got a beautiful Beagle puppy. My wife suggested, "Why don't we name him Joe Buck?" So that was it. He was a wonderful companion for almost 13 years. When he passed away, I was devastated, and everyone urged me to adopt a dog for companionship. So now I have Pikey, age 8 adopted from a local shelter with the name he was known at the shelter,
 

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I ended up looking through baby name websites. I wanted something unique.

While looking through female warrior names I came across Aella (I-la) which is gaelic for whirlwind. I found it fitting for an aussie. My BF hated it until he found out there was a star wars character named Aayla, so then he loved it but persuaded me to change the spelling. I like the new spelling better anyways.
 
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Charlie is named after charlie and the chocolate factory because he is chocolate labrador that was my meaning behind his name

Jessie well she was going to be called max and i couldnt come up with a suitable name in the end Jessie suited her and i named her after my Niece Jessica who i miss dearly adn havent seen since she was 9 year old (now 15 this month)
 

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Gibbs was named after my favourite NCIS agent Leroy Jethrow Gibbs.
And Karma coz she's a rottie and I could say Karma is going to bite you in the ass!
 

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Luke - Luke Skywalker from Star Wars. He has blonde fur, and had a green collar on when he was a puppy. It fitted perfectly! My family and I came up with it almost immediately. His original name from the breeder was Pig, because he is a dudley and has that pink nose/pink around the eyes.

Paige - She was a bit trickier. I wanted her name to be simple like Luke's was. And I did NOT want anything like Blackie or Shadow or Midnight just because her fur is black! There is a show my mom likes to watch called Charmed, and all of the main characters have names that start with the letter P. My favorite character in that show is Paige. It fit great, so Paige it was! Her original name from her previous owner was Molly and I just went "ew!" She does not look like a Molly!
 

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My cat is Galileo Galilei (we call him Gali, Leo, or Galileo) because I am nerd and when I got him he was an all grey fluff ball with black polka dots on his belly and on one hip. The one on his really looked like a constellation.

My dog is Trucker (we call him Truck, Truck Truck, or Trucker), it was the name he came with from the rescue and it just seemed to fit him. I was origionally going to rename him Copernicus (call him Cope or Nic) but his name just seemed to fit him to well to change.

My next pup or cat will be Bruce Wayne (call him BW) if he is black and Aristotle (call him Ari) if he is any other color. If I got a girl she world be Curie after Marie Curie or Agnesi after Maria Agnesi who wrote the first math book by a women probably.
 

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Levi was simply a name we liked online (It was down to Levi, Harvey, and Felix, hubby picked Levi).

Heidi was named since we liked kind of a 'farm name" and Heidi seemed to fit. She was almost Sophie, but husband overruled me.
 

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Jax was a happy accident if that makes sense! When we adopted him he'd been named Jackelly Baratheon by the rescue centre which is a reference to Game of Thrones apparently, well there was no way we were calling him that, even if we do joke that it's his full title!

We're both massive fans of Son's of Anarchy and I love the character of Jax and the name so it made sense, even if I do tend to call him Chicken, which is his random nickname! X
 

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PAX in Latin means "A time of peace"...which turns out DOES NOT at all describe this dog!

...but his name actually has another origin. I am a pilot and in aviation PAX is shorthand for "passenger"...and yes, he has been flying with me!

DOG is my Co-Pilot!
 

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I use names that I like, so most of my pets have people names. Sometimes I go on naming themes of things I am into at the time. Like shows or games. I really don't care what others are naming or think of my names as long as I like them. So my dogs,
Vegas - My BF and my first dog together. He loves Las Vegas and I thought it made a cool name.
Nevada - Same as above, naming theme
Shorty - Reno was a option, but he's a basset hound and was so short next to the other two that I said it and it just stuck.
Freyja - Norse goddess of love and war. I got onto a Norse/Viking kick starting with a video game, Skyrim. I also have three rats, Ivan, Bjorn and Alvar. I know Ivan isn't thought of as Norse.

I'll list some of my other critters too.
Cats
Kenny - I've had Kenny for 16ish years now, he's orange and fluffy. At the time Southpark was new so I named him after Kenny, who wears an orange shirt.
Jade and Lily are names I just liked.
Sebastian I didn't name, he was my friend's cat but I took him in when she couldn't keep him. He is named after the singer for a band, Skid Row. That was actually my first choice for Kenny's name.
LG is short Little Guy, he is not so little anymore.
Phoebe was named for the character from Friends. Her personality was the complete opposite.
Other critters
Ziva- green cheek conure named after Ziva from the tv show NCIS. I also had Tony and McGee, two ratty brothers.
Abby-'spider' ball python, also from NCIS and Perry 'Dom Perignon' 'champagne' ball python.
Shane, my first ball python.
Other names through out the years, Shawn, Snowflake, Kiefer(great little budgie), Alex, Blueberry, Brett, Pink and Floyd, Paige, Mo, Coco, Velvet, Jack, Nick, Nibble, Spot, Babs, Sterling, Kaa, Stubbs, Pj, Harley, Onxy, Gimpy, Dusty, Yoshi, Lestat, Scottie...
These are all different kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, small animals, cats and the dogs. Some I named, some my little sister named. I like human names best, but sometimes something else just fits and I go with it.
 
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