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.
~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
- who was a female it turned out
- one of Sampson's pups from her only litter
- named after a Neil Diamond song
- belonged to my dad and I got Ernie when my dad died
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- dog, I adopted her, she was 6 at the time and that had been her name... I liked it so I kept it.
- 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: