Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Dog Names: The Cultural Differences


I've never given much thought to naming my pets--the names just seem to come out then stick. I've had cats named Strider (yeah, I'm an LOTR fan) and Chowder. For years, my daughter said, "When we get another cat, I'm going to name it [insert weird name here]", but she decided on Meeko when the time finally came.

When I was growing up, we had dogs named Melody and Tammy (a samoyed, similar to the dog in the pic). I've no idea if those two names were ever popular, but they don't come close to making today's list. Here are the top ten dog names in the US and UK. Searched for a Canadian list, but to no avail:

United States

Max
Bailey
Buddy
Molly
Maggie
Lucy
Daisy
Bella
Jake
Rocky

United Kingdom

Max
Ben
Buster
Tyson
Lady
Jack
Sam
Charlie
Molly
Tara


When it comes to naming pets, it appears most of us aren't all that original. Both lists feature strong male names and feminine female names. There are Maxs and Mollys on both sides of the pond, and the only difference I can see is that there are more male dogs in the UK than in the US. And despite its popularity, I've never met a dog named Rocky.

12 comments:

NuclearToast said...

My first dog (as an adult; all kid dogs have cutesy names) was named Brutus. But I'm most proud of my Mafia boys, Vinnie and Frankie. They were weiner dogs. Heh.

NuclearToast said...

Oh, and Lynn, since you have moderation turned on, could you please turn off the letter verification? I get it wrong the first time I try. Every. Single. Time.

Lynn Sinclair said...

Weiner dogs, Vinnie and Frankie--now those are original!

I shall go turn off the letter verification. Just this morning, I wanted to turn off the moderation thingee, but couldn't seem to find the right box to check/uncheck.

Thanks, nt.

Lynn Sinclair said...

Well, I found the moderation and letter verification thingees. I must'nt have been looking very hard earlier.

NuclearToast said...

I should have put their registered names: Vinnie Sausage and Frankie Furter. *grin*

Lynn Sinclair said...

Vinnie Sausage and Frankie Furter.

Ha, ha! Even better.

Heidi the Hick said...

I can't stop thinking about a trip to England a few years ago, overhearing a mum talking to her two kids, who were named...Kitty and Daisy!

We made a decision long ago to name all our domestic pets after rock stars or movie characters. Preferably British.

We also decided that all horses should be named after fizzy alcoholic drinks, but then Phoenix came along, so it's been amended to fizzy alcoholic drinks and mythical creatures.

Way more fun naming critters than children. And by the way, Strider is a great name for a cat!!

Lynn Sinclair said...

Phoenix came along, so it's been amended to fizzy alcoholic drinks and mythical creatures.

...and very hot cities.

Lara said...

We got a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from a breeder who gets her puppies from Ireland. Hence, they all had Irish names. She had named him "Hagan." We loved the name, and kept it.

But yeah, wouldn't have named him that on our own!

Lynn Sinclair said...

The name Hagan is unusual (at least on this side of the pond), but also very cute.

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