Choosing a name for your new puppy or kitten
When choosing a dog’s name it is recommended that you choose a short name, or a name that can be shortened, since you will be saying your dogs name a lot. Many trainers also say that a short, one or two-syllable name is easier for a dog to learn.
1. Looks: Many people name their new puppy or dog based on how it looks. Thus, there are a lot of dogs named “Bear,” as many puppies look like fuzzy bear cubs.
2. Personality: It can be a good idea to wait until you get your new family member home to name him or her. That’s because once you see their personality, a name might come to you. For example, there are a lot of dogs named “Diva,” “Princess,” “Happy,” and the like, based on their behaviour.
3. Famous People: Elvis, Napoleon, Tolkien, and Tillman are just a few dogs named after celebrities. Naming your pet after someone you admire or like is a fun way to pay homage to them. Plus, it’s a great conversation starter at the dog park!
4. Literary, TV, & Movie Characters: These names cycle in and out of popularity, depending on what’s hot. Right now, shelters are full of dogs that have been dubbed “Harry Potter” by shelter staff in the hopes it will make a dog more appealing to potential adopters.
5. Flowers: For whatever reason, flower names are always popular. “Daisy” is consistently in the list for most common dog names. “Lily” and “Rose” are also very popular.
6. Favourite things: More dogs are named after their owner’s interests than can even be imagined. Dogs named after brand names, such as “Budweiser,” “Harley,” and “Roxy,” are very common.
7. Breed: It can be fun to give your dog a name that relates to where the breed originated or is named from.
Popular Female Dog Names
Angel: Angelic; messenger of God. (Greek)
Bella: Beautiful. (Latin)
Daisy: Eye of the day; synonym for Sun. (English)
Ginger: Pep; liveliness. (English)
Lucy: Light. (Latin)
Maggie: Good fortune (English) Pearl. (Greek)
Molly: Star of the sea. (Irish and Latin)
Princess: Royal daughter. (Latin)
Sadie: Princess. (English and Hebrew)
Sophie: Wisdom. (Greek)
Popular Female Cat Names
Sassy: Lively, bold, and full of spirit; cheeky. (English)
Misty: Covered with mist, dew. (English)
Missy: Bee. (Greek)
Princess: Royal daughter. (Latin)
Samantha: Listen; name of God. (Hebrew)
Kitty: Little cat. (Latin American, English and Irish)
Puss: Cat. (Irish)
Fluffy: Covered with light soft fur. (American)
Molly: Star of the Sea. (Latin and Irish)
Daisy: Days eye, also a Flower (English)
Popular Male Dog Names
Bear: Strong; brave. (English and German)
Buddy: Friend; brother. (English)
Buster: Hitter; puncher. (English)
Charlie: Manly; strong; free. (English)
Duke: Leader; noble. (English)
Jack: God is gracious. (English)
Jake: Held by the heel; supplanter. (Hebrew)
Lucky: Fortunate. (English)
Max: The greatest. (Latin)
Rocky: One who gives rest; strong, firm. (English)
Popular Male Cat Names
Max: Greatest. (Latin)
Sam: Name of God. (Hebrew)
Tigger: Named after Disney character.
Tiger: Powerful cat, Tiger.
Sooty: Named after TV character.
Smokey: Grey or Black colour. (English)
Lucky: Good fortune. (English)
Patch: Noble. (American)
Simba: Lion. (Swahili)
Smudge: A cat with a smudge of colour. (English)
Regardless of how you choose your dog or cat's name, remember it will be something you will call out to your them regularly, so make sure it’s easy to say.
Don’t be afraid to think out of the box and come up with something that expresses your personality as well as your pets personality.