Post # 1
I have to say that for this pregnancy we were set on names from day one, but when we found out we were having a boy, Darling Husband asked if we could name him after the dog! He was somewhat joking, but I know our dogs name is his favorite Japanese boy’s name and would have loved to use it for his son one day but instead he decided to use it on our dog 2 years ago.
Well the other day I was looking at a baby name book and thought I would look up the dogs name, just to see if it was in there and it was! In this particular book the meaning was “intelligent second son” (I know these books don’t always have the most acurate meaning) and after I told Darling Husband he said “does this mean we can name our second son after the dog?”.
I talked to a friend of mine who had a similar conversation with her husband about their female dogs name. I was just wondering if this was a common conversation among couples or if anyone has actually done this? Is it strange?
Post # 3
I kind of think that once you use the name, you have used the name. If he really wanted to use that name for his son, he should have saved it and used something else for the dog. But that’s just my opinion.
This name in particular would be a bit odd because it means “second son.” If you name your first son this, and the dog is already named this, are you implying that your human son is the second son because your dog son is your first son? Now I doubt anyone would look up the meaning of the name to think about it…but you’d know.
Post # 4
I should add that I do find this very odd, personally, and quickly nixed it, but after talking with my friend I was surprised to find we were not the only ones with this conversation. Our dog does have a real name, so it’s not like the baby would be names ‘Sparkles’ or something, but it’s still out there for me. Darling Husband agrees, I just think now he might wish we named our dog something else.
Post # 5
@Neva: I actually agree. I even said to him “what if we have a boy” but he wanted to use to for the dog. I know he’s not really serious about using it, I just wanted to know if other have.
haha no no! When he brought it up again it was if our second child happened to be a boy as well. So we would have two human sons. That’s a funny thought though!
Post # 6
A friend of mine who prior to having the baby lost a family pet (cat) used the letter the cat’s name began with (G) as the son’s middle name. Name G LastName, it sounds really good together -and animals are so significant in their loves, I loved the touch.
Is the dog still alive that you want to name the baby after? What happens when the dog dies and you talk about how you miss John the dog but really is sounds like you’re talking about John the son? I think it’s weird, but that’s just me!
Post # 7
@RingPup: haha I totally agree! How would you, other people, your child, your pet, etc. know if your refering to the pet or your actual son. And yes our dog is very much still alive. He’s only 2 so he will be with us for a very long time. That is a cute idea about your friend using the same later of the cats name as a middle name. I actually don’t find it as odd to incorporate the pet name into one’s middle name…I guess because to me people usually don’t use their middle names anyway.
Post # 8
I think if it was a childhood pet or a pet that has since passed then it would be Ok to consider the name… But I think a current pet name is a no-no.
Post # 9
Nyyyya not my cup of tea.
but to each their own.
Maybe as a middle name?
Post # 10
Indiana Jones was named after his dog. 🙂
Post # 11
first of all, that would be really confusing! second, to me it would be the same as giving your 2 kids the same name.
Post # 12
@kitzy: haha like George Foreman who named all of his son’s George!
Post # 13
My parents accidentally referred to me, more than once, by our dog’s name. I didn’t find it amusing. But that’s just me. 🙂
Post # 14
I wouldn’t think it was stange if the dog was no longer with you. But since he is still there, I think everyone would be confused, including the dog 🙂
Post # 15
I chose other because you didn’t have an option for “I don’t think it’s strange at all.” We got a cat a few years ago and named him a human boy name. We’ve come to love the name so much that we’re seriously considering naming our child that, (should we have a boy).
I don’t see why it’s strange. Indiana Jones was named after the family dog 🙂
Post # 16
Admission… Our son is named after one of our dogs… KINDA 🙂
Dog #1 who was in Hubby’s life pre-me is ‘Grisman Jerry’. After David Grisman (mandolin player) and Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead). (Yes the hubby is a hippy into jam band music)
Dog #2 who joined us about a month after the wedding is ‘Cash Thile’. We named him Cash right away. A couple months later at a Nickel Creek concert we were like “Hey – Thile is a cool name and then both pups would be named after mandolin players” so he became Cash Thile.
Fast forward to when we started talking about baby names and I couldn’t get Thile (think really with a ‘th’ sound) out of my mind. No one really knows our dogs middle names except us – we don’t use them. It stayed at the top of our name choices. My hubby couldn’t quite commit to calling him Thile because of the years of mispronunciation he would endure… but I still love it!! So it’s his middle name 🙂 I don’t openly tell people we did this though!!
Warren Thile 🙂
I think re-using the primary pets name for the primary name of the child would be a little harder. Maybe you’d have to create a nickname for the pet so you know who people are referring to.
(I joke our naming MO is music. My favorite girl’s name is a famous musician as well)