(Closed) Naming baby after your pet?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
  • poll: Is naming your child after a pet strange?
    Yes! I would never even consider it : (54 votes)
    47 %
    It's not really for me, but if it's a name you love, go for it : (32 votes)
    28 %
    We talked about it but would never actually name our child after a pet : (8 votes)
    7 %
    It could work, but only if the pet was no longer part of the family : (17 votes)
    15 %
    Other : (3 votes)
    3 %
    Not strange at all! I'd totally do this : (2 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    1556 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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 # 6
    Member
    643 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    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 # 8
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    2825 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    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
    Member
    2829 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Nyyyya not my cup of tea.

    but to each their own.

     

    Maybe as a middle name?

    Post # 11
    Member
    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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 # 13
    Hostess
    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    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. πŸ™‚

    Post # 14
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    5273 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2009

    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 πŸ™‚

    Post # 15
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    5494 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2011

    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 πŸ™‚

    Post # 16
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    638 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2007

    Admission… Our son is named after one of our dogs… KINDA πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚ I don’t openly tell people we did this though!!

    Warren Thile πŸ™‚

    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)

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