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Joseph
05-05-2006, 11:16 PM
Ok gang, just got a new 4 month old female black lab and can't think of a name for the little gal. Anyone have any suggestions?

919191
05-05-2006, 11:25 PM
My grandparents back in the mid 1960's, when they lived in the country, had an old hound dog named "Boy". Yes, "Boy". Boy has been gone for a long time, so I am sure that name is open.

Joseph
05-05-2006, 11:37 PM
The wife didn't go for that one, but thanks :)

KronoRed
05-05-2006, 11:40 PM
Sally :)

(what I named a black lab as a kid)

cincinnati chili
05-05-2006, 11:50 PM
I vote for Myrna.

pedro
05-05-2006, 11:53 PM
Blackie O

savafan
05-06-2006, 12:28 AM
Chica

It is the feminine form of Chico, the name of my black lab I had for 12 years until he died from leukemia a year and a half ago. He was the best dog I ever had, very much a part of the family. We all still miss him.

jmcclain19
05-06-2006, 12:39 AM
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/what-s-in-a-name-naming-your-dog/page1.aspx


Section: Naming Your Dog

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.
Book of Proverbs

Some people believe that names can affect the way people behave and how they feel about themselves. Puritans believed this and gave their children names like Felicity and Obedience in hope that the children would live up to their names. But could the same thing be true of dogs? Would you feel as comfortable petting a dog named Killer or Psycho as you would petting Waggles or Molly? Choosing the name for your dog is an important decision, but along with showing off your originality, perhaps you should try to capture the essence of your dog, too.

In the past we tended to name our dogs based on some physical or personality trait, like Spot or Rover. However, today we think of dogs as real family members, and the latest trend is to give dogs human names, names that we would give our children. According to the ASPCA’s official list of top 30 pet names, the two most popular names are Max, Maxie, Maxwell or Maxine, which means “the greatest” in Latin, and Sam, Sammie or Samantha, which means “listener.” Scanning the list you will also find Buddy, Ginger, Jake, Maggie and Charlie, a list not unlike a grade school attendance roster.

But not every dog is given a human name. The list also contains some tried-and-true oldies that are still popular, like Lady, Buster, Patches and Pepper. And these names give you an idea of the dog, either his personality or appearance.

Dog names arise from many popular categories. For example, movies and television have inspired such names as Beethoven, Radar, Scully, and Rocky, while the arts have given us Beowulf, Bronte, Plato, Elvis and Mozart. Chanel and Calvin materialized from the fashion world, and geographically speaking, Dakota, Sydney and Paris are also on the map.

But let’s not forget about the dog’s personality. Names that reflect the very nature of your pet may be the way to go. After all, we probably have a pretty good picture of a dog that’s called Mayhem, Frisky, Adipose, Morpheus or Couch Potato.

How do you go about naming your dog? You might want to observe your new pet for a few days and see if the personality suggests a name. But, for a start, keep the following tips in mind:

The general sound and rhythm of the name is important. You will say it and your dog will hear it over and over again. If the name is too long or too difficult to say, your pup will become confused or lose interest by the time you get to the fourth syllable.


Choose a name that your pet will easily recognize. Some experts say the ideal name is two syllables ending with a vowel sound, like Sami or Lassie.


Avoid names that sound too much like standard commands. For example, when you call Snowy or Joe, your dog might only hear “No.”


Pick a name that will be just as appropriate once your pet is full-grown. A pup named Damage or Havoc may eventually grow up to be a quiet, stately dog.


Pick a name that you will be proud to call. Shadow or Molly might be less embarrassing than Ooga Booga or HeyYou.

Once you have named your dog, be sure to use it often so he will learn it quickly. But remember, you want your dog to like his name. Try to use it only when you are playing with him, petting him, hugging him or trying to get his attention. Don’t use it when you are angry or reprimanding him. If you raise your voice every time you use his name, he won’t come when you call.

Dr. John Wilson, a veterinarian in Ireland believes that naming a dog is serious business. It’s a major family decision to find the correct name. Wilson says, “Creativity, aptness, sensitivity, nastiness and, in some cases, a sense of humor can be involved in naming the pet."

Then he adds, “Picking the name is an art form.”


Top 30 Male Dog Names

1. MAX
2. BUDDY
3. JAKE
4. ROCKY
5. BAILEY
6. BUSTER
7. CODY
8. CHARLIE
9. BEAR
10. JACK
11. TOBY
12. DUKE
13. LUCKY
14. SAM
15. HARLEY
16. SHADOW
17. RUSTY
18. MURPHY
19. SAMMY
20. ZEUS
21. RILEY
22. OSCAR
23. WINSTON
24. CASEY
25. TUCKER
26. TEDDY
27. GIZMO
28. SAMSON
29. OLIVER
30. BANDIT

Top 30 Female Dog Names

1. MOLLY
2. MAGGIE
3. DAISY
4. LUCY
5. SADIE
6. GINGER
7. CHLOE
8. BAILEY
9. SOPHIE
10. ZOE
11. PRINCESS
12. BELLA
13. ANGEL
14. LADY
15. SASHA
16. ABBY
17. ROXY
18. MISSY
19. BRANDY
20. COCO
21. ANNIE
22. KATIE
23. SAMANTHA
24. CASEY
25. GRACIE
26. ROSIE
27. MISTY
28. EMMA
29. SANDY
30. HEIDI

remdog
05-06-2006, 12:56 AM
Josephine? :)

Rem

Red in Chicago
05-06-2006, 01:02 AM
i like mcclain's "pepper"

how about ebony...gives her some street cred:cool:

Yachtzee
05-06-2006, 01:14 AM
snowball

IslandRed
05-06-2006, 01:52 AM
Pick a name that you will be proud to call. Shadow or Molly might be less embarrassing than Ooga Booga or HeyYou.

That's time-tested advice right there. Make sure the name is something you won't be ashamed to holler at the top of your lungs, in front of your neighbors, if the little dear gets loose and takes off down the street.

Come to think of it, the same advice should apply to naming kids.

rah-ri
05-06-2006, 02:17 AM
Nelly
Roxie
Larkin

Hollcat
05-06-2006, 02:26 AM
Klu
Nuxie
Sparky

Someday I will have three dogs and there names will be Willie, Micky and Duke.

Patrick Bateman
05-06-2006, 02:29 AM
Casey

guttle11
05-06-2006, 02:58 AM
Bronson

GAC
05-06-2006, 06:46 AM
Had a dog when we were kids, and called him Banjo.

MrCinatit
05-06-2006, 08:12 AM
Scrappy

Red Heeler
05-06-2006, 08:48 AM
Advice from your friendly neighborhood veterinarian (as of next Wed). Whatever you do, never, never, NEVER name your pet "Lucky." It's a death sentence.

TeamCasey
05-06-2006, 09:59 AM
Calamity Jane

Belle

(We raised Labs when I was a kid. These are tried and true Lab names.) :)

Blimpie
05-06-2006, 10:07 AM
I'm gonna keep throwing this one out there until somebody at RedsZone grabs it:


Fleape Lopez


Please, no applause...just throw money.

creek14
05-06-2006, 11:43 AM
Our little girl kitty seems to like her name - Dunner.

Joseph
05-06-2006, 03:12 PM
The wife continues to ponder some of these. Thanks for the suggestions so far folks!

Super_Barry11
05-06-2006, 03:13 PM
Our little girl kitty seems to like her name - Dunner.

My kitty likes her name too- Larkin. :) I'm getting a couple kittens when I move across the country for grad school this summer. I'm thinking about naming them Casey and Boonie. :D

By the way, my vote for the dog's name is Griffey.

Yachtzee
05-06-2006, 05:01 PM
I call my sister-in-law's dogs "Devil Dog" and "Hound of Hell".

I hear "Schottzie" is available. ;)

RedFanAlways1966
05-06-2006, 05:48 PM
Torie (pronounced like Joe "Torre")
Trixie


Wow... it is hard to think of decent (and perhaps unique) pet names! :confused:

Puffy
05-06-2006, 06:14 PM
Seven Costanza

Yachtzee
05-06-2006, 07:26 PM
The only think I would suggest is, avoid giving your dog a name that someone might name their child. My wife and I have a few names we like for our next child that we don't want to use simply because an aunt decided to give that name to her dog.

vaticanplum
05-06-2006, 07:37 PM
Torie (pronounced like Joe "Torre")

I used to have dogs named Torre and Zim. Torre passed away RIP, and Zim now resides across the country following a semi-ugly custody battle (it's a good thing you're married, that's all I've got to say).

but these weren't just arbitrary names -- they both actually resembled their namesakes (they were pug mutt mixes). I am all for baseball names if there's physical reason for it. Maybe you could post a picture?

Apart from that I like names that are random human names (NOT a name you'd give your child -- say, Mary Anne) or names from a different language, or totally random names, like Penguin. But that's just me.

RFS62
05-06-2006, 07:41 PM
Vladimir

Falls City Beer
05-06-2006, 07:42 PM
Ludacris or Xzibit.

Falls City Beer
05-06-2006, 07:43 PM
Cholo

TheBurn
05-06-2006, 07:49 PM
Voodoo
Sombra (Shadow)
Midnight
Luna (Moon)
Wahine (Wah-HEE-Nee)

:cool:

Falls City Beer
05-06-2006, 07:51 PM
Larry King

cincinnati chili
05-06-2006, 07:54 PM
The only think I would suggest is, avoid giving your dog a name that someone might name their child. My wife and I have a few names we like for our next child that we don't want to use simply because an aunt decided to give that name to her dog.

Or if you're more mischeivious than Yachtzee, do exactly the opposite of this suggestion. Try to find out through back channels what your aunt is going to name her kid, and then name the dog that.

Here's a couple more (Johnny Footstool won't like these, cuz he hates puns).

Woofgang (Amadeus Mozart)
Bark, Johann Sebastian

Oh... that's right it's a girl.

How about Joan.... as in Joan of Bark.

DropDocK
05-06-2006, 10:56 PM
We had an Irish Setter named Patty when I was a kid. So maybe a female name associated with wherever labs come from???

cincinnati chili
05-06-2006, 11:02 PM
We had an Irish Setter named Patty when I was a kid. So maybe a female name associated with wherever labs come from???

I've heard that Labrador Retrievers hail from "Retriever."

savafan
05-07-2006, 01:05 AM
Is there a prize to the person who submits the winning entry? ;)

It8ifyifitsgrif
05-07-2006, 04:19 AM
Here are a couple girl dog names i've come across that are unique...

Memphis
Joesie
Flower
Lazy
Baby

Yachtzee
05-08-2006, 12:16 AM
We had an Irish Setter named Patty when I was a kid. So maybe a female name associated with wherever labs come from???

Hoser?
Tuquie?
Frostback?
Timbits?
Poutine?
Mackenzie?
CLOO-Cloo-Cloo-Cloo-CLOO-Cloo-Cloo-CLOO?

dman
05-08-2006, 09:24 AM
Joseph, When we got our lab back in December my daughter wanted a girl lab and wanted to name her Lucy from the Chronicles of Narnia. We ended up with a boy lab and named him Zorro. I did think Lucy was a quite fitting name for a girl dog though, especially a lab.

TeamCasey
05-08-2006, 09:51 AM
Joseph! What did you name her?

Red Leader
05-08-2006, 11:08 AM
Simba.

Roy Tucker
05-08-2006, 11:32 AM
We named our yellow lab Elsa after the Born Free lioness.

On the Narnia theme, our chinchilla was named Martin, from the Redwall books.

My male black lab was Cooper. We had a neighbor that named their black lab Cole.

You could do the Stephen Wright thing and named your dog Stay, e.g. "come here, Stay. No, Stay, come here, Stay, I'm telling you to come here".

Joseph
05-08-2006, 11:49 AM
Is there a prize to the person who submits the winning entry? ;)

Massive Rep points yes.

I mean no, just a hearty thanks. :)

Joseph
05-08-2006, 11:52 AM
Joseph! What did you name her?


Thanks to jmcclain19 article and list, the wife chose Sadie.

Thanks to everyone who posted options. Some made us laugh, some made us cringe, but all were much appreciated.

Yachtzee
05-08-2006, 11:54 AM
Massive Rep points yes.

I mean no, just a hearty thanks. :)

"It's our pleasure to present a laurel and hearty handshake..."

elfmanvt07
05-08-2006, 01:45 PM
Shoot. I was gonna say Marge.

TeamCasey
05-08-2006, 08:05 PM
Sadie! I like it!

Yachtzee
05-08-2006, 09:14 PM
Darn. There goes another baby name! ;)

redsrule2500
03-15-2007, 05:12 AM
I really like Casey for a dog.

Ltlabner
03-15-2007, 07:53 AM
Hot Yoga

SunDeck
03-15-2007, 08:02 AM
I vote for "Scrappy".

My wife and I like to think of names that just don't work for pets. Like Debra and Marilyn.

We have a lot of free time.

RFS62
03-15-2007, 08:29 AM
I wanted to name our last cat Rover or Spot.

Got overruled on that one though.

So we named him Cujo instead.

Ltlabner
03-15-2007, 08:32 AM
My wife and I like to think of names that just don't work for pets. Like Debra and Marilyn.

We have a lot of free time.

Same here.

One of our cats is named "Dan Rather". Not sure why, other than it was just a 'weird' name for a pet.

We too have a lot of free time (as evidenced by my frequent postings on RZ).

redsfan1966
03-15-2007, 10:35 AM
Darn...too late...I was going to suggest Franchester

RichRed
03-15-2007, 11:46 AM
I wanted to name our last cat Rover or Spot.



My buddy had a wiener dog named Rover. I actually like that for a cat too.

The wife wants a cat. Top two name choices right now: Nougat and Thor.

Chip R
03-15-2007, 11:46 AM
I wanted to name our last cat Rover or Spot.

Got overruled on that one though.

So we named him Cujo instead.


My best friend named his cat Fido.

RichRed
03-15-2007, 11:48 AM
Seven Costanza

Oh, it's got cachet, baby.

M2
03-15-2007, 11:56 AM
My best friend named his cat Fido.

I love the name Fido. That's pure dog classic. Of course, since we're talking about a female dog here, you'd need to make it Fideaux.

RichRed
03-15-2007, 12:06 PM
Fido (or Fideaux or Phydough) for a cat - just like Fluffy for a big ol' German Shepherd or Rottweiler - is quality.

Dom Heffner
03-15-2007, 01:32 PM
I like Benny Blanco from the Bronx, personally.

SunDeck
03-15-2007, 02:24 PM
I had a loyal yellow lab named Ivan.
Everybody loved that name.

Yachtzee
03-15-2007, 02:39 PM
I had a loyal yellow lab named Ivan.
Everybody loved that name.

That is a cool name. I always thought it would be cool to have a chocolate lab named Chewbacca.

dabvu2498
03-15-2007, 03:12 PM
I like Benny Blanco from the Bronx, personally.

How about Pachanga?

Degenerate39
03-15-2007, 03:24 PM
Strikesoutswinging is original for a dog's name. Maybe Dunn should name his dog that.

Yachtzee
03-15-2007, 04:12 PM
Strikesoutswinging is original for a dog's name. Maybe Dunn should name his dog that.

No, I heard he named his dogs "Sac Fly" and "Hustle."

Joseph
03-15-2007, 04:17 PM
Talk about revenge of the thread, the Reds still had a chance last year when this thread was last active.