Naming Pets


It’s wonderful when you have decided on getting a new addition to the household; you’ve found the perfect puppy, kitten or bunny but now the most difficult part – what to call it? It might take a few days and lots of ideas but don’t worry you’ll get there and once you call it out the first time you’ll know that it fits.

Rather than give you a list of great names I am going to try to inspire you by telling you what others have done before in their name selection process.


First of all look at your pet! Think about the colours, textures and unique marks that it has and how you can use that for a name. Now this doesn’t mean just blackie, fluffy or spotty, be creative and think about how maybe it makes the pet look like another bigger animal (bear, tiger or even giraffe) or even think about the more specific names for colour you find in a paint shop (ivory, copper, caramel, ebony).

While watching your pet, what about how it moves and plays? You might want to go with one of the seven dwarfs names to match the personality of your new friend (happy, sleepy, sneezy) or even look up the pets zodiac sign to get some ideas of what personality could shine through in the future (fierce, loyal, fighter).


A great way to think of a name that will strengthen your bond with your pet is to name your pet after someone you admire. You can think about your favourite actors, musicians, comedians, footballers the name of a character in a movie or the mascot of your favourite team. Some examples of these would be J-Lo, 50, Buddy or Bomber.


Naming a pet after food is very cute, and you have so many options! You could again think about how they might resemble a certain shape or texture of a fruit or vegetable (peach, apple, strawberry), and you can choose something that they love to eat all the time (T-bone, sausage). Why not choose something you love (chockie, pasta, smoothie) and then even when you’re on a diet you have a little of it in your life.


Perhaps you want a name that is going to start conversations and shows off your worldliness. In that case, you should think of a foreign name and steer clear of anything you’ve heard before. Maybe you have an idea because you like the meaning but it just doesn’t sound right, well translate it and see what nice sounds you might find.


Just as how children might get the second name or even the same name as an ancestor, pets also can be given a name to remember someone or something in the past. Perhaps you loved the name of the last pet so much you want this one to be ‘squeeks junior’ or maybe it’s the offspring of your last pet who was Jack so now you can have ‘Jackson’.

Another way to look back at the past is to name your pet after a street you used to live on, a friendly neighbour who you miss, or a place you visited that means a lot to you.


Have you come up with a pet name in another way? Share your comments below.

Katie Reaburn

Katie is keen on cooking and adapting meals to make them easy for the campsite. She loves hosting parties with different themes, food and drinks. She enjoys writing and sharing a variety of her experiences from different cultures. She also is an animal lover having lived with a large amount of different pets.