So you’ve adopted or purchased a new pet — a dog, cat, hamster, fish, snake, parakeet or maybe a hermit crab. What’s next? Of course you’ll need to provide a good home — cage, aquarium, etc., and all the necessary supplies. But there’s still something missing — your pet will need a good name.
Maybe you’re drawing a blank when it comes to naming ideas. Or maybe you’re overwhelmed by the sheer number of possible names. Hopefully this article will give you some ideas if you’re stuck, and give you a little direction if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
What color or colors is your pet? Many people like to name their pet based on coloring.
Names for a black pet — Midnight, Blackie, Jet, Inky, Shadow, Ebony, Pepper, Charcoal or Char
Is your pet white? Here are some possibilities — Snowy, Snowflake, Snowball, Frosty, Ice, Sugar, Winter, Ivory
Is your pet brown? Here are some suggestions — Brownie, Eartha, Clay, Coffee, Java, Sienna, Bear, Cub
Is your pet multi–colored? Try these — Patches, Freckles, Autumn, Calico or Callie, Confetti
Another factor to consider when trying to come up with a name is your pet’s personality or behavior. Here are some suggestions:
The pet that likes to jump — Cricket, Grasshopper, Hopper, Kanga or Roo
The aggressive or Alpha animal — Bandit, Bandito, Sergeant, Chief, Cleopatra or Cleo, Blanche, Queen or Queenie, King, Prince, Princess
Dog names taken from the entertainment field:
Benji — the title character of a series of movies.
Lassie — the title character of a television series and movies.
Astro — the family dog in the television show – the Jetsons.
Tramp — the lead male dog character in Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” movie.
Lady — the lead female dog character in Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” movie.
Snoopy — the dog character in the “Peanuts” comics and movies.
Pluto — famous “Walt Disney” dog.
Goofy — famous “Walt Disney” dog.
Dynomutt — a cartoon superhero dog.
Bruno — the dog character in the Disney movie – “Cinderella.”
Cat names taken from the entertainment field:
Felix — the title character of comic strips and films.
Garfield — the title character of comic strips, television and movies.
Simba — the main lion character in Disney’s “The Lion King” movie.
Mufasa — Simba’s Father in Disney’s “The Lion King” movie.
Sarabi — Simba’s Mother in Disney’s “The Lion King” movie.
Scar — the villainous lion in Disney’s “The Lion King” movie.
Tom — The cat in the “Tom and Jerry” cartoons and comics.
Sylvester — The cat in the “Sylvester and Tweety” cartoons.
Tigger — The tiger character in the “Winnie the Pooh” books and movies.
Rodent, Hamster or Mouse names taken from the entertainment field:
Fievel — the lead mouse character in Disney’s “American Tail” movies.
Bernard — A major mouse character in Disney’s “The Rescuers.”
Mickey — Disney’s comic and movie star male mouse.
Minnie — Disney’s comic and movie star female mouse.
Jerry — The mouse character in the “Tom and Jerry” cartoons.
Mighty Mouse — A mouse superhero in comics and film.
Remy — the lead mouse character in Disney’s “Ratatouille.”
Emile — Remy’s brother from the Disney “Ratatouille” movie.
Django — Remy’s Father from the Disney “Ratatouille” movie
Roddy — the lead mouse character in the movie “Flushed Away.”
Sid — the sewer rat character in the movie “Flushed Away. ”
Rita — the scavenger rat in the movie “Flushed Away. ”
I know that I haven’t covered all types of pets that people have, but hopefully I’ve given you at least a little inspiration in your journey for the perfect pet name.