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cecily
31st October 2006, 11:34 PM
We're trying to come up with names for our prospective Black & Tan puppy. I know some good suggestions were made already, but Billy has decided he'd like an old English name. I agreed to let him have a say in this one since I picked the last two :lol: Naturally I'll get to veto anything I don't like. ;)

He picked Aggie for our first pup, because he thought an old fashioned name like Agatha was cute on a little pup. For a boy we like:

Wesley
Jeeves
Watson
Geoffrey

Hm. Some of them seem silly when I write them down and will definitely need to be rethought as I don't want to feel silly every time I write about him :lol: You can see why we need suggestions!!

Barbara Nixon
31st October 2006, 11:43 PM
You've picked all surnames, except for Geoffrey. Oh , please, not that.

Joly was called Spencer by his breeder, I called him that, yesterday and he remembered.

All my dogs' names have had to end in an 'ee' sound and it feels bad luck to change from this pattern.

cecily
31st October 2006, 11:49 PM
You've picked all surnames, except for Geoffrey. Oh , please, not that.

:lol: :lol: :lol: There's no way it'll be Geoffrey, don't worry :lol:
I didn't know wesley was a surname? It's commonly a first name over here

moniechris
1st November 2006, 12:12 AM
I'm a bit partial to Wesley...my tri's name ;) I saw the sweetest little black and tan named Guiness (for those beer drinkers out there). I've always liked the name Landon for a boy.

All of my boys have the ie sound too, my cats don't though. They were my opportunity to be a bit more creative because I wouldn't be standing on the porch calling for them all the time. :D

matties mum
1st November 2006, 12:22 AM
For a little black and tan how about Thomas---Aileen

Karlin
1st November 2006, 12:42 AM
I like Wesley and Watson! :) They both make me smile.

Barbara Nixon
1st November 2006, 12:48 AM
A lot of former surnames are now used as first names, following the trend strted in the States. The most famous Wesleys were John and Charles, founders of the Weslian methodist movement in the 18th century.

Likewise Spencer, now used as a first name but the surname of Winston Churchill's mother (Winston Spencer Churchill )

judy
1st November 2006, 12:50 AM
Raleigh
Yorick
Webster
Graham
Wellington
Langston
Stuart
Gregory

Barbara Nixon
1st November 2006, 12:57 AM
Raleigh
Yorick
Webster
Graham
Wellington
Langston
Stuart
Gregory

Are these all first names over there ? Here,all but Yorick (from Shakespeare ?) are surnames, although Graham, Stuart (or Stewart) and gregory can be either.

Lisa_T
1st November 2006, 01:44 AM
A lot of former surnames are now used as first names, following the trend strted in the States. The most famous Wesleys were John and Charles, founders of the Weslian methodist movement in the 18th century.

Likewise Spencer, now used as a first name but the surname of Winston Churchill's mother (Winston Spencer Churchill )

Also, of course, the surname of the late Princess of Wales.

Incidentally, the first Lady Diana Spencer (who very nearly married the Prince of Wales of her day!) was the favourite granddaughter of Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, the lady supposedly responsible for the 'Blenheim spot.'

Old English names:
Edmund
Oswald (Ozzy?)
Wilfred

Do you mean Old English/ Anglo-Saxon, or Middle English (Chaucer and Co) ?

luvzcavs
1st November 2006, 02:27 AM
I don't know if they are old English names or surnames ?........but I like
Oliver
Elliot
Dudley
and my favourite of your picks would be Wesley. Good luck

I have just been through this with my Mum who has a 6 week old Black and tan pup (not in her possession yet of course still with Its mum).
She had Oscar picked for a long while (before it was even born) but when she seen him she decided on Toby ?

SHANO
1st November 2006, 04:19 AM
I like Wesley. Way cute! May have to have that as on option for my Blenheim. :)

Barbara Nixon
1st November 2006, 11:35 AM
I'd say meet the dog and decide.

When I had my second springer, she was called Lucy for a week, but it didn't fit, so she bacame and stayed as Sally.

Monty was immediately monty, as his big ears reminded me of the original Mony , a springer.

Izzy became that after he didn't look like a Dizzy, part of a list of possibles. He isn't a male called Isabel :badgrin: but is named after Brunel.

Joly I liked, after Jolyon in the Forsyte Saga and it fitted better than Spencer, which din't end in'ee'

Teddy had to have an 'ee' name which was unlike any of the others and preferably after someone dignified, but I had no ideas, even after I'd chosen him.....but, on looking at some photos, when I got home, he looked at me and 'said' Teddy. oddly, just then, someone else who saw the photo emailed me and told me he should be Teddy.

cecily
1st November 2006, 12:09 PM
Wesley is still firmly at the top of Billy's list, but I love some of the suggestions!! Especially Oswald (or Oz for short).

Lisa, am not the best historian and have no clue as to the difference between middle english and old english :lol:

You got me thinking about english literature though and I've come up with a few more ideas...

Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights is my all time favourite novel, but Billy doesn't like it because of Heathcliff the cat :roll: )
Darcy
Dickens
Blake (after William Blake)
Macbeth :badgrin:
Beowulf

All I can think of under pressure! :D

Barbara Nixon
1st November 2006, 12:18 PM
A tri I booked was to be Darcy, but a litter brother got renamed that, so i chose toby, but didn't have him because the breeder asked me to let someone else have him, because there only dog, Izzy's brother, had died suddenly and she wouldn't be breeding again for some time.

Cecily, could you really imagine yourself calling some of those names across the park ?

A funny story about a dog's name (from a magazine)

A man had a GSD , who often got out and was slow at coming home, so the owner constantly called his name. However, he just couldn't understand why his neighbours fell about laughing. After all, not getting your dog back is a serious matter.

Then a friend pointed out the reason for the hilarity : The dog was called Wolf

--Wolf! Wolf! Wolf !-just imagine .

Barbara Nixon
1st November 2006, 12:36 PM
Another silly story about my dog's name ; Izzy

One day, I took a phonecall from someone my son knew. As he'd spoken to me before, he began with, ''Hello. This is Izzy. Can you tell Paul...''

By now I was in hysterics, because, I was sitting on the stairs, to take the call, and Izzy dog had joined me and was looking directly at me.

I explained the situation to the hunman Izzy when he called round later. He was amused to know he shared his name with a dog and did tell me what Izzy was short for, but i've forgotten. It was a quite unusual Pakistani name.

Then there was a work colleague, who named her hamster Mavis, after a snooty friend of her mum's.

One day the lady called at Carol's house, as her mum, who lived nearby was out, so was invited in to await her return. Carol was in the kitchen and her husband in the livingroom with visitor, drinking tea, and hamster.

Gary said that the visitor's face was a picture, when Carol, without thinking called, ''Gary. have you given Mavis a carrot ?''

They explained the misunderstanding, but were glad that, the human Mavis hadn't queried their choice of pet name.

*Jenný*
1st November 2006, 01:52 PM
I looove Watson :lotsaluv:
It just, ahh... Lovely

cecily
1st November 2006, 02:33 PM
Cecily, could you really imagine yourself calling some of those names across the park ?

Course not Barbara, some of them we're just having fun with ;)
We may well not decide until we meet him, we might decide on wesley and stick with it, who knows? But I think one of the most fun aspects of getting a puppy is thinking up silly names and having a bit of a list to choose off. 8)

judy
1st November 2006, 05:10 PM
Raleigh
Yorick
Webster
Graham
Wellington
Langston
Stuart
Gregory

Are these all first names over there ? Here,all but Yorick (from Shakespeare ?) are surnames, although Graham, Stuart (or Stewart) and gregory can be either.

Yes, I've known people named Stuart or Stewert (it varies) all my life. Thre was once a movie star named Stewart Granger). In elementary school there was a kid named Stuart who was called Stu for short. There was a TV star called Stu Irwin, comedian. I hear Graham a lot, Graham greene is a famous fiction author. Graham Nash is the well loved member of the immortal rock group, Crosby Stills and Nash. Langston Hughes was a famous poet, though Langston was his middle name--he was known as Langston. Gregory is of course very common, Gregory Peck the actor. When i was a kid there was a cartoon show called Webster Webfoot, Webster Webfoof, the Webfoot Duck. I didn't realize these weren't similary used as first names in the UK.

I knew some one once who had a small yorkie type dog named Winston.

We had a famous jurist named Thurgood Marshall. Marshall is a rather common first name too.

I had considered the name Jackson, after the singer songwriter Jackson Browne, while i was looking for a dog. Zack was not the name i would've chosen but when i met him, he was called Zack and i got used to calling him that in my mind, and stuck with it. His proper name is Zachary. Thats sometimes a surname too.[/i]

Maxxs_Mummy
1st November 2006, 09:22 PM
My next little boy will be called Oliver, I think it's a really sweet name and of course it suits a Cavalier as they always want more :lol: :lol: :lol:

Mimi
1st November 2006, 10:47 PM
Hi Cecily,
Why not call him Cosby , easy to remember after Bill Cosby. Not english I know but easy for the dog to remember 2 syllabilles and all that .
Mimi

SILVERDOLLY 2004
1st November 2006, 11:08 PM
We are also looking forward to a black and tan boy puppy in December and had 2 names picked out ; Harry and Alfie. When we went to meet the pups it was obvious he was a Harry. Maybe you could keep a short list in mind when you visit and see which name "fits". Also, I've been trying out names around the house to see what feels right to call out. I reckon Wesley would sound great. We also liked : Dylan and Finn. I look forward to seeing a pic of your new pup and will definitely post one of Harry. Good luck. Maggie

Lisa_T
1st November 2006, 11:16 PM
[quote="Barbara Nixon"][quote=judy]

I knew some one once who had a small yorkie type dog named Winston.

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There's an advert for insurance with a bulldog called Winston or Churchill, I think. Forget which. Apparently when kids are asked who Winston Churchill was, they've been known to reply "He's the dog off the telly, Miss." H'mmm. Then again, I remember the arguments I got into with a GCSE class who couldn't understand that a real life Egyptian priest/healer named Imhotep was NOT the guy from the Mummy films. That was fun.


What about Sydney? Isn't that one of the guys from 'Tale of Two Cities'? "It is a far, far better thing I do now.." bla bla. Never read the thing. :yikes I rather like Darcy and Blake. They're different, but not to the point where you'd cringe when screaming it across the park :badgrin:

selina
2nd November 2006, 06:40 AM
I like Wesley and Winston. But my next male cavy will be called Hamish. My friend always calls Jeremy Rodney, Because she thinks he looks like a Rodney.

JeanKC
2nd November 2006, 07:48 AM
What's wrong with Geoffrey? :?

Of course, we have a Beauregard and an Elvis... AND named the female Saint Miss Kitty...so pretty much anything goes for us. icon_whistling

KC

Nisha
2nd November 2006, 09:28 AM
welll if u want english what about:

~ Bradley
~Avery
~Benson
~Baldaric
~Chester (though i dont think it'll suit a black and tan)
~Dale
~Cadby
~Fletcher
~Grover
~Harry
~Harper
~Kendall
~Kingston
~Manley
~Marvin
~Oakley
~Rigby
~Royce
~Spencer
~Tanner

:p i dont know if you will like any of them but yeah. ;)

Barbara Nixon
2nd November 2006, 12:05 PM
Nisha, most of those don't strike me as English at all. Are you refering to names of English people in Australia ? Grover (from Grosvenor-pronounced Grover) reminds me of the character iin the Muppets, but of course is the family name of the nobility connnected with Chester.

I know of a tri cavalier called Sidney and it suits him. he's a bit of a lad.

Stuart/Stewart is interesting.

King David I of scotland rewarded a knight by calling him Grand or High Steward of Scotland. This got corrupted to Stewart and eventually someone of that name married into the royal line and it became their surname. (Prince Charles is the present High steward of Scotland)

As there is no w in the French language, Mary Queen of Scots, who , of course lived there, became Mary Stuart.

Since then both spellings have become first names, too.

Nisha
3rd November 2006, 10:42 AM
Nisha, most of those don't strike me as English at all. Are you refering to names of English people in Australia ? nonono...they arent just from ppl in Aus..they are originally English names but i dont think they are the "old" ones as such....when i was picking names for my two i also tried out the ones from different countries, cultures etc..and i just dug up my list with English ones and typed them up..but i wasnt specifically looking for 'old english' names so yeah ...im sorry..i probably shouldnt have put them up because of that :oops: sorry..

but i was looking on a site and found one with heaps of "old" english names for boys (humans babies but same same)...maybe you'd want to check it out they have pages of old eng names


http://www.thinkbabynames.com/search/1/old+english

cecily
3rd November 2006, 11:03 AM
Wow, that's a great list Nisha, thanks!!!
When I said I wanted old English names I didn't have a particular 'era' or anything in mind. We're not fussy... we just wanted something kind of old fashioned and unusual. I really liked your suggestions :thmbsup:

Barbara Nixon
3rd November 2006, 12:45 PM
I think English (as in English language) names/words are running out for breeders' / exhibitors' affixes. Someone on another board had lots and lots refused, because they were taken or too similar to others. Eventually, she had to resort to a site giving Hindu names, choosing the Hindu version of what she wanted in English. This was accepted first time.

merlinsmum
3rd November 2006, 09:05 PM
Cecily,

I like Guiness - wish we'd thought of that before we got Merlin. That tan stripe across the chest is just like the head on a pint of guiness.

Just think shouting Tandeeeeeeee, Guinessss across the park.... you will know that no one's child will come running to you! :lol: :lol: