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4th December 2006, 03:03 PM
Out of curiousity, are there any good stories out there on how you came to what you named your dog?

I wanted English or Irish names for my dogs (as I am half English, half Irish), and I have always had a fascination with Princess Di. Hence Spencer's name, and it just so happens that Izzy's mom was named Diana, so we incorporated that in her name (Lady Di's Princess Isabelle). Any Izzy came from a character on Grey's Anatomy. I was looking through a list of all the English royalty names, and at some point there was a Matilda, so that is the new puppy's name, Tilly for short.


4th December 2006, 03:46 PM
Our dog is called Flynn which means "son of a redhead". We looked at two puppies. The first ones father was a ruby which we thought was a good omen. As it happened we went for the second puppy whose father was a blenheim just like Flynn. However my husband was a redhead before he went bald and grey :lol: so son of a redhead still suits him.

4th December 2006, 04:05 PM
We spent the week before we went to see Daisy Boo emailing each other back and forth suggesting names. I had been reading an article about Jamie Oliver and his little girl is called Daisy Boo so I suggested it to Kelvin and he thought it was great. It's the perfect name for her, it really suits her. We stole Twinkle's name from a rescue dog we met at Dog Training Ireland.

4th December 2006, 04:15 PM
I wanted to pick something Irish that would match his Ruby color. Clancy means "Red Warrior" and it seems to fit his personality too well!


4th December 2006, 04:20 PM
When we originally decided to get a dog, John really wanted a flat-coated retriever. If you aren't familiar then look here:


After a few months I finally convinced him that we just didnt' have enough house or yard for a dog that size. I asked him to look into the cavalier because I knew that was what I wanted and I really didn't want a black dog. He was afraid getting a little dog meant it wouldn't "act like a dog". He wanted a pup big enough to play with. Anyway, when we were planning on a flat-coat we settled on the name, Duncan, because it meant dark-skinned warrior. When we found our Duncan...it just suited him despite not fitting the dark-skinned or warrior aspect of the name.

Arthur was decided on because of King Arthur and knights of the round table. We discussed Merlin,etc but thought Arthur fit better with Duncan. Both being typically names you would here for a person.[/url]

4th December 2006, 04:35 PM
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Funny you should ask about names..

Kosmo's named after a cartoon character! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Ever seen Fairly Odd Parents on Nickelodeon? He's named after the fairy God Parent, "Cosmo" that watches over a little boy named timmy all the time. He's incredibly hillarious @ times and I LOVE that cartoon!


4th December 2006, 04:46 PM
I was going to guess after Kosmo Kramer! After the events of this past week, I bet you are glad it is after the cartoon! icon_whistling

Barbara Nixon
4th December 2006, 04:58 PM
Monty is simply named after the lovely Monty who was my childhood springer.

The second name hade to end in an 'ee' sound, not start with M nor have second letter O, to be clearly different from Monty, so playing with sounds gave Dizzy, whaich I changed to Izzy. (Monty for Montgomery and izzy for Isembard Kingdon Brunel )

Joly (following the rule fior Izzy ie now no I etc)is after both Jolyons in The forsyte Saga; both lovely gentle characters.

Teddy had no name, so I looked at his photo and he told me he was Teddy Edward. It fitted the rules, so Teddy it was.

4th December 2006, 05:04 PM
My husband is a movie buff-- Bishop is from Aliens. (robot who looks human and has emotions, I think).

4th December 2006, 05:08 PM
Thank God Lindsay - Poor Kos - People come over and call him "krame" ALL the time. I still don't know what that guy was thinking.. :sl*p: Oh well cartoon characters are always better anyways..

Avi wanted to name him after the dog on star trek.. "porthos".. :yikes

4th December 2006, 05:18 PM
My family background is english, so I wanted names from that heritage. Also because the cavalier is from England. So Pippin & Merry are from JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

My future female cavalier will be named Daisy for Frances Evelyn "Daisy" Greville, Countess of Warwick. This is because my Capwell family lived in Warwick before leaving for America in the 1600's.

When I got Luke this past spring he was 3.5 years old and already named Luke. I didn't want to confuse the poor guy, so I tried to make the name my own. I found a Belgian comic book character called Lucky Luke. This character is an American cowboy. We had a Belgian live with our family for a year, so that was a good angle for making the name my own. Also Luke's dad and brother had western cowboy names. Woody & Jesse James respecitively, so this fitted Luke's past too.

So when I obtained Lucky Luke's son, I decided to select a name from the Lucky Luke comic strip and selected Jolly Jumper as his name. There is also an episode of the comic strip that takes place in Daisy Town. So when I get that next female cavalier. I have another connection to the name Daisy.

4th December 2006, 05:21 PM
There really isn't a fun story with Wesley and Cody. I love giving my animals people names but we just couldn't figure out the right name for Wesley: first it was Romeo, then Bently then Duncan. The poor puppy didn't have a name for two weeks!! Finally I made the call and Wesley just fit.

Cody was such a precious little boy scout as a pup, he just looked like he needed a cute boys name. When you look into his face, it just fit. There was no back and forth on that one. :flwr:

My shih tzu Stewie was evil from day one so he was named after the baby on "Family Guy" who is plotting to take over the world and kill his mom. lol!! It is pretty funny because their personalities are VERY similar. I love the gay overtones of the cartoon's character and Stewie is definitely a frilly little dog with a BIG attitude. icon_whistling :lol:

Julie J
4th December 2006, 06:07 PM
Jack's name was originally named Luke - my 6 year old son wanted his full name to be Luke Skywalker Jenkins (you should have seen the breeder's face when my son announced that to her!).
We brought him home and every time we called him our Golden Retriever was thoroughly confused because we had never even considered that "Luke" sounds amazingly like "Blue" (she was named after the character from Blue's Clues when my son was 3). By day two we had a family meeting and discussed new names. My son said that if the puppy couldn't be called Luke Skywalker then he would settle for Jack Sparrow.

4th December 2006, 06:09 PM
Willow is named after a character on what is probably my favourite TV show ever - Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Willow is Buffy's red headed best friend. Hubby and I are both huge sci-fi fans, so we wanted a sci-fi name - it was down to Willow and River, and after we met her, we decided Willow just fit - her little red ears were the key! :D

4th December 2006, 06:15 PM
Julie J - My breeder did name a dog that. My Luke's real name on his AKC papers is "Luke Skywalker etc." When she sold him to me, I hated the Star Wars connection, but since he was 3.5 years old he already knew his name was Luke. That is why I worked so hard to make the name my own & got rid of the Skywalker portion of his name.

4th December 2006, 06:50 PM
No fun story really - I just thought of Bella one day in the bath and when I saw her, well it fit totally. It's cute and mischievous just like my girl. Her nickname is Boo by the way :)

4th December 2006, 07:09 PM
Max is just max, always was going to be and he really suits his name. Bran, when he first got here had been named Lucky because it was lucky he was found when he was, we called him rory which lasted all of two days, no-one could remember it and was calling 'Red', 'Ruby' etc so a vote was taken and he's now Brandy but we call him Bran for short which was one of Fionn MacCumhail's hounds, (hero in irish folklore).

Max's name on his papers is Odubghaill Classic Punch!!!

And just before I posted this I just did a search on the name and came up with this web site


Can anyone tell me anything about it?? The sire listed 'Bold Future' is Max's dad.

4th December 2006, 08:20 PM
After growin g up with Goldens who always had their names derived from their Kennel Club names we foun d it quite difficult to come up with a pet name from Snuggle Bunny :lol: Merlin was named after the balack and tan cav we met at the first breeder we went to as Joel had never seen a cav so we went to a breeeder who hall all the colour variations. merlin was their stud dog and was very handsome. So thats how Merlin go his name and he can count to 100 with "gimme 5, gimme 10 etc" and can give hugs on command - so their his tricks.

When we were getting Oakley (who is Ragged Ragwort Robin), he was going to be called Tarka - after the otter b ut then realised this was too girly for my boy. I didn't like any other wizard names - i couldn't imagine shouting Gandalf out! :lol: I liked Rufus but this was for a big dog, I liked Bentley or at least a lee ending name, so ended up with Oakley as he is a cool dude and really quite suits it. We have to have names that you can baby fi. Merlin gets Merly whirls, mergits smergit, schmerls whilst Oakley gets Oakley pokely, oaks, augustus gloop and ratbag! :D

4th December 2006, 08:25 PM
Love the nicknames! Too cute! :flwr:

Spencer is 'Boogie' because he is such a little booger, and Izzy is 'Manittle' and 'Deedee' which just came from us baby-talking to her too much (Manittle is from saying My little girl, Deedee is from Izzy). :roll: I'm sure it won't be more than an hour before Tilly is TillyWilly icon_whistling :flwr:

4th December 2006, 10:20 PM
Alfie named after Alfie Moon.From a charactor of Eastenders.His name at the vets or to anyone is Alfie Moon.

matties mum
4th December 2006, 10:38 PM
My O/H pick the names for Mattie it suit him
Rocky because when we brought him home he said he look like a Rottweller
Barney was my choice he just look like a barney

5th December 2006, 01:48 AM
Wow, I was just thinking yesterday I thought this would be a good thread. I'm glad you started it.

I decided to name Lucky "Lucky" because I got him the first week of my new job, and I figured he'd be my little "good luck" charm. It was actually just one of those "aha!" kinda things ... while I wanted to see if his personality confirmed it, I felt 99.999% confident that that would be (and should be) his name. And if you'd have asked me a month or so before I got Lucky if I'd have named my dog Lucky, I'd have said "no way!" for sure ... too much of a "dog" name!!!

Well, this does have a story behind it, because besides the new job, when I took Lucky out to go to the bathroom on our way home from getting him, I sat him right in a field of 4 and five leaf clovers. I picked 45 of them and printed up little cards with his picture on them for my friends and laminated a clover on the back for each of them!!!

Here's a scan of his picture with a few of his clovers:


Once I sat him in the field of 4 leaf clovers, I knew for sure that he was DESTINED to be named Lucky. :flwr:

5th December 2006, 03:00 AM
Fauna was named by her breeder and was already coming to her name so. . . I thought it sounded a bit like a name for a stripper :roll: but then remembered that in Sleeping Beauty, Disney had named the three good fairies - Flora, Fauna and Merriweather - hence Flora. Now all we need is Merriweather!!!


5th December 2006, 03:30 AM
We struggled and struggled with a name. For awhile, Libby's name was going to be Spirit. Her litter was born just shy of the 4th of July. I liked Spirit, because I have hopes of making her a therapy dog. The full name was going to be travelin free Spirit. We like to travel so much and always take the dogs. AND last Spirit because of the Cavalier personality and we hope to raise Spirits on our visit.

Well, after meeting her the girl's weren't sure anymore that Spirit fit her. So back to the drawing board. We were just going to go with an Irish name to match Riley's, but we decided on Liberty. It seemed to fit the birthday of July 3rd and everyone liked Libby for short. I think it fits her, maybe the next one will be named Spirit!

Julie J
6th December 2006, 03:12 PM
Charleen - I love your dogs' names. My hubby is a big LOTR fan - I am going to have to make sure I don't tell him about your Merry and Pippin or he is going to want to name our next dog Gandalf!

6th December 2006, 03:22 PM
Riley's mother was lady and his father was Rex..so he became Sir Riley of Mihart because he had his paws wrapped around my heart within minutes...

Robbie's puppy name was Frosty and I just couldn't see myself yelling Frosty everytime I wanted him..LOL..but he just looked like a Robbie..his registered name is combinations of his parents names and kennel name plus Mihart which if I ever bred which I never plan to do would be my kennel name..Truwain Autrmn Frost of Mihart.

Claire L
6th December 2006, 08:38 PM
Wish I could say that we searched the anals of history for a fitting name for our girl...truth is, there was a pair of puppets on TV around that time, named ZIG & ZAG. They referred to outbursts of flatulence :) (that's a fart) as a Rudee.

So when we brought our little eight week old puppy home on March 17th 1994, I said "what are we going to call her?" and hubby said "I don't know, she's just a little fart of a thing!" :D

She was also called Rudeepoohs, Babbykins, Deputy, Duckydoodles and amazingly enough she answered to all of them :roll:


Cathy Moon
8th December 2006, 03:19 AM
When we were in the process of choosing a name for our soon-to-be baby boy Cav, I put the name 'Geordie' on our list. A 'Geordie' is someone from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. One of my very, very favorite musicians is Sting, who is a Geordie, and my favorite beer is Newcastle Brown Ale.

Right before we left on our 9 hour trip to go get him (out near Philadelphia, PA), my hubby bought a Mark Knopfler CD entitled 'Sailing to Philadelphia.' The title song is about Mason and Dixon sailing from the UK to Philadelphia, and in the song Jeremiah Dixon is called a Geordie Boy, and a Gullible Geordie Lad. When we arrived at the breeders, we named him [kennel name] Geordie Lad. Whenever we play the song 'Sailing to Philadelphia', I pick Geordie up and sing to him!