Thursday, July 21, 2011

Acceptable names for dogs


According to the ancient Greek writer Xenophon (in his treatise On Hunting), you should give dogs
"short names which are easy to call out, such as, for instance:
Spirit
Pluck
Handle
Spike
Lance
Raider
Guard
Picket
Trooper
Sword
Killer
Blaze
Butch
Battler
Ringwood
Wily
Striker
Hasty
Fury
Growler
Upstart
Peppy
Brawn
Bloomer
Prime
Happy
Joy
Sharpeyes
Brighteyes
Rover
Force
Soldier
Earnest
Glory
Bryony
Steadfast
Barker
Slayer
Merry
Mighty
Sky
Sunbeam
Spearhead
Crafty
Prudence
Tracker
Dasher"

-Xenophon, On Hunting, Trans. Robin Waterfield (New York: Penguin Classics, 147)

I think this probably transfers into the modern world if and only if you combine one of these names with a Biblical name: "Sunbeam Jezebel", "Mighty John the Baptist", "Peppy Lazarus", etc. Come to think of it, those might make some decent names for children...

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  2. We used to have a dog named Prudence! Other acceptable names include: Strider, Ranger, Chance, Mel, Puck, and Dante. Though "Jerry" is a nice short name, and I can tell you from experience that it is quite easy to shout.

    P.S. I like the pic.

    P.P.S. Speaking of names: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/the-hot-button/new-zealand-bans-odd-baby-names-no-more-lucifers-dukes-or-kings/article2102204/

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