Naming another living creature is a big responsibility. If you are a parent, your child will have to deal with his or her name, and whatever associations or nicknames it invites, for the rest of their life.
For pet owners, the consequences of the name chosen are
unlikely to be felt much by the animal, but, when choosing a name, you might
want to think about whether you will be happy to shout it in the street in the
unfortunate event you may lose your pet (as one dog owner who named her pup
Santa learnt the hard way, when he went missing one fine July day).
Exotic pet owners, it seems, are fearless. Research by
ExoticDirect into their clients’ pet names has revealed an array of unusual,
quirky and just downright hilarious name choices.
Well known and loved characters dominate the list of names,
with Rambo the tortoise, Captain Hook the African grey parrot and Mork and
Mindy the ball pythons being just a few examples. The Simpsons put in a strong
appearance, with two pythons named Homer on the list.
Another popular work of fiction for pet name inspiration is
the Harry Potter series – the list features Crookshanks the tortoise,
Dumbledore the bearded dragon and Hogwart the pygmy hedgehog.
But it’s not just fictional characters that attract the
attention of exotic pet owners. Real life celebrities also provide inspired
The best examples are without a doubt Elvis the bearded
dragon, J-Lo the African grey parrot and Angela Lansbury the Hermann’s tortoise.
One ExoticDirect customer, clearly not content with simply
naming their pet after a famous person, went the extra mile and named their
pygmy hedgehog Albert Spinestein.
However, some people’s creativity was such that they didn’t
need to twist existing names, but came up with unique creations all of their
own. One customer named their African grey parrot Poly-Styrene and another gave
their rabbit the very regal title of Prince Flump Muffin. There is even a
bearded dragon called Sir Creepalot, though we must admit that one is a little
Special mention goes to the customer who named their
tortoise Sir Sheldon Shellington.
While your choice of name won’t mean your pet gets picked on in the schoolyard or gets an awkward nickname in college, it does have the power to put a smile on people’s faces when they hear it. It’s a chance to show off your creativity and, most importantly of all, how much you love the precious new addition to your family.
While the award for the best pet name ever goes to the ExoticDirect customer who named their bearded dragon Lizzy Mclizardface, the company’s customers are not the only creative pet owners around. A survey by Over-50s insurance specialist Saga found a few gems among its customers as well.
A guinea pig named Chaka Khan, a hamster named Yoda, a rat
named Sausage and a parrot named Asbo are just four of the prime examples
Many of the names mentioned so far clearly show that naming
pets after the rich and famous is popular with owners, but it appears the
celebrities themselves are not immune from making unusual choices when it comes
to their own pets.
Reese Witherspoon honoured her Southern roots when she named
her pet donkeys Honky and Tonky, while Megan Fox honoured legendary Hip Hop
rapper The Notorious B.I.G by naming her pet pig Piggy Smalls.
Not unused to being funny and a little weird, Adam Sandler
named his beloved Bulldog Meatball. Sadly, Meatball is no longer with us, but
Sandler’s current Bulldog sports the even more eccentric moniker Matzoball!
(A Jewish staple dish, delicious in soup.)
If you’ve just welcomed a new pet into your home, whether exotic or not, make sure you take the time to think about what you’re going to name it.
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