Do you like human names for pets?

Australia
May 15, 2008 2:45am CST
I do. I find it funny. I especially like names like Nigel, Warren and Rodney for animals.My cat that passed away a few weeks ago was called Nigel and my new kitten is called Alfred. I really, really want to get a pug and I have already decided that if I get a male he will be called Duncan. I would also like to call a pet 'Bruce'. So do you like giving animals human names or do you prefer more traditional pet names such as 'Fluffy, Spot or Snowy?'
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@drannhh (15002)
• United States
15 May 08
No, but that is because my idiotic neighbor chose to give her dog MY name and then when I was working night shift, she would yell at her dog while I was sleeping. First the dog would wake me up barking, and then I'd have to put up with her yelling my name followed by "Shut Up!" or whatever. I hope if you call your dog Duncan, you don't get any neighbors whose name is Duncan to move in next door to you! Of course, these days you never know--you might get a new neighbor by the name of Fluffy~!
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@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
15 May 08
I must admit I usually go for a particular feature, my first cat I called Smokey because she was a grey cat, and the cat i have now I call Stumpy because she only has a stumpy tail...
@paid2write (5204)
15 May 08
Yes I agree with you they are quite funny. I had a cat called Fred. I also called him Ferdi or Ferdikins when I was being affectionate. I think Alfred is a great name for a cat - like old King Alfred The Great! I think Bruce is more a dog name, but it might be funny to give it to a cat. Duncan the pug would be very cute. I think it's quite funny that some people now give silly names to their children, but pets can have a proper name.
@Modestah (11195)
• United States
15 May 08
I like human names on pets - but I also like made up names - for instance we once had a dog which I was told would not grow beyond knee height - so his name became Nehi. of course there is the soft drink called nehi, but I rather liked it for this dog. If I were to have a female shepherd I should like to name her Gretchen or Hildegard (Hilde)
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@whittby (3073)
• United States
18 May 08
I used to have pet names for our dogs - Daisy, Susie (called Susie Q)etc. I had French names for the poodles - Baudelaire (called Bo for short), Rambaud (who was called Rambo of course). Our current little guy is called Bob. My son named him because it made him laugh. He gets called all kinds of names - don't yours. Bobby Booboo, Bobalouie, stuff like that. I guess I like fun names - whether it's human or made up - Like Alfred and Duncan are fun to me. Bruce is great.
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@LouRhi (1502)
• Australia
18 May 08
Yes I do like human names for pets. Despite being animals they still have a touch of human similarities if you take the time to get to know them. My current dog is a beautiful boy called Tom Ronald. As a child I grew up with a lovely girl called Sascha, who gave birth to Sharna. Even now when I hear those names, I instantly associate these names with my beloved German Shepherds. Pets, particularly dogs are much like people. They are are friends, companions and listen to all our troubles. They share our lives, help shape who who become, much like people do, so it is only right that they have a real name
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• United States
18 May 08
Well, I used to have a white persian named Roxanne. I also used to have a black cat named Ebeneezer. When I got the cat I have now (a female tabby) from the Humane Society, her name was Janice. I thought it was stupid. I renamed her MissChief (pronounced as the word mischief) because she's always into mischief. I also call her Missy, Boo-boo kitty, pretty kitty, sassy mamma, little mamma, schnooky, Mishi, and all kinds of other cutsey-wootsy nicknames, other than what I actually named her... But I never, ever call her Janice. lol
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• United States
17 May 08
Yes, I do. I've had both cats and dogs and I usually name them "human" names. I've had Daphne, Gunther, Rosa, Pearl, Priscilla, Duffy, Scotty, Sandy, Rochester, Emma, and Bonnie. I've also had a couple of brother cats named Spike and Angel. I had a Poochy once, too. And a Krazy Kat. lol Goodness I've lots of pets over the years!
@vanities (11351)
• Davao, Philippines
17 May 08
i dont have pet around..and yes it is funny and at the same time not proper i guess..i dont want my name to be associated/named to animals..we are more superior than the animals...but i guess others think otherwise..
• United States
16 May 08
i only had one cat with a human name."jake". well,except one named after a hockey player,so that's two. but most of them,a trait will get them their name,or fur color,or something they do. we had a "stinker"..um..pretty self explanitory.. i try to steer away from the "fluffy" type names. not very original.
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@AmbiePam (46384)
• United States
15 May 08
I like people names for animals, as well as odd names for animals. I've had dogs named Max, Leon and Sully (yes, after Sully from the show Dr. Quinn), and then I've had dogs named Little Booger, Rascal, Leno, and Sherlock. I always name them what I think they look like. I didn't name Rascal, he had a name when I got him, but the others I named because that is how I thought they looked. Odd, I know.
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• United States
15 May 08
My male cat is called Oliver. I also had a cat named Bubba, he had to be put down because he had cancer. I think human names for our pets are fine. I always strive to be a little different with pet's names and most people think my pet's names are cute when they meet them.
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@youless (87497)
• Guangzhou, China
15 May 08
I think that's fine. A pet with a human being's name is very nice. It seems the pets become much more like a member for a family. My two cats' names are from cartoon characters:) I love China
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@Galena (9124)
15 May 08
my mum used to know a Greyhound called Nigel. I think it suits. our dogs at the moment both have human names. Finbarr and Lola. we've had human and non human animal names.
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@liquorice (3902)
15 May 08
I think it's funny too, and if I had a dog I'd want to call it Bob so it's Bob the dog. I like the names that you've chosen as well, especially Bruce. Your discussion reminds me of one of my daughter's Spot the Dot books, which has a monkey in called Steve. That always makes me laugh!
@liquorice (3902)
15 May 08
(Sorry, don't know why that was submitted twice! )
@Mayuko (1272)
• United States
17 Jun 12
I like quirky or odd human names for pets, or names that are nouns. I think they can work for both humans and animals. For example, I would not name my pet Rachel or Steven but I would probably name them something like Olive, Clover, Rain or Sterling. I think can might be a little awkward to have a pet with a "regular" name only to meet someone with the same name. Also I feel like too much of a human name for an animal is a little weird. I could not name my pet Alfred or Warren.
@Sissygrl (10999)
• Canada
24 Apr 09
I like human names for pets.. i named my most recent cats whom still live with my mom... zoey and morgan.. i dont think i'll ever have another pet till i have my own house with a yard.. i hate the smell of a litter box, even when you keep it clean as possible.. its still smells.. kids are hard enough to clean up after i dont need more stuff helping muss the place up! lol
@irishidid (8285)
• United States
27 Jun 08
We have a cat named Brian. My son named him, after I wouldn't let him name the cat after himself. LOL
• United Arab Emirates
27 Jun 08
No. I do not like human names for pets. It seem so bad. Trying calling a dog with human name and there is a man with the same name nearby. Does not feel so good na.. May be different people have different opinions about it. Just my thought. I do not prefer this kind of naming..
• India
27 Jun 08
ya i lik tht,,,,