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My foster dog is very pregnant and about to pop. I need some awesome puppy names!

Disclaimer: I am not a breeder. I volunteer with the local Doberman Rescue Organization.

This is Mia (or Mama Mia as I have been calling her). Long story short, Mia was in a high-kill shelter which is prohibited from adopting out Dobermans. I got the call last week that her time was up and she needed help immediately. Not only was she dumped at a shelter in the middle of the night, but she is very, very, very pregnant. I got her on Friday and we visited the vet, who said a) she is due any day now, and b) he can count at least 10 puppies on x-ray. I have no experience with whelping puppies, so I've spent the last few days researching and asking advice from fellow rescuers about the process, and I feel like I'm as prepared as I'm going to be on that front. And then, just as I'm feeling like I've got it all covered, someone asked me today, "what are you going to name the puppies?".

AAACK! I totally hadn't thought of that. So, I figured I'd turn to the wonderful creative minds at metafilter to help me think of a good set of names for these 10+ puppies. Some of the "themes" we have used for litters that have come into rescue in the past have been famous chefs, New Orleans Saints players (we are in Louisiana), Disney characters, and Greek gods/goddesses. We've also had about a million dogs in the program named after Mardi Gras Krewes, so that's probably out as an idea.

Other possibly pertinent details - The mom is a pure red and rust doberman, the dad could be anything at all; I am a nerd, but most people that adopt from us are not, so nothing that requires a twenty minute explanation of where the names came from; the puppies will likely be born within the next 5 days (Easter-themed names? I'm at a loss....).

All ideas for themes and names that fit the theme are greatly appreciated!
posted by tryniti to Pets & Animals (54 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
My cat rescue often names the kittens after characters in a movie or TV show.
posted by Flacka at 5:56 PM on April 21, 2011


I would imagine that most people are going to want to name the puppies themselves, so don't get too wrapped up in the perfect names.
posted by xingcat at 5:59 PM on April 21, 2011 [4 favorites]


do you know how many litters she's had?
The germans usually name their dogs by litter - eg: a bitch's first litter is all A names, second litter is B names, etc.
posted by aloiv2 at 6:03 PM on April 21, 2011


Spices make for good names for pets (paprika, cayenne, pepper etc)
posted by SueDenim at 6:07 PM on April 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


Names and locations from Abba (since momdog is Mamma Mia)

boys:
Fernando
King Kong
Bjorn
Benny
Napoleon
Monaco
Vegas
Chance
Super Trouper

girls:
Dancing Queen
Frida
Anni-Frid
Agnetha
Honey

But yeah, with two exceptions (both insisted upon by my son) I rename shelter pets upon adoption.
posted by jamaro at 6:08 PM on April 21, 2011 [8 favorites]


I like to use awesome old Roman names, like Cicero or Brittanicus or Scipio. They are too outlandish for most humans, but too cool to be forgotten.
posted by chatongriffes at 6:08 PM on April 21, 2011 [3 favorites]


Name them after the Bluth family: Lucille, George, Sr., Gob, Michael, George Michael, Lindsay, Tobias, Maeby, Buster, Franklin, etc.
posted by Frank Grimes at 6:11 PM on April 21, 2011 [11 favorites]


Treme characters?
posted by sleepingcbw at 6:11 PM on April 21, 2011


Spanish national soccer/futbol team:

Xavi, Sergio, Iker, Torres (or Fernando), Iniesta, Cesc (or Francesco), Carles, Alonso, David, Victor, Santiago (these are the names I thought might be easiest to use)
posted by JenMarie at 6:15 PM on April 21, 2011 [3 favorites]


1. Natalie Foreman
2. Michi Foreman
3. Leona Foreman
4. Freeda George Foreman
5. George Edward Foreman Jr
6. George Edward Foreman III
7. George Edward Foreman IV
8. George Edward Foreman V
9. George Edward Foreman VI
10. Georgetta Foreman
posted by sestaaak at 6:15 PM on April 21, 2011 [5 favorites]


Science Names! Physics Names! Math Names!
posted by bessel functions seem unnecessarily complicated at 6:17 PM on April 21, 2011


(ooh, how could I forget Gerard)
posted by JenMarie at 6:17 PM on April 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm very partial to old fashioned human names for dogs, as my dog, Clark, can attest. (He was named that by his rescue and we kept it.) And I've noticed other dogs in my neighborhood following this trend, so I must not be the only one. Keeping with that, how about:

Walter
Buster
Norman
Milton
Clark (!)
Bert
Mildred
Harriet
Daisy
Dottie
Betty
Lois
posted by ImproviseOrDie at 6:17 PM on April 21, 2011 [4 favorites]


My mom and brother end up naming a group of puppies by appearance and personality. Which resulted in one being Meerkat.

My next door neighbor used Harry Potter names for her Pomeranians. She still has Lily & Neville. Others would be Harry, Ron, Hermione, Luna, Lavender, Cho, Cedric, Seamus, Lee. Wikipedia has a extensive list.

Gem stones would also be fun:
Agate
Amethyst
Citrine
Diamond
Emerald
Garnet
Jade
Jasper
Marc (for Marcasite)
Moonstone
Onyx
Opal
Topaz
Tourmaline
Amber
Coral
Jet
Pearl
Abalone
posted by bluesapphires at 6:23 PM on April 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Swanson
Ore-Ida
Eggo
Sara Lee
Stouffer
Campbell
Manwich
Tyson
Frito
Jimmy Dean
posted by katillathehun at 6:30 PM on April 21, 2011 [6 favorites]


Name them for sportspeople. Especially from local teams. People will want to adopt a dog named for their favourite player.

(My own preference, though, is for the Abba names. Except they left out Chiquitita!)
posted by Pallas Athena at 6:35 PM on April 21, 2011


Other ideas (since I find this too fun):

Original Mouseketeers
Annette
Tommy
Darlene
Cheryl
Bobby
Doreen
Cubby
Karen
Lonnie
Sharon

Colors:
Blue
Amber
Forrest
Sienna (which is my pup girl's name)
Auburn
Charcoal
Cinnamon
Coral
Copper
Grey
Violet

Chocolate candy (a friend's mother has chocolate labs named Hershey & Nestle):
Hershey
Twix
Snickers
Reese
Rolo
Milk Dud
Cadbury
Areo
Baby Ruth
Almond Joy
Bounty
Butterfinger
Clark Bar
Dove
Krackel
Nestle
posted by bluesapphires at 6:36 PM on April 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


1. Mini
2. Bear(face)
3. Monster
4. Monkey
5. Toots
6. Butts
7. M'lady
8. Airbag
9. Pumpkin
10. Whiskers
11. Butt'r face
12. Poopie
13. Girlie
14. Dog
15. Snot
16. Princess

These are all of the names I call my dog on a regular basis. Good luck! :)
posted by two lights above the sea at 6:37 PM on April 21, 2011


Deeohgee (D-O-G)
Rowlf
Bowser
Kipper
Tiger
posted by 4ster at 6:39 PM on April 21, 2011


Red River
Red Devil
Red Sonja
Red Sox
Red 5
Red Herring
Red Dot
Red Dawn
Red Lion
Red Bull
Red Lobster
Ready

Rusty Nail
Rusty Bucket
Rusty Belle
Rusty Pipes
Rusty Armor
posted by faineant at 6:40 PM on April 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


You could grab names from the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame

Louis
Tab
Boswell
Martha
Connee
Helvetia (Vet)
Battiste
Sugarboy
Horton
Fats
Domino
Kidd
Lillian
Jelly Roll
Irma
Percy
Dixie
Dale
Grace
Deacon
Hawkins
posted by stefanie at 6:40 PM on April 21, 2011 [5 favorites]


Definitely ABBA names!
posted by equivocator at 6:43 PM on April 21, 2011


Naming them after famous rabbits and bunnies would be cute (for the Easter theme): Peter, Roger, Thumper... although I don't think Bugs is a very good dog name!

Here's a list of others.
posted by southern_sky at 6:44 PM on April 21, 2011


You could name them after famous dogs! There's different categories of dogs here, as well, including fictional dogs as well as real dogs.
posted by droplet at 6:49 PM on April 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Montmorency
posted by Confess, Fletch at 7:02 PM on April 21, 2011


Having owned several dogs, and trained more, I have a few "rules" about dog names. Some of my favorite dog names:

Male:

Beau
King
Champ
Cosmo
Bingo
Blaze
Blue
Boots
Boz
Buck
Buzz
Cash
Cisco
Crusoe
Enzo
Finn
Gunner
Hambone
Jag
Kaiser
Kilo
Lightning
Mutt
Nomad
Ozzie
Paco
Puck
Sport


Female:
Cleo
Crumb
Cubby
Cupcake
Fancy
Fleur
Gert or Gertie
Irie
Jazz
Kiku
Kip
Lolly
Luann
Moxie
Nugget
Nutmeg (for some colorations)
Oma
Piper
Portia
Puff
posted by paulsc at 7:18 PM on April 21, 2011 [2 favorites]


In the spirit of paulsc's suggestions, how about names from the phonetic alphabet? Alpha, Foxtrot, Lima, and Zulu all sound like fine puppy names to me!

Or Greek letters--Omega, Phi, Theta, Zeta all sound fun, too.
posted by parkerjackson at 7:37 PM on April 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Kevin
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 7:42 PM on April 21, 2011


Kevin, lol. I just watched Up this weekend.

Our dog is named Tucker, His name was given to him by the local shelter. It's a really great name, so we kept it.

What about naming them after the Greek or Roman gods? I like the idea of a group of names based on a TV show or book. That would be relatable to people looking to adopt. Musical groups would be great, but most don't have tne or maore members! Sesame street might be a good source, or What about Dr, Seuss? Horton, Lorax, etc.

On a side note, I know someone who named their cats Thor (male) and Freya (girl). How perfect!
posted by annsunny at 8:00 PM on April 21, 2011


Ten pups, ten names: the nine main characters from the Brady Bunch, and Alice's boyfriend, Sam.
posted by chez shoes at 8:22 PM on April 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Trout
Salmon
Flounder
Bass
Pike
Perch
Herring
Carp
Minnow
Shark
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 8:25 PM on April 21, 2011


Not a theme, just a single name, that I'm hoarding until our elderly cat numbers decline and we can get a dog: King Arfer. Just "King" on a daily basis. (sorry)
posted by kestralwing at 8:27 PM on April 21, 2011


I once had a pregnant foster cat named Beans. So I named the kittens Lima, Garbanzo, Pinto, Soy, and Refried. This can be easily expanded to ten: Kidney, Navy, Turtle, Green, Black-and you can probably think up better ones.
posted by MexicanYenta at 8:37 PM on April 21, 2011 [3 favorites]


Old lady and/or old man names for animals just tickle me for unknown reasons. Our one cat is Virginia (Ginny) after my grandma. Gertrude (Trudy), Margaret (Peggy), Frank, Walter, etc.
posted by Green Eyed Monster at 8:39 PM on April 21, 2011 [1 favorite]


Fun and short (one to two syllable) names that are easy to tell apart?

Kelp
Nori
Dashi
Tomo
Udon
Eri
Saki
Shoyu
etc
posted by MidSouthern Mouth at 8:42 PM on April 21, 2011


Here's my go-to list for the menagerie of animals I plan to have (much to the dismay of my current boyfriend):

Sophie, Lulu, Gigi, Shenene, Neil Patrick Harris, Hans, Franz, Oliver, Buster Keaton, Winston, Sebastian, Ian, Matzoh, Inigo Montoya, Dartanian, Percy, Baxter, Barkley, Batman, George, Pablo, Paola, Miku, JPEG, Huckleberry ("Huck"), Milo, Elvis, Newton, Santa
posted by patronuscharms at 9:39 PM on April 21, 2011 [3 favorites]


Three more Bluth family names:

Annyong
Oscar
Steve Holt!
posted by wherever, whatever at 10:31 PM on April 21, 2011


I've always wanted to name a dog Skeletor.
posted by inturnaround at 10:56 PM on April 21, 2011


I really, really hope you go for the ABBA names. It just makes sense!
posted by deborah at 11:08 PM on April 21, 2011


Fishface
posted by mullacc at 12:21 AM on April 22, 2011


My favorite dog names have always been gods (and I see you've tried the Greek ones - my favorite dog name ever was Atlas).

Norse mythology provides some good ones:
Thor, Odin, Freyr, Loki, Fenrir...
posted by sdis at 1:12 AM on April 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


Props to you, you are doing a wonderful and kind deed. Getting people to be there to help with the birthing would be a very good idea though, and perhaps the people who help you with that might like to name some of the pups too.
posted by aeschenkarnos at 4:00 AM on April 22, 2011


Ok, I've already chimed in, but this would be the perfect time to use people names that no one ever uses for dogs, since the names will likely be changed anyway:

Steve
Ethan
Josh
Ron
Patrick
Mark
Richard
Scott
Melissa
Jennifer
Beth
Linda
Pamela
Julie
Kathy
posted by ImproviseOrDie at 5:47 AM on April 22, 2011


Muppets!

Beaker, (Crazy) Harry, Gonzo, Kermit, Piggy, Rizzo, Rowlf, Statler, Waldorf, Scooter, Sam, Sweetums, Fozzie, Animal, Pepe, Teeth, Janice, Pepper, Zoot, etc etc etc.
posted by specialagentwebb at 6:26 AM on April 22, 2011 [2 favorites]


Years ago, our family's dog came from a little of twelve, and they were mostly hand-raised. All of the puppies wore a little band of terry cloth in a distinct color. So, as you're thinking of naming these guys, also think about how you'll tell them apart! The puppy wearing the purple band was Violet, green was Patrick, a camouflage band was Tank. That also helped the breeder figure out how much they were eating, etc.
posted by gladly at 7:35 AM on April 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Food names? Gumbo, Praline, Beignet, Jambalaya, etc.
posted by pineappleheart at 7:39 AM on April 22, 2011


Oh, plus, then you could name a special one Hushpuppy.
posted by pineappleheart at 7:45 AM on April 22, 2011


I'm partial to "Barkevious", myself. So, maybe recent/current LSU players? Fun batch of names some of them have.

http://www.lsusports.net/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=5200&SPID=2164&SPSID=27812
posted by Citrus at 8:52 AM on April 22, 2011


Nanuk (I am partial)
Herbert Neninger
Zeus
Apollo
posted by Nanukthedog at 8:55 AM on April 22, 2011


Trees-
Males:
Ash, Cypress, Dogwood, Cedar, Buckwheat, Birch, Alder, Juniper, Forest, Aspen, Joshua, Fig

Females:
Laurel, Rowan, Cherry, Carolina, Hazel, Sylvan (Sylvia?), Olive, Willow, Blossom, Myrtle, Holly, Magnolia, Linden

And the always difficult one: Crabapple. Or Hemlock.
posted by Glinn at 12:20 PM on April 22, 2011 [1 favorite]


Mama Mia obviously needs ABBA-themed babies:

Anni-Frid
Björn
Benny
Agnetha
(Super) Trouper
(Dancing) Queen
(Take a) Chance
Chiquitita
Waterloo
Fernando
Nina
posted by MsMolly at 6:45 PM on April 22, 2011


Spanish national soccer/futbol team:

Xavi, Sergio, Iker, Torres (or Fernando), Iniesta, Cesc (or Francesco), Carles, Alonso, David, Victor, Santiago (these are the names I thought might be easiest to use)


...and depending on how well toilet-trained they are, Argentine footballer Messi.
posted by Sutekh at 8:23 AM on April 23, 2011


In case you were wondering, Mia had her puppies early Saturday morning. There are 4 boys and 8 girls! I ended up going with a Harry Potter theme, although trees were a close second.

Meet Harry, Ron, Remus, Neville, Hermione, Ginny, Luna, Nymphadora, Molly, Fleur, Cho, and Poppy!
posted by tryniti at 5:37 PM on April 24, 2011 [6 favorites]


I prefer the deities from the "honkey motherland".

starting with:

Baldr
Freyr
Heimdallr
Hermóðr (for the runt)
Loki
Odin (for the big one)
Thor,
and for the "ladies"
Freyja
Gefjun
Hel (my cats name)
Nanna
Rán (for the one who steals your shoes)
Sandraudiga [for the one who (bites) hurts]
Sif (mother in law... probably does not apply)

Baldr is my favorite. He was no Thor.
posted by vegascharlie777 at 6:55 AM on July 27, 2011


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