Turns our hearts to 'Mush!'
January 8, 2017 9:28 AM   Subscribe

Help us name this little guy!

As soon as he is old enough this little guy is going to be ours. He is a Siberian Husky and we are leaning towards a Russian name. We are looking for ideas, votes towards our existing ideas, and input from Russian speakers verifying these mean what we think it means. Who knew it could be so hard to pick a name?

Zver ('beast')
Sanki ('sled')
Mishka ('bear')
posted by KMoney to Pets & Animals (19 answers total)
Taiga Stomperson
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 9:44 AM on January 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

posted by shoesietart at 9:45 AM on January 8, 2017 [2 favorites]

posted by drlith at 9:48 AM on January 8, 2017 [3 favorites]

Mishka seems to fit - maybe Mishka Kosolapy if he needs a longer name!
posted by moonmilk at 9:50 AM on January 8, 2017 [3 favorites]

posted by miles1972 at 10:39 AM on January 8, 2017

I thought "Ivan" even before I read the More Inside.
posted by achrise at 10:46 AM on January 8, 2017

I have a lovely Russian friend called Maxim, which means "the greatest" - he gets Max as a nickname - and I'm sure he'd be happy to let you have it. Also OMG HOW CUTE??
posted by billiebee at 10:51 AM on January 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

Zabivaka the wolf - Russia's official mascot for the 2018 world cup. Works if you are soccer fans.

(He is so much cuter than the mascot!)
posted by bunderful at 11:01 AM on January 8, 2017

Flame (fur pattern on face)
posted by forthright at 11:24 AM on January 8, 2017


The Alaska Native Languge Center at UAF gets asked often to suggest Native names for dogs. The Yup'ik language is spoken in both Alaska and (in a different dialect) Russia. Yup'ik folks would have used these dogs (still do in russia) much more than Russian-speaking folks. So in that spirit here is the ANLC's suggested list of Yup'ik dog names:

Central Yup'ik

Central Yup'ik is the Alaska language spoken by the greatest number of people--about 15,000. The Central Yup'ik people live on the western central coast of Alaska around Norton Sound and Bristol Bay, and inland some distance along the rivers of the area.

arrluk 'killer whale'
cikuq 'ice'
cupun 'coal'
ataneq 'king'
kuk'uq 'animal (child's word)'
mequssuk 'shaggy dog'
negiliq 'parka ruff'
panik 'daughter'
pukulria 'bone chewer'
qimugkauyar 'puppy'
qimugta 'dog' (literally 'puller')
taqukaq 'grizzly bear'
tulukaruk 'crow'
tungulria 'black one'
yuralria 'dancing one'

posted by spitbull at 11:25 AM on January 8, 2017 [8 favorites]

Smirnoff ;)
posted by dancinglamb at 11:26 AM on January 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

Also I will suggest the Iñupiaq word for "beloved" or "dear one," which is related to the Yup'ik word for daughter above, "Paniq." It's pronounced very close to English "bunny" (except with a slight glottal stop at the end, and the initial consonant is halfway between English voiceless /p/ and voiced /b/) and it happens to be my nickname for my cat.
posted by spitbull at 11:30 AM on January 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

Because just to be clear these dogs were bred for sled pulling by Indigenous people, of whom the Russians were brutal colonizers, and remain contemporary oppressors, so when I see a Husky or a Malamute or a Samoyed (I grew up with one of those) I think "Native," not "Russian." There's nothing "Russian" about them.
posted by spitbull at 11:36 AM on January 8, 2017 [6 favorites]

Messala. Ben Hur's childhood pal.
posted by BostonTerrier at 11:44 AM on January 8, 2017

posted by JoeZydeco at 12:27 PM on January 8, 2017 [1 favorite]

Strelka or Belka, which were some space dogs
Volchok - little wolf
posted by k8t at 5:40 PM on January 8, 2017

In the Russian version of the Jungle Book the Akela character looks a lot like your dog. I Googled Akela and it is apparently Hindi for alone but Russian speakers would identify it as related to that film.
posted by k8t at 5:44 PM on January 8, 2017

Mush is actually a pretty cute name for a dog.
posted by spraypaint at 8:06 PM on January 8, 2017 [2 favorites]

2nd vote for Mush.
posted by Thistledown at 9:50 AM on January 9, 2017

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