We often name our pets based on some of their characteristics. Some pet names are ancient and are still being used to this day. Naming a pet might be difficult, but once it’s done, it’s for life!
Pet Names and Facts
Today, we are going to discuss some pet names and facts. We are going to present to you some fun stories and attempt to decipher the origin of some pet names.
Dog names and facts
We are going to start with some popular dog names and facts. The reason why dogs are first in this discussion is solely based on the fact that they are the most popular type of pet in the US(1).
Though now considered outdated, the name Fido is a quintessential dog name. In many cases, it became the de facto name for any dog whose name you didn’t know.
This name comes from the Latin word “fidus,” which translates to “faithful.” It’s based on the stereotypical fact that dogs are loyal. Abraham Lincoln owned a dog named Fido.
Spot is another popular name closely linked to dogs, especially Dalmatians. It fits since this species has some spots on its fur. The origin is traced back to the book Dick and Jane.
The siblings in the book had a dog named Spot, who helped children learn to read by accompanying them on adventures(2).
A dog named considered to be classical is Rover. Its origin can be traced back to the British movie Rescued by Rover made in 1905. The protagonist’s popularity made it into the first canine film star.
Though the movie was almost seven minutes long, it was a cinematic feat in that era. The plot was pretty simple. A baby is kidnapped, and a dog named Rover saves the baby.
Cat names and facts
The second on our list are cat names and facts. Cats are probably the second most popular pets in the US. The names given to cats also have an interesting background(3).
One of the most commonly used Cat names is Felix. This name is used for many different types of furry animals. It comes from the Latin, a variant being “felicis.”
It translates to “happy” or even “lucky.” It is a source for the word “feline.” Though it may be a bit difficult to imagine a happy cat, they are indeed lucky with their nine lives.
In Japan, a popular cat name is Momo. It translates to “peach,” which doesn’t seem to make much sense, but overall Japanese people prefer to give their pets a cute sounding name.
Movies often inspire pet names. In the case of the famous cat named Simba, you guessed it!, it was inspired by the Disney film The Lion King.
The origin of the name comes from the Swahili language, translating to “lion.” So if you have a ferocious cat, the name Simba might fit the bill.
Other Popular Pet Names
If you ever met someone who keeps fish as a pet, chances are you heard the name, Nemo. It is a popular fish named inspired by the famous animated Disney film Finding Nemo.
The plot consists of a tiny clownfish who wants to get back to his father in the ocean. The name has some Latin roots, which translates to “nobody.”
One of the most popular pet names, regardless of species, is Bella. It translates to “pretty” or “beautiful” in the Spanish and Italian languages. This name is widespread across the globe, and it is a perfect feminine name, but not overly so.
Did you know?
– The most popular pet name based on VPI’s statistics is Max.
– In the year 2019, the most popular dog name was Luna, Bella the second, and Charlie the third.
– The most popular cat name in 2020 is currently Oliver.