WELLBEING: What’s in a Name? Cute & Crazy Puppy Names

George Snow

Choosing a name for your new puppy is half the fun of welcoming the little scamp into your life. The choices are endless. There are the traditionalists – Max & Molly , the human names – Phil and Penelope , the celebrities – Beyonce or Bowie anyone? Or maybe you fancy something a little more Continental like Pierre or Pedro. Ohh La La!

Like most people, I’d speculated for years about what I’d call my first puppy (definitely more so than what I’d name my first child), with an ever changing little of cute and crackers names. Some people just know what they want to call their dog like Rebecca Rose, one of our Style Tailors who’d always known her first pup would be called Juno, and so it was.

It is an important decision after all – you have to say it every day for the rest of your life, both at home and in public, so you better be sure you like it. My boyfriend had immediately objected to certain names purely based on the fact that he would refuse to shout them out in a park. ‘I’m not calling out Emeeeeeliooooo in the blo*ody park,’ he said at one of the names on the shortlist. Anything with more than two syllables was also immediately struck from the list – too hard apparently.

The shortlist I ended up whittling down with a friend while drunk consisted of:

  • Eric
  • Ted / Teddy
  • Bear
  • Alfie
  • Bert
  • Ernie
  • Albert
  • George

I’m not really sure how the name George came about – it just seemed like a good strong name that would be fitting for a puppy and an older dog. I’ve since concluded that it may in fact be an homage to George Clooney with whom George shares his dark, brooding looks and strong eye brows. There could be worse comparisons I suppose.

No matter what you decide to call your pup, the nicknames inevitably start flowing once you get the little rascal home and find out all about their personality. George has been subjected to a number of nicknames – not all of which he’s thrilled about, including but not limited to:

  • G Man
  • G-UNIT
  • Georgie Porgie
  • Stinky G
  • Stink Bomb
  • G Monster
  • NO! (he get’s called that so much he probably thinks it’s his actual name)
  • Giorgio

How did you choose your dog’s name?

Did you always know what you’d call your first dog?

Do you have some funny nicknames for them?

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Sara is the Founder & Editor of StyleTails. A writer, design-lover and long-time animal-hugger, Sara launched StyleTails in 2012 to inspire people live a more beautiful life with their four-legged friends. Along with her canine sidekick George, a rescue Yorkie with a big attitude, Sara regularly commentates on luxury pet product and lifestyle trends and has been featured in Elle Decoration, BBC Radio, and is also an expert contributor to WGSN, the leading design trend forecaster.

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