What we call our dogs

010817-beverlyI’ve written before about Steve’s and my tendency to develop weird alternative names for our CCI puppies. We don’t get to name the dogs. CCI does that, following a number of rules (e.g. all litters are given a letter, based on when they are whelped during the year, and all puppies in the litter are given names that begin with that letter; names can be re-used — our Tucker was CCI’s second and Beverly is its fifth — but only after the original name-holder is no longer in service; etc.) We’ve liked most of our puppies’ names. Still, we’ve wound up inadvertently transforming all of them. Tucker, for example, gets called not only the normal and respectable “Tuck,” but also Tuckerbell (which in turn is a variation on Tuckleberry Hound Dog) and Tuckerman and Mr. T. Brando became Brandonioni or Brandini when he lived with us. We dubbed Darby “Darbinski” and “Darbinscus.”  Yuli acquired the alias of “Snork.” Dionne was “Dionnicus,” and Kyndall morphed into “Kinderella.”

We’re surprised, therefore, to note that Beverly hasn’t developed much of a nickname, at least not yet. Once in a while, “Beverlilly” pops out of my mouth, and we both often refer to her as “The Princess.” (But hope has led us to call most of our girls princesses.) More often than not, however, we’ve used her official moniker. Steve speculates that maybe this is because all the other dog names had just two syllables; maybe three is more resistant to embellishment.

Thanks to a recent post in the Daily Treat (the blog created by the dog walking service rover.com), I’ve learned that Beverly ranked only 4,167th on the list of most popular American dog names! In contrast, Tucker is #10 nationally among male dog names. Among other fascinating tidbits served up in that post:

  • Harry-Potter themed names (e.g. Luna, Debby, Harry)  increased in popularity by 10% last year.
  • Games of Thrones-derived (Arya, Snow, Khaleesi) names were even more popular, soaring by more than 16%.
  • Dogs named “Kale” are most popular in Portland. (Duh.)
  • Coffee-themed names (Kona, Espresso, Mocha) are declining nationally but continue to be popular in (where else?) Seattle.

Perhaps most fascinating is the tool rover.com has developed to tell humans what their dog name would have been (had they been a dog.) Based the fact that Jeannette was the 274th most popular female human name in 1953, rover.com says you can just call me Khaleesi (the 274th most popular female dog name today.)

Of course, we might also consider calling her Sleepy.