View Full Version : Funny Article from Chicago Tribune about names

01-05-2007, 07:28 AM
From http://blogs.chicagotribune.com/news_columnists_ezorn/2007/01/parents_dont_gi.html

Bow Wow Meow's rosters of favorite dog and cat names in the U.S. (gleaned from ID tag requests) includes many that also appear on the Social Security Administration's list of top 50 baby names for 2005.


Jake/Jacob 2 dogs 1 boys
Sam/Samuel 7 dogs 5 cats 21 boys
Abby/Abigail 13 dogs 4 girls
Sophie/Sophia 24 dogs 23 cats 11 girls
Jack 17 dogs 34 boys
Alex /Alexander 28 dogs 25 cats 12 boys
Samantha 33 dogs 13 cats 8 girls
Jasmine 42 cats 29 girls
Jessie/Jessica 43 dogs 27 girls
William 48 cats 11 boys
Madison 49 dogs 3 girls
Tom/Thomas 49 cats 40 boys
Emma 50 dogs 2 girls
Grace 51 cats 14 girls
Hannah 56 dogs 7 girls

You can read the whole article if you want, but I just thought it was funny... I can think of one child or pet named each one of those things above, sometimes one of each!

01-05-2007, 09:01 AM
DH insisted on naming our dog Jack and sometimes I feel bad because I have a couple of IRL friends who intended to name their kids that. :o

01-05-2007, 10:41 AM
Along the same lines, we named out dog Jack too and I kind of wish we had saved it incase we have a boy some day!

01-05-2007, 11:04 AM
Yeah, we have a dog named Sami... dh was ticked that he used up one of his girl names when he named the dog. :p

01-05-2007, 11:35 AM
We have a dog named Sydney. The neighbors' dogs are Samantha, Haley, Bella and Sophie. I guess dogs are family.

01-05-2007, 12:09 PM
Jack is out for us cause it's our dogs name (Jackson)
Jake is our good friends dog's name and I personally would use it as a boys name
Luke is out because our cat is Luca

I might have to revisit the Jake name...how bad is it to name your child the same name as a pet of a close friends who you see a lot.

01-05-2007, 12:37 PM
We wanted Madison for a girl but BIL named his dog Madison. I was mad about that!

01-06-2007, 04:56 PM
Our future dog's name is Abbey, and dh's cousin just named their daughter that. Oops! DH was telling me some lady on tv named her dog Noah (our baby's name). I don't really care though. I think Noah is a weird name for a dog!

01-06-2007, 05:20 PM
How did I know that "Molly" would be in the Top 5 for female dogs? (I am a Molly and people constantly tell me, "Oh, my dog's name is Molly!).

01-06-2007, 05:39 PM
We have mostly non-human names:

Luna - dog
Raven - dog
Gomez - cat
Howard - cat (don't really have to worry about this name hitting the top 1000 anytime soon!)
Pooh - cat

I think we're safe. I have to say though... I met a little girl named Luna and thought it was pretty cute.

01-06-2007, 06:25 PM
Our dog is Zoey.

01-06-2007, 06:37 PM
We have Howard the Dog and Herbert the Cat DH really wanted to name the cat Kevin ?? I agreed to Herbert because I couldn't think of anyone I know named Herbert.

Working in the pet field I have run into all kinds of names. We had a schnauzer come into my last clinic named Becca. After I had my DD, I found out that they adopted another schnauzer and named it Bella. Well, DDs nickname is Bella and my name is Becca. :rolleyes:

01-06-2007, 09:08 PM
I have a horse named Grace. DH really likes that name for a future DD & just doesn't get why I might feel weird about using it. :p (Luckily, it's one of the nicest horses EVER, but in my head, I'd still be naming my future kid after an animal!)

I've also got another horse named Emma & my ILs have a dog named Molly.

01-06-2007, 10:02 PM
When we adopted our second cat her name was Katie. That's a nickname we have "reserved" for a future daughter (Kaitlyn), so we changed her name to Kalista and call her Kali. :) Our first cat was only 8 weeks when we adopted her, so she didn't already have a name. DH named her Lilith and we call her Lily. One of my cousins had a baby girl last March and named her Lilitt with the nickname Lily. I had to wonder if baby naming is hereditary because her oldest daughter is Caitlin.

After reading the OP I'm now worried that a future son will not only be surrounded by other kids with his name, but dogs too! :eek: My current #1 boy's name is Jacob. :)

01-06-2007, 10:42 PM
I once worked with a guy who not only gave his cats 'people' names, he gave them middle names too. I wish I could remember the names he used...

01-06-2007, 11:54 PM
My dog's name is Daisy. At work I met a man who introduced me to his daughter... named Daisy! I had to bite my tongue to keep from blurting out, "Cool! That's my dog's name!"

01-06-2007, 11:57 PM
My DD's name is Sophia. Today while walking home from the library we met a dog named Sophie.

01-10-2007, 12:41 PM
How did I know that "Molly" would be in the Top 5 for female dogs? (I am a Molly and people constantly tell me, "Oh, my dog's name is Molly!).
I always thought Molly would be such a cute girl's name, but alas, one of our dogs is named Molly (DH's dog pre-me). :)

We're expecting a girl in May, and, to the chagrin of everyone around us, we're going to name her Emma Grace. I'm hoping the Friends thing will wear off by the time she goes to school, but I've loved the name since I read the novel back in 1980-something, so she's going to be stuck with it. ;)

01-10-2007, 01:20 PM
Both of my dog's names are on the top 5 list. Jake & Bailey (but Bailey's a girl and her name is on the boy list) Too funny!

01-10-2007, 01:37 PM
We named our dogs after Ella Fitzgerald and Chet Baker.

I don't think I'll be seeing Chet on the SSA list anytime soon - but I know that Ella is up there.

01-11-2007, 07:37 AM
We named our dog Bernard, which probably won't ever regain popularity as a human name. However, some of our runner up names for future pets (Hank, Charlie) could be names that friends or family pick for new children.

01-11-2007, 07:55 AM
I had no idea William was such a popular name for pets.

01-11-2007, 03:29 PM
My cocker spaniel is Emma. :D