What Your Pet’s Name Says About You

Kikeli is the Hawaiian word for “tiger”. My cat’s previous owner named her Kikeli because – you guessed it – she kind of looked like a tiger. People either love or hate the name. My mom has made it known that that it was the stupidest name she had ever heard. Not everyone agrees with her. A couple days ago, I took Kikeli to the vet’s office, where the vet technician fawned over how beautiful her name was.

Did you know that your pet’s name can say a lot about you? “The name of a [pet] reflects the personality and sense of humor of the owner,” says Lisa Peterson, a spokesperson for the American Kennel Club. “For example, if you name your toy poodle ‘Brutus’, that shows a sense of irony.”

Do you sometimes wonder what people think of you when they hear your pet’s name? While we can’t read everyone’s mind and find out exactly what they’re thinking upon finding out that you named your cat Mr. Cat, we can paint a general picture of what your pet’s name says about you– who knows, maybe you’ll learn a thing or two about yourself!

If your pet has a…

Human name

Examples: Sam, Charlie, Molly, Vito, Eleanor

To you, your pet is so much more than just an animal. You view him/her as a true member of your family. Studies have shown that people who give their pets human names have the closest relationships with their pets. If your pet has a human name, chances are that you celebrate his/her birthday, schedule play dates with other pets, and let him/her sleep in your bed.

Common pet name

Examples: Spot, Fluffy, Buddy, Kitty

You like to be comfortable and safe. You don’t feel the need to put much emphasis on your pet’s name, because you understand that his/her personality is unique and great enough to set himself/herself apart from all the other Spots in the neighborhood.

Ironic name

Examples: A hyperactive dog named Garfield, a kitten named Killer, a sweet harmless little bunny named Godzilla

You definitely have a sense of humor, and you like to showcase it! It also shows that you’re really in touch with your pet’s personality and that you put a lot of thought into choosing the perfect (ironic) name for him/her.

Historical figure / celebrity / famous character name

Examples: Madonna, Gandhi, Mario, Zelda, Tesla

You like to show your personality through your pet’s moniker, because you obviously have a high opinion of the person or character you named your pet after. Sometimes, you may have named your pet after a person or character simply because your pet reminds you of his/her namesake. For example, my cat, Einstein, got his name because he’s freakishly smart. Naming your pet after a historical figure, celebrity, or a famous character can also mean that you’re sentimental.

An off-beat name

Named your pet something like Sir Wolfgang Bow-Wow Windsor? There’s no doubt that you’re very creative! You must also like to be in the spotlight, because you’ve probably figured by now that your pet’s name is almost always a conversation starter. Upon hearing an off-beat name, people always want to know how you came up with it.

What did you name your pet(s), and why? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments below!

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  1. Jake (short for Jamaican Me Crazy): this was actually his breeder/show name and when I adopted him I thought it fit (he is the loudest cat ever)

    Maus (German Spelling for Mouse, sounds the same): Art Spiegelman created a graphic novel called by the same name. It is a story about The Holocaust where the oppressed (Jews, Gypsies, Homosexuals) are portrayed as Mice and the Nazi are Cats and other animals. I’m a Jewish convert and I thought naming my cat Maus because she was diminutive and converted from her evils ways was appropriate.

    Moshe Moshi: The first Moshe is Jewish for Moses. His show name was Santos Moses. Moshi is a Japanese word, kinda. Most of my Japanese friends/family answer the phone “Moshi Moshi” which is not the word for hello. I was told by an Aunt that Moshi was supposed to be a sound that only human people could make so you say it when you answer the phone so that the person on the other end knows you’re a real person and not a robot or alien. Sphynx Cats are often accused of looking like Aliens, thus the name.

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