There was a list of names I couldn’t use for my daughter – not because they were bad, per se, but they’d been used. Once a four-legged member of the family has a name, I’m sorry, but it’s been used up.
Indiana Jones we are not. But half of Americans in a recent poll confessed to giving their pets “human” names.
The Associated Press-Petside.com poll showed fifty-one percent of dog owners and fifty percent of cat owners copped to people-izing their four-legged friends. Leading the pack is Max.
Is it any wonder Max is not nearly as popular in humans? Its highest spot on the Social Security Administration names list in the past decade was still well out of the top one hundred (it’s gone as low as one sixty five, as high as one twenty-six).
A little informal poll of my friends showed most folks share my views on name recycling. There was some serious namers regret for people whose pets pre-dated their kids. Worse are the parents angry at THEIR parents for using perfectly good names up on the family Cocker Spaniel in the seventies.
I confess it was easier at my house. I fancy Olivia (my dog’s name – for the Ian Falconer books), but it was never our plan to go with an “O” name for our daughter. Ditto Madeline, the moniker of one of our cats (again literary – not named for our own Madeline Holler!). Our other cats have all been boys, with the exception of Veruca (yes, another children’s book name!) and that’s one I wouldn’t bestow on my worst enemy . . . but it works for a little black ball of fur.
Did you lose out on one of your favorite names?