I Nomad

ramblings from a global nomad

10473784_10153110735943545_1428789879557553846_oFinding a perfect name for your pet can be a bit daunting at times. Not only does it have to suit the character you think your pet will have, but you will have to call the name out for the whole world to hear i.e when you want your furry companion to come home. The physical appearance plays an important role too, like naming your pitch black dog Snow (kind of a contradiction) or your furry cat Fluffy (really?).

During a short one year stint at University of New Hampshire, I met a fellow student who had named her two kittens Oral and Sex. I thought these names peculiar and far from resembling anything of the character or the physic of these two felines, but calling these names out on a university campus was interesting – provocative really. Responses from other dorm rooms was mostly, “Yes!”, followed shortly by “Please!”.  So I learned a very important lesson at the university, if nothing else.

Another important aspect when naming your pet is the native language of your country. Naming your cat Pussy in Germany might be harmless, but for English speakers it is kind of….. Well we’ll leave it that. My primary language is English, so it would seem natural that I would look for a name that is common in the English language. Yet all the pets I am naming are in Bali, Indonesia, so I have to take into consideration that those around me (mostly non-English speakers) might have difficulty pronouncing a name like Paradigm (I have no idea how it would be pronounced in Indonesian) or February (in Indonesian it would sound like Pebuary).

This morning while preparing my morning tea, I’m telling our newest addition to our pet family to follow me  “Oreo come, Oreoooo!”. One of my staff asks me why I’ve given all the recent pet additions food names. I did not realized this fact.

Not only is the latest pet named Oreo, we also have a cat named Jahe (Indonesian word for ginger) and another named Pepper (the Indonesian word is merica or lada which are not suitable for calling out). One of the older cats however also has a food name: Popcorn.

Searching on the internet I found a few blogs reporting this phenomena. Some say it is a recent thing, but if I take Popcorn it seems to be something my daughter thought of more than 5 years ago, so not such a recent trend. On this site there is a list I can use for future adoptions although Vienna is certainly not one I will chose. The Indonesians will say Pienna as “v” is not used in their language. It might be kind of endearing, yet may lead to unwanted relieving of body fluids. If I remember correctly my husband once told me a name can lead to the bearer living up to the essence of the name.

Looking up the meaning behind the name Mojo, our black dog, I was surprised to see that it has something to do with magic and charms. The name refers to a super villain in the Marvel Comics which to me seems to apply to our Mojo more than magical charm.

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