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    I've always waited until the pup was "in my arms & stole my heart" before I named them. Having said that ... I've always loved the name "Spirit", so when I saw this wee thing on a You tube video struggling to even breathe on it's own just after it was born ... and then it just "kicked into gear" when the breeder was going to let her go ...and she just happened to be the cutest White GSD on the planet .... totally "gone" in the love department & wouldn't you know it .... Spirit's name really suits her personality .

    So chuffed that you're considering taking on a new pup ... can't wait to see "who" that special little fur ball will be ... and what their name will be ... of course.

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    I've always found that a one or two syllable name is the best. Anastasia would most probably become Annie (just as my friend's dog "Piggly Wiggly became "Piggly." She should have been shot for calling him that, but she thought it was cute for a puppy.) I think about how it would sound if I was calling for them to come, while in public. Would I be happy with calling "Here Constantine..come here Constantine.. Constantine.. Come Constantine..." I don't think so! Short and clear is the best. Just my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dede View Post
    Short and clear is the best.
    Agree. When we had Tara in the car & on the way home, I said to Rob, "It will have to be a short name for obedience work."

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    Hi all

    My friend who named Frosty for me, said one should pick a name that is essentially an adjective - and ends in a vowel - not any variation on a people name.

    Her older dog is "Halley" after the comet (scuse spellin) and her second dog is Rosie, and her cleaning lady is "Rosa" - ARGH. Well technically Rosie is a colour adjective but is also a human name.

    We had an Aussie Terror - that I named "Tracey" after the cyclone - because I figured that's the effect she would have on the family - I was right, but we loved her anyway.

    The next one was Jessie - there's even a song about "Jessie the good dog" (who ran away - our Jessie didn't do that). And we don't know too many people named Jessie.

    I still like "Madison" or "Maddy" but people have started naming their children that.

    Stay away from the top 20 baby names, unless they're foreign ones eg Pia - Finnish. I was kind of fond of old English names like Beryl, Agnes, Gertrude (ok German?), Bertha, Frederica, Roberta and Hyacinth, but a lot of those got rejected because some are hard to yell across an oval to get a dog's attention, and because some of them cannot be used without much laughter. For males along those lines we had Egbert, Percival, Cyril...

    There is a very cute black kelpie in my neighbourhood that gets around by the name of "Ebony" which gets shortened to "Ebby" (like the tide?). I also like the idea of borrowing character / actor names from books / movies. Especially old ones. Or using place names. Although many place names are people names anyway.

    And then there are words you could borrow from Aboriginal languages.
    Minkirri - means small mousey critter, which would be a suitable name for a newfy in the same way as "Little John" or Tiny is.

    From Adnyamathanha Ngawarla (Flinders ranges)
    ardla - fire
    ardla virla - fire coals
    vurndu - smoke
    Wirti - tree or wood or stick/wooden post
    yurndu - sun
    vira - moon
    awi - water - though this is pretty close to "Harry"
    urdlu - kangaroo

    For Malinos-72
    adambarra - spider
    wabma - snake
    Liru - snake (in pitlands annanu pitjanjatjarra - central australia speak)

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    I found girls names harder to think up too.
    You could always shorten Anastasia to Stasia ?

    I loved the name Dakota but wanted a 2 syllable name so if we had have gotten a girl it would have been 'Kota'.

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    Hi DA

    How exciting for you getting a new dog. Sorry not been round much lately, fingers crossed for the puppy you want.

    With regard to names I think it is difficult until you have seen you dog. When we named Jenna we wanted something to do with "White" for obvious reasons. There are lots of websites out there to help you if you have theme in mind. Jenna is actually a shortened version of Genevieve which means 'White spirit, white wave'. I though that was appropriate.

    Otherwise I have always liked the name Tess.

    Good luck
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    I would like another Lab one day, but my OH says no way.....If I did convince him.....I would name him "Valcore".....My favorite movie as a kid was "The Never Ending Story" and the white, flying dog thing in that movie was named Valcore, I have always loved that name for a dog but have never used it. I think it would suit better for a male dog though, that is why Paw-Sha does not have that name

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    I remember that movie, Paw-Sha. Loved it, it was just awesome. I watched it till I sent my mother barmy, I think.

    Hi TKay. Good to hear from you. I just checked my e-mails and breeder has sent me through more photos of the litter. I don't want to get my hopes up yet as the other people have till tonight to comfirm. They look so goreous, it has been hot here for Tassie and they have a fan going in the room to keep them cool. They are all in a big cot on the floor (with legs removed) and I got all soppy seeing the photos!!!

    I agree that 1 or 2 syllables is the best. Otherwise it's just too much and we'd all end up shortening it anyway. Lol.

    For a male I am thinking perhaps 'Wolfgang' and for a female my husband come up with the name 'Inca' last night. Must say I don't half mind that one...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devil's Advocate View Post
    I remember that movie, Paw-Sha. Loved it, it was just awesome. I watched it till I sent my mother barmy, I think.

    Hi TKay. Good to hear from you. I just checked my e-mails and breeder has sent me through more photos of the litter. I don't want to get my hopes up yet as the other people have till tonight to comfirm. They look so goreous, it has been hot here for Tassie and they have a fan going in the room to keep them cool. They are all in a big cot on the floor (with legs removed) and I got all soppy seeing the photos!!!

    I agree that 1 or 2 syllables is the best. Otherwise it's just too much and we'd all end up shortening it anyway. Lol.

    For a male I am thinking perhaps 'Wolfgang' and for a female my husband come up with the name 'Inca' last night. Must say I don't half mind that one...
    Inca sounds good...not commonly used...a bit special

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    I like "Inca" as well. Very different. Unique.

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