Naming your family pet is always a fun experience. It can be a lot less serious and leaves more room for creativity than say naming a child.
We often spend chunks of time weighing up what to call the newest member of our family. But after such deliberation, it seems we rarely call them by the name we’ve painstakingly chosen.
Instead, we opt for handfuls of names suitable for almost any occasion. Each with its own tone and nuance. They range from cute to generic, and plenty in-between.
Inspired by recent Twitter chats, here’s how you might create a series of nicknames.
It can be meaningful but still a bit silly
Double up – a full name for when they’re naughty or at (whisper it) the vets
Holly Eindhoven (a name I gave a chicken, Dutch breed)
Theodore Morgan, get down from the window now.
(Add a middle name for the very worst-case scenario.)
Add some status
Lord Keith / Keithington
Look around your home, add the nearest item
Roger poo poo
A foreign sounding twist
Edgar Allen Poe
Try adding The + [name] ster
A regular telling off
You might get an odd look calling out your pet’s nickname in public. But no other animal will make fun of their ridiculous name, “Little squish”, will they?
How many different names do you have for your pet? And how do you come up with them?
We hold a similar affection for brands
Woolworths was lovingly referred to as Woolies in homes up and down the UK. Wilkinson’s renamed to Wilko. Many people drop the WH from WH Smiths.
It’s worth considering how your brand name could be changed without your say-so when you’re brainstorming what to call your business.
If you need help with your words, get in touch.
Leigh James (that’s me) is a Senior Freelance Copywriter.
Photo credit – Glenn Fisher. That’s Pablo, Pabs, Beezey, Beezey Pabs, Pibs, Mr Pabdog, the list goes on.