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Naming a baby the same name as a pet ...

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jessica11054 Fri 30-Sep-16 22:06:48

Definite no-no, or acceptable? grin

Hamsolo Fri 30-Sep-16 22:07:37

Your pet or someone elses?

amysmummy12345 Fri 30-Sep-16 22:09:15

Depends... We had a JRT named Chad, I think that's a lovely name for a boy also. On the other hand we once had a mongrel named Scooby....

jessica11054 Fri 30-Sep-16 22:09:50

My pet(s)!

Enidblyton1 Fri 30-Sep-16 22:11:34

Perfectly acceptable.... unless it's a awful namegrin

Hoppinggreen Fri 30-Sep-16 22:12:18

I named DS after my childhood dog

HomeIsWhereTheGinisNow Fri 30-Sep-16 22:12:29

Haha if our next baby is a girl, our husband is going to name her after one of our cats. I think it's fine, anything done with love has to be a good thing. Apart from bestiality of course..

Enidblyton1 Fri 30-Sep-16 22:13:20

What is the pet?

jessica11054 Fri 30-Sep-16 22:13:35

Jessica or Freddie smile

LastGirlOnTheLeft Fri 30-Sep-16 22:14:06

It put me off. I had a retriever called Ben, and I loved that name for my baby son...but vetoed it simply because my dog had had that name. It seemed wrong. Like we chose it for our dog, so that classified it as a pet's name.

FoxesSitOnBoxes Fri 30-Sep-16 22:14:13

I was named after my mum's dog. She was still alive when I was born. Didn't seem odd at the time but I'm sure other people thought it was a bit crazy

FinnegansCake Fri 30-Sep-16 22:14:32

Depends on the name. I had a friend who called her DD Katy, which was the name of a dog she'd had as a child, but only people who knew her so far back would be likely to raise an eyebrow about it.

On the other hand, if you're planning to name your child Fido, Rover or Tibbles it's not so great grin

shaggedthruahedgebackwards Fri 30-Sep-16 22:15:59

Is the pet still living?

If yes, then I would think that's a bit odd TBH

DavidPuddy Fri 30-Sep-16 22:18:30

A relative is named the same as a childhood pet (cat). It always makes me happy to think of the connection, though it was not intentional.

Those are both nice names.

Actually had DD been a boy she would have been named after my sister's cat and for middle name a friend's dog.

Babylove2015 Fri 30-Sep-16 22:21:36

If you see your pets as one of the family, why not? our pets are so pure and full of unconditional love. I would name a child after one of my fur babies.

NuffSaidSam Sat 01-Oct-16 01:20:58

Only if you can change the pets name.

If it's a dog that knows/responds to it's name and would be confused if you suddenly changed it then I wouldn't. If it's a goldfish who really isn't going to mind that he's called Frank instead of Freddie now then go for it.

temporarilyjerry Sat 01-Oct-16 06:54:38

Amy;smummy grin

Sugarpiehoneyeye Sat 01-Oct-16 07:26:01

Jessica, of course you can, they're both lovely names, and that's all they are. Go ahead.

marmiteandcheeseplease Sat 01-Oct-16 07:32:22

I think its fine but my DH disagrees! If we'd had a boy I wanted to call it the same name as my childhood dog, just because I happened to really like it and chose the name for my dog when I was little. But DH swiftly vetoed it as he didn't want to name it after a pet. Tbh i do think my family would find it weird as he was a big part of our life and a well loved and remembered dog!

FrancisCrawford Sat 01-Oct-16 07:34:54

If the pets are still alive, then it would be confusing for them!

MrsBellefleur Sat 01-Oct-16 07:36:00

Dh wants to put our cats name (Fry) in the list for this baby if it's a boy. I have said no.

Crunchymum Sat 01-Oct-16 10:11:38

I toyed with using the cats name for DD. Didn't in the end but when I posted here for thoughts, it was almost overwhelmingly a "yes" to using the name.

8DaysAWeek Sat 01-Oct-16 10:18:49

My childhood dog and bestest friend in the whole world was called Ollie. He died a few years ago. Everyone and their mum loved Ollie. I liked the name Oliver for my DS, not because it was like Ollie (though I actually quite liked a little dedication to the dog that got me through some awful times) but because I liked the name. Decided against it in the end as thought people would find it a bit odd. But I'm one of those people who cares about others opinions when I really shouldn't grin

BlackbirdSingsInTheDeadOfNight Sat 01-Oct-16 11:24:48

A friend had a cat called Oscar and then named her son Oscar. Feline Oscar was still very much alive and well when child Oscar was born, though had gone off to live a few houses down the road. I found it a little odd, if I'm honest, but it would have been substantially more odd if the feline version had still been living with them!

RattieOfCatan Sat 01-Oct-16 21:42:58

Admittedly we are considering a middle name which happens to also be one of our pet's name at the moment, if the pet wasn't alive still and if we didn't love another name so much I'd happily use it as a first name too tbh, but as they are alive I think I'd find it a bit odd!

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