: Our first dog came to us with the shelter name Champ, which he'd had for several months. We wanted to keep a similar sound and give him a new name at the same time, so we ended up with Chance. This worked because it was fall and the UT football quarterback at the time was Chance Mock. It also was suitable because we were his last chance at rescue before being put down (he had behavioral problems).
: Our second dog came with the name Leo, which suits him, so we kept it. If I had it to do over again, I'd likely rename him Dumbledore or Falkor, because he looks so much like both of them.
: Our first cat was named Sam at the shelter, but he was young enough to change his name, so we changed it to Atticus. This was due to my desire for a beagle named Atticus Fitch (I have no idea why) and Mark's insistence that we would never have a beagle, so I'd better settle for naming a cat. It doesn't really suit him.
: Our third dog had the shelter name Zeus, which fit him not at all as he was skinny and mangy and pathetic. Because he's a Turkish breed (ASD), we wanted to give him a Turkish name, so I looked up a list of Turkish names. High on the list was Atakan, which means "ancestral blood." This seemed like a good name for an ancient breed of dog, so Atakan it was.
: Our second cat came to us named Esme. I am not sure where the name comes from.
: Our most recent addition was tough to name. I wanted a name that started with an "I," since we already had Atticus with an A and Esme with an E, but didn't want Izzy, since it was so close to Ezzy, which is what we call Esme. Mark pushed for Indigo, since she's blue-eyed, but we finally settled on Illy, after the Italian espresso company, since she's just about shot sized and also latte colored.
Future dogs are supposed to be named after soccer players, depending on what fits.