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<p>I never thought I would consider this, but we have a hard time coming up with boys' names and found out last week that #4 is a boy.  I had a dog as a teenager named Oliver and I keep coming back to that name.  It's a bit trendier than I would like, but I haven't heard of any Olivers in the area we live in, so I'm okay with it.</p>
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<p>Would you ever use a name you had used for a pet?</p>
 

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<p>Yes. I have done this...twice.</p>
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<p>When I was pregnant with my first, DH loved the name Maximilian. I had a dog named Maximilian. Not just Max, like a normal person would do with a dog - my dog's name was the long version. I eventually conceded and we used the name. We call him Max. It's surprisingly uncommon in this area although I think it's generally a more popular name...I've never run into another Max. Just a sidenote: our child with the most unusual name - something that doesn't even rank on the Social Security Administration's list of top 1,000 names for the past 50  years - is the one that we run into a lot. There are two other girls in our church with the exact same name (first and middle). </p>
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<p>Back on topic...our youngest is named Veronica. At the time I didn't know it but DH had a childhood dog named Veronica. Now we have two kids with names that were once used for one of our pets. <img alt="redface.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/redface.gif"> For what it's worth, I never look at Max and think "black lab" and DH doesn't look at Veronica and think "pug." They are definitely their own person.</p>
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<p>Granted, it's our own fault for giving People Names to pets. ;) I will keep this in mind if we ever get a dog, because in the past almost all of my pets have had very distinct people names - Peter, Donovan, Maximilian, Frederick...</p>
 

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<p>I don't think I could dissociate it from the pet! Most of our pets have had pretty off-the-wall names that I'd never use on people, anyway. My parents still have a cat named Isabelle, though, so I can't relate to the current Isabella trend... sounds like a cat's name to me.</p>
 

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I think if you are not the type to be super attached to your pets (as in, not naming your child in memorium of your lost pet...) and you had used a name that is typically considered a people name (not Spot!), it's fine. I think babies really take on their name and make it their own, so unless you have a really negative association with some name, it will become "theirs" and be a non-issue.
 

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<p>My daughter is named after something worse than a pet...my World of Warcraft character!  lol.  However, it took us 10 years to get pregnant so really it was always meant to be her name and I just used it for my character (lvl 80 blood elf if you must know :p yes I'm a geek).</p>
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<p>I think any name association you might have will disappear quickly.  Once you get to know a child then that child just *is* that name, kwim?</p>
 

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<p>Nope, not weird at all, unless of course you do give your pets/animals very off the wall names.</p>
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<p>We have three dogs, two we've had since puppyhood and they have people names.  My cats have people names too.  I consider them members of the family and I prefer pets with people names.  That said, I actually like both of my dogs and my cats names on people, and a good friend named her third son the same as one of my dogs (Henry).  Not a big deal for either one of us.</p>
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<p>Our third dog used to belong to a relative, and has a random word as her name.  It actually suits her, but it's weird.</p>
 

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<p>I would love to use my deceased dog's name (Luke), it's always been my absolute favorite name and my DH says no way! I can't tell if it's more because it previously belonged to my favorite dog, or he's just not all that fond of it. Definitely not using the current dog's name (Yoda) ;)</p>
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<p>I laughed at the person using their WoW character's name. I'm actually surprised my DH hasn't suggested this before!</p>
 

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<p>LOL, I so considered this!  Before I met dh, I was convinced that I'd never marry or have children, so I named my cat my favorite girl name (Molly).  She doesn't live with us anymore (did not do well with all the family additions so a dear friend adopted her) but I still don't think hubby would go for it.</p>
 

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<p>This is so interesting!</p>
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<p>I have to say I am rather sad we "used up" some on my favorite people names on our dogs. I don't think I could name my kid a name that was my dogs.</p>
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<p>However, I am naming my daughter the same name as a friend's dog. I had already decided years ago that was what I would want to name a baby girl. I waffled on still using it, but decided I liked the name, and I am going for it.</p>
 

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<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Liora</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282403/s-o-of-the-name-threads-using-a-name-that-belonged-to-a-pet#post_16080894"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>My daughter is named after something worse than a pet...my World of Warcraft character!  lol.  However, it took us 10 years to get pregnant so really it was always meant to be her name and I just used it for my character (lvl 80 blood elf if you must know :p yes I'm a geek).</p>
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<p>I think any name association you might have will disappear quickly.  Once you get to know a child then that child just *is* that name, kwim?</p>
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Ha! I read your reply to my husband. He wanted to name our twins after our WoW characters if they were boy/girl twins... Lucky for my twins, they ended up both being girls or else we'd have a little Zannin and Kiola running around...</p>
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<div class="quote-block">My daughter is named after something worse than a pet...my World of Warcraft character! lol. However, it took us 10 years to get pregnant so really it was always meant to be her name and I just used it for my character (lvl 80 blood elf if you must know :p yes I'm a geek).</div>
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You aren't the only geek here. =) We did the exact same thing! DD's name was one hubby had picked out before we even met. I liked it so much, I used it for my character in WoW. (and in LoTR) Then DD came along and we just knew we wanted to use that name. =)<br><br>
Now we are trying to come up with a name for this new bean. Without having a name that's been hanging around waiting for a baby, it's hard!
 

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<p>I hate that my sister has taken a number of really great names that we would have considered.</p>
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<p>One is Charles, I really like it, BUT she currently has a dog named Charlie and its a <em>girl</em> . Very cute name for a dog, don't think I can use it.</p>
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<p>Same problem from my best friend, her brother has a dog named Zachary.</p>
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<p>I wouldn't have an issue with it if the animals were not still part of the family and it had been a while, otherwise its kinda like "No, I was talking to the dog"</p>
 

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<p>It seems to me the actual problem here is naming pets with human names!  <span><img alt="ROTFLMAO.gif" src="http://files.mothering.com/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif"></span></p>
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<p><span>Oh and Horde FTW! :p  glad there are other geeks here.</span></p>
 

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<p>My mom wanted to give me a name they had already given a cat but my dad said no. I'm glad because I like my name much better than the cat's name (who passed away either shortly before or shortly after I was born). :)</p>
 

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<p>DH had a dog named Ruby growing up. I would have loved to use the name for one of our girls but he refused.</p>
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<p>We did not plan on having kids so we used three perfectly lovely girl names for our dogs and I can never imagine using them for our children either.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>4Blessings</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1282403/s-o-of-the-name-threads-using-a-name-that-belonged-to-a-pet#post_16086451"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>DH had a dog named Ruby growing up. I would have loved to use the name for one of our girls but he refused.</p>
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<p>We did not plan on having kids so we used three perfectly lovely girl names for our dogs and I can never imagine using them for our children either.</p>
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<br><br><p>This is us. Oh, and we are naming our girl Ruby. Luckily, we had not used that on a dog. But we did already use Emma and Amber, so I cannot name any kids those names now!</p>
 
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