I’m embarrassed to admit how long it actually took me to finally settle on a name for my new dog.
A long freakin’ time.
His name is Atlas.
I know, not that original. But less obvious, pretentious, or annoying to shout in public than most of the names I ruled out. And meets my main criteria for a sound dog name:
- No more than two syllables
- Not easily morphed into some awful diminutive
- Not too challenging to spell or pronounce
- At least a little uncommon [Seems even the oddest names are rarely unique. I know more than one dog named Pancake, for example.]
- May be pronounced either softly or sharply
So, how does Atlas compare with dog names I’ve come up with in the past? Here they are, you be the judge:
- Halberd (a skinny, sharp, and generally unwieldy mix)
- Shay (named for a slang term for a carriage while I was driving them)
- Beatnik (a smallish and very handsome Rottweiler)
- Deacon (a Great Dane)
- Julep (a female Rott)
- Rooster (a terrier puppy that would reliably wake me at the crack of dawn)
Anyhow, glad that’s over. Time to move on.
© Ruth Crisler and Spot Check, 2010.