What’s in a name?
Naming a pet is sometimes difficult for me. I need to find that one name that suits them. That fits both their looks and personalities. Mylo just sort of happened. I remember throwing a few names around, but once we thought of “Mylo”, that was it. Manbeast insisted that it be spelled with a “y” instead of an “i” and that was that. Koda was named for the movie Brother Bear. In the shelter, they called him Noki, but it just wasn’t for him. His thick fur and giant paws made me think of a little bear, and he needed a name to go with it, so he became Koda. Odin was originally not meant to stay with us, so he was “Jungle Baby” because of his spotty tummy. Then he became “Mowgli”, but it just didn’t sound right. My husband is of old Norse blood, so after throwing around a few names from Norse Mythology (and deciding we would keep him) we chose “Odin”. We could have even called him “Spot” for a time.
I often wonder if the meanings of their names suit them, so today I have decided to find out.
Mylo: 4 meanings: Uncertain, peaceful, eager to please, and soldier. I don’t really know what to make of that. Mylo could be deemed as uncertain at times, but who couldn’t? He is peaceful for the most part, but he has the telltale energy of a Golden Retriever that makes his peaceful moments more like a lull between storms. He is most always eager to please, it’s perchance his most endearing quality. And soldier? Well, he is fairly obedient.
Koda: 1 meaning: Friend or ally. The definition of “Koda” says that the translation is not entirely accurate. Koda is a word for friend/companion/ally yes, but it is used in a stronger sense. It’s closest translation would be “blood brother”. This makes my heart glad, as the name is a perfect description for my boy. He is loyal to no end, gentle, loving, kind, and protective. That’s what I would want in a friend, or an ally. This one was surprising to me, as I couldn’t have picked a better description of him myself.
Odin: 2 meanings: Fury or frenzy. This suits him well. He is a 9 pound cat, and I believe 8 of the 9 pounds are comprised of energy, hunting prowess, fury, and being “whacked out”. He is small but mighty. Soft yet sharp. Loving yet a wee bit nutty. I’ll take it.
And, just to see what could be found I have searched my name as well. Brittany means “from Briton”, or “Land of the Britons”. I do not come from Briton and as far as I know I have not been deemed a piece of land. Perhaps my ancestors are from there, or were large enough to be considered land masses. I was hoping for a more interesting definition, or at least one that I could relate to, but alas I did not. I suppose it’s better than finding out that your name means something awful.
What does your pet’s name mean? Or yours? Does it suit them or not?