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a name for a puppy?

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So far I have a stickie (yes, I have a mac now, albeit a slightly tired but still servicable ibook - thanks Sal!) with the following on it as potential names their japanese meanings(ish) in brackets:

Yuki (snow)
Gabba (gaban - drawing board. this one is named for the techno, not the japanese meaning!)
Katsu (victory)
Daichi (great wisdom/land)
Tenka (contraction from tenmonka, meaning astronomer, 'cos his pedigree name is stargazer)
Kanzen (excellence)

I pretty much only have photos of him asleep at the moment, as the rest of the time he either comes out a white blur, or he tries to eat the camera.
25th Jun 2007, 23:04   | tags:,

mr.nige says:

Yuki takes it for me. thats the one.

25th Jun 2007, 23:06

Rich says:



25th Jun 2007, 23:06

mat says:

Yes. Yes I did. You knew I was going to.

You can call him Lovejoy. In your head.

25th Jun 2007, 23:07

Electric Sheep says:

I'm liking Yuki the most. But i also like Daichi. But Tenka is good too. Guh. Honestly, i don't think there is a cute enough name to do justice to that incredibly fluffy piece of heart goodness.

(not running a 32bit PowerPC flavour of linux on the iBook? *in shock* :D )

25th Jun 2007, 23:09

Spiderbaby says:

Yuki! Says Crickson and I :)

So very cute!

25th Jun 2007, 23:12

norm says:

some Japanese words I like (with apologies for spelling):


25th Jun 2007, 23:14

Alfie says:

if that's the definitive list, i'd go for tenka, its meaning is wonderful, and contracting to ten or tenk rolls off the tongue

25th Jun 2007, 23:14

Essitam says:

I like Yuki,

Actually I don't, I just said that out loud as i typed it. It sounds like something the blonde kid used to say when he didn't like something - the poor thing would live its life forever thinking everyone disliked him..

However if he ever leaves you a "package" on the carpet....YUKI!

Edit (p.s. agrees with alfie)

25th Jun 2007, 23:16

BenosTaylorian says:

Agreed Yuki

25th Jun 2007, 23:18

headless says:

Sal says Tenka
Scotland says Tenka too...

Little Man...

25th Jun 2007, 23:25

White Fluffy Clouds says:

I like Yuki but agree with Essitam - I wouldn't fancy shouting it at the top of my voice in a park etc!!
Tenka has my vote :)

25th Jun 2007, 23:26

mat says:

just for the record, it's pronounced You-Key, not Yucky. :)

25th Jun 2007, 23:27

Essitam says:

AHHH.....i see.

Still prefer Tenka now though!

25th Jun 2007, 23:29

silar31 says:

100% Tenka. It has a logical consistency with his registered name, it's easy to pronounce, doesn't sound like a command word, and has 2 syllables and ends in a vowel which makes it easy to shout for distance commands.

26th Jun 2007, 01:24

hildegard says:

Like your list - maybe throw in Kitsune? Fox messengers of the god Inari "When a kitsune gains its ninth tail, its fur becomes white or gold"

Though Lovejoy does work somehow...

26th Jun 2007, 02:06

factotum says:

another vote for Tenka, from the names on this list...
but also like Tenmonka BTW

26th Jun 2007, 04:47

Mandy. says:

I like Tenka. It sounds like Enka, my old dog's name.

26th Jun 2007, 05:12

FilbertFox says:

Tenka Tenka Tenka, thrice Tenka

26th Jun 2007, 07:58

paintist says:

Tenka from me too.... and a belated awwwwwwww, he is so very very cute....

26th Jun 2007, 08:05

SWMBO says:

Tenka every time :)

26th Jun 2007, 08:12

Dhamaka says:

Tenka for me too. For the meaning and the sound of the word, and because you need a word that sounds cute to match the cuteness of your new baby

26th Jun 2007, 08:25

Puddlepuff says:

Just go to the park and shout out alkl the names. Take the one that makes you feel least odd :)

26th Jun 2007, 09:01

FilbertFox says:

that's a good idea PP. Tenka still wins

26th Jun 2007, 09:17

Hward says:

Katsu for me.

26th Jun 2007, 09:51

Rich says:

Lovejoy. Everyone saying Tenka really means Lovejoy.

26th Jun 2007, 09:56

Kostika says:

I'm going to have to go for Tenka also. It'll be a nice name for when he's grown up as well as while he's tiny.

26th Jun 2007, 10:01

Salome NLI says:

You can't call a dog Katsu. That's just taking the piss.
Tenka is bestest, I think.

26th Jun 2007, 10:19

seaneeboy says:

Totally Tenka - It'll still suit him when he's no longer a pup :)

26th Jun 2007, 10:28

SaharaSB says:

Yuki !

26th Jun 2007, 11:03

Puddlepuff says:


26th Jun 2007, 11:05

mysocalledmoblog says:

i like kitsune that hildegard suggested, although it may get shortened to kit and that's rubbish. tenka is shorter though and so more likely to have the whole name maintained and it's a good name.

the sleeping photos are adorable by the way.

26th Jun 2007, 11:11

540air says:

Tenka, cause it sounds a bit like Tinker, which he may be "a little bit of a...." as he grows. Also, because there was a character in Lovejoy called Tinker :)

26th Jun 2007, 11:17

molly says:

Don't encourage him, 540!! Still - that is the least offensive suggestion Rich has made so far.

26th Jun 2007, 11:34

molly says:

I like Yuki and Tenka - but I think Tenka might sound a bit more like a girl's name.

26th Jun 2007, 11:35

parabolichobo says:

has to be lovejoy. or futon.

26th Jun 2007, 15:07

anonymous says:

hmm yuki or tenka. they are both very meaningful and sound wonderful. a dog that fluffy and cute deserves nothing less than a special, beautiful name.

go with yuki. that's my vote =)

26th Jun 2007, 15:41

540air says:

Wouldn't dream of encouraging him at all, no no, not me ;)

26th Jun 2007, 15:42

540air says:

I like both Yuki and Tenka, but I think Tenka just slightly more than Yuki :)

26th Jun 2007, 15:44

Puddikat says:

I like Tenka too, if the votes not already over : )

26th Jun 2007, 17:05

Alfie says:

Still, not enough attention has been given to Norms suggestion of Nintendo :)

26th Jun 2007, 18:07

The Artist Formally Known As Meatstick says:

Katsu is too close to Katsudon
Yuki for me

26th Jun 2007, 18:35

Alfie says:

mmmmn, pork katsudon, my favourite.

26th Jun 2007, 18:38

The Artist Formally Known As Meatstick says:

or how about Yuki-Kuma (snow bear)

26th Jun 2007, 18:39

Alfie says:

mmmmn, pork katsudon, my favourite.

26th Jun 2007, 18:42

Essitam says:

molly - I dont think he'd care if his name sounds girly, when Judy -Wah is no longer with us I'm getting 2 new kittens, one will be called "Vedder" and the other will be called either "Boyd" or "Bauer" whatever the sex!!!

(or "Luke" if the blonde kid gets his way)

26th Jun 2007, 19:11

Puddlepuff says:

Poudle Pouf,..
NND,... (No Named Dog)

26th Jun 2007, 19:16

MaggieD says:

Think I would go with Yuki, Tenka reminds a bit of that TV programme of the early '80s about a Japanese prisoner of war camp for women ....

26th Jun 2007, 19:31

White Fluffy Clouds says:

What about blackey or smokey - seeing as there is no way he's ever going to be this white again :p

26th Jun 2007, 20:15

Puddlepuff says:

Yuki is something I would say if he farted,...

"Euwwww that's YUKI!!"

26th Jun 2007, 20:57

Sir Findo Gask says:

I didn't see Thor or Titan on the list....

26th Jun 2007, 21:19

Rich says:

MaggieD; That's exactly what i said, having to explain that you're not a mad fan of Tenko all the time would get pretty old quite fast.

26th Jun 2007, 21:36

MaggieD says:

Rich, somehow I knew you would be the one to recogonise the reference .....

26th Jun 2007, 21:53

MaggieD says:

... or even pre-empt it ....

26th Jun 2007, 21:54

afternoon says:


26th Jun 2007, 22:36

Sprocket says:

I've always like Sparky!

26th Jun 2007, 23:07

swamprose says:


27th Jun 2007, 03:04

kel says:


27th Jun 2007, 13:04

swamprose says:

I know someone called Yuki. it's a people name. Daichi.

27th Jun 2007, 13:21

kel says:

Yuki. :D

27th Jun 2007, 13:29

mat says:

Daichi is a people name too though - I got both of them off a japanese names site.. I was almost set on Yuki, then last night Rich suggested Lemmy.

I rather like Lemmy.

27th Jun 2007, 14:26

Puddikat says:

Aw Lemmy, you'll have to get him a leather waistcoat.

27th Jun 2007, 14:39

hildegard says:

Lemmy,Lemmy,Lemmy,Lemmy,Lemmy,Lemmy,Lemmy! Oh joy, oh rapture.
Or [Filthy] Phil [Taylor] on account of how hard he'll be to keep clean? ;)

27th Jun 2007, 14:56

mat says:

I caught him cleaning his face like a cat earlier..

27th Jun 2007, 15:04

Salome NLI says:


27th Jun 2007, 15:49

kozika says:

His face is as lovely as milk.

*Milky smile*


27th Jun 2007, 15:55

beth says:


27th Jun 2007, 16:01

paintist says:

changed my mind now...Lemmy!

27th Jun 2007, 17:27

pandairo says:


27th Jun 2007, 17:50

Essitam says:

oh now see Lemmy is even better than tenka!

27th Jun 2007, 18:35

The Artist Formally Known As Meatstick says:

Would that be Lemmy Kilmister or Lemmy von Motorhead ?

27th Jun 2007, 19:44

minkey says:

Doesn't look like Lemmy. Quite like Japanese names :-)How long have you got to decide?

27th Jun 2007, 19:51

Groovicron says:

I'd name him General Zod... although to me that seems the perfect name for pretty much anything. Dog, cat, boat, pub, sandwich....

Yuki sounds a bit feminine to me and it'd be cruel to give him a girly name.

27th Jun 2007, 20:00

mat says:

Lemmy von Motorhead - because he wakes up, drinks, runs around like a madman tearing things up, pisses on the floor and then passes out under a table. Also because it's entirely inappropriate to name a tiny fluffy dog after an enormous hairy rocker. And not to mention the fact that he looks a bit like a lemming.

I think he's Lemmy. I've been trying some names out to see how they feel, and Lemmy feels best.

The Naming Of Things is always so hard.

27th Jun 2007, 20:27

swamprose says:

he's Lemmy for sure. good call.

27th Jun 2007, 20:31

Puddlepuff says:

Cool sweet cudly,...

Fluffy thing,.... Lemmy is Cool!!

But hope your Lemmy wont grow so many "boils" though

27th Jun 2007, 21:33

parabolichobo says:

I can live with lemmy, but not in the biblical sense of course.

27th Jun 2007, 22:35

swamprose says:

biblical sense? oh, I learn so much on this blog.

27th Jun 2007, 23:10

SWMBO says:

Wasn't Lemmy from Stoke on Trent, maybe you should think again!

28th Jun 2007, 14:44

hildegard says:

SWMBO - true, born in Burselm, but made good his escape at an early age & grew up on Anglesey, if that helps?

28th Jun 2007, 15:36

Sir Findo Gask says:

H, his father was a man of the cloth? Or am I thinking of someone else?

28th Jun 2007, 17:54

hildegard says:

A vicar & a Bolter to boot. Took off when our hero was a toddler, as I recall.

28th Jun 2007, 22:07

Sir Findo Gask says:

Ah yes I remember now..

Mind you if he looked anything like he does now as a child. You'd slap the mother and run like the wind, wouldn't you!

28th Jun 2007, 22:09

SWMBO says:

Been giving this some thought and Lemmy is too like Lemming for my liking. He needs his own identity, not to go through life being known as the dog named after the guy from Motorhead who was born in Stoke on Trent, moved to Anglesey and his Dad deserted him when he was little!

How about Frank, or Reg or something like that, so he can grow into it.

Just as a note for that, Findo wanted Borris The Dog to be called Thor or Spartacus, and Thor sounds like you've got a lisp when shouting it in public and Spartacus the Dog just doesn't have the same ring to it. He is most definately a Borris through and through.

29th Jun 2007, 07:52

hildegard says:

Have met several Lemmys of various hues & stripes, but all quintessentially Lemmys. Think it's like Red or Smiffy; a nickname that's become a name in its own right...

29th Jun 2007, 13:05

anonymous says:

Too late now, everyone - he's Lemmy!

29th Jun 2007, 14:00

JokerXL says:

He'll always be "Bonzo" to me.

30th Jun 2007, 20:30