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Is Fido a Good Name for a Baby?

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All the good names have gone to the dogs.


Momlogic's Momstrosity: I wish I were Tori Spelling. Which is weird because I'm not a fan of hers. She's not my cup o' tea. But I envy her because she got to name her new baby daughter Stella and I didn't.

Stella is one of my favorite names--partially because one of my favorite movie scenes of all time is when Marlon Brandon, in a torn shirt, lustily screams: "Steeeeellla!" at the foot of her stairs. (BTW Marlon Brando IN a t-shirt leaves Matthew "Look at My Chest Hair McConaughey" in the dust) So, when at 30, single and pretty much convinced I would never find the right man to have children with. I used the name for a puppy I got at the SPCA.

Years later, I met the love of my life, got pregnant and found out I was having a girl. I tried to convince my husband we should change my dog's name and use Stella for our unborn child. I rationalized that the dog wouldn't know the difference if her name change rhymed.The father-to-be was appalled,

"We're not naming our daughter after your dog!"

Sadly, when my daughter was only 3 months old, Stella died. I reintroduced the naming situation with my husband. It still wasn't too late I implored, our infant child wouldn't know the difference - could we change her name to Stella now?

"We're not naming our daughter after your DEAD dog!!"

We'll you can't blame me for trying. It wouldn't be such a big deal if good names weren't so hard to find. Especially when the best ones are being pilfered for pet names. In fact, a list top pet names looks eerily similar to a list of top baby names:


I mean who wants to be at a park calling to your kid and have a pack of dogs show up begging for snacks?

At the momlogic offices alone, three people know dogs called Chloe, and two moms have daughters of the same name. Maybe it's time to start dipping into the pet-naming pool? If you're in the baby-naming stage, it might be time to start considering names like Fluffy, Rover, Fido or Scrappy. Why not? Obviously, the dogs aren't using them.

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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
Spell Girl June 21, 2008, 8:22 AM

Stella is fat too classy and fabulous a name for Tori Spelling! Eeew! I am very cynical and think she’s popping out the bebes to keep her career alive!

Marlene July 10, 2008, 9:40 AM

A friend of mine had a dog named Ralph and he named his baby Ralph. Yes, it was weird.

Kerry  July 18, 2008, 9:11 AM

I’ve always loved the name “Bella” for a girl. Until I started noticing multiple dogs at our doggie day care named Bella. It ruined it for me!

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