The Name Game
Let me count: I have 30 birds, currently (I think!) and each is named. My daughter has four pet rabbits. We have two dogs. Around our house, we constantly play The Name Game!
Like most games, it is getting more challenging as the stakes get bigger. Our pets are family, and we have a “thing” (for lack of whatever else to call it!) by which we name our pets “human” names, or names one might name a human baby. My daughter started this “thing” several years ago. So, we don’t have names such as Kiwi or Smokey (not that I don’t love creative names!). I simply went along with my daughter’s idea because it seemed important to her. Some of my birds had “human” names, already. I think Elaine started this up when we purchased her first bunny. It was going to be her baby, and the most popular bunny name seemed to be Bun-bun. Well, I still call Sophie, Bun-bun, but she’s special in my heart because she was the first one in the house! The other bunnies are Liam, Travis, and Charlie. Oh, and Lewis, who is my husband’s bunny!
As for my pet birds, there is Marco, Emma, Oscar, Hamlet, Cody, Houdini, and Lola. I have begun naming my breeder birds as pairs: Roxie & Ricky, Meredith & Monty, Suzie & Seth, Tula & Thomas… and so on!
When choosing a name for your pet bird, it is important that you LOVE the name! Practise saying it out loud several times. You will be amazed how many times you say your bird’s name in the years to come. Is it easy to pronounce? Is it too long? Do you like the sound the vowels and consonants create? Does the name have a negative connotation that you may subconsciously impose onto your pet, such as Dopey, Bashful, or Wimpy? Does the name you chose suit the personality of the species? Parrotlets are well-known to be feisty birds, so I named mine “Zeus.” Houdini escaped from his cage the first time he was placed in it.
Is the species of bird you have chosen known for its mimicry? If so, keep in mind that consonant blends, such as Ph and Sh and Fl are difficult for birds. Also, the letter “L” is very tough because birds do not use their tongues for speech… just us! Emma, Marco, and Ricky all say their names as well as I do. Cody? He just says, “Hi!”
If your bird has a very long lifespan and is likely to be rehomed in its lifetime, does it have a name that is comfortable so that a new owner will be likely to carry on the same name? This is important to help your bird adjust to its new lifestyle.
There are many bird and pet names on the internet. Have fun playing “The Name Game” with your new baby bird!