Have you ever wondered what your pooch’s name really means? You may have picked it because it sounded cute or because they’re named after one of your favourite film stars or authors but what do you think about their original name meaning? We’ve taken a look at 2017’s most popular dog names and discovered their true meaning!
The origins of the name Bella lie in Hebrew culture and translate to mean ‘God’s promise’. It also derives from the word ‘belle’ which means beautiful and is sometimes associated to the French or Italian name ‘Isabelle’. The name became particularly popular in the 18th century but it’s made a bit of a come back in the last 5 years! No doubt about it, Bella is gorgeous name!
The name Lola derives from the Spanish name Dolores and means ‘Lady of Sorrow’. It’s seen a massive spike in international popularity over the last 10 years or so and has been prevalent in popular culture throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Who doesn’t know the Kinks’ classic song, ‘L-O-L-A Lola’?!
The name Molly was originally a shortened version of the Hebrew name Mary, which means ‘bitter’. However, since the 18th century the name Molly has been especially popular in Ireland and has been consistently popular in the US and Britain over the past few decades.
Of course, the name Ruby comes from the precious stone that’s the birthstone of July and originally derives from Latin culture. Despite being an ancient name, Ruby has appeared in popular culture numerous times. From the Rolling Stones classic ‘Ruby Tuesday’ to the more recent Kaiser Chiefs hit ‘Ruby’, it seems like this pretty name is here to stay!
Lucy has been a firm favourite in Britain for the last several decades. It originally comes from the name Lucia which means light. Lucy has also been the main character in several classic books, such as Charlotte Bronte’s Villette.
The name Alfie comes from the old English or German name ‘Alfred’ which means ‘Wise counsellor’. Alfie is so popular that it’s ranked at the 11th most used boys name in England and Wales making this a worthy choice for your pup.
The name Teddy has several origins; it’s either a nick name of the classic English name Edward or of the Greek, Theodore. Either way, it’s meaning is ‘God’s gift’, which is certainly what our four-legged friends are!
Oscar has a little bit of a complicated history… it derives from English, Scandinavia and Ireland! Oscar, in Irish history, is consider to be one of the mightiest warriors and the name means ‘Champion Warrior’. If this wasn’t enough, the name Oscar is also a royal name in Sweden and is of course the name of the infamous film award, ‘The Oscars’. It seems like you can’t go wrong by calling your pooch this worthy name!
The name Archie comes from English and German heritage and is a shortened form of the name Archibold and means ‘Genuine, Bold, Brave’. The name has gained popularity recently as the comic couple, Amy Poehler and Wil Arnett named their son Archie in 2008.
The name Max was originally a shortened version of Maximilian which means ‘Greatest’. It has its origins in Germanic and Latin heritages. The shortened form ‘Max’ gained popularity in the 1980s and has long been a top name for our four legged friends!
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