When you breed registered goats, no matter what type of goat it is, you are generally stuck with the task (which I find fun) of naming the millions (in my goat dreams!) of animals that are born on your farm. Yes, yes, yes, some people let the new owners name the kids. WHY? What’s the fun in that? Picking out names can be such an adventure! Ok, ok. I hear you saying it’s a pain; names are overused and hard to come up with. So, I suggest coming up with as many unique names as possible! Start a goat notebook today, and then you can just whip it out whenever you choose! Remember, names (including your herd name) cannot exceed thirty (30) spaces for ADGA or AGS. (unfortunately, I do have to count more than my goats sometimes!)
After thinking about it, I’ve decided that there are basically only 10 ways to name a goat. Here they are, and no, I didn’t organize them. Some are used more often than others. Everyone has their own preference!
Du-DAA-Du-Du-Du-DAAA-Duhhh-Du-Du-Du-DAAA-Duhhhh-Duh-DA-Da-Duh (I’m JUSTTTT geeky enough to see a wookie!) Themes can be based on anything: songs, movies, foods, people, animals, flowers–the list never ends. I name a lot of my animals this way. I use several themes. For instance, I have some ‘nuts’ in my family (they never fall far from the tree, right?) : Acorn, Nutmeg, Butternut, Pistachio, Karuka, Hazelnut. As long as the names stick with the theme SOMEHOW, use them. Be unique. Come up with your own crazy themes.
BAHHHHHHH! Angel, Sweetie, Baby, Sugar, Honey, Precious, Cutie Pie– these are all ‘cutesy’ names. I can hear some of you saying, “Oh, but she is such a precious little baby!” That may be very true, and if she’s not going to be having kids and shipping them all over the US then it’s ok (Did you hear that? Yes. If you want to call her Baby, go right on ahead and do it!). However, if you do intend to show, go on milk test, breed for improvement and sell millions (dream big with me) of progeny, then it is wiser to use a unique name. Why? In the US alone, so many goats of various breeds are registered yearly, especially breeds like the Nigerian dwarf, that it is much easier for people to remember your names and identify with a specific animal if the name stands out in some way. So how do you make them stand out? READ ON! There are LOTS of ways.
Shocking / OOAK (one-of-a-kind) Names
When I say choose something unique, I do mean that. However, there are some that we could call ‘oddball’ names. Some of these are quite hilarious, shocking, one-of-a-kind, and some are truly a little scary. In this case, and this is my take on it (please, no tying me up–unless you are Channing Tatum, then by all means, I was a bad girl), if you are going to be showing, you might not want to be the one dragging “Pus Bucket” to the ring when her name is called over the loudspeaker. Even in your backyard, it might not be so comforting to the neighbors to hear you calling for “Spitball” at feeding time. As stated in the prior line of reasoning, this animal may also live on in the pedigrees of many animals, so really think about whether you want that name to possibly be prolific in the history of the breed (and associated with your herdname). Then again, you might be all for that! If names like Big Bloomers, Ear Wax, Gooberpoo, and Mr Pottie Pants appeal to you, then I guess I have to say “GO FOR IT!” Again, your decision.
Funny goat names are often favorites as long as they aren’t extremely rude or crass. Some pun name examples are: Al O’Moaney (alimony), Amanda Hugnkiss (a man to hug and kiss), Artie Choke (artichoke), Barb E. Cue (barbecue), Barry Shmelly (very smelly), and Bowen Arrow (bow and arrow). The list goes on and on. One cool thing about funny names it that you could always go back in the pedigree and pick out a name and ‘TwIsT” it to make it a little funny. The whole point is to make it memorable and fun. Who doesn’t remember something if it makes them laugh?
Other Fun Names
Coming up with names can be a lot of fun. You can create palindromes (same forward as backward): Abba, Alila, Izzi, Otto, Neven. Then there’s Amore, Roma, Avid diva, and don’t nod (one of my faves). Hyperbole (exaggeration) can be fun, too: Zero Times Loser and Neva Sleeps. Alliteration can also add a bit of flair. It is the repetition of a specific sound in words (Geeky Goat Girl gets it! Get it, gang?). Some examples would be WooWoo Wally or Anna Abi. Even Betty Boop, Ladypep Lollypop, and Skysee Seasky work. If you wanted, you could also use opposites or oxymorons: Found Missing, A Fine Mess, Aging Yuppie, Melted Ice, Mini Jumbo, Rush Hour, Relative Truth. Try making up your own.
These are so much fun to play with. I’m DEFINITELY going to start using these! An anagram is simply jumbling one word to make another. You could take mom and dad’s name and jumble if you wanted, or just jumble one of the names or some other word. Make them funny or serious. Make them opposites. Do whatever you like: Silent (Listen), The Eyes (They See), and Moon Starer (Astronomer). The ultimate would be Toga (Goat) or Rewarding Naif (Nigerian dwarf). By the way, there are only 11683 ways to rearrange Nigerian dwarf!
Try this anagram generator and have some fun!
This one’s easy, folks! Anyone can play this game. Pick up a history book (if you don’t have one, use the big book of Google!) or an atlas (again, Google or MapQuest will work). Where do you want to go? Who do you want to be? Who do you want to win? Who do you want to destroy? Well, you might not want to use that last one, but you get the point. You could also use movie names or TV names if you wanted.
- Tom Thumb (yes, there’s a famous Nigerian dwarf)
- Jumpin’ Jack Flash
- King Richard
- Yourup (haha! Europe, get it?) (Yes, I want to go there!)
- Sanford (been there– Maine, North Carolina, and Florida)
After nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, onomatopoeia
A noun is a ‘thing’; anything you can think of will work. You can call your buck Cowboy Dan, Stetson, Bootstrap, Sock Puppet, Apple, Butterfly, Robot, etc. Verbs: Accelerate, Appreciate, Enhance, Fine Tune, and more. Active verbs work really well, especially attached to a little phrase like End the Game or Loving It. Adjectives are merely descriptive words you can see, taste, touch, hear, or smell. These also work well in combo with a noun. Stinky Catch is a good one or Blue Boy, Alive and Kicking, Average Girl, Brown Eyed Betty, and Curvy Broad. Adverbs work well with verbs: Just Judy, Joyfully Spun, Almost Late. Onomatopoeia is a ‘sound’ word: BOOM! Crash! BANG! KAPLOWEY! Come up with your own variations. Mix and match!
These vary so widely that I’m not going to mention any……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Ok. I changed my mind. Here’s a place you can play around and change spellings along with . For example: Reba’s “Rumor Has It” has been used before, but there’s no reason this couldn’t be “You Lie,” which is essentially the same thing. It doesn’t matter if you’re a “Survivor” or not, “Cathy’s Clown” is always going to be around. “What Do You Say?” I know. “If I Had Only Known,” but I was the “Last One to Know, ” and “Still,” “Til You Love Me,” “Fancy,” “Does He Love You?” You could go back through the albums and plan out an entire theme list if you wanted. My late husband really liked Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band along with other music from the 70 and early 80s. Oddly enough, we had a Hollywood Nights out of Midnight Rambler and Bad Moon Rising, which led to Fortunate Son, Jody Girl, and Kathmandu.
We use some Spanish words here, and I’ve seen lots of people use French words and more in the past. The cool thing is that I’ve seen some people spell the names differently. For instance, we have a Bonita (it means ‘pretty’ in Espanol–Spanish), but then there’s also a Beau-Nita (NC PromisedLand). I’ve seen Mariposa (Butterfly in Spanish), and you could modify that to a MaryPoza if you wanted. The list goes on and on. Parlez vous Francais o habla espanol? German? Italian? Something else? Have fun with it!
I do believe I could keep going here. You could use metaphors, similes, numbers, and other things to name your goats, but I hope the examples above help some. Kidding season is upon us, so I hope this gave you some ideas. START MAKING A LIST AND CHECK IT TWICE. Oh, well, I guess you don’t have to do the second part unless your goats pull a sled, too.
Have an awesome spring kidding season, and share some of those names with me! I promise I won’t steal them (FINGERS CROSSED BEHIND MY BACK).