Rabbit name?

So we're getting our first ever rabbit and I'm all excited about naming him since we don't plan to have more kiddos.

Our family pets are currently: a boy dog, Hoss (named by husband); a girl dog, Juneau (named by me); a cat, Sophie (was originally called Snuffy and I couldn't let that inhumanity last any longer when I rescueded her). The rabbit is mostly black with a little tan 'collar' and is a boy.  (He's a black otter Holland Lop if anyone is interested, you can even Google and see what he looks like.) 

The sky's the limit folks! For what it's worth my gut is to go vintage-y and I do lean toward less-than-common names for pets. (Sophie's a fluke because I wanted something that sounded like Snuffy.) Ideas?!

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January 23, 2013 8:16 AM

How exciting!  I do enjoy naming pets and inanimate objects: as you say, the possibilities are almost endless.  It's hard to pin down specific names, but maybe listing a few categories will get the ball rolling.

Food/confectionery (having just looked up pictures of your type of rabbit - what a sweetie! - I'd be tempted to go down this route and call it something like Treacle or Cocoa)

Onomatopoeia (e.g. Squidge, Plop)

Botanical (e.g. Clover, Cabbage...or is this too cannibalistic?)

Characters, well-known people (e.g. Hamlet, Napoleon, Scooby)

Descriptive (e.g. Fluffy and Blackie, though those are quite common...or ironic ones like Snowy and Fang)

Names you like but wouldn't bestow on a child (e.g. my childhood goldfish were called Arnold, Barnaby, Cuthbert, Douglas, Ernest, Ferdinand and Gilbert)

If you have children, maybe you could ask for their suggestions?  And out of curiosity, may I ask what inspired you and your husband with Hoss and Juneau?

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By alr
January 23, 2013 2:16 PM

Thanks for these thoughts! I love botanical names, but for some reason mostly for girls. Nothing has struck me in this catergory for this little guy yet. My original thoughts were more 'characters' and 'names that I wouldn't bestow on a child.' 

As for Hoss and Juneau, my husband named Hoss. I don't know for sure, but I think it was influenced by Hoss Cartwright from Bonanza. Juneau is a rottweiler/malamute mix so I went the Alaska direction. 

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January 23, 2013 11:39 AM

Since he's a Holland Lop, my first thought was a good Dutch name.  A nice long, distinguished name. like Bartholomeus or Diedrick.  

My husband likes somewhat ironic names for pets, he's long said he thinks we should get a pet rabbit and name it Hasenpfeffer.  

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January 23, 2013 1:39 PM

Well, the Dutch word for rabbit is konijn (konijntje=bunny) and for hare is haas (haasje is the diminutive).  The Easter Bunny is Paas Haas.  Typical old school Dutch names are Willem (Wim or Pim for short), Cornelis, Henk (short for Hendrik), Gerrit, Bas (short for Sebastiaan--I know a Dutch Golden Retriever named Bas), Bram (short for Abraham), Dirk (short for Diedrick), Wouter, Geert, Floris, Frits, Harm (short for Herman), Lambert(us), Maurits, Piet, Rutger, and many more.

I'm liking Pim for a Hollandish bunny name.

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By alr
January 23, 2013 2:19 PM

I definitely love the Dutch direction. I was struggling to come up with any good ones, but this list is really helping! Thanks!! I would totally do 'Haas' but for our dog 'Hoss.'  :) like Willem nn Wim or Pim a lot, too. 

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By alr
January 23, 2013 2:22 PM

For what it's worth, some other ideas we have are: Hugo (my favorite author is Victor Hugo AND I love the name but my husband wouldn't let me use it on a kid) and Simon. 

Any ideas for botanical names that slant masculine? Other Dutch ideas also welcome. :)

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January 23, 2013 4:24 PM

Well, Hugo Bunny is a little bit like Hugo Boss-so I think that could be a cute twist.  Simon seems too people-like.  I think a bunny name should be more grandiose.  

Boyish Bunny Botanicals!  Huckleberry, Narcissus or Basil?  I've also always kind of liked the idea of Bouganvilla with the nickname Bogey.  Which makes me think Humphrey might not be a bad name for a bunny.

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January 23, 2013 4:33 PM

My dearest friend from the Netherlands is Jacobus (J pronounced like Y) Petrus Lambertus, otherwise known as Jack (pronounced close to but not quite like the French Jacques).  I think a great collection of Latin names and then Jack as a call name would be hilarious on a bunny.  It is typical in the Netherlands south of the great rivers to use several (3-5) Latin names (of which there are many) and then a short call name.  If that idea amuses you (as I confess it does me), there are a ton of Latin names to choose from.

When I listed my Dutch suggestions, I omitted the ones where there might be pronunciation issues, like Kees (pronounced like case--short for Cornelius), Arjan (short for Adriaan), Freek (rhymes with cake, short for Frederick), Guus (the G is like the -ch in Bach and the uu is like the French vowel in rue), Jos (short for Jozef--all Js are pronounced like Y), Joris (George), Karel (Charles, as in Karel de Groot: Charlemagne), Radboud (the doctors in Sint Radboud hospital saved my life). I alos think Karel de Groot would be a funny bunny.  Groot rhymes with goat, and the G is like the -ch in Bach.  In the north (e.g., Amsterdam) the G is a real throat-clearing sound.  As you travel south, it gets lighter and lighter, until in Flanders it is almost just h).  However, since your bun is a Holland Lop, that makes it a northerner: North and South Holland are both northern provinces, and only those two provinces can rightly be called Holland.  The country as a whole is Nederland (The Netherlands), and to residents of the southern provinces saying that they live in Holland is offensive.

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By hyz
January 23, 2013 5:58 PM

I like the Dutch ideas.  I have generally tried to give my dogs names tied to their origins, and I think it's a fun opportunity to use names that you love but are out of your comfort range for kids.  I also like botanicals for rabbits.  The character list of the novel Watership Down is a rich source for these--he used a lot of botanical names which we generally think of as feminine on male rabbit characters (Hazel, Holly), but some of the more promising/potentially masculine sounding ones are Campion, Blackberry, Dandelion (nn Dandy?), Buckthorn (nn Bucky, like Bucky O'Hare?), Acorn, and Speedwell.  You can find a longer list of characters here, if you are interested: http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/watership/characters.html

Other botanical (and "botanical-ish") ideas--Rowan, Linden, Thornton, Thistle, Bramble, Reed, Basil, Sage, Barberry, Bilberry, Buckeye, Comfrey (kinda like Humphrey?), Hawthorn, Valerian.... 

fwiw, my rabbits had British Isle surnames (Flannery, Willoughby, and if I'd gotten another I was leaning towards Cadwalader--they were Satin and French Angoras, so no particular British connection, although Flannery did have bright red hair which inspired his Irish name), and my chickens have botanical names (Pennyroyal, Chamomile, and Mrs. Fig)--I do love a nice theme for pet names, and it can be even more fun for pets like this which don't need to learn and respond to their names since you can get a little silly and not just stick with the two-syllable call names. 

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January 24, 2013 9:13 PM

Well, there are the names of the male rabbits in Watership Down -- many of them are botanical.

Some options I like from that set: Blackberry, Dandelion, Speedwell, Acorn, Cowslip, Pimpernel, Butterbur, Kingcup, Campion

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January 23, 2013 6:32 PM

Going with the character theme, how about Bartleby Bunny?  When he doesn't obey, of course he actually is saying that he "woud prefer not to."

Boy nature names:  Hawthorne, Kipling, Burr, Birch, Forest,

I'm still loving Bartleby.

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January 23, 2013 8:18 PM

So I wrote a long post and it's disappeared. I'll make this short. We had a funny, fun loving rabbit. His name was Stewart, our Rabbit Stew. Loved his name. 

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By alr
January 24, 2013 5:53 PM

I don't have a lot of time to write out a reply, but I just popped by to see the new posts and I have to tell you all I'm really giggling over here at some of the great suggestions. Keep 'em comin' if you have more... and I'll keep you posted once Bunny actually arrives. :) 

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By alr
January 25, 2013 2:44 AM

Alrighty folks, Bunny Boy comes home tomorrow! My husband and I appeared to have keyed in on H names - so the top four standing are, in no particular order:

Hawthorne

Hugo

Huckleberry (nn Huck)

Humphrey

 

What's your favorite?

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January 25, 2013 7:17 AM

I very much like Huckleberry and Humphrey!  I think I'd be tempted to see what his personality's like, and call a grumpy bunny Humphrey (so he could be Humph for short...) and a cheerful bunny Huck.  Have fun welcoming him home!

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January 25, 2013 12:21 PM

Oh yes, I agree with this.  Huckleberry/Huck would be perfect for a friendly bunny that was maybe a bit more hyper than other bunnies.  Humphrey seems like it would fit a bunny who had a more distinguished air about him.  A bunny who is maybe a bit shy or grumpy (though hopefully your pet won't be grumpy).

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January 25, 2013 9:40 AM

My favorites are Huckleberry and Hugo.  You can't go wrong with a list like that!

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January 25, 2013 11:46 AM

Oh--I think you can't go wrong with any of those! My favorite is Hawthorne though--literary reference with botanical!

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By hyz
January 25, 2013 12:12 PM

Hmmm.  My favorites are Hawthorne and Huckleberry, and in choosing between the two of those it would be a matter of whether you wanted to go cute or handsome.  I feel like Hawthorne is such a strong and dignified name, and I don't know if I'd quite associate it with a little lop-eared bunny.  A Flemish Giant maybe, or even something dark and alert looking, like a Belgian Hare or Rex, etc., but I'm not sure about the lop.  So that makes me lean towards Huckleberry, which is cute and funny and also a little rakish with the nn Huck.  Humprey is also pretty good in the cute and funny vein.  Hugo is fine, just not one I personally care for.

Enjoy your new bunny, whatever you call him!

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January 25, 2013 10:54 AM

Are you giving your kids a say in the name? Maybe they'll have some great suggestions.

WARNING: Other pets can be vicious towards rabbits

Suggestions -- Zeus, Percy, Toby, Orland, George, Kace, Nemo, Harrison