Do your pets have star quality? You can't expect them to stand out from the crowd with names like "Mittens" and "Fluffy." One of the best places to find inspiration for names that highlight your pet's winning qualities are straight from the marquis of Broadway's musicals.
Currently popular shows are a good place to start, but you can increase your chances of not accidentally using a name that is already fairly common by looking to the old favorites. Revisiting classic shows from some of the most famous composer/writer teams is a sure way to find some winners.
From Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals:
- In "South Pacific," "Bali Ha'i" is an exotic island, symbolic of love and paradise. Does your mysterious, feminine feline deserve such an alluring name?
- "Carousel" is charming for a kitty that is always chasing her tail! "Carousel's" romantic leading man's name, "Curly" might fit your top tomcat to a "T".
- "Mai Lei," from "Flower Drum Song," is ideal for the shy, demure, lady, whether she's a pup or a kit.
- "Max," "Rolf" and "Franz" are strong, masculine handles, gleaned from "The Sound of Music."
From Lerner and Loewe musicals:
- "Brigadoon" is a fine, Scottish name for any cat or dog that needs one, and "Bonnie," which means "pretty," (from the song "Going Home With Bonnie Jean") is apt for any lovely lassie.
- "Camelot" is a rich source of names for all pets deserving royal or knightly titles; "King Arthur," Queen "Guenevere," and "Sir Lancelot" for your favorite, furry, romantic triangle, and "Merlyn" for your little wizard who always charms his way out of trouble
- "My Fair Lady" yields a few dandy names: "Doolittle" for a rascal or scamp who doesn't like to be tied down; "Higgins" for the cat who puts on airs; Colonel "Pickering" is both refined and agreeable, so his name would honor any friendly fellow; and "Eliza" for any furry little lady who might improve with a bit of training.
- "Gigi" is delightful for a fluffy little charmer, and "Gaston" might be a tailored fit for your gray or black tuxedo romeo.
Whether you are looking at pet adoption or have a litter due soon, these musicals are a fun source for pet naming inspiration. Before making final decisions on any names, why not watch these classic musicals again, either live on stage or in the DVD movie version? You'll be sure to find more pet naming ideas, and be enchanted by the story and the music, for the first time... or all over again!
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