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250+ Unique Black Dog Names and Meanings

James Livingood has been a dog sitter for several years. He has written numerous articles and a book about the topic because he loves dogs.

Cute Black Dog

Cute Black Dog

When it comes to finding your new family member's name, there are many approaches. One can look for cute or cool names, or they can be specific to a particular style. For example, some may wish to name their dog based upon a favorite book or movie. Others may base their name entirely on the behavior of the dog. Still, others may decide to base their dog's name off of their favorite TV show, movie, or book. Any of these approaches are fine. Here are several black dog names to help inspire you.

Black Dog Names A-C

NameMeaning

Ace

a playing card indicated by a solitary spot

Achilles

a Greek warrior in the Trojan War and legend of Homer's Iliad. He executed Hector and was killed when Paris injured him on the heel.

Adrian

Nobel Prize winner in Medicine 1932.

Agate

a variegated chalcedony which shows other markings

Agent

a human or business approved to follow up for another's benefit

Ajax

Type of cleaning agent

Alice

Human name

Angus

a memorable area in E Scotland.

Amor

To love

Anise

a Mediterranean plant, Pimpinella anisum, of the parsley family, having free umbrels of little yellowish-white blooms that yield aniseed.

Anisette

a heartfelt or alcohol enhanced with aniseed.

Ash

A grey powder after burning

Astra

to the stars.

Athena

the virgin god of the antiquated Greeks adored as the goddess of wisdom, fertility

Badger

various burrowing, carnivorous mammals with long claws

Bamboo

numerous sorts of the woody or treelike tropical and semitropical grasses

Barcode

a progression of lines of fluctuating width, printed, on a compartment or item, that can be perused by an optical scanner to decide what to charge

Bart

man's name, shortened form of of Bartholomew, Bartlett, or Bartram.

Bash

to hit with a devastating or crushing blow.

Batman

Famous superhero

Bean

the palatable nutritious seed of different plants of the vegetable family, particularly of the variety Phaseolus.

Bear

Large mammal

Beetle

numerous kinds of various bugs often described by hard shield

Beluga

a white sturgeon, huso, of the Black and Caspian oceans, esteemed as a wellspring of caviar and isinglass.

Black Bean

a dark assortment of kidney bean, utilized in Latin American cookery.

Blackberry

Fruit

Blackfoot

an individual from a North American clan of Indians of Algonquian stock.

Blackheart

a nonparasitic malady of plants, as of potatoes and different trees, in which inside plant tissues darken, for the most part because of boundaries in temperature.

Blackjack

a short, leather secured club, comprising of a substantial head on an adaptable handle, utilized as a weapon.

Blacklist

a rundown of people under doubt, disapproval, rebuff, and so on.

Blake

Canadian ice hockey player and mentor.

Boomer

a human or thing that blasts.

Bootblack

a human who sparkles shoes and boots professionally.

Bootleg

alcohol unlawfully made, sold, or transported, without enlistment or installment of duties.

Boss

a human who employs or superintends specialists

Boston

a seaport in Massachusetts

Brad

a thin wire nail having either a small, profound head or a projection to the other side of the head end.

Bruno

Famous Singer

Butler

Main servant of household

Caleb

a Hebrew head, sent as a covert agent

Calla

numerous sorts of a few plants having a place with the variety Zantedeschia, of the arum family, particularly Z. aethiopica, having bolt molded leaves and an enormous white spathe encasing a yellow spike.

Carbon

a broadly conveyed component that shapes natural mixes in mix with hydrogen, oxygen, and so forth., and that happens in an unadulterated state as jewel and graphite, and in a debased state as charcoal.

Catheryn

lady's name.

Caviar

the roe of sturgeon, particularly the beluga, or other fish, normally filled in as a hors d'oeuvre or tidbit.

Cecil

Nobel Peace Prize winner 1937.

Celeste

lady's name: from a Latin word meaning heavenly

Chaplin

English movie on-screen character, maker, and executive

Char

to consume or diminish to charcoal: The flame burned the paper.

Charcoal

the carbonaceous material gotten by warming wood or other natural substances without air.

Chase

to seek after so as to seize, surpass, and so on

Checkers

a small, typically red or dark plate of plastic or wood, utilized in playing checkers.

Cheers

a yell of support, endorsement, praise, and so on.

Cherokee

an individual from a significant clan of North American Indians whose previously realized focus was in the southern Alleghenies and who by and by live in North Carolina and Oklahoma.

Chess

a game played on a board by two individuals who move sixteen pieces each as indicated by guidelines overseeing development of the six sorts of pieces (pawn, rook, knight, religious administrator, ruler, lord), the item being to bring the adversary's lord into checkmate.

Chester

an area in Cheshire, in NW England: just English area with the Roman dividers still flawless.

Chico

greasewood

Chicory

a composite plant, Cichorium intybus, having brilliant blue bloom heads and toothed oval leaves, developed as a plate of mixed greens plant and for its root, which is utilized broiled and ground as a substitute for or added substance to espresso.

Cinder

a somewhat or for the most part consumed bit of coal, wood, and so on.

Cinderella

a courageous woman of a fantasy or people story who is abused by a noxious stepmother yet accomplishes joy and weds a sovereign through the generous intercession of a pixie adoptive parent.

Cindy

lady's name, type of Cynthia.

Coal

a dark or dim darker burnable mineral substance comprising of carbonized vegetable issue, utilized as a fuel.

Cobb

American government official: Speaker of the House. Famous Baseball player.

Coco

coconut palm.

Cocoa

a powder produced using simmered, husked, and ground seeds of the cacao, Theobroma cacao, from which a great part of the fat has been expelled.

Coke

the strong item coming about because of the damaging refining of coal in a stove or shut chamber or by defective burning, comprising basically of carbon: utilized essentially as a fuel in metallurgy to lessen metallic oxides to metals.

Cola

a carbonated soda pop containing a concentrate produced using kola nuts, together with sugars and different flavorings.

Colby

a mellow, cheddar-type cheddar that is gentler and more open in surface than standard cheddar.

Cooper

a human who makes or fixes containers, barrels, and so forth.

Corbin

American Revolutionary military courageous woman.

Cordial

considerate and thoughtful; well disposed; warm: an agreeable gathering.

Cosmos

the world or universe viewed as an efficient, agreeable framework.

Cree

an individual from a North American Indian individuals of Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Montana.

Cronin

Scottish author and doctor in the American

Crow

numerous kinds of a few enormous oscine winged creatures of the class Corvus, of the family Corvidae, having a long, strong bill, glistening dark plumage, and a wedge-molded tail, as the normal C. brachyrhynchos, of North America.

Currant

a modest seedless raisin, delivered mainly in California and in the Levant, and utilized in cookery and ice cream parlor.

Cyan

cyan blue.

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Black Dog Names D-L

NameMeaning

Dagan

the Mesopotamian divine force of horticulture and the earth: a partner of the Phoenician and Philistine Dagon.

Dahlia

any composite plant of the class Dahlia, local to Mexico and Central America and broadly developed for its pompous, differently hued bloom heads.

Daisy

numerous sorts of different composite plants the blooms of which have a yellow plate and white beams, as the English daisy and the oxeye daisy.

Dakota

a previous region in the United States: isolated into the conditions of North Dakota and South Dakota in 1889.

Darcy

a unit of penetrability, speaking to the stream, at 1 air, of 1 cubic centimeter of liquid with 1 centipoise thickness in 1 second through a 1-square-centimeter cross segment of permeable medium 1 centimeter long.

Darlene

lady's name: from the Old English word meaning darling

Dash

to strike or crush savagely, particularly in order to break to pieces: He dashed the plate into bits against the divider.

Delaney

English writer.

Delano

an area in S California.

Denali

a mountain in S focal Alaska: most astounding crest in North America, 20,310 feet (6190 meters).

Dice

little solid shapes of plastic, ivory, bone, or wood, set apart on each side with one to six spots, typically utilized two by two in rounds of possibility or in betting.

Diesel

taking note of a machine or vehicle fueled by a diesel motor: diesel train.

Domino

a level, thumbsized, rectangular square, the substance of which is isolated into two sections, each either clear or bearing from one to six pips or spots: 28 such pieces structure a total set.

Donnie

furthermore, his sibling, Robert (Bobby), brought into the world 1937, American hustling vehicle drivers.

Duff

the posterior or backside: If you don't care for the manner in which things are, get off your duff and take care of business!

Duna

Hungarian name of the Danube.

Duncan

American artist: pioneer in current move.

Dusk

the state or time of fractional murkiness among day and night; the dim piece of sundown.

Ebony

a hard, substantial, tough wood, most profoundly prized when dark, from different tropical trees of the class Diospyros, as D. ebenum of southern India and Sri Lanka, utilized for cabinetwork, elaborate articles, and so forth.

Elvira

lady's name: from a Germanic word meaning elf counsel

Ember

a modest live bit of coal, wood, and so forth., as in a withering flame.

Emery

a granular mineral substance comprising ordinarily of corundum blended with magnetite or hematite, utilized powdered, squashed, or merged for pounding and cleaning.

Ernie

man's name, type of Ernest.

Espresso

a solid espresso arranged by constraining live steam under strain, or bubbling water, through ground dim meal espresso beans.

Fancy

creative energy or dream, particularly as practiced in a fanciful way.

Felix

man's name: from a Latin word meaning happy or lucky

Fey

damned; destined to bite the dust.

Fia

Government Insurance Administration.

Fiat

a legitimate declaration, approval, or request: an illustrious fiat.

Fleur

lady's name.

Flint

a hard stone, a type of silica looking like chalcedony yet increasingly misty, less unadulterated, and less brilliant.

Franklin

(in the fourteenth and fifteenth hundreds of years) a freeholder who was not of honorable birth.

Fuzzy

of the idea of or looking like fluff: a delicate, fluffy material.

Georgina

a town in SE Ontario, in S Canada.

Grace

style or magnificence of structure, way, movement, or activity: We watched her skate with easy effortlessness over the ice.

Graphite

a typical mineral, delicate local carbon, happening in dark to dim foliated masses, with metallic radiance and oily feel: utilized for pencil leads, as an ointment, and for making cauldrons and different refractories; plumbago; dark lead.

Grayson

pseudonym of Ray Stannard Baker.

Guinness

English entertainer.

Happy-Go-Lucky

trusting brightly to karma; cheerfully unworried or unconcerned.

Harlequin

a comic character in commedia dell'arte and the harlequinade, typically veiled, wearing diverse, precious stone designed tights, and conveying a wooden sword or enchantment wand.

Hecate

a goddess of the earth and Hades, related with divination, dogs, and intersection.

Hershey

American scholar: helped establish the framework of present day atomic hereditary qualities; Nobel Prize in Medicine 1969.

Huntress

a lady who chases.

Indigo

a blue color acquired from different plants, particularly of the sort Indigofera, or made artificially.

Inky

dark as ink: inky shadows.

Jet

a flood of a fluid, gas, or little strong particles powerfully shooting forward from a spout, opening, and so forth.

Julian

of, identifying with, or normal for Julius Caesar.

Kali

the spouse of Shiva and the noxious type of the Mother Goddess.

Kasha

a delicate sustenance arranged from hulled and pulverized grain, particularly buckwheat.

Kent

American law specialist.

Knight

a mounted fighter serving under a medieval predominant in the Middle Ages.

Knobby

loaded with or secured with handles: the bumpy trunk of a tree.

Kodiak

an island in the N Pacific, close to the base of the Alaska Peninsula. 100 miles (160 km) long.

Legend

a nonhistorical or mysterious story passed on by convention from prior occasions and prevalently acknowledged as chronicled.

Leila

lady's name.

Licorice

an Eurasian plant, Glycyrrhiza glabra, of the vegetable family.

Lily

any layered bulbed plant of the class Lilium, having gaudy, channel molded or chime formed blossoms.

Lucifer

a glad, defiant lead celestial host, related to Satan, who tumbled from paradise.

Lugosi

American on-screen character, conceived in Hungary: best known for his jobs with dismay films.

Luna

the antiquated Roman goddess representing the moon, now and then related to Diana.

Lyra

the Lyre, a northern heavenly body among Cygnus and Hercules, containing the brilliant star Vega.

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Black Puppy and Glasses

Black Dog Names M-R

NameMeaning

Magick

enchantment.

Mamba

numerous sorts of a few long, thin, arboreal snakes of the family Dendroaspis, of focal and southern Africa, the chomp of which is regularly deadly.

Margarita

a mixed drink made of tequila, lime or lemon juice, and an orange-seasoned alcohol, as a rule served in a salt-rimmed glass.

Maverick

an unbranded calf, bovine, or steer, particularly an unbranded calf that is isolated from its mom.

Menace

something that takes steps to cause underhanded, hurt, damage, and so on.; a risk: Air contamination is a danger to wellbeing.

Mickey

a beverage, generally alcoholic, to which a medication, laxative, or something like that, has been furtively included, that renders the clueless consumer vulnerable.

Midnight

the center of the night; twelve o'clock during the evening.

Miner

a human who works in a mine, particularly a business mine creating coal or metallic minerals.

Minuit

Dutch pioneer overseer in America: executive general of the New Netherlands

Misfit

to fit gravely.

Mixer

a human or thing that blends.

Monday

the second day of the week, following Sunday.

Moonbeam

a beam of twilight.

Moonstruck

rationally unhinged, as far as anyone knows by the impact of the moon; crazed.

Necromancer

a strategy for divination through supposed correspondence with the dead; dark workmanship.

Nero

ruler of Rome known for his pitilessness and corruption.

Nevermore

never again; never from there on: And nevermore were the mythical beings found in that town.

Nhi

National Health Insurance.

Nigel

man's name, type of Neil.

Nightshade

numerous kinds of different plants of the family Solanum, particularly the dark nightshade or the ambivalent.

Nimbus

a sparkling cloud here and there encompassing a divinity when on earth.

Noir

dark; taking note of the dark numbers in roulette.

Nova

a star that all of a sudden winds up a large number of times more brilliant and after that step by step blurs to its unique power.

Nyx

an old Greek goddess embodying night.

Olive

an evergreen tree, Olea europaea, of Mediterranean and other warm locales, developed mostly for its organic product.

Omen

anything saw or happening that is accepted to forecast a decent or abhorrent occasion or condition later on; sign.

Onyx

an assortment of chalcedony having straight parallel groups of exchanging hues.

Opal

a mineral, an indistinct type of silica, SiO2 with some water of hydration, found in numerous assortments and hues, including a structure that is smooth white.

Ophelia

lady's name.

Orion

a mammoth seeker who sought after the Pleiades, was in the end killed by Artemis, and was then put in the sky as a heavenly body.

Orpheus

an artist and artist, a child of Calliope, who pursued his dead spouse, Eurydice, to the black market. By beguiling Hades, he acquired consent to lead her away, if he didn't glance back at her until they came back to earth. Be that as it may, at last he looked, and she was lost to him until the end of time.

Panda

a white-and-dark, bearlike warm blooded animal, Ailuropoda melanoleuca, presently uncommon and limited to woods zones of focal China containing stands of bamboo, on which it primarily subsists: once in the past put with the raccoon family however at this point delegated a bear subfamily, Ailuropodinae, or as the sole individual from a different family, Ailuropodidae, which separated from a familial bear genealogy.

Panther

the cougar or jaguar, Felis concolor.

Paul

a minister and messenger to the gentiles: creator of a few of the Epistles.

Pearl

a smooth, adjusted dot shaped inside the shells of specific mollusks and made out of the mineral aragonite or calcite in a lattice, kept in concentric layers as a defensive covering around a bothering outside article: esteemed as a jewel when glossy and finely shaded.

Pepper

a sharp topping acquired from different plants of the family Piper, particularly from the dried berries, utilized entire or ground, of the tropical climbing bush P. nigrum.

Pete

Oil Engineer.

Phantom

a spirit or phantom.

Pitch

to raise or set up (a tent, camp, or something like that).

Poe

American artist, short-story author, and pundit.

Poppy

any plant of the class Papaver, having conspicuous, generally red blooms.

Poppy Seed

seed of the poppy plant, utilized as a fixing or fixing for breads, moves, cakes, and treats.

Princess

a nonreigning female individual from an imperial family.

Puddle

a little pool of water, as of water on the ground.

Puffin

numerous kinds of a few alcidine ocean winged animals of the genera Fratercula and Lunda, having a short neck and an enormous, packed, notched bill, as F. arctica (Atlantic puffin), of the North Atlantic.

Puffins

numerous sorts of a few alcidine ocean feathered creatures of the genera Fratercula and Lunda, having a short neck and a huge, compacted, notched bill, as F. arctica (Atlantic puffin), of the North Atlantic.

Pumpkin

a huge, eatable, orange-yellow natural product borne by a coarse, decumbent vine, Cucurbita pepo, of the gourd family.

Raccoon

a nighttime meat eater, Procyon lotor, having a masklike dark stripe over the eyes, a sharp nose, and a ragged, ringed tail, local to North and Central America and presented somewhere else for its profitable hide.

Raven

numerous sorts of a few enormous, corvine winged creatures having glistening, dark plumage and an uproarious, cruel call, particularly Corvus corax, of the New and Old Worlds.

Ricky

man's name, type of Rick.

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Black Dog and Fence

Black Dog Names S-Z

NameMeaning

Sabbath

the seventh day of the week, Saturday, as the day of rest and religious recognition among Jews and a few Christians.

Sable

an Old World weasellike warm blooded creature, Mustela zibellina, of cold districts in Eurasia and the North Pacific islands, esteemed for its dull darker hide.

Sadie

lady's name, type of Sara or Sarah.

Salami

a sort of wiener, initially Italian, regularly seasoned with garlic.

Sammie

a sandwich.

Scout

a warrior, warship, plane, and so forth., utilized in surveying.

Selena

the Greek goddess of the moon.

Shade

the similar dimness brought about by the capture attempt or screening of beams of light from an item, spot, or territory.

Shadow

a dim figure or picture cast on the ground or some surface by a body capturing light.

Shandy

a blend of lager and lemonade.

Shawn

American artist and choreographer (spouse of Ruth St. Denis).

Silas

man's name.

Silhouette

a two-dimensional portrayal of the framework of an item, as a pattern or configurational illustration, consistently filled in with dark, particularly a dark paper, small scale pattern of the diagrams of a human's face in profile.

Sir

an aware or formal term of location used to a man: No, sir.

Skye

an island in the Hebrides, in NW Scotland: steers cultivating. 670 sq. mi. (1735 sq. km).

Smoke

the noticeable vapor and gases emitted by a copying or seething substance, particularly the dim, dark colored, or blackish blend of gases and suspended carbon particles coming about because of the ignition of wood, peat, coal, or other natural issue.

Smokey

an officer or officers of a state roadway watch.

Smoky

discharging smoke, particularly in enormous sums.

Smudge

a filthy imprint or smear.

Sonya

lady's name, Russian type of Sophia.

Soot

a dark, carbonaceous substance created amid inadequate burning of coal, wood, oil, and so forth., ascending in fine particles and sticking to the sides of the stack or pipe passing on the smoke: likewise passed on in the environment to different areas.

Sooty

secured, darkened, or blotched with residue.

Spade

a device for burrowing, having an iron sharp edge adjusted for squeezing into the ground with the foot and a long handle regularly with a hold or crosspiece at the top, and with the edge typically smaller and compliment than that of a scoop.

Spice

numerous kinds of a class of sharp or fragrant substances of vegetable beginning, as pepper, cinnamon, or cloves, utilized as flavoring, additives, and so forth.

Spot

an adjusted imprint or stain made by outside issue, as mud, blood, paint, ink, and so on.; a smudge or bit.

Spots

an adjusted imprint or stain made by outside issue, as mud, blood, paint, ink, and so forth.; a smudge or spot.

Stella

a four-dollar coin of American having a metal substance dependent on the metric system; intended to be utilized as a global coin.

Stick

a branch or shoot of a tree or bush that has been cut or severed.

Sting

to prick or twisted with a sharp-pointed, frequently venom-bearing organ.

Storm

an aggravation of the ordinary state of the air, showing itself by winds of uncommon power or course, regularly joined by downpour, snow, hail, thunder, and lightning, or flying sand or residue.

Stormy

influenced, portrayed by, or subject to storms; rough: a stormy ocean.

Superstition

a conviction or idea, not founded on reason or information, in or of the dismal importance of a specific thing, condition, event, continuing, or something like that.

Susan

lady's name, type of Susanna or Susannah.

Talladega

an area in focal Alabama, E of Birmingham.

Tank

Large armored vehicle

Tansy

numerous sorts of a few composite plants of the variety Tanacetum, particularly a solid scented, weedy, Old World herb, T. vulgare, having level topped bunches of cylindrical yellow roses.

Tarmac

a brand of bituminous folio, like tarmacadam, for surfacing streets, air terminal runways, stopping zones, and so on.

Tater

potato.

Thirteen

a cardinal number, 10 in addition to 3.

Thunder

a boisterous, unstable, reverberating clamor created by the touchy development of air warmed by a lightning release.

Tiffany

a sheer, work texture built in plain weave, initially made of silk however at this point frequently made of cotton or manufactured strands.

Tippy

obligated to spill.

Tony

shrill; upscale: a tony club.

Topper

a human or thing that tops.

Trent

an area in N Italy, on the Adige River.

Trudy

lady's name, type of Gertrude.

Tux

tuxedo. Black and white.

Twilight

the delicate, diffused light from the sky when the sun is beneath the skyline, either from dawn to dawn or, all the more ordinarily, from dusk to sunset.

Undertaker

memorial service executive.

Vega

a star of the principal size in the group of stars Lyra.

Velvet

a texture of silk, nylon, acetic acid derivation, rayon, and so forth., now and then having a cotton backing, with a thick, delicate heap shaped of circles of the twist string either cut at the external end or left whole.

Vesper

the night star, particularly Venus; Hesperus.

Vilma

lady's name, type of Wilhelmina.

Vlad

man's name, type of Vladimir.

Wednesday

the fourth day of the week, following Tuesday.

Wander

To Move around

Widow

a lady who has lost her companion by death and has not remarried.

Wilder

to cause to lose one's direction.

Winston

man's name.

Yang

Part of a set. Religious

Yappers

To speak a lot

Yin

Part of a set. Religious

Yukon

a waterway streaming NW and after that SW from NW Canada through Alaska to the Bering Sea. Around 2000 miles (3220 km) long.

Zander

a freshwater pikeperch, Stizostedion (Lucioperca) lucioperca, of focal Europe, esteemed as a sustenance fish.

Black dog in grass

Black dog in grass

Four Tips for Naming a Black Dog

Some names are easier to understand than others. A black dog being called “shadow” relies both on the color of the dog and how the dog trails after its human. Other names may require a bit more effort. The goal with any name is to fit the individual with a lasting useful name. Here are four tips to help best determine a black dog's name:

Tip 1: Color-specific names

Many names only work for that particular color of the animal. For example, calling a black lab “golden” doesn't quite work. Some of the best ideas include using a dark material or object and using that as the dog name. Examples of this include “Night” and “Ninja.” While these may not be traditional dog names, they can be morphed into dogs names by making puns or multiple names.

Tip 2: Puns or multiple names

One idea is to build a name that is much longer than usual. The idea is then to truncate that name as time progresses. That way, the dog's name slowly fits bit by bit. In addition to this, a dog's name can include a bit of a pun, so that it feels a lot more fun. For example, naming a dog a “Shadow Guard” can help give an air of what the dog does and color of the dog. Over time, this can be morphed into “Shadow” or “Sha,” depending on the owner.

Tip 3: Be careful about TV/Movie/Book names

One common idea is to take your favorite character and name your animal after that. This can work well both as an homage and because that name will be fun to say. However, be careful with this practice. Often characters may change and the hero in a current storyline can become a villain in the next. It's best to only pursue names of characters on TV/in movies/in books that have been out for a while. In other words, you don't want current works being done with them in it. This practice can also ostracize others who may not have watched or read that particular material. It may be best to hold on this practice unless used carefully.

Tip 4: Also be careful with human names

You may love a particular human name and know no one with that name. However, if you name your dog this, and eventually meet a person with that name, it can be very awkward. At the very least, it might be odd for them to share a name with your pet. At most, they may become offended, even if you didn't know then when you named your dog. It might be best to stick far away from human names unless you are passionate about a particular one.

Some human names may work, especially if they serve a dual purpose. For example, Rose can be both a flower and a human name. Since it has this dual purpose, you can always relay that it came from the non-human purpose. You'll want to be honest about this though, as lying about the dog name will not go over smoothly. The best course of action may be to even mispronounce or find a close name that gets you the name you want without having to worry that someone you meet will have that name.

© 2019 James Livingood

Comments

Ellison Hartley from Maryland, USA on May 25, 2019:

cute name ideas! My little black mini mutt is named Ziva, after the character on NCIS!