Best Dog Names From Brazil
Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world and includes the deserts of the northwest, the Amazon jungle, the Atlantic rainforest, the coffee plantations of Espirito Santo, and the vast cattle ranches of Mato Grosso. When I mention Brazil, however, most people picture sunny Rio de Janeiro, samba music on the beach, string bikinis, and hammocks hanging in the shade of a coconut tree.
A lot of people don´t realize that there is a dog hanging out in that shade.
That dog in the shade will respond to his native language or food tossed on the ground. Portuguese is the language spoken here in Brazil. Although Spanish and English are both common second languages, most dogs will still have a Portuguese name. Some dogs are stuck with names commonly given to people (like Iara, Isabella, or Pedro). These names are usually long, inappropriate, and the dogs end up with an “apelido” (nickname) that is easy to pronounce.
About 70% of Brazilians choose to live close to the beach. Most Brazilian dogs, of course, also choose to live close to the beach. This is the place that dogs come to relax.
What Kind of Dog Needs a Brazilian Name?
Not every dog needs a Brazilian name. Some dogs are Chinese and need Chinese names, and some are just fine with names like Spot and Rover, while some don´t mind being called names like Fluffy and Spice. When do you know you have chosen the wrong name, and that your dog really needs a Brazilian name?
- Your dog goes right for the hammock when you take her out in the back yard
- Your dog only gets excited when you take her to the beach, but once you get there all she does is lay on the sand.
- Your dog knew how to play soccer before you decided to teach her. (When your dog starts rambling on how “football is the opiate of the people” you can either teach her how to use the forum section of Hubpages or give her a Brazilian name.)
- Your dog spends a lot of her day planning on her next pedicure and loves it when she goes to the groomer.
- When you take your dog to the pet superstore, she is not interested in the food and keeps dragging you to the aisle that sells hair care products for dogs.
- Your dog spends all her free time checking out surfers.
- Your dog gets off her leash while at the beach but instead of trying to run off just digs for crabs.
What Are Some Dog Names From Brazil?
- Beach names: Rio, Grande (big, pronounced gran-dje), Praia (beach, pronounced prai-ya).
- Famous people names: Lula (former president), Dilma (president), Pelé, Kaka (famous football player).
- Other animal names: Boi (steer, pronounced like “boy”), Cabra (goat), Lobo (wolf) and Pulga (flea, but usually used in the diminutive, as Pulginho, or little fleabag) are all great choices.
- Slacker names: Surfs Up! Ché (slang common in the south, can be translated to “dude,” pronounced “chay”), Mano (brother, slang), Brother (which is exactly what you think) are all names which fit the slacker lifestyle.
- Strange words: Nossa (It literally means “our” but really is a nickname for Our Lady, so it is an easy way to take the Lord´s name in vain), Vixi (a slang word kind of like Oh My God, pronounced veeshee), and of course Caramba (another slang word that means “Wow”).
- American film names: Movies are popular so many dogs are stuck with names like Rambo, Rocky, Vito and Mike (The Godfather).
- Everyday things make great names: Aço (steel, pronounced “asso”; if you get dirty stares at the dog park every time you call your dog a GD aço just mention that is his alternative Brazilian name), Isca (fish bait), Bola (ball), Mancha (spot), and Lata (trash can) are all great too. Stray dogs here are called “vira lata,” which means “trash can tipper,” so Lata is one of my favorites.
Cera (wax, pronounced “sara”) is the ultimate dog name, of course. “Cera”, as in Brazilian Bikini!
Still not satisfied? Besides Portuguese, Spanish, and English, Greek hero names are also popular. I have no idea why. “Inho” is also quite common; it is a suffix that indicates small. It can be added to any word, no matter what the language, and little dogs are often called by their name with “inho” added. In fact “inho” is often tacked onto English and other foreign film words, making them a little more familiar to the users but ridiculous for the poor dog. My neighbors have a dog that they call “Rambinho,” or little Rambo. How would you like to be called that?
If your dog fits the Brazilian stereotype, and you are looking for a name that suits her, pick out a name from this list. Your dog might even deign to look up and thank you for it.
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