Naming Your Goat
What's In A Goat Name
When we get a new goat, either by one being born on our farm, or if we purchase one, a lot of thought goes into naming him or her. We have had a few that came with names that we kept, but mostly even purchased ones had no name. Sometimes it will take several days of observing the goat before a name is chosen. Observing your new goat for a few days will give you a lot of insight into their unique personality. Each one of my goats has their own quirks and habits. Some like their backs scratched, some like to be scratched right between the horns. Some are shy and some are extremely extroverted. Sometimes a distinct marking will give you an idea for a great name. My first goat Blaze got her name from the white splash that ran up her nose to her horns.
I picked a name that I loved once and it took 2 years to finally give that name to a baby. My son was playing a video game and the main character was named Clementine. I loved the name. The character had dark reddish brown hair and I said if I get a reddish brown girl she will be Clementine. Finally 2 years later Tiger Lilly gave us our first set of triplets (2 boys and 1 girl). And there was my Clementine!
That's A Lot Of Pet Goats!
Between buying goats and having them born on our farm, we have had 63 goats. Each has been given a name that seems to suit them. Some names were given based on the coloring, some on their disposition. Picking names for your new editions can be very fun and entertaining. We like to be creative when giving a name. We will research different websites, etc. I keep a list in my computer of different names that come to me. Some will probably never get used if a goat doesn't come along that fits the name. But that's OK. Names can come from books, song lyrics, sometimes just hearing a word or name will strike a cord with me and it will be added to the list. People love getting involved in the naming process. We always have people suggesting names when we have a new addition or arrival. When Snowball had her first baby it was a beautiful baby girl that looked just like her. She came almost 3 weeks early so I was not expecting to see a baby. When I go into the pen to feed or just visit the first thing I always do is count heads to make sure all my babies are accounted for. Well, 1 was missing and I realized Snowball was MIA. So I started looking and found her in the barn with a brand new baby girl. I looked at her and said " You are a little angel". And so Angel got her name. Sometimes they are named instantly and sometimes it takes a few days
The Names We Have Used
The BoysClick thumbnail to view full-size
The GirlsClick thumbnail to view full-size
My daughter purchased this book and we have found several of our goat names in there and let friends use it to help them choose names for various pets. A very helpful book.
The Name Game
Which goat name do you like the best?
Ways To Find Fun Names
When I get a new goat I spend some time deciding on a name. I ask people for name ideas. I use the internet a lot. I will search pet names. use translators to find cool names in different languages (the name Cher means snow in Russian), sometimes they will come from a movie (like Briar Rose) and sometimes a song.
I never know where the inspiration for a new name will come, but as long as you have fun picking them out, that is all that matters.
Some easy searches to use are: Pet Names, Japanese Names, colors in different languages, etc. My daughter came up with Cher-Cher because it was snowing the day she was born. She searched different languages and Cher-Cher was named.