Naming Puppies: S litter

Okay, so this is my final litter, and I could therefore throw away the letter thing. However, S is after all a great letter. All sorts of fantastic words start with S. Let’s take a look at some of those words:

Sarabande ………………………… Sensational ………………………… Scintillation

Soliloquy ………………………… Songbird ………………………… Solace

Scaramouche ………………………… Serendipity ………………………… Spectacular

Serenity ………………………… Sybilline ………………………… Spellbinder

Remember that the registered name, or show name, cannot be too short, can be multiple words, and must start with the kennel affix; eg, a puppy could be named Anara Scaramouche or Anara Sweetie Pie (don’t tell me, I know that would be twee), but cannot be named Anara Sunshine — that’s too short to sound right as a show name. Anara You Are My Sunshine would be fine. Some of the words above are too short, but could be included in a name. I do like one name that is multiple words:

Anara The Sky Is Everywhere

And then of course call the puppy Sky, which is a cute and appropriate call name. Also, that would fit either sex and any color.

However, a possible theme emerged when I started thinking about names, because there are a lot of music/poetry terms that begin with S, such as

Symphony ………………………… Sonata ………………………… Sonnet ………………………… Sestina

And while some of those are too short on their own, there is a remarkably easy way to make them longer and cooler, like so:

Anara Symphony Number Nine Ode To Joy ………………………… For a girl, and call her Joy

Anara Sonata Number Eleven Alla Turca ………………………… For either sex, and call her Alla or him Turk

Anara Sonnet Eighteen Summer’s Day ………………………… For a boy, maybe? And call him Day.

Sestina Sing While He May ………………………… For a boy, and call him something or other. This is one of Swinburne’s poems, so something from Swinburne’s name might be appropriate. Or nothing stops you from picking a pet name that has nothing to do with the registered name, of course.

Sestina Starlight Way ………………………… For a girl, maybe? This sounds more like a girl’s name to me.

Are there any other symphonies or sonatas or sonnets that come to mind for anybody? Or other ideas? I would like to use something from Emily Dickenson, but unfortunately I don’t think she ever wrote sonnets or sestinas, so I guess that’s not likely to work with the S theme.

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11 thoughts on “Naming Puppies: S litter”

  1. Anara Sicillienne de Fauré – Gabriël Fauré’s opus 78 Sicillienne is well-known; you could use Gabriel for his call-name.

    Anara Moonlight Sonata for/für Elise would be recognizable even for those not into classical music, and you could call her Elise.

    Anara Little miss Ruby Slippers just popped into my head, thinking of the little ruby girl, but the wizard of Oz doesn’t fit the musical theme at all, even if her surviving and thriving after her early setback does give her a bit of extra magic/miracle like the shoes did.

  2. Dvorak’s 9th Symphony: From the New World is one of my particular favorites. How does Anara Symphony From the New World sound?
    Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is also stunning, but I don’t know how you’d turn that into a name . . .

  3. Looking at Emily Dickinson first lines (trusting Wikipedia here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Emily_Dickinson_poems), what about

    * Secret Told Secret Kept
    * Single Clover Plank [called Clover]
    * Slash of Blue [called Blue]
    * Sloop of Amber [called Amber]
    * Solemn Thing Within the Soul [called Sol]
    * Something in a Summer’s Day [called Summer]
    * Sparrow took a Slice (of Twig) [called Sparrow]
    * Spider Sewed at Night [called Night]
    * Stagnant Pleasure (like a Pool)

  4. I love Mozart in general, but his Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music) is one of my all-time favorites. Its official title is Serenade No. 13 for Strings in G Major. How about Serenade No. 13 with one of its movements as a name for the puppy, i.e., Allegro or Andante. Here’s a link to that piece: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cD0ox4-WKHA

  5. There’s a lot of symphonies and sonatas and numbering is traditional.

    There’s Bruckner’s Symphony No. Zero if you’re interested. (He didn’t intend it for performance but as an exercise for students. It’s his most popular symphony for performance.)

  6. Ooh, Seranade! I didn’t think of that. I think Seranade Number Thirteen Little Night Music would be fine for a black puppy.

  7. Some more musical names associated with the letter S:
    – Sonatina, a small sonata for the smallest puppy; many famous composers wrote sonatinas so you could choose the one you liked best, from Béla Bartók’s Sonatina (the single female composer in the list on Wikipedia) to Mozart’s Six Viennese sonatinas, and from Erik Satie (another S-name) to Antonin Dvorak.
    – Schubert’s Trout Quintet (for an extra-lively puppy?);
    – Schumann’s Childhood scenes;
    – Debussy’s Syrinx (flute music) or Suite Bergamasque (of which Clair de Lune is the most famous part) are more impressionistic, lovely and well-known.
    – Clara Schumann composed Soirées musicales, Souvenir de Vienne, and Scherzo pour le pianoforte. She was a good composer but after her marriage to the temperamental/troubled composer Robert Schumann didn’t write a lot, but what she published is definitely worth listening to if you like classical piano pieces.

  8. Many excellent suggestions, though I will just note that the rule of thumb is: if you name a big puppy Goliath, he will turn out to be the smallest puppy of the litter when full grown; and if you name a puppy Tinkerbell, she will turn out to be the biggest puppy of the litter when full grown. As a general rule, puppy size just does not correlate with adult size. I know one exception! But only one. Therefore, naming a puppy Sonatina Anything, though a good idea, constitutes the kind of prediction that may turn out to be completely wrong.

    Suite Bergamasque Clair de Lune would make a very attractive name. I sort of like the name Clair.

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