Wednesday, June 13, 2012

What's in a Name?

When we adopted Finna her name was Wallie and we were unanimous in our opinion that it did not suit her. Finna in all the languages I've searched is a name and meaning that suits her much better.

In slang Finna mean "going to." I like to think that she is going to a happier and more relaxed state of being.  In Swedish and Icelandic Finna means "to find, locate or discover." We sincerely hope she finds happiness and stability living with us. In Faroese Finna means "small woman" which seem appropriate for our 50lb bitch (Remember Ranger is 90 lbs so she is much smaller). Finna in Irish mean "fair" which suits her adorably cute face.

I hadn't realized when my son named her what a well chosen name it was and how well it would lend itself to other names. Around here the rule seems to be that everyone has multiple names. Finna is no exception. Her names reflect a lot about her mental stability and how we're feeling about her. The difficult to live with Finna is Fisbo (FSBO--For Sale by Owner). Stressed and unable to focus she's psycho bitch or for Ranger Psycho Sis. Other names she often hears are Fidiot, Fizzle, and FinnaDinnaDingDong. More neutral nicknames include FinnFinna Fizz and FinnaFur. The happy playful Finna is Fizzy. And more and more often she's Fizzy Lifting Drink, Fizz or Finn Dinn. Maybe someday she'll be Fincredible and Fintastic. That's our hope anyway.

1 comment:

  1. The last dog we had with my folks was Jessie the Staffie-cross. My brother and Mum picked her up at the RSPCA just before they were going to fix her and get rid of some pretty bad Kennel Cough. But for about 2 weeks we had an unnamed dog... as whatever name we try just didn't seem to work.

    But then, one day, we were at Grandma & Grandpa's house and he saw our dog, called her into the house (which was really not something he normally allowed) and he patted her and said: "Now, she looks like a Jessie." she looked up at him and he smiled, "Yep, that'll be her name."

    So, we ended up naming our dog the most common name for dogs around! :D It was funny when I once took Jessie to the park and a Labrador had the same name as her... hilarious as both dogs didn't know who to answer to! :P