Naming Animals is So Hot Right Now

photo by Tommy

Last Friday I purchased a lovely calico goldfish, pictured above.

I held off on naming him until the weekend was over, mainly to see if he would make it till Monday. I figured that if I named him, then I would get too attached and have to have a funeral if he died and so on. But it looks like he will be with us for a while, so it is time to give him a name.

This is where you all come in. I have been struggling to find the appropriate name, and nothing has really struck me. Tommy suggested that I ask the wisdom of the internet for help. I must confess to a little trepidation, none of you have to live with a fish with a stupid name and are thus more likely to suggest something stupid. That being said, I am asking for suggestions for names. My only request is that no one mention anything having to do with Butter or Stick or combinations thereof. I love the Butterstick thing, and I have a shirt, but that is more of a panda name anyway.

As a side note, when I told my mother that I purchased a fish she said, and I am paraphrasing: “Well there is a commitment.” I really don’t know what to make of that statement.


  1. i can see you naming it music-related...like 'treble' or 'legato'.

    i like 'Stewie' as a name though.

  2. Club Loser: The Fish

  3. Dude, la Chupacabra. I thought we decided this?

  4. Freebird!

  5. Anonymous12:34 AM

    I was going to suggest "Cali" as in "Going Back to" and "Calico", but it looks like the Captcha word verification test in this comment window has an idea of its own: "Kynawn" (in slanty green serif type.)


  6. That's a good way to choose. Your new pet 's name is . . . Vcpsvop!

  7. I like this idea. How about a vote for Nagvdtk, though pronounciation might be a problem.

    And Jeff, you are banned from naming my fish.