Do you love clever pet names as much as we do? We’ve loved many a dog named Bella and plenty of cats named Max — those popular names are always a hit. But, there’s something extra fun about finding a witty name we’ve never seen before, which is why we think this pet name slideshow is so entertaining.
The names listed here come straight from our Vetstreet database, which is home to more than 10.4 million dog names and 4.6 million cat names (all belonging to pets born between January 2013 and May 2016). We examined the 186,258 dog and cat names that appeared in the database only once, then picked a few of our favorites based on historical figures.
One note: The pictures in the slideshow below are not pictures of the actual pets with these names. However, when possible, we did attempt to share pictures of the same breed as the pet from our database.
Mark Twain said, "The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up." And, that's almost true, but we all know that the very best way to cheer yourself up is actually to snuggle a dog with a cute name like Bark Twain.
The name of Julius Caesar's third and last wife, Calpurnia, is lovely on its own, but this feline take on it is certainly an upgrade in our eyes.
Sparticus: rebel slave leader who famously fought against the Roman Republic. Farticus: adorable, furry gas machine who can clear a room with a single toot. Probably both are equally fearsome... in their own ways.
Harry Houdini, the famous illusionist, stunt performer and escape artist, had a plethora of devoted fans, but a Dachshund named Houweeni is sure to have his fair share of devotees, too.
This is kind of a perfect name for any cat that's prone to providing a mealtime symphony. And, isn't that just about every cat, really?
The Spanish artist Pablo Picasso was blessed with immense natural talent, but we're pretty sure the same thing can be said about cats and dogs. It takes real skill to disperse so many toys in so many directions in so little time!
Given how much better we always feel following a visit with a sweet kitty, we can see where a play on Grigori Rasputin, the legendary mystical faith healer, would seem like quite a fitting cat name.
For a cat with the grace of a prima ballerina, this take on composer Pyoter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (who composed the music for The Nutcracker, Swan Lake and more) is entirely — ahem — on point.