Naming Your Chameleon, Part II: Language & Literature
Once you take the plunge into pet ownership, the next big, important decision you have to make is choosing a name. Just because your chameleon will never come running when he hears you calling his name doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take your time to pick out a moniker that’s a good fit for your little buddy.
Way back in February, we looked at some sci-fi-inspired names for chameleons. Now, we’re back to bring you more inspiration if you’re having trouble deciding on the perfect name for your pet.
Words or Names in Other Languages
Every pet has defining aspects of their personality, or the perfect adjective to describe something distinctive about their appearance. For example, many chameleons are naturally inclined to be a little on the shy side. If you’ve noticed your little guy or gal lives up to that reputation, use Google Translate to look up the word for “shy” in other languages. You might find a cool-sounding word you really like. By the same token, you might also discover something you love by looking through lists of names that are popular in other countries.
Names of Gods and Goddesses From Mythology
Ancient mythology is the source of so much inspiration. The stories and archetypes have been used and reused in countless ways — why not in picking the perfect name for your pet? Of course, we’re all familiar with Zeus and Thor, but how about branching out to some of the lesser-known gods and goddesses as inspiration? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Loki (Norse trickster god)
- Selene/Luna (Greek and Roman goddesses of the moon)
- Sobek (Egyptian god of the Nile, represented with the head of a crocodile)
- Bia (Greek and Roman goddess of force and energy)
- Anubis (Egyptian god of embalming, represented with the head of a jackal)
- Iris (Greek and Roman goddess of rainbows)
- Kvasir (Norse god of inspiration)
- Lakshmi (Hindu goddess of good fortune, wealth and well-being)
- Kokopelli (Native American god of farming and fertility, also associated with music)
- Sedna (Inuit sea goddess)
Does your pet deserve to take center stage? Shakespeare’s plays are a treasure trove of memorable characters with wonderful names. Here again, we’re not judging you if you go with a tried-and-true favorite such as Hamlet or Macbeth, but with 38 plays, there’s plenty of room to branch out. In fact, Shakespeare is a pretty cool name all by itself — but let’s look at some other ideas for Shakespearean-inspired names for your little actor or actress.
- Desdemona (Othello)
- Rosencrantz or Guildenstern (Hamlet)
- Viola (Twelfth Night)
- Orsino (Twelfth Night)
- Titania (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
- Shylock (The Merchant of Venice)
- Cleopatra (Julius Caesar)
- Caliban (The Tempest)
We hope you’ve found some inspiration in these suggestions. What did you name your chameleon, and where did you get the idea? Let us know in the comments. Who knows; your idea might spark a future blog post!