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When introducing a new pet into your home, be it a puppy or a dog, a kitten or a cat - they need a name. So why not boost conversations around the braai by putting some creativity into the naming process. 

Have the whole family participate in choosing/creating an exotic name for your four-legged child to add instant character and intrigue to your pet’s life, because let’s face it - our pets truly are super special.

Don’t delay … name away!

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GIRL NAMES

NAME MEANING ORIGIN NAME MEANING ORIGIN
Nala Successful/beloved African/Swahili Abella Breath French
Farah Joy Arabic Tia Goddess Greek
Nara Cheerful Celtic Gaia Earth Greek
LiLing White Jasmine Chinese Gia God’s gracious gift Italian
Mei Mei Gorgeous Chinese Akira Clear & intelligent Japanese
Dita Rich gift Czech Kira Glitter/shining Japanese
Nanna Courageous Danish A-Yeon Beautiful Korean
Ragna Giving advice Danish Nova Star Latin
Faye Fairy French Zara Princess Russian


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BOY NAMES

NAME MEANING ORIGIN NAME MEANING ORIGIN
Ayo Full of joy African/Nigerian Ace The best one Latin
Simba Lion African Aureo Golden Latin
Ju Long Powerful dragon Chinese Chava Earth Mayan
Ping Peaceful Chinese Pasha Small & humble Russian
Akila Intelligent Egyptian Feliks Happy Russian
Heikki Ruler of the house Finnish Fanaka Valuable Swahili
Mikko Gift from God Hebrew Haluk Good-natured Turkish
Kitaro Happy boy Japanese Tolga Wearing a helmet Turkish
Maki Good tree Japanese Zeki Intelligent Turkish

Source: https://vanplusfour.files.wordpress.com/2014/07/moel-morfydd-2.jpg?w=1024 

DO IT YOURSELF WITH FAMILY

A great way to create an exotic name is by shortening words. Eg. Mazon Amazon, Kenzie Mackenzie, Kalu Makalu, Meric Turmeric, Suma Satsuma, Tempi Tempura, Thena Athena, Anca Bianca, Cleo Cleopatra, Paz Topaz, Neva Geneva or even Lena Celena. Have a look at our list for some other great DIY ideas and inspiration:

Places you’ve been/want to go to Fiji  Cairo  Dakota  Denver  Paris  Jozi  Sienna  Venus  Jupiter
Literary names/characters Atticus  Finn  Arrietty  Aragorn  Katniss  Luna  Harry Pawter  Phoenix
Famous people in history Æthelstan  Frida Kahlo  Galileo  Picasso  Jimmy Chew
Cartoon Characters Astrid  Boo  Koda  Loki  Lassi  Nemo  Odi  Remus  Snoopy  Thor  Yoda
Precious gemstones Onyx  Ruby  Jade  Sapphire  Paz (Topaz)  Mala (Malachite)

Cat/Dog

(translated)

CAT

Gato (Spanish)  mao/mao mao (Chinese)  Neko (Japanese)

DOG

Chien (French)  Perro (Spanish)  Gao (Chinese)  Inu (Japanese)

Colours

(translated)

BLACK

Noir (French)  Nero (Italian)  Kuro (Japanese)

WHITE

Blanc (French)  Beo (Serbian)  Shiro (Japanese)

Food Olive  Marshmallow  Marmite  Parmi (parmesan)  Ginger  Coriander  Lilikoi (Hawaiian fruit)  Merlot  Pepper  Cinnamon

Have more exotic names to add? - Let us know in the comment section below. We’d love to hear them!

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Comine du Toit
Animal lover and cat fanatic, Comine du Toit is a Freelance Copywriter at ePETstore in South Africa. She is a mom to a very energetic Sphynx, and the godmother to a clowder of cats, a kennel of dogs as well as a flock of geese. She's a firm believer that pets are family.
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Suzanne Labuschagne
Suzanne Labuschagne
Tuesday 13th June 2017

What an innovative topic! Thoroughly enjoyed going through your suggestions! We've had a Tala (Arabic), a Libra, a Jaspi (jasper = gem) and a Kanta (Sanskrit).

Comine du Toit
Comine du Toit
Thursday 15th June 2017

Thank you for the lovely feedback! Tala, Libra, Jaspi and Kanta are very exotic and fantastic names indeed; and I'm sure very fitting to their very exotic and fabulous personalities as well.

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