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Names January 17, 2006 11:25 AM

From The Border Collie Museum:

The earliest names that appear in the Stud Book of the International Sheep Dog Society (ISD are Sly, Moss, Hemp, Yarrow, Jed, Bute, Jen, Meg, Bess, Gyp, Tyne, Ruby, Nell, Fan, Jess, Rye, Clyde, Tweed, and Wren. Many of these names are evocative of natural features of the land, like rivers (Jed, Tyne, Tweed, Clyde, etc.), and other indigenous properties of the native countryside and climate (Moss, Glen, Mist, etc.). Others are names that farm workers bore themselves (Nell, Bob, Meg, etc.) and often gave to their animals, farm dogs, draft horses, and family milk cows alike. The names that British shepherds traditionally gave their working sheepdogs were short, possibly because they were more easily distinguished at long distances. Thus, names like Nell, Cap, Glen, and Meg have become conventional for Border Collies, and their use has carried over to other countries where Border Collies are employed as working dogs. This is the case in the United States, particularly among traditionalist shepherds. However, here, it seems, we are willing to follow custom just so far, so that while short names are still the norm, we have expanded the vernacular to include American-sounding names like Luke, Quest, Cody, Pete, and Sioux. These may not seem like customary names to the purist, but they maintain the spirit of the tradition.

Longer, more lively names, often with kennel prefixes, are frequently given to show or obedience dogs: Heelalong Jalapena, Highland's Ring Side Riot, and Shoreland's Red Hot Pepper are American obedience Border Collies of today. Keep in mind that kennel names are not unheard-of in Britain and Ireland, even among working dogs, as the famous names Wiston Cap, Whitehope Corrie or Dryden Joe will attest. However the "call name" of Cap, Corrie, and Joe are embodied in their kennel names and are the traditional short Border Collie appellations, whereas the call name of an obedience or show dog may be entirely different from its registered name. Capricious names that appear to disregard custom may offend purists by their apparent flippancy, but in the context of obedience, agility or flyball, a spirited name may be appropriate; they would likely be out of place at the sheepdog trials, in the pasture, or on the hill.

While there are no hard and fast rules, there are certain standards that must be upheld for convention's sake. If a name is embarrassing to say in public, indicates negative behavior or looks, or is likely to be offensive, don't call your dog by it! It might appear amusing at first, but you will probably regret it later on.

f=female m=male; b=black; bl=blue; w=white; tr=tri; r=red; sp=speckled; sb=sable; dksb=dark sable or "hemp"; fn=fawn; rmr=red merle; blmr=blue merle; Br=British; ME=middle English; C=Celtic; W=Welsh; S=Scots Dialect; G=Scots Gaelic; I=Irish; N=Norse; CN=Cornish; IM=Isle of Man; NA=Native American; Bs=Basque; @=already used i.e. my own dogs; *=like/would use, #=traditional; T =textile/dyeing/fiber connotations; ->names that indicate speed.

  • Ana f, C, earth mother (see Anu, another form)
  • Abhainn f, G, "river", pronounced "AH-vun"
  • Aeryn f, an alternate spelling for Erin, from sci fi TV show Farscape
  • Aidan m,I,r, "little fire", pronounced "AY-dun"
  • Ailsa f, G/N, a Scottish island
  • Aine f,I, pronounced AWN-ya, "joy"
  • Alec m, S, short for "Alexander"
  • Alyx f
  • Angus m, a county in Scotland
  • Annan f, river in Scotland
  • Annie f
  • Anu f, C, mother of gods, earth mother
  • Argyll m or f, a region in the west of Scotland, blmr
  • Arn m, N
  • Arran an island off W. coast of Scotland
  • Arrow ->
  • Artio f, Br, "Bear", a goddess of healing
  • Asa m, "healer"
  • Ash m or f,*b,bl, blmr, sp
  • August m or f
    • Bach m,W "small, dear"
    • Banya f,I, "whiteness", pronounced BAWN-ya
    • Bard #m
    • Barra f, an island in the Outer Hebrides
    • Baskin m,C "red headed"
    • Bast T, textile fiber
    • Beag f, G, "small" prounced BEK; also a goddess of magic, education and knowledge
    • Bear m, totem Br.beast
    • Beau m
    • Beck a small brook
    • Beech
    • Beinn m,G, "mountain"
    • Beith f,C, "birch"
    • Belle #f, for "Daisy" Bellis perennis--see "Gowan"
    • Bere *tr,sb,fn,S, "barley"
    • Bess *@#f
    • B'Etor f, one of the Duras sisters, Klingons on Star Trek The Next Generation
    • Biddy f,I, diminutive of Brigit
    • Birch
    • Bix *T, short for "Bixa" Annatto, a red dye that S.American indians used as body paint
    • Bjorn m,N
    • Bjort f,N, "shining one", a sun goddess
    • Blae S,bl, "blue","sharp", "keen"
    • Blair
    • Blaise m
    • Blaze m, r
    • Blyth m,CN "wolf"
    • Bors m, Lancelot's cousin
    • Bov m,C,r, Bov Dearg was a king of the De Dannan, see "Dearg"
    • Bow
    • Bowe m
    • Boyd m,G, "blond"
    • Brac m, especially in conbination with another dog named "Brica"
    • Bracken *#f
    • Brae f,S from G, sloping land
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  • Bramble
  • Bran *#m,b,W, "raven", aka Bendigeid Fran "Bran the Blessed"
  • Brandi f,W, "brandy"
  • Braq
  • Braw m or f, S, "fine", "beautiful", "handsome", derived from the Gaelic word breagh.
  • Breacan f,sp,tr,mr,T,G "tartan"
  • Breagh f,G, "fine", "beautiful", etc.
  • Bree m,S, a broth or liquid; IM, "Brigid"
  • Breeze ->
  • Brenin m,I, "king"
  • Brenn *f,r,S "to burn"
  • Brenna f,b,I "raven"
  • Bri f, C, a form of Brigit, goddess of health and healing, crafts, poetry
  • Briar *m
  • Brica f, especially in combination with another dog named "Brac"
  • Brid f,I
  • Brig f, C, a form of Brigit, goddess of health and healing, crafts, poetry
  • Brigit f, Br, goddess of health and healing, crafts, poetry
  • Brine salt
  • Briq
  • Britt f
  • Brochan #m, a druid
  • Brock #*m,b, "badger"
  • Broom f, yellow flower, pea family; also a river, a loch, and a town in Scotland
  • Broq
  • Bryn #f,W, hill--like Brae in S
  • Burn S, stream
  • Burns for Robert Burns
  • Bute m,f, an island off W. coast of Scotland
  • Caber m,S, a pole or beam
  • Cadbury *m,r
  • Caer f,C, a swan maiden,fort or castle in W
  • Cahir I, possibly meaning a battle lord
  • Caleb m, a dog (Hebrides)
  • CaleDon m
  • Caper S,to frisk or dance
  • Carrick I, "rock"
  • Cashel I, "castle"
  • Cass *f, C "curly haired"
  • Catha f,bl, "Raven"
  • Cayenne "pepper",f,r
  • Cayte f, a fancy spelling of Kate
  • Ceana f,w,I "fair one", pronounced KEH-na
  • Ceasg f,G, "Floss", also a mermaid
  • Ceiba T, the Kapok family
  • Ceilidh *f,G, a social gathering with singing
  • Ceit *#f,G, "Kate"
  • Ceo f or m,G, "mist", blmr
  • Ceol m or f,G, "music"
  • Ceri f,W, a river in Wales, the name of a Welsh sheepdog handler (daughter of Glyn Jones)
  • Cermait m, the Celtic god of literature
  • Chaff *T, vegtable matter in fleece
  • Chance *#m
  • Chant *f
  • Chase m ->
  • Chess b
  • Chex m or f
  • Chief #m
  • Chive
  • Christie for the mystery writer, Agatha Christie
  • Ciara f, "black", pronounced "kyara"
  • Cilla f, as in Cilla Fisher, a traditional Scottish folksinger
  • Clancy m,r,I "red warrier"
  • Clare f, a county in Ireland
  • Cloud
  • Cluaran G, "thistle"
  • Clud f, C, see Clutha, below
  • Cluny *S
  • Clutha f,G, "the Clyde", a water goddess, personification of the river that runs through Glasgow
  • Clwyd *m, a river in Wales (Welsh for "Clyde")
  • Clyde @*m, river that runs through Glasgow
  • Coda f
  • Cody m
  • Coll m, an island off the west coast of Scotland; also C, "hazel"; G, "high"
  • Conall m,IM "strong as a wolf"
  • Connor m,I
  • Copper m,r
  • Corran m, G "arrow"
  • Corc m,I "heart" or "crimson"
  • Cormag m,I, pronounced COR-muk
  • Corra f,I, goddess of prophecy
  • Corrach m,I
  • Crofter m
  • Crottal r,T, bronze dye
  • Cryda f,CN
  • Cuda f, name associated w/the triple Mother goddess, prosperity, well being
  • Cuillinn mountain range in S. Skye
  • Curry r
  • Cutch r,T, dye from the acacia, gives brown, khaki
    • Dart ->
    • Dash #m, ->
    • Data m, Star Trek Next Generation android
    • Dawn
    • Dax *f, Star Trek Deep Space Nine science officer
    • Dearg *m,r,G, "red"
    • Deas *f,G, pronounced "Jace", meaning "south"
    • Dee f,C, a water goddess, personification of the river Dee in Scotland
    • Dera f,W "wild spirit"
    • Derry *m
    • Derwen f,W, "oak"
    • Dewin m,W, "magician" or "wizard"
    • Diarmuid m, nephew of Fionn
    • Dill *,m,a druid
    • Dillys f, W, "genuine"
    • Dochas f,G, "hope"
    • Dolidh f,I "Dolly"
    • Dorcha *f,G, "dark"
    • Dougal m,G "dark stranger"
    • Draig m,W "dragon"
    • Dru m,G, "oak"
    • Druid m,G, starling or thrush, a Celtic priest or sorcerer
    • Dubh m or f,G "black"
    • Duff m,G "dark haired"
    • Duir m or f,C, "oak"
    • Duke *m
    • Dulse S,f, kind of edible seaweed
    • Dundee * m,r,T, seat ofJute industry in Scotland
    • Dusk f,bl
    • Dwyn m, C, god of love
    • Dye T
    • Dyke m
    • Dylan m,W, sea god

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    Names Continued: January 17, 2006 11:28 AM

  • Earrach f,G, "spring"
  • Echo f, a Greek nymph, fell in love w/Narcissus
  • Egan m,r,C "little fiery one"
  • Eilean f,G, "island"
  • Eilidh f,G "light", pronounced AY-lee
  • Eira f,W, "snow"
  • Eireann f,I, "Ireland"
  • Elf *m
  • Elfen f,W "element"
  • Elphin I,m, patron of Taliesin and the person that gave him his name
  • Eolas *f,G, "charm","knowledge"
  • Erin f,I, "Ireland"
  • Eriskay f, a Scottish island
  • Eriu f,I, one of 3 goddesses of Sovereignty, for whom Erin, Ireland, was named
  • Eryn f, an alternate spelling of Erin
    • Fafnir m,N, a dragon
    • Faol m,I "wolf"
    • Fann f
    • Fay f, fairy
    • Faye f
    • Fea f, a goddess of war
    • Fearn f,C, "alder"
    • Felan m,I "wolf", pronounced FEE-lin
    • Felim *m,I
    • Fell m,S, a level field on the side of a hill
    • Fenn @m or f, a bog
    • Fenne f, I, a swan maid, daughter of a king of the Tuatha
    • Fergus *m,I, King of Ulster and a hero
    • Fey f,I "etherial"
    • Feyll f pronounced FAY-l
    • Fiach m,b,I "raven"
    • Fife m,S, a kingdom in Scotland
    • Fina f, "delicate, tender"
    • Finlay m,S
    • Finn *m,I, see Fionn, below
    • Fiona f, female version of Fionn, below
    • Fionn *m,G, besides being the G spelling of the great Celtic hero, Finn, there are many meanings of the word, depending on part of speech, including "white", "fair", "chief", "head", "resplendent", "bright", etc.;
    • Fios m,G, "knowledge"
    • Fir m or f, the tree
    • Flame r
    • Flann r,C "fiery, red"
    • Flare r
    • Flash @#m,r, ->
    • Flax f,T, a bast fiber
    • Fleet #m, ->
    • Flora f,S
    • Floss #f
    • Flute
    • Fly #f, ->
    • Flynn m,r,C "bright red"
    • Folly f,
    • Foss #m, a ditch or moat
    • Frida for the artist Frida Kahlo
      • Gael *#f
      • Gaer *G, "fortress"
      • Gaffer m,S, foreman, old man
      • Gaia f, personification of earth
      • Gair *m,G, strip of land
      • Gaire *f
      • Gairm m,G, "crow"
      • Gala f, a river in the Borders of Scotland
      • Gareth *m,W
      • Gash S. for wise, sagacious
      • Gawain *m,W
      • Geal f,w,G, "white"
      • Gealach *f,w,bl,sp, G,"the moon"
      • Gean f,r,S, "cherry tree"
      • Gearraidh m,G, enclosed or common grazing
      • Geas m,G, compultion or spell
      • Geasa f,G, taboo
      • Ged m, a Joanna Russ character
      • Gem f
      • Geordie m
      • Geowin *f,W, a footmaiden of Math
      • Ghyll m, a ravine
      • Gigha f, island off the W. coast of Scotland
      • Gilly m,r,S from G, short for Gilderoy or "red boy"
      • Gilpy m or f, S for a half-grown lad or lass
      • Ginger f,r
      • Glas f,C, "blue one", a goddess of domestic animals
      • Gled m or f,S for sharp, keen, alert
      • Gleed m or f,r,S for a burning coal
      • Gleis m,W
      • Glen #m,S "valley"
      • Glew m,W
      • Gloss
      • Glyn m,W "valley"
      • Goron m,CN "hero"
      • Goreu m,W, "the best"
      • Gorm *m,bl, G, "blue"
      • Gorse f,sb,fn, yellow flower, pea family, grows on a thorny bush
      • Gort m,C, "ivy"
      • Gow *m, for Neil Gow the Scottish fiddler in Burn's day
      • Gowan *S, the daisy
      • Grail f
      • Grain f,sb,fn
      • Graine *f,r,G "scarlet"; I pronounced GRAW-nya, "love, grace"
      • Grainne f,I, daughter of Cormac, betrothed to Finn, elopes with Diarmaid, also a sun deity
      • Greig *m, for Gavin Greig, the late Scottish folklorist
      • Gretyl f
      • Grian m,G, "the sun"
      • Grig * a small fairy
      • Grough an eroded peat gully on the Dark Peak (thanks to Chris Barrow, from the UK)
      • Gruff m
      • Guerin m
      • Gully *m, as in Jimson, the Joyce Carey character in The Horse's Mouth
      • Guss m, short for Angus, Fergus
      • Gweir *m,W, another name for Gwydion
      • Gwelle f
      • Gwion m,W, another name for Gwydion
      • Gwynt f or f,W, -> "wind"
      • Gwyr m,W
      • Gypsy f
      • Gyr *the falcon
      • Gyre *f,T, Queen of the Fairies in Fife, a spinning fairy like the Habetrot
        • Haar *m,bl,sp,blmr, the sea fog in Shetland
        • Hamish *m, S from the G, the form of Seumas, James, used when addressing someone of that name directly, as in "Good morning, James!"

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    Names Continued: January 17, 2006 11:30 AM

  • susqueHannah *f--sheepdogs are traditionally named after natural phenomena, like rivers, so while this is not a traditional name, it is in the spirit of the tradition
  • Hank m,T, as in "hank of yarn"
  • Haw
  • Hawk m
  • Haze
  • Hazy bl,blmr
  • Hemp #*m,dksb,T
  • Henna *f,r,T, a red dye
  • Heron m
  • Hett f, short for Hettie
  • Hilde f, N, the Chief of the Valkyries
  • Hirta f, the main island in the Saint Kilda group, West of Scotland
  • Hogan m,r,C "fire"
  • Hoy *#m, small island in the Shetland group
  • Hrolf m
  • Huath m,C, "hawthorn"
  • Hue color
  • Huw m,r,W "Hugh" means "fire"
  • Indigo *bl,blmr,T, blue dye
  • Inneach f,G,T, "woof" as in "weft"
  • Innis f,G, "meadow" or "island"
  • Innse *f,G, "island"
  • Io *f, a moon of Jupiter
  • Iona *f, an island of Scotland
  • Isla f, an island of Scotland
    • Jace f
    • Jack #m
    • Jade f
    • Jake m
    • Jane #f
    • Jaq
    • Jarl *m,N, "earl"
    • Jasper *m
    • Jax @*m, Anne McCaffrey character
    • Jazz *f or m
    • Jeannie #f
    • Jed #f/m, river in Borders of Scotland
    • Jedi m
    • Jem *m
    • Jenn *#f
    • Jenna f,CN
    • Jess #@*f
    • Jesse m
    • Jest
    • Jestin m,W
    • Jet b, ->
    • Jett
    • Jigg
    • Jo f
    • Jock m
    • Joe m
    • Joq
    • Jord f, N, Mother Earth, mother of Frigga and Thor
    • Jove m, L, another name for Jupiter, the supreme Roman god
    • Juno f, L, Jupiter's wife, the Roman equivilent of the Greek goddess, Hera
    • Jura *f, island off West coast of Scotland
    • Jute T@f
    • Jynx f
      • Kae f, S. for crow
      • Kagan m, a character in a Gordon Bok song
      • Kale f, S, a type of cabbage
      • Kane m,W "beautiful"
      • Kate *f
      • Keats for the poet
      • Keeffe for the artist, Georgia O'Keeffe
      • Keegan m,r,I "little fiery one"
      • Keelta m, I, a runner, one of the Fianna
      • Keir m,I "dark"
      • Keith m,S,W "wood dweller"
      • Kelp a seaweed used as a fertilizer in Scotland
      • Kelsy *f
      • Kelso m, a Scottish Borders town
      • Kelty a Scottish town
      • Kelyn a male name in W, a female in CN "holly
      • Kemp T, hairy fibers in a fleece
      • Kenaf T, a fiber, used mostly in papermaking
      • Kenn m,W "clear water"
      • Kensa f,CN "first"
      • Kent m,W "white"
      • Kermes m,r,T, an insect dye
      • Kern m, Worf's brother on Star Trek TNG
      • Kerra f,CN "dearest"
      • Kerry *m, a town in Ireland
      • Kersey f,T, a wool twill fabric
      • Kes f, character on Star Trek Voyager
      • Kidd m
      • Kilda f, group of Islands off West Coast of Scotland
      • Kira f, character on Star Trek Deep Space 9
      • Kirk m,S "church"
      • Kirsty f
      • Kit f, a nickname for Katherine; or male, as in Kit Carson
      • Kitt f
      • Knell f
      • Kona f
      • Kudzu T, a fiber
      • Kyla f,I "graceful"
      • Kyle m,S. for a straight
      • Kyloe m or f,S., small black cattle
        • Lachlan m,G
        • Lal f, after Lal Waterson, diseased, one of the famous English family of traditional singers, the Watersons
        • Lapis bl,T, blue dye
        • Larch f, a desiduous conifer that is often used in Scotland for reforestation
        • Lark f
        • Lea *f, a pasture
        • Leif * N,m
        • Leith *m, river that runs through Edinburgh
        • Leof OE "dear"
        • Letha f, old Celtic name for Brittany
        • Lex m, Latin for "law"
        • Lexy f,S, short for Alexandra
        • Liath f,bl,blmr,G, "grey"
        • Liam m,I
        • Linc m
        • Lichen f,T, dyestuff
        • Lily f
        • Linit f
        • Linn @,f,S, "waterfall"
        • Liza f
        • Llew m,W, a sun god
        • Llyn f,W, "waterfall"
        • Llyr m,W, sea god
        • Loch *m,S, "lake";
        • Lochan *m, S, "small lake"
        • Logo m
        • Loki *m,N. trickster god
        • Loireag *f,T, small water fairy that presides over the web (weaving)
        • Lorcan m,I "fierce"
        • Lore *m
        • Lorn a region of W. Scotland
        • Luag m, a Celtic sun god
        • Luath *m,G, "Swift", favorite dog of Cuchullin (though a hound), and also Robert Burn¹s collie who appears in his poem "The Twa Dogs", and who was named for Cuchullin's dog
        • Luc *m
        • Lucy f,C "light"

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    Names Continued: January 17, 2006 11:32 AM

  • Lugh *m,I god of light, means "bright one", perhaps a sun deity;
  • Luke *m
  • Luna f, L, the goddess of the moon
  • Luq
  • Lur f, Bs, Mother Earth
  • Lursa f, one of the Duras sisters, Klingons on Star Trek The Next Generation
  • Lute f
  • Lynx f
    • Mac *#m
    • Madaidh *f,r,G, "fox"
    • Madd *f,r,T, short for "Madder", a red dye
    • Mael m,"servent"
    • Maes *f,W,G, "field"
    • Maeve f,I, goddess of sovereignty
    • Mag f,I "plain"
    • Mage *m
    • Magg f
    • Maggie *#f
    • Magic *m
    • Maize @*f,r,bl,fn,T, the zea mays is a hopi dye corn that gives reds/blues
    • Manx m, perhaps for an Australian Shepherd
    • Maq
    • Mar a district in Scotland
    • Marne *f, Br, a river in Gaul deriving its name from the Mother Goddess
    • Marnie *f
    • Math m,C "bear"
    • Maud f
    • Maug f
    • Maze *f
    • Mead *f,r,rmr, C, the sacred wine
    • Meg *#f
    • Megg f
    • Meig *f,G, "Meg"
    • Melys *f,W, "Sweet"
    • Mere f,ME, a small lake or pond
    • Merlin m
    • MerriMac *m, river in Massachusetts
    • Micol *f,a diminuative queen of the Fairies
    • Mick #m
    • Milse *f,G, "sweet"
    • Minch m, w, a straight/body of water separating Hebrides from mainland Scotland
    • Mingulay m, an island in the Hebridean group
    • Miq
    • Mirk *#m,bl,blmr,sp,S, "thick with fog"
    • Mirq
    • Mist f
    • Mithril f, blmr, a silvery substance invented by J.R.R. Tolkien
    • Mogg f
    • Molly #*f
    • Mona f,IM, another name for the Isle of Man
    • Moon *
    • Moorit *f,r,T, a Shetland term meaning "moor red" and refering to the brownish-red color that Shetland sheep may come in
    • Mor *f, a sun goddess
    • Morgan f
    • Morwyn f, W, "maid"
    • Moss @*#m, T, "Spanish Moss" is a textile fiber
    • Mow m,fn, a place where hay is stored
    • Muir m, S, "moor", also means "sea"
    • Mull m, an island in the Inner Hebrides
    • Myth f
    • Nanna *f, flower goddess
    • Naw m,W
    • Neahle f, I, pronounced "nail".
    • Neeps m,S, "turnips"
    • Nell f,#
    • Ness *m, a Scottish loch
    • Nessa *f,I "holy", CN "second", S female form of Ness "nose" or a portion of land sticking out into a body of water
    • Niamh f,I pronounced Neeve, a health and healing goddess
    • Nin for the philosopher, Anais Nin.
    • Njal m,N
    • Njord *m,N sea god
    • Nob m
    • Nog *m, a concoction like eggnog, and a young Ferengi character in Star Trek Deep Space 9;
    • Nomad m
    • Nonna f,CN, pronounced NAW-nah
    • Norn f, N, "fate" (the Norns are the Norse Fates)
    • Norse m
    • Nuala f,I, short for Fionnuala, a goddess of mist and dawn
    • Nuinn f,C, "ash"
    • Nutmeg *f,r,rml
    • Nyx f, goddess of night
    • Oak *m,r,T, bark=brown dye
    • Oats
    • Olcan m,I "wolf"
    • Onchu m,I "mighty dog"
    • Oran m,G, "song"
    • Orla f,I,sb, "golden lady"
    • Osage r, T, orange dye ages to copper
      • Pace ->
      • Pax f, goddess of peace
      • Peat m,r, turns water red
      • Pell m,N
      • Penn m,W "from the peak"
      • Pepper f,sp
      • Puck m
        • Quaen f, S traveller's term for "woman"
        • Quark *m, Ferengi on Star Trek Deep Space 9
        • Quay "dock"
        • Quern m, a devise to gring grain
        • Quest
        • Quick ->
        • Quinn m,I
        • Qwest
        • Rabb *m
        • Race m or f, ->
        • Rae f
        • Rafe *m
        • Raggs m,T, recycled wool
        • Rain *f,sp,bl,blmr
        • Rainich f G, "bracken"
        • Rambler m
        • Ramie sb,r,fn,T, fiber
        • Random m
        • Rannoch *m, S from G, "bracken"
        • Raq *m, one of the collies in Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising
        • Raven *f,b
        • Rede r,rmr,sb,fn
        • Redpath *r,rmr, for Jean Redpath, folksinger
        • Reed r,rmr,sb,fn
        • Reekie m,bl,b,sp,S, "smokey"
        • Reel
        • Remy m or f, an alcoholic beverage
        • Rime m or f, a coating of ice, as on grass and trees, formed when extremely cold water droplets freeze almost instantly on a cold surface.
        • Rimy m or f,S, "frosty"
        • Rhan W "fate"
        • Rhaq *m, a Joanna Russ character
        • Rhos *m or f,W, "moor"
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    Names Continued: January 17, 2006 11:34 AM

  • Rhum m, island in Inner Hebrides
  • Rhun m, W
  • Rhus *m,r,L, "Sumac" for tannens to improve dye fastness
  • Rhyme
  • Rhys *m,W "passion"
  • Rionnag *f,G, "star"
  • Righ *m
  • Roane *f, G, a seal or silkie
  • Rogue m
  • Roke m or f, "mist"
  • Rona f, a Scottish island
  • Ronan *m
  • Rook m, a name with chess connotations
  • Rora f
  • Rory m,r,rmr, from G, "red head"
  • Rose *f,r,rmr
  • Ross #m
  • Rouge f,r,rmr
  • Roux f
  • Rover m
  • Rowan *f,r,S, the mountain ash, also means "red haired"
  • Roy #m
  • Royal *m
  • Royl m
  • Ruby @,*,f,r,rmr
  • Rudd *m,r,"red"
  • Rue *f
  • Rufus *m,r
  • Ruis m or f,C "elder" (the tree)
  • Rune
  • Rust m,r
  • Ryan m,I
  • Ryn m,W "ruler"
    • Sadie f
    • Saff *f,r,sb,fn,T, short for "Saffron" or "Safflower"--yellow/red dyes
    • Saga *f,N "all knowing", goddess of arts, education and knowledge
    • Sage *m or f,bl,blmr,sb
    • Saille f,C, "willow"
    • Sal *f
    • Sark m,S, "shirt"
    • Sass f
    • Sava f,I, wife of Finn who became a fawn
    • Saxa f
    • Scot
    • Scota f, the ancestress of the Scots and Gaels
    • Scotia f, another name for Scotland
    • Sea bl,blmr
    • Seamrag *f,G, "shamrock"
    • Sean m, I, "God's grace"
    • Sedge a grass
    • Selkie *f
    • Sett T, a measurment in weaving
    • Seumas *m
    • Sevi f,r,CN "strawberry", pronounced ZEV-ee
    • Shadow m, b
    • Shamrock m
    • Shannon f
    • Sharp m
    • Shawna f
    • Shawnee f
    • Shep m
    • Shona f an Island off the West Coast of Scotland
    • Shony f,sea spirit from Lewis
    • Shyla f
    • Sidheag f,I "wolf", prounced SHEE-uk
    • Sigg
    • Silk
    • Silq
    • Sine *f,G, "Jean"
    • Sionn m,r,I "fox", pronounced SHOON
    • Skald m, N for a poet
    • Skara *f, S, same as Skerry, below
    • Skerry *m or f, S, a rocky or sandy spit running into the sea
    • Skew
    • Skule f,NA, "meadowlark", a Klameth Indian goddess of wild birds
    • Skye *f, a large island off the West coast of Scotland
    • Slate bl
    • Sleuth m
    • Snaw *w,S, "snow"
    • Snell bl,w,blmr, S, "cold, piercing, fierce"
    • Soar
    • Sorcha f,I,sb, "clear, bright"
    • Somerled m, from N, G, ancestor of Clan Donald
    • Sorley m,G "summer wanderer"
    • Sorrel r,fn
    • Soy
    • Speck
    • Speir f, I "spirit", S "to ask" but of a seer
    • Spice f
    • Spin
    • Spray
    • Sprigg
    • Sprint ->
    • Sprite f, a water fairy
    • Squire m
    • Star f
    • Storr m
    • Stripe
    • Suir
    • Sul f,C, goddess of health and healing; another form of Sulis, below
    • Sulis *f, esp. blmr, very important British water deity & healing goddess
    • Sundance m,r
    • Sundown m,r
    • Sunset m,r
    • Sunn Hemp m,r, T, fiber used for cordage, sacking, and paper
    • SusqueHanna *f--sheepdogs are traditionally named after natural phenomena, like rivers, so while this is not a traditional name, it is in the spirit of the tradition
    • Swain m
    • Swan f
    • Sweep #m ->
    • Sweet #*f
    • Swift ->
    •  
    • Tadhg m,I pronounced like tiger without the r
    • Taff #m or f
    • Tallow fn
    • Talyn m, from the sci-fi program Farscape
    • Tam #*m
    • Tannin *r, T, old Europeon name for oak, tan dye that darkens with age
    • Taran *m, W, thunder god
    • Tarn *m, ME, from N, a small mountain lake, formed by glaciers
    • Tarr m,b,dksb, fancy spelling of Tar
    • Tartan T
    • Tass #*f,G, "glass"
    • Tay a river in Scot.
    • Tea f,C, a goddess of the DeDanaan for whom Tara was named.
    • Teg *f, W, "fair", "fine", "beautiful"
    • Tegan f,C, a doe
    • Teinn m or f,C, "holly"
    • Tern a sea bird
    • Terra f
    • Terracotta r
    • Tess #*f
    • Teviot *m, a river in Scotland
    • Thatch m,fn
    • Thegn m,N, a leader
    • Thistle m or f
    • Thor *m,N, thunder god
    • Thorn
    • Thrums f, the ends of the warp after the finished weaving is cut off
    • Todd m,r,"fox"
    • Toll m or f
    • Tor *m, a rocky knoll
    • Torr m
    • Tory m or f,I, a tower-like rock

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    Names Continued: January 17, 2006 11:36 AM

  • Tramp m
  • Traveller m, more # for hounds
  • Trek m, as in "Star..."
  • Treq
  • Tressa f,CN "third"
  • Treve m,C "prudent"
  • Trew S "trowsers"
  • Trip
  • Troll m
  • Trow m
  • Tru
  • Tulla f,I "little hill"
  • Tundra f,bl
  • Turf m
  • Tweed #*m,tr,blmr,rmr,sb,sp
  • Tyr m, N, god of war and justice, son of Odin
  • Ulf m
  • Ulfin m
  • Umbra f, "shadow"
  • Unst one of the Shetland Islands
  • Venn m,r, character in Hardy, the raddle man‹person who sold rudd, red dye, to farmers for applying to chests of ram so when the ram mounted a ewe, he marked the ewe on her butt, indicating that the ewe was bred
    • Warlock m, a male witch
    • Watt m
    • Weaver T,m
    • Webb f or m
    • Weld *m,T, yellow dye
    • Westra f
    • Whimsy m
    • Whin #*f, a flower
    • Whisper
    • Whiz
    • Wicca f
    • Willow *f
    • Willy @*#m
    • Wizard @*m
    • Woad *m,T,bl,blmr, a blue dye
    • Wold m
    • Wren *f
    • Wyn m,w,W "fair"
    • Wynd *f ->
      • Yam r,fn
      • Yarrow #f, a river in the Borders of Scotland
      • Yeats *m for the poet
      • Yell one of the Shetland Islands
      • Ynys f,W, "island"
      • Yore m
      • York #*m
      • Zac m
      • Zack m
      • Zaq *m,# usually spelled "Zac" or "Zack"
      • Zea f, a genus of grass, of which Indian Corn, Zea Mays is the only known species
      • Zeal as in "full of zeal"
      • Zeb *m
      • Zee f
      • Zeke m
      • Zel f
      • Zest as in "full of zest"
      • Zig
      • Zip
      • Zoe f,Gr. for "life"
      • Zoey f, an alternate spelling of Zoe
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     January 20, 2006 1:00 PM

    My dog is called Cassie, but often gets called Cass which is listed.  My sister's Border Collie is called Holly which I was surprised not to see listed, it's a popular female name here at least.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
     
     July 13, 2006 6:08 PM

    I used a baby name book, to pick out my puppy's name which is Molly.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
     
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