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Names That Mean Pet

CocoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish and French pet name
  • Description:

    Coco came to prominence as the nickname of the legendary French designer Chanel (born Gabrielle) and has lately become a starbaby favorite, initially chosen by Courteney Cox for her daughter Coco Riley in 2004. At first it was the kind of name that the press loves to ridicule, but we predict Coco's heading for more broad acceptance and even popularity.

AnaisHeart

  • Origin:

    Catalan and Provencal pet form of Hebrew Anna
  • Meaning:

    "grace"
  • Description:

    Anais is an unusual, alluring name forever attached to the daring French-born American novelist and diarist Anais Nin (born Angela, with Anais as one of her middle names), who became the inspiration for the naming of the daughter of musician Noel Gallagher. Anais is also the name of a popular perfume.

LilouHeart

  • Origin:

    Occitan pet form of French Liliane
  • Meaning:

    "lily"
  • Description:

    Lilou is a charming, rarely heard import. Occitan is a language spoken in Provence, in the south of France, in which the suffix "ou" denotes a pet form — thus, Lilou as a short form of Liliane or its Occitan form Liliana or Liliano. Its popularity in France--where it's currently Number 12--can be traced to the 1997 film The Fifth Element.

DieselHeart

  • Origin:

    German, from a pet form of Mathias
  • Description:

    Diesel, which you can think of as a word name for the fuel or as a German surname that derives from a pet form of Matthew or Mathias, is a new entry to the American name lexicon thanks to celebrities Jennie Finch and Casey Daigle, who chose it for their son, baby brother of Ace. Diesel might also be thought of as one of the neo-macho names, joining such bros as Harley, Ranger, and Breaker.

FrancineHeart

  • Origin:

    French diminutive pet form of Francoise
  • Meaning:

    "from France or free man"
  • Description:

    With the advent of Pope Francis, all forms of this ancient and saintly name came up for a fresh look. Along with most other -een and -ine (when pronounced like -een) names for girls, Francine has a dated midcentury Mad Men feel. But its choice for their daughter by modern glamour couple Casey Neistat and Candice Pool, respectively a video star and a jewelry designer, has made Francine chic again.

MungoHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish nickname
  • Meaning:

    "my pet"
  • Description:

    Mungo is one of the most classic Scottish names but perhaps also among the most difficult names to carry. There is a St. Mungo whose proper name was Kentigern; he is the patron saint of Glasgow.

ElkaHeart

  • Origin:

    Scandinavian, pet form of Adalheidis
  • Meaning:

    "noble one"
  • Description:

    Much more manageable than the full form of the name. Possible international alternative to Ella.

EliskaHeart

  • Origin:

    Czech from Hebrew, pet form of Elisheva
  • Meaning:

    "pledged to God"
  • Description:

    Eliška is warm and friendly, in the MISHA/SASHA mode.

WaldoHeart

  • Origin:

    German, pet form of names such as Waldemar
  • Meaning:

    "to rule"
  • Description:

    Its jaunty o-ending makes this name more appealing than most of its Germanic brothers, and we hope we're beyond the constant response to his name being "Where's Waldo?" The weighty reputation of writer and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson adds a measure of backbone to the name.

SookieHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Sukey, pet form of Susanna
  • Meaning:

    "lily"
  • Description:

    This spelling seems to be taking off as a result of media appearances as characters in first "Gilmore Girls" and then as Sookie Stackhouse, the Anna Paquin character in "True Blood," based on "The Southern Vampire Mysteries" series of books by Charlaine Harris.

SissyHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Cecilia; pet name for "sister"
  • Meaning:

    "sister"
  • Description:

    Old-fashioned nickname for a sister, almost never heard today.

TaffyHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh
  • Meaning:

    "beloved friend"
  • Description:

    Taffy, in addition to being a diminutive of Dafydd, is a slang term for Welsh people in general – probably from the River Taff. Too candy-like to be used in the US.

BetsanHeart

  • Origin:

    Welsh pet form of Elizabeth
  • Description:

    Betsan is little-known outside of the U.K. but it could provide an intriguing alternative to Liz, Beth, Betsy, Betty, and Libby.

AbanitoHeart

  • Origin:

    Spanish, pet form of Aban
  • Description:

    This is a Spanish pet form of the name Aban, which in Persian mythology was the name of the muse of liberal arts and mechanics.

EbanHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew, pet form of Ebenezer
  • Meaning:

    "stone of help"
  • Description:

    Affable and creative and perfectly able to stand alone; nothing Scroogish about it.