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Happy Names for Pets

Happy Names for Pets
Some of the best names for pets of any kind mean or convey joy and happiness. Pets bring so much positivity to our lives, and you may be inspired to give your dog or cat, goldfish or lizard a name to match. Examples include Lucky and Bonnie, which means "cheerful."

Along with Bonnie and Lucky, other common happy names for pets include Sunny, Abby, and Felix. Dogs do best with shorter, simpler names such as Asher or Whimsy, while a pet who doesn’t have to respond to their name can have a more complicated name like Hephzibah or Terpsichore.

A happy pet name is really any name that makes you happy, but here are our picks for the best pet names with happiness-related meanings.

Happy Pet Names
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FelixHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "happy, fortunate"
  • Description:

    Felix was originally a Roman surname but was adopted as a nickname by the ancient Roman Sulla, who believed that he was especially blessed with luck by the gods. It is the name of four popes and sixty-seven saints; in the Bible, Felix is a Roman procurator of Judea.

AsherHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "fortunate, blessed, happy one"
  • Description:

    In the Bible, Asher was one of Jacob's twelve sons who gave their names to the tribes of Israel. Asher is derived from the Hebrew word osher, which means "happiness." Rabbinical scholars claim that the Asherites lived up to this meaning, as they had the most oil, wisdom, and male children compared to the other tribes.

EdenHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "place of pleasure, delight"
  • Description:

    Eden is an attractive, serene name with obvious intimations of Paradise, one of several place names drawn from the Bible by the Puritans in the seventeenth century.

FelicityHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "good fortune, happy"
  • Description:

    Felicity is as accessible a virtue name as Hope and Faith, but much more feminine -- and dare we say, happier. The hit TV show did a lot to soften and modernize the once buttoned-up image of Felicity, and it got further notice as the red-haired Colonial doll, Felicity Merriman, in the American Girl series. A current bearer is actress Felicity Huffman.

TateHeart

  • Origin:

    English from Norse
  • Meaning:

    "cheerful"
  • Description:

    A strong single-syllable surname with a joyful meaning, Tate is finding a place on more and more birth certificates.
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BonnieHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful, cheerful"
  • Description:

    Bonnie is a word the Scots really do use for pretty, thus the root of this name, from the French bonne. Bonnie is teetering on the edge of a comeback right now, along with Betty and Bea one of the girls' names starting with Bthat are so far out they're heading back in, especially in the UK.

AlanaHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish, feminine variation of Alan
  • Meaning:

    "handsome, cheerful"
  • Description:

    Alana, in all its various spellings, was at one time reserved for daughters of dads named Alan, but is now much more widespread. It came into prominence via model/actress/celeb spouse Alana Hamilton Stewart.

JoyHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Meaning:

    "joy"
  • Description:

    Joy is from an older generation of word names, which also included Merry, Bliss, and Glory -- all of which exert a certain amount of personality pressure on a child. One interesting name that means the same thing: Chara.

AidaHeart

  • Origin:

    Arabic
  • Meaning:

    "happy"
  • Description:

    Aida is a melodic name largely associated with the title character of the 1871 Verdi opera, an enslaved Ethiopian princess who dies to save her people. In the past, her name was rarely heard outside the Latino community, but in the current time of love for all A-starting girls' names, this could very well change.

AllegraHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "joyous"
  • Description:

    In music, the term allegro means "quickly, lively tempo," which makes this quintessential Bohemian ballet dancer's name all the more appealing. Allegra is one of the most distinctive yet accessible girl names starting with A.
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ElleryHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "island with elder trees"
  • Description:

    In the past few years Ellery has gone from middle-aged male detective to a plausible girls' name, a la Hillary.

SunnyHeart

  • Origin:

    English nickname
  • Description:

    Upbeat nickname-name that can't help but make you smile. You might want to use it as a short form for a more "serious" name such as Sunniva, but Sunny is undeniably, well, sunny.

NoemiHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian and Spanish variation of Naomi
  • Meaning:

    "my delight"
  • Description:

    Noemi is a charming Latin spin on Naomi, with the accent on the last syllable; another twist is Neomi.

EdnaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "rejuvenation, delight"
  • Description:

    Edna is one of those names that, until what it seemed like a few minutes ago, felt so terminally frumpy that no one could imagine a parent choosing it for an innocent modern baby girl. But with the great upswing in names honoring ancestral family members, several of them being other four-letter, e-ending names, we wouldn't be so sure.

NaraHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese place name or Celtic
  • Meaning:

    "happy"
  • Description:

    Soft, simple, and far more unusual than Tara or Farrah. As a Japanese place name, it's been used occasionally as a surname and is beginning to be used as a first. Nara is also the name of a Hindu (male) God and the name means "man" in Hindi.
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LettieHeart

  • Origin:

    English, diminutive of Letitia, Latin
  • Meaning:

    "joy, gladness"
  • Description:

    Lettie, also spelled Letty, is a nickname name not heard in over a century, giving it the patina of a treasured antique. Lettie's style currency is rising with the trend for old-fashioned, down-to-earth nicknames. Lettie is right in step with Lottie, Hettie, Hattie, Josie, and Maisie.

DreamHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Singular and serene noun name that's been used by a couple of celebs.

NomiHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew and Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "beautiful, pleasant, delightful "
  • Description:

    This adorable cross cultural name updates Naomi and offers an accessible Japanese option. Strikes the right balance by being distinctive without seeming strange.

FestusHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "joyous, festive"
  • Description:

    A name from the ancient world that may get a mixed reception today. On the one hand, festive! On the other hand, fester. In the Bible, Porcius Festus was a Roman official who rubbed up against St Paul. In modern times, this name has had more love in African countries than anywhere else.

AbbyHeart

  • Origin:

    Diminutive of Abigail, Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "my father is joyful"
  • Description:

    Gently old-fashioned stand-alone nickname that owes its popularity to mega popular Abigail.
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ReverieHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Reverie is a strong-sounding word for an ethereal, dreamlike state -- a perfect contrast and meaning for a word that intends to become a first name. Popular mommy blogger Rebecca Woolf of Girls Gone Child named one of her twin daughters Reverie, setting off a groundswell of interest.

JossHeart

  • Origin:

    English diminutive of Jocelin
  • Meaning:

    "the merry one"
  • Description:

    Joss hadn't been heard much in this country before the emergence of Joss (born Joseph) Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, et al; it would make a catchy middle name choice. Female British singer Joss Stone was born Jocelyn.

AlanisHeart

  • Origin:

    Female variation of Alan
  • Meaning:

    "handsome, cheerful"
  • Description:

    Singer Alanis Morissette made this twist famous. She was named for her father Alan, who is said to have spotted this version in a Greek newspaper. So far it has been pretty much a one-person name, but could make distinctive update of Alana--especially with s-ending names making a comeback.

HephzibahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "my delight is in her"
  • Description:

    Hephzibah is an Old Testament name that came into use in the 17th century, but is not often used today. It does have less formal nicknames Eppie and Hepsie, which seem revivable. Hephzibah "Eppie" Cass/Marner is the heroine of George Eliot's novel Silas Marner and Hepzibah (the condensed spelling) Smith is a witch in the Harry Potter series.

KeikoHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "happy child"
  • Description:

    Japanese classic with optimistic meaning.
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JubileeHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "ram's horn"
  • Description:

    Jubilee has a joyous and jubilant aura, but it wouldn't be an easy name to carry, what with all that pressure to be a living, breathing, 24-7 party. Jubilee was the name selected by television's Duggars for their miscarried child.

IrieHeart

  • Origin:

    Jamaican
  • Meaning:

    "positive and powerful"
  • Description:

    A name used in the Caribbean, taken from the Rastafarian term that translates best to "positive and powerful." Rastas often greet each other by saying, "Are you feeling Irie today?"

BlissHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Description:

    A sweet, uplifting and still fairly uncommon modern virtue name. Its single syllable makes it especially good as a middle name, but it would also make a big impact in the first spot.

BibiHeart

  • Origin:

    French, Persian, or diminutive of Bibiana
  • Meaning:

    "toy; delight; lady of the house; life"
  • Description:

    A spunky nickname name for parents with showbiz aspirations for their daughter.

GloryHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Glory sounds fresh and uplifting and a lot more modern than Gloria (which is definitely feeling the stirrings of a revival, though some might still view it as a terminal Old Lady name). Glory, as in "Glory Be" and "Old Glory," has both a religious and a patriotic flavor.
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RevelHeart

  • Origin:

    American word name
  • Meaning:

    "rejoice"
  • Description:

    A joyous (if a little rowdy) word name that's still relatively undiscovered by parents, being given to about 10 babies of each sex per year. Glee actor Matthew Morrison named his son Revel in 2017.

TirzahHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "delight"
  • Description:

    A fairly common Hebrew name without much crossover potential.

GioiaHeart

  • Origin:

    Italian
  • Meaning:

    "joy"
  • Description:

    Prettier than Joy and just beginning to be used here.

HillaryHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "happy, cheerful"
  • Description:

    Hillary is a lovely name that, for the moment at least, is tightly bound to an individual with a strong image: Hillary Clinton. Whatever your feelings about Mrs. Clinton, her fame now dominates the name, making it feel less baby-ready than it deserves to be. Hillary as a name has so much going for it: the popular, rhythmic three-syllable structure, the fact that it's strong but light, proper but jaunty, with an irresistible meaning -- having the same root as hilarious. The Italian Ilaria may be one way to make the name fresh.

LuckyHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Recently chosen by singer Elle King for her son. Lucky is a name that could see a considerable rise in the near future, as word names continue to heat up.
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HolidayHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Meaning:

    "holy day"
  • Description:

    Free and fun name if you don't want to be pinned down to Noelle, Pasqua, or Valentine.

WinsomeHeart

  • Origin:

    English
  • Meaning:

    "agreeable, lighthearted"
  • Description:

    Sweet, modern descriptive name, but perhaps a little too cute for its own good.

StellarHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Meaning:

    "of the stars"
  • Description:

    This cosmological name is given to a handful of boys and girls each year in the USA. Likely to get confused with Stella or Stellan.

CherishHeart

  • Origin:

    English word name
  • Description:

    So sweet it makes our teeth hurt. It has appeared in the US Top 1000 every year since 2006, though it dropped a significant 136 places from 2014 to 2015, and kept dropping to Number 974 in 2016.

WhimsyHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Whimsy is a new entry to the ever-expanding word name lexicon, sister for Pixie and Bliss. While it has an undeniable offbeat English aristocratic charm (maybe we're thinking of Dorothy Sayers' fictional detective Lord Peter Wimsey, whose middle name was Death?), we see this as more fitting for a middle than a first name.
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AffinityHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Sympathetic new twist on a Puritan virtue name.

SachiHeart

  • Origin:

    Japanese
  • Meaning:

    "child of joy"
  • Description:

    Sachi, often short for Sachiko, was given to 25 girls in the US in a recent year. While it is technically Japanese, this short form has an unidentifiably international feel and might be a relative of the stylish Sacha.

HarmonyHeart

  • Origin:

    Word name
  • Description:

    Hippie name with a sweet meaning. But Pax or Justice would carry a lot more heft.

RaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "my song, my joy"
  • Description:

    Too bad everyone in this country will tend to hear Ronnie.

SimchaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "happiness; joy"
  • Description:

    An upbeat Hebrew name with a meaning to match.
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IlarioHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin from Greek
  • Meaning:

    "cheerful, happy"
  • Description:

    Ilario's merry, jovial sound reflects a shared root with the word hilarious.

MerewenHeart

  • Origin:

    Old English
  • Meaning:

    "sublime delight"
  • Description:

    This Anglo-Saxon gem was borne by a few medieval women including Saint Merewen, Abbess of Romsey Abbey. It has also been used in literature, for example in Kit Berry's Stonewylde series. Merewen has the mellifluous vowels and Celtic charm of other current favorites like Elowen and Meredith.

ElzaHeart

  • Origin:

    Hebrew
  • Meaning:

    "God is my joy"
  • Description:

    Intriguing twist on several familiar names, though many people will mistake this for Elsa, Eliza, and so on.

HaniHeart

  • Origin:

    Hawaiian
  • Meaning:

    "joyful"
  • Description:

    Sweet multicultural name.

DeliciaHeart

  • Origin:

    Latin
  • Meaning:

    "delight"
  • Description:

    Tastier than Alicia or Felicia.
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