Origins of Dog Names

Did you ever wonder about the meaning of a certain name?  For example, “Beth”, as a shortened form of Elizabeth, is from a Hebrew word meaning “God’s promise”.  It was not used before the 19th Century, and was popularized by Louisa May Alcott in her book, Little Women.

So, what are the origins of some popular dog names?

Max, the short form of Maximus, is from the Latin, meaning “the greatest”.

Lady is from English nobility.

Bella is from the Italian, meaning “beautify woman”.

And my personal favorite, “Fido”, meaning “I am faithful.”  What better way to describe a dog!  And the best part?  It was really not used until Abraham Lincoln named his dog Fido while still a private citizen.  After he became President, the name became so popular, it has become nearly synonomous with the word “dog.”  Fido never lived at the White House, though.  They left him home in Illinois because he had a terrible fear of trains.

And that’s the scoop!

Until next time,

Good day, and good dog!

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