I’m sure that you are burning with curiosity to know how we come up with names for our sheep. This post should relieve those anxious thoughts. 🙂
First, some history. We originally just named them in groups that came together. Our first two breeding ewes, Corriedale/Romney crosses, arrived just before Christmas (1991?) so they were called Holly and Ivy. Holly had twins which we named Peaches and Cream.
Later came three Dorset ewes that would follow us around, so we named them Shurley, Goodness and Mercy (Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life etc Psalm 23).
Some notable individuals:
Our first bottle baby was jet black with a white stripe on her head. We named her for Bambi’s odiferous friend “Flower”.
One Finn ewe was just an amazing mother. She almost always had triplets and always twice a year. She was named Fertile Myrtle. Her record was 9 lambs in one 12 month period: triplets in Jan, July and Dec–astonishing!
When we started our breeding program here in PA, I wanted there to be consistency in the names that would also help us identify their generation immediately. So in an amazing moment of creativity we thought of using the alphabet! So the first year they all had A names, the second all had B names,etc.
The exception is our ram, Saxon. His name is actually a popular publisher in the homeschooling world, that I just thought sounded masculine, powerful and old-timey. But he technically belongs to the A generation.
We sorta kinda tried to keep the names sounding Old-English to match in tone and culture to Saxon but when your choices look like “Aelflaed” the kids just wouldn’t play along. So some sound Old-English and many don’t. Here is what we have had so far:
A–Alanna, Amelia, Abagael, Aldryth
C-Colin, Coleen, Chloe, Cleo
D-Daphne, Darcy, Duncan, Dristan, Dixon, Dalton, Dustin (lousy odds–6 boys and 1 girl)
E-Evie, Ellie, Ethan
(the ones in italics are currently part of our flock.)
So here’s the deal– coming in March I need a bunch of “F” names and I would very much like suggestions! Please leave some ideas in the comment box….