What’s in a Name?

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

B-Brianna

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….

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17 Responses to What’s in a Name?

  1. laurasaw says:

    My picks would include Farah, Felicia, Felicity, Faith

    Fiona (white)
    Flora (prosperous)
    Flossy
    Fatima (daughter of the prophet)
    Farah
    Falda
    Fabia
    Fadila (purity)
    Faina (joyful)
    Fairlee
    Faith
    Falala (trustworthy)
    Farica (peace-ruler)
    Farrah (beautiful, pleasant, happiness)
    Felicia (happiness)
    Felicity (happiness)
    Fayola (lucky)
    Fedora (divine gift) (sounds like a hat to me)
    Fotina (luminous, light)
    Frederica or Fredrica (peace)
    Frieda (peace, joy)
    Fritzi (peaceful ruler)
    Fae (variant of Faith)
    Fanetta (crowned withlaurels)
    Fantine (French-childlike and English pet name for Frances)
    Faryn (adventurous)
    Fay or Faye (faith)
    Fianna – (warrior in Irish Celtic)
    Filippa (Greek – Christian Orthodox name)
    Fiora – variant of Fiona
    Fleurette (French little flower)
    Florentina (spanish blooming)
    Floretta (French flower)
    Francene or Francena free one variant of Frances
    Franchesca charismatic
    Fantasia
    Flannery. This name is associated most with author Flannery O’Connor (whose real name was Mary Flannery O’Connor), and it’s never caught on. If you like the androgynous last-name-turned-first-name trend but are leary of bringing another Taylor or Morgan into the world, this may be a fresh choice. Flannery is from a Gaelic phrase that means “red courage.” Another similar and uncommon name is Finley, which is Gaelic for “pure hero.”

  2. Cylly says:

    Fitzwilliam (as in Darcy, from Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”)
    Fannie (another Austen character)
    Francine/Francis
    Fedora?
    Frederick/ Frederika

  3. Julie Helms says:

    Fantastic suggestions. I see I will need to prompt the ewes to really produce this year so I can use a bunch of those names!

  4. Trish says:

    You must have a Freida (Freda), Fredrick or if you dare, Friedrich! Fancy, Flo (Florence), Folly, French, Facebook , Format!!!!

  5. Linda Flaig Glasschroeder says:

    Ferdinand and Fredrika or Freddie and Flossie (weren’t they 2 of the Bobbsey twins?). When I was growing up we had a sheep named Fritz after my grandfather.

  6. Glory Lennon says:

    Oh, I love Cylly’s suggestion of naming them after Jane Austen characters. Fannie Price is one of my favorites because I’m as shy as she was! And Fitzwilliam…can’t get more old English than that, now can you? Julie, I love how you named the herd! So lovely and imaginative, especially Shurely, Mercy and Goodness. But I love Flower too! So cute!

  7. Debbie says:

    “F” Names – here are a few ideas:

    I am partial to “Farnsworth” (a name from the Middle School my brother attended in NY, plus it sounds Farm-y), or
    Friedrick (just cuz it sound fru-fru),
    Fallon (a name from the 80’s show “Dynasty”)
    Florence (after the best mom from TV-land),
    Flubber (why not? and it could be uni-sex, heh),
    Farley (prolly best as a boy name).

    Hope that helps! And, no worries, I won’t be offended if you chose not to use any. 🙂

  8. Trish says:

    I LOVE Farley. The book “Never Cry Wolf” by Farley McGill Mowat is a f

  9. Julie Helms says:

    I just got a call from a friend who doesn’t like logging on to internet stuff, so she gave me her suggestions over the phone. I’m going to write them here so I can easily find them again come March:
    From Sue:
    Felicity
    Felicia
    Ferdinand
    Friendly
    Frederika

  10. Alex says:

    Does it have to begin with an F? Maya’s vote is scooby doo. But if that won’t work, she says Madeline (Maddy) would work too. (you can see what she is watching on TV 🙂 Hope all is well at the farm!

  11. Debbie says:

    There is always… Fetching and Fabulous! 🙂

  12. Stan says:

    Vince recommends Faust as a potential name….;)

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