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purplehorseshoe 05-16-2019 07:36 PM

Names for a pet, with "white color" connotations?
 
I need names for an animal, where the defining factor is a pure white coat. This is a female, although androgynous names are welcome. Any language is welcome.

Back story: I'm breeding a less well-known species of rodent (African soft furred rats, or ASFs) and finally hit a big personal goal of getting self (solid colored) in an all white individual. Not albino; she has black eyes.

Scoff, but they haven't been domesticated yet and don't have the rainbow available in regular rats or mice. I think I have the first/only self ASF in my state, which is neat-o for the rodent breeding community. Admittedly a small tribe.

I just recently bred her opposite - solid ASF in dark brown - so feel free to suggest names for them, too!

DorkVader 05-16-2019 07:44 PM

Angelica for the female and Damion for the male?

Ulfreida 05-16-2019 07:48 PM

Bianca.

Yllaria 05-16-2019 07:50 PM

Snow is an obvious one, as is Blanca. Ooo, expand Ulfreida's Bianca to Miss Bianca (from The Rescuers).

From here: https://www.behindthename.com/names/meaning/white the ones I like are: Arwyn, Blanche, and Guinevere.

From here: https://wagwalking.com/name/dog-names-meaning-white Blizzard, Frost, and Pearl. Also Buttermilk.

Sunny Daze 05-16-2019 07:57 PM

I like Arwyn and Pearl.

May I possibly trouble you for a picture of your lovely furred friends?

snfaulkner 05-16-2019 07:58 PM

Whitey.

Magiver 05-16-2019 07:59 PM

Fokey. short for 4,000 kelvin.

running coach 05-16-2019 08:01 PM

Q-Tip
Puff
Sparkle
Tinker(since you've been breeding for this result)

raventhief 05-16-2019 08:17 PM

Call them both Mokona.

https://www.google.com/search?q=moko...iw=360&bih=512

Isamu 05-16-2019 08:26 PM

Japanese: Haku, Shiro, Yukie

Beckdawrek 05-16-2019 09:08 PM

Beck has always sounded great to me;)
I have very pale blond to silver hair. And I'm not an albino either.

DPRK 05-16-2019 09:15 PM

Pure white, so... Blackie?

scr4 05-16-2019 09:25 PM

Alba.

Beckdawrek 05-16-2019 09:32 PM

Marshmallow and Hershey

Chingon 05-16-2019 09:33 PM

Iztac

BlueInfinity 05-16-2019 09:46 PM

I second "Bianca." It is the feminine Italian form of "white", after all.

Little Nemo 05-16-2019 09:58 PM

Various foreign words meaning white

Ak (Turkish)
Albus (Latin)
Baltums (Latvian)
Bela (Macedonian)
Bodas (Sundanese)
Branco (Portuguese)
Cad (Somali)
Chena (Shona)
Dawb (Hmong)
Fotsy (Malagasy)
Funfun (Yoruba)
Geal (Irish)
Gwyn (Welsh)
Hvid (Danish)
Ke'o-ke'o (Hawaiian)
Khaw (Thai)
Lefko (Greek)
Niveus (Latin)
Pandhara (Marathi)
Pur (Romanian)
Puti (Filipino)
Safeda (Punjabi)
Seto (Nepali)
Shiro (Japanese)
Spitak (Armenian)
Telupu (Telugu)
Tetri (Georgian)
Trang (Vietnamese)
Ucha (Igbo)
Valko (Finnish)
Veḷḷai (Tamil)
Wit (Afrikaans)
Zoreya (Chichewa)
Zuri (Basque)

kenobi 65 05-16-2019 10:40 PM

Brownyn is from a Welsh name, meaning "white / fair breasted"

Ashtura 05-16-2019 11:57 PM

My all white ball python is named Cracker. I make no apologies for that.

Nava 05-17-2019 12:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Little Nemo (Post 21647061)
Various foreign words meaning white
Albus (Latin)
Branco (Portuguese)
Niveus (Latin)


Alba, Branca and Nivea respectively, being a lady. In Portuguese the gent's color is Castanho; Marrón or Castaño in Spanish. Castanho/Castaño also means the chestnut tree, and chestnuts are marrons (marron singular) in French.

Gatopescado 05-17-2019 12:07 AM

Bruce or Sheila.

Isamu 05-17-2019 12:11 AM

Bluey or Red
Privilege
Guilt

GuanoLad 05-17-2019 01:05 AM

Marshmallow

Oh, looks like I'm not the first to suggest that. In that case: Coconut.

MrDibble 05-17-2019 02:59 AM

Natal multimammate mice? How about something regionally appropriate?


Ifu (more-or-less ee-foo) is Zulu for cloud (the Zulu for white is mhlophe but I reckon that'll be a lot harder for most people to pronounce. the -hl- is like Welsh -ll- )

The Swahili for white is nyeupe, again hard to pronounce, but for cloud it's wingu.

MrDibble 05-17-2019 03:09 AM

And for the brown one, insundu (in-soon-doo) is literally the Zulu for "dark-brown beast"...

RobDog 05-17-2019 03:09 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kenobi 65 (Post 21647123)
Brownyn is from a Welsh name, meaning "white / fair breasted"

Minor nitpick... It's Bronwyn.

DPRK 05-17-2019 04:12 AM

There is a mythological Branwen ferch Llyr.

Leaffan 05-17-2019 06:00 AM

Lily.

BeagleJesus 05-17-2019 06:56 AM

If we're talking soft and white I think Cotton would work well

I do like the name Ifu and reserve the right to steal it for future use

don't ask 05-17-2019 06:59 AM

Ice cream.

Jasmine 05-17-2019 07:02 AM

How about, "Cracker"? :D

UnwittingAmericans 05-17-2019 07:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snfaulkner (Post 21646886)
Whitey.

Whitey Bulger.

kenobi 65 05-17-2019 08:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by RobDog (Post 21647302)
Minor nitpick... It's Bronwyn.

Yeah, I typoed that, and didn’t catch it (it was late, and I was tired). Thank you!

purplehorseshoe 05-17-2019 08:34 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by MrDibble (Post 21647298)
Natal multimammate mice? How about something regionally appropriate?


Ifu (more-or-less ee-foo) is Zulu for cloud (the Zulu for white is mhlophe but I reckon that'll be a lot harder for most people to pronounce. the -hl- is like Welsh -ll- )

The Swahili for white is nyeupe, again hard to pronounce, but for cloud it's wingu.

Wow, I wasn't expecting anyone to even know what the hell I was talking about, let alone to be familiar with the other term for 'em.

I rarely hear/read anyone use "multimammate" and wonder, is it regional? Are you in the U.S. if I may ask?

And for whoever asked for pics, here's my lovely little lady, with one of her spotted cagemates. The other pic shows the more familiar coloration: a band or "saddle" of brown or reddish across their backs.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...9542d09018.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...3dc8c08814.jpg

GESancMan 05-17-2019 08:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gatopescado (Post 21647215)
Bruce or Sheila.

Or Walter.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ashtura (Post 21647202)
My all white ball python is named Cracker. I make no apologies for that.

In the late '60s, my mom (white woman) worked as a secretary for a black man. My parents got a pair of kittens, one black and one white. While mulling over names, Mom's boss said the black one should be named Bib, "black is beautiful." Then he said the white one should be named Cracker. And that is how my parents' cats got their names. :D

MrDibble 05-17-2019 09:33 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by purplehorseshoe (Post 21647578)
I rarely hear/read anyone use "multimammate" and wonder, is it regional?

It's more of a technical or descriptive term. In the part of their home region I'm familiar with, they're just called "field mouse". They're awfully common as a wild species.
Quote:

Are you in the U.S. if I may ask?
No, South Africa.

Little Nemo 05-17-2019 12:00 PM

Lard

Hey, it's white.

Really Not All That Bright 05-17-2019 12:19 PM

Edna Winter?

Two Many Cats 05-17-2019 12:36 PM

Pat Boone?

That Don Guy 05-17-2019 02:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Yllaria (Post 21646881)
Snow is an obvious one, as is Blanca. Ooo, expand Ulfreida's Bianca to Miss Bianca (from The Rescuers).

My first thought was Snowball, a reference to The Simpsons (where the "original" Snowball, based on a vision Bart had where he was ascending to heaven, had white fur).

The next "obvious" choice is Ghost, from Game of Thrones (in fact, the name is given in the first chapter of the first book of the series).

Kent Clark 05-17-2019 02:42 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snfaulkner (Post 21646886)
Whitey.

Blackie.

don't ask 05-17-2019 02:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kunilou (Post 21648313)
Blackie.

Blighty.

Dendarii Dame 05-17-2019 03:55 PM

Snowdrift or Magnolia

jnglmassiv 05-17-2019 04:13 PM

Moby.
Andthesevendwarfs.
Tintin's dog is named Snowy in the English versions.
Albinot.

Yllaria 05-17-2019 07:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Beckdawrek (Post 21647013)
Marshmallow and Hershey

The S'mores twins!

DPRK 05-17-2019 07:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by That Don Guy (Post 21648305)
My first thought was Snowball, a reference to The Simpsons (where the "original" Snowball, based on a vision Bart had where he was ascending to heaven, had white fur).

Snowball was the black private in Full Metal Jacket, the object of some of the sergeant's unique brand of humour:
Quote:

— What's your name, scumbag?

— Sir, Private Brown, sir!

— Bullshit! From now on you're Private Snowball. Do you like that name?

— Sir, yes, sir!

— Well there's one thing that you won't like, Private Snowball: they don't serve fried chicken and watermelon on a daily basis in my mess hall.

— Sir, yes, sir!

Esprise Me 05-17-2019 08:19 PM

In Isabel Allende's House of the Spirits, there's a tradition of naming the women in the family some variation on "white;" IIRC, there was a Blanca, an Alba, and a Clara (really "clear," not white, but close enough.)

Saintly Loser 05-17-2019 10:01 PM

Coke.

Years ago (like thirty or thirty-five years ago), my uncle, then a police officer, adopted a police dog due for retirement. The dog was a white (maybe albino, I don't know) Generman shepherd.

His kids, my cousins, loved that dog. But its name had been, I swear, Cocaine. White dog, white powder, you get it.

Fortunately, it answered to Coke, and the kids were told that the dog was named Coke after the soda. No reason given. No problem.

kaylasdad99 05-17-2019 11:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DPRK (Post 21646992)
Pure white, so... Blackie?

This guy's got the right idea. Other good choices are Ebony, Onyx, and Sable.

don't ask 05-18-2019 03:24 AM

On rice.


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