I was cleaning out some of the folders in my email inbox yesterday afternoon and I came across an email Jon sent to me in January regarding the name of our future Ernie. We had researched for months to find a great breeder (there are tons of breeders who stink believe it or not) and finally found the one. I think I have talked about it before but we originally wanted a fawn girl, google Fawn Frenchie puppy and you will know why :-). My mom was against boy pets and thus, I was too. Too much testosterone, they are aggressive, hump, etc. I consider my husband a dog expert because his mom is and Ja dog trainer/groomer and it was just the two of them growing up (he talks about answer phones and making appointments when he was just 5!). So moving on, I expressed my feelings about a girl dog. We even had an adorable name...Lola Moon Zombie (any Rob Zombie fans out there?). Jon was indifferent but wanted to let me know that in most cases, a dog has a stronger bond with the owner of the opposite sex. So if we got a girl dog, she would probably love Jon more than me :-). That is not the main reason we got a boy, it just turned out that the dame had 5 boys and no girlies, we loved his color and the timing was perfect. And Jon was right. Ernie loves the crap out of Jon but he has a longing obsession with me. He needs to have me in site at all times and he sleeps on my side at night. Just a little background on the little fur ball.
So back to the email. Since we were no longer getting a girl, we were stuck without a name (even though we already have our human baby names all picked out!). This is part of the email Jon sent (I put some of my own comments in RED)
Here is my short list with a few notes (#1 being my favorite):
10. Bacon - yum
I told Jon about the YoungHouseLove pup named Burger and he LOVED that haha
9. Cuda - one of my favorite cars and a cool name
Jon loves old cars, one of his favorite being a Hemi-Barracuda
8. Cobra - goes without saying for both the car and the awesome Stallone movie :-D
Same goes for the Cobra. One day we will own a Shelby Cobra :-). Jon also dressed up as Cobra for Man Day last year (they saw The Expendables)
7. Chuy - a cute Mexican name, but also reminds me of the little chunk on Chelsea
Anyone watch Chelsea Lately?! Chuy... haha
6. Samson - cool and Biblical, also fitting since our little guy will be pretty darn strong; my Dad used to have a Doberman named Samson
Samson and Delilah are a part of a story in the bible. I think most people assume they were super in love or something because they are in so many songs but Delilah actually betrayed him (he was not cutting his hair as to fulfill a vow from God and she cut it and turned him in to his enemies). I love the name though.
5. Ernie - cute, chunky name
Little did we know that our little Frenchie would be named Ernie! And to think it was #5 on Jon's list!! It was #1 on mine though
4. Asher (Hebrew) - Gen. 30:13 - "happiness"or "happy blessing"
The bible has so many wonderful names and this is one of my favorites although it is too trendy for an old-man-looking French bulldog haha.
I mean how cute would it be to have a dog named brisket?! We loved this name, it was actually our second choice.
2. Kerbey - a very meaningful name (where we had our first date)
Our first date was at Kerbey Lane in Austin, TX and we have since gone back a few times a month. Also, the pastor who married us is named Kerbey, meant to be huh?
1. Giovanni (Gio): God is gracious, - It's Italian and has a great meaning (also is a form of John -- since we talked about naming him after Seward in some way)
There are so many great things about this name and I still do love it. Jon is Italian on both sides and there are so many great Italian names in his family (some of which we are going to use for human babies). For those of you Austinites, the man who died while hang gliding last summer (June 2010) was one of Jon's best friends, John Seward. He was such an amazing man and Christian, we talked about naming the pup after him in some way (obviously we couldn't have Jon and John haha). We still talk to him everyday and his picture hangs in our home.
So it was a couple weeks before the arrival of the unnamed pup and we wanted to decide on a name. We narrowed it down to Ernie and Brisket (I didn't want to tell Jon but Ernie was my fav!). At the time, Jon and I worked at the same company and our offices were right next door. He came over and we flipped a coin, heads for one name, tails for the other. And that's how little Ernie Hart was named!
His real name is actually....
I think Jon was still holding on to the Chuy thing so we decided that his real name would be Ernesto. We love calling him Ernessstooooooooo with a Spanish accent like we are in a telenovela. I let Jon choose his middle name (can't you tell). Jon and a few of his buddies have this inside joke from college about Ebeneezer Baptist Church in Waco. Every time they would pass it, they would do this weird fist pump thing and say the name. I think it is hysterical. I laugh every time I tell someone his name. Let's just say I will have more input on human baby middle names.
So what are the stories behind your dogs/babies/your own names?
I was named after my great gramma, Versa Ruth Rainey. Ruthie is my actual name though, not Ruth. I share my middle name, Lynn, with my mom's sister Jacki and my dad's sister Tracey. Jon (Jonathan David) was named after the story of David and Jonathan in the bible that can be found in the book of Samuel. I love when names have a deep meaning.