Naming Maisie

I said I’d post about the process of naming our puppy once we’d settled on a name. (Sometimes I love naming things, but often it’s very difficult for me.)

I guess I’ll start at the end — using her name will make writing this post so much easier and I’ve already declared her name on Twitter.

Our new puppy’s name is Maisie.

Maisie is short for or derived from Margaret — it’s of English origin, which I thought was appropriate since our pup’s an Old English Sheepdog. Apparently Henry James wrote a novel called What Maisie Knew. For me, though, the literary tie-in is to Maisie Dobbs, the eponymous investigator of Jacqueline Winspear’s series.

Other names we considered

(bolding the most serious contenders)
Princess Buttercup (Surely you get this Princess Bride reference? We’d have shortened it to Buttercup, *not* Princess.)
• Salma (as recommended by BabyNameGenie
• Darcy (after Mr. Darcy, of course)
Miányáng (means sheep in Mandarin, as far as I can tell)
Miányáng Gou (and this is sheep dog)
• Colinette
• I tried to come up with feminine versions of Bennet (as in Elizabeth) and Beckett (as in Samuel), but to no avail.

Maisie was a name that came to me quickly, and there were lots of reasons I liked it. I almost decided against it, though, when I learned of another dog in town with the same name. No other name really stuck, though. And I realized the chances our Maisie will hang out with that pooch are pretty slim, so we decided to go with Maisie.

Maisie’s been with us 1.5 weeks (It didn’t take that long for us to name her, it just took that long to find time to blog!); she’s 15 weeks old today. She’s very hard to photograph, because she’s never still — unless she’s napping.


6 responses to “Naming Maisie

  1. I was going to see that I wanted to see a picture! It won’t matter if you encounter the other Maisie – there are 3 dogs named Maggie in our neighborhood. I bet she’s so much fun!

  2. I love puppies! Enjoy the time with Maisie. Love the name 🙂

  3. I love it! It’s the perfect name. 😉

  4. I love the name and I love puppies! I’m sure she’s just too adorable.

  5. Maisie is a great name!

  6. That’s definitely a cute name, now I just keep thinking “Maisie Daisy!”

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