If you give your pet a patriotic name, you'll remind yourself of all this country has to offer every day of the animal's life. Unfortunately, it might be easier to find a patriotic pet name for a male than female pet. Whatever patriotic name you choose, make sure it's easy for your pet to understand and doesn't consist of more than a syllable or two. Of course, you can have the formal pet name, and use a diminutive as the call name. Call names are more important for canines than felines, as cat owners know.
Founding Fathers -- and Mothers
Honor our nation's founding fathers and mothers by naming your pet for them. George, for our first president, fills the bill. So does "Ben," for Mr. Franklin. While "Jefferson" might prove too much of a call name for a dog or cat, "Jeff" is just right. Patriotic names for female pets include Molly, for Mrs. Pitcher, or Betsy, for Mrs. Ross. You also can name them after early First Ladies, such as Martha for Mrs. Washington, "Abby" for Abigail Adams, or Dolly, for Mrs. Madison.
The Grand Old Flag
Revere the flag by naming your pet after the Stars and Stripes. The latter is an especially good choice for a tiger kitten. Related choices concerning American symbols include Sam, as in "Uncle Sam," Yank, Doodle and Dandy.
Honor your country by naming your pet after a military hero. From the Civil War, there's Grant, Sherman and Meade. From the First World War, there's Pershing, although "Black Jack" is a fine name for a dark animal. If naming your pet after a World War II general, consider "Eisenhower' -- but shorten it to Ike. You could name a female pet "Patton" and call her Patty, and the diminutive of Marshall could be Marshy.
Certain Presidential surnames make wonderful pet names. Think Lincoln, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, along with lesser-known presidents such as Tyler, Taylor or Arthur. Other possibilities include Taft, Wilson, Hoover, Truman, Reagan, Bush and Clinton. Again, there's a lack of suitable female names, but Roosevelt is easily shortened to "Rosie," and Kennedy is appropriate for either gender.
Name your pet after one of the patriotic ideals this country was founded on. Take a hint from President Gerald Ford and name your pet Liberty. Freedom is a good choice, as is Victory or Independence -- Indy for short. If you're searching for a patriotic name, search no further than Patriot. America is a lovely name for a female pet, as is Glory.