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Ideas for Pet Tortoise Names

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    Sometimes we need a little help finding the RIGHT name for a baby or pet. There are even books of baby, cat and dog names- but that does not always help when it comes to more unusual animals.

    So, here is a list of possible names from several sources to get you started- enjoy!

    HISTORICAL/FICTIONAL/CULTURAL
    - Leonardo, Raphael, and the others (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles)
    - Oogway (Kung-Fu Panda)
    - A'Tuin, the giant turtle that holds Discworld on its back
    - Om (tortoise hero of the Discworld book 'Small Gods'
    - George, the 'Lonesome' Galap
    - Tom, ****, and Harry, the first Galops Darwin collected
    - Moby and ****, from Rocky
    - Tu'i Malila, Adwaitya, Jonathon, or Harriet, very old tortoises
    - Timothy, from "Timothy, or Notes of an Abject Reptile" by Verlyn Klinkenborg
    - Aford, webcomic of the same name
    - Cecil, the turtle who always raced Bugs Bunny
    - Touche' Turtle- had his own 70's cartoon
    - Tooter Turtle- another TV cartoon
    - Yertle and Mack, Dr. Seuss
    - Churchy LaFemme, Pogo comic strip
    - Verne, from the Over The Hedge comic strip
    - Maturin, Stephen King's Dark Tower books
    - Franklin, from his own books
    - Koopa and Bowser, Mario Brothers
    - Crush and Squirt from Finding Nemo
    - Gamara (Gamera?) from Godzilla
    - Squirtle and Blastoise, Pokemon
    - Mr. Turtle, from old Tootsie Pop commercials (oldsters here just chuckled)
    - Flor and Eddie, from the band The Turtles
    - Mr. Sydney Turtle, from My Name is Earl
    - Morla, the Aged One, aka The Tortoise Shell Mountain (The Neverending Story)


    'TYPICAL', FUNNY, IRONIC
    - Tank
    - Shelly or Sheldon (ie- Dr. Sheldon Cooper, from Big Bang Theory)
    - Zippy, Turbo, Speedy, Indy, Nitro, Scooter, Speedo
    - Any traditional cat or dog name
    - Keanu Reeves for a Reeves turtle, Woodrow Wilson for a Wood Turtle
    - Tortolini

    SOURCES OF INSPIRATION FOR NAMES
    - Movies or books, like
    ---- Lord of the Rings (Frodo, Elrond, Shadowfax...),
    ---- Star Wars (Solo, Leia, Darth...),
    ---- Land Before Time (Littlefoot, Cera...),
    ---- any Disney or Pixar movie (Wall-E, Buzz, Woody...),
    ---- Watership Down (Blackberry, Fiver, Hazel, Bigwig...),
    ---- Gremlins, Star Trek, Sesame Street (Scooter, Bert, Oscar, Elmo...), Bugs Bunny...
    - Place names from the animal's range. Ie- Red-footed from Venezuela area might go with Coro, Orinoco, Tovar, or Maturin.
    - Common or scientific name based.
    ---- 'Cherry-headed' Red-footeds might be named for cherry varieties- Chelan, Atticus, Balthon, or Black Tartarian.
    ---- Homes Hingeback might go with 'Sherlock' (Holmes) or 'Watson', maybe even 'House MD';
    ---- a Hermanns might go with 'Fred Gwynne' (who played Herman Munster)
    - Gods or beings from many traditions (Thor, Coyote, Behemoth, Zuni...)
    - Someone famous from the region, or in science, or reptile studies, like Linnaeus, Darwin, Steve Irwin...
    - Shell patterns or colors- Spot, Stripe, Pinky. You can often see vague shapes or letters in the shell as well that can inspire a name.
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