I'm 100% ocd first off...but I've spent nearly a year, 10 months exactly preparing for my new bird baby. I've researched everything there is to know about budgie babes. Countless hours of reading, watching, and talking to vets about all the do's and don'ts. I have it's cage set up, his whole area perfect. Bird proofed my house 100% even down to buying new cookware that doesn't have the no stick coating and changing all my cleaners to green no toxic. One last thing I have to do before finding my new friend...COMING UP WITH A NAME! I've drawn a complete blank. What the heck do I name a bird? Unisex preferred and nothing to cutesy. If I can't name it something that seems right I won't be able to form a attachment to it. Please shoot some ideas my way.
You sound just like me before I got my birds, lol.
To be honest I had my birds for several days before settling on a name - during that time I just called them nicknames like "birby" as a placeholder. The reason it took me several days is because I like to see a little bit of their personality that I feel might help me chose something fit for them.
With my bird Kowhai I was initially going to name him Coco because I liked the sound of it, but Kowhai was also an option. I didn't settle on his name for 3 weeks till he actually came home, and even then it took me 3 days to finally settle on Kowhai. That time waiting to pick a name didn't affect the bond we have at all. Having nicknames (that I still use) still creates that bond.
On the other hand I have Tio who I didn't pick the name for - my husband did. To be honest I wasn't crazy about it, but after using it so many times now it's become quite lovely to me and just as good as any 'perfect' name I would have chosen.
Now you mentioning you have OCD dos mean it's different for you than it might have been for me (I have ADHD), but I can relate. Here are some suggestions:
Find out what your bird will look like - the colours or type of bird and look for names on a baby-naming website using those definitions.
Ask people around you their favourite names and experiment with repeating them - which one feels best coming off your tongue? Which name feels natural?
Stop at a library and look at author names, or character names in books.
Take a favourite movie or book character you love and play with that name. Maybe make an anagram of that name.
Heck, there is nothing wrong with picking two names and using them interchangeably till you find which one you enjoy saying more, or which one your bird might respond to better.
I hope any of that helps. I hope you'll introduce us to your birdy once it comes home with you! :>
Congratulations on all the research and preparations you've done for your new budgie!
I'd wait until you actually have your budgie before you try to name it. Some names come to you as soon as you see a particular bird and sometimes names fit because of the birds' personality.
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Sounds like you've sure done your home work.
I didn't name my birds. I let them "tell" me what their names should be. Somehow the name just comes to me. I know it sounds silly, but .......
Getting to know the bird a little before deciding on a name usually works.
I'm so excited for you.
Last edited by sweettreat; 02-25-2019 at 09:15 PM.
That’s great that you’ve done your research beforehand! We also have lots of good information here in our Stickies and Articles for you to read.
I think one of the most fun parts of getting a new pet is choosing a name. If you can’t decide, don’t feel pressured. Take some time to explore names.. at one moment you’ll think of one that really stands out and feels right.