Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Suggest a Name!

Brett just bought a new Standardbred Mare from an Amish family north of his farm. She's four, and a great driving horse! He is thrilled with her, and sent along their picture. One bad thing, though. She came with the name "Princess" and he wants some help changing it. He thought the community here may have an idea or two. His only requirements are that the name reflect her gender, Amish heritage, and be a little old fashioned. I think he should just call her Dutch.

90 Comments:

Blogger Luann said...

Emma, then he could call her M

December 18, 2012 at 8:04 PM  
Blogger Luann said...

Emma, rgwb hw could call her Em.

December 18, 2012 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger rkb111@bellsouth.net said...

Duchess!

December 18, 2012 at 8:07 PM  
Blogger Bran said...

Something like Miriam or Adelaide (though I'm not sure if the latter is of Amish origin)? ^_-

Brandi in MD

December 18, 2012 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger Moose Hollow Farm said...

Since it's Christmas time, how about Holly?

December 18, 2012 at 8:14 PM  
Blogger Eileen Hileman said...

How about Anna?

December 18, 2012 at 8:19 PM  
Blogger Luann said...

sorry about the spelling above. :D

December 18, 2012 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

What about Martha? Can't get more Amish than a Bible name, and Martha worked awfully hard to keep her household running. Seems to me like a good fit!

December 18, 2012 at 8:25 PM  
Blogger RamblinHome said...

How about Rebecca?

December 18, 2012 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger Mist said...

He could change it to Sarah, which means "princess". lol

December 18, 2012 at 8:42 PM  
Blogger Dahlia ChanTang said...

I was thinking Agneska -Aga for short- but Martha is nice too. Especially spelt Marta!

December 18, 2012 at 8:45 PM  
Blogger Glyndalyn said...

I like Dutch.

December 18, 2012 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger Reindeer Station Farm said...

Rumspringa?

December 18, 2012 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger DarcC said...

Miriam. Myrtle.

December 18, 2012 at 8:59 PM  
OpenID vintageandhandcraftedinnovascotia said...

Beautiful! You can't beat standardbreds - a North American breed, stamina to spare, sound tough and easy keepers, most of them. I had a standardbred mare who I trained to saddle, and taught to trot instead of pace - a wonjderful gal. In order to keep contented and not become bored, Brett will find she needs about twice what a regular horse needs in terms of work and excercise.
I know he will love her!

December 18, 2012 at 9:21 PM  
Blogger Kira said...

Fannie

December 18, 2012 at 9:33 PM  
Blogger Harmony Hill said...

Keren or Hattie. How about Suzanna? She is beautiful

December 18, 2012 at 9:34 PM  
Blogger Kira said...

Or Sabine (the "e" sounds like an "a")

December 18, 2012 at 9:35 PM  
Blogger Lilac Hill said...

Dorcas and Pricilla are heard in our local Amish community.

December 18, 2012 at 9:36 PM  
Blogger Tana Mc said...

If she is 4, she recognizes her own name...... I would stay with a name that starts with a "P". How about Prudence or Patience?

December 18, 2012 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger Lilac Hill said...

Dorcas and Pricilla are heard in our local Amish community.

December 18, 2012 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger SusieQT said...

Belsnickel!

December 18, 2012 at 9:38 PM  
Blogger Harmony Hill said...

Keren or Hattie or Suzanna

December 18, 2012 at 9:46 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

Gertrude.

December 18, 2012 at 9:47 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

And she's beautiful!!!!

December 18, 2012 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Harmony Hill said...

Keren or Hattie or Suzanna

December 18, 2012 at 9:48 PM  
Blogger Kelsie said...

Cordelia. First thing that came to mind.

December 18, 2012 at 9:51 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Well from above, can't beat Holly, :). But my vote is for Annabelle, Jane, Regina or Katness (sp)?

December 18, 2012 at 9:53 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

Well from above, can't beat Holly, :). But my vote is for Annabelle, Jane, Regina or Katness (sp)?

December 18, 2012 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger aralyn said...

Gretl, Gretta, Essie, Freya, Anja, Ada... I like all of them!

December 18, 2012 at 9:57 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

Moriah

December 18, 2012 at 10:05 PM  
Blogger Dog Trot Farm said...

My vote is for Fannie Mae! Greetings from Maine, Julie.

December 18, 2012 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger Karen Rickers said...

How about Alma? It means 'soul.'

December 18, 2012 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger polly said...

paard (pronounced gutturally - parrt. means 'horse', in dutch) :)

December 18, 2012 at 10:16 PM  
OpenID JustAnotherGraphicsGirl said...

Grace. She just looks like a Grace or Gracie. BTW - I'm soooo jealous!!!! Just bought a cob harness to break my QH cross to drive until the right Draft comes along! JAGG

December 18, 2012 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger Karen C said...

Close, how about Dutchess? Still royalty that way...

December 18, 2012 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I was going to suggest Sarah as well, I think it's even more perfect now that I know it means "princess" -
thanks Mist!

December 18, 2012 at 10:39 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Whoa, Nelly (Penelope)!

December 18, 2012 at 10:49 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

Whoa, Nelly (Penelope)!!

December 18, 2012 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger Amy Lester said...

Colleen. :)

December 18, 2012 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger Amy Lester said...

Colleen? :)

December 18, 2012 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger Indio said...

The first one that came to mind was Prudence because it would be similar to her existing name. It made me think of the Beatles tune about coming out to play.

December 18, 2012 at 10:57 PM  
Blogger Turtle Mom said...

I like the name Duchess.

December 18, 2012 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Susan Conway said...

I once fostered a dog named Princess - and did not like the name either. So I called her Prin, to which she responded well. Brett could call the horse that, she knows the sound, but spell it "Prynne" like the Puritan character with the independent spirit in "The Scarlet Letter".

December 18, 2012 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

I thought of Slim when I first saw the picture, but that seems like a male name. Ramblin' Rosie? and keep the Princess on her papers, so in vain "Princess Ramblin' Rosie"

December 18, 2012 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger WillowBrookFarm said...

I like dutch or duchess , also like Holly or Sara

December 18, 2012 at 11:56 PM  
Blogger Abby said...

Praline, because she's so sweet!

December 19, 2012 at 12:03 AM  
Blogger high st farm said...

is she tattooed?

if so i'd use a portion of her racing name, stick to her heritage.

December 19, 2012 at 12:26 AM  
Blogger Brenda London said...

she's a standardbred. Many of us sell our retirees to the Amish as buggy horses, they don't do too much breeding (although some do and we have bought some from one Amish farm in particular in Ohio). If she has a tattoo on her neck (or lip is she is from Canada)let me know what it is and I will look her up in the registry.

December 19, 2012 at 1:01 AM  
Blogger Brenda London said...

fwi: for stb's of your own, we always have one or two locally available, plus HRU (horse rescue united) has some for free even if you have references, and they are thoroughly evaluated prior to becoming available.Anouk favors stb's but has taken on some other breeds as well. For other breeds, contact Rosemary Farm, in fact Dawn even has some drafts available (and a couple of lippazans), again all have been evaluated ,treated, whatever, no surprises. both places will take back any that do not work out. both are also on facebook. Anouk and Dawn are intense passionate horse people and do highly commendable jobs at rescuing and/or rehoming horses.

December 19, 2012 at 1:19 AM  
Blogger Jen said...

Roxanne. Then he can recite Cyrano de Bergerac at her! And/or sing The Police song.

December 19, 2012 at 1:31 AM  
Blogger sylvia said...

i'd take an old-fashioned German (which could also be Dutch) name, like Berta, Elsa or Greta. or Tilda. I think they'd all suit her. and they sound royal enough without being cheesey... :))

December 19, 2012 at 2:08 AM  
Blogger Jackie C. said...

How about Madchen. My German is rusty,I believe that means girl.

December 19, 2012 at 2:21 AM  
Blogger Mary Schroeder said...

She looks like an Abigail. Course I like the suggestion of Patience too - just to keep with the P. We had an appaloosa in the rent horse string at the barn I worked at, we named him Patience cause he was our little kid horse.

December 19, 2012 at 6:25 AM  
Blogger Barb V. said...

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December 19, 2012 at 7:00 AM  
Blogger Barb V. said...

How about Hannah?

December 19, 2012 at 7:01 AM  
Blogger Spiderjohn said...

Johannah

December 19, 2012 at 7:12 AM  
Blogger Morning Glory said...

My suggestion is "Mecca" meaning wilderness and mountain surroundings.

December 19, 2012 at 7:20 AM  
Blogger daisy said...

She looks like a Zelda...

December 19, 2012 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger rabbit said...

Bourbon-burr for short.... "burr come geeeee!" :)

December 19, 2012 at 7:31 AM  
Blogger Kat said...

Pretty girl. I like Dutch/Dutchess--also Gretl, Liesl, Irmagard, Madchen (girl), or--a favorite- Gretchen. Or maybe Grau for grey? Frauline? Too much fun--

December 19, 2012 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Deltaville Jamie said...

They say it's bad luck to change the name of a ship or a horse. With that, I'd go with Sarah- very common Amish girl's name, the mare looks like a Sarah and it means princess so in my thinking, isn't really changing the name.

December 19, 2012 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger phaedra96 said...

One of the sweetest Amish women I know....Erma.

December 19, 2012 at 8:58 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

There are some wonderful suggestions here. I like Prynne the best, for the character, and the similarity to her other name.

December 19, 2012 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger Jeane said...

Lucy. I like that name. She looks like a Lucy.

December 19, 2012 at 10:01 AM  
Blogger Bill and Libby said...

How about "Sally" - short for Sarah, which means princess, but less common in today's world.

December 19, 2012 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Joleen said...

Blanch, Naomi or Loretta

December 19, 2012 at 10:48 AM  
Blogger Stephen Andrew said...

To me she looks like a Mabel. Or Virginia!

December 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM  
Blogger lemontreelane said...

i have no suggestions, but it sure is fun to read others ideas (and their reasons!)

December 19, 2012 at 11:22 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I suggest Grace (& Gracie, of course) and I see someone already suggested it. She does look quite graceful.
BTW, I have been following your blog for awhile and cheer for your spirit and tenacity. You go girl! Also loved your recent post about your much-loved dog and the accompanying video.
Nancy Kane

December 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM  
Blogger alltheposts said...

My favorite Amish girl’s name, Sadie.

December 19, 2012 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger Paulette said...

How about Ameliah?

December 19, 2012 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Sylvan said...

I like Gretel, Heidi, Lisbeth or Gertrude

December 19, 2012 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Bovey Belle said...

I think she looks like a Katie, but Sylvan's suggestion of Heidi is lovely too.

December 19, 2012 at 1:12 PM  
Blogger Wandering Moose Farms said...

I like Lindsay or Lindsey. She is beautiful.

December 19, 2012 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger Pamela said...

With a nod to the season and her current name, I would propose Prancer as a name for Brett's new lady.

December 19, 2012 at 2:54 PM  
Blogger redhorse said...

I like the name Duchess. She looks very elegant.

December 19, 2012 at 3:22 PM  
Blogger Janice said...

These are all supposed to be good Amish names.
Linda, Edna, Regina, Rhoda, Mary Ella, Mary Edna, Marietta, Rosetta, Ida Mae, Josephine, Marilyn, Pricsilla, Rosanna, Hanna, Miriam and Roweana.
Yoder is an Amish surname but I kind of like it for a horse too!!!

December 19, 2012 at 7:02 PM  
Blogger Morning's Minion said...

Our Amish neighbor up the road is called 'Delila.' Biblical names for the Amish in our area seem to be common.

December 19, 2012 at 7:47 PM  
Blogger SissonCreek said...

Greta!

December 19, 2012 at 7:48 PM  
Blogger Elisabeth Black said...

Mabel? She's beautiful.

December 19, 2012 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger beccaWA said...

Cornelia.

December 19, 2012 at 9:18 PM  
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December 19, 2012 at 9:18 PM  
Blogger Louis said...

Ashley

December 19, 2012 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger Louis said...

Ashley

December 19, 2012 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

I know its more of an object than a name but I like Spindle or maybe Rose or Arabella.

December 20, 2012 at 1:03 AM  
Blogger The Kelly's Adventures in KY said...

I like Dutch! Maybe Dutchie? What a gorgous mare! Hope they are a team for a very long time!

December 20, 2012 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger singinggardengirl said...

I was going to suggest Sadie, but I like Sarah since it means princess.

December 20, 2012 at 11:38 AM  
Blogger blind irish pirate said...

I'm all fine with Amish heritage, but these horses are true, blue 'Mericans. Might he honor the breed of the Standardbred and the culture and religion of the Amish?

December 21, 2012 at 4:31 AM  
Blogger Tiffrz-N-Kidz said...

Grace?

December 21, 2012 at 2:24 PM  

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