Octopus Names

Discussion in 'Octopus Care' started by girlfish, May 9, 2003.

  1. girlfish

    girlfish O. bimaculoides Registered

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    "Gollum" is a great name for an octo- how fun! .....I'm curious to know of some other great octopus names you've all thought of...? I'm brainstorming, since by 10:30 tomorrow morning when Fedex arrives, I will then have two babies to name- my dwarf (who has now eaten three small hermit crabs) and my bimac.
     
  2. Tintenfisch

    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    I always wanted to call an octo 'Mudwiggle' after the character in Spike Milligan's Bad Jelly the Witch. And I like the Finnish name Yrjö (their version of George).
     
  3. corw314

    corw314 Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Congratulations and Welcome!!!

    I almost named Ink, Fedex cause of how he arrived!! I also got him from Fish Supply!

    Good luck and please let us know how you make out!!!

    Carol
     
  4. cthulhu77

    cthulhu77 Titanites Supporter

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    I usually look for some sort of interesting behavior in the animal and then name it in regards to that...although as of late, my wife seems to be doing the naming! :) I have a bichir named "piglet" (eating habits), snakes and other fish with a variety of names from literature...my last ceph was named "yog-sothoth"...it was funny to have people searching the tank for some dangerous looking creature, and then see this innocent little octo peering right back at them! Hey, she thought she was big stuff! Let me know what you come up with!
    Greg
     
  5. rrtanton

    rrtanton Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    "Mudwiggle" is a good one! :D As you may have guessed, I'm mining thematically appropriate names from my more favorite literature sources (actually a good friend of mine was the first to think of "Gollum.") My next octo will probably be "Smeagol." Were I ever to be in a position to own a Giant Pacific Octopus (GPO,) it would most likely be named "Shelob."

    The ginormous bristleworm in my tank has been christened "Igjarjuk." A prize to anyone who can tell me where I got that name and who its original bearer was...

    Well...I dunno about a prize. Not sure how I could really DO a prize. Don't really even have anything appropriate to give. Um. :? Well. Somebody can guess anyway...maybe I can send 'em a postcard or something... :roll:

    Maybe that could be a Tonmo thing? Some sort of regular trivia competition for prizes barely worth the stamp to mail them! :bonk: :heee:

    rusty
     
  6. tonmo

    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    ...I've still got some of those Ammonia Alerts (by SeaChem) you sent to me... Only ended up giving one away. :)

    So, first to answer Rusty's question here in this thread gets an Ammonia Alert!
     
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    rrtanton Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    Hey, good idea! Hm.....now the wheels are turning...dangerous when that happens...

    rusty
     
  8. Colin

    Colin Colossal Squid Supporter

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    i think the Ice Worm of Urmsheim has the answer to that one ;)
     
  9. rrtanton

    rrtanton Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    Hm...now was that an official guess there Colin? :wink:

    rusty
     
  10. girlfish

    girlfish O. bimaculoides Registered

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    Smeagol is a great name. I could name my dwarf Gimley.
     
  11. cthulhu77

    cthulhu77 Titanites Supporter

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    You could always go british and have Gog and Magog! How about native american? I mean, you have Sequoia, Pocahantas, etc...
     
  12. tonmo

    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    ...and the winner is.. .no one! No one gets a free Ammonia Alert reader by SeaChem. But the offer is still open to anyone who can figure it out... in the meantime, I guess I can use these three Ammonia Alerts as beer coasters. :D
     
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    how is that british? i thought those were biblical.....
     
  14. rrtanton

    rrtanton Vampyroteuthis Registered

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    Actually, Colin has it, but I couldn't tell if he was officially playing or just sitting it out and lobbing some clues out there for everyone else...his answer was a bit more abstract than I was expecting... :?: He clearly knows the answer...so if you'd like it, Colin, just say "hey." Was kinda waiting for you to say something like "Hey--Didn't I get it?" Don't mind me, I'm just easily confused... :bonk:

    rusty
     
  15. tonmo

    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Oh! Well there you go. Well done, Colin! Ping me with your home address (I don't have it handy) and I'll ship your loot. :wink:

    Hmm... what's the next contest? How about... the next person to post a picture of their cephalopod looking through their tank at a bag/bowl of chips, peanuts or popcorn... Well they don't have to be looking at it, but they have to be in the same picture. And for goodness sake, don't put the chips, peanuts or popcorn in the tank! Next person to post it gets the prize... hey, next TWO people to post it get the prize!

    :)
     
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    Oh darn i thought it was Tad William's Ice dragon
     
  17. rrtanton

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    It IS. Hence my confusion in this matter. Igjarjuk is the great white dragon indirectly responsible for giving Seoman Snowlock his name in Tad Williams' wonderful Memory, Sorrow and Thorn trilogy, the three books being The Dragonbone Chair, Stone of Farewell, and To Green Angel Tower. It is a remarkable tale of good vs. evil, love, hate, sacrifice, coming of age, and understanding others. If you have not read it, I encourage you to order dozens of copies today through Tonmo's Amazon link!

    (Ahem. Sorry. I grant that taste in literature, even Fantasy, varies widely, but these are MY favorites since Tolkein. And they're a GREAT source of names for some of the "fantastical" critters that dwell in our tanks.)

    Colin was accurate in that Igjarjuk is also known as "The Ice Worm of Urmsheim," Urmsheim being the icy mountain upon/within which he dwells, and "Worm" or "Wyrm" being a fairly common substitute for "Dragon." So he was correct but obscure enough that I wasn't sure if he meant this as a winning answer, or rather a clue to those who might not know the books as well as he obviously does!

    I know, I know...Bad Rusty, Bad Trivia Host... :oops: :heee:

    rusty
     
  18. tonmo

    tonmo Titanites Staff Member Webmaster Moderator

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    Ok! Everyone's a winner! Next three people to send me a private message with their address gets the Ammonia Alert! :lol:
     

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