Dogs share in our lives in many ways; they help us with the chores, remind us to get our exercise, and sometimes guard our possessions or our lives. One thing that every dog is able to provide, regardless of its age, size, or breed, is the joy of the unconditional love that they give to us. When we get a new pet one of the first privileges we often have is choosing a new name for them and many people choose a name that illustrates how we feel about our dogs or how they make us feel. If you are looking for a name that reflects the joy that your pet gives to you, this list of joyful names is a good place to start.
Dog Names Meaning Joy in Pop Culture
In July of 1918, nearly a hundred years ago, the last royal family of Russia was in exile, held prisoner in the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The entire family was there, the former Tsar and Tsarina, now referred to simply as Nicholas and Alexandra, their four daughters, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia, and their sickly thirteen-year-old son, Alexei. They had been accompanied into exile by the three family dogs Ortino, Jemmy, and Joy, and four servants, and they had been held there several weeks awaiting their fates. During the early morning hours of July 17th, the prisoners were informed that the White Army was approaching and they were ushered into the basement of the house, presumably for their own safety. It was in this dark cellar that the Bolsheviks brutally executed the family and their servants, shooting or stabbing each of them in turn, even turning their weapons on the family pets. Only one of the Romanovs made it out of that room alive, the constant and faithful companion to the young Crown Prince Alexei, the gentle brown and white Spaniel by the name of Joy.
Several days after the execution of the Romanov family and their servants, the half-starved dog was spotted in the garden of the house where they had been imprisoned and was transported to the home of one of the guards of the Ipatiev House, Mikhail Leteman. Shortly thereafter, the dog was transferred into the care of Colonel Pavel (Paul) Rodzianko of the British Expeditionary Force, who discovered that Joy was completely unable to see. Colonel Rodzianko took Joy with him to where he was stationed at Omsk in Siberia. A former lady-in-waiting to the royal family by the name of Sophie Buxhoeveden came to Siberia and visited Joy. Even though the little Spaniel couldn’t see, he ran to her in ecstasy and stood on his hind legs when she called to him, recognizing the familiar voice and perhaps hoping she had brought his family as well, and when she left he became despondent and for a time refused to eat. When the White forces in Russia collapsed and the British troops were ordered to come back home, Colonel Rodzianko brought Joy with him back to England, where the little dog lived his remaining days in relative peace, later to be buried in a garden at Windsor marked by a simple headstone inscribed with the words “Here lies Joy.”
Dog Names Meaning Joy Considerations
Choosing a name for our new pet can be a fun experience, but it is also an important task and some practical considerations should be taken. A name that is able to be pronounced easily by each of the members of the household will be less confusing to the canine, and a name that your specific dog is able to clearly understand and respond to will help to prevent hindrances to the effectiveness and speed of bonding and training. Many pet parents love to share the humor and joy that our dogs bring into their lives and this desire may lead some to choose a name that means joy or joyful. There are several ways to narrow down the long list of joyful names in order to pinpoint exactly the right one for your canine companion. The dog’s appearance may help to influence the decision, so a white or cream color dog may be dubbed Gardenia and a red-coated dog given the moniker Lantern, as well as their history and breed. Cayo may be the perfect name for a Welsh Terrier or a Spanish Mastiff while an Oriental breed like a Pekingese, Shibu Inu, or Japanese Chin may find a better fit in names like Hsi-Shen or Kiku. Some people may also pick a name that aligns with their other interests, such as the botanist who chooses names like Delphi or Crocus, or the Bible student who prefers names along the lines of Rinnah or Sardis. Whichever name you to choose from this list, it's sure to make you smile.