When you adopt a dog, they often become an extension of yourself. You want them to be like you, make you feel good, and become an object of comfort. That’s why many people decide to look for dog names that comfort them. If you’re from Morocco, then Fez dog names, chosen to honor the city, may be quite common.
You can give your dog a name that reminds you of your home if you can’t be there, and you get to feel warm and comforted every time you say their name. If you’re going through the adoption process now, there’s no better time than now to start looking for Fez dog names to offer a sense of comfort.
Fez Dog Names in Pop Culture
You might think it’s silly to want to give your dog an unusual name, then relate it to pop culture, but it’s more common than you think. While you can tell people your dog’s name comes from your home place of Fez, Morocco, you can go the extra mile by saying the name marks a momentous moment in time as well. Such a dog that fits that bill is Abuwtiyuw or Abu for short.
The name Abu relates to Abu Inan Faris, who built Bou Inania Madrasa in Fez. The Madrasa Bou Inania came to be in existence in AD 1351 and is the epitome of exceptional Marinid architecture. The man, Abu, was born in 1329 and died in 1358.
He was a Marinid Morocco ruler and succeeded his father of the same name. His rule went from Fez through to Tlemcen and Ifriqiya (now Algeria and Tunisia), but he retreated due to Arab tribe revolts. In 1358, he died when his vizier (political advisor) strangled him.
Abu, the dog, only shares a name in common, but it cements the connection nonetheless. Abu, or Abuwtiyuw, was one of the earliest documented animals classed as a pet with a name. He died in 2280 BC. Abu, which also translated to Abutiu, was a royal guard dog during the Sixth Dynasty. When he died, he received a ceremonial burial in Giza Necropolis.
From what historians have come to discover, there was a piece of limestone at the grave which listed many of the donations by the pharaoh for the dog’s funeral. It appears that Abu was quite a well-respected sighthound which looked similar to a Greyhound with a curly tail and erect ears. He was a lightly-built hunting dog and had a tomb on the western side of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
It wasn’t uncommon in Egypt during that time to bury dogs, but the service and resting place for Abu is quite unusual. Only upper-class humans get that level of respect. Given the gifts and limestone tablet, the dog’s corpse was most likely mummified, so that the dog could enter the afterlife.
There are no pictures of Abu, but the text on the piece of limestone says ‘tzm’ which describes him as the hunting dog. It is also one of the oldest dog breeds, with pictures depicting it throughout history. Abuwtiyuw’s name is not easy to translate. Historians believe ‘abuw’ comes from a dog’s bark, but some think the name means With Pointed Ears.
Fez Dog Name Considerations
You might not think there’s a lot to consider when you’re looking for Fez dog names. Your goal is to give your dog a name that reminds you of home, and surely there’s no process for that? There is. You have to think about the cultural and historical sensitivities, your dog’s breed, and even their gender.
First, we’ll talk about culture and history. There’s no harm at looking at different Fez dog names that represent moments in time. But who are you looking to name them after? Not every person in Fez history is a good one, and some people suffered at the hands of the country’s leaders. If you settle on a name you like, make sure it’s not going to offend anyone.
Gender is less important, as many dog names are ideal for males and females. However, if you come across a name such as, for example, Phillip, you will know to offer it to a male. You can look at variants for females such as Pip or Phillipa.
Your dog’s breed can be another consideration to make as well. If you have an old, traditional breed such as an Ibizan Hound or a Basenji, then you know you can get away with some unusual names. There is a lot to factor in, so start the process on the right foot today.