Want some creative dog name ideas? How about names that are popular in Istanbul? That's right, what was once Constantinople has evolved into a place full of tasty food, gorgeous views, and residents that absolutely love animals, especially cats and dogs. Even those who find themselves stray due to the economy are safely taken care of by perfect strangers.
The following is a collection of 60 names to choose from, both male and female. Take a look around, make sure to read the meanings carefully, and make a note of anything that stands out to you. Your dog will thank you!
Istanbul Dog Names in Pop Culture
Tarçın was killed in a hit and run accident in May of 2016. The driver going in the wrong direction left her in the street without so much as checking her condition. And in Istanbul, a country known for its love of animals, including all strays, didn't take too kindly to the whole situation. Moda residents and animal activists voiced their anger against the driver, and even promised to track him down and bring him to justice.
Needless to say, the whole situation blew up, with residents feeling personally attacked by the hit and run. People who had never heard of the dog, didn't know the dog owner or anything, extended their condolences, and clearly stated in interviews that they felt bothered by what happened because they themselves were dog owners. They had put themselves in that situation and felt the pain of Tarçın's family.
But rather than simply voice their condolences, rage, and support for the grieving family, people began reaching out to animal activists. This, of course, led to press coverage, protests, and further investigations, but still, the guilty party hasn't been found. Even now, two years later. The main problems are that the car in question entered a road the wrong way, so he was driving the entirely wrong direction. He could have run over children or mothers with strollers passing by, so it was unlucky that Tarçın was there when it happened.
Three strangers who saw the accident immediately ran over to the dog and tried to lift her up. She was already dead. It's been said they exclaimed at the whole situation, a mixture of shock and anger. The man hadn't even stopped the car, turned back, or helped to pick up the body off the road. To this day, no one knows what intentions the driver had, all that is known is that he was going the wrong way, and clearly had no regard for an animal's life.
Sennur Ulugönül, the dog owner was interviewed, of course. He described how Tarçın was afraid of thunder. She would try to run, but had knee problems that didn't allow her to walk all the way upstairs. So, she had a little spot by the front door that kept her warm, safe, and part of the family.
Tarçın was 18-years-old and well-loved. Even in death, she is still remembered, with a statue and everything. Activists use her as a reminder to be kinder to other sentient life. To spread love and compassion, not pride. Tarçın may be gone, but she will always be remembered in Istanbul.
Istanbul Dog Name Considerations
Whenever you're considering potential names for a dog, there are a few things you could keep in mind that would make the experience a little easier. Because as anyone who's ever had a dog can attest, it seems easier at first glance. There's something about the pressure of having to choose a good name that makes it all... stressful. There's that feeling of having to choose something witty, or funny, or bright. Having to choose something you won't mind for years to come. It can be a lot.
So, what can you consider to make the experience a little better on yourself? For starters, you could certainly use details that you already have about the dog, like the breed or the gender. If you don't have any such details, you could always wait to adopt the dog first, and then take a few days to get to know them before deciding on a name.
Another tactic is to use inspiration from seemingly anywhere. Some people use pop culture references, others such as yourself are more inclined to use names that have some sort of regional, traditional meaning or association. Whatever you do, remember that it's just a name. Relax, take your time, and don't settle for a name until you feel that it is 100 percent right.