Alexander Herzen once wisely said: “To build a city where it is impossible to build a city is madness in itself, but to build there one of the most elegant and grandest of cities is the madness of genius.” Whether it was impossible to build a city where Venice now lies, or whether that was, indeed, a complete madness is up for discussion, but what is certain is that Venice is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It is also home to the once famous Republic of Venice, also known as La Serenissima, a maritime republic which existed back between the 8th and 18th century. It was a prosperous republic, the leading trading power in Europe during the Renaissance age and the Middle Ages. Therefore, choosing Venice as an inspiration when thinking about a perfect moniker for your new pup is no surprise, as this place has birthed many amazing historical figures, and it continues to do so to this day.
Venetian Dog Names in Pop Culture
If you have ever dipped your toes into the oceans of the Internet, there is no chance that you have not seen the iconic Doge meme somewhere. Even your grandma knows about Doge and has probably made a meme or two of her own. But who is Doge and what does he represent?
In a nutshell, Doge is a famous meme that emerged back in 2013. It boils down to a picture of an adorable Shiba Inu with text in Comic Sans font in the foreground, representing Doge’s internal monologue in broken English. Doge uses simple phrases in which the first word is always one of these five: so, such, much, many, or very. Doge uses these modifiers to amplify the next word, often in a grammatically incorrect way, for example, “Such tired” or “Much confused.” The adorable dog also uses the word wow a lot, followed by excite, amaze, and bamboozle. Much like a lolcat, Doge language has its grammatical structure, unbeknownst to us humans who do not think on that level.
As the meme spread over the Internet more and more, it began to enter the mainstream, and everyone on the Internet knows that when that happens, the meme is dead. The U.S. Congress put out promotional materials in the style of the Doge meme which prompted Huffington Post to pronounce its demise. The meme became universally acknowledged, so much so that it even got into the field of finance! In December of 2013, a new cryptocurrency was introduced to the world, the infamous Dogecoin. This was the first cryptocurrency to be based on a meme, and it went viral when it got out. It started as a joke, but quickly became a real currency that reached a capitalization of US $60 million at the beginning of 2014.
But how does this adorable Internet phenomenon tie back to Venice and how are these two connected in any way? Well, it turns out that they share a name! The Doge of Venice was the chief magistrate of the Republic of Venice, elected by the aristocracy of the city-state. The first doge of Venice was Ursus who led the revolution against the Byzantine Empire back in 726. Usually, the doge was chosen from the members of some of the most powerful Venetian families, by the rest of the aristocrats, however, at one point it became a hereditary position. After 1172, the election of the doge was the responsibility of the committee of forty men chosen by the Great Council of Venice to make the elections fairer.
Venetian Dog Name Considerations
The perfect Venetian name for your dog is here; it is just waiting to be chosen! Now, if you are a lucky owner of a Shiba Inu, you can take the easy road and name your lovely little pup simply Doge, after the chief magistrate of the Republic of Venice and the world-famous Internet meme. However, if you want to honor the Venetian Republic in a more obvious way, you can choose a name that lies closer to the source and is a little more specific. One of such names can be Eraclea, the capital of the Republic of Venice from 697 to 742. Another famous capital was Malamocco, and of course, Venice, which is also a fantastic name for your doggo.
Following the line of Venetian doges, you can pick the name Paolo or Lucio, after Paolo Lucio Anafesto, the doge of Venice, or maybe Ludovico, after Ludovico Manin, the last doge of this great republic. Another fantastic choice is Agnello, after Agnello Patricipazio, the first Patricipazio doge, or maybe even Pietro, after Pietro Tradonico, the successor of the Patricipazio. Domenico, after Domenico Selvo, the 31st Doge of Venice is a fabulous name for a fabulous doggo, and Ordelafo, after Ordelafo Faliero is a quirky choice, but an unforgettable one!