Monday, 23 March 2009

Dittisham Lady 933 - name that pig

Can you get a gal to look up when you want her to? Nope. But here is the new Berkshire breeding sow, moments after she swayed slowly down the trailer ramp.
See those teats? She had her previous litter weaned off a few weeks back and is now dried off, but she should be in pig again; sows have two litters a year.
Various domestic names have been suggested - you can't call your first ever in-pig sow number 933 after all - and Nigella, Daphne and Primrose are all in the running. Nigella would enable future females to be Delia, Elizabeth, Sophie, Clarissa or Jane for example, whilst Daphne might run to companions named Daisy, Delilah, Doris or Dorcas. Primrose's mates could be Rose, Lilac, Primula and Peony. You get the picture.
Any ideas? I had some fabulous suggestions from you when it came to the naming of kittens, and just like Blue Peter, I can ignore any I don't like!

8 comments:

Lindsay said...

How about Dorcas? You can then have Pearl, Ruby, Laura, Minnie, Miss Margaret, Emma. Just in case you have not guessed Lark Rise to Candleford!

paula said...

Was going to burble forth - but read Lindsay’s Dorcas suggestion and thought how completely perfect! Back to the 'drawing' board.
She's a stunner BTW

Lindsay said...

I have just remembered Queenie as well!

Winchester whisperer said...

The Duchess of Devon or Sow Yeo?

Scriptor Senex said...

I like the Nigella idea and its associated names. You could name any male piglets with male cheffy names... But, please, not Primrose. Primrose is definitely a cow's name!

Stonehead said...

Lovely sow, but she would be given that she's a Dittisham. We have a Dittisham Suzanne.

As for names, our boars all start with G and the sows with D: for Guys and Dolls.

I like the idea of naming yours after flowers, especially when sows can be such great, big galumphs! Albeit pretty ones.

Or name them after PG Wodehouse characters. His Blandings books had the magnificient Berkshire the Empress of Blandings, so why not return the favour? Then you'd have Lavender, Angela, Maudie, Gertrude, Dora, Daphne, etc.

Have fun naming her.

Flowerpot said...

I have to say I do like Clarissa....

Mopsa said...

Lindsay and Paula - Dorcas is a popular choice, pairing as it does with Mopsa (the shepherdesses in Shakespeare's Winter's Tale...

WW - sadly that's not dissimilar enough from my another local herd name.

SS - that's what I thought!

Stoney - the Wodehouse thing is gaining credence here, particularly as the kittens Claude and Eustace are from the Jeeves books, and Empress of Blandings type monikers just extend the metaphor nicely.

F'Pot - I know, it's not a lack of choice here...it's too much!