Of the many tasks that new bird owners face, choosing a name for their parrot can be both the most fun and the most daunting. Names for parrots can be anything -- but new bird owners may find the following suggestions helpful when deciding on the best name for their new feathered friend.
What's in a name?
While it's doubtful that a bird's name does much to shape its personality, a name can affect the way that your friends and family interact with your pet. Humans have a habit of projecting their own perceptions of a name's meaning onto the bearer, and this can cause them to misjudge an animal's personality and/or demeanor.
Name That Bird!
Another important thing to keep in mind when naming your parrot is longevity. Many parrots live upwards of 20 or 30 years, and some can live closer to 100! With proper care, your new pet is going to be around for a long time. You will want to make sure that the name you choose is one that you can live with for as long as you expect your parrot to be around. It may have seemed cool to name your bird "Macarena" back in 1995, but today you would be hard pressed to find it listed among the most popular pet bird names. Avoiding fads is key to choosing the best name for any pet.
Since the choices for naming your bird are literally endless, it can help to look at some of the themes other people use when naming their pets. I have met parrots named after authors, historical figures, astronauts, Greek gods and goddesses, movie characters, mythical beasts, artists, and rock musicians, just to name a few. A good example is a Sun Conure named Phoenix. In ancient lore, the Phoenix was a bird that would burst into flames upon its death and was then immediately reborn out of the ashes. Phoenix's owner chose this name not only because it is tied to a mythical bird, but because the flame symbolism lends itself to the Sun Conure's beautiful, fiery colors.
If you have a few names in mind already but are having trouble choosing one, it can help to research their origins and meanings to see which name you think would be the best fit. Good resources to check are encyclopedias, dictionaries, and baby name guides. The online search at BabyNames.com allows visitors to search for names by letter, gender, origin, and meaning. Try playing around with it and see what cool information you can come up with.
Some bird owners wait to get to know their pets' personalities before naming them, and there is nothing wrong with that at all! After living and interacting with a bird for a few days, you may find that it will actually "name itself" in showing off its traits, quirks, and character.
Remember: There Is No Wrong Answer!
Your bird's name can be as unique or common, as wacky or sensible as you want it to be. As long as you provide loving care and plenty of attention, you'll be rewarded with a devoted pet no matter what you choose to call him. Don't rush yourself into choosing a name hastily, and you'll be likely to pick one that fits your parrot like a glove.