This Week: A Rose by Any Other Name

My first goats were named Hope, Dream, Faith, Joy, Grace, and so on.

Then I had to start over. After the fire, my first replacement doeling was Phoenix, a name that signified rising from the ashes. She was joined by Firefly, Felicity, and Phantom; not a "theme" as such but just starting with the same letter/sound.

Now that we have our first kids on the ground, they need names. Rather than use a theme this time, I've decided to follow the American Dairy Goat Association suggested annual tattoo letter as the first letter of their names. Many people use this method; my older doe Ziva was born in the Z year, for instance. ADGA's suggested tattoo letter for 2013 is D.

Registered goats are tattooed for identification purposes. Even though my first herd wasn't registered, I still followed the tattoo guidelines, marking the inside of the ear with the letter of the year and the birth order of the goat, for instance, A3 for the third kid born in 2010.

Ziva's kids will be born in 2014 and will begin with E, but the three pairs of twins born in December will have D names. The oldest two, Felicity's twins, are Delightful (doeling) and Deliverance (buckling). I'm at a loss for names for the other four though.

Do you have any suggestions?

Firefly's kids (above)
Phoenix's kids (below)

Please leave a comment or email me if you have any ideas; my mind is blank. Thank you in advance!

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