Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Duck Naming Contest is Open!

The ducks need names.  While they are only three months old, they are full grown.  This boy and girl hang together all day long -- if one disappears for a moment, the other goes into full alarm mode.  The young hens seem to view the ducks as their leaders, and the flock moves with the ducks.  In the past week or so they've begun going outside, but I have not yet seen them swimming.

My last pair of ducks were named Ari Duckass (after my former colleague, Ari Ducas) and Dick-the-Duck (because I liked the sound).  You may recall that I have also had chickens named Dixie Chick, Chicka Khan, Eartha Chick, Maria and Jesus (hay-soos!), Spot, Miss Peep, Chesley Spring Chicken (after my friend Chesley Spring), and many other amusing names.

So I am looking for a couple of great duck names.  Could be a matched pair, could be individual names.  You have one week.  Contest closes end of business July 31.  Winner will be announced on August 1.  I choose the winner(s) and my decision is final.  After all, I have to live with it, you'll be moving on to another contest.

To enter, you must put your suggestion in the comments of this blog post.  E-mailing me does not count.  Adding your suggestion to a Facebook post does not count.  I want everyone who enters to be able to see what everyone else is suggesting, and that's the best way to do it.

What do you get for entering the winning name(s)?  Bragging rights.  I'll name you in a blog post.  And if you ever get out to Busy Solitude Farm (while the ducks are still alive, so don't dilly dally!) you can meet your namesakes in person.

Start now!  Will the names be historical or hysterical?  Alliterative?  Synonymic?  Perhaps they'll follow a theme...flowers?  Music?  Vegetables?  I am eager to see what you come up with, so let's go!

26 comments:

Jennifer Humbert said...

Isadora Duckan, Phyfe (as in Duckan Phyfe), Duckota, Bill and Coo, Sitting and Lame - just to name a few.

greelyrita said...

Like Fric and Frac, Quick and Quake. Quick for the one that keeps leaving and Quake for the one that panics.

Jim Gilmore said...

Well my favorite Duck story as a child was "Ping," which was all about a duck on the Yangtze River who decides to stay out on his own rather than getting a spank for coming home late (I think the moral of the story was about following the rules-- but I liked the fact that the duck had the good sense to avoid being spanked). Of course by today's standards "Ping" is somewhat politically incorrect, both in terms of corporal punishment and its representation of the Chinese. So I am reluctant to suggest "Ping" and "Pong" although I do like the sound of it. My next best suggestion would be "Nelda" and "Larry" (for obvious reasons), although I suspect neither would take it (either on this earth or in heaven) as the honor that I intend.

Susan LaCroix said...

Mother Ducker, obviously for the female, Michael Duckakis, perhaps for the male, lucky duck or duck luck, Mark Duckerberg, probably a few more on the way!

Duchamp said...

Gulliver and Minerva

Chris said...

They are a couple, and a little wacky, so Ricky and Lucy Ricanardo seem appropriate

The Japanese Redneck said...

Some great names!

I'm drawing a blank.

Chris said...

Quack Effron and Mallardy Thomas Scott?

Melissa H. said...

Well, after yesterday's video I would suggest Gabby Gertie and Silent Sam. Disco and AFLAC.

Here's a huge list of ducks from TV and movies: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_ducks

Susan LaCroix said...

Pekin Pie

DrDoug said...

Flynn beat me to the canard with a canard pun.

Daisy and Confusey

If you're into Harry Potter, you could do Drake-O and Hermallardie

Melissa H. said...

Mom would like to get in on this, even though her computer is on the fritz. Her first suggestion is Jack and Jill. She says "It's original. Nobody ever thought of it before." I'll post more if she thinks of some.

Ferguson said...

Lova, Duck and Quak Head. I really thought about this for a semi long time. A friend Ronaldo

Chris said...

Aqueduck. Tex Dee Duck Shin

Kathy Albert said...

you said don't dilly dally. Dilly and Dally are my
picks. Kathy Albert

Johanna said...

I am very impressed with the quality of the first day's entries! Please keep them coming!!!

June Mahoney said...

I like Quaker and Jack, or alternatively, Fred and Ginger

Chris said...

Thought about Pate´Duck as a riff on Patty Duke, but decided it was too strained and might be viewed as being in bad taste (although yum to me). So, my final entries (til next time), in honor of hyphenated relationships, are:

Ms. Kahn-Duck, and
M. Orel Kahn-Duck

ches-ches said...

Quick and Quack....nah.....Bonnie and Clyde....nah....Barack and Michelle...nah...Ditty and Dot...nah....oh well, I'll try again later.

ches-ches said...

Ok, Sturm and Drang...nah....the Pied Piper and Miss Lady...nah but not bad...Lucky-in-Love and Lucy...nah...oh well, I'll try again later.

Melissa H. said...

Mom would also like to suggest Dick and Jane. Or Dick and Pat if you prefer :)

Jennifer Humbert said...

Hey You and Who Me (remember??) - still thinking...

Melissa H. said...

What and Pass (what the duck and pass the duck)

Anonymous said...

Mike & Kittie (Duckakis)
Lucy & Ricky
Fois & Gras

June Mahoney said...

Me again, I meant Quacker and Jack, not
Quaker

June Mahoney said...

Me again, I meant to say Quacker and Jack, not Quaker!