What We Almost Named Archie


I was looking through the notes in my phone recently (to find long lost blog post ideas) and came across this list.

dog names

N and I did not agree on names. At all. In the name game, I usually opt for something that sounds “old” (Walter and Barnaby were two of my picks above). We struggled for months to find a name we could both feel good about.

Right there is the list of all the names we were considering. It’s funny because we chose the name Archie because we liked it. In the back of my mind, it sort of reminded me of comics. We didn’t realize that most people over 50 would hear the name Archie and think he was named after Archie Bunker from All in the Family.

I’ve never watched All in the Family but I hear that Archie Bunker was somehow both an endearing character and a racist – two things that I’m certain don’t go together.

N wanted to name Archie “Foster” after Arian Foster, a football player for the Houston Texans (No, we aren’t Texans fans. Arian is apparently just a pretty cool person). I shot that down real fast. My defense – How many people named their dog Vick after Michael Vick? See how that turned out.

Archie Laying Down

I was pretty stuck on Barnaby. I stand by that fact that I think it would have been cute but it was a little long. Barnaby’s is the name of the bar that N and I used to frequent and happens to be the site of our first drunken makeout (more on how we started dating here). It’s sentimental! It’s romantic! [read that post to find out why it’s actually not romantic at all]

Let it also be known that N shot down every Harry Potter related name that I proposed. Archie’s name could have been Neville! He would have been a fabulous Neville!

And in case you missed it on Instagram (head over there and follow me, will ya?) I really went all out with my nerd style yesterday:

Fandom Outfit

Some days you just feel cooler than others. I was a little disappointed while wearing this shirt because 1. our intern at work asked what the symbol on my shirt meant (WHAT?! fired, fired fired) and 2. no one stopped me to tell my how cool my shirt was.

Can we just imagine how awesome I would have looked, wearing this and walking my dog Neville?

Got off track there for a minute. But it was fun to stumble upon this note in my phone and wonder what life would be like if our Archie was named Dash or Sherlock instead.



Edit: I moved hosting services and this post was reverted to draft and had to be republished. I lost the comments but they are still in my email so I’ll get to answering them! Thanks for your patience.

  • I have a very similar list on my phone from when we got our pup…it took us forever and we did not agree on much, which makes me super nervous for if we ever have kids!

    • I’m also nervous about future kid-naming. I would not hesitate to give my child a super classic (i.e. old person sounding) name. N is not down with this plan.

  • Liza

    My dog is named Archie, too! But he’s named after Archie Manning, the football player. Our dog is from Mississippi, & that’s where the Mannings are from. It’s a great name! My boyfriend’s family just got a dog & named it Optimus Prime (for real), so it can always be worse.

    • Great choice of dog name! I actually watched a 30 for 30 of the Manning family (after we named our Archie) and really loved what I heard about Archie Manning and the Manning family. As a Giants fan (and thus an Eli Manning fan), my boyfriend doesn’t mind the reference.

  • OMG I would have TOTALLY commented on your shirt!! HP fan for life! lol. One of the little boys I nanny for (11 years old) told me yesterday that he just really couldn’t get into the series. WHAT?!! Kids these days…

    • Nonsense. My boyfriend said the same thing. He hasn’t gotten past the first three chapters of the first book. I’m like WAIT. There is a tipping point and once you hit it, you have to read them all.

  • Jen

    1. Neville or Barnaby would have been excellent alternate choices for Archie!

    2. As a fellow Potterhead, I Love the shirt!

    3. The earrings I must have.

  • i named my dog Luna after the character on Harry Potter!

  • For some reason I really like the name Atlas. I’ll probably name my next pet that.

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