Kangaroo names really depends upon the mother kangaroo. Mother kangaroos (does or jills) are known to choose names for their joeys based upon:
- traditional family names
- popular movie character names
- favourite fictional characters – typically from movies, but also books
Some of the less common ways jills will choose joey names are:
- Pick up on joey’s cues (leads to a lot of joeys being called Kick and Jump)
- Go to the bookshop and pick a random name from a random book (although kangaroos aren’t generally allowed in bookstores due to their habit of browsing and not buying anything)
- Ask the joey (given kangaroos can’t talk I’m not sure this helps)
- Name associations (for kangaroos who like word games)
- Get your other joeys to decide (hard if this is the jills’ first joey)
- Pull the name out of a hat (although kangaroos don’t wear hats)
- Meaningful moments (which leads to names like Hop Away From Hunter, and Juicy Leaves).
Some rules jills generally abide by in naming:
- no names of former girlfriends or boyfriends
- no names used for pets (not that kangaroos have a lot of pets)
- no names already used by friends or colleagues (they are often in mobs, so best not to double up on names).
Hope this helps.
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