Lamb names

It's fairly common for pedigree flocks to use an alphabetical naming system - the first year's lambs starting with A, the second with B and so on. Each year one of the jobs to do in the run up to lambing is to get together a short list of potential names for that year. This is a task I save for an afternoon when the weather is howling outside so it brings a little glimpse of the spring to come at a time when it is most needed.

Our lamb names and their origins are varied and perhaps reflect a bit of ourselves.

2018 - A

  1. Attenborough (tup, single) - David; the great British naturalist, author and TV presenter

  2. Agrimony (ewe, single) - wildflower sometimes used to represent thankfulness or gratitude

  3. Aphrodite (ewe, twin) - Greek goddess of love and beauty

  4. Athos (tup, twin) - one of the three musketeers from Alexander Dumas' books

  5. Aragorn (tup, single) - character from JRR Tolkein's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy

  6. Andromeda (ewe, twin) - the nearest major galaxy to our own Milky Way

  7. Ariadne (ewe, twin) - Greek goddess of vegetation and paths

  8. Artemis (ewe, twin) - Greek goddess of wild animals and childbirth, twin of Apollo

  9. Apollo (tup, twin) - Greek god of the sun and light, and patron defender of herds and flocks, twin of Artemis

2019 - B

  1. Beatrix (ewe, twin) - Potter; the author

  2. Bluebell (ewe, twin) - wildflower found in our woodlands in spring

  3. Beeblebrox (tup, single) - Zaphod; a character from Douglas Adams' "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" series

  4. Borage (ewe, twin) - wildflower

  5. Burnet (ewe, twin) - group of wildflowers / herbs

  6. Bellatrix (ewe, twin) - star in the constellation of Orion which we can see most nights on the farm

  7. Betelgeuse (tup, twin) - star in the constellation of Orion which we can see most nights on the farm

  8. Benedict (tup, single) - from the Benedictine monks that give the farm and hamlet their name

  9. Bedivere (tup, single) - character from Welsh mythology who throws the sword Excalibur into the lake

  10. Bilbo (tup, single) - Baggins; character from JRR Tolkein's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy

  11. Beowulf (tup, single) - main character from the eponymous 8th century epic poem

  12. Bronte (ewe, single) - family of authors who lived not far over the moors from the farm and who feasibly could have passed through in their time

  13. Borealis (tup, twin) - the aurora or Northern lights

  14. Bryony (ewe, twin) - wildflower

  15. Brielle (ewe, single) - Irish for hill

  16. Burdock (tup, single) - wildflower

  17. Branwen (ewe twin) - a blessed raven in Celtic mythology

  18. Betony (ewe, twin) - wildflower

2020 - C

  1. Cleopatra (ewe, twin) - legendary ruler of ancient Egypt

  2. Caesar (tup, twin) - rulers of ancient Rome

  3. Clover (ewe, twin) - important plant in our grassland that fixes nitrogen and increases soil fertility

  4. Comfrey (ewe, twin) - wildflower

  5. Chewbacca (tup, single) - character from the "Star Wars" films

  6. Curie (ewe, twin) - Marie; double Nobel laureate

  7. Cousteau (tup, twin) - Jacques; famous ocean explorer

  8. Cassiopeia (ewe, single) - constellation in the northern sky, named after the vain queen Cassiopeia in Greek mythology, who boasted about her unrivalled beauty

  9. Cloudberry (ewe, single) - wildflower

  10. Cerberus (tup, twin) - the dog that guards the gates of Hades in Greek mythology

  11. Centaur (tup, twin) - creature from Greek mythology with the upper body of a human and the lower body and legs of a horse

  12. Calliope (ewe, single) - muse who presides over eloquence and epic poetry in Greek mythology

  13. Crusoe (tup, single) - Robinson; eponymous character in Daniel Defoe's novel

  14. Cymbeline (ewe, twin) - play by Shakespeare based on legends concerning the early Celtic British King Cunobeline

  15. Coriolanus (tup, twin) - tragedy by Shakespeare based on the life of the legendary Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus

  16. ConanDoyle (tup, twin) - Arthur; author of the Sherlock Homes books

  17. Christie (ewe, twin) - Agatha, author of the Miss Marple and Poirot murder mysteries

  18. Cassandra (ewe, twin) - Trojan priestess of Apollo in Greek mythology cursed to utter true prophecies, but never to be believed

  19. Calista (ewe, twin) - comes from the Greek for "most beautiful"

  20. Crabtree (tup, single) - character from the "Allo Allo" TV series

  21. Celandine (ewe, twin) - wildflower

  22. Cowslip (ewe, twin) - wildflower

  23. Clematis (ewe, twin) - flowering plant

  24. Campion (tup, twin) - wildflower

  25. Carina (ewe, single) - constellation in the southern sky

  26. Corncockle (ewe, single) - wildflower

  27. Carson (ewe, single) - Rachel; marine biologist, author, and conservationist whose influential book "Silent Spring" and other writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement

2021 - D

  1. Dionysus (tup, twin) - Greek god of wine

  2. Demeter (ewe, twin) - Greek goddess of the harvest

  3. DarthVader (tup, single) - character from the "Star Wars" films

  4. Daedalus (tup, single) - from Greek mythology; seen as a symbol of wisdom, knowledge, and power

  5. Darwin (tup, single) - Charles; famous naturalist and author of "On the Origin of Species" where he set out his theory of evolution by natural selection

  6. Dougal (tup, single) - character from the "Magic Roundabout"

  7. Dromio of Ephesus (tup, twin) - character from Shakespeare's "The comedy of errors", twin of Dromio of Syracuse for whom he is often confused

  8. Dromio of Syracuse (tup, twin) - character from Shakespeare's "The comedy of errors", twin of Dromio of Ephesus for whom he is often confused

  9. Desdemona (ewe, single) - character from Shakespeare's "Othello"

  10. Dix (ewe, single) - the 10th lamb and the number ten in the Bowland dialect version of the "Yan Tan Tether" counting system

  11. Dido (ewe, twin) - legendary founder and first queen of the Phoenician city-state of Carthage

  12. Daphnis (tup, twin) - legendary hero of the shepherds of Sicily

  13. Dandelion (tup, twin) - wildflower

  14. Daisy (ewe, twin) - wildflower

  15. Dahl (tup, single) - Roald; author of many children's stories such as "The fabulous Mr Fox"

  16. Deneb (ewe, single) - star in the constellation of Cygnus, the swan and the head of the Northern Cross

  17. Douglas (tup, twin) - Adams; author of the "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" series

  18. Dent (tup, twin) - Arthur; the unfortunate character in Douglas Adams' "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" series

  19. Daffodil (ewe, twin) - flower

  20. Drake (tup, twin) - Sir Francis; the hero of the battle against the Spanish Armada

  21. Deckard (tup, twin) - character from the film "Blade Runner", based on the book "Do androids dream of electric sheep?"

  22. Durden (tup, twin) - character from the film "Fight Club"

  23. Denzel (tup, twin) - character from the TV series "Only fools and horses"

  24. Darling (tup, twin) - Captain, character from "Blackadder goes forth"

  25. Damocles (tup, twin) - legendary figure famous for the anecdote involving a sword suspended above his head

  26. Dolly (ewe, twin) - the first cloned animal was Dolly the sheep

  27. Diomedes (tup, single) - King of Argos and hero of the Trojan war

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