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AlmostThere 05-17-2010 06:52 PM

Good name for an OTTB born in Ireland
Hi all. Last week we were given a thoroughbred; the people who gave him to us thought he was about 22 years old (based on some guy they know who looked at his teeth :roll:). The vet I had out put him at more like 17.

Turns out he has a lip tattoo, and given the numbers we can figure out (see #12 for some bad pictures of the tattoo), he may very well be Ezra, born in Ireland in 1997 (so 13 instead of 22 :D - he never struck me as an old horse, so I could believe 13 is right). His last races were run in Arizona, so him being retired here makes sense too.

So, he came to us with the name Gus (I didn't like the name too much, but I am terrible at thinking up names, so we went with it). Now I'm trying to go with Ezra (my 7 and 4 year olds like the name, but my 9 year old prefers Gus), but I keep slipping and calling him Gus.

I thought maybe a more Irish sounding name, something everyone in the family liked, would work better for him.

Any ideas?

stacieandtheboys 05-17-2010 07:34 PM


AlmostThere 05-17-2010 09:01 PM

I like Shamus, I'll have to run that one by the kids.

AlmostThere 05-17-2010 10:38 PM

I could try using Aidan. I've always loved that for a boys name, but it was way too popular by the time my son was born.

Thanks to Aidan Quinn I guess.

Hmmm... Quinn. And it even has a song to help me remember...When Quinn the Eskimo gets here...

See, I'm hopeless :lol:.

JustDressageIt 05-17-2010 11:07 PM

AlmostThere 05-18-2010 01:20 AM

I was thinking of Danny Boy, because of the song Oh Danny Boy, the pipes the pipes are calling....

My husband suggested Lucky, but I think he was joking :wink:.

I ran Shamus, Aidan, and Quinn by my four year old, and his response was, "I like what his name is." (meaning Ezra).

JustDressageIt 05-18-2010 01:31 AM

I have a certain affinity for Danny Boy.
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draftrider 05-18-2010 03:04 AM

It's spelled Seamus if you are thinking of the Irish name. Shamus is slang for a cop or detective. =)

Here is a list-

20000-NAMES.COM: Male Irish Names, Page 1 of 3--meaning, origin, etymology

draftrider 05-18-2010 03:05 AM

I don't think he is 22, 13 sounds about right. He is thin but there is no hollow above his eyes that you'd see in an older horse.

AlmostThere 05-18-2010 02:18 PM


Originally Posted by draftrider (Post 636633)
It's spelled Seamus if you are thinking of the Irish name. Shamus is slang for a cop or detective. =)

On a different list, it said Shamus was derived from Seamus, but I certainly wouldn't want him to end up with a name equivalent to Pig (is it derogatory slang?).

Is Seamus pronounced similarly to Shamus (maybe with more of an o as in pot sound for the first vowel sound?)

Thanks for the help :D.

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