How We Chose Our Kennel Name (UK)  

UK Cairn Exhibitors– Kennel Names


AIZENAIY I have had mine since 1996. At the time I had P.B.G.V's The reason I picked the Affix is Aizenay is a suberb of Vendee where the hounds come from. Good job I didn't start with Cairns might have asked for Glascow L O L  Christine Green


ANJOFRA Like a lot of people our first few applications were rejected-quite strange as some of them were French surnames from within the family. Our last choice was Anjofra which is a combination of our middle names-hope you don't want us to tell you what they are!!! Carol & Fred Confue


BALLYTICKLE My son is a footballer and his team mates refer to him as "BALLY" which is a shortened version of our surname.  The "TICKLE" coz Cairns love their belly-tickled .... we just changed the belly to "BALLY".

 Jan Ballinger


BERANBURH.  Is the Anglo Saxon name for Barbury Castle our local iron age hill fort. It's where I walk my dogs and horses. It's were the Battle of Beranburh took place 556 AD. It's a place that I and the dogs love. Amanda Davey


BIRSELAW  I got my Kennel name from combining a part of my childhood address, FOREST OF BIRSE, with part of my present address. White LAW - Yvonne Catto


BRENNDARCY A Combo of Brenda, Danny (Hence two n’s) & our first Cairn “Darcy” - who gave us our lifelong love of the breed – Brenda Shannon & Danny Storr


CAIRNGOLD My grandma (my mum's mum) liked a flutter on the horses and would back anything which had "gold" in its name.  So when the time came for my mum and dad to choose an affix there was no other name in the running, so to speak! Linda, Alan & Amy Firth


CALAMONDIN - CALA was my first show dog, MON is what my close friends call me, DIN is the noise we made together!! – Monica Ball


 CARERNWIL was made up from CAR (the first three letters of our surname Carter) ERN (the first three letters of my fathers Christian name Ernest who started my love of G.S.D's) and WIL (the first three letters of Will   Rankins Christian name, who let us have our first foundation bitch to start our line and helped us to develop "our own style") Sylvia & Steve Carter


CANNWOOD When Phil and I married we lived in a very small village on the edge of Cannock Chase called Cannock Wood and after three of our first choices had been turned down by the KC  we decided on a shortened version of the lovely village where we lived.  Chris & Philip Roberts


CARRADINE Mum and Dad had tried several names but after a few failed applications to the KC, my Nan went through the Horse Racing lists and came up with Carradine, the name of a racehorse at that time. Dawn Inett & Rosemary Harrison


CASTLELINE We have a view of Liddington Hill from our Bungalow. There was once a Roman CASTLE there. LINE was due to the Swindon railway lines & hopefully have our own line of cairns one day. We started naming pups after Great Western Steam Engines. Lady Margaret & Rising Star. Liz Thompson


CHERRYCRACK This was the name of a field at the back of the farmhouse where I lived and my children all grew up, I always had a Cairn or two, they regularly escaped from the garden mostly to be found in “cherrycrack” chasing rabbits - the farmhand used to bring them home at lunch time on the tractor and trailer. They loved that field! Maggie Shopland


COPSELEAZE   'COPSEFIELD' was rejected so took another word from address 'LEAZE' which for some reason is in most farm addresses in this area. Ann Weaver


CORNTON -My Uncle, Alaisdair Meiklejohn, was brought up on a farm near Stirling  where his mother started their kennel line.  The farm was called  Easter Cornton, hence the name.. Helen Miller

CORRENNIE – I chose my prefix simply by searching maps of Scotland till I found something I liked – The Corrennieforest and Moors are in Aberdeenshire, not far from the city of Aberdeen. One day before I get to old I must visit. Susan Weinberger


CROYANDA Our "Affix" came about from a split of mine and Yvonne's surnames, Croyman and Anderson. Bob & Yvonne Croyman


CRANAE is the name of a Roman Goddess, 'Cranae' means 'rock' & is etymologically connected with the Gaelic 'cairn', i.e. a pile of rocks on a mountain top ! Jenny Oldale


DOONRAE When we were choosing our Affix Dounreay atomic power station was being built in Caithness. We thought it was the shape of things to come. But we preferred our spelling – Millie Jennings 


DRAYEM Ours it is a conundrum of our own names - D is for my son David, R is in my name also A Y and M, E is my daughter. Mary & William Buchan


EBORVALE EBORacum is the roman name for York and I live in the VALE of York.- Jean Shearsmith


ESSDEEEFF- I have only had this over 1 year, although been in Cairns since 1994, My Husband came up with the Affix as it spells my initials SDF, very good I thought nobody will get the similarity, and I was right have had to explain to many. Sheona Fortune


FIELDRON We took out our affix in 1965 originally it was a prefix  we then compounded it for life.Our affix was derived from the origins of Dronfield  where we used to live it was built on a field by the River Drone we then transposed Dronfield to become Fieldron. Jack & Shirley Watson


GLENROOD When I applied for my Affix I used my Great Grandmothers name of Rood, as she was Dutch, and because the dogs were Scottish I then put Glen on the front, making Glenrood. Sue Dolan.

HARKINLEIGH  HAR - first part of our great dane's name Harvey (our first show dog) KIN - first part of my surname, LEIGH - first part of Gerrys surname Nick King & Gerry Leighton


KANAWHA - has Maori connections and was the name of the house we lived in when we had our first Cairn in the 1970's. The house had been built by a retired Sea Captain whose last command was a ship call Kanawha sailing between the UK and New Zealand.The name seemed to flow so well with Cairns - hence Kanawha Cairns Terriers, the affix being purchase for life as you could back then. – Frances Goldfinch


KIATAIA Our affix was decided after a trip to New Zealand - although we did not get the spelling correct!  Wendy Barrett


KINKIM The Affix Kinkim is a combination of Kin and Kim.  Kim was our first Cairn and all the Kinkims are her descendants.- Brenda Birch


LANDBUCK We lived in a village called Buckland. We tried for that name as our affix, but it was already used. At that time I (Alan) worked near the Kennel Club Office in London,  I sat in their waiting room and went through umpteen name ideas and then just changed the syllables around on BUCKLAND and came up with LANDBUCK, simples:) .Alan Felters & Richard Rumens


LARCHLEA I chose my affix by the name of my road which is LARCH Ave., and my sister's married name was LEA, not very original but at the time was all I could think of. Carole Templeton


LENTRICA I chose my affix from my fathers first name LEN and my name Patricia - used the TRICA to make Lentrica  when he passed away 3yrs ago.  Pat Clarke.


LIFFYCAIRN I think we tried 4 or 5 before they allowed Liffycairn. The rationale behind Liffycairn is simply that ‘LIFFY’ has been one of my nicknames over the years. Mark Lifton


MAXIMAL I was looking for something that would be special to me ie Maxine.  After much dictionary searching up came Maximal which means the "best possible"  Not a bad aspiration for a breeder so we were lucky to be approved by the KC.  Must say we are still aspiring though to be the best possible and may always be so!  Maxine Bennett


MALMAY - Is an amalgamation of my name, Alma and the initial from my first cairn 'Marty', hence Malmay. Alma Smee


NEWFIELD Combination of two houses – Longfield Grange – Newmoor Farm – Jacky Bradshaw


NONCOM We were both serving in the Army and met in Germany in the Sergeant's Mess Bar.  As we were both Senior NON-COMmissioned Officers ( Noncoms ) it just seemed to follow from there, the Kennel Club wouldn't allow us to have Messbar which probably would have been more appropriate!  Mick & Babs Burgin


OCK Named after the river Ock which runs through the town of Abingdon in Oxfordshire. I lived quite close to this river & my first cairn Busby used to jump into it at every opportunity! When I applied my affix I needed a KC stud book number and 12 affixes! Ock was my no12 choice!!! Jenny Fairweather


OMETTO  We simply put the word cairn into an internet search engine and the word Ometto came up as meaning something to do with the word cairn. Not very exciting LOL Julie and Paul Coffell


ORIOR Established by Joe and Winnie Dean in the 1970s, was originally located in County Armagh, which formed part of the ancient Celtic kingdom of Oriel. The eastern part of this kingdom was called Oirthera (meaning "eastern people"), and the name is preserved in that of the Baronies of Orior. Orior Kennels was actually located originally in the Barony of lower Orior. Liam Dean


ORKNEYVIKING    . I live in Orkney and like all true Orcadians I am proud of our Viking heritage.  Dave Gunn




PENNIDAZZLE At Crufts, two years ago, at the KC. stand, trying to sort out a suitable Affix, to replace the one I had had (long story) when I happened to see on the floor in front of me, a shiny 1p coin. I was quite taken by its dazzling brightness and then the name, I now have, came immediately to me, ' pennidazzle'. The KC. did change the 'y' into a 'i' though.  Jenny Kinchin.


ROACHDEE I use to live in Rochdale hence the Roach from the river, I have now returned to where I lived as a child and live close to the river Dee. Put the two together and I got Roachdee. Pauline Melia


SCOTSELAW Although new to cairns we have been showing dogs for over 30 years. Our affix  was registered with the kennel club in 1981.Scot because my husband is Scottish and selaw (Wales spelt backwards) as I am Welsh . Diane Bain.


SHARPAMATT Our Affix was chosen from our name. SHARonne & PAul MATThews given Sharpmatt.   Paul & Sharonne Matthews 


SHEARWATER In 1982 my late husband Barrie & I enjoyed Folk Music. One of our favourite singers was Martin Carthy, he had an album at the time called Shearwater and after going through various anagrams of our names etc. we decided that Shearwater was much better than anything else we could think of. – Ann Wall


STANEDYKES In Scots stane = stone, dyke= wall. More specifically a “stanedyke” is the dry stone walls seen in upland farms and moorland. Jim Pollock


STARVEREN Staveren Is a small harbour in Holland where my sister had a sailing boat. I just added the r to make it different – Mary Middlehurst


STRADIVARIUS I chose the Affix  “Stradivarius” as both my wife and I are musicians. It opened the way for all our cairns to have a musical themed name. Ray Munday


STRATHGARTEN My Ski Instructor Brothers both lived in Aviemore -  STRATHspey Drive & Boat of GARTEN – Christine Marshall


STRATHINVER  Born in Edinburgh I wanted something Scottish – I used to visit a few places called Strath and Inverness. I found out later that both words had similar Celtic meanings, Strath is a river valley and Inver is the Mouth of a river.  Norma Newton


Stryveling Stryveling was an old name for the town of Stirling where I lived when I started showing.  (The 'y' should be pronounced like an 'i'. ) Fiona Cameron


SYBSTER Is short for 'Sybil's Terriers' but is also the name of a place in Caithness. We were living in Caithness when we chose our affix (1974) and the place name is actually 'SIBSTER' but we thought it was near enough. Sybil & John Berrecloth


THACKESTON Bought my first show puppy from Dorothy Hawkins and as she had stopped breeding I took on her affix because I had the only bitch of her line. Jo Harland


TYCADNO. This is as most people would have guessed a welsh word, in fact 2 words, Ty (pronounce tea) means house, Cadno means fox. The literal interpretation would be house fox, but with the welsh language you would turn it around to mean fox house. Geoff Thomas (Wales)


TWEEDISLE – The Kennel Club asked us to forward something like 10 or 12 names for their consideration; we supplied three. They also stated no litters would be registered until the affix had been approved.

Two litters which should been ‘put on hold’ by their Registration Department were approved by them and registered in our first choice of affix, PEERAGE, a play on our name.

Later, we received a letter telling that our second choice, TWEEDISLE, had been approved by the K.C. Committee. They would not reverse their decision or allow the first two litters to be re-named under the Tweedisle affix.

In the 1970’s, Harris Tweed was still a popular choice of cloth for sport coats and came from the Isle of Harris; one of the Western Isles of Scotland from whence the Cairn Terrier originated.

I do believe the KC’s Committee were a little wiser than we when arriving at their decision and certainly, TWEED from the Isle, was the correct choice of name for our kennel.

Graham, Hilary & Louise Peers    

VANAJAM I chose the Affix Vanajam as this is an amalgamation of my daughter’s and son’s names: VANessa  And  JAMes – Gill Ward


WENFIRIC Not very exciting the way we chose our affix, it is purely derived from the names of our children WENdy, FIona & RIChard - simples! Linda & Martin Bridge


WINETTA  Came from a combination of both my and Stu's mums names. Being a close family we thought it would be nice to acknowledge the heart of any family .... the mam. My mams name is WINifred Stu's mam is called HenriETTA. Joan Percy


WIZOZ  My first two choices were "Dashow" and "Wodash". anagrams of my Rough Collie's name Shadow.  He was my first dog I got after leaving home and also my Best Pal.  WIZOZ came after watching The Wizard of Oz for the umpteenth time! – Wendy Laker


WOODTHORPE Miss Marjorie Morgan  registered her “Woodthorpe” Prefix in 1927.  It was the name of the village where she and her sister lived outside Nottingham (now a district of the City of Nottingham).  – Sue Kinton


If you wish to add your Cairn Kennel name to this list please email Brenda