We have a pedigree herd and all our goats are registered with the British Goat Society. Their names consist of two parts - their herd name and their proper name. Our herd name is 'Shanvern' and so all the animals born in our herd take this prefix. 'Shanvern' is an amalgam of David and myself - David SHANnon and Debbie VERNon. Simple really ...
Goats that we have brought in from other herds have different names and as we started by buying in several goats, we have a nice selection of other herd names as well. Some examples are - Mellan, Zeila, Alailah, Wrotham, Moonlin, Dulyn, Langhome, Willowdown, Dresden, Monach, Laxfield, Tetherdown, Thameside and Patricaken.
True to form, David and I took a totally different approach to naming our animals and so we normally use the names of characters from cartoons, movies, books and anything else that takes our fancy. Chaos theory!! No pattern whatsoever. The only general rule that we have is that stud males are named after breweries, beers or hops - hence Fremlin, Beamish, Bramling and Larkin. British Alpine females (black and white) are usually named after soul or motown singers - hence Nina, Aretha, Billie and Etta, to name but a few.
So, this makes our naming totally random. And it also makes it extremely difficult to remember everybody's names!
There are exceptions of course for names that we just like or which someone else has chosen. Francesca, who helped with kidding this year, has lived in the Kenyan bush for several years and so some of our kids this year have Swahili or Samburu names - Mamakina, Nibor and Nyaupe. One of our vet students was a Harry Potter fan and this gave us a huge selection to choose from - we have Hokey, Diggle, Dumble, Minerva and Hermione (and many more!)