Naming your Pokémon can make the journey from your hometown to the Pokémon League a more personal experience. A nickname should reflect the type and evolutionary level if possible. I sometimes nickname Pokémon after celebrities they resemble, or that otherwise may have a similar name.
I sometimes name Pokémon after people I know. Although I know the name reference, others would not understand it. It would have meaning to me … but if I traded the Pokémon, the name would not make any sense.
An example of a nickname based on someone I know is the name “Epstein” for Psyduck. (In Japanese: コダック “Koduck”).
Epstein was a guy I knew from a boarding house I lived in when I was in college. He would often hold his head just like Psyduck. If something unexpected happened, Epstein would hold his head like that! If something terrible would happen, he would hold his head like that. If something great happened, Epstein would hold his head like that. If something funny happened, he would still hold his head like Psyduck. Oy vey, Epstein, again with the head holding.
Oddly, Epstein never held his head like a Psyduck when he had a headache. Epstein also had a little bit of a drooling problem. That trait actually matches Psyduck being a WATER-type Pokémon. Epstein’s spit-talking and drooling was not as bad as Sylvester (“Suffering Succotash”) however. Maybe as bad as Daffy Duck though.
Maybe a good name for a female Psyduck would be “Suffragette”. Could you just see that duck, spitting out her name like Daffy Duck.
Psyduck evolves into Golduck (In Japanese: ゴルダック “Golduck”) at level 33. I do not like Golduck. He/she looks and acts mean. I would not name it “Epstein”, because — overall –Epstein was a pretty decent guy.
I have named female Golduck “Goldie” after actress Goldie Hawn (I think). It is not the greatest name, I know. I have named them “Goldman” after Goldman Sachs, the investment firm. Again, not the greatest name.
One name I like to use is “Quacker Oats” as a play on Quaker Oats cereals.
One good nickname for a female Golduck might be “Golda” or “Golda Meir”, after the Israeli politician.
No matter what your politics, you would have to say that she was one tough cookie (…and politics are NOT allowed here on Denny Sinnoh’s Akihabara Starlight). Even her adversaries would say that the woman had a lot of “chutzpuh” – and HEY! – that is a good name for a Golduck! “Chutzpuh”!
What do you call your Duck? Please comment!
PS: Readers might be interested in my other duck-related names on my post for another Poke-duck: Farfetch’d linked here.