Then, the dog was probably nicknamed "Nalle" (teddy bear) or "Bamse" if he was Danish :).
"Nalle" also means teddybear in Finnish (borrowed from Swedish of course). I have always liked this word (sounds sweet). Sorry for being a little off-topic.
As the world may well have learned along with Björn Borg, it's perfectly normal Swedish given name. Quite common actually. :) Other noun-names in Swedish are Sten (stone) and Stig (path) for men.
I guess those who are named that are quite used to it. :p
Interestingly, Stone seems to be popular, since Peter and Pierre mean the same thing.
I think it's because Peter in the Bible is one of those. Jesus even makes a pun about it, let me google this…
Swedish: (Mattheus 16:18)
Och jag säger dig att du är Petrus, Klippan, och på den klippan skall jag bygga min kyrka
English: (Matthew 16:18)
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church
Some joker said that the Bible would be better if Peter's name were changed to Rocky: I tell you that you are Rocky, and on this rock I will build my church
In the original Greek it makes more sense. Petros = Peter, and Petros = rock.
It's 'Pedro' in portuguese, and stone is 'pedra'.
Not once in my life have I questioned or even noticed the similarity :|
And again with a US newsreader .. Stone Phillips for NBC. We use those names sometimes too. :)
I love the name Björn, only some guy from primary school kinda ruined it by being called that... But Sten is also really cool as a name!
We used to have a dog named Bear, who was half Schipperke and half Corgi. My inlaws named him that because he looked just like a bear cub when he was a puppy.
My former roommate's dog was called Bear!!! He was a very good fluffy boy.
I love the name Axel ('shoulder' in Swedish). Plenty of English names are nouns - Matt, Rob, Bob, Nick, Cliff, Doug (some are spelt differently to the noun, but they're pronounced the same).