Why are cows always named Bessie?
I can’t really say how or what caused me to pose this question, but the answer…is not clear. What is clear, according to scientists, is that cows given and addressed by names are happier and more productive. Another British study found that cows named Daisy, Gertrude or Buttercup produce more milk than their unnamed sisters. Apparently Bessie, a derivative of Elizabeth which means “pledged to God”, didn’t make the top 3.
Mrs. O’Leary’s cow was blamed for starting the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, but according to Smithsonian.com, Mrs. Leary and her cow were just scapegoats in a great tragedy. There is no record of what Mrs. O’Leary named her cow.
My Dad named his cows when he was in 4H. One was named Julia after his aunt; I not sure she was flattered. He even named one after my Mom…she married him anyway!
Did you know there’s even a cow character in the Marvel universe? At least that cow has a strong name.
Let’s call this one Patty – as in “all beef patty”!
“Cows are amongst the gentlest of breathing creatures; none show more passionate tenderness to their young when deprived of them; and, in short, I am not ashamed to profess a deep love for these quiet creatures.” – Thomas de Quincey