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Is there a connection between Snoopy and Snoop Dogg? Also, what was Snoopy almost called instead?

Before he was Snoop Dogg, the West Coast rap icon went by his given name: Cordozar Calvin Broadus. He was named after his stepfather.

His stage name was inspired by Snoopy, a childhood nickname. His parents gave him the pet name because of the way he looked.

 (By the way, the word “nickname” comes from ekename, which means “an additional name.”)

To snoop, of course, means “go about in a sneaking, prying way.” Another related sense of the term is a private detective (which Snoopy from “Peanuts” occasionally portrays.)  The origin of the term seems to relate to “snap” as well as “to eat sweets in secret.”  A snooper should be careful to avoid detection by a snooperscope, “a device that displays on a fluorescent screen reflected infrared radiation, enabling the user to see objects obscured by darkness.”

After we did some sleuthing and snooping, we learned that the lovable cartoon canine was almost cast under a different name. Creator Charles Schulz wanted to call him “Sniffy.” But he learned that another comic strip artist had already used the name. So, Schulz changed it to Snoopy, the name his mother had intended to give a third dog if the family ever got one.

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25 Comments

  1. Sniffy D. Clown -  October 4, 2012 - 9:23 am

    Sniffy probably would’ve been a fine name for Snoopy. Neither name really sums up his character IMO. One thing’s for sure, we’d be saying “that just sounds so wrong” if he was Sniffy all along and we were imagining him being named Snoopy.

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  2. STHI BASH -  April 18, 2012 - 3:19 am

    lol, sniffy doggy dog!!!

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  3. Saf -  September 2, 2010 - 12:39 pm

    I’m a bit late with this one, but “Etymaulogy” was too cute.

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  4. ummmmm ya know -  September 2, 2010 - 7:59 am

    This is all kinda weird if you ask me so ummmmmmm bye!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. NoLo -  September 1, 2010 - 12:59 pm

    I always assumed a “nickname” was a name used so when you died, the devil (Nick) would not know it was you because your obit would use your real name.

    But irregardless, Sniffy would have been a much better name for a dog than Snoopy. After all, dogs don’t “snoop” other dogs butts.

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  6. to all demented dogs -  September 1, 2010 - 12:44 am

    In general, dogs are cute but there are some exception.

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  7. SNOOP | BLOGCHI@mayopia.com -  August 31, 2010 - 11:34 am

    [...] the POOP on “SNOOP” — He’s a “DOG” — that’s no scoop — though he raps a bit [...]

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  8. Wurd -  August 31, 2010 - 9:16 am

    If I was named Cordozar, even if it was in honor of my stepfather, I’d change my name, too.

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  9. shabrashi -  August 31, 2010 - 7:48 am

    lol wow snoop dogg is my 2nd uncle!

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  11. Malik -  August 31, 2010 - 7:29 am

    Faith your mom knew Snoop Dogg that is very cccccoooooollllll!!!!!!!!!!!

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  12. Tooty -  August 31, 2010 - 7:16 am

    not very cool at all

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  13. Foxtrot -  August 31, 2010 - 6:18 am

    When the dog’s in the crib pun it like it’s hot, pun it like it’s hot…
    When the fan’s gonna get at ya pun it like it’s hot, pun it like it’s hot…

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  14. geez -  August 31, 2010 - 6:14 am

    Sniffer?! no way. Snoopy is Snoopy, lovable snooping dog.

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  15. Foxtrot -  August 31, 2010 - 6:14 am

    His snoopests are off the shizzle fo’ hizzle. wickity wack, y’all!

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  16. Keenee -  August 31, 2010 - 5:45 am

    Named after his STEP-father? The boy had a step father before he was born? MaMa got around, eh?

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  17. sallyscrew -  August 31, 2010 - 5:33 am

    I love snoopy. How could he be sniffer.

    Its not right

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  18. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  August 30, 2010 - 10:55 pm

    (We might coin such exordia of explanations as an “etymaulogy…”)

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  19. Mr. Raymond Kenneth Petry -  August 30, 2010 - 10:53 pm

    ‘Oh-right, Oh-right…’

    But,–

    EKE, means to increase by small amounts, not, merely additional….

    So– an Ekename would be a small-addition, a slapstick, decalcomania– a name scratched into the bark of a tree or painted on a wall…. (unless you want to call that a flash-name/blaze-name or nitch-name).

    cf TWEAK TWEKE would thus mean a two-way-eke: twisting a little each way!

    Ray.

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  20. Faith -  August 30, 2010 - 8:32 pm

    OMG My Mom knew Snoop Dogg! Well, they went to the same parties in Long Beach. Isn’t that so cool!!!???

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  21. #1 Skillet fan -  August 30, 2010 - 7:10 pm

    I love peanuts but dilbert trumps all

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  22. Cymast -  August 30, 2010 - 6:50 pm

    Snoopizzle fo’ shizzle!

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  23. Snoop Dogg -  August 30, 2010 - 4:42 pm

    snippity diggity

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  24. sarah -  August 30, 2010 - 4:38 pm

    I like Snoopy way better than sniffer. Snoopy could never pull off the name sniffer. It just doesn’t fit him! i call my dog snoopy a lot because of the way he is

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  25. Bowser -  August 30, 2010 - 4:27 pm

    Woof!

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