The Origins of Moomin

If you hadn’t seen or heard by now, we got a new puppy. And I’m simply in love with him! I think my husband is jealous.

Our puppy is 9 weeks old. He’s a mix of a standard schnauzer and a mini poodle, aka a Schnoodle, and we named him Moomin. Moomin is cuddly, loveable, playful, inquisitive, loyal. We’ve waited a long time to get a puppy, since before Cecilia was born, but it was worth the wait because Moomin is the perfect addition to our family.

The frequently asked question regarding our new dog is, “Moomin? Where did that come from?”

Here’s the story for all you Moomin fans wondering how Moomin got his awesome name! This past holiday season, Fred and I came across a children’s book titled Comet in Moominland by Tove Jansson. It’s a fantasy book that caught our eye because the characters on the cover were these super cute hippopatamus-looking creatures, and it got rave reviews, particularly from one of Fred’s favorite authors, Neil Gaiman. After reading the back of the book, we decided it would be a fun read for Cecilia so we bought it for her for Christmas.

The story centers around the Moomin family: Moominmama, Moominpapa and Moomintroll.  Moomintroll (also known as Moomin in the English translation) is the boy of the family who is  “interested in and excited about everything he sees and finds, always trying to be good, but sometimes getting into trouble while doing so, he is very brave and always finds a way to make his friends happy.” (Quote from Wikipedia) After Cecilia read the book, we all agreed that Moomin would be a great name for our new dog.

The Moomins have appeared in comic strip form and in an animated series. My friend, who grew up in Sweden, told me the Moomin Trolls were very popular when she was growing up. As a kid, she used to watch the animated series quite often.

So there you have it. The origins of our Moomin.


P and Mooms


One response to “The Origins of Moomin

  1. Jenni Sjölund

    I’m currently doing research for my undergraduate dissertation and would really appreciate it if you could spend a couple of minutes filling in a short questionnaire about the MOOMINS 🙂 It is completely anonymous and you can do it online at
    Thanks for your time,
    Jenni Sjölund

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