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    Eve Cheetah or Cheetah Eve

    There is a popular cartoon movie 'Peppa Pig'. In the name of the animal character (a little pig named Peppa) the name comes first followed by the type of animal. So I can form in this manner names for my own characters (for English exercises for kids that I am making), for example, Eve Cheetah. Can I do it the other way round, for example, Pig Peppa, Cheetah Eve. Which variant is more natural? If both are possible, what difference can your native ear feel?
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    Re: Eve Cheetah or Cheetah Eve

    There are exceptions (Yogi Bear, Miss Piggy, Porky Pig), but normally we just give a character a name. So it's hard to say which is more natural. However, in the few instances in which it has been done the "animal name" comes second. So I would go with that. Thus you have:

    Eve Cheetah
    Bobby Bear
    Melvin Monkey
    Sally Snake

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    Re: Eve Cheetah or Cheetah Eve

    I agree with Tarheel on the order of words. However, "Eve Cheetah" doesn't fit the alliterative pattern of the others. How about "Cherry Cheetah" or "Chad Cheetah".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Eve Cheetah or Cheetah Eve

    I like Cherry Cheetah. If you're going with Eve, I prefer Cheetah Eve.

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    Re: Eve Cheetah or Cheetah Eve

    You might want to think about possible copyright issues and avoid Chester Cheetah.
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    #6

    Re: Eve Cheetah or Cheetah Eve

    Peter Cheetah?

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    #7

    Re: Eve Cheetah or Cheetah Eve

    Rita Cheetah?

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