You can always name your groundhog Jeffrey … or Garry … or Forrest Gump

You can always name your groundhog Jeffrey ... or Garry ... or Forrest Gump

Neely Shah and Cap Patel and Hadley Neal

Groundhog’s Day is a holiday celebrated by many Americans every Feb. 2.

There are many famous groundhogs, the two most popular being Pennsylvania’s Punxsutawney Phil and Georgia’s General Beauregard Lee.

On Thursday, Phil predicted six more weeks of winter in Pennsylvania after seeing his shadow. On the other hand, Gen. Lee did not see his shadow in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Groundhog’s Day has been a national tradition for 130 years. The holiday was adopted in 1887. Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania often sees crowds of 40,000 or more on Groundhog Day. The groundhogs’ predictions are often 75 to 90 percent correct according to Groundhog’s Day organizers.

The Gazebo staff asked students what they would name a groundhog if they had one as pet. Here are some of their responses.

Liza Boswell said, “I would name my groundhog Garry the Groundhog. It has a nice ring to it, with two r’s.”

Abby Ellison said she would name her groundhog Forrest Gump. “Forrest Gump is from the forest like a groundhog. Also, that is such a good movie.”

O’Neil McGean said, “Sonic the groundhog because he would be like Sonic the hedgehog.”

Hughes Pinson said he would name his groundhog Siegel after Jonathan Siegel. Carson Dorsey said he would name his groundhog “Hoggie,”

Anna Grace Grossnickle said she would name her groundhog “Phil.”  Mary Elaine Mitchell would name her groundhog “Harold.” Shiv Patel would name his groundhog “Jeffrey.”