Friday, October 29, 2010

Repost Friday: Cat Names

This post was first put up on Saturday, July 21, 2007

Weekend Cat Blogging: Cat Names

When Scoop decided he was moving in, and we thought we traveled too much to live with a cat, our cries of “Scoop that cat out of the house” didn’t put him off. Hence the name Scoop.

Au is named after his golden coat (AU for Gold) and also because he bites when we play rough games; so we’re always saying, "au, au, au!"

I love the whole process of cat naming and think the psychology of pet naming is worthy of academic research.a kitty named cat

Are those who give their pets aristocratic names like Duke and Datin (Malay for the wife of a baronet) trying to climb the social ladder or merely acknowledging the innate superiority of their cat friends?

Do cats with names like Alfred, Suzie and Annie live with humans who are more anthropomorphic than cats who are called Fluffy, Tiger and Tinkerbell?

Are cats with distinguished names like Augustus and Divinia more likely to be sedate than colleagues called Whirlwind and Lightening?

The best name I've heard in ages for a cat is Cockroach: because he eats everything in sight and moves like lightening!

Anyone have any other good cat names?

PS this pretty kitty is simply called Cat.

29 comments:

Neri said...

naming cats sure is interesting! the cats in the house are named for their appearances - 2 of them just colors. hehe. wished we had put more thoughts in it :) (and maybe come up with more dignified names!)

Hailey said...

This was sooo interesting! I love the Au Au AU part!!

hugs & smoochies!! XOXO
Hailey

Brian said...

We all came with names so I don't know if I would like anything else as mine!

Më| §zë said...

hm... i just named my virtual pet cat smokey, because of the grey fur...
anyway, i look at an animal, and a name will pop up in my mind, and somehow it seems to fit it, for me, at least...
my dog's name is tango, btw, my dad named him when i wasn't around... boohoo.

StKermit said...

mine's Jazzy because when we first met, she's the perky one who's eyes brighten up when she saw me. she greeted me with the sweetest jazziest meow and she was the one who chose me, not the other way round...her last name's JellyZBean coz my mom had a problem pronouncing Jazzy & called her Jelly...plus i love jellybeans.. >^_^<

Cheysuli and gemini said...

I came with my name and am named after a fantasy book series. My mother was Guinevere and my father was Strider the Ranger (LOTR)...My original breeder like Fantasy/SF...

sully86 said...

well my uncle's cat name is handphone. We had a hard time naming him with handphone names so we decided on the name handphone..ahahhahaah

Just Sharlene said...

Spice Cats.... shows that I love food!

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Me?

Snakhk ;-)

Of khourse, the khute female that spends time around this part of the neighbourhood is Butterskhotch - she is the kholour of it -

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra and The Golden Khousins

wildcatwoodscats said...

I wondered if I was pronouncing Au right - I guess not but now I know. I have tried to name cats according to plants, colors but in the end I just give them one that seems to fit.

Lorenza said...

I am not so sure we (cats or dogs) are aware of the origin of our names!
But sure is interesting to know about them!
Au Au Au!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aha! Try figure out Mama's persona...we're all named after famous (and rich) people. purrr....meow!

The Chair Speaks said...

Remembered you telling me you named your new kitten Au when you dropped by our office during those good old days! :)

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

What about kitties called d'Artagnan Rumblepurr? Or Inigo Flufflebum?

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

What about kitties called d'Artagnan Rumblepurr? Or Inigo Flufflebum?

lupie said...
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lupie said...

My favourite all time cat's name is "Mew Mew" - I used to call all cats "Mew Mew" - then it all got very confusing.

Simba said...

Hmm, Mom tells me they have named kitties in their married life, and in her family before she was married, a variety of ways. Appearance featured a lot. One kitty was named Davy Crockett: it was because he was a tabby with a tail like Davy Crockett's coon hat. Now what is the interpretation of the fact that I was called Simba by my former owners, and they didn't bother to rename me?

You asked about my harness. Since I have lately taken to jumping over the screening on our deck at the earliest opportunity when they are looking the other way, Mom finds the harness makes me rather subdued and tending to stay lying down. So much less likely to escape. So it is a form of safekeeping.

Cezar and Léia said...

Great post dear Ellen, I like the name "cat"for one cat! :)
purrs
Luna - WE LOVE LUNA

Hannah and Lucy said...

Naming cats is quite a random thing here - sometimes a name just jumps out at me and that's easy but sometimes I have changed names when I can see it doesn't suit the cat's personality.

Caren Gittleman said...

I guess my names are kind of boring.
My first cat was named Bobo because when my ex husband and I found him he looked exactly like a cat my ex had that was hit by a car...it was like he was reincarnated.

My second cat is named Cody. My name begins with a "C" and I wanted something with my initial. He looked like a "Cody" to me. When I adopted him the girl said "Oh no! you are naming him Cody? Every Cody I have ever known has been crazy!!"
I pooh-poohed that and named him Cody anyway...guess what???? He IS crazy!! lol

Julie said...

Since I have 4 sons I had to use all my girl names on the cats lol. But I thought Sophie really looked like a Sophie even though it's a strange name for a cat. Katy at least got a cat like spelling.

Katnip Lounge said...

Oh, our Humans are hopeless at Naming...thank Cod we have Names for Ourselves!

Kitikata-san said...

Oh! My name is Kitikata-san, but my humans like to call me Kitty. Then again, every cat who has ever lived with my humans have had the same nickname Kitty. What does that mean? But, my vet, he calls me by my proper name Kitikata-san. He says I deserve to be called by my full name. I think it took my humans many many days, to figure out what my name is. They were watching Iron Chef (a Japanese TV show) and they thought it was a nice sounding name, Kitikta-san.

Nurul Hayati said...

We named our 3 kitties with the 'poo' initial cause they were borned in litter box. Hence the name poomeo black (as he is as black as the father, romeo), poolius malfroy (cause we think julius malfroy name is cool) and poorian grey (cause she is grey in colour). And we even call them 'residence of pooville'!!
Now, poolius favourite hiding place is actually in the litter box. How convenient!

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

Scoop, Au and Target are unique names. Once I mentioned your name to someone, and immediately 3 acquaintances turned around and exclaimed: "Au and Target's Mum!"

Wouldn't have had the same effect if their names were simply "Kitty" or "Stripey" or "Ginger".

Whisppy said...

Took me a few weeks to come up with Cosmo and Ling's names as I wanted names that reflected their characters.....Cosmo for his clownish ways and Ling for being dainty and "model" like. :)

Blackie007 said...

How could I have missed this very interesting post?!!

When I rescued Blackie and Brownie, his late littermate, I gave them some other exotic names. However, my mum can't pronounce them, and was forever getting confused with which is which, even when they opened their eyes a week later!

To let me know which she's referring to, she'd say the black one or the brown one. So, they end up with colour names although the brown one is actually cream, not brown.

But mum is one of those who puts all colours neatly into a box of 12 colour pencils. There's no grey for her, only black or white. So, in my mum's case, yes, the names of the cats do tell the person's character. :D

Splendid Little Stars said...

My first cat was a dark tiger I named Chocolate, but then I was only about 7ish. It IS interesting to think how people have come up with their names. My current kitties (Oliver and Earnest) are the first with people names. And actually "Earnest" is more a character trait since that's how it's spelled.