Wednesday, November 14, 2007

n is for name

yesterday I had an email from dlp with the news that he finally got a roommate - pictured above. however the cat came with the name 'callie,' a name way too close to d's granddaughter's name. he wrote: "I don't want to slip up and have my granddaughter think I can't keep her and the cat separate in my mind."

d asked if I had any suggestions. of course, I would, I always have suggestions when it comes to naming sentient beings. I wonder if that's why I always like to have so many animal roommates; it gives me an excuse to name somebody. however, I knew N was next up and I thought "what fun - n can be a naming game!"

right away I emailed d if I could post his quest. he enthusiastically replied: "I would be honored if you used my Name search as your N for tomorrow."

so, mouseland (my apologies to tommy douglas), gaze upon d's new girl - if your naming muse is inspired, please post a comment. let's bring a smile to this face! I hope to meet the cat-formerly-named-callie when I see d in dc next month. if I do I hope to find her looking pleased with a name whose roots were with some mice!

namasté

17 comments:

Salty Miss Jill said...

I looked at her and thought 'Vanilla'.

She's gorgeous!

gig said...

She looks like Patches, one of our favorite cats of years ago...and you do have P coming up...

Seraphine said...

N is for Noleta.
It is latin for
'Unwilling' because
she looks like she
has an independent
mind of her own.

Gary said...

When I looked at this cat I immediately thought it had an interesting mix of seriousness and whimsy which can be found in the name ‘Hurrafa’. This was actually the name of another cat I knew long ago and it is derived from the Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta “The Pirates of Penzance”. It is a play on words and comes in the second act when everyone shouts “Hurrah for the pirate king!” I like the name and figured I’d toss it into the ring. At the very least it will not be easily confused with the name of anyone’s granddaughter.

Anonymous said...

How about Dolly, for her coat of many colors?

Ali said...

She is very much like my cat Goldmund, so I think she should be called Nacissus (since Goldmund turned out to be a girl, and Narcissus is a boy's name for a girl cat? Twisted logic I know but at least it is in the N-vein.)

Ali said...

Spelled too fast, of course I mean Narcissus!

John Eaton said...

How bout Nocturna, Kim.

Oh, and tag.

Seven Random Things

lettuce said...

i was thinking about 'N' names, and "Nimue" slipped into my mind.

but i always thought Radar would be a good name for a cat.......



shall we email about April? (yay!)
mine is: as11@gre.ac.uk

Ladron de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

How fitting to have a cat follow the mouse cheese.

Len said...

How about Deidre? (Perhaps pronounced as Michael Palin pronounced it in a Python sketch, "Deer-dree.")

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Well, Vanilla looked at her and thought, "Nelissa" - don't ask, I have utterly no idea. Like you names just come to me ;-)

kimy said...

wow what a wonderful selection of names. I think I will have to find myself a large litter of kittens and bring them home so they can be used.

despite the amazingly creative suggestions from the denizen of mouseland, it appears that d may have landed on a fitting name on his own - one with person history and a literary connection. I had this email from d, waiting when I got home from work:

"Thanks, that's a treasure trove of names. But, I may go with
Grizabella. An old friend of mine from, Betty Lynn Buckley, won a
Tony for playing that role in Cats."
http://www.musicianguide.com/biographies/1608000143/Betty-Buckley.html

would that mean diminutives would be grizzy or bella?

ah patches and goldmund - two cats I've known and loved!

thanks everyone. time to meditate on the letter O!

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

I have to say, on reflection, Taffiny and Tabitha also sprung to mind! ;-)

e. said...

the naming of cats is a difficult matter, it isn't just one of your holiday games; you may think at first that i am as mad as a hatter when i tell you, a cat must have three different names.
...
it is fitting if he goes with grizabella.

Don said...

thanks to all for your suggestions. the last comment from a very wise person calls for three names, so with all these ideas, surely I can narrow it down to three...three that work together. so far, I've been calling her a variety of affectionate names. i'm happy to report that although she had only seen me once for a few minutes before i adopted her, after only about a day and a half she warmed to me, accepting petting, rubbing against my legs, and following me around the condo. she's lovely to look at and very calm. a joy. hey, there's a name.......
thanks again
don

Don said...

p.s. in kimy's comment she copied my emai about Grizabella in Cats. apparently I left out my old home town, when I wrote, "An old friend of mine from, Betty Lynn Buckley, won a
Tony for playing that role in Cats."
I meant to say, "an old friend from Fort Worth," which is also where I came to know kimy many years ago. I'm happy to say that she and her then-housemates are all still dear friends, even though we live in five different states.