Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their weekly feature, Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s prompt is “ten characters you’d name a child/dog/cat/car/et cetera after.”
And, well, two of the things I love most in this world are cats and books! Spending time with either one – or, preferably, both – makes me feel so happy. I’d rather be around them than other people!
So, yeah. The more cats and books in my life, the better. Aside from education and career goals, one of the things I want most for my future is to live with my wife and some cats in a small house filled with books and plants. I have a running list of possible cat name ideas, most of which are organized in pairs because if you have two then they can be friends! (Or mortal enemies. It really depends.) Some of the names in this post come from that list, and others are brand-new.
In fact, I got so into writing this post that it turned into two separate posts! This one is just for character names, and on Friday I’ll publish one with author names. BECAUSE REASONS.
THIS ONE COMES FIRST BECAUSE IT’S THE BEST, OBVIOUSLY. I’m proud of myself for thinking of it. I mean, what’s better than cats and books and puns?! NOTHING, I TELL YOU, NOTHING.
And in keeping with my “you gotta have two cats at a time” principle, I would name the other one Nick and he would frown at the excess of Gatsby’s misadventures and/or catnip parties.
I’ve always liked this character from Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett and I think this would be a lovely name for a female cat! I feel like it’s kind of dignified, though, so I’d have to first find a cat with the right sort of personality.
3. Minerva McGonagall
No one can stop me from doing this. NO ONE. I love McGonagall so much I sometimes forget she’s not a real person… so naming a cat after her is clearly the next best thing, right?! Possible names for my other cats at the time include Crookshanks and Mrs. Norris.
This would be a great name for a haughty cat because the fictional character she would be named after – from The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater* – is as well! It’s a gorgeous name, too, and I want to use it for SOMETHING. Since I’m never having children, I may as well give it to a pet.
*Wait, I mean Maggie StiefCATer. I’m sorry, I’ll stop now.
5. BartholoMEOW Cubbins
THIS IS ANOTHER OF MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE CAT NAMES OMG. This is from The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss… or is it the 500 CATS of Bartholomeow Cubbins?! SORRY NOT SORRY.
I had the protagonist of Suzanne Collins’ Underland Chronicles in mind when I thought of this, but Gregor Samsa from Kafka’s The Metamorphosis would be a interesting namesake as well.
I really love old-fashioned names as cat names, or as pet names in general. Perhaps because most of the cats I’ve known have been male and most of the birds female, I think old-fashioned male names fit cats’ personalities so well, while old-fashioned female names fit chickens’ personalities perfectly. (We have or have had chickens with names like Sheila, Phoebe, Priscilla, Mabel, et cetera…)
So Gregor works perfectly in my book. (PUN TOTALLY NOT INTENDED OOPS MY BAD.)
I don’t even know why I want to use this as a cat name?! We just finished reading Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, a retelling of the legend, in one of my lit classes. So I suppose it’s been on my mind a lot lately. I don’t know. I think I like how outlandish this name is for a cat – I mean, this character sold his soul to the devil. It works as a cat name precisely because it’s so dramatic.
8. Martin Chuzzlewit
This is the only name on this list from a book I haven’t yet read: The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit by Charles Dickens! It’s just… so fuzzy-sounding… it would be perfect for a fluffy, chubby cat.
I have to admit that I didn’t think of it on my own, though. I stole it from a highly entertaining list of literary cat names published on Book Riot. OMG GO CHECK OUT THE REST OF THAT LIST IT’S SO GOOD AND MADE ME WANT TO ADOPT APPROXIMATELY 459823752935 CATS FROM THE ANIMAL SHELTER IMMEDIATELY.
I’M CHEATING HERE, I KNOW. Frindle isn’t exactly a charater in Andrew Clements’ book of the same name: It’s an alternative to the word “pen.” Buuuuut… this little pen plays such a big role in the story that it’s almost a character in its own right?! Maybe? I know it’s a bit of a stretch and that logic is not entirely on my side, but shhhh. Let me revel in glorious cat names.
Stay tuned for my upcoming post on author-based cat names! In the meantime, what characters would you name a cat (or dog or bird or fish or car or child) after? And why?!