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 author names, and on Wednesday I published one with character names. BECAUSE REASONS.
I have this theory that old-fashioned names work really well as pet names, sooo… gotta have a cat named after one of my favorite children’s book authors, Roald Dahl!
This just sounds like the name of a mischievous cat, doesn’t it? Basically I just looked at my “favorites” shelf on Goodreads and picked out author names that reminded me of the personalities of cats I know.
3. Bram Stoker
LISTEN I AM GOING TO ADOPT A BLACK CAT WITH SNAGGLY TEETH AND NAME IT BRAM AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO STOP ME.
His full name? Dante’s InFURno.
(I swear to god, my pun-making capabilities are 1000% whenever I’m around cats or think about cats. You’re welcome.)
I love how Roxane Gay spells her name, and now I want to use that name for someone or something! I don’t want kids, so I have to give this name to a cat one day. Obviously.
Like… this list is not that deep. It’s literally just author names that sound like sleepy cats. I hope Neil Gaiman appreciates that.
This would be an adorable name for an older cat! (If I forget to feed her… is that the Hunger Games?)
IS THIS NOT THE FLUFFIEST, MOST SQUISHY CAT NAME EVER? Maggie Stiefvater seems decidedly not squishy, but I’m going to steal her name anyway and read my cat her books.
After Bill Bryson? After Bill Watterson? Who even knows?
For Terry Pratchett, of course. His middle name would have to be Maurice, after the feline main character in Pratchett’s book The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents.
What characters would you name a cat (or dog or bird or fish or car or child) after? And why?!