Thursday, November 11, 2004

What's in a Name?

What's in a name? Would a cat named Sassy or Misty or Max smell any better? According to kittynames.com, the top cat names in the U.S. include:

Male: Max, Sam, Simba, Charlie, and Oliver

Female: Sassy, Misty, Princess, Samantha, and Lucy

See their top 20 cat names list for more.

Originally, my fiancee and I were determined to give our cats Japanese monster names, because we are big-time Godzilla fans. We were going to name one cat Godzilla and the other cat Gigan.

But I think right now we're going to go with two New York City names, Lexington and Madison. We live in the city and we love it here. We even decorated our apartment with b&w photos of New York landmarks.

We may change our minds, but at this moment, the cats will be called Lexington and Madison, if only because Empire State Building and Chrysler Building are a mouthful.

7 comments:

FelineFriends said...

Doesn't make any difference what you name your cat, over the years the nicknames will supersede the name so that you will have to stop and think -- what is his real name? We have to stop and think -- is Squirt's name Peanut or is Peanut's name Squirt? One of our former strays was called Outside Kitty, then O.K., then OKie, then Okie Dokie, and is now Okerly Dokerly or Ok Dok. Treble, our deaf cat, over 13 years has become Da Boy, and we have no recollection why. I could continue for hours, another cat lover trait, but I think you see the point. Good luck with Madison and Lexington -- Maddie and Lex -- Madpie and Lex Luthor -- MP and LL...

Anonymous said...

We named our cat Godzilla... then called him Zilly for short, then Zilly Bee, and now it's just Bee.

Anonymous said...

As mentioned above, I really agree- there is no difference in how you name your cat. It's all in how you affectionately call your cat. For instance, my cat is named pilli (which really means kitty in my native language, but in a cute way) and it just comes when I call her. If anything, I would just concentrate on just giving affection to the cat, rather than stressing yourself over a five-letter name.

Anonymous said...

We're in New York, too! And we have two adopted cats named Cubby and Gracie. However, their names have been variously morphed from Cubby to Mister Cubs to Mister to Mitter, and from Gracie to Gracers to Little Miss Gracers to Little Miss. They don't care, as long as we're there for them.

Anonymous said...

We had a manx mixed breed with a stubby tail named Jordon, Jordy for short. Then we started calling him Punky - because of his punky little tail. He would come if we called him Jordy, but ignored us when we called him Punky. He made it quite obvious he didn't like the nickname.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes,they will earn a name for themselves, if you give them a day or two. We were adopted by our kitten, who used the axle of my boyfriend's truck to crawl thru the wheel well,into the engine compartment,where he sat until after my boyfriend drove home.(He stayed on top of the wheel well next to airfilter the whole way home!) We got him out by offering him a piece of Honey Baked Ham (all we had to offer that piqued his interest)and came up with names like Chassis and Axle. We eventually decided on Axle. Your kitty may do something or show his/her personality in a way that will inspire a name that will fit them.

John Evans said...

I like all of the names mentioned, especially Simba which I think if from the Lion King...

You can find loads of other cat names here too..

Great article.