Help me name my kitten!
March 28, 2014 2:43 AM   Subscribe

What should I name the newest and most adorable member of my family?

Pic 1, Pic 2

Help me out you guys, we can't call him Cat forever!
posted by fresh bouquets every day to Pets & Animals (69 answers total)
Smokey or Desmond where the first two names that came to me.
posted by cairnoflore at 2:47 AM on March 28

Aaaaawww that is some intense cuteness happening right there!

If you prefer name-names for cats, his steely gaze is giving me Marcus vibes. (I think this might be my brain making a Marcus Cole pun. Nerd alert!)

If you prefer non-traditional names for cats, Cumulonimbus! A million different nicknames can be derived from this. (Nimrod when destroying things.)
posted by Mizu at 2:51 AM on March 28 [2 favorites]

mrrussell says that cat's name is Sebastian.
posted by kimberussell at 3:16 AM on March 28 [1 favorite]

posted by 5_13_23_42_69_666 at 3:18 AM on March 28

posted by sciencegeek at 3:22 AM on March 28 [5 favorites]

Pico (he is so adorable and tiny)
Mortimer (Morty)
posted by Fig at 3:23 AM on March 28

If he likes to meow and you like Hawaii, then Maui.
If he scampers and you're a fan of the '60's, then GoGo.
If he's a tough guy and you like gangsters, Tony Soprano.
If he likes to climb and you're a Melville fan, then Greylock.
posted by kinetic at 3:31 AM on March 28


Cabbage. Lemon. Egg Roll.

People names for kitty: Manny, Morty, Neville, Frankie.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 3:44 AM on March 28 [1 favorite]

Earl (grey)
posted by jshort at 4:07 AM on March 28 [28 favorites]

posted by MexicanYenta at 4:10 AM on March 28

Hank Reardon
posted by MayNicholas at 4:29 AM on March 28

posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 4:48 AM on March 28

Sterling. A great pun and Archer reference!
posted by amileighs at 5:01 AM on March 28 [7 favorites]

posted by Namlit at 5:02 AM on March 28

I looked into that cat's eyes and his name is Tito.
posted by jquinby at 5:03 AM on March 28

posted by Area Man at 5:24 AM on March 28

posted by greta simone at 5:29 AM on March 28

posted by Rob Rockets at 5:46 AM on March 28 [3 favorites]

Chim Chimney Chimchimcharoo.
posted by ian1977 at 5:56 AM on March 28 [3 favorites]

Egg Salad
posted by hairy terrarium at 6:17 AM on March 28 [1 favorite]

posted by annsunny at 6:25 AM on March 28 [1 favorite]

Admiral Henderson (sorry I'm weird)
posted by elf27 at 6:31 AM on March 28 [1 favorite]

Seconding Earl Grey. Or T. Earl Grey. Hot!

Or Joel Grey, if you're a theater geek. Then you've got the full range of Joe-based nicknames to choose from as he grows up.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 6:45 AM on March 28

posted by Falwless at 6:46 AM on March 28

Admiral Henderson (sorry I'm weird)

Sally's cat on The Dick van Dyke Show was named Mr. Henderson, so it's not as weird as all that! And the wee silvereh bebbeh kitteh does have a certain militareh digniteh.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 6:47 AM on March 28 [2 favorites]

(Plus, as a tabbeh, I bet him's got rows of buttons down him chest just like a real Admiral.)
posted by The Underpants Monster at 6:48 AM on March 28

I disagree. Cat Forever sounds like an awesome name.
posted by Garm at 6:51 AM on March 28 [12 favorites]

I like names like Earl Grey. In the spirit of that:

Henry Gray, of Gray's Anatomy
Zane Grey, author
Dorian Gray, title character in The Picture of Dorian Gray
posted by gladly at 6:56 AM on March 28 [2 favorites]

Gray-related names: Grayscale. Pewter. Monochrome. Battleship. Ash. Graphite.

Names I just now pulled out of a hat: Chompy. Ulfberht. Optimus Prime. Steve. Bartholomew. Maybach. Gabriel. Snacks. Linus. Murgatroyd.

(I'm a big fan of the "throw names at the wall until one sticks" approach.)
posted by Metroid Baby at 6:57 AM on March 28 [2 favorites]

What a beauty. We had some pretty gray kitties when I was young:

Lady Jane

Other options

posted by Ruthless Bunny at 6:58 AM on March 28

Seconding Ash.
posted by skittlekicks at 7:03 AM on March 28 [1 favorite]

William Catner
posted by GrapeApiary at 7:11 AM on March 28

GOOBER! He's totally a little Goober.
posted by St. Peepsburg at 7:14 AM on March 28

That cat's name is Dexter.
posted by adamrice at 7:20 AM on March 28

Cooper (as in Agent Cooper)
Sterling Moss
posted by carmicha at 7:41 AM on March 28 [1 favorite]

Cat Forever sounds like an awesome name.

Plus, you get a cute story to explain it!
posted by Room 641-A at 7:45 AM on March 28 [1 favorite]

Fenrir Greyback
posted by Suffocating Kitty at 8:10 AM on March 28

Miss Eliza Tudor
Jasper Darlington Higgins IV
Aunt Ophelia
posted by Suffocating Kitty at 8:12 AM on March 28

No matter what his or her proper name was, every smoky gray cat I've had has ended up with Cornsmut among his collection of nicknames.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 8:28 AM on March 28

The Gray Mouser?
posted by thomas j wise at 8:34 AM on March 28 [1 favorite]

posted by three_red_balloons at 8:52 AM on March 28

That is Pickles.
posted by rmless at 8:57 AM on March 28

posted by little_dog_laughing at 8:59 AM on March 28 [1 favorite]

Another vote for Cat Forever. That is brilliant.

That, or some random vegetable. Vegetables make the best cat names.
Rhubarb (that was my cat's name)
Baby Carrot
Brussel Sprout

What is your favourite vegetable? That is your cat's name. The end.
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 9:06 AM on March 28

Also, Chickpea is a great cat name.

Punctuation also makes for great cat names. Semicolon, Comma, Ampersand...
posted by PuppetMcSockerson at 9:12 AM on March 28


But I still like Cat Forever the best.
posted by Room 641-A at 9:16 AM on March 28

Pinot Grigio
posted by Namlit at 9:22 AM on March 28

Couscous or Kibbeh (cats seem to like the sound of middle-eastern food names)
posted by path at 9:41 AM on March 28

You must listen very carefully to your beautiful kitten. He will let you know his name when he is ready and not before.

Be very attentive to him, sometimes a kitten will be shouting his name to you with every thing he does, but you won't notice it and kitty will sigh and continue until you work it out.
posted by Arqa at 9:58 AM on March 28 [2 favorites]

He looks like a Russian Blue (or at least a Russian Blue mix)--ergo, something Russian. Mikhail (Baryshnikov) or Nijinsky would be good if he's proven himself to be a great jumper. Boris, if he's sneaky and spy-like. Ivan, Dmitri or Nikolai are always good.
posted by dlugoczaj at 10:00 AM on March 28

(Just looking at him, he really does look like a Boris to me.)
posted by dlugoczaj at 10:01 AM on March 28 [1 favorite]

posted by likeatoaster at 10:10 AM on March 28

posted by pseudostrabismus at 10:31 AM on March 28 [1 favorite]

I was also going to suggest Ash. Perhaps "Ashley 'Ash' J. Williams."
posted by under_petticoat_rule at 10:38 AM on March 28

I kick myself sometimes that "Bartholomew" occurred to me too late. Also, "Claude."
posted by infodiva at 10:40 AM on March 28

I would call him Chinny because he looks like a chinchilla.
posted by jabes at 11:16 AM on March 28 [2 favorites]

posted by Nyx at 11:22 AM on March 28

Punctuation also makes for great cat names.

Interrobang!?! ("Bang-bang," or just "Bang," for short.)
posted by carmicha at 11:36 AM on March 28

You can take one of my cat's nicknames.

Lima bean
Jelly Bean
Turtle bean
bean thread noodle
honey bean
vanilla bean
adzuki bean
asparagus head
posted by Blitz at 11:44 AM on March 28

I'd name him "Eeek!"

Because a) he looks like a little grey mouse and, b) every time I came around a corner and saw his cuteness, an involuntary squeal would escape me.
posted by jamaro at 12:33 PM on March 28

My grey dilute tortie is named Q. She had that face of your kitten when she was little.
posted by waitangi at 12:39 PM on March 28

I have a Burmese mix named Ash and it is the best name ever. He actually ended up becoming almost totally greyish black.
posted by getawaysticks at 12:44 PM on March 28

He looks very serious, so he could be a Cyril.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 1:11 PM on March 28

posted by The Underpants Monster at 1:12 PM on March 28 [1 favorite]

Henry Rollins.
posted by Otter_Handler at 2:48 PM on March 28

My greys have been Sterling, Stoney and Ashe ~ two of which have already been mentioned. I like the Dorian Grey idea, but man this little guy strikes me as a Mouse.
posted by kattyann at 9:38 PM on March 28

I'd be tempted to name him Flannel. Or possibly Pewter.
posted by xyzzy at 3:35 AM on March 29

If he were mine, I'd name him Spot because he doesn't have any.
posted by Maisie at 9:23 AM on March 29

Earl is perfect, good job jshort! Thanks for playing everyone, some more photos for your time -- pic 1, pic 2.
posted by fresh bouquets every day at 6:39 PM on March 29 [2 favorites]

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