Please help us name our kitten - very specific requirement edition!
June 21, 2014 9:25 PM   Subscribe

We have a naming convention for our cats - so far they are all science related terms that start with M. We have Magnet, Möbius and Meniscus. Now we have a new little fluff ball - a black kitten with a white tuft on her chest. Can you help think of a name for her? So far we've thrown around Muon, Mendel (too masculine) and plain ol' μ.
posted by lizjohn to Pets & Animals (67 answers total)
posted by prewar lemonade at 9:27 PM on June 21 [2 favorites]

Murphy after Murphy's Law.
posted by quincunx at 9:29 PM on June 21 [4 favorites]

Minus(Min for short)
posted by contraption at 9:29 PM on June 21

Moraine, or Melanin (Mel).
posted by pretentious illiterate at 9:31 PM on June 21

Molecule, Molly for short.
posted by The Master and Margarita Mix at 9:32 PM on June 21 [25 favorites]

Mole. As in the unit of counting. 6.02blah blah blah 10^23.
posted by janell at 9:36 PM on June 21 [1 favorite]

posted by quince at 9:36 PM on June 21

Oooooh, Moon would be perfect for her coloring!
posted by Sara C. at 9:40 PM on June 21 [1 favorite]

posted by matildatakesovertheworld at 9:40 PM on June 21 [1 favorite]

posted by fireandthud at 9:41 PM on June 21

Ditto Megaparsec, as it was Meg Murry's nickname in "Wrinkle in Time".
posted by Nyx at 9:44 PM on June 21 [6 favorites]

Marie, from Marie Curie.
posted by madmethods at 9:46 PM on June 21 [11 favorites]

Metamorphosis (meta for short)
Milky way
Morpheus (NASA's lander)
Mitten (M.I.T.)
posted by anitanita at 9:48 PM on June 21

I think plain ol' Mu is perfect.
posted by Ruki at 9:52 PM on June 21 [18 favorites]

posted by balacat at 9:54 PM on June 21

Method (terrible idea, but I had to)
M-theory (I wouldn't actually!)

But I also like Muon and Mu. Too cute! Meg(aparsec) is great too.

I dunno, you might have to get more kittens!
posted by wintersweet at 9:55 PM on June 21 [1 favorite]

Meitnerium; it was named after Lisa Meitner. Plus, you can call her "Meit" (pronounced "Mite") for short.
posted by Verdandi at 9:55 PM on June 21

If you go with Moon then next time you hear a cat in the kitchen, you will say, "Must be Moon."

Then there will be another, bigger noise.

"That's no(t) Moon..."
posted by curious nu at 9:56 PM on June 21 [2 favorites]

All these answers are great - here's better pic and if you listen carefully, you can hear her purring
posted by lizjohn at 10:03 PM on June 21 [1 favorite]

Millibar, or Millie for short.
Mare, because her unusual spot is like the spots on the moon.
posted by mochapickle at 10:06 PM on June 21

I was recently contemplating a desire to have cats named Momentum and Inertia. Momentum seems good for cats in motion that tend to stay in motion.
posted by gingerbeer at 10:11 PM on June 21 [4 favorites]

Milli (millimeter)
Momo (short for momentum)
Maxwellian (..... Distribution Definition)
Mazut (petroleum residue after distillation)
Mopsical (short sighted)
Motrix (From Kepler's 3rd law on how planets kept their orbit - viz motrix (life force))
Myriad myriadth (an Archimedean number)
posted by anitanita at 10:20 PM on June 21

Magistra (Maggie)
Mercuriade (Merry?)

My 4 year old would love it if you named her Mt. St. Helens.
posted by Ostara at 10:49 PM on June 21 [2 favorites]

Molybdenum. Mo or Molly for short. But I'm liking Muon and Mu as well . . .
posted by Quaversalis at 10:57 PM on June 21 [2 favorites]

How could I forget?
posted by wintersweet at 10:58 PM on June 21

posted by Sintram at 11:43 PM on June 21

posted by spinifex23 at 11:47 PM on June 21

Specifically for her coloring mix of black with a little white - Marcasite. (Examples of marcasite here, here, and here, for starters.)
posted by tzikeh at 11:48 PM on June 21 [1 favorite]

My first thought was Moire, but I don't know how well it fits a (mostly) black cat. Also
posted by Jefffurry at 11:54 PM on June 21

My (boy) cat is called Macrophage.

You could name her Myc for the oncologists out there.

Or decide to break the schema and call her Anomaly.
posted by shelleycat at 12:10 AM on June 22 [9 favorites]

Molybdenum / Moly
posted by EndsOfInvention at 12:22 AM on June 22

μ is a good idea and Mosfet is pretty cool too, but my contribution is:

The Romans didn't have "science" as a discrete concept but Minerva, goddess of a thousand works, was the goddess of medicine, wisdom, crafts, and other knowledge-based arts, now appears in the seals and logos of many universities and educational institutions, and is the patroness of the Max Planck Institute.
posted by XMLicious at 12:25 AM on June 22 [6 favorites]

What an adorable little thing! :) I went looking and found a few lists:

One of the terms in the last one is "MESA", so the geek in me humbly recommends "Black Mesa". ;)

And then, even though it's not technically scientific, I would be remiss as a child of the 80s if I didn't suggest Megatron. (Hey, it sounds like it could be scientific! Kind of. Maybe? Sort of. Okay, nevermind...)
posted by juliebug at 12:38 AM on June 22 [1 favorite]

With these devilish looks: Mephisto
posted by meijusa at 12:51 AM on June 22

Mrs. A
posted by hal_c_on at 12:57 AM on June 22

Hmm....if you don't intend to add to your herd, then:

Tux (for tuxedo cat)
Bibs (for her lovely little wisp of a bib)

Now, you may have to actually recite the names of your herd to appreciate this:

Magnet, Mobius, Meniscus and Bibs (Tux).

Otherwise, I like Mu.

Thanks for the pix. She ran past adorable at a gallop, and landed smack dab in the middle of endearing.
posted by mule98J at 12:58 AM on June 22

Miscible. Modulo. Monomial. Matrix.
posted by xyzzy at 12:59 AM on June 22

Mean, Median or Mode
Melatonin (only if she is a particularly sleepy kitty)

I also thought of Mandelbrot and like that one.
posted by NoraReed at 1:21 AM on June 22

posted by TheSecretDecoderRing at 1:40 AM on June 22

I like puns but µ is still a little punny for me (mew).

Mersenne is my suggestion
posted by aubilenon at 1:59 AM on June 22 [1 favorite]

posted by dywypi at 3:45 AM on June 22

By the look of those perky ears, black coat and little white tuft, she is probably a Bombay cat.

(We have one named Tony Soprano because he's a big fatty who's very quiet and then he explodes and pounces, so there's that.)

If it can be M and not science, you could go with Mumbai, the Indian name for Bombay, or there's Manas, the Hindu name for mind.

Call him Manny for short.
posted by kinetic at 3:47 AM on June 22

posted by amro at 3:48 AM on June 22

Melmac (Alf's home planet).
posted by amro at 3:50 AM on June 22 [1 favorite]

My mother's Armenian girlfriend had a little bird she named Mass. I'm pretty sure Mass meant something no more startling than birdie. Then she got an active, high strung black kitten who used to tear up and down the halls and climb the curtains. The black cat was named Energy. The entirely predictable occurred.

Yes, Mass was converted to Energy.

True story.
posted by Jane the Brown at 4:04 AM on June 22 [12 favorites]

posted by orange swan at 4:16 AM on June 22

posted by Stacey at 4:35 AM on June 22

Millirad. If she's stinky in the litterbox, mercaptan.

I too name my cats with science, if not alliteration. My two are Amalgam (Ama for short) and Ferrous.
posted by Gneisskate at 6:08 AM on June 22

posted by drlith at 6:11 AM on June 22

posted by Ms Vegetable at 6:24 AM on June 22

posted by astapasta24 at 6:28 AM on June 22 [1 favorite]

Muon as a name for a small black and white cat is endorsed by the Cambridge University Institute of Astronomy.
posted by gnimmel at 6:58 AM on June 22 [1 favorite]

posted by lakeroon at 7:43 AM on June 22

Mendel, as in the laws of Mendelian inheritance
posted by travelwithcats at 9:02 AM on June 22

I'm voting for Megaparsec (called Mega, not Meg - hopefully kitten will stay small and hilarious) and suggest that you save Mu for a black and white spotted cow cat.
posted by elsietheeel at 9:07 AM on June 22

I've always thought Manganese sounded like a cat name.
posted by eponym at 9:57 AM on June 22

posted by Iris Gambol at 10:06 AM on June 22

Mrs. Buckyball (cheating a little, but suitable for a little ball of black fur)
Molecule or Minerva to stick with convention.
posted by susiswimmer at 10:24 AM on June 22

Marie Curie (or Marie Purr-y!)
posted by eponym at 11:25 AM on June 22

Name her Max after Max Planck. But pronounce it so it rhymes with box. And then you can nickname her Moxie.
posted by marsha56 at 5:28 PM on June 22

Molybdenum. Call her "Molly" for short.
posted by Munching Langolier at 5:47 PM on June 22

I'd call her MuMu i.e μμ
posted by St. Peepsburg at 8:19 PM on June 22

I really like μ, honestly.
posted by fiercecupcake at 7:39 AM on June 23

The single tuft of white makes me think Monopole for some unclear reason.
posted by rmd1023 at 10:41 AM on June 23

I'm going to second Mica, because I've always wanted to name a kitty after a silicate. >.>
posted by Wilbefort at 10:46 AM on June 23

Thanks again, all. I think we've settled on Muon, with Mu and MuMu as potential nicknames. We'll keep all of these suggestions in mind for the next generation of cats - we're currently at n+1 capacity.
posted by lizjohn at 12:21 PM on June 23

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