Name My Cat #372
September 4, 2014 7:32 AM   Subscribe

This is my new gentleman. He's 9 years old and a little camera shy. He is the biggest snugglebug of a cat I have ever met. He joins his new sisters in my home. He came with the name Chester, but I really don't like it. Looking for names from mythology.

I don't like common human names. I've been contemplating Apollo and Thor. Part of me is worried that people will think the latter is named after the movie character.

What do you guys think, what name does he seem to embody?
posted by royalsong to Pets & Animals (40 answers total)
posted by phunniemee at 7:38 AM on September 4 [1 favorite]

I personally feel like Hercules would be super funny.
posted by Hermione Granger at 7:40 AM on September 4 [1 favorite]

posted by BusyBusyBusy at 7:42 AM on September 4 [1 favorite]

Forget mythology. He's a Colonel Mustard if I ever saw one
posted by thelonius at 7:43 AM on September 4 [10 favorites]

What about Finn?

Irish Meaning:
The name Finn is an Irish baby name. In Irish the meaning of the name Finn is: Fair. Mythology; Finn Mac Cumhail was legendary Irish 3rd century hero similar to the English Robin Hood. His warrior-followers were named Finians.
posted by misseva at 7:44 AM on September 4 [3 favorites]

What are his sisters' names?
posted by Elly Vortex at 7:44 AM on September 4 [3 favorites]


(I don't always pay attention to the cat naming "rules", sorry, they just kind of tell me their names.)
posted by Ms Vegetable at 7:45 AM on September 4

Maybe Caspar? Sounds enough like Chester that it may be less for him to get used to.
posted by mmiddle at 7:45 AM on September 4


(Non-mythology: Rogers. As in Ginger.)
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 7:47 AM on September 4 [1 favorite]

posted by bondcliff at 7:48 AM on September 4

He looks like a Blooboo.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 7:57 AM on September 4

Seconding Finn.

Or Baldur, Norse god of light and purity; seems to fit a lovejunky.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 7:58 AM on September 4 [1 favorite]

posted by kinddieserzeit at 7:58 AM on September 4 [1 favorite]

posted by Salamander at 7:59 AM on September 4

Actually, I think Apollo is perfect.
posted by Hermione Granger at 8:02 AM on September 4

freyja (pronounces freYA or with a throaty h like freyHya)

goddes of some of my favorite things: love, fertility, beuaty and battle. (ok not that last one!)
posted by chasles at 8:03 AM on September 4

Or Samson, if you don't mind going biblical.
posted by Salamander at 8:03 AM on September 4

Camazotz or Zotz, Mayan bat god

A non-mythology suggestion: Mr. Cat Chairington. Chairy to his friends.
posted by OrangeDisk at 8:11 AM on September 4

Lubberkin?: – 'A legendary creature of English folklore … He is typically described as a large, hairy man with a tail, who performs housework in exchange for a saucer of milk and a place in front of the fire.’
posted by HandfulOfDust at 8:11 AM on September 4 [2 favorites]

Zeno (pronounced ZEH-no). I know a cute little boy called Zeno who might looks like your cat if he were a cat.
posted by Dragonness at 8:18 AM on September 4

He likes cuddles and has a "ch" in his name. You should call him Bacchus.
posted by showbiz_liz at 8:20 AM on September 4 [2 favorites]

Lugh, ancient Irish hero.

About that Lubberkin...where can I get one? Clean my house and he can have a place before the fire and saucer of milk any day!
posted by mermayd at 8:24 AM on September 4

Sisters are Morgan and Ivy (box lover).
posted by royalsong at 9:04 AM on September 4

I always associate Hephaestus with orange, he is often shown in that colour scheme since he tends to hang around in volcanoes/forges a lot.
posted by biffa at 9:07 AM on September 4 [2 favorites]

He looks to me like Hektor, breaker of horses.
posted by Acheman at 9:08 AM on September 4

Might be too much like a normal human name, but Aengus (, god of love, youth, and poetic inspiration (and suits a redhead like your kitty, I think).
posted by SugarAndSass at 9:20 AM on September 4

posted by drlith at 9:22 AM on September 4

Ulysses, Roman name of the hero of The Odyssey. And, he looks so like the cat from Inside Llewyn Davis, also called Ulysses.
posted by gladly at 9:42 AM on September 4

Another vote for Orion. Points: 1. Mythological hunter, 2. "Or" same letters in "Orange", 3. Was the name of the sassy cat who saved the universe in "Men in Black".

Also, it's an awesome and very recognizable constellation!
posted by auntie maim at 9:45 AM on September 4

I once knew a cat named Chester. He was an enormous orange beast who ruled the household with an iron paw. One time he stole an entire roast turkey by muscling it off the table, whereupon he dragged it across the room and hid it behind the curtains, where he proceeded to devour it.

What I'm saying is, you should keep the name Chester.
posted by Faint of Butt at 9:45 AM on September 4 [2 favorites]

If you've got a Morgan, you could accompany with a Merlin, Gawain, or Lancelot.
posted by ChuraChura at 10:03 AM on September 4

posted by univac at 10:11 AM on September 4

posted by protorp at 11:34 AM on September 4

Whatever you do, don't name him Trouble.

Maybe Cheshire would be good.
posted by monopas at 11:36 AM on September 4

Horus? He kind of looks kingly. Of course some people might think his name was Horace like the poet, but that wouldn't be a shabby name, either.
posted by BlueJae at 11:41 AM on September 4

As a ginger, he might be suited to an Irish mythology name. Fergus?
posted by lakeroon at 3:08 PM on September 4

Tyrion, if that's not too human (Game of Thrones of course).

And cherry Coke Zero?! I must find some.
posted by analog at 3:17 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]

Ooh.. I'm torn between Orion, Finn, and Helios!

You guys are great at this! I'm so glad I asked MeFi. Thank you!
posted by royalsong at 6:01 PM on September 4

I think on paper he's going to officially be called Orion.

But I've taken to calling him my gentleman.. which he's already responding to.
posted by royalsong at 8:30 AM on September 15

Last update. Gentleman was the name that ended up sticking.

Unfortunately he stopped eating a few weeks ago. Even with syringe feeding, he couldn't be enticed to eat. Then he started having some urinary problems. Vets could feel a mass around his kidney, and suspected cancer. He's gone over the rainbow bridge.

Thank you everyone for your suggestions.
posted by royalsong at 1:24 PM on November 19

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