Name my kitten!
September 4, 2017 4:34 PM   Subscribe

My partner and I have had the pleasure of fostering six rambunctious kittens and their mom, but our time together is coming to an end. Of course, we're keeping one... And he needs a new name.

The babies all have "placeholder" names so we could talk about them more easily. Our baby's temporary name is Clyde, to match with his adventurous sister Bonnie, but we'd like to pick a different permanent name. Day we rescued him! Today! More kitten tax!

He has a very serious look to him and is for the most part, a very chill kitten, one of the reasons we picked him to join the family. He's lazy and snuggly, but also curious and bright. He's the biggest one of the group and we have jokingly called him the Clydesdale at times.

We're not too picky on names -- human or animal, silly or serious, all good! We are also interested in classic names from myth or books. Some current suggestions are Mephistopheles (probably too long) and Mercury (for his gray). Then I suggested we ask Metafilter, so here we are! Please name our kitten!
posted by possibilityleft to Pets & Animals (51 answers total)
 
He looks like an Arthur to me.
posted by phunniemee at 4:35 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Clyde sounds good! Especially since you can explain that he was the biggest of the litter. (Oops just saw that you don't think it fits.) OK, how about Claude? Or Hercules? Or Poirot? (Grey tuxedo, with what look like impeccable taste.)
posted by metaseeker at 4:38 PM on September 4 [4 favorites]


Waffles!
posted by dayintoday at 4:45 PM on September 4 [8 favorites]


Crammer because you're cramming the big guy into your lives
posted by rw at 4:45 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Our grey and white kitty is named Gandalf because he is both grey and white. I may be biased but I think it is an excellent name for grey and white kitties.
posted by damayanti at 4:53 PM on September 4 [4 favorites]


Mephisto is a strong name! Save Mephistopheles for if he's ever naughty.

Such a gorgeous guy.
posted by doornoise at 4:57 PM on September 4 [3 favorites]


Theodore? (Teddy, Theo)
posted by ferret branca at 4:58 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Titus
posted by shalom at 4:58 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Cyrus (Cy)
Homer
Zephyr
posted by carmicha at 4:59 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Merlin.
posted by Pallas Athena at 5:02 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Yorick
Mercutio
Tybalt (because he was the Prince of Cats)
Horatio
Cassio


Merlin
Pendragon
Arthur
posted by carmicha at 5:03 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Chief
posted by jeff-o-matic at 5:09 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Magneto. (Them whiskers form some serious magnetic field lines. )
Xerox. (Black and White. )
posted by St. Peepsburg at 5:10 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


omg Poirot, do Poirot.
posted by lalex at 5:12 PM on September 4 [6 favorites]


Mister, short for Mephistopheles!
posted by Hermione Granger at 5:42 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Slim.
posted by tzikeh at 5:43 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Tralfaz
posted by briank at 5:50 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Mouse
posted by janey47 at 5:50 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Or you could name him ohmyfuckinggodhowCUTE which is a transcription of what came out of my mouth when I opened the first picture
posted by janey47 at 5:52 PM on September 4 [5 favorites]


Ishmael

("I alone . . .")
posted by jamjam at 5:58 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Simon
Giles
Bentley
Atticus
posted by corey flood at 6:06 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Another vote for Poirot--or Tux!
(He is ADORABLE!!! Such a wonderful little face. Congratulations on your new family member!)
posted by bookmammal at 6:06 PM on September 4 [3 favorites]


Mefi
posted by madstop1 at 6:27 PM on September 4 [4 favorites]


Honestly, if it was me, I'd call him Dryer Lint. That was my first thought when I saw the pictures.
posted by selfmedicating at 6:36 PM on September 4 [3 favorites]


Bogie
posted by OrangeDisk at 6:44 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


I, too, like classic names from literature. The latest addition to my household is Mr. Bingley (a ginger cutie!), pronounced with a very proper British intonation. Maybe you have Mr. Darcy.
posted by kbar1 at 6:51 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Thomas? Ritz (since he looks like he's dressed up fancy)?
posted by christinetheslp at 6:55 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


He is so Poirot.
posted by thereemix at 7:18 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


"Floyd," which is such a cute name and is Welsh for "one with gray hair." But you could spell it the Welsh way for gray, Llwyd.
posted by flourpot at 7:21 PM on September 4 [2 favorites]


Dorian (Gray, get it?)
posted by scratch at 8:00 PM on September 4 [2 favorites]


Maybe it's the angle of the "tax" photo, but those big ears reminded me a bit of a fennec fox (so, Fennec or just Fen?).
posted by ClingClang at 8:03 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


He looks like a Melvin to me. Or maybe an Oliver.
posted by TwoStride at 8:35 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


He looks almost exactly like one of my cats, same big ears, same eyes and color distributions. Our guy's name is Milton and I can't imagine him being named anything else, so that's my suggestion.
posted by stagewhisper at 8:49 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


His eyebrows say "Sprout" to me.
posted by fingersandtoes at 8:50 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Giants of Greek mythology yield some fun kitty names. Maybe Argus, Aster or Orion?
posted by merriment at 8:56 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


That little trickster's name is Hermes.
posted by Night_owl at 9:00 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Zeke. Strong solid name, but when he is being less than strong he is Zeke the Geek. Or The Zekester.
posted by AugustWest at 9:12 PM on September 4 [2 favorites]


Burl
posted by rhizome at 9:18 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


Squish, because that's what happened to my heart when I saw his pic.
posted by bunderful at 10:14 PM on September 4 [2 favorites]


Clyde was a strong arm guy. A smart guy, that's Bugsy (Ben to his face).
posted by Scram at 10:57 PM on September 4 [1 favorite]


That little floofy face is Ernest.
posted by MT at 2:29 AM on September 5 [1 favorite]


Boop (because I want to boop his nose)
Simon
Geoff
Bugs
Frankie
posted by RhysPenbras at 5:54 AM on September 5 [1 favorite]


This little guy looks like he needs a big, serious name to grow into.
I 2nd Mephisto/Mephistopheles, and also offer:
Beelzebub (Beelz/bub for short)
Hephaestus (Hefe?)
Melchizedek (like Sara Crewe's attic-mouse friend)
posted by and her eyes were wild. at 6:21 AM on September 5 [1 favorite]


I have no name but I just needed to comment to say OMG HE'S ADORABLE!!!



Okay, maybe Sparky, because of the electricity he seems to exude. Squeee!
posted by darkstar at 7:11 AM on September 5 [1 favorite]


How about Clawdio?

It's LIKE Clyde, but it's more Italian, because he looks like the boy in those "Crying Boy" pictures which I perhaps-erroneously think of as Italian. Also, he has claws.
posted by tel3path at 8:36 AM on September 5 [1 favorite]


Fleek!
posted by Oyéah at 9:15 AM on September 5 [1 favorite]


He has such a fabulous mask I figured his name should somehow acknowledge that. My immediate first thought was Batman, because of the ears, but his nose isn't right. I went to this page of masked superheroes for reference, and a few possibilities emerged, but I think the best of the bunch is way down at the end of the list:

Zorro. His name is Zorro.
posted by dlugoczaj at 1:12 PM on September 5 [2 favorites]


The big ears make me think Yoda. He is sooooooo cute I want to grab him through the computer screen.
posted by wittgenstein at 1:47 PM on September 5 [1 favorite]


That nose! Those front paws! Alfred Pennyworth, at your service.
posted by TrishaU at 2:06 PM on September 5 [1 favorite]


Winston! He's handsome.
posted by missmary6 at 4:22 PM on September 5 [2 favorites]


Thanks everyone for the suggestions! I have never gotten so many responses on an ask mefi. corey flood has the winning suggestion with Atticus. He does have a lawyerly face!

If you want more photos you can check out my Instagram (linked in profile), and maybe I'll remember to update it once in a while.

If you're a Mefite in the STL area looking for a kitten, I have three more, each cuter than the last. Send me a PM.

Thanks again everybody.
posted by possibilityleft at 8:03 PM on September 11 [4 favorites]


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