Would a cat by any other name be so fluffy?
January 15, 2017 5:00 AM   Subscribe

Another name that cat question - I adopted a cat! Her shelter name was Boo, but I'm not feeling it. Can you help me find her name? Pictures. (She's absolutely gorgeous - these pictures aren't the best.) She's an almost six year old girl, at the shelter they said she was a bit of a princess, and so far she's pretty vocal, but she's still getting used to things. She's the only pet in the house. Open to any kind of name, but nerdy or witchy names get bonus points in my heart!
posted by firei to Pets & Animals (77 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
She looks like a Morticia to me!
posted by snickerdoodle at 5:01 AM on January 15, 2017 [5 favorites]


Eskarina or Esk for short!
posted by peacheater at 5:05 AM on January 15, 2017


Elphaba!
posted by jferg at 5:07 AM on January 15, 2017 [5 favorites]


Samantha, from Bewitched?
posted by umwhat at 5:12 AM on January 15, 2017 [4 favorites]


I agree--definitely not a Boo.
Her name is Diva!
She is gorgeous--congratulations on your new family member! And double congratulations on adopting an older shelter kitty.
posted by bookmammal at 5:14 AM on January 15, 2017


Sabrina or Endora.
posted by DarlingBri at 5:30 AM on January 15, 2017 [3 favorites]


Ekaterina.

A real beauty. Seconding brava/o for adopting an older cat.
posted by spitbull at 5:36 AM on January 15, 2017 [1 favorite]


Smoky black longhairs are some of my favorite cats ever. I've wanted to name a black longhaired kitty Gertrude, though I can't explain why.
posted by Metroid Baby at 5:46 AM on January 15, 2017 [2 favorites]


Willow! If you're a Buffy fan
posted by Stonkle at 5:47 AM on January 15, 2017 [1 favorite]


I have a cat just like that! Mine is named Papaya.
posted by something something at 5:54 AM on January 15, 2017 [2 favorites]


Oh, except for the eye color she looks like our cat Alcibiades! I'm pretty sure their breed is the Chantilly Tiffany, so maybe Tiffany, or Tiff, or Tilly? Or, after one of the famous products of the town of Chantilly: cream or lace or race horses?
posted by nicwolff at 5:58 AM on January 15, 2017 [1 favorite]


A talking black cat? Salem.
posted by travellingincognito at 6:00 AM on January 15, 2017 [5 favorites]


So floofy! She looks like a Wednesday or a Minerva.
posted by Orange Dinosaur Slide at 6:28 AM on January 15, 2017 [3 favorites]


Or another famous talking black cat: "Behemoth" from Bukhakov's *The Master and the Margarita.*. Although Behemoth is an asshole cat in the book.
posted by spitbull at 6:33 AM on January 15, 2017 [1 favorite]


Serafina Pekkala.
posted by nanook at 6:36 AM on January 15, 2017 [3 favorites]


I saw her and thought Pyewacket, so I laughed when I (afterwards) saw you're hoping for witchy/nerdy.
posted by Mchelly at 6:37 AM on January 15, 2017 [2 favorites]


Lilith
posted by drlith at 6:43 AM on January 15, 2017 [1 favorite]


Seconding Pyewacket! She's gorgeous!
posted by MonkeyToes at 6:45 AM on January 15, 2017


Sheba or Obsidian
posted by fuse theorem at 6:46 AM on January 15, 2017


Veronica. Or maybe Hekate.
posted by heatherlogan at 6:47 AM on January 15, 2017


Snowball or Elsa
posted by amtho at 6:54 AM on January 15, 2017


Nightshade
posted by overhauser at 6:56 AM on January 15, 2017


She is gorgeous, and she is a Demeter!
posted by TwoStride at 7:05 AM on January 15, 2017


I'm pretty sure her name is Marilyn.
posted by Dolley at 7:16 AM on January 15, 2017


Looks like a Tralfaz to me.
posted by Rob Rockets at 7:24 AM on January 15, 2017


You is the name of Granny Weatherwax's cat.

Granny Weatherwax was a kickass witch. You is said to have been intended to play a key role in the plot near the end of the last book written by Terry Pratchett.

Plus it rhymes with Boo.
posted by aniola at 7:38 AM on January 15, 2017 [1 favorite]


Circe
posted by vrakatar at 7:39 AM on January 15, 2017


Minerva!
posted by ceramicblue at 7:47 AM on January 15, 2017


Emeralda
posted by zengargoyle at 7:54 AM on January 15, 2017


Sibyl.
posted by LaBellaStella at 7:55 AM on January 15, 2017 [2 favorites]


Danny Glover
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 7:58 AM on January 15, 2017 [1 favorite]


Maybe not helpful, but I always get to know my animals a little while. Eventually I'll start calling them something and it sticks. On first glance, may I suggest "Puff"
posted by jeff-o-matic at 8:06 AM on January 15, 2017


Celeste or Celestina
posted by Mizu at 8:34 AM on January 15, 2017


Hazel
posted by eponym at 8:38 AM on January 15, 2017 [1 favorite]


That weird feeling you get when you look at a picture of a cat that is not your cat, but who is identical to your cat in every way....

I vote for something luxurious but campy... like Zsa Zsa or Charo
posted by St. Peepsburg at 8:44 AM on January 15, 2017 [1 favorite]


Grimalkin
Aradia (Queen of the Witches)
Artemis
Diana
Freya
Astarte
Hecate
posted by Nyx at 8:52 AM on January 15, 2017


Please name her Stevie Nicks.
posted by lieber hair at 9:02 AM on January 15, 2017 [8 favorites]


The first name that came to mind was Brunhilde, but that's just so strange. I agree with above suggestions of Smeralda, Elphaba and Minerva.
posted by fingersandtoes at 9:05 AM on January 15, 2017


Jezebel.
posted by Soliloquy at 9:08 AM on January 15, 2017


Broomhilda
posted by Sassyfras at 9:12 AM on January 15, 2017


I have a very vocal black cat named Lilith, so I heartily second that recommendation!
posted by atropos at 9:48 AM on January 15, 2017


MahaCatAtman
posted by JohnFromGR at 9:53 AM on January 15, 2017


Morgana or Morgan
posted by ainsley at 10:08 AM on January 15, 2017


My friend suggests Nosferatu.
posted by egregious theorem at 10:17 AM on January 15, 2017


Priscilla!
posted by Tiny Bungalow at 10:22 AM on January 15, 2017 [1 favorite]


Toothless.
posted by flabdablet at 10:22 AM on January 15, 2017


Morgan or Morgana.

My grandparents had a cat named Brunhilde, everyone called her Hilde.
posted by jrobin276 at 10:28 AM on January 15, 2017 [1 favorite]


Music.
posted by lizzicide at 10:41 AM on January 15, 2017


Ok here's what I do. I live with a cat for awhile before it gets "named". Usually at some serendipitous moment, the name pops into my head and I say it and the cat looks up and there's a sharp lightning strike, the distinct smell of fish or turnips, and there you have it Bob's Your Uncle.

Or as I call him, George.
posted by Mike Mongo at 11:04 AM on January 15, 2017 [7 favorites]


I looked at your cat and did a stream of consciousness type of deal are you ready get ready okay lets go:

Molly, Max, Sam, Sally, Allie, Kim, Karen, Kate, K Money, 2 Chainz, Mao Mao, Rocky, Pocky, Maru, Yuki, Kuro, Tonkatsu, Yojimbo, Emma, Emmy, Steve McQueen, Future, Drake, Chance, Killer Mike, Colleen, Jun, June, Sunbae, G-DRAGON, Ken Wantanabe full name demanded at all times.

I am partial to K Money.

The best cat name I ever heard in my life was a one eyed cat named "General Martok, of the House of Martok". Marty, for short.
posted by tracert at 11:11 AM on January 15, 2017


My multi-lingual medium-longhaired black kitty, who was one of the best kitties, named herself Chatter. You are welcome to honor your kitty with such a fitting designation.
posted by mightshould at 11:43 AM on January 15, 2017


Caliope was the muse of singing. Persephone, since she had to live in Hades for half the year. Hildy, since several people have suggested Brunhilda.

I really like Greek names for cats. Maybe find a good list of Greek mythological names.
posted by irisclara at 12:12 PM on January 15, 2017 [1 favorite]


You say she's vocal? What does she like to say?

We once had a vocal kitty we called Wrrr.
posted by mule98J at 12:30 PM on January 15, 2017 [1 favorite]


Smokey or Peat. Maybe I'm just in a whisky mood...

Also flabdablet - what is with this Toothless name that is doing the rounds?! My cousin recently called his cat this. I think he is too handsome for such a name...
posted by Kat_Dubs at 1:12 PM on January 15, 2017


Carlotta. Lottie for short!
posted by prewar lemonade at 1:30 PM on January 15, 2017


That second picture made me think of the soot sprites from Totoro and Spirited Away. If "Soot" or "Sooty" are too boring for you (they would be for me) you could go with Susuwatari or Susu for short.
posted by Athanassiel at 1:34 PM on January 15, 2017 [1 favorite]


Counselor Deanna Troi

or

Morena Baccarin

or

Inara

or

Imzadi
posted by spraypaint at 1:47 PM on January 15, 2017 [1 favorite]


I also like Priscilla and also, Ophelia.
posted by misseva at 1:51 PM on January 15, 2017


She looks like a Cleopatra or Greta to me. She's got that aloof beauty, proud, alone kind of feeling.
posted by gt2 at 2:03 PM on January 15, 2017


Verushka. Or Blacula.
posted by Ursula Hitler at 2:20 PM on January 15, 2017


Eleanor.
posted by jeudi at 2:34 PM on January 15, 2017


She is a beautiful cat. I agree with those who said that she will name herself if you live with her for a bit.

That said: I thought of Selene, then looked at her some more and shortened it to Lina.
posted by Pallas Athena at 3:32 PM on January 15, 2017


Aphasia.
posted by bonobothegreat at 3:48 PM on January 15, 2017


Baba Yaga, after the Russian fairy tale witch.
posted by orange swan at 3:50 PM on January 15, 2017 [1 favorite]


That second picture made me think of the soot sprites from Totoro and Spirited Away.

Makkuro kurosuke!
posted by divabat at 4:07 PM on January 15, 2017


Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo. Your welcome. Such a sweetie!
posted by TrishaU at 4:58 PM on January 15, 2017


I came in to suggest Minerva too. Or Clementine. Or [Pussy]Willow.
posted by carmicha at 5:10 PM on January 15, 2017


Cassandra
Katerina
Alysandria
Marie Antoinette
Her Royal Highness Maria Luisa Francesca Antoinetta the Cat*

*My cat's true name. She says you can borrow it.
posted by Hermione Granger at 5:35 PM on January 15, 2017 [1 favorite]


MAGDA
MAAAAAAGDA
posted by The Underpants Monster at 6:15 PM on January 15, 2017


Antigone or Delphine.
posted by Squeak Attack at 6:34 PM on January 15, 2017


you could go with Susuwatari or Susu for short.

*fluffs up tail, prrrows with eyes pleasurably closed*

My human named me Susuwatari (Susu) too and it's very bewitching. Soot sprites get up to all sorts of stuff!
posted by Susu pitchounette at 2:19 AM on January 16, 2017 [1 favorite]


She told me her name is Bijoux.
posted by bluesky78987 at 8:05 AM on January 16, 2017


Stella. (Bonus: when you're calling her, you get to yell "Stella!" and pretend that you're in Streetcar Named Desire.)
posted by Weeping_angel at 10:50 AM on January 16, 2017


^^ Katerina!! So perfect
posted by spraypaint at 11:37 PM on January 16, 2017


flabdablet - what is with this Toothless name that is doing the rounds?!

http://www.howtotrainyourdragon.com/explore/dragons/toothless
posted by flabdablet at 4:19 AM on January 17, 2017 [1 favorite]


Wednesday
Sigrid
Angharad
Stella
posted by bile and syntax at 11:14 AM on January 17, 2017


Thank you all so much for sharing your ideas (and compliments about my pretty girl!)

Despite the extensive list of names I had compiled, I ended up going with one that wasn't on any of the lists!

Her name is Pippa!

It came about because she's super vocal, and sometimes her meow is more of a squeak, so I told her, "Pipe down, Pipsqueak!" And then I thought Pipsqueak and Pip are both quote nicknames, and therefore, Pippa is her name. (AKA Her Royal Fluffiness, Pip, Pipsqueak, Pretty Kitty, and hey you get off of that!)

Thanks so much. <3
posted by firei at 3:24 PM on January 18, 2017 [4 favorites]


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