Another round of Name Those Cats!
February 22, 2018 3:24 PM   Subscribe

We're adopting two rescue cats and we can't agree on names.

They are probably sisters, and probably around 18 months old. The tortoiseshell is pretty outgoing, very alert and curious, and the ginger is very shy and prefers to hide a lot. We like sci-fi, history, and names that sound different enough for the cats to distinguish them.

Names considered so far:
- Esme and Magrat
- Jodie and Verity (from Doctor Who's Jodie Whittaker and Verity Lambert)
- Lilith and Maris
- Elizabeth and Mary
- Jubilee and Rogue.

They don't have to be matching names, that's just the only ones we've thought of so far.

(They do have names at the moment, but their names were changed when they came into foster care. Ginger was Jim, then Bonnie; tortie was Rosie, then Babs.)
posted by Catseye to Pets & Animals (43 answers total)
 
Ruth and Naomi... full disclosure, we have a pair of calicos who are almost-certainly sisters named Ruth and Naomi. One is shy, one is always demanding attention, and the names are great.

"Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay" is the line that decided us!
posted by Baethan at 3:43 PM on February 22, 2018 [3 favorites]


Zoe and Inara (or Saffron - though rather a baddie, she had red hair!)
posted by Glinn at 3:48 PM on February 22, 2018


The moons of Mars, Phobos - Deimos
posted by hortense at 3:50 PM on February 22, 2018 [2 favorites]


Arbitrary & Steely Glint
Scar Glamour & Hidden Income
Tactical Grace & Full Refund
posted by signal at 3:56 PM on February 22, 2018 [2 favorites]


Janeway and Seven (full disclosure: my cats are Janeway and Archer Bearcat, but Bearcat would have been Seven if he was smarter or less cat-like!)
Bobbie and Chrisjen
Dax and Kira
Cheery and Angua
Susan and Binky
Naomi and Amos (but only if one of them is particularly dangerous)
posted by esoterrica at 3:57 PM on February 22, 2018


Jo and Beth
Emily and Anne (as in the Brontes)
posted by thomas j wise at 4:07 PM on February 22, 2018


It matters not as (a) they never come when you call them, (b) you will be calling them *other* kinds of names when they dig up your plants and tear the couch.

But they are real cuties!
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 4:09 PM on February 22, 2018


I see day and night names. How about Hati and Sköll from Norse mythology? Sköll is a wolf who chases the sun (for the ginger kitty) and Hati chases the moon.
posted by shrabster at 4:12 PM on February 22, 2018 [5 favorites]


Another thought, if you like sci fi, name them Zora and Pris. Pris would be the ginger, Zora the dark tortie. Full disclosure, my cat siblings are Roy and Pris, so I may be a bit biased towards Blade Runner names.
posted by shrabster at 4:17 PM on February 22, 2018 [2 favorites]


Moxie & Pepsi
posted by Freedomboy at 4:36 PM on February 22, 2018 [2 favorites]


Tonka and Wozniak
posted by bz at 4:39 PM on February 22, 2018


Tralfaz and Slagathor

(I had a beloved kitty named Esme many years ago)
posted by briank at 4:49 PM on February 22, 2018 [1 favorite]


Marianne and Elinor, of course!
posted by mochapickle at 5:05 PM on February 22, 2018 [1 favorite]


Archer & Gotham
posted by bz at 5:15 PM on February 22, 2018


Blaze and Umbra.
posted by jamjam at 5:16 PM on February 22, 2018


Bevvie and Ro!

Ensign Ro Laren for the confident brunette;
Dr Beverly Crusher for the thoughtful ginger.
posted by pseudostrabismus at 5:26 PM on February 22, 2018


Isis and Torrance
posted by rhizome at 5:35 PM on February 22, 2018


Beezus and Ramona.
posted by sarcasticah at 5:58 PM on February 22, 2018 [5 favorites]


Rizzo for the tortoiseshell, Ruby for the ginger.
posted by jameaterblues at 6:01 PM on February 22, 2018


Firefly and Serenity
posted by dywypi at 6:02 PM on February 22, 2018


Calista and Inez
posted by carmicha at 6:13 PM on February 22, 2018 [1 favorite]


Polgara and Beldaran
posted by worldswalker at 6:17 PM on February 22, 2018


I had no regrets naming my cat BuddyFriend, so I suggest the names Buddy and Friend. The tortie looks like a Buddy and the ginger looks like a Friend to me.
posted by k8lin at 6:25 PM on February 22, 2018


It's Beverly and Deanna!

(Been on a TNG kick lately, but their colors are purrfect for the roles)
posted by theweasel at 6:33 PM on February 22, 2018 [2 favorites]


Torties I have known: Wookie, Weasel, Selma. I have only known boy cat gingers: Sonny, Dr. Jacoby, Allegheny known as Al, Binx.
posted by Lawn Beaver at 6:37 PM on February 22, 2018


I love the suggestion for the moons of Mars, Phobos and Deimos. We used to have a pair of blue classic tabbies with those names, both girls, though that didn't matter. The names translate as fear and terror, which amused us so very much as they went tearing around the house after each other. They were wonderful kitties.
posted by artistic verisimilitude at 7:18 PM on February 22, 2018 [2 favorites]


Freda & Ginger
posted by Dub at 7:29 PM on February 22, 2018 [1 favorite]


Xena and Gabrielle
posted by astapasta24 at 8:37 PM on February 22, 2018 [2 favorites]


To me, they would be Abby and Ramona, but frankly Esme and Magrat are the best cat names I've heard in months.
posted by figurant at 8:48 PM on February 22, 2018 [1 favorite]


Toast and Marmite.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 9:06 PM on February 22, 2018 [3 favorites]


Peanut Butter and Jelly
posted by sugarbomb at 9:44 PM on February 22, 2018 [4 favorites]


Gytha Ogg and Esmerelda Weatherwax (I assume there is no Greebo or You about)
posted by TrishaU at 10:36 PM on February 22, 2018


Peanutbutter and Toast (or chocolate)
posted by GenjiandProust at 5:00 AM on February 23, 2018


Sun and Shadow
Bast and Nephthys
posted by tel3path at 5:48 AM on February 23, 2018 [2 favorites]


I just finished reading "The Steerswoman", so I suggest Rowan and Bel (Rowan is the nerdy one, Bel is the one who hits people with a sword).
posted by It's Never Lurgi at 11:06 AM on February 23, 2018


You must immediately go to the Oatmeal's Exploding Kittens Cat Name Generator.

My Mr. Chubs was renamed Chainsaw McTroutMeat which is perfect.
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes at 12:55 PM on February 23, 2018 [4 favorites]


Thelma and Louise
Patsy and Edina
Red and Black
Sunrise and Sunset
posted by DrAstroZoom at 1:58 PM on February 23, 2018


Sagan and Katie Mack
posted by poppunkcat at 3:44 PM on February 23, 2018


Ripley for the tortie and Jonesy for the ginger. Only because my brother’s kitten is a tortie named Ripley and I miss my niece, heh.
posted by QuickedWeen at 6:36 PM on February 23, 2018 [2 favorites]


Danger and Diamond.
posted by Gneisskate at 7:59 PM on February 23, 2018 [1 favorite]


Orange and Chocolate
posted by mermayd at 10:09 AM on February 24, 2018


Butterfinger and Baby Ruth
posted by rhizome at 7:01 PM on February 24, 2018 [1 favorite]


Thank you all! Dax (tortoiseshell) and Kira (ginger) came home this afternoon. Dax currently methodologically exploring house, Kira sitting in a bookcase giving her new circumstances some serious side-eye.
posted by Catseye at 7:03 AM on February 25, 2018 [8 favorites]


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