The cat names in my family have run the gamut from mundane to unique. We always had a cat or cats from my earliest memory, and, just for the heck of it, here they are, in order:
–Henrietta (named after Henrietta Pussycat from Mister Rogers)
–Midnight (all black)
–RC (“Rat Catcher,” which she was extraordinarily good at)
–Lightfoot (from the Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle books–he also had two white socks)
–Benvenuto (from a book about a dragon, except the cat was female while the dragon was male)
–Joe Cool (“Joey” for short)
Here we had a gap when I went to college. Joey was always my cat, and I had planned to take him with me when I got out of school and had a place of my own, but he ran away and disappeared just after my parents moved.
–Addison (named after MOONLIGHTING’s David Addison because he liked sleeping on women’s chests)
–Ranadar (a name with a complicated origin; it shows up again in BONE WAR)
–Poltergeist (because he was loud, demanding, and liked to knock things over)
–Sirius Black (another black cat, named after the Harry Potter character)
–Omen (born on 06/06/06)
–Alec (a shelter cat who was given that name for reasons unknown)
–Dinah (named after Alice in Wonderland’s cat)
–Bernard (another adopted cat who came with his name)
During the Henrietta/Midnight/RC years, we had a few litters of kittens, some of whom we named. But these are the cats we kept. RC gave birth to Lightfoot and Benvenuto. Benvenuto gave birth to Joey. Lightfoot died of feline leukemia, and he was one of the first cats in the country to come down with it. No one knew what it was then.
How do you name your cats?
–Steven Harper Piziks