Just curious. Names are funny things. I know people ponder long and hard about what to name children. My mother confided in me she was going to name me after both of my grandmothers, with a hyphen. Hannah-Lena. OH NO! Thank goodness she came to her senses!
As you know, Persia found me (it was not the other way around). After a couple of days, I realized I couldn't keep calling her "cat". I looked at her and said, "What's your name?" She was walking away from me, but right then 'Persia' just popped into my head! I said it out loud and she turned around and came to me. She answered to it immediately!

How did you name your little critters?
Jill
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How did you name your little critters?

Hobo was a half-grown, skinny, dirty, funny-looking stray who appeared on our patio each evening, when I'd feed him. He did look pitiful, with long spindly legs that hadn't yet grown into his big polydactyl feet. I started calling him a little hobo 'cuz he only came around for a handout, then disappeared to who-knows-where. In about a month or so, he began to stay and come in the house. I've often thought he deserved a more elegant name for he has become a magnificent, gorgeous creature worthy of a regal title.

Speckles was also a stray who settled in quickly - a little tortie always referred to as "that speckled cat who keeps hanging around." Over time it evolved into "Speckles." We took her with us when we moved to another state and she, too, should have a better name. She's a sweetheart; she's been called my "shadow" because where I am, she has to be!!
Jeanne
How did you name your little critters?

Well, Luna and Maya got their names because they look like ocelots, so we wanted something mexican-sounding. Basho and Issa have that asian thing going, so they're names after japanese zen poets. Rufous and Fez... that's a harder one to figure out. Rufous because of the color and Fez just was a fun name that seemed to fit the little critter. Xoxo is named for a town in southern Mexico, Xoxocotlan. We saw the name of the town on the highway when we were on vacation and immediately decided we should use that for the new cat on the condos where we lived at the time. He has a very unusual personality and a very funny face, so it just made sense to give him a name that was both unusual and fun.

Victor M. Martinez
http://www.che.utexas.edu/~martiv
As you know, Persia found me (it was not the other way around). After a couple of days, I realized ... she turned around and came to me. She answered to it immediately! How did you name your little critters? Jill

That's really neat. You know, many people believe cats will communicate their names to their humans. When I first started reading about Persia, I thought she was probably a Persian, and hence the name.
Sherry
Just curious. Names are funny things. I know people ponder long and hard about what to name children. My mother ... she turned around and came to me. She answered to it immediately! How did you name your little critters? Jill

When I adopted TuTu from a shelter, she was called Ginger. It did not suit her and she really did not answer to it. I adored my Siamese who had gone to the Bridge a month earlier. I decided to name her Princess Two. That became Two - that became TuTu which she readily responded to.
How did you name your little critters?

My mommy kitty Mimi named herself. She's a mini mommy who meowed "me me" so I called her Mimi.
My black cat was named Lucky because black cats are considered unlucky. I was lucky to have him.
My persian cat was called Pretty Kitty and Princess. Then I found out it was a he so I had to change his name to Punkin, because he had pumpkin colored eyes and he was super cute. He still preferred being called Pretty Kitty.

I had a cat that I named Shamu after the whale because he had the same color markings, black with a white belly and a white spot on his back.

My cats Boots and Patches came with names.
Just curious.

Frank was named by the slaves of his mother. He was named after Frank Zappa, because he has a little black spot on his chin, and they were reminded of Zappa's beard. Frank was five months old by the time he came to me, so I let him keep the name that he already knew, and I thought it was a cool cat name anyway. It is only later that I've discovered that in every single movie and TV-series in English, there is a shady character called Frank.

Nikki's name came partly from the first cat our family had. She was brought home by my sister a few months before I was born, and she was named Rikki after the mongoose Rikki-Tikki-Tavi in The Jungle Book (Kipling's, not Disney's). At the time when I got Nikki, a friend of mine had suddenly (a few years later than the rest of the world) gone mad about the artist then known as Prince, and she insisted I name my new kitten after one of his songs. I picked Darling Nikki, seeing as it reminded me of Rikki, and since she was such a little darling.
Most of our cats when I was growing up were named after characters in books, or historical characters. There were Thomson and Thompson after the twin detectives in the Tintin comics, there was Carmen after the opera, there was Ulrika Eleonora after a Swedish queen. I can't remember them all.

Marina
We bought Jazz when the Disney movie ALADDIN just came out. The lady at the pet store told us she was a she, so my daughter insisted on calling her Jasmine (the princess in the film). Well, when we took the kitty to the vet for 'her' first visit TED told us 'she' was actually a 'he'. He had already gotten used to us calling him Jasmine, so Jasmine became Jazz instead/
He is called several other things like
Jujube
Mimi
my sweet baboo
Jazz's mama

Irulan
from the stars we came, to the stars we return
from now until the end of time
Purrsia would have been cool too.
I chose Brio's name on www.thesaurus.com. Typed in words that spoke of her character animated, life, gusto, energy, enthusiasm, vigor etc. and saw "brio" as a synonym time and time again. I thought it'd make a cool name for my full-of-life kitten. Now people keep asking me why I named my cat after Italian soda pop. Emotion: rolleyes I hadn't heard of Brio soda until after I named her. I like the name Brio a lot anyway.
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