What did you name your pet and why?

My dog Molly who was a rescue was found thin, and shaggy running the streets. So I named her after the Unsinkable Molly Brown because she survived. Also as we adopted her on St. Patrick's Day and thinking of Molly as an Irish name it all sort of went together to fit her. Molly's best friends are Scooter, Max, Lucky, and Brownie which has me curious about how the Ship's pets acquired their names.
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  • My most recent cat was named Lissa. I got her from a shelter, and they had named her "Mischief"--which was silly because she was the LEAST mischievous cat I have ever known. So when I got her, I changed her name, but wanted it to sound similar to Mischief, so I chose Melissa and then shortened it to Lissa.

    But all of that was a wasted effort because, whenever I spoke to her, I would call her Sweetie, or Sweetheart or Sweet Girl or even Sweet Lissa. So I am pretty sure she thought her name was "Sweet."

    My prior cat was Burnie. I got her from my brother, who had named her Burnside (already having a cat named Beauregard--this is a whole American Civil War thing). I did not chagne her name, but shortened it to Burnie.
  • Burnie must be a one and only: she shares her name with a city on the NW coast of Tasmania😻😻
  • Hercules: the smallest and weakest kitten imaginable. He needed the name.
    Caliban and Miranda: we had been to see The Tempest shortly before they arrived.
    Pontiac: born on the back seat of a friend's car.
    Merlin: the Rolls-Royce supercharged V12 aero engine.
    Griffon: the more powerful version of the Rolls-Royce supercharged V12 aero engine.
    Leonides: the Alvis 9-cylinder radial aero engine.
    Then there were Bailey, Will (Shakespeare) and Ajo, who kept their names from their original families after they came to us.
  • RuthRuth Shipmate
    Jeoffry - after Christopher Smart's cat
    Selima - after Horace Walpole's cat
    Ace - short for asymmetrical, because he's a snowshoe mix with a tilted face mask, and because if he were a person he'd try to give himself this nickname
    George - I knew in the shelter that this was this orange tabby's name
  • MaryLouiseMaryLouise Shipmate, Host Emeritus
    My small rescue dogs were found scavenging on a industrial rubbish dump by my partner and taken to our brilliant if opinionated vet, who named them Jezebel and Chloe. No idea why. By the time they had been inoculated, treated for mange, parasites, dog bites and a broken tail, and came home to us, they answered to those names. They were tiny, nervous and very skinny, but Jezebel suddenly put on weight and so I began calling her The Chub: she plumped out and grew a thick glossy red-brown coat, classic example of a fat dog trying to get out of a thin body. Chloe, aka Klobi-wa-kenobi, turned into a caramel and white cream puff, mostly Pomeranian ruff, very beautiful, affectionate and domineering.

    Sixteen years on, Chloe is easily confused and a bit senile, while The Chub is lively as ever. I took Chloe to the vet when she began barking at the walls and the vet scolded me for even thinking there was anything wrong with her or Jezebel. "You're no spring chicken yourself," he said. "She's ageing very gracefully."

    Previous names, most not chosen by me: Woolly Wolfbear the German shepherd, Peanut the large Airedale, Axel Rose the cat, Juniper the Jack Russell x, Dexter the ridgeback (named by vet), Sorghum the spaniel, Conan Doyle the inquisitive piglet, Butterball the cairn terrier, Chaplin the black and white cat, Charlie the papillon, Margot the Labrador x boerbul, named by vet . All loved and missed.
  • BroJamesBroJames Purgatory Host
    Freddie our rescue Westie, because that was the name they gave him at the shelter and it was already his second name. We didn’t want to confuse an initially very nervous dog with another name change.
  • The children named one of our puppies. They decreed that he be called Pepsi because he was brown and bubbly.
  • HuiaHuia Shipmate
    I named my kitten (now cat) Aroha which means Love in Maori because she was, and still is, a little cuddle puss.
  • RockyRogerRockyRoger Shipmate
    edited November 2023
    When I was single, I named my cat Kati, after Bruckner's (he is my favourite composer) housekeeper. Our two rescue cats, Suzie and Toby, who have allowed us to live with them for ten years, were so called by Cats Protection. Toby was found as a kitten abandoned in a local park. After he had been with us a for a week or so he revealed to us his full and proper name was, 'Lord Tobias of Hinchingbrooke' (the park where he was found).
    Suzie is just Suzie, but is commonly adressed as 'Sweetie'.
  • Our dog was named Minnie (after Minnie Mouse) by her breeder's children. We couldn't think of anything better, so we kept it. She is now known as Minnie the Minx - which actually fits her quite well.
  • Jane R wrote: »
    Our dog was named Minnie (after Minnie Mouse) by her breeder's children. We couldn't think of anything better, so we kept it. She is now known as Minnie the Minx - which actually fits her quite well.

    Now you need dog called Gnasher!
  • This afternoon I brought home from the rescue centre an 8 year old tortoiseshell cat who I will be calling Mochi (a Japanese dessert).
    Mr Heavenly and my 2 sons are big Japanese anime fans so we wanted a cute Japanese name. I don’t like her real name and Mochi sounds similar in tone.
  • @RockyRoger 🤣 no need: she looks a bit like Gnasher, except for the teeth.
  • Our last cats were middle-aged when we fostered, and then adopted them. Their original family were moving abroad for an extensive period which was extended even further.

    There was no question of changing their names, so they remained Pepsi, a black female, and her ginger brother, Tango.
  • Martin54Martin54 Suspended
    edited November 2023
    Gus. An English bull terrier dog. What else? Short for Augustus, which in my soppiest moments because 'gustus. Thomas. A dignified black and white cat with balls. Jackie Norton and Philip. Because they were nice. And Kevin the Bastard (a helpless little she-cat). And Cody Jarrett. All cats.
  • As I recall--always in doubt nowadays--my family at one time or another had two cats, Andy and Kitty and a young raccoon, Rody (because she was a rodent). Rody did not get along well with our cat was somewhat destructive, so she was given away to an animal shelter.
  • A rabbit called Rocket because that was the only Marvel-related name that youngest Rogueling managed to smuggle past Mrs Rogue.
  • TelfordTelford Deckhand, Styx
    Years ago we had a male cat called Mork and a female cat called Mindy.
  • Telford wrote: »
    Years ago we had a male cat called Mork and a female cat called Mindy.

    Did they meow 'nanu nanu'?
  • TelfordTelford Deckhand, Styx
    RockyRoger wrote: »
    Telford wrote: »
    Years ago we had a male cat called Mork and a female cat called Mindy.

    Did they meow 'nanu nanu'?

    Only Mork did it.
  • Our first Aby was Mordecai as we didn’t like his Cat Fancy name of Modred. Phibby and Sibby were already named by their breeder (Giselle Silver Pheum and Giselle Sylvaticum), as was Jasper. We chose Gwennie (Gwenllian), (Annie (Arianwen) and Soloman(“”man of peace”) .
  • TheOrganistTheOrganist Shipmate
    edited November 2023
    Teilo. A splendid black and white cat that arrived as a tiny kitten in mid-March some years ago, aged roughly 6 weeks. Why Teilo? First, we tracked back to find his birthday and alighted on 9th February, St Teilo's Day. Second, Teilo was the founder of Llandaff Cathedral and came from Pembrokeshire, both places to which I have connections.
  • BoogieBoogie Heaven Host
    edited November 2023
    My son moved to Germany in 2009. His first job was caring for a blind man who had a guide dog called Tatze.

    He was home for the week in 2013 when we went to pick up our new puppy. On the way I said “you can choose the name, Pepper or Rosie?” Meaning I wanted him to decide one of those names. He said “Tatze”. So Tatze it was. It means “paw” in German.

    Of course, I’m constantly having to explain her name and how to pronounce it! (Tats - er)

    Ted’s name needs no explanation!

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/bDG1vbe7mr971CFU6
  • HarryCH wrote: »
    As I recall--always in doubt nowadays--my family at one time or another had two cats, Andy and Kitty and a young raccoon, Rody (because she was a rodent). Rody did not get along well with our cat was somewhat destructive, so she was given away to an animal shelter.

    Er... Racoons ain't rodents.
  • Or pets!
  • Maisy, who often gets called Your Majesty, and Monty were named by the shelter. They're mother and son, hence reasonably similar names.

    Our childhood cat was Puss, because what else do you call the cat who turns up and eventually adopts you?
  • HuiaHuia Shipmate
    I called the cat who turned up and adopted me Georgie-Porgyfat'n'fluffy because I thought she looked a bit chubby, but the vet told me that what I thought was excess weight was all fur.

    I still miss her as she saw me through the thousands of aftershocks we had. She also had a police record, having set off the burglar alarm in the school nearby.
  • Huia wrote: »
    I called the cat who turned up and adopted me Georgie-Porgyfat'n'fluffy
    That's a name of a respectable length for a cat.

    Before we adoped Pepsi and Tango I had always given my cats rather elaborate names. partly because I'd had a couple of pedigree cats, and didn't see why domestic cats of mixed heritage should be less honoured, and also because I was a fan of TS Eliot's Old Possum poem The Naming of Cats.
    The cats that were members of our household the longest were 'Melissa Marzipan the Patchwork Cat' (a Tortie & White), and 'LucyLastic the Orford Orphan', a kitten I hand reared from about 10 days. Her feral mother got confused and abandoned three kittens after moving the res, she'd had them in a shed at my place of work and had been disturbed by human activity.

  • Elizabeth arrived with that name.

    Our previous cats were:

    Cleopatra (Cleo) because an Egyptian name seemed appropriate.

    Black Agnes (Agnes) because she was black and regal. There's a line in the ballad of Black Agnes Dunbar Cam we early, cam we late, we found Black Agnes at the gate and I liked the idea of our cat being always there (although Black Agnes Dunbar herself was always there to ward off attacks on her castle). Agnes was a rescue cat. Sometime after we had her I said the word "beauty" and Agnes looked round. So we tried it a few times randomly and she always reacted. She must have been someone's Black Beauty once. If we hadn't already named the cat Agnes, it might have been the Quinie's name. She is very glad not to have been named Agnes!

    Plato because he was calm and solid.
  • A friend reckons you shouldn’t name your cat anything you don’t want to shout out to call them in.
  • BroJamesBroJames Purgatory Host
    Same applies to dogs IMO.
  • DoublethinkDoublethink Admin, 8th Day Host
    I always whistle for the cat, leaving me with infinite choice :mrgreen:
  • MaryLouiseMaryLouise Shipmate, Host Emeritus
    Priscilla wrote: »
    A friend reckons you shouldn’t name your cat anything you don’t want to shout out to call them in.

    Very true. A law student next door humorously named his cat Jesus Wept and for years we would hear him calling "Jesus Wept! Suppertime, come along, good boy Jesus Wept, time for kibbles!"
  • When we got our first cats we called one Wysiwyg or Wizzy for short. Mrs Rogue rejected my suggestion of Kaziwyg for his sister.
  • SarasaSarasa All Saints Host
    A friend's mother felt very silly yelling Lucifer every time she wanted the cat to come in.
    My first cat (a female Tortie) was named Buster as I'm a big Buster Keaton fan. She was knocked down and killed on the day we were going to see a play called Buster's Last Stand. The two I had after her were Rosie and George as I liked the names.
  • MaryLouise wrote: »
    Priscilla wrote: »
    A friend reckons you shouldn’t name your cat anything you don’t want to shout out to call them in.

    Very true. A law student next door humorously named his cat Jesus Wept and for years we would hear him calling "Jesus Wept! Suppertime, come along, good boy Jesus Wept, time for kibbles!"
    My brother had two cats, named Harry and Truman. My brother lived in the suburbs of Washington DC and enjoyed standing at the door and shouting: "Harry Truman! Harry Truman!"
  • Cassie (short for Cassiopeia) and Lyra. We thought they were both black female cats with small bits of white, so decided to name them after female constellations - though in fact Cassie is completely black and Lyra about half and half, but that wasn’t immediately obvious as they concealed themselves under various items of furniture every time we appeared for the first week or so.
    Everyone assumes Lyra is named after the Philip Pullman character, especially as they are somewhat alike in personality.
  • Toidy - because the elderly neighbour who gave her to us as a kitten assured us that she was 'a tidy little cat'. Tidy is an Essex adjective meaning all things good, pronounced 'toidy'. She was followed by Chatto who was born a farmyard cat but wisely decided that life in a house was more desirable than the feral alternative. My brother called him 'le petit chat' and the name (almost ) stuck.
  • Chatto was good - I like that. Somewhere - long forgotten - I heard of a pet bird called Wuzzo (more French).
  • One of my cats gets addressed as M. Le Chaton on occasion. His sister, on occasion, is Mme Le Raton. Because she scavenges for food like one.
  • Our former dog was a rescued black labrador named Hank. Actually, his full name was Hank Aaron. The shelter people named him. They would name the dogs using the alphabet as a guide. Since he was the eighth dog brought in during the week--we have a small animal shelter--his name woul have been an H name.

    The name served him well.
  • Chatto was good - I like that. Somewhere - long forgotten - I heard of a pet bird called Wuzzo (more French).

    Correction - it was a stuffed toy. Close enough.
  • We have a dog Snoopy (named after the dog I had as a child) but she usually gets called Fluffybutt and other similarly complimentary names. "Dog!" when she's done something bad.
  • We had a rabbit called Marshmallow Fluffmonster. If you had seen her the reason behind the name would be obvious.
  • When Mrs CD and I got married we had a succession of five Cairn Terriers, all with names associated with otters. Well, one of them had to be called Tarka (taken from the book "Tarka the Otter"). The other names were taken from Gavin Maxwell's book "Ring of Bright Waters"; Edal, Mij, Chahla, and Teko. A sixth Cairn terrier, Tanya, came our way when her owner was taken into hospital and subsequently died. As she was already named we didn't feel the need to change it. All our Cairns have passed on.
    However, along the way we have taken on three rescue dogs. Sally, a Saluki X Lurcher was named by the Blue cross animal rescue organisation; Titch, a small Jack Russel Terrier who removed from its owner by the Police and RSPCA along with six other dogs. (Owner had left the dogs to fend for themselves while she went away for a few days. Third and final warning and guest appearance before the Magistrates Bench). Titch's original name was rather pretentious, so she was named according to her size.
    Our third rescue came to us a week before last Christmas. Some lads found this small puppy, about six or seven weeks old struggling in the snow and their parents took the puppy to the vets. The vets in turn asked us to look after "Blue" as the boys called her until enquiries could be made. The boys called her "Blue" because of the colour of her eyes are a bright blue. It ended up with us being asked to find Blue a good home, so now she has one!
    Blue is a Parson Jack Russel terrier. white with a brown patch over the left eye and is known as "Baby", Puppy or Poopy depending on her behaviour/
  • I got an elderly tea cup poodle named Jeremy from the RSPCA, and was entranced by this fairy dog for about 3 hours before he revealed that the fairy he most resembled was a Nac Mac Feegle. He was Jeremy Feegledog for the rest of his life.
  • Our first cat was Manda - she was adopted after her first family went back to Italy. She was originally Amanda, but we didn't like the name so we took the A off. She lived to 19.5 years old.
    Biscuit - she was a three colour tortie, named Rainbow (Arc-en-Ciel) by the refuge. I wanted to call her Biscuit just because I liked it as a name. She died a week after we got her of a virus.
    Pomme (grey and white) was the name given by the Refuge and we liked it, so we kept it. She died in 2021 aged 19
    Pumpkin was adopted around November (Black and white tuxedo cat). Died aged 4 of a heart problem.
    George (ginger and white) was born on St George's Day. Disappeared in 2017
    Millie (tabby) was George's sister, adopted later to save her from The Bucket. George & Mildred. Still with us.
    Bib (a dark tortie) - Bibendum -was rescued from the Michelin R&D site, and Bibendum is the French name for the Michelin man. Still with us.
    Jasper (ginger and white) rescued from the street after George disappeared. Named after a picture I have of a cat sleeping. Jasper was in the exact same pose when we were thinking of a name. Still with us
    Lucky Jim (ginger fluff ball) so-called because he was very, very lucky. I came across his mother on the road, hit by a car and dying. Jim had been in her mouth, and he'd been thrown clear. If I'd not stopped he'd have soon died, either squashed by a car or of exposure as he was only a week old. Born in 2022. Still with us.
  • Dormouse wrote: »
    Our first cat was Manda - she was adopted after her first family went back to Italy. She was originally Amanda, but we didn't like the name so we took the A off. She lived to 19.5 years old.
    Biscuit - she was a three colour tortie, named Rainbow (Arc-en-Ciel) by the refuge. I wanted to call her Biscuit just because I liked it as a name. She died a week after we got her of a virus.
    Pomme (grey and white) was the name given by the Refuge and we liked it, so we kept it. She died in 2021 aged 19
    Pumpkin was adopted around November (Black and white tuxedo cat). Died aged 4 of a heart problem.
    George (ginger and white) was born on St George's Day. Disappeared in 2017
    Millie (tabby) was George's sister, adopted later to save her from The Bucket. George & Mildred. Still with us.
    Bib (a dark tortie) - Bibendum -was rescued from the Michelin R&D site, and Bibendum is the French name for the Michelin man. Still with us.
    Jasper (ginger and white) rescued from the street after George disappeared. Named after a picture I have of a cat sleeping. Jasper was in the exact same pose when we were thinking of a name. Still with us
    Lucky Jim (ginger fluff ball) so-called because he was very, very lucky. I came across his mother on the road, hit by a car and dying. Jim had been in her mouth, and he'd been thrown clear. If I'd not stopped he'd have soon died, either squashed by a car or of exposure as he was only a week old. Born in 2022. Still with us.

    Thank you. Your place in heaven is assured!
  • jedijudyjedijudy Heaven Host
    Jasmine of blessed memory, was born in the house next door. The neighbor had named her Precious (which she was!), but Daughter-Unit decided she was a Disney princess, so changed her name to Jasmine. That amazing cat never scratched or bit anybody!! Not even when D-U would carry her around the house tail up and head down. All Jazzy did was ask me nicely to tell my 'kitten' to put her down.

    Belle was a rescue who was a teenager cat when we got her. When I first held her at the Humane Society, she put her front legs around my neck and kissed my cheek. Later that day, I took D-U to meet her. Again, Belle hugged my neck and kissed my cheek. D-U figured Belle was a Disney princess, too, so that's where her name came from.

    BTW, those were the only two times Belle ever hugged my neck and kissed my cheek!!! :joy:

    Jasmine lived to be 19 1/2 years, and Belle was 20 1/2 years.
  • My childhood kitty was found as a kitten on 16 December, which apart from being my birthday was also the feast of O Sapientia. Hence he was named Sappy.

    The two cats we have had in more recent years kept the names they came with. Spikey was a 17 year old rescue cat, and Cookie came from a very loving family who could no longer keep her. It just didn't seem right to rename either of them.
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