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  1. #1
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    Renaming My Big Black Lion of a Shelter Cat

    Hubby and I went to the humane society today to pick out the kitten that he promised me for Christmas.

    Three hours later, we left with a 12-pound 4-year old poofy man-cat who basically looks like a big inky lion and thinks that headbutting is a great way to initiate kisses. I am so in love with him.

    His placard declared his name was Mason, which really depressed me until I learned that he's actually a stray who was nicknamed Mason by the people who found him and brought him to the pound. I'm glad, because that means he has no attachment to the name...and he is CERTAINLY not a Mason.

    He's such a magical, majestic creature, the perfect familiar...and simultaneously the biggest snugglepuss you ever did see! He loves to cuddle, burrow into laps, give and receive kisses, and have his belly rubbed. He has very long claws, but I have yet to feel the prick of them, even when he's purring and kneading. He's large-boned and very fluffy, with a leonine mane...not flat-faced. His eyes are huge and a very interesting shade of green...they look almost turquoise in some lights.

    I would love a wizardly sort of name for him...nothing too pretentious or solemn, but still with that magickal aura about it. A subtle reference to his coloring would be nice...he's a very inky black, like raven feathers.

    Do my fellow cat-loving Berries have any ideas for our lovely boy?
    Zion Nathaniel ~ Solomon Fable ~ Balthazar Wolf ~ Malachi Sparrow nn Kai ~ Tobias Rowan ~ Endymion _____ nn Ender ~ Caspian _____
    Alice Willow ~ Ophelia Wren ~ Lucia Pearl ~ Eve Wisteria nn Evie ~ Cosima Rose ~ River _____

    GPs
    Narnia Rose, Luna Seraphine, Astoria nn Story, Illyria, Serafina, Soraya, Faerydae
    Orion Melchior North, Tobias Loki, Edmund, Frost, Oberon, Kenshin, Remiel, Atreyu

  2. #3
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    I've always thought something like "Widdershins" (or maybe "Turnwise")would be a good name for a cat like that. Other suggestions:

    Puck
    Hermes
    Kyprioth (I forget, have you read The Song of the Lioness Series by Tamora Pierce?)
    Baby Sequoia Orion due October 2014!
    Other favorites: Cytheria, Arcadia, Seraphina, Caspian, Gideon

  3. #5
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    I took in a similar creature--massive velvety black British shorthair that's been running loose in the n'hood for a couple years. I named him Bear (short for Blackbear), but considered Bird (he has jowls like Charlie Parker), Raven, Hoover (he vacuums up his meals), Elvis, and Clive (since he's apparently got British origins). Good luck!

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    He sounds gorgeous! Do you have other pets? What sort of names do you go with for animals? I'm a crazy cat lady myself. Do you know The Naming of Cats?

    The Naming Of Cats by T. S. Eliot

    The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
    It isn't just one of your holiday games;
    You may think at first I'm as mad as a hatter
    When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
    First of all, there's the name that the family use daily,
    Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
    Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey--
    All of them sensible everyday names.
    There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
    Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
    Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter--
    But all of them sensible everyday names.
    But I tell you, a cat needs a name that's particular,
    A name that's peculiar, and more dignified,
    Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
    Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
    Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
    Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
    Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
    Names that never belong to more than one cat.
    But above and beyond there's still one name left over,
    And that is the name that you never will guess;
    The name that no human research can discover--
    But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
    When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
    The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
    His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
    Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
    His ineffable effable
    Effanineffable
    Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

    So how about

    Albus
    Baelfire
    Bagheera
    Cosmos
    Dresden
    Jade
    Jasper
    Merlin
    Mithrandir
    Myrrh
    Rook
    Shadowfax
    Tarot
    Tybalt
    Wulfric
    Considering...
    Cordelia Eilonwy Snow ● Evadne Polaris Fae ● Isabeau Jane Sophronia ● Lorelei Nimue Ondine
    Pandora Vivienne Swan ● Thisbe Octavia Wildrose ● Thora Khione Swan

    ●●● ●●● ●●●
    Caspian Ithuriel Wilder ● Damian Rainer Sparrow ● Evander Ithuriel Sol
    Gwydion Alaric Hart ● Malachi Tristan Bjorn ● Phineas Robin Blaise ● Theodore Peregrine Llyr

    our furbabies: Sebastian & Oleander

  5. #9
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    I immediately thought of Bear as well.

    Others:
    Bingham
    Rock
    Otis
    Cole
    Zeus
    Hercules

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