The Names of Cats

There is a question that all owners have to confront, it can cause discussions at home with the family and even can cause insomnia at night.

What name should we put him? As once observed by the poet T.S. Eliot, having to put a name to a cat is a hard job. So hard that there are books about it.

Literary Cat Names
Maybe the difficult is due because when giving a name to a cat (as when you give a name to a baby) we are manifesting something about ourselves.

If we have literary pretensions, we could name our cat Hodge in honor to Samuel Johnson, or Grimalkin, in honor to Christina Rossetti, although we might feel ashamed of shouting these names in the street.

Film lovers might want to render homage to orangey, the feline star of breakfast with diamonds (known as cat in the film) and several other films of the 50’s and 60’s, or Solomon, the cat who appears in the films of James Bond you only live twice and diamonds are forever.

To call our cat Garfield, Tom or Felix might less original. But a name that might be fun and ingenious now, maybe it won’t seem so 10 years from now.

A cat’s name is for all his life.

Distinguished Titles
Florence Nightingale gave her cat’s names of public figures distinguished at that time, like Bismarck, Cavour, Gladstone and Disraeli. They say she had over 60 Persians at the time, for which to find names to add to this list must have been difficult. Winston Churchill called his cat Nelson, the cat stood with him during the bombarding of London, which isn’t surprising if we have in mind his patriotism.

Charles Dickens had less luck when he named his cat William; when the cat gave birth he had to be re-baptized as Williamina.

Ernest Hemingway also liked cats, and had more than 50 cats at his house in key West, Florida. The names he chose were as eccentric as he was: for example: Nuisance value, fats, friendless and friendless brother.

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