So I have been thinking about names lately, and wondering how all my animal friends out there got theirs - I mean, I am sure your moms and dads picked them, but what made them choose them? I was going to post this for a while, then Khyra at Khyra's Khorner wrote about her name, and I decided it was a sign to post it! I already have a name picked out for the next pet I get that is a girl - I like Trixie. Which is funny, because Lola was named Trixie when I got her. But I knew even before I met her that I wanted a girl kitty named Lola, so that is what she got. Same with Floyd, but Floyd would be Floyd even if he had been a girl. I just thought that was a good name - when he was little and would tolerate a collar, he had a pink one (get it - Pink Floyd). Kirzon was tough - it is from a TV show (Star Trek Deep Space 9 and yes is is misspelled). I knew I was getting him but didn't have a name picked out so my friend and I just started randomly picking things we saw as we were driving - Arby - no, McDonald - no, etc. So then we started on TV shows, and ended up with Kirzon. Lola was actually originally going to be Lolita, with Lola just as a nickname, but that lasted about a minute before it was just easier to stick with Lola. Virgil was decided easily - I had come up with it out of nowhere for a stuffed animal I got for the daughter of someone I used to be friends with. I think I had just read Dante's Inferno recently which is why it was in my mind. So years later, I immediately went to that name again. I think it is a good choice. And Barney, well, I knew I wanted another kitten for Virgil to play with (since the other 3 are older) and knew what girls name I would want (Trixie) but didn't know a boys. Since Barney is very obviously a boy (you may know why I say that if you look close at some of his pictures) I had no name. So I drove home after first meeting him, and once I had decided for sure I was going to take him - about a block from the vets office - I started to try and think of a name. I went through a bunch and there were some I liked but there are already cats with names I thought up. So I started going through TV shows I liked - luckily I went by night of the week and found one really quickly. I picked Barney from How I Met Your Mother, which is one of my favorite shows (I even watch videos of it at work during lunch). It is on Monday and I didn't need to go any further! I am prepared for next time though - I was thinking that I could use people in my family (who aren't with us any more) and so I have some good boys names for the future - Melville (I had thought about Melvin for Barney but there is a Melvin out there and he is a baby too so that would be too confusing) which was my grandpa's name, or Julius, who was my great grandfather. We have a ton of interesting names in our family (ie. Oceanius - and she was a girl!) and my dad wrote some books on our geneology, so I have a great list to choose from!
So, for all my blogging animal friends out there - how did your moms and dads pick your names? Post your responses in the comments - I look forward to reading them!