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Thursday, July 8, 2010

The Name Game


So I have seen a lot of our blog friends participating in The Name Game - explaining how you got your name. So I decided it would be fun to do for each of the cats (and I threw in some of their nicknames, and heck, even where my name came from).

Kirzon - is a misspelling of Curzon, a character on Star Trek:Deep Space 9. If he had been a girl, he would have been Jadzia. It is funny that we now have some kitty friends with those names - we think it is so cool. Kirzon's nicknames are Kirzy, Kirz, dude, and recently Old Man, since he is the oldest.

Lola - Originally I was going to go with Lolita, and Lola as a nickname. But that is too confusing, so it ended up we just always used Lola. No special place or anything that either came from. Her nicknames are Lo, LoLo, Lololololo, Gassy (she is a gassy girl) and crabby when she is well, being crabby.

Virgil - For some reason, starting a few years back, I started giving things the name Virgil. Virgil is the ancient poet who is also the tour guide to Hell and Purgatory in Dante's Divine Comedy. I think I must have started it after reading Inferno. So when we found out about him at the vets, I just instantly went to Virgil. He is also known as Virg, V, little tuxie boy, and sometimes V-Man.

Barney - Barney was tough. We found out about him at the vets and I told them I would think about it (knowing full well we would take him) and so on the drive home I started trying to think of names because nothing came to me instantly (there are a lot of cute names I though of but since I knew other cats with the same names I decided not to use those.) I started going through the names on the TV shows I watch. I only needed to get to Monday - Barney is actually Barney Stinson (Stinson is his middle name) after Neil Patrick Harris's character on How I Met Your Mother. He is usually Barn, Barnacle (which fits because he is snuggly) snugglebug, and Smiley Joe (because he is always smiley)

Gus - Gus is another one where I went through TV shows I like - this time he is named after Gus from Psych. If you went with a full name it would really be Guster Burton (the character is Burton Guster on the show but they call him Gus). If for some reason we had found out after Gus was Gus that he was a girl (and believe me, we are positive he isn't) then he would still be Gus. The kittens don't have too many nicknames but Gussy and GussyGus are two we have for him - I also call him my little creamsicle boy (because they are both orange and white).

Stella - Stella actually was named that by her first human mom. I was originally going to go with Trixie for a girl (strangely, Trixie was Lola's original name) and then when we were thinking of second names (we had already said we would take 2 kittens - even before they were born we told the vets office to let us know if any were dropped off again this year) and we thought it had to go with Lola and Trixie - first we thought of Mabel, but then Stella came up. It was actually going to be the name used after Trixie but then Stella was already named it, and really she seems like a Stella. We were kind of trying for a roller derby girl kind of feel (Lola, Trixie and Stella all work for that, as would Roxy or Mabel). As it turns out it never occurred to me at the time that there was also a Stella on How I Met Your Mother - but seriously that is not where it came from. So our next girl kitty will be Trixie. Stella also hasn't got too many nicknames yet, but she has gotten Stell, Stelly, and StellyBelly.

And, just for the record, my name (Amy Beth) was picked by my mom from one of her favorite books, Little Women. If I have any nicknames I am not aware of them (probably for good reason!)

Oh, and as for the pic from yesterday of all 6 - that was natural, with no treats involved (believe me if there were treats no one would have been sleeping). I think it is because Brad is out of town. Virgil just wandered by - it isn't unusual for the other 5 to be on the same sofa (though that close is not as common) - I was sitting next to them, and Virgil came by (he likes to sit on the cabinet behind the couch) and sat down for a few - I was so shocked at first I didn't want to grab the camera, but it was pretty close so I lucked out. He left about 2 minutes after the picture so he was there maybe 5 or 6 minutes total. Oh, and you can see that they are on a blue blanket with the other blankets nearby - that is because I am keeping the new sofas covered for now because I was afraid since Lola can't get to the bed, she might try the couches - they have plastic under the blankets (which is why the other stuff fell - everything slides down) to be safe but there haven't been any problems, so the plastic will go soon (but will be kept just in case - oh, and thanks to I think it was Jacqueline, who suggested using inexpensive shower curtain liners when the bed was an issue - we are using those on the couch - they work great!). Also if you don't see us visiting as much it is because with Brad gone for the week (his cousin is in from Sweden, and usually Brad, the cousin and Brad's parents take a week long trip while he is in - I don't go with) I am getting a LOT done at home. Like seriously a ton of organizing!

And don't forget to read down to my earlier posts! We have a bunch of doggies who could use some purrs and woofs down there!

28 comments:

Jacqueline said...

A fun post; we enjoyed learning where all of your names came from!...Happy day sweet friends...kisses x3...Calle, Halle, Sukki

Marg said...

That was really interesting about all the different names and their origin. I am just horrible about naming my animals. It usually just comes from the town or a flower that I like or the color of the cat.
Thanks again for letting me know about my blog. I don't know what was wrong with it. I think it is working now

Sammy and Andy said...

Loved learning about your names!!!!!

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the casbah kitten said...

Oh how fun! We would like to play this game too....

Kea said...

The name game is fun! We loved reading how everyone got their name. :-)

Sweet Praline said...

That's very interesting. My name came from the sweet candy from New Orleans. Mom said I had the coloring of the candy and had the sweetest face and that's how I got my name.

chezcat1970 said...

That was so fun to read! And that suggestion about the shower liners is great--we would never have thought of something so obvious like that!

Simba said...

Fun to read about the names. My story is a boring one - my previous owners had called me Simba, aftr the Lion King, and Mom and Dad didn't change it.

My folks have ended up putting a couple of shower curtain liners on certain beds after I had an odd accident on the guest bed after my sister's then Boyfriend came for a visit and to meet the family. I was letting everybody know I didn't like him! Later one my sister ended up agreeing.

Cat said...

Wow that was neat to learn about all your names, I think Stella might be my favourite name although they are all great.

Interesting comment from Simba, of course the cats always know first who is nice and who is not!

Max said...

Hm. And my people and I always thought the way you spell Kirzon was the "right" way... They are total ST freaks, so the Woman REALLY likes that name...

twinkietinydog said...

Trekies? Loooooove Lolita for a girl cat, especially a calico, but Lola is a grumpy old lady according to you, so I love Lola. May I steal Lolita? I used to call my daughter barnacle for the same reason you call Barney that, the good ol' days, when she was little... Dang, Trixie is another favorite of mine. You and all those cats should have been banned from the name game ROFL
Little Women, Amy Beth??? Awesome. Love that book!
Twinkie

Brian said...

That was fun reading about your names!!! Ours aren't exciting, we all came with the names we have...except for Sister Gracie!

Old Kitty said...

I loved that pic of all your six kitties together yesterday! That was amazing - well done you for snapping away! :-)

I love how and why you named your kitties just so. But I do like their nicknames to. Kirzon- Old Man, Lola - Gassy, Virgil -V-man, Barney- Smiley Joe and of course little Stellybelly and Gussyguss!

Excellent! Good luck organizing!

take care
x

DailyGs said...

That's a fun game!

Mom says we all told her our names! She just waits until we tell her what it is. She says sometimes we told her right away, but other times she had to wait until we were willing to talk.

Robyn said...

I have to tell you that I have taken to calling Bolitar "Barney" lately, because something about him reminds me of your Barney!

If we were going to keep him (which we are not, because I couldn't possibly keep him and not the other three), I'd definitely name him Barney. :)

Lynx217 said...

OMC You are as much a trekkie as I was MOL! I have no idea what I would've named Jaz if she were a he too. LOL from the moment I laid eyes on her, she was Jadzia MOL. GMTA!

Pierro said...

I like the names and enjoyed the origins. Interesting how we come up with a name either by the way they look or act, or a name just comes into your mind and it sounds like a good one!
all lovely names

Yes, get organizing done and plastic shower curtains are one thing that mom has a few of at all times. They do come in handy and with a couple of towels you can even put them in the washer.

bonkbonks to you and all of the cool kitties

Daisy said...

You put so much thought into all your names, I love it! I especially like the nickname "Barnacle." I got named Daisy just because it is a sunny, happy sort of flower.

BeadedTail said...

We enjoyed learning you all became who you are! All your names fit so well and your nicknames are cute too!

cats of wildcat woods said...

Great name ideas - Mom just gave up after a while - like trying to find white names for 9 white cats! We use the shower curtain too!

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Thanks fur pawing the story of your names!

All of 'em!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra
PeeEssWoo: Mom told Auntie Di about Bailey - she even chekhked out your blog post - she's hopeful someone khloser khan help her -

little princess Luna~ said...

that was a super fun read kittehs--especially the "gassy" and "crabby" missy--heehee. :)

i hope you kittehs can all make it to my slumber pawty on jul. 23rd--not pjs required--HOW ABOUT THAT?? ;)

xo,
luna

the booker man said...

yay! thanks for playin' the name game! i just totally love learning about everybuddy's names. you get bonus points for doing your name too, miss amy. :)
*woof*
the booker man

Cheyenne -Millie said...

That is really fun reading abouts how your names came about. And it is fun to see what goes on in the human thought processes as they thinks about giving you a name! Love the Deep Space 9!

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

How cool to know where everybody's name originated. It is like having an extra peek into the personalities of each of you. Thanks for sharing.

Tober the Cat said...

Thanks for the great post about everybody's names! I will have to do one like that sometime. . . some days I am called everything BUT Tober!

Ayla and Iza, said...

I LOVE learning what goes into names because I give them a lot of thought. It took me days to find Skeeter's and LC's names, for example.

The Big Thing

mayziegal said...

Hi, hi, hi! Oh, it seems like I've been gone FUREVER! I luved reading about everybuddy's names and they all seem like they fit just perfect. I always wondered where the name "Kirzon" came from and now I know!

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie