Sunday, February 21, 2010

Name That Cat! (A Contest)

by Leann

I am writing the third book in the Cats in Trouble Mystery Series and realized that a certain important cat character has the wrong name. This is troublesome. Character names are very important. In this series, many of the names come from my family--and I try to make the character quite the opposite from his or her real life counterpart. Or use a first name from one side of the family and a last name from the other side. As for my heroine, well, her name is Jillian Hart. My daughter is Jillian and my maiden name is Hart.

Paw print2 I have found that a cat with the wrong name can be as bad as a human character with the wrong one. Just so you know, the three "main character" cats in the series are Syrah, Merlot and Chablis. In the second book due out in May, two cats have names from readers who had lost their beloved feline friends--so look for Vlad and Wiggins.

Black cat2 But now I've decided to call on you for names. Here's a little bit about the cat with the wrong name: it's a she, she's long-haired and silky black with vivid green eyes and she belongs to a very very wealthy woman. In other words, she gorgeous, she knows it and she's spoiled silly.

Now, here's how this works. I will take entries from anyone who includes a potential cat name in a comment. You may offer more than one name--in fact you may send in as many names as you want for the next week. Then I will post the entire on Sunday, February 28. Then you can start voting. Get your friends and family involved! This is fun. I will cut the list in half, and then you can vote again. Depending on how many names we end up with, I will either tell which name had the most votes in three or four weeks.

When I post the list next week, I will give you the e-mail address to send in your votes. No, you cannot vote for the name you want a hundred times. :-) If you vote more than once, it has to be for a different name each time.

Get your creative side working and start giving me names. Do you have exactly the right moniker for my pampered cat character?

55 comments:

Sheery said...

Well, you mentioned using names in an opposite fashion. Your cat is a gorgeous, spoiled diva and the first name I thought was 'Angel'. LOL

Mardel said...

I once had a very regal cat - I named her Cleopatra.

Other names that come to mind are Nefertiti (spelling might be wrong), or even Beyonce.

Lolita

Maricella.

Sophia Loren

Shel said...

Inky. I had a cat just like what you describe, and that was her name.

Dave Chaudoir said...

Leona

Godiva

Brandy

Truffles

Harriet

Antigone

Penelope

Murphy

Elvira

Diana said...

Our cat's name is
'Slydell'. We call her
'Sly' for short.

Either name is good for a spoiled Princess.
How about 'Princess' for a name?

a few more ...
Precious
or
Kitten
or
Baby

Andrea C. said...

Hmm..I'd want to go with something expensive and maybe focus on the green eyes:

1. Emerald (if it is too long you could call the cat Emme or some variation)

2. Jade

Or something else expensive

3. Beluga (I imagine a rich cat would love caviar)

Good Luck - I love names but struggle - I have been a teacher for so many years that most names remind me of some students (and some names are never options because of former students who may not have been my favorites! Haha)

Dru said...

1. Smooches
2. Princess
3. Precious
4. Cherie
5. Darling
6. Caviar
7. Sweetie
8. Lily

Vicki said...

I'm not very good at this but I was trying to focus on the spoiled aspect and came up with:

1. Sheba
2. Athena
3. Onyx

South Jersey Quilter said...

A black cat- Magic, of course!

Holly

Shannon said...

I immediately thought
black Irish from your description.

Darcy or Darby
Hazel
Lily


I would be remiss without throwing in two really good cat names, ;)
Maxie (Maxine)
Izzie (Isabel or Isabella, plain Bella is good, too.)

Fun idea!

signlady217 said...

Contessa or Duchess

Roxanne (Roxie)

Smitten (it sounds like somebody is!)

Jewel

Pocohontas

Cat

Mouse (as shy as one--not!)

Frisky

Good luck finding just the perfect name for a wonderful new animal.

Leann Sweeney said...

Wow. Already such great names! keep them coming people. I LOVE this!

D... said...

Black hair and green eyes? Spoiled? Sounds like a Scarlett, as in O'Hara, to me!

Mare F said...

Twyla (long i sound) comes to mind, as do Tasha, Amarantha, and of course, Piewacket...although I'm not sure on the spelling there. LOL

Carol Brown said...

Green eyes and a wealthy owner....how about Envy?

Anonymous said...

A spoiled cat...Adora Rose.

Barb Goffman said...

I have to agree with D. Long black hair. Green eyes. Knows she's gorgeous. Spoiled silly. That's Scarlett (from Gone With The Wind). Or if you want to be more obscure, you could name the cat Tara, after Scarlett's beloved home.

Grandma Vonnie said...

What a neat idea! And what fun it's been to read thru everyone's very imaginative names. May I add "Serena" to the mix?

Melissa Palmer said...

Kiki LaFleur

Midnight

Onyx

Ebony

Lover of Books said...

Cleopatra or maybe Angelina?

Krista

Lorinda Byelich said...

I have always had male cats so this is a little more difficult for me but my first thought was Isis!

Dalal - means spoiled one
Paris - like in Paris Hilton :-)

Peg said...

Her Royal Highness
Princess
Gigi
Ebony

regina

Shel said...

I'm liking Onyx, myself, after reading through these.

Natalie W said...

Here are a few that come to mind..
1. Sable
2. Chardonay
3. Chablais
4. Queenie
5. Chichi (means showily or affectedly elegant or trendy; pretentious)
6. Blase'
7. Amora
8. Ophelia
9. Dazzle
10. Carlotta
11. Cashmere
12. Dahlia
13. Ezmerelda
14. Hershey
15. Isis (jet black beauty named after the Egyptian Goddess of Death)
16. Jasmine
17. Zahara (means beautiful flower in Swahili)
18. Velvet
19. Tigress
20. Pandora

Ooo this is fun--guess they just keep coming.

Leann Sweeney said...

WOW. I am amazed, but I shouldn't be. What a creative bunch you people are. Thank you!!!

Lindy said...

My first cat's name was Ruby Petunia. Ruby Petunia was a prima donna to the max. She was very neurotic so there was always some drama going that kept me tied up and laughing. I would be delighted for you to use her name because it would be a great memorium.

My second cat's name was Jezza Belle. I called her Jezzie. She was such a sweetheart--nothing like Ruby Petunia. Both cats brought richness to my life (which is a good thing because I'm not wealthy like your book's character). This name might go better with the all-black cat.

Bev said...

Her green eyes gave me a clue to what I would call her. Such a high-class kitty needs the name of a green liqueur. Bev

Chartreuse
Absinthe

Gayle Carline said...

My first thought was that she sounded like Scarlett O'Hara, but I think I like the name Vivien Leigh better. When I think of her in other films, her close-ups had a feline quality to them. Perhaps it was that always slight enigma in her smile.

Anonymous said...

I was thinking Topaz for black Topaz or maybe Velvet?
Other names:
Crystal
Veronica
Chocolate
Sable

Kathy McIntosh said...

Beryl's another gemstone.
Or perhaps Evita - she had charisma.
Oooh, maybe Charisma.

Livia J (Washburn) Reasoner said...

Maybe royality?
Duchess
Victoria
Elizabeth
Alexandra
Charlotte
Diana
Caroline
Margaret

Anonymous said...

Lot's of great suggestions so far!
Mine:
Paris
Champagne
Minx
Tiara

Glenda

Jeanne C. said...

I wish I had something original to add! There are so many great suggestions. The one I really love is Isis.
Jeanne

misterreereeder said...

So many names already ... and a lot of them were actually good. I will skip adding anymore since they have already been mentioned.

skkorman said...

My offering:

Sasha
Selene
Tatiana
Angelica
Katya
Ekaterina
Amaretta
Kahlua

Ingrid King said...

Wow, so many great suggestions already.

How about Cassandra? Nefertiti? Belladonna? Sabrina?

Bettyann said...

How about
1. Niala
2. Jasmine
3. SweetPea
4. Posh
5. Amour
6. Mocha
7. Coco
8. Paree
9. Godiva
10.Tuxedo
11.Sheba
12.Smoke
13. Minou- french for meow
14. Chatte - french for female cat
15.Gamin
16. Noir
17. Mocha
18. Precious
19.Bella
20. Sin

Leann Sweeney said...

More wonderful names! And with this gigantic list, this might take more than two weeks! Keep them coming. And btw, Bettyann, my daughter's cat is Minou!

Hank Phillippi Ryan said...

Lola. Because whatever Lola wants, Lola gets.

Jessica said...

Seraphim (Sera for short, its the highest choir of angels in the bible)

Kali

Loki (This is the Norse god of mischief, but I think it can be used as a female name too!)

Sheba

Katia

Karma (Or Carma)

Veruca

Bast (Ancient Egyptian Cat Goddess)

Persephone



There's just such a variety of names! LOL

Heather Webber said...

Wow. Can't wait to see which one wins!

Melissa said...

My regal kitty's name is Tara...

Sarah said...

Burgundy

Champagne

Princess

Aryn said...

Priscilla

She needs a more human-oriented name because it is clear that she thinks she is on par with humans and deserves their lifestyles. :)

Heather said...

How about Kahlua?
It's a nice warm tottie and could also be the name of a cat.
Heather

Wendy Lyn Watson said...

I have an Iphigenia at home, so I'm partial to that.

Other options that came to mind:

Coco
Chanel
Bianca
Zsa Zsa

Helen Kiker said...

Names that I did not see already.
Queen
Fern
Teal
Celeste
Empress
Juno
Latifah
Ashanti
Jetta
Raven
Alice

Of those already mentioned my favorites are
Emerald
Jade
Magic
Cleopatra
Princess
Jewel
Scarlett
Tara
Midnight

This is fun.

Helen Kiker

Judy Alter said...

How about Delilah?

Carol in Indian Springs Village said...

I will enter the name of my diva cat, Mercedes. She is no longer with us, but lived almost 19 years and was a true princess - and she knew it. We rescued her with her brother, who we named Studebaker, but Mercedes was the royal one in the family. She was a long haired calico and was the love of our lives. I would be honored to have her name used in a book.

dollycas said...

I can't add to this great list, but will have fun voting. Really like Isis, or Zahara, maybe Onyx.
Really great suggestions.

Another just popped into my head Jacqueline or Jacquie.

ozone3 said...

Contessa

Jade

Midori

Queenie

Adrianna

Rhianna

trek said...

Some that sprang into my mind:

Ava, Endora, Mingon (or Mingnonette), Maeve, Nimue

Or to go with ones that mean "dark":

Melanie, Sauda, or Leila

Anonymous said...

I'll add the name "Peaches" for my twelve-year-old tortie who I recently had to ask the vet to euthanize because of this huge tumor coming out of her nose that had taken over her face. She wasn't eating much, and her breathing had become very labored.

The vet removed the tumor 4 times in 6 months and told me June 17, 2009, Peaches only had about 4 weeks to live. Well, Peaches showed us all what a fighter she was and lasted 8 months. She was one tough tortie!

My vet nicknamed her "Rudolph" because of her red nose, and I had her picture taken with Santa Claus. She wore that tumor like a fashion accessory. She believed that she was beautiful no matter what!!! She was my soft, warm, cuddly teddy bear, and I miss her a great deal. I would be honored to have her name considered for your book.

Another suggestion I have is "Pinkie," another of my torties I recently lost. She was a very sweet kitty and was almost 15 years old.

Shirley in Baltimore

Heather said...

I just read through the list. There are some good names! I would like to throw two more in the mix. One is Obsidian which just has a great ring to it. The other would be Anastasia. I know a cat with this name and although she is not black or have long fur she is a "princess" and knows it. She also has amazing green eyes. :) Her nickname is Stasi.

Anonymous said...

This is fun.
Sacha
Penelope
Ninette
Mirabelle
Lola
Dominique
Angelique
Tessa
Truffles
Sophia
Bianca
Alexandra

Can't wait for the outcome! Lydia