Tuesday, May 15, 2007

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 ...

As most of us cats know, this is the start of a poem by the famous American poet T S Eliot (who wrote the Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats).

Because Oscar the Puppycat asked me how I got my name the other day, I thought you might like to know a bit more about it.

Faz (my first name) is short for Fazakerley which is a suburb of Liverpool (Fazakerley is my second name). My third name is Fazbucket (which I am called because I am always hungry and the humans think I must have a stomach that must be as big as a bucket).

My humans always name their cats after suburbs of Liverpool and there is a logic to every one of them. Fazakerley is a very pleasant but slightly ordinary suburb with no special features. When they first got me they thought I was the same but, now they know me better, they can see I am extremely intelligent and probably should have called me something which reflected this.

I plan to introduce some of my 'before' brothers and sisters to you soon and explain their names as well.


Purr Fazbucket


Monty Q. Kat said...

I haven't told anyone but MomBean my first name; the shelter called me Monkey but I've always been a Monty at heart.

Dragonheart said...

Thanks for telling us about your names, Faz. :) My first name is "Dragonheart", my second name is "HairNSkin Dragonheart" and my third name is my secret name!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

oh that's easy! i was named bonnie by my mom. then i was named empress bee by my red hat girls, then i was named auntie bee by my cyber kitties! see?

smiles, auntie bee

Kaze, Latte, or Chase said...

We have more than three names each I think and they rotate. I think your name is really neat and I like how your humans name their kitties.


Cats ~ Goats ~ Quotes said...

Sumtimes it depends on what we're doing as to what Meowmie-B uses as our names :)

The Bunch

Daisy said...

Well, I really like your name, but I must agree that there is nothing ordinary about you! I have a bunch of very silly names, like:


ps: I keep some of my outfits on little tiny hangers in the closet, and the rest are thrown all willy-nilly in a box!

Marilyn MonREOW said...

Oh, I love to talk about names! All of us Ballicai have three names, too.

I am Marilyn MonREOW, my nickname is Eyeball, and my third name is Duallipot (Dually for short).

Then there's Calamity Jane, our big Alpha cat a fearless leader. Her nickname is Brainball, and her third name is Doodidimous.

Next, Dora the Explorer -- my feisty, tomboy rocket scientist sister. Her nickname is Blackball, and her third name is Shenkaseia.

And of course there's Chairman Mao or MaoMao. He goes by Maoball or MaoKnocker, and his third name is Chang Lao. I think sometimes another of his names is NO, MAO because he can be such a little mess!

noa said...

hey faz! thanx for the comment!
wow! you live in wimbledon!!
you have beautiful coat!! we love your color =^w^=

noa & ash from newyorKITTENS**

Forty Paws said...

We don't think you're ordinary at all! BTW, Jenny is now 13 and isn't much more tractable now than when she was a youngster!

We have tons of names. Like G.T. is Geeter, Geet. Dorf is Dorfington Fish Stanley, Rubber baby buggybumper, Toofless. Reno is Beaner, Beanie. Jenny is Jenny Anna. Bow is Little Bow, Bow Diddly Do.

Luf, Us

Webmiztris said...

my cats have like ten names each...and it's funny because they know every single one of them!

Kim and Oscar the Puppy Cat said...

Hello Faz! Love the way you got your name. And I don't think there's anything ordinary about you either! This is a great post because you're right, kitties have more than one name! My name is Oscar. You know that. But did you know that I also go by Puppy, pup, poo poo, tubby buddy, love kitty...and the list goes on. I love when my beans call me love kitty or puppy the best.

I'm home and feeling better. Now that Mommy doesn't have to worry, she'll be visiting you and all our friends again. It's been a while and to be honest, she has been worried for two weeks now. So anyway, back to normal!

Big Piney Woods Cats said...

My names are:

Precious Flower
Piggly Wiggly (cuz my tail is kinky)
Oh, and Fuzz Butt.....but not many know about that one and it isn't something I tell just anycat.

Parker said...

Mine full name is
Perfectly Parker Smoochbottom
Then there is
Puff-Puff-The Gorgeous
Finally there is
Rudy Tooty Fresh and Fruity (aka)

Phoebe said...

Oh, Faz! I read that poem when I was searching for a good poem for Pablo. It was a very good one.

My nickname is Phoebes. Grandma calls me Hopeful when I am waiting by the door for it to open up. A family friend calls me Trouble, but none of my family agrees with that one.

Caesar and Princess said...

We like your names. Fazzie is cute.
I would also call you Faz~kins

Caesar: my name is Caesar, Caesar the soft, Beeberlie, Mr. PeePee, and Two tone boy.

Prinnie: My name is Princess, Prinrin, Prin, Puffpuff and "You weigh zero"

Happy Day Fazbucket

~*SilverNeurotic*~ said...

My blogging name is "Silver", my "real" name is Nikole, and my dad's always called me Nikkicola. Dunno why.

Jeter and Mickey said...

Dear Faz,
My first name is Mickey. My second name is Bear. My third name is Mantle. I was named for a very famous New York baseball player.
Mickey "Bear" Mantle

Pablo said...

Maybe your people could get another cat and call it Dingle (isn't that where Ringo was from?)