The naming of cats is a difficult matter.
It isn’t just one of you 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
The quote above is from the poem The Naming of Cats by T.S. Eliot.
Whether you think one name is enough for your cat or subscribe to Eliot’s thought, you already know that a cat names itself. This is especially with a super genius Siamese cat.
Even if you already had a name in mind before getting a kitty, chances are that you may not end up given her the name you wanted. With time, the feline’s different fascinating moods are likely to inspire you to go for alternate names that depict her unique and enchanting personalities. For example, you may have “Einstein” in mind but end up with “Boomerang” or “Muffin”.
In his poem, Eliot suggested three different names, which include a family name, a dignified name and a unique and secret name that only the cat knows.
Eliot’s suggestion fits nice with the common practice of giving cats a “dignified” name. Some people refer the name as a “registered” name, which reflects their family heritage. If you buy a cat from an established breeder, the kitty is likely to have a surname, which would be the registered name of the breeder. For pedigree cats, this breeder’s name usually comes first. The same also applies when naming tortoises. (more information here)
For example, if the breeder is “Champy”, then all cats in the breeder will be registered as Champy, followed by the name that the cat-parents would chose. For instance, a cat may be named as Champy Green Eye Rose”.
The family name refers to the cat’s nickname. This is the name that the cat usually responds to when called.
The dignified name is typically known only to the computer of the registry and the people who named the kitty. However, the nickname or family name is known to everyone. Therefore, while a cat’s registered name may be Champy Green Eye Rose, her nickname may simply be Rose or Greenie.
There are a couple of tips to keep in mind when choosing a family name for your Siamese cat:
a) Choose a name that you like and won’t mind saying a thousand times.
b) If you’ve chosen a longer name, make sure it can be shortened, usually to a one-syllable nickname. This is because most people will be calling the cat by its nickname. For instance, Barberella can be shortened to Barbie or Barbs. Thomasina may be shortened as Sina or Tommie. Make sure you like the nickname of the family name.
c) If you have other pets at home that respond to names, make sure the cat’s name sounds different so that the pets will know when they are being called. Here, you can use names with strong consonants and different vowel sounds.
One question you should answer is, if you heard the name mumbled, would you be able to distinguish it from other names? For example, while Turvy and Topsy and Humpty and Dumpty are cute, they sound too similar and can cause confusion when calling the pets. You can still choose names that go together for your pets but try something like Si and Am or Laverne and Shirley.
The third name for your cat, as suggested by Eliot, should be a secret name that only the cat will know. This name should be unique and bring out the personality of the cat or something that she feels aroused by. As Eliot writes:
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name.
Click on the links below for a list of the best names you can give to your Siamese cat.