Shakespeare said “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet”, meaning that it matters not what something is called, but what something is! I know that Ash is the important something here but if it is okay with Chrystal, I have been thinking about maybe changing ye olde kitty moniker (she said no problem).
With the exception of Benjamin who was named in a hurry to ward off bad omens (I know I'm pathetic), it is my practice to see a kitty’s personality emerge and then choose a name accordingly. I particularly like to give my kitties nerdy human names. I have three names in mind for Ash and I can’t wait to see if any of them fit his personality.
In no particular order:
1. Tavish – I like this name for a couple of reasons. It is a Scottish name ( I was born in Scotland) which means “twin”. As some of you may know I had a very special kitty named Max who died; Max was an all-gray like Ash. Also, it contains the letters a, s, h, which of course spell out the original name. I also liked Hamish, but then I found out it means "the supplanter" and I didn't think that sounded like a good thing.
2. Phoenix – I like this name because in the legend the Phoenix rises from the ashes and is reborn. Well first off there is the word ash again. But metaphorically speaking like the phoenix rises form the ashes, so hope rises from despair. The despair we felt from Winnie’s death and Molly's death resulted in hope for this little guy to have a better life. Also Phoenix is a U.S. city and therefore the name pays homage to his American roots
3. Lloyd – simply means gray and is nerdy :-)
Please feel free to cast a vote for your favourite name or help me by offering any suggestions of your own. Remeber folks, these are just ideas and nothing will be decided until we spend some time together and Ash has had a chance to settle into his new home.