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Subject: Did You Ever Choose a Name From a Mystery?
Date Posted: 10/15/2008 8:36 AM ET
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I was thinking that Tommy and Tuppence would make great names for something - cats, dogs, birds? 

We once had a cat named Tommy but I don't think my preschool son could claim any Agatha Christie inspiration. 

Has anyone ever picked a name from a mystery? 

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 11:55 AM ET
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I haven't, but I think Nick & Nora would make great cat names!

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 1:50 PM ET
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Well, no, but can I answer anyway....pretty please

I once named a cat Coco.  I love Chanel perfume and she was brown.  meow.


Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 10/15/2008 7:05 PM ET
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 Not from a mystery, but I did have a cat I named Felony that I got of Black's Law Dictionary when I was a Criminal Justice student :)   I always wanted to get another one and name it Miss Demeanor, but never did :)

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Date Posted: 10/15/2008 7:10 PM ET
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Yes...several times. First and foremost I named my middle son Nick. I've been a huge Thin Man nut since I was a teen.

And I've named a few puppies after mysteries. We had a litter of 4 shar-peis and I named them Agatha ( we kept her and she just recently passed away at the age of 12 ), Sherlock ( my BFF adopted him and ended up calling him Holmes or Homey ), Jessica for Jessica Fletcher ( my BIL adopted her and called her Jessie, she also just recently passed away ), and Watson ( my SIL adopted him and changed his name to Pugsley, which was his sires' name which we also owned ).

We also had a shar-pei we named Jack the Ripple ( called him Jack ) which is kind of mystery related. He died at the age of 17 last year.

Date Posted: 10/15/2008 8:44 PM ET
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Nope, no mystery names...but that's a good idea!  I did name a yellow lab "Shiloh" from Neil Diamond's song :)

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 8:18 AM ET
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No Kokos or YumYums, huh?  I don't know why it never occurred to me either.  Of course, Dortmunder is hard to say.

ETA:  I guess you decided against adding Mayhem to to Felony?  Somehow I seem to see better cat names...

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Date Posted: 10/16/2008 10:08 AM ET
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My Aunt had a Koko and a yum yum. I also had a friend, who was a legal secretary married to a lawyer, with a dog named Custody.

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 5:13 PM ET
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Okay, you guys are going to think I'm nuts....but I named my pillows Morse and Lewis. LOL

I am very attached to my feather pillows--I've had them for more than 20 years now. I even bring them with me when I'm hospitalized. I told my 21-year-old son that "I have pillows older than you!" and I'm not kidding. LOL I just sleep better with my own pillows...I've even had them restuffed a couple times.

I had a gastric bypass surgery a couple years ago and some of the folks on one of the message boards I was on named their "pouches" (the small little stomach we're left with afterwards)...I named mine Greebo--not a mystery cat, but the name of Nanny Ogg's cat from Terry Pratchett's Discworld books, since my pouch was being decidedly ornery at that particular time.  :-D



Kim (Mistry) -
Date Posted: 10/16/2008 6:38 PM ET
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LOL @ Diana, No, no Mayhem, it was bad enough that the little girl next door called my male cat  Melanie instead of Felony ;)

Date Posted: 10/16/2008 7:36 PM ET
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no mysteries here... 2 dogs named after Shakespeare and Homer chracters (Paris & Penelope).... but that's a good idea for next pet.... I'd love to have a bookstore cat, but DH is allergic... I'd name her "indigo" after the Indigo Tea Shop in the Laura CHilds sereis, since those books were theinpsiration behind starting my own store :)

Date Posted: 10/24/2008 7:56 PM ET
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I named my black cat Midnight Louie, after the Carole Nelson Douglas character.

Date Posted: 10/25/2008 5:32 PM ET
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I have a cat named Bernie after Lawrence Block's Bernie Rhodenbarr character. 

I also have a cat named after Pixel, the Cat Who Walked Through Walls, but that's not a mystery.    :)

Date Posted: 10/30/2008 1:33 AM ET
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All my brother's dogs have had names from books.  Most recent was Boo from Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.  Of Course Boo looked scary and jumped out at people.  Then proceeded to kiss them.

Date Posted: 10/30/2008 7:05 PM ET
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well, not from Mysteries BUT my cat is a black cat name Elwood and He had a brother that was named Jake (The Blues Brothers). Our chocolate lab is named Reggie (Hunter's Royal Reggie Rocket) after Reggie Rocket the cartoon. Our daughter is named Harper after Harper Lee but mainly I liked the name and thought it was really different, we need different our last name is Smith.
Date Posted: 11/8/2008 9:38 PM ET
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One of my cats is named Harry.......I got it from the Rita Mae Brown / Sneaky Pie Brown's Mrs. Murphy Series. 

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Subject: Names
Date Posted: 11/9/2008 9:35 AM ET
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My kids named our cats Mistophelies and Skimbleshanks from TS Eliots poems and The Musical CATS. My daughters name is Moranda, named after Miranda Day in the book Mama Day by Gloria Naylor. IF any of you like Toni Morrison, you would love Gloria Naylor, (IMO).

Date Posted: 11/9/2008 9:56 PM ET
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Not from a mystery, no, but I did name one of my cats Gandalf the Grey.