Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Fun Facts About Our Names

We looked at our calendars incorrectly and thought today was Fun Facts about Names Day. Turns out it was yesterday.


Truffle and Brulee

We decided not to let this little fact deter us and wanted to share some fun facts about our names.


Mom Paula's fur children haven't always been named after sweet desserts. Her dogs' names were Tiny (Collie - because he was a tiny pup when she got him), Fussy (Cocker Spaniel - she was always barking as a pup), Chin (Pekingese - that was his name when we adopted him), and Cheena (Pekingese - a derivative of Chin's name). Her first cat's name was Muff because she was gray with a white chest and paws and she reminded Mom Paula of those furry muffs everyone used to carry around in cold weather to keep their hands warm. All of these fur children were part of a family of multiple humans. It wasn't until Mom Paula was going through a divorce and decided she wanted to get a Persian cat of her own that a theme began to develop.


Praline

Praline - December 1995

We know many of our readers know all the stories about Sweet Praline, but there are a few of you who may be new to the sweet girl who started it all. If you'd like to read how Sweet Praline came to live with Mom Paula, her Gotcha Day story is here. Praline's original name was Flower Face or that is what the owner called her. As all of the paperwork was being finalized, Mom Paula looked into her little face and said, I know what her name is! And the word Praline came out of her mouth. Mom Paula had recently discovered the joys of the sweet and delicious pralines from New Orleans. If you've never had any, you don't know what you are missing! Some of you may have received a praline at BlogPaws last year as part of our PR bags. There are several types of pralines available, but Mom Paula is in love with the American-cream based pralines. French settlers brought the praline recipe to Louisiana because sugar cane and pecan trees were plentiful in the area.  The chefs in New Orleans substituted pecans for almonds and added cream to thicken the tasty confection.  Praline's daddy cat was a red Persian and her mommy cat was a seal-point Himmie. Praline had a mixture of the creamy colors of her mommy kitty and the beautiful red of her daddy kitty. She was such a sweet little girl that first time and her coloring reminded her of pralines, so that became her name from day 1. Praline ended up being registered as a Tortoiseshell Persian. Praline's registered name was Miss Paula's Sweet Praline.

Truffle (and Beignet)

Truffle (left) and Beignet (right) - 2011 - 10 weeks old
Photo courtesy Terry Rogers from Crystalpurrs

We shared the details of Truffle's Gotcha Day a couple of years ago. Truffle and her brother, Beignet, were born about six weeks after Praline left for the bridge. At the time, Mom Paula was communicating with a cat blogging friend, Deb, who was running the Cat Blogosphere alongside ML. Deb and Mom Paula talked on the phone regularly while waiting for the new fur children to come into Mom Paula's life. Mom Paula knew she wanted to honor Sweet Praline because they'd been through so much together. When Mom Paula settled on the Silver Shaded Persians as a breed, she had narrowed down the themes between precious metals or French/New Orleans desserts. The decision was finally made to research the desserts that were basically white in color. Mom Paula loves white chocolate and had tasted some delicious white chocolate truffles and thought the name was perfect for the little girl kitty who had selected her. When the little boy kitty also chose Mom Paula, she thought his perfect name would be Beignet (have you ever had a hot beignet covered in powdered sugar at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans???). Perfect names for some purrfectly sweet little Persians. There are two types of truffles: the sweet candy and the European white truffle which is a delicacy (and quite expensive). Truffle's registered name became Crystalpurrs Truffle Blanche (Crystalpurrs was the name of the cattery, Truffle is the name she goes by, and Blanche represented the white). Beignet never received a registered name because he didn't make it past 12 weeks of age (he died from a vaccine associated sarcoma after his first vaccine). Mom Paula says his registered name would have been Crystalpurrs Powdered Beignet.

Brulee

Brulee - 2011 - 9 weeks old
Photo courtesy Terry Rogers from Crystalpurrs

Brulee's name was a little more challenging. Mom Paula had already spent a couple of months researching names when she settled on Truffle and Beignet. When she lost Beignet and decided to get another sibling for Truffle, she wanted to stay with the desserts, but every dessert was dark in color and not the "silvery white" she researched. Mom Paula began researching French desserts on the Internet when one of her searches resulted in Creme Brulee. Even though it isn't white in color, it is a delicious dessert that is light in color. Creme brulee is a dessert made of a rich custard base topped with a contrasting layer of hard caramel. The cream reminded Mom Paula of the light coloring of the silver shaded Persian and the caramel reminded her of Praline's coloring, so the name was selected. Brulee's registered name is Crystalpurrs Creme Brulee.

We hope you enjoyed our little trip down memory lane and learned a little something about where our names came from. We gave out some creme brulee truffles at BlogPaws last  year in our little gift bags and will share them again this year, so make sure you're one of the first to greet us when you arrive in Kansas City!

How did your pets get their name?

28 comments:

  1. Momma luvs y'all's names - and we luved getting to read da stories behind em.

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  2. All this talk about desserts is making us hungry. ;)

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  3. Yeah, my human is hungry now too! She's had beignets at Cafe du Monde in New Orleans, many years ago, and she still remembers them! In fact, that is reason enough for her to go back to New Orleans, she says, MOL!

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  4. Your French names always made us smile, and we enjoyed reading the stories behind them. Purrs

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  5. I still choke up about little Beignet. Sweet by name and nature.

    You two just have to have sweet names though, its who you are. Mum must be telepathic and you told her!!

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  6. You girls look as sweet as your special names!

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  7. We remember when they got their names and how you searched!

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  8. What a fun story! Dessert names for cats is a great way to go! We too have a fun story on how our wee one go his name. I like having these stories. they make great ice breakers. :)

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  9. We love that you have such sweet names. We missed this day,but there's no big story behind our names. We were named in the shelter and Mommy thought they were cute so she kept them.

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  10. I love the dessert theme! It's so fun to learn the stories behind the names of our blog buddies. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Love these name stories! It’s always fun to learn a little history behind our furiends. We’ve always loved your names too

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  12. It's so fun and interesting to hear and understand the reasoning and meanings behind the names of our pets. I think each pet name should have a story behind it.

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  13. This was interesting finding out how you both got your names. So sorry about little Beignet too. All your girls are so sweet. I love the pics from memory lane. So precious. Okay...now I'm feeling hungry!!lol

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  14. I think bein' named after a sweet dessert is a WONDERFUL thing! I, Seville the Cat, am named after an orange, and a BITTER one, at that. Peep #1 named me after the Seville oranges used to make marmalade on account of my bein' a marmalade cat. Does she not realize as a cat, I don't like marmalade? MOUSES!

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  15. I absolutely loved reading this and love the names you chose for all of them!
    I love it when names have such a great story behind them too.
    All of your kitties - those with us and those past are beautiful!
    I do have one story regarding one of our pet's names.
    Nub - he was the newest cat in our family at the time.
    Having a lot of gamers in our family the word Noob was used often around the household.
    Noob is a slang term used for someone who is "new".
    So we started calling him Noob but over a few weeks I no longer cared for that name for him so we shortened it to Nub.
    It seems to fit him more since he is rather thick and round. He just looks like a Nub.

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  16. We love your names and the story behind them, I chose Layla for Layla as it means Night in Hebrew as she arrived from the shelter at night and is black :)

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  17. I have so many. The feral colony cats are named by numbers. (jozywails@gmail.com)

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  18. I love the stories behind the names. The story behind Jasmine's name was kind of simple - we wanted the best girl dog name we could come up with that starts with "J" because all our names start with "J". Hence, Jasmine. :-)

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  19. I enjoyed this post alot, the way my kittles got their names was me asking them what they wanted to be called ;-)

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  20. I like your naming theme and I learned a lot more about these wonderful desserts. My springers were named with a K or a C to match my last name of Kubillus. Buffy and Chipper I inherited from my mom. She named them from previous dogs since she was getting old and having difficulty coming up with names.

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  21. I love the dessert names. Webster got his name because he liked to sit on my Webster's dictionary while I was working. Paisley's name came from a list of baby names on the Internet. My dad and I looked at it, and we both picked "Paisley" because we thought it suited her tortie coloring.

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  22. Oh, my...now I want to taste those desserts. So sorry about the vaccine reaction that took such a young kitty away.

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  23. It's great reading how Brulee,Truffle, and Praline all got their names. They are gorgeous to look at. We have many beautiful cats come in everyday. Thanks for sharing the history of how they got their names. Have a great day.
    World of Animals

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  24. Those are some delicious...I mean beautiful kitties! I'm sorry Beignet passed at such a young age and in such a way. Truffle and Brulee make a great team and the names are very clever.

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  25. That is so-o sad about Beignet. Mom and I didn't know there was a "vaccine related sarcoma." I wonder how many kittens have been lost to it. We Persian kitties are very sensitive creatures.

    Creme brûlée is one of Mom's fav desserts and she loves that you named your kitties after delicacies. Their names are purr-fect! Praline was adorable. Winky winks. -Valentine (& Mom) of Noir Kitty Mews

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  26. I've always thought they were named after desserts because they are so sweet. We usually go with human names for our dogs.

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  27. Love seeing the photo of Sweet P!! I forgot she was older than Bhu. Miss them both so much! Bhu had an uncle Buddha who lived at the breeder's and he was such a wonderful kitteh who would let you hold him like a baby. I hoped our little kitteh would do the same, so I named him Buddha. Daffodil came to us with that name and we decided not to change it because it is unique, I personally LOVE daffodils, and it fits her personality (Daffy).

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  28. What a fun post! I loved learning about the naming backstories! Rooney actually got his name because we stood in a circle with all of our friends and just shouted out names. We often found ourselves going through themes. For example, we ran through president's names and found one we liked, but then we started naming athletes and soccer players, and Rooney is named after Wayne Rooney from Manchester United. As it turns out, Rooney is Gaelic for Red-Haired, so it worked out perfectly!

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