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Boys name - Cato - ??

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camerafairy Mon 04-Jul-11 16:33:31

My OH and I have chosen Cato for our little boy, nothing to do with pink panther, green hornet etc etc, thats Kato - honest thoughts please don't worry you won't offend me i'm just curious.

SootySweepandSue Mon 04-Jul-11 16:34:49

It is Spanish for cat you realise?

camerafairy Mon 04-Jul-11 16:37:07

I speak Spanish, and spanish for cat is Gato but thanks

camerafairy Mon 04-Jul-11 16:37:53

and its pronounced Cayto.... its Latin

SootySweepandSue Mon 04-Jul-11 16:44:05

Yes love it with the right pronunciation.

Unfortunately our only Spanish is from my Baby Einstein activity centre which does animal names in foreign languages in a very dodgy electronic voice !

camerafairy Mon 04-Jul-11 16:48:01

Aw thanks, we haven't had good feedback really... but we love it and don't think its TOO weird...but we do get funny reactions from people specifically my dad...haha

camerafairy Mon 04-Jul-11 16:49:44

as a cat lover i was concerned friends might say 'yeah ok, your love of cats has gone too far now' as its not clear how its pronounced but then its going into that whole changing the spelling territory and i don't know if thats a bit 'chav' arghh!

Gilberte Mon 04-Jul-11 19:57:22

I like it a lot but then I'm a fan of Roman names like Cassius,
Octavian etc

SloganLogan Mon 04-Jul-11 20:04:39

Some boys' names are given an "o" on the end as a nickname.... Tommo, Johnno etc.

It sounds like a nickname for Kate... Kate-o.

joydivisionovengloves Mon 04-Jul-11 20:19:47

I would just think of Cato the Younger who always came across as a bit of a knobber but then I'm a geek so you should probably ignore me

camerafairy Mon 04-Jul-11 20:26:40

thank you, yeah i'm a geek too then as i was thinking of cato the elder... and he came out with some cool quotes (don't get me wrong i'm not saying slavery is ok as he was a big advocate for) and i like it 'cause its different. thanks Gilberte, I like roman names too, i'm a bit bored of the traditional english names all my friends call their babies

SpangledPandemonium Mon 04-Jul-11 20:55:20

I did call my cat Cato (may he rest in peace)

But he was lovely and it is a great name

smartyparts Mon 04-Jul-11 21:02:23

It does make me think of the Pink Panther, but only old gimmers would make that association!

bonkers20 Mon 04-Jul-11 21:15:50

My gut reaction was that is sounded like a Japanese commandant or something like that. Boggle. Not sure where that came from.

My concern would be that people pronounce it cat-oh which rhymes with gateaux.

tammy234 Mon 04-Jul-11 21:36:49

Cato \c(a)-to\ is a boy's name of Latin origin, and the meaning of Cato is "all-knowing". Cato was a high-minded Roman statesman of the time of Julius Caesar.

Lovely name with a great meaning. And not already used by thousand other little boys. Great choice imo!

But then I love latin names - our ds is Quentin.

LieInsAreRarerThanTigers Mon 04-Jul-11 21:43:32

It is a nice name. I don't think the spelling makes much difference when you tell someone your name you don't generally spell it out (that would be tiresome - my maiden name was bad enough!). I would always think "Not NOW, Kato!" but as smartyparts said younger people, especially other children, will not be aware of the PP connection!

camerafairy Mon 04-Jul-11 21:43:58

thanks tammy smile we like it a lot, the meaning clinched it. Quentin is a nice name too and not common either

bonkers - we do worry a bit peopel will call him cat-oh which is why we toyed withe the spelling but we really like it in the original latin form, so lets just hope people work it out!

we have a cat called quito, pronounced keetoh and the poor boy gets called quit-oh by the vets... quito and of friends i'm sure smile

camerafairy Mon 04-Jul-11 21:45:52

must admit i didn't know it and i'm 29, but some people have mentioned it, and the green hornet.... but its different because its with a C i tell them...!

Tigertoes Mon 04-Jul-11 23:12:09

We had Cato, Dogo and Fishoes when I was a kid. Really. But did love them dearly. We now have Cato 2

camerafairy Mon 04-Jul-11 23:22:58

but its not cat-oh its CAYTO! I have a feeling I will be saying that a lot but I cannot go back to the naming board, I will not! Not this far in!

singersgirl Mon 04-Jul-11 23:28:50

Where I grew up Cato was the name of a chain of hardware shops (West London). I think they were bought by Robert Dyas some years ago.

MmeLindor. Mon 04-Jul-11 23:34:28

You will be saying that a lot - CAYTO, not Cat-oh because that is how almost everyone will pronounce it.

I would not have known the correct pronunciation. It made me think of Italian swearwords.

ilovemydogandMrObama Mon 04-Jul-11 23:43:11

Think it's really cute for a little boy, but would it work for a teenager/man? I don't know, but quite like it.

Bunbaker Mon 04-Jul-11 23:47:20

"It does make me think of the Pink Panther, but only old gimmers would make that association!"

Yes indeed! That was my first thought as well. I think MmeLindor is right though, and you might spend a lifetime correcting people on the pronunciation.

lottiejenkins Mon 04-Jul-11 23:52:03

Im afraid i also had visions of Peter Sellers, Burt Kwok and a very rickety four poster bed!! wink

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