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Sunday, 21 October 2007

On the subject of being Momo

At risk of being egocentric, I would like to delve further into the name of Momo. Momo means "the furry one" in Chinese and SS's Iranian friends call me Pashmalu, which is Persian for "furry". That was all SS knew when she first named me. The rest transpires much later and any coincidence in association is just that.

Momo in Japanese means 'peach' and it is also a girl's name. Momotaro (pictured) is a well-known character in Japanese folklore. In addition, there are other Japanese fictional characters by the same name - Minky Momo, Momo Adachi etc. A pet lemur and a pet dwarf flying squirrel, all fictional, also share my namesake.

Other associations include the 10th ruler of the Tu'i Tonga dynasty, two footballers, a town in the northern Italy province of Novara and another in Gabon, Africa. How cool is that to be able to visit a town with the same name!

Last but not least are the books by Michael Ende and Romain Gary. SS has read the one by Ende and highly recommends it.


Dragonheart said...

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing some of the information behind your name.

Momo :) said...

Good morning Momo! Momo here. Wow, it's very interesting to learn about our name. Thank you for this post. I think my pawrents only knew what it meant in Japanese. I would love to visit those town named after us!! Maybe we should organize a tour one day. We were often told that Momo was a name of dumplings which we had no idea. So we googled and yes, there are dumplings named Momo in Tibet. I would love to try but haven't got a chance.

I am glad you like my photo. Feel free to download and post it whenever you want, ok? :)

Thanks for your recommendation. I'll ask my mom to purchase MOMO novel.

Momo xoxo

Daisy said...

I like your name Momo. It is a great name for a beautiful kitty like you.

Sassy Cat said...

That is so interesting. You must be such a smart cat.

Tigger said...

Wow!Someone on the same time as me! How interesting!
You are a very beautiful cat. We all love your Zoolatry picture.

brandi said...

Momo, you are so pretty. I am linking to your blog, of course, and feel free to link to mine.

Mickey said...

Cool,I like to know the origin of names. I think the name fits too(furry one).

The Crew said...

My, you have a lot of things and places named after you! We've never known someone so famous before.