Name That Stoat!

As some of you may know, I’m starting work on Pink XI, Sally Fitzhugh’s book, right around now. Last month, it came to my attention that Sally is in possession of a rather unusual pet. Because, yes, Sally would have to be original.

The pet? Is a stoat.

So far, I have resisted entreaties to name Sally’s pet stoat Pulchritudinous Oblong (long story), but the poor little stoat still needs a name.

Any suggestions?


  1. Carissa on March 12, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Ermingard! (pun on “ermine”)

    • SusanN on March 14, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      I like this–reminds me of Ermengarde from A Little Princess. (Do we know if it is a girl stoat or a boy stoat, tho?) 🙂

  2. Carole Rae on March 12, 2013 at 10:05 am

    Mhmmmmm. A name….mmmmm.
    Shakespeare (bahahaha)

    Well, thats all I have. :3

  3. Jeannie LUNTZ on March 12, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Melody? Micah? Stymie ? Stuart? Penrod o.? Wenslas? Vladimir ?

  4. Jeannie LUNTZ on March 12, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Baron Munch?

  5. Hannah on March 12, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Peaches. I don’t know why, it’s the first thing that came to mind.

  6. Christine on March 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Burrow, because stoat = weasel, weasel makes me thing of Weasley, and the Weasleys lived in The Burrow. Or Ginny, if it’s a girl.

  7. Diane on March 12, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Sally likes adventure…over-dramatic like the White Mustela? The Black Kit? Or dangerous like the Dowager of Mustelids?

  8. Cassandra on March 12, 2013 at 10:27 am


    • Raslyn (ras) on February 15, 2022 at 1:46 am

      Salt, or patch. Maybe perry.

  9. Jessica on March 12, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Well a male stout is called a Jack and a female is called a Jill.

  10. Molly J on March 12, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Ferdinand von Wiesel (weasel) OR
    Ferdinand von Hermelin (ermine)

    For some reason I just want him to be German 🙂

  11. kate on March 12, 2013 at 10:51 am

    how about Christie? would work for a boy or a girl.

  12. MelissaW on March 12, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Reggie (hey, she’s a little sis after all)
    The Purple Gentian (haha)
    What’s the name of the girl Sally used to be friends with who tried to kill Arabella in MISTLETOE? Catherine Carruthers?

    I was going to suggest Stoat, but I think Sally has a bit more imagination than Henrietta (sorry, Hen).

  13. Julie H on March 12, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I bet Sally would name it after someone just to irritate that person, haha. Maybe Miss Climpson? Or Reggie/Turnip? Or another girl from her school whom she doesn’t like?

  14. Alice on March 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    Minerva. It just came to me.

  15. Susan on March 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Muriel… or Myrtle

  16. Chartreuse on March 12, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    There’s always Ermintrude.

  17. Gina on March 12, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Theodore might work…

  18. Sheila on March 12, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Sterling…maybe an opportnuity for puns.

  19. Jessica S. on March 12, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Percy. Or Felix.

  20. Dara on March 12, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Hmmmm. Sebastian. Can’t you just picture Vaughn’s reaction? Or old Boney.

  21. Jessie on March 12, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Bacon. Not for the man, but the breakfast food.

  22. Rachel Adrianna on March 12, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    Lord Turnip Stoatsenbach… with some back story about how she named it after her brother 🙂

  23. Lauren R. on March 12, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Sir Elgin or the Lady FitzErmine

  24. Elizabeth (aka Miss Eliza) on March 12, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I second Sebastian, I thought it before I read Dara’s comment, so agreement equals def. choice 😛

  25. HJ on March 12, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Toast – an anagram, and also fun to say (if a bit of a tongue-twister): Toast the stoat. Stoats are brown with white bits – like inexpertly toasted bits of bread done in front of the fire. (I checked, and the word “toast” has been in use since at least 14th century.)

    Stoater or stoter – stoter is a slang word which had been in use for at least a hundred years by the early nineteenth century. It meant a great blow. Perhaps not a term which Sally would know; maybe a male relative or friend, fond of boxing, might name him?

    Grose’s Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue 1823: “A great blow. Tip him a storer… give him a blow…”

    The Universal Etymological English Dictionary, by N. Bailey, London, 1737: “a great Blow. Stoter him, or, Tip him a Stoter; Settle him; give him a swinging Blow.”

  26. LMT on March 12, 2013 at 7:17 pm


  27. Cassandra on March 12, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Sir Nicky Mustache, the defender of ladies fair against the most foul of fowls, the chicken!

  28. Vanessa on March 12, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    I like Christine’s idea of the name Ginny because it’s a Potter reference! Now that I’m on that topic, how about Hermione?

    Or Stoatie 😛

  29. Jessica C on March 13, 2013 at 4:38 am

    For some reason, Sammy popped into my head. Not very creative, but it seems like a stoat-y type of name. Or Hermione for a girl – close to ermine!

  30. Joanne M. on March 13, 2013 at 9:37 am

    I don’t know if it’s a girl, but I like Erminia.

  31. leslie on March 13, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    I like LMT’s suggestion of Fitzherbert. It makes me laugh, in Bridget Jones her boss was of that name and she called him Fitzpervert.

    I also like Chester for a stoat.

  32. Katelin on March 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    I agree that she would name it after someone she dislikes. Or turnip because let’s face it as a little sister sometimes being passive agressive is just so fun!

  33. Griffin on March 13, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Baldrick – mostly because if I had a stoat, he would absolutely be named Baldrick and we would converse often about turnips and cunning plans… 🙂

  34. zoey on March 14, 2013 at 12:27 am


  35. Lynne on March 14, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    It depends on the stoat’s personality…okay, not so much. Name it after her brother – Turnip is a pretty good name for a pet.

  36. Deanna on March 15, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Archibald, Winston, Louis?

  37. Debra Callaway on April 3, 2013 at 1:44 am

    How about one of these:

    Masculine: Trevor, Noddy, Scrapper, Snuffy, Paris Parsifal, Oliver, Twitcher, Skipper or Sheffield?
    Tansy, Luna, Persephone, Olivia, Flora, Violet Athena or Ginger?

    Or how about Miss Hopkins?

    Sir Parsifal Chickens-bane?
    Lady Flora Rabbit-catcher?

    This is just too much fun.

  38. Catherine on April 18, 2013 at 6:56 am

    I think I would be a little tongue in cheek and call it Parsnip : )

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