Warrior Names: Do They Mean Anything Other Than A Raise Of Rank? by Spottedspirit

Spottedspirit wonders about the names in Warriors.

Art by ColacatintheHat

We all know that in Warrior cats, you grow up to earn a warrior name. But why? Is is nothing than a raise in rank? What about names like Fireheart? It obviously means that he’s achieved something brave. But what about Graystripe? It means nothing, except he has a gray stripe down his back. Longtail means that he had a, well, long tail. It’s too obvious.
And the warrior name Bluefur makes little sense, other than the fact she had a blue tint to her fur. But why that simple of a name? Why didn’t Goosefeather ask for her name to be Bluefire because of the prophecy or Bluemoon in honor of her mother and his sister?
Names like Crookedjaw also make little sense. What about Crookedfaith, because he had little faith at first but then achieved finding it? Why not Crookedpath, because the path laid out for him was jumbled but he managed to find his way through?

And what about Brokentail? Once again, little sense. Raggedstar should have named him Brokenclaw, because even if he fought until the end, Raggedstar believed his son would fight for him and his Clan until his claws were worn and broke.
While we’re here, what about Raggedpelt? It’s a ridiculous name! His mother must have hated him. But, it’s easy to think of good warrior names. Raggedflame, because when he fought, he looked like a flame of ragged fur. Raggedheart, because even though he went through hardships, and his heart became ragged, he still stood strong.
But, on the other hand, some names do mean things. Even if they are simple.
Talltail and Crowfeather for instance. Talltail’s father claimed he had a tunneler’s tail, his name was to honor his father and Crowfeather honored the love of his life’s prefix and made it his suffix.
I believe that warrior names should have good meaning, and should be pointed out at the ceremony. For instance, Lionblaze because he fought hard and he had courage. Honestly, I associate both of those with fire or a blaze. Other names, though don’t hold any meaning like Finleap. I honestly thought they would name him Fintail because he even though he had only a stump tail, like the fin of a fish, he could still balance. Violetshine’s held some meaning because of her mother, Pebbleshine, but I hoped her name would be Violetblossom because even though she never knew her true self, she discovered it and “blossomed” when she became part of SkyClan. Now, Twigbranch, that’s redundant. Her name would have been cool as Twigleaf, but that doesn’t hold much meaning. Her name being Twigsky, since she rescued SkyClan would’ve held some meaning, but all and all that sounds like naming somebody Twigthunder or Twigriver and we already have Runningwind and Shadowkit. Her name being Twigpath would have been cool because she laid out her own path, but that sounds funny. Twigpool because of her cool personality and her original mentor could have been cool, but then we have Leafpool and Ivypool. We have a lot plant prefixes and then the -pool suffix.
Then there is names like Squirrelflight that actually show progress in character. It shows that she’s brave and her personality dips down and then it soars back up as if flying.
Other names, though, like Brackenfur, make sense but are a little less deep. It shows that his fur is thick, like bracken. And Cinderpelt, shows that her pelt is cinder-colored. I mean, it would have been mean to name her Cinderscar.
In conclusion, warrior names can be anything, and it is just a raise in rank.
Thank you for reading my article!
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  • Ooh I like the names Bluefire and Crookedfaith (idk why but this sounds cool) you suggested!

    Nice article! 🙂

  • Cool article 😆! Some names are meaningful, which I like them, but the existence of the blander ones has its reasons too. Bluestar was called Bluefur not just only for her blue fur, but also to match Snowfur’s name, which could show their closeness. “Bluefire” was not chosen because it’s not a great idea to let the whole clan knew which cat was in a prophecy. Besides, Bluestar didn’t enjoy being in a prophecy very much. Though Goosefeather wanted her to face her fate very much, he chose to respect her feelings and not to put elements of the prophecy in her name to remind her about it, which could probably make her more distressed. For “Crookedjaw”, I think it’s requested by Rainflower 😾. I also remember reading about the name “Fireheart” is chosen to honor Firestar’s compassion and bravery, remind him about the prophecy, and remember Oakheart. Sometimes, names can’t be perfect, as the time spend on thinking about a good name is very long, and ideas don’t come oftenly 😉.

  • Awesome article! I think what you said really made a lot of sense, and the names you suggested were cool too. 😀

  • Nice article! I agree. For my stories, though, I tend to give blander names to tertiary characters that you only see in a couple of scenes. For primary and secondary characters, I try to give more meaningful names.

  • Nice article! I agree! I think that a character’s name depends on the character’s personality, abilities, and experiences. I think that a big part of the names are to be able to take pride that they are warrior names.

  • I think Violetblossom, Bluemoon, Raggedflame, and (especially) Crookedfaith were all great names that don’t just sound good but are deep in meaning.

  • I totally agree! And oh yees Bluemoon would have been very cool, and I believe Crookedstorm would have fitted Crookedjaw best (also I’d like to see Rainflower’s face on his naming ceremony…) and Twigbranch would have been nice as Twigwing, Twigsky and perhaps Twigheart, as well. But I think Alderheart should have named her something else, even if because it’s kinda cruel naming her Twigkit because she was thin and “looked like a twig”. I mean, how about Lavenderkit? It would have fitted her much better, because of her sister Violetkit. Or perhaps Skykit, for their mission? Or something related to her color, like Stormkit or Smokekit?Anyway; great article!