Defending “Bad” Names by Dawnpaw

Dawnpaw shares their opinion on some names from the series.

Art by GEKKOZILLA

Hi, my name’s Dawnpaw! Today we’re gonna be talking about “bad” names in Warriors.
Every single time that I hear someone say “Twigbranch is a horrible name!” or “Ivypool doesn’t know how to name kits!” or “Fidgetspinner XD” I just sigh and roll my eyes.
What’s so bad about the name Twigbranch, you may ask? Or Bristlefrost? Or Thriftear? Or Fidgetflake? Those are all perfectly fine names in my opinion.
“But Dawnpaw,” you may say. “They just sound so stupid!”
Okay, a bit weird? Yes, of course! These names ARE a bit strange. But flat-out stupid? NO!
Let’s take a look at a very controversial name, Twigbranch.
Whenever Warriors fans discuss “bad names”, Twigbranch’s name always comes up. Usually people say, “A twig and a branch are basically the same thing so the name Twigbranch is dumb.”
Yes, I do agree with that. It would be like naming a cat “Fireflame”, or “Streamriver”. But unlike lots of cats, Twigbranch has her name for a reason.
The Erins wanted to give her a name that meant something, like her sister Violetshine, who was named after her mother Pebbleshine. Twigbranch’s name symbolizes her growth from a small apprentice to a fierce warrior, just like how a twig grows into a branch. So, this name does sound kinda dumb, but it’s not “bad”. Twigbranch actually means something, unlike names such as Brackenfur or Thornclaw. What was going through the minds of Bluestar and Firestar when they gave them their names?
(We actually know what was going through Firestar’s mind as he named Thornclaw…literally nothing)
Now, let’s move on to the IvyFern trio: Bristlefrost, Thriftear, and Flipclaw.
Okay, I’ll admit: at first I was so confused. I was like, “What the heck is a thrift or a bristle?”

Yeah…
The name that I like the most out of the three is Bristlefrost. The name makes me think of a serious and hard-working young cat who will protect their Clan at all costs. And that perfectly describes Bristlefrost.
Flipclaw makes me think that he’s energetic, funny, and the comedic-relief out of the three. And he sort of is! Flipclaw during Veil of Shadows was kind of funny and I genuinely laughed at his silly dream.
And then there’s Thriftear…this is the name that I hate the most. “Ear” is such a weird suffix, the only time it makes sense is in Smallear’s name.
But these three names are unique, two of them being brand-new to the series (there was a kit named Bristlekit in Tallstar’s Revenge). I’d rather have names like Flipclaw and Thriftear rather than another cat with “Leaf” as a prefix. Please, stop with the prefix Leaf. It’s overused.
Next we have my boy Fidgetflake. To me…this name is adorable. I LOVE the suffix “flake”. It’s so pretty and unique, and I think Fidgetflake is a great name (and stop with the Fidgetspinner jokes, they’re old).
Lastly, let’s talk about SkyClan. Leafstar is the queen of…unusual names. Yes, Bellaleaf, Billystorm, Harrybrook, and Rileypool are weird names. Yes, they should have just be renamed altogether. But they weren’t, and I kinda like that. It’s different for Warriors and gives SkyClan character.
So…yeah, that’s about it. Bye for now, from Dawnpaw. 🙂

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Needlepaw who was formerly Emeraldpaw
Needlepaw who was formerly Emeraldpaw
August 21, 2020 1:16 am

Thank you!! I have always loved those names and i still don’t get why people hate them! 😀


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Fringecloud
Fringecloud
September 15, 2020 11:36 pm

same! (fidgetflake is my personal favorite)


Rainypaw
Rainypaw
September 16, 2020 5:06 pm
Reply to  Fringecloud

i agree

Eaglefrost
Eaglefrost
August 21, 2020 4:03 am

I personally love Harrybrook and Billystorm, but that’s just me… It’s unusual, yes, but it shows where they came from, and I kinda like it. They’re not trying to deny that they were kittypets. Like our scars tell a story, so do those names. Wow, I got really deep there, sorry. It’s been a weird week. 😂


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BloodMoon6
BloodMoon6
September 15, 2020 8:32 pm
Reply to  Eaglefrost

Haha, same for me! It’s been INSANE for me after the day I…… I don’t wanna talk about it…


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August 21, 2020 4:08 am

This is very good! I do agree!


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BloodMoon6
BloodMoon6
September 15, 2020 8:32 pm

Do I see a Flareon?


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Frostwhisker
Frostwhisker
August 21, 2020 9:17 am

This is a great article, well done! I personally am a hater of the name Flipclaw, but you never know, you might have convinced me! Great job! 😃

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Turtle who has vowed to never forget The Tests 3 🐢🐢🐢
August 21, 2020 1:21 pm

Great article! I personally never thought any of these names were bad, but maybe I’m just strange 😛
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Coldheart
Coldheart
August 21, 2020 2:19 pm

That is great! I totaly agree. I mean Brackenfur? So a plant that looks like his pelt or something? Why not Brackenleaf?

BloodMoon6
BloodMoon6
September 15, 2020 8:33 pm
Reply to  Coldheart

I thought we all agreed on no leaf suffix XD


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Thornfeather
Thornfeather
August 24, 2020 8:22 am

Agreed Lol


Fringecloud
Fringecloud
September 15, 2020 11:45 pm
Reply to  Thornfeather

wait we did? sorry I’m new lol
what’s wrong with the suffix leaf? I think it’s pretty! I’m actually using it for a different warriors thing as Leopardleaf and I really like that name


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Dawnpaw the Theatre Kid
August 24, 2020 5:22 pm

I’m so glad this is finally out!


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Blossomspirit
Blossomspirit
September 1, 2020 6:40 pm

I love this! You’re right, none of the names are “bad”

Silver Shadow (A
Silver Shadow (A "paw")
September 4, 2020 9:31 pm

I love all of those names you just listened, and I always thought Twigbranch was such a cute name. Who’s hating on Twigbranch?!!!! I also thought Bristlefrost was a GREAT name, same with Flipclaw and Fidgetflake, although… Bellaleaf, Harrybrook, Billystorm, and Rileypool? Those are what you call “bad name’s” in my opinion. But in Leafstar’s defense; they were kittypet name’s, and she had to try and come up with warrior suffixes for them, so it’s not much of a suprise that they sound bad. (Billystorm is pretty good though. Out of the Bellaleaf, Harrybrook, and Rileypool)


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BloodMoon6
BloodMoon6
September 15, 2020 8:34 pm

How dare you hate on my Billystorm


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Fringecloud
Fringecloud
September 15, 2020 11:46 pm

I also like the name bristlefrost! not so much a fan of Harrybrook tho


BloodMoon6
BloodMoon6
September 15, 2020 8:30 pm

Billystorm :'(

Also, why do people say Bristlefrost is a bad name? That’s the name Jayfeather would’ve gotten if he were named after his personality. And it’s a really pretty name too. What is there to hate about unique names. (Ok, maybe Thriftear is a bit weird. Maybe Thriftfeather or Thriftfur would’ve been a little better)


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Windstorm
Windstorm
September 19, 2020 9:18 pm

Thrift is a plant that forms low-growing tufts. That would make sense with ear.

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