Various characters in the Warriors series are named after a specific individual, usually after a close friend, family, or dead cat. There are also cases of naming a cat after an event that occurred beforehand, or a physical feature they possess. Reasons vary between each named individual.

Named after another individual or Clan

ThunderClan

Character Named after Notes
Thunderstar Storm Turtle Tail named Thunder after the collapsing building he was born in, and his deceased mother, Storm.[1]
Lightning Tail Thunder Lightning Tail got his name from always following Thunder around when they were kits.[2]
Lightning Stripe Lightning Tail Lightning Stripe was named in memory of Lightning Tail, Thunderstar's closest friend and former deputy.[3]
Sweetpaw Sweetbriar Sweetpaw was named after Pinestar's mother, Sweetbriar.[4]
Stonefur Stonepelt Vicky has stated that Stonefur is named after Stonepelt.[5]
Leafpool Leafstar & Spottedleaf Leafpool was named after Leafstar by Firestar and Sandstorm, though Firestar notes that her name may have come from Spottedleaf's suffix.[6]
Jayfeather Crowfeather Leafpool chose Jayfeather's suffix in memory of his biological father, Crowfeather.[7]
Hollyleaf Leafpool Hollyleaf's suffix was named after her biological mother, Leafpool.[8]
Brambleclaw Tigerclaw Bramblestar's warrior name, Brambleclaw, was named after his father's: Tigerclaw.[9]
Cinderheart Cinderpelt Cinderheart is named after her paternal aunt, Cinderpelt, who died protecting Sorreltail during Cinderheart's birth.[10]
Molewhisker Molepaw Molewhisker is named after his deceased uncle, Molepaw.[blog 1]
Hollytuft Hollyleaf Hollytuft is named after her paternal aunt Hollyleaf.[11]
Sorrelstripe Sorreltail Sorrelstripe is named after her grandmother Sorreltail.[11]
Fernsong Ferncloud Fernsong is named after Ferncloud, who died in the Great Battle.[11]

ShadowClan

Character Named after Notes
Badgerfang Flintfang Badgerfang chose his warrior name, Badgerfang, after his uncle and mentor Flintfang.[12]
Tigerstar Tigerstar Tigerstar was named after his maternal grandfather, Tigerstar. The reasoning is unknown.[13]
Lightleap Dovewing and Tigerstar They were named to celebrate the differences between their parents.[blog 2]
Shadowsight
Spireclaw Spiresight Berryheart named Spireclaw after Spiresight following the latter’s death.[14]
Shadowsight Shadowsight was named after Spiresight's suffix.[15]

SkyClan

Character Named after Notes
Dew Petal Petal Skystar named his daughter after his dear friend, Petal, who died of a sickness.[blog 3]
Skywatcher His ancestry in SkyClan and his dedication to keeping the tradition alive Skywatcher was given his prefix as to not forget the forgotten Clan, and was later given the suffix of -watcher in memory of his faith and dedication to SkyClan.[16][17]
Firefern Firestar Leafstar named her daughter after Firestar, who reinstated SkyClan.[18]
Stormheart Sandstorm Leafstar named her daughter after Sandstorm, who helped reinstate SkyClan.[18]
Harrybrook Sol Leafstar named her son after Harry, a kittypet who helped her escape from a Twoleg, though this was before she was aware of his true name: Sol.[18]
Violetshine Pebbleshine Violetshine's suffix was named after her mother, Pebbleshine.[19]
Needleclaw Needletail Needleclaw was named after Violetshine's deceased friend, Needletail.[blog 4]

WindClan

Character Named after Notes
Crowfeather Feathertail Crowfeather requested his suffix to be -feather in memorial of Feathertail.[20]

RiverClan

Character Named after Notes
Stonefur Stonepelt Stonefur is named after Bluestar's first mentor, Stonepelt.[21]
Milkfur Milkfur Milkfur is named after her mother.[22]
Willowbreeze Their WindClan father and RiverClan mother Willowbreeze's suffix honors her half-Clan heritage, as her father, Reedfeather, was from WindClan.[23]
Graypool Graypool's suffix was given in honor of her mother, Fallowtail, being from RiverClan.[23]
Willowkit Willowbreeze Willowkit was named after her mother, Willowbreeze.[24]

Other

Character Named after Notes
Reena Reena Reena was named after her aunt, who shares the same name as her.[25]
Leaf Leafpool Leaf was named after the sacrifice of Leafpool by the Sisters.[26]
Squirrel Squirrelflight Squirrel was named after Squirrelflight by the Sisters.[26]
Moon Moonlight Moon was named after their late mother, Moonlight, by the Sisters.[26]
Coriander Coriander Coriander was named after his mother, who died after giving birth to him.[27]
Daisy Daisy Daisy was named after the she-cat who helped with her birth and care for her after the death of her mother.[27]

Named after an event

ThunderClan

Character Named after Notes
Leafpool Moonpool Leafpool's suffix was given in honor of her discovery of the Moonpool.[28]
Stormcloud The Great Storm Stormcloud's prefix was given after the storm that eventually caused him to join ThunderClan.[29]

RiverClan

Character Named after Notes
Stormkit A storm and an oak tree Stormkit was named after the storm that occurred during his birth.[30]
Oakheart Oakheart was named after the oak tree that sheltered him and his mother during his birth in a storm.[30]

Named after a characteristic

ThunderClan

Character Named after Notes
Owl Eyes Owl-like eyes Owlstar's original name, Owl Eyes, was given because of his unblinking, large owl-like eyes.[31]
Blue Whisker Blue-tinged whiskers Blue Whisker was named after her whiskers, which were translucent and were said to look blueish in certain lights.[blog 5]
Sleek Fur Soft fur Thunderstar, Sleek Fur's father, named the kit after his fur, which he said to be 'the softest fur he'd ever felt'.[3]
Tawnyspots Pale brown spots Tawnyspots is named after the pale brown spots he had on his belly after birth.[32]
Halftail Part of his tail missing When Sparrowpelt retired to the elders' den, his name was changed to Halftail, because part of his tail had been bitten off by a badger.[33]
Smallear Small ears Smallear is named for his very small ears.[34]
One-eye Clouded white eye, missing eye She was originally named White-eye because of her milky, clouded-over eye, but she later lost that same eye to a badger, and her name was changed to One-eye when she retired to the elders' den.[35]
Fuzzypelt Fur that stands on end His name is derived from his fur, which stands on end.[36]
Bluestar Blueish fur Bluestar was named for her blue-colored fur.[36]
Rosetail Pinkish-orange tail Rosetail's name derives from her pinkish-orange colored tail.[4]
Thistleclaw His spiky fur His name was suggested by Bluefur for his spiky fur as a kit.[37]
Tigerstar His claws Tigerstar got his warrior name, Tigerclaw, because of his huge, "fearsome" claws.[9]
Longtail Long tail Longtail is named after his longer-than-average tail, and Longtail always knew what his warrior name was going to be.[blog 6]
Firestar Fiery ginger pelt When Rusty joined ThunderClan, Bluestar gave him the name of Firepaw in honor of his flame-colored pelt[38] and after the prophecy, "Fire alone will save our Clan."[39]
Lostface Her scars from the the dog pack Bluestar renamed Brightpaw to Lostface, a cruel reminder of Brightheart's scars. However, she was later renamed to Brightheart by Firestar.[40]
Squirrelflight Bushy, squirrel-like tail Squirrelflight was named for her bushy tail.[41]
Hollyleaf Her pelt color Hollyleaf's prefix is in regards to her black, holly-colored fur.[42]
Lionblaze Lion-like appearance Lionblaze was named for his appearance, which looks like a lion.[42]
Jayfeather Blue eyes Jayfeather's prefix was given because of his blue eyes, the same color of that of a jay.[7]
Hazeltail Her tail Hazeltail was named for her tail, which is lean and whippy like branches of a hazel tree.[43]
Bumblestripe Black stripes that resemble a bumblebee Bumblestripe was named after his stripes, which resemble that of a bumblebee.[44]
Blossomfall Petal-shaped white patches Blossomfall is named after the white patches on her tortoiseshell fur, which resemble petals falling.[44]
Twigbranch Being as small as a twig Twigbranch’s prefix comes from when Alderpaw found Twigbranch as a kit and named her Twigkit after her size, as she was as small as a twig.[45]

ShadowClan

Character Named after Notes
Mouse Ear Ears as small as a mouse's Mouse Ear was named after his ears, which are said to be as small as a mouse's.[46]
Mud Paws Black fur around his paws Mud Paws was named after the black fur ringing his paws that contrast with his brown fur and make it look as though he walked through mud.[46]
Pebble Heart White chest Turtle Tail named Pebble Heart after the white patch of fur in his chest.[47]
Raggedstar Raggedy, patched fur Raggedstar was named after his patchy fur, which he gained from always play-fighting as a kit.[48]
Littlekit Being born small and frail Littlekit was named after how small and frail she was after her birth.[49]
Stumpytail Short, stumpy tail Stumpytail is named for his stump of a tail.[50]
Blackstar His black paws Blackstar's prefix and warrior name, Blackfoot, is in reference to his paws, which are black.[51]
Runningnose Constantly running nose Runningnose was named for his constantly running nose, and as a reminder that medicine cats cannot cure everything.[52]
Brokenstar Yellowfang's feelings about leaving him and his broken-like bent in his tail His mother, Yellowfang, named him Brokenkit because of the way she felt having left him, but also knowing that every cat would think it was because of his broken-branch like tail.[53]
Badgerfang Badger-like markings on his head and body Yellowfang suggested for Badgerkit to be named after a badger because of his badger-like markings on his head and body.[54]
Ratscar Scar on his back Ratscar was named for a scar he has on his back.[55]

SkyClan

Character Named after Notes
Oddfoot Twisted paw Oddfoot was named because he was born with one of his paws twisted inward.[56]
Violetshine Smelling like violets Violetshine’s prefix comes from when Needlepaw discovered Violetshine and named her Violetkit because she smelled like violets.[45]

RiverClan

Character Named after Notes
Spider Paw Extra toe Spider Paw is a polydactyl cat, which means he has a sixth toe on one of his paws, and his name references this.[57]
Kinktail Her crushed tail Her name comes from her kinked tail, from when a monster ran over it when she was a kit.[58]
Crookedstar Broken jaw As requested by Rainflower, Crookedstar had his prefix changed to be named after his broken jaw.[59]

WindClan

Character Named after Notes
Windstar Being able to run as fast as the wind Wind Runner was named after her ability to run as fast as the wind, and the name was later given to the Clan she founded, WindClan.[60]
Gorsestar Spiky head fur Gorse Fur was named after the spiky fur on his head.[61]
Holly Spiky fur Holly was named after her spiky fur.[62]
Tallstar Long tail Tallstar's warrior name, Talltail, derives from his unusually long tail.[63]
Deadfoot Twisted-inward paw Deadfoot was born as Hopkit, and when Heatherstar made him an apprentice, she gave him the name of Deadpaw, because of his twisted paw.[64]
Tornear Injured ear Tornear was named after his torn ear.[blog 6]

The Early Settlers

Character Named after Notes
Turtle Tail Stumpy tail Turtle Tail was named for her stumpy tail.[65]

Ancient Tribe of Rushing Water

Character Named after Notes
Lion's Roar Loud mew Shy Fawn named Lion's Roar when he let out a loud, lion-like meow after he was born.[66]

WarriorClan

Character Named after Notes
Bigteeth Large, protruding front teeth Bigteeth was named for his large, protruding front teeth.[67]

Named after an object

SkyClan

Character Named after Notes
Star Flower The Blazing Star Star Flower was named after the Blazing Star, and her eyes have the five petals reflected in them.[68]
Tree Trees Tree chose to rename himself Tree after his like of trees.[69]

WindClan

Character Named after Notes
Slate Slate rocks Slate was named after slate rocks.[70]
Adderkit Snake Adderkit was named for the snake that bit him.[71]

Other

Character Named after Notes
Roach A cockroach Roach was originally named Cricket, but later renamed himself to Roach after the insect of the same name.[blog 7]

Other reasons

ThunderClan

Character Named after Notes
Briarlight Her spirit Briarlight received her warrior name as a reflection of her fierce-burning spirit, a recognition of the unimaginably difficult and unique apprenticeship that she had served.[72]
Lilyheart To remember her deceased mother and sister Lilyheart’s mother Sorreltail died when Lilyheart was just a kit, and her sister Seedpaw died during their apprenticeship. Bramblestar gave Lilypaw the warrior name of Lilyheart so that Seedpaw and Sorreltail would live forever in her heart.[73]
Twigbranch How she developed and grew into ThunderClan Bramblestar gave her her warrior name to recognize that while she came to ThunderClan as a "small, fragile kit", she had since become a warrior with them, stating "just as a twig grows into a branch".[74]

RiverClan

Character Named after Notes
River Ripple The movement of the river, the river that saved him He was initially named Ripple after the movement of the river water. After Twolegs destroyed his home and Ripple fell into the river, he thanked the river for saving him and renamed himself River Ripple.[75]
Leopardstar The strength to survive after her mother and littermates' deaths Soon after her birth, Leopardstar's mother Brightsky died along with three other kits in the litter. Mudfur, Leopardstar's father, named her after the great cats of LeopardClan to give her the strength to survive.[76]

The Ancients

Character Named after Notes
Stone Song The sound of the wind crying over the mountains Stone Song was named after the sound the wind in the mountains made when it blew over the stone.[77]

WarriorClan

Character Named after Notes
Clawwhistle A claw's noise while slicing through air Clawwhistle was named afted the noise a claw makes as it slices through the air.[78]

Out of universe

ThunderClan

Character Named after Notes
Bramblestar and Sorreltail Cherith's cats, Bramble and Sorrel Bramblestar and Sorreltail's prefixes came from the real life cats of Cherith Baldry, also named Bramble and Sorrel.[79]
Millie The cat of James Noble Millie was named by Vicky after James' cat Millie. Millie herself is named after the Millwall Football Club.[blog 8][9]
Ivypool Ivy Poole Ivypool was named after Vicky's friend's daughter, Ivy Poole.[80]
Frankie and Benny A fan's girlfriend's daughters Frankie and Benny are named after the cats of someone that Vicky had met on a flight to Boston, and were named so due to his girlfriend's daughters enjoying the series.[81]

ShadowClan

Character Named after Notes
Lakestorm Fan on Wands and Worlds Vicky named Lakestorm after a fan on Wands and Worlds.[82]
Blizzardstar Founder of Warriors Wish Blizzardstar is a tribute to Blizz, the creator and webmaster of the popular Warriors fansite, Warriors Wish.[83]
Whorlpelt, Snaketooth, and Flowerstem BlogClan members The trio of siblings are named after members of Kate's Blog, Whorlpelt, Snakefang, and Flowerstream.[blog 9]

SkyClan

Character Named after Notes
Shiningheart Dana Cherry Brightspirit, Shiningheart, and Braveheart are all dedicated to a Warriors fan named Emmy Grace Cherry and her parents, who died when a tornado struck their home in Atkins, Arkansas. The Erins decided to give the young fan and her parents special Warrior names in their honor.[84]
Braveheart Jimmy Cherry
Brightspirit Emmy Cherry
Quailfeather Fan of the same name Vicky named Quailfeather after a Wands and Worlds fan of the same name.[85]
Macgyver The TV series of the same name The character of Macgyver was Vicky's secret tribute to the television show MacGyver, which she loved to watch.[86]
Rootspring A fan vote on the Warriors website Rootspring's warrior name was selected by fans through a poll on the Warriors website.[87] Rootspring was the winning name.[88]

WindClan

Character Named after Notes
Emberkit Dying embers Emberkit's name being a single word compared to the two-word names of the Tribe cats was a mistake on Kate's part. She believes that due to dying so young, it was hard to give him a name, and thought she was thinking of dying embers when she named him.[blog 10]

Ancient Tribe of Rushing Water

Character Named after Notes
Jay Frost A BlogClan member Jay Frost is named after a member of Kate's Blog, Jayfrost.[blog 11]

Other

Character Named after Notes
Riga and Ziggy Two kittens owned by Vicky's sister Riga and Ziggy are named after the kittens that Vicky's sister owns.[89]

Unknown

Character Named after Notes
Flower Stream BlogClan moderator Flower Stream was named after a BlogClan moderator, Flowerstream.[blog 12]

Trivia

Continuity

The following information is from sources considered non-canon or retconned.

  • In Su Susann's "Missing Kits" on Vicky's Facebook:
    • Swallowtail named her son Rainstorm after Rainwhisker, who she was good friends with during the Great Journey.[90]
    • Vixentail was also named after her reddish tail.[91]
    • Sorrelcharm was given her warrior name after her charming personality.[92]
    • Willowclaw was given her warrior name because she was a fierce fighter.[93]
    • Gorsetail named her daughter Thistleheart after her sister Thistlepaw, who died from her wounds from a badger trying to save Gorsetail.[94]
    • Maggottail's kit name was Dashkit because of his speed. After a fox bit his tail and it became infected with maggots, Dashpaw's Clanmates teased him with the name Maggottail. Dashpaw was proud of his ability to survive a fox bite, and asked for his warrior name to be Maggottail.[95]

Notes and references

  1. Revealed in The Sun Trail, page 305
  2. Revealed in Thunder Rising, page 16
  3. 3.0 3.1 Revealed in Thunderstar's Echo, chapter 10
  4. 4.0 4.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 47
  5. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  6. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 510
  7. 7.0 7.1 Revealed in Leafpool's Wish, chapter 10
  8. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 6
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 4
  10. Revealed in Sunset, page 27
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 477
  12. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 56
  13. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 85
  14. Revealed in Tigerheart's Shadow, page 372
  15. Revealed in The Silent Thaw, page 37
  16. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 243
  17. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 337
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Revealed in The Rescue, page 86
  19. Revealed in Darkest Night, page 286
  20. Revealed in Dawn, page 316
  21. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  22. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  23. 23.0 23.1 Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 57
  24. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 474
  25. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 142
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Revealed in Squirrelflight's Hope, page 409
  27. 27.0 27.1 Revealed in Daisy's Kin, chapter 7
  28. Revealed in Starlight, page 287
  29. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 454
  30. 30.0 30.1 Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page prologue
  31. Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 192
  32. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  33. Revealed in Fire and Ice, page 41
  34. Revealed in Goosefeather's Curse, allegiances
  35. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 101
  36. 36.0 36.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, allegiances
  37. Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, chapter 3
  38. Revealed in Into the Wild, page 37
  39. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 311
  40. Revealed in A Dangerous Path, page 223
  41. Revealed in Firestar's Quest, page 509
  42. 42.0 42.1 Revealed in Leafpool's Wish, chapter 9
  43. Vicky's Facebook Page
  44. 44.0 44.1 Revealed in Eclipse, page 158
  45. 45.0 45.1 Revealed in The Apprentice's Quest, page 269
  46. 46.0 46.1 Revealed in The Blazing Star, pages 19-20
  47. Revealed in Thunder Rising, chapter 8
  48. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 63
  49. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  50. Revealed in Battles of the Clans, page 19
  51. Revealed in Into the Wild, allegiances
  52. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 403
  53. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 71
  54. Revealed in Yellowfang's Secret, page 455
  55. Revealed in Tigerclaw's Fury, chapter 5
  56. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 103
  57. Revealed in Moth Flight's Vision, page 321
  58. Revealed in Code of the Clans, page 137
  59. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 55
  60. Revealed in Secrets of the Clans, page 6
  61. Revealed in Thunder Rising, page 204
  62. Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 19
  63. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 67
  64. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 490
  65. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 175
  66. Revealed in Sign of the Moon, page 266
  67. Revealed in Graystripe's Vow, page 205
  68. Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 135
  69. Revealed in Thunder and Shadow: Bonus Scene, page 12
  70. Revealed in The Blazing Star, page 108
  71. Revealed in Cats of the Clans, page 2
  72. Revealed in The Ultimate Guide, page 49
  73. Revealed in Bramblestar's Storm, page 451
  74. Revealed in River of Fire, chapter 19
  75. Revealed in Thunder Rising: Bonus Scene, page 6
  76. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 286
  77. Revealed in Long Shadows, page 210
  78. Revealed in Graystripe's Vow, page 206
  79. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 1
  80. Revealed in Erin Hunter Chat 7
  81. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  82. Revealed in the pre-chat of Erin Hunter Chat 6
  83. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  84. Revealed on Silverpelt
  85. Revealed in the pre-chat of Erin Hunter Chat 6
  86. Revealed at Warriors Wish
  87. Warriors Fan Vote on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  88. Warriors Fan Vote Results on the Warriors official website (backup link)
  89. Vicky's Facebook
  90. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  91. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  92. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  93. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  94. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook
  95. Revealed on Vicky's Facebook

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