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A name changing ceremony is a ceremony that takes place when a Clan Leader decides to give a Clan cat a new name. This is usually done when the cat's old name does not suit them anymore, or because of an injury.[1]


Process

When a cat's name no longer portrays who they are, a Clan leader can perform this ceremony to change it to a new name. Normally, the name is changed from the result of an injury, for example, when Sparrowpelt's tail was bitten off by a badger, he was re-named Halftail.[2] However, sometimes it is changed when the cat has been named incorrectly[3] and the leader wants to rectify this mistake (i.e. Brightheart).[4]

Ceremony

The leader calls a Clan Meeting,[5] and performs the change with the following words:

"Spirits of StarClan, you know every cat by name. I ask you now to take away the name from the cat you see before you, for it no longer stands for what he/she is. By my authority as Clan leader, and with the approval of our warrior ancestors, I give this cat a new name. From this moment on he/she will be known as (new name), for (description of the reason)." [4]

Cats who Have Changed Their Names in the Warriors Series

Name New Name Book
Sparrowpelt

[6]

Halftail[2] Bluestar's Prophecy
White-eye

[6]

One-eye[2] Bluestar's Prophecy
Lostface

[5]

Brightheart[4] The Darkest Hour
Stormkit

[7]

Crookedkit[8] Crookedstar's Promise
Hopkit

[9]

Deadpaw[10] Tallstar's Revenge

Other Information

A cat can also request a name change, if they would like their name or someone else's name to be changed, such as Cloudtail asking Firestar to change Lostface's name,[11] or Rainflower requesting her son's name, Stormkit, to be changed to Crookedkit.[12]

See Also

References and Citations

  1. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, pages 54-55
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 507
  3. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, pages 53-55
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 108
  5. 5.0 5.1 Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 107
  6. 6.0 6.1 Revealed in Bluestar's Prophecy, page 506
  7. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 54
  8. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, page 55
  9. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 208
  10. Revealed in Tallstar's Revenge, page 490
  11. Revealed in The Darkest Hour, page 98
  12. Revealed in Crookedstar's Promise, pages 52-53


Hierarchy and Groups in the Warriors World
Clan Hierarchy KitsApprenticesWarriorsDeputiesLeadersQueensEldersMedicine Cats
Ceremonies VigilApprenticeWarriorDeputyLeaderElderMedicine CatName Changing
Tribe Hierarchy To-BesCave-GuardsPrey Hunters‎Kit MothersHealer/Stoneteller
Miscellaneous General Clan InformationGeneral Tribe InformationCat Names
Other Groups LonersRoguesBloodClanCats of the ParkThe Early SettlersClear Sky's GroupTall Shadow's Group

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