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Name Our Squirrel, Won’t You

The squirrel showed up this past summer on our reusable shopping bags. Next in an episode of Fup. Store Cat. (And another. And another.) Then on a Powell's mug made exclusively for staff and Indiespensable subscribers. Most recently, the squirrel appeared on this year's edition of the souvenir t-shirts we create for employees each holiday season.

But here's the thing: We're tired of just saying "the squirrel."

Help us pick a name. Too late!

Something bookish, maybe. Or woodsy — Forest Park-woodsy. Or not woodsy or bookish; maybe something pertaining to Portland. (If Terwilliger, Flanders, and Lovejoy were good enough for Mr. Groening...)

Post a name in the comments field by December 21st. We'll run our favorites past the squirrel. Winner gets a $100 Powell's card, a featured book shelf at, and bragging rights into the future.

Need inspiration? Go talk to a squirrel. Come bearing acorns.

Update: Our submission deadline has come and gone. Further entries and comments are welcome, but only entries provided by December 21st will be eligible for the prize. Our winner will be announced on Tuesday, December 30, here on the blog.

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Dave interviews authors for Powell's. He created our Out of the Book film series. He likes cats and dogs.

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Dave is the author of Out of the Book, Volume 3: State by State

420 Responses to "Name Our Squirrel, Won’t You"

    Squirrel’s Best Friend December 4th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    how about "Hawthorne"?

    Sorta woodsy, with both Portland and literary connections.

    Buffy December 4th, 2008 at 4:23 pm


    what the… December 4th, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    This won't count because I'm a Powell's employee, but I suggest "Squire Lee." Those that know me won't be surprised.

    Zoe Trope December 4th, 2008 at 7:43 pm


    jimbe December 4th, 2008 at 8:33 pm

    Sir Tickles Nutkin Chuzzelwit!

    Nutkin from Beatrix Potter and Chuzzelwit from Dickens. Tickles just because.

    rebecca December 4th, 2008 at 9:19 pm


    Allison Feist December 4th, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    Franny -

    The name would be a nod to St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals, such as this little squirrel. And patron saint of the environment which is aided by the use of a wonderful tote such as this one.

    As for literary merit, Franny, from J.D. Salinger's Franny and Zooey is also a bit squirrelly, in a good, crazy lovable Glass family way.

    Jen December 4th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Klickitat... a tribute to Beverly Cleary, Portland, and the cheerful sounds squirrels make.

    Michael Pemulis December 5th, 2008 at 3:22 am

    Little Beir

    And by the way, rodents on shopping bags? Have you ever seen an elephant carrying a stack of books in its curled trunk? Majestic and brainy. Get it together Powell's.

    Preston Mann December 5th, 2008 at 4:18 am

    Oxford Powell, I (pronounced - Oxford Powell, the FIRST).


    OXY (to his high school budz), The "O" Man (to his frat squirrel homies), The Mascot Formerly Known as SQUIRREL [TMFKAS] (to the music industry), (internet alias when signing up for message boards and stupid stuff online), O Zilla (Avatar names in World of Warcraft and Wii), and OP1 (to his star wars geek friendz).

    Wikipedia Entry:

    Oxford Powell, I, is an all-around squirrel - the Leonardo Da Vinci of Squirrel Kind, if you will. His squirrel mom and squirrel dad made him read profusely as a young squirrelling.

    [Side note: Oxford's mom was a dark brown squirrel / dad was a gray squirrel, so the "O" man is an interracial squirrel, as well - of course he is; bred for greatness. Who knows, after his stint as the Powell mascot, he could go on to be the first squirrelident]

    Mr./Mrs. Squirrel were kind of hippy squirrels growing up in the 60's, so they wanted to name young Oxford typical hippy names like: Hawthorne, Nepenthe, Squire Lee, Zip, Sir Tickles Nutkin Chuzzelwit, Emerson, Franny, etc..., but the little guy never responded to any of them.

    One day, Oxford's parents noticed that Oxy would always have a particular book by his side or in his squirrel pocket or carrying with him in his nut sack (a special bag for collecting nuts or to carry squirrel books to school). This book was, of course, the Oxford English Dictionary (pocket edition). It was that day that his fate as Oxford Powell, I, was sealed.

    At a young age, Oxford was placed in the squirrel gifted and talented education program. So, he had to take the yellow bus to the "people school". There, they made him sit in the back of the class because he was "different". To add injury to insult, because he was so much smaller than everyone, when he raised his hand to ask questions in class; the teachers would never see him. Yet, he was the valedictorian of every class from K-12, undergrad @ O.S. (major = Ecology, minor = Creative Writing, and post-grad @ O.U. (Ph.D in Environmental Biology).

    In his valedictorian speech at O.U. for his Ph.D, Oxford spoke of global environmental issues, the contamination of the Willamette river, and of the rising tensions between Squirrel Kind and Human Kind (as evidenced by the recent increase in squirrel road kill nationwide in 2008). At the end of his speech, he thanked his parents, family, friends, the Squirrel God, and lastly, the Oxford English Dictionary - without which, he said "I would not have learned your language, learned how to read, nor had a name for which I could be proud of...

    ...and I'd like to give a shout out to my homiez at Powell's - Big Dave, Bolton (BLINK? Really? That's SO '05. It's all about OUTLIERS!), Georgie, Doug, everyone at World Coffee (Love you guyz...couldn't have done it without those double shot, nutmeg lattes), Mac User Groupers, First Tuesday Craft Cirle, and everyone I left out... Go Ducks! Go Beavers! Holla' Back @ my Subaru Outback! Peace!"

    Courtney December 5th, 2008 at 6:06 am

    Pearl the Squirrel.

    Like the Pearl District. Get it.

    cory December 5th, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Squirrel name....Costello

    99 December 5th, 2008 at 9:29 am


    Charlie L December 5th, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Gutennut (goo-ten-nut)

    After Gutenberg, of course.

    rachel December 5th, 2008 at 12:40 pm


    Meg S. December 5th, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    (or Bullwinkle)

    Melissa (ForstRose) December 5th, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Little Prince after the character from Antoine de St Exupery's children's story and because squirrels at least the ones I've seen around Portland have an attitude that fits the title of royalty. In the story the character was also trying to save his little planet so you've got the nature, recycling, green idea with that association as well.

    Felicity December 5th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    I suggest Chatterton.

    1. He was a poet.
    2. It sounds squirrelesque.
    3. (most importantly) I thought of it because Opal Whiteley's pet wood-rat was named Thomas Chatterton Jupiter Zeus. Whiteley provides an Oregon connection.

    Michael T. December 5th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    Mel ... a tribute to Mel Blanc

    Benjamin Thomas December 5th, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Earl the Squirrel!

    CarrieU December 5th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Doubt mine will count, since I'm an employee too, but I like Plucky the Squirrel.

    Emilie December 5th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    I suggest more "woodsy" names as suggested in the blog.

    Woodrow (Woody for short). It's classy yet descriptive.

    Or for the more literary take: Wordsworth.

    Lisa December 5th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Whittier (as in John Greenleaf)

    Lee Lawton December 5th, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    Nutkin was a squirrel in a Beatrix Potter story. I rather like Querulous, though--seems to fit a squirrel's personality. Then there is Scaredy, from Melanie Watt's children's book.

    So, since I see that someone has already mentioned Nutkin, I offer Querulous and Scaredy.

    Kristin Bell December 5th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    Maybe Puf in honor of Fup.
    Mister Squirrel S. Esquire the Elder.

    The Brainlair December 6th, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Forest Steward - incorporates a woodsy name and Powell's initiative to go green.

    Ryuan December 6th, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Punchy the angry squirrel (he's got no legs)

    Lee Lawton December 6th, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Oh, and since squirrel is holding a leaf, how about Twiggy? You may have to unplump him/her, however...

    Sean December 6th, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    Chuck. As in Chuck Palahnuik.
    It sounds woodsy. And bookish and Portlandy, right?

    EMM December 6th, 2008 at 5:31 pm


    ... or Poe.... As in Edgar Allen, or the first two letters of Powells and Portland... or just because right now I'm feelin' a little po' ....

    Michael T. December 7th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    George Eliot, because of the literary reference, and because it is the perfect name for a squirrel. And she references a squirrel in one of her legendary quotes: "If we had a keen vision of all that is ordinary in human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow or the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of that roar which is the other side of silence."

    Robert Mumby December 7th, 2008 at 7:36 pm


    Penpenpenjoon December 7th, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    this name is ala beatrix potter
    i think it spans age groups and is perfect!

    Cat December 7th, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    He looks like a Zaphod to me.

    Squirrelly December 8th, 2008 at 6:31 am

    Stumpy: no legs and from portland

    Cynthia December 8th, 2008 at 10:00 am

    Douglas or Doug. As in the fir tree.

    Suzanne H December 8th, 2008 at 2:38 pm


    HollyHolly Lutsenko December 8th, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    I think you should name the squirrel "Diggory" after the boy who discovered Narnia

    Megan December 8th, 2008 at 4:33 pm

    Thorington (or "Thor" for short)

    After the curator of mammals at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History (and the author of the book "Squirrels: The Animal Answer Guide").

    Plus, it's a fun name.

    Jennie December 8th, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Look. The squirrel is adorable and clearly about to scamper off
    on an important leafy green journey. Thus, his name should be

    Marilyn Green December 8th, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    I think the squirrel should be called "Fantods". It means to "run around wildly or have a nervous fit". It is used by Mark Twain to describe how one might feels when hearing a scary story. This seems like a good name for a squirrel to me. (And we used to have a cat named Fantods -- may he rest in peace.) All the best, Marilyn

    Maestro December 8th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    Spense (or spence) is an indiespensable name.

    YvonneYvonne December 8th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    I think "Squire" has a ring to it as a squirrel's name.

    Monica December 9th, 2008 at 11:46 am

    Larry. It rolls off the tounge, Larry the squirrel. Why not? He looks like a Larry.

    gwenn December 9th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    it's probably too obvious, but what about Puf?
    love y'all! thanks for being my bookstore!

    Andrea December 9th, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Ronald! . . . only because that is what my daughter shouted out when I showed her the squirrel. I do like Preston Mann's entry, although, Dude, really, 4:18 a.m.???? Cripes.

    Brendan December 9th, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Ishmael- not just the name from Moby Dick or the gorilla, but now, also a squirrel

    DeniseB December 9th, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    We have tons of squirrels and always have..always feed them, talk to them, entice them onto our deck with food, water, and cuddly shelter in the winter. Our fav was "Chipper". We loved that squirrel. And chipper is how I feel when I look at your website or recieve Powell boxes in the mail! So, my vote goes to "Chipper" (may you live on in infamy at Powell's Books, little guy!)

    Nephele December 9th, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Sebastian. Not particularly bookish or woodsy, but I think it has a nice ring to it.

    EdEusPdlglmlove December 10th, 2008 at 7:50 am

    Pattertwig- The name of the adorable little squirel in C.S. Lewis's Narnia books
    Thorington- Wrote a book on squirels
    Merriweather- It seems like a squirelly name

    funny funster December 10th, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    What happened to his legs?? Pepe le squirrel

    oliver optic December 10th, 2008 at 12:10 pm


    Aubrey December 10th, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    While I love Preston Mann's tale of Oxy . . . I think this particular squirrel is a little more quirky. Plus I think that he's actually a she. Her birth name is Faye but she goes by Querk. A nod to her mad typing skills and her twitchy little squirrel self!

    Thanks for brightening up a particularly gray day in PA!

    John Waclawski December 10th, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Hank the Squirrel

    Michele Tomlinson December 10th, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    It would seem almost wrong not to name a Powell's mascot after some literary figure, and he looks like a Sidney to me... so how about naming him after Sir Philip Sidney?

    NMolly Moloney December 10th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Suggested name:

    J. Chatterly Sciuridae

    April W. December 10th, 2008 at 1:50 pm


    He can organize all the other squirrels and try to get the town to give them better mortgages for no nuts down.

    Angela VanSchoick December 10th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

    Squirrel names:

    1. Squirrelly
    2. Sturgis
    3. Spartacus
    4. Balthazar
    5. Sigmund
    6. Artemesia
    7. Pipsqueak

    kim December 10th, 2008 at 1:53 pm

    I'm rather fond of the "woodsy" character Tom Bombadil -- so how about Bombadilo?

    Elena December 10th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Ecur - pronounced eek-ur, from the French word for squirrel (écureuil). The squirrel is actually an immigrant to Portland from Quebec.

    Karyn Zyvan December 10th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    I suggest "cowtown." no idea why, it just came it me.

    Jena December 10th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    I like Puck for a squirrel name--as a reference to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream trickster; plus, it sounds like a euphemism (and you obviously know what potty-mouths squirrels can be).

    Lori Carpenter December 10th, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    My suggestion for the squirrel's name:

    FURL (or Firrel)

    (As a toddler, my niece could not pronounce the "s" sound so replaced it with "f" - thus, firrel for squirrel, fider for spider, frinkle for sprinkle, etc.)

    BrandtBrandt December 10th, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Lyle - just sounds right for a squirrel

    Grahammer December 10th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    How many suggestions can we make?

    1) Scooter (since that's how he gets around)
    2) Jacques (since he's speaking so fast in the Fup story, and they mention he speaks too fast like the French)
    3) Powell

    stinkymcb December 10th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Bert. I think that says it all.

    Nancy Nitzberg December 10th, 2008 at 2:02 pm

    How about a Portland squirrel named Clackamas, Clack for short. Just sounds appropriate (or squirrely).

    Dave H December 10th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

    as in Biblo Bag-ends

    Deb December 10th, 2008 at 2:09 pm

    Suggested name:


    Sherrie December 10th, 2008 at 2:10 pm

    I think you should name the squirrel Ursula - after Ursula K. Le Guin

    Elizabeth J. December 10th, 2008 at 2:13 pm


    The genus name of oak trees. It's Latin, so it sounds bookish. It has a definite woodsy connection. It also suggests quirkiness.

    Don Rumrill December 10th, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Name the squirrel after my French friend Olivier. He has had soooo much fun with the word "squirrel" over the years.

    Nikki December 10th, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Ursula, after Ursula K. Le Guin (lives in Portland, Lathe of Heaven set in Portland), or Beverly after Beverly Cleary (lots of work referencing Portland)

    Leslie L. December 10th, 2008 at 2:16 pm


    Laston Lastof December 10th, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Squirrel Name: 599.36

    from the DDC 21 edition

    Cindy Evans December 10th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    How about Esquire?

    Leisha Wharfield December 10th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

    Motor Mouth.

    Eric December 10th, 2008 at 2:21 pm


    Jubin December 10th, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Betelgeuse, after the brightest star in the evening sky.

    wadecat December 10th, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    How about Cedar? Our squirrels love our cedar trees.

    ebeth December 10th, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    I also like the name Puf (in honor of Fup).
    Or, how about Eto (one letter down from Fup, like Hal from IBM in "2001 Space Odyssey").

    Lynn December 10th, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Lady Chatterley

    ChrisCHRIS December 10th, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Big Red! He sounds like he has Portland attitude...and reminds me of the squirrels I used to have in my back yard that would chatter at our cat. If its a she, I kind of go for Lady Chatterly. But squirrel sounds sounds like a he, sounding the alarm for all the readers of the world.

    Morrison December 10th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    After spending every day of the first 18 years of my life waiting for the school bus in the rain (or so it seemed), I left Portland 47 years ago. But the city is part of who I am, and I visit family there often. The Morrison Street bridge was my favorite of all Portland's bridges, so I selected the name Morrison for the squirrel.

    Julia L. December 10th, 2008 at 2:33 pm

    I have had squirrel friends in various places I've lived, from Texas to Calif. to Oregon. Without pondering . . . "Twitch" instantly came to mind.

    Brian Lovely December 10th, 2008 at 2:34 pm


    Judy A. Ness December 10th, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Ekorn (Norwegian for squirrel) Kinda nut like, aksully.

    Joyce Clark December 10th, 2008 at 2:36 pm


    As a child I had a pet squirrel and "Nutty" was the only name that occurred to us. It fits squirrel antics and their favorite food. I have 3 kinds here on my land and they eat mostly nuts which grow in profusion in Oregon. Although I have seen them tasting the apples as they ripen. They seem to enjoy big leaf maple nuts the most, though occasionally they beat the jays to the hazelnuts. You didn't say what kind of squirrel it is. But "Nutty" is universal.

    Bruce Morley December 10th, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    How about Tail ? Obviously, an acrobatic show-off will hang from his. And, of course, the play on "and thereby hangs a tale" from As You Like It.

    Shirley Shirley Strom December 10th, 2008 at 2:38 pm

    Squirrels, obviously, are named Nutty............

    Bruce Morley December 10th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Even worse, Oregon Tail.

    Kathy December 10th, 2008 at 2:42 pm


    OzzieOOzzie December 10th, 2008 at 2:43 pm

    Bod - as in Nobody Owens from Neil Gaiman's Graveyard Book - but also because he has no legs. Neil is a big Powell's fan so I am sure he would be honored.

    Frank December 10th, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Johann Gambolputty de von Ausfern- schplenden- schlitter- crasscrenbon- fried- digger- dingle- dangle- dongle- dungle- burstein- von- knacker- thrasher- apple- banger- horowitz- ticolensic- grander- knotty- spelltinkle- grandlich- grumblemeyer- spelterwasser- kurstlich- himbleeisen- bahnwagen- gutenabend- bitte- ein- nürnburger- bratwustle- gerspurten- mitz- weimache- luber- hundsfut- gumberaber- shönedanker- kalbsfleisch- mittler- aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm?

    or should that be of Elm?

    BobbiW December 10th, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    I suggest Thierry - although it's French, it suggests Tree and it sort of suits him.

    Steph December 10th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    Ramona Quimby... since the squirrel loves to talk klickitat - like the street Ramona grew up on

    Mayme December 10th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    I think his name should be Francois.

    Heide Swaine December 10th, 2008 at 2:52 pm


    Craig T. Hammer December 10th, 2008 at 2:54 pm


    My suggestion for the name of the squirrel would be to call him Sequoia.

    Cheers. ***** Craig :>)

    Donna December 10th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    His name should be Punctuator.

    Ever notice how a squirrel's tail punctuates his actions? When he's looking at something curiously, the tail curves into a question mark. Angry, and it stands straight up -- ! And when he runs, it makes a straight dash behind him.

    susan francis December 10th, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    squire elle
    not only is it french(came down from canada) its a girl squirrell

    Sue December 10th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    He's definitely Sherman, Sherm for short.

    Sue December 10th, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    Oops, Sherman Oakley, Sherm for short.

    dee Hodge December 10th, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    klickitat , the sound he makes, the klickitat river, and native people

    geeky Heather December 10th, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Skippy, in honor of the squirrel that ate almonds off my knee while sitting on my leg....

    Diann MacRae December 10th, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    Olav seems a good name. Norwegians that I have known didn't talk a lot 'til they came to the city and then they seemed to love to talk - like the squirrel.

    dee Hodge December 10th, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    oops I scrolled up and someone had already suggested klickitat river.

    How about Indy?

    as in Indie (independant) bookstore, or Indiana Jones the explorer.

    Proudwolf December 10th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    I misheard my partner talking about "our squirrel" once. Since the he has been known as Harsh Will. So there is my suggestion:

    Harsh Will, our squirrel.


    Pencil Me In December 10th, 2008 at 3:08 pm


    Philburrt December 10th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    He loves our native Oregon nuts..........!!!

    DeniseDenise December 10th, 2008 at 3:15 pm


    I read a definition of the word Satire that described it as: "a literary manner which blends a critical attitude with humor and wit". To me, that sums up a squirrel.


    From Oliver Twist...I always think of squirels as little thiefs that find ways to get what they want (like food from our bird feeder).

    Rebecca December 10th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    As soon as I read that the squirrel needed a name I though of Rodeo, like the place where cows get wrangled, not where rich people shop in California, but then I saw the little guy and that name just did not seem to fit how about Hardy. Literary and natural at the same time.

    Cianwolf December 10th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Raconteur. Makes a good squirrel name, I should think.

    Novel Nudger Nutworthy December 10th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Not "novel" necessarily for 'books' - although that IS appropriate, don't ya think - but because this squirrel is "novel" - uncommon, unusual, unique. Definitely one of a kind (like Powell's)! Could be known as N. Nudger Nutworthy. Nudger just because he's one of those who nudges us to act. Nutworthy, well, because it's close to "noteworthy" but has been squirrelized.

    Donna Marton December 10th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    I like Lady Chatter-Lee, 'course if it is a male, Lady Chatter-Lee's Lover. It's hard to tell with squirrils--you have to get sooooo close, and following 'em around a tree trunk makes one dizzy. :-)

    LuAnn Morgan December 10th, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    How about Trotter? As in Harlem Globe because, obviously, this squirrel likes to hang out on the court, showing off.

    Bruce December 10th, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    My vote is for Stun (nuts spelled backward).

    Dorothea December 10th, 2008 at 3:26 pm

    I like Oliver; or something else that starts with an "O."

    Christina December 10th, 2008 at 3:27 pm has a nice woodsy sound to it.

    Kinsey December 10th, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    for Stumptown...and, um, for the missing legs...

    Moi December 10th, 2008 at 3:34 pm


    Melissa C Williams December 10th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Why not "Klikitat" ? He was saying his name right there, while talking to the cats. They thought he was talking about Fup but actually he was introducing himself.

    Michael December 10th, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Maynard the squirrel

    PeggyPeggy December 10th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Nugget. I could also name the Geico Gecko if your're interested.

    Ramona S December 10th, 2008 at 3:48 pm


    Pete from Ann Arbor December 10th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Squirrel naming.

    His name shall be Tom or Louis Borders. Now that the hard winters have come the squirrel has come to live under the Burnside bridge. What a change from Beaverton.

    Amber December 10th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    "Swingin Sammy" the squirrel. He's a fast talker and he's got moves.

    Pete from Ann Arbor December 10th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Speaking of the economy, maybe the squirrel should be named "Dinner".

    All the best.


    Rosie December 10th, 2008 at 4:03 pm


    Sounds/is French

    Could be seen as "in tree"

    Refers to food which a squirrel is constantly gathering and eating - dinner, dish

    Has an energetic sound - dictionary says gives zest to appetite

    Jodie December 10th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    How about Sammy the squirrel? He or she likes to be dramatic like Sammy Davis Jr..

    kc December 10th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    I think you should name the squirrel Klickitat. I used to live on Klickitat Street - me and Ramona Quimby.

    dDeb December 10th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

    Curiel the squirrel (close to the french word for squirrel 'écureuil')

    Desi December 10th, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Desiree' - Napoleons mistress....Desi for short. So the squirel word be French :)

    Rosie December 10th, 2008 at 4:15 pm


    French. Could be seen as "in tree".

    Has an energetic sound - dictionary says gives zest to appetite

    Pat Christensen December 10th, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    The squirrel's name should be Clicketure. (klik-a-cher)

    RolandsMom December 10th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Noisette! The perfect combination of French (for hazelnut, a food squirrels love), noise (what squirrelspeak sounds like to the uninitiated), and a certain je ne sais pas!

    R Russ December 10th, 2008 at 4:42 pm


    Cameron December 10th, 2008 at 4:43 pm

    Shelley - squirrels like nuts, and plus it's the name of two great Gothic writers.

    TallulahTallulah December 10th, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    My father and I once had a conversation about reincarnation. To my surprise he was actually considering this as a new belief to comfort him as he faced his eventual demise from cancer. He was afraid however, that Karma might dictate his reincarnation as a squirrel. After he died and I returned to work in downtown Eugene, I began to notice an inordinate amount of city squirrels in my walks on lunch break. I believed that he was trying to contact me from the next realm to let me know that he was ok, even if he had been relegated to existence as the fluffy-tailed creature. In honor of his sense of humor and in a heartfelt honorarium to him, I'd like to name "the squirrel" Richard Norman, my dad's first and middle name, or perhaps just "Norman" for brevity's sake. He'll get the joke, wherever he is.

    donna anderson December 10th, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Taz, for Tasmanian Devil. Most Douglas squirrels (the orange bellied ones) have "little squirrel" complexes. We actually had one we had to relocate because she took over the feeding porch and attacked any and everything.

    Or Dervish (as in whirling)as it seeems to describe their frenetic activeties.

    Keely December 10th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

    Shadow Tail: Sciurus

    BuckarooSis December 10th, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    I think the squirrel's name should be "Zippy"! With that rapid-fire chatter and a squirrel's propensity to zip here, zip
    there, zip everywhere...this would work! It's a good short name, but also it reminds me of Zippy The Pinhead who represents the child or natural spirit in each of us. Zippy said..."to th'Billions who will never understand my mission, I pledge to appear comprehensible to only a select group of sophisticated, enlightened individuals." With the squirrel's unintelligible
    chatter, what better description of his thoughts, motives and intentions?!!! Zippy Lives!!!!

    K Kat December 10th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    I'm also for Klickitat - like the squirrel said...

    Or simply "Neil" if we're naming him for Neil Gaiman.

    Ann December 10th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    The squirrel's name is Herman; Hermie for short.

    sSally G in Louisiana December 10th, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    We got squirrels in our trees BIG TIME
    My6 dad always calls them ,"SQUIRLS" so that is my suggestion of an actual name
    Like , "SHIRL" but "SQUIRL"
    Okay I will go back to hibernating now! Ciao

    Kristen December 10th, 2008 at 5:18 pm


    Although "Ramona" occurred to me as well, since Ramona & Beezus lived on Klikitat Street here in Portland...

    Isabella Hawkpool December 10th, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Forrest Folio

    Julia D. Ree December 10th, 2008 at 5:23 pm


    Ma Northerner December 10th, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    Squire Peco

    janine December 10th, 2008 at 5:28 pm


    Kinda royal (le petit roi), kinda simple, quick off the tongue!

    Sarah December 10th, 2008 at 5:37 pm


    Janet December 10th, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Thought my idea was clever until I browsed the 120 before me. Jordan; he played basketball so does the squirrel and it's sorta unisex (are you SURE it's male?) Please no LOTR derivatives. There's a guy down the block with a gray sportscar & Shadowfax painted down the side! ACK ACK

    Bill December 10th, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    Klicka, just Klicka

    Megan December 10th, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Pattertwig, perhaps?

    (If you understand the reference, congratulations on being a fellow Narnia nerd.)

    Claire Ali December 10th, 2008 at 5:57 pm

    Well, Klickitat obviously! It's what he's saying and can be in honor of the river and the Klickitat people.

    Jane December 10th, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    The squirrel who lives in the tree outside my home is named Nutsey.
    I also like Forrest .

    mvw December 10th, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Squirrel. (No one's ever given me a name before; just call me Squirrel...)

    SN Naomi December 10th, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Sartre, because of the French references by Fup's pals, and because I always think of suirrels as a bit existentialist.

    jc December 10th, 2008 at 6:47 pm


    (think about it, it's a great squirrel name, & it's a great squirrel name for this squirrel....)

    Melinda December 10th, 2008 at 7:12 pm

    Call me Mantooth............

    KnutzCCATFAN December 10th, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    I think this squirrel is just plain NUTZ, with a teenager's spelling!

    Anonymous December 10th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Sciurus (the genus to which squirrels belong) if male, or Oura (the Greek word for tail) if female. How's that for literary?

    Teresa Fudge December 10th, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Oberon, king of shadows and fairies of the forest

    or Shasta

    I also like Paprika, Tango or Ruby

    Lorraine Suzuki December 10th, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Obviously, his name is Thoreau.

    Carrita Campbell December 10th, 2008 at 7:49 pm

    Name the squirrel Perri. Thank you.

    Shirley T December 10th, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    How about "Marceau" as the squirrel's name? It's a bit of French and a bit of word play of the name of the late French Mime Marcel Marceau.

    Misty Mo December 10th, 2008 at 8:01 pm


    Larry December 10th, 2008 at 8:05 pm

    Little Dave



    Babs December 10th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    How about Wakonda Auga or (Hank) Stamper, both from Sometimes a Great Notion?

    Kermit Kermit Quinn December 10th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    His nickname is "Swirl the Squirrel"

    ratty December 10th, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    his name is chikit.

    NW Linda December 10th, 2008 at 8:19 pm


    michele December 10th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    the squirrel comes from the family SCIURIDAE, so i thought "Scurry" or "Sciuri" - it's what they do best, after all. i read that they also managed to bring down NASDAQ, TWICE, b/c of their propensity for chewing through electrical wires. the jonny lee miller character in the 1995 film "Hackers" was known as "Crash Override", so "Crash" would be cute, as well! or we could get all artistic and call him "raphael" or "botticelli" or "titian" after the greatest artists to use chiaroSCURO, the italian technique/term meaning the contrast b/n light and dark.
    it's hard to name a character when we don't know his CHARACTER, though, no?
    this was fun, thanks!!

    Sherie Schmauder December 10th, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    His name is Frank, because he says whatever comes into his head. He has a direct line from brain to mouth, and this causes many embarrassing moments for those to whom he's speaking. In fact, his mother kicked him out of the nest because he told her she was too bossy and never stopped talking. But of course he inherited all those things himself. Frank knows nothing about introspection but he loves to talk so much that no one can get rid of him. and he loves to tease cats.

    Sara Mooney December 10th, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    The squirrel is Albina! Adding a bit of Portland history into the mix.

    MHaviland December 10th, 2008 at 9:08 pm


    You need something connected to books, and the reading experience, but that still sounds short, cute and right for a squirrel. Works for a T-shirt, mug, or mascot for the children's reading area. (In a bad moment, I was going to suggest "Unputdownable" because where would publishing be without that blurb.

    catmando December 10th, 2008 at 9:11 pm

    how about "louie"? i always think of louie de palma from 'taxi' when i think of squirrels because they're small and feisty.

    Euirrel (Earl) December 10th, 2008 at 9:15 pm

    The spelling, of course, indicates well read sophistication. But the pronunciation reveals Euirrel as a squirrel of the people.

    kw-kwv- December 10th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Niknak -- 'cause :)

    Juneangelina December 10th, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Maybe...Eggers after Dave Eggers and his squirrels in "After I was Thrown in the River and Before I was Drowned." Then again, those squirrels weren't the nicest of squirrels.

    Lesley December 10th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    The squirrel's name is "Swish"

    He told me, himself.

    aaaaaaannie December 10th, 2008 at 9:46 pm

    I want to name the squirrel Pearl. Pearl the squirrel.

    Tom Curtis December 10th, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    How about "Twitter the Squirrel"

    EmmyEm December 10th, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    Fearless Peerless-- There's no other squirrel like her and I'll bet she's Fup reincarnated

    Leigh December 10th, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Libro - cause he's Nuts for Books.

    lisamary December 10th, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    Professor Hazel Grove, PhD (philosophy of language)
    Filberts are one of our state's biggest crops, and professors often do chatter on...

    Wendy Scott December 10th, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    How about, "Delia" -- the Merry Widow's "witch of the wood"
    Similar to the Spanish squirrel: ardilla
    It sounds like a spunky little Spanish creature.

    G December 10th, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Vladimir, after Vladimir Nabokov. That dude had a thing for squirrels, at least when he wrote Pnin.

    William Lee Kohler December 10th, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    As in Fups nemesis.

    Kat Smith December 10th, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    How about "Overton"? after William Overton?

    Christi December 10th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    GRAHAM - after Graham Greene, the greatest writer in the English language! Also, Graham is a cool squirrel name, and Greene, well - it's very woodsy!

    Paula Swenson December 10th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    The squirrel is definitely called Sebastian. He is famous among the squirrels of my acquaintance for his show-off tendencies and talking a mile-a-minute!

    John the Gnerphk December 10th, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    Rikitik to his friends, full name Rikitikitickatiktiktiktakatikkitiktiktik Klickatickatiktiktikkatikkatikkitiktikklickaricka Kik.

    "riki-tik" (or "mo riki tik") is an adaptation of a Japanese onomatopoeic slang for "quickly". It has been adapted into (or from, depending on who one asks) Tagalog, in addition to several local South Pacific 'borrowing' languages. We know it best from historic US Marine Corps jargon, from which source it entered American street slang.

    For the literary reference, one can easily see Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, the well-known Kipling mongoose for whom Rikitik was named; as well, I'm confident the name has been employed again more recently by Ernest Thompson Seton, among others.

    Unfortunately, I cannot think of a Portland connection, though I am morally certain that each of those two authors referenced the great city at one time or another.

    westphal December 10th, 2008 at 11:22 pm


    SusalSuzette December 10th, 2008 at 11:32 pm


    terry December 10th, 2008 at 11:45 pm

    Portly, he gets fat sittin' snackin' and readin' all day long.

    Leigh Anne December 11th, 2008 at 12:32 am

    I would like to suggest that the squirrels name be "Perry or Perri". My great grandmother use to tell me a series of stories about a little squirrel by that name who was a fast talker and could over come any dire situation that he/she came up against (especially ermines and weasels!) Thanks!

    Tia December 11th, 2008 at 12:33 am

    I'm partial to Kipling.

    Brenda December 11th, 2008 at 12:34 am

    Earl Grey

    Pen December 11th, 2008 at 1:09 am


    Fup's adventures are Jungle Bookish.

    Jonathan December 11th, 2008 at 2:13 am

    I like Sylvan (or Silvan) for a squirrel. From my own pet-naming habits I'd have to go with mvw, though, for similar reasons. Kitty has been around for a couple of years, now affectionately titled BigCat due to the recent arrival of Kitten. They've never seemed to mind.

    Toni F December 11th, 2008 at 3:03 am

    Possible squirrel names (I think it should be a girl squirrel):

    Pip or Pippa(as in Pipsqueak)
    Wilma (for Willamette)
    Clacka (for Clackamas)
    Scurry (for Sciurus the genus for Squirrels)
    Ardilla (Spanish for squirrel)
    Vita (French for quick is "vite", but can have a double meaning with literary reference to author Vita Sacks=ville-West)

    Ellen December 11th, 2008 at 3:58 am

    How about Acornelius with Neil or Corny for short?

    lori December 11th, 2008 at 4:17 am

    Name the squirrel:
    Professor Searle

    lori December 11th, 2008 at 4:20 am

    Name the squirrel:
    Pliny Powell
    Pliny the Squirrel

    Noelle Neuwirth December 11th, 2008 at 4:30 am

    I think he named himself: "Klick".

    Or "McCool" after a silly grey squirrel of the past.

    gina December 11th, 2008 at 4:48 am

    Bogdany the Squirrel.

    It's bookish. I think it just fits this squirrel. Don't know why. Just came to me. I looked it up and he'd be in good company: Jakob Bogdany [Hungarian Baroque Era Painter, 1660-1724] Although I wasn't thinking of him when I thought of the name.

    Kato December 11th, 2008 at 5:00 am

    how about Stanley the Squirrel?

    ElizLiz in C’ville December 11th, 2008 at 5:07 am

    Catteaser -- The squirrels manage to drive our cat crazy while raiding the bird feeder.

    hrp December 11th, 2008 at 5:44 am


    because that's what my daughter said when I asked her

    Susan on the East Coast December 11th, 2008 at 5:50 am

    On the way into work this morning, I spied a squirrel scrounging in a cast-off snack bag. So my suggestion just has to be:

    Mr. Chips!

    Jennie December 11th, 2008 at 6:07 am


    Because squirrels should have sensible, descriptive names; it maintains the unisex appearance (who can really tell the sex of a squirrel, anyway?; and of course it pays homage to the Portland area through the river.

    AprilC December 11th, 2008 at 6:10 am

    Xander strikes me as a good name for the squirel. No special
    meanings or references, just an appropriate sounding name.

    mckeer December 11th, 2008 at 6:13 am

    Brat. Because it's obvious this squirrel is going to run rings around every dog, cat and human that Fup ever knew.

    Margie December 11th, 2008 at 6:15 am

    He's small and sweet and good to eat (although I don't eat squirrel anymore) so how about Peanut!

    Wendy Lochner December 11th, 2008 at 6:30 am

    Klickitat is already perfect.

    Kelly Wren December 11th, 2008 at 6:31 am

    Chitter-chat. It is what first came to mind, because that is what they should like when they talk. Plus, it is much better than what my dad named our pet squirrel when I was a kid (Chucky Velcro).

    NJR NJR December 11th, 2008 at 6:35 am


    Lori Tsuruda December 11th, 2008 at 6:39 am


    EmiluyEmily December 11th, 2008 at 6:39 am



    Amanda (Baby) Tobier December 11th, 2008 at 6:56 am

    Zazie! Why? Zazie is a memorable French literary character who is slightly mischievous and cute.

    Joann December 11th, 2008 at 7:00 am

    That skookum squirrel sounds like it's a native Douglas squirrel, rather than the more common eastern gray. It should be called Kwis-Kwis, Ever since the talking trees incident, it's seemed obvious that our intrepid band of tillikum need a friend who can still speak the wawa.

    Frank Haigh December 11th, 2008 at 7:08 am

    Maybe something a little rakish, like Scoyo, short for scoiattolo, the Italian word for squirrel. It's not French, but it's cute. Ciao, amici!

    Michelle Thompson December 11th, 2008 at 7:20 am


    Laurel December 11th, 2008 at 8:20 am


    Debbi December 11th, 2008 at 8:27 am

    What about Squamish? A very Northwestern sounding name and also the area in British Columbia is known for it's climbing - isn't that what squirrels love to do?

    C. Ortiz December 11th, 2008 at 8:28 am

    How about Twinkleberry or Squirrel Nutkin - both from the Tales
    of Squirrel Nutkin by Beatrix Potter?
    Cynthia Ortiz, Hackensack High School Library, Hackensack NJ

    Bridget December 11th, 2008 at 8:34 am


    Gregor December 11th, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Ain't it obvious? Screwball, or just Screwie, in honor of Tex Avery.

    JoannaJoanna Auiler December 11th, 2008 at 8:48 am


    has an athletic background, likes basketball, has a great vertical leap, and is getting chubby on acorns

    Sarah December 11th, 2008 at 8:49 am


    Lorie December 11th, 2008 at 8:55 am

    I had a book when i was little about a squirrel called Pierre.

    mim michael rosenbaum December 11th, 2008 at 8:58 am

    Quince seems a good name for the rodent.Squirrel pie is a staple, somewhere
    in the country.Add a little Quince.

    Jen H December 11th, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Schuyler. It's an old Portland name, for one. Second, one could go with Cully, Clinton, or Creston, but the alliteration of Schuyler Squirrel is appealing. And yes, it's hard to pronounce, but the animals could have a discussion about "How the heck does one pronounce that?".

    carolyn molliescarolyn December 11th, 2008 at 9:20 am

    He's Jonathan. I'm sure of it.

    E December 11th, 2008 at 9:28 am

    I'd like to submit Squire as a name for the squirrel

    Libby Benton December 11th, 2008 at 9:29 am

    BARACK, of course.

    Kate December 11th, 2008 at 9:33 am

    James. (or Toutle or Skookumchuck...but they're just fun words to say).

    patricia barille December 11th, 2008 at 10:06 am

    CHEEKY is my pick for the squirrel.

    emmali December 11th, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Palin - for the mindless chatter
    or how 'bout just Bob

    Mary Kate December 11th, 2008 at 10:25 am

    I like the name "Heckle" as it describes the type of chatter that squirrels do and it seems to fit.

    Thom C December 11th, 2008 at 11:10 am

    A long time ago, my Grandmother raised a baby squirrel and when it was time, released it at Lewis and Clark College (my Grandfather was a professor there.

    Why don't you name it after one of the roads on campus, Huddleson?

    hal* December 11th, 2008 at 11:12 am


    PP Penny December 11th, 2008 at 11:16 am

    How about calling the squirrel 'Don Cherry' after the outspoken, outrageous and some times outlandish sports announcer.

    Or maybe call him B-Ball.

    Joe Phillips December 11th, 2008 at 11:16 am

    How about "Brunello".

    Could be a French squirrel, or maybe a mysterious Italian squirrel.

    Deb D. December 11th, 2008 at 11:28 am

    How about "Mr. Verbosity"?
    Chatterbug that he is....

    Jolene December 11th, 2008 at 11:29 am

    The squirrel should be Sherlock.

    jJan Jane December 11th, 2008 at 11:32 am

    How about Parky? It sounds perky.

    DitherRita Pierini December 11th, 2008 at 11:40 am

    I think the suirrel should be named Dither. They have a dithering way of moving, of chattering, and of hiding theirstach of nuts. They are like many "bookish" persons who have "stacks" of books and know what's in each, providing they can find the stack they want.

    SandySandy December 11th, 2008 at 11:47 am

    écureuil is French for squirrel. So I suggest Equerl -- or a variation on that.

    Stumpy December 11th, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    I vote "Stumpy"--
    Shout out to Stumptown, plus (FYI) he doesn't have legs. Good alliteration to boot-- "Stumpy the Squirrel."

    I'm already picturing an episode called "The Adventures of Fup and Stumpy"-- who wouldn't want to read that?

    Elizabeth December 11th, 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Filbert. And since he's a native Oregonian, it gets his hackles up if you call him Hazelnut. Which is a little ironic, considering his weakness for Nutella on croissants from the Pearl Bakery.

    Mary Ann Dimand December 11th, 2008 at 12:15 pm

    I'm another for Pattertwig, though I see that a couple of others have suggested it.

    Nutwit or Nut-wit.
    Rillibee Chime, Brother Loursie, or Willy Climb: though this character from Sheri Tepper's Grass was rather silent, not chattery. However, if this is going to be a Zen kind of squirrel, any of these might be good choices.

    Mary Ann Dimand December 11th, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Lourai! Brother Lourai!

    KarenKaren December 11th, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    His name should be Powell!

    Jill December 11th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    Of course you've already tried "Fupatalka" and "Lerriuqs", but I favor "Pog mo thoin", Irish for "Kiss my ..." (Pog for short).

    Stephanie B December 11th, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    I think his name should be Jean Valjean, since they think he's French & it's literary!

    Katy Bejarano December 11th, 2008 at 12:52 pm


    Penny December 11th, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Probably his name is Matthias.

    dawn betts-green December 11th, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    mortimer squirrel :)

    jessica shulsinger December 11th, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    frankie (this is good because it is genderless, and also it starts with "f", as does fup.)

    Ross Remenak December 11th, 2008 at 1:24 pm

    I'd like the squirrel to be called Puf or honor of Fup. Puf is fup backwards. I sure miss that cat.

    Katie December 11th, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Ziesel (which means squirrel in German) and I just like the sound of it!

    Ellen December 11th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    I think Mr. Nuttley would be a great name for him!

    MaryMary McCatney December 11th, 2008 at 3:01 pm

    The squirrel's name is Pete. He actually lives behind the store and has know Fup forever; his father and Fup were kits together.

    M M December 11th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Pal (for Powell's, get it?)

    tim stoddard December 11th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    A four year old friend of mine calls his backyard squirrel "JUMPY," so that is my entry.

    Travis December 11th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    How about Peanut or Loki

    Patricia MacAodha December 11th, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I think the squirrel's name should be Ratatosk. This was the squirrel who carried messages up and down the world tree, Yggdrasil. Ratatosk could definitely talk, and was talented in many ways beyond the average squirrel.
    It makes sense to me that The Mighty Fup and Ratatosk would have had conversations, and "solved the world's problems."

    Pat December 11th, 2008 at 4:52 pm

    How about - Écrous or "Nuts"

    Jeanne Powers December 11th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

    Walden-- for Walden Pond, the book and the woods, and because it sort of sounds like walnuts.

    Vicki Selander December 11th, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Name the squirrel: Hazel (nuts) They are the State Nut of Oregon.

    Michele December 11th, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    I like Pookie. It would look good scrawled across a t-shirt. Pookie of Powells.

    sarahS Sarah Y. December 11th, 2008 at 5:29 pm


    gggggggary December 11th, 2008 at 5:30 pm


    Susan Christie December 11th, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    Well. It's obvious. You've already said it. The squirrel should be "Klickitat."


    Maureen December 11th, 2008 at 6:04 pm

    We gifted with a number of squirrels in our family, and any of their names might suit your squirrel:
    Roger the Rocket Rodent

    DaivdDavid December 11th, 2008 at 7:25 pm

    Years ago I wrote a story about a friendship between a squirrel and a raccoon. The squirrel's name was Tuck Bosgrove. Naturally, I think it's a great name for a squirrel, and what you should call yours.

    Renee Renee December 11th, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    I have a few ideas....

    Pow (short for Powells - obviously)

    Rocky (in honor of Rocket J Squirrel)

    Biff (My Dad loved giving this name to friends...wildlife...anything!!
    I had 2 white gerbils named Biff and Buzz)

    Gina December 11th, 2008 at 8:22 pm


    Dave Hartmann December 11th, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Havig 3 red squirrels and 2 Douglas squirrels on my deck, demanding to be fed, I think you should name your squirrel "Piffel" since it seems to talk very much.

    Dennis Mahagin December 11th, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    oughta be


    the Squirrel


    Breck Jones December 11th, 2008 at 10:30 pm


    Carl Lennertz December 12th, 2008 at 4:57 am

    Nuts, Fur, or Digger.

    Linda December 12th, 2008 at 5:23 am


    Linda December 12th, 2008 at 5:31 am

    Lawrence Clark

    Bob Bob Hegarty December 12th, 2008 at 5:45 am

    This one is easy. The squirrel's name should be Scout. I choose this name because of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird. Powell's squirrel and Lee's Scout share many of the same qualities, not the least of which is curiosity. So there you have it...Scout!

    Mark H December 12th, 2008 at 6:04 am

    Lieutenant Dan.

    He has no legs.

    Bev E. December 12th, 2008 at 6:06 am

    It's hard to decide. Once you start thinking about it there's so many names befitting a squirrel. But the one that seems most comfortable is - Chester.

    (What I have mostly called the squirrels where I live though are - Luckey because just this past year I've seen two fall out of their trees and live to tell the 'tail' !) (sorry small pun)

    Contest entry name - Chester

    Tom December 12th, 2008 at 6:09 am

    Here's one from my husband. He thinks the squirrel should be called - FuZbut.

    Guess it's a guything.

    Tim W December 12th, 2008 at 6:31 am


    Robin K. Blum December 12th, 2008 at 6:52 am

    Nutaniel Hawthorne

    Megan December 12th, 2008 at 6:54 am

    Pattertwig, after the squirrel in C. S. Lewis' Prince Caspian.

    Nicole December 12th, 2008 at 6:57 am

    WEEBLES (wee-bulls)

    Also, I really like gutennut, if Weebles didn't work out.

    Rob in Victoria December 12th, 2008 at 7:08 am


    A small innocent, bravely exploring a sea of stories.

    CChristChristi B December 12th, 2008 at 7:20 am

    Having 3 cats (Cinnamon, Sage & Ginger) and squirrel infested er... squirrel laden trees, we are quite familiar with the hi speed chatter that is often directed to our watchful cats. my suggestion is "TeTiTak" short for Tea Tin Taker - a description of a successful escapade in his youth, while others of his family distracted a store shopper, TTT snuk [sneaked?] a beribboned small gift tin of tea from her sack of goodies. After much fuss to get into the tin, the aromatic contents were scattered in the family den and to this day, release an energetic aura when chewed.

    JOJON December 12th, 2008 at 7:30 am

    ELWOOD - derived from name meaning elder tree forest.

    Marianne December 12th, 2008 at 7:35 am

    Lochinvar, from the Sir Walter Scott poem.

    O young Lochinvar is come out of the west,
    Through all the wide Border his steed was the best;
    And save his good broadsword he weapons had none,
    He rode all unarm'd, and he rode all alone.
    So faithful in love, and so dauntless in war,
    There never was knight like the young Lochinvar.

    I know you want a melodramatic hero out of a Romance for your squirrel's alter ego, I just know it.

    C. December 12th, 2008 at 7:39 am

    these are people's names but they would work for a squirrel:

    Albion Butters
    Juju Vail
    Jackie Knuckle
    Marynell Chew
    Binky Griptight

    Bob Alunni December 12th, 2008 at 7:52 am

    Squirt, the Leaf Reader. I used the prefix from squirrel and incorporated
    the logo, with the leaf. I just made it out to Powell's for the first time
    this September while attending the PNBA trade show for HarperCollins. What a
    great store(s) you guys have!
    Thanks for opening this fun contest to the public!
    Check out my debut cd Thinking of Flight at coming this
    January from Prairie Queen Records!

    t December 12th, 2008 at 7:55 am

    I think you should name the squirrel "Swoop" because of his tail and because it sounds happy....Terry Lucas

    May December 12th, 2008 at 8:08 am


    jhyman December 12th, 2008 at 8:21 am


    Sara December 12th, 2008 at 8:36 am

    Sambooli==> SAAM-BOO-LEE
    my brother's nickname when he was little invented by me! :)

    matthew December 12th, 2008 at 8:38 am


    matthew December 12th, 2008 at 8:41 am

    or michael

    Jordana December 12th, 2008 at 9:00 am

    How about noodles? Or maybe Al?

    Lynne December 12th, 2008 at 9:13 am

    My nomination is "Squirlene." For about a year a peppy, extra-friendly and talkative squirrel came to ask nicely for peanuts whenever I sat outside on the lawn swing. I started calling her Squirlene because she reminded me of chatty Darlene, a childhood friend. Then, one freezing morning, I found Squirlene lying dead in the street - she had fallen from the icy telephone wire overhead. I was heartbroken! I wrapped her body in a pretty towel and gave her a proper burial. It would be nice for Squirlene to be memorialized, as she personified how small wild animals create a connection with people and make the world a better place for us all.

    DeAnn Rossetti December 12th, 2008 at 9:16 am


    Today is my birthday, so I thought I'd
    give you two ideas!

    MMarilyn Sheck December 12th, 2008 at 9:22 am

    How about Moochie? At my last two homes I had squirrels who came and knocked at the back door mooching for nuts.

    Monty December 12th, 2008 at 9:37 am

    My vote is for Shane for no reason other than Shane the Squirrel sounds good.

    Leigh December 12th, 2008 at 9:43 am

    Crawford. Squirrels are crazy, and so was Joan. "No wire hangers....EVER!"

    Barry T December 12th, 2008 at 9:44 am


    Kathy Hudson December 12th, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Henry David seems like a good name for "The Squirrel" to me.
    Literary enough, ecologically slanted, and if ever anyone would
    have sympathized with weirdness....

    Joy Rothke December 12th, 2008 at 9:48 am


    Meredith December 12th, 2008 at 9:57 am




    DeDebbie Graham December 12th, 2008 at 10:20 am

    How about Skuggs? 'Skug' or "skugg" was a word commonly used for squirrels back in the 18th century, according to the Oxford English...and Ben Franklin used it so heh, it is vetted! "Here Skugg lies snug
    As a bug in a rug. 1
    ATTRIBUTION: Letter to Miss Georgiana Shipley, September, 1772."

    Dawn December 12th, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Pauly, Squint, or Godot

    llLaannLana the Librarian December 12th, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Squill - squirrel + quill (a low-tech writing instrument of the past).

    Lanathe Librarian December 12th, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Your Gravatar icon covers the first section of the Name block - hence the erroneous name above.

    Lana the Librarian December 12th, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Squill = squirrel + quill (an ancient low-tech writing implement).

    Amy December 12th, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Earl the Squirrel

    Trey Imfeld December 12th, 2008 at 11:33 am

    How about naming him after John Wesley Powell, the famous explorer of the Southwest? (Assuming said rodent is male.) Outdoorsy, also distinguished. You could call him John Wesley, or J.W., or J.P. The last name, of course, is lagniappe.

    Jake December 12th, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    Aren't most squirrels named Billy?

    Administratorte December 12th, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    Stolen Powell ?

    Robin Hohn December 12th, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    Leif Squirrelson

    Mary Bisbee-Beek December 12th, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    Alot of squirrels look like they should be called Leon, they don't quite fit in, they have bravado but something is missing, height similar to a short tailor who might live in the back of his tailoring shop.


    Carlam December 12th, 2008 at 12:31 pm

    Missile J Squirrel - Missy for short, because she is obviously a girl squirrel, and a distant cousin to Rocky - Rocket J Squirrel (from Rocky and Bullwinkle).

    Cheryl Kaye Tardif December 12th, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Powell's squirrel...


    It's also symbolic of Powell's Books as it means a special place of gathering or meeting.

    Cheryl Kaye Tardif,
    bestselling author of Whale Song

    M Downing December 12th, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    George. Not just for the dollar bills he hopes to horde for the store or the man that helped first enforce the Bill of Rights, but also a reference to Fort George in Astoria where one - if not the first - library in Oregon was created.

    EvanM December 12th, 2008 at 1:21 pm


    my favorite, though is

    jb December 12th, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    He looks like a Sugar to me!

    nawacrike December 12th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Claxton Buttercup.

    Serious-sounding yet also lighthearted.

    Amanda December 12th, 2008 at 2:02 pm


    Y'know, like marcona almonds. Not terribly literary, but Portland is a foodie town, and I'm sure that the squirrel would very much enjoy a nice marcona almond. After all, he has the good taste to be the Powell's mascot.

    tk. December 12th, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Burnsy the Squirrel (for Burnside, natch)
    Whitman the Squirrel (woodsy + bookish)

    Dean Shannon December 12th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Squirt, of course.

    andy December 12th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Absalom. Because I like the idea of a squirrel named after a William Faulkner novel.

    Katy Manck December 12th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    The squirrel is Fnrr, accent on the second R!

    Rachel December 12th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Rufus or Rufous, after his color.

    Lesleylesley December 12th, 2008 at 7:48 pm


    Charles December 12th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    When I was at college, we had a squirrel with a short tail, so in my head I called him "Anecdote." For what is an anecdote but a small tale?

    So, how bout Anecdote, in honor of this squirrel?

    ying December 13th, 2008 at 6:22 am

    ANTON, the squirrel

    Christina December 13th, 2008 at 6:36 am

    Hi Dave,

    Inspired! I'd love to throw in suggestions for naming a foot-free (easily confused with "footloose") squirrel bearing a leaf and (tall) tail bigger than his body. It seems like these features all point to one name: "Horace". But as a runner-up, "Luther", as I've always wanted to know one.

    Hope that you're well out there on the coast in the meantime...?!

    Best, -Christina

    JJ Janet L. December 13th, 2008 at 6:54 am

    Some amazing names for this critter. I love squirrels and call them Skirrels. Skirrel would be a good name or because they are such high energy animals, Tickity would be a good choice too. Such fun.

    AFMichael December 13th, 2008 at 7:04 am

    Elwood - the squirrel's name is Elwood P. Squirrel - who goes by the nickname "Bud" - because he loves to eat the fresh new spring buds on the trees. "A Squirrel does not live on acorns alone, states Elwood, slowing down only to pontificate on the matter - "oh no - a Squirrel must explore - taste and enjoy the world - besides, it tells me what the trees will be putting out for the next big feast!"

    Annie Oakleaf December 13th, 2008 at 7:21 am

    The Squirrel's name is Fruitcake. It is a name he hates. His parents were rather eccentric. In the spring before he was born his parents were eating popcorn under a bench before the rain came that day listening to a conversation between two old women above them, one of which kept saying how much she loved fruitcake. Imagining a wealth of wonderful in a think called cake - his parents thoughtfully considered all sorts of names. His mama always said that when she looked at him, all pale and soft like the inside of a berry - she had to name him Fruitcake and she'd sigh like Papa said the old woman did when she talked of Fruitcake. Fruitcake has been trying for most of his life to have the rest of the tribe call him Al - clean, simple and short! Well, Fup was happy to oblige. Fup thought fruitcake was disgusting herself having tried when she was very young and no one was lookiing.

    Emily December 13th, 2008 at 7:27 am

    'Tac' or 'Tack' which is (or is nearly) 'cat' spelled backward.

    joyce December 13th, 2008 at 10:53 am

    Lerriuqs seems like a great name for that squirrel. Sure it is spelled backwards but saying "Lerriuqs ("lyrics") will help you out" is much more upbeat.

    BigZ December 13th, 2008 at 11:24 am

    The squirrel's name is obviously Klickatcat.

    Lisa Tran December 13th, 2008 at 11:54 am


    Michael Wais, Jr. December 13th, 2008 at 12:47 pm

    Well, you could name him Mike BUT that name is way too common a name. Just do what an awesome singer with the christian name of Michael Trent Reznor did (He has a band that you might not have heard of- uuhh Nine Inch Nails): Drop the Mike and call him "Trent". Plus if you named the squirrel Trent he could look cool with a mohawk, piercings, and tattoos. I'd like that. He could get people into saving the earth and nuts and trees because he'd have an attitude more people would find down to earth. Oh please just don't name him Mike, so that we- the very loosely connected Cult of Mikes (We're everywhere- Oogie-boogy. Nanu-nanu.) could all not feel as confused as George Foreman's kids when someone calls our name in a crowded room.

    LeslLesleslie December 13th, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    I vote for the name "Conan", in honor the Portland author Steve Perry who wrote many Conan books. Also, he obviously a warrior squirrel.

    Michelle December 13th, 2008 at 1:32 pm


    LeslLesleslie December 13th, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    Micawber, from the book by John Lithgow

    LeslLesleslie December 13th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    Merle, from the book Merle the Flying Squirrel by Bill Peet

    LeslLesleslie December 13th, 2008 at 1:40 pm

    Urchin, from the MistMantle Chronicles by M.I. McAllister

    sal williams December 13th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    Chatsworth or Rocket J. in honor of his fast talk (and as a prop to Bullwinkle's pal).
    Gilgamesh - because squirrel lingo is a lot like the Sumerian language, which, as far as we know, bears no relation to any other language.
    Renee-Richard- just in case the squirrel is a guirrel.
    or, my personal favorite:

    Stephanie December 13th, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    Here are my suggestions for the name of your squirrel. In no particular order.

    Nuts and Books
    Curious Sciurus (I guess this one's my favorite)

    Stephanie Irving

    Anne Carson December 14th, 2008 at 9:12 am

    The squirrel should be called Frederick McNut.

    melissaMelissa December 14th, 2008 at 9:24 am


    laura December 14th, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Phil for filberts and my brother who exhibits an adhd quality at times.

    or Click for the sound it makes.

    or Nutkin Acorn Quercus (NAQ for short)

    or Dizzy or Ditsy

    or Pel for Powell's Squirrel

    Falling acorn prize
    scooped up and hidden away
    a squirrel's secret

    Lilian O December 14th, 2008 at 2:47 pm

    This squirrel definitely strikes me as Chuck Bartleby, as he has quickly become a favorite NW character who looks like the type who would carry the mantra of, "I would prefer not to."

    AalyAlsAlyson December 14th, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Chestnut because of the brown color and of course, he has a map of where he put all those nuts. I always think of chestnuts in the late fall and early winter.

    Michael T. December 14th, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Whit, or Walt, or Walty - for Walt Whitman

    MarMaMarilyn December 14th, 2008 at 7:01 pm


    SusanLayne Nielsen December 14th, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Name for the squirrel: Kinnick Kinnick

    Stein December 14th, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Name the squirrel...Frasier lol no that's way too stereotypical. To be honest, I think Niles is a good name.

    Marie December 14th, 2008 at 7:55 pm

    For flipping through pages, flipping through the air... It's cute, it's easy to remember and it's fun.

    shane December 15th, 2008 at 4:06 am


    Though I obviously like Monty's suggestion above!

    Lo-fi Pi December 15th, 2008 at 5:31 am

    Cyril. The Squirrel.

    I can peg it to Portland, literature and squirrels if you like but I don't think it needs supportive action. It stands beautifully alone. And it virtually rhymes.

    Cyril. Cyril for Squirrel.

    Pamela Toler December 15th, 2008 at 7:02 am

    How about Nutcracker Sweet?

    ssssss Sandy N. December 15th, 2008 at 9:32 am

    Colin would be a great name for the squirrel.

    Meg Hart December 15th, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Fred. Sounds good with Fup and just makes me smile.

    linda b. December 15th, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Kitter. Kinda like "critter," but more squirrelly.

    Laurel Barton December 15th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    I suggest "Wildwood" for the squirrel's name. It is sutably gender-neutral, has a true local flavor, and is fitting for a wee beastie living in the Park blocks.

    Carol December 15th, 2008 at 4:00 pm


    Asa December 15th, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    Henry David Thoreau or just Henry David, or just Thoreau.

    Or, Johnny Muir.

    Shousers December 15th, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Dewey (as in Decimal) or Filbert (as in nut).

    Mary Tichey-Staack December 15th, 2008 at 6:36 pm


    Christine December 15th, 2008 at 10:17 pm

    Because there are some mysterious squirrels in Pnin.
    And who doesn't love a mysterious squirrel?

    Cynthia B. December 16th, 2008 at 7:32 am

    In honor of the family of squirrels we gave treats to: Rink, Fink, Stink, Ink and Pinkley

    tomio December 16th, 2008 at 8:50 am

    Elwood... dignity and style.

    Niall Carroll December 16th, 2008 at 10:36 am

    Puf, for the puffy tail and in memory of Fup

    Beth Long December 16th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Chappy, after John Chapman, the original Johnny Appleseed.

    Or if you want something more grand (and French), then how about Napoleon?

    Karen KarenB December 16th, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Shady Tale

    (Loosely derived from sciuridae -- squirrel classification = shady tail)

    Nan December 17th, 2008 at 2:59 am

    I second this suggestion:

    Jen December 4th, 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Klickitat... a tribute to Beverly Cleary, Portland, and the cheerful sounds squirrels make.
    That covers both a male and female, flows well and after this last Fup post, it's a natural.

    By the way... do we know if it is a male or a female?

    YYvonne December 17th, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Sir Klickitat Chin

    Isabelle December 17th, 2008 at 11:40 am

    A squirrel seems somewhat conservative/woody/selfish ina way if you think about how they collect nuts only for themselves. So why not something like
    O-wah-su-Salali(cherokee for self squirrel)

    Abbaa Abby Lotz December 17th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    I vote to name the squirrel "Filbert"; everyone thinks nuts when they think of squirrels and filberts (or as some say hazelnuts) go hand in hand with Portland and the Northwest. You have to admit that the squirrel's shape and color are rather filbert-like.

    Unicorn Lady December 17th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Think you should call the squirrel


    Just because........

    Coastlight December 17th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Farley, for author Farley Mowat, a nature lover and animal champion.

    Susan Susan Scanlon December 18th, 2008 at 9:00 am

    I think a good name would be Willamette, Willy for short.

    Brenda December 18th, 2008 at 9:36 am

    I think you should name the squirrel


    Sayward was the oldest sister in Conrad Richter's The Awakening Land Trilogy, she had to be strong after the mother died and the father left.

    And it's a very lovely name.

    Elizabeth December 18th, 2008 at 11:17 am

    I give you: Macduff! Nice Shakespearean reference, and it just evokes a stately yet squirrely character. I think it fits.

    James Fein December 18th, 2008 at 12:12 pm

    I think the only winning name must be Roadkill !!! And the alliteration is unending...
    Roadkill Recommends... Roadkill Reads...

    of course their is always the Russian word Yaitsa, but that only works if the squirrel is male???

    What is the gender by the way?

    Fritzfrt Fritz December 18th, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Many good guesses here, but it's real name is Spike.

    Fritzfrt Fritz December 18th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    I can't believe I used it's! It's not correct. But Spike is it.

    Abby Winchester December 18th, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Fred. Thats just an awesome name for a squirrl.

    S December 19th, 2008 at 9:18 am

    Your form won't take my name: Sharon.
    You could name the squirrel Filbert.

    Janet J Janet December 19th, 2008 at 10:43 am

    I propose the name Happy Jack. This is the name of the squirrel in Thornton Burgess' "Old Mother West Wind", a book I was fond of when I was a child. The squirrel gets to live at Powells so why wouldn't he be happy. Jack is a nice everyday kind of name. It's a good combo.

    Carol December 19th, 2008 at 10:47 am


    Definition of sylvan =

    1. Of or pertaining to woods or forest regions.
    2. Living or located in a wood or forest.

    Annie December 19th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Scanewa Squirrel, as in Chief Scanewa, to add a bit or Oregon history to his name

    Bobbi December 19th, 2008 at 9:04 pm


    Becky December 19th, 2008 at 9:07 pm


    John December 19th, 2008 at 9:09 pm


    Mig December 19th, 2008 at 9:12 pm

    I firmly believe most squirrels are called Twitch or Ranger. But their birth name might actually be Millicent Terwilliger (sometimes also called Millie Willie), or simply Walden.

    Michael December 19th, 2008 at 9:48 pm

    How about Lugnut? I was trying to figure out a way to get Logos into the name, and Lugnut combines that with nuts:)

    Janis December 20th, 2008 at 3:15 am


    (rhythms with squirrel, is the neighborhood Powell's is in, and is the title of The Pearl by Steinbeck (literary, although not local))

    Makepeace December 20th, 2008 at 7:15 am

    William Thackeray's middle name

    Elizabeth December 20th, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Another one just hit me: Bartleby, a la Melville's scrivener. "Scrivener" sounds like a squirrel occupation.

    Aimee Cardwell December 21st, 2008 at 11:42 am

    I like "Knicker". Sounds like a squirrel.

    Cheryl December 21st, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    "RITZ" This squirrel is putting on the ritz.

    Maria December 22nd, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    PoinDeXter - spelled just like that.

    Meredith December 22nd, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    I think the squirrels name should be Joseffy.

    ErusElasy April 16th, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    nice, really nice!

    Maeve April 24th, 2009 at 3:41 pm

    You have got to be kidding. Spike Is a bad name. (No offense). I am not posting a name but I was looking for squirrel names for a story I'm writing about squirrels and I found some great names and wrote down a TON of them to consider! (plus a few of my own)

    marlene jean brown/berlin/harlinger May 13th, 2009 at 12:24 am


    marlene jean brown/berlin/harlinger May 13th, 2009 at 12:29 am


    Gite dans le Var October 15th, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    This surely makes perfect sense to me

    dripable October 28th, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    What a really good blog!!

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