I know a place, for I used to live near there, that actually was named after cats. Felida's the name, and it's a lovely open farm and orchard area about 7 miles northwest of downtown Vancouver, WA. (Unless by now they have bulldozed all the orchards and thrown in some craptastic housing developments named stuff like "Orchard Hill".)
"Felida" is a corruption of the Latin term "Felidae" for the genus cat - for example, our fine Elizabeth is a Felis catus, or if you want to break it all the way down in taxonomy:
The story goes, according to the book "Washington Place Names,"
that when the post office was established in 1890 the name Powley was submittedHa, I love it. You pronounce it FEE ly DA.
in honor of a pioneer settler. The postal department countered with the name
Polly. Offended at having their community named for a parrot, the
townspeople resisted. C.C. Lewis suggested the post office be named Thomas,
after his cat. This irritated the citizens even more. Lewis then suggested the
Latin word felidae, for the genus cat, and this name had enough class to be