- Alliteration: People suggested names that begin with a "ch" sound. Imagine these cute names preceding "the Cello": Chelsea (Kim O), Chester (Stephen S), Charlie (Casey S).
- Citrus: My alcoholic friends favored names that made my cello sound like Italian lemon liqueur: Lemon (Susan P), Lime (Sara B), Limoncello (Tompy), Liz Lemon (Lynne C).
- Girly: I hadn't prefaced my call for names with the fact that my cello is a boy, so I got these suggestions: Kitty (Amy N), Trixie (Jim B), Peony (Mimi), Lola (Christian S), Gertrude Wang (Jennie B).
- Old-timey: Something about the cello seems to invoke in my friends images of suspenders and plaid: Hubert Shalaily (Annabel), Oswald (Karen M), Barnsley (Kim F), Ernest (Courtney Y).
Feel free to leave your suggestions as comments, but as I warned my friends on Facebook, I will probably not choose any of them :).