I am thinking about naming my boat GRIMALKIN. Since I can't find any history on my boat and don't know if it had a previous name. I did a search and I only came up with one other sailboat with this name that was sunk in a race in the 70's. Is it ok to use the name if someone (sailboat) had it before? Anyway, I like GRIMALKIN and is has a cool tie in with an old Pantera.
A grimalkin is old or evil-looking she-cat. The term stems from "gray" (the color) plus "malkin", an archaic word for demon. Scottish legend makes reference to the grimalkin as a faery cat which dwells in the highlands.
The term/name may first come from Beware the Cat (published 1570) by William Baldwin, who relates the story of Grimalkin's death. According to its editors, the story, and thus the name, originates with Baldwin. It is also spelled Grimmalkin or Grimolochin.
During the early modern period, the name grimalkin - and cats in general - became associated with the devil and witchcraft. Women tried as witches in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries were often accused of having a familiar, frequently a grimalkin.