The children eventually chose the name Barley-Patch for the little calico kitten, I think just because it was the only one that nobody had more to say about other than, “Maybe.”
I think she has become and official part of the cat family here on our farm. Look where I found her this weekend…
As for the other name suggestions, Hespa *was* a very good character, in the book “Calico Bush,” which we read together during school this year. I would highly recommend it, either for reading as a family or just for yourself!