First appearance: as a warrior in Fire and Ice.
Other information: a dark brown tom.
This name can be read in two ways: as a one-part, correlating name, or as a two-part name describing appearance and skill/personality. Unfortunately, though, neither is particularly good in any way.
As a two-part name (which is how the predominance of traditional names are read), it does not address his appearance at all. The prefix loud- doesn’t infer a colour or size or pelt pattern; all that loud- implies is that he squeaked a lot as a kittens, which is a thing that sometimes kittens do. It doesn’t distinguish him at all, especially since he’s an adult cat now. (In a way, it almost feels embarrassing that he was named for crying heaps when he was a baby? Nice one, Loudbelly’s mum.)
As for his suffix, -belly doesn’t have any meaning, traditionally speaking. This is because the only usage of it in the first arc is this cat, and his name appears to me more of a joke than anything else. That said, there have been some reasonable arguments for -belly as a body part suffix substitute for -flower, but as this cat is a tom, that’s not at all applicable.
The second way - and the way I suspect Erin Hunter is using this name - is as a one-part correlating name, implying that this cat’s stomach rumbles often and noticeably. That’s not something that deserves acknowledgement - and definitely not in name-change format when it’s obvious from Crookedstar’s Promise that this cat has not been given a name-change. A growling stomach isn’t a severe disability or hindrance to warrior life, and neither is it a good indicator of the cat’s skills or appearance. In every way, it is an unacceptable name.
I had thought that Erin Hunter must have been having a gag with this from the first time I saw it, but after glancing at the synopsis of Crookedstar’s Promise and seeing that - just after his warrior ceremony - someone notes how loud Loudbelly’s belly is (because he’s hungry), I’m completely sure of it. As such, it’s not a good model for making your own names - much along the same lines as Tallpoppy.
Erin Hunter occasionally likes to have a giggle about characters, I think, so take canon names with a grain of salt as always. As an interesting piece of trivia, Loudbelly dies of starvation.
A self-fulfilling prophecy, perhaps?
Slow down, crazy. Slow down.
Alternative traditional name: Eelclaw.
Reasons for this choice: while I don’t know the character well and there’s only so much to go off, young Loudpaw seems to be quite enthusiastic for fight-training and battling, and that’s a key feature of a -claw cat. As well as that, his first appearance (chronologically in order of published books) is his fight with Fireheart, so I think it’s suitable for his battling to be commended. The prefix eel- is a good one for a dark brown cat, and as Loudpaw puts such an emphasis on the importance of swimming for a Riverclan cat, I thought it would be nice for him to have a water-dwelling prefix instead of loud-.
(Sorry this is a little bit late, by the way. Life gets in the way of things, you know how it is.)