Weeelll ... it's a dumb, long winded story.
Entering school, like every one else, I filled out those forms with info about : language spoken at home, religion, parent's jobs ... all sorts of personal info... I was always stumped by the "race" question, since I am mixed race. I started to get pissed by that question in High School, so, being a snarky jerk, I started writing in POAD under "Other". "Meaning "Person of Any Descent".. (I didn't know it also meant "Person of African Descent" but in a way that fits too, we are all of African descent if you go back far enough...)
When I was hunting for a fitting name for this creature I was reminded of that word again on a road sign that had one leg of the R missing. Perfect! So it became a poad.
The name Podge is short for Podger, which is a wrench-like tool. I just thought it was a cute name. Her full name is Podgerell to make it sound more feminine.