In the Czech translation of Pratchett's book The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents (which I read) the name of the cat is Mauric.
Also, there is a word from the translator at the beginning of the book, about how we should pronounce the name. One of the options is very similar to the probably most common name for cats in the Czech Republic Mourek [məʊrek].
On the other hand, Maurice is a regular English name, as I understood from browsing the web.
So I wonder, is the name Maurice also reference/parody to some often given cat name in English?
Why is he called Maurice?