Naming your new cat is a fun and exciting time, but with so many possibilities out there, it can be hard to narrow it down to just one. Whether you have an adorable new kitty on the way, or want to re-name your rescue who you are taking to their forever home – you of course want to pick a name that fits their personality and is unique.
With an almost limitless amount of names to choose from, it can get overwhelming, and we want to help. After much research and consideration, here are 130 names that we think are the cat’s meow, along with the interesting meanings and backstories behind them that can help you find a furbulous fit for your new kitty.
Fans of mystery novels might consider Agatha as a name for their new girl kitty. Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime, is the best-selling author of all time. If you have a girl with an air of mystery about her, Agatha would make an excellent choice. It would also be a good fit for a girl detective who enjoys hunting down intruders in the yard.
Clementines are a delicious miniature citrus fruit that is a hybrid of mandarin and sweet oranges. Clementine is also an adorable and lovely name for a girl kitty (or a girl human, for that matter). One of the most popular brand names for clementines are Cuties, so if you’ve got a little cutie that needs a name – especially a ginger girl – Clementine may be the one for you.
Eloise is a lovely choice for your little girl. The name Eloise was made famous by the Eloise book series, written by Kay Thompson, and made even more well known by the famous portrait of Eloise that hangs in the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The character of Eloise, while cute and clever, was very mischievous and always getting herself into trouble, so this would make a fitting name for a girl kitty who hasn’t quite learned the rules yet (or an older girl who prefers to make her own).
Felicity means “intense happiness,” and what better name for the joyous new addition to your family? The name is probably best known as the title character in the TV show Felicity, which made actress Keri Russell a star.
This lovely Irish Gaelic name means “intoxicating.” Maeve was a warrior queen in Irish mythology, so this name would be a great fit for a tough little girl you just can’t get enough of.
This is a fun choice for cat parents who love anime. Jiji is Kiki’s pet black cat in the popular Studio Ghibli film Kiki’s Delivery Service. Jiji is very loyal to Kiki and is always there to help her, so this would make a great name for a kitty who is constantly by your side. It is also a good alternative to the more popular Gigi.
If your little girl fills your home with melodic meows, Melody could be a pretty choice. This name would be extra fitting for one of the more talkative breeds, such as a Siamese, Bengal, Maine Coon, Siberian, or Tonkinese. Fun fact: researchers are learning more and more about cat vocalizations and what different meows mean!
Minerva is the Roman goddess of wisdom and has long been associated with strategic warfare. If you have a clever girl that knows exactly how to get what she wants from you, Minerva would make a great choice. It is also a great choice for Harry Potter fans since Professor Minerva McGonagall was able to shape-shift into a cat, and her patronus was a cat, too.
If you are giving yourself the gift of kitty love around the holidays, Natasha is a pretty name for your new girl. Natasha is a Russian name meaning “born on Christmas Day.” It is also a fun choice for Marvel fans of Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanov) and would fit a Russian breed such as a Russian Blue or Siberian.
Most people know her as Catwoman, but her true identity is Selina Kyle. The name Selina would make a prrrfect choice for a girl kitty who is smart, agile, and a little bit sneaky – with a black coat that matches the color of Catwoman’s iconic costume.
Is there a more universally beloved food than bacon? You can eat it as is, put it in salads, wrap stuff in it – it’s one of the most versatile foods around. If your beloved new boy cat has an all-around great personality, Bacon is a very cute choice for him.
Iconic singer-songwriter David Bowie was a huge cat lover. He even wrote a song called “Cat People,” which was released on the 1983 album Let’s Dance. If your cat has a larger-than-life personality, a melodic meow, and some serious feline flair, consider naming your boy Bowie to honor the late great rocker.
Bubba is a cute name for a boy cat coming into your family as a brother to your other babies (either fur or human). The name Bubba is a term of endearment used for a little brother, so if your new addition is the baby of the family, Bubba is a fitting choice.
If your boy cat is a dashing little speed demon who loves to play “Chase the prey” and pounce on everything in sight, Dash is a fun choice. This is also a great option for fans of Disney Pixar’s The Incredibles, where Dash is the eldest son in the superhero Parr family and possesses superhuman speed.
This mythological creature has the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle! Griffins are known for their courage and bravery, so this name would be fitting for a rescue cat who has overcome obstacles in his past before finding a loving forever home with you.
American literary giant Ernest Hemingway was one of the biggest cat fanatics of all time. His first cat was a white polydactyl (six-toed) kitten he named Snow White, and many of the cats that still roam his Key West house (today the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum) are descendants of Snow White. The “Hemingway cats” are famous and have become a major tourist attraction for Key West visitors, so why not name your cat after one of America’s most iconic writers and cat dads?
This famous cunning wizard of Arthurian legend tutored young Arthur before he became the King of Camelot. The association of cats with magic has persisted throughout history, so Merlin would be a clever choice for your boy cat – especially if he has a knack for the disappearing act.
If you’re a Star Trek fan with a smart pointy-eared boy, consider naming your new addition after this iconic Vulcan. This would make an especially cool name for a breed with huge ears, such as an Abyssinian, Sphinx, or Oriental.
If you have a black-and-white kitty who is debonair, Tuxedo (or Tux) is a handsome choice. Naming your cat after this classic black-and-white formal wear is a great way to reflect his coloring and the fact that he is a bit of a fancy lad.
Cat parents who love video games might want to consider Yoshi, the iconic dino-like character from the Super Mario franchise. Yoshi is friendly and playful and would make a great name for a frisky, fun-loving breed like a Japanese Bobtail, Devon Rex, or Munchkin.
Rapper and songwriter Macklemore found his tabby cat, Cairo, on Craigslist. Cairo was a lifesaver for Macklemore and his family since he kept his pregnant wife Trisha company while Macklemore was on the road touring.
Calling all fancy, furbulous felines! It’s no surprise that legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld spoiled his cat rotten. A blue-eyed, white Birman, Choupette (which means “sweetie” in French) had her own staff (two minders, a bodyguard, a doctor, and a chef), a Louis Vuitton carrier bag, and even her own career. When Lagerfeld passed away in February 2019, it was rumored that Choupette was his heir (though this has not been proved).
Robert Downey Jr. has always been an animal lover. In addition to D’Artagnan (named after the protagonist of The Three Musketeers and nicknamed Dart), he has another cat named Montgomery – but that’s just the beginning. RDJ’s massive estate in Malibu, California is not only his family home but also his own personal animal sanctuary, where he takes in many types of animals. In addition to Dart and Monty, the Downey family has alpacas, goats, cows, pigs, and chickens.
English singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is a big-time cat lover. Besides for his orange tabby Dorito, he also has a Scottish Fold named Callipo. Sheeran’s cats have their own Instagram with nearly 320K followers.
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The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus is known for being a very cool dude, so of course his cat has a very cool name. Eye In The Dark is probably one of the oddest cat names around, but there is some logic to the name. When Reedus’s son Mingus was 5 years old, he desperately wanted a black kitten and Reedus found one and allowed his young son to name it. At that time, the floors in their apartment were all black, so Mingus named the cat Eye In The Dark since that was the only part of the kitty he could see at night.
Katy Perry famously named her Maine Coon cat after herself – well, sort of. Kitty Purry is an obvious play on Perry’s stage name, and the cat became a star in her own right after appearing in Perry’s “Roar” music video. Perry even named one of the shades of her CoverGirl lipstick line after her beloved cat!
Ian Somerhalder of Lost and The Vampire Diaries is a huge cat person, and Somerhalder is frequently photographed with his cat Moke (both on his personal Instagram and in professional photoshoots). Somerhalder is an environmentalist and animal lover who not only rescues and fosters pets of his own but actively works for many organizations dedicated to helping animals and the environment.
Singer-songwriter Kesha is a dedicated cat mom. In addition to her two Maine Coons, Charlie and Queso, she rescued a Siamese who she named Mr. Peeps (AKA Mr. Peep$, with the dollar sign a throwback to her original stage name, Ke$ha). Kesha found Mr. Peeps in a garbage can behind a club in Russia and she knew she had to take him home with her. Mr. Peeps appeared in Kesha’s “Crazy Kids” video, used to go on tour with her, and even won Billboard magazine’s fan-favorite celebrity cat award in 2019.
It’s no secret that Taylor Swift has fully embraced her Cat Lady status over the years. In addition to two other cats (Meredith Grey and Benjamin Button), Swift has a Scottish Fold named Olivia Benson after Mariska Hargitay’s iconic character on Law and Order: SVU. Swifties all over the world know that it’s not Taylor but her cats who are the true stars of Swift’s Instagram.
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is known for her perfect housekeeping tips, but did you know she is also a huge animal lover? Princess Peony is a calico Persian, as is her sister, Empress Tang – but they are only two of Stewart’s many animals. Stewart’s property in Bedford, New York is also an animal sanctuary and working farm. Over the years she has had many cats in addition to dogs, birds, chinchillas, chickens, cows, peacocks, geese, pigeons, donkeys, and horses!
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Singer-songwriter and actress Miley Cyrus is a huge animal lover who is passionate about rescue animals. In addition to her nine rescue dogs and one pig, Cyrus has four rescue kitties. Shanti, an adorable all-white Persian fluffball, is one of her most recent rescues and has her own Instagram with over 83K followers.
Disney’s Halloween classic Hocus Pocus featured Binx (AKA Thackery Binx) as one of the main characters in the film. Thackery Binx was once a young boy who lived with his family in Salem, Massachusetts during the 17th century. After a failed attempt to save his sister who was lured into the cottage of three evil witches, they cast a spell that transformed him into an immortal black cat. Known for being an incredibly loyal protector to his humans, Binx would be a great name for a brave black cat with a big heart who always has your back.
This is a name fit for feline royalty. Disney fans will remember Duchess – a white blue-eyed Turkish Angora – as the female protagonist in The Aristocats. In addition to being elegant and beautiful, Duchess is friendly and kind. This would make a fitting name for a pretty white kitty with a loving personality who is queen of your castle.
Frozen is one of the most popular Disney films in decades, and Elsa is one of its most memorable characters. Elsa is an incredibly powerful queen who is able to harness the power of ice and snow. This would make a great name for a girl cat with a powerful personality (especially a rescue cat who has recently come out of her shell). And who could resist the urge to sing/meow along to “Let It Go” with your new kitty?
Disney’s Pinocchio featured Figaro, a male Tuxedo cat companion to the woodcarver Geppetto. Figaro was Walt Disney’s personal favorite character in the film, and he ended up making Figaro Minnie Mouse’s cat. Figaro would make a great name for a rambunctious black-and-white boy.
Disney’s Bolt may be a dog movie, but street-cat Mittens plays an integral role in the story. Mittens, who was abandoned by her owners, is initially an unwitting companion for Bolt, but eventually the two form a strong bond. Mittens would make a great name for a rescue cat who has finally found a forever home with you (and perhaps even an unlikely friendship with a new pup sibling).
Mochi is a Japanese Bobtail calico in Big Hero 6 who is the family pet of Aunt Cass, Hiro, and Tadashi. Though Mochi is a male cat, male calicos are actually incredibly rare. In Japanese culture, a Japanese Bobtail (especially a calico) is a symbol of good luck, and Japanese Maneki Neko dolls often feature a calico. Mochi would make a great name for any calico who makes you feel like the luckiest parent in the world.
Oliver is one of Disney’s most iconic cats. This orange tabby is the main character in Oliver & Company. He is friendly and kind to his dog pals and loyal and protective to everyone he cares about. Oliver would be a great name for an orange boy cat, especially one who gets along well with dogs.
Disney’s The Lion King has a wealth of name choices for your new kitty. Both Simba and Nala are consistently among the most popular choices. For Lion King fans who want a more unique choice, consider Sarabi. Sarabi is Simba’s wise and kind mother who is fiercely protective of her family. This would be a great name for a little lioness possessing these same qualities.
Homeward Bound: The Incredibly Journey would not be complete without Sassy, a Himalayan cat who takes a long journey home with her two dog brothers. Sassy is a beautiful girl, and she is obsessed with keeping her long, gorgeous fur clean. Sassy would make a sweet name for a girl kitty with a feisty personality (who may be a bit of a drama queen at times).
This orange cat is Duchess’s eldest son in The Aristocats. Both Disney fans and art history buffs can appreciate this name, as the character of Toulouse (who enjoys painting) was taken from French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Toulouse-Lautrec is most famous for his depictions of late 19th-century life in the Montmartre district in Paris, so this would make a great choice for a French breed with flair, like a Birman, Chartreux, or Serrade Petit.
Artemis is the Greek goddess of the hunt, so if your new kitty has a penchant for bringing you “presents” in the form of mice and birds, this would be a fitting choice. Of course, cat parents aren’t generally fond of these gifts, so while hunting is a perfectly natural and instinctual cat behavior, this particular itch can be scratched using interactive cat toys (and your friendly neighborhood animals will thank you).
When you think of the C.S. Lewis classic series The Chronicles of Narnia, you can’t help but think of Aslan, the King of Beasts. This godly lion is a powerful force for good in the world, and if you’ve got a little king with a big heart on your hands, this name would make an excellent choice.
Is your new kitty a cat burglar? If you have a mischievous cat who likes to steal your stuff, Bandit could be a badass name choice. However, while a little bit of theft is fine – and what cat parent hasn’t experienced the occasional stolen belonging? – habitual hoarding behavior can be a sign that your cat needs more attention and activity. You should also keep an eye out for what exactly your cat is stealing as ingesting items can cause serious health problems.
Any fan of Breaking Bad (or anyone familiar with pop culture in general) will recognize Heisenberg as the alias used by Walter White in the critically acclaimed AMC drama. Walt chose Heisenberg as a nod to theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg, and if the name was badass enough for Walt, it would certainly work for your new kitten – especially if he is clever and a bit of a troublemaker.
Fans of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories (or the insanely popular BBC series Sherlock) will recognize Moriarty as the character of Sherlock’s nemesis. A genius criminal mastermind, Moriarty was also the inspiration for Macavity the Mystery Cat in T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, on which the musical Cats was based. If you’ve got a cunning little kitty on your hands, Moriarty might be just the name for you.
If you are looking for a name for a girl cat with a powerful presence, Shera (or She-Ra) would be a good fit. The classic cartoon superheroine She-Ra, the Princess of Power, was known for being incredibly intelligent, fast, and acrobatic, and this would make a fitting name for a girl kitty who is clever and agile.
Whether you are a fan of the Battlestar Galactica original series or the 2004 reboot, it doesn’t get much more badass than Lieutenant Starbuck. This name is unisex, as the character was male in the original and female in the reboot, so whether your little badass is a boy or a girl, Starbuck would make a great choice for sci-fi fans.
The Big Lebowski is a classic of American cinema, and there is no character more iconic than The Dude. But don’t let The Dude’s laidback attitude fool you – he’s still a badass. Naming your kitty The Dude also opens up a world of possibilities for nicknames: His Dudeness, or Duder, or El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.
If your new kitty is a furry ball of energy and frequently gets the zoomies, Tornado would make a fun name. While all cats can get crazy hyper sometimes (and it’s important for cats to have an outlet for their energy), Tornado would make an especially fitting name for high-energy breeds like Abyssinians, Bengals, and Turkish Angoras.
Even people who aren’t Star Wars fans know who Darth Vader is, and the name Vader would make a badass choice for your kitty – especially a black cat. While there are many breeds of cat that have all black fur, the Bombay is the only breed that comes exclusively in black.
Cat parents may think they spoil their fur babies, but they have nothing on the ancient Egyptians. The ancient Egyptians revered cats as creatures with divine energy who would bring good fortune and protect their humans. In ancient Egyptian mythology, Bastet was a goddess depicted as a woman with a cat’s head. She was the goddess of many things, including protector of homes, pregnant women, and children. Bastet would make a unique name for any pawesome girl with a protective streak.
If your kitty is a fluffball, Fluffernutter is a fun choice. This classic peanut butter and marshmallow sandwich was first created in Massachusetts and has become a New England classic. This is an especially cute name for an uber-fluffy breed like a Maine Coon, Persian, or Norwegian Forest Cat.
If you’re a Pokémon fan with a bit of a chonk on your hands, Jigglypuff is a cute choice. This Pokémon can use its eyes to mesmerize opponents and can use its voice to sing them to sleep. If you have a pretty-eyed kitty who fills the air with prrrs, Jigglypuff would make a great choice.
Leonidas was the warrior king of Sparta who famously fought with 300 Spartans against the much larger Persian force at the Battle of Thermopylae. The name Leonidas means “son of a lion,” so if your brave little boy has the heart of a lion in a cat’s body, this is a bold choice.
This type of dark rain clouds signal an oncoming storm. If you have a grey fluffball who is a bit temperamental, this is a great choice.
This is a cool name for a cat with a silvery blue-grey coat. This type of coloring is a result of a dilution of the gene that produces a black coat. While there are several breeds that can have a blue coat, there are three – Russian Blue, Chartreux, and Korat – that are exclusively blue. This is also a fun choice for fans of the famous 1985 Western Silverado, starring Kevin Kline and Kevin Costner.
If you are a cat parent who can’t help but shower your kitty with love, Suki is a lovely choice! This Japanese name means “beloved” and would be especially fitting for a Japanese Bobtail girl.
This bite-sized potato treat is popular with kids and adults alike. If you have a boy or girl kitten with a lot of personality crammed into a small package, Tater Tot is an adorable choice (especially for a ginger cat).
Legendary musician Frank Zappa was a big-time cat person. Zappa was known for his eccentricities, and his cat’s names – Gorgonzola (AKA Gorgo), Redunzel (AKA Fightey Bitey), and Marsmoff – certainly reflect that. Zappa wrote several songs dedicated to his love of cats, including “Yo Cats,” “Alley Cat,” and “Meow.” Whether you’re a Zappa fanatic or just crazy about cats, Zappa could be a cool and quirky choice for your boy kitty.
If you’ve ever been to an Italian street festival, you know that the food is the main event. One of the most delicious snacks available is zeppole, a fried pastry topped with a hefty sprinkling of powdered sugar. It’s the Italian version of funnel cake, and no trip to the fair is complete without one. Zeppole would make an adorable name for a powder-white kitty, or any cat with white markings.
If you’re feeling lucky to have found your new fur baby, Blackjack (or Black Jack) is a fun unisex name for a black kitty. Black Jack was the name of one of the earliest of many cats that made the British Museum in London their home. Black Jack’s location of choice was perched on a desk in the museum’s Reading Room.
If your kitty’s fur reminds you of the night sky, you might consider Cosmo as an interesting choice for your black boy cat. The English word cosmos comes from the ancient Greek kosmos, which originally meant “orderly arrangement,” but has evolved to mean “the universe” (and especially an orderly, harmonious universe). If your black kitty brings a sense of harmony to your life, this would make a great choice.
Jett is a cool unisex name for your black cat. It is a twist on the term “jet-black,” which is a shade of black that comes from the gemstone jet (a form of coal). It would also make a great choice for a badass girl kitty with a boss personality, like raven-haired rockstar Joan Jett.
Many choices of black cat names tend toward the spooky since cultural superstitions have given black cats a bad rap. Morticia is a fun choice for a black girl cat, and a way to pay homage to that spooky black cat vibe while also turning it on its head. Morticia Addams of The Addams Family, while appearing witchy and frightening, was actually an incredibly loving wife and mother and fiercely loyal to her family, proving that looks can be deceiving.
This is a unique choice for a black kitty with a penchant for chaos. Nyx, the Greek goddess of the night, is the daughter of Chaos. She is said to be the only goddess that the almighty Zeus ever feared, so if you’ve got a fierce little kitty on your hands, Nyx would be an excellent choice (and although Nyx was a goddess, the name could easily be unisex).
While onyx stones come in a few different colors, black onyx is the variety most often used in expensive jewelry. A stone that is both beautiful and strong, Onyx would be a great name for a black cat who possesses these same qualities. Some even believe that black onyx has powers of protection, so this would also be a fitting choice for an outdoor kitty who likes to prowl around the yard and chase down furry intruders.
It doesn’t get much more goth than Edgar Allan Poe, and for his contributions to American Gothic literature alone, Poe makes a great name for a black cat. But Poe even wrote a short story called “The Black Cat,” the details of which are characteristically macabre. Still, Poe is a very cool and unique name for a black cat (and works especially well for fans of new-school Star Wars character Poe Dameron).
This is a name quite literally fit for a king. Fans of Marvel’s Black Panther will recognize T’Challa as the name of the King of Wakanda (played by the late Chadwick Boseman) who is fiercely loyal to his family and his people. T’Challa is strong, brave, and confident, and would make a great name for a black cat who is king of your castle, or just a killer cathlete.
While Ursula is technically the villain in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, she remains one of the most iconic and beloved Disney characters – after all, no one FORCED Ariel to give up her voice for a pair of legs to win over some guy… With her signature inky black tentacles, Ursula would make a super name for a girl kitty who is highly intelligent, has a bit of cattitude, and is more than a little bit sneaky.
This dashing, black-clad, swashbuckler would make a great name for an outgoing and agile boy cat who likes to protect his people. The character of Puss in Boots from the Shrek movies was modeled after American pulp writer Johnston McCulley’s original character of Zorro, a masked vigilante who protected the common and indigenous peoples of California from corrupt officials.
If you’ve got an orange kitty with a fiery personality, consider Blaze as a choice for your new boy or girl. This name would work great for any variation of an orange coat, but especially for breeds like the Abyssinian and Somali, which can have much redder fur.
If you’ve got a particularly fluffy orange cat – such as a Ragdoll or a Persian – Butterball is a cute choice. While it would also make a funny name for a big ol’ chonk, it is important for pet parents to monitor their cat’s weight to make sure it falls within a healthy range.
Not only is it one of the world’s most popular and delicious cheeses, Cheddar would make an excellent name for any variety of orange cat. Alternately, if you’ve got an orange cat with white stripes – a common color combo for American Shorthairs, British Shorthairs, and Munchkins, among others – you might consider the equally delicious Colby-Jack.
Cheeto is an adorable name for an orange cat who, like the snack food, is simply irresistible. The most famous Cheeto is the orange tabby cat from the film Gone Girl. Director David Fincher had nothing but praise for the cat actor in the DVD commentary for the film, stating that “the beauty of Cheeto was wherever you placed Cheeto, that’s where he was going to stay for that day. So continuity with Cheeto was never an issue.” Calling all catfluencers – if you have an orange kitty who likes to sit and look pretty – Cheeto may be just the name for you.
This exotic stone fruit is characterized by its sweet orange flesh, so Mango would make a great name for your little ginger sweetie. Fun fact: Mango is the name of the cat in Wendy Mass’s 2003 young-adult novel A Mango-Shaped Space, about a teenage girl living with synesthesia.
If you want your orange kitty to blossom in her new forever home, consider the name Marigold. This bright and cheerful flower comes in golden and orange shades, so whether your kitty is on the lighter or darker end of the ginger spectrum, Marigold could be a prrrfect fit.
The Disney/Pixar classic Finding Nemo made us fall in love with the titular orange-and-white clownfish. Nemo would make a great name for Disney fans who have a ginger and white-striped kitty with Nemo’s gentle and curious nature.
OK, we might be a bit biased here, but Pumpkin would make a great name for an orange cat of either gender. Not only is Pumpkin an adorable name in and of itself, it lends itself to a lot of fun nicknames: Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Spice, Pumpkin Seed, the Great Pumpkin… the list goes on.
Some people might think it’s a little cheesy, but Queso would make a great name for your new addition. This would be an especially prrrfect name for a breed that often comes with a ginger coat, such as Persians, American Bobtails, British Shorthairs, Munchkins, Maine Coons, and Abyssinians.
All Harry Potter fans are familiar with the fiery-haired Weasley family. Whether you’ve got a good-natured sweetheart like Ron, a rambunctious trickster like Fred and George, or a smart and mild-mannered girl like Ginny, the name Weasley works for any type of ginger cat – boy or girl.
Bianca is an elegant name for a pretty white kitty. The name is of Italian origin – bianca means “white” – and it would befit a regal girl who acts like a little principessa. Bianca would be especially lovely for a Persian, Turkish Angora, or Ragdoll girl.
If you have a white kitty that whips around your house like a whirlwind, then you might want to consider the name Blizzard. This unisex choice fits a white cat with boundless energy (and perhaps a bit of a destructive streak). While cat parents can rest assured that some level of destruction is to be expected – and can even be a sign of love! – excessively destructive behavior can indicate a medical or behavioral problem and calls for a visit to the vet.
The taste of the bright white meat of a coconut is reminiscent of relaxing tropical beaches and umbrella-garnished cocktails. If you have a white kitty with a chill, laid back personality, Coconut could be a sweet choice for her. This is also a fun name for a white cat with some brown markings, since the brown outer shell of a coconut conceals the sweet meat within.
We would all be lucky to have a kitty cat as sweet as this whipped topping. If you’ve got a cool kitty with all-white fur who makes every day more delicious, Coolwhip may just be the name for you.
This holiday treat can be celebrated year-round if you’ve got a white kitty! Eggnog would make a cute name for a white (or the rarer cream-colored) cat who is a fun-loving party animal, such as a high-energy, playful Turkish Van, Turkish Angora, Sphynx, or Cornish Rex.
Some kitties are just little angels sent down to earth. If your new white fur baby is sweet as can be and just radiates love, Halo is an excellent choice. Beyoncé fans might also like the name Halo after the chart-topping song of the same name.
If you have a highly active white kitty who moves like lightning, you may want to consider this name. In addition to being a great choice for any cathlete, Lightning would be fitting for a cat with an electric personality.
A lovely choice for any white girl cat – Paloma is the Spanish word for “dove,” and white doves symbolize peace, love, and new beginnings. This would be an extra special name for a rescue cat as she embarks on her pawesome new life as a member of your family.
If your white kitty is as sweet as sugar, this is a fitting choice. This name also lends itself to many cute nicknames – Sugar Plum, Sugar Loaf, Sugar Cane, Sugar Baby, Sugar Butt… The possibilities are endless.
Yuki is the Japanese word for both “snow” and “happiness,” so this would make a lovely name for a happy-go-lucky white kitty who has brought joy into your home. Have a Japanese Bobtail? Yuki would make an extra cute choice.
This unisex name is a great choice for a grey cat and makes a more interesting alternative to more common names like Ash and Smokey. It also gives you the option – if you have a girl cat and are into Disney – to nickname your little princess Cinderella.
Earl Grey tea is one of the world’s most popular choices for a good cuppa. The tea was named after Charles Grey, the 2nd Earl Grey and British Prime Minister from 1830 to 1834. If you have a grey boy who you treat like royalty, Earl would make an excellent choice. This is especially true for a British Shorthair with the “British Blue” coloring: a solid blue-grey coat with orange eyes.
Freya (or Freyja) was the Norse goddess of fertility and domesticity, and her chariot was pulled by two blue-grey cats. These cats were a gift to Freya from Thor, the Norse god of thunder and lightning. Freya would make a noble name for any blue-grey cat, especially a cathletic type.
This famous Lord of the Rings character (also known as Gandalf the Grey) is one of the most badass wizards around. Gandalf would make a great name for your grey kitty, but would be especially fitting for a rescue senior who is brave and wise beyond his years. If you have the ability to do so, consider adopting a senior cat. Many seniors are special needs and often get overlooked for younger cats or kittens, but they have so much love to give.
Any cat parents who enjoy the occasional vodka drink might want to consider Goose (as in Grey Goose) as a name for their new grey kitty. Goose is also a fun choice for Marvel fans who may recognize Goose as the name of Carol Danvers’s cat in Captain Marvel – although I use the term “cat” loosely…
Grigio is the Italian word for “grey,” and for wine aficionados it is one half of the delicious whole that is Pinot Grigio. Of course, this white wine is not grey; Pinot Grigio is named that because the skin of the grapes used to make it (the Pinot Gris varietal) have a bluish-grey tint. For wine lovers who enjoy this Italian white, Grigio is a fitting name for your grey kitty.
One of the rarest coat colors in cats is lilac (also called lavender). While it appears as a very light and slightly purple-hued grey, it is actually a result of a dilution of the gene for a chocolate coat, which is itself a rare mutation of the black coat gene. If you’re lucky enough to find a lilac girl, Lavender could be the prrrfect name for her.
Fans of the Shondaland original TV show Grey’s Anatomy will immediately associate anything grey with the show’s main character, Meredith Grey. Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Taylor Swift certainly did when she named her adorable Scottish Fold, Meredith Grey. Whether you choose to stick with just Meredith or go with the full name like Swift did, Meredith is a lovely choice for your grey kitty.
Pepper is one of the most common name choices for a grey cat, but why not spice it up a bit and go with Sgt. Pepper? Classic rock aficionados know that The Beatles’ legendary Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album was a game changer for rock-and-roll, so why not give your little grey kitty a name as cool as he is?
If you’ve got a grey cat who follows you around wherever you go, you may have yourself a little Shadow. This is a great unisex choice for a grey kitty that can’t get enough of their human, especially one of the more affectionate breeds like Ragdolls, Scottish Folds, Maine Coons, Persians, and American Shorthairs.
This would make a great name for a chatty calico girl cat. Calliope was one of the Greek Muses, and the name means “beautiful voiced,” so if you have a talkative little girl who fills your home with melodic meowing, this is a fitting choice – and you also have the option of calling her Callie the Calico for short!
There is a gorgeous variety to calico cat coats, with a seemingly endless variety of white, brown, and black patterns. Kaleidoscope would be a great name to reflect the gorgeous color patterns on your new kitty’s fur. While this name is unisex, the vast majority of calico cats are female due to the genetics that dictate feline fur coloring.
The calico is the state cat of Maryland. While it may seem strange to name your cat after a bird – their species sworn enemy – the Oriole is the state bird of Maryland (hence the Baltimore Orioles baseball team). This name is especially fun for Marylanders (or anyone who is an O’s fan). And who knows – this name choice may inspire lasting peace between your kitty and the birdies.
The random patterns of a calico often resemble a smattering of inkblots in various shades of black and brown. Naming your calico kitty Rorschach – after the famous psychological inkblot test – would make for a clever choice (plus, you can play games of “What do you see?” with your kitty’s spots).
One of the most popular (and delicious) flavors of ice cream, Rocky Road is made from chocolate ice cream, nuts, and marshmallows. This color combo would work for a calico, especially one who is predominantly black/brown with smaller patches of white. If your calico fits the bill, Rocky Road (or Rocky for short) would make a sweet name for your new girl or boy.
Everyone loves Girl Scout cookie season, and Samoas are one of the best cookies around. These shortbread cookies are coated in caramel and topped with dark chocolate stripes and coconut – a color combo that calico cat lovers will instantly recognize. So why not name your new calico girl after this cult cookie classic?
This classic campfire snack would make a terrific name for your calico kitten. The delectable combo of roasted marshmallow and melted chocolate, sandwiched between two graham crackers, is always a treat for the whole family – just like your new furry addition.
Snickers always satisfies, and this iconic candy bar made from nougat, caramel, peanuts, and milk chocolate would make a great name for a calico with a colorful coat to match. If you’re looking for a sweet name to satisfy the whole family, Snickers would make an excellent choice.
Calico cats are instantly recognizable for their tri-colored coats, and Trio is a lovely name that honors each shade of white, black, and brown equally. This name would also work extra well if your new calico is the third addition to your family.
We know naming a new kitty is a challenge for pet parents, so while you’re chewing it over, consider Twix for your calico. With its classic combination of biscuit cookie, caramel, and milk chocolate, Twix pairs very well with your calico’s coat. The only question is, is she a left Twix or a right Twix?
Badger is an adorable name for a mackerel-patterned tabby cat since badgers have similar markings on their fur. This is also a fun name if you’re a Breaking Bad aficionado who enjoys the boneheaded yet lovable fan-favorite character, Badger.
This is a super cool name if you’ve got a striped tabby cat. The ubiquitous barcode as we know it today was actually based on Morse code, with thick and thin lines replacing the dots and dashes. The first version of barcodes were bullseye-shaped – not unlike the shape on the side of some classic tabbies.
While confetti is fun and festive, it can also be a bit messy. If you have a fun-loving spotted tabby who tends to leave your house in disarray, Confetti would be a fitting choice.
Freckles are cute when they are on humans, but would be an especially cute name for a spotted tabby. This is also a great choice for fans of Lost, who will remember Freckles as Sawyer’s annoyingly endearing pet name for Kate.
Tabby cats’ distinctive M-shaped pattern on their forehead practically cries out for a fun name that starts with M. Major is a majorly fun choice for a tabby boy who is a little bit bossy.
This name works for almost any pattern of tabby cat since marbles come in striped, spotted, and whirling patterns. While the name Marbles was made famous by YouTuber Jenna Marbles, whose pet Chihuahua is nicknamed Marbles, it would make an excellent name for your new tabby, too.
From ramen to spaghetti, noodles are delicious in all forms. Noodles would be a great fit for a boy or girl tabby with a striped or swirled pattern and a scrumptious personality.
Ripples is another great option for a classic or mackerel tabby. Tabby patterns often look like ripples on calm waters, so this would be a fitting choice for a mostly chill tabby with bursts of energy.
The name Tabitha is an excellent name for a tabby girl of any pattern. Besides for the name’s play on tabby, Tabitha was also the name of the anthropomorphic cat in many of Beatrix Potter’s novels. The character Tabitha Twitchit was a clever and protective momma cat, so this would make a fitting choice for a smart girl who always has your back.
You might say the swirling tabby pattern is a “whirlwind” of color! This name would make a great choice for any tabby with this distinct pattern – especially breeds with boundless energy, like American Curls, Egyptian Maus, Ocicats, Orientals, or Toygers.
Siamese cats were the breed of choice for royalty in Thailand, where they were first bred (Siamese comes from “Siam,” the old name for Thailand). And it’s no surprise: Siamese are one of the most regal looking breeds. For a name that honors the royal heritage of your Siamese girl, Cleopatra (aka Queen of the Nile) would make a great choice. You can also call her Cleo – or for cat parents who are more pun-inclined – Cleocatra!
Siamese are one of the most vocal breeds out there, and they will always let their humans know when they want attention. If you have a little girl with the gift of gab who is constantly talking to you, Gabby is a cute choice for her.
To honor your girl kitty’s Thai heritage, the name Jasmine is a lovely choice. The delicious and fragrant Jasmine rice is grown primarily in Thailand and is a staple of Thai cuisine. This name is also a great option for Disney fans of Aladdin’s Princess Jasmine.
One of two Siamese cats in Lillian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who… series, Koko has a sixth sense that he uses to help his human solve mysteries. While in the book Koko is a boy, the name could easily be used for a girl Siamese as well. It is also a fun alternative to the incredibly popular Coco.
All cat parents treat their kitties like royalty. The word regina literally means “queen” in Latin (and the Italian derived from it), so it is a most fitting choice for a regal Siamese girl who gets treated like the fur queen she is.
If you’re an American history buff, Rutherford would make an interesting choice for your Siamese boy. The first Siamese cat came to the United States in 1879 and was a gift to President Rutherford B. Hayes and his wife Lucy from the American consul in Bangkok, Thailand.
One of the most striking things about Siamese cats is their beautiful blue eyes. An alternative to the more common name Sapphire, Safira (which in Hebrew means “sapphire”) makes a lovely and unique choice for a Siamese girl with eyes the color of this precious gem.
All Siamese cats have blue eyes because of lack of pigmentation in two of the layers of their irises (the stroma and the epithelium). This causes their eyes to appear blue for the same reason we perceive the sky as blue. Skye would make a great choice for any Siamese cat, especially if you’re a science buff (or just someone who appreciates the beauty of a bright blue sky).
Has there ever been a bluer pair of eyes than Frank Sinatra’s? This iconic American crooner was literally nicknamed “Ol’ Blue Eyes” because they were just that striking. If you’ve got a Siamese boy with the breed’s trademark enchanting blue eyes, Sinatra might be the prrrfect name for you.
The father of American pop art, Andy Warhol, was a huge cat person – and particularly adored Siamese cats. His first cat was a Siamese named Hester, and he frequently drew illustrations of cats. If you’re an art history buff, Warhol is a fun choice for your new Siamese boy.
We hope our list of names has inspired you!
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