10 Best Names For Black Cats

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Updated - Oct 26th, 2021

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.

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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.

Ali Morretta

Writer, Adoring Corgi Mom
Ali is a writer, editor & proud Corgi mom with diverse experience across educational publishing & entertainment blogging.
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