180 Great, Original Cat and Kitten Names

A New Cat needs a Grand Name

This rescue cat is my precious "Skeeter."
This rescue cat is my precious "Skeeter." | Source

How to Name a Cat

Families are moving away from choosing tired, predictable pet names in favor of more unique and creative ones. This is similar to the trend for human children names - and since cat people think of their felines as their kidlets, it makes perfect sense. This article provides themed lists of name suggestions for your next pet kitten or cat.

Make Your Cat Special

Your cat deserves a livelier name than Snowball or Fluffy.

Naming a pet allows almost unlimited potential. You can use just about any words that you like other than cuss words, regionally offensive-blasphemous names, or the name of someone in your household (too confusing - although that didn't stop George Foreman, did it?) Any name you've always liked or any whimsical term you adore can be a cat moniker.

My preference in an ideal world would be to have the name reflect the personality of the pet. Here, cat owners (I mean, staff) have quite the advantage. Many things can be said about cats - often derogatory - or characterized as inferior to dogs. However, let 's give credit for a strength felines possess: they ALWAYS let you know exactly who they are. There is no pussy-footing (pun intended) about their personality because, as a whole, this species could care less about pleasing people. Therefore, what you see is the real deal. This is a good thing, at least in the arena of matching a name to a personality. After a few minutes, the adopting humans should be able to tell whether their new cat is a Calliope or a Hogwart.

Thus, I offer suggestions for uncommon name possibilities for your very special one-of-a-kind feline.

Cat Names based on Food

This list includes names of foods and also food qualities. Give one a try!

Biscotti

Snickerdoodle (a cookie)

Pumpernickel

Peanut

Coconut

Garbanzo

Mocha

Pilaf

Mango

Basil

Crunchy

Baguette

Pepper

Potlicker

Parsnip

Sushi

Poppy (seed)

Chowder

Cinnamon

Potpie

Tater (potato)

Macaroni

Taco

Muenster

Pinto (bean)

Tabasco

Streudel

Haggis

Bagel

Crispy

Latte

Sweet Potato

Lamb Chop

Stroganoff

Ambrosia

Macadamia

Spaghetti

Butternut

Rum Ball



Cat Names from Mythology

NORSE:

Thor

Odin

Loki

Frigga

GREEK:

Apollo

Calypso (or Kalypso)

Elektra

Nemesis

Pandora

Pegasus

Zephyr

EGYPTIAN:

Anubis

Bastet

Osiris

Ra

ABORIGINE:

Bahloo

Karora

Wollunka

CHINESE:

Fuxi

Huangdi

Shennong

Shaohao

Shun

Yao

Zhuanxu

The Only One on the Block with His Name

This little rescue kitten is growing into his long name: "Cincinnatus!"
This little rescue kitten is growing into his long name: "Cincinnatus!" | Source

Cat Names from Movies and Literature

Sunnybrook

Heathcliff

Titanic

Romeo

Lorax

Lancelot

Guinevere

Raif (actually spelled as Ralph)

Jaws

Skywalker

Darth (Vader)

Redtail

Hobbit

Yoda

Arrietty

Grinch

007

Schindler

Miss Daisy

Sherlock

Tarzan

Cap'n Hook

Shrek

Batman

Braveheart

Hermione

Cleopatra

Lochinvar

Gunga Din

Oliver

E.T.

Simba

Cat Names based on Places

Camelot

Tuskeegee

Paris

Indy (Indiana)

Kokomo

Vegas

Rio

Bali

Dakar

Brigadoon

Buffalo

Frisco (as in San Francisco)

Chicago

Quebec

Oahu

Hogwarts

Singapore

Camden

N'Orleans

Mississippi

Tennesee

Tokyo

Moscow

Sherwood

Liverpool

Senegal

Cameroon

Madrid

Barcelona

Columbia

Reykjavik

Oceana

Fiji

Sydney

Miami

Glasgow

St. Louie

Champlain

Cairo

Pretoria

Mumbai

Paradise

Dutch



Adjectives, Verbs, and So Forth as Names

Spunky

Feisty

Sneaky

Studly

Lucky

Looney

Bossy

Intrepid

Curious

Mighty

Crafty

Gutsy

Hefty

Nosy

Quirky

Nutsy

Dauntless

Cuddly

Scaredy

Kooky

Ghetto


Miscellaneous Name Ideas for Pets

Spinout

Rebound

Pop-up

Trifecta

Acey-Deucy

Pinball

Tsunami

Riptide

Doumbek

PingPong

Crusher

Swami

Scanner

Boomerang

Slider

Bogey

Wipeout

Total

Wiseguy

Postal

BeepBeep

Weatherman


If none of these names fit your cat, don’t use them. However, perhaps these short lists will spur your imagination about what monikers can be used for your new feline. This frees you to snatch the perfect appellation from the universe of words for your unique cat.

Photos and text copyright 2012 Maren E. Morgan

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Randy M. 3 years ago from Liberia, Costa Rica

This list should spark anyone's imagination. Nice idea for a hub. Maybe you could also offer hints on how to get the cat to come to you when you call them by their name, too.


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Maren Morgan M-T 3 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Haha, Randy - are you forgetting that these are CATS we are discussing? :) My two occasionally resppond to their own names, but i consider that to be consistent with the law of averages. They will accidentally respond a certain percent of the time. Thanks for the comments.


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MizBejabbers 3 years ago from Arkansas

What a helpful hub. My son is trying to name a new kitten, and I'll refer him to this list. It is a spotted cat, and the spots are a kind of caramel color. BTW your Skeeter looks just like our new ocicat. Her name is Cici, and she was six months old when we got her. We tried to change her name, but she answers only to Cici, and most of the time she will come when she is called (she is ruled by her stomach and she thinks we have a treat or food for her). Voted you up and useful.


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Maren Morgan M-T 3 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

MizBejabbers - how fortunate you are to have Cici come when you call. My cats know their names, but in finicky cat fashion, they do not choose to always come if I call their names. Thanks for your comments!

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