Cute Cat Names-Witty, Unique and Enlightened Cat Name Ideas
Your cat’s name can say a lot about your little or big ball of fluff. A name can indicate gender, reveal personality, or reflect how your cat looks. It can even demonstrate your own interests or sense of humor.
Cat names are sometimes given without much thought. However, cats are such wonderful, fascinating, and sometimes aggravating creatures that perhaps some due consideration should be employed to give your new feline house guest a name that is unique and memorable.
There’s a lot to consider when it comes to cat names, which is why choosing the best one for your pet can be a big decision. Whether you just got a new pet or are dreaming of a future pet, you might find inspiration from these different categories.
Male Cat Names
If you want a name with a dash of stateliness for your male cat, look no further than world leaders. Your charismatic and intelligent Winston (Winston Churchill) might not get along with territorial conqueror Julius (Julius Caesar), but he’ll probably get along just fine with peaceful Nelson (Nelson Mandela).
Female Cat Names
If you want a cat name infused with feminine power, you could choose your favorite Royal like Diana, Elizabeth or Victoria. That theme could extend to a Russian inspired Alexandra or Egyptian Cleopatra. Why not try one inspired by suffragettes who fought for women’s right to vote? Your cat Suzie B. (Susan B. Anthony), Cady (Elizabeth Cady Stanton), or Carrie Cat (Carrie Chapman Catt) will elegantly fight for her right to be fed, petted, and loved equally.
Big Cat Names
Jazz artists of the swing era make fitting and memorable names for big cats. Fats, after piano player Fats Waller, is perfect for a cat that is a little chubby. Duke, after Duke Ellington, works well for an inventive and cool cat. Ella, for singer Ella Fitzgerald, is ideal for a vocal cat.
A big cat could also be called Burly, Hulk, or Sumo. A fat cat could be called Henry (VIII), Chunk, Moose, or Big Guy,
Long-Haired Cat Names
With their stately and yet wild look, long-haired cats like Maine Coons and Norwegian Forest Cats seem to have a sense for adventure. If your cat looks like he’d be at home in the rugged west, consider naming him Lewis or Clark.
If he seems destined for the world, try Marco, after Marco Polo, or Ferdinand, after Ferdinand Magellan. For a female long-haired, Amelia, after pilot Amelia Earhart, makes a great name.
Popular Culture Cat Names
Popular culture is replete with inspirations for cat names. Mind, you really should not name your orange tabby Garfield, as it demonstrates a lack of imagination. There have been, after all, 44 other American presidents.
Star Trek comes to mind as a source of names. A calm kitty would be named Spock. A cat bold and forward cat with lots of personality would be named Kirk. A hairless cat would be named Picard. A brave female cat could become Janeway.
Game of Thrones is another great source of names. A small kitty would be named Tyrion. A brave female kitty would become Arya. A fat cat naturally would become Samwell.
Do you like Lord of the Rings? Aragorn, Theoden, Gandalf, Frodo, Bilbo, Eowyn and Arwen are all great names. You can save Sauron for a particularly aggressive cat. Hopefully, you don’t have one that it would fit.
James Bond would not be thought to be a great source of cat names. However, remember that Bond’s main adversary, Ernst Stavro Blofeld is often seen stroking a white Persian.
If Bond is a little too much for you, a parody film series featuring the great, fashion disaster, mojo-addled Austin Powers comes to mind. Mini Me or Dr. Evil would be memorable names for a cat.
If you like Star Wars, then Obi-wan, Leia, Luke, or Han Solo come to mind. You might even go so far as to have a Darth Kitty.
In short, popular culture is filled with inspirations for cat names. If you are a fan of something, celebrate it by naming your cat after it. I’d be very curious to see what people would do with the cast from Downton Abbey.
Small Cat Names
A little kitty could be called Teeny, Shrimp, Peanut, or Scrap. They may also approve of Pixie, Pip, Elf, Petal, or Squirt.
Color and Pattern Cat Names
The color of your cat’s fur could also be inspirational. Your orange tabby could be called Carrot, Pippi (Longstocking), or Tangerine. A black cat could be called Dusk, Shadow, Inky, or Ebony. Get yourself a thesaurus and go wild.
-Orange Cat Names
Naming your cat for its color is a classic move, and if your cat is orange, there’s nothing better than to name them after orange fruit. Depending on the shade of their coat, Peach, Apricot, or Pumpkin will highlight both their color and cuteness. If you’re looking for something more unique, try Persi, short for Persimmon.
Coco is so overdone. Instead, try a more unique sweet-based name. If your cat is dark to medium brown, consider smooth-sounding Ganache or cute-sounding Truffle. For a lighter cat, try sophisticated-sounding Praline.
-Tabby Cat Names
Tabby cats, with their patterned coats, are perfect for artist-inspired names. For black and white patterning, consider Jackson, after Jackson Pollack. For cats with coats of other colors, try Pablo, for cubist Pablo Picasso, or Miró, for surrealist Juan Miró.
If your cat had lots of crazy patterning and you want to show off your own creativity, try Katdinsky, after abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky.
Persian Cat Names
If you have a Persian cat, why not try a Persian name like Ali, meaning elevated, or Reza, meaning contentment? For a night owl female cat, consider Layla, meaning night, or Roya, meaning dream.
Balinese Cat Names
Did you know that Balinese name their children according to birth order, with the same names for males and females? Whether your Balinese cat is your first, second, or third, you might fancy this method.
On Bali, firstborns are Wayan, Putu, or Gede, secondborns are Made or Kadek, thirdborns are Nyoman or Komang, and fourthborn children are Ketut. After that, the cycle starts repeating itself.
Frisky Cat Names
If your cat won’t stop running and jumping around, you can find inspiration from names associated with cars and racing. If your cat is fast, consider Enzo, after founder Enzo Ferrari, or Senna after racer Ayrton Senna.
If your cat is sleek and athletic, Jaguar makes for a clever name, referencing the wild animal as well as the car.
Lazy Cat Names
Is your cat lazy or just metaphysically advanced? If you think the latter, you might find a Buddhist term fitting. If your cat seems like a guru, you could name him Arya, which means noble being, or Maha, meaning great.
If your cat is joyful, you could name her Ananda, meaning bliss or happiness, or Jihi, which means giving happiness.
Moody Cat Names
If your cat is moody, jealous, or self-involved, it can be fitting to name them after one of the fickle gods of Greek mythology. Zeus, Hera, Athena, and Hermes are all names that would suit a capricious cat.
Sweet Cat Names
If your cat loves to spend hours in your lap, naming them after something sweet can complement their sweet personality. While Muffin, Brownie, and Cookie are common, something like Cronut or Mochi will make your cat stand out from the crowd.
Special Interest Cat Names
Many people also name their pets according to their own interests. If you are especially interested in poetry, choose a name like Poe, Emily, or Langston.
If you like fashion, play off the name of your favorite designer with something like Louis for Louis Vuitton, Choo for Jimmy Choo, or Vera for Vera Wang.
Sense of Humor Cat Names
If you have a unique sense of humor, this can also extend to your pet’s name. While we almost all have that friend who named their cat “Cat,” there are also plenty of more interesting names like Taco, Grandma, or Fido. Try adding a title like “Sir” or “Queen” for a name that’s pretty much guaranteed to sound humorous.
Friends and Relatives Cat Names
Whether from fondness or humor, some people find it appropriate to name their cats after friends or relatives. You may want to remember your grandparent fondly by naming your beloved pet after them.
Or you may want to create an inside family joke by naming the eccentric animal after your quirky aunty. You be the judge of how far you want to take it.
Egyptian Cat Names
Indeed, considering the fact that cats were worshiped as gods in ancient Egypt, perhaps an Egyptian name might be something you ought to consider.
For male kitties, think Rameses, Ra, Osiris, Ptolemy, Tut, or Set (which would be a black cat with terrifying eyes.) For female kitties, think Isis, Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Hathor, or Bast. These are not the sum of appropriate Egyptian names. A look at a history book or a search of the Internet will give you some more ideas.
Other Language Cat Names
Other foreign languages are replete with exotic-sounding names you can give to your cat. French names include Jean, Jules, Pierre, Claude, or Michel and female names such as Marie, Gabrielle, Adelle, or Chantal.
Russian names include Yuri, Boris, and Ivan for male names and Marina, Olga, Svetlana, or Natasha for female names. Boris or Natasha would be great if your cat likes to chase squirrels.
In any case, the Earth is filled with languages with exotic-sounding names, some of them with hidden meanings that might fit your cat very well.
Cat Names Connected to Behaviors
Some cat owners like to name their cats after some behavior characteristic that they tend to demonstrate. A cat that likes to bounce around the house, jumping on and off laps and furniture at the least provocation might be called Frisky or Tigger.
A cat who is more methodical in its movements, who explores the house incessantly, might be called Sherlock.
A cat that likes to put claws in your naked flesh might be called Barb (as in barbed wire) or Sharpy (as in like a knife.) A cat that likes to nap all the time could be Sleepy or Napster. A cat that is skittish could be called Spook.
Expressions of Affection as Cat Names
You love your cat and maybe that fact will inspire you to give it an endearment such as you might give to a beloved friend, like Precious, Sweetie, Honey, or even Darling. A male could be Dude, Buddy, or Pal.
Get Creative When You Name Your Cat
With this guide, I hope you can find some inspiration for pet names of your own. Just remember, whether you name your cat after a suffragette, a fruit, or a fourth born Balinese, enjoy the process and have fun with it.
In the end, your cat by any other name is still your cat. What’s more important is the time you spend bonding with your pet.
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