When there’s a new cat joining the family you simply can’t take the easy way out and decide on a random name! And if your cute bundle of fur is black you should go the extra mile and document yourself a bit before choosing the “purrfect” name. Here is a list of 250 names inspired from literature, history and movies to get you started!
Funny and quirky names for cats inspired by historical figures and the word “cat” in various languages
1. Augustine – After the emperor of the first Mexican Empire (1822–1823)
2. Bella – which means “beautiful” in Italian
3. Borgia – After the famous Borgia family
4. Caesar – After the Roman general Julius Caesar
5. Castro – After Fidel Castro, one of the two faces of the Cuban Revolution
6. Catgustus – After Augustus, the Roman Emperor
7. Catherine the Great After the Empress of Russia.
8. Cerebro – The Spanish word for “brain”
9. Chouchou – term of endearment in French that actually means little cabbage
10. Cleopatra – After the Queen of Egypt
11. Elizabeth I – After the Queen of England
12. Ernesto – After Ernesto Cardenal, a Nicaraguan Roman Catholic priest who is also a poet, politician, and revolutionary
13. Etoile – The French word for “star”
14. Gato – The Spanish word for “cat”
15. Genghis Khan – After the Mongol Emperor
16. Hammurabi – After the King of Babylon
17. Ivan IV “the Terrible” – After the first Russian ruler to be crowned czar, in 1547.
18. Katze – The German word for “cat”
19. Kissa – The Finnish word for “cat”
20. Kitler – short for Kitty and Hitler
21. Lincoln – After the 16th president of the United States
22. Marie Antoinette – After the Queen of France and Navarre from 1774 to 1792
23. Mariposa – is the Spanish word for “butterfly”
24. Meowseph – from Joseph Stalin because of the cat’s similar mustache
25. Meowssolini – After Benito Mussolini, the Italian politician and leader of the Fascist party
26. Munchkin – Which refers to something or someone very small.
27. Napoleon – After the famous Emperor of the French from 1804 until 1814
28. Nefertiti – After the mysterious Egyptian queen
29. Papillon – The French word for “butterfly”
30. Ramesses – After Ramesses II, the pharaoh of the New Kingdom
31. Sirene – The French word for “mermaid”
32. Suleiman I “the Magnificent” – After the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
33. Titus – After the Roman emperor
Cat names inspired by cities of the world
34. Aurora – After the city in Colorado, USA
35. Badme – after the city in Ethiopia
36. Berbera – after the city in Somalia
37. Dahra – after the city in Senegal
38. Den Den – after the city in Tunisia
39. Fargo – after the city in North Dakota, USA
40. Gaya – after the city in Niger
41. Houston – after the city in Texas, USA
42. Jadid – after the city in Libya
43. Katsina – after the city in Nigeria
44. Kenitra – after the city in Morocco
45. Kesra – after the city in Tunisia
46. Kibi – after the city in Ghana
47. Kiffa – after the city in Mauritania
48. Memphis – after the city in Tennessee, USA
49. Meru – after the city in Kenya
50. Minna – after the city in Nigeria
51. Mirria – after the city in Niger
52. Mojo – after the city in Ethiopia
53. Mombasa – after the city in Kenya
54. Nyala – after the city in Sudan
55. Omaruru – after the city in Namibia
56. Raf Raf – after the city in Tunisia
57. Reno – after the city in Nevada, USA
58. Ruiru – after the city in Kenya
59. Safi – after the city in Morocco
60. Shama – after the city in Ghana
61. Tan-tan – after the city in Morocco
62. Vegas – after the famous lively city in the USA
63. Ventura – after the city in California, USA
64. Visalia – after the city in California, USA
65. Yana – after the city in Sierra Leone
66. Zaria – after the city in Nigeria
67. Zarzis – after the city in Tunisia
Cat names inspired by icons of the fashion industry
68. Armani – After the Italian fashion designer, Giorgio Armani.
69. Balenciaga – After the Spanish Basque fashion designer and the founder of the Balenciaga fashion house.
70. Chanel – After the French fashion designer and businesswoman, Coco Chanel.
71. Coco – After the French fashion designer and businesswoman, Coco Chanel.
72. Donatella – After the Italian fashion designer and current vice president of the Versace Group, Donatella Versace.
73. Fendi – After the Italian luxury fashion house.
74. Gaultier – After the French haute couture and prêt-à-porter fashion designer, Jean-Paul Gaultier.
75. Gucci – After the Italian luxury brand of fashion and leather goods.
76. Guerlain – After the French perfume and cosmetics and skincare house, among the oldest in the world.
77. Herrera – After the Venezuelan-American fashion designer, Carolina Herrera.
78. Hilfiger – After the American fashion designer, Tommy Hilfiger.
79. Hugo – After the German fashion designer and businessman, Hugo Boss.
80. Karan – After the American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York.
81. Lagerfeld – After the German fashion designer, artist, and photographer based in Paris, Karl Lagerfeld.
82. Lauren – After the American fashion designer, philanthropist, and business executive, Ralph Lauren.
83. Lou Lou – The name of one of the oldest and most popular fragrances by Cacharel
84. McQueen – After the British fashion designer and couturier, Alexander McQueen.
85. Valentino – After the Italian fashion designer and founder of the Valentino SpA brand and company, Valentino Garavani.
86. Vera Wang – After the American fashion designer based in New York City.
87. Versace – After the Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace, an international fashion house.
88. Vivienne Westwood – After the British fashion designer and businesswoman, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream.
Names of Egyptian Cat Goddesses
89. Bast: the other version of the name of the Cat Deity Bastet
90. Bastet: goddess of warfare in Lower Egypt known as giver of blessings to the good and a deliverer of wrath to the evil.
91. Mafdet: the first of the cat goddesses, also called “Runner”. She was ancient Egyptian lynx, lion or cheetah shaped war goddess, a cat goddess of protection, spitting fire at cobras.
92. Matit: a funerary cat goddess
93. Mau – the ancient Egyptian word for cat
94. Mekal: meaning “fierce devourer” and a goddess of pestilence
95. Menhit: an Egyptian war goddess, depicted in the form of a lioness
96. Mihos: this was the name of the lion-headed son of Bastet.
97. Mut: the great Mother Goddess was merged with Wadjet, Bastet, Menhit and Sekhmet (warrior lioness goddesses)
98. Pakhet: meaning “She Who Scratches”
99. Sekhmet: the warrior lioness goddess, the “Powerful One”
100. Sesmu: also known as “Lord of the Blood”
101. Tefnut: Tefnut and her twin Shu were also worshipped as a pair of lions at Leontopolis
102. Wadjet: depicted in her aspect of a lion-headed goddess
Names of other Cat Deities
103. Ai-Apaec: a shape-shifting Peruvian god of the pre-Inca civilization
104. Dawon: Hindu sacred tigress given to the goddess Durga for her prowess in combat
105. Freyja: the name of the Norse Goddess who rode in a chariot pulled by two giant cats
106. Hecate : Greek goddess who shape shifted into a in order to escape the monster Typhon
107. Li Shou: Chinese Cat God from the Book of Rites that protected the crops
108. Ovinnik: an ancient Polish deity who appeared in the form of a black cat, protector of domestic animals that chased away evil-natured ghosts and mischievous fairies.
Cat names inspired by ancient gods and goddesses
109. Aphrodite – Goddess of beauty, love, desire, and pleasure.
110. Apollo – God of music, arts, poetry and knowledge.
111. Ares or Mars – God of War, bloodshed, and violence
112. Artemis – Goddess of the Hunt
113. Athena – Goddess of reason, wisdom, intelligence, skill, peace, warfare, battle strategy, and handicrafts.
114. Demeter – Goddess of Agriculture
115. Dionysus – God of Wine and Celebrations
116. Hades – God of the Underworld and the Dead
117. Hephaestus – God of Fire, Metalworking and Crafts
118. Hera – Goddess of Marriage, Mothers and Families
119. Hermes – God of boundaries, travel, communication, trade, language, and writing
120. Hypnos – God of sleep
121. Iris – One of the goddesses of the sea and the sky, who links the gods to humanity
122. Janus – God of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways, passages and endings.
123. Nemesis – Goddess of retribution
124. Nyx – Goddess of night
125. Poseidon – God of the Sea
126. Tartarus – God of the deepest, darkest part of the underworld, the Tartarean pit
127. Tyche – Goddess of fortune and prosperity of a city, its destiny.
128. Zeus – King of the gods, ruler of Mount Olympus, and god of the sky, weather, thunder, lightning, law, order, and justice.
Cats that were witches’ familiars
129. Grimalkin – an archaic term for a cat, deriving from a hypocoristic form of the female name Maud
130. Pyewackett – was one of the familiar spirits of a witch detected by the “witchfinder general” Matthew Hopkins in March 1644
Famous black cats, from TV characters to classic historical icons
131. Bagheera from the Jungle Book
132. Berlioz one of Duchess’ sons from The Aristocats
133. Binx from Hocus Pocus
134. Boo-Boo Kitty from Laverne& Shirley
135. Cole from Cole & Marmalade
136. Felix the Cat
137. Figaro the black cat from Pinocchio
138. Isis from Star Trek
139. Lucifer from Cinderella
140. Luna Sailor Moon’s sidekick
141. Penelope Pussy Cat (Pepe Le Pew)
142. Pluto from “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allan Poe
143. Rocky from the Magnificats
144. Salem from Sabrina the Teenage Witch
145. Snowball II from The Simpsons
146. Sylvester from Looney Tunes
147. Winky from Escape from Witch Mountain
148. Zoro – After the secret identity of Don Diego de la Vega, a fictional character
149. Mystique – After the comic book hero
150. Mister Fantastic – After the comic book hero
151. Bubastis – After the comic book hero
152. Namorita – After the comic book hero
153. Lex Luthor – After the comic book hero
154. Pepper Potts – After the comic book hero
155. Sabertooth – After the comic book hero
Internationally known cats
156. Blackie – The richest cat in history which inherited 15 million British Pounds
157. Socks – “First Cat” during Clinton Administration
Cat names inspired by military ranks
158. Cap – short for Captain
159. Sarge – short for Sargent
160. Chief – Perfect name for a bossy cat
161. Colonel – 4th Bossiest kitty in the army
162. General – The name for the cat who rules them all
163. Major – A name for a tough kitty
Fictional Cats in Literature
164. Alonzo – A black and white tom cat in Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot.
165. Aristotle – A kitten who depends on his nine lives and the magical powers of his owner in The Nine Lives of Aristotle by Dick King-Smith.
166. Behemoth – An extra-large, tough black cat in The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.
167. Cat Morgan – A gruff but likable character in Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot.
168. Cheshire Cat – A larger than life character in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
169. Dinah – Alice’s pet kitten in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
170. Electra – A young feline character in Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.
171. Firestar – The main character for the first arc of the Warriors books.
172. Ginger – A talking cat of Narnia in The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis.
173. Great Rumpus Cat – In Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, a major hero.
174. Greebo – A foul-tempered, one-eyed grey tomcat in Discworld by Terry Pratchett.
175. Harry Cat – A friend and guide in The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden.
176. Maurice – The fast-talking, trickster cat in The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett.
177. Mrs. Norris – The pet cat of Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch in the Harry Potter series.
178. Pixel – The title character in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls by Robert Heinlein.
179. Pluto – The narrator’s cat in The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe.
180. Ribby – A cat with a love of mouse pie in The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan by Beatrix Potter.
181. Sampson – A cat who lives at a church and looks after mice in The Church Mice series by Graham Oakley.
182. Sprockets – A stowaway feral kitten who becomes spaceship mascot in Mission to Universe by Gordon R. Dickson.
183. Tabitha Twitchit – The mother of three kittens, Miss Moppet, Mittens and Tom Kitten, in The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter.
Literary Cat Names Based on Famous Authors
184. Agatha (Christie) – The famous English crime novelist.
185. Austen – This acclaimed novelist who created great works like Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion
186. Barrette – After the famous English poet Elizabeth Barrette Brown
187. Blake – After the English poet, painter, and printmaker, William Blake.
188. Dickens – After Charles Dickens, the great English writer and social critic.
189. Donne – After the renowned English poet and cleric in the Church of England, John Donne.
190. Dryden – Who was an English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who was made England’s first Poet Laureate in 1668.
191. Dylan (Marlais Thomas) – Who was a Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems “Do not go gentle into that good night”.
192. Edgar (Allen Poe) – The dark and mysterious American author. This is a great name for a dark-colored cat.
193. Fitzgerald – A great name if you’re a fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the American novelist who emblemized the Jazz area.
194. Harper (Lee) – Author of To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the most famous books of all time.
195. Hemingway – Ernest Hemingway was a strong, masculine journalist and writer, which makes this a cool name for a strong male cat.
196. Keats – After the famous English poet, John Keats
197. Kerouac – Jack Kerouac, the writer who represented the beat generation. It’s one of the most unique literary cat names you’ll find.
198. Lord Byron – After the famous English poet, peer, politician, and a leading figure in the Romantic movement.
199. Maya (Angelou) – After the American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist.
200. Milton – After the English poet, polemicist, man of letters and civil servant for the Commonwealth of England under Oliver Cromwell, John Milton.
201. Seuss – If you loved books by Dr. Seuss as a child, or even as an adult, this makes a great option when considering literary cat names.
202. Shakespeare – The great William Shakespeare, author of famous works such as Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Much Ado About Nothing. You know, that guy.
203. Twain – A tribute to Mark Twain, the American author and humorist.
Other Catchy Literary Cat Names
204. Atticus Finch – An important character in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird.
205. Bathsheba – The name of one of Thomas Hardy’s most memorable characters from the novel “Far from the Madding Crowd”
206. Claudine – From Claudine at School by Colette
207. Daisy – Gatsby’s lover in The Great Gatsby novel.
208. Deronda – After Daniel Deronda, a character created by George Eliot
209. Ebenezer Scrooge – The focal character of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella A Christmas Carol.
210. Éponine – After the fictional character in the 1862 novel Les Misérables by Victor Hugo.
211. Estrella – The adopted daughter of Miss Havisham.
212. Fable – A short tale that teach a moral lesson.
213. Galadriel – After the fictional character created by J.R.R. Tolkien, appearing in his Middle-earth legendarium.
214. Gandalf – After Lord of the Rings’ white wizard
215. Gatsby – Named after Jay Gatsby, the lead character of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
216. Gulliver – Inspired by Gulliver’s Travels.
217. Hamlet – The main character of Shakespeare’s famous play.
218. Huckleberry Finn – A character created by Mark Twain who first appeared in the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
219. Ichabod Crane – The protagonist in Washington Irving’s short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
220. James Bond – The main character in Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
221. Jane Eyre – A classic novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë.
222. Juliet – Romeo’s beloved albeit tragic lover.
223. Katniss – After the fictional character and the protagonist of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.
224. Legend – A story passed down by tradition
225. Limerick – A humorous verse of five lines
226. Lolita – After the main character in Vladimir Nabokov’s novel
227. Lyra – The character in His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
228. Lyric – Having the form and musical quality of a song
229. Marlow – From 1902’s Heart of Darkness written by Joseph Conrad
230. Miss Dashwood – The character in Jane Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility
231. Miss Havisham – A wealthy, eccentric woman in Great Expectations.
232. Moby Dick – The whale in the namesake novel by American writer Herman Melville.
233. Mrs Chippy – a character based on the real-life cat that went on the Endurance with Shackleton from Mrs Chippy’s Last Expedition by Caroline Alexander
234. Mustapha (Mond) – After the Brave new world’s complex character
235. Novella – A short story
236. O’Hara – After the main female lead in the novel “Gone with the wind” by Margaret Mitchell
237. Pip – The protagonist and narrator of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.
238. Puck – The spritely character in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
239. Ramona Quimby – A fictional character in a series of novels named after her, written by Beverly Cleary.
240. Raven – Inspired by the titular character in Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven.
241. Red Herring – A misleading clue. Something or someone intended to divert attention from the matter at hand.
242. Rhett Butler – The name of the male lead in the novel “Gone with the wind”
243. Ripley – After Tom Ripley the character in Patricia Highsmith’s The Talented Mr Ripley
244. Robinson Crusoe – A novel about a castaway who spends 30 years on a remote tropical island.
245. Romeo – One of the star-crossed lovers in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
246. Sherlock Holmes – The fictional private detective created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
247. Sir Lancelot – From Tennyson’s “The Lady of Shalott”
248. Tarzan – The well-known leading male character in Tarzan of the Apes written by Edgar Rice Burroughs
249. Zelda – The name of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s gregarious wife.
250. Zhivago – Inspired by the main character in Dr. Zhivago by Boris Pasternak