Are you looking for a great name for your new kitten?
The very first thing you must do is obviously to be sure if the kitten is a female or male. That goes without saying.
Start off by making a list. Study the cat for a while. You may get some ideas by just observing the cat’s behavior.
You can also examine if the cat has any special or unusual marks on its coat.
Cat Names from Foreign Words
Maybe you want an unusual name. In that case try to agree on an adjective suitable to describing your cat.
Find out what that adjective is in another language and find cool cat names.
For example beautiful in Norwegian is “Vakker”. In Esperanto beautiful is “Bela”.
How about “love” in Esperanto “Amas”? Perhaps also appropriate “boss” in Esperanto which is “Estro”.
We all know the cat is the real boss in the home.
Historical Person or Politician
Another suggestion may be to choose your favorite person in history or in the political world.
That certainly was what Florence Nightingale chose to do.
She was a great lover of cats and owned 60 cats. She named her cats after famous politicians during her life time.
Cat Names From Fiction Stories
You could also choose the name of a favorite character from a novel which has made a lasting impression.
An all-time favorite is choosing a name from mythology.
Movie or Cartoon Character
Another favorite is a movie character. You may just want to name your cat after your favorite cartoon cat.
The Naming of the Cats
“Cats” is the name of the superb musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber based on “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” by T. S. Eliot. “The Naming of the Cats” is only one of the breathtaking songs in the musical.
If you are a fan of the musical, you could get some ideas from the cat names in the song.
“Jellicle” is a term meaning black and white cat.
Some of the cat names in this song are:
The everyday names such as: Peter, Augustus, Alonzo, James, Victor, Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey.
The peculiar and more dignified names such as: Munkustrap, Quaxo, Coricopat, Bombalurina, or Jellylorum.
There are millions of cat lovers in the world. Check out cat names of famous cat lovers and cat owners. Have fun finding the perfect name for your beloved cat.
List of known cat names
Apollinaris – Apollinaris was one of the cats owned by author Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens). He would choose difficult names for his cats to teach children the art of pronunciation.
Arthur – Arthur was the beautiful white cat who worked in advertising in England. See Working Cats
Bastet – The Cat Goddess in Ancient Egypt
Beethoven – Beethoven the name of one of Martha Stewart’s cats.
Beppo – Beppo was the name of one of the cats belonging to Lord Byron.
Bimbo – Bimbo was a white cat owned by the Swiss artist, Paul Klee (1879-1940). Klee was a huge cat lover and owned many cats.
Bing Clawsby – Name of cat belonging to Michael Feinstein.
Bismarck – Bismarck was the name of one of the 60 cats belonging to Florence Nightingale.
Blackie – Blackie became an extremely wealthy cat. Blackie inherited 15 million British Pounds from its owner Ben Rea.
Blatherskite – Blatherskite was what author Mark Twain named one of his cats.
Boy – Siamese belonging to Vivien Leigh
Brownie – Brownie became a very wealthy cat. The cat inherited $415 000 in 1963 when its owner (Dr. William Grier) died.
Bubbles – Name of cat belonging to Emma Watson.
Cake – The name of a cat belonging to Warren Beatty.
Calvin – Harriet Beecher Stowe – author of Uncle Tom’s cabin had a cat named Calvin. Calvin was described as an intelligent cat and often sat on Harriet Beecher Stowe’s shoulders as she wrote her manuscript.
Carlyle – Carlyle was the name of a Siamese cat belonging to Fred Astaire.
Caruso – Name of cat belonging to Roberta Flack.
Catarina – Edgar Allan Poe –American writer had a cat named Catarina.
Catasauqua – The name of the cat (a female Manx cat) created by Mark Twain in his bedtime story “Letters from the earth”.
Charo – Name of cat belonging to Yoko Ono.
Cheddar– Name of the cat belonging to Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada.
Cheeses – Name of cat belonging to Jay Leno.
Chopin – Chopin was the name of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s cat.
Cleo – Ronald Reagan had a cat named Cleo.
Cosy – name of the female Maine Coon cat which received the “Best in Show” reward in 1895.
Cyprian Cat – “The Cyprian Cat” by Dorothy Sayers is a horror short story. Moral do not harm the cat.
Cat Names D – G
Dililah – Dililah was the cat belonging to Freddie Mercury, singer in Queen.
Dinah – Dinah is Alice’s pet cat in “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the looking glass” by Lewis Carroll. Dinah was the mother of the two kittens named Kitty and Snowdrop.
Dog – Dog is the name of the cat in the hit song ” Walkin’ my cat named Dog“.
Dorofei – name of the Siberian cat belonging to President Dmitry Medvedev of Russia.
Duchess – Duchess was the name of the elegant Parisian cat in “The Aristocats”, a Walt Disney cartoon.
Elvis – Elvis was the name of the cat belonging to John Lennon.
Fabergé – Name of the female Burmese Cat who gave birth to the first Burmilla kittens.
Fats – Name of the female who gave birth to the first Burmilla kittens. – Name of one of the cats belonging to Ernest Hemingway.
Faye Raye – name of the first Singapura cat to arrive in Great Britain.
Figaro – Figaro is the name of the wood-carver Gepetto’s cat in the cartoon movie “Pinocchio”.
Foss – Foss was a Tabby Cat owned by author and artist, Edward Lear. Lear penned the famous rhyme “The owl and the Pussycat”.
F. Puss (Mr. Feather Puss) – Yellow-eyed cat belonging to Ernest Hemingway.
Furhouse – Name of one of the cats belonging to Ernest Hemingway.
Gabriella – Name of one of the first four Burmilla kittens to be born.
Galatea – Name of one of the first four Burmilla kittens to be born.
Garfield – The cartoon cat created by Jim Davis.
Gemma – Name of one of the first four Burmilla kittens to be born.
Gisella – Name of one of the first four Burmilla kittens to be born.
George – Name of a Somali cat belonging to Evelyn Mague.
George Pushdragon – Name of cat belonging to T. S. Eliot.
Gladstone – Name of a large Persian cat belonging to Florence Nightingale.
Gorgo – Name of the Siamese cat belonging to Frank Zappa.
Grimalkin – Grimalkin was the name of a cat belonging to Nostradamus.
Cat Names H – L
Hamlet – The name of all male cats residing at Algonquin hotel, New York. See Working Cats.
Heathcliff – Heathcliff is a cartoon cat created by George Gately in 1973. Heathcliff has appeared in over 700 newspapers.
Hot Dog – Hot Dog is the name of the cat belonging to Dennis in the cartoon series “Dennis the Menace” by Hank Ketcham.
Jess – Jess is the black and white cat from the children’s series “Postman Pat” produced by BBC.
Jock – One of Winston Churchill’s cats. The cat named Jock was mentioned in Churchill’s will and was secured guaranteed permanent residents in his country home.
Kirlee – name of the founding father of the Devon Rex cat breed.
Kallibunker – name of the founding father cat of the Cornish Rex cat breed.
Kitty – Kitty was one of the two kittens in “Through the looking glass” by Carroll Lewis. Kitty was a black cat. Dinah was the mother of the two kittens and was Alice’s pet cat. The other kitten was named Snowdrop and was white.
KinKin – the name of the first Bengal cat.
Lad – name of one of the first four Ragdoll cats to arrive in the U.K.
Lass – Name of one of the first four Ragdoll cats to arrive in the U.K.
Lamorna Cove – name of the first female Cornish Rex cat sent to the United States in 1957.
Cat Names M &N
Madame Butterfly – Name of one of the first Japanese Bobtail cats to arrive in the United States.
Marvis – Name of the male Turkish Angora cat to come to the United States in 1966.
Matilda – The name of all female cats residing at Algonquin hotel, New York. See Working Cats.
Micetto – Micetto was the name of the cat belonging to Pope Leo XII (1760-1829). Micetto was a large black-striped grayish red cat. The Pope adored Micetto.
Mike – Mike was the name of the famous cat at the British Museum in London. Mike (February 1909 – January 1929) guarded the gates of the British Museum. Time Magazine published two articles to him on his death.
Misty Malarky Yin Yang – The name of Amy Carter’s (daughter of President Jimmy Carter) Siamese cat.
Mitsou– Mitsou was the name of Marilyn Monroe’s white Persian cat.
Monsieur Tibault – The name of the cat in “King of Cats” by Stephen Vincent Benét. Monsieur Tibault conducts an orchestra facing the audience and using his tail as the baton.
Moppet – The name of the cat in “The story of Miss Moppet” by Beatrix Potter.
Morris – Morris was the cat that went from “rags to riches”. See Working Cats
Mozart – Mozart the name of one of Martha Stewart’s cats.
Mrs. Norris – name of the cat (a Maine Coon) in the Harry Potter movie.
Muezza – The Prophet Muhammad loved cats. His favorite cat was named Muezza.
Mussa – name of the female Siberian cat sent to Germany for breeding.
Nelson – Winston Churchill (Prime Minister of Great Britain) loved cats. He had a black cat named Nelson. He adored the cat, Nelson. Nelson slept in his bed. Churchill also always kept a special chair next to his own for Nelson at the dinner table and at the Cabinet Room.
Nemo – Nemo was a Siamese cat belonging to former Prime Minister Harold Wilson (Britain) and his wife, Mary.
Nora– Nora is the name of the gray tabby cat rescued from a shelter New Jersey. Nora became famous for “tapping” the piano. A CD of music with one song incorporating Nora’s piano playing has been released by the Laurel Canyon Animal Company.
Cat Names O-S
Ollie – Ollie is an orange-colored cartoon cat created by Harry Hargreaves.
Orangey – Orangey was the red tabby cat that stared in the movie “Breakfast Tiffany’s”. In the movie Orangey played the role of “Cat”. See Working Cats
Otto – Otto was the name of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s cat. Webber composed the famous musical “Cats”.
Patripatan – Name of the white cat that went to heaven to pick a flower for its owner.
Patsy – Patsy was a black cat owned by Charles Lindbergh, the airplane pilot famous for making the solo non-stop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927.
Pebbles – Name of cat belonging to Susan Boyle
Pepper – Pepper was a Hollywood cat. Pepper had film roles in Charlie Chaplin films.
Poldhu – name of the male Cornish Rex cat, son Kallibunker (founding father)
Prim – Name of one of the first four Ragdoll cats to arrive in the U.K.
Proper – Name of one of the first four Ragdoll cats to arrive in the U.K.
Prudence – Name of a blue Persian cat belonging to Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau of France.
Prune – The name of the hairless cat used to breed the Sphynx Cat.
Pulcinella – Name of the cat belonging to Domenico Scarlatti. (October 26, 1685 –July 23, 1757). He was an Italian composer.
His cat loved to walk across the keyboard. Scarlatti composed the popular sonata Fugue in G minor, Kk. 30 after listening to the sounds of Pulcinella crossing the keyboard of his harpsichord. It later gained the nickname “The Cat’s Fugue”.
Punky – Punky was the name of one of the cats belonging to Doris Day.
Pyewacket – The name of the Siamese movie star cat in the movie “Bell, Book and Candle”.
Saeng Duan – name of one of the first Korat cats to arrive in Britain. Saeng Duan was a female Korat cat.
Sam – name of the male Korat cat which was one of the first to arrive in Britain.
Sara – Sara was the name of a cat belonging to Ronald Reagan.
Sinh – Sinh was the name of the “Sacred Cat of Burma”.
Shan – President Gerald Ford’ daughter, Susan had a Siamese cat named Shan.
Shulamith – Name of one of the first American Curl Cats
Siam – Siam was the name of the first Siamese cat to arrive in the United States in 1879. Siam was a gift to Lucy Webb Hayes, wife of President Rutherford Hayes from the American Consul in Bangkok.
Sizi – Sizi was Albert Sweitzer’s cat. He was a French Missionary in Africa and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Slippers – Cat belonging to Theodore Roosevelt (President of the USA). Slippers was a gray tabby cat with six-toed feet.
Solomon – Solomon was a movie star cat. Solomon played in “Diamonds are forever” and “Clockwork Orange”.
Snooks – Female Scottish Fold cat. Daughter of Susie.
Snowdrift – Name of a Founding father cat of the Scottish Fold cat breed.
Snowdrop – Snowdrop was the name of the white kitten in “Through the looking glass” by Carroll Lewis. Dinah was the mother of the two kittens and was Alice’s pet cat. The other kitten was named Kitty and was black.
Sprite – Name of cat belonging to Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes
Susie – This white female cat with the folded ears found on a farm in Scotland.
Sybil – Sybil was a black and white cat living at 11 and 10 Downing Street. The cat was named after Sybil Fawlty from the TV show Fawlty Towers. Sybil was Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office.
Cat Names T-Z
Tabby – Tabby was the first cat to reside in the White House. Tabby moved to the White House with Abraham Lincoln.
Taki – Taki was a black Persian cat belonging to the author Raymond Chandler.
Tama – Tama was the name of the Japanese Beckoning Cat. See Lucky Cat
Tibs – Tibs was the name of a cat employed at the London Post Office Headquarters. See Working Cats
Tiger – Emilie Brontë had a cat named Tiger. President Calvin Coolidge also had a cat named Tiger.
Tima – name of the male Siberian cat sent to Germany for breeding.
Tom – Tom is the famous cartoon cat in the cartoon called “Tom and Jerry”.
Tommy – Tommy was one of the cats the family of Anne Frank found when they moved into the attic in 1942.
Tonga – name of first ever Ocicat
Tonto – Tonto is the name of the ginger tabby cat in the movie “Harry and Tonto”. See working cats.
Topaz– Topaz was the name of the cat belonging to Tennessee Williams.
Towser – Towser was the name of the cat at the Glenturret Distillery in Scotland. See Working Cats
Tuffy – Name of the cat belonging to Ann-Margret.
Vashka – a Russian Blue Cat owned by Nicholas I.
Verdi – Verdi name of one of Martha Stewart’s cats.
Vivaldi – Vivaldi name of one of Martha Stewart’ cats.
Wankee – Wankee was born in 1895. Wankee was the first Siamese cat to become U.K. champion (1898)
White Heather – White Heather was the name of the black and white Persian belonging to Queen Victoria.
Wilberforce – Wilberforce was the name of the cat mouser who resided at number 10 Downing Street, London from 1973 – 1986.
Williamina – Williamina was the name of the cat belonging to Charles Dickens. Her name was originally William until she had kittens. Dickens properly gave her the new name: Williamina. Williamina promptly moved her kittens into Dickens’ study.
Wiscus – One of the cats belonging to T. S. Eliot
Wong Mau – Female matriarch cat of most of the Burmese cats in the United States.
Yaman – Name of the female Turkish Angora cat that came to the United States in 1966.
Yildiz – The name of the male Turkish Angora cat that came to the United States in 1962. Yildiz was odd-eyed.
Yildizcik – The name of the female Turkish Angora Cat that came to the United States in 1962.
Yodie – the name of the founding cat of the American Bobtail Cat breed.
Zero – Name of cat belonging to Billie Joe Armstrong
Zoroaster – Zoroaster was the name of one of the cats owned by Mark Twain. He was a huge cat lover.
Zula – the name of the Abyssinian cat brought back from Abyssinia in 1968.