140 Tortoiseshell Cat Names

Tortoiseshell cats were named for their distinctive coloring, which reminded people of the pattern on – wait for it – tortoise shells. The tortoiseshell cat's coat is usually a combination of black and red, but there are variations that include brown, gray, cream, and orange.

(Only one in 3,000 tortoiseshells are male, so these are mostly female/unisex names, but we've got a few just for the boys.)

Gender-neutral names based on tortoiseshell colors

  • Agate (Aggie for short)
  • Amber
  • Andromeda
  • Autumn
  • Brindle
  • Brocade
  • Bubbles
  • Camouflage (Cam for short)
  • Cookie
  • Checkers
  • Confetti (Connie for short)
  • Dapple
  • Ditsy
  • Dot
  • Freckles
  • Gingham
  • Helen (Helen Frankenthaler, painter)
  • Jaguar
  • Jasper
  • Kaleidoscope (Kallie for short)
  • Ladybug
  • Leopard
  • Lynx
  • Macchiato
  • Marbles
  • Matisse
  • Merle
  • Mocha
  • Motley
  • Muddy
  • Mystery
  • Nebula
  • Opal
  • Oriole
  • Paisley
  • Patches
  • Pebbles
  • Pinto
  • Pixel
  • Polka
  • Polly (short for Polychrome)
  • Puzzle
  • Rainbow
  • Rorschach
  • Salsa
  • Sketch
  • Smudge
  • Snicker
  • Speckle
  • Sprinkle
  • Splash
  • Splotch
  • Spot
  • Stipple
  • Streak
  • Sunset
  • Swirl
  • Tiger
  • Tortie
  • Twix
  • Tourmaline

Names based on tortoiseshell colors for male cats

  • Damien (Damien Hirst, painter)
  • Frank (Helen Frankenthaler, painter)
  • Henri (Henri Matisse, painter)
  • Jackson (Jackson Pollock, painter)
  • Mars
  • Monarch
  • Picasso
  • Piebald

Lucky names for tortoiseshell cats

Tortoiseshells are associated with good luck in some cultures (especially the males, since they're so unusual). It's also said that tortoiseshells bring money, have psychic abilities, and can see into the future. Here are some names based on fortune, luck, and foresight.

  • Cassandra
  • Chance
  • Clover
  • Dione
  • Felicity
  • Gypsy
  • Jinx
  • Kahina
  • Karma
  • Kiaria
  • Kismet
  • Lakshmi
  • Lucky
  • Magic
  • Mystery
  • Oracle
  • Penny
  • Prosper
  • Quigley (Joan Quigley, psychic)
  • Rarity
  • Sachiko
  • Sarava
  • Serendipity
  • Sharmin
  • Sybill
  • Tashi
  • Trixie
  • Ventura
  • Yoshi

Lucky names for male tortoiseshell cats

  • Criswell (The Amazing Criswell, psychic)
  • Edwin
  • Felix
  • Madoc
  • Merlin
  • Nostradamus
  • Onni
  • Otto
  • Uri (Uri Geller, psychic)

Feisty names for tortoiseshell cats

Let's not forget about the so-called "tortitude." Tortoiseshells have a reputation for being especially feisty. Here are some names to reflect your cat's sassy spirit.

  • Anita
  • Annalise
  • Brienne
  • Buffy
  • Cayenne
  • Cinnamon
  • Cordelia
  • Curry
  • Dean
  • Diva
  • Elle
  • Feist
  • Fox
  • Furiosa
  • Ginger
  • Hermione
  • Hunter/Huntress
  • Katniss
  • Korra
  • Nayera
  • Paprika
  • Pepper
  • Piper
  • Rebel
  • Red
  • Regina
  • Rizzo
  • Rogue
  • Queen
  • Sassy
  • Spice
  • Willow
  • Xena

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