The Ultimate Guide to Naming Your Cat

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Do you have a new best friend or a roommate who goes by the name of cat? Well then, friend, it's time to give that furry companion a name — and fast! Contrary to popular belief, cats can actually learn and recognize their names.

While it's common for cats to ignore your demands, their indifference is a conscious decision. Studies show that the best way to get a cat's attention is with a name that they can easily understand.

How to name a cat

So you've adopted a cat, well done! Naming your new best friend is probably the most exciting and important decision you'll make as brand new pet parent. But naming a new pet can cause some people a lot of anxiety. There is so much pressure to find the best name that not only accompanies your cat throughout the various phases of their life, but one that also perfectly encapsulates their personality.

But there's no need to worry. The editorial team at Cuteness has gathered nearly 10,000 cat names to help you along your naming journey. In this guide, we cover the most popular methods for naming a cat, the top cat names, as well as dozens of cat name lists organized by personality, characteristics and breed.

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Cat naming tips and recommendations

Unlike naming a dog, training is not a crucial consideration when naming a cat. While cats can be trained, the practice is not as common as dog training. So feel welcome to give your cat just about any name you feel is suitable. However, there are a few recommendations when naming your cat.

  1. Keep your cat's name short: While you could name your cat Sir Edmond Meowlory III, it's probably best to keep your cat's name between 1-3 syllables. Not only is it less for your cat to understand, shorter names are also easier for you to say consistently.
  2. Don't duplicate household pet names: If you already have a hamster named Fluffy, avoid naming your cat Floofy — similar names are just confusing to everyone.
  3. Choose names with high-pitched sounds that cats can hear easily: Scientifically speaking, cats have a tendency to respond to higher-pitched human vocalizations. Some pet experts recommend giving your cat a name that ends in an "ee" sound, like Mitzi or Cookie.

Common mistakes when naming a cat

When it comes time to name your pet, be smart about the decision. Although Shakespeare may shrug and ask "what's in a name?," smart cat lovers know better than to make these mistakes when naming their pet:

  • Complicated names: Make sure your new cat's name can roll easily off of your tongue.
  • Common names: Common names can be easily confused when your cat is at the veterinarian.
  • Inside joke names: Sir Bitesalot is funny, but not everyone is going to get the reference.
  • Family names: While you may have thought that naming your flatulent cat after your uncle was sweet, he might not agree with you.

Best methods for naming a cat

If you need inspiration for naming your cat, our pet naming guide is brimming with techniques to help you find the perfect name for your kitty! But here are a few of our favorites to get you started.

  • Name Generators: The internet is packed with name generators and there's one to match your unique personality and sense of flair. If you want your pet to have a Khaleesi-worthy name, try the Fantasy Name Generator. There are also generators for modern names, hipster names, sci-fi names, basically any kind of name and they're all just a google away.
  • Baby Names: BabyNameWizard.com is a great resource for name games. These are technically intended to help parents-to-be brainstorm creative names for their little humans, but they can also serve as great inspiration for pet names.
  • Make a list of your favorite things: The perfect cat name could be a seemingly random thing that's close to your heart. Add a professional or official title to said favorite noun and the adorable factor goes off the charts. Case-in-point: Mrs. Bagels is just about the best name for a carb-loving kitty.
  • Keep it in the family: Speaking of family, you have a lot of name inspiration right on your family tree (or family section on Facebook or wherever). Track your relatives back in time and see if any of them have names worthy of your adorable new pet.

100 most popular cat names

Maybe a unique name for your newly-adopted cat isn't what you're looking for. That's ok! Giving your cat a tried-and-true name is a great option. We've pulled the top 100 most popular names for cats from the Cuteness community to get you started on your naming journey.

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Top 10 female cat names

Being the parent of a cat is pretty much among the most awesome thing a human can do. Naming a cat can be exciting for some, but intimidating for many. Your cat's name matters, and there is a lot of pressure to pick the perfect name.

We've gathered the 300 most popular names for female cats, and we've also put together a list of over 100 girly cat names for those of you have adopted a little princess. We've also rounded up the 10 best names for female cats to give you an idea of the possibilities.

  1. Bella
  2. Abigail
  3. Sophia
  4. Frida
  5. Cleo
  6. Gretel
  7. Luna
  8. Emma
  9. Juno
  10. Sadie

Top 10 male cat names

Do you need a name for the little tiger in your life? Picking a name for your male cat can be a challenge, but using the naming methods in this guide, alongside our lists of cat names will help you get started on your search. Begin with our roundup of the 300 best male cat names, or start with the 10 most popular names for male cats.

  1. Oliver
  2. Charlie
  3. Max
  4. Leo
  5. Simba
  6. Milo
  7. Loki
  8. Theo
  9. Boots

Top 10 gender-neutral names for cat

Don't see a need to gender your cat? That's cool. Neither do we, which is why we have a list of over 100 most popular gender-neutral names for cats. Here are the top 10 best names for both male and female cats.

  1. Acorn
  2. Sage
  3. Rebel
  4. Blue
  5. Patches
  6. Latte
  7. Pepper
  8. Kahuna
  9. Biscuit
  10. Aspen

10 best names for cute cats

It's pretty much every cat lovers' dream to adopt a cute cat. Who wouldn't want a cute button nose and jelly bean toes? So if you're lucky enough to have welcomed a cute cat into your life, then congratulations on living the dream.

Let's pick a cute name for your adorable new best friend! You need a name that is as cute as they are, which is why we have a list of 111 cute cat names, as well as 113 pretty cat names. We're sure you'll find the best name for your cute cat!

If you're too busy ogling your pretty kitty and don't have time to read through all of those most popular names for cute cats, then check out our top 10 cute cat names below.

  1. Patches
  2. Bridgette
  3. Bunny
  4. Cupcakes
  5. Bella
  6. Anjali
  7. Sprinkles
  8. Naps
  9. Taco
  10. Sophia

Top 10 names for black cats

Did you know that some people still believe black cats bring bad luck? Seriously, it's a thing. If you're one of the millions of kitty owners who are smart enough to look beyond antiquated superstitions, then good for you.

Because we're so impressed that you adopted a black cat, we've rounded up 500 unique names for black cats to help you find the perfect handle for your lovable new roommate. However, here's a short list of the 10 most popular names for black cats.

  1. Luna
  2. Lucky
  3. Oreo
  4. Cola
  5. Panther
  6. Moon
  7. Midnight
  8. Pepsi
  9. Nala
  10. Onyx

Top 10 names for grey cats

Grey is the new black. It's true — just ask the new grey cat in your life. Maybe it's because they always look like they're wearing sweat pants, but grey cats are so adorably chill. If you've invited a grey kitty into your home, you're probably looking for the best name for a grey cat. Lucky for you — we've rounded up 110 names for grey cats that are sure to delight your new best friend.

  1. Steele
  2. Rocky
  3. Ashes
  4. Zen
  5. Smokey
  6. Dusty
  7. Heather
  8. Sterling
  9. Shadow
  10. Harmony

Top 10 names for orange cats

Who doesn't love a redhead? If you've just welcomed a fiery little ginger into your home, you need to pick a name that matches both the carpet and the drapes. We've rounded up over 300 amazing names for orange cats. But the short list of 10 best names for orange cats is a good place to start your search.

  1. Rojo
  2. Goldie
  3. Phoenix
  4. Cheeto
  5. Blaze
  6. Mac
  7. Pumpkin
  8. Sweet Potato
  9. Scully
  10. Honey

Top 10 cool cat names

Did you just adopt a cat with a cool, laid-back approach to life? Congratulations! Living with a cool cat is among the most rewarding experience a pet parent can have. Plus, your new cat may teach you a few tricks to becoming as cool as they are. You are so lucky!

Now all you have to do is find a name that expresses your cat's casual attitude; so that everyone else understands that they are in the presence of one cool cat. If you don't find what you're looking for with the roundup of the top 10 cool cat names, no need to worry dude. This link has over 100 cool cat names that are perfect for your fabulous feline friend.

  1. Shades
  2. Merlot
  3. Gucci
  4. Turnt
  5. Jive
  6. Crae
  7. Bae
  8. LOL
  9. K. Cat
  10. Brie

Top 10 unique names for cats

There is literally no such thing as an average cat. Seriously, how could there be? Every cat is unique and original like a snowflake, which is why all pet parents should at least consider a creative name for their cat that expresses their unique qualities. We're so committed to giving your cat a one-of-a-kind name, we've rounded up not only a list of amazingly unique names for cats, but we've also leveled up with a list of extremely unique cat names.

  1. Achilles
  2. Bjorn
  3. Fossy
  4. Zigfried
  5. Pascal
  6. Cordelia
  7. Dior
  8. Twilly
  9. Delphine
  10. Anoush

Top 10 funny names for cats

What's your cat's favorite movie? Answer: The Sound Of Mew-sic! If you or your cat even slightly smiled at that joke, then you should consider giving your cat a name that expresses their sense of humor. We've rounded up over 100 of the best funny names for cats, but our list of the 10 most popular funny cat names is pretty hilarious too.

  1. 50 Scent
  2. Cat Damon
  3. Abraham Lynxin
  4. Cindy Clawford
  5. JK Meowling
  6. Kleokatra
  7. Tina Spay
  8. Meowly Cyrus
  9. Jean Luc Picat
  10. Bing Clawsby

Give your cat a name based on their characteristics

Among the more popular methods to name a cat is to look for inspiration from your new friend's physical characteristics like the color of their coat, size and eye color. We've gathered several thousand names for cats based on characteristics and organized them into lists to help you determine the best method to name your cat.

Name your cat based on their breed

Many pet parents use their cats' breed as a naming method. While our list of names for cats by breed is not exhaustive, we do have several of the more popular and common types of cats in our naming lists to help you find a name that is well suited for your roommate.

Names for cats by country and region

Maybe your cat reminds you of a Russian czar or an Italian painter. If so, our lists of cat names inspired by regions and countries should help give your cat's new name an international flare.

Name your cat based on their personality

All cats have a distinct personality. Some are sassy and confident, while others are aloof or mysterious. Let your cat's unique outlook on life and funky behavior inspire the perfect name!

Cat names from pop culture

Whether you're a fan of science fiction or rock music, many pet parents use their pop culture obsessions as fodder for naming their newly-adopted cats. We've gathered thousands of names based on popular sitcoms, films and culture to help jumpstart your search for the perfect cat name.

Conclusion

Your cat is an individual, so give them a name that expresses their independence and creativity. Cats can recognize their names, but only when the names are not confusing. Ensure that your cat will respond to by limiting the complexity of their name's syntax, as well as the number of syllables.

If you're having difficulty uncovering the perfect name for your cat, use name generators, baby names, or the dozens of naming lists in this guide to help you on your naming journey.