Bringing your new black kitty home with you today?
Now you’ve started on the journey of feline friendship, you probably want to find the purr-fect name for your new black cat!
Your pet’s name needs to match their quirky personality, so we have created this guide to finding the right names for a black cat.
Some people look to popular media or celebrity pets for ideas, whilst others find the perfect name from nature or even outer space – we have collected over 375 names taking inspiration from all over.
Names For A Black Cat
It is simple to use the most popular and classic black cat names for your pet.
Some people like to use names that reflect the traits of their pet, or their physical appearance. For black cats, the obvious factor is their striking dark coat.
If your cat’s color is more nuanced, you can use this to give them a more specific name for their particular shade.
You can also hone your cat’s name towards their personality. If your cat is prone to pouncing, why not choose a name like ‘ninja’ that reflects that?
This is a popular black cat name for cats who have spots of white. This is also the name of a famous cat from the UK.
- Jet – After the beautiful black gemstone
- Kohl – An ancient eye cosmetic like eyeliner
- Panther – Black Bengals actually have hidden rosettes just like black panthers
- Pomegranate – associated with the Ancient Greek underworld
- Smoky – perfect for a black cat with dark grey tones
Female Black Cat Names
If your furry friend is a girl, you need to look no further for female black cat names that will suit her perfectly.
Is she outgoing and courageous? Names of heroines and powerful women could be perfect for inspiration.
Is she shy and mysterious? You could take advantage of the black cat’s association with supernatural and magical powers (i.e. occult) to give her a name of a famous witch or mythical creature.
Agnes Waterhouse was the first woman executed for witchcraft in England, this name is perfect if you want a traditionally ‘witchy’ name for your cat
- Amelia – after Amelia Earhart perfect for a cat with a sense of adventure
- Elizabeth – after the queen is a sure-fire way to give her an air of royalty
- Maleficent – a great fit for any black cat that causes a lot of mischief!
- Minerva – the witch Minerva McGonagall from the Harry Potter series
- Morgan – or Morgana
Male Black Cat Names
Similar to the female cat names suggested above, inspiration for your male black cat name can come from anywhere depending on your pet’s personality.
Wizard names are increasingly popular for black cats, as well as names of inspirational and famous men from history.
Some people like to use biblical names or character names to represent a wider meaning.
Whether your cat is stoic and masculine or playful and cheeky, there is sure to be a name to perfectly reflect them.
This is the name of a river demon found in Japanese folklore, perfect if your cat is a bit of a trickster
- Armstrong – after Neil Armstrong (the first man on the moon)
- Ganondorf – the wizard from The Legend of Zelda (great for nerdy cat-parents)
Famous Black Cat Names
Due to their gorgeous color and their mysterious nature, the black cat is favored by A-List feline lovers.
Celebrities from pop stars to philosophers have all sung the praises of the midnight moggy.
Black cats are also often famous in their own right, within stories of witchcraft and wizardry, sometimes as a familiar or pet of a sorcerer, or simply as a fun character in children’s stories.
If you want people to recognize your pet’s name, there are plenty of places to look to for ideas.
This is the real name of DC Comic’s ‘Catwoman’. Although she is the most widely known Catwoman, the characters ‘Holly Robinson’ and ‘Eiko Hasigawa’ have also donned her persona – maybe these could be potential name alternatives
- Cheshire – after the 2010 remake of Cheshire Cat of Wonderland
- Insanity – this was the name of Michael Foucault’s black cat
- Kitty Softpaws
- Puss (in Boots)
- Scarface Claw
- Scat Cat
- Sid – Six-Dinner Sid
- Slinky Malinki
- Snowball II
- Varjak Paw
Cool Black Cat Names
If you want people to be impressed by your cat’s pawsome name, it would be useful to look at names of famous rock-and-roll stars, or celebrity icons.
Another way to find a unique and cool name is to take inspiration from nature.
Willow, a black rescue cat, has over 60,000 followers on Instagram, and her natural name reflects her carefree spirit.
Another way to boost your kitty’s cool factor is to name them after planets or stars – what’s cooler than outer space?
Naming your cat after the Queen’s frontman would be an apt tribute, as he famously loved cats. This name is also perfect for any cat that loves the spotlight
- Carrie (Fisher)
- Coco (Chanel)
- Kim (Kardashian)
- Olive – name your cat after its dark fur (olives can be black)
Funny Black Cat Names
Some people like to use a funny name for their new furry friend, either an outright pun or a hidden joke.
If you want to give your cat an amusing title, you can use irony to play with the feline’s traits.
It is also amusing to give your kitty names that are typically not used for cats!
Your charcoal black cat might not know that its name is hilarious, but you can always have a giggle about it every time you call him home for dinner with the funniest black cat name.
This ironic name was used in The Simpsons, people may expect you to have a white cat with this title
- Cream Puff
- Darth Meowl
- David Meowie
- Eartha Kitten
- Itchy/ Scratchy
- Jack Black
- Janet Cat-son
- Kylie Meow-nogue
- Meowsic Man
- Paw-n French
- Vince – After Noel Fielding’s Mighty Boosh character
Five Facts About Black Cats
Are you still stuck for names? Finding out more about black cats will surely help you when naming your new kitten.
1. They are linked with witches
In the Middle Ages, if an accused ‘witch’ owned a cat, the feline would be considered a familiar (an animal enchanted to do the witch’s bidding).
Black cats were even more fear-inducing because of their color and the idea that they were ‘nocturnal animals’.
This is why dressing up as a black cat is so popular on Halloween.
2. Black cats are widely considered unlucky by the superstitious
However, in countries such as Japan and Scotland, a black cat crossing your path is a signal of good fortune and prosperity!
3. They don’t take good selfies
Sadly, it is often harder for black cats in rescue shelters to be adopted into a forever home.
There are a few proposed reasons for this, including superstition, and the fact that their coats are not seen as photogenic – doesn’t this just make you want to go and adopt them all?
4. They were famous in Egypt
In Ancient Egypt, all cats were worshipped as religious deities, often carved into sculptures or painted in veneration.
The Ancient Egyptian Goddess Bastet (one of the best black cat names) is depicted as the head of a black cat.
5. Some get rusty
Depending on your black cat’s genes, they might be at risk of getting ‘rusty’ fur.
It sounds strange, but it’s all down to how the pigments in the fur react to heavy sun exposure.
If your cat has the gene for the tabby stripe, the sun can cause the eumelanin pigment of its coat to erode, showing off its rusty brown stripes.
Despite all the myths and superstitions surrounding black cats, they are the perfect cuddly addition to your family – just as loving and cute as any other color cat.
Majestic and beautiful, black cats have inspired legends of Egyptian deities to ancient folklore, and it is easy to see why.
We hope that this exhaustive list of black cat names will be helpful when it comes to naming your new kitten.
If you used one of these names, why not leave a comment below telling us why you chose it? Also, we would love to hear any other names you feel are perfect for black cats.
I’m getting a two month old black male kitten in addition to the lovely black male cat that I have now, Nathan.
Originally I’m thinking of the name Dill, but from your list I’m also considering Alfie (very cute), Hansel (cool name), or Basil (right along side the idea of Dill. LOL)
I also think the name Rook would be great for a black male kitty.
Thanks for the inspiration.
My grandma just got a black kitten,and named it Ciaran (Seer-ran or Kir-ian), it means little one with black hair or little black one. I didn’t see it on your list, so I think you should add it!