Really Unique Cat Names: 220 Unusual & Unforgettable Names

Choosing a purrfect kitty name can be tricky, especially if you want a unique cat name to stand out from the cat-loving crowd.

If you’re stumped, this guide to cat names will help you find an un-fur-gettable name for your feline friend.

In this article you will find names for any breed of cat – from black beauties to gorgeous gingers, tabby cats to tortoiseshells; male or female, we have oodles and oodles of unique names.

Use our examples, or just let them inspire you, there are so many pawssible names for your pet cat, we’re not kitten you!

Unique Cat Names

Unique Cat Names (Male)

Inspiration for your tomcat can come from anywhere: a famous musician, a literary character, or a historical figure; there are even a few punny names you can draw from these.

Whether your furry man-about-the-house has the heart of a lion, or he really is a little pussy-cat, we’re sure you’ll find something that fits him purr-fectly.

Here’s our list of unique cat names.

Our Favorite

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Caesar

The place of Julius Caesar’s final moments has now become a cat sanctuary at Largo di Torre Argentina

  • Ace
  • Alfonso
  • Alonzo
  • Andy Pawhol
  • Apollo
  • Arlo
  • Augustus
  • Axel
  • Boots
  • Caligula
  • Captain
  • Caspar
  • Cat Stevens
  • Champion
  • Chow
  • Dante
  • Desmond
  • Dexter
  • Dick – from Dick Wittington about a London mayor and his cat
  • Digby
  • Draco
  • Dumble-paw
  • Elvis
  • Frazzle
  • Freddie Purr-cury
  • Fritz
  • Ghost
  • Greymalkin – From Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Marvel Comics’ Young X-Men
  • Gruffalo
  • Gumball
  • Hagrid
  • Harvey
  • Heathcliff
  • Hendrix
  • Jimmy
  • Jude Paw
  • Lambretta
  • Lenny
  • Leonardo DiCatprio
  • Lionel
  • Marcus
  • Meow-chal Caine
  • Meowzart
  • Mew Jackman
  • Moss
  • Mr Mistoffelees – From the stage musical Cats
  • Murphy
  • Nero
  • Olly Purrs
  • Otto
  • Patch
  • Pawlando Bloom
  • Scribble
  • Simba – our favorite male character from The Lion King
  • Sputnik
  • Sylvester
  • Tom-tom – he’ll always find his way home
  • Toni
  • Uncle Tom Cobbley
  • Zeus

Female Cat Names

Unique Cat Names (Female)

Perfect for your female furry friend, our unique cat names will have you scratching your head no longer.

Feel proud as you shout your kitty’s name across the neighborhood and feel your neighbors’ envy – they can only wish that they’d come up with the name themselves.

Should these name-teasers not suit your fluffy bundle of joy, why not take inspiration from film and TV: Disney characters offer great names for your pet cat, or you could even name her after your favorite female chart-topper.

Our Favorite

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Katnis

From the popular book and film series ‘The Hunger Games’

  • Agnes
  • Annalise
  • Ariel
  • Athena
  • Aurora
  • Avery
  • Carmen
  • Cathy
  • Cher
  • Chestnut
  • Cinder
  • Cora
  • Diva
  • Dixie
  • Dolly
  • Dora
  • Dream
  • Drew Barry-paw
  • Eartha Kitty
  • Effie
  • Eloise
  • Elsa
  • Esme
  • Florentina
  • Fluff-bomb
  • Fontaine
  • Jenny
  • Jessie
  • Katy Purry
  • Kim Catdashian
  • Kitty Holmes
  • Lady
  • Lilith
  • Meowna Lisa
  • Mimsey
  • Paris
  • Princess
  • Seraphina
  • Shakira
  • Shiver
  • Sienna
  • Summer
  • Tiddles
  • Valentina
  • Verucca
  • Vienna
  • Willow
  • Winona
  • Zara
  • Zuri

Black Cat

Unique Names for Black Cats

No need to pick an unlucky name for your new black cat, we have every name you’ll ever need.

Unique cat names are often centered around their color, precious gems, and space-themed words.

We won’t keep you in the dark as you wrack your brain for kitty names to suit your black beauty – read on and find the one just as unique as your cat.

Our Favorite

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Sailor

Coming from the folk tale that a sailor’s wife should have a black cat for her husband’s safety

  • Ash
  • Batman
  • Blake
  • Buzz
  • Cat Sith – From Celtic mythology
  • Celeste
  • Charcoal
  • Cosmo
  • Crescent
  • Crystal
  • Dangerous
  • Dark Knight
  • Diamond
  • Doppler
  • Ebony
  • Eclipse
  • Flare
  • Galaxy
  • Granite
  • Hubble
  • Inky
  • Jet
  • Licquorice
  • Lucky
  • Luna
  • Magic
  • Milky Way
  • Moon
  • Mystique
  • Nebula
  • Nova
  • Onyx
  • Panther
  • Pitch
  • Powder
  • Quasar
  • Raven
  • Shadow
  • Sooty
  • Spade
  • Star
  • Stella
  • Storm
  • T’Challa
  • Terry – the makers of the chocolate orange
  • Thunder
  • Venus
  • Winter
  • Zenith
  • Zodiac

Orange Tabby Cat

Unique Names for Orange Cats

Are you stuck for ideas as to what you should name your fiery furball?

Don’t worry, we have it covered. By their very nature, redheads stand out from the crowd – just ask Ed Sheeran.

So, don’t opt for the obvious, take the opportunity to have some fun.

We’ve chosen food-related and fruit-based names and monikers that are bright and colorful, as well as names themed around heat and warmth; truly fitting for your gorgeously fiery ginger.

Our Favorite

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Stubbs

Named after an orange tabby cat who was mayor of an Alaskan town for 20 years

  • Amber
  • Apricot
  • Blaze
  • Brie
  • Caramel
  • Carrot
  • Cheshire
  • Copper
  • Crimson
  • Crookshanks – named after Hermione’s cat in Harry Potter
  • Cumberbatch
  • Daffodil
  • Ember
  • Equinox
  • Foxy
  • Fudge
  • Garfield
  • Garnet
  • Goldie
  • Honey
  • January – after January Jones
  • Lemon
  • Maple
  • Mars
  • Nectar
  • Peach
  • Pomegranate
  • Prince Harry
  • Pumpkin
  • Raspberry
  • Red rum
  • Rose
  • Rose – Kate Winslet was a redhead in Titanic
  • Rusty
  • Sandy
  • Satsuma
  • Scarlett
  • Spice
  • Spitfire
  • Sunny
  • Tabitha
  • Tangerine
  • Toffee
  • Weasley

Best Unique Cat Names

Best Unique Cat Names

Cat lovers aren’t a new phenomenon – the Ancient Egyptians were renowned for holding cats in the highest esteem; some even mummified their pets and were buried with them in the belief they would meet them in the afterlife.

Why not name your furry friend after an Ancient Egyptian God or Goddess?

In more modern folklore, cats are believed to be spiritual, possessing psychic powers, especially white cats.

And in fiction, witches are almost always portrayed as cat-owners.

Our Favorite

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Cait

From The Kingdom of Cat in early medieval northern Scotland, now known as Caithness

  • Ailouros
  • Amun
  • Anubis
  • Artemis – Greek Goddess of wild animals
  • Bastet – Goddess of protection, she was depicted as a cat
  • Blair – inspired by The Blair Witch Project
  • Cait
  • Cleo
  • Diana – Turns into a cat in Ovid’s Metamorphoses
  • Esmerelda
  • Freyja – Associated with cats in Norse mythology
  • Here are some more unique cat names inspired by history:
  • Horus – God of the sky
  • King Tut
  • Salem
  • Seth – God of chaos and not too far from your favorite feline troublemaker

Kitten with a Dog

Unique Kitten Names

Though the young of any species is cute and adorable, kittens can melt even the hardest of hearts.

Bouncy, bubbly and sheer beauties to behold, your kitty will blossom into a faithful feline that will give you years of joy and love.

He or she will know when you’re feeling down and when you need some cat comfort – no other kind of stress relief will ever be as effective.

As you and your new bundle of joy get to know each other, take a look at our cute kitty names, and find the best one to bestow.

Our Favorite

Pet Name Trophy Goes to Goose

Popularised by the film Captain Marvel

  • Aquarian
  • Bear
  • Cattus – ‘Cat’ in Latin
  • Chips
  • Goose
  • Katido – ‘Kitten’ in Esperanto
  • Katjie – ‘Kitten’ in Afrikaans
  • Kaz – ‘Cat’ in Luxembourgish
  • Kissa – ‘Cat’ in Finnish
  • Kitkat
  • Kitty Harrington
  • Lion – Quite ironic for your cute little ball of fur
  • Nekomata – Cat from Japanese folklore
  • Petit Filous
  • Piccolo
  • Pickle
  • Pixie
  • Pluto
  • Snowbell – From Stuart Little
  • Sparkle
  • Sweetness
  • Tigger
  • Tinkerbell
  • Tinky Winky
  • Tiny Tom
  • Wisp

Top Cat Names

5 Facts Which Make Cats Unique

1. Models of Cats Are Lucky in Japan

Maneki-Neko, meaning ‘beckoning cat’, is a Japanese cat figurine that is meant to bring good luck and fortune to its owner.

The cat statue typically has its paw up in the air; on some statues, this raised paw moves slowly up and down.

Whilst the origin of this statue is firmly rooted in Japan, they’re often mistaken as Chinese and you’ll probably see one in your local takeaway. They’re also commonly displayed in windows of shops and other businesses.

2. Cats Are Over 9,500 Years Old

The first ever domestic cat lived more than 9,500 years ago.

Its remains were found by French researchers in 2004; dated well before the Ancient Egyptians roamed the Earth, this discovery rocked scientists’ beliefs that they were the first people to have domesticated the cat.

3. One Cat Inherited £7 Million Pounds

The richest cat in the world, Blackie, had £7 million pounds to spend.

When Blackie’s owner died they left their beloved pet an astonishing amount of cash, certainly more than he could ever have needed for his upkeep.

Blackie wasn’t the only beneficiary of his owner’s will – they also donated money to three different cat charities.

4. The Pope Declared Cats As Evil

The Pope declared cats ‘evil’ in the time of the Spanish Inquisition. As a result of this action, the rat population skyrocketed.

As carriers of the plague disease, they were free to roam; had more cats been around to catch them the plague would not have spread so easily or as widely. Such a small decision, but one with cat-astrophic consequences.

5. Cats Sleep For Over 16 Hours A Day

Cats usually spend two thirds of their day sleeping, which means in a 24-hour day they are only awake for around 8 hours.

Maybe this is where the term ‘cat naps’ came from?!


We hope you have found the most paw-some unique cat names for your favorite feline friend.

Hopefully we haven’t made things more difficult by giving you too many choices!

Let us know in the comments what you decided to call your cat and which of the unique cat names from our list are your favorites.

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David is the pet lover behind My Pet's Name. He is a member of the Dog Writers Association of America, holds two degrees and has studied Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare. As well as writing, David has helped over 2 million people choose the best name for their pet.

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