There are hundreds of famous cat names, so choosing an appropriate name for your cat may be a difficult process. No matter if you own a grumpy cat, a good cat, a tabby cat or an orange cat — they are all worth it. Cat parents want their kitties to stand out.

In this article, we will explore:

  • why felines have been around humans for so long;
  • the most popular names for cats in different countries;
  • famous cat lovers and their furry friends;
  • feline Internet celebrities;
  • ideas for names for your new kitty.

Read on if you want to learn more about cats of are looking for the perfect name for it.

Why are cats popular pets?

Today, there are 600 million cats living with humans, and another estimated 600 million living independently of people. There must be more than one reason why a furry friend like that makes such a great companion. Let’s explore a few causes why pet parents all over the world fall in love with cats:

  • cats take care of their hygiene – they are clean animals that spend between 30 to 50% of their day on grooming; cats can misbehave when their litter box is dirty;
  • they are generally quiet animals – apart from extreme situations such as cat’s illness, dementia, pain or a mating period (if it hasn’t been castrated), cats are quiet and sleep 16-20 hours a day;
  • cats are low-maintenance – they can play alone, and you can even leave them at home for 2-3 days, with wouldn’t be possible with dogs;
  • they can be completely happy living indoors – you should entrain them by incorporating interactive toys or clicker training – two daily play sessions will be enough for most cats;
  • cats are easy to potty-train and train in general – despite a widespread opinion they are as trainable as dogs; when it comes to using the litter box, small kittens you bring home already know how to do that, the only thing you have to do is to show them where their bathroom is located;
  • cats are great hunters – they can protect your home from rodents and eliminate mice, rats or small they are wonderful creatures to observe when they effectively present their predatory instincts;
  • they are cheap in maintenance – even if you have more than one feline you can get bigger cans with cat food at occasional prices; everyday objects such as rolls of toilet paper can be great toys;
  • cats don’t require a large space – they can be perfectly happy even in a small apartment because an owner can make use of vertical spaces by installing cat trees, shelves or cats highways.
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After reading all arguments for owning a cat, it’s time to start thinking about naming your kitty.

Famous cat names according to a country

Let’s get inspired by popular feline names in different countries, shall we? If you love travelling or are into a particular culture, those lists may come in handy:


  1. Tiger
  2. Puss
  3. Smokey
  4. Misty
  5. Sasha
  6. Kitty
  7. Oscar
  8. Missy
  9. Max
  10. Ginger


  1. Felix
  2. Minka
  3. Moritz
  4. Charly
  5. Tiger (tee-gher)
  6. Eve
  7. Susi
  8. Lisa
  9. Blacky
  10. Muschi


  1. Romeo
  2. Pallina (Small ball)
  3. Micio (Pussycat)
  4. Luna (Moon)
  5. Chicco (Grain)
  6. Birba (Scoundrel)
  7. Trilly
  8. Leo
  9. Minù
  10. Briciola (Crumb)

South Korea

  1. Nabi
  2. No-rang-i (Goldie or Yellow)
  3. Ya-oong-i (Meowie)
  4. Chi-Ta (Cheetah)
  5. Moon (Learned)
  6. Upo (Korean Wetlands)
  7. Wain (Wine)
  8. Bbo-Bbo (Kiss Kiss)
  9. Gom (Bear)
  10. Soju (Korean vodka)


  1. 咪咪 (Mimi)
  2. 妹妹 (Meimei, younger sister)
  3. 汤圆 (Tangyuan)
  4. 花卷 (Huajuan)
  5. 球球 (Qiuqiu, balls)
  6. 豆豆 (Doudou, beans)
  7. 乖乖 (Guaiguai, well-behaved)
  8. 跳跳 (Tiaotiao, jump)
  9. 蛋黄 (Danhuang, yolk)
  10. 橘子 (Juzi, mandarin)


  1. Kariri
  2. Momo (Peach)
  3. Kuro (Black)
  4. Hana (Flower)
  5. Koko (Here)
  6. Shiro (White)
  7. Sora (Sky)
  8. Fuku (Lucky)
  9. Mei
  10. Kai (Seashell)

Famous cat lovers (famous people inspired cat names)

If you are a fan of the renowned personas described below, it might be a good idea to name your cat after them or their kitties:

  • Abraham Lincoln – it turns out that the 16th President of the United States was a crazy cat gentleman. He was the first head of state to take a cat with him to the White House. He even took strays and fed them.

Referring to his cat, Dixie, he said:

“Dixie is smarter than my whole cabinet! And furthermore, she doesn’t talk back!”

  • Mark Twain – another cat aficionado who housed 19 cats at the time! Maybe writers developed a liking to these animals because they are such a great companion – silent yet expressive, independent yet affectionate, silly and mood-enhancing yet intelligent. As a writer, he gave his kitties extraordinary names, such as: Apollinaris, Beelzebub, Blatherskite, Buffalo Bill, Satan, Sin, Sour Mash, Tammany, Zoroaster, Soapy Sal and Pestilence. Mark Twain once said:
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“If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man, but it would deteriorate the cat.”

  • Ernest Hemingway – he received a special cat from a sea captain. It was a polydactyl feline (cats with extra toes). About 50 such extraordinary cats live today at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West. He accurately pointed out:

One cat just leads to another.”

  • Freddie Mercury – this eccentric musician was also a permanent cat lover. He even dedicated many of his albums to feline friends. They lived with him and had their private rooms in his London home. He spent his final days stroking his favorite tortoiseshell cat Delilah. As for having kids, he commented:

“I think I’d rather have a cat.”

  • Pablo Picasso – the renowned painter’s first feline friend was called Minoue. Since then, he had developed his love for cats forever. Not only were they present in his daily life but also works. One of his paintings is titled Cat Catching a Bird (1939). It rather focuses on the dark side of those generally cuddly animals and shows their predatory nature. Picasso once said:

“God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no

real style, He just goes on trying other things.”

Famous Internet Cats – feline celebrity names for cats

Cats are famous all over the internet. There are hundreds of viral videos, GIFs and memes. There are a few that we can call celebrity cats. Some of them include:

  • Grumpy Cat
  • Lil Bub
  • Maru
  • Colonel Meow
  • Oskar and Klaus
  • Oh Long Johnson
  • Venus the Two-Faced Cat
  • Hamilton the Hipster Cat

Famous female cat names – popular girl cat names

Browse through the list of popular girl cat names, they are cute, adorable and memorable:

  1. Luna
  2. Lily / Lilly
  3. Bella
  4. Lucy
  5. Kitty
  6. Chloe
  7. Callie/Cali
  8. Zoe/Zoey
  9. Sophie
  10. Nala
  11. Stella
  12. Lola
  13. Cleo
  14. Daisy
  15. Penny
  16. Gracie
  17. Mia
  18. Molly
  19. Willow
  20. Pepper
  21. Maggie
  22. Olive
  23. Phoebe
  24. Piper
  25. Penelope
  26. Rosie
  27. Ellie
  28. Coco
  29. Kiki
  30. Mimi
  31. Lulu
  32. Sadie
  33. Jasmine
  34. Abby
  35. Boo
  36. Princess
  37. Fiona
  38. Sasha
  39. Missy
  40. Roxy
  41. Emma
  42. Izzy
  43. Belle
  44. Oreo
  45. Charlie
  46. Athena
  47. Ruby
  48. Shadow
  49. Olivia
  50. Minnie

Famous male cat names – popular boy cat names

Browse through the list of popular boy cat names, they are cool, badass and lovely:

  1. Oliver
  2. Leo
  3. Milo
  4. Charlie
  5. Simba
  6. Max
  7. Jack
  8. Loki
  9. Tiger
  10. Jasper
  11. Ollie
  12. Oscar
  13. George
  14. Buddy
  15. Toby
  16. Smokey
  17. Finn
  18. Felix
  19. Simon
  20. Shadow
  21. Louie
  22. Salem
  23. Binx
  24. Dexter
  25. Gus
  26. Oreo
  27. Henry
  28. Winston
  29. Tigger
  30. Kitty
  31. Gizmo
  32. Apollo
  33. Theo
  34. Rocky
  35. Sam
  36. Sammy
  37. Jax
  38. Teddy
  39. Sebastian
  40. Bandit
  41. Boots
  42. Thor
  43. Bear
  44. Zeus
  45. Chester
  46. Prince
  47. Pumpkin
  48. Tucker
  49. Cooper
  50. Blue
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Famous black cat names

Depending on the culture, black cats are either a sign of good or bad luck. Some of their famous names include:

  • Luna.
  • Jack.
  • Stella.
  • Loki.
  • Shadow.
  • Pepper.
  • Oreo.
  • Smokey.

For more, browse through our article here!

Famous cat names from movies and cartoons

Cinematography is one of the best sources of pet names. You can find the one that suits your kitty’s behavior, personality or looks:

  • Bagheera (The Jungle Book)
  • Blanche (Hausu)
  • Bob (A Street Cat Named Bob)
  • Catbus (My Neighbor Totoro)
  • Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland)
  • Church (Pet Cemetery)
  • Clawhauser (Zootopia)
  • Crookshanks (Harry Potter)
  • Duchess (Babe)
  • Floyd (Ghost)
  • Garfield
  • General (Cat’s Eye)
  • Irina (Cat People)
  • Jake The Cat (Outer Space)
  • Jiji (Kiki’s Delivery Service)
  • Jonesy (Alien)
  • King Leonidas (Bedknobs and Broomsticks)
  • Koumal and Sangha (Two Brothers)
  • Lucifer (Cinderella)
  • Marty (Elle)
  • Meowth (Pokemon)
  • Mittens (Bolt)
  • Mr. Bigglesworth (Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me)
  • Mr. Jinx (Meet the Parents)
  • Mr. Tinkles (Cats & Dogs)
  • Mrs. Norris (Harry Potter)
  • Mufasa (The Lion King)
  • Nala (The Lion King)
  • Prince John (Robin Hood)
  • Rajah (Aladdin)
  • Rhubarb (Rhubarb)
  • Richard Parker (Life of Pi)
  • Ruh (The Beastmaster)
  • Sassy (Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey)
  • Scar (The Lion King)
  • Shere Khan (The Jungle Book)
  • Snowbell (Stuart Little)
  • Tao (The Incredible Journey)
  • Tibbs (101 Dalmations)
  • Tigger (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh)

Good luck with choosing the most suitable feline name. Who knows? Maybe your cat will be the next internet sensation? Your kitty deserves the best name even if it’s not the main character of a Disney movie. Hopefully, our lists have given you many ideas.

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