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You don’t have to be a cat fancier to appreciate a name with a sleek feline feel.  These cool cat names range from cute kitten names to powerful panthers and tigers, and can be looked at from several points of view: names with cat-related meanings (starring the extended Leo family), cats in books, movies, television—real and animated–and cats named by well-known humans.

First of all, the most obvious:

CALICO

CAT, KAT

KITTY

PUMA

TIGER

Then there are:

NAMES WITH FELINE MEANINGS

ARI, ARIEL, ARIELLA

FALINE

LAVI

LEANDER, LEANDRO

LEO

LEON, LEONA, LEONIE

LEONARD, LEONARDO

LEONTYNE

LEOPARDO

LEOPOLD

LEV

LEYA—lion in Hindu

LIONEL

LLEW

LLEWELWYN

NANTALE

USAMA

LITERARY & SCREEN CATS

There are so many cool cat names in books, movies, and television shows, we could just scratch the surface:

FEMALES:

CATARINA, The Black Cat, Edgar Allan Poe

DEMETER, the musical Cats

DINAH, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Lewis Carroll

FANCHETTE, Claudine à l’école; Claudine à Paris, Colette

GINGER, Ginger and Pickles, Beatrix Potter

HARRIET, Catwings, Ursula Le Guin

HENRIETTA, Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

ISIS, Batman-TV

JEMIMA, the musical Cats

MABLE, Orlando the Marmalade Cat, Kathleen Hale

MEHITABEL, archy & mehitabel, Don Marquis

MYRTLE, The X-Files-TV

PANSY, Orlando the Marmalade Cat, Kathleen Hale

TABITHA Twitchit, Beatrix Potter

THOMASINA, The Cat Who Thought She Was God and The Three Lives of Thomasina, Paul Gallico

ZIZI, La Ménagerie Intime, Théophile Gautier

MALES

ALONZO, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, T.S. Eliot; also musical Cats

CLOVIS, Sleepwalkers, Stephen King

GARETH, Time Cat, Lloyd Alexander

GIPSY, Penrod & Sam, Booth Tarkington

GUS (Asparagus), Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Eliot; also musical Cats

LIONEL, The Cat Who Wished to Be a Man, Lloyd Alexander

MORRIS, 9 Lives cat food commercials

ORION, Men in Black

ORLANDO the Marmalade Cat series, Kathleen Hale

PLATO, the musical Cats

PUTNEY, Breakfast at Tiffany’s

QUAXO, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, T.S. Eliot

SALEM, Sabrina the Teenaged Witch

SAMSON, The Church Mice series, Graham Oakley

TAO, The Incredible Journey, Sheila Burnford

WEBSTER, The Story of Webster, P.G. Wodehouse

COMIX & ANIMATED CATS

(In this category, it would probably be best not to dwell too much on the appearance or personalities of these cats–fat or ferocious– but focus on the appeal of the name.)

ARLENE, Garfield’s girlfriend

BERLIOZ, The Aristocats

CAGNEY, Gargoyles

CLEO, Heathcliff

FARON, Peanuts

FELIX the Cat

FIGARO, Pinocchio

FRITZ the Cat

GARFIELD

HEATHCLIFF

MILO, The Adventures of Milo & Otis

OLIVER, Oliver & Company

SYLVESTER, Warner Bros cartoons

TOM, Tom & Jerry cartoons

TOULOUSE, The Aristocats

SOME FAMOUS FELINE PETS and their owners (writers, especially, came up with some creative names)

AJAXElla Wheeler Wilcox

APPOLONINARIS  –  Mark Twain

ATOSSA –  Matthew Arnold

BEPPOLord Byron, Jorge Luis Borges

CATARINA –  Edgar Allan Poe

CHOPIN – F. Scott Fitzgerald

COBBYThomas Hardy

CUBA –  Ernest Hemingway

FOSS  –  Edward Lear

MICETTO  –  Pope Leo XII

MINOU – Georges Sand

NELSON –  Winston Churchill

PERRUQUE  –Cardinal Richelieu

SELIMA –  Horace Walpole

SIZI  –  Albert Schweizer

TOPAZTennessee Williams

WILLIAMINA –  Charles Dickens (first named William until he realized it was a girl)

THE BIG CATS

ASLAN (lion), The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis

CLARENCE (lion), Clarence the Cross-eyed Lion

ELSA (lion), Born Free by Joy Adamson

FRASIER (lion), Frasier,  the Sensuous Lion

HOBBES (tiger), Calvin and Hobbes

KIARA, (lion), Lion King II: Simba’s Pride

KIMBA (lion), Kimba the White Lion series

KOVU (lion), Lion King II: Simba’s pride

LOTA (panther), Island of Lost Souls

NALA (lion), The Lion King

PATRINA (tiger), A Tiger Walks

PIPPA (cheetah), Pippa the Cheetah and her Cubs, Joy Adamson

SABU (tiger), A Tiger Walks

SIMBA (lion), The Lion King

SPENCER (lion), The Lionhearts

ZIRA (lion), Lion King II: Simba’s Pride

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