Cat Names from Alonzo to Zizi

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:






Then there are:













LEYA—lion in Hindu







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


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


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


(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



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


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)


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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CountryLizB Says:

January 11th, 2010 at 1:23 am

I once had a cat named Tabitha NN Tabby. She was a tabby, but that had nothing to do with her name. She was named after Tabitha Twitchit.

lyndsayjenness Says:

January 11th, 2010 at 1:54 am

My current cat is named London. The cat I had for most of my life was Flower, sometimes Flower Rose and sometimes Flower Power and occasionally Flower Marie, and rarely Flower Power Rose Marie. I briefly had a cat name Nicki when I was 4, and before that we had a cat named Fatima (we pronounced it fuh-tee-ma).

I very much want a fluffy white cat named Odessa Snow and a fluffy orange cat named either Cleo or Chloe. Cleo is the fish in Pinocchio, that’s the inspiration there. I know, it’s a fish, not a cat, but for some reason as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to name a fluffy orange cat after it!

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CountryLizB Says:

January 11th, 2010 at 3:58 am

I want some cats named Henry, Hilary, Harriet, Harmony, and Harold. I would call them all Harry for short. They would be my 5 Harry cats.

susan Says:

January 11th, 2010 at 6:34 am

This is a great blog! I love Lionel and Pippa the most. But I think it’s Fanchette instead of Franchette. I only know that because “Claudine in Paris” is one of my favorite books.

redridinghood Says:

January 11th, 2010 at 7:57 am

I don’t know if anyone out there is old enough to have heard of a singer called Earth Kitt?

Well, we have a tortoiseshell cat called Eartha KITTY. She has a twin (ginger male) called TIGER Woods, but I think he is currently considering changing that with all this controversy around about his namesake!!

I have six cats in all (as well as the six teenagers you know about already). The others are Pearl (who is a white female, and I also thought this was quite cute because it could be spelled PURRl!), and Foxy and Roxy, and Amber (who is a ginger three-legged MALE, so I comfort him by saying his real name is Ambrose. He doesn’t seem to care).

Loved this blog. I love cats, and strangely, I looked up AILurophile in the dictionary and it means cat lover.

AILsa the AILurophile xxxxx

Lissa Says:

January 11th, 2010 at 8:05 am

Drop Zizi off your list if you ever have any contact with French folks… it’s a kid word for penis.

Ashley Says:

January 11th, 2010 at 9:09 am

I am cracking up over here! My husband LOVES the name Clovis and I NEVER thought I would see it on any nameberry lists! I’ll have to tell him. Too funny!

Lola Says:

January 11th, 2010 at 9:15 am

I love ‘cat ‘ names! The current cat is Samson “Sam” but the oldest kid is Leo. 🙂 I could happily have a dozen kids and give them all cat related names. I’m probably going to have to have a dozen cats.

I love so many of these names, Clarence is a long time love and can be found near the top of my list along with: Cleo, Felix, Henrietta/Harriet, Jemima & Mehitabel (as Mehetabel is a middle for me). Fritz greatly appeals as a nickname, too bad I dislike Frederick. Just beware, Fritz the cat is a nearly pornographic little furball. I think the assocation is dying, but there may still be folks that remember that one.

Dinah’s darling and is one I’m just starting to really think about. I think she’s very sweet.

Pippa & Elsa are on my lists as nicknames, too. And all those Leo- names? If I could, I’d use them all.
As is, I’m still trying to rationale out a Cleo with a big brother Leo (out of the house but still…) *sigh*.

Maybe I’ll just have to use Llewellyn in the middle somewhere!

Like I said, I love cat names! 😀

emrasmus Says:

January 11th, 2010 at 10:16 am

Love all the Leo’s, Orion, Cleo, Dinah (probably because I’m reading Alice in Wonderland right now…), Aslan!, Beriloz and Toulouse (you forgot Abraham deLacey Giusepe Casey Thomas O’Malley =P and Marie)… My cats are Bogey (Beauregard), Sunny, Walter Gibbs (answer to Walt almost exclusively!), Custard and Edgar. The two strays we feed are Cassidy and Medusa (I wanted Circe, but it was rejected!) Great post!

Abby@AppMtn Says:

January 11th, 2010 at 10:56 am

I love Patrina! What a fabulous name.

Rose Says:

January 11th, 2010 at 11:30 am

My mom and I have four cats, but before we moved we had eight. Their names – in order of age, no less – are Michaela, Chicago, Bear, Tigger, Romeo, Rubin (he was Ruby until we found out he was male), Tigs, and Jasper. Yes, we had two cats named Tigger. One of them was my oldest brothers’ cat until he moved into a new house that didn’t allow pets and dropped her with us.

We’re down to just Chicago, Bear, Tigger, and Rubin right now. Romeo ran away when we moved, Jasper has been hiding from us at the old house, and Michaela & Tigs died shortly before we moved.

I love naming cats. We also had a cat called Arthur for a while, but he ran away too. We called him Arty or Artemis most of the time, haha. We’re big nickname people.

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EvanescenceDolly Says:

January 11th, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I really love Leopold, Orion, Felix, Morris, Dinah and Demeter and many others! I actually knew a big fat orange cat named Morris that a lady owned and kept him at her store. He was kind of mean … D: But he was cute. My cat as of now is named Galena and goes by Shar-Shar.

linda Says:

January 11th, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Susan: Thanks, a slip of the finger—Fanchette now fixed.

Linelei Says:

January 11th, 2010 at 1:42 pm

As a certified cat-lover, I adore this list. Thank you! My current kitties are Esmerelda and Zelda. Of this list, I love Dinah, Faline, Salem, Toulouse, and Patrina. I might also suggest for this list two Swahili kitty names: Paka (pussycat) and Sanura (kitten).

Janine Says:

January 11th, 2010 at 1:50 pm

Naming cats/pets is more fun than naming people!!! I have three at the moment and took careful consideration for their names lol.
Ishtar Bailey (Bailey cuz, his fur is the colour of Baliey’s Irish creme), Minoux Scooter and Kurita Garfield

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Esme Says:

January 11th, 2010 at 4:21 pm

My parents named their cats Lionel, Oscar and Sophie (occasional middle name Patricia) which, if I’m honest, I think are preferable to the names they gave their children!

Andrea Says:

January 11th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

Archy actually belongs on a list of cockroach names, should you ever be moved to compile one. He was a cockroach who typed his poems (often about Mehitabel) on an old manual typewriter at night.

linda Says:

January 11th, 2010 at 5:23 pm


Grace Says:

January 11th, 2010 at 7:24 pm

You forgot Binx, from Hocus Pocus! His human name Was Thackeray Binx, but he was turned into a cat.

Mamie Says:

January 11th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

There are some great names on this list. I have two cats named Benoit and Mélie.

JohnD Says:

January 26th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Cool list, some really amusing ones amongst it! Also try these cat names for more ideas!

erzulie33 Says:

January 29th, 2010 at 8:32 am

Love the names LEO and LEV.

I’ve had several cats during the course of my lifetime, but the cutest name was NOKI. (The strangest name was CUCUMBER.)

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February 3rd, 2010 at 10:45 am

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Karen Says:

March 11th, 2010 at 8:54 am

I cant beleive there isnt a million comments on this page! Adorable!

nameseeker3 Says:

April 25th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Thanks so much for the inspiration-I love so many of the cat names listed here! What a great blog entry! I volunteer at my local animal shelter and foster kittens for the shelter at times, so I like to have name ideas stored up for when I need to name feline friends. So, as you can imagine, these names will come in handy! 😀 I’ve had the opportunity to name many felines the past few years-both adult kitties at my local shelter and foster kittens I’ve cared for at home. Some of my favorite names I’ve given to kitties are: Ambriette, Maizie, Wick (I gave this name to a boy cat who had a white mark at the end of his black tail, for it reminded me of a candle wick!), Franklin, and Teagan Rose. The names of my own kitties I’ve adopted are Nellie and Jennings.

jessica Says:

June 25th, 2010 at 8:22 am

Our two kitties are Frankie and Lucy (Francois and Lucille when they are snobbish).
I’ve also had a Dinah, Buffy and Missy.

Sennet Says:

October 1st, 2010 at 12:17 am

I always thought that Polixenes (from A Winter’s Tale) would be a cool name for a cat, but then when I adopted a kitten it just didn’t fit her. Maybe some kitty in the future will step right into the name. (As for my cat, I went with the time-honored philosophy of naming your pet something you wouldn’t inflict on a child but like anyway – her name is Eilidh.)

shane Says:

October 7th, 2010 at 10:02 am

we have a Maine Coone kitten and we need a strong name for a big boy we, have a Harley D , a Theo (A big big Maine Coone boy ) and a 29 year old female called Athena
so something unusual please

Erin Says:

October 21st, 2010 at 9:33 am

We just adopted a pure bred Persian and her name is Dutchess Von Schmoosh Schmoosh the Third.

caro Says:

October 23rd, 2010 at 11:36 pm

I am trying to think of appropriate name for new cream burmese girl cat in our family. The best names I’ve heard (already taken by mates) are:-

Chairman Mioaw and Mogwai – so cute! My 4 year old wants to call her Mrs Cat.

Effie Says:

October 27th, 2010 at 6:07 am

I’ve been trying to think of cat-related baby names for my cat-obsessed best friend 🙂 She already loves Kitty and Felix, might try running Samson, Milo, Leo and Dinah by her too!

NatalieO’Reilly Says:

January 16th, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Our cat is called Ducati, she suits it too: goes everwhere at 100mph and breaks a lot!

Leslie Owen Says:

May 2nd, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Don’t forget Jennie from Paul Gallico’s book of the same name and Jenny and Pickles from Esther Averill’s School of Cats series and Pickles the Fire Cat.

My cats usually start out with good names and end up with weird nns. My first cat was Licorice (Licky), and then I’ve had: Prince Caspian (Fuzzy), Tamsin (Beaky), and Charlie (who ended up being renamed Milo by my son because of the movie). Other family cats include Nicholasa (after the author Nicholasa Mohr but called Ninny), Bill George (my son again, from Soliloquy in Carousel and Curious George — a long story), Tybalt (Tibby, the Prince of Cats from Romeo & Juliet), and then foster kittens: Ginger, Taffy, Linnet and Louis (they all found good homes.) Current cats are still Tybalt (at 13), Shofar (he was born on Rosh Hashanah), Pip (from Great Expectations) and Simon (Simey) from Patricia Wrightson’s The Nargun and the Stars.

Also, I have a Border collie named Annabel May.

Em Says:

May 14th, 2011 at 8:29 am

My cats are Jess and Alfie. Jess was originally going to be Zoe but when I got her, Jess just suited her more. Alfie was named after the Michael Caine movie, because he’s a little scamp and a hit with all the feline ladies!

They ended up with nns – Jessie Boo and Alfie Moo, they answer to Booey and Mooey respectively as well as their actual names!

My family have had other cats too…. two boys called Oscar and Oliver. Coincidentally Oliver was named for the lead in Oliver and Company. I think Oscar was after the baby in Ghostbusters 2!

@Leslie Owen, I love the name Tybalt for a male cat!

nice_nchatty Says:

June 23rd, 2011 at 10:45 am

I named my cats Dinah and Caspar, but Dinah wasn’t named for the alice connection, it just suited her. Now I’ve only got Caspar left. He usually goes by Cas or Tater (I don’t remember how he ended up with that nickname) or simply Puss. I do know that if i ever have another cat (or a dog, my bf wants a dog) I’ll name him Oscar. Caspar and Oscar just seem to go together!

Also I’m a fan of giving pets ‘real’ names. Caspar almost ended up as James but I want to save that for my son – if I ever have one. I also liked Caspian but felt it was a bit out there, so Caspar is was.

As you see, waaaay too much time went into this! That’s what happens when you give a name obsessed person something real to name;)

catmcroy Says:

August 26th, 2011 at 7:36 am

My kitten is Squee. Or that’s the name we settled on *grins* my original choices were Sabbath and Sable (pure black and as a newborn kitten he looked something like a small rat) but the fiance vetoed all “angsty goth-girl names” and Squee is a comic character he likes. It’s also thankfully proved unisex since we just discovered 7 months in that ‘he’ is a ‘she’ and sounds very much like the cry she’s always had.

ReeseHere Says:

December 1st, 2011 at 3:40 am

I have a cat named Desdemona Lioncourt (Mona for short. Sometimes nn Bunny.), and recently I fostered a litter of 6 kittens and their mother:

Lucy – Mommy cat (named by my mom)
Henry (m)
Spock (m)
Io (m, pr. eye-oh)
Sylar (m)
Optimus Prime (f, named by my little sister)
and Diana, later renamed Storybook (Story for short). Story was the one I kept out of the litter.

Naming cats is fun!

MaryKatherineC Says:

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cece13 Says:

January 12th, 2013 at 9:31 am

I have a cat named Ivan (as in Ivan the Terrible), but in no way does he live up to his name. He is super sweet. My neighbors have a cats named Tabitha and Ginger. My cousins just got a kitten and named her Hedy Lamarr “Hedy.”

jame1881 Says:

June 8th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Our cat has quite the name story: At the shelter, he was Junior. I was adamant on changing his name before we even got there since the shelter is notoriously bad at naming cats. His name was then Sebastian, as my mother thought he looked like a Sebastian. A few hours later, my sisters decided he was Spencer, nn Spency. I hated this, as our cat is mane coon and looks like an old man. I thought his name was Sebastian, so he went back to Sebastian, nn Sabby for my sister, Bas for me. Mom hated that now, especially Sabby. So, in my name nerdiness, I offered Sawyer, Sullivan, Elliot, etc. Finally, after delving into baby name books, his name is Isidore Lawrence, nn Izzy. We’re all happy with it, except everyone thinks he’s a girl.

K_Westie Says:

June 28th, 2013 at 6:36 am

My first cat was Mickey (black and white) – he was my mum’s cat who passed away when I was about 4.

My current cats are Sandy (ginger tabby) and Tigger (grey tabby). Sandy was my brother’s simple choice because of his colour and I chose the name Tigger because he would pounce on things quite often when we first saw him.

My mum’s childhood cats were all found on the streets at different times and brought home by her and her sisters (much to my grandad’s dismay, hahaa):

And Jamie:)

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