Unique Cat Names

  1. Velvet
    • Origin:

      English word name
    • Meaning:

      "a fabric characterized by a short soft dense warp pile"
    • Description:

      Velvet is a name that couldn't possibly be softer or more luxuriant. Many people have fond memories of it via the character of Velvet Brown, played by the young Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet, an intrepid young woman willing to masquerade as a boy to race her horse in a dangerous steeplechase.
  2. Tennessee
    • Origin:

      Native American, Cherokee, place-name
    • Meaning:

      "bend in the river or meeting place"
    • Description:

      When playwright Thomas Lanier Williams adopted the pen name of Tennessee, he created a new possibility among American place-names, although it's admittedly a bit bulky in size.
  3. Hamilton
    • Origin:

      English and Scottish
    • Meaning:

      "treeless hill"
    • Description:

      Unless it runs in your family, or Alexander Hamilton is your particular hero, you might consider something less imposing -- and without the teasable nickname Ham.
  4. Gibson
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "Gilbert's son"
    • Description:

      Gibson is an undiscovered patronymic surname, with some appealing nicknames. It also brings to mind the popular brand of guitars.
  5. Kirby
    • Origin:

      Norse
    • Meaning:

      "church settlement"
    • Description:

      Attractive British place-name with a sense of humor. Fun fact: John Wayne played five characters with the first or second name of Kirby.
  6. Apricity
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "the warmth of the sun in winter"
    • Description:

      Part-April, part-Felicity, but with the wonderfully whimsical feel of Serendipity. Apricity debuted in the US charts for the first time in 2022.
  7. Maceo
    • Origin:

      Spanish variation of Matthew
    • Meaning:

      "gift of God"
    • Description:

      This semi-obscure historic name was recently chosen for their son by Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez.
  8. Ramsay
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "low-lying land"
    • Description:

      A surname occasionally used as a first, as in former attorney general Ramsey Clark. This spelling is now closely associated with the psychopathic Game of Thrones villain Ramsay Snow (later Ramsay Bolton), and so is probably best avoided as long as the show and books are popular.
  9. Nacho
    • Origin:

      Word name or short form of Ignacio
    • Description:

      Not unless you want your son to grow up to be just like a wacky Jack Black character.
  10. Maybelline
    • Origin:

      American elaboration of Mabel, English
    • Meaning:

      "lovable"
    • Description:

      The popular cosmetics brand Maybelline inspires at least a few baby girls' names each year. Company founder Thomas Lyle Williams created the name as a portmanteau of Mabel and Vaseline after watching his sister Mabel mix up a quasi-eyeshadow out of coal dust and Vaseline.
  11. Lupita
    • Origin:

      Spanish, “little wolf”
    • Description:

      This lively pet name has recently been associated with Mexican-born Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong'o, acclaimed for her role in the 2013 film Twelve Years a Slave.

      The mother name Guadalupe, literally "valley of the wolves," relates to Our Lady of Guadalupe, revered in Latino culture as a protector of the Mexican people.

  12. Muse
    • Origin:

      Greek mythology name
    • Description:

      Remember, the Muse is passive: someone else's inspiration.
  13. Nirvana
    • Origin:

      Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

      "place of great bliss"
    • Description:

      Well, parents are naming their children Eden and Heaven...so why not?
  14. Sharpay
    • Origin:

      Chinese
    • Meaning:

      "sand skin"
    • Description:

      This name of the glamorous mean girl in "High School Musical" is a euphonic spin on the dog breed Shar Pei, a brilliant name joke skewering the practice of picking a name for its sound without considering what it means. Other examples: Cliche, Hooker.
  15. Fitzwilliam
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "son of William"
    • Description:

      The Christian name of the dashing Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice— it was his mother's maiden name— is just one of several Fitz names, including Fitzroy, Fitzgerald, Fitzpatrick, that could be used to honor a dad named William, Roy, Gerald or Patrick.
  16. Parvati
    • Origin:

      Sanskrit
    • Meaning:

      "the daughter of the mountain"
    • Description:

      This Hindu goddess name is very popular in India. The goddess of love, fertility and devotion, representing female force, Parvati is the wife of Shiva and the mother of Ganesh. There is a Harry Potter character named Parvati Patil, a twin sister of Padma..
  17. Renny
    • Origin:

      Anglicized variation of Irish Raithnait
    • Meaning:

      "little prosperous one"
    • Description:

      Used primarily for girls in Ireland, but sounds unisex to us.
  18. Zaha
    • Thessaly
      • Origin:

        Greek, place name
      • Description:

        This name of an area in northern Greece, known in the era of Homer's Odyssey as Aeolus. It's the name of a character in the graphic novel Sandman, and could easily be adopted for a modern little girl.
    • Umbra
      • Origin:

        Latin
      • Meaning:

        "shadow"