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15 Astronomical Names for Your Cat (From Albedo to Umbra)

Teeuwynn lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children, one dog, one cat, and two rats. She is a long-time pet lover.

There is a whole wealth of places to get cat names from. So, how do you narrow it down and find the perfect name for your kitten or cat? One way is to look for what a name means. Astrology and astronomy are great places to turn to for names brimming with meaning and excitement. Everything from heavenly bodies, astronomical phenomena, and even basic scientific terms can make great names for your cat.

In this article, we'll look at 15 names from astrology and astronomy that could be just right for your cat.

Dappled cat

Dappled cat

1. Albedo

The albedo of an object indicates how much light the object reflects. So, a perfectly reflective surface such as a mirror would have an albedo of 100. For contrast, the moon has an albedo of 7, and the Earth has an albedo of 36.

Albedo could make a good name for a male cat with a sleek, shiny coat. I can’t help but picture a sleek grey cat moving silently through the house or bathing in the sun, but any shiny, glistening-coated cat would be perfect for this name.

2. Andromeda

Andromeda is a constellation located North of the celestial equator. In mythology, Andromeda was Cassiopeia’s daughter. There are several colorful stars and celestial objects within the Andromeda constellation including a blue snowball nebula and a red giant.

This constellation is so colorful that its name could fit just about any color cat. Andromeda is a woman out of mythology, so this name could also fit a heroic or mysterious cat as well.

3. Draco

Draco, “The Dragon,” is the eighth largest constellation. Draco is a circumpolar constellation, meaning it never sets below the horizon and always appears in the Northern hemisphere, but never the Southern hemisphere.

A cat with a long tail and a more draconian look would do great with this name as would a cat of a Northern breed. Cats that seem to never sleep and seem to be up whenever you are would also be a great fit. Since dragons are often big, this name would work for a big bruiser of a cat too.

A large, tough cat could be a Draco!

A large, tough cat could be a Draco!

4. Eclipse

An eclipse is when the shadow of a planet or moon falls upon another celestial body. A solar eclipse happens when the moon’s shadow falls on the sun, while a lunar eclipse happens when the earth’s shadow falls upon the moon.

Eclipse could obviously be a name for a black cat, but you could get more creative and name a cat with brindle hairs on the outside of her coat Eclipse; those hairs could represent the corona of light that happens at the peak of the eclipse. Also, a cat named after a solar eclipse might be mostly pale, but with some dark points on her ears, tail or feet. Finally, you could think about your cat’s personality. Does your cat like to go and hide for no reason? Eclipse might be a name for you.

5. Leo

Leo is a constellation of the Zodiac. The name means "lion" in Latin. The lion in the constellation represents the Nemean lion Hercules killed as one of his seven labors. This name would be good for a golden-colored cat, particularly a shaggier one. It would also work for any cat that is brave and you feel has the heart of a lion.

6. Luna

Luna is the Latin name for the moon. Luna is also the Roman goddess who is the personification of the moon. The name Luna would be a nice name for a female cat with silvery or mottled fur that resembles the moon’s surface. It could also work for a regal female cat who enjoys the occasional yowl at the moon or romp through the night air.

A regal cat waiting for nightfall.

A regal cat waiting for nightfall.

7. Lyra

Lyra is a constellation that is sometimes shown as an eagle flying with a lyre clutched in its talons. Lyra’s brightest star, Vega, is one of the brightest in the entire sky. In Greek mythology, Lyra is Orpheus’ lyre. Orpheus can play incredibly enchanting music with this lyre.

This sign is musical, so female cats that like to purr, meow, or otherwise talk a lot might do well with this name. This name and Vega, the brightest star within the constellation, would also make a great pair of names for two kitty sisters.

8. Nebula

Nebula is Latin for “cloud.” Nebulae are enormous clouds in space created of glowing gas and lit up by stars within them or nearby. There are also Dark Nebulae that are visible only because they block our sight of other things behind them.

There are a lot of cats that could probably use this name. Nebulae are clouds, so a fluffy cat could fit this name well. They glow because of the light of stars near them, so a red, orange, or otherwise “glowing” cat could take this name, as could a cat with a really warm personality. Finally, because of the Dark Nebulae, darkly colored cats or cats with more mysterious personalities could also fit this broad name.

Fluffy kitten ready for a name

Fluffy kitten ready for a name

9. Nova

A nova is a temporary astronomical event where a bright, seemingly new star appears in the sky. However, this star fades away over the course of some weeks or months. The reason this event occurs is that two stars interact, causing a temporary flare that makes it look like a new star is forming, but it is really simply energy from the current stars interacting.

A cat with a bright, quirky personality that changes on a dime could be a good candidate for this name, as could a cat who thinks he’s a little too big for her own britches. This name could also work for a cat that loves to play but quickly changes her mind once you’ve actually got the toys out.

10. Perseus

Perseus is one of the greatest heroes in Greek mythology. He slew the Gorgon Medusa and saved Andromeda from a giant sea monster. Perseus was the son of the Olympian god Zeus and a mortal woman.

The name Perseus would be good for a brave male cat, one that likes to pounce no matter the danger. If you get a female and male cat together, the names Andromeda and Perseus would go well together.

Andromeda and Perseus

Andromeda and Perseus

11. Phase

A phase is the fraction of the moon or other body in the sky that we see illuminated by the sun. The moon has four main phases, new, first quarter, full, and last quarter.

Phase might be a good name for a cat that shifts in and out of the shadows well. Alternately, this name could be good for a cat whose personality shifts with the tides or the changing of the moon.

12. Solstice

There are two solstices during the year. The Winter solstice is the day we have the least sunlight of the year. This takes place on December 21st or 22nd in the Northern Hemisphere while the Summer solstice takes place either June 21st or 22nd and is the longest day of the year. The two solstices are opposites, so this name could work for opposite types of cats. You could name a very short, small, white or black cat after the Winter solstice or name a larger, longer cat with a more summery coloration after the Summer solstice.

13. Star

A star is a giant gas ball that generates gigantic amounts of energy and light. This energy comes from the nuclear fusion at the core of the star. Our solar system has one star in it, the sun.

Star is a name that could fit a lot of cats. After all, your cat is definitely your shining star. The name might work particularly well for cats that have a star-like mark on their forehead or body or for cats who really like to act like the star of the family, demanding attention at every turn.

A Kitten with a star marking

A Kitten with a star marking

14. Twilight

We’re not talking the vampire series here. Twilight is the time after the sun has set in the evening just before the sun rises in the morning when the sky is neither fully light or dark. A cat with the name Twilight might have a dusky coloring or might enjoy rising particularly early in the morning, probably before her owner wants to get up.

15. Umbra

An umbra is the dark part of a sunspot or shadow. This name could be great for a cat with dappled spots or a shadowy color, or for one that likes to sneak around and follow people without being seen.

© 2018 Teeuwynn Woodruff

Comments

Austin the hard boy on July 23, 2020:

I named my little kitten comit

cayden on June 14, 2020:

i love cats

Grace on April 26, 2020:

I love these name, Thanks

Tracy on April 09, 2020:

We called our little rag doll boy Nimbus

Mikenzie on February 16, 2020:

We are getting a new Ragdoll kitten and so I am trying to find the best name for him. We already have a little girl who is a Ragdoll and we named her Luna

Teeuwynn Woodruff (author) from Washington State on December 31, 2019:

Thanks for the catch!

Teeuwynn Woodruff (author) from Washington State on December 31, 2019:

Those are both great astronomical names!

bugastrodaddy on December 29, 2019:

regulas is the Lion's Heart but it is not a red star!

AnnCatz on December 17, 2019:

I have a black tabby named Polaris (The brightest star in the northern hemisphere) And a Orange tabby named Astrea (Translates to star)

Peter Vicente-Brown.u on August 10, 2019:

I have a cat called Regulas. Regulas is a red giant star at the very heart of the constelation of Leo the lion. It also means little king in latin. Therefore Regulas means "little king, the heart of a lion". A perfect name for a cat!

Teeuwynn Woodruff (author) from Washington State on March 04, 2019:

Hi there! Nice names. Besides the names in the article, here are a couple. Chandra is Hindi and means both shine and moon. The shine reminds me of moonlight which is fast and mercurial.

Natsuki is a Japanese word also meaning moon. Alternate meanings of the word are summer and hope. This might make a nice name for a cat brimming with personality like yours.

Elsie on March 02, 2019:

I have two older cats Star and Luna and just adopted a kitten. We fostered her before hand and her name was willow and it’s hard to find a name that really suits her incredible personality. She’s crazy and fast but also incredibly loving what do you think we should call her? (We want to change her name as a family member is called willow)

LayLay on October 04, 2018:

I just got a kitten and my mom and dad and my brothers and siss don't have a name i love space hope they like one of them! :)

No name here :-) on September 05, 2018:

This is really good! My mom and me are getting a kitten who’s kinda starry looking so this helps a lot! :D

Teeuwynn Woodruff (author) from Washington State on March 05, 2018:

Thank you. I'm glad you like them.

Eric Farmer from Rockford Illinois on February 16, 2018:

Some of these names do sound fun.