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.
Choosing a Name for Your Cat
There is a whole world of places to get cat names from. How do you narrow it down and find the perfect name for your kitty? One way is to look for what a name means. Mythology is a great place to turn to for names brimming with meaning, and offers everything from gods and goddesses, to nymphs and Titans to choose from.
Greek mythology comes from the ancient nation of Greece, known as the cradle of Western civilization. The mythology refers to a pantheon of gods led by Zeus, god of the sky, and stories of adventures and battles. In this article, we'll look at 15 names out of Greek mythology that could be just right for your cat or kitten.
Aphrodite is the goddess of love, fertility, and beauty. She is the daughter of Zeus. Her quarrel with Athena and Hera was said to have started the Trojan War. Aphrodite is often considered the idealization of beauty come to life.
This name might work well for a physically gorgeous cat. However, it could work just as well for a female cat with a beautiful soul or maybe even better for a kitty inclined to jealous fits!
Apollo has one of the most prolific resumes in mythology. He is the god of the sun, music, prophecy, truth, healing, light, poetry, plague, and more! Apollo is the son of Zeus. His twin sister is Artemis, the huntress. Apollo is also the leader of the nine muses.
Apollo has a diverse portfolio, so this name could work well for most male cats. Due to Apollo’s musical proclivities, it might work particularly well for a kitty that likes to yowl!
Ares is the god of war. His parents are Zeus and Hera. Ares is the god of untamed, violent conflict. He is a wild, primal force. Ares loves to get into battle and fight it out with humans and gods alike. This name would work well for a tough male cat that likes to tussle or who just looks badass.
Apollo’s twin sister, Artemis, is the goddess of the hunt. She is also the goddess of wild animals and the wilderness. Artemis’ favorite weapon is a bow and arrows.
Artemis could be a good name for a female cat that loves roaming the outdoors and bringing you home little "gifts" of dead birds and mice. It could also be nice for a cat that likes to hunt things around the house and loves to play with springy toys!
Athena is the goddess of wisdom and war. Unlike Ares, Athena prefers tactical and strategic battles. She is a careful and competent goddess. As a warrior goddess, she leads her own troops into battle.
This name is a beautiful one for most female cats of some stature. It is particularly well suited for cats who have the pristine air of careful guardians of their households. This name might also suit a cat that loves to sit and stare out of the windows, drawing up her grand battle plans.
Calypso is a nymph who lives on the Isle of Ogygia. In Homer’s Odyssey, Calypso seduced Odysseus and kept him on her isle for seven years. She is exceptionally pretty and well-spoken. She is a lovely singer and dancer, and she uses those skills to lure Odysseus in.
Calypso could make a pretty name for a more delicate female cat or one that is particularly agile, even for a feline. The name could also work for a cat that likes to “sing” or is particularly good at wheedling treats and petting out of people.
Chaos is the very first thing to ever exist in the universe. Chaos is that which everything else came from. The first gods emerged from Chaos. This name could work for any cat that likes to cause mischief or is always running this way and that.
Demeter is the goddess of the harvest. People believed that, without Demeter, crops wouldn’t grow and the earth would grow barren. When her daughter, Persephone, is in the Underworld, Demeter grieves, and Winter falls upon the earth.
This name could work for many female cats. It could work particularly well for a rescue cat that has had kittens or for a cat that loves to frolic among the plants and trees.
In Greek mythology, Gaia is earth personified. She is not a true god or Titan; she exists as the literal earth mother. She is the mother of the Titans, the sea gods, and the giants. In art, Gaia usually appears laying upon the earth or partially on it.
Gaia could be a great name for a motherly cat who enjoys lounging around on her back and giving you long, mysterious stares.
Hera is the wife of Zeus and queen of the gods. She is extremely jealous of all of Zeus’ infidelities. Hera is the goddess of women and marriage, which makes her feelings about Zeus make even more sense.
Hera could make a good name for a female cat that likes to be a “mother hen” or for a kitty who is very jealous of her owner’s affections and wants to keep them all to herself.
The winged god, Hermes, is known for his speed. He is the messenger of the gods. He is also known as a trickster. He likes to trick other gods just for the sheer satisfaction of doing so. Hermes is also the patron of travelers.
Hermes could be a nice name for a male cat that runs very fast or who likes to play tricks on you and other people and creatures he meets. If you like taking a cat with you when you go traveling, this is a great name for that kitty too!
The nine muses in Greek mythology are known for their knowledge of the sciences, arts, and literature. Each muse has her own specialty. The nine arts assigned to the muses are: drama, music, science, mathematics, philosophy, geography, literature, dance, and especially art.
A lot of female kitties could fit this name since there are nine muses and they cover such a wide variety of subjects. A shy kitten might be the Muse of Literature or philosophy, while you might call a more physical feline Muse because she dances all over the house.
Nike is the goddess of victory. Nike flies on her chariot, visiting battlefields and rewarding valorous warriors. Nike could make an interesting name for any cat that reminds you of victory. After all, cats can bring good luck, so why not victory?
Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter. Half of the year she is forced to reign as queen in the Underworld alongside the god-king, Hades. Persephone is a goddess of vegetation. She ate seeds from a pomegranate while in the Underworld and that is why she must stay there every fall and winter.
Persephone could make a good name for a female rescue cat. It would also be a pretty name for a cat with a regal demeanor.
Zeus is the king of the gods. He is the god of skies and thunder. Zeus is married to Hera, although he cheats on her all of the time. Zeus has many, many children from many mothers, both immortal and mortal. He resides on Mount Olympus.
Zeus might make an interesting name for a male cat that likes to flirt a lot. It could also work for a majestic cat who could be king of all cats.
© 2018 Teeuwynn Woodruff
Kitty on September 16, 2019:
This help me choose a name for my new kitten, hope you'll have more list thanks.
Teeuwynn Woodruff (author) from Washington State on September 06, 2019:
Glad you like the names. I'll put another Greek myth naming article on my list!