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Great Names for Your Norwegian Forest Cat

Teeuwynn has owned dogs her whole life. She has enjoyed the companionship of everything from Pugs to Newfoundlands.

A Norwegian Forest Cat

A Norwegian Forest Cat

The Norwegian Forest Cat

As its name indicates, the Norwegian Forest cat originated in Norway. The breed is larger and sturdier than most domestic cats. Males are significantly larger than females. Their coats are insulated and protect the cats from water. They are adapted to thrive in cold environments like the forests of Norway.

Norwegian Forest cats are intelligent, friendly cats who can demand a lot of attention from their owners. A Norwegian Forest cat lives life on his own terms. He likes to choose when and how he will snuggle on your lap or by your side—but he will snuggle. But even when not snuggling, forest cats like to stay fairly close to their owners. These cats are moderately active.

The origins of the Norwegian Forest cat are unclear, but many people believe their ancestors were first introduced in Norway over a thousand years ago by the Vikings. It is possible short-haired cats brought by the Vikings interbred with long-haired cats introduced by the Crusaders and this cross resulted in the new breed. The breed was brought to the verge of extinction during World War II and only careful breeding programs afterward saved it.

Three Norwegian Forest cats stand guard in the snow.

Three Norwegian Forest cats stand guard in the snow.

Facts About the Breed

  • The breed is called the Skogkatt in Norway
  • Adult males can weigh 12–18 pounds
  • Lifespan: 12–16 years
  • Cats have an insulated double-layer water-resistant coat to keep them dry in wet winter conditions.
  • The Norwegian Forest Cat was first recognized by the International Cat Association in 1984.

Some Thoughts on Naming Your Cat

There are lots of ways to go about naming your cat. Below is some food for thought when you are trying to come up with that perfect name for your beloved pet.

  • Names Based on Fur Color and Pattern: Norwegian Forest cats appear in a large variety of colors and patterns. So you might want to think about basing your cat's name on her coloration. Names like Blaze, Dapple, or Chalk might work well.
  • Names Based on Norwegian Mythology: Norway has rich mythology to draw from. You might name your cat after a Norse god or other mythological inspiration. Names like Odin, Freya, and Thor all come from Norse mythology.
  • Names Based on Personality: Norwegian Forest cats have their own, unique personalities. Get to know your new pet and you might get a great name. Some personality-based names include Owl, Serenity, and Tracker.
  • Names Based on the Northern Forest: Your cat was bred to be at home in winter forests and among splashing streams. Use this heritage to inspire a name like Snow, River, or Oak.

100 Names for Your Norwegian Forest Cat

  • Aina
  • Albin
  • Amber
  • Anja
  • Apple
  • Ash
  • Astrid
  • Autumn
  • Baldur
  • Banner
  • Bard
  • Bjorn
  • Blaze
  • Bruno
  • Casper
  • Chalk
  • Cinderfur
  • Cobweb
  • Copper
  • Cotton
  • Crimson
  • Dapple
  • Dragon
  • Duncan
  • Elf
  • Elisibet
  • Elric
  • Ember
  • Ester
  • Flame
  • Flax
  • Flint
  • Frey
  • Freya
  • Frigg
  • Frost
  • Goblin
  • Griffin
  • Grizelda
  • Halle
  • Heath
  • Hedvig
  • Hemming
  • Hugo
  • Icicle
  • Inga
  • Jasper
  • Jingles
  • Kaia
  • Keegan
  • Leaf
  • Lilly
  • Loki
  • Magda
  • Magda
  • Magic
  • Magnus
  • Maple
  • Max
  • Midnight
  • Nanna
  • Nutmeg
  • Oak
  • Obsidian
  • Odin
  • Olaf
  • Otto
  • Owl
  • Paprika
  • Poppy
  • Pumpkin
  • Ragnar
  • Raven
  • River
  • Roar
  • Russet
  • Sable
  • Saga
  • Serenity
  • Shade
  • Sidle
  • Sif
  • Sig
  • Siri
  • Snow
  • Storm
  • Sunflower
  • Tawny
  • Thor
  • Toffee
  • Tor
  • Tracker
  • Tyr
  • Ulf
  • Val
  • Valkyrie
  • Viggo
  • Warrior
  • Whisky
  • Winter
  • Zest
  • Zisa

Home Is Where The Cat Is

What's in a Name?

Whichever name you choose for your Norwegian Forest cat, you will enjoy being a part of her family. Your cat will make sure you don't feel lonely and can keep you warm on even the coldest winter night.

© 2014 Teeuwynn Woodruff


Jessica Chen on February 13, 2020:

My cat's name is Romeo. It is a name for the handsome, lazy cat and it totally fits him! Only risk is, you might want a matching Juliet!

Teeuwynn Woodruff (author) from Washington State on September 22, 2019:

You are most welcome! Norwegian Forest Cats are a wonderful breed.

Danielle Curger on September 21, 2019:

I already have two cats one is a Himalayan named Cappuccino and the other is a Norwegian Forest named Pumpkin. I am thing of getting one for my sister who has been wanting one for a while and it's her birthday soon, I don't want her to pick a bad name so I'm going to send a link to her. Thank you sooooooo much!

Elli Salvador on July 16, 2019:

I wish i could've named my baby astrid but my sister already named her alley. Still i think it suits her

Colleen N. on March 02, 2019:

My NFCat is named Seqoui.

Emily Henderson on January 16, 2019:

hi i came again for some more cat names oh and P.S did ERIN HUNTER use this page?

Emily Henderson on December 15, 2018:

your helping me so much. your giving me all of my cat name ideas for my new book im writing p.s im only 10 years old

Teeuwynn Woodruff (author) from Washington State on July 23, 2018:

That's perfect for a silver cat!

Darcyrory on July 22, 2018:

Thinking of naming her Luna because she’s silver and that the colour of the moon

Teeuwynn Woodruff (author) from Washington State on February 22, 2018:

Those are some good names!

Jim G on February 13, 2018:

Trapper and Ziggy

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

Beautiful names for your cats. My Norwegian Forest cats are Thor and Saga.

Winter and Jasmine on April 21, 2017:

Lovely Name prosents the fur colour of my own cat. I have 2 cats one now called Winter and other now called Jasmine