Barbara Fitzgerald is an AKC Breeder of Merit and author of the column "Conversations with Champions" for the BCSA magazine, Borderlines.
Choosing Majestic Kitty Names
When naming kitties, it’s important to keep in mind their true status in the realm of animals. Lithe and sleek, cats, both large and small, are the supermodels of the animal kingdom. With their cool stare and sultry stride, it’s no wonder the model’s runway is also called the catwalk.
Here are eighty-eight majestic names for the queen of the jungle, from fashion, film, literature and more. Celebrate your cat's beauty, style and hauty majesty with a befitting moniker. If you feel we have left some fabulous name ideas out, please feel free to add them in the comments section.
Regal Designer Cat Names
Bling or Bling Bling: Fabulous jewelry or eye candy. Bling Bling is a lovely name for an Oriental breed of cat.
Coco or Chanel: Coco Chanel needs no introduction—elegant and inventive, her clothing label remains among the most coveted in the world.
Dovima: Dovima was born Dorothy Virginia Margaret Juba in 1927 in New York City. Half-Polish and half-Irish, she was raised in Jackson Heights, Queens. She contracted rheumatic fever at age ten and was then confined to bed. At that time, the standard treatment was a year in bed, but her strangely overprotective mother kept her home for the next seven years.
During this lonely time, she took up painting and had an imaginary friend, whom she called Dovima—using the first two letters of each of her given names. Discovered by Ford modeling agency outside of an automat in New York, Doe (as she was known by friends and family) took on the persona of her imaginary friend Dovima, becoming the most sophisticated of models in an era of high sophistication.
With Irving Penn in Vogue, she became an overnight sensation. But it was with Avedon that her greatest work was achieved. Dovima and Avedon created the most famous fashion photograph of all time, "Dovima with Elephants," in Paris in 1955. The photo shows Dovima in haute couture with circus elephants surrounding her.
Name your cat Dovima if she bears her sophistication with a slight edge of wistfulness.
Elsa: Famed Tiffany jewelry designer Elsa Peretti or tamed lioness of Born Free—take your choice for your inspiration. Elsa Peretti’s fluid designs have seduced the world with their sensual forms. And Elsa of Born Free charmed the world with her comical exploits as a lion cub and her ultimate rehabilitation into the wild.
Gaga: With her fabulous full-length meat gown, Lady Gaga’s fashion statements would enchant any feline.
Paloma: Spanish for Dove, a tasty tequila cocktail and of course Pablo Picasso’s most famous and creative daughter. Paloma is Tiffany’s delightful designer of bold jewelry designs and her own brand of perfume. If you have a multifaceted cat with many unique talents, name her Paloma.
Prada: Fashion designer Miuccia Prada was born in 1949, in Milan, Italy. Once a member of the Italian Communist Party and (more horribly) a mime student, Prada was an unlikely entrepreneur when she took over her family's luggage business in 1978. She first dazzled the fashion world in the 1980s with a series of black nylon handbags and backpacks. Today, Prada is a billion-dollar company and an excellent name for a sleek, sophisticated black cat.
Miu Miu: Cats and friends alike will understand what you are talking about when your call kitty “Miu Miu.” Of course, that’s Prada’s more affordable fashion line. Naturally, it was named with a nod to the feline.
Valentina: One of the first to be known by merely her first name, Valentina designed dramatic evening gowns for Hollywood’s elite, pioneering the concept of red carpet glamour. Name your kitty Valentina, and you can call her Val or Tina.
Cute Female Cat Names for the Party Animal
Fete: Pronounced Feyt or Fet. A day of celebration or holiday.
Gala: As an adjective it means festive or showy; as a noun it means celebration.
Jubilee: A time or season for rejoicing or the celebration of an anniversary.
Lollapalooza: an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance. Name you cat Lollapalooza and you can call her Lolly, Lolla or Lola.
Spree: A lively frolic or outing, a binge or burst of extreme activity. Purrfect for kittens with unbound energy.
Lash: The characteristic movement of a cat’s tail when annoyed. An excellent name for a haughty cat.
Singing Siamese Kittens
Exotic Cat Names
Bastet or Bast: One of the most popular goddesses of ancient Egypt. She is generally depicted as a cat goddess, although she originally had the head of a lion or a desert sand-cat. In later years she was depicted with the head of a domestic cat. As such, she personified the playfulness, grace, affection, and cunning of a cat as well as the fierce power of a lioness.
Cats were sacred to Bastet, and to harm one was considered a crime against her and very unlucky. Her priests kept sacred cats in her temple, as they were considered to be incarnations of the goddess herself. When these cats died, they were mummified and presented to the goddess as an offering.
The ancient Egyptians placed great value on cats; they protected crops and slowed the spread of disease by killing vermin. Name your kitty Bast or Bastet if you want a protective goddess in your home.
Isis: Egyptian Goddess and patroness of nature and magic. She was the friend of slaves, sinners, artisans, and the downtrodden, and she was also known as protector of the dead and goddess of children.
Geisha: Geishas are professional entertainers trained in the Japanese arts of dance and music and the art of conversation. They attend banquets and dinners to make guests feel at ease in conversation and drinking games and perform traditional Japanese songs and dances. The perfect name for a social kitty.
Maiko: A Japanese girl apprenticing to become a Geisha; typically they are 17 -20 years old. These girls serve green tea and perform songs with the 3-stringed instrument called the shamisen. Once they have mastered the arts of traditional dance and music they may become full-fledged Geishas.
Murasaki: Author and heroine of The Tale of The Genji, the first modern novel, written in the Eleventh Century. In the novel, Murasaki is discovered by the Genji as a 10-year-old girl. He is fascinated by her and kidnaps her to raise her in his own palace and educate her to be his ideal companion. Murasaki means purple or lavender in Japanese and is associated with love and constancy in Japanese poetry.
Kitties Sing at Shower Time
Cute Kitty Names for Noisy Cats
Blare or Blaire: Making a loud or raucous sound.
Cain: Raising Cain.
Fierce: Unruly and determined.
Glib: Extroverted about one's opinion.
Jolly: Merry or happy mirth maker.
Kibitz: Yiddish in origin, it means to interfere or offer unwanted advice.
Ling Ling: A popular name for Chinese Pandas.
Lively: Active and amusing.
Ming: Chinese Dynasty that ruled for 276 years from 1368–1644, also evil Emperor Ming of planet Mongo in the Flash Gordon series.
Pyewacket: (Pronounced PIE-uh-whack-it) The Siamese cat and witch’s “familiar” in Bell Book and Candle.
Riot: A noisy public disorder; a disturbance of the peace; a brilliant display and/or someone who is hilariously funny. Ideal for quirky Siamese cats!
Saucy: Brash or tart.
Screech: To shriek and a type of owl. Screech makes a good name for a Persian with owl like eyes.
Stormy: Wild and raucous.
Majestic Female Cat Names
The majestic names for female cats come to us from myth and literature. The personalities exemplified by these protagonists are languid and certainly feline in their characters.
Ariel: The Tempest—Ariel is a magical spirit that serves her master, Prospero, in Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Ariel acts as Prospero’s unseen eyes and ears throughout the play and uses her magical abilities to bring about the tempest that sets the play in motion. If you want to pay homage to your kitty’s magical abilities to fly onto counters and eavesdrop unnoticed, name her Ariel.
Austen: Jane Austen is considered by many the greatest novelist of all time. Counted among her classics are Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility.
Blanche: Streetcar Named Desire, main character, and a lovely name for a white cat. Blanche’s mantra, “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers,” speaks volumes to the life of the playwright and that of the kitten raised as a house cat.
Bronte: The three Bronte sisters, Emily, Charlotte and Anne, created classics of literature such as Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, respectively. Name your kitty Bronte and you can call her Bron for short.
Circe: Greek goddess of magic who transforms her enemies into animals.
Desdemona: Beautiful and faithful wife of Othello the Moor.
Electra: Mourning Becomes Electra, Eugene O’Neil’s Freudian adaptation of the Greek tragedies known as the Oresteia by Aeschylus. The play pays close attention to the Oedipal and Electra complexes. Electra commands the stage with insolent and languid disregard. If your kitty is a haughty mouser consider Electra for her name, and she will keep the male mice at bay.
Esmeralda: Beauty and beloved of Quasimoto, the Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Freya: The most beautiful of the Norse Goddesses.
Helen: Helen of Troy, the most beautiful mortal of her day, known as the face that launched 1000 ships.
Lilith: First wife of Adam, she leaves him to live on her own.
Lucrezia: Lucrezia Borgia, femme fatal and political powerhouse, this noble born woman and daughter of Pope Alexander VI, ruled as governor the Spoleto region of Italy.
Tennessee Williams created some of the greatest female characters in the history of stage. Maligned for being merely men in drag, Williams’ ladies struggled with both contemporary views of proper female etiquette, their limited resources in a male-dominated society and their carnal desires. Name your female cat Tennessee after the great playwright that celebrated women who find a way to succeed.
Maggie (the Cat): Cat on A Hot Tin Roof—the beautiful, frustrated and determined wife of Brick Pollitt, an aging college football hero. Maggie is determined to keep Big Daddy Pollitt’s fortune from being diverted in its entirety to his brother, Gooper, and his little no-neck monsters. If you have a determined kitty, name her Maggie, but try to keep her off of the roof (it gets hot up there).
Stella: Streetcar Named Desire Full of zest for life and an appreciation for Marlon Brando, Stella is the loving survivor. Stella follows her heart, and makes tough choices in determining her future course between her husband and her sister’s needs. If you are seeking a loving kitty with a loyal heart, name her Stella, and you will have fun calling her too.
Stearns: The great poet, Thomas Stearns Eliot, penned Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, a collection of poems on cats, that was the bases for the Broadway Musical and subsequent films.
Woolf: Who's afraid of Virginia Woolf? Any smart mouse would be, if you name your kitty after this British author. Raised to be free thinking, one of her many notable quotes is, “The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.”
Fabulous Female Cat Names From Film and Fiction
Suki Tawdry: Mack the Knife’s associate and likely a lady of the night (like most nocturnal kitties).
Garbo: Elusive and enigmatic Garbo’s reclusive nature embodies the spirit of the cat with strangers. At home with friends she is charming and kittenish, but like any good kitty, in public, she remains mysterious and aloof.
Holly Golightly: Breakfast at Tiffany’s—An American Geisha, Holly Golightly subsists from date to date in the hopes that one will eventually marry her. Charming and delightful, she works her way into everyone’s heart. The perfect name for the stray kitty who works her way into your home.
Lolita: Nabokov’s little Lolita was charmingly kittenish and irresistible to all men.
Marlene: Marlene Dietrich was the embodiment of glamour and exotic looks. In 2008 the New York Times hailed thusly, “Miss Dietrich artfully projected cool sophistication, self-mockery and infinite experience. Her sexuality was audacious, her wit was insolent and her manner was ageless.” Name your cat Marlene to celebrate the ultimate embodiment of the feline.
Naughty Black Cats
Best Unique Names for Black Cats
These cat names, inspired by darkness, make charming monikers for your midnight nightwalker.
Anise: Licorice spice.
Ash or Ashley: Black
Cokie: A charcoal made of coal, coke is used in blast furnaces with iron ore to make steel. A great name for a steely eyed black cat.
Elvira: Campy Mistress of the Dark and host of Movie Macabre.
Fanta: Character in Roots.
Luna: The Latin name for the moon. An excellent name for a black cat with a small spot or two of white.
Maui: Hawaiian Island with black sand beaches.
Masai: African tribe known for the statuesque builds and graceful walk.
Nix: The beautiful Greek Goddess of Darkness, she is rarely glimpsed near the edge of night. Name your shy dark cat Nix.
Onyx: Black gemstone.
Pepper: Black Spice.
Raven: Ominous black bird.
Zulu: African Tribe
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MJ on July 14, 2020:
I'm thinking of getting a female tuxedo cat. Names I'm considering are Luna, Minx, Prudence or Muse. Which do you like best?
Shelley on October 10, 2019:
I like the name Pebbles for a torti or calico.
Leell54@yahoo.com on July 10, 2019:
I would like a nice cat name for a male and a female
Marcella on January 04, 2019:
I have rescued 3 kittens recently and have an independent precious female thats very dramatic and i think Stella is the right name.
Jill Tincher on September 29, 2018:
I named my female kitty kimmy
Zenia on July 06, 2018:
Means "strange" in Greek. My cat was found dumped in the forest, and I know nothing of her past or her breed.
Vixin on December 20, 2016:
I have two new kitties and there is soo much names to choose from.
Hawk on December 19, 2016:
Named my female Gypsy. She is black and white (tuxedo )
She was 8 weeks when she traveled thru the woods up to our house (we live down a long gravel drive)
Gypsy's r known to travel and tinker and so the name Gypsy fits my lil one
Priceless Scruffy Fox on March 25, 2016:
My two cute cats are called Furby, (the Russian blue) and Mittens,(the British-bi-colour
Michaela Gibson from Greenville NC on July 31, 2013:
You should name your cat dog.. your dog bird.. your bird cat... and your horse tree. Nailed it. :)
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on July 31, 2013:
Hi Christin53 - those were very cute names for your kitties! you need to get some more so you can name them posh names lol
Ann-Christin from UK on July 31, 2013:
Some very nice names and some quite posh too. I used to have cats my 3 females were called Frisky(the ginger one) Gizmo(the black one)and Mittens because she was a Torty and had 4 white mittens.