Barbara Fitzgerald is an AKC Breeder of Merit and author of the column "Conversations with Champions" for the BCSA magazine, Borderlines.
Magical Cats Bring Good Fortune
Cats, especially black cats, have long been associated with magic and witchcraft. Their ability to walk silently, their tendency to remain wild and yet gentle with their humans and the difficulty in controlling them, as compared with dogs, has bestowed upon them a magical mystic.
Cats were sacred in Ancient Egypt, and are considered lucky household spirits in Japanese lore. During the 1600s, in Great Britain, it was tradition for visitors to kiss the family cat upon their arrival, to ensure a pleasant visit. To this day, in many cultures, to do ill to a cat can only bring bad luck, loss of love, or worse, death.
If you have a new cat, finding the appropriate name is the first rite to cat ownership. To celebrate your new lucky talisman, consider these magical cat names from witchcraft, history, literature, and the magician's closet.
Cat Names That Mean Magic and Magical
- High Jinks
Cat Names From Wicca, Voodoo, and Sorcery
- Bane: Curse, Scourge, or poison that typically causes death e.g. wolfbane.
- Bokor: Sorcerers of Voodoo for hire. Bokors can be either male or female.
- Canon: Rules or methods.
- Chant: Rhythmic psalm or incantation sung in unison by a crowd.
- Coven: A gathering of witches.
- Cult: A system of veneration directed toward a specific object or individual.
- Grimalkin or Greymalkin: An especially evil-looking female cat associated with witchcraft. In the middle ages, possession of a Grimalkin could be enough proof of an individual practicing witchcraft to get one burned at the stake.
- Grimoire: Pronounced “grim-war,” a book of magic spells. These spell books typically teach the magician how to create magical objects, summon spiritual beings of both positive and negative forces, and how to place charms and curses on individuals. A famous Grimoire is the Book of Shadows.
- Harpy: Bird of prey with a woman's face.
- Heka: The Egyptian magical system (the deification of magic and medicine) in ancient Egypt, and the phonetic spelling of the German word for witch (hexe).
- Hex: A Magick spell or curse. As a verb, hex means to spellbind, allure, beguile, or tickle to death!
- Imp: From German folklore, imps are small goblins with mischievous natures that like to play pranks and practical jokes on their human friends. Typically, they are perceived as lonely creatures in search of a friend. In order to get the attention they crave, they pester the human who either takes them in or drives them away in annoyance.
- Jade: Jade is a stone used in Magick for healing and protection. Green jade is used for calming and soothing, while red jade promotes friendships and prosperity. Name your kitty Jade if you want a lucky talisman to aid you in gaining friendships and amassing great wealth.
- Jinx: A Magick spell or enchantment that brings calamity. Name your kitty Jinx if you have a vermin population that needs to be eradicated.
- Juju: A lucky talisman, fetish, or charm (West African).
- Kikimora: A Russian house spirit. When the home is in order, a kikimora will assist in care of the household; however, if the home is not in order, she will break dishes and engage in destructive behavior throughout the night. The kikimora living in an inharmonious home spins flax at night with evil intentions for the world.
- Litha: Celebration of the summer solstice, new beginnings and fertility.
- Mabon: The celebration of the autumnal equinox, it signals letting go of that which no longer serves you.
- Malachite: Malachite is an opaque green stone that is used in Magick to promote visionary powers and wealth by bringing hope to its possessor. Malachite aids in courage by bringing an understanding of the source of one's fears. Additionally, malachite promotes prosperity.
- Mambo: Female Bokor and priestess of Voodoo; she may practice both white and black magic to create talismans, fetishes, house spirits, or zombies.
- Ostara: The celebration of the vernal equinox, symbolizing rebirth. Ostara makes a cute name for a rescue kitty, getting a new lease on life.
- Picatrix: A famous Arabic grimoire (book of spells) based on Astral magic. You can call your kitty Trixie for short.
- Praxis: Ritual or rite.
- Prophet: One gifted with foresight.
- Revel: Noisey celebration.
- Rivet: To capture someone's full attention.
- Rune: Small bones or stones bearing symbols of magical significance.
- Sabbat: The eight pagan festivals that celebrate the changes of the seasons of the year.
- Samhain: The Sabbat that celebrates the end of the harvest, as the days get darker. This is the period when the veil between our world and the spirit realm is at its thinnest.
- Shaman: Person with access to and influence over good and evil spirits.
- Sigil: A personalized symbol used to aid in creating a spell or ritual.
- Smudge: To burn incense or herbs to cleanse and area of object.
- Sodalite: This is a bright blue stone with crisscrossing white lines and flecks, used in Magick to promote calmness and good digestion. It is thought to aid in sleep, lower blood pressure, and bring clarity of thought to the mind. This bright stone represents the spiritual light of a balanced spirit and mind. Name your kitty Sodalite, then call it Soda for short.
- Sorginak: The Basque name for both male and female witches. The Sorginak (pronounced "shor-in-yak") are said to have the ability to transform themselves at will into animals, most commonly cats.
- Tarot: The tarot deck is a pack of playing cards from the 15th century used for fortunetelling and divination.
- Vamp: One who bewitches, beguiles, or charms.
- Wicca: A modern Pagan religion revolving around ancient paganism and witchcraft. There is no central religious authority and Wicca has many denominations with their own hierarchical structures. Wiccans worship both a masculine horned god and a feminine moon goddess.
- Zemi: Considered a good luck piece, amulet, or charm by the Taíno people of the Caribbean.
Magical Black Cat Names
- Chanceux: "Lucky" in French (pronounced shan-soo).
- Crow: Because crows are also black and because both crows and black cats have a history of being linked with witches.
- Karma: The Hindu or Buddhist belief that the repercussions for your actions in this life will carry over into your next life.
- Kismet: Destiny or fate.
- Mystery: "Myster" for short.
- Omen: An event or sign that is a portent or prophecy of the future.
- Pagan: One whose religious beliefs predate those of the main world religions; pantheistic, polytheistic, or animistic.
- Goth: One who finds beauty in things which other people consider dark; a genre of literature that focuses on macabre or dark themes.
- Raven: (See "Crow.")
- Sphynx: In ancient Greece, a creature with a woman's head, a lion's body, and wings. If you can't answer the sphynx's riddle, you die.
- Suerte: "Lucky" in Spanish.
Witchy Names for Cats From Film, TV, and Literature
- Aether: Spirit which unites air, fire water and earth.
- Ariel: The mischievous and magical spirit that is enslaved by Prospero in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
- Aslan: A male name of Turkish origin meaning "lion," Aslan was the lion in C. S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia series.
- Binx: In the film Hocus Pocus, a teenager named Binx is transformed by three witches into an immortal talking cat.
- Bruja: Spanish, witch or hag.
- Circe: Goddess of magic from Homer's The Iliad, after turning his men into pigs, she bewitch Odysseus into staying with her on her island, Aiaia, for one year.
- Cleo: In the film The Mummy, a cat named Cleo is able to ward off evil doers because cats are guardians of the underworld. In one scene, O’Connell holds up Cleo, whose hiss drives off the villain.
- Dinah: Alice’s pet cat in Alice in Wonderland. Alice mentions Dinah frequently on her adventures, and her boasts of Dinah’s hunting prowess causes much consternation amongst the Wonderland residents (who happen to be the kind of creatures Dinah likes to hunt).
- Endora: Overbearing mother and witch on the TV series Bewitched.
- Freya: Norse goddess who rides a chariot pulled by two cats. Freya reigns over all things feminine as well as sex, fertility, beauty, magic, witchcraft, warcraft and is associated with death and gold.
- Glinda: Good witch of the North in the Wizard of Oz.
- Hecate: Greek goddess of magic who assisted Demeter in her search for Persephone.
- Isis: Egyptian goddess who invoked healing spells to benefit mortals.
- Jiniri: The female jinn or genie, also spelled jinni. It is a mighty jinni that helps Aladdin in One Thousand and One Nights, also known as the Arabian Nights.
- Jinn: The male form of genie. They are said to have been made by Allah of smokeless fire, unlike man who was made of clay. Additionally, unlike angels, jinn have free will to do good or evil. Jinn exist in another dimension unseen to man.
- Ling-Ling: In the Bewitched TV series, Samantha the witch tries to help her husband Darrin, an advertising executive, find and exotic woman for a new ad campaign. Samantha transforms a stray Siamese cat into the exotic and seductive Ling-Ling. Ling-Ling is an advertising success, while the usual antics that follow teach us that magic is never the best solution.
- Lucinda: Black cat and witches' familiar in Bewitched.
- Merlin: The wizard of Arthurian legend, Merlin advises King Arthur and is known to be a shapeshifter that disguises himself in a variety of human forms.
- Minerva: In the Harry Potter series, Minerva McGonagall, the transfiguration teacher, often transforms herself into a cat.
- Moriah: A large black cat in The Forgotten Beasts of Eld, by Patricia A. McKillip. Moriah is renowned for her knowledge of secret charms and spells.
- Prospero: A powerful sorcerer and the main character of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Prospero conjures a great storm which sets the action of the play in motion.
- Pyewacket: The name of the cat and witches' familiar in Bell, Book and Candle. Pyewacket has been both a black cat and Siamese cat in film and stage revivals.
- Sabrina: The teenage witch.
- Salem: Black cat and familiar in Sabrina the Teenage Witch; also the name of the town where the infamous witch trials took place in Salem, Massachusetts.
- Samantha: Lead role and leading good witch on Bewitched.
- Tabitha: Mischievous daughter and baby witch of Samantha and Darren on Bewitched.
- Tattoo: A rhythmic drumming or tapping.
Mystical and Occult Names for Cats
- Aleister: Aleister Crowley was a mystic famous for his controversial writings who referred to himself as "the beast."
- Astral: The substance of a second body that accompanies a human throughout life. The astral body may leave the physical body at times and travel through the universe, in astral projections. The astral body survives the body at death. Name your cat Astral if you are seeking a constant companion.
- Aura: Similar to a halo, an aura is a luminous field of radiation that surrounds all living things. Colors emitted from auras are said to be indicative of an individual's mental, spiritual, and physical wellbeing.
- Chakra: Chakras are meeting points or nodes in one’s energy field or “subtle body.” Chakras are the loci of life energy that keep the mental, physical, and spiritual energies in balance. Some psychics read clients' chakras to determine their current state of mind and spirit, in order to advise them as to where they should focus their energies to improve their future outcomes. Name your cat Chakra if she is at the center of your sense of peace and well-being.
- Cipher: Secret code or mystical writing.
- Halo: A ring of light surrounding the head of a holy individual or deity. Halos have been used in the iconography of most world religions.
- Myth: Tradition, story, or legend, especially regarding supernatural beings.
- Nostradamus: This famous mystic who wrote predictions about what would happen in the future has been dead for 500 years, but his book is still in print.
- Raven: In Greek mythology, the raven is associated with Apollo and prophesy. The raven was the worldy messenger of the gods and a seen as a symbol of bad luck.
- Rumi: Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, born in the early 1200s in Afghanistan, was a famous mystic and poet.
Magician's Cat Names
- Abracadabra: Term used by magicians to effect a magical turn of events. Name your kitty Abracadabra and you can call her Abra for short.
- Cardini: Famous magician that invented card-manipulation techniques.
- Charm: A delight, trick, or deception.
- Dazzle: To enthrall or captivate.
- Fakir: One who performs remarkable feats, such as walking on fire and snake charming.
- Hoax: A trick or a charm.
- Hocus Pocus: Similar to abracadabra, the magician waves his magic wand and effects a change in the material world when he states “hocus pocus.”
- Hoodoo: A charm or spell.
- Houdini: Harry Houdini was a magician who became quite famous for his escape acts.
- Obi: Magical enchantment or sorcery.
- Presto: Indicates a quick change in the material objects, such as pulling a rabbit from a previously empty hat.
- Rune: A mysterious or magical mark or letter; a small talisman used in divination.
- Sim Sala Bim: Magician Dante's magic words, taken from a Danish fairy tale, similar to hocus pocus.
- Taboo: A thing or subject that is forbidden.
- Voila: French for "here it is."
Spirit and Spiritual Names for Cats
- Banshee: From Irish mythology, the banshee is a member of the fairies, and she heralds death of a family member by wailing or shrieking in the dead of night.
- Cherub: One of the second order of angels, an innocent being.
- Chimera: A fire breathing mythical being with the body of a goat, head of a lion, and serpent's tail. A terrifying creature.
- Kelpie: Scottish mythology holds that the kelpie, a water spirit in the form of a horse, foretells or warns of impending drownings.
- Pagan: Lower case "pagan" is synonomous with "heathen," however, with an upper case "P," Paganism refers to a religion which honours the Earth.
- Pixie: A mischievous Irish fairy.
- Psyche: The human soul, mind, or spirit.
- Revenant: Human that returns as a spirit following their death.
- Seraph: One of the celestial beings of God's throne; one of the highest order of beings.
- Shade: Ghost or shadow.
- Shaman: The intermediary between the natural world and the supernatural. They foretell the future and produces cures via magic.
- Sooth: Prophet.
- Specter: Ghost or apparition of a terrifying nature.
- Spook: Ghost, specter, or spy.
- Sprite: An elf, fairy, or goblin.
- Sibyl: Seer or prophet.
- Wraith: The apparition of a living being which portends their death.
Names for Cats From Famous Magicians
These illusionist's names are synonymous with magic and make delightful names for sly cats. From escapology to close up magic and from stage to shock magic, these magicians rank among the most well know of the twentieth century.
- Chung Ling Soo
- Max Maven
- Max Malini
- Penn or Teller
- Siegfried or Roy
Witch, Wizard, and Sorcerer Names for Cats
- Akuba: "Witch" in Japanese.
- Alohomora: In Harry Potter, "alohomora" is the spell for unlocking things (locks, doors, etc.).
- Charisma: A quality of personal magic that inspires devotion; a special, magnetic charm or appeal.
- Circe: (Pronounced sir-see) the sorceress in Homer's Odyssey.
- Enchant: To cast a spell.
- Laveau: Marie Catherine Laveau was a voodoo priestess in the late 1800s in New Orleans.
- Lumos: In Harry Potter, "lumos" is the spell for making light.
- Mantra: A sacred word or sound believed to have psychological or spiritual powers when repeated.
- Shazam: A word used to introduce an amazing or magical act or transformation.
- Ursula: Ursula Southeil lived in the 1500s and was considered England's greatest clairvoyant of her time.
For more ideas, read 55 Unique Witch Names for Cats From History and Literature.
Magical Realism Names for Cats
Magical realism is a genre of drama and literature that imbues its heavily detailed, realistic characters and environments with elements of fantasy or the supernatural. In these tales the lines occasionally blur from the mundane to the fantastic. Authors are reticent to give explanations for the sudden supernatural elements; such events are intended to highlight some peculiarity of normal life.
These names from authors and their novels, celebrate the combination of reality and fantasy we experience living with these magical creatures. While they generally seem to be bound by the physics of Earth, they may suddenly defy gravity and run up a wall or over a fence 20 times their height. And let's not forget the cat's ability to parachute to Earth from a third or fourth story balcony, simply by twisting and arching their long backs.
Allende - Isabel Allende, iconic magical realism author and writer of The House of Spirits.
Gabriel - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel prize wining author of 100 Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera among other magical realism novels.
Naylor - Gloria Naylor, heavily influenced by Toni Morrison, wrote The Women of Brewster Place, Linden Hills and Mama Day. Naylor makes a cute magical name for a kitty with sharp nails.
Rushdie - Salmon Rushdie, his novel, The Satanic Versus, so insulted the Islamic community, a fatwah was placed upon his life. Like any good cat, he survived to write another tale.
Saramago - Jose De Sousa Saramago is widely consider the finest Portuguese writer of his generation. His works can be considered allegories, where in historical events are viewed from a subversive perspective. His works are considered experimental in style, with sparing use of periods, sentences that go on for over a page, and sometimes abandoning the use of proper nouns. A Nobel laureate, his works include The Gospel According to Jesus Christ and Death with Interruptions, wherein the townsfolk suddenly stop dying.
Toni - Toni Morrison, African American author, Nobel Prize winner, and author of Beloved and The Song of Solomon.
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firstname.lastname@example.org on September 03, 2020:
i dont have a cat
Fey on August 08, 2020:
Widdershins would be good for a boy
Walker on August 04, 2020:
I think i like enchanted
Meredith Brasca on June 27, 2020:
Here's a few more (from my cat family): Hagatha, Pooka, LucyFur, and Beezel
Jae Behr on June 15, 2020:
I’m like Writing a list right now
buss on May 27, 2020:
my cat name is buss
Renee on May 01, 2020:
I have had 9 pet cats in my lifetime and their names have been: Russian blue named Spike (Spiker) then a white cat named Spirit & tuxedo cat named Sylvester, then a black Manx named Blackhawk (blackie) then ginger tabby named Wizard, Gray tabby named Slash, black cat named Magic, then another gray chartruex mix named Mystic, and lastly a black cat named Cosmic.
the max cats I had at one time was 5 but for the longest time it was just 4. but now were down to 2: Spirit and Cosmic.
my boyfriend developed a bond with our ginger tabby Wizard who passed away in the fall. So now, even though he is allergic to cats, he plans on adopting an orange tabby in the future and naming him Merlin... bc Merlin was a Wizard. haha
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on February 16, 2020:
I am sorry to hear about your cat named Dusty. It leaves a large hole in our hearts when we lose our furry companions.
Dustymycat on February 16, 2020:
I had a cat called Dusty who sadly died last week because she was hit by a car
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on December 14, 2019:
Siamese are beautiful and very dog like. Some of them will fetch for you.
Pyewacket is one of my favorite cat names. My mother acted on Off Broadway and played the witch in Bell, Book and Candle. She brought her pet Siamese for the production, as Suki, her cat, was used to riding on her should in Prospect Park.
Victoria on December 13, 2019:
Have always rescued Black cats, Magic,Shadow,Ashes now I have rescued a Siamese named Pyewacket. Never realized how much Siamese attach to you!
Karley on November 08, 2019:
I havent decided on Binx or Jynx for my cat :3 help?
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on October 20, 2019:
Hi Deathcat: Potion is a good name suggestion; Brew, Poison and Tonic might fit into that category too.
DeathCat on October 19, 2019:
Another is Potion.. maybe
Sharon on October 03, 2019:
Hi I’m getting a a male ginger kitten and looking for unusual witchcraft names for him....
I already have a white cat Wiccan...a black catTabitha and a black kitten Satan lol
Jim on September 25, 2019:
Actually circe pronounced kerke in greek
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on September 22, 2019:
Great names you have chosen for your cats C Hale. I had to look up Nymeria, sounds like a great name for a tough gray tabby cat!
CHale on September 21, 2019:
Mine are called Binx, Lucifer and Nymeria
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on July 22, 2019:
Hi Monalisacat - What kind of questions did you have. We have a vet here that writes under the name Dr. Mark. He is always willing to answer vet related cat questions. We also have forums, if you would like to join in the discussions.
Monalisacat on July 19, 2019:
I have a black lady cat named Lilith. She's 18 years old. We've been through a lot together. Is there any group here to ask questions?
Donna on June 01, 2019:
I have had a black male named Onyx. I have a black female named Ebony, and another black female named Jade. If I ever have any more black males, I will name them Jasper, and Obsidian. I guess you can tell that I am into natural minerals.
Delaney on May 25, 2019:
I've never bought a cat from a breeder most of the time we take them from the street, 9 now
who care on April 11, 2019:
a feral cat later i named her GAYA gave birth 3 kittens. one of them is black.
so i named them AL_BAT_ROSS whichs is my fav bird
ROSS- ROSSY see any connection hummm! :3
Car on April 01, 2019:
I have a friend named Vance who has cats and Ariel is also the titlur character in The Little Mermaid. Also, Shazam is a DC comic character.
Olympia on March 31, 2019:
We have 2 rescues...a male grey & black striped tiger...his name is Kittypuss. And a female black tabby...her name is Lil Miss.
M on March 18, 2019:
My black cats are ; Althea, Bilquis, Castor, Pyewacket, Minerva, Morrigan and Valentin.
And if the new rescue arrives this week she will be Dorcas or Zillah.
(And 2 tabby Eudora and Wilbur)
Barbie on March 09, 2019:
I have a rescue cat named Drewska. Also, a calico named Billie Jo.
Dawn on February 22, 2019:
I love the names Beatrix or Olive for black cats.
Sarah Shirley from WAYNESBORO on February 19, 2019:
I got a grey girl cat a week ago & named her Willow. When she gets hyper I call it a Willow-Wisp, cause all I see is a grey blur running by
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on February 16, 2019:
Hi Eden: Those are great names for cats!! If you don't mind we will add Raven and Pagen to the list! Thanks for sharing!
Eden on February 15, 2019:
My cats are : Salem, Raven, Pagan and Taliesen
Harleybaby on December 06, 2018:
I have an all black cat named Salem he was named that because I liked the show Sabrina The Teenage Witch and I love Salem Ma and I have a tuxedo cat named Harley he is named that because I like Harley Davidson and Harley Quinn they are both such wonderful loving cats I can't imagine not having them I rescued them both
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on November 28, 2018:
Hi Lorna: Thanks for dropping bye. My mother's first cat was named Suki Tawdry Howling. Howling being the cattery name. I love it!!
Lorna Lamon on November 28, 2018:
Thoroughly enjoyed this article. Our cat is called Suki which means love in Japanese. Not very mystical but an adorable bundle of fun. Thank you for sharing.
Kristinabatty on November 16, 2018:
We have a beautiful white fluffy male maine coon and norwegian forest cat cross kitten with golden eyes and searching for a perfect, unique name for him! something scandinavian or northern themed or magical, any ideas are much appreciated! He's very loving, gentle, sweet, playful and affectionate.
Anonymous on October 28, 2018:
We found a cat in a garbage truck when our dad was working and named her Germie because in this one book called Oscar The Grouch's New neighbor, the neighbors name is germie
SONIA SOGSWITCH on September 22, 2018:
I have a black cat called TUTU. she is missing just now and I AM HEARTBROKEN, I love her so much.
Jillygirl on July 18, 2018:
I have 8 cats
All are rescue cats....
Jennifer Wilber from Cleveland, Ohio on July 05, 2018:
I have two black cats; Freyja and Salem. Both of their names are magical!
Colleen on June 14, 2018:
I have a tabby cat and he has black and tan stripes with a white chest and stomach. His name is Salem.
cam on March 10, 2018:
my cats name is Amoni.
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on January 29, 2018:
Hi Chann: I have a black and white girl named Luna too. Good luck with your Lunatic!
TabM on August 17, 2017:
I have two cats. A brown and white tabby named Mongo and a grey named Cozmo.
JuanaH on July 10, 2017:
I just got a 3mth old white with like caramel stripes blue eyes a a black striped tail, he is beautifull , looks like a snow leopard, help fine am awesome name for him please
GalaxyRat on April 05, 2017:
Nice! I like Zemi a lot. Thinking about naming my future cat Thestral ("Tessie") Zemi.
Liata on February 16, 2017:
I named my cat on my phones "live" wallpaper Sodalite.....
Jennifer S on January 07, 2017:
I am getting a Black Bobtail male and naming him Night Crawler
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on October 09, 2016:
Hi Karen and Michelle - both cute names for female black cats!
Michelle on October 09, 2016:
My female black cat is Arabella.
Karen on May 20, 2016:
My female black cat is onyx
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on August 28, 2015:
Hi Missy: Thanks for visiting! Those are some long cat names! What do you call them for short?
Missy from The Midwest on August 28, 2015:
Nice list of names. Butterscotch and Gingerbread are my cats, but my kids named them lol. I'm saving this list for the future.
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on June 22, 2015:
Hi Sherry: Thanks for these kitty name suggestions!
Sherry Morrison on June 20, 2015:
Ellie for a girl and Eli for a boy
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on March 08, 2015:
Hi Peachpurple. Thanks for stopping by with an excellent suggestion. We will get Gilmore added in to the list!
peachy from Home Sweet Home on March 07, 2015:
i love cleo, sounds cool, what about gilmore?