An animal lover, having raised and cared for over 25 cats both purebred and feral converts, as well as an AKC Breeder of Merit.
The History of Humans and Cats
Are you blessed with a new striped kitty in need of a unique name? The true king of the jungle, the tiger, provides many naming opportunities for you to choose from. Their exotic locales and history preserved in literature and film, as well as their magnificent coat patterns, provide a wide array of naming ideas to find that perfect moniker for your new kitty. Let's take a moment to explore the history of the domestic cat and appreciate its relation to its bigger cousins and mankind.
Around twenty million years ago, the cat family (felids) splint into two branches, the sabercats and the felinae, from which the domestic cat is descended. The most popular of the sabercats, the "saber-toothed tiger" (smilodon) and its felinae cousins co-existed with man for 20 million years until, 8,000 years ago. The sabercats were known for their heavy body builds and their long, saber-shaped teeth, with wide hinging jaws, used to sink those remarkable long, slender canines into prey. It is unknown why the sabercats became extinct 8,000 years ago.
In contrast, the felinae had shorter, conical teeth, lythe, graceful bodies, and survived to co-exist with man until present day. Felinae began with the panther line, descending to the smallest and most recent arrival, the domestic cat, which is most closely related to the leopard.
Approximately 10,000 years ago, the ancestors to today's domestic cat chose to take up with man. As humans began to settle down, farm and store their food supplies, their settlements offered up a smorgasbord of rodents for cats to feast on. Seeing the value of these small predators, man decided to let these graceful beings keep vigil over their settlements and grain stores. So valuable a resource to early civilized man, it was a serious crime in Egypt to kill a cat.
Today's domestic cats bear 13 genetic markers that separate it from its wild relatives. These genes allow the domestic cat to learn behaviors that make them more compatible to humans, by gaining the ability to learn adaptive behaviors from the reward of food. It is estimated that between 73 and 97 million cats share their homes with humans in America alone. That's more pet cats than pet dogs; Americans do love their furry, purry companions!
The Word for "Tiger" in Different Languages
The tiger is one of the twelve Chinese Zodiac animals. Those born in the year of the tiger are said to be possessed of great personal bravery and strength. Throughout all cultures the tiger represents self confidence, bravery and supremacy. Consider one of these tiger translations as a name for your courageous, tabby cat.
- Baag: Hindi
- Bagha: Nepali
- Con Cop: Vietnamese
- Ingwe: Zulu
- Harimau: Indonesian
- Holang-i: Korean
- Hǔ: Mandarin, Chinese
- Jaguarete: Guarani
- Kaplan: Turkish
- Lodaya: Sudanese
- Macan: Javanese
- Namur: Arabic
- Seu: Laotian
- Sher: Urdu
- Taika: Maori
- Tier: Afrikaans
- Tigar: Croatian, Serbian
- Tiger: English, German, Danish, Norwegian, Maltese, Slovak, Slovenian and Swedish
- Tigre: Catalan, Basque, Italian, Spanish, French
- Tigris: Latin
- Tigru: Romanian
- Tiikeri: Finnish
- Tigress: French (feminine)
- Tygr: Czech
- Tora: Japanese
- Vyaghra: Sanskrit (pronounced like the little blue pill)
- Yolbars: Uzbek
Names for Tabby Cats From Tiger Habitats
These names from tiger habitats make cute names for their smaller, striped cousins.
- Asia or Aja
- Kanha (Indian National Park)
- Satpura (Indian National Park)
Famous Tiger Names From Film, Fiction, and Literature
- Hobbes: From the cartoon series, "Calvin and Hobbes."
- Koumal and Sangha: Tiger cub brother in the film Two Brothers.
- Louison: The tigress in the 1876 French novel Les Aventures du Capitaine Corcoran.
- Mantecore: White tiger who attacked Roy Horn of Siegfried and Roy animal trainers.
- Parker: Tiger and costar in the film Life of Pi, his full name is Richard Parker.
- Rajah: From Disney's Aladdin, Rajah means king.
- Shere Khan: Rudyard Kipling's tiger in The Jungle Book. Khan means lord or ruler.
- Suzy: Star tiger of Ringling Bros. Circus.
- Tigger: Winnie The Pooh's companion.
- Tony: The Kelloggs mascot, Tony the Tiger.
- Tyger: William Blake's poem, "The Tyger," "Tyger, Tyger burning bright..."
- Damoo: Damoo Dhotre, famous animal trainer from India, he was able to earn the trust of wild animals. His most famous trick was a goat, preferred tiger prey, riding on the back of a tiger.
Names for Cats That Mean "Stripes" or "Striped"
These unique cat name ideas come from synonyms for the words stripes or striped, as well as from popular striped objects such as materials, candies and playful objects.
- Pixie or Pixie Stix
Famous Tabby Cat Names From Film and History
- Butch: Orange tabby cat in The Incredible Shrinking Man, played by Orangey of Breakfast at Tiffany's fame.
- Dragon: Gray tabby in Toy Story 4, known for his toy destroying habit.
- Garfield: Orange striped cartoon Kitty.
- General: Cat's Eye grey striped feline heroine who links three Stephen King stories into a trilogy.
- Floyd: Grey tabby with the ability to sense ghosts, warns his owner of impending danger in Ghost.
- Jock: Winston Churchill's marmalade tabby cat.
- Jonesy: Red striped astronaut companion in Alien.
- Meowthra: Monster-sized tabby, Meowthra is a play on Godzilla nemesis Mothra, in The Lego NINJAGO Movie
- Morris: Nine Lives' finicky tabby cat.
- Mr. Bitey: Striped feline in the movie, Kick-ass.
- Orangey: Ginger tabby actor who starred in several films, most notably as Cat in Breakfast at Tiffany's. He earned two PATSY awards, the Academy Award of the acting animal kingdom, ten years apart, in 1951 and 1961.
- Stubbs: The honorary mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska, Stubbs, an orange tabby, has served in this position for twenty years.
- Tonto: Orange striped cat of the duo, Tonto and Harry, starring Art Carney.
- Ulysses: Inside Llewyn Davis.
Famous Jungle Character Names for Cats
George: George of the Jungle, cartoon that parodied Tarzan on the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. George is accident prone, as the theme song admonishes, "Watch out for that tree." George makes a cute name for a clumsy kitten.
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, The Lord of The Apes. Viscount Greystoke is lost as a child and raised by apes. As an adult his is discovered and returned to civilization and his legacy as Lord Greystoke. He ultimately rejects civilization and returns to the jungle as an adventurer.
Jai: TV Tarzan's young male companion.
Jane: Movie Tarzan's female companion and love interest.
Jumanji: Supernatural jungle-based board game that released jungle hazards upon its participants.
Kong: King Kong, gorilla-type giant who hails from Skull Island. Kong's emergence from the jungle canopy is a cinematic watershed moment.
Tarzan: Lord of the Apes.
Bradley: Comic strip character from the 1930s, James Bradley aka Jungle Jim, an Asia-based hunter.
© 2020 Barbara Fitzgerald
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on February 27, 2020:
Thanks for visiting Liz; I am glad you enjoyed the read. I am working up some new angles to add to the tiger themed names for cats!! Stay tuned.
Liz Westwood from UK on February 19, 2020:
I wondered where you were going to go with this title. I am amazed at how many interesting name choices you have come up with.
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on February 16, 2020:
Hi T - No I did not know Disney had so many cat characters, but then Disney is too prolific for me to keep up with. Thanks for visiting!!
The Logician from now on on February 16, 2020:
Great suggestions for cat names!
Did you know there are over 200 Disney Cat Names