130+ Cute and Clever Tortoiseshell Cat Names

Updated on January 5, 2019
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Looking for a name for your tortoiseshell cat?  Then look no further than this list of over 130 of them.  From names inspired by their color to ones based on their personalities, there are plenty to choose from.
Looking for a name for your tortoiseshell cat? Then look no further than this list of over 130 of them. From names inspired by their color to ones based on their personalities, there are plenty to choose from. | Source

Are you the proud owner of a tortoiseshell cat? If so, you are in luck. These colorful kitties have fun and feisty personalities and they're fascinating to look at because of their distinct coloring.

Tortoiseshell cats, otherwise known as "Torties," doesn't refer to a breed of cat, but rather the color of them. Their coats are made up of various combinations of blacks, oranges, rusts, and browns, with some cream thrown in occasionally.

To be a true tortie, their coats should be made up of two colors. They may have some small flecks of cream. If they have a lot of cream color, then they are considered a calico.

If you were lucky enough to have gotten one of these beauties, then you need a special name for it and you've definitely come to the right place.

You'll find over 130 names inspired by:

  • Fur colors
  • Fur Patterns
  • Personalities
  • Sweet names that these special cats deserve.

What about you?

Do you have a tortoiseshell cat or are you planning on getting one?

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Did You Know?

Almost all tortoiseshell cats are female. If you have a male, then you are one of the few who do, since only about 1% are. And if you have one, then chances are that he is sterile. It's all because of genes.

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Names for Tortoiseshell Cats Based on Their Colors

Primarily Black

Many tortoiseshell cats are predominantly black, so if your new furry friend is like this, there are some awesome names to choose from.

 
 
Bean
Licorice
Blackjack
Midnight
Cinder
Misty
Coco
Onyx
Coffee
Opal
Ebony
Pepper
Espresso
Raisinette
Gypsy
Raven
India
Sabrina
Lace
Smokey
Lava
Stormy

Primarily Orange

Many torties have gorgeous coats, lush with orange tones. Some even have large patches of the color.

If you want to bring attention to your new friend's orange highlights, then one of these names might be perfect.

 
 
Apricot
Lady Marmalade
Butterscotch
Marigold
Cheddar
Mumsie
Clementine
Peaches
Coral
Pumpkin
Daffodil
Saffron
Fawn
Sunflower
Ginger
Tawny
Goldie
Tiger
Honey
Topaz

Did You Know?

Throughout folklore, and even today, torties are considered lucky. You may hear them referred to as money cats.

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Primarily Rust

Many people think that rust and orange in a tortie are the same thing, but look closely at your girl's fur and you'll see a difference.

If she looks more like a redhead than an orange tabby cat, then these are names that you may want to consider.

 
 
Auburn
Red
Brandy
Remy
Cayenne
Rosie
Cherry
Ruby
Copper
Rusty
Garnet
Scarlet
Henna
Sienna
Hennesy
Spice

Primarily Brown

While not quite as common as the other colors, take a look at your new buddy and I bet you'll see lots of brown showing up, especially if she's got a lighter appearance overall.

Maybe one of these names will fit her well.

 
 
Amber
Ice T
Autumn
Kit Kat
Bronze
Mahogany
Brownie
Mocha
Caramel
Morgan
Chestnut
Nutmeg
Chocolate
Reese
Cider
Root Beer
Cinnamon
Scotch
Frappe
Toffee
Hazel
Twix

What Is Tortitude?

Tortitude is that special attitude that many people believe tortoiseshell cats possess.

They can be pretty feisty, they definitely rule the house, and they usually let everyone know how great they are.

Tortoiseshell cats make great pets.
Tortoiseshell cats make great pets. | Source

Names Based on Their Fur Patterns

Some torties have distinct patterns in their coats, while others have subtle shading that makes them look like they are one color from far away.

Whichever look your kitty has, using their fur pattern can be a fun way to choose a name.

 
 
Checkers
Pie
Cosmos
Pixel
Dot
Patches
Fleck
Pulsar
Fluffy
Rainbow
Freckles
Sparkles
Glimmer
Speck
Glitter
Spot
Kaleidoscope
Star
Marbles
Tabitha
Feisty Ivy, my favorite tortie.
Feisty Ivy, my favorite tortie. | Source

Names Based on Their Personalities

Most tortie owners will tell you that their girls have tortitude. Maybe it comes from their genes, or maybe it's just in people's imaginations, but they definitely have unique personalities.

If your cat's attitude is what really shines through, then a name based on that might be just right.

 
 
Dash
Pouncer
Feisty
Racer
Frisky
Rascal
Gizmo
Sassy
Joy
Scratch
Lucky
Zip

Sweet Names for Your Tortie

A sweet kitten deserve a sweet name, and here are some of the sweetest.

You'll find that these are pretty much all for females, and that's because almost all tortoiseshell cats are girls.

Hopefully one of these will fit your fuzzball perfectly.

 
 
Addie
Holly
Amy
Iris
Ashley
Ivy
Bailey
Lexi
Begonia
Lily
Blossom
Lotus
Callie
Marnie
Cassie
Molly
Candie
Pansy
Cleo
Petunia
Dahlia
Poppy
Daisy
Shelly
Heather
Tansy
Helen
Tulip
This girl has a fair amount of white in her, so she's more of a calico cat, but her coloring is mainly like a tortoiseshell.
This girl has a fair amount of white in her, so she's more of a calico cat, but her coloring is mainly like a tortoiseshell. | Source

Still Undecided?

It's not easy picking out a name for your cat. There are many things to think about, but no matter what name you choose for your furry friend, I'm sure it will be great.

And if you already have a tortie, then you know how fortunate you are. You don't see them as often as other cats, and they have a special allure because of their stunning color combos and unique attitudes.

Good luck choosing a name for your new friend!

© 2019 Claudia Mitchell

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    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      2 months ago

      Your torties sound awesome. And you are right, when you love your animal you can forgive. My mom's tortie like to nibble on my jeans. She comes right up to me and starts chewing. She also doesn't eat off of a plate, but knocks it onto the floor. I really find their coloration so beautiful and each one is different. Thanks for telling me about your cats!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 months ago from USA

      Oh, do I LOVE torties! I've had cats of every color because I've previously done rescue and spay/neutered of feral cats, but torties are my absolute favorite. (Don't tell the others.)

      My first tortie was a tortie kitten that I rehabilitated with the rest of a feral litter. They were severely ill with an upper respiratory infection, and the little gal spit and hissed at me. I told my husband that that one is REALLY wild. I nursed them all back to health under the direction of my vet, giving them fluids several times a day. The others were fixed, vaccinated and adopted out, but Lil Speedy (named after her feral tortie mama who was also fixed) was "spicy" from the start. She ended up staying with me because she needed to see a veterinary ophthalmologist. Eventually, she just stayed. She was blind in one eye but she was my tortie darling. Sometimes at night, the little rascal would pee on my toaster oven on my kitchen counter for some odd reason, but God almighty I loved her! When you're in love, you forgive.

      The second tortie I got was a tortie kitten I named Lula after my great-great grandmother, a woman the family recalls fondly as the meanest woman around. The little tortie was stuck under my grandma's porch and when I went to retrieve her she hissed and spit at me -- just like a tortie! It was love at first bite!

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      4 months ago

      I like the name Sooty Liz. That's a good one for a tortie. Thanks.

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 months ago from UK

      As a child, we had a tortoise shell cat called Sooty. I did not realise that most were female.

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      4 months ago

      Thank you Tess. I appreciate it. do you have a tortoiseshell cat?

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      Tessa Schlesinger 

      4 months ago from South Africa

      I love it! Great article.

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      Ellison Hartley 

      4 months ago from Maryland, USA

      Thanks, it definitely fits her! She is a sassy little thing!

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      4 months ago

      Simba is a great name. It's always hard trying to pick that perfect name, but hopefully these lists help. Thanks for reading. Happy New Year!

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      Nell Rose 

      4 months ago from England

      We used to have a tortoiseshell cat, but we just named him Simba. I love your list of names and if we ever get another one you have given me lots of great ideas.

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile imageAUTHOR

      Claudia Mitchell 

      4 months ago

      Oh that's a great name. And perfect for that tortie personality. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Ellison Hartley 

      4 months ago from Maryland, USA

      I have a tortoise shell cat! She is the first indoor cat I have ever had. She acts more like a dog than a cat. Her name is Wednesday, as in the little girl from the adams family. I named her that because my friends cats name is lurch!

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