Simon has two cats with unique names. He's happy to share his tips so others can choose the best names for their cats and other pets.
Black cats can be of any breed or mix. They are often associated with witches, bad luck, and in some cases, good luck, so often when black cat names are given, they have a mystical feel. Other names are often derived from the word "black" in foreign languages—such as Ciara.
Most names on this list are not gender-specific, although there are a few black cat names that work for male cats, such as Voldermort or Ciar (which is the male form of Ciara), and female black cat names like Elvira or Hera.
A black cat's color can vary slightly, ranging from pure black to grey, with brown and "speckled" patterns. Pure black cats are often given names like Onyx or Ebony.
When picking names for cats, especially black ones, you should try to take the cat's character into account. While you can name your cat based on its color, you should try to decide on a name that fits. By observing your cat's traits and mannerisms, you should be able to pick the right name.
Black Cats in Folklore
- Familiars: In the Middle Ages, the black cat was believed to be the familiar of a witch.
- Bad/good luck: Depending on your culture, it is said that when a black cat crosses your path it is bad luck (U.S.) or good luck (U.K., Japan).
- Death: Often, it is said that a black cat that sits on a sick person's bed signifies death.
- Money: Stroking a black cat ensures wealth.
How to Choose a Name
- Evasive or Elusive Cats: if your cat is evasive, elusive, and always seems to slink and hide, a suitable name may be Shadow or Casper.
- Evil and Playful Cats: If your cat seems to be playful and perhaps a little evil, then names like Bela or Elvira might be more suitable.
- Mystical Names: if your cat seems to know what you’re thinking and can speak volumes without making a sound, then you should consider Mystique, Witchy, or Wicca.
Note: Picking a name for your cat can be a difficult process. I suggest that you make a list of your top 20 names, observe your cat for a few days, and eliminate the ones that don’t fit—eventually, you’ll be able to narrow it down so you end up with the perfect black cat name.
Top 100 Names for a Black Cat
Here's a list of my favorite names for black cats. Feel free to leave additional ideas in the comments section below.
Black Cat Names A–M
Bela (after Bela Lugosi)
Black Light (or Black Lite)
Black Cat Names M–Z
My Black Cat
In early 2000, we went to the local "zoo" and obtained our black cat. We were very original (NOT) and named her Ebony—she is the mom to two of my other cats (Spanky and Mr. Norris).
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cat lover on June 12, 2020:
anonymous on May 07, 2020:
Tonia Hawkinson on December 02, 2019:
Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on July 03, 2019:
I just remembered a black kitten my son adopted in 1980. We named him "Booger" because he was such a little booger. He hated to stay in the house and tore the place up if we went somewhere and left him inside.
Eva on July 03, 2019:
Simi is the name of our baby. Big
Black Beast is the name of our oldest.
Simi is named after a demon.
Beast found her in the yard and brought her in.
Camila on March 20, 2019:
I have a cat named Jasmine
Terrie on March 08, 2019:
I have 9..4 still need to be adopted. The others are Li'l Bit..who is anything but, Boo, Stormy, Shadow, Spooky and Sprite. All are black and awesome !!
Heather on December 21, 2018:
doglover on May 19, 2018:
Luna is a good name I think
Brat on April 07, 2018:
I named my black cat NUIT it stands for (goddess of the midnight sky)
Sneaky on February 02, 2018:
Ohelene on December 17, 2017:
When I adopted my cat he was named Walter,poor cat had never been out of cage they said he was not a good cat and that at the end of the day he would be put down,no doubt I adopted him he is the sweetest most obedient loveable cat we changed his named to chumlee, short for chum because he is a true friend my chum
PikachuInABox on April 08, 2017:
I named my black cat rose after FGteev's black and white puppy
Milky on February 07, 2017:
We have a black cat called Roly-Poly-Oly-O. I have no idea why, except that he's fat and likes to curl up in a ball. (My mom named him)Roly's mom was black, too, and we called her Catniss. (Like from the Hunger Games, but Cat instead of Kat)
Ace or Clover might be funny because it's a little bit of a paradox :3 like black cats are supposed to be bad luck, but aces and clovers are supposed to be good luck.
Kylie on July 28, 2016:
I call my little black cat lucky because she never gave me bad luck before.
Shelly on June 12, 2016:
I had black cats there names were Omen, Sabbath and Ishtah
Tina on May 28, 2016:
I had a male black cat named Black Magic and his sister that was tuxedo black and white was named Sorceress. Best cats I ever had.
Sasha the Cat on May 08, 2016:
I like Spellwrit or Hex for mine. Other names:
Stumpytail (My cat has half a tail)
Lisa on October 24, 2015:
Thomas C Mill from USA on August 25, 2015:
Thank you for this. You have a lot of good names here and your exmples of how to pick black cat names is very useful. My personal favorites are Charcoal, Dejavu and Enigma. I names my newest black kitty Enigma. I found these names at http://catnamescity.com/black-cat-names/
Thanks for a great post!
MMMANDIE123 on August 10, 2015:
I like Midnight, Misty, Oreo, Lucky, Ivory, and Bella. I have four kittens that I have to name. There is an orange kitten and a black kitten and two cream colored ones. Does anyone have really good names for those kinds of kittens?
Patricia miller on June 10, 2015:
I got a cat 3 years ago her name was Doti. My brother changed it to Boo and then we saw Monsters Inc. And I added Kitty,so she's BooKitty. The New cat I found doesn't have a name yet. He's sweet. Laid back and very vocal ,I'm thinking Phantom or Zorro maybe Jag. My last black cat was named Spooky. I also have a grey cat named smoochie. Your list was helpful.
FluffyGiggles on April 30, 2015:
My family just aquired two ADORABLE black kittens with long fur. My sis got mad when i named my baby Mynx because it sounded too much like hers, Jinx. It fits two adorable twin girls though right? Thanks!
Luvtoo Write from Chicago, IL on February 12, 2014:
I see you have Eclipse on your list and I thought I was being original when I name him. I named him Eclipse because he has the shape of a crescent moon on his belly. Sweetest cat ever!
Carrie Lee Night from Northeast United States on October 11, 2013:
A very fun article ! :) Thank you. Have a great weekend. Voted up.
FlourishAnyway from USA on August 17, 2013:
I like your unusual list! I have 3 black cats (all unrelated). Two are named Jamal because we thought they were the same cat for awhile, and the other one is Samuel. I sure wished we had been more inventive.
Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on July 19, 2013:
Fun list and hub! As the momma of 1 black, 1 gray, 1 (spotted) white, 1 brown and white, I didn't end up naming them by their colors but I really enjoyed all these ideas! Thank you for this!
John David from Middle America on June 18, 2013:
I too enjoy the name Lucky, as it goes against the popular myth of black cats.. which are beautiful I might add. A family member of mine has one named LUNA, which I think is great!
Kenneth C Agudo from Tiwi, Philippines on June 17, 2013:
Voted up! I choose the shadow name of cat!
Elizabeth Parker from Las Vegas, NV on June 17, 2013:
Enjoyable hub and great list of names! Voted up.
Nicole S Hanson from Minnesota on June 17, 2013:
We have had a couple black cats now, one was named Casey and one was Jack. Nothing at all relating to the black color lol. I also had a black horse growing up, her name was Magic and that was a little more fitting for a black animal.
FullOfLoveSites from United States on June 17, 2013:
We used to have a black cat named Mello; my sister named him after a character in the anime series Death Note. :))
Jinx is my most favorite in your list. :)
Sarah Neher on June 15, 2013:
My black cats are named Rose, Davis (the last names of my favorite basketball players at that time), and Josie (black & white - named after Josie & the Pussycats). I also have a friend who has a black cat named Diesel.
Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on June 15, 2013:
If I had a black cat I would call him Oscuro which is the Spanish for dark.
Barbara Fitzgerald from Georgia on June 15, 2013:
Love Mr. Norris and Spanky! Are they black too? Great hub voted thumbs up!
Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on May 31, 2013:
What a bunch of interesting names. I think Blackie, Smokey, and Shadow are too common. Black cats are my favorite cat, so I guess I was a witch in a previous life. My current black cat is a long hair named Tas. He and his mother came to our house on Halloween Day, 2001, when he was still nursing. He was also teething and very irritable, so I named him Tasmanian Devil. After he got over his teething, he has the best disposition of any cat of any color I’ve ever had. He looked and acted just like a little black monkey, so he was renamed Tasmanian Monkey, Tas for short. Voted you up and useful.
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idigwebsites from United States on February 21, 2013:
Ok! I'd like to have a black cat! And stroke him/her in hopes to get rich, hehehehe. I like your choices of names. I'd like to add Vader to your list because you've already got Darth. :)
Voted up, interesting. :)
Rachel from Ohio on January 12, 2013:
My 17 year old black cat is Lilith, or Lily for short. She is...well, she's a Lilith! She's a very no-nonsense kitty! When she requires some sort of assistance, like the food or water dishes aren't full enough, she will let you know. Other than that, do not disturb the Queen!
Magster1959 on September 14, 2012:
I've had 4 black cats, 3 male and 1 female. The males: Smack, Binkley and Sweets. The female: Etta. Smack loved to give kisses (Peanuts Snoopy always gave the Smack when he kissed someone!), Binkley was after the Bloom County cartoon strip character(his hair on his head stuck straight out!). Sweets was such a loving precious soul, so sweet..well..there you have it! And Etta, "at last" I got a female cat...(Etta James' big hit!). I always go by personality with the exception of my orange cat, he was Julius (Orange Julius drinks!).
Yahaira299 on July 12, 2012:
Ahh, finally i found the perfect name for my cat. Bela, i thought of naming her Chino because her eyes look so tiny & separated,. But now i have the name Bela (:
Thalia Brussow on July 11, 2012:
We named our black kitten Lillith. Some people believe that when man was created, the first woman wasn't named Eve but Lillith.
Lillith somehow turned "evil" and became a demon, so then Eve was made. Thus our black kitten is "the mother of demons" so to speak, haha :) Love cats!
skyla on July 04, 2012:
my top names t5hat r my cats names are
and midnight 3 midnights achallky
Pamela Dapples from Arizona now on June 16, 2012:
When I tried to think of a name to suit my black cat five years ago, I could only think of three different names. That's quite a list you came up with. Great fun.
Ann1Az2 from Orange, Texas on June 14, 2012:
Enjoyed your hub - I have 4 cats, 2 of which are black with white markings. I named one Valentino because he is such a baby and a love. The other one's name is very original - Tuxedo. lol His white markings are such that he looks like he has a white shirt on under a tuxedo - 4 white feet and a white chest and belly. I could have used your hub when I was naming all of my cats!
wicky on June 11, 2012:
mines called Haka , he's a all black .
angelladywriter on May 21, 2012:
We call our beautiful black cat, Midnight. My daughters call her Middy, as a short name. She is truly a very special girl.
Perry the Cat from Mouskin, Texas on May 14, 2012:
funnybones on May 13, 2012:
Thanks for the great cat names I'm getting 2 black kittens and couldn't decide what to name them I liked cosmo.I got some other ideas for names....
Theophanes Avery from New England on April 17, 2012:
I always liked Bagheera for a black cat, like the black leopard in A Jungle Book, especially if it's a spotted black cat!
Layla is also good as it means night.
Perry the Cat from Mouskin, Texas on April 16, 2012:
After a discussion with the other cats I live with, here are a few other suggestions:
5. Spades (or Ace)
8. Pyro (From pyroclastic flow)
10. Watch (Scottish)
Perry the Cat from Mouskin, Texas on March 28, 2012:
My mom is weird. Her top ten names for black cats are:
5. Sister Elise
Lauryallan on January 25, 2012:
lol we have a black cat and got him as a kitten. We did as you have suggested here and watched the cat to see his personality and his traits. He liked to hide and jump out from random places so we called him Houdini. Magic related I guess.
Roberta Kyle from Central New Jersey on January 25, 2012:
fascinating that you can find so many names for a black cat-- quite a feat, but I do think that " whitey" is a bit off the mark lol-- fun hub. Really enjoyed it.
Gusser on January 24, 2012:
You missed a cats best name choices--Target Or Bullseye
Simon Cook (author) from NJ, USA on January 24, 2012:
We have a black and white chihuahua called Bella - she was born on St Patrick's day! So she's a Mexican Irish Italina dog!
FloraBreenRobison on January 24, 2012:
Bella meas beautiful in Italian if there are two L's.
We had a black cat when I was a baby to toddler who was old by then. Mom took him over when his former owner couldn't take him with her travelling. Mom already had raised his sister (she ran away at some point)
Anyway, this black cat had a well established name. I guess he must have had an adorable face when he was a kitten because his name was *Face.*
My other cats have been black and white, black and grey tabby (current), calico, and orange tabby.
There was someone I know who called his black cat spyder - with that spelling. :( Poor kitty.
pinkydoo from New York on January 24, 2012:
Hollow! there's a funny name! I also like 8ball, and...Snowball? That's a joke name, right, like calling a big fat cat Teeny!
JANINAMARIE from New York on January 24, 2012:
I like Twilight..very in style name!
Cindy Murdoch from Texas on January 24, 2012:
Wow! That is a lot of interesting names for a black cat. Thanks for SHARING some very fascinating names and detail information.