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What are good black cat names?

Updated on September 29, 2015

Black cats can be any breed or mix of cat with black fir. Black cats 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 foreign versions of ‘black’ such as Ciara (Irish for black), or from the way the cat acts.

Black cats can be male or female and in most cases the name is not gender specific although there are a few male black cat names such as Voldermort or Ciar (which is the male form of Ciara) and female black cat names like Elvira or Hera.

The color of the black cat can vary slightly ranging from pure black to gray tones, brown towns and ‘speckled’ tones where the roots may be white and show through. 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 character of the cat into account. While names like Ebony are obvious, and some will be ‘funny’ by using the complete opposite like Ivory often you should try and use a name that fits. Usually by observing the traits and mannerisms of your cat you should be able to pick the right name.

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Examples of how to choose a black cat 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.

Picking names for cats is a difficult process; I suggest that you make a list of your top twenty names, observe you 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.

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 2 of my other cats (Spanky and Mr. Norris).

Black Cats 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 (US) or Good Luck (UK, Japan)

Death: often it is said that if a black cat sits on a sick persons bed signifies death.

Money: stroking a black cat ensures wealth

My personal Top 100 names for black cats:

Here's a list of my favorite names for black cats. Feel free to leave additional ideas in the comments section below.

  • Merlot
  • Midnight
  • Misty
  • Morganna
  • Mynx
  • Mystique
  • New Moon
  • Night
  • Nightmare
  • Nightfall
  • Ninja
  • Nocky
  • Nocturnal
  • Noir
  • Onyx
  • Oreo
  • Pandora
  • Pocus
  • Puma
  • Raven
  • Rook
  • Salem
  • Sauron
  • Shada
  • Shadow
  • Shadowfax
  • Shadowy
  • Smokey
  • Snow
  • Snowball
  • Sookie
  • Soot
  • Sooty
  • Spade
  • Splot
  • Spooky
  • Spot
  • Stars
  • Twilight
  • Velvet
  • Velvetine
  • Voldermort
  • Whisper
  • Whispers
  • White
  • Whitey
  • Wicca
  • Witchy
  • Wraith
  • Wrath


  • 8ball
  • Ashes
  • Bela (after Bela Lugosi)
  • Black
  • Black beauty
  • Black Light (or Black Lite)
  • Blackberry
  • Blackjack
  • Blacky
  • Blazer
  • Blizzard
  • Casper
  • Chalky
  • Chocolate
  • Ciar (Male)
  • Ciara (Female)
  • Cinder
  • Cinders
  • Coal
  • Cocoa
  • Cole
  • Cosmo
  • Dark One
  • Dark Knight
  • Dark Raider
  • Darkness
  • Darth
  • Dusty
  • Ebony
  • Eclipse
  • Elva
  • Elvira
  • Halloween
  • Hera
  • Hocus
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Hollow
  • Inky
  • Ink Well
  • Isis
  • Ivory
  • Jet
  • Jetty
  • Jinx
  • Knight
  • Licorice
  • Lucy
  • Lucky
  • Lupa
  • Magic


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      PikachuInABox 6 months ago

      I named my black cat rose after FGteev's black and white puppy

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      Milky 8 months ago

      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.

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      Kylie 14 months ago

      I call my little black cat lucky because she never gave me bad luck before.

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      Shelly 16 months ago

      I had black cats there names were Omen, Sabbath and Ishtah

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      Tina 16 months ago

      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.

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      Sasha the Cat 17 months ago

      I like Spellwrit or Hex for mine. Other names:

      McGonogall

      Void

      Thunder

      Midnight

      Hex

      Spellwrit

      Merlin

      Nightstar

      Stumpytail (My cat has half a tail)

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      Lisa 24 months ago

      Hotrod

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      Thomas C Mill 2 years ago from USA

      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!

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      MMMANDIE123 2 years ago

      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?

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      Patricia miller 2 years ago

      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.

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      FluffyGiggles 2 years ago

      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!

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      Luvtoo Write 3 years ago from Chicago, IL

      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!

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      Kept private 4 years ago from Northeast United States

      A very fun article ! :) Thank you. Have a great weekend. Voted up.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      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!

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      John David 4 years ago from Middle America

      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!

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      Kenneth C Agudo 4 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

      Voted up! I choose the shadow name of cat!

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      Elizabeth Parker 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Enjoyable hub and great list of names! Voted up.

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      Nicole S Hanson 4 years ago from Minnesota

      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.

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      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. :)

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      Sarah Neher 4 years ago

      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.

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      If I had a black cat I would call him Oscuro which is the Spanish for dark.

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      Solaras 4 years ago

      Love Mr. Norris and Spanky! Are they black too? Great hub voted thumbs up!

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      MizBejabbers 4 years ago

      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 4 years ago from United States

      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. :)

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      Rachel 4 years ago from Ohio

      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!

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      Magster1959 5 years ago

      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!).

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      Yahaira299 5 years ago

      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 (:

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      Thalia Brussow 5 years ago

      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!

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      skyla 5 years ago

      my top names t5hat r my cats names are

      onyx

      shadow

      thunder

      smokey

      and midnight 3 midnights achallky

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 5 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      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.

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      Ann1Az2 5 years ago from Orange, Texas

      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!

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      wicky 5 years ago

      mines called Haka , he's a all black .

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      angelladywriter 5 years ago

      We call our beautiful black cat, Midnight. My daughters call her Middy, as a short name. She is truly a very special girl.

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      Perry the Cat 5 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

      Nunnery

      Cosmic

      Gok

      Deacon

      Bleak

      Nevermore

      Schwarz

      Sombre

      Hershey

      Edward Clawpawhands

      Barque

      Lord Nightshade

      Darkwind

      Morte

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      funnybones 5 years ago

      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....

      *abra

      *cadbra/or abracadbra

      *chunky

      *numnums

      *munchy

      *crunchy

      *precious

      *spots

      *camerion

      *mr.kiksters

      *kikianna

      *jayspring

      *manthot

      *splits

      *blakes

      *chuby

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      Theophanes 5 years ago from New England

      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.

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      Perry the Cat 5 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

      After a discussion with the other cats I live with, here are a few other suggestions:

      1. Tar

      2. Sidewall

      3. Space

      4. Warlock

      5. Spades (or Ace)

      6. Suicide

      7. Ember

      8. Pyro (From pyroclastic flow)

      9. Thunder

      10. Watch (Scottish)

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      Perry the Cat 5 years ago from Mouskin, Texas

      My mom is weird. Her top ten names for black cats are:

      1. Snowball

      2. Spot

      3. Skidmark

      4. Absence

      5. Sister Elise

      6. Barnabas

      7. Hole

      8. Crow

      9. Beans

      10. Snipes

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      Lauryallan 5 years ago

      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.

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      Roberta Kyle 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      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.

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      Gusser 5 years ago

      You missed a cats best name choices--Target Or Bullseye

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      Simon Cook 5 years ago from NJ, USA

      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!

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      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.

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      pinkydoo 5 years ago from New York

      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!

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      JANINAMARIE 5 years ago from New York

      I like Twilight..very in style name!

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      Wow! That is a lot of interesting names for a black cat. Thanks for SHARING some very fascinating names and detail information.