What are good orange cat names?

Updated on February 5, 2016

Orange cats (or ginger cats) are among the most popular cat types there are and have cropped up all over the world in cartoons and TV shows (Garfield being perhaps the most famous orange cat.). Generally there are no breeds of Orange cat as they can be found in many different breeds; predominantly they are part of the tabby cat.

While many argue that orange cats are among the most charismatic types of cat, with a personality that often matches their color, there really isn’t anything to set them aside from the normal tabby cat. Generally they are easy to domesticate, are friendly and warm, love to play and have a little bit of the devil in them at times.

Thus when deciding a great cat name for your orange tabby you should take into account his or her character, not just the coloring; it’s easy to simply name the cat Ginger or Marmaduke, but you may find a better fit based on their characteristics.

Orange tabby cat.
Orange tabby cat. | Source

Examples of how to choose an Orange cats name:

Evil and Playful cats: orange cats often seem to have the devil in them and are often causing trouble or in trouble. What better name can you think of that Prince Harry or even Ron Weasley, both boisterous ginger headed men!

Celtic Names: orange hair is synonymous with Celts and particularly the Irish, therefore a great name for an orange cat might be Flynn or Rory.

Typical names: of course if you cannot work out what character your orange cat has you can use some of the funny cat names or atypical ginger cat names like Orange Juice, Carrot, Tabasco or Ginger. Of course you could confuse everyone by naming your cat Snowy.

Famous Names: does your orange cat exude fame? Is he or she destined to be a star? The why not use a famous name like Marmaduke or Garfield?

Picking names for any cat is difficult at the best of time. Sometimes it’s not obvious what character your cat has and you may need to pick out a list of 10 or 20 names first and then gradually reduce the number until you find the name that fits. The gender of the orange cat usually doesn’t matter but there are a couple of names that are more appropriate for females such as Lucy or Tulip. More masculine names like Ferris or Oscar also fit well.

With a little time to observe your cat you’ll soon come up with the perfect name.

Orange Cat Folklore

Good Luck: Dreaming of a ginger or orange cat will bring luck with money and business.

Myth: All Orange cats are male – this is not true, but quite a few people believe this! There do tend to be more orange male cats, but there are plenty of female orange cats.

My personal Top 100 names for orange cats:

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

  • Maple
  • Marmalade
  • Mauve
  • Merlot
  • Muffin
  • Nacho
  • Noodles
  • Nutmeg
  • Opie
  • Opus
  • Orange
  • Orange Juice
  • Oscar
  • Paprika
  • Peaches
  • Pepsi
  • Poppy
  • Prince Harry
  • Pumpkin
  • Pumpkin Head
  • Red
  • Ron Weaseley
  • Rory
  • Rose
  • Ruby
  • Ruby
  • Rudy
  • Russet
  • Rusty
  • Saffron
  • Scarlet
  • Scarlett
  • Sherbet
  • Sinbad
  • Snowy
  • Sooner
  • Sunflower
  • Sunkist
  • Sunny
  • Sunshine
  • Tabasco
  • Tang
  • Tare
  • Tiger
  • Tiger Lily
  • Tigger
  • Tigress
  • Tulip
  • Tweetie
  • Wynthrop

  • Amarillo
  • Amber
  • Apple
  • Apricat
  • Aslan
  • Auburn
  • Autumn
  • Blaze
  • Butterbean
  • Buttercup
  • Butterscotch
  • Carrots
  • Cayenne
  • Cheddar
  • Cheetah
  • Cherry
  • Cheyenne
  • Chianti
  • Chili
  • Cinnamon
  • Citrus
  • Colby
  • Crimson
  • Curry
  • Curtis
  • Dandelion
  • Dandy Lion
  • Dempsey
  • Dorito
  • Dundee
  • Ede
  • Ferris
  • Flame
  • Flynn
  • Forsythia
  • Frazier
  • Gala
  • Garfield
  • Gina
  • Ginger
  • Goldie
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Honey Bear
  • Hot Dog
  • Julius
  • Keegan
  • Loki
  • Lucy
  • Mamie
  • Mango


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      Mitch L 2 weeks ago from Spring Hill

      Gizmo and Scamper were our orange cats. I now have Marmallade. Double L just to be different.

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      Stacey 4 months ago

      ..I just got 2 orange tabbies i named the boy mr. Patrick Omalley, and the girl I named Strawberry Shortcake.

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      GenkoFox 6 months ago

      When Orange cats come to mind in general I think of one of my favorite fictional book series based on cats. "Warriors" By Erin Hunter. The main protagonist a orange tom;

      First called Rusty. But as he ranks up, his name goes from.

      "FirePaw" "FireHeart" & finally "FireStar"

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      Malena 7 months ago

      named my little orange kitten Tabasco

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      Mindy 8 months ago

      I feel like Luna should be added to this list.

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      Julie 10 months ago

      we had a female orange cat named Creamsickle (a popsickle)

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      Sarah R. 13 months ago

      I named our ginger/buff orange male furbaby cat Gingerbread. We (my husband and I) nicknamed him Gingy or Ginge.

      That cat name Gingerbread is not on your list. Consider adding it.

      A few people have taken delight in the cat name Gingerbread when we've shared that with them.

      Our cat happened to be a Christmas present only because my Mom had promised me another cat and she wanted to pay me the money back after we got our furbaby from a TNR rescue home on December 8, 2014. So Gingerbread was a before Christmas name for him and his beautiful fur is a buff orange.

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      LoveGirl600000 15 months ago

      a name could be jeffrey

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      max d.g. 17 months ago

      Cool! I love food names for cats - Marmalade and Butterscotch!!!! - but I think Celtic / Irish names are the best for orange cats. I found a list here: http://www.animalwised.com/irish-names-for-cats-11...

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      Cute kitty's 19 months ago

      You should add Leo or ginger nut

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      Cynthia 20 months ago

      Our cat.s name is Katmandu because he is a cat (kat), male (man) and he do (du) when I say don't. It's a very appropriate name for him.

      We also call him Red Neck when he is being particularly ornery!

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      swaliha 20 months ago

      i like tulip cute name

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      Davo 21 months ago

      I have two orange tabby brothers . One is a bit darker than the other . Butterscotch is precious . We call him Butters for short . His darker brother is Brandy and his color is a perfect match . Since he is a male cat we usually cal him Brandon now .

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      galen 22 months ago


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      rascalndear@gmail.com 22 months ago

      My orange cat is nearly 18 and his name is Rascalndear. Rascal for short. He's an amazingly hardy cat and a great hunter (fixed of course). I know our time together is numbered... so I cuddle a lot with him and he loves it. I also give him a little spinal massage regularly and feed him less kibbles and more soft food lately.

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      JonD 22 months ago

      I adopted a young orange cat 1988 and named him Garfield. He grew to 23 lbs. He was not fat just a really big kitty and long body. He was an awesome friend and loads of fun to have around

      Last year I took in an orange rescue kitten named Mango. He was 10 weeks old. I changed his name to Tigger. He is a great furball and very smart. Loves to play and get attention. I have 2 other boys as well. I love these animals. Cats are AWESOME!

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      Mo 23 months ago

      We had a wonderful red cat who thought he was a dog. His name was Redford for red furred and because he was so handsome like Robert Redford.

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      Maxie 2 years ago

      I took my cat to the vet and there was an orange kitten there named Cheeto. I thought that was clever

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      p stedmond 3 years ago

      My orange cat's name was Jaffa, after the biscuit. or are they called Jaffa cakes?

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      abby 4 years ago

      I named my moms cats runt garfield and everybody thinks wow he looks like garfield

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      Brennen 4 years ago

      My only cats name is Rome I believe I found him decades ago ventured out of pain to establish better understanding of love and war for such a Devin cat. Rome is an orange tabby bread for the beat wish o f my life to govern overall that is his domain for dominance over folk art of my little demon and is my friend of friends of cats to live a brighter past vast beyond a believer of his lifetime. Thank you so much for your transcending of a bright demon... Brennan

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      Jmillis2006 5 years ago from North Carolina

      My orange cats name is milo, from the movie milo and Otis .

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      marian 5 years ago

      punkin or anakin for red male cat

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      EowynsPen 5 years ago from Nebraska

      I'm a sci-fi geek, so I named my marmalade lady after a strong ginger female lead. After some brainstorming and debate, my baby is Amelia (Pond). Works for us!

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      justin sayin 5 years ago

      I have been visited by feral cats for several years simply because I put out wet/dry food for them early evening 365. They drift in and out for months, disappear and are replaced by a new crew,usually two or three at a time, sometimes joined by a lone-skunk or opossum. Recently a young orange tabby appeared. He/she reacts as though it has poor eye-sight and will look like it's mewing but no sound comes out. I'm wondering if these might be traits known for this breed. Any way they all have kept the mouse population down for which I give thanks to this wonderful and mysterious animal .

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      idigwebsites 5 years ago from United States

      Good range of choices of orange cat names.

      I used to have an orange cat and I named him Atari. I know it's not really related to his fur color, it just sounded great on him. (or on any cats of different color) :)

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      nh-2012 5 years ago

      I named my orange male tabby cat "Georgie". It's a tough sounding name and we all know orange cats are definitely not pushovers!

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      summerberrie 5 years ago

      This is so fun to read. Our beloved orange cat was named Butterscotch. I just gave my son an orange kitten for his 20th birthday- he is moving into his first apartment. The SPCA named it Zumba and we've been brainstorming other names. I'm glad I came across your hub and look forward to reading more of your hubs while you are in the apprenticeship!

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      d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south

      Great hub. I have had cats all my life, but i never name them until i have them a while, then their name just comes to me, based on their behavior and actions. My orange cat was named Benji. He died last year of old age. I have made hubs of all of my cats and dogs to celebrate their lives.

      The most i had at one time was 7 cats and 4 dogs. I am now down to two old dogs and one old cat. Each time one of them passes it is like losing a child, very sad and painful. But i know they all lived long and happy lives and gave me many years of pleasure and loving companionship.

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      Yes! I knew this was coming after the white cat. Nice work :)

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      kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      I like Ginger and Mango! Such cute names for our furry friends. Voting your hub up, interesting, and useful!

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      My Minds Eye53 5 years ago from Tennessee

      We called out new kitten "Nugget" for she is a little piece of gold in our lives.

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      Sheila 5 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

      Very fun Hub - made me think about my first kitten - Max - he was an orange tabby - I have fond memories of that little guy. Thank you for taking me back. Voted up and awesome.

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      Brenda Durham 5 years ago

      Voted UP etc. 'cause I love cats, always wanted an orange one but haven't had one yet, and you've given some facts here in a very fun interesting way.

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      chrissieklinger 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I love this article, we found a kitten about amonth ago and I looked up cat name suggestions online. No real great search outcomes, so glad to see someone is putting together something worthwile to read! We decided to name our brown and white kitten Gizmo because it looked like Gizmo from the movie Gremlins....I did tell my kids not to get it wet or feed it after midnight....LOL! When I was a kid I did have an orange cat name orange juice (OJ) for short, and then about a year after I got it was when the OJ Simpson trial occurred...not such a good name after that!

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      Susan Keeping 5 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      I had an orange tabby called China Girl. But it had nothing to do with her colour. Her original name was Edeltraut before I adopted her.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      When I was about 12 I think, we had an orange cat that I named Rusty after a baseball player by the name of Rusty Staub.