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.
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.). There is no orange breed of cat, as the color can be found in many different breeds. Predominantly, they are part of the tabby cat family.
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.
How to Choose a Name for an Orange Cat
- 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 of whom are 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: It is is not true that all orange cats are male, but quite a few people believe this! There do tend to be more orange male cats, but there are plenty of female orange cats.
Top 100 Orange Cat Names
Here's a list of my favorite names for orange cats. Feel free to leave additional ideas in the comments section below.
- Dandy Lion
- Hocus Pocus
- Honey Bear
- Hot Dog
- Orange Juice
- Prince Harry
- Pumpkin Head
- Ron Weaseley
- Tiger Lily
Pets Lover on August 26, 2020:
My kitty's name is Ginger thanks for the help.
Jasmine on August 25, 2020:
My cats name is Zepher
KittyCat on August 04, 2020:
Ziggy on July 14, 2020:
Is a good name
Awesome cat on July 01, 2020:
My name is kippy
A cat on June 07, 2020:
My owner is a doofus
Evelyn Robles on May 28, 2020:
My baby’s name is Caramelo
Fiona on May 16, 2020:
My cat's name is Simba. He is a boy. We found him at a shelter.
Emily on May 15, 2020:
My orange tabby's name is Maisy. It's a boy. Thank my mom.
Caty on May 03, 2020:
My cat's name is Guster
mcdooley on April 21, 2020:
Mine is Marvin, no relevance to being orange. He was a stray and at first I called him Starvin' Marvin, not really as a name, just joking around. But then it became Marvin, and has been for nine years now.
rebecca on January 14, 2020:
my cats name is orange
pullen on December 21, 2019:
Ok so ive seen +250 names and the one i picked has not appeared once. Should I keep it to myself??? hmmm ok. My boy was a little spicy rescue, so instantly I thought of my fav orange chilli... HABANERO... or just Habby for short. I know its awesome, everyone tells me. Thank you all.
Abi_Cat3709 on October 21, 2019:
Mine is named Oswald.
The Thing on May 10, 2019:
My cat's name is Pumpkin Pie.
Ceely on April 16, 2019:
I have a beautiful orange tabby named Muffie, short for Muffin. He was a rescue cat aged 3 from a local animal sanctuary. He is now 8 years old and very much loved. He has a wonderful temperament and sleeps on my bed. He is a very happy cat and loves his life.
Christine Mulberry on March 20, 2019:
Marigold, Cheeto, Clementine, Colby (you have Cheddar so why not?)
Helen Purcell on September 21, 2018:
I lost my beautiful fat ginger tabby. He was my whole world and he ran away in May and haven't seen him since. I'm A huge fan of LOTR and the Hobbit films, and I called my ginger kitty BOMBUR after the big cuddly dwarf. I miss my baby so much I am getting another ginger kitty soon and he will also be Bombur.
Mitch L from Spring Hill on February 27, 2018:
Gizmo and Scamper were our orange cats. I now have Marmallade. Double L just to be different.
Stacey on November 19, 2017:
..I just got 2 orange tabbies i named the boy mr. Patrick Omalley, and the girl I named Strawberry Shortcake.
GenkoFox on August 31, 2017:
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"
Malena on August 16, 2017:
named my little orange kitten Tabasco
Mindy on July 17, 2017:
I feel like Luna should be added to this list.
Julie on May 03, 2017:
we had a female orange cat named Creamsickle (a popsickle)
Sarah R. on January 30, 2017:
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.
LoveGirl600000 on December 11, 2016:
a name could be jeffrey
max d.g. on October 20, 2016:
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...
Cute kitty's on August 15, 2016:
You should add Leo or ginger nut
Cynthia on July 16, 2016:
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!
swaliha on July 12, 2016:
i like tulip cute name
Davo on June 05, 2016:
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 .
galen on May 20, 2016:
firstname.lastname@example.org on May 16, 2016:
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.
JonD on May 06, 2016:
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!
Mo on April 23, 2016:
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.
Maxie on October 31, 2015:
I took my cat to the vet and there was an orange kitten there named Cheeto. I thought that was clever
p stedmond on May 02, 2014:
My orange cat's name was Jaffa, after the biscuit. or are they called Jaffa cakes?
abby on March 11, 2014:
I named my moms cats runt garfield and everybody thinks wow he looks like garfield
Brennen on December 28, 2013:
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
Jmillis2006 from North Carolina on March 19, 2013:
My orange cats name is milo, from the movie milo and Otis .
marian on January 24, 2013:
punkin or anakin for red male cat
EowynsPen from Nebraska on November 25, 2012:
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!
justin sayin on November 16, 2012:
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 .
idigwebsites from United States on October 16, 2012:
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) :)
nh-2012 on August 08, 2012:
I named my orange male tabby cat "Georgie". It's a tough sounding name and we all know orange cats are definitely not pushovers!
summerberrie on August 06, 2012:
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!
d.william from Somewhere in the south on July 29, 2012:
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.
Blurter of Indiscretions from Clinton CT on July 29, 2012:
Yes! I knew this was coming after the white cat. Nice work :)
kerlynb from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^ on July 27, 2012:
I like Ginger and Mango! Such cute names for our furry friends. Voting your hub up, interesting, and useful!
Maude Keating from Tennessee on July 27, 2012:
We called out new kitten "Nugget" for she is a little piece of gold in our lives.
Sheila from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State on July 27, 2012:
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.
Brenda Durham on July 27, 2012:
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.
chrissieklinger from Pennsylvania on July 27, 2012:
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!
Susan Keeping from Kitchener, Ontario on July 27, 2012:
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.
Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on July 27, 2012:
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.