What are the Best Names for Black Cats?

Updated on July 23, 2016
Black Cat Names
Black Cat Names

The Beauty of Black Cats

The first thing you may think about when hearing the words "black cat" is the idea that they are associated with bad luck. Those who own and love black cats show that this is not really the case. In fact, in some Asian cultures, black cats are considered lucky.

However, black cats were not always considered bad luck. In ancient Egypt, cats (including black cats) were highly revered and killing a cat was a capital offense. It was in the Middle Ages in Europe that the fear over witches began to spread.

At the time, there were plenty of stray cats and were often cared for and fed by the poor old women (the so-called witches). Because they were said to practice black magic, the black cat got the weight of the negative superstition.

Black cats are some of the most stunning of all cats, especially since most have deep yellow colored eyes, caused by their high melanin pigment.

If you are lucky enough to have brought home a black kitten then you now have the exciting task of choosing a name. Some people simply choose names such as Midnight or Blackberry and leave it at that. However we recommend you put a little more thought into it.

Below we have some tips on how to choose a names for your cat.

Black Cat with Yellow Eyes
Black Cat with Yellow Eyes

Tips on Choosing Cat Names

When choosing cat names it is helpful to think through this important decision so that you select a name for your black cat which is suitable and captures the look or personality of your kitten. Here are some tips to help you decide.

  • Look at the cat's markings - is the cat completely solid black or are there splotches of white or other colors? Is the coat a deep black or more ashy and greyish? If so, a name like "Cinder" or "Ashes" might be suitable. If the cat has some white markings then you may want a name like "Oreo" or "Eight Ball".
  • Pay attention to the cat's personality - One of the best ways to capture the individual uniqueness of your cat is to closely observe his or her behavior when you first bring them home. If the cat is often hiding, maybe you could choose the name "Bashful". Or if your kitten is afraid of thunderstorms you could call them "Thunder" or "Lightning". If your cat loves to cuddle you might choose the name "Snuggles".
  • Try yelling out the cat's name - practicing calling out the cat's name is a useful way to test out if the name is easy to say and easy to yell. If your cat ever got away, you would be glad it passed the yell out test!
  • Short names are typically better as it has been reported that cats respond best to one or two syllble name.
  • Keep in mind that you may shorten a cat's name to a nickname. For example, if you choose the name Wiggles Butterworth, most likely you will not want to say the entire name every time and will shorten it.
  • Consider historical or other famous people as a source of names. This is a great way to attach these associations to your new kitten.
  • Choose a name that everyone in the family will like.
  • Research has shown that cats respond the most to names with the long "e" sound (like "ee" in "feed").
  • Just like a cat would, follow your instinct! If a name just feels right, go for it!

See below for a long list of names for black cats!

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The Best Names for Black Cats

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Abracadabra
Ebony
Nighthawk
Almond Joy
Eclipse
Ninja
Angus
Eight Ball
Omen
Ash
Elvira
Onyx
Ashes
Ember
Oreo
Asphalt
Enigma
Ozzy
Azrael
Felix
Panther
Batts
Fudge
Penguin
Batman
Godiva
Pepper
Beetle
Gothic
Phantom
Blackbell
Grimm
Pirate
Blackberry
Gypsy
Poe
Blackbird
Hades
Puma
Blackjack
Halloween
Raven
Bowtie
Hershey
Sabrina
Bullet
Icy
Bla
Carbon
Inky
Shadow
Charcoal
Jet
Silhouette
Checkers
Jezebel
Smokey
Chip
Jinx
Snickers
Chocolate
Jujube
Spider
Cinder
Licorice
Starlight
Coffee
Magic
Sunset
Coal
Magpie
Taboo
Crow
Merlin
Thunder
Dante
Midnight
Tux
Darkness
Misty
Twilight
Darth
Mocha
Vader
Deja vu
Morticia
Vampire
Dice
Mystery
Voodoo
Domino
Mystic
Wicca
Dracula
Mystique
Warlock
Dusky
Nebula
Yinyang
Dusty
Night
Zorro
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Black Cat Names
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      Calypso R-S 

      2 months ago

      Victoria Lynn -

      I have a black cat called Blackette too! She's also a girl, and she's wonderful! My cat loves to sit on notebooks (especially when I'm working on something).

      I'm so glad to see other people gave their cat that name too.

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      maria Honda 

      5 months ago

      I am trying to adopt a black female cat. Hopefully tomorrow, if my Yorkie will accept her. So my choices f names are:Nera, Pantera, Negra,Magie Noire(perfume from Lancome),Magie, Magia,luna,

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      Sally Sharp 

      7 months ago

      I had solid black cats as a child and I remember two I named "Black Beauty" and "Coaly Baby". We had a lot of cats on the farm. Since I have been married we have had two different tux cats. I named the first one "Blackjack" and the one we have now is "Sherlock ". Love all cats ❤️❤️❤️

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      Andy 

      8 months ago

      I had a black cat once.Had white markings on his left ear.I gave him the name Mojo.

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      figaro 

      9 months ago

      figaro

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      River 

      11 months ago

      Kira !!!

      Kira is one of several Anglicized forms of the Irish name Ciara, which in Irish means "dark haired" . There is also a Japanese name, romanized as Kira, which is common in Japan, as both given name and family name. Kira kira also means "glittery, shiny" in Japanese.

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      Jenny 

      15 months ago

      I named my black cat Obsidian.

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      Nila thomas 

      19 months ago

      I think my black cat is bad luck because he attacks me when I clean the litter box, he chases me up the stairs and dumps his waer bowl every time he gets a chance. Altho on the plus side he is a good dancer and gets along with my dog most of the time. So I guess hes lucky and unlucky depending on the day. The only reason I gave him a good rating is cause he made me.

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      elsa/notfromfrozen 

      21 months ago

      I don't have a cat yet but I think I'm going to get one for Christmas .I want a black one and I will call it liquorice because everyone in my family loves liquorice

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      Ivy 

      21 months ago

      I have two black cats. One is a female and her name is Rachel(I was very uncreative at 8) and my other male cat's name is Punk and he was my brother's cat but he attacked my brother but he is an angel to me. He never leaves my side and he is my best friend.

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      Erik 

      21 months ago

      I have a black cat named Hex. Because if you come over, you're going to end up with a Hex on you. Very friendly guy who has never met a lap he didn't like.

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      Gene 

      2 years ago

      I called her CHALKIE

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      Dan 

      2 years ago

      I named mine Sabi, short for Sabotage. The black cat was used as a symbol by 19th century anarchists who were connected to acts of sabotage, so black cats were often called "sabo-tabbies". It's also short for Black Sabbath.

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      Zofia 

      2 years ago

      What about Bobby? My cat is black and cute, so I think bobby should be there too.

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      California_Cobra 

      2 years ago

      I've had several black cats in the course of my 30 year life. The one I have now doesn't have an official name, but I unofficially call him Mauser (pronounced like Mouzer). I just like the name and I think it fits his personality perfectly. He absolutely LOVES to nurse on my fluffy, fleecey robe. I hadn't seen him in weeks before it seemed until he just showed up again on the back porch. I try to give him a special spot and make sure he gets his lovies because we have a mama cat with one kitten who will attack him and it just makes me sad that she can't get along with him.

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      Thomas C Mill 

      2 years ago from USA

      Truthfornow,

      If you want some black and white cat names, I found a list here:

      http://catnamescity.com/black-and-white-cat-names/

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      truthfornow 

      2 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I have a black and white cat now. Her name is Kazumi. I love black cats, especially their eyes. Now, I am thinking she needs a middle name too.

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      Thomas C Mill 

      2 years ago from USA

      Victoria,

      I'm glad you enjoyed this hub. I like the name Blackette! It's cute and I think it is creative. I haven't heard of any other cats names Blackette :-)

      And I love that you give your cats middle names! Why not? They are a part of the family after all.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yay--cat hubs! I have 6--no black ones at present, but I have in the past. I like the name Sabrina from your list, but when I had my black ones--a boy and a girl--I wasn't very creative: Blacky and Blackette. ha! Maybe that was creative in its lack of creativity. Now I give my pets human names like Simon, Katie, Oliver, Trudy, Jazmine, Sissy, Audrey . . . . I even give them middle names! Enjoyed your hub and looking forward to more!

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