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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 lists of great names and tips for how to choose the perfect name for your cat.
The Best Names for Black Cats
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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.
How to choose the perfect name for your cat:
- 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!
Jeanette on January 03, 2020:
My sweet black cats name is Raven
Pamm on July 29, 2019:
I named my sweet black cat Sooty
MEMitchell10 on June 27, 2019:
I have 2 black cats named Pepper and Ombra (Italian for shadow)
Macy on March 02, 2019:
I have 2 black cats I named them after gems one is named jade I call her nadir the other is named emerald I call her Emmy
Calypso R-S on May 07, 2018:
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.
maria Honda on February 16, 2018:
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,
Sally Sharp on November 25, 2017:
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 ❤️❤️❤️
Andy on November 04, 2017:
I had a black cat once.Had white markings on his left ear.I gave him the name Mojo.
figaro on October 21, 2017:
River on August 16, 2017:
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.
Jenny on April 21, 2017:
I named my black cat Obsidian.
Nila thomas on December 08, 2016:
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.
elsa/notfromfrozen on October 24, 2016:
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
Ivy on October 08, 2016:
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.
Erik on September 28, 2016:
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.
Gene on June 09, 2016:
I called her CHALKIE
Dan on March 09, 2016:
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.
Zofia on December 31, 2015:
What about Bobby? My cat is black and cute, so I think bobby should be there too.
California_Cobra on September 24, 2015:
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.
Thomas C Mill (author) from USA on August 22, 2015:
If you want some black and white cat names, I found a list here:
Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on August 22, 2015:
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.
Thomas C Mill (author) from USA on August 22, 2015:
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.
Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on August 22, 2015:
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!