Because Black Cats Deserve Good Names
If you're having trouble coming up with an inventive name for your new black or dark-colored cat or kitten, then you've come to the right place.
Don't worry if your cat isn't exactly the darkest shade of black possible—the names below can be used for virtually any variation of the color, from deep black or blue to dark grey. The important thing when trying to pick a good name for your dark furred feline is picking one that fits well with their personality. I'd also like to suggest that you play around with different combinations of names, especially if you want a longer, more majestic type of name for your pet.
The Large List of Names for Black Cats
Eight Ball (8-Ball)
Ace (of spades)
Achromatic (without color)
BC (black cat)
Phlegein (Ancient Greek - scorch)
Poe (Edgar Allan)
Preto (Portuguese for black)
Ice (black ice)
Blaken (Dutch - to burn)
Shadow (most used of all black cat names)
Six Zero (six digit number for black)
Kettle (pot calling kettle black)
Sly (cat name for a troublemaker)
Kuro (Japanese for black)
Lady of the Night
Lady Sleeps a Lot
Light (black light)
Cop (police cars are black and white)
Sweart (Old English for black)
Dead of Night
Musta (Finnish for black)
Drusy (a form of quartz)
Dusk or Dusky
Nimbus (dark clouds)
Yin (black in yin yan symbol)
Noir (French for black)
Nox (lights out)
Words That Mean Black in Other Languages
Words and Names That Refer to Fate, Fortune, or Luck
Bad (or Good) Guy
Famous Fictional Black Cats
Black Cat Blues
Don't See One You Like? Submit Your Own Black Cat Names
tonya taylor on July 26, 2020:
My cat's name Captain Killian hook.
Trouble on July 21, 2020:
Her momma was always hunting her down and carrying her back to the bed and I’d say “ are you in trouble again?” So her name fit her.
hi stay safe !! on July 03, 2020:
we have a black cat and i thought
food name OREO FLUFF was a good name ! stay safe keep away at least 6 feet apart
Xopinkpank on June 16, 2020:
I rescued this little black kitten and decided to name her kitten bo bitten but sometimes i call her kitten toe bitten cause she likes to bite toes lol. Shes so beautiful and i just love her so much
smokey on June 12, 2020:
smokey and felesha are good
Kitty123 on June 10, 2020:
I have a few cat names:
angel of darkness on May 22, 2020:
that I a good name
Mamaba on May 18, 2020:
Who the hell would name their cat Dracula or demon, freaking weirdo
optomita on May 06, 2020:
True, nyeusi is a Swahili name but not such a cool name for a cat though.
Maybe Simba (Lion), Chui (leopard), and my fav Duma (Chetah).
Avoid Jini (demon) or offensive names.
For more swahili help check here www.optomita.com
Sofi on April 28, 2020:
My black cat is so cute
Cherise on April 16, 2020:
Such creative picks but our baby is named Willow
Joanne on March 31, 2020:
My handsome black cat's name is Mischief. He is always looking for something to get into!
Lori on March 13, 2020:
Our black female cat is named Spidey
Lydia on February 19, 2020:
Our black Persian is called Espresso
Cristina on February 18, 2020:
I named my black cat moonlight
Dan on February 01, 2020:
I like those names. But, i named mine romeo.
Raimi on January 04, 2020:
Mine is named after Sam Raimi, the famous horror movie director. I also like Craven, Hooper, Krueger, King, Romero, Alice, Cooper, Ozzy, Morticia, Fester, and Gomez
Kseniya on January 03, 2020:
My black cat's name is Severus.
Libby Cooper on September 26, 2019:
My husband named him Matt Black, a play on matte black. But I often think this thieving little whirling dervish who rarely seems to sleep would be more aptly named Matt Demon. We love him madly, wouldn't change him for anything!
Melanie on September 13, 2019:
Nyx - Greek goddess of the night. She is my black cat.
My daughter adopted a black cat a couple of years ago. The shelter staff had named her Toothless from "How to Train Your Dragon," and she did look like the character. Her name now is Cosimina.
Jacy on July 17, 2019:
DUBLIN! Means dark pool in Gaelic!
Should of called My Dark Knight, him Hellion just to name a few, he has broken more stuff then any cat I known! But he is sweet! I love him dearly.
ICrazyCatLover on June 08, 2019:
I may have a Chimera kitten see 3rd kitten
On May 5th my long haired female black cat (Orchid) gave birth father is a orange and white short haired tabby (Peckerhead) sorry he chose name
1st kitten 1 male gray tabby Short haired with ears black on back and white in front makes him look like a silver tiger he is biggest of all three
2nd kitten 1 male full black short haired he is runt of litter
3rd kitten 1 female black short haired with orange tabby patches at first I thought she was dirty and she is now big enough to see stripes
Love black cats on May 25, 2019:
I had a female black cat I named Pantera - instead of Panther, and now I have a male named Drake - After Drako the Dragon.
Susan kear on May 21, 2019:
I got 2 black kittens at the shelter. They are so cute one I’ve named Bella but no one agrees on the second one...Juju what do y’all think?
Anonomuis on April 06, 2019:
What about pixie or trixe for a cat or kittens name
Kath Rushworth on March 21, 2019:
Fictional Black cats:
Faithful (from Alanna books by Tamora Pierce),
Jiji (from Kiki's Delivery Service by Studio Ghibli)
Carbonel (from Carbonel: the King of the Cats
by Barbara Sleigh)
Pluto (is the name of The Black Cat, in the same, by Edgar Allen Poe)
Magical Mr. Mistoffelees (from the stage show Cats, and the poem of T.S. Elliot)
Kohl is a black powder used in makeup for eyeliner.
If you want "Soot Sprite" then Susuwatari! - or Makkuro kurosuke (Japanese: see Totoro by Studio Ghibli)
Eddie Lyn on March 05, 2019:
I have a black cat and I name him Ian...Ian means Gift from God
Ananomius on February 20, 2019:
Ava Krepps Yes it is a very good name
Madelyne on February 17, 2019:
Ava Krepps : Yes OMG! So cute!
Ava Krepps on February 10, 2019:
Is Midnight a good name for my black kitten
Marlo Montana from Louisiana on December 26, 2018:
Bast (Egyptian goddess of cats, among other things)
Lots of good ones here, but ... Carbon? Really? :-)
Kaylee on December 20, 2018:
Just got my first black cat today , named her HOCUS .
anonymous on December 19, 2018:
some more names are cole or coal or Reaper or Pouncer
Sue on December 18, 2018:
I have 2 beautiful kitties 1 all black named Missy & the other a tuxedo kitty named Mista....my kitties are adorable & bundles of fun....just like your beautiful black......sooo cute.....kitty.
Boy or girl....? like it really matters ...just curious.
Sharon on December 17, 2018:
Yer Mom on December 14, 2018:
All these lists and I never see Kylo Ren or Ben Solo on them.
Sophie and Phoebe on December 06, 2018:
we are getting a black cat please can you tell us some names it might be called oreo.
Kay on November 29, 2018:
I have an all black 3 year old named "Boo"!
HEWO on November 28, 2018:
I have a cat named Jinx he is about 4? He is a jerk also his favorite passtime is hitting Sid (my dog) and stalking Bea (my bird)
Eolis Ross on November 16, 2018:
i have two black cats the female named onyx(she'll be 3 in June) and toothless(yes after the dragon he'll be two in May)
Jerrups on November 13, 2018:
I have a beautiful black cat called midnight , one of two sisters we rescued 6 years ago. We were expecting to go and rescue her sister who is black and white but Midnight was there with her cuddled up together. Her beautiful piercing yellow eyes looked into my soul and I was a goner, love at first sight.
We took her to the vet yesterday because she had lost weight and was not eating hardly anything. The vet told us she had a large tumour in her tummy and took a biopsy, we await the results and can do no more, we have her at home now and she sleeps a lot of the time and is very quiet.
If we lose her we will be devastated, she has left paw prints on our hearts.
If we lose her we will be devastated
Zita Carno on October 24, 2018:
I had a cat with whom I shared my life (and my shrimp, lobster, potroast and ice cream) for seventeen years. She was a real honey, all black except for a white necklace, intelligent green eyes, half-Siamese and the other half may have been Vulcan, and because of her predilection for doing the mind-meld I gave her a Vulcan name: T'Purr. And this was before Star Trek! She would get into bed with me, stretch out, put her head on my shoulder and purr quietly in my ear---sort of the feline version of "My mind to your mind" etc.---and I always accommodated her, and we communicated quietly and peacefully and understood each other. I still think of her with the greatest affection, after all thee decades.
Aretha on October 19, 2018:
A diva kitty
NHStitcher on October 18, 2018:
I have 1 female black cat with small white patches on her belly that we call Elvira, (yes named after Mistress of the Dark)
1 large male cat (Elvira's brother) that we call Sambo,
steph on October 17, 2018:
I have a black cat named Peekaboo. She originally came to us when her mother brought her to our house from a neighboring farm. She eventually ended up camping out under our steps and since she wouldn't let us touch her we just greeted her with " peekaboo, I see you"! That's how she ended up with her name! She's now 11 years old and is a little sweetheart!
Ruby on October 14, 2018:
I have two black cats called cheacky and Jake and a 12 week old kitten called Seb
thursdayschild6 on October 06, 2018:
I have two all black medium hair cats. They're both boys and their names are Malcolm and Jackson. They still think they're kittens (they're not) and play and chase each other around the house like crazy. I love my beautiful silky black boys
Kelly on September 10, 2018:
I have 6 cats and they are white/black,3black cats, grey one, tabby one. There names r poop,sally,Dixie,violet,Dylan,danish.
Helen on September 03, 2018:
Starr and Siha, my two black beauties!
Heather on August 30, 2018:
I have 2 black cats both females one is a polydactyl their names are Sheba and Samantha "Sami"
Lisa C on August 21, 2018:
I have 3 black cats and their names are:
Sam, Siyah, and Freya
Siyah on August 21, 2018:
Means black in Turkish... it’s my female black cat’s name
Stephanie on August 20, 2018:
My black boy's name is Johnny Cash. He's the only male is a household of females, hence my Man in Black.
Lola on August 17, 2018:
Mae K. on August 13, 2018:
I am getting a black cat in a couple weeks, I think I will call her Luna.
Jesus A. Sauza on August 11, 2018:
Actually im trying to look for name for a black that got hit by a car and its hirt but it can walk. Im thinkin of keeping it. But i dont have a name for it in this particular situation. Thiss accident happened just a half an hour ago.
Kaelie Burns on August 11, 2018:
Rebecca Brock on August 01, 2018:
My cat's name is Coaltrain but we just call him Coal.
Melissa on July 31, 2018:
My black cat was my little mountain rescue. Found him in the middle of the wilderness of Idaho while looking for Morels. (A very yummy mushroom from in the PNW). I named him Morel.
Shannon on July 24, 2018:
My 4 black cats are Sinders(burned wood), char(charbroiled), cricket(a black bug), and Indy( short for indigo).
maddy on July 24, 2018:
Erin on July 18, 2018:
My black cat was named Kohlie (for the black kohl that the Egyptians used as eyeliner) lol
Trike on July 10, 2018:
My black cat's name is Peanut...Most South Africans will know why. There is a brand of peanut butter in SA called Black Cat haha.
Jennifer Wilber from Cleveland, Ohio on July 05, 2018:
My black cats' names are Freyja and Salem.
ICrazyCatLover on June 19, 2018:
I allow my cats/animals to chose there name the first time ever I regret that my orange tiger cat he ignores when I call any other name he picked out the name Pec*er Head something I dread to call out If he get outside
I have black female kitten with long hair the kitten has gray / silver eyes with new leaf green around pupil
Need suggestion for names
K on June 17, 2018:
My cat names that I own or had that are gone have been gizmo bella sylvester Levi joker ava shadow pumpkin bugsy
Kitty on June 08, 2018:
I found a black cat and named it magic it was abused and hurt (ps it was a stray)
Mary on June 03, 2018:
When we adopted our beloved black kitten 16 years ago he was super thin. So we gave him the name Mr. Bones. He was the best cat ever.
Holly on June 02, 2018:
Black cat with white circle on throat: Midnight Moon aka MiMo (mee-moo)
Brittani Case on June 01, 2018:
My black cat's name is Loki. I have a new black kitty and I am looking for a creative name
shawn on May 20, 2018:
i names my cat raven she is 3 weeks old
KitKat on May 15, 2018:
Hubby brought her home from the parking lot of a gas station. Baby ball of black fur. Our Sons, around 3 at the time, favorite candybar is a KitKat, therefore that became her name♡
Linda Clark-Koball on May 15, 2018:
I have a 13-year-old, 20-pound male cat named G-Purrs. My Granddaughter came over last night with a rescued 6 to 8 week old Black Male Kitten. I'm trying to come up with a clever name for him. I spotted your PetHelpful website and looked at some of the names you've suggested, but so far they do not fit my guy, I'll let you know what name he helps chose soon. Thank-you for your site and cool links. I now follow Cole and Marmalade. Big Hugs, Linda
Gabby on May 14, 2018:
Twilight is a good name for a boy black cat.
Deanna on April 19, 2018:
I named my all black cat ‘Bagheera’ and call him Bags and Baggy. He’s pretty awesome—just like the black leopard in Disney’s The Jungle Book.
Ozzy on April 09, 2018:
Named mine Ozzy (as in Osbourne). He can carry a serious miauw too.)
on April 06, 2018:
A good black cat name could be Athen.
Michelle on March 18, 2018:
Aides, I like Vader, short for Darth Vader :)
aiden on March 16, 2018:
BLACK CATS ARE AWSOME!!! I have one. He is injured. My step father cut him deep. So he has stiches and he is naked. we named him tux, but we are renaming him again. i want your opinoin on the name. the optins are: Leo, ash, Darth Vader, and Black panther.
Jana F on March 11, 2018:
I love black cats. And orange tabbies, and tuxedos, and ... well, all cats, doesn't matter the color or size or age or anything else. But I have had 2 black cats. And they are different from other cats, at least my babies were. The first one was so small he fit in one hand when I got him; his daddy was black, but mama was a silver beauty, with thick, medium-long hair. I named him Tipper, because he was also black from nose to tail, except that he had silver tips on his hair, and it stuck out as if he'd stuck his paw in a light socket. After a few weeks, his hair had lost all the silver and he was just beautiful, thick black; he was a great big boy, too, topping out at 26 lbs, but as serene and gentle as could be. He left me at 17 years to join our other baby-cats who wait at the Rainbow Bridge.
The second black cat is as different as he could be from Tipper; the shelter had named him "Neptune" but that didn't fit him. He doesn't have a single hair that isn't black, but he's tall, long, sleek, thin, so full of energy that I've considered sedating him (just kidding). He is hungry 24 hrs a day, and as loving and affectionate as could be. He's about 13 mos old now, and I still hadn't come up with the right name for him, when my husband said he thought we should call him "Taco". No idea why, just said he liked the name for him. So, after 35 years of pets, he had never named any of them, so I finally said okay. Since then, of course, I find myself calling him Tucker, so if we'd waited a few days, that'd be his name. But he knows his name is Taco, so there you go. I just wish I could bring home more!
Jules. on February 03, 2018:
We had a beautiful black boy cat who we called Shady (Shadles).
Now we’ve got a just as beautiful girlie black cat who we’ve named Nelly.
coolcustomer on February 03, 2018:
Am about to adopt three black triplets and am thinking of naming them Snap, Crackle, and Pop. Comments.
CharmedMieke on January 22, 2018:
our adopted black male calls Nesquik. it is black in color, but once the sun shines on its fur, it has a brown chocolate appearance. That's where the name Nesquik comes from.
Alex Kidd on January 12, 2018:
My cat's name is Hope, because I rescued her and gave her hope.
Gunner on December 13, 2017:
We finally decided on a name for our five month old male kitten, Mercury
Jodie on December 10, 2017:
I'm going to name a male kitten name Batman or Mr Black
briar on December 04, 2017:
is "jumin" a cute name for a male kitten? i personally love it ^^
esperanzo on December 03, 2017:
for a boy cat it means hope
Shannon on November 25, 2017:
Larisha on November 23, 2017:
My blacky was called Jack... Black Jack
mike on November 22, 2017:
its a girl but my son decided to go ahead and name it so, but i have another black cat that i can't figure out what to name it my son wants to name it jeff.
Sue on November 18, 2017:
Angie on November 07, 2017:
I have just reseved a black kitten today I like Cosmo.
Ella on October 26, 2017:
James A Bailey on October 19, 2017:
Caesar Quaistio Habitus(2-14-89/11-14-03), a solid black, was one of the coolest cat-dudes I've ever had the honor of having in my house. In his prime he weighed in at 16 lbs. He hated dogs and one time he shredded a Rottweiler.
Kat on October 15, 2017:
I love black cats, here are suggestions.( I didn't check to see if they were already listed.)
Isabel(I just think that's a good name for them)
Zoe Nightshade(Percy Jackson
Breanna on October 09, 2017:
Binx is my black cats name I think he’s going to love it
Luci Fur on October 08, 2017:
Turtle on September 29, 2017:
Gabrielle Gossett on September 27, 2017:
Midnight is a nice name.