There are a multitude of sources for amazing names for your cat. You can take a character name from your favorite film, animated series, comic book, literature, video game, or television series. You can name your cat for your favorite author, director, composer, artist, musician, or actress. Really, you can call your kitty whatever you want.

But if you’re struggling for just the right name, here are some ideas.

How to Choose a Name for Your Cat

While anyone is more than capable of naming a cat whatever they like, there are a few things to think about that can help you come up with the perfect name.

Start with Gender

male female cat

If you’re interested in going with a gender-specific name for your cat, like Princess or King Tom of the Catnip Farm, you should make sure you know what gender of kitten you’re bringing home. It can sometimes be a little difficult to determine the gender of a kitten, but you can find some methods online.

Pick a Name that Your Kids Can Pronounce

Your kids will be playing with this adorable, tumbling ball of fluff. They should be able to pronounce whatever name the kitten is given.

Think Personality

If your kitten is shy or quiet, you could take a page from Snow White and name him Bashful. Or, if he’s full of mischief and fire, you could pick a name like Spitfire or Pistol.

cat attitude

Enlist the Kids

Kids sometimes come up with the most unusual names for their pets. They can also name them very simplistic things like “Cat” or “Turtle.” Even if you don’t go with the name your kids suggest, you can enlist their help on ideas, and give them suggestions you have as well. Everyone should ultimately agree on the name in the end, though.

Use Markings

Most cats and kittens have some kind of markings. White paws on orange bodies, tuxedo markings, or tufted ears could result in inspiring some adorable names like Boots, James Bond, or Tufty.

Think Famous Cats

If you’ve been a fan of “The Cat Who…” series, you could always name your new cats KoKo and Yum Yum. Love the musical “Cats”? Name your kitten after Mr. Mistoffelees or Rum Tum Tugger. There are kitties from many books, films, comic books, and other literature and pop culture you could name your adorable bundle of fur after.

garfield cat

Have Fun

You can have a little fun with complicated or affectionate names. Make sure you choose a name you can shorten for a nickname, or it will take you a while to call kitty in for dinner.

Our Ultimate List of Cat Names

To get the juices flowing, we put together our ultimate list of cat names featuring a variety of names from pop culture, fashion, authors, and books, plus some more standard names that might work better for kids.

Best Female Cat Names

  • Bella
  • Artemis
  • Branwen
  • Guinevere
  • Izzy
  • Lucy
  • Alice
  • Stardust
  • Lily
  • Sadie
  • Sweetie
  • Princess Fluffy Tail
  • Simone
  • Mimi
  • Cupcake
  • Sugar
  • Twiggy
  • Chanel
  • Cleopatra
  • Godiva
  • Pandora
  • Delilah
  •  Juliet
  • Bronte
  • Fiona
  • Zora
  • Tina Fey — She’ll be honored.
  • Corraline
  • Princess Peach
  • Katniss
  • Griselda
  •  Adele

Best Male Cat Names

  • Oliver
  • Simba
  • Toby
  • Harley
  • Rocky
  • Sebastian
  • Dexter
  • Zappa
  • Romeo
  • Maximilian
  • Hugo Boss
  • Mick Jagger
  • Amadeus
  • Hannibal
  • Atticus
  • Ajax
  • Hunter
  • Hemingway
  • Shakespeare
  •  Yoda
  • George Lucas
  • Rudyard Kipling
  • Lord Byron
  • Mowgli
  • Dennis
  • The Great Gatsby — or go for the pun: The Great Catsby.
  • Oscar
  • Berlioz

Best Gender Neutral Names

  • Shadow
  • Oreo
  • Angel
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
    Milky Way
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Vegas
  • Kathmandu
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
    Sake — Like the Japanese drink.
  • Paw
    Scuttle Bug
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • Paw
  • White Rabbit

Make a List

Now that you’ve thought through and read our ultimate list of names, make a narrowed down selection of possibilities. Play around with them. See how the kids feel about the names.

See which names truly fit your cat’s personality and markings, and is easily pronounced by the whole family. Narrow the list further, if needed, and repeat until you get to the winner.

And the Winner Is…

Once you’ve chosen the name of your cat, be sure to use the name often while petting and cuddling your kitty. This will help to reinforce the new name with your kitten.