How To Choose a Cool Cat Name

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Karen Dell

Senior Editor • Backyard Cat Enclosures

19 May 2019

Choosing a cool cat name is easier than you might think — especially once you start thinking about your interests and the names from that which can inspire your cat’s new name. For instance, if you’re a film fanatic, choosing a pop culture name may just be the thing. However, if books are your life, your kitten may need a more bookish name!

How to chose a cool cat name
This article gives some pointers to deciding on good cat names. Here, though, are some of our favourite cool cat names:
Pop culture cats
From Felix, the black and white cartoon cat, to the sarcastic Salem, Sabrina’s black cat in Sabrina the Teenage Witch, pop culture is filled with cats and lovers of all things feline. Here are just a few of our favourite felines from stage and screen:

  • Garfield (Garfield)
  • Snowball (The Simpsons)
  • Tom (Tom & Jerry)
  • Mr. Bigglesworth (Austin Powers)
  • Milo (The Adventures of Milo and Otis)
  • Jasmine (okay, technically the lion in Secondhand Lions, but what a beautiful name!)

Celebrities and celebrities’ cats
While writers are known for their furry felines who keep them company (and mostly sit on the keyboard and papers), there are many a celebrity who are fast friends of felines. From singers to fashion designers and more, everyone seems to have a soft spot for cats. Here are a few of our favourite celebrity cats’ names:

  • Kitty Purry — Katy Perry’s cat
  • Olivia Benson — Taylor Swift’s cat
  • Choupette — Karl Lagerfeld’s cat
  • Delilah — Freddie Mercury’s cat
  • Catarina — Edgar Allan Poe’s cat

Literary cats
How about naming your cat after your favourite author, character or even author’s cat? Here you have almost endless possibilities to choose from!
Cats named after authors include classic names like Dickens, Shakespeare, Austen, or even Chaucer, while some can double as character names, like Jane (Eyre or Austen) or (Beatrix or Harry) Potter.
Character names can be as simple as Pip (Great Expectations)/Pippin (The Lord of the Rings), Greebo (Discworld Series) or Bella (Twilight Saga), but perhaps a name like D’Artagnan (The Three Musketeers), Sir Palomides (L’Morte de Arthur) or Pickwick (The Pickwick Papers and also the name of a pet dodo in Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series) would be more suitable?

For even more ideas for names for your cat, click here for male cat names and here for female cat names. Here is also some tips on choosing the perfect cat name for your new cat. And don’t forget to check out our Cat Name Generator!

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