The Top 13 Literary Cat Names

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Karen Dell

Senior Editor • Backyard Cat Enclosures

29 May 2019

Cheshire catCheshire Cat — From Alice in Wonderland, no one can forget this enigmatic grinning feline.
Aslan (The Chronicles of Narnia) — The beloved Christ-figure of The Chronicles of Narnia takes the shape of a talking Lion.
Buttercup (The Hunger Games) — This ginger cat is definitely a survivor in the world of the Hunger Games.
The Cat in the Hat (The Cat in the Hat) — This anthropomorphic cat is one of Dr. Seuss’s most famous creations.
All the cats from Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats — T.S. Eliot’s whimsical collection of poems on cat sociology and psychology that became the basis for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats.
Church/Winston Churchill (Pet Sematary) — Unfortunately this poor cat is a character in a horror story by Stephen King. Need we say more? But naming your feline “Winston Churchill” is definitely a cool move.
Crookshanks (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) — Hermione’s pet cat, Crookshanks is one of those fabulous Harry Potter names that not only rolls off the tongue, but is also a delightful play on words.
Dragon (Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH) — “Dragon” is the farmer’s cat who killed Mrs. Frisby’s husband, but it remains such a great name for a tom.
Greebo (The Discworld books) — Foul-tempered and one-eyed, Greebo — so Nanny Ogg insists — is a old softie at heart. In the course of the series he is changed into a (very dashing) human and, back in his cat form, kills two vampires.
Jennie (Jennie) — Peter, a young boy who is changed into a cat after an accident, gets taught the ways of cats by the cat Jennie is this children’s book.
Maurice (The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents) — Another of Terry Pratchett’s books, Maurice takes on the role of the Pied Piper as he and his rodents take over towns, disappearing after their “tame” human receives payment for a job well done.
Mister (The Dresden Files) — A bob-tailed grey tomcat that belongs to the wizard Harry Dresden.
Tom Kitten (The Tale of Tom Kitten) — One of the mischievous kittens of Beatrix Potter’s classic book.

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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