What Are Good Cat Names For a Boy?

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Karen Dell

Senior Editor • Backyard Cat Enclosures

05 May 2019

Good names for boy catsIf you’ve just brought home your new male kitten or rescue cat that still needs a name and you just don’t know what to choose or where to begin, look no further! We’ve scoured the internet to bring you the most popular, cutest, most unique and all-around awesome cat names to choose from!
The most popular male cat names
  • Oliver — “Oliver” is the name of the main character of Disney’s Oliver and Company. From “Olivier”, the French form of a name meaning “elf warrior”; this is definitely a cool name to give to your cat.
  • Leo — “Leo” means “lion” — a perfect name for a stately tomcat!
  • Charlie —  The diminutive of “Charles” that can either mean “man” or “warrior”.
  • Milo —  “Milo” can mean “gracious” or “soldier”, and is the name of one of the main characters in The Adventures of Milo and Otis, in which “Milo” is an orange tabby cat.
  • Max — Short for “Maximilian”, it means “the greatest” — and isn’t your cat exactly that?
  • Jack — “Jack” is the diminutive form of “John”, which can be traced back to mean “Yahweh is gracious”. It has since become a common name and has never been out of the US top 100 names. So many characters have also been named Jack, you can practically take your pick!
  • George — From the Greek meaning “farmer”, George is also the name of the saint who is famous for killing a dragon. Keeping in mind that your kitten daily “kills” his catnip mice, this can be a good name to choose.    
  • Simon —  The name “Simon” can be traced back to the Hebrew “he has heard”, and is the name of various important persons in the Bible. There is also a Simon in the A Song of Ice and Fire (Game of Thrones) books.
  • Loki — No longer simply a god of mischief in the Norse mythology, Loki is also a very popular character in the Marvel universe.
  • Simba — The lead character in The Lion King, “Simba” means “lion”.
The cutest male cat names
  • Mr. Whiskers — This one speaks for itself. Whiskers is already a cute name, but Mr. Whiskers just ups the ante!
  • Mr. Meowgi — A play on Mr. Miyagi of The Karate Kid’s name.  
  • Sushi — Named after the Japanese dish that often contains seafood.
  • Seuss — Named after “Dr. Seuss”, author of classics like The Cat in the Hat.
  • Meowton — A play on the surname Newton. The perfect cute name for a nerdy cat owner!
The most unique male cat names
  • Monet — Named after the Impressionist artist.
  • Beowulf — Named after the monster and dragon fighting hero of the Old English poem of the same name.
  • Einstein — Named after the famous 20th century scientist.
  • Malory — Named after Sir Malory, a medieval knight and author of Le Morte d’Arthur.
  • Cupid — Was seeing your cat love at first sight? Then Cupid — the god of attraction and affection in classical mythology — may just be the name to choose!
Male cat names from literature and movies
  • Tristan/Tristram — Hero of the medieval romance of Tristan and Iseult as well as being a knight of the Round Table.
  • Mr. Darcy — The romantic hero of Jane Austen’s Pride and Predjudice, portrayed by Colin Firth in the classic BBC adaptation of the book.
  • Bilbo — The hobbit hero of J.R.R. Tolkien’s children’s book The Hobbit.
  • Thor — No longer simply the god of thunder in the Norse mythology, Thor is also a very popular character in the Marvel universe.
  • Binx — Named after the black cat from the film Hocus Pocus.


Here’s our list of cat names for a girl — be sure to check it out!
Try our Cat Names Generator to find the purrfect name for your cat!

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