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8 Great Cat Names I Really Want to Use One Day

Cats really choose their own names, but here are some I would love to bestow upon feline friends.

 |  Jan 22nd 2014  |   75 Contributions


The naming of cats is a difficult matter. So said T.S. Eliot in his seminal work of literature, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. (Yeah, that’s right: who needs The Waste Land or The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock when you can read poems about cats?)

I’ve often hoped I could find cats for some of my favorite names, but it doesn’t always work out this way. Here are some of my favorites.

1. Mungojerrie and Rumpleteazer

Mungojerrie! Rumpleteazer! You get off that table THIS INSTANT! Cats eating food from a dish on a table by Shutterstock

Like the cats by that name in Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, these two would be ridiculously agile and clownish cats with mischievous minds and behaviors to match.

2. Gandalf

This little wizard is up for adoption at the Greater Androscoggin Humane Society in Lewiston, Maine. They call him Shadow, but if I'd named him, he'd totally be Gandalf.

It goes without saying that this would be a quiet gray cat with a great sense of adventure, immense magical powers, and a wry sense of humor.

3. Frick and Frack

Frick and Frack were two Swiss ice skaters who came to the U.S. in 1937 to join the Ice Follies, where they performed a comedy skating skit. It also refers to two people who are so close as to seem indistinguishable -- or to a pair of silly people. These also seem like the perfect names for a pair of super-cute Siamese kittens.

4. Black Jack Davey

"Hey baby, what do you say? Let's blow this popsicle stand and have a life of adventure and romance!" Ear-tipped black cat sitting on the ground by Shutterstock

A charming black feral or former feral mancat who charms the ladies with barely an effort, named after the Gypsy king of traditional ballads like this one by trad-rock band Steeleye Span. (I thought I had a Black Jack Davey once, but it turned out she was a girl, so she became Dahlia P. Kittenface.)

5. Puisín (pronounced “pwisheen”)

Fat orange cat napping by Shutterstock

This Irish Gaelic word means “kitten.” It would therefore be perfect for any gargantuan bruiser of a cat -- preferably a ginger, of course! -- with a super-sweet temperament. (See also: Pusheen!)

6. Chewbacca

"RRRROOOOAH!" Long-haired brown tabby cat CC-BY by torbakhopper

Need I say more?

7. Jennyanydots

This name absolutely must belong to a Bengal cat. As Mr. Eliot himself said, “Her coat is one of the tabby kind, with tiger stripes and lepard spots.”

8. Pooka

"You'd best not forget to leave that bowl of milk out tonight!" Black Cornish Rex cat by Shutterstock

The pooka is a nature spirit of Celtic mythology that, much like a cat, can be very helpful and kind if you respect it, but if you don’t ... well, that's just not gonna end well for you. A cat named Pooka would be dark-furred and have huge ears like this black Cornish Rex.

What names have you always wanted to give a cat? Share them in the comments, along with a description of the perfect cat for that name!

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About JaneA Kelley: Punk-rock cat mom, science nerd, animal shelter volunteer, and all-around geek with a passion for bad puns, intelligent conversation, and role-play adventure games. She gratefully and gracefully accepts her status as chief cat slave for her family of feline bloggers, who have been writing their cat advice column, Paws and Effect, since 2003. JaneA dreams of making a great living out of her love for cats.

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