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250 Cat Names That Start With M – Male & Female Options

Written by: Kathryn Copeland

Last Updated on May 16, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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250 Cat Names That Start With M – Male & Female Options

Coming up with a name for a new pet is sometimes easy, but usually, it can be quite challenging. Baby name lists are good places to start, but when you want a name for your new cat or kitten, it might be better to look at lists specifically for cats.

That’s where we come in! Whatever your reasons for deciding that your cat’s name should start with the letter “M,” we’ve got many to choose from—250, to be exact!

Besides people’s names, there are unique names that come from various topics, such as food and video games. We hope that you’ll find your new cat’s name somewhere on here!


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How to Name Your Cat

Here are a few tips that might help you come up with a name for your cat.

Take your cat’s appearance, for example. The pattern or color of their coat can give you a few ideas (a black cat can be Midnight and a white cat Moon). Their size can also be taken into consideration. Are they slender or on the bulky side?

Check your favorite authors, actors, bands, and musicians or favorite characters from TV shows, movies, and books. Think about your cat’s unique quirks and how those might be turned into a name. This can lead to categories like video games, food, and drinks.

Finding a name for your cat can be a challenge if you don’t know where to start, but at the end of the day, you might find that there are far too many options!

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Female Cat Names Starting with M

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Here are traditional female names that start with M and will work for a cat.

  • Molly
  • Maggie
  • Millie
  • Minnie
  • Maddie
  • Matilda
  • Macy
  • Marie
  • Miley
  • Milly
  • Mitzi
  • Misha
  • Mira
  • Mary
  • Mae
  • Moira
  • Mina
  • Minx
  • Maxine
  • Madison
  • Martha
  • Minerva
  • Mercy
  • Merry
  • Midge
  • Muffy
  • Mei
  • Miranda
  • Michi
  • Melanie
  • Megan
  • Marina
  • Mathilda
  • Melba
  • Monique
  • Marissa
  • Marcela
  • Marigold
  • Manda
  • Melinda

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Male Cat Names Starting with M

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Here, we have traditional male names (and some not so traditional!).

  • Marley
  • Milo
  • Max
  • Murphy
  • Maverick
  • Moe
  • Mac
  • Marty
  • Manny
  • Montgomery
  • Monty
  • Murray
  • Morty
  • Matty
  • Micky
  • Marcel
  • Mason
  • Mulligan
  • Mateo
  • Miller
  • Major
  • Mitchell
  • Marshal
  • Manuel
  • Massimo
  • Marlon
  • Marlowe
  • Mortimer
  • Marty
  • Marvin
  • Michel
  • Manni
  • Malcolm
  • MacIntosh
  • Maguire
  • Magnus

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Gender Neutral Cat Names That Start with M

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This list includes a wide variety of names that could be given to either male or female cats. It includes everything from colors and other animals to unique words.

  • Mittens
  • Mouse
  • Moose
  • Meow
  • Madrigal
  • Maestro
  • Maelstrom
  • Marbles
  • Melody
  • Myrrh
  • Mew
  • Magic
  • Mirage
  • Monster
  • Mercury
  • Meadow
  • Moon (-light, -beam, -shine)
  • Mercedes
  • Magnolia
  • Mayhem
  • Moss(y)
  • Magenta
  • Megabyte
  • Munchkin
  • Muppet
  • Midnight
  • Music
  • Matrix
  • Memo
  • Monkey
  • Macro

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Place Names for Cats That Start with M

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Giving your cat the name of a country or city can provide them with an exotic edge. If your cat is a breed from a specific location, such as a British Shorthair, consider the name of a city in that area, such as Manchester.

  • Maui
  • Monaco
  • Mariposa
  • Martinique
  • Montreal
  • Miami
  • Munich
  • Morocco
  • Montana
  • Malibu
  • Milan
  • Madrid
  • Manitoba
  • Manhattan
  • Melbourne
  • Mumbai
  • Minsk
  • Memphis
  • Moscow
  • Mauritius
  • Malta
  • Mykonos
  • Madeira
  • Manchester
  • Marseille
  • Manila

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Cat Names Based on Famous People with Names That Start with M

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This hodgepodge of names is based on well-known musicians, authors, bands, artists, and composers.

  • Madonna
  • Matisse
  • Mozart
  • Manet
  • Mahler
  • Mendelssohn
  • Melville
  • Morrison
  • Mona Lisa
  • Michelangelo
  • Mickey Mantle
  • Magritte
  • Mondrian
  • Missy
  • Merle
  • Moody Blues
  • Muse
  • Marilyn Manson
  • Maroon 5
  • Morrissey
  • Muddy Waters
  • Metallica
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Monet


Names Based on Food and Drinks That Start with M

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So many foods out there would make perfect names for cats! There’s also a section of names based on drinks.

Names Based on Food

  • Miso
  • Mentos
  • Meringue
  • Mozzarella
  • Mustard
  • Molasses
  • Mushroom
  • Maraschino
  • Marmite
  • Matzo
  • Moussaka
  • Mudpie
  • Muesli
  • Mulberry
  • Mutton
  • Milk Dud
  • Marshmallow
  • Marmalade
  • Muffin
  • Meatloaf
  • Maple
  • Mango
  • Meatball
  • Marzipan
  • Minnow
  • Minou
  • Mischief
  • Marjoram
  • Marinara
  • Maize
  • Macaroni
  • Melon
  • Mousse
  • Mandarin
  • Mint(y)
  • M&M

Names Based on Drinks

  • Merlot
  • Martini
  • Matcha
  • Milky
  • Milkshake
  • Mimosa
  • Mudslide
  • Mate (pronounced mah-tay)
  • Margarita
  • Mojito
  • Mai Tai
  • Mocha
  • Mimosa

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Names Based on Fictional Characters Whose Names Start with M

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Fictional characters with names that start with M come from all kinds of platforms—movies, video games, books, TV shows, etc.

  • Moana
  • Midna
  • Mazikeen
  • Mulan
  • Madeline
  • Morpheus
  • Megatron
  • Mistoffelees
  • Maisy
  • Mulder
  • Morticia
  • Maleficent
  • Minion
  • Magneto
  • Megamind
  • Marty McFly
  • Moaning Myrtle
  • Mace Windu
  • Morbius
  • Mysterio
  • Magnum
  • Miss Marple
  • Muggle
  • Mary Jane
  • Medusa
  • Mystique
  • Maisel
  • Mad Hatter
  • Moriarty
  • Macbeth
  • Mushu
  • Midas
  • Merlin
  • Mario
  • Moby
  • Mufasa
  • Mad Max
  • Mephistopheles
  • Mordor
  • Master Chief
  • Mandalorian

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Use Your Imagination!

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Of course, these lists aren’t completely exhaustive. These are just ideas, some of which you might like and others not so much. Once you have a few names on your shortlist, try saying them out loud a few times to see how they roll off the tongue. Sometimes a name might seem like a good idea in your head but sounds awkward when spoken aloud.

You can also consider adding an honorific or title to your cat’s name for fun. Many cats already know how important they are, so this could be a fun way to acknowledge this.

Some titles start with M, like in Miss Marple, but you can also add a regal title that doesn’t start with M to their name, like in Queen Merry.

  • Professor
  • Her or His Majesty
  • Queen/King
  • Madame
  • Sir
  • Mrs. or Miss
  • Senator
  • Dame
  • Prince/Princess
  • General
  • Sergeant
  • Colonel

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Now you’ll need to make a decision. You can use a name that describes your cat, like an orange cat can be Marmalade, or you can give them the name of your favorite food, like Macaroni or Melon.

We hope that you’ll find a perfect name for your cat here or at the very least, inspiration. If you want to keep looking, the thesaurus can be your best friend, but remember to test the name out loud. You’ll likely have your cat for 10 to 20 years, which can be a long time to saddle your cat with a silly or hard-to-pronounce name. In the end, we hope that you find a name that’s just as unique as your cat.

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