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130 Cat Names That Start with N for Your New Kitty

Written by: Kit Copson

Last Updated on February 5, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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130 Cat Names That Start with N for Your New Kitty

When you simply can’t settle on a name for your new cat, focusing on a single letter is a great starting point. We have to say; the letter N is one of our favorites because it’s the first letter of so many beautiful, cute, and funny names for cats.

In this guide, we share some of the best cat names starting with N, and we hope one of them strikes your fancy.

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How to Name Your Cat

There’s no rulebook for naming cats, which is great, but it can make settling on the right name even more tricky. If you’re struggling to find inspiration, here are some tips for naming your cat:


Pick a name you like saying out loud. You’ll be using the name for a long time to come, so if it feels awkward when you speak it aloud, consider picking something else. An extra tip—names composed of just one or two syllables are a good rule of thumb. These names feel like less of a mouthful when you say them out loud.


Tuning into your cat’s mannerisms and quirks can make it easier to choose a name. For example, if you’ve decided that you want a name starting with N and you’ve got a cat that’s quite zany, you could call them something like “Nutty.” Another example: if your cat is especially greedy, a funny, food-inspired name like “Nugget” might be fitting.


Physical characteristics are also good markers for names. An example: if you have a stunning black cat, you might call them “Nyx” after the goddess of the night in Greek mythology. A brown or chocolate-colored cat might be named “Nutmeg,” like the spice.

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Male, Female, & Unisex Cat Names Starting with N

If you’re a fan of more traditional or human-like names, you’ve got plenty of options when it comes to the letter N. Here are some options:

Male Cat Names

  • Niko
  • Neil
  • Nash
  • Neo
  • Ned
  • Napoleon
  • Nigel
  • Norris
  • Nadir
  • Nathan
  • Nate
  • Norman
  • Niam
  • Norbert
  • Nero
  • Nicolas
  • Newton
  • Noam
  • Nixon
  • Nayan
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Female Cat Names

  • Nina
  • Nikita
  • Nikki
  • Naomi
  • Nadia
  • Naya
  • Nessa
  • Nessie
  • Nia
  • Nora
  • Noelle
  • Naima
  • Nanette
  • Nymph
  • Norma
  • Nellie
  • Nefertiti
  • Nivah
  • Natalia
  • Noa

Unisex Cat Names

  • Noor
  • Nova
  • Nori
  • Nyx
  • Neko
  • Nirvana
  • Nevada
  • Noah
  • November
  • Navi
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Short & Sweet Names Starting with N

As we mentioned in our guide on how to name your cat, short one or two-syllable names are always a good idea because they’re easy to pronounce. Furthermore, a great deal of them are gender-neutral. Peruse this selection:

  • Nimbus
  • Neptune
  • Night
  • Naiko
  • Nike
  • Nutty
  • Nudge
  • Nixie
  • Nomad
  • Nismo
  • Newt
  • Nino
  • Ninja
  • Nickel
  • Noir
  • Nano
  • Nuka
  • Nox
  • Nambo
  • Nile
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Food-Inspired Names Starting with N

Got a cat that seems to permanently have the munchies? You could always take inspiration from your moggy’s greatest passion in life: food!

  • Nugget
  • Nando
  • Nutella
  • Nutmeg
  • Nuts
  • Nougat
  • Nectarine
  • Nacho
  • Naan
  • Nesquik
  • Noodles
  • Neem
  • Nettle
  • Nashi (after nashi pears)
  • Neapolitan
  • Navette
  • Nectar
  • Napa (after napa cabbage)
  • Nipa
  • Natto
  • Nasi (after Nasi Goreng)
  • Nerd (after the candy Nerds)
  • Nom
  • Natilla
  • Ndolé
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Famous Names Starting with N

If you’re considering naming your cat after a famous person or character, here are some suggestions:

  • Nala (The Lion King)
  • Nemo (Finding Nemo)
  • Nancy (Nancy Spungen/Nancy Sinatra)
  • Nelly (rapper)
  • Nambi (Nambi Narayanan)
  • Nigella (Nigella Lawson)
  • Nuno (Nuno Bettencourt)
  • Nahki (Nahki Wells)
  • Nan (Nan Yu)
  • Nas (rapper)
  • Nat (Nat ‘King’ Cole)
  • Neve (Neve Campbell)
  • Nukâka (Nukâka Coster-Waldau)
  • Natsuko (Natsuko Tatsumi)
  • Normani (singer)
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Other Cat Names Starting with N

If none of the names above take your fancy, here are a few more that might just do it for you:

  • Nibbles
  • Newell
  • Norwyn
  • Nitro
  • Nester
  • Nyla
  • Nita
  • Nollie
  • Noche
  • Nisha
  • Noelle
  • Noli
  • Nadine
  • Nami
  • Nani
  • Newt
  • Nagi
  • Nara
  • Naoki
  • Noriko
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Final Thoughts

As you can see, the letter N inspires a multitude of elegant, funny, and adorable cat names. If N is your choice as the first letter of your cat’s name, we hope you’ve been able to narrow down your selection to some names you truly love.

Finally, remember that naming your cat should be an enjoyable and exciting time—don’t worry about picking a name straight away. Often, with a bit of time and patience, the perfect name seems to fall right into place.

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