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245 Asian Cat Names: Korean, Japanese, Chinese Inspired Ideas

Written by: Chantelle Fowler

Last Updated on June 3, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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245 Asian Cat Names: Korean, Japanese, Chinese Inspired Ideas

Naming your new pet is a big undertaking. This will be the name that your kitty has for the rest of their life and will likely be the inspiration behind the many nicknames that you will eventually develop for your pet. I have a Juniper, but I call her Junie, June Bug, Bug, Bugaboo, and pretty much anything in between!

If you’d like your cat’s name to have an Asian influence but aren’t sure where to start looking, we can help. Here, you’ll find a list of hundreds of cat names organized into categories, including nature, pop culture, and coat color. Read on to start making a shortlist of all the options that you like for your new pet!

 

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How to Name Your Cat

Choosing the perfect name for your kitty is tough, especially when you’re considering using one from another language. Not only will you need to ensure that the name that you’re using 100% means what you intend it to mean, but you’ll also want it to be easy to pronounce and identify.

We’ve all heard horror stories about people getting Asian characters tattooed on their bodies only to realize later that the characters that they thought meant “peace” actually means “chicken noodle soup.” Thankfully, we live in the 2020s, and there are plenty of easy and fast ways to determine if the name that you’re thinking of for your cat means what you think it does. Google Translate is a great tool to help you double-check the spelling and meaning of your pet’s name.

Pronunciation is another thing to consider. Is the name easy for you to say? Your cat will hopefully learn their name eventually, but only if you say it concisely without stumbling on any of the syllables. We’re sure you can imagine the confusion that it would cause your kitty if you said their name differently every time you called for them.

Now that you know what to consider as you search for the perfect name, let’s look at our suggestions.

Cat Names After Places in Asia

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Korean Places

  • Busan
  • Daegu
  • Daejeon
  • Itaewon
  • Hallyeo
  • Hanok
  • Jeju
  • Jeonju
  • Jinhae
  • Sejong
  • Seoraksan
  • Seoul

Japanese Places

  • Atsuta
  • Fuji
  • Itsukushima
  • Kawasaki
  • Koyasan
  • Kyoto
  • Nara
  • Osaka
  • Sapporo
  • Shinjuku
  • Tokyo

Chinese Places

  • Beijing
  • Chengdu
  • Guilin
  • Hangzhou
  • Lijiang
  • Potala
  • Shenyang
  • Suzhou
  • Xi’an
  • Yangtze
  • Zhangjiajie

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Cat Names After Asian Nature Terms

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Korean Nature Names

  • Bada – ocean
  • Bi – rain
  • Bingha – glacier
  • Byeol – star
  • Daeyang – ocean
  • Dal – moon
  • Gonggi – air
  • Haean – coast
  • Haneul – sky
  • Hae-Won – beautiful garden
  • Hosu – lake
  • Iseul – morning dew
  • Mujigae – rainbow
  • Nabi – butterfly
  • Pado – waves
  • Pokpo – waterfall
  • San – mountain
  • Seom – island
  • Sup – forest
  • Taeyang – sun
  • Urim – rainforest

Japanese Nature Names

  • Cho – butterfly
  • Doi – mountain
  • Hina – sun
  • Hoshi – star
  • Iwa – rock
  • Kaede – maple leaf
  • Kairy – see
  • Kasumi – mist
  • Kazue – branch
  • Mio – cherry blossom
  • Miyuki – snow
  • Moriko – forest child
  • Ren – lotus
  • Sango – coral
  • Shino – bamboo stalk
  • Taura – lakes
  • Zen – mountain

Chinese Nature Names

  • Chenguang – morning light
  • Chun – spring
  • Fú – lotus
  • Jiang – river
  • Mei Lien – beautiful lotus
  • Pùbù – waterfall
  • Shān – mountain
  • Xiao Hong – morning rainbow
  • Xue – snow
  • Yeong – flower petal
  • Ying Tue – reflection of the moon
  • Yue – moon
  • Yun – cloud

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Cat Names After Asian Food & Drink

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Korean Food Names

  • Anju
  • Bibimbap
  • Kimchi
  • Japchae
  • Ganghoe
  • Gim
  • Guksu
  • Mandu
  • Oritang
  • Pajeon
  • Ramyeon
  • Sannakji
  • Sinseollo
  • Soji
  • Yakshik

Japanese Food Names

  • Adzuki
  • Azuki
  • Boba
  • Kaki
  • Kurumi
  • Matcha
  • Miso
  • Momo
  • Nattō
  • Oshizushi
  • Sake
  • Soba
  • Sushi
  • Tetchiri

Chinese Food Names

  • Báizhōu
  • Chòudòufu
  • Congee
  • Dan Dan
  • Dumpling
  • Egg Roll
  • Hot Pot
  • Huǒguō
  • Jiǎozi
  • Jianbing
  • Kumquat
  • Sesame
  • Sichuan
  • Spring Roll
  • Wonton

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Asian Cat Names for Personality Traits

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Korean Names

  • A-Yeong – elegant
  • Ah-Yeon – beautiful and wise
  • Bo-Bae – precious treasure
  • Bong Cha – ultimate girl
  • Chung-ha – righteous girl
  • Daeshin – greatest mind
  • Gi – brave
  • Hei – wisdom or intelligence
  • Hyun-ki – wise and astute
  • Ji-ah – refined wisdom
  • Ki – strong
  • Kwan – one who is wild
  • Minjun – clever
  • Ryung – shiny
  • Won-Chul – wise

Japanese Names

  • Akio – hero
  • Akira – intelligent
  • Bashira – joyful
  • Eiji – cheerful
  • Hideaki – bright and shining
  • Jin – placid
  • Kenzo – wise one
  • Kichōna – precious
  • Kimi – noble
  • Kirei – pretty
  • Koro – roly-poly
  • Taeko – brave
  • Tadao – loyal
  • Taidana – lazy
  • Yumi – beautiful

Chinese Names

  • Bambang – soldier
  • De – virtuous
  • Hui – wise
  • Kai – victorious
  • Kuaile – happy
  • Lan – elegant
  • Liko – blessed
  • Manchu – pure
  • Mei – beautiful
  • Mu – admired
  • Qiang – strong
  • Shilin – smart
  • Yijun – joyful king
  • Yong – brave
  • Zhenzhen – precious

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Asian Pop Culture Cat Names

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Korean Pop Culture Names

  • Blackpink – girl group
  • BoA – K-pop singer
  • EXO – K-pop group
  • Jungkook – K-pop singer
  • Pinkfong – cartoon character
  • Pororo – cartoon character
  • Psy – K-pop singer
  • Suga – rapper
  • Taeyeon – singer
  • Tayo – cartoon character

Japanese Pop Culture Names

  • Barsa – from “Kiki’s Delivery Service”
  • Chichiyaku – from “Spirited Away”
  • Chococat – from Sanrio
  • Cinnamoroll – from Sanrio
  • Delcatty – from Pokémon
  • Eevee – from Pokémon
  • Jiji – from “Kiki’s Delivery Service”
  • Kashira – from “Spirited Away”
  • Keroppi – from Sanrio
  • Kiki – from “Kiki’s Delivery Service”
  • Kitty White – from Sanrio
  • Kokiri – from “Kiki’s Delivery Service”
  • Kuromi – from Sanrio
  • Litten – from Pokémon
  • Maki – from “Kiki’s Delivery Service”
  • Pekkle – from Sanrio
  • Pompompurin – from Sanrio
  • Purrloin – from Pokémon
  • Pyroar – from Pokémon
  • Satsuki – from “My Neighbor Totoro”
  • Shinx – from Pokémon
  • Skitty – from Pokémon
  • Tatsuo – from “My Neighbor Totoro”
  • Tuxedo Sam – from Sanrio
  • Yasuko – from “My Neighbor Totoro”
  • Yubaba – from “Spirited Away”

Chinese Pop Culture Names

  • Angelababy – model
  • Bingbing – Li Bingbing, a Chinese actress and singer
  • Bruce – Bruce Lee, actor
  • Chan – Jackie Chan, actor
  • Confucius – philosopher
  • Jet – Jet Li, actor
  • Ren – Ren Zhengfei, founder of Huawei
  • Vera – Vera Wang, fashion designer
  • Yao – Yao Ming, basketball player
  • Yip – Yip Man, martial artist

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Asian Cat Names by Colors

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Korean Color Names

  • Bamsaek – dark brown
  • Eunsaek – silver
  • Galsaek – brown
  • Geomjeongsaek – black
  • Geumsaek – gold
  • Hayansaek – white
  • Hoesaek – gray
  • Paransaek – blue
  • Ppalgansaek – red

Japanese Color Names

  • Aka – red
  • Chairo – brown
  • Gin – silver
  • Gurē – grey
  • Kin – gold
  • Kuro – black
  • Shiro – white

Chinese Color Names

  • Báisè de – white
  • Hēisè de – black
  • Hóngsè de – red
  • Huīsè de – grey
  • Jīnzi – gold
  • Lán sè – blue
  • Shēn zōngsè – dark brown
  • Yin – silver
  • Zōngsè de – brown

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Final Thoughts

Choosing the perfect name for your pet is hard, but it’s even more challenging if you are choosing a name in another language or culture. We hope that this list focused on Korean, Japanese, and Chinese names has helped you narrow down your options so you can pick a suitable name for your new kitty and that it means exactly what you intend it to mean.

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