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255 Barn Cat Names for Your Outdoor Friend

Written by: Christian Adams

Last Updated on June 21, 2024 by Catster Editorial Team

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255 Barn Cat Names for Your Outdoor Friend

If you own a large enough property or work on a farm, most likely, you have a barn cat on rodent-killing duties. Also known as farm cats, these hardened felines like to stick to themselves. However, if you’ve been feeding the furry bud and keeping it safe, we bet the two of you have a trusting relationship. That’s wonderful news!

But you can’t call this little fellow “barn cat” forever: it needs a proper name. Well, you’re in luck because our cat experts are here to lend a hand. After juggling through hundreds of options, we made a list of the perfect names for the cat and put them into different categories. Take a look!

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What Is a Barn Cat: The Definition

Any cat that lives outdoors and mostly sticks around on farms, ranches, outbuildings, and other agricultural properties can be classified as a barn cat. These boys and girls are mostly drawn by the rodents that live in fields and storage rooms. Coming in, they don’t expect much from the humans. More than that, they’re pretty shy and prefer to keep their distance from us 1.

But there are some exceptions to this rule. It all comes down to the personality of the animal. Since farm cats are great at killing mice, rats, and other rodents, they’re often rewarded with food. Also, they like to find shelter in abandoned buildings or the basements of regular houses. They never get too close to where people and other animals live, though.

a barn cat standing outside on a sunny day
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How Do You Name a Barn Cat? Where Do You Start?

Barn cats are strong, capable, and independent, and that’s what you should base the name on. Instead of going with something corny and boring, try to think about a name that represents what this cat is all about. We’re talking about its character, personality, and behavior. Now, barn cats are mostly standoffish with humans and other pets, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a soft spot.

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The Catchy Barn Cat Names Based on Temperament and Looks

Farm cats come in all shapes and sizes. Most barn cats don’t really belong to any breed (they have mixed ancestry). So, do consider the cat’s looks and temperament when choosing a name for it.

  • Ash
  • Blackie
  • Black Bean
  • Blaze
  • Blue Bell
  • Caliber
  • Camouflage
  • Cat the Curious
  • Catzilla
  • Cindy Clawford
  • Cosmo
  • Cuddles
  • Flash
  • Firebrand
  • Firestarter
  • Geronimo
  • Grumpy
  • Harmony
  • Hooligan
  • Hunter
  • Jaws
  • Moody
  • Rosie
  • Scarlett
  • Sleepy
  • Shades
  • Smokey
  • Speckles
  • Troublemaker
  • Wanderer
  • White
a cat lying on hay at a barn
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Best Names Inspired by Fictional Characters and Real People

Do you feel like the kitty that’s been putting fear into the hearts and minds of local mice and rats looks like a movie star? Or maybe they remind you of a hero from a comic book? Wait: it probably resembles a character from a video game! This happens more often than you think, and that’s why there are so many cats out there with “fairy tale” names.

With barn cats, you don’t have to follow any strict rules. It can be a very short name or one that takes a while to pronounce. As long as it fits the fluffy animal, you can go ahead and use it.

  • Achilles
  • Alexander
  • Atticus
  • Bart Simpson
  • Bella Donna
  • Black Rider
  • Blizzard
  • Brad Kitt
  • Bubba Kitty
  • Catrick Stewart
  • Catticus Finch
  • Darth Kitty
  • Duchess
  • Dumbledore
  • Eightball
  • Gandalf
  • Gatsby
  • Hades
  • Harley Quinn
  • Hatfield
  • Hawkeye
  • Hercules
  • Hermione
  • Homer Simpson
  • Jesse James
  • Josephine
  • Kennedy
  • Killer
  • Louis Wain
  • Marge Piercy
  • Matilda
  • Miss Marple
  • Meowseph Stalin
  • Nelson Muntz
  • Odin
  • Olympia
  • Omar Little
  • Ophelia
  • Otto Mann
  • Pablo Picatso
  • Rambo Kitty
  • Roy Rogers
  • Seymour Skinner
  • Thor
  • Winston Churchill

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The Tough Names for a Barn Cat That Means Business

Farm cats know first-hand that life can be hard sometimes, but they still manage to find food and shelter to prosper. And that’s why tough names are among the most popular picks for these upbeat, ready-to-rumble felines. The following names do an excellent job of representing the true nature of barn cats.

  • Arrow
  • Azrael
  • Bandit
  • Beast
  • Blackjack
  • Bluestem
  • Big Red
  • Boots
  • Buckeye
  • Bullet
  • Bullseye
  • Cerberus
  • Charcoal
  • Cheeto
  • Cinderblock
  • Colt
  • Comet
  • Dusty
  • Eclipse
  • Frisky
  • Frosty
  • Houdini
  • Jasper
  • Knight
  • Lone Ranger
  • Marshal
  • Murphey
  • Neptune
  • Nine Lives
  • Outlaw
  • Panther
  • Paws
  • Powder
  • Quick Draw
  • Quicksilver
  • Razor
  • Rebel
  • Rex
  • Salem
  • Sarge
  • Shadow
  • Sirius Black
  • Tiger
  • Trigger
  • Zeus
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The Popular Barn Queen (Female) Names

Up until this point, we were only checking out unisex names that work for both boys and girls. But we also have a bunch of names that are exclusive to males and females. So, if you know for certain that the feral cat on your property is a lady, we’re confident that you’ll find the perfect match for her here.

  • Abigail
  • Adara
  • Adelaide
  • Annie
  • Apricot
  • Aradia
  • Athena
  • Beans
  • Birdie
  • Bonnie
  • Bonnie-Sue
  • Carmelita
  • Catwoman
  • Chessie
  • Chirpie
  • Cinnamon
  • Daisy
  • Daisy Mae
  • Dixie
  • Domino
  • Ernie
  • Fergie
  • Flora
  • Freckles
  • Galaxy
  • Garth
  • Georgia
  • Gertie
  • Gertrude
  • Gracie
  • Josie
  • Lacey
  • Lucy
  • Mable
  • Marmalade
  • Miranda
  • Missy
  • Moxie
  • Naomi
  • Nyan Cat
  • Olivia
  • Pollyanna
  • Penny
  • Pickles
  • Piglet
  • Princess
  • Reiko
  • Sweet Pea
  • Starbuck
  • Stella
  • Tabitha
  • Thelma
  • Wallflower
  • Wendy
  • Willow
  • Zelda

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The Popular Barn Tomcat (Male) Names

And here are our top picks for the fellas. These are a bit more masculine and were specifically picked for the boys. You can, of course, use all these names interchangeably, as some females tend to be a bit manly, while the males often show feminine qualities.

  • Archie
  • Apollo
  • Austin
  • Banjo
  • Barry
  • Billy-Bob
  • Buck/Bucky
  • Buddy
  • Buttercup
  • Cash
  • Casper
  • Charles
  • Cheddar
  • Chester
  • Coal
  • Cricket
  • Donald
  • Dude
  • Ember
  • Fido
  • Fred
  • Friskies
  • Fuzzbucket
  • Gunnar
  • Hank
  • Herman
  • Jasper
  • Mabel
  • Maverick
  • Miles
  • Milo
  • Oscar
  • Patches
  • Pepper
  • Percy
  • Pouncer
  • Rascal
  • Socks
  • Spooky
  • Tanner
  • Theodore
  • Tonk
  • Twitch
  • Walnut
  • Walt
short haired domestic cat sitting outside in fenced
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What About Fun/Goofy Names? Here Are Some Extra Names for a Barn Cat

If you’re in the mood to play around a bit and give the cat a slightly silly, yet memorable name, we have just the right picks. We intentionally didn’t go for anything too crazy, as a long, hard-to-pronounce name is not really the best idea for a farm cat.

  • Bitcoin
  • Boo Boo Kitty
  • Bootsie
  • Broccoli
  • Buddy Boy
  • Cappuccino
  • Captain Meow
  • Cat Stevens
  • Colonel Meow
  • Cow Catcher
  • Cowboy
  • Crypto
  • Cuddlesworth
  • Dr. Claw
  • Frankie-Blue-Eyes
  • Grumpy Cat
  • Halloweenie
  • Kit Kat
  • Meatloaf
  • Mewtwo
  • Mew Mew
  • Moon Pie
  • Mr. Mittens
  • Mr. Purrfection
  • Mousy
  • Professor Purr
  • Puddy Tat
  • Stinky
  • Tuxedo Cat
  • Two Shoes
  • Whisker Face
  • Winston Furchill
  • X-Ray

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Compared to pet kitties, barn cats aren’t nearly as cuddly or affectionate. While they’re often kept as part-time pets, these felines are mostly independent and used to roaming freely. So, if you feel a strong connection with a barn cat and want to name the four-legged friend, it needs to be perfect. Otherwise, the cat might not like it!

Take your time and be very thorough when going through the list. True, you can always come up with a different “call sign” for your farm buddy. But, it would be best to name it once and stick with it. Name the cat based on what you feel about it and how it behaves, and that should be it!

Featured Image Credit: Alexas_Fotos, Pixabay

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