Congratulations! You just adopted a kitten. But what do you name him? Here are 50 options.
Boy cats have distinctive personalities. Find a name that matches his coat color or other markings, as well as his actions. Here are 50 name options (and the meanings behind them) for your new kitten/cat.
Angus: A Scottish name for strong cats who love their independence.
Archie: Short for Archibald, this name was originally associated with the aristocracy, making it a fine choice for regal kitties.
Aslan: Name your kitten after the bold and loving lion in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis.
Atlas: In Greek mythology, Atlas was the god that held the world on his shoulders. It's the perfect name for a kitten who thinks he owns the world.
Bagheera: In Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, the black panther Bagheera is a wise mentor to Mowgli the jungle boy.
Bandit: Tiger cats will steal your heart. That's why Bandit is a great name for these masked fur balls.
Caesar: If your kitten acts like an emperor in a fur coat, Caesar might be an appropriate name.
Casper: Everyone's favorite friendly ghost, Casper is a great name for a white or almost-all-white kitten.
Chester: Since 1983, a smooth-talking cheetah has been the mascot of Cheetos snack foods. If you have an orange kitty, Chester might be the perfect name for him!
Crookshanks: In the Harry Potter series, Crookshanks is the name of Hermione's temperamental Persian cat.
Domino: Let your kitten's coat color help you come up with an appropriate name. For example, Domino is ideal for a black-and-white kitten.
Felix: Entertaining us since the 1920s, Felix the Cat is a great name for a black-and-white kitty.
Figaro: Owned by Geppetto in Pinocchio, black-and-white Figaro has a starring role.
Fritz: Fritz the Cat was a cartoon from the mid-1960s starring who else but Fritz the Cat.
Garfield: Star of cartoons and movies, the tubby tabby Garfield might share his name with your kitten.
Gatsby: F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel centers on wealthy playboy Jay Gatsby who rules the social scene, just like your kitten does now. Or, for fun, try Catsby.
Hoover: If your kitten grabs every kitchen scrap that falls to the floor, you might consider calling him Hoover.
Houdini: Can your kitten escape from any room in your house? If so, Houdini might be the perfect name.
Hunter: Even if your kitten never sets a paw outdoors, he will always be dreaming of bringing down big game.
Jinx: In the film Meet The Parents the Himalayan cat, Mr. Jinx, stole the show.
Lancelot: The most trusted of King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table, Lancelot would make a great name for a bold boy kitten.
Mars: Named after the Roman god of war, the planet Mars gives off a red glow that shines brightly in the night sky. A good name for a red-hued cat.
Max: One of the most popular names for male cats in the United States, Max is a strong choice for any kitty.
Merlin: Legend has it that the wizard Merlin could shape-shift into any form he preferred. It's a great choice for the magical cat in your life.
Midnight: The purr-fect name for an all-black cat.
Milo: Name your kitten after the precocious orange tabby that starred in the 1986 movie, The Adventures of Milo and Otis.
Monet: The famous impressionist painter Claude Monet began his career by drawing pastels of cats. Monet (or even Claude) would make a great name for your pet.
Morris: Ever finicky, a cat named Morris has been the mascot for 9Lives cat food since the 1970s.
Napoleon: What better name than Napoleon for a future furry dictator with plans to take over your home?
Odin: In Norse mythology, Odin is the god of many things including magic and mystery. Sounds like the perfect cat name to me!
Oliver: For a hungry, orphaned kitten, consider the name Oliver, after Oliver Twist in the popular Charles Dickens' novel.
Oreo: For a sweet black-and-white kitty, Oreo is a great name.
Pharaoh: In Ancient Egypt, the pharaohs ruled much of the civilized world, just as your cat rules the modern one.
Puss: Originally from a French fairy tale, the wily Puss in Boots recently starred in his own movie.
Rex: For a cat that acts like he's king of the house, Rex might be a good fit.
Romeo: The perfect name for an adorable loving kitty that comes when you call.
Salem: Salem was the cat confidante of Sabrina in the TV series Sabrina, The Teenage Witch. A black cat, Salem was a loyal and true friend.
Sebastian: An ancient name that is related to an early Christian saint who was martyred for his faith.
Simba: The perfect name for your personal lion king.
Smokey: A logical name for gray or black cats.
Solomon: The wise King Solomon is an important Biblical character. He was known for his wisdom and his wealth.
Spock: Pointy ears and a know-it-all attitude describes Spock from Star Trek. Does it also sound like your new cat?
Sylvester: Tweety Bird's nemesis in the Looney Tunes cartoons, this name is great for a black-and-white cat.
Tao: This name comes from the Siamese cat in the Sheila Burnford novel, The Incredible Journey.
Tiger: An obvious name for striped kitties, Tiger works well for most any type of cat.
Tigger: The over-exuberant tiger in A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh books.
Tom: A rather obvious but good choice for a male kitten.
Toonces: Behind the wheel, Toonces the Driving Cat was a bit dangerous, but this Saturday Night Live feline will never be forgotten.
Yeti: A relative of Bigfoot, Yeti is an appropriate name for any kitty with extra toes.
Zeus: The ancient Greeks considered Zeus to be the god of gods and men. Sounds like a cat to us.