Deciding what to call your kitty just got a whole lot easier thanks to these options.
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Whether you're a first-time owner or have had other furry friends, adopting a cat is an exciting time. Once you choose the perfect feline for your family, you need to give your kitty a name. Just like humans, every cat is unique, and they deserve a moniker that fits them. There are various boy cat names on this list, including options for black cats, white kitties, orange felines, and every other type of cat. (And if you have a calico cat, you should know that it's a female, so make sure you check our list of girl names.) Many of these options come from movies and literature, so if you're into reading or watching films, you'll certainly recognize these choices.

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50 Names for Boy Cats

The first step to deciding what to call your cat is analyzing his temperament and see what kind of moniker would fit his attitude. Then, make sure you say the name out loud to see how your feline feels about it (and to make sure you like it, too).

Angus: A Scottish name for strong, independent cats.

Archie: Short for Archibald, this name was originally associated with the aristocracy. It also happens to be the name of the sun of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.

Aslan: Name your kitten after the bold and loving lion in The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe ($27, Amazon) by C.S. Lewis.

Atlas: In Greek mythology, Atlas was the god that held the world on his shoulders.

Bagheera: In Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book ($15, Amazon), the black panther Bagheera is a wise mentor to Mowgli, the jungle boy.

Bandit: Bandit is a great name for cats with a multi-colored coat that looks like their in disguise.

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 ($15, Amazon), 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 Or, for fun, try Catsby.

Hoover: If your kitten grabs every kitchen scrap that falls to the floor, you might consider calling him Hoover like the vacuum brand.

Houdini: Can your kitten escape from any room in your house? If so, Houdini might be the perfect name.

Hunter: Cats are predators, which makes this name perfect for any type of feline.

Jinx: In the film, Meet The Parents ($14, Amazon), 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 pet.

Merlin: Legend has it that the wizard Merlin could shape-shift into any form he preferred.

Midnight: Of course, Midnight is the ideal 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 ($13, Amazon).

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 who rules the roost?

Odin: In Norse mythology, Odin is the god of many things, including magic and mystery.

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.

Rex: For a cat that acts like he's the 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 Amazon (free, Amazon). 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 ($14, Amazon).

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 ($13, Amazon).

Tiger: An obvious name for striped kitties, Tiger works well for almost 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 ($16, Amazon) feline will never be forgotten.

Tux: This option is perfect if your cat has a black coat with white fur on its just that resembles a tuxedo.

Yeti: A relative of Bigfoot, Yeti is an appropriate name for any polydactyl kitty, which means he has more than five toes per foot.

Zeus: The ancient Greeks considered Zeus to be the god of gods and men.

    Comments (1)

    Better Homes & Gardens Member
    September 15, 2018
    My next male cat will be Thackery Binx. Really surprised it's not on the list.