Congratulations! You just adopted a kitten. But what do you name him? Here are 50 foolproof names (and what they mean) to make the decision a little easier.

By Doug Jimerson
Updated August 05, 2019

Naming your new family pet can be a difficult process; it can be tricky to get everyone to agree. Boy cats can have distinctive personalities (which can also make them different to train), so they deserve a name that fits and is unique. Find a name that matches his coat color or his markings, as well as his demeanor. Here are 50 name options (and the meanings behind them) for your new male kitten or 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.


Comments (1)

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