Your feline needs a name as unique as they are.

By Jennifer Aldrich
Updated February 04, 2020

Now that you're a proud owner of a calico cat, you need to come up with a name for your new pet. But before you scroll through this list, you should know a bit more about the latest addition to your family.

Interestingly, calico isn't a breed of cats, but rather a description of their black, white, and orange coats. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), many cats can be considered calicos, including the American shorthair, the Persian, and the Norwegian forest cat. Because calicos can be different breeds, each kitty's personality will be quiet different, and dependent on which type of cat they are. It's not completely clear where calicos came from, but many think they were first found in Egypt and could have been brought down from the Mediterranean. There's no exact number as to how many calicos exist, but they live all over the world.

In folklore, calico cats are often thought to bring good fortune, and in the United States, they're considered so lucky they're called "money cats." You're welcome to name your cat anything you'd like, but it's important to know that there's almost a 100% certainty your pet is a female because its unique black, orange, and white coat is due to the X chromosome.

To help you come up with the best moniker for your new kitty, we turned to the pet experts at Rover. Each year, the company sifts through its database to determine the most popular names, and in 2018, they went a step further by pulling out the top picks for calicos only.

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Most Popular Calico Cat Names

The original list on Rover features a total of 119 names, but we narrowed it down to our favorite 50 to make sorting through them all a bit easier. There are a variety of unique options on this roundup. We especially like the food-inspired names, such as Amaretto, Butterscotch, Cheeto, Chestnut, and Ginger. We also love the options in honor of flowers, including Buttercup and Dahlia. If you're struggling with choosing one, try saying different names to your cat to see which one feels most natural.

  1. Amaretto
  2. Bell
  3. Bourgon
  4. Butterscotch
  5. Buttercup
  6. Cheeto
  7. Chloe
  8. Clementine
  9. Copper
  10. Dahlia
  11. Frisky
  12. Garfield
  13. Ginger
  14. Haley
  15. Harlow
  16. Hermoine
  17. Honey
  18. Honeybee
  19. Jynx
  20. Kiki
  21. Latte
  22. Lena
  23. Lucy
  24. Maizie
  25. Marble
  26. Mattie
  27. Ollie
  28. Paprika
  29. Penny
  30. Piper
  31. Pumpkin
  32. Reese
  33. Rio
  34. Rocky
  35. Rye
  36. Saffron
  37. Simba
  38. Sofia
  39. Sophie
  40. Stacey
  41. Sunny
  42. Taco
  43. Taffy
  44. Tiger
  45. Trixie
  46. Truffles
  47. Turtle
  48. Twinkie
  49. Waffles
  50. Zooey

Comments (1)

May 18, 2020
Uhm...Is it a good idea to name my calico cat, luna, after my dead cat?