If you’ve ever had a cat before, you know that the name is the first thing on your mind. You might even have a few friends who are also thinking about naming their new kitty, so here are some of our favorite names and what they mean!
In the end, it doesn’t matter what you call your furry little friend. They aren’t going to respond to just anything. But hey, at least this list will help you come up with some ideas for those times when he or she just demands attention!
1) Daisy – meaning “the flower”.
This name has become very popular in recent years because it’s cute and pleasant sounding. It’s also light and fluffy so if you have a black cat, this may be the perfect name for her.
The name Daisy dates back to the 17th century and has its origins in England. It was used as a given name for girls born between 1880-1910, but the first recorded use of it as a pet’s name came later, in 1897, when it belonged to author Henry James’ cat.
2) Smokey – meaning “the color”.
This is great for a black cat. It’s also popular for cats that are black, white and an accent color. It’s very simple and relaxing.
Smokey, like most names on this list, originates in the 1950s. It was originally used for a black cat owned by Arthur Ernest “Doc” Goodheart in California.
3) Cookie – meaning “sweet” as in sugar cookies.
This is one of the most common names because it’s endearing. It can also be shortened to “Coke” which could be cute if you have a solid-colored cat!
Many people coin this name because it’s easy and simple to say, though it typically starts with a “C”. For example, the famous boxer Muhammad Ali nicknamed his cat “Cookie”.
4) Pumpkin – meaning “orange gourd”.
It’s a little bit strange but it’s probably one of the cutest names out there. In recent years it has become much more popular as parents come up with ways to make their kitties even more adorable.
The meaning of this name is the source of all confusion. It’s obviously not a pumpkin but some people believe that as a kid you throw a pumpkin, or it could be a squash and in honor of Halloween, you decorate your house with pumpkins.
Whatever the case, the name means orange gourd so it makes sense that it would be an orange kitty name!
5) Oliver – meaning “the cat”.
A relatively common name, especially if you have a calico cat. It’s simple and cute but also very popular since it’s been around for centuries.
In England, the name Oliver was used for males in the mid-17th century and it caught on as a pet’s name in the 19th century. He is one of the most common names on this list, at least for male cats.
6) Dakota – meaning “the peace”.
This is such a lovely name. It’s very unique but it can still go well with other cat-themed names or even if you have a boy cat and he likes trucks or cars! My favorite things to call my boys are their pet names for each other and it just doesn’t get any better than “Dakota”.
Nobody knows where this name originated. However, some people have speculated that it comes from the Dakota Sioux tribe and that the tribe used to say “daku” which means friend.
5) Coco – meaning “cocoa”.
This is another name that works well for solid-colored cats or those with an accent color. It also works really well for long-haired cats!
Coco is very popular because it’s pretty and unique. It comes from the word “coquito” which is Spanish for “little coco.”
6) Oreo – meaning “a type of cookie”.
This is perfect for a cat that has a white body and splotches of black! It can also be spelled as Oreyo, though that sounds just about the same.
Many people have always called their solid-colored cats Oreo because they look like a “black and white cookie”. It’s actually a great way to describe them!
7) Lola – meaning “sickness”.
Don’t let this name scare you. It sounds a little scary but it isn’t meant to be! Lola is a synonym for “sickness” and it has become very popular for long-haired, black cats named Boo.
This name also contains a lot of psychosomatic meaning which makes it even cuter! It’s perfect for a very sickly kitty who wants to be treated like a queen and demands attention.
8) Mango – meaning “a tropical fruit”.
This is a great name for orange cats, brown cats and multi-colored cats that have some sort of accent color. Plus, it’s sweet and light sounding. One of the best things about this name is that it can go as a cat name AND as a human name! It’s really versatile and it’s also really cute to give your kitty this fruit-inspired name.
9) Pepper – meaning “of the pepper family”.
This is another name that works well for multi-colored cats but is good for solid-colored cats as well! A fun name in recent years because of the movie “My Sister’s Keeper” which was about a sickly child named Alex who was adopted by a cat named Pepper.
This name is sweet, cute and unique. It can also make sense as a cat name! Pepper can be used for a cat with many colors or it can be used for a solid-colored kitty that has accent colors.
10) Princess – meaning “daughter of the ruler”.
This is a cute name for a female cat. It’s also popular because people want their cats to feel like royalty. It works well for solid-colored cats, but it’s also good for multi-colored cats because some brown cats with accents look like princesses.
It can also come from the place of origin: Princess is also a place that was named after Princess Margaret. This place was close to Scotland and it was a very small town.
This name works well for kittens and cats because this is what they want to be treated like! If you ask most cats, they will tell you that they want to be treated like royalty.
Now you have some great ideas for names! Just make sure that your kitty responds to it well and they are happy with it before you finalize on it. Remember, if they don’t like it, they will let you know! If you’re looking for more ideas, watch out for my next article.