Kitten Names

curious kitten

Naming kittens is a highly personal matter between pets and their human companions. Kitten names really ought to have some personal meaning, or relate in some way to the animal's looks or personality. With that in mind, here are some suggested kitten names based on various factors. Even if you don't find something you like, maybe you'll find a bit of inspiration.

Kitten Color Names

Your kitten's fur may be her most prominent feature until her personality emerges. Give her a name based on her color for an easy identity.

Orange Kittens

  • Caliente - Cali for short
  • Salsa
  • Chili
  • Paprika
  • Tamale
  • Sunset

White Kittens

  • Frosty
  • Icy
  • Pearl
  • Snowball
  • Snowflake
  • Marilyn Monroe
  • Andy Warhol

Black Kittens

  • Midnight
  • Ebony
  • Shadow
  • Indigo
  • Mephistopheles - Mephisto for short
  • Grimalkin

Grey Kittens

sleeping kitty
  • Ash/Ashley
  • Cinder
  • Ghost
  • Periwinkle
  • Smoky
  • Misty

Yellow Kittens

  • Mooney
  • Sunny
  • Daffodil
  • Buttercup
  • Goldie
  • Gold Brick

Brown Kittens

  • Cocoa
  • Godiva
  • Coffee
  • Mocha
  • Cappuccino
  • Latte
  • Dutch

Fur-Based Kitten Names

If your cat has an unusual coat or markings - or a lack of a coat - consider using one of these names.

Striped Kittens

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  • Tiger
  • Tigger
  • Jailbird
  • Soldier

Long-Haired Kittens

  • Rapunzel
  • Godiva - From the fairy tale
  • Nugent - As in Ted Nugent

Hairless Kittens

  • Slick
  • Chilly
  • Suede
  • Mr. Bigglesworth - For Austin Powers fans
  • Fluffy - For those who appreciate irony

Kitten Personality Names

If your kitten lets her personality be known early on, give him a name that suits it.

For "Wild Cat" Personalities

  • Taz - Short for Tasmanian Devil
  • Blitzen
  • Cyclone
  • Twister

For "Laid-Back" Personalities

  • Dreamer
  • Jerry Garcia
  • Phish

For Mischievous Personalities

  • Cheshire
  • Wizard
  • Beelzebub
  • Diablo
  • Hecate

Themed Cat Names

If you have a litter of kittens, or you just want to give your kitten a name that has its source in something else, consider a themed name.

From 'Cats,' the Musical

kitten with piano
  • Rum Tum Tugger
  • Munkestrap
  • Grizzabella
  • Victoria
  • Gus

Food Names

  • Ambrosia
  • Apple
  • Brownie
  • Burrito
  • Butter
  • Caviar
  • Cinnamon
  • Cous Cous
  • Crouton
  • Cupcake
  • Gingersnap
  • Ham
  • Hot Dog
  • Ice
  • Kiwi
  • Lollypop
  • Muffin
  • Munchkin
  • Nacho
  • Nutmeg
  • Oatmeal
  • Oreo
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  • Pancakes
  • Peaches
  • Peanut
  • Peanut Butter
  • Peanut Butter Cup
  • Peppermint
  • Pepperoni
  • Pickles
  • Pita
  • Rice Krispies
  • Sweet Cakes
  • Tabasco
  • Taco
  • Waffles
  • Yogurt
  • Zucchini

Drink Names

  • Amaretto
  • Budweiser
  • Iced Tea
  • Mai Tai
  • Merlot
  • Sambuca
  • Southern Comfort
  • Tanqueray

Place Names

fluffy kitty
  • Amazon
  • Bangkok
  • Burbank
  • China
  • Dakota
  • Frisco
  • India
  • Indiana
  • Jersey
  • Katmandu
  • Maui
  • Phoenix
  • Sedona
  • Starbucks
  • Utah
  • Woodstock
  • Yukon

Funny Kitten Names

Have some fun with your kitten's name with one of these ideas.

Names that Play on Words

  • Apricat
  • Captain Kitty
  • Cat Benetar
  • Faux Paw
  • Great Catsby
  • Imakat
  • Kitty Kurek
  • Ali McClaw
  • Catpachino
  • Furnando
  • Kali Cat
plaful kitty
  • Katy Kirstie
  • Alley Kat
  • Kit Kat Kitty
  • Lickerish
  • Mr. Puddycat
  • My Cat
  • Putty
  • Tweetie Pie
  • Walter Croncat

Other Funny Names

  • Adipose
  • Bugs
  • Buttons
  • Chewy
  • Furby
  • Fuzzmeister
  • Gizmo
  • Hunter
  • Killer
  • La Luna
  • Luster
  • Meowzer
  • Mouse
  • Mr. Meow
  • Mr. Thumbs
  • Pipsqueak
  • Poopsie
  • Scratch
  • Shamoo
  • Sir Purr A lot
  • Squeaky
  • Tickles
  • Tootles
  • Yetti
  • Your Highness
  • Yum Yum

People Names

Names that work for people also work well for cats.

Everyday People Names

kitten and yarn
  • Albert
  • Barnaby
  • Bob
  • Clancy
  • Isabella
  • Jezebel
  • Ralph
  • Rudy
  • Sam
  • Scarlett
  • Toby
  • Zoe

Famous People Names

  • Adonis
  • Armani
  • Axel Rose
  • Bada Bing
  • Barney
  • Beethoven
  • Beowulf
  • Boy George
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Buffy
  • Carmen Electra
  • Casper
  • Chanel
  • Churchill
  • DaVinci
  • Dennis the Menace
  • Desdamona
  • Dr. Dolittle
  • Dracula
  • Einstein
  • Elvis
  • Felix
  • Fonzi
  • Forest Gump
  • Garfunkel
  • George Bush
  • Gucci
  • Isis
  • Jessica Simpson
  • Joe Cool
  • Lil Abner
  • Macbeth
  • Madonna
  • Michelangelo
  • Mozart
  • Mr. Bean
  • Mrs.C
  • Mr. T
  • O.J.
  • Orlando Bloom
  • Orphan Annie
  • Ozzy Osbourne
  • Pan
  • Pussy Galore
  • Rambo
  • Santa
  • Selena
  • Shakespeare
  • Shirley Temple
  • Sir Winston
  • Socrates
  • Spock
  • Stevie Knicks
  • Swayze
  • Tarzan
  • Tinkerbelle
  • Tyson
  • Van Gogh
  • Van Morrison
  • Verachie
  • Wadsworth
  • Wolfgang
  • Yoko Ono
  • Zeus
  • Zorro

What's Your Favorite Kitten Name?

Don't see a favorite on this list? You may still find some inspiration for a name that's original and perfect for your little fur ball. Whether you go the more traditional route and choose a name like Muffin or you prefer more human-sounding names, don't rush the decision if you don't have to. After all, this is the moniker your kitty will have for life, so choose wisely, and she may very well come running when you call her name.

Kitten Names