If your kitty has some mystical vibes going on, consider some magical names for cats as you think about what to call your furry friend. From witchy names like "Minerva McGonagall" to medieval monikers like "Tibert," there are lots of fantastical options to choose from.
Famous Magical Cat Names
There are many magical cats throughout film, literature, and mythology, and one of their names might be perfect for your pet. These stories might have names particularly fitting for your cat!
Bagheera is the large black panther is Rudyard Kipling's classic story, The Jungle Book. Bagheera escaped captivity to reclaim his wild lifestyle and raises Mowgli from a very young age. He, along with a few other jungle animals, act as mentors to the boy who eventually grows up and must return to society.
Bastet (also know as Bast) is an Egyptian goddess who often appears as a woman with a cat's head, or as a cat wearing an ornate gold necklace and large hoop earrings. She is the great protector of cats, happy households, and pregnant women. Bastest represents fertility and is portrayed as the goddess of the sun, responsible for shining sunlight down upon the fertile farmlands of southern Egypt.
Professor McGonagall, the transfiguration teacher from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, can transform herself into a silver tabby cat. Her feline form bears marking around its eyes similar to the professor's square spectacles.
William Butler Yeats' poem, The Cat and the Moon, is about a black cat named Minnaloushe. Creeping through the grass at night, Minnaloushe's eyes change colors as he moves in and out of the moonlight.
Mrs. Norris is the tattletale cat that belongs to Argus Filch, the caretaker of Hogwarts School in Harry Potter. Mrs. Norris prowls the halls meowing whenever she finds a student misbehaving.
The Nekobus, or Catbus, is a strange character from Hayao Miyazaki's My Neighbor Totoro. The half-cat-half-bus creature transports the movie's characters around a magical world in Japan.
Richard Parker is a large Bengal tiger in Yann Martel's Life of Pi. In this magical realism novel, Richard Parker is lost at sea in a small lifeboat with a young Indian man named Pi.
Simpkin is the cat in Beatrix Potter's The Tailor of Gloucester. In the story, Simpkin captures all of the mice in the tailor's shop and hides them beneath teacups. The tailor releases the mice, which end up completing an important project for him when he falls ill.
In Sheila Burnford's novel The Incredible Journey, Tao is a Siamese cat who travels with two canine companions, Luath and Bodger, looking for their supposedly long lost family. Tao is a clever hunter and survivalist, with a fierce loyalty to both the dogs and his family.
Tibert is a constable cat from Reynard the Fox, a medieval French folktale. Tibert chases after Reynard and tries to bring the trickster fox to justice before King Leo.
Thackery Binx is the immortal black cat in the movie Hocus Pocus. Binx is really a young boy, but turned into a cat when he tried to save his sister, Emily, from three evil witches.
Tybalt is the hot-tempered prince that is eventually murdered by Romeo in William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. While he is indeed human and not a cat, Tybalt was named for Tibert, the cat from Reynard the Fox, and during the play is called the "Prince of Cats" by Mercutio.
While this particular name is a mouthful, some people choose to shorten it to Sun. This would be a great name for a Burmese cat since Tsun-Kyanske was the Burmese goddess of transmutation. The Burmese believed that only cats could converse with the goddess, and as such, her priests kept cats in their temples.
More on Magical Cat Names
- Fantasy Land has compiled a long list of mystical names, some of which might be perfect for your cat.
- Magic Names for Mystic Cats lists a vast number of names in different languages, all gathered from mythological traditions around the world.
- Still stumped for a name for your kitty? Try Fun Cat Names to get help selecting a name, rate names that you like, or suggest a new one for the site's archive.