Barbara Fitzgerald is an AKC Breeder of Merit and author of the column "Conversations with Champions" for the BCSA magazine, Borderlines.
Winston Churchill famously described Russia as "a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." This description might as well have been made about the most enigmatic of species, the cat.
Stealthy cats, with their inscrutable gaze, inspire admiration of their physical prowess in some, and fear of their slinky slyness in others. Choose a mysterious name for your new companion that exalts his or her secret powers of the hunt, dispatched with alacrity, in the dark of the night.
Cat Names That Mean Mysterious or Mystic
- Amon: Egyptian, God of Gods "the Hidden One."
- Bastet: Egyptian, Goddess depicted with the head of a cat; Bastet protects the home from evil spirits.
- Dagrun: Norse, "secret lore."
- Darnall: Gaelic, "secret well kept."
- Elam: Hebrew, "hidden."
- Gizem: Turkish, meaning "enigma, mystery, secret"
- Hulda: Norse, meaning "secret".
- Kami: Chinese: "spirit, spiritual essence."
- Kahuna: Hawaiian, "wise man or shaman."
- Liraz: Hebrew, "my secret."
- Miào: Chinese, "clever, Mystic, mysterious."
- Mystique: French, "air of mystery."
- Nazo: Chinese: "puzzle or riddle."
- Raziel: Hebrew, "keeper of secrets."
- Runar: Scandinavian, "he who attacks in secret."
- Shén: Chinese, Shin: Japanese "mysterious divine essence, energy and genius."
- Sybil: Greek, meaning "oracle or prophetess."
- Wakan Tanka: Lakota, Native American, "Great Secret or Great Mystery."
- Whisper: "Soft voice".
- Yugen: Japanese, "Deep meaning, deep mystery, subtle grace and hidden beauty."
Mystery-Inspired Names for Cats
Mysteries, who-done-its and thrillers from film and literature mesmerize us. And every good cat loves a good red herring! These bemusing names and words, inspired by mysteries, are synonymous with thrillers, bamboozlement and riddles, making cute names for confounding cats and playful kittens.
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Famous Mystics That Make Good Cat Names
- Aleister: Aleister Crowley started many occult religions and practiced the dark arts.
- Basil: St. Basil the Great was known as the revealer of heavenly mysteries.
- Buddha: Enlightened master who taught the "middle way" between asceticism and indulgence.
- Confucius: Hist teachings emphasized morality, sincerity and the need for justice.
- Dogen: Enlighten in China by the Zen Masters, Dogen brought the concept of self-realization to Japan.
- Hadewijch: Thirteenth-century Dutch mystic and poet, Hadewijch was very well educated in literature as well as foreign languages, suggesting she was a wellbourne woman, as well as a religious mystic that lived a wandering life.
- Merton: Thomas Merton was a Trappist monk who wrote poetry and novels as well as exploring interfaith projects with prominent Hindus and Taoists of his day.
- Pythagoras: Mathematician and mystic. He taught that the soul would continue to renew on Earth until it had been perfected, then would continue its journey to the next world.
- Siddhartha: The Buddha's birth name and title character of Hermann Hesse's novel about his spiritual rebirth.
- Veronica: Veronica Giuliani was an Italian nun and mystic, canonized by Pope Gregory XVI in 1839. Veronica experienced the stigmata, first by the marks of the crown on her forehead, then by five wounds on her body. To her humiliation, she was rigorously tested and observed until her bishop became convinced that her phenomenon was authentic.
Names for Cats From Mystery Films and TV Series
- Agatha: Agatha Christie, chemist and mystery writer.
- Arrow: Billionaire playboy turned crime fighter, based on the DC Comics Green Arrow.
- Banshee: In the small Amish town of Banshee Pennsylvania, an ex-con, Hood, assumes the identity of a murdered sheriff. Imposing his own brand of justice, Hood deals with the unfinished business brought to him by those he betrayed many years prior.
- Barnaby: TV Detective Barnaby Jones.
- Blake: Dr. Lucien Blake returns to Australia after 30 years to take over his father's practice. Here he employs modern forensics, before their time, to solve murders in the town of Ballarat.
- Bones: TV Detective series.
- Cadfael: Twelfth-century Benedictine monk, Cadfael, assists law enforcement in solving murders.
- Cannon: TV Detective and big guy, Cannon.
- Castle: Successful American mystery writer turned real life sleuth.
- Christie: Agatha's sir name.
- Columbo: Sloppy TV detective.
- Cracker: British crime drama, the case "cracker" is Psychologist Edward Fitzgerald, "Fitz," who assists the Manchester police in solving murders.
- Dexter: Mysterious, avenging murderer.
- Doctor Who: Interstellar and time travelling detective.
- Five-O: Hawaii police detective unit.
- Gotham Kitty: Play on Gotham City.
- Grantchester: Detective priests.
- Hannibal: Hannibal Lecter teams up with a young FBI criminologist, Will Graham, as Graham becomes patient to the nationally renowned psychiatrist and surreptitious murderer.
- Holmes: Sherlock's last name, and London home boy.
- House: Solver of medical mysteries.
- Ichabod: Legend of Sleepy Hollow detective
- Kane: Citizen Kane mystery of "rosebud."
- Kojak: Bald, lollipop sucking detective.
- Longmire: Wyoming sheriff, Walt Longmire, is a dedicated and charismatic criminologist in this mystery series.
- Lost: Island mystery.
- Magnum: Private Detective.
- Maltese Falcon: Legendary Film Noir.
- Mannix: TV detective that rolls out of moving cars.
- Mason: Perry Mason
- Matlock: Criminal defense attorney, Ben Matlock rescues his clients by solving the crimes of which they have been falsely accused.
- McCloud: Cowboy hat wearing TV detective.
- Midsomer: TV murder series.
- Monk: Neurotic detective.
- Morse: British Inspector.
- Mulder: X-Files researcher.
- Murdoch: Set in Toronto in 1885, Murdoch uses modern forensics, aka finger prints, to solve crimes.
- Peter Gunn: Private eye with a super cool theme song.
- Poirot: Belgian Agatha Christie detective.
- Psycho: Hitchcock murder mystery.
- Quincy: Medical examiner and murder case solver.
- Remington Steele: TV detective
- Scully: X-file investigator.
- Sherlock: Holmes' first name.
- Simon: Simon and Simon TV detectives.
- Stalker: LA crime drama about victims of stalking and the police who solve these crimes.
- Rockford: Rockford files, broke private eye.
- Whitechapel: London district that experiences copycat killings based on Victorian murders.
Cat Names From the Horror, Mystery and Detective Genres
- Conan: Arthur Conan Doyle is the creator of the beloved heroin-addicted detective, Sherlock Holmes.
- Daphne: Daphne Du Maurier authored the great literary romance and mystery, Rebecca.
- Dashiell: Dashiell Hammett created many detective characters whose lives were immortalized in film noir classics, such as Sam Spade and Nick and Nora Charles.
- Orson: Orson Welles was considered a genius for his works that intertwined mystery and social commentary. His great works include Citizen Kane, The Third Man and A Touch of Evil. Orson makes a good name for a fat wine drinking cat, for those who recall his hawking of Paul Masson wines.
- Poe: Edgar Allen Poe invented the genre with classics such as The Raven, The House of Seven Gables and The Pit and The Pendulum.
- Spillane: Mickey Spillane was a crime novelist whose signature character was Mike Hammer. Hammer make a cute kitty name for a tough tomcat.
- Stoker: Bram Stoker authored the horror classic Dracula. A cute name for a kitty with long fangs.
Sp Greaney from Ireland on November 11, 2020:
This is a unique list of names. I find when naming a cat, thay it takes a few days as you gotta see their personality emerge before naming them.
Liz Westwood from UK on November 06, 2020:
You have put together an interesting and unusual list of names for cats in this article.
Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on November 06, 2020:
Hi Brenda: Thanks for visiting! We named one cat we found in a downtown parking garage Chance. Another, which was a tuxedo cat, we named Dudley, for Dudley Do Right. We had to change her name spelling when we found out she was a she, to Dudleigh. lol
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 05, 2020:
Interesting selection of kitty-cat names.
I have always named kittys based off of series of things.
Like the color of their fur...one of my mother's is named popcorn.
Then where they were born or discovered...I had one called Crocus because he was asleep in my crocus flower bed.
Or simply their demeanor..if they are playful or mean...stubborn or lovable, etc....I had one named Rascal.
I loved reading these names though.
Names for Unique Black Cats with Green Eyes
Your sweet black cat was blessed with vivid green eyes. Every time you look at her little face, you’re bowled over by her unforgettable and intense looks. You have to find a name that plays on green!
You may decide to choose a name that merely hints at this color. This is fine. Again, choose a name that plays on a well-known phrase. Or choose one that emphasizes the color of her beautiful eyes.
You really don’t have to go with one that uses only green. Instead, why not find a name that blends green with another color?
Traditional Male Irish Cat Names
These names are distinctly Irish. To give the full context of the traditional names, we’ve included their conventional meanings.
- Flannery – red skinned
- Conan – little wolf
- Murphy – sea warrior
- Gallagher – foreign helper
- Kieran – little dark one (a great name for dark-furred cats!)
- Finnegan – fair or white (a great name for white cats!)
- Donovan – little dark prince
- Aidan – little fire
- Doyle – dark stranger
- Finley – fair hero
- Kirby – from the church farm
- Cillian – little church or little war
- Carney – victorious
- Shane – God’s gracious gift
- Ronan – little seal
- Liam – a strong-willed warrior
- Fionn – fair or white
- Rys – ardor, enthusiasm
- Cormac – son
- Eamon – guardian of the riches
- Darcy – dark
- Finn – small blond soldier
- Niall – champion
- Quinn – wise
- Tierney – lord, master
- Rory – red king
Famous Orange Cats
Another great place to draw inspiration is by looking at the names of famous orange cats.
Orange cats have appeared in popular TV shows, movies, cartoons and books, and their names are perfect for a new ginger feline.
You’ll certainly recognize many of these names and might even find a favorite for your new furbaby.
- Aslan – This lion is the main character of C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia series.
- Chester – Chester the Cheetah is the official mascot of Cheeto snacks.
- Crookshanks – The magical ginger cat owned by Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series.
- Dinah – In Alice in Wonderland, Alice has a golden cat named Dinah.
- Garfield – No list of ginger cat names is complete without Garfield, the famed lazy orange cat.
- Heathcliff – Like Garfield, another popular orange cat from the ’80s.
- Hobbes – The orange cat from the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip.
- Nala – Nala, the name of the female feline in The Lion King, is one of the most popular names for girl cats.
- Oliver – This ginger cat was the main character in Disney’s 1988 animated film Oliver & Company.
- Pussin Boots – The adorable cat from Shrek.
- Rajah – You can’t forget about Prince Jasmine’s large orange cat in Aladdin.
- Shere Kahn – The bengal cat/protagonist from The Jungle Book.
- Simba – Of course, we have to include Simba, the orange lion from The Lion King.
- Stimpy – As in the orange dimwitted cat from Ren & Stimpy.
- Tigger – A bouncing orange cat from the Winnie the Pooh series.
- Thomas O’Malley – The smooth-talking orangish-red cat from Aristocats, the 1970 Disney animated film.
- Toulouse – The orange-colored kitten in Aristocats.
- Tony the Tiger – The mascot of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes.