Best Black Cat Names – The Ultimate List (109 ideas!)
by Jessi Klein
Picking a name is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make as a pet owner. It’s something that will stick with you and your cat for 10-15+ years.
But how do you pick the right one?
Finding a name that fits your cat’s personality and appearance and gels with your personal taste isn’t easy, but when you find the right one, you’ll feel it in your gut.
And if you have a black cat, that definitely focuses your name options.
Black Cat Names Based on Nature
Nature is full of crazy cool naturally dark elements that make great black cat names.
Spooky, Magic & More
What’s a list of black cat names without scary, Halloween-inspired ideas?
- Hocus Pocus
- Wednesday (from “The Addams Family”)
Black Cat Names Inspired by Food
Switching gears, another creative avenue is to look at foods with similar colorings.
Black Cat Names That Are Out Of This World!
Who knew that outer space could provide such cool black cat names?
Many superheroes, action stars and villains throughout history seem to have a penchant for wearing black, thus making these characters super fun options for black cat names.
Other Black Animals
Black seems to be a popular color in the animal kingdom. These other creatures have the same coloring as your cat and make such fun names.
Black in Other Languages
How creative is this idea for black cat names? Translate black into another language and voila! A unique, customized cat name.
- Nero (Italian)
- Preto (Portuguese)
- Noir (French)
- Schwarz (German)
- Zwart (Dutch)
- Kuro (Japanese)
Popular Black Cats in Pop Culture
A number of iconic black cats have been in TV, movies and even the White House.
- Felix – a funny cartoon originating in the silent film era.
- Salem – from “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”
- Socks – family cat of U.S. President Bill Clinton
- Sylvester – always chasing Tweety Bird in “Looney Toons.”
- Figaro – the adorable black cat in “Pinocchio.”
- Bagheera – the black panther in “The Jungle Book.”
- Binx – the immortal black cat in “Hocus Pocus.”
Funny Black Cat Names
Or, you could have some fun and choose an ironic name for your black cat.
Other Black Cat Names
More fun ideas…
- Black Jack
- Black Beauty
The Crazy History of the Black Cat
OK, totally a tangent, but have you ever wondered why halloween and spooky stories are about black cats and not a white cat or a calico cat? And why are they so frightening?
To get to the bottom of it, we did a little digging. (Or should I say, clawing?)
Turns out, the folklore behind a black cat varies from culture to culture. Black cats are actually considered good luck in Japan, for example. They say a woman with a black cat will have many suitors.
In Egypt, legend has it that the goddess Bast saw black cats as favorable, so households there thought they could gain her favor by having a black cat.
In Western history, however, black cats are looked upon as a bad omen and as a symbol of evil, and are often correlated with witches. Europeans believed that if a black cat crosses your path, it’s an omen of death and misfortune. But their evil work wasn’t always in the form of a cat. European folklore also said that these black cats could transform into human shape and act like a spy or courier for demons and witches. In some areas of the continent, people would burn black cats to be safe.
These beliefs traveled to the United States with the Pilgrims. They were a deeply suspicious bunch and viewed the black cat as an accomplice of the devil. Anyone caught with a black cat would be severely punished or killed.
Luckily times have changed and people no longer hold these beliefs. However, a black cat continues to be associated with Halloween and superstitions.
Some reports say that shelters have a harder time finding homes for cats that are black, which is all the more reason to get one.
Some people may say black cats are bad luck, but we think you are truly lucky to bring home such a cool, beautiful creature and want to wish you good luck in your name search!
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