The Best Bengal Cat Names – 55+ Great Bengal Name Ideas
by Jessi Klein
How crazy cool is the bengal cat? They look like they belong in the jungle, not domesticated and in your home. When compiling Bengal cat names, it wasn’t hard. They provide lots of inspiration based on their appearance and lineage.
The breed was created by crossbreeding domestic cats with the Asian leopard cat. How this came about is fascinating if you want to learn more.
Of course, we can’t talk about the Bengal Cat without mentioning their gorgeous coat. The International Cat Association recognizes a number of colors, including brown, seal lynx point, mink, sepia, silver, and patterns of spotted and marble.
We’ll kick off our list of Bengal cat names with ones that recognize their super cool fur:
Bengal Cat Names Inspired by Appearance
The Bengal Cat has quite a unique appearance that you can use for inspiration when finding a name.
- Spot – The Bengal cat is full of interesting markings, like spots. And this is a super cute, classic name.
- Sunset – The beautiful colorings of the cat look almost like a sunset.
- Shadow – With all the dark markings, you could also call your Bengal cat Shadow.
- Smokey – Or Smokey.
- Honey – The name Honey recognizes their warm-colored fur and is also a sweet term of endearment.
- Amber – Amber is between gold and orange in color, similar to the Bengal cat.
- Harlequin – Sometimes the Bengal’s fur looks like a harlequin pattern.
- Marble – All the different colorings can also look like marble.
- Speckles – This is another way to characterize the cat’s appearance, and it makes a unique, cute name.
- Tawny – Tawny is defined as an orange-brown or yellowish-brown color. That sounds like a Bengal cat to us!
- Butterscotch – Some Bengal cats are more like a warm gold in color, almost like butterscotch.
- Cayenne – Or they can look more reddish, like a cayenne pepper.
- Paprika – Or Paprika, a reddish-colored spice.
- Copper – The name Copper is adorable and perfectly sums up the color of this breed.
- Ginger – Ginger is also a cute name that recognizes the cat’s appearance.
- Peaches – How adorable is this name? And it also capture’s the orangish hue of the Bengal.
- Saffron – This name is beautiful and exotic.
- Patches – A cute name and a perfect way to sum up their unique, patterned fur!
- Pepper – We focus a lot on the orange, warm coloring of the cat, but you could also hone in on the dark markings, which are a lot like the spice pepper.
- Sable – Along the lines of recognizing the dark coloring, you could also call your cat Sable, which has a tough, exotic ring to it.
- Onyx – The same goes for Onyx!
Wild Bengal Cat Names
The Bengal was bred to look like a wild jungle cat, which provides so much inspiration for a name!
- Leopard – The bengal looks very much like a baby leopard.
- Leo – A short form of leopard that’s trendy and modern.
- Cheetah – Another big cat, cheetah is also a wild name for a Bengal.
- Wild Cat – If you want to go literal, Wild Cat is a fun option.
- Lynx – This medium wild cat looks strikingly like the Bengal.
- Tiger/Tigeress – Of course, you can’t talk about the Bengal without bringing up the Tiger!
- Tiger Lily – A beautiful option for bengal cat names.
- Lion/Lioness – The bengal doesn’t look as much like a lion as it does the other big cats, but it still has somewhat of a resemblance.
- Jungle Cat – Pay homage to the bengal’s roots with this fun name.
- Ocelot – The bengal looks an awful lot like the ocelot, a dwarf leopard found in South America.
- Margay – This breed also resembles the margay of Central and South America. This small wild cat only weighs 6-9 pounds and is unfortunately becoming an endangered species.
- Hunter – These big cats all have one thing in common: they like to hunt for pray. When it comes to bengal cat names, Hunter is fun and super cool.
Other Bengal Cat Names
From Disney characters to luxury brands to Eastern-inspired monikers, here are a bunch of other cool ideas.
- Simba – This list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning Simba, the beloved star of The Lion King!
- Nala – Likewise, we have to include Nala. This is such a great name for a female Bengal cat.
- Mufasa – Also, don’t forget about Mufasa, the father of Simba. If Simba is too mainstream for your liking but you love The Lion King, why not go with this name instead.
- Scar – If you’ve got a devious kitten, the name Scar could be a fun choice. As you’ll remember, he was Simba’s evil uncle.
- Rajah – In Aladdin, Princess Jasmine could always count on her loyal tiger named Rajah.
- Shere Khan – In The Jungle Book, Shere Khan is a smart, sophisticated yet very stern Bengal tiger who strongly dislikes humans.
- Bagheera – The name of the black panther in The Jungle Book.
- Aslan – Aslan the lion is the main character of C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia series.
- Chester – If you want to have a little fun, you could name your cat after Chester the Cheetah, the mascot for Cheetos snacks.
- Daniel Tiger – Daniel Tiger is the star of his own Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood spin-off.
- Tony the Tiger – Tony the Tiger, the name of the Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes mascot, could be a grrrrrrrrrrreat name for your Bengal cat.
- Garfield – We can’t talk about names for a cat with orange coloring without mentioning Garfield, the lazy cartoon cat.
- Bengie – A fun play on the Bengal name.
- Coco/Chanel – The Bengal cat is considered a rare, high-end breed, so you could recognize this heritage with a luxury name like Coco or Channel.
- Prada – Likewise, Prada is another high-end brand.
- Ming – The Bengal has heritage in South and East Asia, where Ming is a classic name.
- Geisha – Another way to recognize the breed’s Asian heritage.
- Nirvana – In several Asian religions, Nirvana is the highest level you can achieve.
- Tao – A complex Chinese word that makes a beautiful option for Bengal cat names.
- Saber – This just sounds like a cool name for a jungle cat (or a breed that looks like one).
- Shiva – One of the three major deities of Hinduism.
- Alani – Hawaiian for Orange Blossom tree, Alani is a gorgeous name and represents something with similar coloring to the Bengal cat.
- Blaze – A fun name for a breed with such striking coloring.
- Dorito – If you want a silly cat name, Dorito could be a hit for a bright orange cat.
- India – The Bengal cat is bred to look like a large wild cat, similar to the ones in India, so you could go with the name of the country.
Any other ideas for Bengal Cat names that we’re missing?