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Unique Calico Cat Names – 125+ Perfect Names

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Calico cat names – so many great options; how do you begin? With a gorgeous white, orange, and black coat, Calico cats are stunning creatures whose distinctive characteristics inspire cool names.

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We’ve found some pretty awesome names for Calico cats inspired by color, patterns, seasons, and more. Have a look and find a favorite!

Cool Calico Cat Names

Here are cool, unique ways to recognize the cat’s distinct appearance through a name to start our guide to Calico cat names.

The ideas include cartoon and real-life creatures with the same coloring, fun names based on orange or the combination of orange, black and white, and so much more.

We think you’ll enjoy these names and find some excellent inspiration.

  • Amber – Like the fossilized tree resin that creates a beautiful bright orange substance.
  • Callie – A fun play on Calico. 
  • Copper – The metallic reddish brown.
  • Coral – As in the orangish color.
  • Ernie – The cheerful dude from Sesame Street is also orange and black.
  • Garfield – The iconic cartoon cat is orange with black stripes, not far from a Calico.
  • Ginger – Calico cats do have lots of orange in their fur.
  • Hazel – Hazel eyes combine multiple colors.
  • Heathcliff – Another orange cartoon cat.
  • Hobbes – Inspired by the orange/black/white cat from “Calvin and Hobbes.”
  • Marigold – The orange color.
  • Maryland – Calicos are the state cat.
  • Monarch – The monarch butterfly is also comprised of orange, black and white.
  • Nemo – The adorable Disney fish has the exact same coloring!
  • Oliver – The orange cat from the animated film Oliver & Company.
  • Oriole – The beautiful oriole bird sports the same coloring.
  • Penny – The copper-colored coin.
  • Picasso – When you think about it, Picasso’s paintings have similar geometric shapes in bright colors.
  • Poppy – The flower is often orange in color.
  • Rainbow – Calico cats are made up of lots of different colors, just like a rainbow.
  • Rajah – The tiger from Aladdin
  • Rusty – It’s a mix of black/orange colors.
  • Sepia – The reddish brown color.
  • Simba – From The Lion King
  • Tiger – Orange and black striped jungle cat.
  • Tigger – As in the tiger from Winnie the Pooh.
  • Tortie – (or Tortoise) The Calico coloring and pattern look a lot like tortoiseshell.
  • Chimera – a fire-breathing, hybrid creature

Female Calico Cat Names

Here are some excellent ideas for your girl kitten.

  • Stardust
  • Harmony
  • Sunset
  • Mystique
  • Dahlia
  • Autumn
  • Taffy
  • Tiger
  • Marble
  • Baby
  • Cinnamon
  • Jewel
  • Speckle
  • Dapple
  • Rainbow
  • Paisley
  • Bambi
  • Pixel
  • Blossom
  • Cleopatra
  • Galaxy
  • Opal
  • Tama
  • Clara
  • Splatter
  • Quilt
  • Aurora
  • Chloe
  • Piper
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Male Calico Cat Names

Here are some great options for boy calico cat names. These unique options will suit your kitten perfectly.

  • Picasso
  • Autumn
  • Jigsaw
  • Patches
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Splash
  • Sundance
  • Ripple
  • Harlequin
  • Mosaic
  • Monet
  • Bongo
  • Fuzz
  • Confetti
  • Pudge
  • Galaxy
  • Prism
  • Tango
  • Spectrum
  • Fresco
  • Patchwork
  • Collage

Seasonal Calico Cat Names

The combination of orange, black and white is often associated with the fall. 

How perfect is giving your Calico cat a name inspired by this spirited season? We love this idea and think you will too!

Check out these names and see if any fit your new furbaby.

  • Autumn – The fall season screams Calico colors, and Autumn is a gorgeous name.
  • Pumpkin – A list of Calico cat names wouldn’t be complete without Pumpkin. So cute, so fitting.
  • Harvest – An earthy, beautiful name fitting the fall.
  • Leaf – Like the orange leaves that are everywhere this time of year.
  • Candy – When it comes to Calico cats, you have to think of Halloween, and the best part of this holiday is the candy!
  • Boo – Halloween also brings lots of scares. Boo! This name is so cute.
  • October – Of course, Halloween is in October.
  • Trick – And there’s no trick without the treat.

Like the idea of names inspired by Halloween? Check out our guide to Halloween cat names.

Orange white black cat

Calico Cat Names Inspired By Food

Who knew that so many food-related names worked perfectly for Calico cats? We were pretty surprised! These yummy names reflect the Calico cool coloring and are unique, fun, and perfect for this type of cat.

  • Amaretto – Inspired by the sweet, orange-looking liquor.
  • Apricot – Reddish orange fruit. (Or Apricat for fun!)
  • Brandy – The caramel-colored hard alcohol.
  • Butterscotch – This delicious sweet is a buttery yellow/orange.
  • Caramel – A beige/orange delicious dessert.
  • Cayenne – The hot chili pepper is an orangish-red.
  • Cheeto – Like the orange, cheesy snack!
  • Cheddar – Based on the bright cheese, of course.
  • Chestnut -– A brown/orangey colored nut
  • Clementine – Like the cute orange fruit. An adorable name!
  • Cookie – How cute is this name?
  • Honey – Cute name with an orange tint.
  • Julius – Like an Orange Julius.
  • Maizie – After Maize the multicolored corn
  • Nectarine – The yummy orange fruit.
  • Paprika – After the reddish-orange spice
  • Peaches – As in the delicious fruit.
  • Pumpkin – The Autumn favorite.
  • Reese – Named after Reese’s Pieces. Think about it.
  • Rolo – As in the caramel chocolate candy;
  • Saffron – A bright orange/reddish spice.
  • Snickers – A delicious chocolate, caramel, nougat, and peanut combination.
  • Spice – These cats have the look of spice colors!
  • Sundae – Sundaes are often vanilla ice cream with caramel and chocolate. It’s as if a Calico cat were turned into a dessert.
  • Twix – The candy bar combines chocolate, caramel, and a biscuit, which resembles Calico colors.
  • Turtle – A turtle dessert that combines caramel and chocolate. Hmmm, those colors are awfully close to the Calico!
  • Truffles – a delicious dessert (or mushroom)
Patterned calico cat

Calico Cat Names Based on Fur Pattern

Calico cats have a distinct pattern that provides fantastic inspiration for names. We love the idea of Calico cat names inspired by your pet’s unique coat and think you’ll find lots of inspiration in the options below.

  • Patches – The best way to describe Calico’s fur, and it’s super cute!
  • Spot – Calico cats often have spots. And this name is simply adorable.
  • Camo – Like camouflage.
  • Marble – The pattern also has a marbled effect.
  • Pixel – The small dots that make up a larger image.
  • Freckles – The Calico’s specks can almost look like freckles. Adorbs.
  • Inky – The specks of black has almost an inky appearance.
  • Dot – The Calico coloring can sometimes look like dots.
  • Pebbles – Or like pebbles. (How cute is this name?)
  • Speckles – An adorable way to describe the pattern in the Calico’s fur.
  • Mosaic – Last but not least, the Calico fur creates a beautiful pattern, like a mosaic.
  • Harlequin – As in the harlequin pattern.
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Want Even More Great Name Ideas?

If these cat names don’t fit your fur baby, don’t worry – we have thousands of other ideas you might like.

After all, a striking, gorgeous cat like a Calico deserves a name fitting its adorable appearance.

Start by checking out our cat name search engine, where you can sort by your favorite style or theme.

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What Exactly is a Calico cat?

Let’s take a look at the fascinating genetics of these felines. Calico refers to the pattern of the cat, not its breed.

Fascinatingly, because the genetic determination of some cat coat colors is linked to the X chromosome, nearly all Calico cats are female. The few males generally have impaired vitality and are almost always sterile. Learn more about their genetic makeup – it’s fascinating!

Cat breeds that allow Calico coloration are the American Shorthair, British Shorthair, Manx, Persian, Turkish Van, Exotic Shorthair, and Japanese Bobtail. Most cats with the orange mutant gene originated from Egypt and can be traced back to port cities along the Mediterranean in Italy, Spain, Greece, and France.

Sweet cat

Today Calico is a popular term for the color pattern in North America, while the coloring is usually called tortoiseshell-and-white outside of the continent.

Cats with calico tri-coloring are considered good luck in many cultures. For example, they’re sometimes called money cats in the United States.

Luck aside, owners of Calico cats are passionate about their pets. Don’t believe me? Check out this list about why these cats are the best.

Conclusion: Calico Cat Names

We hope you found inspiration in our guide. Our list of 50+ ideas has names based on color, cool characters, food, pattern, and more.

And don’t forget, if you have other ideas for unusual Calico cat names, we’d love to hear them. Let us know below. We use your ideas to keep our site updated and full of the best cat names possible!

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  1. Monica Mousley

    Since I have many torties/torbies (calicos), here are my names: LuvBug, Reese, Zelda, Luma and I had a Brandi. Looking to get a male calico and using one of the names listed above Thanks for the ideas!!

    • Pádráig O'Gáirmléadháigh

      Besides the rare actual Calico male, who are always sterile and short lived, there is the real “Calico” male and that is the strong and very healthy Ginger Tom.. A pleasure to have around, frankly and very intelligent….

  2. Auntyeahlious

    Harvey or Quinn. Some might get the geek reference, for those that don’t, think Batman.

  3. Cheryl Foster

    I lost my baby girl (Calico) late last year after a very long 10 years, her name was Chloe. I just got a new baby girl (Calico) and came here looking for a name for her because I have no idea what I want to name her, but, right now it’s a toss-up between Eve/Evie, Ginger, and Lily.

  4. Tina Canady

    I named mine Gizmo, nicknames are Gizzy, Giz, And Gizzy Girl… like the gremlin gizmo, cute and sweet.. with a dark side lol. I love my Gizz

  5. S Glick

    I have 3 calico cats, well 1~18.y/o, 1~3 month/o and 1~8 weeks. Their names in order are: Shelly, Callie and Reese. Shelly got her name because of the resemblance to a tortoise shell. They are each unique in their coloring and I just love them to pieces! It’s not going to be easy when Shelly is gone as she is getting to be pretty old for a cat.

    • Tiffand

      Hi I just got 2 kittens and they are not adjustin well to my resident cats, how dis you get yours to get used to each other, thanks

      • Teresa

        I have now 17 kitties with a new rescue just arriving this week at 4-5 weeks old found herself dumped.
        They will have their spats from time to time but all mine get over it pretty quick.
        It’s not often I have to intervien.
        Just give them time and they will get used to each other.
        Good luck.

  6. Vanessa

    I just lost my Siamese cat over a month ago had her for 18 years and I just got a baby calico today having a hard time thinking of a name for her, thanks for the ideas!

    • Mary Scott

      I lost my cat of 12.5 years recently. Am getting a Calico Maine Coon kitten at the end of February. Having trouble finding a name for her. Have a picture but have not met her. I love my last cat’s name but don’t want to use it on another cat. Any suggestions.

  7. Poetess

    I am adopting a calico and will be naming naming her Pebbles.

  8. Susan Piekarski

    I have had two calicos in the past and just got a 8 week old. My first was named precious, the other tiger lily. They were the best. Now trying to name the new one.

  9. pj

    I named mine Pocahontas 😍😘

  10. Michelle

    I just lost my cat “Boo” whom was a flame point. He was such a good boy and lived to be 18 1/2. I have waited one year and now I am getting a Calico. I believe I have choosen a name “Saffron or Chole”. I am meeting her Sunday, I just know one of those names are going to fit her just right. Thank you…

  11. Lili

    Named mine Rory as shortened for Rorschach because her face looks one!

  12. Bradley

    We named our Palette for her many vibrant colors and patterns.

  13. Joi Thompson

    I have two Patches and daughter Callie..

  14. I'm a music loving nerd

    I named my calico cat Tiger Lily.

  15. Elizabeth

    I named my calico pound kitty Calista because she was so skinny like Calista Flockhart was at the time, but I liked the Cal beginning part too for Calico.

  16. Paula

    We have a girl kitten and have named her Katniss :)

  17. Msimmons528

    We named ours Trio, for her three colors :)

  18. Misti Rain

    My Persian Whisper just had a calico kitten I named her Trinity. 3 signifies so much she was born on the last of the 3 the supermoons 3rd month March on Wed 3 day my cat woke me up at 3 am in labor she had her 630 am this is whispers 3rd litter and I’m a Irish hippie witch so triquatra is my symbol n heritage significant impact of 3 ☽ symbolizes the goddess which means maid maiden n crone mind body soul ☽☮☾

  19. Misti Rain

    She is also tri colored orange gray n white

  20. JessicaEBrady

    I named mine that is now 2 Treble :) like the music note 🎼

  21. Sandy

    My calico’s name is S’Mores. She is so lovable.

  22. Linda Taylor

    I have a 20 year old beautiful calico. Up until 2 months ago she has been in perfect health and a perfect part of our family . Her name is Ember ❤️

  23. Lisa Gibson

    KALEIDO, like a kaleidoscope


    I like the name Kali Kal

  25. Debi

    My Maine Coone passed earlier this yead; he was age 15. I was grieving greatly, when very good friends showed me a picture of a 4 week Calico. I said I’d take her in a heartbeat! Then they said she was promised to someone else, and I was disappointed.

    A few weeks later, after breakfast one morning, this Calico was given to me! Oh, how I cried with joy! The woman who gave her up for me was named Roxanne, so I named my beautiful Calico “ROXIE.”

    The name is perfect! She has soft, beautiful long hair. She’s spunky AND loving. What a sweetheart. I love her name and it suits her perfectly! Most of all, I love my special Calico, ROXIE! ❤

  26. Mandie

    Over the years we’ve had Calico cats named Patches, Peppercorn (Pepper for short) Evie and now Pixel (Pixie).

  27. Suzanne

    I recently lost my calico to seizures..her name was Harleigh Quinn (harlequin) as she had white diamonds down her back. She’s missed. I still have a 6 yr old calico named Ziva Daveed (NCIS) who i also adore!

  28. Doris Swartz

    I’m thinking “Hershey” for our new calico. She’s a marble of dark, light and white chocolate.

  29. Captain Kenny

    My girl is Barnacle Billie the Sailor Kitty
    Wish I could send a photo.

  30. Haziel

    Galaxy; for the marbling on her back
    Chai; like a good spicy Indian tea
    Flame; for her streak of orange on the forehead
    KittyBits; for the little bits of color

  31. Vivianna

    I’m adopting a calico kitten and I am going to name her either Pumpkin or bella

  32. Eloise Gilmore

    I named my little Calico baby Neapolitan and we call her Nia for short for short

  33. Someone

    Molly is the CUTEST name for a Calico cat!

  34. Jojo

    I just got a female calico n i named her prissy cause she’s such a lil diva lol i also call her prissy pooh…she’s such a loving n affectionate lil baby, she was actually my neighbors cat n she started coming up the street to my house a cpl weeks ago n i tried to send her home n my neighbors actually came to get her a cpl times but she refuses to leave me so the neighbors just told me to go ahead n keep her since she’s happier with me n im glad they did that cause i couldn’t bring myself to let her go i love the lil munchkin already lol

  35. Heather Peavler

    A lot of those names I already have ,lol. But I ha e 2 dark calicos named daisy and lil’ diva

  36. Judi W

    We just adopted a baby calico. We came here to find a name and have decided to name her Reese. Not only a favorite candy but it fits her perfectly.

  37. Katherine

    I don’t believe I saw my pretty calico kitties name on here yet we named ours comet with the nickname roku which is star in Japanese. Lovely article. Cheers**

  38. Dammika

    LEO also good name

  39. TBone

    We named our calico Tudy because even though she has white on her she has more than her share of tortie-tude.

  40. Charlie Cole

    I just got a new calico kitten and I’m naming her Trixie. I got the idea from the suggestion Twix. Thanks a lot!

  41. Anna Schmitz

    103 us Hwy 36

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