Unique Calico Cat Names – 44 Perfect Names to Check Out

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Calico cat names – so many great options, how do you begin?

Well, with a gorgeous coat made up of white, orange and black, Calico cats are unique, interesting creatures, and their distinctive characteristics provide great inspiration for cool names.

We’ve found some pretty awesome Calico cat names – 44 to be exact – that are inspired by color, patterns, seasons and more.

Have a looksy!

Cool Calico Cat Names

These names are fun and unique ways to recognize the Calico’s distinct appearance. 

  • Callie – A fun play on Calico. 
  • Amber – Like the fossilized tree resin that creates a beautiful bright orange substance.
  • Tortie/Tortoise –The Calico coloring and pattern looks an awful lot like tortoiseshell.
  • Ginger – Calico cats do have lots of orange in their fur.
  • Nemo – The adorable Disney fishey has the exact same coloring!
  • Tiger – So does a tiger.
  • Rainbow – Calico cats are made up of lots of different colors, just like a rainbow.
  • Monarch – The monarch butterfly is also comprised of orange, black and white.
  • Oriole – The beautiful oriole bird sports the same coloring.
  • Picasso – When you think about it, Picasso’s paintings have similar geometric shapes in bright colors.
  • Ernie – The cheerful dude from Sesame Street is also orange and black.
  • Hobbes – Inspired by the orange/black/white cat from “Calvin and Hobbes.”

Seasonal Calico Cat Names

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

  • Autumn – The fall season just 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 of 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.

Calico Cat Names Inspired By Food

Who knew that there were so many food-related names that work perfectly for Calico cats? 

  • Butterscotch – This delicious sweet is a buttery yellow/orange.
  • Turtle – A turtle dessert combines caramel and chocolate. Hmmm, those colors are awfully close to the Calico!
  • Julius – Like an Orange Julius.
  • Amaretto – Inspired by the sweet, orange-looking liquor.
  • Clementine – Like the cute orange fruit. An adorable name!
  • Reese – Named after Reese’s Pieces. Think about it.
  • Snickers – A delicious chocolate, caramel, nougat and peanut combination.
  • Spice – Calico cats just have the look of spice colors!
  • Cookie – How cute is this name?
  • Caramel – A beige/orange delicious dessert.
  • Sundae – Sundaes are often vanilla ice cream with caramel and chocolate. It’s like if a Calico cat were turned into a dessert.
  • Saffron – A bright orange/reddish piece.
  • Cheeto – Like the orange, cheesy snack!
  • Cheddar – Based on the bright cheese, of course.

Calico Cat Names Based on Fur Pattern

Calico cats have a distinct pattern that provides awesome inspiration for names. 

  • Patches – The best way to describe the Calico’s fur, and it’s super cute!
  • 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 have 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.

What exactly is a Calico cat?

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

Fascinatingly, because genetic determination of some cat coat colors is linked to the X chromosome, nearly all Calico cats are female. The few Calico 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. The majority of 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.

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

Cats with the calico tri-coloring are considered good luck in many cultures. In the United States, for example, they’re sometimes referred to as money cats.

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

 

If you have other ideas for Calico cat names, we’d love to hear them. Let us know below.

24 Comments

  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. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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…

  8. 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.

  9. 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 ☽☮☾

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