60+ Exotic Cat Names – Beautiful, Unique Names for Your Cat

Last updated: by Jessi Larson

Are you looking for a cool, extremely unique name for your cat? If so, exotic cat names are the way to go.

Sometimes a popular cat name like Bella, Max, Tigger or Chloe just won’t do. Picking exotic cat names means it’s extremely unlikely that someone else will have the same name for their kitten, and it’s also a fun conversation starter to explain how you picked the name and what it means.

Exotic Cat Names

The downside is that the name may be difficult to pronounce and you’ll have to explain it to people who meet your cat. However, that’s a small price to pay for a rare, gorgeous cat name.

We’ve created a collection of our favorite 60+ exotic cat names from around the globe along with their traditional means. This is by no means an exhaustive list, so if you have other ideas, please let us know.

Exotic Cat Names with an Asian Flare

  • Adhira – meaning restless in Sanskrit/Indian
  • Adita – first root in Sanskrit/Indian
  • Akemi – beauty in Japanese
  • Akira – bright in Japanese
  • Ari – lion in Hebrew
  • Arun – sun in Burmese
  • Bala – strength in Sanskrit/Indian
  • Bao – precious treasure in Chinese
  • Chantrea – moon in Cambodian
  • Daiki – great glory in Japanese
  • Dae-jung – great and vast in Korean
  • Fairuz – turquoise in Arabic
  • Haneul – heaving, sky in Korean
  • Indra – God of rain and thunder in Sanskrit/Indian
  • Kameko – superior child in Japanese
  • Kali – black in Hindu
  • Karima – generous and noble in Arabic
  • Krishna – dark, black in Sanskrit/Indian
  • Mukhtar – chosen in Arabic
  • Myeong –bright and clear in Korean
  • Priya – love in Sanskrit/Indian
  • Rangsey – seven colors in Cambodian
  • Ruwa – beauty in Arabic
  • Saki – cape in Japanese
  • Suki – beloved in Japanese
Exotic Cat Names

Exotic Cat Names with a European Touch

  • Achilles – warrior in Greek
  • Amara – everlasting in Italian
  • Amorita – little loved in Latin
  • Alessandro – defender of mankind in Italian
  • Ambrossio – divine in Spanish
  • Anatoly – sunrise in Russian
  • Bacio – kiss in Italian
  • Demetria – Goddess of harvest and fertility in Greek
  • Dirk – famous ruler in German
  • Ekaterina – pure in Russian
  • Farfalle – butterfly in Italian
  • Hans – gift from God in German
  • Ivana – God is gracious in Czech
  • Javiera – owner of the house in Spanish
  • Lilja – lily in Finnish
  • Maia – goddess of spring in Greek
  • Oro – gold in Spanish
  • Renaldo – ruler in Spanish
  • Sabine – German form of Sabrina
  • Svetlana – star in Russian
  • Thalia – blooming in Greek
  • Ulrich – ruling wolf in German
  • Vladimir – renowned prince in Russian
Exotic Cat Names

Exotic Cat Names with African Heritage

  • Abasi – serious in Egyptian
  • Annipe – daughter of the Nile in Egyptian
  • Azizi – precious in Egyptian
  • Goya – wild cat in South African
  • Hamisi – Thursday’s child in Somalian
  • Inama – wild animals in Zambian
  • Kamilah – perfect in Egyptian
  • Lencho – lion in Ethiopian and Kenyan
  • Panya – mouse in Kiswahili
  • Sabra – patient in Egyptian
  • Sempala – antelope in Ugandan
  • Senkima – monkey in Ugandan
  • Siri – tiger in Nigerian
  • Twiga – giraffe in Kiswahili
  • Ugo – Eagle in Nigerian
  • Uma – second daughter in Nigerian
  • Zaki – lion in West African

For other exotic cat names, try out our online generator to look up international male cat names and female cat names.

You can also try out our:
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34 Comments

  1. Username

    Great list! :D A lot of these names sound nice and most have good meanings. ^.^

  2. Username

    Great list of names…. I loved it but…….. My cats names are Zen and Shaggy

  3. Cate

    Love all the ideas my friend is geting 2 new kittens and this helped a ton

  4. lauraiancu

    beauti full names ! : D

  5. Anthony Diodati

    You should also include the name
    Bubinga.
    Don’t it sound like an African Tiger?

  6. Rod Mackenzie

    Excellent list of suggested names.
    In 2004 I named a female kitten Priya. It suits her well and is so beautiful. she is with me now and turns 14 this summer.
    In 2005 I chose to call a black male kitten Sandon. Its seems such a handsome name, just like him.

  7. ian Bradbury

    I’m getting a bengal cat any ideas of an exotic name ?

  8. Carol Davies

    Ian ..I too am getting a Bengal. Is yours male or female? Amara means everlasting. Siri means tiger in Nigerian. Indra is God of rain and thunder. Halo, Juju…

  9. Keiko

    “Ora” Spanish for gold?
    The correct word is oro. With an O at the end.
    Thank you.

  10. Kiran

    I just got a kitten, he is gray, black, with hints of white, any names to fit him?

  11. Anjali

    Thanks for the listing! I named ours Ruwa and Suki

  12. Someone Judging you

    Reply to: Username
    April 26, 2017 at 7:03 am
    Great list of names…. I loved it but…….. My cats names are Zen and Shaggy

    Those names are bad

  13. Aysha neha km

    My cat is black with yellow eyes she is sweet and kind of shy.. Please suggest me some names for her😊

  14. Revathi

    We brought a new white female kitten with blue eyes pls suggest good name

  15. Patti

    We will soon be having 2 Burmese boys ; please can anyone suggest Burmese names for them

  16. Pooja kalkoor

    We bought white female kitten and male colour is sightly orange and hints of grey pls suggest a beautiful name

  17. Lena

    I had a white fluffy kitten with ♡ shaped face & named her Persia♡

  18. Afzal

    I named My male kitten “Bandi “

  19. Lina Berntsen

    My Bengal maine coon mix is Azizi…A name that is so much fun to say!

  20. Kalo

    I named my kitten Jessi

  21. Marcella Ratliff

    Satchmo, Sphynx,

  22. Jadalynn Christine Carmella Joly

    😥😪THAT IS MEAN

  23. Jadalynn Christine Carmella Joly

    i LIKE ALL THE😺😸😽🐱🐈🐈
    NAMES

  24. Geeta Waghmare

    My cat gave birth to white male kitten…Plz suggest cute Marathi name for him..

  25. maithily

    i got a kitten its brown n i am trying to find a name for it

  26. danica

    ivana and hans have to be swiched i look them both up and ivana is gift from god and hans is god is gracious

  27. Manasvi

    Kedar is a good maharashtran name

  28. Steven J Klein

    I have a male cat named Misha. I believe that is Russian for “Like God”. He is a very peaceful house cat . He is my friend and we have a good understandine between us. When my poodle had a broken rib, Misha would bring dog food (in his mouth) to the dog and sleep in the dog bed with Snowflake Dog.

  29. Username

    I really love these names! One of family members had just recently got a new cat.

  30. Katrina McEvilly

    My new Kitten who we believe is a little girl needs a short name in Arabic. Any suggestions please??

  31. Bushra Yasmeen

    I have bought fawn colour male cat can u please suggest me cute name

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