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235+ Famous Cat Names

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Check out the ultimate guide to famous cat names. We’ve rounded up 235+ well-known cats from cartoons, movies, TV shows, literature, and more!

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Guide to Famous Cat Names

Cats are considered one of the most popular pets in the world. Because of this, it’s no wonder why so many appear in popular entertainment or history books.

Our guide to famous cat names includes domestic cats plus larger felines like lions, tigers, and so forth.

With 235+ ideas, you’re sure to find the inspiration you’re looking for.

Famous Cartoon Cat Names

Many engaging and entertaining cartoon cats have appeared in movies, TV shows, comics, and more.

You’ll likely recognize many of these famous cartoon cat names, like Garfield, Simba, and Tigger. There are lots of other cartoon cats to consider, too.

Read through this list and see if any are right for your new friend.

  • Garfield – The orange cat star of Garfield
  • HeathcliffHeathcliff
  • FelixFelix the Cat
  • TomTom and Jerry
  • Hello Kitty – Hello Kitty
  • Sylvester – Looney Tunes character
  • TiggerWinnie the Pooh
  • SimbaThe Lion King
  • NalaThe Lion King
  • MufasaThe Lion King
  • ScarThe Lion King
  • ScratchyThe Simpsons
  • StimpyThe Ren & Stimpy Show
  • Nermal – Garfield
  • Arlene – Garfield
  • Figaro Pinocchio
  • Puss in Boots Shrek
  • HobbesCalvin and Hobbes
  • LuciferCinderella
  • Oliver Oliver & Company
  • Cheshire Cat – Alice in Wonderland
  • BagheeraThe Jungle Book
  • Shere KhanThe Jungle Book
  • Rajah – Aladdin
  • AlexMadagascar
  • Diego – Ice Age
  • SiLady and the Tramp
  • AmLady and the Tramp
  • AzraelThe Smurfs
  • MeowthPokemon
  • SnowballThe Simpsons
  • Clawhauser – Zootopia
  • Leodore Lionheart – Zootopia
  • Lion-OThunderCats
  • The Pink PantherThe Pink Panther
  • Tai Lung Kung Fu Panda
  • Master TigressKung Fu Panda
  • MittensBolt
  • Luna – Sailor Moon
  • Artemis Sailor Moon
  • DianaSailor Moon
  • Mr. KittySouth Park
  • Princess CarolynBojack Horseman
  • Prince JohnRobin Hood
  • DragonToy Story 4
  • Sgt. Tibbs101 Dalmatians
  • King LeonidasBedknobs and Broomsticks
  • Fritz Fritz the Cat
  • CatDogCatDog
  • Penelope Pussycat – Looney Tunes character
  • Top Cat (TC)Top Cat
  • Snagglepuss – Hanna-Barbera character
  • Tony the Tiger – cereal mascot
  • Mr. JinksThe Huckleberry Hound Show
  • Sagwa – Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat
  • Jiji Kiki’s Delivery Service
  • Cringer – He-Man
  • Klondike Kat Underdog
  • Sebastian Josie and the Pussycats
famous cat names - cartoon cats

The Aristocats Names

The 1970 Disney movie The Aristocats revolves around a family of cats and their friends. Their names provide excellent inspiration for famous cat names.

  • Duchess
  • Thomas O’Malley
  • Toulouse
  • Marie
  • Berlioz
  • Scat Cat
  • Shun Gon
  • Hit Cat
  • Peppo
  • Billy Boss

If you like these ideas, explore more Aristocats names.

More Names from The Lion King

The most popular characters from The Lion King are noted above, but many other cats have appeared in the subsequent movies. Their names provide a unique alternative to those of the most popular characters.

  • Sarabi
  • Zira
  • Kovu
  • Kiara
  • Sarafina
  • Cheetata
  • Cheetato
  • Nuka
  • Vitani
  • Kion
  • Fuli
  • Zuri
  • Tiifu
  • Askari
  • Rani
  • Baliyo
  • Surak
  • Janna
  • Sãhasí
  • Ãnanda
  • Shabaha
  • Kasi
  • Imara
  • Tazama

There are lots more Disney ideas where that came from! Explore more Disney cat names.

Famous Cat Names in Movies

Cats have also graced our movie screens since the dawn of film. These famous cat names are another excellent option for your feline friend.

Some movies are brand new; others have been around for decades. You may remember these films and their famous cats, while some may be new to you.

Ultimately, you’ll find lots of inspiration in the ideas below.

  • Binx Hocus Pocus
  • D.C. That Darn Cat!
  • Mr. Jinx Meet the Parents
  • Mr. BigglesworthAustin Powers
  • Milo The Adventures of Milo and Otis
  • SassyHomeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
  • JoneseyAlien
  • Goose – Captain Marvel
  • Snowbell Stuart Little
  • Meowthra – The Lego NINJAGO Movie
  • Kitten – Keanu
  • Butch – The Shrinking Man
  • DuchessBabe
  • UlyssesInside Llewyn Davis
  • Winkie – Escape to Witch Mountain
  • PyewacketBell, Book, and Candle
  • DandeloThe Fly
  • FloydGhost
  • ElsaBorn Free
  • The Cowardly Lion The Wizard of Oz
  • Lion – The Wiz
  • Leo – the MGM lion
  • BabyBringing Up Baby
  • Richard ParkerLife of Pi
  • Cat – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • Mr. BiteyKick-Ass
  • Kitten Trainspotting
  • CharlieCharlie the Lonesome Cougar
  • Tao The Incredible Journey
  • Buttercup The Hunger Games
  • Jake – The Cat From Outer Space
  • JerseyCan You Ever Forgive Me
  • Thomasina – The Three Lives of Thomasina
  • TontoHarry and Tonto
  • General – Cat’s Eye
  • BobA Street Cat Named Bob
  • RuhThe Beastmaster
  • Jasmine – Secondhand Lions
  • RhubarbRhubarb
  • MartyElle
  • Mr. TinklesCats & Dogs
  • Mochi – Big Hero 6
cat watching a movie under a blanket

Famous Cat Names from TV Shows

TV is another avenue for famous cat names. The following felines are featured on the top shows throughout time.

Have you watched any of these TV shows? Or do you like any of these options? Then, check out the list and see!

  • Salem Sabrina the Teenage Witch
  • Daniel TigerMr. Rogers’ Neighborhood
  • Henrietta Pussycat Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood
  • LuckyALF
  • ZazzlesThe Big Bang Theory
  • Little Murray SparklesSesame Street
  • Lord Tubbington – Glee
  • Mr. Puss – Glee
  • Miss Kitty FantasticoBuffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Fluffy catThe Brady Bunch
  • TooncesSaturday Night Live
  • BagpussBagpuss
  • Benjamin CatImpractical Jokers
  • Charley cat – Marmaduke
  • Cool CatPee-Wee’s Playhouse
  • Isis – Star Trek: The Original Series
  • Spot – Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Monkey Perry Mason
  • Kitty The Closer
  • MuffinBarney & Friends
  • Mimsie MTM Enterprises Logo
  • Mrs. Paw – Big Barn Farm
  • MuffyShipping Wars

Famous Cat Names in Literature

As you explore options for your furry friend, don’t forget about famous cat names in literature.

Many colorful cat characters have graced the pages of books, either as main characters or the supporting cast.

Harry Potter Cat Names

Harry Potter, one of the most beloved book series of all time, features many colorful cats. Some are purebred, and others are half cat and half kneazle, a magical beast.

  • Crookshanks Harry Potter series
  • Mrs. NorrisHarry Potter series
  • FuzzclawHarry Potter series
  • Mr. Tibbles Harry Potter series
  • Mr. PawsHarry Potter series
  • TuftyHarry Potter series
  • Snowy Harry Potter series

Do you love the Harry Potter series? Then explore more Harry Potter cat names.

two cats with a book

More Literature Cat Names

Let’s explore even more kitten name ideas. These names make perfect picks if you’re a bookworm who loves to read.

And even if you don’t like any of these names, you could find a new book you’d like to check out!

  • AslanThe Chronicles of Narnia
  • ChurchPet Sematary
  • ButtercupThe Hunger Games
  • Ginger The Last Battle
  • Aristotle – The Nine Lives of Aristotle
  • Tom Kitten The Tale of Tom Kitten 
  • Miss Moppet – The Tale of Tom Kitten 
  • MittensThe Tale of Tom Kitten 
  • Tabitha Twitchit – The Tale of Tom Kitten
  • Dinah – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • Firestar – Warriors books
  • GingerThe Tale of Ginger and Pickles
  • Greebo – Discworld
  • PlutoThe Black Cat
  • KitsaThe Indian in the Cupboard
  • Maurice – The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents 
  • Pixel The Cat Who Walks Through Walls 
  • Ribby – The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan
  • Sampson – The Church Mice series
  • Sprockets – Mission to Universe 
  • Pluto – The Black Cat
  • Harry CatThe Cricket in Times Square
  • Behemoth – The Master and Margarita
  • BangsSam, Bangs and Moonshine
  • Carbonel Carbonel: the King of the Cats
  • Fiddle Charmed Life
  • Murr The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr
  • RibbyThe Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan

Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats

Famous author T.S. Eliot released a collection of poems about felines in 1939 called Book of Practical Cats. The following characters could provide inspiration when naming your new pet.

  • Alonzo 
  • Bombalurina
  • Bustopher Jones
  • Cat Morgan
  • Coricopat
  • Electra
  • Great Rumpus Cat 
  • Griddlebone
  • Growltiger
  • Jellylorum
  • Jennyanydots
  • Macavity
  • Mr. Mistoffelees
  • Mungojerrie
  • Munkustrap
  • Old Deuteronomy
  • Rum Tum Tugger
  • Rumpelteazer
  • Skimbleshanks
Egyptian cat

Famous Cat Names in History

Continuing ideas for famous cat names, let’s look at some of the most well-known felines in real life. The cats on this list are recognized for many different reasons, from entertaining others online to serving the most powerful and influential people in the world.

  • Grumpy Cat – famous cat on the internet
  • Tardar Sauce – the real name of Grumpy Cat
  • Chief Mouser – official resident cat of the United Kingdom Prime Minister
  • Mačak – Nikola Tesla’s cat
  • Snowball – Ernest Hemingway’s cat
  • Félicette – the first cat in space
  • Unsinkable SamWWII cat
  • Ta-Miu – companion of Crown Prince Thutmose in Egypt
  • Cream Puff  – oldest cat in history (he lived 34 years)
  • Colonel Meow – a Guinness world record holder for longest fur
  • Ted Nude-Gent – the real name of the hairless cat that plays Mr. Bigglesworth in Austin Powers

Presidential Cats

Presidential dogs may get all the attention, but many cats have “served in office” as well. The following list notes the United States president and the cat – or cats – that have accompanied him to the Oval Office.

Abraham Lincoln

  • Tabby
  • Dixie

Theodore Roosevelt

  • Slippers
  • Tom Quartz

Woodrow Wilson

  • Mittens
  • Puffins

Calvin Coolidge

  • Bounder
  • Tiger
  • Mud
  • Tiger
  • Blacky

John F. Kennedy

  • Tom Kitten

Gerald Ford

  • Shan

Jimmy Carter

  • Misty Malarky Ying Yang

Ronald Reagan

  • Cleo
  • Sara

Bill Clinton

  • Socks

George W. Bush

  • India

Final Thoughts: Famous Cat Names

When it comes to picking out cat names, sometimes tried and true is best. Famous cat names are fun options because many people will instantly recognize the name and enjoy the nostalgia.

The name can come from your favorite cartoon, movie, book, or history. Of course, cats are incredibly popular characters, so there is no shortage of inspiration.

As you hunt for names, take note of any ideas that stick out. It could be your favorite famous cat, one you just remembered, or an entirely new one.

You can either write it down or use the heart icon to the left of each name.

When you find the right name, you’ll know it! Good luck in your name search, and enjoy this time with your new pet.

Need More Name Ideas?

Are you looking for additional ideas? Try out our cat name generator for even more options. It allows you to sort by your favorite themes and styles, which will lead to the perfect name for your new pet.

Give it a whirl and see if you can find the right moniker for your feline friend.

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References

We dug deep and compiled a list of famous cats that are readily recognizable and a whole lot of fun.

48 Comments

  1. Melanie Parker

    sassy from Homeward bound and mr tinkles from Cats and Dogs.

  2. Marion Friedl

    Where´s Tom from Tom & Jerry, where´s Sylvester, where´s Azrael from the Smurfs???

  3. kotfare

    Crookshanks, Hermione’s cat.

  4. Anne

    Baghira out of the Jungle Book should be there, too!

  5. Chibi

    UH, YOU FOORGOT NYAN CAT! AND MEOWTH FROM POKEMON!

  6. Jerry Hornedo

    TOM in Tom & Jerry. Isnt famous name for the cat? I think Tom is the most used name for the Cats.

  7. Karen

    Snagglepuss!

  8. Rebekah Brislin

    I’m thinking about Oliver or Jerry because I think Tom is not my me

  9. Yezzzzzzzzzz

    No Doraemon? funny

  10. Elizabeth

    Thackery Binx from Hocus Pocus.

  11. Rose

    Pusheen and nyan cat

  12. Vonda Medeiros

    Mufasa!!! Scar!!! From lion king!! 👑

  13. Natasha

    you forgot Top Cat & his cat gang Brain, Fancy ,Choo choo, Benny the Ball, Spook

  14. Carol Demaris

    They forgot Mr. Mistoffelees

  15. marc pamp

    Also don’t forget Mr. Jinx and Smelly Cat

  16. Demimonde Mesila Thraam

    Katnip the cat from “Herman and Katnip”. Skiddle diddle dee, skiddle diddle day…

  17. Bucky Katt

    where’s bucky katt

  18. Charles Cartia

    Atilla from Mother Goose and Grim

  19. MikeC

    I grew up admiring Penelope Pussycat and Pepe Le Pew.

  20. Elvis Pelletier

    Cool S Cat from New Adventures Of Pinocchio

  21. Melissa

    Morris from the old 9 Lives cat food commercials I thought would surely make the list.

  22. Abbi

    Prince Henry or just Henry??

  23. Victoria

    Mog. From meg and mog childrens books

  24. Checkers

    I have A chunky male cat Milo and a prissy female cat named Sassy. I wove em

  25. Honor sandells

    Bink hocus pocus

  26. Emilia

    i bet i know all these cats! I LOVE CATS

  27. Emilia the cat lover

    meow

  28. Emilia

    you forgot to add crookshang Hermione’s cat from Harry Potter

  29. jason wright

    Jonesey or Jonesy from the first two Alien films

  30. KittyX1027

    What about Nyan cat.

  31. Chim

    What about calo from spooky house of death ??

  32. FARMGIRL

    PYEWACKET

  33. Isabel

    I named my kitten Jerry.

  34. Karla Maly

    The Orange cat from the TV series Early Edition. Taken place in Chicago where Gary Hobson gets tomorrows newspaper today every morning with the cat.

  35. Karla

    Eek! the purple cartoon cat.

  36. Dianne Behrens

    We have 4 and then got 2 solid black kittens,which we thought were females.We named them Minxy and Sable,only to find out they were boys.
    So now we changed “Sable’s name to Snuggles( cause he’s super Snuggly) but he needs a fierce name!!

  37. Ken Ra

    Homer the Blind wondercat and Mugsey the alligator attacking cat.

  38. Billy M Qureshi

    I don’t care what anyone thinks. My cat is called Mr Spiggs. He became a tripod after a fight with a badger who bit his leg. I couldn’t put him down and he survived. Vet had to take his back left leg amputated. He recovered and is now King of his patch. He is an amazing gentleman cat and totally chilled out and lazy but very cool. He is very independent and comes and goes as he wants. He owns the house and lazy but always there for me. He loves very expensive seafood and fish but is always happy to eat whatever you give him. His name is Mr Spiggs or Spiggy. I love him totally unconditionally

  39. Billy M Qureshi

    What about Sher Jungle book and tiger in Pi and Thundercats, & pink panther manimal,

  40. Billy M Qureshi

    What about Elsa, bornfree. I’m lucky my name is Billy I.e cat

  41. Billy M Qureshi

    My Ultimate bucket list is to meet a Snow leopard In Himalaya, & Black Panther or Jaguar in Amazon

  42. Nancy

    Wasn’t there a cat in a cartoon named Otis? Eyes close together??

  43. Sarah Miller

    Also missed is Tobermory the cat who could talk with embarassing consequences by HH Munroe

  44. Dave

    Hobbes (the tiger from Calvin & Hobbes)

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