The Most Famous Cat Names – 33 Super Well Known Cats

Last updated: by Jessi Larson

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

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

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Garfield (famous cats names don’t get much more recognizable than this!) 

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When it comes to famous cat names, this is at the top. Everyone remembers the lovable orange cat from the comic strip, animated cartoon and big-screen movie. The ornery tabby cat was born in an Italian restaurant and quickly developed a love for lasagna. He also enjoys antagonizing owner Jon and his dog Odie.

Heathcliff

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Another big orange cat, Healthcliff is a wise-cracking, street-smart feline who despite his tough exterior is actually a good guy. Like Garfield, he first appeared in a comic strip and then moved on to a TV show and movie.

Felix the Cat (the OG of famous cat names) 

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This cool cat has been famous for almost 100 years now. Felix the Cat was created in the silent film era and quickly transfixed audiences. Not only is he one of the most famous cats in the world, he’s also on the list of most popular cartoons. In fact, TV Guide ranked him as one of the 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time in 2002.

Tom (of Tom & Jerry)

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Tom & Jerry is a cartoon that focuses on the rivalry between Tom, a cat, and Jerry, a mouse. Tom spends his time trying to capture Jerry leading to wild slapstick comedy where Jerry typically wins out.

Hello Kitty

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A sweet, cheerful character, Hello Kitty is a world-wide phenomena. For more than 40 years this famous cat has appeared on merchandise. Once a brand for only young girls, Hello Kitty is now also popular with teenagers and young adults. Amazingly, Sanrio has turned Hello Kitty into a $5 billion brand.

Sylvester

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You’ll recognize this cat from the Looney Toons cartoons, where he famously chased Tweety Bird as well as Speedy Gonzales and Hippety Hopper. He is remembered for his slight lisp and catch phases like “Sufferin’ succotash!” If you’re looking for famous cat names, this is a great option!

Tigger

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Aw, who doesn’t love Tigger, the sweet, bouncing cat in Winnie the Pooh? He has been part of the series since the very beginning and is now a household name. Kids and adults alike instantly recognize his orange fur with black stripes, lanky build and sweet face.

Simba

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A list of famous cat names isn’t complete without Simba, the protagonist of The Lion King. The cuddly lion cub overcomes many obstacles to take his rightful place as king, all while singing catchy tunes along the way. This is definitely a popular cat name!

Nala

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You can’t forget Nala, the sweet and supportive partner of Simba. We love this cat name especially for cute, charming kittens.

Scratchy

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The Itchy & Scratchy Show is a show within a show within a show. Let’s break it down: On the TV show The Simpsons, the kids watch a show called The Krusty the Clown Show, which features a segment with Itchy, the evil mouse Itchy and the hapless cat Scratchy. If you have a good sense of humor, Scratchy is a fun cat name!

Nermal

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Going back to Garfield, you can’t forget his other nemesis, Nermal. Garfield couldn’t stand the pampered, bubbly gray cat and frequently tried to ship her to Abu Dhabi. Many others disagreed, and she got the moniker of the “world’s cutest kitten.”

Cat in the Hat

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Although it’s a little long, Cat in the Hat could be a fun name for your cat. This Dr. Seuss character brings lots of fun to the home of Sally and her brother – including Thing One and Thing Two!

Figaro

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This adorable, sweet cat is famous from the Disney movie Pinocchio. He is the pet cat of Geppetto and Pinocchio, and his name is cool and exotic if you’re considering famous cat names.

D.C.

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The classic Disney movie That Darn Cat! is a story about bank robbers, a kidnapping and a mischievous cat named D.C. Although not as recognizable with the younger crowd, quite a few people will still remember this frisky feline.

Mr. Jinx

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This is the name of not one but two famous cats! First, the cat from Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks on the television series The Huckleberry Hound Show from 1958 to 1961.

Then later in the movie Meet the Parents. Who can forget the quirky, toilet-trained cat?

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Puss in Boots

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The character Puss in Boots joined the Shrek sequel and instantly won legions of fans. Voiced by Antonio Banderas, Puss is a fugitive on the run from the law, looking to restore his lost honor. It’s tough to stand out among larger-than-life characters like Shrek, Donkey and Princess Fiona, but he does!

Salem

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Witty and wily, Salem is the wise-cracking cat on Sabrina the Teenager Witch. What a cool name for a black cat!

Lucifer

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Eek – this devilish cat antagonized poor Cinderella in the famous 1950 Disney movie. A sneaky bugger, Lucifer just looks evil with his toothy grin and jet black fur. A fun name for a naughty cat!

Stimpy

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Kids of the ’90s remember Ren & Stimpy, the goofy cartoon on Nickelodeon and then MTV. Stimpy is a little dim-witted with his tongue frequently sticking out. If you like to laugh, this is one of the coolest famous cat names around.

Oliver

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In the 1988 animated movie Oliver & Company, the namesake cat is homeless and joins a group of dogs to survive on the streets, with a lot of bonding and singing along the way.

Grumpy Cat

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OMG, Grumpy Cat!!! Her official name is Tardar Sauce, but she quickly earned the title of Grumpy Cat when her grouchy photo took off on the internet. Today it’s a household name.

Mr. Bigglesworth

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Oh, Austin Powers, how much we love you. Who doesn’t laugh at the thought of Dr. Evil with his furless cat Mr. Bigglesworth? This makes for a hilarious, unique moniker, definitely one of the funniest famous cat names.

Cheshire Cat

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The Cheshire Cat holds his own among all the colorful characters in Alice and Wonderland. He is notable for his distinctive mischievous grin and amusing dialogue.

Si & Am

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Of all the dogs in the movie Lady and the Tramp, it was actually the cats who stole the show! Si and Am, the sinister Siamese cats, are sneaky little felines who love to cause trouble.

Milo

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The Adventures of Milo and Otis is a sweet tale of an orange tabby cat named Milo and a pug called Otis who get lost and are trying to make their way home. The movie became a surprise success in the late ’80s.

Azrael

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The pet orange tabby cat of Gargamel from the Surfs cartoon. Azrael takes some abuse from Gargamel and is generally amused when Garamel’s evil plans fail.

Thomas O’Malley & Duchess

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Thomas O’Malley is feral cat from the movie The Aristocats who befriends Duchess & her kittens (Toulouse, Marie, Berlioz). He becomes their father figure and eventually falls in love with Duchess. See all the Aristocats names here.

Sassy

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In Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, a cat named Sassy joins two dogs in thinking they’re being abandoned by their owners and set out to find them. Sassy is a sarcastic and witty Himalayan cat who has a sibling-like relationship with the two dogs: Shadow, a wise, old golden retriever, and Chance, a young, immature American bulldog

Did we miss any famous cat names? Let us know below and we’ll add to the list!

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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. Sarah

    Bagpuss!!

  10. Yezzzzzzzzzz

    No Doraemon? funny

  11. Elizabeth

    Thackery Binx from Hocus Pocus.

  12. Rose

    Pusheen and nyan cat

  13. Vonda Medeiros

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

  14. Natasha

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

  15. Carol Demaris

    They forgot Mr. Mistoffelees

  16. marc pamp

    Also don’t forget Mr. Jinx and Smelly Cat

  17. Demimonde Mesila Thraam

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

  18. Bucky Katt

    where’s bucky katt

  19. Kerence

    Top Cat

  20. Charles Cartia

    Atilla from Mother Goose and Grim

  21. MikeC

    I grew up admiring Penelope Pussycat and Pepe Le Pew.

  22. Elvis Pelletier

    Cool S Cat from New Adventures Of Pinocchio

  23. Melissa

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

  24. Abbi

    Prince Henry or just Henry??

  25. Victoria

    Mog. From meg and mog childrens books

  26. Checkers

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

  27. cguv

    pusheen

  28. Honor sandells

    Bink hocus pocus

  29. Emilia

    i bet i know all these cats! I LOVE CATS

  30. Emilia the cat lover

    meow

  31. Emilia

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

  32. jason wright

    Jonesey or Jonesy from the first two Alien films

  33. KittyX1027

    What about Nyan cat.

  34. Chim

    What about calo from spooky house of death ??

  35. FARMGIRL

    PYEWACKET

  36. Isabel

    I named my kitten Jerry.

  37. 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.

  38. Karla

    Eek! the purple cartoon cat.

  39. 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!!

  40. Ken Ra

    Homer the Blind wondercat and Mugsey the alligator attacking cat.

  41. Rayhana

    Mittens!

  42. 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

  43. Billy M Qureshi

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

  44. Billy M Qureshi

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

  45. Billy M Qureshi

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

  46. Nancy

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

  47. Sarah Miller

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

  48. Dave

    Hobbes (the tiger from Calvin & Hobbes)