Best Black Cat Names – The Ultimate List (109 ideas!)

Looking for the best black cat names? You’re in the right place.

Picking a name is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make as a pet owner. It’s something that will stick with you and your cat for 10-15+ years.

But how do you pick the right one?

Finding a name that fits your cat’s personality and appearance and gels with your personal taste isn’t easy, but when you find the right one, you’ll feel it in your gut.

And if you have a black cat, that definitely focuses your name options.

black cat names - cat and pumpkin

Black Cat Names Based on Nature

Nature is full of crazy cool naturally dark elements that make great black cat names. 

  • Ash
  • Coal
  • Cinder
  • Ebony
  • Ember
  • Shady
  • Smoky
  • Stormy
  • Thunder
  • Carbon
  • Graphite
  • Onyx
  • Opal
  • Tarmac
  • Dusty

Spooky, Magic & More

What’s a list of black cat names without scary, Halloween-inspired ideas? 

  • Elvira
  • Goth
  • Midnight
  • Mystery
  • Magic
  • Merlin
  • Phantom
  • Rorschach
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Raven
  • Wizard
  • Lucifer
  • Damien
  • Frankenstein
  • Dracula
  • Twilight
  • Shadow
  • Warlock
  • Banshee
  • Coven
  • Voodoo
  • Omen
  • Wednesday (from “The Addams Family”)
  • Beelzebub
  • Morticia
  • Phantom
black cat and moon

Black Cat Names Inspired by Food

Switching gears, another creative avenue is to look at foods with similar colorings. 

  • Bean
  • Coco
  • Coffee
  • Cola
  • Espresso
  • Pepper
  • Hershey
  • Godiva
  • Blackberry
  • Licorice
  • Oreo
  • Raisin
  • Pepsi

Black Cat Names That Are Out Of This World!

Who knew that outer space could provide such cool black cat names? 

  • Cosmo
  • Galaxy
  • Eclipse
  • Moon
  • Vortex
  • Nebula
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Famous Characters

Many superheroes, action stars and villains throughout history seem to have a penchant for wearing black, thus making these characters super fun options for black cat names. 

  • Bandit
  • Batman
  • Bullet
  • Knight
  • Ninja
  • Vader
  • Zorro

Other Black Animals

Black seems to be a popular color in the animal kingdom. These other creatures have the same coloring as your cat and make such fun names. 

  • Bear
  • Penguin
  • Jaguar
  • Stallion
  • Leopard
  • Panda
  • Panther
  • Falcon
  • Puma
  • Raven
  • Spider
  • Jackal

Black in Other Languages

How creative is this idea for black cat names? Translate black into another language and voila! A unique, customized cat name. 

  • Nero (Italian)
  • Preto (Portuguese)
  • Noir (French)
  • Schwarz (German)
  • Zwart (Dutch)
  • Kuro (Japanese)

Popular Black Cats in Pop Culture

A number of iconic black cats have been in TV, movies and even the White House.

  • Felix – a funny cartoon originating in the silent film era.
  • Salem – from “Sabrina the Teenage Witch.”
  • Socks – family cat of U.S. President Bill Clinton
  • Sylvester – always chasing Tweety Bird in “Looney Toons.”
  • Figaro – the adorable black cat in “Pinocchio.”
  • Bagheera – the black panther in “The Jungle Book.”
  • Binx – the immortal black cat in “Hocus Pocus.”

Funny Black Cat Names

Or, you could have some fun and choose an ironic name for your black cat.

  • Fluffy
  • Frosty
  • Ghost
  • Ice
  • Snowball/Snowy
  • Whitey
  • Casper
  • Cotton

Other Black Cat Names

More fun ideas…

  • Black Jack
  • Black Beauty
  • Domino
  • Inky
  • Spade
  • Suede
  • Velvet
  • Jet
  • Diesel

More Cat Name Ideas

Didn’t find the cat name for you? Don’t fret. We’ve got plenty of other ideas.

And by plenty, we mean thousands. To get started, try our online name generator and sort by your favorite styles and themes.

Popular cat name styles

The following styles are quite popular amongst new cat owners:

Popular cat name themes

Or you could also sort by name themes. For example, if you’re a history buff, check out our historic cat names.

Popular themes include:

The Crazy History of the Black Cat

OK, totally a tangent, but have you ever wondered why halloween and spooky stories are about black cats and not a white cat or a calico cat? And why are they so frightening?

To get to the bottom of it, we did a little digging. (Or should I say, clawing?)

Turns out, the folklore behind a black cat varies from culture to culture. Black cats are actually considered good luck in Japan, for example. They say a woman with a black cat will have many suitors.

In Egypt, legend has it that the goddess Bast saw black cats as favorable, so households there thought they could gain her favor by having a black cat.

In Western history, however, black cats are looked upon as a bad omen and as a symbol of evil, and are often correlated with witches. Europeans believed that if a black cat crosses your path, it’s an omen of death and misfortune. But their evil work wasn’t always in the form of a cat. European folklore also said that these black cats could transform into human shape and act like a spy or courier for demons and witches. In some areas of the continent, people would burn black cats to be safe.

These beliefs traveled to the United States with the Pilgrims. They were a deeply suspicious bunch and viewed the black cat as an accomplice of the devil. Anyone caught with a black cat would be severely punished or killed.

Luckily times have changed and people no longer hold these beliefs. However, a black cat continues to be associated with Halloween and superstitions.

Some reports say that shelters have a harder time finding homes for cats that are black, which is all the more reason to get one.

Good luck!

Some people may say black cats are bad luck, but we think you are truly lucky to bring home such a cool, beautiful creature and want to wish you good luck in your name search!

Looking for more great cat name ideas? Check out these halloween cat names or try out our cat name search!


  1. Marissa

    I’ve had black cats all my life. First one was Milton, then Bradley, Leon, and now I’ll be getting a new one and I think I’m going to call home Poe. Like Edgar Allen Poe. 😊🖤

  2. The Toothless fan

    I had a black cat named mud because his fur was a very dark brown that looked black but light mud stripes

  3. Tammy

    I have a solid black cat named Axel. He is the typical looking Halloween black cat. It’s kinda weird sometimes to walk in a dark room and only see 2 yellow eyes looking at you!

  4. Shel

    I have my very first black kitten.
    My other 2 emotional support companions, also rescues (Asker & Dawg) tragically died.
    My heart was empty.
    I haven’t decided on these names yet..
    Nunya – Whatever – Who Cares – Phish – Dunno – and Forgot.
    Any thoughts?

  5. Hannah

    Please help I don’t know what to call my baby boy full black kitten! He is very cuddle but also playful. I personally prefer names which are not generic for black cats but have not found any that are wright for him yet! Any ideas?

  6. Chloe

    I have one grey black tabby named Harley. Found him during a Bike event. He needs a friend. The shelter told me no ones adopts the black cats, they have so many!!! I plan to get one soon, looking for a name on here and found the perfect name for Harley’s new friend- Diesel

  7. Beth

    In honour of the Egyptian Goddess BAST…who ADORED black cats…my all black cat with his mysterious yellow ROUND eyes is Bastian.

  8. MJ

    After a martial artist gets their Black Belt, they are respectfully addressed as “Sensei.” And that’s what we named our black cat.

  9. Katie

    I’m writing a story about a female black familiar (a witches’ pet). Struggling with the perfect name. I’m going between
    -Persephone (but that’s a little long)
    -Raven (after my black kitten)
    -Luna (but that’s a little overused)
    -Hecate (after the Greek goddess of witchcraft. probably gonna be her magickal name)
    any other names?

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