If you’re looking for the best black cat names, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve gathered ideas from categories including spooky, food, space, famous characters, black animals, and more!
Top Female Black Cat Names
Top Male Black Cat Names
Black Cat Names Based on Nature
Nature is full of crazy cool, naturally dark elements that make great black cat names.
Spooky, Magic & More
What’s a list of black cat names without scary, Halloween-inspired ideas?
- Hocus Pocus
- Wednesday – (from “The Addams Family”)
For more ideas like this, check out these witchy cat names!
Names for Black Cats Inspired by Food
Switching gears, another creative avenue is to look at foods with similar colorings. Also, check out our full list of food cat names.
Black Cat Names From Space
Who knew that outer space could provide such cool black cat names?
Throughout history, many superheroes, action stars, and villains seem to have a penchant for wearing black, thus making these characters super fun names for black cats. Or you could go for a famous character from pop culture or the black & white movie era.
- Bellatrix – Harry Potter
- Black Panther
- Black Widow
- Bogart – “Bogey” Humphrey Bogart
- Brando – Marlon Brando
- Chaplin – Charlie Chaplin
- Gomez – The Addams Family
- Hitchcock – Alfred Hitchcock
- Marilyn – Marilyn Monroe
- Moe – The Three Stooges
- Neo – The Matrix
- Orson – Orson Welles
- Selene – Underworld
- Selina – aka Catwoman
- Shadowfax – The name of Gandalf’s horse in Lord of the Rings
- Sirius Black – Harry Potter
- Snape – Harry Potter
- Snowball – The Simpsons’ black kitten
- Trinity – The Matrix
- Ursula – The Little Mermaid
- Vader – Darth Vader from Star Wars
- Voldemort – Harry Potter
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 fun black kitten names.
Black in Other Languages
If you want to be creative, try using other languages. Translate “black” into another language, and voila! A unique, customized name.
- Nero (Italian)
- Preto (Portuguese)
- Noir (French)
- Schwarz (German)
- Zwart (Dutch)
- Kuro (Japanese)
- Beltz (Basque)
- Siyah (Turkish)
- Kala (Sanskrit)
- Sev (Russian)
- Mavro (Greek)
Popular Black Cat Names from Movies and TV
You can take inspiration from the many iconic black cats 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.”
- The Cat – the cat from Coraline who does not need a name
- Scat Cat – from the Aristocats
- Isis – Catwoman’s cat
- Snowball – The Simpsons
- Lucifer – Cinderella
- Luna – Sailor Moon
- Jiji – Kiki’s Delivery Service
- Winkie – Escape to Witch Mountain
Funny Black Cat Names
Or, you could have fun choosing an ironic name for your black cat with these examples from our complete funny cat names list.
- Notorious C.A.T
- Cat Vader
Here are some more fun ideas, or try our list of gothic cat names.
- Black Jack
- Black Beauty
- Johnny Cash
- Black Adder
- Black Betty
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. Try our online name generator and sort by your favorite styles and themes.
Popular cat name themes
- Movie cat names
- Halloween cat names
- Mythology cat names
- Black and white cat names – These are great if your cat also has a hint of white
- Spiritual cat names
Finding a name that fits your cat’s personality and appearance and gels with your taste isn’t easy, but when you find the right one, you’ll feel it in your gut.
The Crazy History of the Black Cat
Have you ever wondered why Halloween and spooky stories are about black cats, not white cats or calico cats? And why are they so frightening?
The folklore behind a black cat varies from culture to culture. While generally seen as bad luck, black cats are considered good luck in Japan. They say a woman with one 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 one.
However, in Western history, 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 they crossed your path, it was an omen of death and misfortune. But their evil work wasn’t always in the form of a cat. European folklore also said these cats could transform into human shapes and act as spies or couriers for demons and witches. In some areas of the continent, people would burn them to be safe.
These beliefs traveled to the United States with the Pilgrims. They were profoundly suspicious and viewed the black cat as an accomplice of the devil. Anyone caught with one 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 more difficulty finding homes for black cats, which is all the more reason to get one.