Are you looking for the best black cat names? Then, you’re in the right place.
Picking a name is one of the most significant 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 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 focuses your name options.
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!
Black Cat Names 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 That Are Out Of This World!
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 options for black cat names. Or you could go for a famous character from the black & white movie era.
- Bellatrix – Harry Potter
- Black Panther
- Black Widow
- Bogart – “Bogey” Humphrey Bogart
- Brando – Marlon Brando
- Chaplin – Charlie Chaplin
- Hitchcock – Alfred Hitchcock
- Marilyn – Marilyn Monroe
- Moe – The Three Stooges
- Neo – The Matrix
- Orson – Orson Welles
- Selene – Underworld
- Selina – aka Catwoman
- Snape – Harry Potter
- Trinity – The Matrix
- Vader – 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 such fun names.
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
Many 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 with these examples from our full funny cat names list.
- Notorious C.A.T
Other Black Cat Names
Here are some more fun ideas.
- 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. To get started, 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
The Crazy History of the Black Cat
OK, 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?)
It turns out, the folklore behind a black cat varies from culture to culture. Black cats are 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.
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 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 as a spy or couriers 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 profoundly 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 more challenging time finding homes for black cats, which is all the more reason to get one.