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 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
black cat on bed


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. Donna Kopenhaver

    We have 7 indoor cats—
    (all black) Gypsy,Cissy(f),Mouchie….
    (black w/white) Ziggy….
    (white w/black) Frodo…
    (Siamese) Simon…
    Last night Another black w/white cat a (f)

    OY! Searching for a name since she will be the 2nd female in the home..
    A couple broke up & took his 4 cats but HE was going to leave “HER” cat tied up in front yard! I had no choice but to take the cat..Right?

  2. Rafael L Serrano II

    I have the most beautiful black cat her name is Akasha from the movie Queen of the Damned, but name means beautiful Open Sky

  3. Coffee

    My cat’s a beautiful black russian blue mix, her name is Kiki from the studio ghibli movie ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’. This list was still helpful for finding out what to name my next kitty!

  4. Sheila Black

    My black cat was names Toothless after the little character on how to train a dragon . I wasn’t to keen on he name so I changed it to Ravyn. . I think she loves it .

  5. Lois

    I have a black kitten and a white kitten called mickey and minnie.. we have recently found out that they are expecting a litter of 3!!🤗🤗🤗


    my black cat is simply named “Little Black” because he was just a little black kitten when we got him

  7. Kate Burk

    Just homed a rescue today…black male. He was given the handle of Clayton for the street he was found on last month. Am considering naming him Frog or Froggy cause he can really leap high.

  8. Marilyn

    I now have 6 beautiful black cats. Briquette, Casey, Jessica, Lucky, Cody, and thanks to these suggestion the latest family member is Figaro because he is so sweet like Figaro in Pinocchio. Thank you.

  9. Layla Cox

    I don’t know what to name my cat still cuz my mom doesn’t like any of the names… I do though she wants to name the new cat Suki -o-

  10. Cassandra Terry

    Just adopted a black cat from the animal shelter today and I think I’m going to name him “Binx” from the movie “Hocus Pocus”.

  11. Nancy S.

    I have a beautiful black cat that i adopted from “Animal Friends” in Pgh. Her original owner named her the GREATEST name ever, “Skidaddle.” I was having a run of bad luck, everything changed for me after my Skataddle came into my life. LIFE is wonderful !!! She is my Lucky Charm & everyday just gets better & better. :-) * Adopt a black cat ! *

  12. Dan

    I named my black and brown York Chocolate, “Smudge” like in make-up ooophs. or the smoke from a bundle of while ash used to purify a sacred space.

  13. Jenise p

    We have a 1yr old Princess kitty. Her name tag reads Princess KB,,, Hint the “B” is a common name for a pregnant female dog. She has some attitude but we love her. She’s my spoiled little familiar but a little lonely on the cat side. So we are taking her with us the the shelter to pick out a friend or two. Gotta make sure she approves,,, the B isnt there for no reason. We will only get black cats because with all the stereotypes they almost always seem to get left behind.

  14. Belit

    My hubs and I adopted a 3 legged medium haired black cat, after losing our beloved M’Yow, also a black cat. Our new baby’s name is Tenebris which is Latin for darkness, though she’s the light of our lives ironically.

  15. Louise Ramsden

    I’m selling little black kitten I’m stuck for a name she’s all black, beautiful blue eyes, I’ve also have 3 adult cats, named kitty jack and meme

  16. Tracy

    We literally went to animal shelter last week. I looked at about 16 cats and I lost my cat son three months ago Moe. I got sad and had to leave but on the way out there was this 5 yr old black cat that apparently had been living there for three months. The owners surrendered him along with brother but a family came in and adopted the brother leaving him behind. That tore me up all weekend. He was only $36 to adopt too. Some kittens were $200. My cat at home was lonely his name is gulliver. Well I went back and decided to take home the black cat and as soon as I picked him
    Up the name PANTHER came to mind. He has a chiseled face like a big cat and fangs lol. Was he my choice no but panther had come from a nice home with other cats and he deserves a new chance at life so he is mine now! Thank you for this article and glad his new name was on here so I didn’t think I was crazy picking Panther lol.

  17. Jerry

    Have 2 black cats and 3 black kittens. Adults are Smokey and Snuggle Butt.. 3 kittens are Midnight, Onyx and Raven

  18. Geneveve

    I have 3 black cats named Indigo (her eyes are purple) amber (her eyes are amber of course) and fern (her eyes are green)

  19. Dolores

    My beautiful black cats are long haired and sisters. I got them as kittens. They were named Fiona and October when I got them. I changed October’s name to Luna. I love my Luna and Fiona!

  20. Dolores

    For those who don’t know, the name Luna means “earth’s moon”. Of course the “moon” always reminds me of black cats. I really loved reading about all of you wonderful people who shared your stories about your black cats

  21. Dolores

    To TRACY: What a wonderful share! Gulliver and his new brother Panther are so blessed to have you! I’m sorry to hear about your precious Moe. If you haven’t heard of the story of Rainbow Bridge, please look it up. You are a fantastic cat mom!

  22. Kari Kirkpatrick

    I just adopted my jet black, shirt hair girl yesterday. Actually stopped the lady in the parking lot before she did the owner surrender. She was named BEYONCÉ. I can’t stop laughing. Her owner was an 80 year old white woman that was going to a nursing home.. She doesn’t respond to Beyoncé and I really can’t call her that and keep a straight face.. some names have gone through my head but she has a very unique personality so I guess I’ll wait a bit longer. I wanted to be silly and just call her Madea.. but I still can’t stop laughing. I am leaning towards Theodora and Theo for short 🤷🏻‍♀️

  23. Willow the Witch-o

    To Rafael Serrano: Akasha also represents the element of spirit in some pagan religions. As in, Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Akasha. It also sounds very feline to me. The syllables remind me of the German word for cat: Kotse (pronounced KGHAT-suh, with the first sound being that Germanic-kgh- glottal-garbage-disposal sound) graceful, but almost like hissing.

  24. 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. 😊🖤

  25. 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

  26. 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!

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