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

Last updated: by Jessi Larson

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?

black cat names - cat and pumpkin

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
  • Night
  • 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
  • Maleficent
black cat and moon

Black Cat Names Inspired by Food

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

  • Bean
  • Blackberry
  • Caviar
  • Chai
  • Coco
  • Coffee
  • Cola
  • Cookie
  • Espresso
  • Fudge
  • Godiva
  • Guinness
  • Hershey
  • Java
  • Jellybean
  • Kona
  • Licorice
  • Olive
  • Oreo
  • Pepper
  • Pepsi
  • Porter
  • Raisin
  • Stout

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. Or you could go for a famous character from the black & white movie era.

  • Bandit
  • Batman
  • Bellatrix – Harry Potter
  • Black Panther
  • Black Widow
  • Bogart – “Bogey” Humphrey Bogart
  • Brando – Marlon Brando
  • Bullet
  • Chaplin – Charlie Chaplin
  • Hitchcock – Alfred Hitchcock
  • Knight
  • Marilyn – Marilyn Monroe
  • Moe – The Three Stooges
  • Neo – The Matrix
  • Ninja
  • Orson – Orson Welles
  • Selene – Underworld
  • Selina – aka Catwoman
  • Snape – Harry Potter
  • Terminator
  • Trinity – The Matrix
  • Vader – Star Wars
  • Voldemort – Harry Potter
  • 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
  • Lucifurr
  • Catsanova
  • Notorious C.A.T

Other Black Cat Names

More fun ideas…

  • Black Jack
  • Black Beauty
  • Domino
  • Inky
  • Spade
  • Suede
  • Velvet
  • Jet
  • Diesel
  • Johnny Cash
  • Rogue
  • Sneaky
  • 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 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!

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91 Comments

  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?

    • Holly

      Buckwheat for an all black cat

  2. Anna

    it was so useful 😍😍😍 thank you ☺️

  3. 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

  4. Zara

    Thank you this has helped me name my new cat…Raven!!

  5. Amy

    Im getting a black kitten on Wednesday need a name

  6. Tia

    This has helped a lot. My new cats name is going to be called … Oreo. 😊😊

  7. jackie

    Name it Wednesday!!!

  8. 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!

  9. D. CONSTANTINE

    My BLACK CAT’S Name is Tober

  10. M

    My black cat is Bobby

  11. Heather Crossley

    Thunder and Anubis

  12. Kiki

    Me and my friend found a black cat at our church and would like to name it have any good ideas

  13. 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 .

  14. 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!!🤗🤗🤗

  15. GREGORY ARTHUR RIEMER

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

  16. 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.

  17. alex

    i have a black kitten named nacht, which is night in german

  18. 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.

  19. Jodi

    Jinxi black cat

  20. 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-

  21. Amber ward

    I have a black cat and I really liked the name Quinn.

  22. Syn

    My black male was called Samuel L. Jackson. My black female’s name is Loki after the Norse god of pranks.

  23. 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”.

  24. 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 ! *

  25. Jess

    I named mine Jinx.

  26. Moonlight the hedgehog

    THX I AM PLAYING A GAME AND NEEDED A NAME FOR A BLACK CAT

  27. Cat lover

    7 cats,Loki,jornjo,Katrina,ash,Thor,Camelot,and Jedi

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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

  32. Louise Ramsden

    I’m adopting

  33. kaka

    if have two kitten new born POPPymunker and Oscar

  34. June

    My long haired black female cat is named Jezebel

  35. Deb

    My black cat is Denzel Washington.

  36. 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.

  37. Jerry

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

  38. 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)

  39. Tracey Fettinger

    My black cat is named Mojo.

  40. Judy wonnacott

    Is midnight female black cat name

  41. Wendy

    We have a black female cat. We name her Salem.

  42. Michele

    I have a male black leopard bengal his name is BlackJack

  43. Alabala

    Our black female adult cat name is Cucka, she has a small male all black named Fitti

  44. Bianca Hallman

    I just got a beautiful solid black male kitten I named bagheera.

  45. 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!

  46. 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

  47. Dolores

    To Judy Wonnacott, Midnight is a beautiful name for a female black cat. Just perfect!

  48. 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!

  49. 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 🤷🏻‍♀️

  50. 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.

  51. Mother of Black cats

    My cats name is KinG and Friday whats this bs (they is black cats)

  52. Rhadagast

    I named mine Bishop (after the chess piece).

  53. tanya

    no help i named it rocky

  54. Shelley Terry

    Getting a black male cat , thinking of naming him Lucipurr 🤔

  55. Kelli coffin

    My black kittens name is jinx 💙

  56. 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. 😊🖤

  57. Jericca

    i have a black cat named smoky

  58. 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

  59. 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!

  60. Shel

    To David,
    That’s what I was gonna name my black kitten.

  61. Shel

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

  62. vanna

    la mia gatta nera si chiama : Kalì

  63. 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?

  64. 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

  65. king

    i have a black cat named fluffy ifound in a river

  66. Melanie

    We have a Black cat named Saffy (Sapphire) we have have a Beige Tabby named Duke and a Siamese cross Named Lulu.

  67. Beth

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

  68. MJ

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

  69. 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)
    -Cora
    any other names?

  70. Cat Lover

    My first cat was called Pebbles then it was Jasper and now we have a cat called Nelson and we’re getting a new cat but aren’t sure what to call it.

  71. L Smith

    I named my male black cat Bagheera.

  72. Kristy A

    I have a little black male I named him Salem

  73. Benjamen McCarty

    I have always wanted a black cats have my very first black female cat named her Twilight, found her roaming outside, took it in for my own. If I had a bigger house and more money I would start my own cat Farm

  74. Isla E.

    We just got a new cat! we have NO clue what to name him, but we want it to be something unique! any ideas? put them in the comments!!!

  75. Jeannie

    I was looking for a black cat. Had the name Sebastion in mind. Low and behold a big black cat named Sebastian was up for adoption. You know how this ended. Very happy with my baby. He is a little goofy and very sweet.

  76. kendalyn

    This website is so helpful but it had so many good names that i have to put the names on a piece of paper
    and have my friends and family vote

  77. Cindy

    My first black cat was named Ebony. My current was named Twizzler after the black licorice (which is my favorite non chocolate candy) when I got him from the humane society. I liked the name so much I kept it!

  78. Kathie Cox

    I’m looking for a black male kitten as a companion to my 9-year old black & white female, Gracie. My 15-year old grey & white tuxedo male, Thomas, passed last Friday, and we’re both missing him terribly. I’ve had SO many cats over the years: Possum, Si, Dusty, Kitty, Sparky, Lucky. The youngest to pass was @ 7 years, and the oldest was 19 years old. I have a list of possible names for my next cat: Spade, Sam, Moses, Prince, Rhett, Jinx – whichever fits him! Wish me luck in finding him. ♥

  79. Steph Suarez

    I appreciate this article for black cat.
    During this covid times, stray cats/kittens also struggle to survive. Yesterday I saw sleeping black kitten at side street. I wake her up and say “Wanna come with me?” She didn’t react violently. Instead, she trust me easily. I asked the nearest store if they own it but denied, they said she lost mother and alone for so long. Right then I decided to adopt her. I went to an eatery and dine in for her to eat. Went home and bath her. She fastly become comfortable to me. Indeed she’s been longing for someone to care her. Her 1st night we sleep together. I made her a small bed but she really want beside me. Now I’m deciding what should be the name. I’m considering Aurora (since she is a sleeping black beauty when I saw her). I consider also something “little brave” meaning name. Maybe I can also use the Arya (character from Game of Throne, she is little but brave and she survived longer). So it will be Aurora Arya with nickname AA. Does it sounds okay and easy for her to grasp as her name?

  80. Aelina

    Thank you this help so much voodoo loves his new name it’s a black kitten

  81. Jo

    My black cat is named Ollie. I also like the name Shadow alot

  82. Suki

    My favorite name for a black male cat is Ebenezer (Ebonyzer). This was the name we have to a Black, community cat when I was in grad school.

  83. Jeanne

    For a long hair black cat: HAGRID! (A beloved character from Harry Potter).

  84. Sheryl-Lyn

    I’m getting a new black kitten next week, trying to decide between Cinder, Kookie, Magic and Jinxi for names. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  85. cat power

    you should name your cat black widow do you like it?

  86. cat power

    you should name it cat noir from the tv show my brother and i used to watch if you want to watch it i will put it in the comments okay? it is called miraculus i don’t really know how to spell it but as long as you have netflix you can watch it just as easily well there is another name i will pronounce now it is (drum roll) reaper if you have any idea what i am talking about let me know in the comments . . . know what it is from overwatch the game only on xbox 1 i beleive it’s only on xbox1? very confused anyways gotta go fast! see ya!

  87. cat power

    I LOVE THE NAME my mom LOVES edger allen poe she also likes the name lemonade but when you have a cat lemonade it just kind sounds like a cutie with a good owner but anybody who needs help come to me

  88. LupieLu

    So Voldemort and Belatrix get listed but not Sirius. If any Harry Potter character should be a black cats name surely it would be Sirius Black.

  89. NoU!

    oh ive got one! maikai! because mei in japanese means beutifull and kia in japanese means ocean!

  90. chris

    Bastet Egyptian goddess of protection and cats. She was the warrior daughter and defender of Ra