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Literary Cat Names – 71 Fantastic & Creative Names

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Do you love to read? If so, you must consider literary cat names.

These names are witty, intelligent, and sophisticated. We’ve got lots of great names for inspiration, including cats in literature, great writers, and other cool literary-inspired ideas. 

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Literary Cat Names Based on Famous Authors

  • Dickens – Named after Charles Dickens, the great English writer and social critic.
  • Shakespeare – The great William Shakespeare, author of famous works such as Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Much Ado About Nothing. You know, that guy.
  • Twain – A tribute to Mark Twain, the American author and humorist.
  • Fitzgerald – A great name if you’re a fan of F. Scott Fitzgerald, the American novelist who emblemized the Jazz area.
  • Edgar Allen Poe – The dark and mysterious American author. This is a great name for a dark-colored cat.
  • Hemingway – Ernest Hemingway was a strong, masculine journalist and writer, which makes this a cool name for a strong male cat.
  • Agatha Christie – The famous English crime novelist.
  • Jane Austen – This acclaimed novelist created great works like Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice.
  • Seuss – If you loved books by Dr. Seuss as a child, or even as an adult, this makes a great option when considering literary cat names.
  • Harper Lee – Author of To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the most famous books of all time.
  • Kerouac – Jack Kerouac, the writer who represented the beat generation. It’s one of the most unique literary cat names you’ll find.


Fictional Cats in Literature

  • Alonzo – A black and white tom cat in Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot.
  • Aristotle – A kitten who depends on his nine lives and the magical powers of his owner in The Nine Lives of Aristotle by Dick King-Smith.
  • Behemoth – An extra large, tough black cat in The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.
  • Cat Morgan – A gruff but likable character in Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T. S. Eliot.
  • Cheshire Cat – A larger than life character in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
  • Dinah – Alice’s pet kitten in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
  • Electra – A young feline character in Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. 
  • Firestar – The main character for the first arc of the Warriors books.
  • Ginger – A talking cat of Narnia in The Last Battle by C. S. Lewis.
  • Great Rumpus Cat – In Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, a major hero.
  • Greebo – A foul-tempered, one-eyed grey tomcat in Discworld by Terry Pratchett.
  • Harry Cat – A friend and guide in The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden.
  • Maurice – The fast-talking, trickster cat in The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett.
  • Mrs. Norris – The pet cat of Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch in the Harry Potter series.
  • Pixel – The title character in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls by Robert Heinlein.
  • Pluto – The narrator’s cat in The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe.
  • Ribby – A cat with a love of mouse pie in The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan by Beatrix Potter.
  • Sampson – A cat who lives at a church and looks after mice in The Church Mice series by Graham Oakley.
  • Sprockets – A stowaway feral kitten who becomes spaceship mascot in Mission to Universe by Gordon R. Dickson.
  • Tabitha Twitchit – The mother of three kittens, Miss Moppet, Mittens and Tom Kitten, in The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter.

If you like these fictional cat names, here are more.

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Other Cool Literary Cat Names

  • Gatsby – Named after Jay Gatsby, the lead character of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
  • Daisy – The object of Gatsby’s affection.
  • Zelda – The name of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s gregarious wife.
  • Fable – A short tale that teach a moral lesson.
  • Raven – Inspired by the titular character in Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven.
  • Romeo – One of the star-crossed lovers in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
  • Juliet – Romeo’s beloved albeit tragic lover.
  • Hamlet – The main character of Shakespeare’s famous play.
  • Puck – The spritely character in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
  • Gulliver – Inspired by Gulliver’s Travels.
  • Moby Dick – The whale in the namesake novel by American writer Herman Melville.
  • Red Herring – A misleading clue. Something or someone intended to divert attention from the matter at hand.
  • Legend – A story passed down by tradition.
  • Limerick – A humorous verse of five lines.
  • Lyric – Having the form and musical quality of a song
  • Novella – A short story.
  • Sherlock Holmes – The fictional private detective created by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Huckleberry Finn – A character created by Mark Twain who first appeared in the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
  • Pip – The protagonist and narrator of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.
  • Miss Havisham – A wealthy, eccentric woman in Great Expectations. 
  • Estrella – The adopted daughter of Miss Havisham.
  • Jane Eyre – A classic novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë.
  • Ramona Quimby – A fictional character in a series of novels named after her, written by Beverly Cleary.
  • Robinson Crusoe – A novel about a castaway who spends 30 years on a remote tropical island.
  • Ichabod Crane – The protagonist in Washington Irving’s short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
  • Atticus Finch – An important character in To Kill a Mockingbird.
  • Ebenezer Scrooge – The focal character of Charles Dickens’ 1843 novella A Christmas Carol. This is a fun name for a grumpy cat!
cat reading a book

Literary Cat Names From Mythology

  • Hercules – The Greek mythological hero who is the son of immortal Zeus and a mortal woman.
  • Zeus – The sky and thunder god who who ruled Mount Olympus.
  • Hera – The wife of Zeus in Greek mythology.
  • Aries – The Greek god of war.
  • Atlas – The leader of the giant Titans who fought a war against the gods of Mount Olympus.
  • Nyx – The primordial deity in Greek mythology that preceded the Titans and the Olympians.
  • Sirius – The god or goddess of the Dog-Star, the brightest star of the constellation Canis Major.
  • Artemis – A venerated ancient Greek deity.
  • Titan – In Greek mythology, the divine beings that preceded the Olympian deities.
  • Callisto – A nymph in Greek mythology.
  • Siren – Beautiful yet dangerous creatures who lured sailors with their enchanting music to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island.
  • Loki – A famous God in Norse mythology.
  • Luna – The divine embodiment of the moon in ancient Roman myth.

Being a bookworm rules, so why not show your literary prowess and go with one of these fun literary cat names? We highly recommend it!

Also, check out our book specific cat names:
Warrior Cat Names
Harry Potter Cat Names

You can also use our cat name generator to pick literary cat names that match your style. Try it out.

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  1. Nara

    Estella* no ‘r’.

  2. Petra

    Our boy is called Tybalt – in Romeo & Juliet they call him ‘the prince of cats’.. and he truly is.. 😊

  3. Harriet

    “Tybalt, you ratcatcher, will you walk?”

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