Tortoiseshell Cat Names – 75+ Perfect Ideas!

If you’re looking for tortoiseshell cat names, you’re in the right place. We’ve got 75+ ideas perfect for your new tortie.

According to experts, tortoiseshell cats are almost always female, so we’ve geared our list toward girl cat names. On the rare occasion that you have a male tortoiseshell kitten, however, there are many names on the list that will also work for you.

Tortoiseshell cats combine two colors other than white, either closely mixed or in larger patches. These colors are loosely defined as black and red, although “black” can also be chocolate, gray or blue and “red” can be orange, yellow or cream.

If you’ve got a tortie, you’ll love these 70+ tortoiseshell cat names. They’re perfect for a cat with “tortitude”!

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Tortoiseshell Cat Names – Red, Orange, Yellow & Cream

As was mentioned above, all tortoiseshell cats have some element of red in their fur, whether it’s truly red or something more on the spectrum of orange, yellow or cream.

Whether your cat is predominantly “red” or simply has a few specks, you can always go with a cat name inspired by this color. Here are more than two dozen ideas we think you’ll like.

  • Amber
  • Apricot (or Apricat for fun)
  • Autumn
  • Buttercup
  • Butterscotch
  • Cayenne
  • Cinnamon
  • Clementine
  • Coriander
  • Copper
  • Coral
  • Curry
  • Ginger
  • Goldy
  • Hazel
  • Honey
  • Jasmine
  • Marigold
  • Nectarine
  • Paprika
  • Parsnip
  • Peaches
  • Penny
  • Poppy
  • Pumpkin
  • Ruby
  • Rusty
  • Saffron
  • Sapphire
  • Sunshine
  • Sunny

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Tortoiseshell Cat Names – Brown, Black & Gray

On the flip side, you could also highlight the darker side of your tortoiseshell cat. And by the darker side, we mean the color – not the infamous “tortitude” that many owners report.

Inspired by the colors brown, black and gray, these names are great for tortoiseshell cats of all shapes and sizes.

Take a look at these ideas and see what you think!

  • Ash
  • Brownie
  • Cadbury
  • Cinder
  • Coal
  • Coco
  • Ebony
  • Ember
  • Hershey
  • Java
  • Kit Kat
  • Maple 
  • Mocha
  • Mystique
  • Onyx
  • Pepper
  • Raven
  • Shady
  • Snickers
  • Speckles
  • Twix

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Tortoiseshell Cat Names – Patterns

We can’t talk about tortoiseshell cats without mentioning the crazy patterns on their fur. With this breed, the colors intersect in interesting arrangements, creating quite the unique appearance.

As you look for tortoiseshell cat names, consider these ideas inspired by the distinct-looking patterns that grace their fur.

  • Dot
  • Dottie
  • Brindle
  • Checker
  • Harlequin (or Harley or Quin for short)
  • Kaleidoscope
  • Marble
  • Patches
  • Pebbles
  • Pixel
  • Puzzle
  • Spot
  • Swirl

Tortoiseshell Cat Names – Other Cool Ideas

The list isn’t over yet. We’ve got even more tortoiseshell cat names to check out. Beautiful and unique, these ideas are fabulous for your little baby bundle of fur.

From red-headed characters to famous artists to tortoiseshell nicknames, this list is full of cool names we think you’ll love.

  • Agate
  • Ariel
  • Annie
  • Aurora
  • Confetti
  • Fiona
  • Iris
  • Matisse
  • Monarch
  • Mottley 
  • Mud or Muddy
  • Oriole
  • Picasso
  • Tiger
  • Tigger
  • Tortie
  • Tortie Shell
  • Turtle

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Other Cat Names

And finally, if you’ve looked through the list but aren’t set on anything you see, don’t fret. We’ve got plenty of other ideas.

In fact, we highly encourage you to check out our interactive cat name generator, which allows you to sort by your favorite name styles and themes to find the right fit for your feline.

Or, you could look at our most popular cat name categories and see if anything else fits your fancy:

Got Ideas for Tortoiseshell Cat Names?

If you have creative ideas for tortoiseshell cat names, we would love to hear them! Sound off in the comments below.

We love hearing from readers and use your ideas to keep our site fresh.


  1. Christine

    I can’t believe you forgot the most obvious name: Shelly. :)
    That was the name of a really sweet gray ,cream and apricot tortie I had years ago.

  2. Skylar

    I’m surprised the name “Sol” isn’t on here. Sol means sun and the orange flecks on the tortoise shell perfectly represent the shine coming from the sun and I think that Sol is a perfect name for a cat, though it seems more masculine it can work for she-cats as well as toms.

  3. Cathy

    Well, we named our new tortoise girl cat “Matilda” (Tilda for short) and it fits her. I don’t see it listed anywhere as a popular cat name but I like it. She’s got all sorts of colors…orange, black, brown, grey. Unusual looking cat for sure so she deserves a unique name.

  4. Janet

    Mine is a gray torrid and it made me think of the name Splash because to me she looked like someone had splashed her gray coat with color. But she really looked like a possum, to me. But I wasn’t sure about naming a girl “Possum”

  5. Storm

    I had a diluted tortoiseshell named Pompeii. She was highly protective but a complete sweetheart to me and my mother whom she decided was /her/ person.

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