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Cat Name Ideas Inspired by Famous and Historical Cats | International Cat Day 2023

Here at Hiro + Wolf, we are thrilled to hear the news about your new cat! One of the most difficult decisions when bringing home your new family member is choosing their name. No doubt that you already see your cat as the most precious pet in existence, so you’ll want a name to live up to that. Cats are renowned for their aloof disposition, and how they love to rule the roost. In other words, they like to feel famous. To help you out, we’ve compiled a quick-to-read list of cat name ideas inspired by historical cats, and famous cats from pop-culture.

We’ve included a secret bonus list at the end too. Have a mice read! I’m just kitten around, I wouldn’t use a cat pun. That would be simply clawful.

Historical Cats

Throughout history, cats have truly made their mark. Here is our list of famous cats in history.

  1. Oscar, or “Unsinkable Sam.” – Oscar the cat is famous for miraculously surviving three shipwrecks between May and November 1941.
  2. Félicette – The first cat to go to space. In 1963, Félicette was selected from 13 cats due to her calm personality. She was in space for 15 minutes before returning safely to earth.
  3. Snowball – Ernest Hemmingway’s polydactyl cat (a cat with more toes than usual). Snowball had six toes and a staggering 50 kittens. The kittens are said to still live in the town of Key West, where she and Hemmingway once lived. Due to his fascination with polydactyl cats, they are commonly known as ‘Hemmingway cats.’
  4. Bastet – The Egyptian goddess of cats. Although not fully human (she only had the head of a cat), we believe she deserved a spot in the list.
  5. Ta-Miu – One of Ancient Egypt’s most notable felines. Beloved by Prince Thutmose, Ta-Miu was laid to rest and mummified in an intricate limestone sarcophagus, engraved with beautiful hieroglyphs. It is not known how she passed, as evidence suggests that killing a cat could earn you a death sentence. It is comforting to believe that she found peace in the afterlife with her Prince Thutmose.
  6. Casper – This famous cat from Dorset was best known for travelling the town on buses. He would politely queue with everyone else, choose his seat, ride around the town, then get off the bus at the stop outside his house. A book was later published about his adventures called ‘Casper the Commuting Cat’ by Susan Finden.
Pop-Culture Cats

From Disney to The Matrix, our list of pop-culture cats has something for everyone. How many cats from this list do you recognise?

  1. Bagpuss – Bagpuss
  2. Garfield – Garfield
  3. Sylvester – Looney Toons
  4. Tom – Tom and Jerry
  5. Greebo - Discworld
  6. Azrael - Smurfs
  7. Simba or Nala – The Lion King
  8. Sassy or Tao – Homeward Bound/The Incredible Journey
  9. Pixel – The Cat Who Walks Through Walls
  10. Crookshanks – Harry Potter
  11. Mrs. Norris – Harry Potter
  12. Bigglesworth – Austin powers
  13. Aslan – The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
  14. Ginger – The Last Battle
  15. Dinah – Alice in Wonderland
  16. Cheshire (Cat) – Alice in Wonderland
  17. Jones/Jonesy – Alien
  18. Salem – Sabrina the Teenage Witch
  19. Jiji – Kiki’s Delivery Service
  20. Sprockets – Mission to Universe
  21. Seuss – Okay, maybe this isn’t a famous cat, but hear meowt. Dr. Seuss wrote ‘The Cat in The Hat’, and that deserves some recognition, don’t you think?
  22. Felix – Felix the Cat
  23. Boots – Puss in Boots from Shrek
  24. Oliver – Oliver and Company
  25. Poppy – Poppy Cat
  26. Marie – The Aristocats
  27. Duchess – The Aristocats
  28. Berlioz – The Aristocats
  29. Toulouse – The Aristocats
  30. Thomas O’Malley – The Aristocats
  31. Mittens – The Tale of Tom Kitten
  32. DC – That Darn Cat!
  33. Rufus – The Rescuers
  34. Binx – Hocus Pocus
  35. Keanu – Keanu
  36. Figaro – Pinocchio
  37. Lucifer – Cinderella
  38. Snowbell – Stuart Little
  39. Tigger – Winnie the Pooh
  40. Déju Vu – The Matrix
  41. Floyd – Ghost
  42. Bob – A Street Cat Named Bob
  43. Duchess – Babe
  44. Buttercup – The Hunger Games
  45. Alex – Madagascar
  46. Goose – Captain Marvel
  47. Diego – Ice Age
  48. Yuki – The Cat Returns
  49. Muta – The Cat Returns
  50. Baron – The Cat Returns
  51. Kitty – Hello Kitty
  52. Bagheera – Jungle Book
  53. Chloe – The Secret Life of Pets
  54. Luna – Sailor Moon
  55. Mochi – Big Hero 6
Bonus Bookish Cat Name Ideas

To complete the list, we’ve added a bonus selection of our favourite cat’s name ideas from literature. These names are inspired by authors, and we think they would suit your new furry friend.

  • Orwell (George Orwell)
  • Leo (Leo Tolstoy)
  • Conan (Arthur Conan Doyle)
  • Roald (Roald Dhal)
  • Vonnegut (Kurt Vonnegut)
  • Edgar (Edgar Allan Poe)
  • Enid (Enid Blyton)
  • Mary (Mary Shelley)
  • Slyvia (Sylvia Plath)
  • Maggie (Margaret Attwood)
  • Beatrix (Beatrix Potter)
  • Nora (Nora Roberts)
  • Tolkien (J.R.R. Tolkien)
  • Penny (Penny Jordan)
  • Harper (Harper Lee)
  • Alice (Alice Walker)
  • Celeste (Celeste Ng)
  • Jane (Jane Austen)
  • Ursula (Ursula K. Le Guin)
  • Willa (Willa Cather)
  • George (George R.R. Martin)
  • Bram (Bram Stoker)

And that’s it! We hope our quick-to-read list has you feline inspired. Congratulations on your new cat or kitten, Hiro + Wolf wish you and your new pal the best of luck. Be sure to check out our handmade cat collars, harnesses, and accessories if you’re looking to get something special. Don’t forget to tag us on our Instagram, @hiroandwolf, for a shout-out.

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