Creative Cat Names

Creative cat names are a welcome alternative if you are looking for unique and unusual cat names. The list below includes creative names inspired by artists, literature and other sources. But, you may ask, what makes a name a creative name? defines creativity as "the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns... or the like"; it also defines it as "originality, progressiveness, or imagination..."

So what gets your creative juices flowing? What inspires you? I've always found inspiration in art and other creative fields. So here are some names I find creative.


This is by no means an exhaustive list of painters and sculptors – both male and female. If you think your cat has an artistic streak, these names might just be what you’re looking for.

Creative Names for Male Cats

  • Cézanne

  • Dalí

  • Gauguin

  • Leonardo

  • Lippi

  • Michelangelo

  • Miró

  • Picasso

  • Rousseau

  • Tintoretto

  • Titian

  • Toulouse

  • Van Gogh

  • Veronese

Artistic Names for Female Kitties

  • Berthe (Morisot)

  • Catarina (Van Hemessen)

  • Frida (Khalo)

  • Georgia (O’Keefe)

  • Giovana (Garzoni)

  • Lavinia (Fontana)

  • Louise (Nevelson)

  • Marietta (Robusti Tintoretto)

  • Sofonisba (Anguissola)

  • Tamara (de Lempicka)


Literature is filled with creative names. Here are just a few:

For girls:

--Arden (A magical place in As You Like it by William Shakespeare)

--Arwen (Female half-elven from The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien)

--Beatrice (From Dante’s Divine Comedy, other variations include Beatrix, Beatriz, and Viatrix)

--Bronte (Surname of sister writers Ann, Charlotte and Emily)

--Cossette (From Le Miserables by Victor Hugo)

--Elaine (From Tennyson’s Idylls of the King)

--Hermione (Heroine of the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling)

For more literary feline names, check out this article. And visit our literary cats page to learn more about cats and literature.

For boys:

--Athos, Porthos, Aramis (From The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas)

--Atticus (From the beloved novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee)

--Byron (In honor of the well-known British poet)

--Darcy (The aloof hero from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen)

--Dorian (From the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde)

Film and theater

Do you love film? Are you a fan of theater? These fields are ripe with unique names. Here are some creative cat names to consider. Some are inspired by actors; others are inspired by well-known characters. Some are common but fun, others are more original.

For girls:

  • Angelina

  • Desdemona

  • Cameron

  • Candice

  • Emilia

  • Juliette

  • Meryl

  • Mrs. Robinson

  • Ophelia

  • Whoopi

For boys:

  • Barrymore

  • Ben

  • Brad

  • Cassio (Othello)

  • Cervantes

  • Clooney

  • Hamlet

  • Iago (Othello)

  • Othello

  • Romeo

  • Quixote

Color me beautiful

I think that names of colors make fun names for cats (and for people). Of course, if you want to name your kitty after their own coloring, this is an obvious choice. But you can consider these names for cats of any color.

  • Amber

  • Beige

  • Blanca (Spanish for white)

  • Brownie

  • Café (Spanish for brown)

  • Celestine (derived from celeste, Spanish for light blue)

  • Chesnut

  • Hazel

  • Maroon

  • Pinky

  • Red

  • Rose


Here are some creative cat names inspired by men of science, nature phenomena, scientific laws, astronomy, and more…

  • Comet

  • Cosmic

  • Boyle

  • Einstein

  • Galileo

  • Gravity

  • Hertz

  • Magellan

  • Marconi

  • Newton

  • Ocean

  • Ohm

  • Sirius

  • Stella

  • Stellar

Here are some names inspired by cars and inanimate objects:

  • Aston

  • Bentley

  • Ferrari

  • Gadget

  • Lexus

  • Porsche

  • Renault

  • Royce

  • Widget

Creative names inspired by emotions, virtues and other abstract ideas:

  • Alegria (Spanish for joy)

  • Clarity

  • Faith

  • Happiness

  • Happy

  • Hope

  • Joy

  • Love

  • Miracle

  • Strong

I hope you find within this list the perfect creative cat name for your cat or kitten. For additional ideas, you can check this page about unique cat names for male cats. Also check our page about names for female cats.

Our unusual cat names page has lots of out-of-the-ordinary name ideas. And visit the links at the bottom of this page for more inspiration.

Keep checking back as new names are added periodically.

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