101 Famous Literary Cat Names (Find a Masterpiece)

Updated June 10, 2022
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Famous cat names in literature can provide you with inspiration. The creative minds of authors present you with a wealth of famous cat names that you can also read about in various forms of literature. It all makes for a great combination of life imitating art when you choose one of these names for your furry buddy.

Famous Cat Names in Literature

Many authors include pets in their books because people in real life have pets in their homes. Some authors have written books that are just about one cat. You may find these are fun choices to consider for your cat's name.

T.S. Eliot Cats Names

In T.S. Eliot's book, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, there is a cast of cat characters in the collection of poems. In 1981, Andrew Lloyd Webber took the poems and created his famous musical, Cats! Each cat has a whimsical, fun name that you may decide is perfect for your furry companion.

  • Alonzo
  • Bombalurina
  • Bustopher Jones
  • Cat Morgan
  • Coricopat
  • Demeter
  • Electra
  • Great Rumpus Cat
  • Griddlebone
  • Growltiger
  • Gus
  • Jellylorum
  • Jennyanydots
  • Macavity
  • Mr Mistoffelees
  • Mungojerrie
  • Munkustrap
  • Old Deuteronomy
  • Rum Tum Tugger
  • Rumpelteazer
  • Skimbleshanks

Alice in Wonderland Cats

cheshire cat alice's adventures in wonderland

There are two cats featured in Lewis Carroll's book, Alice in Wonderland. One cat is of Alice's world, and the other lives in Wonderland.

  • Dinah: Alice's pet kitten
  • Cheshire Cat: The grinning and disappearing/reappearing feline in Wonderland.

Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There

In Lewis Carroll's book, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Alice's kitten, Dinah, is grown. Dinah has two kittens who are named:

  • Snowdrop
  • Kitty

Coraline Cat Name

The rather dark fantasy award-winning novella for children by Neil Gaiman, Coraline, features a feline. While the name Coraline was a typo, the feline's lack of a name was intentional. A mentor to Coraline, the black cat, explains to her that cats have no need for names. In the book, the cat's name is simply:

  • The Cat

Fairy Tail Cat Name

The Japanese Manga series Fairy Tail, by Hiro Mashima, features a cat character. The cat tags along the various adventures, often having humanlike characteristics. The cat is called:

  • Happy

Filch's Cat Name

In the Harry Potter world's Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, caretaker Argus Filch has a pet cat. His cat assists him in keeping tabs on students who may be up to shenanigans and downright misbehavior. The cat is called:

  • Mrs. Norris

Cats of Beatrix Potter

While Beatrix Potter broke into the publishing world with her first book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, she went on to publish many books during her career. One recurring theme in several books is that of cats. You may find a name from one of Beatrix Potter's books is just what you were looking for.

  • Ginger: The Tale of Ginger and Pickles (Beatrix Potter)
  • Miss Moppet: The Story of Miss Moppet (Beatrix Potter)
  • Mittens: The Tale of Tom Kitten (Beatrix Potter)
  • Ribby: The Tale of the Pie and the Patty-Pan (Beatrix Potter)
  • Simpkin: The Tailor of Gloucester (Beatrix Potter)
  • Tabitha Twitchit: The Tale of Tom Kitten (Beatrix Potter)
  • Tom Kitten: The Tale of Tom Kitten (Beatrix Potter)

A-J Famous Cat Names in Literature

Other famous cat names in literature can be broken into alphabetized lists. The first list of names can help you choose a name, especially if you have a specific letter you prefer for your cat's name.

  • Aristotle: The Nine Lives of Aristotle (Dick King-Smith)
  • Bangs: Sam, Bangs and Moonshine (Evaline Ness)
  • Behemoth: The Master and Margarita (Mikhail Bulgakov)
  • Borregad: Lyrec (Gregory Frost)
  • Buttercup: The Hunger Games Trilogy (Suzanne Collins)
  • Captain Wow: The Game of Rat and Dragon (Cordwainer Smith)
  • Carbonel: The King of the Cats (Barbara Sleigh)
  • Chibi: The Guest Cat (Takashi Hiraide)
  • Church nickname for Winston Churchill: Pet Sematary (Stephen King )
  • C'mell: Alpha Ralpha Boulevard and The Ballad of Lost C'Mell (Cordwainer Smith)
  • Crookshanks: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkabann (JK Rowling)
  • Diesel: Arsenic and Old Books (Miranda James)
  • Djib: Djibi, the Kitten (Felix Salten)
  • Dragon: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH (Robert C O'Brien)
  • Faithful: The Song of the Lioness series (Tamora Pierce)
  • Fiddle: Charmed Life (Diana Wynne Jones)
  • Firestar: Warriors: Into the Wild (Erin Hunter)
  • Fritti Tailchaser: Tailchaser's Song (Tad Williams)
  • Ginger: The Last Battle (CS Lewis)
  • Greebo: Discworld (Terry Pratchett)
  • Gummitch: Space-Time for Springers (Fritz Leiber)
  • Harry Cat: The Cricket in Times Square (George Selden)
  • Homer: Homer's Odyssey (Gwen Cooper)
  • Jennie: Jennie (Paul Gallico)
  • Jupiter: The Deptford Mice (Robin Jarvis)

K-R Famous Cat Names in Literature

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You may discover a cat name you hadn't considered when you browse through K-R famous cat names in literature. You may find yourself drawn to a specific author and the cat name they chose to include in their book.

  • Khat: Midnite (Randolph Stow)
  • Kitsa: The Indian in the Cupboard (Lynne Reid Banks)
  • Kitty: Bad Kitty (Nick Bruel)
  • Lady May: The Game of Rat and Dragon (Cordwainer Smith)
  • Leonardo: Me and My Cat? (Satoshi Kitamura)
  • Liszt: Edward the Conqueror (Roald Dahl)
  • Maisie MacKenzie: Maisie Comes to Morningside (Aileen Paterson)
  • Maurice: The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents (Terry Pratchett)
  • Mehitabel: Archy and Mehitabel (Don Marquis)
  • Mickey: Barbary (Vonda McIntyre)
  • Midnight Louie: Crystal Days (Carole Nelson Douglas)
  • Mimi: Kafka on the Shore (Haruki Murakami)
  • Minoes: Minoes (Annie MG Schmidt )
  • Mister: The Dresden Files (Jim Butcher)
  • Mog: Mog the Forgetful Cat (Judith Kerr)
  • Mogget: Sabriel (Garth Nix)
  • Moxie: The Subtle Knife (Philip Pullman)
  • Mr. Pusskins: M Pusskins (Sam Lloyd)
  • Mrs. Norris: Harry Potter series (JK Rowling)
  • Murr: The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr (ETA Hoffmann)
  • Noboru Wataya: The Wind Up Bird Chronicle (Haruki Murakami)
  • Oliver: Oliver in the Garden (Margaret Beames)
  • Orlando: A Camping Holiday (Kathleen Hale)
  • Pangur Bán: The Monk and His Cat (Sedulius Scottus)
  • Peter: The Smile of the Sphinx (William F. Temple)
  • Petronius the Arbiter (Pete): The Door into Summer (Robert A Heinlein)
  • Pixel: The Cat Who Walks Through Walls (Robert A Heinlein)
  • Pluto: The Black Cat (Edgar Allan Poe)
  • Princess Arjumand, aka Dearum JuJu: To Say Nothing of the Dog (Connie Willis)
  • Punch: The Woman in the Window (A.J. Finn)
  • Ralph: Rotten Ralph (Jack Gantos)

S-Z Famous Cat Names in Literature

The famous cat names in literature in the range of S-Z offer you more choices. You may decide that you prefer a name based on the book and how the role the cat plays as a character in the book.

  • Sagwa: Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (Amy Tan)
  • Sampson: The Church Mice series (Graham Oakley)
  • Scarface Claw: Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy and sequels (Lynley Dodd)
  • Sir Claude The Cat: Blinky Bill the Movie (Dorothy Wall )
  • Slinky Malinki: Slinky Malinkiv (Lynley Dodd)
  • Small Bob: House of Hades (Rick Riordan)
  • Sprockets: Mission to Universe (Gordon R Dickson)
  • Squire Gingivere: Mossflower (Brian Jacques)
  • Stew-Cat, Blue-Cat, and Clue-Cat: The Thief of Always (Clive Barker)
  • Tab: Watership Down (Richard Adams)
  • Tao: The Incredible Journey (Sheila Burnford)
  • Thistleclaw: Bluestar's Prophecy (Erin Hunter)
  • Thomas Gray: Thomas Gray, Philosopher Cat (Philip J. Davis)
  • Thomasina: Thomasina, the Cat Who Thought She Was God (Paul Gallico)
  • Tjorven: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Stieg Larsson)
  • Tobermory: Tobermory (HH Munro)
  • Tufty: Diary of a Killer Cat (Ann Fine)

Using Famous Cat Names in Literature for Inspiration

If you don't find the ideal name for your cat in various lists of amazing names, you may still be inspired. You might decide to make up your own cat name, the same way many authors do.

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