Though most people are familiar with the Sphynx cat, there are several cat breeds that are considered hairless. These cats deserve a name that fits their unique look and bold personality.
Hairless Cat Cultural Names
If you want to choose a name based on your hairless cat's origins, you can choose a cultural theme. There are many options both based on where they are thought to be from and where their origins actually lie.
Egyptian Hairless Cat Names
Because of the name of the most popular hairless breed, the Sphynx, owners often pick Egyptian-themed names. Below are a selection of Egyptian names that focus on hairless cat qualities such as their outgoing and affectionate nature and their tendency to be warmer to the touch than regular cats.
- Amr (male) - Means "friend for life"
- Aten (male) - Means "heat and light of the sun"
- Atum (male) - The name of the Egyptian sun-god (also called Ra)
- Ebonee, Ebonique or Eboni (female) - Means "black" for a black hairless cat
- Farid (male) or Farida (female) - Means "unique"
- Femi (male) or Feme (female) - Means "one who loves"
- Gamal (male) - Means "handsome"
- Gamila (female) - Means "beautiful"
- Khepri (female) - Means "morning sun"
- Khnurn (male) - Means "reborn sun"
- Kosey (male) - Means "lion"
- Latif (male) - Means "gentle"
- Masuda or Masudi (male) - Means "happy boy"
- Moise (male) - Means dark or dusky skin which is a good choice for a black hairless cat
- Moswen (female) - Means light-skinned so this could be used for a pale-colored hairless cat
- Nefertari or Nefret (female) - Means "very beautiful"
- Nour (male) - Means "light or luminous"
- Omorose (female) - Means "beautiful child"
- Rania (female) - Means "delightful"
- Sanura (female) - Means "kitten"
- Shani (female) - Means "wonderful or wonderful woman"
- Tau (male) - Means "lion"
- Thema (female) - Means "queen"
Russian Hairless Cat Names
Other cat owners choose Russian names as the Peterbald and Donsky breeds can trace their origins to this area of the world.
- Agata (female) - Means "gentle"
- Alyona (female) - Means "light" or "torch"
- Anichka (female) - Means "grace"
- Anya (female) - Means "shining"
- Danya (male) - Means "a sweet boy"
- Feliks (male) - Means "happy"
- Gala or Galina (female) - Means "a peaceful woman"
- Gennady (male) - Means "a caring man"
- Kesar (male) - Means "small black one" and works for a black hairless cat
- Lenya or Lev (male) - Means "lion"
- Luba or Lyubov (female) - Means "love"
- Luka (male) - Means "light"
- Lyonechka or Lyova (male) - Means "lion"
- Makar (male) - Means "a happy man"
- Oleg (male) - Means "nimble and bright"
- Olga (female) - Means "holy light"
- Ruslan (male) - Means "like a lion"
- Serafima (female) - Means "one that burns"
- Svetlana (female) - Means "luminescent"
- Uliana (female) - Means "one with soft hair"
- Vadim (male) - Means "ruler"
- Vasilisa (female) - Means "queen"
- Vladimir (male) - Means "ruler"
Canadian Hairless Cat Names
You might be surprised to learn that the actual origin of the most common hairless cat breed, the Sphynx, is bred in Toronto, Canada. In fact the breed is also known as the Canadian Hairless. Some ideas for Canadian themed names could be places in Canada or popular Canadian items such as:
- Aurora (as in the aurora borealis AKA the Northern lights)
- Breton (island in Nova Scotia)
- Ellesmere (island in Nunavut)
- Gretzy (as in Wayne Gretzy, the beloved hockey star)
- Halifax (capital of Nova Scotia)
- Harper (as in Prime Minister Steven Harper)
- Hudson (the famous river)
- Jasper (city in Alberta and a national park)
- Layton (after the popular politician Jack Layton)
- MacKenzie (the largest river in Canada and a common family name)
- Magdalen (the islands in Quebec)
- Maple (the symbol on Canada's national flag)
- Mirabel (city in Quebec)
- Moose (an animal found throughout Canada)
- Niagara (as in the waterfalls)
- Nova (as in the province Nova Scotia)
- Orillia (city in Ontario which means "lakeshore")
- Poutine (a famous Canadian dish featuring fries, cheese curds and gravy)
- Regina (city in Saskatchewan which means "queen" in Latin)
- Stanley (as in the Stanley Cup, the prized hockey trophy)
- Tim Horton (the popular coffee chain and brand)
- Trinity (town in Newfoundland)
- Trudeau (after the family of politicians with several prime ministers)
- Victoria (the island in British Columbia)
- Winnipeg (capital of Manitoba)
Hairless Cat Names Based on Textures
Not all hairless cats are truly bald. Some may have patches of sparse hair on their bodies or a full covering of a soft, peachlike fuzz that appears "hairless" until you have the cat up close. Hairless cats can be surprisingly soft, though some can also be oily if not groomed properly. They also tend to be wrinkly. Names based on their physical textures can be a fun way to make your cat stand out.
- Silk or Silky
- Velvet or Velvety
- Wrinkly or Wrinkles
Hairless Cat Names Based on Unusual Creatures
Despite their loving personalities, one can't deny that hairless cats can be strange looking. Naming them after unusual creatures can highlight their unique appearance.
Hairless Cat Names Based on Mythical Creatures
Some look at hairless cats and immediately think of woodland fairy creatures or mythological beings. Some name ideas based on this concept could be:
- Ariel (from The Tempest)
- Balin (from The Hobbit)
- Bilbo (from the Lord of the Rings series)
- Chaneuque (a Mexican fairy creature)
- Dobby (the house elf from the Harry Potter series)
- Eitri (from the Marvel comics)
- Fíli (from The Hobbit)
- Frodo (from the Lord of the Rings series)
- Gimli (from the Lord of the Rings series)
- Gollum (from the Lord of the Rings series)
- Jareth (from the movie Labyrinth)
- Jogah (a fairy creature in Iroquois folklore)
- Kíli (from The Hobbit)
- Kreacher (a house elf from the Harry Potter series)
- Mab (Queen of the fairies in English folklore)
- Menehune (a Hawaiian fairy creature)
- Mogwai (a Chinese fairy creature)
- Nisse (a gnome-like creature in Nordic mythology)
- Nuala (from The Sandman comic series)
- Peri (a Malaysian fairy creature)
- Puck (from a Midsummer Night's Dream)
- Smeagel (from the Lord of the Rings series)
- Thorin (from The Hobbit)
- Tinker Bell
- Titania (from A Midsummer Night's Dream)
- Winky (a house elf from the Harry Potter series)
- Zână (a Romanian fairy creature)
Hairless Cat Names Based on Aliens
If you follow the popular Instagram account Sphynxnille you'll know all about the travails of two adorable hairless cats and their attempt to return to the Naked Cat Planet. Hairless cats definitely do look like little aliens so try out a name based on a space creature and celestial bodies!
- Adrastea (female) - a moon of Jupiter
- Alf (male) - from the television series
- Callisto (female) - a moon of Jupiter
- Cassiopeia (female) - refers to the constellation of the Greek prophetess
- Celeste (female) - means "heavenly" in French
- Chiana (female) - from the Farscape television series
- Dalek (male) - from the Doctor Who television series
- Doctor (male) - from the Doctor Who television series
- Elara (female) - a moon of Jupiter
- Europa (female) - a moon of Jupiter
- Gamora (female) - from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies
- Goku (male) - from the Dragon Ball Z anime
- Groot (male) - from the Guardians of the Galaxy movies
- Hyperion (male) - a moon of Saturn
- Jadzia (female) - from the Star Trek Deep Space Nine television show
- Jupiter (male) - a planet and the Roman ruler god
- Klaatu (male) - from the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still
- Leda (female) - a moon of Jupiter
- Luna (female) - means "the moon" in Latin
- Mars (male) - the planet and Roman god of war
- Mercury (male) - a planet and the Roman messenger of the gods
- Mimas (male) - a moon of Saturn
- Neptune (male) - one of the planets and the Greek god of the oceans
- Orion (male) - refers to the constellation of the Hunter
- Pluto (male) - a planet and the Roman god of the underworld
- Q (male) - from the Star Trek television show
- Rigel (male) - a star in the constellation Orion
- Saturn (male) - the planet and father of the Roman god Jupiter
- Spock (male) - from the Star Trek television show and movies
- Titan (male) - a moon of Saturn
- Uranus (male) - a planet and the father of the Roman Saturn
- Venus (female) - one of the planets and the Roman goddess of love
- Worf (male) - from the Star Trek television show and movies
- Yoda (male) - from the Star Wars films
- Zoidberg (male) - from the Futurama television series
Hairless Cat Breeds
If you've fallen in love with the idea of having a hairless cat snuggling with you each day, there are a few hairless breeds to choose from.
The Sphynx is the most commonly seen hairless cat. The breed was popularized with the Mr. Bigglesworth character in the popular Austin Powers movie.
The Donskoy is known for their dog-like temperament. This hairless cat hails from Russia and is also known as the Russian Hairless.
The Peterbald is a mix of the Donskoy cat and Oriental cats. They are unusual looking cats that can range from completely hairless to a short or wiry coat with the elongated facial features and blue eyes of the Oriental.
The Elf is a mix of the Sphynx and the American Curl. They are not a recognized breed and are very rare.
Bambinos are a mix of Sphynx and Munchkin cats. Like their Munchkin forebears, they have a dwarf body shape and size, coming in at no larger than five to nine pounds total.
Hailing from the Ukraine, the Levkoy is a mix of the Donskoy and the Scottish Fold and are fairly new breed. They have the distinctive folded ears of the Scottish Fold.
Dwelfs are a mixture of the Sphynx, American Curl and Munchkin. They have the look of a Sphynx with a Munchkin "dwarf" body and an American Curls' turned-in ears.
Choosing a Name for Your Hairless Cat
Owning a hairless cat means having an unusual cat with a personality to match. Picking a name that fits their unique qualities can be a fun task. Be creative and enjoy your new bald feline friend!