320+ Black Cat Names to Match Their Dark Charm

Black cat names can bounce from spooky to stunning whether you're weaving a web of sophistication or searching for spine-chilling scares.

Updated February 6, 2024
Woman kissing and holding a black cat

Infamous for their magical connections and not-so-magical reputations, black cats have grown into a beloved choice for cat lovers. However, the most common black cat names are often rudimentary or too on the nose for most pet parents. So, if you're tired of people suggesting you name your black kitten Midnight, take a look at this myriad of typical and atypical names perfect for your playful panther.

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Fluffy Black Cat Names

Fluffy black cats sure are adorable, and while we're looking for the perfect name, we're searching for something as adorable, silly, or even odd. 

  • Axl: The long-haired frontman of the legendary hair metal band Guns N’ Roses.
  • Beast: For a fluffy cat with hair as long as the beast in Disney's classic Beauty and the Beast.
  • Bouffant: Popular women's poofy hairstyle in the '50s and '60s. 
  • Chewbacca: The long-haired humanoid creature
  • Chewy: Short for Chewbacca
  • Fauxhawk: A mohawk with slicked hair on the sides
  • Harry
  • Leon: Like a lion with their giant mane.
  • Medusa: For a cat with some wild fur that seems to move as they walk.
  • Pompadour: A big men's hairstyle.
  • Rapunzel: Your kitty doesn't have blonde hair, but it sure is long. 
  • Scruffy
  • Shaggy

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Clever Names for Black Cats

Some names can really make people scratch their heads. If you want a name that will spark conversation, look for a clever name for your special black kitty. 

Black Cat Sits on Kitchen Rug
  • Abyss: A seemingly endless black hole
  • Alcinder: A unique name thought to mean 'resembling ashes'
  • Anubis: The Egyptian god of the dead
  • Azrael: The angel of death in mythology
  • Bastet: Like the Egyptian goddess commonly honored as a black cat
  • Blackout: Like when everything is dark due to lack of power
  • Black Magic: 'Dark' magic
  • Darkling: Suggesting something small and dark, perfect for a black kitten
  • Nyx: Goddess of the night
  • Yin: Like yin and yang

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Funny Black Cat Names

Funny names can really bring a smile every time you call out to your cat. Whether it's about the mischief your kitty is bound to get into or a nod to their graceful ways, picking out a name that's both humorous and pun-filled is a super enjoyable task.

  • Calamity: For a black cat that enjoys getting in trouble
  • Catzilla: Everyone watch out; it's Catzilla! They will bury you with cuddles and purrs
  • Caviar: For a black cat who is as sophisticated as they come
  • Hocus: Means 'to play a trick on' 
  • Shady Lady: If your kitty always looks like they're about to do something they shouldn't
  • She-Bear: A silly name for a black bear-like kitty
  • Venom: For a cat that has fangs that seem to inject venom every time they play
  • Void: As in the ongoing empty space; for kitties that are little daydreamers

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Halloween Names for Black Cats

Halloween is a blast for loads of people! If you're into rocking spooky costumes, munching on popcorn during fright-night flicks, or just love the Halloween vibes for kicks, how about picking a Halloween-themed name for your black cat?

Halloween pumpkin and black cat
  • Boo
  • Boogey
  • Cauld: As in cauldron
  • Cobweb
  • Count
  • Broomie
  • Casper
  • Gremlin
  • Haunt
  • Jack o'lantern
  • Mummy
  • Nightmare
  • Potion
  • Reaper
  • Slayer
  • Spook
  • Voodoo
  • Warlock

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Naming Your Kitty After Halloween Treats

Perhaps the best thing about Halloween for you is the yummy Halloween candy. Even if you don't go out trick-or-treating, you might snag some "candy tax" from your kids' stash.

  • Andes
  • Chocolate
  • Heath
  • Hershey
  • Reese
  • Rolo
  • Skittles
  • Toots
  • Tootsie
  • Twizzler

Spooky Black Cat Names

Your cat may not be spooky, but their name sure can be if you love all-things-scary. 

  • Amity: Like the haunted house in Amityville
  • Daemon: Alternate spelling of demon.
  • Dagger
  • Doomy
  • Eerie
  • Fade: For a cat who seems to vanish in the shadows, like a fading image.
  • Gloom
  • Igor
  • Occult
  • Ouija
  • Sinister
  • Tarot

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Warrior Cat Names for Black Cats

Some cats are plain-out fiesty. They love a good play sesh battling it out with you, their toys, or other kitties at home. If your cat has a warstreak, try naming them something rough and tough. 

  • Delirium: A state of crazy excitement; delirious
  • Donovan: Means 'dark warrior' in Gaelic
  • Draconis: A powerful dragon
  • Fury: For a black cat with spirit
  • Gargoyle: For kitties that watch over their kingdom, ready to fight against intruders
  • Huntress: A female hunter
  • Jinx: For a playful cat who is always ready for a play battle
  • Overlord: For black cats who own their household
  • Prowler: For cats on the prowl through the night
  • Quibble: For black kitties that love to fight
  • Riddle: The perfect name for a mysterious cat that always keeps you guessing
  • Rogue: For cats that prefer everything go their own way

Black Cat Squishmallow Names

Kiddos love naming their stuffed animals, especially if they bring home a squishmallow. If your little one is looking for a fun name for their toy, try these on for size. 

Woman caresses a black kitten Clear
  • Choco: Like chocolate
  • Echo: For a squishmallow that echoes kitty love
  • Firefly: A fun name for a play cat that may remind your kiddos of catching fireflies in the dark
  • Gotham: For a dark squishie that reminds you of Batman's dark world
  • Hydra: Like the legendary sea creature
  • Kazam: A fun name for a squishie with 'pretend' magical powers
  • Mellow: Like a marshmallow
  • Ninja: If your little one plays with their squishmallow like they're a fighting hero
  • Nori: Seaweed used in sushi; a cute name for kiddos that like eating Japanese food with their stuffed critters
  • Panther: Like a black panther

Names for Black Cats With Blue Eyes

Black cats with blue eyes are sure to catch your attention. The contrast between those bright eyes and black fur is captivating. Look for a name that reflects their awe-inspiring looks. 

  • Allure: For a cat with captivating beauty
  • Charm: Like the charming look they give with those blue eyes and dark fur 
  • Cobalt: An element with deep blue pigmentation
  • Cyan: Plays on the contrast between black fur and sparkling blue eyes
  • Dahlia: Like black dahlia
  • Vega: For a black cat with shiny fur and bright eyes
  • Relic: For cats with a timeless appearance
  • Rhapsody: For a cat, that is as beautiful as a song
  • Ripple: For a cat whose eyes remind you of the ripples on water
  • Rune: For cats with special traits

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Weird Black Cat Names 

Wierd names are so special because you can nearly guarantee no other kitty in the neighborhood has the same one. This distinctiveness makes your cat's name a fun conversation starter and a reflection of their one-of-a-kind personality.

  • Ashenpurr: Play on "ashen," referring to the cat's dark fur combined with their purr
  • Blackbeard: After the infamous pirate, suiting a cat with a majestic black coat
  • Cricket: For black cats with chirpy vocalizations
  • Delano: Means 'nighttime' in old French
  • Diesel: Like the fuel, dark and strong
  • Ebonyclaw: "Ebony" for the deep black wood, and "claw" for a cat's sharp nails
  • Gloompaw: Combining "gloom" with "paw," for a cat who's a master of lurking in dark corners
  • Knightwhisker: Like a dark knight, with a nod to the cat's whiskers
  • Mystery: Like the mysterious personality of a unique black cat
  • Pantherpurr: For a kitty that purrs as loud as a panther

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Traditional Black Cat Names

You may have heard these names before, but even the most traditional names can be perfect for certain cats. 

Cat Plays With Ball
  • Abracadabra
  • Ace
  • Alacazam
  • Anvil
  • Ash
  • Ashes
  • Ashley
  • Asher
  • Ashton
  • Bewitched
  • Bewitching
  • Black Bart
  • Black Beard
  • Blackie
  • Black Jack
  • Black Magic
  • Blackout
  • Black Top
  • Blindspot
  • Cameo
  • Carbon
  • Charcoal
  • Cinders
  • Coal
  • Coal Dust
  • Conjurer
  • Crypt
  • Deadzone
  • Death
  • Diablo
  • Dirtball
  • Dreamer
  • Dust
  • Ebony
  • Eclipse
  • Eight Ball
  • Enigma
  • Fate
  • Grimalkin
  • Immortal
  • Ink
  • Inky
  • Ink Spot
  • Inkwell
  • Jet
  • Kohl
  • Magic
  • Menace
  • Midnight
  • Midnight Runner
  • Moonlight
  • Moon Shadow
  • Morning Glory
  • Mysterious
  • Mystic
  • Mystique
  • Necromancer
  • Nevermore
  • Nightmare
  • Nightshade
  • Night Sky
  • Ninjacat
  • Omen
  • Phantom
  • Pitch
  • Shade
  • Shadow
  • Silhouette
  • Smoke
  • Smoky
  • Smudge
  • Soot
  • Spade
  • Spot
  • Spellbound
  • Spooky
  • Storm
  • Superstition
  • Tarmac
  • Wizard

Names From the Natural World

Drawing inspiration from nature is one of my favorite ways to come up with the perfect pet name. Mother Nature is perfect in all of her imperfections and inspiring in all ways. 

  • Blackbird
  • Black Orchid
  • Black Widow
  • Black-Eyed Susan
  • Crow
  • Friesian (black horse breed)
  • Obsidian
  • Onyx
  • Orca
  • Panther
  • Raven
  • Schorl (black tourmaline crystal)
  • Tautog (type of blackfish)
  • Vulture

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Food and Drink Cat Names

Black foods and drinks can be fun, and funny odd names for black cats.

  • Anise
  • Blackberry
  • Darjeeling (black tea)
  • Espresso
  • Fig
  • Johnnie Walker
  • Kahlúa
  • Lapsang Souchong (black tea)
  • Licorice
  • Olive
  • Pepper

Mythic Names

You can also get great names for your black fur baby from mythology.

  • Hades: God of the Underworld
  • Hecate
  • Hel: Norse Goddess of the dead
  • Persephone: Queen of the Underworld
  • Pluto: God of the Underworld
  • Styx: Mythic river from the world of the living to the underworld

Black Cat Names From Other Languages

Love the sound of different languages rolling off your tongue? Your black cat may, too! Try these beautiful names from different languages.

  • Ahumada/Ahumado (Spanish meaning "smoky")
  • Aumoe (Hawaiian meaning "midnight")
  • Batubara (Sudanese meaning "coal")
  • Clair de Lune (French meaning "moonlight")
  • Corvo (Italian meaning "raven")
  • Doce de la Noche (Spanish meaning "midnight")
  • Eleʻele (Hawaiian meaning "black")
  • Fantoom (Afrikaans meaning "phantom")
  • Fuligem (Portuguese meaning "soot")
  • Fumuriu (Romanian meaning "smoky")
  • Habeen (Somali meaning "night")
  • Hiili (Finnish meaning "coal")
  • Karasu (Japanese meaning "raven")
  • Kedarra (Basque meaning "soot")
  • Komir (Kurdish meaning "coal")
  • Kopi (Malay meaning "coffee")
  • Layla (Arabic meaning "night")
  • Le Chat Noir (French meaning "the black cat")
  • Luz de la Luna (Spanish meaning "moonlight")
  • Magie (French meaning "magic")
  • Masizi (Swahili meaning "soot")
  • Mesánychta (Greek meaning "midnight")
  • Mezzanote (Italian meaning "midnight")
  • Mitternacht (German meaning "midnight")
  • Moemiti (Samoan meaning "dreamer")
  • Mystère (French meaning "mystery")
  • Nacht (German meaning "night")
  • Natt (Swedish meaning "night")
  • Noche (Spanish meaning "night")
  • Noctis (Latin meaning "night")
  • Noir (French meaning "black")
  • Oluja (Bosnian meaning "storm")
  • Ombra (Italian meaning "shadow")
  • Pepe (Italian meaning "pepper")
  • Pfeffer (German meaning "pepper")
  • Pipar (Estonian meaning "pepper")
  • Poivre (French meaning "pepper")
  • Polnoch (Russian meaning "midnight")
  • Raaf (Afrikaans meaning "raven")
  • Shabah (Arabic meaning "phantom")
  • Skugga (Swedish meaning "shadow")
  • Sombra (Portuguese meaning "shadow")
  • Swart (Afrikaans meaning "black")
  • Tempestas (Latin meaning "storm")
  • Tenebris (Latin meaning "darkness")
  • Umbra (Latin meaning "shadow")
  • Yoru (Japanese meaning "night")

Ironic Black Cat Names

For those of you who like to buck the trends and overlook the obvious, here are some ironic names that could be suitable for your black cat since they all mean or represent something white, bright, or the opposite of black. Perfect for people with a wry sense of humor, check out these ironic black cat names.

Domestic black Cat looking in front of Camera
  • Alba
  • Avalanche
  • Bianca
  • Blanche
  • Blizzard
  • Blondie
  • Chrysanthemum
  • Cream Puff
  • Crystal
  • Cue Ball
  • Diamond
  • Flash
  • Fluffy
  • Frosty
  • Ghost
  • Ice
  • Icicle
  • Salty
  • Snowman
  • Snowflake
  • Sparkle
  • Sunny
  • Sunshine
  • Vanilla

Names Drawn From Pop Culture and History

Past, present, and future, pop culture, history, music, and literature all offer some great inspiration for your petit chat noir (little black cat).

  • Batman
  • Bagheera: The black panther in The Jungle Book
  • Black Beauty
  • Bucephalus: Alexander the Great's black horse
  • Burton: As in the famous Tim Burton
  • Cash: Like the 'man in black,' Johnny Cash
  • Cousin Itt: The hair-covered character in The Addams Family
  • Darth Vader
  • Dracula
  • Edgar Allan
  • Elvira: As in Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
  • Hocus Pocus
  • Kitt: Black talking car from Night Rider
  • Lestat: Vampire from Anne Rice Novel
  • Maleficent: The dangerous evil witch in Sleeping Beauty
  • Morticia: Morticia Addams from The Addams Family
  • Night Rider
  • Odile: Black Swan in Swan Lake
  • Poe
  • Pyewacket: Canadian horror movie
  • Skellington: Like Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Sookie: From True Blood TV series
  • Vlad: Vlad the Impaler
  • Wednesday: Unusual little girl in The Addams Family
  • Winifred: The 'most evil' witch in Hocus Pocus
  • Zorro

Famous Black Cats

Some of these famous black cats are real, while others are characters from television, film, and animation. No matter which medium they came from, all of these frisky feline names would do your own kitty justice.

Felix the Cat rides in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Berloiz: The kitten in one of my all-time favorite Disney classics, The Aristocats.
  • Binx: This immortal cat from the movie Hocus Pocus is actually a young man who was turned into a cat by three witches.
  • Blackie: Although the name's not very original, the story is quite interesting. Blackie's owner was a wealthy antique dealer who left approximately $12.5 million to his beloved cat to be used for his care.
  • Boo Boo Kitty: Boo Boo Kitty may have just been a stuffed animal, but he brought comfort to his owner, Shirley, in the TV sitcom Laverne & Shirley.
  • Cole: If you frequent Instagram, you probably already know of Cole and his cat, Marmalade. These two felines help promote pet adoptions.
  • Cosmic Creeper: The shaggy kitty that lived with Miss Eglantine Price in Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
  • Fantastico: The tiny kitty known as Miss Kitty Fantastico in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Felix the Cat: This cartoon kitty always seems to find himself in all sorts of crazy situations.
  • Figaro: Gapetto's cat in Pinocchio, who puts a smile on everyone's face.
  • Gladstone: The famous rescue cat known as Chief Mouser at the HM Treasury in Whitehall, London. 
  • Luna: This anime feline with a crescent moon on her forehead is the guardian cat from the Sailor Moon series.
  • Miss Kitty: Batwoman's relaxed cat in Batman Returns
  • Mittens: The tough black and white cat who helped a dog search for their human in the animated movie, Bolt
  • Mr. Kittles: The kitty that starts a fight in the horror comedy (not for kiddos), Scary Movie 2
  • Pluto: Fans of Edgar Allan Poe will recognize this unfortunate feline who gets revenge from the afterlife in the author's story, The Black Cat.
  • Salem: This is the troublemaking cat from the TV show Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Salem was a warlock who was turned into a cat as punishment for his naughty ways.
  • Scat Cat: The singing cat famous for playing the trumpet in The Aristocats.
  • Snowball II: From the long-running show The Simpsons, this cat inherited its ill-fitting name from the original family pet, who was white. There have been additional Snowballs on the show over the years, with Snowball V billed as "the new and improved Snowball II"—at least until its luck runs out.
  • Thackery: As in Thackery Binx from Hocus Pocus.
  • Winkie: From Escape to Witch Mountain

Choosing the Perfect Name for Black Baby Kittens

While you can name your beautiful black cat anything you want to, sometimes it's fun to wait until you've got a feeling for your cat's personality to grant them a highly personalized moniker. In the case of black cats, your kitty's dark fur usually serves as the first inspiration. However, once you get beyond your cat's color, you can begin thinking about their personality and use that to guide your choices to make sure that you pick the right name for your feline friend.

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320+ Black Cat Names to Match Their Dark Charm