170 Gray Cat Names That Are Anything but Basic

Updated June 10, 2022
gray cat on couch

Gray cats range in shades from deep steely tones to silvery shimmers, depending on the breed and coat. Finding names for gray cats can come from many sources of inspiration related to this color with a mysterious, quiet aura. You may even look to famous silver foxes or the translation of the word "gray" in other languages. Which gray cat name suits your smokey feline?

Gray Cat Names Based on Things That Are Gray

One can look at the environment around them for everyday objects or qualities that are shades of gray as inspiration. Some possible ideas for gray cat names include:

  • Agate
  • Armour
  • Arsenic
  • Ash or Asher
  • Asphalt
  • Battleship
  • Brick
  • Buckle
  • Bullet
  • Carbon
  • Chalcedony
  • Cinder
  • Cobalt
  • Coin
  • Concrete
  • Dagger
  • Dapple
  • Dime
  • Dolphin
  • Dove
  • Earl Grey (tea)
  • Elephant
  • Foil
  • Granite
  • Graphite
  • Grizzle
  • Hematite
  • Iron
  • Jasper
  • Katana
  • Marble
  • Mercury
  • Metal
  • Moonstone
  • Mouse
  • Mushroom
  • Nickel
  • Obsidian
  • Oyster
  • Paver
  • Pearl
  • Pepper
  • Powder
  • Pyrite
  • Quartz
  • Shark
  • Shimmer
  • Statue
  • Sterling
  • Stone or Stony
  • Sword
  • Thimble
  • Tin
  • Tourmaline
  • Tuna
  • Willow
  • Wolf

Names After Famous Gray Cats

Charismatic Russian Blues and gray Tabbies have been featured as the stars or supporting characters in well-known movies, TV shows, comic strips, or even on Instagram. Consider one of these namesakes for your new gray kitty.

  • Arlene (Garfield: The Movie)
  • Berlioz (Aristocats)
  • Blanket (Cats and Peachtopia)
  • Catherine (Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore)
  • Chi (Chi's Sweet Home)
  • Chloe (The Secret Life of Pets)
  • Church (Pet Sematary, 1989)
  • Dex-Starr (DC Comics)
  • Felicitas (Felidae)
  • Hamilton (@hamilton_the_hipster_cat)
  • Kamineko (Azumanga Daioh)
  • Nyan Cat
  • Pusheen
  • Roux (@lilbunnysueroux)
  • Willow (Joe Biden's cat)
  • Tom (Tom and Jerry)
  • Yoko (Timothy Goes to School)
  • Yzma (Emperor's New Groove)

Names for Gray Cats That Mean Gray

close up gray cat

There are names from ancient and modern languages that relate to the color gray or shades of gray.

  • Arcene (are-seen) - A French female name that means "silvery."
  • Arian or Ariana (air-ee-an or air-ee-an-ah) - A Welsh male or female name that means "silver."
  • Caeso (case-oh) - A male name from ancient Rome that means "blue gray."
  • Farran (far-en) - An old English male name that means "iron gray."
  • Ferrand (fehr-und) - A male French name that means "gray-haired."
  • Gin (jihn) - A Japanese female name that means "silver."
  • Gláucio (glau-sho) - A Portuguese male name that means "blue gray."
  • Glaucus (glau-cuss) - A male Greek name that means "blue gray" and was a Greek god of the sea.
  • Gnishilda (gnis-hil-da) - A Dutch female name that means "gray battle maid."
  • Griselda (gri-zehl-deh) - A Spanish female name that means "gray battle."
  • Griselle (gri-zel) - A French version of Griselda.
  • Griswald - A German male name that means "from the gray forest."
  • Hartun or Horton - An English boy name that means "from the gray estate."
  • Jumana (joo-ma-nah) - An Arabic female name that means "silver pearl."
  • Lesley or Leslie - A name with Celtic/Irish origins that means "from the gray fortress."
  • Liadan (lee-din) - An Irish female name that means "gray lady."
  • Lloyd (loid) - A male Welsh/English name that means "gray."
  • Masichuvio (ma-sic-hu-vio) - A Native American Hopi male name that means "gray deer."
  • Rajat or Rajata (ruh-juht or ruh-juht-ah) - A Hindu male or female name that means "silver."
  • Simab (seh-mahb) - A male Muslim name that means "mercury" or "quicksilver."
  • Yin (een) - A Chinese female name that means "silver" or "polite."
  • Zelde or Zelda - A German female name that means "gray-haired battle maiden."
  • Zezili or Zezilia (ze-zi-lee or ze-zi-lia) - A female with Latin/Basque origins that means "gray eyes" or "blind."

Names Based on Shades of Gray

gray cat licking paw on bed

Gray comes in many shades and hues and these color shading descriptions can make for pretty cat names for greys of different breeds.

  • Cadet
  • Charcoal
  • Heather
  • Marengo
  • Pewter
  • Platinum
  • Puce
  • Silver
  • Slate
  • Smoke or Smokey
  • Steel
  • Sterling
  • Xanadu

Gray Weather Cat Names

Some people love gray, rainy weather, and terms to describe overcast days are a good fit for gray cats.

  • Cloudy
  • Dusky
  • Foggy
  • Frosty
  • Gloom or Gloomy
  • Haze
  • Misty
  • Shady
  • Shadow or Shadowy
  • Storm or Stormy
  • Tempest
  • Winter or Wintery

Names Inspired by Silver-haired Icons

Gray or silver-haired characters, celebrities, and musicians can be a fun place to look for inspiration when naming a gray cat. See if your cat's personality aligns with any of these notable people, or just pick a name you like the sound of.

  • Albus Dumbledore (Harry Potter)
  • Anderson Cooper
  • Baloo (Jungle Book)
  • Carl Fredricksen (Up)
  • Chief Elder (The Giver)
  • Della Chapell (Della)
  • Emmylou Harris
  • Eva Torres (The Hummingbird Project)
  • Gandalf the Grey (Lord of the Rings)
  • George Clooney
  • Ice Queen (The Huntsman: Winter's War)
  • Jiraiya (Naruto)
  • Lady Tremaine (Cinderella)
  • Leland Sklar
  • Merlin (The Sword in the Stone)
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Queen Ramonda (Black Panther)
  • Saruman (Lord of the Rings)
  • Steve Martin
  • Storm (X-Men)
  • Tramp (Lady and the Tramp)
  • Ursula (The Little Mermaid)

Cat Names Based on Gray in Other Languages

gray persian cat with paw up

If you speak a language other than English, you might want to name your gray cat the word "gray" in another tongue.

  • Caapan (kah-pahn) - Mongolian
  • Cinzento (sin-zen-toe) - Portuguese
  • Gray - English
  • Gris (gree) - French and Spanish
  • Grisa (gree-sah) - Basque
  • Grigio (gree-jho) - Italian
  • Grå (grah) - Norwegian
  • Grau (graoh) - German
  • Gri (gree) - Romanian
  • Gurē (gure-eh) - Japanese
  • Harmaa (harm-ah) - Finnish
  • Hina (hee-nah) - Maori
  • Huise (hwi-seh) - Chinese
  • Kelabu (kel-ah-bu) - Malay
  • Kijivu (kee-jee-vu) - Swahili
  • Kulay-abo (coo-lay-ah-bow) - Filipino
  • Liath (lee-ath) - Irish
  • Llwyd (loid) - Welsh
  • Màu xám (mow zam) - Vietnamese
  • Pelēks (pael-lecks) - Latvian
  • Pilkas (pel-kas) - Lithuanian
  • Šedǻ (sheh-da) - Czech
  • Seryy(serry) - Russian
  • Siva (seeva) - Bosnian, Croatian and Slovenian
  • Szary (sari) - Polish
  • Szürke (syrke) - Hungarian

Choosing Your Gray Cat's Name

There are several cat breeds that come in gray, such as Korats, Russian Blues, and Persians. Whether it's a bluish-gray shade or a silvery or smoky Chinchilla, gray cats are uniquely lovely and deserve a name that elevates their subtle and magical coloring.

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170 Gray Cat Names That Are Anything but Basic