Looking for black cat names to inspire you and give you ideas? We have got loads! These cats are usually considered to be somewhat mysterious and viewed with suspicion by a lot of people – they often get dumped in rescue centers because they are viewed as bad luck given their long tradition of being associated with witches, bad luck, and supernatural phenomena.
Really they are like any other cat – but you can play on this undeserved reputation to come up with some great names for black cats. Check out some of our favorites. We got witchy, spiritual, badass, unisex, male, female, and even ironic names for a black cat. The lists are not exhaustive, but should give you some inspiration!
Witchy Black Cat Names
As these cats are associated with witchcraft, the mysterious, magic, and all sorts of things dark and dangerous why not play on this and give your cat a witchy black cat name? Check out some of these names :
Esmerelda – A witch from Terry Pratchett’s books.
Esmee – Also a witch from Terry Pratchett’s imagination.
Shadow – shadows are black and so is your cat! A great name for the darker cat.
Ghost – Suitably paranormal….
Mog – a typical witch’s cat’s name.
Hocus – A spellbinding name for a black cat!
Pocus – More magical fun.
Jinx – well if these cats are bad luck why not go straight to the heart of the matter!
Salem – A witchy reference to the Salem Witchcraft incident.
Tabitha – The witch daughter from the popular TV series.
Zelda – A reference to the witch from a popular computer game.
Hermione – a witchy name for the Harry Potter fans out there.
Maleficent – Reference to a film witch.
Gandalf – Powerful wizard type from Lord of the Rings, ideal for a male black cat.
Raven – A black bird associated with the dark and magical..
Cinders – Reference to the magical fairytale and a color reference to boot!
Wizard – suitably magical and mysterious.
Merlin – A wizard from folklore.
Midnight – The witching hour and usually pitch black in nature – an ideal name for a black cat.
Elvira – A witchy film character.
Caspar – supernatural connections – Caspar the ghost – could work for a darker colored cat.
Goth – goths wear black and seem slightly mysterious to the rest of us so could be a fitting reference for your cat – and it is unisex!
Lucifer – demonic, underworld, dark and dangerous.
Warlock – a magical creature that causes all sorts of trouble.
Coven – a group of witches…
Nightshade – a poison and a reference to the dark and black.
Cobweb – kinda cute name with witchy resonances.
Pumpkin – very halloween, but kinda cute on a cat.
Voodoo – reference to the magical.
Loki – a norse god known to be a trickster, shapeshifter, and deceiver. Generally a dark character. Might be good for the mischievous cat!
Hades – Hades was the name given to the underworld in ancient times. Suitably dark for a black cat!
Unisex Black Cat Names
Do you like to name your cat in a gender-neutral style and keep people guessing? A unisex cat name could be the way forward. We have already hit on some potential gender-neutral names amongst our witchy selection but check out some of these additional unisex black cat names that draw influence from the color of your cat, nature, food, drink and the night sky, we are sure you can get some decent inspiration from this list:
Jet – a great unisex name for a black cat. References speed of the jet age and the semi precious stone “Jet” which is pitch black in color.
Cola – for the sweet cat that is the color of cola!
Shadow – Because your cat looks like a shadow.
Midnight – Because pitch black is the color of midnight.
Jinx – For the cat that brought bad luck – allegedly…
Mog – Nice and short and easy.
Hocus Pocus – Magical name for a black cat of any sex.
Hades – If your cat has a fire and brimstone personality this name could work.
Cosmo – Black like the night sky.
Orion – more cosmic references for those that are not interested in the witchy but want something unisex and linked to the black color.
Star – More night time fun without being too serious or melodramatic.
Comet – for the faster moving cat.
Cocoa – for the soft and comforting dark cat.
Twilight – A night time reference that could be a unisex name for a black cat.
Moonshine – More nightime unisex fun…
Ash – ash is usually dark, so this could make a great name for a darker cat.
Smoky – If you think smoke is black this could make a good unisex cat name.
Onyx – A black colored semi precious gemstone that could make a great unisex name.
Porter – a dark colored beer that could be the name of your cat.
Stout – and more drink related naming fun..
Inky – black like octopus ink – could work for a black cat – nice and short and easy.
Licorice – black colored sweet derived from a plant root. Ideal for a male or female.
Charcoal – Self explanatory. Great name for dark colored cat, of either sex.
Badass Black Cat Names
Everyone knows that black is a badass color. Maybe your cat needs a badass cat name to go with their coat? Check out some of these badass black cat names drawn from film, cinema, history and the natural world:
Ninja – these guys were assassins always known to dress in black and spring from the shadows. An ace name for a cat that pounces and hunts.
Neo – The bendy badass dude in black from the matrix film who can jump and do things that aren’t meant to be possible – a badass name for a dark-colored cat with agility.
Panther – the big cat in the wild is usually black, powerful, an apex predator and fairly ferocious.
Doom – A cat called Doom? Its just badass all round.
Hades – a cat named after the underworld is probably a badass cat.
Darth – Darth Vader was a tough character, a destroyer of worlds and a dark purveyor of the force that wore black. Would make a great name.
Vader – As above, but definetly more badass.
Diesel – Flammable, heavy duty, hardcore stuff, ideal name for a cat.
Diablo – Spanish for the devil – suitably badass for a bad, bad black cat.
Spartan – Famous warriors from ancient greece. A suitably badass name.
Bandit – great name for a cat with a badass attitude.
Zoro – Dressed in black and was pretty mean with a blade – great name for a black cat with attitude, and claws they are willing to use!
Eight Ball – eight balls are black and pool is cool so this could be a great name…
Fangs – Needs no explanation – obvious badass name. Your not going to pet a cat named “fangs” are you?
Damian – reference to the devil from the film series “The Omen”….clearly badass overtones.
Male Black Cat Names
We have already hit a number of names that have a masculine slant in our lists above, but maybe you need just a little more inspiration? Obviously you could call your cat Bill or Ben or Joe but you don’t need help with that! Here are some more unusual male black cat names for boy cats that are sure to give you a little more inspiration:
Ziggy – as in ziggy stardust – a cosmic name for a male.
Nero – italian for black, and a famous Cesar to boot…
Binx – A boy who was transformed into an immortal cat in the film Hocus Pocus. Great name for a male black cat.
Jack – as in black jack, the card game…
Bagheera – The name of the black panther in Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book…
Felix – the male cartoon cat that was black and white..
Female Black Cat Names
Some of our names for black cats definitely have a feminine slant but if you really want to go feminine without being to witchy then check out some of these names :
Sable – associated with black or very dark brown colors.
Dusky – feminine night sky reference, could make a good name for a female.
Mystique – Great name for a mysterious female cat.
Sheba – The logo on the cat food of this name features a black cat. Could make a good name for a female cat.
Pepsi – a great name for a female black cat.
Ironic Names For Black Cats
Got a sense of humor and want to go full-on ironic so that people look twice when you call out your black cat’s name? Check out some of these possibilities. You’re sure to get a double-take when people hear your cat’s name and then see them in person :
Snowball – clearly not what you expect to hear a dark colored cat called!
Ice – again, what were you thinking?
Diamond – a shining example of irony…
Chalky – your taking this too far…
Angel – people will want to know the backstory.
Coconut – just a nutty cat eh?
Cotton Ball – for the big softy cat?
Blondie – utterly confusing…
Frosty – if the irony is lost on some people you could always pass them off as a winter cat.
Klaus – irony or “claws”?
Misty – a black cat called misty would just be silly…
Of course, your cat might not have a personality that suits these types of names. They might be a warm outgoing cat rather than a secretive, furtive, mysterious cat or tough cat. You can always just go with a standard name that reflects their character better – maybe your cat is an Arthur, Joe, Benny, or a Gilly, Sammi, or Betsy…