Best Literary Cat Names

Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Feb 15, 2024 By Rajnandini Roychoudhury
Originally Published on Nov 06, 2020
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
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Choosing a cat name is a loving but important duty of a cat owner that can take a considerable amount of time.

Cat names can be based on their appearance, character, or even inspired by names of characters from popular culture. So, if you really love the world of fiction, why not name your cat with the names of characters from books?

There are many books with cats as one of the main characters. Cat names inspired by literature can make your cat look literary-cool. Below we have compiled 100 great literary cat names that will best suit your cat.

For more cat names, take a look at Harry Potter Cat Names and Names For Cats From Movies and TV.

Popular Literary Cat Names

Curious blue tabby white coon cat

There are many famous cats that we have come across while reading books that we cannot forget. Most of these cats have peculiar characters. Take a look at this list of the most popular names of cats from books.

1. Alonzo (M) (Spanish origin) meaning "noble", from 'Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats'. It is the name of a black and white tom kitten.

2. Aristotle (M) (Greek origin) meaning "best", from 'The Nine Lives of Aristotle'.

3. Behemoth (M) (Hebrew origin) meaning "beast", a wicked black cat from "The Master and Margarita'.

4. Bombalurina (F) from 'Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats'.

5. Bustopher Jones (M) from 'Old Possum’s Book of Practical cats'.

6. Carbonel (M) (Norman origin) meaning "a person with dark hair or complexion", from 'Carbonel: The King of Cats'.

7. Coricopat (M) from 'Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats'.

8. Crookshanks (M) (Scottish origin) meaning "bend leg-bone", from 'Harry Potter'. It is the pet cat of Hermione Granger.

9. Dinah (F) (Hebrew origin) meaning "judged", from 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'.

10. Electra (F) (Greek origin) meaning "shining", from 'Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats'.

11. Findus (M) from 'Pettson and Findus'.

12. Francis (M) (Latin origin) meaning "free man", from 'Felidae'.

13. Greebo (M) from 'Discworld'.

14. Griddlebone (F) from 'Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats'.

15. Kitsa (F) from 'The Indian in the Cupboard'.

16. LadyMay (F) (English origin) meaning "the name of a month", from 'The Game of Rat and Dragon'.

17. Mehitabel (F) (Hebrew origin) meaning "God rejoices" from 'Archy and Mehitabel'.

18. Morgan (M) (Welsh origin) meaning "protector of the sea", from 'Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats'.

19. Mrs Norris (F) (English origin) meaning "northerner", from 'Harry Potter'. Mrs Norris is the pet cat of the Hogwarts caretaker Argus Filch.

20. Munkustrap (M) from 'Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats'.

21. Orlando (M) (Italian origin) meaning "from glorious land", from 'Orlando The Marmalade Cat'.

22. Pluto (M) (Latin origin) meaning "God of the underworld", from 'The Black Cat'.

23. Rumpelteazar (M) from 'Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats'.

24. Sagwa (F) meaning "silly melon-head", from 'Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat'.

25. Skimbleshanks (M) from 'Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats'.

26. Snowbell (M) from 'Stuart little'.

27. Tabitha (F) (Aramaic origin) meaning "graceful", from 'The Tale of Tom Kitten'.

28. The Chesire Cat (M) from 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'.

29. Tobermory (M) (Gaelic origin) meaning "well of Mary", from 'Tobermory', a short story by Saki.

30. Tom Kitten (M) (Hebrew origin) meaning "innocence", from 'The Tale of Tom Kitten'.

Female Literary Cat Names From Books

Large Maine Coon cat sitting on beige background

If you are searching for great female cat names from famous books, check out this list of female literary cat names from famous literary characters.

31. Daisy (Old English origin) meaning "day" and "eye", from 'The Great Gatsby'.

32. Demeter (Greek origin) meaning "Goddess of the harvest", from 'Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats'.

33. Djibi (African origin) meaning unknown from 'Djibi the Kitten'.

34. Hazel (Old English origin) referring to a 'type of a color', from 'The Fault in Our Stars'.

35. Hermione (Greek origin) meaning "messenger", from 'Harry Potter'. She is one of the main characters in the series.

36. Lisbeth (Hebrew origin) meaning "oath of God", from 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'.

37. Maisie (Scottish origin) meaning "pearl", from 'Maisie Comes to Morningside'.

38. Matilda (German origin) meaning "mighty in battle", from 'Matilda'.

39. Mittens (Old French origin) meaning "a glove" from 'The Tale of Tom Kitten'.

40. Peregrine (Latin origin) meaning "one from abroad", from 'Miss Peregrine's Home for  Peculiar Children'.

41. Primrose (English origin) meaning "first rose", from 'Hunger Games'.

42. Rue (Greek origin) meaning "regret", from 'Hunger Games'.

43. Scarlett (Arabian origin) a color symbolizing "courage" and "passion", from 'Gone With the Wind'.

44. Silena (Greek origin) meaning "Goddess of the moon", from 'Percy Jackson and The Olympians' series.

45. Stelmaria (Latin origin) referring to the North Star, from 'Golden Compass'.

46. Veruca (Latin origin) meaning "wart", from 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'.

Male Literary Cat Names From Books

These cat names for male cats are inspired by favorite characters from famous books and novels. Take your pick from this list for your kitten.

47. Aslan (Turkish origin) meaning "lion", from 'The Chronicles of Narnia' series.

48. Bilbo from 'The Hobbit'. Bilbo Baggins is the protagonist of the novel.

49. Buttercup (English origin) meaning "a yellow wildflower" from 'Hunger Games'. It is the name of the pet cat of Primrose.

50. Dantes (Latin origin) meaning "everlasting", from 'The Count of Monte Cristo'.

51. Dragon (Greek origin) meaning "serpent", from 'Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH'.

52. Finnick (Anglo-Saxon origin) meaning "marshland" from 'Hunger Games'.

53. Firestar (English origin) meaning "brave leader" from 'Warriors: Into the Wild'.

54. Ginger (English origin) meaning "reddish-orange" from 'The Last Battle' by C.S. Lewis. Ginger is a talking cat from the last book of the series.

55. Gulliver (English origin) meaning "glutton", from 'Gulliver's Travels'.

56. Ichabod (Hebrew origin) meaning "without glory", from 'The Legend of Sleepy Hollow'.

57. Ishmael (Hebrew origin) meaning "God will hear", from 'Moby Dick'.

58. Macavity (Gaelic origin) is a devilish cat from 'Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats'.

59. Pixel (English portmanteau) meaning "picture cell or element", from 'The Cat Who Walks Through The Wall'.

60. Ronan (Irish origin) meaning "little seal", from 'The Raven Boys'.

61. Simon (Hebrew origin) meaning "he who hears", from 'Lord of the Flies'.

62. Sirius (Greek origin) meaning "glowing", from the 'Harry Potter' series.

Literary Cat Names From Classics

Timeless classics have always inspired us in some way or the other. It is a great idea to name your favorite cat after the names of famous characters from these classic stories and novellas.

63. Aouda (F) (English origin) meaning "God's gift", is an Indian princess from the classic book 'Around the World in 80 Days'.

64. Argos (M) (Greek origin) meaning "all-seeing", from 'The Odyssey'.

65. Caspian (M) (English, Iranian origin) meaning "of the sea", from 'Prince Caspian' by C.S Lewis.

66. Cosette (F) (French origin) meaning "little thing", from 'Les Miserables'.

67. Estella (F) (Latin origin) meaning "star", from 'Great Expectations'.

68. Havisham (F) from 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens.

69. Holmes (M) (Old English origin) meaning "someone from near the holly tree", from 'Sherlock Holmes'.

70. Huckleberry (M) (American origin) meaning "sweet berry", from 'Huckleberry Finn'.

71. Oliver (M) (Old French origin) meaning "from Olivier", from 'Oliver Twist'. He is the protagonist of the novel.

72. Ozymandias (M) (Greek origin) meaning "tyrant", from 'Ozymandias'.

73. Trueba (M & F) (Spanish origin), derived from Trueba River, from 'The House of Spirits'.

Literary Cat Names From Children's Books

Characters from children's books amaze many readers. Check out this list of literary cat names from children's books.

74. Gilbert (M) (Germanic origin) meaning "bright pledge", from 'Anne of Green Gables'.

75. Julian (M) (Latin origin) meaning "youthful", from 'The Famous Five' series.

76. Max (M) short for Maximillian meaning "great", from 'Where the Wild Things Are'.

77. Minerva (F) (Latin origin) meaning "Goddess of wisdom", from the 'Harry Potter' series.

78. Omakayas (F) meaning "little frog", from The Birchbark House'.

79. Perseus (M) (Greek origin) meaning "destroyer", from the 'Percy Jackson' series. It is the full name of the protagonist of the series.

80. Sadie (F) (Hebrew origin) meaning "princess", from 'Kane Chronicles'.

81. Shirley (M & F) (English origin) meaning "bright meadow" from 'Anne of Green Gables'.

82. Trixie (F) (Latin origin) meaning "bringer of joy", from the 'Trixie Beldon' series.

83. Violet (F) (English origin) referring to a type of flower, from 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'.

84. Wendy (F) (English origin) meaning "friend", from 'Peter Pan'.

Cat Names From Shakespearean Plays

This list of cat names come straight out of famous Shakespearean plays.

85. Antonio (M) (Etruscan origin) meaning "highly praiseworthy", from 'The Merchant of Venice'.

86. Ariel (F) (Hebrew origin) meaning "lion of God", from 'The Tempest'.

87. Balthasar (M) (Akkadian origin) meaning "Bel protects the King", from 'Romeo and Juliet'.

88. Bianca (F)(Latin origin) meaning "white", from 'Othello'.

89. Hecate (F) (Greek origin) meaning "Goddess of magic", the leader of the witches from 'Macbeth'.

90. Hermia (F)(Greek origin) meaning "messenger", from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

91. Horatio (M) (Latin origin) meaning "keeper of time", from 'Hamlet'.

92. Juliet (F) (English origin) meaning "youthful", from 'Romeo and Juliet'. She is the female protagonist of the play.

93. Mercutio (M) (Latin origin) meaning "mercury", from 'Romeo and Juliet'.

94. Perdita (F) (Latin origin) meaning "lost", from 'The Winter's Tale'.

95. Quintus (M) (Latin origin) meaning "fifth", from 'Titus Andronicus'.

96. Romeo (M) (Italian origin) meaning "from Rome", from 'Romeo and Juliet'. He is the male protagonist of the play.

97. Shylock (M) (Saxon origin) meaning "white-haired", a central character from 'The Merchant of Venice'.

98. Titania (F) (Greek origin) meaning "land of giants", from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

99. Tybalt (M) (English origin) meaning "bold people", a fiery-tempered character from 'Romeo and Juliet'.

100. Viola (F) (Italian origin) meaning "violet", from 'Twelfth Night'. Viola is the central character of the story.

Kidadl has lots of great names articles to inspire you. If you liked our suggestions for Literary Cat Names then why not take a look at Nerdy Cat Names, or for something different take a look at Austrian Baby Names.

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Written by Rajnandini Roychoudhury

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

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Rajnandini RoychoudhuryBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Master of Arts specializing in English

With a Master of Arts in English, Rajnandini has pursued her passion for the arts and has become an experienced content writer. She has worked with companies such as Writer's Zone and has had her writing skills recognized by publications such as The Telegraph. Rajnandini is also trilingual and enjoys various hobbies such as music, movies, travel, philanthropy, writing her blog, and reading classic British literature. 

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