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Cat Names for Your Nerdy Feline

Searching for the right name for a new furry friend? Allow us to be of assistance.


There’s really nothing like a text from a friend that reads, “HELP ME NAME MY NEW KITTIES!” I’m the geeky type, as are most of my friends, so when this happened recently, the three of us suggested all sorts of nerdy names my friend could give her two new adoptees.   

While she didn’t end up taking our advice—the two little ones are named Tempest and Zephyr, after mythological storm and wind spirits, respectively—it inspired me to come up with some new names for potential future kitty friends.    

Some of my absolute favorite nerdy cat names are below, from more obviously geeky names to others that might fly a little more under the radar.  Have a furry friend with a name that's not listed here? Share it in the comments!

Catnip Everdeen 

The Hunger Games

Catnip Everdeen

For the furry friend that's not about to go down without a fight.



This “nimble and powerful” playable character is cute and deadly. Remind you of any pets you know?


How to Train Your Dragon

Hiccup’s black dragon always did seem pretty catlike.

RELATED: 9 Great Dragon Movies for Fans of Fire-Breathers 


The Legend of Korra

A red panda, not a cat, but still one of the cutest animated companions ever.


Harry Potter

A great name for the grumpy pet that you’re 500% sure would stomp the Whomping Willow for you.

RELATED: 15 Harry Potter Quotes to Live Your Life By 

Harry Pawter

Harry Potter

Harry Pawter

The Cat Who Lived. Nine times.

Pawl Atreides


Because it just makes sense to name your cat after a self-proclaimed messiah.

RELATED: 10 Books Like Dune by Frank Herbert to Spice Up Your Reading Life 


Attack on Titan

Mikasa Ackerman is worth a thousand soldiers. Just like your kitten.

The Kitten Lestat

Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles

For your nocturnal companion who's slightly less likely to bite you than an actual vampire is.

RELATED: 15 Bloody Good Vampire Books 

The Doc-Purr

Doctor Who

The Doc Purr

Let's be real: you've always wanted to be a Companion, and with a cat in your life, you're definitely not the protagonist anymore.

RELATED: The 13th Doctor Can Teach Us a Lot About Being Human 

Alanna of Trebond

The Song of the Lioness quartet

Nothing screams kitty loyalty like naming your fierce protectress after Tamora Pierce's classic lady knight.



For a cat who'll protect the world from devastation.

Meowyl Dixon

The Walking Dead

Because everyone could use some extra defense in case of zombie apocalypse.

RELATED: 10 Major Differences Between The Walking Dead Comics and the Show 


Pokemon Sun and Moon

Or, you could go for a modern update. 

Bonus: As your kitten evolves into a cat, you can rename them to Torracat or Incineroar.

Aaron Purr

Hamilton: An American Musical

Aaron Purr
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The perfect name for a cat that's inimitable, original, and doesn't mind listening to you singing along to showtunes.

Squire Gingivere


This vegetarian feline from Brian Jacques’ classic Redwall book series would makes a great namesake for a gentle-hearted cat.


The Worlds of Chrestomanci

Diana Wynne Jones' debonair nine-lived sorceror.


Lord of the Rings

Legolas may not have nine lives, exactly, but he definitely lives long enough to come close.


A Song of Ice and Fire


For the cat who's totally convinced she's the Mother of Dragons.

RELATED: 10 of the Best Game of Thrones Quotes 


The Alien series

For your spider-hunting cat—because spiders are basically the same thing as xenomorphs, right?

RELATED: Alien Franchise Movies, Ranked from Worst to Best 

Selina Kyle

DC Comics

Naming your feline after DC's Catwoman is especially perfect if you already have a Doberman named Bruce Wayne.



You can't take the sky—or any of her toys—away from her.


Star Wars 


A fitting name for a furry companion on all your adventures in a galaxy, far away.

RELATED: Star Wars Author Chuck Wendig Talks Creating New Stories Within the Universe 


Assassin's Creed

The protagonist of the original parkour assassination game—so essentially a cat on hind legs.


Marvel Comics

A fictional African kingdom ruled by the Black Panther, aka King T'Challa (which would also make a pretty rad cat name).


Star Wars

Step back through the franchise to give your cat a name fit for a queen.

RELATED: Search Your Feelings: What Is the Real, True “Star Wars" Watching Order? 


Star Trek

Nyota Uhura

The first name of the Enterprise's chief communications officer Uhura, and Swahili for "star."



For a kitty who thinks she's a space explorer.


Marvel Comics

There's Spider everything already, why not add a Spider-Cat to the mix? They can even hang out with Spider-Pig.

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Sailor Moon

Every magical girl needs a companion, and Sailor Moon's companion, Luna, is the talking cat we all deserve.

RELATED: 5 Times Sailor Moon Taught Me the Difference Between Empowerment and Strength 

Cat-lo Ren

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Catlo Ren

For the pet that's moody, constantly irritated, yet still beloved by a wide fanbase.

Of course, there are way too many nerdy kitty names to include here. Did you give your cat a delightfully geeky name? Let me know in the comments!

All images via Susan Morrissey.