Some people believe you shouldn’t rush the process of naming a cat. Others feel it’s fine to leave it up to the toddler in the house and be done with it. There are a surprising amount of cats named “Cat”, perhaps for this very reason.
But if you put some consideration into naming your feline companion, you’re in the right place. Ginger cats seem to have the easiest time being named, as do black cats. But what about gray cats? This article looks at the best names for your gray.
- 1 Key Things to Think About when choosing between Grey Cat Names
- 2 What if I choose the wrong cat name?
- 3 A Note About Grey Cats
- 4 The 13 Best Names For Grey Cats
- 5 Famous Grey Cat Names
- 6 Cute Names for Grey Kittens
- 7 Grey Cat Names Inspired by Pop Culture
- 8 Animal Names for Grey Cats
- 9 Cool & Unusual Grey Cat Names
Key Things to Think About when choosing between Grey Cat Names
1. Your Cat’s Appearance
The color of your cat or its markings can help you make a choice. Look at your kitty’s shape as well – is he sleek or solid? Pointy ears or flat back ears? Fluffy or sleek? Think about the concept of Onomatopoeia. This is when a word looks like what it describes.
2. The Personality of your Cat
A great cat name may reflect your cat’s personality. This can be difficult with a new cat as of course you haven’t gotten to know them yet and your cat may be very young so its personality is still developing. Take a few days to observe your new kitty and see what it is like.
A quiet and shy cat won’t suit the name Joker.
3. Your Cat’s Breed
Breeds can provide name ideas. How about Richard Parker for a Himalayan Cat?
4. Keep the name Short
You will use your cat’s name an awful lot – so the fewer the syllables the better. Also, this will be easier for your cat to absorb and remember.
Plus it is likely that you will be introducing your cat to friends, family, vets and others so a shorter name is easier for everyone to understand and remember.
5. Don’t choose a name that is bigger than your cat
Aslan might not be the best bet if your cat is a Munchkin.
6. The name should have longevity
It may seem hilarious to give your cat a lengthy name when you first get it but you may well tire of calling this name out and sharing it with others.
7. Be nice
Names that aren’t terribly flattering to your feline will most likely tire quickly such as Cow.
8. Make sure it fits with other cats in your household
Food is a great opportunity to develop matching names for cats in your household – like Pepper and Salt. Or Sylvester and Tweety. Or Ebony and Ivory. So many good combinations and options!
What if I choose the wrong cat name?
I know I let you know that your cat does learn its name but if you choose to change your cat’s name after a few weeks it shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
There is no evidence one way or the other as to what happens when a new owner changes the name of an older cat eg if you were to get a rescue kitty who was already several years old. I would suggest trying your name of choice and giving it a few months to stick and then making a decision from there.
A Note About Grey Cats
Grey cats aren’t a uniform breed or color. In fact, most cats’ grey coats are actually a shaded variant of black. Not that anyone minds. They also have many different patterns and unique characteristics, and some of those are interesting.
For example, all gray tabbies have an M pattern on their heads. For the purposes of this article, grey cats can be completely grey or mostly grey.
Grey cats are also sometimes referred to as blue. Some breeds of pure grey cats are a little rare, though. Russian Blues, Nebelungs, and the Thai Korat are three examples of cats that are purely grey.
The 13 Best Names For Grey Cats
Grey cats are always an interesting prospect, whether solid gray or slightly patterned. They have a reputation for being decidedly affectionate but independent. They also invite lots of associations with mysticism, fantasy, and fiction.
When you choose a name for a grey cat, you want to make sure that the name reflects the look or personality of the kitty. At least, as far as possible. That way, your feline’s favorite cat toys and food bowl can reflect it. What’s cuter than a ball of fluff eating its kitten food from a bowl with its name on it?
So here they are: 13 of the best names you could call your new grey cat.
Simultaneously tongue in cheek and possibly very reflective of your cat’s color, Ash could mean many things to many people. Obviously, the first reference is to the color of the remnants of a fire. Contrary to popular opinion, ash is also considered a useful and clean substance.
But movie geeks will chuckle at the reference to the lead character featured in Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead Trilogy. The cheeky and heroic character played by actor Bruce Campbell is a pop culture icon.
Azure is a color on the spectrum between blue and cyan. It is perfect for cats with a dark gray hue, and even better if the color is solid. For followers of crystal healing, azurite is a stone that represents wisdom, truth, dignity.
3. Cinder or Cinderella
Cinder directly references the remains from fire once again. But this time the fairy tale connection is clear. Today, Cinderella is a Disney princess. She is the belle of the ball, and as cat owners love to think of their pets as royalty, this seems appropriate.
The roots of the story are actually much older: It is thought to have originated in the story of Rhodopis, a Greek slave girl who marries the King of Egypt. Since cats and ancient Egypt are heavily associated, it’s another strong connection to the past.
It’s not clear whether grey is the color of dust, but while there’s doubt, this seems as cute a name as any. It has the odd quality of seeming somewhat cavalier as well. “Dusty” is often a name associated with cowboys. If your cat is a rough and tumble outside kitty, this may be for him or her.
Earl is a regal name, and also a name that seems a little humorous for a cat. An earl is a rank of nobility in English lore. But of course, Earl’s association with grey is related to tea. What’s a sunny afternoon without a peasant cup of earl grey tea? Some cats love tea.
Gandalf the Gray is a beloved character from JRR Tolkien’s mythological Middle Earth. Gandalf is a wizard, steeped in ages of wisdom. He is one of the key members of the Fellowship of the Ring. When your cat matures, it will absolutely inhabit the character… deliberate, wise and smart, and ultimately heroic!
Is your cat a mischievous creature? Does it have the biggest eyes and the cutest stare? Is it vocal while nested in its bed? The eponymous characters from the 1984 film are at once cute, but then become insanely mischievous. If your cat displays both qualities, forego the names Mogwai (good) and Stripe (bad) and just call it down the middle. Gremlin. You never know how they’ll turn out.
8. Lady Grey
Lady Jane Grey was actually the Queen of England for nine days during the 1500s. Unfortunately, a dispute around the crown ended that reign. It’s probably a good idea to leave that story just there. Still, if your cat seems destined for greatness in your home, name it with the future in mind. It seems ideal for a female cat that enjoys the best pampering and special treatment.
The wizard from English folklore is ever-popular and carries an air of mysticism about the name. Merlin is most often mentioned in association with the legend of King Arthur and Camelot. Cats are also associated with magic, often drawn alongside wizards and such in kids’ books. Just don’t try to make it wear a hat, though.
The song goes: “A foggy day in London Town….” And London’s reputation for being cold and gray may or may not be deserved. On the other hand, it does rain a lot in London. Still, it makes for a wonderful name for a grey cat. And you can name a second cat Fog, for the full set.
On a quirky note, it will be a grave injustice if you name your cat London, and then fail to invest in a kitty bow tie collar. No self-respecting English cat should be seen without one.
Pepper seems close enough to a “mixed” concept to name an at least partly grey cat. After all, a greying beard is often referred to as “salt and pepper”. This is an ideal choice if your cat is one of a pair. It’s also great if your cat isn’t pure grey but has speckles, patterns, or traces of black undercoats.
Puff is related to smoke, which is – as far as popular notion goes – grey. Puff might also refer to the magic dragon. Perhaps it’s perfect if you consider yourself the Little Jackie Paper of the rhyme, who “loved that rascal Puff / And brought him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff.” It would also be suited to a cat with a somewhat larger girth.
There’s a wonderful opportunity here if you have a pair of cats. While the grey would be smokey, the other would clearly be the bandit, an appropriate reference for a kitty pair if ever there was one. Even if you don’t have a duo, Smokey is perfect for a grey cat.
Famous Grey Cat Names
TV and the internet have featured a few grey cats over the last few years. Here are just four that somehow remain in the public consciousness. You may choose such a name to show a sly knowledge of culture, or just love the character to begin with.
The names often don’t make any clever reference to the concept of grey, but if you’re a fan of one of these felines, you may want to create a namesake.
- Snowball – The Simpsons’ beleaguered grey cat.
- Tom – of the famous Tom & Jerry duo.
- Nermal – Garfield’s long-suffering cat friend.
- Colonel Meow – a famous internet cat known for a grumpy face.
Cute Names for Grey Kittens
As cat owners, we always see our kittens as the cutest things ever created. The internet agrees, making cats and kittens by far the most popular single item on the internet since its inception. So what’s a cute name for a new kitty that happens to be grey? Below are a few of the most popular suggestions:
- Albus (Dumbledore)
Grey Cat Names Inspired by Pop Culture
Our collective popular culture, whether it be books, TV, movies, or legend, produces some wonderful names for a gray cat. Those of us who engage deeply classical or modern culture may love the idea of naming our cats after our most beloved characters.
Depending on whether your cat reminds you of an ancient Greek goddess or a courageous superhero movie character, there’s something on this list for you.
- Edie (of Gray Gardens)
- Ziggy (as in Stardust)
Animal Names for Grey Cats
What’s better than naming an animal after another? The principle of metaphor serves the naming of people and animals well. Cats, in particular, seem to evoke such personality traits, it’s almost inevitable that we’d compare them to other things. Your cat may indeed be a cat, but in the event that it emanates another animal’s soul and spirit from its eyes, try these:
- Griffin (Gryphon)
Cool & Unusual Grey Cat Names
Finally, if no particular theme appeals to you, you may be someone who appreciates a seemingly random name drawn from a hat. Even so, a good name requires some inspiration, and the best names all need a connotation, at least for you.
So try a few of these on for size, and see how your cat likes them. You can always change it up if it doesn’t work out.
- Bastet (an Egyptian cat goddess)
- Guthrie (Scottish for “windy spot”)
- Kai (Hawaiian for “sea”)
- Reva (“rain” in Hindi)
- Sasha (great for a Russian Blue)
- Sgt. Pepper
- Silver Surfer
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