Choosing a name for your finicky feline is an important endeavor. It’s what you’re gonna be calling your little white lady or lad for the rest of their lives, so you’ll want to make sure it’s perfect.
Choosing a name inspired by your cat’s coat is an excellent way to make sure the name grows with your cat and reflects their personality. You’ll also want to make sure it will fit on your cat’s name tag.
Whether you’re thinking about getting a cat or you already have one, here are the best white cat names.
- 1 White Cat Names – Will my cat even notice?
- 2 Key Things to Think About when Naming your Cat
- 3 What if I choose the wrong name?
- 4 9 Best White Cat Names
- 5 Famous White Cats
- 6 White Cat Names inspired by other languages
- 7 Sweet and Unique White Cat Names
- 8 White Cat names from Popular Culture
- 9 Mystical White Cat Names
- 10 White Cat Names Inspired by Food and Drinks
- 11 White Cat Names From Nature
White Cat Names – Will my cat even notice?
Sure humans get excited about cat names – but does our kitty even know its own name let alone care? Research shows that domesticated cats do know and recognise their names.
The research was appropriately carried out by the University of Tokyo (home to many cat cafes which were actually used in this study) and was published in the well-reputed journal Nature.
It had been well known that domesticated cats were more vocal than wild cats and that a domesticated cat’s behaviour is influenced by their owners’ mood and facial expressions.
But considering that humans began domesticating cats about 9,500 years ago it is about time a more in-depth study was done about whether our cats even knew their own names.
The study worked with 78 different cats across single and multi cat homes as well as in cat cafes. The study found that most cats are able to distinguish their names from similar sounding words and from other cat names.
The evidence of this was that the cats perked up when they heard their names and responded by moving their heads, meowing and wiggling their ears.
This result was witnessed when both their owners and strangers used their names. And the results were similar in multi-cat households where cats didn’t react to the names of other cats in their homes but did when their name was used.
Naming a cat gives it an individual identity and helps to build a relationship between cat and owner. And you can help your cat to learn its own name by avoiding using too many nicknames, particularly when they are younger.
Key Things to Think About when Naming your Cat
1. Your Cat’s Appearance
The color of your cat or its markings can help you make a choice. Irish cat names are fantastic for matching with the color of your cat. Snowball is a great name for a white cat.
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.
If your cat loves to climb and explore how about Everest?
3. Your Cat’s Breed
Breeds can provide name ideas. A white American bobtail cat could be Alaska. Snow based names can be perfect for white Siberian Cats.
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
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 eg Mr Bigglesworth
7. Be nice
I’m not sure about a name like Frosty or Narcissus for your favourite feline.
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 Ebony and Ivory. Or Dumbledore and Harry Potter. Or Elsa and Olaf. So many good combinations and options!
What if I choose the wrong 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.
9 Best White Cat Names
If you’ve got a cat that loves “making biscuits,” this is the perfect name! And you can always resort to calling them Kitty as a nickname.
As the symbol for wisdom, Pearl is a gemstone inspired name that is ideal for your clever kitty. Best suited for a female cat, this name has plenty of special meaning.
Whether you know it as the gorgeous white flower or the iconic song from The Sound of Music, this Austrian name is perfect for an all-white kitty. The mountain flower is Switzerland’s national flower and symbolizes courage and adventure. This name can also be shortened into a nickname like Edie, Della, or Delia.
While your little kitty may not be the perfect angel all the time, you can still name your cat after this spiritual being. And it doubles up as a term of endearment. It can be used for either a female cat or a male cat (like the vampire from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel).
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Name your little lady after this precious gemstone. Not only is this white stone incredibly beautiful, but it’s a short and sweet name that sounds very regal.
6. Claire (de Lune)
Inspired by the famous song by Charles Debussy, this name means ‘Moonlight’ and is a stunning name for your white cat.
Most people will know the name Casper as belonging to the friendly ghost from the animated cartoon series. But it also makes an awesome name for a white male feline. Especially if you’ve got a tom cat that loves hiding away or executing surprise attacks.
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8. Tic Tac
Not only is this name short and sweet, but when your cat curls up in a loaf position, he’ll look just like one!
Another food-inspired white cat name, this one is perfect for a ‘nutty’ cat. You can use nicknames like Coco and Nut.
If you don’t like any of these names, I’ve also listed plenty of other white cat names in various categories for you to choose from:
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Famous White Cats
You aren’t the only white cat lover out there; many celebrities have their very own white cats. Below are the names of three of Hollywood’s star kitties and their famous servants.
- Olivia Benson (Taylor Swift)
- Shanti Om Bb (Miley Cyrus)
- Simone (Audrey Hepburn)
White Cat Names inspired by other languages
English has plenty of stunning white cat names, but there are also many beautiful words with similar meanings from other languages. Have a look at a few of these striking foreign cat names.
- Neve – French for ‘snow’
- Papier – French for ‘paper’
- Shiro – Japanese for ‘white’
- Zima – Slavic for ‘winter’
Sweet and Unique White Cat Names
While cats can be elegant and poised, they can also be undoubtedly strange. They often do bizarre things like stare at you for ages or nibble your hair. If you’re looking for a name to reflect your cat’s weird and wonderful personality, you’ll definitely want to read through these.
- Milky Way
White Cat names from Popular Culture
TV Shows, films, books, and graphic novels can be an excellent place to look for the perfect white cat name.
- Azzie – The white cat from the horror film, Doctor Sleep
- Beowulf – From the well-known literary work
- Bolt – From the Disney movie Bolt
- Captain Cold – DC comic book villain from The Flash
- Ciri – From the books, games and TV series The Witcher
- Dr. Emmett Brown or Emmett – From the Back To The Future franchise
- Dumbledore – From the Harry Potter books and movies
- Dutchess – From the Disney classic, The Aristocats
- Elsa – The Ice Queen from Disney’s Frozen
- Frozone – From Pixar’s The Incredibles
- Gandalf – From the Lord of the Rings series
- Geralt – From The Witcher
- Herbie – The talking VW Beetle
- Jack Frost – From Anglo-Saxon and Norse winter customs
- Jaws – From the cult movie
- Jon Snow – From Game of Thrones
- Khaleesi – From Game of Thrones
- Killer Frost – Caitlin Snow’s cold alter ego from DC’s The Flash
- Marie – From Disney’s The Aristocats
- Mr. Freeze – The icy villain from DC’s Batman comics
- Mr. Tinkles – From the movie Cats & Dogs
- Olaf – The famous snowman from Disney’s Frozen
- Rabbit – Inspired by Alice in Wonderland
- Snowbell – From the book and movie Stuart Little
- Snow White – The Disney princess
- White Canary – From DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
- White Walker – A supernatural creature from Game of Thrones
- White Witch – From The Chronicles of Narnia
- Winter Soldier– From Marvel’s Captain America
- Yeti – The mythical monster from Himalayan folklore
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Mystical White Cat Names
Black cats are well-known for being mystical, but so are their white counterparts. These magical names can help reflect your kitty’s supernatural personality. And while you’re at it, why not look into a mystical looking collar.
- Eve (all hallows)
- The White Shadow
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White Cat Names Inspired by Food and Drinks
A strange but wonderful place to find names for your new white kitty is from food. There are plenty of white foods in your kitchen cupboard that can make adorable and unique names. And if you’re still lacking inspiration, you can always turn to a popular beverage.
- Chardonnay (Char for short)
- Lima bean
- Milky/ Milkshake
- Sauvignon Blanc (nicknamed Savvy)
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White Cat Names From Nature
There are some beautiful natural wonders that make for awe-inspiring names. Read on for names inspired by flowers, seasons, weather, trees, and everything in between.
- Avalanche (Ava for short)
- Calla Lily
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