Japanese Cat Names: 405 Awesome Japan Inspired Fur Baby Ideas

Regardless of whether you are Japanese or just love their culture, you can give them an exotic and unique Japanese name. Cats are revered in Japan because people believe that they bring fortune and good luck. In fact, the Maneki Neko (beckoning cat), a popular Japanese figurine, is used as a talisman for bringing good luck.

If you ever visit Japan, you will find no shortage of cat statues to take home as a souvenir. So, if you have brought a cat home and are still pondering over their name, here is a list of Japanese cat names that will make your job easier.

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Japanese Cat Names

Popular Japanese Cat Names

In every culture, there are certain names that are very popular. Whether they are from pop culture or just have been used for a long time, it is common to find these names everywhere. The same goes for Japanese cat names as well.

Here are some of the most popular Japanese cat names.

  1. Ai
  2. Ame
  3. Aniyaku
  4. Aogaeru
  5. Azuki
  6. Bara
  7. Chibi
  8. Chihiro Ogino/Sen
  9. Chobi
  10. Dosei
  11. Dou
  12. Ginga
  13. Haku/Nigihayami Kohaku Nushi
  14. Hana
  15. Haru
  16. Hime
  17. Kai
  18. Kaonashi
  19. Kasei
  20. Kawa
  21. Kiku
  22. Kin
  23. Kinsei
  24. Koko
  25. Makkuro-Kurosuke
  26. Maru
  27. Mei
  28. Mikan
  29. Mike
  30. Mine
  31. Miruku
  32. Moka
  33. Momo
  34. Mori
  35. Niji
  36. Oshira-sama
  37. Sakura
  38. Shima
  39. Suisei
  40. Taiyou
  41. Tanpopo
  42. Tetsu
  43. Tora
  44. Uchuu
  45. Umi
  46. Umibe
  47. Yama
  48. Yoko
  49. Yubaba
  50. Yuki 

Japanese Female Cat Names And Meanings

Female cats are known for their personalities; some can be sweet while others are boisterous. In Japanese, you can find several female cat names that suit all types of kitten personalities. From traditional feminine names to more rough and tough names, you will find it all.

Check out this list of female Japanese cat names that will surely accommodate your cat’s personality.

  1. Aia - ruler
  2. Aiko - little love or beloved one
  3. Akiko - bright child
  4. Arisu - noble
  5. Asami - morning beauty
  6. Asuka - fragrance
  7. Ayame - iris
  8. Ayano - my color
  9. Ceiko - child of splendor
  10. Chieko - child of wisdom
  11. Chika - scatter flowers
  12. Chiyo - one thousand generations
  13. Cho - butterfly
  14. Emi - beautiful blessing
  15. Emiko - smiling child
  16. Eri - blessed prize
  17. Fumiko - child of abundant beauty
  18. Haru - spring
  19. Hayami - unusual and rare beauty
  20. Hina - star
  21. Hiro - generous
  22. Hitomi - pupil of the eye
  23. Honoka - harmony flower
  24. Hoshiko - star child
  25. Hoshi - star
  26. Hotary - firefly
  27. Ichika - gift
  28. Izumi - fountain or spring
  29. Jin - tender
  30. Junko - pure
  31. Kaika - forgiveness
  32. Kameko - symbol for long life or tortoise-child
  33. Katsumi - victorious beauty
  34. Kayda - little dragon
  35. Kazumi - harmonious beauty
  36. Kiko - chronicle child
  37. Kimiko - empress child
  38. Kyoko - respectful child
  39. Madoka - circle, round
  40. Mai - dance
  41. Maiko - child of dance
  42. Maki - true hope
  43. Makoto - sincere
  44. Mana - love
  45. Masa - true
  46. Meiko - beautiful blessing child
  47. Mi - beautiful
  48. Michi - pathway
  49. Midori - green
  50. Miho - protected baby
  51. Miki - beautiful princess
  52. Miku - beautiful sky
  53. Mitsu - light
  54. Miyu - beautiful and gentle
  55. Mizuki - beautiful moon
  56. Moriko - child of the forest
  57. Nakano - female warrior
  58. Nanami - seven seas
  59. Nana - seven
  60. Naomi – honest beautiful
  61. Natsuki – summer hope
  62. Natsumi - beautiful summer
  63. Noriko – lawful child
  64. Nyoko - gem or treasure
  65. Ren - lotus or love
  66. Rika – true fragrance
  67. Riko - child of truth
  68. Rina - jasmine
  69. Rin - dignified
  70. Rio - village cherry blossom
  71. Ryoko – refreshing child
  72. Satoko - wise child
  73. Sayuri - little lily
  74. Setsuko - melody child
  75. Shigeko - growing child
  76. Shika - deer
  77. Shinju - pearl
  78. Shiori - poem
  79. Sora - sky
  80. Suki - beloved
  81. Suzu - bell
  82. Suzume - sparrow
  83. Takara - treasure
  84. Teruko - singing child
  85. Tomoko - intellect
  86. Tomomi - beautiful friend
  87. Umeko - plum child
  88. Yasuko - child of peace
  89. Yoshie - beautiful stream
  90. Yoshiko – child of goodness
  91. Yua - binding love
  92. Yui - bind clothing
  93. Yuina - bind together
  94. Yuka - gentle flower
  95. Yukari - beautiful pear tree
  96. Yuko – gentle child
  97. Yumi – reason beautiful
  98. Yumiko – reason beautiful child
  99. Yuriko – lily child
  100. Yuuna – gentle

Japanese Male Cat Names And Meanings

There is no shortage of names for male cats in the Japanese language. From ultra-masculine names to gentler names, the language has everything to offer.

Here are a few such names with meanings that will be perfect for your cat or kitten.

  1. Akemi - beautiful dawn
  2. Aki - autumn
  3. Akihiko - shining prince
  4. Akio - glorious man
  5. Arakan - worthy one or hero
  6. Arata - new and fresh
  7. Atsushi - industrious director
  8. Ayumu - vision
  9. Dai - great or large
  10. Daiki - great nobility
  11. Daisuke - great help
  12. Diachi - great first son
  13. Eichi - wisdom
  14. Eiji - eternity order
  15. Fumio - scholarly hero
  16. Haruki - shining sun
  17. Hayate - smooth
  18. Hibiki - echo
  19. Hideo - excellent man
  20. Hikaru - radiance
  21. Hiroki - abundant strength and joy
  22. Hiroshi - generous
  23. Hiroyuki - widespread happiness
  24. Hitorshi - even-tempered
  25. Ichiro - first son
  26. Isamu - courage
  27. Isao - honor or merit
  28. Itsuki - timber trees
  29. Jiro - second son
  30. Junichi - obedient first son
  31. Kaede - maple
  32. Kaito - supportive
  33. Kaitu - ocean flying
  34. Katashi - firm
  35. Katsuro - victorious son
  36. Katsu - victory
  37. Kazuto - harmonious person
  38. Kenji - intelligent ruler
  39. Kenta - strong and healthy
  40. Kichiro - lucky son
  41. Kitaro - happy boy
  42. Kiyoshi - purity
  43. Kouki - country man
  44. Kouta - great peace
  45. Kunio - country man
  46. Masaki - great timber tree
  47. Masumi – true clarity
  48. Michio - man on a journey
  49. Minoru - truth
  50. Mitsou - shining hero
  51. Mitsuru - full
  52. Nao - honest
  53. Naoko - straight or honest
  54. Ninja - ninjutsu master
  55. Nobu - faith
  56. Noburu - rise
  57. Norio - lawful man
  58. Nori - to rule
  59. Osamu - disciplined
  60. Raiden - lightning and thunder
  61. Riku - land
  62. Rikuto - person of land
  63. Ryoichi - good first son
  64. Ryo - refreshing or cool
  65. Ryoti - great refreshment
  66. Ryu - dragon
  67. Ryuji - dragon man
  68. Samurai - Japanese warrior
  69. Satoru - daybreak
  70. Satoshi - wise
  71. Shinobu - endurance
  72. Sho - to fly
  73. Sin’ichi - faithful first-born son
  74. Susumo - proceed
  75. Tadao - loyal and faithful man
  76. Taichi - large first son
  77. Taiki - shine
  78. Taishiro - ambitious boy
  79. Takayuki - noble journey
  80. Takeo - warrior hero
  81. Takumi - artisan
  82. Tomi - prosperous
  83. Toshiaki - advantageous light
  84. Toshiko - valued child
  85. Toshi - wise
  86. Toshio – genius leader
  87. Tsuyoshi – strong
  88. Yamato - great harmony
  89. Yasu - peace
  90. Yasushi - peaceful
  91. Yori - trust
  92. Yoshi – lucky or righteous
  93. Yoshio - joyful life
  94. Yoshiro – righteous son
  95. Yoshito – ceremonial, correct person
  96. Youta - great sunlight
  97. Yuichi - heroic first son
  98. Yuji – heroic second son
  99. Yukio - blessed hero
  100. Yuzuki - gentle moon

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Cool Japanese Cat Names

Selecting a name for your dear cat can be a hard decision. You want a name that suits the personality of your cat and is unique.

If you are unable to come up with a name, here is a cheat sheet of cool Japanese cat names that you can give a try:

  1. Aoki
  2. Chaiki
  3. Chiharu
  4. Danuja
  5. Hachi
  6. Harue
  7. Ichigo
  8. Jun
  9. Kuma
  10. Sanyu

Lucky Japanese Cat Names

In Japan, cats are known to be the bringers of good fortune and luck. So, if you have brought home a cat and are still not sure about the name, you can check out these lucky Japanese cat names.

  1. Ebisu
  2. Fuku
  3. Kichi
  4. Kichiro
  5. Kounna
  6. Neko
  7. Nintendo
  8. Saya
  9. Tomiko
  10. Yoshi

Japanese Anime Cat Names

If you haven’t heard about anime, you must be living under a rock. It is a distinctive cartoon style from Japan that has fans from all over the world. Even though they might be less unique than other names from the list, their recognizability might be positive for new pet owners.

Here are some Japanese cat names inspired from anime.

  1. Alita - Angel Alita
  2. Amande - Death Note
  3. Anpu - The Disastrous Life of Saiki
  4. Aria - Aria The Animation
  5. Artemis - Sailor Moon
  6. Arthur – Code Geass
  7. Asuna - Sword Art Online
  8. Baron - The Cat Returns
  9. Blair - Soul Eater
  10. Buyo - Inuyasha
  11. Carla - Fairy Tail
  12. Chi – Chi’s Sweet Home
  13. Chococat - The Adventures of Hello Kitty and Friends
  14. Chomusuke - Konosuba
  15. Diana - Sailor Moon
  16. Doraemon - Doraemon
  17. Happy - Fairy Tail
  18. Hello Kitty - The Adventures of Hello Kitty and Friends
  19. Jibanyan - YouKai Watch
  20. Jiji - Kiki’s Delivery Service
  21. Kamineko – Azumanga Daioh
  22. Karupin - The Prince Of Tennis
  23. Kaya - Ghost Stories
  24. Kirara - Inuyasha
  25. Kiyomi - Death Note
  26. Konata - Lucky Star
  27. Korin - Dragon Ball
  28. Kuro – Blue Exorcist
  29. Kuroneko–sama – Trigun
  30. Kyo – Fruits Basket
  31. Luna - Sailor Moon
  32. Madara – Natsume's Book Of Friends
  33. Mao – Darker than Black
  34. Maya - Azumanga Daioh
  35. Meowth – Pokémon
  36. Molly – The Ancient Magus Bride
  37. Nekobasu - My Neighbor Totoro
  38. Neko-sensei – Princess Tutu
  39. Nekotalia - Hentalia
  40. Nyanko Big – Tada Never Falls In Love
  41. Nyanko-sensei – Natsume’s Book Of Friends
  42. Potya – Yuri!!! on ICE
  43. Poyo – Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki
  44. Puck - Zero
  45. Sakamoto – Nichijoum
  46. Shamisen - The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  47. Sorata - Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi
  48. Takkun – FLCL
  49. Tama - Sazae San
  50. Tibbs – Mary and the Witch's Flower

Japanese Food Cat Names

From tasty treats from Land of the Rising Sun to sushi-inspired ideas, get ready for cat names inspired by Japanese foods that will suit your cutest kitten perfectly.

Check out these mouthwatering ideas that can be used as cat names:

  1. Anmitsu
  2. Anzu
  3. Bento
  4. Chawanmushi
  5. Daidai
  6. Daifuku
  7. Fuji
  8. Higashi
  9. Kaieseki
  10. Kombu
  11. Kyou
  12. Manju
  13. Matcha
  14. Menma
  15. Mirin
  16. Miso
  17. Mochi
  18. Negi
  19. Shincha
  20. Sukiyaki
  21. Sushi
  22. Tsukemono
  23. Tsukume
  24. Udon
  25. Unagi

Cat Names Inspired By Japanese Cities

If you are from Japan, you can use your hometown as a name for your cat as a reminder of your culture.

Check out these city or town names from Japan that can be used as a cat name.

  1. Akita
  2. Joetsu
  3. Kochi
  4. Kyoto
  5. Mito
  6. Nagoya
  7. Osaka
  8. Sapporo
  9. Tokyo
  10. Toyama

Japanese White Cat Names

Are you wondering that selecting a classic white cat name will make your cat seem less unique and interesting? If yes, then we have the perfect solution. You can simply translate them into Japanese.

Here are some Japanese names that can be used for your white cat:

  1. Akira
  2. Awai
  3. Deiji
  4. Fuyu
  5. Fuyuko
  6. Gin
  7. Iguru
  8. Kitsune
  9. Kori
  10. Mashiro
  11. Miyuki
  12. Reiki
  13. Shimo
  14. Sunoboru
  15. Tenshi
  16. Tsurana
  17. Yukiko
  18. Yurei
  19. Yuri
  20. Zoge 

Japanese Black Cat Names

In many Western cultures, black cats are considered to be unlucky. However, they are among the most popular breeds in Japan. The reason behind this is that in ancient Japan, they were thought to be able to get rid of bad luck better than any other cat. That is why you will find many black cat names in Japanese.

Here are a few of them:

  1. Akumi
  2. Amaya
  3. An
  4. Anri
  5. Hai
  6. Hatsuki
  7. Kage
  8. Kaguya
  9. Kuroguro
  10. Makkuro
  11. Mayonaka
  12. Mika
  13. Mokutan
  14. Sumi
  15. Sekitan
  16. Susu
  17. Tsuki
  18. Tsukiko
  19. Yamiyo
  20. Yoru

Japanese Grey Cat Names

Anyone who owns a grey cat knows that they are beautiful and have an amazing personality. However, more often than not, they are stuck with stereotypical names. Your cat deserves more. Thankfully, Japan offers several unique names for your grey cat that will match its quirks perfectly.

Here are a few of them:

  1. Ash
  2. Giniro
  3. Chrome
  4. Haiiro
  5. Kumo
  6. Miku
  7. Misty
  8. Pearl
  9. Rowan
  10. Skye

Cat Name Inspiration

There is nothing wrong with following a traditional route to select a name for your kitten. However, many pet owners like to put some creativity into the name of their cat. After all, you don’t want to give a generic name to your cat. However, selecting a name for your pet friend is not an easy task. You can’t just use a random name generator. It will take time, creativity, and patience to come up with a good name.

While choosing a name, it is important to ensure that it is interesting and unique. However, selecting a name that is specific to your cat is crucial as well. That is why people often turn to foreign languages like Japanese to find the best name for their cat.

In Japan, cats have been worshipped since ancient times. The country is also the birthplace of the ‘lucky cat’ ornament and cat cafes. In fact, there are islands of the coast inhabited only by cats. It is a paradise for a cat lover.

The Japanese language has no shortage of fun cat names. So, whether you are from Japan, are an anime buff, love Japanese culture, or simply want a unique name, a cat name in Japanese will be perfect for your feline friend. The name will be exotic and beautiful with a unique meaning.

Help Choosing The Right Name

If you have decided that you want to give your cat a cute Japanese name, your choices will be almost endless. You can select a name on the basis of its meaning or how it sounds.

There are so many options that you will be overwhelmed by the available choices. You can start by considering the gender, color, and personality of your cat. Then, choose one that you can pronounce easily and correctly.

Conclusion

Japanese names are known to be beautiful, unique, and exotic. We hope that the above list was able to provide you a name you and your cat are happy with.

Selecting one of these unique names will ensure that no cat near you will have the same name. Also, it is a great way to show your love for the country and an admiration for its culture and customs.

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