Naming your cat is a difficult choice, but it's also an important one. In this blog post, we will go over some of the best Native American Cat names that you can give to your pet.
These are names that come from different tribes, animals and regions in North America.
This list has been put together by our team so you don't have to spend hours searching for something perfect!
Most Popular Native American Cat Names
Thousands of people across the country name their cats and kittens with Native American names, and each year a handful of names bubble up as the most popular across the board.
Below we highlight some of the most popular Native American names for cats and kittens you might want to consider yourself!
A Native American word for “ambush”, it’s not hard to imagine naming a particularly energetic or enthusiastic feline with this kind of name-
This name means “blackbird” and it’s perfect for cats that like to spend a little more time outside watching birds (especially when they have darker fur)
If you have a particularly personable cat or kitten that you would like to give a name from the Native American community, this is going to be right up their alley. It means “friendly”.
Our favorite furry little family members that have temper tantrums or lots of energy will find this name fits them perfectly, since it stands for “badger”
This name, meaning “night” is ideal for cats that are a little darker as well as those that really only start to find their energy when the sun goes down
Kittens born in the spring or summer time with a bubbly energy are going to be a perfect match for this Native American name, since it means “blossom”
A beautiful name for darker cats, as well as cats that are particularly smart and chatty, this Native American word stands for “crow”
Have a beloved feline that likes to crawl around at night, getting into mischief, and maybe even makes a bunch of messes but you just can’t stay angry with them? This name – “raccoon” will feel like a perfect fit
We’ve all had cats in our lives that have extremely strong motherly instincts, sometimes with other cats and pets but sometimes with the humans that they look after, too. This Native American word means “mother”.
This Native American word means “rain”, which may or may not fit your cat or kitten, but it’s just such a cute name that it’s easy to see why it’s so popular today!
Cat Names Inspired By Inuit Mythology
Pet owners that are looking for names that are a little more unique without losing the connection to the Native American community are going to want to consider names inspired by Inuit mythology.
Agloolik, for example, is a fantastic name for a cat or kitten.
This is the name of one of the great spirits in the Inuit community, a spirit that lived underneath the ice and assisted the Inuit people with hunting and fishing.
It’s not hard to imagine cats – avid hunters and anglers themselves – perfectly embodying the essence of this Inuit God.
Torngasak is another of the most influential spirits in Inuit mythology, a spirit that represented everything good and wholesome about the natural world.
This spirit was a powerful protector in the Inuit world, a role that our cats play for sure.
Cat Names Inspired by Native Creator Gods
The names of the great Creator gods in the Native American world shouldn’t be overlooked, either.
Mahoe, for example, is the name of Creator God in the Cheyenne community and a beautiful name for either male or female cats and kittens.
Sibo is another wonderful name from the Bribri tribe, and it’s not hard to imagine calling a furry little family member Tamuchi (Carib) or Nitosi (Dene), either.
At the end of the day, a little bit of research into Native American Creator gods can shine a light on a bunch of unique names you might not have otherwise considered – all of which are beautiful, rich in history and legend, and pay homage and respect to Native American communities at the same.
Male Native American Cat Names
Names for your boy cat can come from many different tribes and regions in North America.
Here are some of the best Native American names that you can give to your male pet:
- Apache - Apache means 'enemy' in the Apache language.
- Grey Wolf
- White Wolf
- Chief - Chiefs are leaders in native tribes and families.
- Cherokee - Cherokee means 'people of a different speech'.
- Comanche - Comanche means 'man' in the Comanches language.
- Haida - Haida is a name created by native Canadian Indians in British Columbia.
- Iroquois - Iroquois means 'real people'.
- Lakota - This word means "allies" or "friends".
Female Native American Cat Names
Native American names for your girl cat can sound really cool and exotic.
Here are a few:
- Cheyenne - This means 'strangers' or 'outsiders'.
- Dokota - Dokota means 'friend' or 'ally'.
- Night Sky
- Morning Star
- Moon Shadow
- Blue Bird (or try Blu for short)
Cat Name Inspiration
Inspiration for names can come from anywhere from tv shows to books to movies the places to look for ideas are endless.
A few examples include Star Wars, Harry Potter and Game of Thrones these are all great sources for names that sound cool but also can have a lot of meaning behind them!
The same goes with Lord Of the Rings or any other epic fantasy series you might like; try looking up some character names from your favorite book/movie as inspiration - it could be really fun if they share something in common (like both being cats!).
You can even find cat breeds by their breed type on Wikipedia then look at what those types were named after historically to see more options.
If none seem right just do an online search using "cat" followed immediately afterwards either 'names' OR '[breed]'. This will show tons of results!
Help Finding The Right Name
Naming your new kitten is a big responsibility. One that you want to be sure you are able to fulfill before you bring him into your home. However, it will take time for the little guy or gal to get used to his or her name, so if he hasn't been named yet don't worry too much.
Unlike with children, don't worry about getting your new pet's name ready straight away, you can change it to fit you and your family as many times as needed. Though, it's not recommended that you make lots of adjustments to their name as they may become confused and unresponsive.
We hope these lists of exotic and cool Native American names have inspired you to find the perfect name for your newly adopted pet.
If you still need help finding a good one, please visit our cat blog to get more inspiration and ideas!
- Native American dog names (names here can also be used on your cat!)