Black cats are some of the most adorable, mischievous, and loving cats to own.
Unfortunately, they often get a bad rap for being unlucky! (Although, in some countries like Japan and Scotland they are considered lucky.)
Thankfully, most people nowadays appreciate the beauty and majesty that is the black cat. No other cat is better suited for stealth, mischief, and adorableness.
So, if you are looking for the purrfect name for your black cat, then you have come to the right place.
Here you will find a wide array of black cat names ranging from classic to funny to downright odd.
TV Black Cat Names
For if you want to name your black cat after some iconic TV cats. Or if your cat just loves to be in the spotlight.
This black panther appeared in the 1967 Disney film The Jungle Book (as well as many other adaptations of the original Rudyard Kipling book). A great name for cats that love to hang out with “man-cubs.”
After Thackery Binx, the black cat from the hit 1993 Disney film Hocus Pocus who was voiced by Jason Marsden.
Boo Boo Kitty
No, not after Honey Boo Boo or even the catchphrase popularized by Taraji P. Henson in Empire. After the black stuffed cat from the 1976 sitcom Laverne & Shirley.
While the actual black cat in the 2009 animated film has no name, the main character of the film is named Coraline. The name would make a purrfect homage to the character who was voiced by Keith David.
This iconic cat (full name Felix the Cat) was a popular cartoon character in the silent film era. He was so popular that he later got his own comic series, merchandise, and even some jazz songs dedicated to him!
This black and white cat belonged to Pinocchio and Geppetto in the 1940 Disney film Pinocchio. He also later appeared as Minnie Mouse’s pet cat in some of her short films.
After the black cat shapeshifter who starred in the finale of the second season of Star Trek: The Original. The human version of Isis was played by actress April Tatro, and the cat version was played by three different cats. A purrfect choice for cats who love giant diamond collars.
This iconic black cat was the companion for the main character Kikki in the 1989 animated film Kikki’s Delivery Service. A white companion cat could be called Lily after the cat he later has kittens with. #catcouplegoals
After the villainous black cat from the 1950 Disney film Cinderella who loved to chase the mice Gus and Jaq.
The black cat from the incredibly popular anime (and manga) Sailor Moon, who was the guardian cat for the main character Usagi (aka Sailor Moon). A white companion cat could be named Artemis after the cat she later has a kitten with.
This snarky black cat is a classic due to his popularity from the 1996 sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch. The show starred Melissa Joan Hart as Sabrina and Nick Bakay as the voice of Salem. His last name is Saberhagen, which would also be an amazing black cat name. For cats who want to take over the world (or at least take over your house).
After the black pet cat from the 1989 animated tv show The Simpsons. She is named after Snowball I, who was a white cat that was hit by a car.
This black and white cat is famous for his appearances in the animated cartoon Looney Tunes where he chases Tweety Bird. His full name is Sylvester J. Pussycat Sr. which is a phenomenal cat name.
After the black cat from the 1975 film Escape to Witch Mountain who is the companion to the two protagonists Tia and Tony Castaway.
Character Black Cat Names
Here are some names that are inspired by famous characters from books, comics, and even the internet!
After the first family of all things spooky: the Addams family. They starred in several comics, movies, and tv shows. You could, of course, name your black cat after them individually as well: Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester, Cousin It, Lurch, or Thing (if you really want to give your cat a complex).
The Egyptian goddess of protection, pregnancy, perfume, and cats (also known as Bastet). Since she was depicted as a black cat, they were considered holy and revered throughout Egypt (along with all colors of cats). For cats who like to be worshipped and adored.
After the iconic black-suited character from the DC Comics of the same name. You could also call your cat Bruce or The Dark Knight depending on how epic their personality is.
After the dark-suited character from the Batman comics who later became known as Oracle. You could also go with Barbara after the characters real name: Barbara Gordon.
This black and white-dressed character launched to fame in the 1988 Tim Burton Film of the same name. The film was so popular that it got its own video game, animated tv series, and even a musical. For cats who like you to say their names at least three times before they will listen to you.
After the infamous dark-bearded pirate whose real name was Edward. Purrfect for black cats who like to steal all your stuff.
This Marvel comic book character first appeared in Fantastic Four. His real name is Blackagar Boltagon (yes, really), and he is the king of the Inhumans.
Black Cat (or BC)
After the Marvel character who first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man comics. You could also name your cat Felicia Hardy after her real name. A good name for both cats who love comics and literal cats.
This iconic Marvel character was the first black superhero in mainstream American comics. You could also name your cat after his real name: T’Challa. #WakandaForever
Another iconic black Marvel character who first appeared in comics but is forever immortalized by Wesley Snipes in the 1998 film Blade (and its two subsequent films).
Business Cat (or BC)
This tie-wearing black cat meme became popular in 2011. For cats who are all business when it comes to chasing mice and hard work.
After the black cat who became famous on YouTube (channel name Cole and Marmalade) for helping to promote black cat adoption. Orange companion cats could, of course, be called Marmalade.
After the iconic dark-dressed villain from the Star Wars franchise. For black cats who can’t resist “the dark side.”
This spooky cult character is known for her dark hair and sultry good looks. For black female cats who like to be called “Mistress of the Dark.”
Another dark-suited comic book character from the Batman comic universe whose real name is Dick Grayson. He was originally Robin but later took on his own superhero identity.
The black cat in the short story “The Black Cat” by Edgar Allen Poe, which largely deals with the effects of guilt.
A British internet cat that is part of the Magnificats (a group of cats that are popular for their live web videos, product reviews, and photos). He is black with a small amount of white markings.
After the iconic Catwoman character from the Batman comics (real name Selina Kyle). Purrfect for black cats who love to steal your heart.
This iconic author immortalized scary black and white cats in his 1983 book Pet Sematary (although the 1989 film featured a gray cat). You could also name your cat Church after the character’s name in the book (but who doesn’t want a cat named after Stephen King).
After the black and white character from the classic children’s’ book The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss.
The Dark Lord
This could be a reference to either the villain Voldemort from the Harry Potter books or Sauron from The Lord of the Rings books (also Morgoth from The Lord of the Rings). Basically, if you want your black cat to be considered an all-powerful evil entity, then this is the perfect name!
After the black Symbiote alien from the Marvel Spider-Man comics who merges with his host Eddie Brock.
This all-black, masked vigilante was immortalized in the 1920 film The Mask of Zorro. A great name for black cats who like using their claws to scratch little Z’s on your furniture.
Magic/Mystical Black Cat Names
Here are some spooktacular black cat names that are inspired by magic and mysticism.
A popular word that is often used by magicians right before a trick. For black cats that like to play tricks on you.
An anise-flavored alcoholic drink that is popular in Goth subculture.
A non-sensical word also often used by magicians. Also, the name of a Psychic-type Pokémon.
A wailing female spirit from Irish mythology. Purrfect for cats who yowl a lot.
Another term for the universe.
Dark Matter (or DM)
A type of matter that makes up approximately 85% of the universe. A good name for cats who know it all. Plus, DM is a Twitter reference (it stands for direct message) and a D&D reference as well (Dungeon Master).
A lack of light. Purffect for vampire cats.
The feeling that you are experiencing something a second time. An especially cute name if you have two black cats (one can be Déjà, and the other can be Vu).
The darkest part of twilight.
When an object is temporarily obscured by another.
A gravitationally bound collection of gas, stars, dust, and solar systems.
A book that contains magic spells. A good name for cats that love to lay down on your open books when you are trying to read.
Exactly what it sounds like (basically, every kitten ever).
To cast a spell on someone.
A state of bad luck or when two people say the same thing at the same time. Purrfect for cats who meow every time you try and talk to them.
The belief that what you do now will affect your life in the future.
Fate or destiny. A good name for black cats who were fated to be your one and only in life.
Using supernatural forces or sleight of hand. Also, a great name for cats who love to play with Magic: The Gathering cards.
12 o’clock at night, aka “the witching hour.”
A magic charm, amulet, or spell.
Something that is difficult to figure out (aka every cat in existence).
A cloud of dust and gas in space. In Latin, it means “cloud” or “fog.”
A group of flowering plants that have varying levels of toxicity. Also, an alchemy ingredient in the game Skyrim.
A gray cloud. In Latin, it means “dark cloud.” A good name for grumpy black cats.
A short musical composition that is normally inspired by or indicates nighttime. Derived from the French word nocturne which means “nocturnal.”
A sign of things to come. While many people consider black cats to be a bad omen, some people consider black cats to be lucky (very smart people).
A ghost or apparition. Purrfect for black cats who love opera music.
A black bird that is often associated with Edgar Allen Poe because of his poem “The Raven.”
A psychological test based on inkblots. A good name for black and white cats or crazy cats.
The dark area where light is blocked by something.
A sacred ceremony that involves burning certain herbs. Also, a smear.
An incantation or formula that is meant to influence someone.
Scary or sinister. Purrfect for cats who like to jump on you at 3 AM when you are sleeping and scare you half to death.
A type of playing card that is often used to divine the future.
The light from when the sun is below the horizon. Also, a great name for black cats who are a sucker for angsty, teen vampire films (or who love sparkly things).
A religion that is primarily practiced in Haiti.
A whirlwind of air or water that sucks in matter. A good name for cats who manage to suck you into their lives.
A ghost or specter. Also, a small, thin person.
The female essence often associated with darkness and earth. A male companion cat would, of course, be called Yang after the male essence often associated with light and heaven.
When something is at its most powerful (aka the pinnacle). Purrfect for cats who are the all-powerful bosses of their homes.
International Black Cat Names
Here is the word black in other languages. Purrfect for international cats.
Descriptive Black Cat Names
Some names based on descriptive words that are related to black or dark things.
The dark, solid remains that are left after something has been burned.
A sticky, black liquid that is used to make roads.
A dark-colored fruit and a type of cellphone.
A classic black cat name. Purrfect for OG black cats.
Not to be confused with asphalt, blacktop is another substance used for roads. One way to tell the difference between the two is that blacktop is more sparkly than asphalt because it contains a higher percentage of natural stone.
A chemical element which has several forms (charcoal, soot, coal, etc.).
An impure form of carbon that is black and is often used for grilling. Purrfect for black cats that love hotdogs.
A small piece of burnt wood or coal that still has combustible matter.
An impure form of carbon that is black and is used as a fossil fuel.
After Elizabeth Short, who is known as the “Black Dahlia.” Her murder is still unsolved and is the basis for multiple books and films. For morbid black cats.
A type of very hard, black wood. Also, a popular African American magazine.
A glowing bit of coal that remains after a fire.
One of the two main forms of carbon (the other is diamond) that is often used in pencils.
For deep black cats that look like ink. You could also call your black cat Ink and a companion black cat Blot.
A type of dark, black material that is a derivative of coal. It is where we get the term jet black from.
The period when the sun is down.
A person who is skilled in the art of ninjutsu. Purrfect for cats who like to sneak up on you and stab you with their claws.
A black gemstone.
A delicious cream-filled chocolate cookie. A good name for predominantly black cats that have white markings.
A black spice that is used in cooking.
In heraldry (which pertains to coats of arms), it refers to black ink or liquid.
When something is shadowy or dark. Purrfect for shady cats who are unreliable.
After the original black iconic marker.
After the white-striped black animal known for its ability to spray a foul-smelling liquid. A good name for smelly cats.
When something is filled with smoke. Also, a great reference to Smokey Bear.
An impure form of carbon that is flaky or powdery.
A thick, flammable liquid that is derived from coal or wood.
A material that is made from tar and crushed rocks. It is primarily used for roads and runways.
After the iconic black tuxedo. Purrfect for black cats who think they are James Bond.
Human Names for Black Cats
Here are some human black cat names that mean some variation of dark, black, or night.
A Persian name that means ebony (referring to the dark-colored wood).
Means a dark colored person with large, black eyes.
A variant of Adriana that means dark one.
A variant of Adria that means dark one.
Means dark one or very holy.
Means black brook.
Means both black, dark-complexion and light, pale-complexion. An Old English word that was used for people with extremely dark or extremely light complexions.
Means a dark wood or clearing.
An Anglo-Saxon name that means a brown or dark man.
Means dark or noble.
A variant of the Irish name Ciardha meaning a black or dark descendant.
Means a dark person who is strong and virile.
An Old English name meaning someone who is black as coal.
Meaning someone who is from a charcoal (literal charcoal) town or a town with no light.
A variant of the name Corb which means raven (as in dark-haired).
Means little crow or little raven.
A variant of the Old English name Crowfoot.
A French name meaning dark.
Means dark one or from the fortress.
Means sacred and dark goddess.
A Gaelic name meaning child of dark defiance.
A Celtic name meaning dark-haired girl.
An Irish name that means dark princeling.
Means from the dark river.
Means the descendant of a black stranger.
Means dark and swarthy.
Means dark-haired or dark warrior.
An Irish name meaning dark.
A Greek name meaning black.
A Turkish name meaning dark moon.
A Latin name meaning dark.
An Indian name that means queen of the darkness.
Means the black one.
An Irish name that means little dark one.
A Gaelic name that means black-haired one.
A Native American name meaning night or black foot.
Means black or dark.
A variant of Leila which means night or dark beauty.
Means a beautiful, skinny, dark girl.
An Arabic name that means night or dark beauty.
A Hebrew name meaning night monster.
Means dark or swarthy.
A Greek name meaning dark.
Means black or dark.
Means black or dark-skinned person.
A Scottish name that means blackbird.
Means night, honest, pure, and gold.
A Latin name meaning goddess of the night.
Means darkness of the night.
Means little dark one.
Means dark-skinned or well-natured.
An Irish name meaning black-eyed one.
An African name meaning dark tree.
Means the dark one.
Means dark or dusty.