Are you struggling to come up with the perfect name for your orange cat and cat got your tongue?
Don’t worry. Here is a list of names for cats (from orange to red to yellow in hue) that will help you find the purrfect name:
People/Character Orange Cat Names
Here is a list of gingers (real or fictional) that any cat would be proud to be named after:
For cats who are drawn to TVs:
Anastasia – this ginger was voiced by Kirsten Dunce (young Anastasia) and Meg Ryan (adult Anastasia) in the 1997 film of the same name. It is often mistaken as a Disney film but is a 20th Century Fox film. For cats who are just trying to find a family to accept them.
Anna – this ginger from Disney’s Frozen was voiced by Kristen Bell. Often gingers in film are portrayed as mean or villainous, so kudos to Disney for having so many heroic redheads (they do have ginger villains though). For cats who (when playing with toys) just can’t “let it go.”
Ariel – this iconic ginger was almost a blonde but ended up with red hair because it was more complimentary to her green tail. She was the first Disney Princess to be a redhead.
Charmander – an orange Fire-type Pokémon that later evolves into Charmeleon and Charizard (also amazing cat names). For cats who (when hunting mice) “gotta catch ‘em all.”
Chester Cheetah – the orange mascot for Frito Lay’s Cheetos. For cats who are “dangerously cheesy.”
Chuckie (Finster) – this ginger from the 1991 TV show Rugrats is an adorable worrywart that is best friends with Tommy Pickles.
Daphne – this purple-clad ginger from Scooby-Doo is prone to danger. Perfect for cats who utter “jeepers” a lot (although you may mistakenly hear it as “meow”).
Dinah – after Alice’s ginger pet cat in the 1951 classic Disney film Alice in Wonderland.
Fiona – another ginger Disney princess. She is a princess from the film Shrek who is cursed to turn into an ogress at night and later falls in love with the titular character.
Flareon – an orange Fire-type Pokémon that Eevee evolves into when exposed to a Fire Stone.
Ginger – this ginger is the main character in Nickelodeon’s TV show As Told by Ginger.
Hans – another ginger from Disney’s Frozen (although this time a villain). He was voiced by Santino Fontana who sang “I Feel Pretty” from West Side Story as his audition song.
Hercules – after the heroic ginger from Disney’s 1997 film. For cats who always “go the distance.”
Ichigo – a character known for his spiky, orange hair in the anime Bleach (which was based on the manga of the same name) who can see ghosts. Also, his name is pronounced the same as the Japanese word for strawberry (which is his nickname). For cats who have a fondness for fruit.
Jessica (Rabbit) – a sultry ginger cartoon from the 1988 Disney film Who Framed Roger Rabbit which combined animation with live film.
Jessie – this ginger from Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3 was voiced by Joan Cusack in the films.
Kim Possible or (KP) – after the titular character of the Disney TV show of the same name. This crime-fighting heroine has a trusty sidekick named Ron Stoppable (who has his own sidekick: a naked mole-rat named Rufus). For cats who think anything is possible.
Kyle (Broflovski) – a ginger from the TV show South Park (which caused controversy with their episode “Ginger Kids”). This episode caused the meme “gingers don’t have souls” (awesome) and the fake National Kick a Ginger Day (not awesome). For cats who are proud to be “daywalkers.”
Kyo – after the orange-haired character from the anime (and manga) Fruits Basket who turns into a cat (also orange) when stressed, weak, or hugged by a member of the opposite sex. Perfect for cats who hate being hugged.
Lois (Griffin) – this ginger from Family Guy is voiced by Alex Borstein. You could also go with her maiden name which is Pewterschmidt (if you really want your cat to be mocked at the vet’s office).
Mad Hatter – in the original Disney film Alice in Wonderland he is portrayed with gray hair, but in the 2010 Disney film, he is portrayed with flaming orange hair by Johnny Depp.
Merida – another ginger Disney Princess. She is in the Disney Pixar film Brave and is the first Disney Princess to have no love interest. A good choice for independent cats.
Mufasa – Simba’s dad in Disney’s 1994 iconic film Lion King who was voiced by James Earl Jones. Perfect for cats who understand that they are a part of the “circle of life.”
Nala – another Lion King character. She is Simba’s love interest and was voiced by Moira Kelly.
Nemo – this orange clownfish (with black and white stripes) is the main character in the 2003 Disney Pixar film Finding Nemo. Perfect for cats who sometimes need help finding their way home to you.
Nick (Wilde) – this ginger fox from Disney’s 2016 film Zootopia was voiced by Jason Bateman. His character was inspired by the fox character Robin Hood in the Disney film of the same name.
Oliver – after the orange kitten in the 1988 Disney film Oliver & Company. The film was inspired by Charles Dicken’s novel Oliver Twist. Also, you could call a companion cat Jenny after the red-headed human protagonist of the film. A good choice for cats who were once orphans.
Pebbles (Flintstone) – this ginger from the TV show The Flintstones is the daughter of Fred and Wilma Flintstone and is often in the company of Bamm-Bamm Rubble.
Pepper Ann – after the red-headed titular character of the 1997 Disney animated TV show of the same name who was voiced by Kathleen Wilhoite.
Peter Pan – while in the original book and play Peter Pan’s hair is never described, Disney thankfully made him a redhead in their 1953 film Peter Pan. Also, if you had a male companion cat, you could name him Rufio (who had epic red-stripped hair in the 1991 film Hook). Although in that film Peter Pan was played by the amazing Robin Williams who had brown hair.
Phineas – after Phineas from the Disney musical comedy TV show Phineas and Ferb.
Puss in Boots – after the ginger cat from Shrek 2 who was voiced by Antonio Banderas (he also voiced the character in the Spanish and Italian versions of the film). For cats who secretly want to be Zorro and go around slashing at things with their claws.
Quasimodo – after the titular character from Disney’s 1996 The Hunchback of Notre Dame who was voiced by Tom Hulce. Perfect for cats who long to be “out there” (aka in your yard).
Rajah – after the tiger from Disney’s 1992 film Aladdin who was “voiced” by Frank Welker (who also created the vocal effects for Abu). Also, you could name a female companion cat Jasmine.
Robin Hood – after the ginger fox from the 1953 Disney film Robin Hood. You could also call a female companion cat Maid Marian.
Sandman – after the Sandman or “Sandy” character from the 2012 DreamWorks Animation film The Rise of the Guardians. Perfect for mute cats who are eternal dreamers.
Scar – Simba’s uncle and the main antagonist in The Lion King who was voiced by Jeremy Irons.
Shere Kahn – after the tiger from Disney’s 1967 The Jungle Book who was voiced by George Sanders. A good choice for villainous cats who really hate “man” aka people.
Simba – after the main character from The Lion King who was voiced by Matthew Broderick (young Simba was voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas). Since so many characters in the film are gold or red in color, you have a wide range of companion cat names to choose from. Although, Timon and Pumbaa are a great choice for a trio of cats who don’t want to go “down to two.”
Thomas (O’Malley) – after the ginger cat from Disney’s 1970 film The Aristocats who was voiced by Phil Harris (who also voiced Baloo in The Jungle Book and Little John in Robin Hood).
Tigger – another iconic tiger from Disney (Disney has some serious ginger cat love) who even has his own film (The Tigger Movie). This character originated from the Winnie-the-Pooh book series by A. A. Milne. Perfect for cats who bounce around a lot.
Tigress – after the character from the 2008 DreamWorks Animation film Kung Fu Panda who was voiced by Angelina Jolie. For really cool cats who love to kick you with their tiny adorable paws.
Tony the Tiger – the mascot for Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes. For cats who know “they’re gr-r-reat.”
Wilma (Flintstone) – this ginger from The Flintstones TV show is the wife of Fred Flintstone and the mother of Pebbles Flintstone.
Winnie-the-Pooh – after the iconic golden-yellow bear who appears in many books, films, and TV shows. You could also call your cat Pooh bear or Pooh.
Yosemite Sam – this red-headed Looney Tunes character’s name was inspired by Yosemite National Park.
Here is a list of names for cats who are full of character:
Anne (of Green Gables) – whether you are a fan of the books, the films, or the TV series, this iconic redhead is beloved by many (although the character strongly disliked her own hair color).
Annie – after the red-haired character from the 1982 musical film of the same name, in which an orphan eventually finds a home with Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks.
Aslan – after the lion in The Chronicles of Narnia book/film series. He is the only character to appear in all seven of the books in the series, and his name is the Turkish word for “lion.”
Beeker – after the meek orange-haired Muppet from Jim Henson’s TV show The Muppet Show. A good choice for cats who meow and “meep” a lot.
Bert – after the grumpy yellow Muppet from the iconic TV show Sesame Street (Big Bird would be another great name for a large, yellow cat).
Big Red – after the red-haired character from the 2000 comedy film Bring It On who was played by Lindsay Sloane (a natural brunette). For cats who are “sexy, cute, and popular to boot.”
Chucky – after the creepy red-haired doll character who first appeared in the 1988 horror film Child’s Play (and in the subsequent horror films as well). For evil cats that like to play with dolls.
(Dana) Scully – after the red-haired character from the iconic TV show The X – Files who was played by Gillian Anderson (a natural brunette). You could name a companion cat Mulder after her partner.
Donna (Pinciotti) – after the red-haired character from the TV show That 70’s Show who was played by Laura Prepon (who is also a natural brunette).
Ernie – after the naive orange Muppet from Sesame Street. For cats who love rubber duckies.
Gimli – after the red-haired dwarf from the 2001 film The Lord of the Rings (and its sequels). Perfect for cats who are loyal, feisty, and have a secret affinity for elves.
Ginger (Grant) – after the red-haired character from the 1964 TV show Gilligan’s Island who was played by actress Tina Louise (who was a natural redhead).
Helios – after the Greek sun god who was the son of Hyperion and Theia. He is often depicted driving his sun chariot which is being carried by four steeds.
Jones or “Jonesy” – after Ripley’s orange pet cat in the 1979 film Alien (he also appears in the sequel Aliens). For cats who are survivors (or who love Sigourney Weaver as much as you do).
Lassie – after the golden-hued female Collie dog from the 1954 TV show Lassie which ran for 19 years. The titular character was originally played by a male dog named Pal (who was later renamed Lassie), and his descendants continued to play the character until the show ended.
Leo the Lion – after the iconic MGM mascot. The lions used in the opening (or closing) clips have always been referred to as “Leo the Lion,” but only one lion was actually named Leo (the others were named Slats, Jackie, Telly, Tanner, and George).
Marmalade – after the orange cat who has a YouTube channel (Cole and Marmalade) and a website (https://coleandmarmalade.com/) devoted to him and a black cat named Cole.
Miranda (Hobbes) – after the red-haired character from the HBO TV show Sex and the City who was played by Cynthia Nixon (a natural blonde).
Milo – after the orange cat from the 1986 live-action film The Adventures of Milo and Otis.
Opie – after the red-haired character from the iconic TV show The Andy Griffith Show who was played by Ron Howard (a natural redhead who also directed the 2018 film Solo: A Star Wars Story).
Orangey – after the orange cat who played “Cat” in the classic 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s for which he won a PATSY award (Picture Animal Top Star of the Year). The award was given by The American Humane Association and was considered the animal equivalent of the Oscars (it no longer exists). Orangey was the only cat to ever win two PATSYs.
Orion – after the orange cat in the 1997 film Men in Black who had a galaxy on his collar.
Pippi Longstocking – after the red-haired titular character who originated from a children’s chapter book written by Astrid Lindgren that spawned several books, films, and TV shows.
Ra – after the Egyptian sun god who was believed to have created all life. He is often depicted as having a falcon head instead of a human one (and with a sun disc on top of his head).
Raggedy Andy – after the red-haired doll introduced in the 1920 book Raggedy Andy. He is the brother of Raggedy Ann, and both he and his sister are in the National Toy Hall of Fame.
Raggedy Ann – after the red-haired doll created by Johnny Gruelle in 1915. In 1918 he wrote his first Raggedy Ann book called Raggedy Ann Stories which was marketed with the doll.
Red – after the vibrantly red-haired character Galina “Red” Reznikov from the TV show Orange Is the New Black played by Kate Mulgrew (a natural brunette who also played Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek: Voyager). For cats who are obsessed with chickens.
Red Hot Chili Pepper(s) – after the American funk rock band which was originally named Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem (no, seriously).
Strawberry Shortcake – originally a greeting card character, this red-haired girl later evolved into a franchise that included toys, films, TV shows, and even video games (including one for the Atari 2600). You could also name a companion cat Custard after her trusty pink feline friend.
The Riddler – after the reddish-orange-haired character from the 1995 film Batman Forever played by Jim Carey (in the comics the character has dark hair). For cats who are afraid of bats.
Thor – after the Greek god of thunder who, contrary to the comic book and modern TV portrayals (I’m looking at you Marvel), was a bearded redhead.
For funny cats who make you laugh a lot (aka comics).
Note: the information for the following characters is based off the original comic books and not the movies or any subsequent remakes (where sometimes liberty is taken with their powers, their backstory, or even their red hair color). For OG cats:
Anna Mercury – a red-headed comic book heroine that works for the British Ministry of Defense to help keep advanced weaponry from being used by primitive worlds. She is the main character in the comics of the same name and has no superpowers. She is trained in both armed and hand-to-hand combat (and is extremely acrobatic).
Archie Andrews – an iconic redhead from the Archie comics that is known for his love-triangle relationship with Betty and Veronica. The comic is also the basis for the 2017 TV show Riverdale.
Banshee – a red-headed Irish mutant from the X-Men comics whose special power is a sonic scream. His cousin is the villain Black Tom (who is the enemy of both the X-men and Deadpool).
Barbara Gordon – is the real identity of the red-headed Batgirl from the Batman comics. She is the daughter of Police Commissioner James Gordon and was originally partnered with Robin. Eventually, she becomes a hacker/information specialist called Oracle.
Batwoman – a red-headed heroine from the Batman comics who eventually gets her own comic series titled, wait for it, Batwoman. Her real identity is Katherine Kane, but there are two versions of her (Marvel re-vamped her character in 2006). The original is called Kathy and is a love interest for Batman. The second version is called Kate and is Bruce Wayne’s aunt.
Black Widow – a red-headed superhero who was originally an adversary for the character Iron Man. Later she would become an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and be a part of the Avengers team.
Cheryl Blossom – a redhead from the Archie comics who was a love interest for the main character Archie. She has a twin brother named Jason and a dog named Sugar. Supposedly, she was written out of the original comics because she was deemed too sexy for a children’s comic.
Daredevil – a red-headed (and red-costumed) Marvel superhero who was blinded by radioactive material, which in turn heightened his other senses. His real name is Matthew “Matt” Murdock. For truly daring cats who are “without fear.”
Flash or The Flash – a red-haired superhero who has superhuman speed. There have been four different versions of The Flash in the DC Comics universe: Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, Wally West, and Bart Allen. And all the Flash characters have been a member of one of DC’s major teams (the Justice Society of America, the Justice League, and the Teen Titans).
Garfield – an iconic orange cat in the daily newspaper comic of the same name who was known for his love of food and lazy demeanor. You could also name companion cats Jon and Odie.
Guy Gardner – the real identity of one of the Green Lanterns. This red-headed superhero is the second Green Lantern to be chosen from Earth (the Green Lantern Corps is an intergalactic police/military force). A good choice for cats who love to play with rings.
Heathcliff – no, not the Wuthering Heights character. An orange cat in the daily newspaper comic of the same name that was created by George Gately in 1973. The character also spawned two TV shows, several comic books, and a film (Heathcliff: The Movie).
Hobbes – a stuffed tiger in the daily newspaper comic Calvin and Hobbes which ran from 1985 to 1995. It was written and drawn by cartoonist Bill Watterson (who also did 19 official Calvin and Hobbes books). For cats who are hopelessly bad at math but are still your best friend.
Hope Summers – a red-haired mutant from the X-Men comics. She is the adopted daughter of Cable (the son of Cyclops) and can duplicate other mutant’s powers (known as Power Mimicry).
Jean Grey – an iconic red-haired member of the X-Men who has telepathic and telekinetic powers. You could also name your cat after some of her other aliases throughout the comic book series: Marvel Girl, Phoenix, or Dark Phoenix.
Josie – a redhead from the Archie comics. She is the lead singer and guitarist of the band Josie and the Pussycats (which has its own comic book series). You could also name companion cats after the other members: Melody (the drummer) and Valerie (the bass player and songwriter).
Knockout – a red-headed villainess who was a former member of the Female Furies (a trained group of women loyal to the villain Darkseid). She later joined the Suicide Squad, and then the Secret Six (both of which are villainous groups). She is a DC Comics villainess (not to be confused with the blond Marvel villainess of the same name who is part of the Femme Fatales).
Lyra – the red-headed daughter of the Hulk and Thundra (from an alternate timeline). She is the second She-Hulk in the Marvel universe. The first is Jennifer Walters (in the original timeline) who is a cousin of the Hulk who receives his blood after she is injured (but she has dark hair).
Mary Jane Watson – a redhead who is the love interest (and eventual wife) of Peter Parker aka Spider – Man. She is modeled after the actress Ann-Margret Olsen (specifically her character Kim from the 1963 musical film Bye Bye Birdie which shot her to stardom).
Medusa – a red-headed superhero who first appeared in Marvel’s Fantastic Four comics. She has the psychokinetic ability to be able to animate her hair (which is around 6 feet in length) to do a variety of things (like lift heavy objects). Perfect for long-haired ginger cats.
Mystique – an iconic red-haired mutant from the X-Men comics that is a shapeshifter. She is the mother of Nightcrawler (and adopted mother of Rogue). For cats who have shifty natures.
Poison Ivy – a red-haired villainess from the Batman comics whose real name is Pamela Lillian Isley. She has toxins in her blood that make her touch deadly and can produce pheromones that make people susceptible to mind control. For cats who like to control their owners.
Scarlet Witch – a red-haired superhero from the Marvel comics that can alter reality. She was originally a villainess but later joins The Avengers (and marries her teammate Vision).
Starfire – a red-haired superhero from the planet Tamaran who is a founding member of the Teen Titans. She can harness solar energy to fly and use starbolts (ultraviolet energy blasts).
Velocity – a red-haired superhero from the Cyberforce comics who is cybernetically enhanced to have supersonic speed. She also has Kevlar implanted under her skin. For super speedy cats.
Whether you prefer the book or the films, here is a list of names inspired by Harry Potter (mainly all the Weasleys):
Arthur Weasley – this ginger is the patriarch of the Weasley family and works for the Ministry of Magic. His Patronus is a weasel. A good name for cats who love playing with Muggle artifacts.
Bill Weasley – this ginger is the oldest Weasley son and works as a curse-breaker for Gringotts Wizarding Bank. He marries Fleur Delacour, and they have three children together. For long-haired cats who like earrings (especially fang-shaped ones).
Charlie Weasley – this ginger is the second-oldest Weasley and works as a dragon trainer.
Crookshanks – this ginger cat is the pet of Hermione Granger. He is half-Kneazle (a magical feline creature with large ears and a tufted tail). For cats who love to chase garden gnomes.
Firebolt – after the racing broom developed by Randolph Spudmore that has goblin-made ironwork. While the broom is not orange, it does have fire in its name (and companion cats could be called Nimbus). Harry Potter was gifted a Firebolt by his godfather Sirius Black.
Firenze – after the centaur from the Forbidden Forest who taught Divination at Hogwarts. While he is blonde in the book series (and has dark hair in the films), he also has fire in his name.
Fred Weasley – this ginger is the twin brother of George Weasley and co-owned a joke shop (Weasleys ’ Wizard Wheezes) in Diagon Alley. He was killed in the Battle of Hogwarts. A good choice for cats who love mischief and marauding.
George Weasley – this ginger is the twin brother of Fred Weasley and continued to run their joke shop after his brother’s death. He marries Angelina Johnson, and they have two children together (his son is named Fred after his brother). For cats who are missing ears or are “holey.”
Ginny Weasley – this ginger is the youngest Weasley and works as a Quidditch correspondent for the Daily Prophet (after playing for the Holyhead Harpies). Her Patronus is a horse. She marries Harry Potter, and they have three children together.
Lily Potter – this ginger is the youngest child of Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley (and the only one with red hair). She was named after her grandmother Lily Potter.
Molly Weasley – this ginger is the matriarch of the Weasley family and the wife of Arthur Weasley (they have seven children). She has a fondness for the singer Celestina Warbeck.
Percy Weasley – this ginger is the third-oldest Weasley and works for the Ministry of Magic. He marries a woman named Aubrey, and they have two daughters together. For cats who really like following the rules and playing with cauldron bottoms.
Ron Weasley – this ginger is the youngest Weasley son and Harry Potter’s best friend (along with Hermione Granger). His Patronus is a Jack Russel terrier. He marries Hermione, and they have two children together. Perfect for cats who love knocking over your chess pieces.
Rose Granger-Weasley – this ginger is the daughter of Hermione Granger and Ronald Weasley. You could also call a companion cat Hugo after her brother (who has brown hair but in the ending of the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 he is portrayed with red hair).
Weasley – after the surname of the Weasley family. Perfect for ginger cats who have no money and have problems with owls.
Here is a list of famous redheads natural or otherwise:
Alyson Hannig an – this redhead is a natural blonde but is well known for her iconic red-haired roles in the TV shows Buffy and How I Met Your Mother.
Amy Adams – this redhead is also naturally a blonde but is well known for her red hair (she has stated in interviews that she prefers being a redhead because she feels it opens more opportunities for roles).
Bonnie Wright – this red-headed British actress is well known for her role as Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter films. She is also a screenwriter and a director.
Bryce Dallas Howard – this redhead of Jurassic World fame is the daughter of director Ron Howard (another natural redhead). She was also in the films The Village and As You Like It.
Carrot Top – this redhead is a well-known comedian whose real name is Scott Thompson.
Christina Hendricks – this red-headed actress from the TV show Mad Men is a natural blonde but is well known for her red hair (she has stated that when she was little, she loved the red-haired character from Anne of Green Gables and has been dying her hair since age 10).
Chuck Norris – this redhead of Walker, Texas Ranger fame is well known for “Chuck Norris Facts” which are absurd but hilarious “facts” or jokes about him. His real name is Carlos Ray Norris.
Conan O’Brien – this red-headed late-night talk show host is best known for his TV shows Late Night and Conan. For witty and self-deprecating cats who talk (aka meow) a lot.
Connie Britton – this redhead is a natural brunette but is well known for her long red hair in the TV shows American Horror Story and Nashville. Perfect for cats with long, lustrous fur.
Damian Lewis – this redhead of Homeland fame is a huge fan of ping pong. A good choice for cats who love to chase after small balls.
David Caruso – this redhead is well known for his roles in NYPD Blue and CSI: Miami (Horacio Kane would also make a great cat name). Perfect for cats who love to play with sunglasses.
Debra Messing – this redhead is a natural brunette but is well known for her red hair. Not only did she play Grace Adler in the TV show Will & Grace (for which she received six Golden Globe Award nominations), but she also starred in a Clairol commercial with her gorgeous red hair.
Ed Sheeran – not only is this redhead an amazing singer, but he also has two cats (one is all over orange, and the other is white and orange). They are named Dorito and Calippo.
Ellie Bamber – this redhead is a natural blonde but is known for her red-haired roles in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Nocturnal Animals. She also starred in Shawn Mendes’ music video for his song “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back.”
Emma Stone – this redhead is naturally a blonde but prefers being a redhead (she has stated that her mother is a natural redhead, so she relates better to red hair). She is well known for her roles in Superbad, Easy A, The Help, The Amazing Spider – Man, and La La Land.
Florence Welch – this redhead is a natural brunette but is well known for her vibrant red hair. She is the vocalist of the band Florence + the Machine . For cats who love to yowl (aka sing) a lot.
Geri Halliwell – this redhead is the iconic Ginger Spice from the Spice Girls (a girl group that dominated the 90’s). Perfect for ginger cats who love the Union Jack.
Hayley Williams – this redhead is a natural brunette but is well known for her vibrant orange-red hair. She is the vocalist of the band Paramore and has her own hair dye company called Good Dye Young (which is vegan and cruelty-free).
Henry II of England – this red-haired king had eight children (including the red-haired Richard the Lionheart). For cats who know they are the ruler (aka king) of their household.
Isla Fisher – this redhead is well known for her roles in Wedding Crashers, Confessions of a Shopaholic, The Great Gatsby, Now You See Me, and Nocturnal Animals.
Jessica Chastain – this redhead is well known for her roles in The Help, Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar, and The Martian. She also helped found the production company Freckle Films.
Julianne Moore – this iconic redhead is well known for her roles in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Boogie Nights, The Big Lebowski, Hannibal, Still Alice, and Map to the Stars. She also wrote a children’s book series about a red-haired character named Freckleface Strawberry (a nickname the actress had as a young child) that spawned a musical.
Julia Roberts – this redhead is a natural blonde but is well known for her red hair. Her most iconic red-haired role would probably be that of Vivian in the 1990 film Pretty Woman. For cats who are a “real wild child” but still “want the fairy tale” in life.
Karen Gillan – this Scottish redhead is well known for her role as Amy Pond in the British TV show Doctor Who (she is the companion for the Eleventh Doctor who is played by Matt Smith). She also played the character Nebula in the 2014 film Guardians of the Galaxy (and in the succeeding Marvel films as well).
Kathy Griffin – this redhead is a comedian who is well known for her Bravo reality TV show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.
Lindsay Lohan – this redhead is well known for her roles in the 1998 Disney film The Parent Trap and the cult favorite 2004 Mean Girls. For cats who on Wednesdays, wear pink collars.
Lucille Ball – this redhead is a natural brunette but is well known for her iconic red-haired character Lucy in the hit 1951 TV show I Love Lucy (which won five Emmy awards).
Marcia Cross – this redhead is well known for her role as Bree Van de Kamp in ABC’s 2004 Desperate Housewives (for which she was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards).
Marg Helgenberger – this redhead is well known for her role as Catherine Willows in the TV show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. A good choice for cats who love solving mysteries (like where their favorite mouse toy is hidden).
Mark Twain – this red-headed writer’s real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens. He is well known for his books The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (as well as for his fondness for cats and at one point he had 19 of them).
Mary Tudor – this red-headed Queen of England (not to be confused with the also red-headed Mary Tudor Queen of France) was notoriously called “Bloody Mary” for her persecution of Protestants during her reign as queen (she had them burned at the stake). For bloodthirsty cats.
Michael Fassbender – this redhead is well known for his roles in Hunger, Prometheus, Alien: Covenant, Shame, 12 Years a Slave, Steve Jobs, and Macbeth. He also plays the character Magneto in Marvel’s X-Men films.
Molly Ringwald – this red-headed Brat Pack member is a natural brunette but is known for her red-haired roles in Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and Pretty in Pink. Perfect for cats who don’t want you to forget about them.
Prince Harry – this redhead is the youngest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana and is well known for his military service. He was the first member of the Royal Family to serve in a war zone since his uncle Prince Andrew, and his military buddies apparently like to call him the “Ginger Bullet Magnet” (which would make an awesome cat name).
Reba McEntire – this iconic red-headed country star is well known for her songs like “Fancy,” “Does He Love You” (with Linda Davis), “Somebody Should Leave,” “I’m a Survivor,” and “Rumor Has It,” to name just a few of her hits. She also starred in her own TV show called Reba.
Richard the Lionheart – this red-haired king was known for his military campaigns (notably his role in the Third Crusade). For brave and courageous cats.
Rupert Grint – this red-headed British actor is well known for his role as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter films. He auditioned for the part by sending in a video where he portrayed his female Drama teacher and even did a rap about why he wanted to be Ron.
Seth Green – this redhead is well known for his voice work (he voices characters in Robot Chicken, Family Guy, and Titan Maximum). But for many, he will always be the beloved werewolf Oz from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Perfect for cats who love the band Dingoes Ate My Baby.
Shaun White – this red-headed snowboarder is a three-time Olympic gold medalist.
Sophie Turner – this redhead is a natural blonde but is known for her red-haired roles in the films The Thirteenth Tale, Another Me, and Barely Lethal. Her most well-known role would probably be that of Sansa Stark in the epic TV show Game of Thrones which was the first time she dyed her hair red (because the character in the original books had red hair).
Susan Sarandon – this iconic red-headed actress is known for her roles in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, The Client, Dead Man Walking, Little Women, and The Lovely Bones. She is also a brand ambassador for L’Oréal Paris.
Thomas Jefferson – while this Founding Father is often portrayed with a gray wig, he is a natural redhead. For patriotic cats who are like to declare their independence.
Vincent van Gogh – this iconic Post-Impressionist painter is also a redhead. He has numerous famous works, which include the paintings Starry Night, Irises, and Sunflowers. He also painted quite a few self-portraits of himself (over 30 in total).
Willie Nelson – this red-headed country music legend is known for his long hair and iconic red bandanas. He also starred in a film called Red Headed Stranger. Some of his many iconic songs are “Hello Walls,” “Whiskey River,” and “On the Road Again.”
Winston Churchill – this famous red-haired Prime Minister had the nickname “Copperknob” as a boy due to his hair color. He also bred rare butterflies.
Original/Odd Orange Cat Names
Here are some original and somewhat odd names for those cats who are oddballs:
Basketball – after the orange colored ball used in the sport of the same name (which was invented by Dr. James Naismith in 1891). For cats who like to dribble saliva on you.
Brick – after the reddish-orange building material that is traditionally made of clay.
Clockwork Orange – after the book A Clockwork Orange written by Anthony Burgess in 1962 (which was the basis for both a film in 1971 and a play in 1987).
Florida – after the state nicknamed the Orange State due to its high production of oranges (and other citrus fruits). The orange became the official state fruit of Florida in 2005.
Flynn – an Irish surname that means “red-haired one” or “son of a red-haired man.” It is derived from the Irish name Ó Floinn which means “descendant of Flann” (Flann meaning red or ruddy).
Golden Gate Bridge or (GGB) – after the iconic orange suspension bridge in San Francisco, California. The bridge’s distinct orange color is called International Orange and is a deep orange with reddish hues. This is also the color of the NASA ACES space suits (known as pumpkin suits) that are worn during the ascent and entry part of a flight.
Hazmat (Suit) – while Hazmat suits can come in many different colors, orange is often associated with them thanks to films/TV shows like Breaking Bad, Arrival, and Armageddon.
Ireland – after the country that (along with Scotland) is often associated with or well known for their redheads.
Level Orange – (also known as High Alert) is the second-highest alert level in the National Terrorism Advisory System. For very dangerous cats who inspire terror in mice.
Life Vest – although they can come in different colors, they are often associated with orange (which is a common life vest color because it contrasts well with blue water). They are also called life jackets or personal flotation devices.
Oscar – after the golden trophy awarded at the Academy Awards which was created by George Stanley in 1929.
Penny – after the copper coin that (in the US) is one cent.
Rebel Flight Suit (or RFS) – after the iconic orange flight suits worn by the Rebel pilots (including Luke Skywalker) which were made famous in the original Star Wars trilogy.
Redshirt – after the term used by Star Trek fans to refer to an expendable character in a red Star Fleet uniform that dies (typically the red-shirted security personnel). Perfect for if your cat is either a Trekkie or loves rolling around in shirts (or both).
Rory – a Gaelic given name that means “red king.” It is derived from the words ruadh (meaning red – haired or rusty) and rígh (meaning king).
Sacral Chakra – after the second chakra which is typically represented by an orange lotus blossom and is associated with pleasure, passion, and creativity.
Safety Orange – a shade of orange that is used on road work signs, during hunting season, at construction sites, and is also the color of traffic cones. It is sometimes called blaze orange or OSHA orange, and its main purpose is to make objects stand out. This shade of orange was chosen because it contrasts extremely well with the azure sky color.
Scotland – after the country that (along with Ireland) is often associated with or well known for their redheads.
Spray Tan – after the type of tanning that is produced by chemicals instead of by sunlight (that often produces an unwanted orange hue).
Sunburst – a pattern or design that resembles rays of sunshine. It has a circular center and many rays (or beams) coming from it. The rays are narrower in the center and get wider toward the end. For cats who love to stare at the sun.
Traffic Cone – after the orange cones that are often used during road construction or to direct traffic. Perfect for cats who have an innate fear of being run over.
Treasure – after the gold that is often associated with pirates. For cats who wear eyepatches or who love the book Treasure Island.
Nature Orange Cat Names
Nature is chock full of inspiration for orange cat names. Ranging from animals to gems to an array of flowers, here is a list of names for cats who are naturally charming:
For if you really want to give your cat a complex by naming it after a different type of animal (although there are some cats to choose from as well).
Baltimore (Oriole) – this bird is the official state bird of Maryland and is the mascot for the baseball team of the same name. The females are more yellow in color, and the males are more orange.
Bullock’s (Oriole) – this bird is similar in appearance to the Baltimore oriole, and at one time they were considered the same species. Sadly, they did not get their own baseball team.
Cheetah – this yellowish-tan cat is the fastest animal on land, can run up to 70mph, and can also achieve top speed in 3 seconds. Perfect for speedy cats.
Clownfish – this orange fish (with white and black stripes) was popularized by the film Finding Nemo. A good choice for cats who like to clown around or who get lost a lot.
Flame Robin – this small Australian bird has bright reddish-orange plumage on its throat, breast, and abdomen. You could also go with Robin which has the benefit of being a Batman reference.
Golden Lion Tamarin or (GLT) – this small monkey (the size of a squirrel) has a bright reddish-orange coat and is on the endangered species list. For cats who like to monkey around.
Goldfish – this orange fish is a popular pet for children. Contrary to popular belief, they do have a memory longer than 3 seconds. They can remember up to several months and can even be trained to perform tricks! For cats who like to break stereotypes.
Guianan (Cock-of-the-Rock) – there are no words; just look at this orange gloriousness:
Jaguar – this tawny-orange big cat is known for its distinctive spots which are shaped like roses and are called rosettes. The word jaguar comes from the Native American word yaguar which means “he who kills in one leap.” It is also one of the few cats who like water.
Japanese Spider Crab or (JSC) – this crab has the largest leg span of any arthropod (up to 18ft). It is orange with white spots on its legs and can live up to 100 years. For monstrously large cats.
Julia (Butterfly) – this orange butterfly prefers passion vines for its food source. A good name for cats who are passionate about their food.
Liger – this cat is a hybrid that is the offspring of a male lion and a female tiger. In the film Napoleon Dynamite, the liger is Napoleon’s favorite cat.
Lion – this “king of the jungle” can range from tawny – brown to reddish – orange to silver – gray in color. It is the only cat that has a tufted tail, and it has the loudest roar of any cat.
Monarch (Butterfly) – this orange butterfly (with black and white markings) is the state insect for seven states: Alabama, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Texas, Vermont, and West Virginia (some states just have a state insect, and some have a separate category for state butterfly).
Ocelot – this tawny nocturnal cat has spotted fur and is also known as a dwarf leopard.
Orange Baboon Tarantula or (OBT) – this tarantula is often called an OBT which stands not only for its name but also for “orange bitey thing” (which is a great cat name on its own). It is known for its speed, aggression, defensiveness, and painful bite. For extremely feisty cats.
Orangutan – this reddish-orangey-brown great ape gets its name from the Malay words orang (person) and hutan (forest), which therefore means “person of the forest.” For cats who love trees.
Red Fox (or RF) – this auburn colored fox is the largest of the fox species. For gorgeous female cats who are absolute foxes.
Red Panda (or RP) – this mammal is the only living species of its genus and family. It is also known as a lesser panda or a fire fox. Supposedly, the Mozilla Firefox web browser is named after it, and their mascot was at one time a red panda (that was later redesigned as a red fox to be more recognizable).
Savannah (Cat) – a hybrid cat breed that is a cross between a domestic cat and a serval. It is highly intelligent, energetic, and a great jumper. It is often considered to be the “dog” of the cat world because it can be trained to walk on a leash, to fetch, is extremely loyal, and it will follow its owners around the house.
Serval – this tawny African cat has the largest ears and longest legs of any cat in proportion to its body. They can achieve speeds of 50mph and are bested only by the cheetah.
Tiger – not only an iconic orange cat name, but also the largest species in the cat family. Sadly, there are more tigers in captivity than there are in the wild and they are an endangered species.
Tigon – this cat is a hybrid that is the offspring of a male tiger and a female lion. They are smaller than their counterpart the liger and more aggressive (and both hybrids are prone to depression).
Viceroy (Butterfly) – this orange butterfly (with black and white markings) looks very similar to the monarch butterfly.
Inspired by the orange, red, and yellow hues found in nature. For cats who like to act natural.
Amber – fossilized tree resin, that was popularized in the iconic 1993 film Jurassic Park. For the cat who always “finds a way” to annoy you.
Autumn – also known as fall. This season is typically associated with the colors orange, red, yellow, and brown. Also, a good choice for cats who were born in the month of Autumn.
Blaze – a fast-burning fire that produces a lot of heat and light. For cats who love to take naps in the blazing hot sun.
Brass – a golden metallic alloy made from copper and zinc. Not only a great CSI reference (Jim Brass) but a good choice for cats who like to be in charge (aka the top brass).
Bronze – an alloy made primarily from copper and tin (often various other metals such as nickel, zinc, and aluminum are added in as well). Supposedly, it was the first alloy created by humans.
Copper – a reddish-orange element that was the first metal to be smelted (heating an ore to produce a metal). For cats who make you melt with their love.
Ember – hot, glowing coal or wood that precedes or remains after a fire. Also, an Avatar: The Last Airbender reference and a good name for Fire Nation cats who like to vacation on Ember Island.
Fall – another name for the season autumn. A good choice for cats who fall down a lot.
Fire – a type of combustion that produces, heat, light, and flames. A good choice for cats who have a fiery nature or who love to knock over all your candles.
Flame – a body of hot, visible gas that is generated by fire. For if your cat is good-looking aka hot.
Gold – whether you are referencing the color or the element, this is a lovely name for any cat whom you truly treasure.
Lava – reddish-orange molten rock that erupts from volcanoes. For cats who erupt in anger easily.
Scorch – to burn the surface of something. Also, a good choice for cats who like to watch the film Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials.
Sun-kissed – perfect for cats who like to sunbathe.
Sunny – for cats who are as bright and cheerful as they are orange.
Sunrise – when the sun crosses the horizon in the morning. For cats who are early risers.
Sunset – when the sun crosses the horizon in the evening. For cats who are not early risers.
Sunshine – sunlight. A good choice for cats who are “little rays of sunshine.”
For cats that look and smell beautiful.
Bird of Paradise or (BOP) – this striking plant resembles the bird of the same name. It is also called a crane flower and is the floral emblem of Los Angeles, CA.
Black-eyed Susan – this yellow flower is part of the sunflower family. A good name for cats who like to get into fights and therefore get a lot of black eyes.
California Poppy – this orange (sometimes yellow or red) flower is the state flower for California. You could also just call your cat California or Poppy for short.
Canna – this flower is also called a canna lily (although it is not a true lily). It comes in orange, red, yellow, and various combinations of these colors.
Chrysanthemum – this flower is also known as a mum and is typically yellow, orange, or red. It derives its name from the Greek words chrysos (meaning gold) and anthos (meaning flower).
Coreopsis – this flower is typically yellow or yellow with red. You could also name your cat Mango Punch, Cranberry Ice, Early Sunrise, Desert Coral, Moonlight, Pink Sapphire, or Presto Gold (which are all varieties of this flower and would also make cool drink names).
Daffodil – this yellow (and sometimes white) flower is the traditional flower for a 10th year wedding anniversary. Supposedly, it symbolizes rebirth and must always be given in a bunch (as opposed to a single flower) or else it will bring bad luck.
Dandelion – this yellow flower has white seeds (that appear after the flower falls off) that people like to blow off. You could also call your cat Dandy Lion as a cute play on words.
Forsythia – this bright yellow, bell-shaped flower is also called a golden bell. It is named after the Scottish botanist William Forsythia and symbolizes anticipation. For cats who anticipate you feeding them a lot.
Goldenrod – this perennial golden-yellow flower is the state flower for Kentucky and Nebraska.
Golden Shower Tree (or GST) – the flowers on this tree are bright yellow and cascade downward in grape-like bunches (they are also the national flower of Thailand).
Honeysuckle – this yellow or white flower can also be orange or red. Supposedly, cats are drawn to honeysuckle because it has a chemical that is similar to the one found in catnip. For cats who like to get high on flowers.
Lion’s Tail or (LT) – this orange flower is also known as a wild dagga (and is part of the mint family).
Marigold – this flower is part of the sunflower family and comes in orange, yellow, and maroon (and has overlapping petals). Supposedly, chickens who consume this flower lay eggs that have brighter, more orange-colored yolks.
Oregon (Grape) – this yellow flower is the state flower of Oregon. While it is not related to grapes at all, the plant does produce bluish-purple berries after it flowers. The berries are bitter when raw but become sweet when cooked. Perfect for cats from the Beaver State.
Red Hot Poker – also known as a torch lily (another great cat name). It has red, yellow, or orange tubular flowers. For cats who like to poke you with their claws when you are sleeping.
Sunflower – this yellow flower is the state flower of Kansas. It was also the subject of two different series of paintings done by Vincent van Gogh. The first set depicts sunflowers lying on the ground, and the second set depicts them in vases.
Texas Dawn – this yellow water lily was created by Kenneth Landon in 1985 in Texas. It is especially noteworthy because in the early spring the base petals have an orange glow and in late summer and fall they have a pink glow (both of which are reminiscent of dawn colors).
Tiger Lily – this flower is bright orange with dark spots and has a strong, sweet smell. Of the true lilies, only the tiger lily and the white lily have a scent. Also, a great Peter Pan reference.
(Yellow) Elder – this yellow, trumpet-shaped flower is the national flower of the Bahamas.
(Yellow) Jessamine – this bright yellow flower is the state flower of South Carolina and is not a true jasmine even though it is sometimes called one. It is poisonous to both humans and cats.
Here are some names for cats that are precious little gems:
Carnelian – this gem is reddish-orange or amber-colored. It is often used in cameos (oval-shaped pieces of jewelry that have a carved profile) and amulets (jewelry that is meant to protect the wearer).
Citrine – a variety of quartz that is yellow or orange. It is one of two birthstones for November (the other being topaz). It is named after the yellow citron fruit.
Fire Opal – an orange, red, or yellow opal that is also called a tangerine opal or a Mexican fire opal (since Mexico is one of the largest producers of this gem).
Golden Beryl or (GB) – a golden yellow gem that sometimes has a greenish hue (it is also known as a heliodor). For cats who get car sick and turn green.
Golden Pearl or (GP) – this golden variety of pearl is from the gold-lipped South Sea oyster (South Sea oysters are the largest of the pearl oysters). Its golden color is 100% natural and the darker the golden color, the more valuable the pearl. For cats who are invaluable to you.
Lemon (Quartz)- a variety of quartz that is, wait for it, lemon-colored. It is often associated with clarity and happiness. For cats who are very clear about their love of lemons.
Mali (Garnet) – a yellow garnet that is found only in Mali, South Africa. It is a relative newbie to the gem world as it was only discovered in 1994 (and gemstones date back to ancient times).
Pyrope – a variety of garnet that derives its name from the Greek words pur (meaning fire) and ops (meaning eye). For cats who love to purr as much as they love giving you the stink-eye.
Sard – a reddish-orange or amber-colored variety of quartz.
Sardonyx – a variety of onyx that has alternating bands of sard and white onyx. It is commonly used in cameos. Perfect for cynical and sardonic cats.
Scapolite – this yellow gem derives its name from the Greek work skapos (meaning stick, stem, or rod) because its crystals form column formations.
Spessartine – an orange or reddish-orange variety of garnet named after the Spessart Mountains in Bavaria, Germany where it was first discovered and identified.
Sunstone – this orange or reddish-colored gem has a glittery, (or spangled) appearance which makes it seem like a glimmering sun (hence its name). For cats who love to play with glitter.
Tiger’s Eye – a yellow-brown or amber-colored variety of quartz that is often used for costume jewelry or pendants because it is very inexpensive.
For cats who love the final frontier.
Algeiba – not to be confused with the word Algebra, this reddish-orange giant binary star can be seen with the naked eye. It is in the constellation Leo and is also known as Gamma Leonis.
Denebola – this star is located at the tail of the constellation Leo and is also known as Beta Leonis. Its name is a shortened form of an Arabic phrase that means “the tail of the lion.”
Eskimo (Nebula) – also known as the Clownface Nebula. A notable characteristic of this nebula is that its outer disk has unusual light-year long filaments (which are orange).
Jupiter – this orange and white banded planet is the fifth from the sun, the largest planet in our Solar System, and has the largest moon in the Solar System (named Ganymede).
Leo – a constellation whose name means “lion” in Latin.
Regulus – this star is the brightest star in the constellation Leo and is also known as Alpha Leonis. Its name means “little king” or “prince” in Latin.
Saturn – this pale gold planet is the sixth from the sun and the second-largest planet in our Solar System. Its yellow hue is the result of ammonia crystals in its upper atmosphere.
Solar Flare – when the sun suddenly increases in brightness. It is often accompanied by coronal mass ejections (huge releases of energy and material abbreviated as CMEs).
Sun – a sphere of hot plasma. You could also call your cat Great Ball of Fire if you wanted to be more epic (or if you wanted to have a Top Gun reference, which who doesn’t want that?).
Titan – Saturn’s yellowish-orange moon is the second-largest in our Solar System, and it has been featured in several Sci-fi films such as Star Trek (2009), Star Trek: Nemesis, and Gattaca.
Venus – this pale-yellow planet is the second from the sun and the hottest planet in our Solar System (it has an average surface temperature of 863˚F). For cats who are hot-natured.
Vulpecula – a constellation whose name means “little fox” in Latin. For sly cats.
Food Orange Cat Names
Who doesn’t want to be reminded of food every time they think of their cat? Ranging from orange to red to yellow in hue here are some food-related names guaranteed to make you hungry!
Here are some names that are as sweet as your cat is:
Big Red (Gum) – after the Wrigley’s cinnamon-flavored chewing gum.
Buttercup – after Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups which have orange wrappers and are golden on the inside. Also, a great The Princess Bride reference. Good for cats who are either eternal romantics or “inconceivable.”
Butterfinger – not only a crispy yellow-wrapped candy bar but a good name for cats who can’t seem to get a grip on life.
Butterscotch – an orange candy made primarily from butter and brown sugar. It doesn’t get any sweeter than that.
Candy Corn – a classic orange candy beloved by many that has its own day (Candy Corn Day) on October 30th which is the day before Halloween.
Fireball – after Atomic Fireballs a cinnamon-flavored candy. They are often associated with NASA because NASA keeps them in Mission Command when a shuttle is in flight. That’s a stellar name reference.
Hot Tamale – after the Hot Tamales candies which are a chewy, cinnamon-flavored candy. Perfect for cats that spice up your life.
Juicy Fruit (Gum) – after the popular yellow-wrapped Wrigley’s gum. For cats that like to “move” around a lot.
Red Hot – after Red Hots which are hot, cinnamon-flavored candies. For cats who are on fire in life.
Reese – also after Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
Toffee – an orangish-brown delicious candy made from molasses, sugar, butter, and sometimes flour.
Twix – after the golden-wrapped candy bar. A good name for cats from Tennessee (all Twix in the US are made in Cleveland, TN).
Twizzler – after the red Twizzlers candies. For those cats who sometimes get twisted around.
In case you feel like being cheesy. What? It was kind of funny.
American (Cheese) – the perfect name for patriotic cats
Cheddar – a good choice for cats who can sometimes be a little bit sharp. In the US, Wisconsin produces the most cheddar cheese.
Cheese – nothing wrong with being plain cheese. For cats who like to be all-inclusive.
Colby – a mild cheese that is very similar to Cheddar.
Edam – no, not Adam. This cheese is pale yellow in the center and has a red, paraffin wax crust. It does not spoil and only hardens over time. Perfect for cats who are tough and hardy.
Gouda – a mild cheese that was named after the city of Gouda in the Netherlands.
Muenster – this cheese gets its name from the city of Munster in France. A good choice for cats who are absolute terrors aka muensters.
Nacho Cheese – a processed cheese that was made as a cheaper and more convenient option for topping nachos. Frank Liberto, you have our eternal thanks (=^.^=♥ U).
String (Cheese) – a type of cheese (typically Mozzarella) that is usually a snack. Perfect for both nerdy cats who are into string theory and crafty cats who like to sew (aka play with string).
Swiss – a good name for cats from Switzerland, cats who are neutral, or cats who are holey unafraid in life.
Names inspired by nature’s candy:
Apricat – a cute play on the word apricot.
Apricot – apricots are part of the rose family (Rosaceae).
Banana – a delicious yellow fruit that is also tasty when fried. A good name for cats whose brains are a little fried as well.
Bell (Pepper) – this name works no matter if your cat is orange, yellow, or red-hued. That’s a win.
Blood (Orange) – a type of orange that is unique in that its flavor has a hint of raspberry.
Butternut (Squash) – a tan fruit (often mistaken for a vegetable) that is orange inside. Perfect for cats who are a bit nutty.
Chili (Pepper) – yes, this is also a fruit and not a vegetable. A good name for cats who are confused about their self-identity and who also love the band Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Citron – a yellow fruit with a very thick rind that is one of the originators of all other citrus fruits.
Clementine – not only a delicious fruit, but a lovely girl’s name that means mild, calm, or gentle.
Jaffa (Orange) – also known as a Shamouti orange. These oranges were named after the city of Jaffa which is where they were first exported from.
Grapefruit – the perfect name if your cat is a little bit of a sourpuss.
Kumquat – while the outside may resemble an orange, this fruit is only about the size of an olive.
Lemon – for cats that are a bit tart. You can also go with Lemon Curd if your cat is spoiled.
Mandarin – not just a type of orange, but a language as well.
Mango – a fruit that is in the same family as cashews and poison ivy (Anacardiaceae) which can cause allergic reactions. A perfect name, because nothing says “watch out I’m dangerous” more than having a name like Mango.
Navel – not just a name for your bellybutton, but a type of orange as well.
Nectarine – a type of peach that lacks the distinctive fuzzy coating that peaches normally have.
Orange – a classic orange cat name, for a classic cat.
Orangy or Orangie – a variation on the classic orange name. For cats who like to be different.
Papaya – this fruit is also called a papaw or pawpaw. It doesn’t get any more fitting than that.
Peach – for cats who are absolute darlings and possibly from Georgia (the Peach State).
Peaches – are also part of the rose family (Rosaceae).
Peachy or Peachie – for cats who are peachy keen.
Persimmon – there are only two types of commercially available persimmons: hachiya and fuyu (both of which would also make good, unique cat names).
Pineapple – not just a delicious prickly fruit, but a wonderful Psych reference as well. Win – win.
Pomelo – a fruit that is green on the outside and orange on the inside. It is also known as a pomello, pummelo, or pamplemousse (yes, really). You could also call your cat pamplemouse.
Pumpkin – not only the delicious basis for pumpkin pie, but also a fruit (and not a vegetable) that is grown on every continent but Antarctica.
Satsuma – a delicious orange citrus fruit that is just plain cool sounding.
Star Fruit – a yellow or orangish-yellow fruit that is in the shape of a star. Also, it is similar sounding to Star-Lord. Enough said.
Tangelo – a hybrid of a pomelo and a tangerine that is also sometimes called a honeybell.
Tangerine – a variety of mandarin orange that is smaller and less sour than the common orange.
Tango – not only a type of mandarin orange, but an awesome dance as well. Perfect for orange cats who are quick on their feet.
Ugli – a Jamaican type of tangelo. Perfect if you really want to give your cat a complex.
From deserts to snacks to random substances here are some more food-inspired names for cats who are serious foodies:
Butter – a yellow dairy product made from churning milk or cream to separate the butterfat from the buttermilk. This is a good name for cats who like to meow and gives lots of toasts.
Butters – a plural of butter. It can also be a reference to both Lethal Weapon and South Park.
Cheese Puff – a delicious cheesy puffed corn snack. Good for cats who are full of hot air. You could also go with Cheese Ball or Cheese Curl.
Cheeto – after the Cheetos brand of puffed corn snacks. For cats who are a little bit corny.
Cheez Doodle – a good choice for cats who like be unique or cats who like to draw.
Cheez-It – after the Kellogg’s brand of cheese crackers.
Egg Yolk – the inner nutrient-filled part of an egg. Perfect for smart cats who are eggheads.
Goldfish (Crackers) – orange fish-shaped crackers made by Pepperidge Farms. You could also call your cat Finn after the mascot of the crackers. For cats who like to “smile back” at you.
Honey – a viscous, sticky, and sweet substance produced by bees. Perfect for those cats who tend to get into sticky situations.
Jaffa (Cake) – after Jaffa Cakes which are biscuit-sized cake snacks from the UK. They are named after Jaffa oranges and have an orange-flavored jam layer. Also, you could call your cat Jaffa the Hutt as a Jabba the Hutt reference.
Mac and Cheese (or MC) – a classic orange food. You could also go with Mac or Macaroni.
Marmalade – if you want to name your cat after the fruit preserve that is made from citrus fruits. You could also name your female cat Lady Marmalade as a reference to either the song or the movie Moulin Rouge.
Muffin – typically muffins are a golden color when baked (unless burned). Good for cats who like to bake in the sun or good-looking cats who are stud muffins.
Nacho Cheese Dorito (or NCD) – one of the original flavors of Doritos. Perfect for cats who prefer to be more specific in their Dorito preference or OG cats.
(Nutritional) Yeast – a yellow-orange deactivated yeast that is popular with vegans as a cheese substitute. It has a nutty, cheesy, savory, and creamy flavor. Perfect for cats who don’t like unsavory people or if you want your cat to have an odd name.
Orange Creamsicle – a delicious frozen dessert that has its own day (National Creamsicle Day) on August 14th. You could also just call your cat Creamsicle (and a white companion cat Icicle).
Peaches and Cream – a tasty ice cream flavor and a song reference. Win-win. For cats who like R&B quartets as well as desserts.
Twinkie – an iconic snack that is a finger-shaped golden sponge cake filled with white cream. You could also name your cat Hostess in honor of the brand that makes it.
For those extremely saucy cats with attitude:
Buffalo (Sauce) – a reddish-orange sauce typically made with hot sauce, cayenne pepper, and melted butter that can range in spiciness. For cats who love to eat chicken wings.
Catsup – a fun play on the word ketchup. Perfect for cats who need a moment to catsup in life.
Heinz – another reference to ketchup. This company is the leading seller of ketchup in the US and started selling it in 1876. In heinz sight that was probably a good idea on their part.
Ketchup – also known as red sauce. This condiment has its own day (National Ketchup Day) on June 5th. For those cats who are both sweet and tangy.
Mustard – a yellow tangy condiment that can range from sweet to spicy. A good choice for scared cats who need to muster up their courage.
Nacho Cheese Sause or (NCS) – a cheesy sauce that is eaten with nachos (and tons of other foods as well). Plus, NCS is also the abbreviation for the National Clandestine Service (the undercover division of the CIA). For cats that like to spy on you when you are sleeping.
Salsa – a tomato-based sauce that is typical in Mexican cuisine. Good for cats who like to have a little kick in their lives.
Tabasco – a brand of hot sauce that is made from tabasco peppers which are a variety of chili pepper. You can also just call your cat Hot Sauce.
Yum Yum (Sauce) – this sauce is popular in hibachi restaurants. This would also be a good reference to The Cat Who… book series which features the cats Koko and Yum Yum.
In case your cat is a little spicy:
Cayenne – a spice made from dried cayenne peppers. A good name if your cat likes to bring the heat (with its long, smothering fur).
Chili (Powder) – this spice is a mix of chili peppers with other spices (like garlic and cumin). You could also just call your cat Powder or Powder-puff.
Cumin – this spice is derived from the cumin plant which is part of the carrot family (Apiaceae).
Curry (Powder) – is a spice mix that normally contains chili pepper, coriander, cumin, garlic, ginger, turmeric, and other spices. A good name for very complex cats.
Ginger – not just a vegetable but a spice as well. You can also call your cat Ginger Spice (if you really “wannabe” 90’s awesome).
Mace – no, not the defense spray, the reddish-orange spice used in pound cake recipes. It is made from the outside of nutmeg seeds (but has a more delicate flavor than nutmeg).
Orange (Peel) – also known as orange zest. This spice is made from, you guessed it, the ground up skin or peel of an orange. A good choice for cats who have a zest for life.
Paprika – is made from different types of ground up bell peppers. Supposedly, it is the fourth most consumed spice in the world.
Pumpkin Spice – an unknown member of the Spice Girls. Not really, but that would have been great. This name is for those cats who “spice up your life.”
Saffron – this spice is one of the most expensive spices in the world. Perfect for cats who like a little luxury in their lives.
Turmeric – a popular spice in Asian cuisine. It is also used as a food additive to help protect food products against sunlight. A good choice for cats who are protective.
For cats who love vegging out in front of your TV:
Carrot – a classic orange cat name that can also serve as a reference to Carrot Top the comedian.
Corn – while typically classified as a vegetable, corn can also be a cereal grain or a fruit. The kernel is considered a grain, corn comes from a flower, so it’s also a fruit, and it’s an edible part of a plant, so it’s also a vegetable. For cats who love to be confusing.
Ginger – after the root vegetable. This is a perfect orange cat name. Just purrfect.
Maize – another word for corn. A good name for cats who like to be a bit more poncy.
Radicchio – (not to be confused with Pinocchio) a red vegetable that has a spicy and bitter taste.
Radish – this vegetable is in the same family as wasabi (the Brassicaceae family).
Rhubarb – often confused with being a fruit, this vegetable’s leaves are poisonous.
Sweet Potato (or SP) – a good choice if your cat is both sweet and a couch potato. This vegetable is often confused with yams, but they are not related at all. Even though they are called (and marketed as) yams in the US, they are just a variety of potato that is orange on the inside. Actual yams have a tougher skin, and they can be red, purple, or white on the inside.
Beverage Orange Cat Names
Here are some names that are based off beverages that range from orange sodas to golden beers to red wines. These are perfect for cats that are attention seekers (aka thirsty).
For cats who like to get a little tipsy:
Alabama Slammer – an orange and red cocktail made from amaretto, orange juice, sloe gin, and Southern Comfort. Perfect for cats who are from Alabama or who are recently out of jail (aka The Pound).
Armagnac – an amber-colored type of brandy that is produced in the Armagnac region of Gascony, France. It is the oldest brandy distilled in France. For really refined cats.
Bronx – a yellowish-orange cocktail made with gin, vermouth, orange juice, and often topped with an orange twist or wedge. It is one of five cocktails that are named after New York City boroughs.
Brooklyn – a reddish-orange cocktail made with whiskey, dry vermouth, maraschino liqueur, Amer Picon, and usually topped with a maraschino cherry or a lemon twist. It is named after the New York City borough.
Captain Morgan – a brand of rum that is distilled from sugarcane. It is named after Sir Henry Morgan who was a privateer (which is like a pirate but with government protection).
Cider – an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented juice of apples. It is also sometimes called hard cider in the US.
Cointreau – a brand of Triple Sec which is an orange-flavored liqueur that is produced in France. It is very popular as a cocktail ingredient.
Johnny Appleseed – if you want to name your cat after the brand of hard cider alcohol. For cats who are history buffs.
Mai-Tai – a yellow, orange, and red cocktail made of rum, Curaçao liqueur, lime juice, and orgeat syrup. Its name is derived from the Tahitian word maita’i which means “good.”
Malibu (Rum) – a liqueur that is made from Caribbean rum that is coconut-flavored. A good choice for cats from Malibu, California or even cats who like playing with Malibu Barbie.
Malibu Sunset – a cocktail made from Malibu rum, grenadine syrup, and pineapple juice that is layered to look like a sunset. Perfect for cats who are deep and multi-layered.
Manhattan – a reddish-amber cocktail made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters, and often topped with a maraschino cherry. It is named after the New York City borough.
Mimosa – a cocktail made from equal parts of champagne and orange juice.
Queens – a yellowish-amber cocktail made with gin, vermouth, and pineapple juice. It is named after the New York City borough.
Rum – a distilled alcoholic beverage made from sugarcane byproducts that is often associated with pirates in film. For cats who secretly want to be Captain Jack Sparrow. Or one-legged cats.
Southern Comfort (or SoCo) – a whiskey-based liqueur that is flavored with fruits and spices. For cats who are comforting or who love Janis Joplin (SoCo was considered her signature drink).
Staten Island (Ferry) – an orangish-yellow cocktail made with Malibu rum, pineapple juice, and often garnished with a pineapple wedge. It is named after the New York City borough.
Triple Sec – an orange-flavored liqueur produced in France.
Whiskey Sour – an orangish-yellow mixed drink containing whiskey (typically bourbon), lemon juice, and sugar. Perfect for cats who are resentful and sour.
The third most popular drink in the world deserves its own category.
Ale – a type of beer that has a higher alcoholic content and a stronger, more bitter taste. For cats who like to be Medieval or who really like large chicken legs.
Anheuser – after the largest beer producer in the world (Anheuser-Busch). For cats who like to go big or go home.
Beer – a straightforward name for cats who like to get their drink on.
Brewski – after the New York brewing company that produces craft beer. For cats who like yarn and are crafty.
Bud (Light) – a type of beer produced by Anheuser-Busch.
Budweiser – another type of beer produced by Anheuser-Busch. It is also promoted as a vegan beer because there are no animal products in it.
Butterbeer – the best beer for witches and wizards. It has a slight alcoholic content and is made from butterscotch. Muggles can purchase it at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (at Universal Studios) and there it is nonalcoholic and tastes similar to cream soda with a butterscotch foam.
Cerveza – the Spanish word for beer. Perfect for Hispanic cats.
Coors – after the Coors Brewing Company which owns the largest single brewery facility in the world (which is in Golden, Colorado).
Draft (Beer) – is beer that is served from a cask or keg (instead of a can or bottle). Also, a good choice for cats who get cold easily.
Heineken – after the Dutch lager beer. The company also sponsors the James Bond films. Perfect for cats who like to be “shaken, not stirred” or cats who are: Cats. Orange Cats.
Michelob – after the pale lager produced by Anheuser-Busch.
Samuel (Adams) – a brand of beer named after the Founding Father of the same name. Samuel Adams was also a second cousin to President John Adams (another Founding Father).
Stella (Artois) – a Belgian pale lager that is now owned by Anheuser-Busch. A good name for cats who need to get their groove back.
Yuengling – a type of beer produced by D.G. Yuengling & Son which is the oldest brewing company in the US (it was established in 1829). Perfect for cats who are older and more established.
Here are some names inspired by all the other delicious beverages out there:
Apple Cider – a non-alcoholic beverage made from, you guessed it, apples.
Florida’s Natural – a brand of orange juice. For cats who love to go au natural.
Orange Juice – a classic orange beverage made from the juice of oranges. You could also go with the nickname O.J. which is good for cats who (hypothetically) like to murder mice.
Minute Maid – another brand of orange juice. For cats who love to clean.
Simply Orange – another brand of orange juice. For cats who like to live life simply.
Sunkist – if you want to name your cat after the orange-flavored soda.
Tang – an orange-flavored drink that was made popular by NASA. It was selected for an eating experiment in space done by John Glenn in 1962 and has been onboard for several shuttle missions.
Tropicana – another brand of orange juice. For cats who like the tropics.
Other Languages Orange Cat Names
In case your cat is multi-lingual, here are the words orange, red, and yellow in other languages:
If your cat is a classic orange color (these can refer to either orange the color or orange the fruit):
Apelsin – Swedish (fruit)
Arancione – Italian (color)
Daidaiiro – Japanese (color)
Dalandan – Filipino (fruit)
Jeruk – Indonesian (fruit)
Jingga – Indonesian (color)
Kahel – Filipino (color)
Karaka – Maori (color)
Laranja – Portuguese (color)
Narancs – Hungarian (fruit)
Naranja – Spanish (color)
Oráiste – Irish (color)
Oranje – Afrikaans (color)
Oransje – Norwegian (color)
Oranssi – Finnish (color)
Oren – Welsh (color)
Orenji – Japanese (fruit)
Portocale – Romanian (fruit)
Portocaliu – Romanian (color)
Taronja – Catalan (color)
Turuncu – Turkish (color)
If your cat is more reddish in hue or has a fiery nature:
Aka – Japanese
Coch – Welsh
Dearg – Irish
Merah – Indonesian
Piros – Hungarian
Pula – Filipino
Punainen – Finnish
Rojo – Spanish
Rooi – Afrikaans
Rosso – Italian
Roşu – Romanian
Rot – German
Rouge – French
Vemelho – Portuguese
Vermell – Catalan
Whero – Maori
If your cat is more yellowish in hue or if they melt your heart like butter:
Amarelo – Portuguese
Amarillo – Spanish
Buí – Irish
Dilaw – Filipino
Flavus – Latin
Galben – Romanian
Geel – Afrikaans
Gelb – German
Giallo – Italian
Groc – Catalan
Gul – Norwegian (and Swedish)
Gulur – Icelandic
Jaune – French
Ketainen – Finnish
Kiiro – Japanese
Kōwhai – Maori
Kuning – Indonesian
Melemele – Hawaiian
Melyn – Welsh
Sárga – Hungarian
Sarl – Turkish
How about your other pets?
Check out our other articles, like “What Do Rabbits Eat?“.
Or if you are thinking of getting a white dog, “White Dog Names“.