Purrfect Black Cat Names A to Z And Expert Naming Tips by Layla Morgan Wilde

Are you looking for a new spin on the ancient art of naming your cat? You’d think it would be easy but for many it’s not. If naming cats is easy peasy for you, stop reading and get on with your day.

If you’re curious, read on. I’ve written an A to Z book on cat names and naming and it’s free to read for our subscribers. An email notification with link will go out later today. It’s a chance to offer your thoughts before it’s published or whether it should be published and how. It’s currently 45 pages and in a PDF. Slim but pithy and pretty with lots of illustrations. Scroll down for the front cover of Purrfect Black Cat Names. The A and Z are deliberately off kilter but I’m not 100% sold. Thoughts?

It’s black cat-focused but many of the names suits cools cats of any stripe. I guarantee there are names you’ve not seen on any list before. It has great fundraising possibilities for shelters or vet clinics to give away to anyone adopting a black cat. I’d love to find a brand to partner with to sponsor the printing.

Free does not mean free to steal. Whenever I mention free anything at the blog, it means free read or share on social media with our links. All our content is  copyright. I’ve had people share or hotlink my content on their own website. Sometimes they credit my work and sometimes not. Please ask for permission or better yet, create your own content.

Since I can’t share the book online now, here’s some other goodies from way back when AND

Black Cat 1899-November

it’s #givingtuesday and since PayPal and Facebook are matching donations, I created one for Spay Bay on Facebook direct link

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In the words of T. S. Eliot…

The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter,
It isn’t just one of your holiday games;
You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter
When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES.
First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily,
Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or James,
Such as Victor or Jonathan, George or Bill Bailey–
All of them sensible everyday names.
There are fancier names if you think they sound sweeter,
Some for the gentlemen, some for the dames:
Such as Plato, Admetus, Electra, Demeter–
But all of them sensible everyday names.
But I tell you, a cat needs a name that’s particular,
A name that’s peculiar, and more dignified,
Else how can he keep up his tail perpendicular,
Or spread out his whiskers, or cherish his pride?
Of names of this kind, I can give you a quorum,
Such as Munkustrap, Quaxo, or Coricopat,
Such as Bombalurina, or else Jellylorum-
Names that never belong to more than one cat.
But above and beyond there’s still one name left over,
And that is the name that you never will guess;
The name that no human research can discover–
But THE CAT HIMSELF KNOWS, and will never confess.
When you notice a cat in profound meditation,
The reason, I tell you, is always the same:
His mind is engaged in a rapt contemplation
Of the thought, of the thought, of the thought of his name:
His ineffable effable
Effanineffable
Deep and inscrutable singular Name.

Do you believe in giving a cat three names and what are some of your cats’ name past and/or present?

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23 thoughts on “Purrfect Black Cat Names E-Book And Expert Naming Tips”

  1. Love this post, Layla. Gracie and Ava both have several other names. Ava’s name at the shelter was “Theta,” so we wanted something that sounded similar.

    How nice that you call Clyde, “Clydie.” That’s what Tracey and I called him when he was at PAWS. 🙂

  2. Hi Layla Morgan Wild,
    This topic refer me to named the black one of my collection.
    By reading this I found a wonderful collecton of name for my small Kitten.
    Thanks for sharing this.

  3. I have two names, my regular name (Summer) and my pedigreed name (Tajhara Summer Samba). Some of my human’s cats have named themselves – Boodie is one of them. The cat before Sparkle, was named Harlot because that is the name she answered to, out of many thrown her way.

  4. Our first kitty came with the name Groucho. Go figure, he was not called that for his character but because of his birthday, Oct 2. He was a grouch to other kitties and those strangers that did not let him visit them at HIS terms….cause they didn’t understand cats. Second kitty was SImba…not too original, MOL!
    Third was Suki…short for SukiLaila, because she was loved and was our first sealpointed meezer…having quite dark furs. (Groucho was a chocolate point, and Simba a blue point.)
    Then came Toki. MOL! When I brought him in the house, hubby said oh my its a Tom Kitten! (We were reading Beatrice Potter to our small boys those those days…). SO we shortened those two names into Toki. Which we thought were original…um…then I met another Toki, an Abbysinian cat. His mom was from Korea and said Toki meant little rabbit! Wow, but well, Toki was no small bunny, MOL! He was a larger than he was supposed to be blue meezer! We thought he might have been a Burmese. And I just found out that in Japanese Toki means full of hope, and time of opportunity!
    Then we got Pipo & Minko on the same day, from differnet part of the city. Minko was very dirty and smelly, since I rescued him from an awful situation. So I said to him, you really are a Stinky Minky..which all of a sudden was changed in my mind to Minko, because that sounded more elegant and siuted him with his very light blue pointedness, like a white mink!
    Pipo even at his young kitten age had a lot of catitude and hissed both at Minko and The resident dog, MJF. So, remembering that my Aunt had once had a cat she called Pipo, who my Mother was scared of, I decided he was going to have a name to honor that kitty…and even now he chases and swats Dalton for no reason other than he is a dog. He used to beat up MJF, and they were/are both letting him be the boss. MOL! (Toki and Minko were very friendly with MJF.)
    Pipo-Beepo, cause he chirps his greetings to us and then he purrs loudly or Mrouws before more little beepy chirps!

    Sheesh, I have written an epistle…and we have not had a black cat…though do the black stockings that the sealpoints wear count?? MOL!
    Thanks for letting us read your new book, it was fun and filled with great ideas and suggestions:)

  5. Back in 1997 I rescued a beautiful grayish- violet colored male cat, I named Stardust. A couple months later I rescued a shiny beautiful black female cat, I named Comet. They grew up together, but weren’t littermates. They’ve both passed away years back, and I still miss them. I missed Stardust terribly, and about 3 months later I brought Luna Lia. Comet who was usually skittish, it was once Stardust died, she grieved over her friend, and I never could get her to out from under the bed much anymore. She almost sounded senile because she was aged 13, and I was amused as I’ve never her meow so much before, and I wasn’t sure whom she was saying “meow- rowr, purr purr, brow-rowr, rowr-rowr!” to?, then she’d repeat it over and over for 5 minutes or longer, at diferent octaves and it was so cute😏. Later on, I happened to ask my Mom, Did Comet ever makes sounds like that since she’s lived with you? ( I let an apt. manager talk me out of letting my second cat Comet come live with me, but Luna Lia came with me) My Mom said No, she’s never done that here. I explained that Comet did that a lot when she lived with me before. It started after Stardust died. My Mom said, Comet was probably grieving over Stardust! He was her best friend! I said, Really? She was? My Mom continued, Well yeah, they grew up together! She exclaimed it like that on the phone to me. Since then, (in 2009) I rescued a brown tabby female cat, 4 months old, I named Luna Lia or Luna, other names for her are called Loony/ Luna Love/Luna/Sweetheart/ Baby/Honey. Then in 2014, my husband and I rescued a buff orange male kitten, 11 months old, I named Gingerbread or Gingy, his other names are Ginge/Honey/Stinker (for misbeahavin)
    /Hey! or Gingy No! or jerk (for when he bites me enough it tears my skin). Then last year, my husband and I rescued a black and white female kitten, we named Mittens. Other names for her are (I say it fast like a higher pitched tone ver excited) Mamamama-Miiiittens!!! Excuse me for a long comment. I am proud of all our furbabies!😼

  6. Our cats usually do have different names now that you mention it. There is the name on their records (the vet) and not always the name they answer to. There is the house names, ones they will answer to if they aren’t to busy (it sometimes involves some odd middle name if they are being naughty) , they name they have while on a lap the one you whisper to them, and of course I think they have names for each other and themselves.

    Many black cats here, but one special one was Piper.He was the pied piper of a litter of 7 we took in where he went they all followed. There were 3 black cats out of those seven collectively they were all known as the ‘monkeys’ His pet name was Pan like Peter Pan as he never lost his kitenishcharm. I imagine his secret name was quite regal. He was built like a siamese and his fur was sleek and shiny. I think of him often.

  7. I don’t actually “give” my cats three names but I believe they have them. First is their temporary name for the time we spend getting used to each other. Second is their accepted name. Third is the name we’ll never know, only they do. Sometimes there is a fourth name: the familiar name that only I and the cat know. My black cats were Nile, Tempest and Ruka (short for Mereruka).

  8. We had two black cats. The first was named Flash because when you tried to pet him he was gone in a flash. The second was named Puck because he was black and would shoot around the house like a hockey puck.

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