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115+ Birman Cat Names: Our Top Picks for Your New Kitty

Kristin Hitchcock

By Kristin Hitchcock

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Birman cats are best known for their brightly-colored, blue eyes. They originally came from Burma and are thought to have been “temple cats.” However, this history has never been proven, though it does make a nice story.

Over time, these felines slowly came to Europe and the United States. While they are quite old, they were only introduced to the Western world recently. Therefore, they are still pretty rare felines.

If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one of these beautiful cats, one of the first things you’ll do is name them. While this may sound easy, many people have a harder time with this than they expect. It’s hard to narrow down all the possibilities to just one name.

Luckily, we’ve provided you with a list of possible names below, which should provide you with some inspiration.

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How to Name Your Birman Cat

Birman cats may be uniquely beautiful, but naming your new Birman cat is just like naming any other cat.

Your first step should be to make a list of all the names that you like. You can come up with your own names and use lists like ours for inspiration. Do not write down any name that you might pick. Instead, focus on only your favorites. If you have several members in your household, be sure to involve them in choosing names, too.

Next, you should cross out any names that you aren’t in love with. Preferably, you should have five names or less on your list. If you have more, narrow it down as best you can. Sometimes, asking for a second opinion can be helpful at this stage if you really can’t narrow it down anymore.

Now that you have your shortened list try out the names over a few days. Your cat will take several weeks to learn their new name, so this process won’t confuse them. Sometimes, there may be a name that you really like, but it may just not fit your cat for one reason or another. This period also allows you to get to know your cat a bit better, which should allow you to select a better-fitting name.

If you have younger children in your household, be sure that they can pronounce the name. Otherwise, they may end up “renaming” your cat to something they can pronounce.

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Female Birman Cat Names

If you adopted a beautiful girl cat, you may want to consider one of the very elegant names below. We’ve included some relatively popular female names, as well as a few more unique options.

  • Aurora
  • Bella
  • Bella Donna
  • Calypso
  • Cassia
  • Celeste
  • Cleo
  • Electra
  • Esme
  • Gizelle
  • Ivy
  • Jasmine
  • Jinx
  • Juno
  • Luna
  • Lyra
  • Mabel
  • Mei
  • Minerva
  • Misty
  • Mocha
  • Nala
  • Nyx
  • Odessa
  • Ophelia
  • Pandora
  • Pippa
  • Poppy
  • Sable
  • Saffron
  • Sasha
  • Seraphina
  • Tasha
  • Toffee
  • Truffle
  • Velvet
  • Willow
  • Zara
  • Zoey


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Male Birman Cat Names

If you want something a bit more masculine for your male cat, this list of names should provide you with plenty of inspiration. You’ll find some very classical options, as well as some with a more modern flair.

  • Angus
  • Apollo
  • Baxter
  • Bentley
  • Blue
  • Charlie
  • Chase
  • Chester
  • Dante
  • Dexter
  • Felix
  • Finn
  • Gizmo
  • Gus
  • Jasper
  • Leo
  • Loki
  • Max
  • Merlin
  • Milo
  • Murphy
  • Oliver
  • Oscar
  • Quincy
  • Remy
  • Riley
  • Rocky
  • Rusty
  • Saxon
  • Sebastian
  • Simba
  • Theo
  • Thor
  • Titan
  • Toby
  • Winston
  • Zeus


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Asian Birman Cat Names

Because Birman cats were originally from Asia, you may want to consider giving your feline an Asian name. Here’s a list of names from all around Asia—not just Birma, where these cats are originally from. We’ve also added the origin of the name, as well as the meaning.

  • Akira – Japanese, meaning “bright” or “clear.”
  • Amita – Sanskrit/Indian, meaning “without limit” or “boundless.”
  • Anya – Sanskrit/Indian, meaning “grace” or “favor.”
  • Arun – Sanskrit/Indian, meaning “sun” or “dawn.”
  • Asha – Sanskrit/Indian, meaning “hope” or “wish.”
  • Aya – Japanese, meaning “color” or “design.”
  • Bao – Chinese, meaning “treasure” or “precious.”
  • Chou – Chinese, meaning “butterfly.”
  • Hana – Korean, Japanese, meaning “flower.”
  • Haruki – Japanese, meaning “shining brightly.”
  • Hiroshi – Japanese, meaning “generous” or “tolerant.”
  • Huang – Chinese, meaning “yellow” or “bright.”
  • Indra – Sanskrit/Indian, meaning “possessing drops of rain” or “god of weather and war.”
  • Jin – Korean, meaning “precious” or “treasure.”
  • Jun – Chinese, Japanese, meaning “obedient” or “pure.”
  • Kai – Chinese, meaning “victory” or “triumph.”
  • Kenji – Japanese, meaning “intelligent second son.”
  • Kenta – Japanese, meaning “healthy” or “strong.”
  • Kiran – Sanskrit/Indian, meaning “ray of light” or “sunbeam.”
  • Ling – Chinese, meaning “delicate” or “spirited.”
  • Mei – Chinese, meaning “beautiful.”
  • Ming – Chinese, meaning “bright” or “shining.”
  • Nina – Sanskrit/Indian, meaning “beautiful eyes.”
  • Niran – Sanskrit/Indian, meaning “eternal” or “endless.”
  • Qiang – Chinese, meaning “strong” or “powerful.”
  • Raj – Sanskrit/Indian, meaning “king” or “rule.”
  • Ravi – Sanskrit/Indian, meaning “sun” or “radiant.”
  • Rina – Sanskrit/Indian, meaning “melted” or “dissolved.”
  • Ryu – Japanese, meaning “dragon.”
  • Sakura – Japanese, meaning “cherry blossom.”
  • Shiro – Japanese, meaning “white” or “castle.”
  • Sora – Japanese, meaning “sky.”
  • Taiyo – Japanese, meaning “sun.”
  • Tetsu – Japanese, meaning “philosopher” or “iron.”
  • Varun – Sanskrit/Indian, meaning “god of the water” or “lord of the sea.”
  • Wei – Chinese, meaning “valuable” or “precious.”
  • Xia – Chinese, meaning “summer” or “glow of the sunrise.”
  • Ying – Chinese, meaning “cherry blossom” or “smart.”
  • Yuki – Japanese, meaning “snow.”
  • Zhen – Chinese, meaning “truth” or “genuine.”

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Hopefully, one of these names stood out to you or at least inspired you to come up with your own feline name. Whether you choose something from where Birman cats were originally from or a more classical cat name like “Bella,” your cat is sure to grow into your chosen name, even if you have second guesses about it later.

Remember, finding the perfect cat name is difficult. You’ll likely never have an “ah-ha” moment when the perfect name comes to you. Don’t get caught up with finding the perfect name. Instead, just settle on your favorite name.

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