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125+ Cat Names That Start with H for Your Kitty

Kristin Hitchcock

By Kristin Hitchcock

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Congrats on your new feline! Adopting a cat is an exciting event, but it also comes with many decisions you have to make. Choosing a name will probably be one of the most difficult decisions you have to make—there are so many options and it can quickly get overwhelming.

Even if you decide on a specific type of name, like one that starts with “H,” you still have many options to choose from.

We’ll help you out by providing you with tons of names that start with “H” that you can use for your cat. These names range from more traditional options like Henry to unique options like Hypatia.

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How to Name Your Cat

Naming your cat is a fun, creative process, but it can also be very stressful. There are many ways to go about naming your cat, and which way you do it is completely up to you.

Start by observing your cat. Spend some time observing your cat’s behavior, personality, and physical traits. These observations can inspire a name that reflects their unique qualities. Consider your cat’s appearance, like their size and coat color. You may be able to find a name for your cat based on these descriptions.

You can also try to capture their personality in a name. Literary names work great for this, as they often have personalities that go with them. We love playing with words and puns to make unique names, too. If you are looking for something humorous but not over the top, consider a food-based name.

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Classic Names

There are many classic names that start with “H.” We’ve included both male and female names in the list below.

  • Haley
  • Hamilton
  • Hannah
  • Harold
  • Harriet
  • Harrison
  • Harvey
  • Hazel
  • Hector
  • Heidi
  • Helen
  • Helga
  • Henri
  • Henrietta
  • Henry
  • Hermine
  • Holly
  • Hope
  • Horace
  • Hortense
  • Howard
  • Hubert
  • Hugo
  • Humphrey
  • Hunter

Nature-Inspired Names

Nature is a great place to look for inspiration. You may be surprised by the number of naming options available that begin with “H” you can find in nature.

  • Harbor
  • Hare
  • Harmony
  • Haven
  • Hawk
  • Hawthorn
  • Hazel
  • Heather
  • Henna
  • Heron
  • Hibiscus
  • Hike
  • Holly
  • Honeydew
  • Horizon
  • Huckleberry
  • Hummingbird
  • Hunter
  • Hurricane
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydra

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Literary Names

Want a name from one of your favorite books? Or even a famous mythological story? Take a look at this list for tons of options.

  • Hagrid (from the “Harry Potter” series)
  • Hamlet (from Shakespeare’s play)
  • Hardy (inspired by author Thomas Hardy)
  • Hareton (from “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë)
  • Harper (from author Harper Lee)
  • Harriet (from the “Harriet the Spy” series by Louise Fitzhugh)
  • Hazel (from “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, from “Watership Down” by Richard Adams)
  • Heathcliff (from “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë)
  • Hector (from Greek mythology and various literary works)
  • Hedwig (from the “Harry Potter” series)
  • Heloise (from the tragic love story of Abelard and Heloise)
  • Hermione (from the “Harry Potter” series)
  • Hester (from “The Scarlet Letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne)
  • Holden (from “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger)
  • Holmes (as in Sherlock Holmes from Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories)
  • Horatio (from Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet”)
  • Huck (short for Huckleberry)
  • Huckleberry (from “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain)
  • Huxley (inspired by author Aldous Huxley)
  • Hyacinth (from Greek mythology and various literary references)

Food-Inspired Names

Food-inspired names are a wonderful option for cats. There are so many types of foods that you can draw inspiration from, and they often end up being very adorable. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Hazelnut
  • Hashbrown
  • Hershey
  • Hotdog
  • Honeydew
  • Hummus
  • Honeycomb
  • Herb
  • Hoagie

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Fancy Names

Some names are just fancy, making them work well for more elegant cats.

  • Hadrian
  • Hamilton
  • Harlow
  • Harmony
  • Harriet
  • Hector
  • Helena
  • Heloise
  • Hemingway
  • Henri
  • Henrietta
  • Hermione
  • Hidalgo
  • Honoré
  • Horace
  • Horatio
  • Hortense
  • Humphrey
  • Hyacinth

Famous Names

Here are some other famous names that might work for your feline. We’ve included everything from magicians to scientists. Of course, all of these names start with H.

  • Hemingway
  • Houdini
  • Hendrix
  • Hepburn
  • Hawking
  • Hitchcock
  • Hagrid
  • Harlow

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Playful Names

Looking for a humorous name? We love funny names for cats, and there are plenty of options out there for you to choose from.

  • Happy
  • Happy-go-lucky
  • Harley
  • Harmony
  • Helix
  • Hiccup
  • Hip-hop
  • Hipster
  • Hobbit
  • Honeybee
  • Hoot
  • Hopper
  • Hopscotch
  • Houdini
  • Hula
  • Humbug
  • Hyper

Fantasy Names

These names are pulled from several fantasy topics, such as Harry Potter and Greek mythology. If you’re looking for something a bit more unique, these names may prove to be a great option.

  • Hagrid
  • Hydra
  • Harpy
  • Hobbit
  • Hippogriff
  • Hyperion
  • Hecate
  • Hesperus
  • Helios

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There are tons of names on this list for you to look at and potentially name your feline. We’ve included traditional names as well as some unique options. Hopefully, one of these names works well for your feline.

That said, don’t stress too much about naming your cat. Finding the “perfect” name is nearly impossible, especially since our cats will always change and grow. However, most cats tend to grow into their name.

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