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65 German Cat Names: Our Top Picks for Your Cat (With Meanings)

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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After you’ve taken home a beautiful new cat, you’re undoubtedly excited about sharing your life with your new furry friend. While it’s fine and dandy to name your cat something common like Kitty or Tiger, it can be more fun to give your cat a unique name.

Maybe you have German heritage or long to visit Germany. Whatever your reason, having a cat with a German name will remind you of your fondness for this beautiful northern European country.

We put together this list of 65 German cat names for you to review. We broke the names down into categories to make things easier. We also included German cat names with meanings, which we think you’ll appreciate if you’re in search of an extra-special name.
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How to Name Your Cat

It can be challenging to think of a great cat name, but you’ll eventually find one you and your cat love. The key to successfully naming your cat is looking at lots of possibilities. This way, you’ll be able to find one you like and that best matches your cat in terms of looks and personality.

You can use quite a few of the names here for any kind of cat. However, we did include sections with female German cat names and male German cat names in case you’re looking for a sex-specific name.

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Popular German Cat Names

If you’d like to name your cat a popular German name, we’ve put together some of our favorites here. All these popular names would be appropriate for a cat of any age, whether a young kitten or an older feline.

  • Asterix
  • Beethoven
  • Brahms
  • Karl
  • Dirk
  • Emil
  • Fabian
  • Felix
  • Gunther
  • Hans
  • Jan
  • Kaiser
  • Lukas
  • Lutz
  • Maja
  • Moritz
  • Oskar
  • Prinz
  • Sigmund
  • Wilhelm
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Female German Names for Cats

If your cat is a female, there are many female German names you can choose from. Check out our favorites to see if one of these names matches up with your girl.

  • Britta
  • Elsa
  • Emme
  • Freya
  • Gertrude
  • Heidi
  • Helga
  • Rosa
  • Sofie
  • Weiss
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Male German Names for Cats

If you have a male cat, the sky’s the limit for German names because there are lots of good ones! Check out our favorites to see if one of these names is suitable for your boy cat.

  • Arlo
  • Arnold
  • Bjorn
  • Finn
  • Franz
  • Hamburg
  • Klaus
  • Muschi
  • Muthig
  • Otto
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Cute German Cat Names

A cute and cuddly cat deserves a cute name. If you’re looking for a cute German name for your new feline friend, you’re in luck. We think the following German names are perfect for cute cats of all ages.

  • Aida
  • Astrid
  • Daphne
  • Frida
  • Gretchen
  • Karl
  • Kermit
  • Marti
  • Pippa
  • Waldo
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German Cat Names With Meanings

This section has German cat names with meanings. One of these names may match up perfectly with your cat’s personality or looks. If you decide to go with a cat name that has meaning, you’ll always have a story to share when introducing your cat to friends!

  • Berlin: As the capital of Germany, this is a good name for an all-star cat that capitalizes your life!
  • Frederick: If you have a male cat that’s fearless, consider naming him after the famous German Emperor, Frederick III.
  • Greta: This beautiful German name means “pearl,” making it a good name for a white or beige cat.
  • Hilda: This is a popular German name meaning “battle,” making it suitable for a female cat that holds her ground no matter what.
  • Katze: This is the German word for “cat” that’s easy to pronounce and suitable for males and females. 
  • Katzchen: The German word for “kitten” that’s not too difficult to pronounce.
  • Leon: If you have a male cat with a fluffy mane, Leon is a good name to consider because it means “lion” in English.
  • Liebling: If your cat is the apple of your eye, this German word, which translates loosely to “darling,” is perfect!
  • Mercedes: This German automobile brand name is a good name for a cat that rules the roost!
  • Mozart: The world-famous Austrian composer considered himself German in every sense of the word.
  • Schnitzel: This is a world-famous German meat dish that makes a cute cat name for a male or female.
  • Sauerkraut: This fermented cabbage loved around the world is a funny-sounding name that will always make you smile.
  • Rolf: This popular male name derived from the old Germanic name “Hrolf” is easy to pronounce and suitable for male kittens and adult cats.
  • Ursula: This beautiful name means “Little Bear,” making it ideal for a fluffy female cat.
  • Walter: If you have a rough and tough male cat, consider Walter, which means “Ruler of the Army.”
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As you can see, there are plenty of awesome German cat names to choose from!  We hope this list of 65 German cat names has helped you find the perfect name for your feline friend.

If you still can’t decide what to name your cat, take your time. Bounce a few ideas off your friends to see what they think. Sooner or later, you’ll come up with the perfect name that matches your kitty, so enjoy the naming process!

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