Hepper is reader-supported. When you buy via links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission at no cost to you. Learn more.

260 Gothic Cat Names: Our Top Picks for Your Mysterious & Unique Cat

Ashley Bates

By Ashley Bates

black cat up close

So, you recently adopted a kitten or cat who needed a home, and now they need a name. First, let us congratulate you on your newcomer! Next, let’s touch base on the type of name you’re looking for.

If you think your little ball of fluff needs a name that sounds mysterious, enchanted, or witchy, we rounded up 260 pretty good names. Only you can decide what matches your kitty best, but we hope this is a one-stop-shop for you. Let’s find out!

How to Name Your Kitten

Naming a new pet can be really fun and also challenging. Sometimes, it’s hard to get it right or find a name that really suits them. If you are in a pickle or just looking for inspiration, here are a few suggestions on how to pick a suitable title for your cat.

Draw a Name at Random

If you have tons of good selections, but you just can’t decide—let the game of chance work for you. You can write down your favorites on small pieces of paper and draw them out of a hat. However, what’s less time-consuming is using an internet site to select one of your names for you randomly.

black sphynx cat
Image Credit: kapichka, Shutterstock

Choose a Favorite Character, Musician, or Historical Figure

We’re sure you can think of a ton of names that give off just the vibe you’re looking for if you consider famous people. Whether you love a specific character in a movie or book or enjoy a person’s story from a particular period, it might be an excellent way to find the best one.

Observe Personality

Nothing can give you a better indicator of what name would work best like your kitty itself. If you spend some time with your newbie, you may come to find that picking a name is relatively easy. Sometimes, they practically name themselves.

Classic Gothic Names for Your Cat

If you want a genuine gothic name for your cat, you’ll want to look at all common names from the mid-12th century to the 16th century. There were revolutionary strides in art during this time period, evolving from a Romanesque style.

Many fabulous names spawned from this age, creating a vibe that many would describe as medieval. Don’t let us stop you—dive right in.

black cat sitting outdoor
Image Credit: Piqsels

Male Names

  • Astaroth
  • Lucifer
  • Malachi
  • Lorcan
  • Ivan
  • Manfred
  • Oberon
  • Hawthorne
  • Hemlock
  • Anubis
  • Noir
  • Ozul
  • Moloch
  • Necro
  • Belial
  • Morte
  • Asrophel
  • Caedmon
  • Edgar
  • Edgar
  • Dante
  • Ingram
  • Kazimir
  • Jael
  • Lucius
  • Phelan
  • Tartarus
  • Valerian
  • Ulfred
  • Gossamer
  • Cain
  • Merle
  • Grimoire
  • Byzantine
  • Draven
  • Thorne
  • Clive
  • Damien
  • Grendel
  • Orion
  • Perseus
  • Niall
  • Elwin
  • Cadogen
  • Job
  • Judas
  • Eoghan
  • Nicodemus
  • Roane
  • Valentine
bombay black cat portrait
Image Credit:
Viktor Sergeevich, Shutterstock

Female Names

  • Christabel
  • Vega
  • Tempest
  • Umbra
  • Feronia
  • Guinevere
  • Salem
  • Amabel
  • Ophelia
  • Ambrosia
  • Eris
  • Kalonice
  • Jocasta
  • Minerva
  • Renata
  • Scarlett
  • Timandra
  • Tatiane
  • Morwenna
  • Magneta
  • Chimaera
  • Circe
  • Cordelia
  • Draconia
  • Desdemona
  • Hecate
  • Gregoria
  • Ivy
  • Isolde
  • Esmerelda
  • Morticia
  • Medusa
  • Zila
  • Amaris
  • Calliope
  • Narcissa
  • Philomena
  • Tyra
  • Drusilla
  • Hesperia
  • Gwendoline
  • Ianira
  • Branwen
  • Xylia
  • Kairos
  • Anastacia
  • Lilith
  • Solanine
  • Kalma
  • Genevieve

Dark Names for Your Cat

If you want a gothic-inspired name that isn’t necessarily of the time, but it has the same feel—try a dark-sounding name. These enchanted, interesting selections would be fun to call out at random. Some sound eerie or dark, while others actually translate to color.

a black cat staring
Image Credit: ClaudiaWollesen, Pixabay

Male Names

  • Adham—Black stallion
  • Draco—Slytherin character
  • Blackburn—Dark brook
  • Cary—Dark-complected
  • Fiadh—Dark complexion
  • Tynan—Being dark
  • Sullivan—Dark-eyed
  • Maury—Dark complexion
  • Kieran—Black hair
  • Harkan—Dark red
  • Phineas—Oracle
  • Colgate—Dark gate
  • Cole—Dusky
  • Dougal—Dark stranger
  • Dooley—Dark hero
black cat outdoor
Image Credit: Darkmoon_Art, Pixabay

Female Names

  • Ciarda—Being dark
  • Jemisha—Queen of darkness
  • Gethwine—Dark skin
  • Garnet—Dark red gemstone
  • Nisha—Darkness
  • Nox—Gloomy night
  • Laela—Dark hair
  • Kyra—Little dark
  • Maureen—Dark-skinned
  • Sierra—Dark
  • Risna—Wise, dark-haired one
  • Corvina—Dark-haired
  • Chiara—Being dark
  • Bruna—Dark-haired
  • Alma—Dark-red lips

Famous Names of the Gothic Era

Many famous people lived during the gothic era—even ones you might not think of at first. They put their mark on the world, creating waves of change that have literally gone down in the books. What better honor than to be named after such a historical figure.

grey sphynx
Image Credit: Lightspruch, Shutterstock

Male Names

  • Ivan—Ivan the Terrible
  • Duke—Mad Duke of Portland
  • Guido–Guido Bigarelli
  • Henri—Henri Bellechose
  • Beckford—William Thomas Beckford
  • Parler—Peter Parler
  • Weyden—Rogier van der Weyden
  • Puccio—Puccio di Simone
  • Lorenzo—Lorenzo Maitani
  • Benedetto—Benedetto Antelami
  • Paracelsus—Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenhaim
  • Vald—Vlad the Impaler
  • Cimabue—Cimabue
  • Crivelli—Carlo Crivelli
  • Claus—Claus Sluter

bombay cat sitting on grey background

    Image Credit: Oleksandr Volchanskyi, Shutterstock

Female Names

  • Eleanora—Maria Eleanora of Brandenburg
  • Sarah—Sarah Berdhardt
  • Alcott—Louisa May Alcott
  • Charlotte—Charlotte Bronte
  • Ann—Ann Radcliffe
  • Jane—Jane Austen
  • Shelley—Mary Shelley
  • Clara—Clara Reeve
  • Louise—Louise Elisabeth de Meuron
  • Verona—Stefano de Verona
  • Elizabeth—Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Emily—Emily Bronte
  • Flannery—Flannery O’Connor
  • Sophia—Sophia Lee
  • Regina—Regina Marie Roche

New Age Gothic Names for Your Cat

Are you a millennial with a past of bold black eyeliner, funky hairdos, and oversized combat boots? Anyone who lived in the 2000s can contest the rather exciting fashion choices of the time. There are tons of names that can remind you of the good old days. Here are just a few.

bombay cat sitting on grass outdoor
Image Credit: Viktor Sergeevich, Shutterstock

Male Names

  • Villa—Villa Vallo
  • Leto—Jared Leto
  • Vanian—Dave Vanian
  • Ash—Daniel Ash
  • Cave—Nick Cave
  • Blixa—Blixa Bargeld
  • Carl—Carl McCoy
  • Eldritch—Andrew Eldritch
  • Ian—Ian Curtis
  • McCulloch—Ian McCulloch
  • Astbury—Ian Astbury
  • Rawlings—Steve Rawlings
  • Hampshire—Paul Hampshire
  • Almond—Marc Almond
  • Moorings—Ronny Moorings
  • Tovey—Frank Tovey
  • Rozz—Rozz Williams
  • Koviak—John Koviak
  • Jourgensen—Al Jourgensen
  • Havok—Davey Havok
black and white cat on bed
Image Credit: Lydia Turner, Unsplash

Female Names

  • Charlotte—from the band Good Charlotte
  • Avril—Avril Lavigne
  • Nancy—Nancy Downs
  • Wednesday—Wednesday Addams
  • Diamons—Kim Diamond
  • Lydia—Lydia Deetz
  • Nico—Nico Minoru
  • Sam—Sam Manson
  • Lisbeth—Lisbeth Salander
  • Nightshade—Circe Nightshade
  • Elvira—Elvira, Mistress of the Dark
  • Fairuza—Fairuza Balk
  • Helena—Helena Bonham Carter
  • Winona—Winona Rider
  • Amy—Amy Lee
  • Hayley—Hayley Williams
  • Lacey—Lacey Sturm
  • Root—Tina Root
  • Lady Galore—Lady Galore
  • Jessika—Jessika Addams

Names That Are Words/Things for Cats

If you want a name with a creepy-cool vibe, here are some you can mull over. Most of them are unisex, so you can use them regardless of your cat’s gender.

black cat stretching
Image Credit: Pawel Grzegorz, Pixabay
  • Ouija
  • Alchemy
  • Chaos
  • Echo
  • Crow
  • Fang
  • Raven
  • Serpent
  • Crimson
  • Voodoo
  • Jinx
  • Briar
  • Demon
  • Scarlett
  • Rogue
  • Saber
  • Requiem
  • Poison
  • Hellbroth
  • Pishogue
  • Sorcery
  • Charm
  • Brujo
  • Occult
  • Rune
  • Onyx
  • Abracadabra
  • Golliwog
  • Zombie
  • Dickcissel
  • Bryony
  • Fakir
  • Scorzonera
  • Hex
  • Mazard
  • Excalibur
  • Pixie
  • Tinmouth
  • Urubu
  • Grouse
  • Horehound
  • Vampire
  • Upeygan
  • Velvet
  • Muzzlewood
  • Borele
  • Alakazam
  • Sage
  • Yule
  • Bezoar
  • Bohea
  • Lye
  • Ouzel
  • Nig-nog
  • Maycock
  • Magick
  • Tarot
  • Esca
  • Plague
  • Rue


We hope we’ve given you some really incredible names to consider. You can get so creative with names, and we know just how hard it can be to trim the fat. But we have complete faith that you’ll pick the most fitting choice for your little gothic wonder.

So, out of all these names, were you able to find a favorite? With any luck, your search is over, and you can finally address your cat or kitten by their name. May this be the start of a fulfilling friendship between the two of you.

For more ideas and inspiration on what to name:

Featured Image Credit: Pixabay

Related Articles

Further Reading

Vet Articles

Latest Vet Answers

The latest veterinarians' answers to questions from our database