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120+ Nerdy Cat Names: Our Top Picks for your Geeky Cat

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By Chelsea Mortensen

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Adopting a cat isn’t a casual choice—and if you’re going to make a cat part of your family, you’ll want to give him a name that is meaningful to you. There’s a fair bit of leeway in cat names, which makes it the ideal place to get creative! Giving your cat a name based on your favorite interests is a great way to make the name more meaningful and get a smile from those in the know. There are so many types of nerds, so we’ve divided this list into some of the most common interests to make it easier for you to find the purrfect name.

TV & Movie Cat Names

If you’re a cinephile, you probably have a favorite movie. Whether it’s an obscure cult classic or a popular blockbuster, naming your cat after a favorite movie character can be a way to show how much you love it. Some of these options are taken from the most recognizable character names of all time, like Mickey (Mouse) or Indiana (Jones). You can also name your cat after a famous silver-screen feline, like Spot (Star Trek) or Binx (Hocus Pocus).

  • Airbender
  • Berlioz
  • Binx
  • Buttercup
  • Data
  • Disney
  • Duchess
  • Enterprise
  • Jack Sparrow
  • Jaws
  • Indiana
  • Inigo Montoya
  • Marie
  • Mickey
  • Minnie
  • Momo
  • Princess
  • Simba
  • Spock
  • Spot
  • Toulouse
  • Wesley
  • Zuko
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Gamer Cat Names

Gamers probably spend more hours on a particular piece of media than any other hobbyist—there are some games you can play for thousands of hours without growing bored. If you’ve invested so much time in a single game, it only makes sense to name your cat after a character from it. But don’t stop at characters! Some franchises, like Halo, might make good cat names on their own. And you can even name your cat after a whole company or gaming system if you want!

  • Arcade
  • Assassin
  • Atari
  • Bowser
  • Chief
  • Cortana
  • Galaga
  • Genesis
  • Halo
  • Lara Croft
  • Luigi
  • Mario
  • Nintendo
  • Pacman
  • Peach
  • Pokemon
  • Sonic
  • Turbo
  • Zelda

Nerdy Science and Math Names

Not all nerdy interests are fictional. If you like math and science, you can take inspiration from them as well. You could name your cat after a specific concept, a famous scientist you admire, or something else science-related.

  • Andromeda
  • Axiom
  • Beaker
  • Bill Nye
  • Cosmo
  • Curie
  • Darwin
  • Einstein
  • Fractal
  • Galaxy
  • Galileo
  • Gene
  • Hubble
  • Newton
  • Pascal
  • Petri
  • Sagan
  • Schrodinger
  • Tesla
  • Venn
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Superhero Cat Names

The three words “Marvel or DC?” can spark a debate to last the ages. Why not pick a cat name that signals your allegiance? For decades, superhero comics, movies, and TV shows have dominated pop culture. With such a sprawling canon, there is no limit to the number of names you can think up! Here are just a few to get you started.

  • Arkham
  • Avenger
  • Banner
  • Cap
  • DC
  • Diana
  • Goose
  • Hawkeye
  • Hydra
  • Jarvis
  • Joker
  • Loki
  • Marvel
  • Panther
  • Parker
  • Quinn
  • Stark
  • T’Challa
  • Valkyrie

Star Wars Cat Names

It’s hard to name a franchise more associated with nerd culture than Star Wars. With dozens of movies, books, games, and shows, Star Wars is practically its own genre. You can name a cat after your favorite character or pick something punny. And if you want a subtler touch, names like Rebel and Finn are meaningful without being obvious.

  • Ahsoka
  • Anakin
  • Chewbacca
  • Darth Kittius
  • Finn
  • Jedi
  • Han Solo
  • Kylo
  • Leia
  • Mewbacca
  • Pawpatine
  • Rebel
  • Skywalker
  • Solo
  • Trooper
  • Vader
  • Yoda
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Bookish Cat Names

No nerdy list is complete without dipping its toes in the book world! Literature, especially Science Fiction and Fantasy, has often been associated with nerds. From Grendel to Gandalf, fantasy book characters tend to have mysterious names that make great cat names. You could also name your cat after one of the greats of classic Sci-Fi. Whatever you choose, your cat’s name is sure to bring to mind a real page-turner.

  • Albus
  • Asimov
  • Aslan
  • Bagheera
  • Crookshanks
  • Dinah
  • Gandalf
  • Greebo
  • Grendel
  • Hobbit
  • Kelsier
  • Merlin
  • Orwell
  • Pippin
  • Pratchett
  • Purratchett
  • Samwise
  • Sazed
  • Sherlock
  • Stark
  • Tolkien
  • Verne
  • Watson

Last Thoughts

Picking a cat’s name is something personal and unique. After all, you might be calling that name for twenty years! A nerdy cat name can bring back great memories and help you make new friends, but it isn’t always easy to narrow it down. Thanks for letting us help you get started on your naming journey!


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