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100 Old Lady Names for Cats: Our Top Picks for Your Adorable Cat

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By Nicole Cosgrove

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Straightforward, obvious cat names like “Fluffy” and “Whiskers” are just fine if they fit your cat, but most pet owners are looking for names with a little more style and uniqueness for their favorite feline.

Traditional girls’ names are making a comeback for kids, so why not give your cat some “old lady chic?” Old lady names never go out of style and add a touch of character and personality to your cat.

Check out our 100 old lady names for cats, whether you want to name your companion after a famous lady or you just like the sound of a vintage moniker.

Famous Old Lady Character Names

Some sassy old ladies from film and television provide some of the best names for your cat. From the Dowager Countess to everyone’s favorite grandmothers, here are the best famous old lady characters:

  • Professor Minerva McGonagall: The professor in Harry Potter, played by the always brilliant Maggie Smith
  • Ninny Threadgoode: The storyteller in Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Daisy Werthan: Old Jewish widow and central character in Driving Miss Daisy
  • Margo Channing: The Broadway legend from All About Eve
  • Mrs. Robinson: The bored housewife in The Graduate
  • Grandmama Eudora: Grandmother in The Addams Family
  • Jacqueline Bouvier: Grandmother in The Simpsons
  • Granny Emma Webster: Classic and clever grandmother from Looney Tunes
  • Miss Marple: Titular character in Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple Mystery Series.
  • Lady Olenna Tyrell: Spitfire matriarch of the Tyrell family in television’s Game of Thrones and George R.R. Martin’s Song of Fire and Ice series.
  • Violet Crawley: Dowager Countess and eldest member of the Crawley family in Downton Abbey.
  • Blanche Devereaux: Rue McClanahan’s character in Golden Girls.
  • Rose Nylund: Betty White’s character in Golden Girls.
  • Dorothy Zbornak: Bea Arthur’s character in Golden Girls.
  • Sophia Petrillo: Estelle Getty’s character in Golden Girls.
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Vintage Actress Names

The Golden Age of Hollywood gave rise to some of the greatest actresses who ever lived. While some were taken too soon, others lived well into old age and continued to act in huge films and television shows. Naming your cat after one of these silver-screen legends is sure to get attention.

  • Audrey Hepburn: Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Roman Holiday
  • Doris Day: Calamity Jane; The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • Marlene Dietrich: Witness for the Prosecution; Judgment at Nuremberg
  • Bette Davis: All About Eve; Jezebel
  • Mae West: I’m No Angel; She Done Him Wrong
  • Greta Garbo: Mata Hari; Camille
  • Gene Tierney: Laura; The Ghost and Mrs. Muir
  • Ava Gardner: Mogambo; The Barefoot Contessa
  • Elizabeth Taylor: Cleopatra; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
  • Hedy Lamarr: Samson and Delilah; Ziegfeld Girl
  • Gloria Swanson: Sunset Boulevard; Hollywood
  • Maureen O’Hara: McLintock; Miracle on 34th Street
  • Grace Kelly: Rear Window; To Catch a Thief
  • Vivien Leigh: Gone with the Wind; A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Rita Hayworth: Cover Girl; Gilda
  • Anne Baxter: All About Eve; Ten Commandments
  • Lauren Bacall: The Big Sleep; To Have and Have Not
  • Ingrid Bergman: Casablanca; Joan of Arc
  • Claudette Colbert: Cleopatra; It Happened One Night
  • Marilyn Monroe: Some Like It Hot; Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
  • Julie Andrews: Thoroughly Modern Millie; The Singing Princess
  • Joan Crawford: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?; Sudden Fear
  • Irene Dunn: Love Affair; The Awful Truth
  • Joan Fontaine: Suspicion; Rebecca
  • Olivia de Havilland: Gone with the Wind; The Heiress
  • Kim Novak: Vertigo; Kiss Me, Stupid
  • Jayne Mansfield: The Girl Can’t Help It; Promises! Promises!
  • Janet Leigh: Holiday Affair; Psycho
  • Angela Lansbury: Murder, She Wrote, Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  • Ginger Rogers: Swing Time; Shall We Dance
  • Sophia Loren: It Started in Naples; The Legend of the Lost
  • Katherine Hepburn: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; On Golden Pond
  • Barbara Stanwyck: Double Indemnity; The Big Valley
  • Jean Harlow: Hell’s Angels; Red Dust
  • Rosalind Russell: Auntie Mame; His Girl Friday
  • Lucille Ball: I Love Lucy
  • Myrna Loy: The Thin Man; The Best Years of Our Lives
  • Cyd Charisse: Silk Stockings; Brigadoon
  • Natalie Wood: West Side Story; Rebel Without a Cause
  • Debbie Reynolds: Singin’ in the Rain; Bright Lights
  • Lana Turner: The Imitation of Life; The Postman Always Rings Twice
  • Deborah Kerr: An Affair to Remember; From Here to Eternity
  • Brigitte Bardot: Contempt; And God Created Woman
  • Carol Lombard: To Be or Not to Be; Mr. & Mrs. Smith
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Epic Old Lady Names

Maybe you just like the sound of a traditional old lady name. Not every name has to come from something significant – you can just enjoy the sound of these classic names.

  • Ada
  • Agnes
  • Bessie
  • Beatrice
  • Cicely
  • Dora
  • Dorothea
  • Dorothy
  • Edith
  • Elsie
  • Evelyn
  • Evie
  • Florence
  • Greta
  • Gretchen
  • Hattie
  • Harriet
  • Irene
  • Iris
  • Ivy
  • Lena
  • Lillian
  • Mabel
  • Maggie
  • Maisie
  • Martha
  • Mary
  • Matilda
  • Millicent
  • Meredith
  • Myrtle
  • Nellie
  • Nora
  • Olive
  • Pearl
  • Rosaline
  • Rose
  • Winifred
  • Madeline
  • Bernadette
  • Minnie
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Get Inspired!

Whether they come from a Golden Age starlet, a classic film character, or a traditional baby name, old lady names give your cat a touch of uniqueness and personality. We hope these names inspired you to dub your next cat Olenna Tyrell, Myrna Loy, Pearl, or whatever else strikes your fancy.

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Nicole is a lover of animals of all sizes but is especially fascinated with the feline variety. She’s the proud mom of Baby, a Burmese, and works every day so he can relax in the sunshine or by the fire. She’s always had a cat in her home and has spent countless days with others, observing behaviors and softening up even the grouchiest of the lot. Nicole wants to share her kitty expertise with you so you and your cat ...Read more

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