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350 Powerful & Badass Cat Names: Our Top Picks for Your Strong & Ferocious Cat

Ashley Bates

By Ashley Bates

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Some cats need a name that reflects their personality. If you have a strong hunter or a mysterious acting feline, you might want to pick a name that matches their mannerisms. If so, we have you covered!

Hopefully, this list of badass names will have the very title that works perfectly for your little warrior. Let’s get this party started.

How to Name Your Cat

It can be challenging to find a name that just fits. You might find yourself on the internet going through pages and pages of names that just don’t fit the bill. Or, you might just have started the search, and you’re sort of on an aimless venture.

To find your cat a name you’ll never regret, let’s go over the ways you can make that final decision.

1. Draw a Name Out of a Hat

If you have a list of names that you can’t possibly choose from on your own, let fate decide. Write down your list and draw one out of a hat—or you can even use random thing pickers on the internet to help you out. Tons of websites allow you to put in choices, and they draw one at random.

It’s a good way to decide without making it too complicated—and regardless, you love all the names, so it ultimately won’t matter. You would be happy with any of them.

2. Think of Personality

Personality is likely one of the main reasons you’re looking for such an interesting name for your feline friend. If they exhibit wild, crazy, predator, or playful traits, you’ll want to pick a name that matches their overall energy.

Try to slim down your choices by picking a few names that really fit and then choosing one that seems to reflect who they are the best.

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3. Pick a Name You’ve Always Been Drawn to

Do you have a name in waiting? If so, you might want to use it now. If there is a particular name that you’ve been waiting to use that just screams strength, playfulness, mischievousness, or mystery, now might just be the time to choose.

4. Name Your Cat After a Favorite Character

We all have our favorite characters in movies and books. Or, maybe you have an old favorite historical figure in mind. Whoever it is that you really enjoy, they might have an excellent name that will work perfectly for your kitty cat.

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Cool Ancient Names for Your Cat

If you want a timeless name that screams strength, here are a few you can consider. These names harbor a certain authority and energy. Plus, we think they’re a ton of fun to say—and there is so much potential for fun nicknames.

Ancient Male Cat Names

  • Lazarus
  • Malachi
  • Mordecai
  • Inigo
  • Hermès
  • Hades
  • Achilles
  • Oedipus
  • Archimedes
  • Xavier
  • Augustus
  • Ambrosias
  • Grimble
  • Indrid
  • Rasputin
  • Vladimir
  • Grendel
  • Gandalf
  • Neptune
  • Helios
  • Severus
  • Poseidon
  • Remus
  • Norman
  • Nimbus
  • Morty
  • Edgar
  • Berlioz
  • Balthazar
  • Gmork
  • Englewood
  • Victor
  • Brahms
  • Plato
  • Napoleon
  • Tsar
  • Brutus
  • Vladimir
  • Byzantine
  • Finnegan
  • Franz
  • Klaus
  • Lars
  • Hector
  • Joaquin

Ancient Female Cat Names

  • Demeter
  • Xena
  • Blythe
  • Ruth
  • Freya
  • Veda
  • Greta
  • Evie
  • Juniper
  • Gretchen
  • Medusa
  • Edna
  • Nymphadora
  • Millicent
  • Minerva
  • Eulalie
  • Claudia
  • Cirrus
  • Sylvia
  • Rue
  • Myra
  • Hel
  • Rossi
  • Meiko
  • Hera
  • Drina
  • Drea
  • Francesca
  • Rizzo
  • Fleury
  • Guinevere
  • Sheila
  • Hildegard
  • Vivian
  • Esther
  • Taraji
  • Zipporah
  • Charlamagne
  • Uma
  • Miriam
  • Priscilla
  • Regina
  • Ramona
  • Eulalie
  • Cecily
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Viking Names for Your Cat

What could be stronger and fiercer than a Viking? Vikings are noble, vicious, merciless travelers that are the epitome of raw power. They have cool names, cool looks, and cool jobs—the works. So, here are a few awesome-sounding Old Norse names and their meanings for your consideration.

Male Viking Cat Names

  • Balder—Bearer of light
  • Ake—Forebear
  • Thor—Thunder
  • Gulbrand—Word of the divine
  • Holstein—Stony rock
  • Halvar—Defender of the rock
  • Gosta—Staff of the gods
  • Elof—Forever inheritor
  • Erland—Outsider
  • Frey—Lord
  • Geir—Man with spear
  • Einride—One who’s riding alone
  • Bjarke—Bear
  • Hackett—Person with a hooked nose
  • Bard—Battle against peace
  • Gustav—Staff of the gods
  • Hagen—The highest son
  • Destin—Determined
  • Dag—Day
  • Raoul—Wise as a wolf
  • Roscoe—From near a buck forest
  • Ove—Full of terror
  • Kelby—From a settlement near a spring
  • Egil—Respect
  • Jarle—Helmeted soldier
  • Canute—Knot
  • Kensley—From a clearing with a spring
  • Knud—Knot
  • Odin—Fury
  • Kirk—Church
  • Randolph—Wise as a wolf
  • Kettil—Large pot
  • Colborn—Burning log
  • Cuyler—An archer
  • Holmes—From an island

Female Viking Cat Names

  • Darby—A deer settlement
  • Dusty—Tough like a stone of Thor
  • Alva—Female elf
  • Inge—Of Ing
  • Selby—From the farm of willows
  • Astrid—As beautiful as god
  • Helga—Sacred, divine
  • Sif—Wife
  • Hilda—The fighter
  • Brynhild—Battle fornication
  • Signe—One who is victorious
  • Eir—A maiden rescued by false husband
  • Idunn—Battle
  • Frigg—Beauty
  • Embla—Elm
  • Linnea—Wwinflower
  • Nanna—Farm near the spring
  • Kelda—Fountain
  • Verdandi—Present destiny
  • Asta—Short for Astrid
  • Skadi—Damage
  • Maja—Pearl
  • Aada—Noble type
  • Urd—Past destiny
  • Dahlia—Aalley
  • Frida—Peaceful
  • Gale—Jovial
  • Gro—Gardener
  • Estrid—Fair and beautiful goddess
  • Gunhild—War or battle
  • Inga—Guarded by Ing
  • Mista—A Valkyrie
  • Gertrud—Spear of strength
  • Bodil—Commanding
  • Halldora—Half-spirited
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God & Goddess Names for Your Cat

What could be more fitting of royalty than naming your little fluff monster after an ancient mythical god or goddess? There are tons of choices from all over the world. Each culture has their own spin on religious figures that once were worshipped, controlling all aspects of the wind, earth, and sea.

Male God Cat Names

  • Atlas—God of titans
  • Hades—God of the underworld
  • Hercules—God of strength
  • Achilles—Warrior
  • Hermes—God of speed
  • Poseidon—God of the sea
  • Icarus—God of war
  • Oedipus—King of Thebes
  • Zeus—God of the sky
  • Ares—God of war
  • Dionysus—God of fertility
  • Eros—God of love
  • Uranus—God of heaven
  • Pan—God of the wild
  • Jupiter—God of thunder

Female Goddess Cat Names

  • Athena—Goddess of war
  • Artemis—Goddess of hunting
  • Hecate—Goddess of witchcraft
  • Isis—Goddess of healing
  • Freya—Goddess of love, beauty, and fertility
  • Aphrodite—Goddess of beauty and sex
  • Hera—Goddess of marriage and family
  • Gaia—Goddess of earth
  • Hestia—Goddess of hearth
  • Persephone—Goddess of agriculture
  • Selene—Goddess of the moon
  • Cybele—Goddess of nature
  • Eirene—Goddess of peace
  • Luna—Goddess of the moon
  • Iris—Goddess of the rainbow
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Names with Cool Meanings for Your Cat

Name meanings can really speak volumes. If you care less about sound, and more about deeper meanings, here are a few that have interesting meanings that don’t always match their crisp, strong sound.

Male Names with Meanings

  • Baldwin—Bold friend
  • Albert—He who is brilliant
  • Benedict—Blessed
  • Cortez—Courteous
  • Gabriel—God is my strength
  • Edmond—Wealthy protector
  • Humphrey—Peaceful warrior
  • Isaac—One who brings laughter
  • Israel—He who wrestles with God
  • Leif—Beloved
  • Leonardo—Bold, strong
  • Ronan—Little seal
  • Sandro—Defender of mankind
  • Rocco—Battle cry
  • Sebastian—Dramatic
  • Vincent—Conqueror
  • Ralph—Advisor to all
  • Otis—Wealthy
  • Luke—Bringer of light
  • Leor—Light of mine

Female with Meanings

  • Aziza—Precious
  • Magna—Large
  • Gazelle—Graceful
  • Balbina—Strong
  • Hasina—Lover
  • Valeria—Strong, vigorous
  • Agatha—Good, honorable
  • Clementine—Gentle
  • Gabrielle—God is my strength
  • Calliope—Beautiful
  • Cleopatra—Glory
  • Nicolette—People’s triumph
  • Sophie—Wise
  • Eloise—Famous warrior
  • Felicity—Intense happiness
  • Maeve—Intoxicating
  • Acacia—Honored one
  • Aida—Helper
  • Agnes—Sacred
  • Danica—Morning star
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Greaser Names for Your Cat

Are you a 50s fan? If you love the era, you might be a fan of some of these iconoclastic choices. If you have a badass cat, boy or girl, that doesn’t have a thing to prove to anyone—these names scream rebellion.

Male Greaser Cat Names

  • Bobby
  • Vinnie
  • Nicky
  • Speedy
  • Fonzi
  • Topper
  • Dizzy
  • Bandit
  • Spike
  • Pugs
  • Slash
  • Blaze
  • Mooch
  • Marco
  • Carl
  • Butch
  • Dale
  • Dean
  • Chevy
  • Cash
  • Duke
  • Frankie
  • Kit
  • Leroy
  • Ortiz
  • Hank
  • Johnny
  • Archie
  • Lorenzo
  • Willie

Female Greaser Cat Names

  • Bettylou
  • Minnie
  • Kitty
  • Judith
  • Mavis
  • Sandy
  • Dolly
  • Connie
  • Ellie
  • Jackie
  • Janine
  • Della
  • Arlene
  • Charlene
  • Billie Jo
  • Patsy
  • Beverly
  • Gloria
  • Donna
  • Joyce
  • Janet
  • Sharon
  • Joan
  • Rose
  • Rita
  • Phyllis
  • Helen
  • Suzie
  • Doris
  • Vicky
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Character Names for Your Cat

The list wouldn’t be complete without a good look at potential character names for your kitty. This is a compilation of character titles that were for significantly brutal, tough, naughty, wicked, and too cool for school people.

Male Character Cat Names

  • Wick—John Wick
  • Dutch—Predator
  • Leonidas—300
  • Bondurant—Lawless
  • Adonis—Creed
  • DeVito—Goodfellas
  • Dirty Harry—Dirty Harry
  • Alonzo—Training Day
  • Aragorn—Lord of the Rings
  • Winfield—Pulp Fiction
  • Snake—Escape from New York
  • Bond—007
  • Gillick—Sicario
  • Gandalf—Lord of the Rings
  • Fezik—Princess Bride
  • Marv—Sin City
  • Cogburn—True Grit
  • Noland—Cast Away
  • Durden—Fight Club
  • Han Solo—Star Wars
  • Indiana Jones—Indiana Jones
  • Wolverine—X-Men
  • Venom—Spiderman
  • Morpheus—The Matrix
  • Anton—No Country for Old Men
  • McClane—Die Hard
  • Maximus—Gladiator
  • Bourne—Bourne Identity
  • Rambo—Rambo
  • T-800—Terminator

Female Character Cat Names

  • Shuri—Black Panther
  • Eowyn—Lord of the Rings
  • Hermoine—Harry Potter
  • Domino—Dead Pool
  • Leia—Star Wars
  • Eleven—Stranger Things
  • Lara—Tomb Raider
  • Letty—Fast & the Furious
  • Leeloo—The Fifth Element
  • Mulan—Mulan
  • Merida—Brave
  • Lisbeth—Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Alice—Resident Evil
  • Selene—Underworld
  • Storm—X-Men
  • Grey—Grey’s Anatomy
  • Clair—The Cosby Show
  • Scully—X-Files
  • Liz—30 Rock
  • Michonne—The Walking Dead
  • Fiona—Shrek
  • Trinity—The Matrix
  • Aeon—Aeon Flux
  • Beatrix—Kill Bill
  • Ellen—Alien
  • Meera—Game of Thrones
  • Furiosa—Mad Max
  • Sarah—Terminator 2
  • Katniss—The Hunger Games
  • Black Widow—The Avengers
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Conclusion

This was a pretty comprehensive look at some super badass names and meanings that you can think about. With any luck, one or several names stuck out to you. Remember, there are several ways you can pick a name and it’s totally up to you.

If you have a little warrior, we hope you have found a name that matches the energy they put out. Which names were your favorite?


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