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200+ Stray Cat Names: Ideas for Roaming Cats

Kit Copson

By Kit Copson

Stray Cat Names

There’s no doubt about it; rescued stray cats are true warriors and, though they may come with a few battle scars, these kitties love hard once they find the right home. If your new family member is a rescued cat, you’re no doubt looking for a name that pays homage to their fortitude, luck, and survivor spirit.

Here are 200 amazing name ideas for stray cats to get the ball rolling.

How to Name Your Stray Cat

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Fortunately, choosing a name for a rescued stray cat comes with plenty of possibilities; you can think about names inspired by various themes, including survival, travel, and good luck.

Warrior names, for example, are great choices for strays because these attest to their courage and fighting spirit. Mythological characters are options to consider, or you could go for something light-humored inspired by street cat life, like “Lucky”.

Take into account your cat’s personality, appearance, and the circumstances in which they were found to get inspiration. The most important thing when it comes to naming a cat is to choose something you love and will be happy to use for the rest of your cat’s life.

Warrior Stray Cat Names

Rescued strays go through an awful lot but come out on top, which is why warrior-inspired names are so perfect for these tough cookies. Here are some ideas with meanings:

Male

  • Agnar: Scandinavian, meaning “warrior” or “ruler with the sword”
  • Evander: Scottish, meaning “bow warrior” or “good man”
  • Spartacus: After the famous gladiator leader
  • Igor: Russian, meaning “warrior”
  • Alexander/Aleks: After Alexander the Great
  • Blair: Scottish, meaning “battlefield”
  • Hedwig: German, meaning “war”
  • Saxon: German, meaning “short sword” or “dagger”
  • Louis: French, meaning “famous warrior”
  • Viggo: Scandinavian, meaning “battle”
  • Nakoa: Hawaiian, meaning “brave one” or “warrior”
  • Oman: Sanskrit, meaning “protector”
  • Alfonso: Spanish, meaning “ready for battle”
  • Armin: Ancient Persian and Old German, meaning “guardian” or “defender”
  • Rainer: German, meaning “deciding warrior”
  • Ajamu: Yoruba, meaning “he fights for what he wants”
  • Gunther: German, meaning “war”
  • Tore: Scandinavian, meaning “Thor’s warrior” or “thunder warrior”
  • Finley: Scottish and Irish, meaning “fair-haired warrior” or “fair-haired courageous one”
  • Walter: German, meaning “commander of the army”
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Female

  • Bathilda: German, meaning “heroine” or “female warrior”
  • Adira: Hebrew, meaning “powerful”
  • Gesa: German, meaning “spear”
  • Lulu: German, meaning “famous female warrior”
  • Mia: Scandinavian, meaning “star of the ocean” or “queen”
  • Moxie: English, meaning “energy” or “aggressive”
  • Sigrid: Scandinavian, meaning “fair victory” or “beautiful victory”
  • Gala: Hebrew, meaning “brave and happy”
  • Sasha: Russian, meaning “defender”
  • Valda: German, meaning “renowned ruler” or “battle heroine”
  • Cleopatra/Cleo: Greek, the name of the ancient Egyptian queen
  • Maia: Maori, meaning “brave”
  • Alvara: Italian, meaning “elf warrior”
  • Casey: Irish and Scottish Gaelic, meaning “vigilant” and “brave”
  • Maajida: Arabic, meaning “powerful” or “glorious”
  • Nikita: Greek, meaning “victor” or “unconquered”
  • Kelly: Irish, meaning “war” or “lively”
  • Oma: Arabic, meaning “leader” or “commanding”
  • Mathilda: German, meaning “mighty in battle”
  • Zelda: German, meaning “gray fighting maid”
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Mythological Stray Cat Names

Mythological cat names, like those of gods, goddesses, and creatures are symbolic of power, beauty, and mystery, which makes them perfect for rescued moggies. Here are some of our favorites:

Male

  • Apollo
  • Zeus
  • Eros
  • Ares
  • Hermes
  • Ajax
  • Orion
  • Lycus
  • Hades
  • Adonis
  • Achilles
  • Helios
  • Horus
  • Mars
  • Mercury
  • Amun
  • Castor
  • Draco
  • Amor
  • Balor
  • Thor
  • Loki
  • Odin
  • Tyr
  • Freyr
  • Ra
  • Dionysus
  • Pluto
  • Minos
  • Pan
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Female

  • Athena
  • Iris
  • Gaia
  • Freyja
  • Parvati
  • Daphne
  • Diana
  • Enyo
  • Hestia
  • Phoebe
  • Hel
  • Frigg
  • Juno
  • Anuket
  • Candi
  • Delia
  • Nyx
  • Aura
  • Kali
  • Electra
  • Echo
  • Bastet
  • Nike
  • Theia
  • Aurora
  • Lakshmi
  • Hecate
  • Rhea
  • Venus
  • Flora
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Lucky Stray Cat Names

Defeating the odds is what stray kitties do best, so here are some lucky names for your fortunate feline. Most are unisex, but if they’re traditionally male or female, we’ll mark it with an F or an M.

  • Felix
  • Hope
  • Fortuna (F)
  • Gem
  • Lucky
  • Bingo
  • Buddy
  • Astra (F)
  • Asher (M)
  • Chance
  • Clover
  • Felicity (F)
  • Jackpot
  • Faust (M)
  • Destiny
  • Glory
  • Karma
  • Monifa
  • Pooka
  • Ventura (F)
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Travel-Inspired Stray Cat Names

Your roaming cat is no stranger to a bit of adventure. Here are some globetrotting names for intrepid kitties.

  • Alaska
  • Rio
  • Atlas
  • Salem
  • Earth
  • Miles
  • River
  • Ocean
  • Delta
  • Paris
  • North
  • Tahoe
  • Sydney
  • London
  • India
  • Phoenix
  • Liberty
  • Cruz (like “cruise”)
  • Jet/Jett
  • Gulliver
  • Asia
  • Nara
  • Sahara
  • Oz (like “Australia” or The Wizard of Oz)
  • Roma (F)
  • Kingston
  • Hudson
  • Journey
  • Fly
  • Amazon
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Street Life Stray Cat Names

Your rescued fluffy may be living in the lap of luxury now (with you waiting on them hand and foot, of course), but their life wasn’t always so easy. Here are some street life-inspired names for your rags-to-riches kitty:

  • Jeopardy
  • Fleabag
  • Alley
  • O’Malley (from The Aristocats)
  • Pest
  • Spirit
  • Scruffy
  • Smokey (from Stuart Little)
  • Scamp
  • Stinky
  • Bones
  • Imp
  • Wednesday (or whichever day you found them on)
  • Indie
  • Heidi (sounds like “hide”)
  • Houdini
  • Bob (from A Street Cat Named Bob)
  • Dash
  • Dodger
  • Foster
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Other Stray Cat Names

  • Rain
  • Reiki
  • Tarzan
  • Titan
  • Cosmos
  • Prophet
  • Chase
  • Abby
  • Maybe
  • Nibbles
  • Pickle
  • Shadow
  • Romeo (sounds like “roam”)
  • Solo
  • Diamond
  • Grace
  • Trixie
  • Pixie
  • Hardy
  • Robin
  • Coyote
  • Storm/Stormy
  • Treasure
  • Keeper (or “Kipper”!)
  • Hunter
  • Hero
  • Magic
  • Faith
  • Midnight
  • Homie
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Final Thoughts

If you’d love a fluffy friend and would like to change a life in the process, we recommend reaching out to a rescue organization. There are kitties in shelters and foster care of all ages—from tiny kittens to senior cats—in need of that all-important second chance. Adopting via a rescue organization is a great choice as you’ll get help and support in finding the perfect match. Good luck!


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