Barbara Fitzgerald is an AKC Breeder of Merit and author of the column "Conversations with Champions" for the BCSA magazine, Borderlines.
The Art of Naming Cats
Naming cats is a daunting process; one must be careful to respect the creature that holds itself in the highest regard. If you have chosen to surrender yourself to an almighty napster, keep these naming rules in mind when choosing his or her moniker.
Never name your cat anything that you would not like to see become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Ripper or Shredder come mind as names you might like to avoid if you intend to keep your curtains and upholstered furniture. Cats require regal or, at the very least, respectful names befitting the ruler of the night. If you have selected a silver, blue or gray cat to share your home with you and your family, these cat-calls will celebrate that sleek coat.
A list of gray cat breeds includes the following long and short-haired cats:
- American shorthair
- Persian (the Blue Persian and Shaded Silver Persian)
- Oriental Shorthair
- Norwegian Forest Cat
- Brazilian Shorthair
- British Shorthair
- Egyptian Mau
- Maine Coon
- Silver Tabby
- Devon Rex
- Russian Blue
- Scottish Fold
- Domestic shorthair tabby
Unusual Names for Gray Cats
- Ashton or Ashley: The powdery charcoal remains of a fire
- Cinder: Gray residue of combustion; can be short for Cinderella
- Coal or Cole: Glowing, burned, or charred wood
- Coke or Cokie: Used to distill metal oxides into metals. Cokie, like newscaster Cokie Roberts, is a cute name for a gray female cat.
- Ember: Glowing combustible
- Foggy: Misty or bewildered.
- Fuzzy: Hazy, blurry, or furry
- Gandalf: Lord of the Rings trilogy wizard, Gandalf the Gray
- Greymalkin: The witches attendant or familiar from MacBeth
- Grigio: Italian for "gray."
- Gris: French for "gray."
- Grizzly: Grizzled in appearance.
- Haiiro: Japanese pronunciation of "gray."
- Haze or Hazel: Mist
- Myst: Ancient spelling of mist
- Pepper: Black or white spice; the nickname of Police Woman, Angie Dickinson character.
- Reardon: Hank Reardon, protagonist of Atlas Shrugged, invents a new form of steel that is blue-green and far superior to stainless steel in strength.
- Seryy: Russian for gray
- Shade: Specter or ghost
- Slate: Gray shale
- Smokey: Having the qualities of smoke
- Specter: Ghost or apparition
- Stoke: To tend to a fire.
- Stoked: Pumped or excited.
- Stoker: One who tends the fire.
- Sully: To stain or tarnish; sully makes a good name for a sometimes sullen cat.
- Tressim: Small gray cat with wings, frequently a good wizard's familiar.
Ghostly Names for Gray Cats
Masters of the night, it seems that cats can see in the dark. These lythe creatures slip through the evening shadows, like so many simmering spirits, making cats the favorite of the witches' familiars. These shadowy cat names celebrate the silent stalkers of the netherworld.
- Banshee: A wailing female apparition and harbinger of death. Her screeches in the night foretell of a family member's imminent demise.
- Khamot: Thai, luminescent ghost
- Kichkandi: Nepalese apparition
- Lele: Romanian, Female spirit
- Leyak: Indonesian ghost.
- Mogwai: Chinese ghost.
- Moroi: Romanian vampire or ghost
- Mujina: Japanese spirit
- Phantom: An apparition or trick of the imagination. The Phantom of the Opera's given name was Erik.
- Shade: A ghost or being of the underworld. To "throw shade" or subtly display contempt.
- Shadow: Specter of a ghost
- Specter: A terrifying apparition or ghost
- Spirit: Detached soul
- Umbra: Phantom or shadowy image
- Wraith: The ghost of a once living person
Russian Blue Cat Names
Russian blue cats are renowned for their intelligence and loyalty. The gentle felines are happy to follow their owners around the home, perhaps seeking wisdom to become human. They retain a strong hunting instinct, so keep them occupied with toys that mimic mouse sounds and that bounce or twitch easily. The Russian blue is descended from the cats that were companions to the Tsars. As such names from the Golden Age of Russian Poetry make appropriate names for the silvery cats. The Golden age began with Pushkin, and ultimately led into novels, satires and plays. These name ideas from blue objects and Russian luminaries suit the noble legacy of this elegant cat breed.
- Azure: Sky blue; the color of the Blue Grotto at midday.
- Beryl: A green or blue mineral used in white magick for its healing properties.
- Checkov: Playwright and short fiction writer, also the helmsman from Star Trek.
- Cobalt: Blue stone associated with protection brought by the evil eye.
- Delft: Blue stoneware from the Netherlands.
- Ivan: Common first name among Russian artists and Tsars, including Ivan the Terrible.
- Sapphire: Precious stone associated with wisdom, royalty and prophecy.
- Teal: A deep-green blue and often a girl's name.
- Nabokov: Author of Lolita.
- Navy: Deep shade of blue.
- Pushkin: Famous Russian writer and the Russian Shakespeare. Name your kitty Pushkin because it sounds like Pusskins!
- Tolstoy: Author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina. Anna also makes a sweet name for a female Russian blue.
- Yale: A deep shade of blue associated with Yale's colors.
- Zivago: Famous Russian doctor played by Omar Shariff.
Unisex Names for Silver and Gray Cats
The color silver represents Truth, and removes negativity, while encouraging moon magic. Silver cats can bring increased spirituality and connection to the higher self in their owner's lives.
- Ansel: Ansel Adams, famous black and white photographer.
- Argent: French meaning "silver."
- Bijou: A jewel or exquisitely wrought jewelry.
- Bling: Shiny baubles.
- Chrome: Shiny metal coating.
- Doubloon: Ancient Spanish coinage.
- Gin: Japanese for "silver."
- Gleam: Dim or subdued light; a light that pierces the darkness.
- Glimmer: Gleam, faint twinkle, or glint of light.
- Glitz: To sparkle and shine.
- Flicker: To flash off and on.
- Jubilee: The silver anniversary.
- Kesef: Hebrew meaning "silver."
- Plata: Spanish meaning "silver."
- Scratch: Slang for money or coinage.
- Silber: German meaning "silver."
- Sheen: Luster; gleaming attire.
- Shimmer or Shimmy: Tremulous light or gleam; to quaver as with heat waves.
- Shine: To glow brightly.
- Tiara: Half crown made of white gold and precious gems.
- Sterling: Silver category; only the finest as in a "sterling reputation."
- Tinsel: Silvery Christmas decoration.
- Wisp: Thin streak of smoke.
- Ziggy: Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
Blue Moon Inspired Mythical Cat Names
- Alignak: Inuit god of the moon
- Anumati: Hindu deity of the moon, meaning "divine favor."
- Artemis: Greek goddess of hunting and associated with the moon. A lovely name for a female gray tabby.
- Bendis: Goddess of hunt and the moon in Thracian mythology.
- Chang: Chinese lunar deity.
- Elatha: Irish god of the moon.
- Hecate: Greek goddess of spirits and the dark moon and magic.
- Jarilo: Slavic god associated with the moon, springtime, and fertility.
- Kaskuh: God of the moon in Hittite mythology.
- Luna: Roman goddess of the moon.
- Napir: Moon god in Elamite mythology.
- Nyx: Greek primordial goddess of darkness and the night.
- Rathi: Indonesian goddess of the moon.
- Selene: Greek goddess of the moon.
- Sina: Polynesian moon goddess that resides in the moon.
- Thoth: Egyptian god, often portrayed with a crescent moon on his head; he is associated with magic and wisdom.
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Barbara Fitzgerald (author) from Georgia on July 31, 2019:
Thanks for visiting Liz! We love our silver and gray kitties; glad to hear that you like this selection of names!
Liz Westwood from UK on July 30, 2019:
This is a great resource for cat owners looking to name their pets.
Everyone knows the classic orange/ginger color, and when that gene mutates to be diluted, it is called cream.
It's amazing to see cat fur colors that are not only extremely rare but also really beautiful as well. Take a look at these majestic cats with exceptionally unique fur patterns which must be seen to be believed!
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Consider a name that reflects your kitty's gender. For the girls, think of Nan, Mariquita or Princess. The name you eventually choose should be simple enough for your cat to recognize when you call her.
For a male Siamese, Corwin, Erasmus, Brendan, Mahoney or Bardan may have that ring you’re looking for. Just make sure it's something you'll easily remember.
Or you could choose a gender-neutral name. Think of Snow, Aiden or Spring. Each of these is easy enough that he’ll probably come when you call him.