Best Names for Calico Cats


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There are many, many different ways that you can choose to name your cat. Some people are perfectly fine with keeping the name that a shelter may have provided the cat before you adopted it. 

Other people may want to wait and see if the cat’s personality warrants any striking names before giving a name to their cat.

With that being said, if you are more interested in giving your cat a name as soon as possible, you may want to consider the idea of naming the cat based on its appearance. 

The color and pattern of your cat’s fur can play a massive role in determining a good name for the cat. 

There are some cats out there who have far more striking patterns in their fur than other cats with a more monochromatic coat. For example, the calico cat traditionally has three colors in its fur: black, white, and orange.

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Cats with a calico pattern tend to have large splotches of one of these colors all throughout their fur, although there are some calico cats who may have a more mottled appearance. Some cats will have a dominant color in their fur, often white, while other cats may have an equal mix of colors in their fur. 

No matter what your calico cat looks like, you are going to want to think of some names for calico cats so that you can see which one will fit your cat the best.

Something you will want to keep in mind while you are doing this is that just about all calico cats out there are female

This is because the genes that create a calico cat’s famous markings require two X chromosomes. The gene in question is the one that controls whether or not a cat is going to have orange or non-orange fur. 

A cat must have both a gene for orange fur on one X chromosome and a compatible gene for white or black on the other chromosome for the cat to have a chance of being a calico cat.

Most male cats, naturally, are born with an X and a Y chromosome, making it impossible for male cats to have a calico pattern unless they have a genetic abnormality such as Klinefelter Syndrome. 

Klinefelter Syndrome can be briefly summarized as having XXY chromosomes as a male and it comes with a variety of health issues that could impact your cat’s life. 

With all of that being said, you may want to consider looking at female names for your calico cat first, as it is very likely that your calico cat is a female cat.

Best Names for a Female Calico Cat

Chances are that you are going to want to base your calico cat’s name off the unique pattern of its fur. The name that you choose will likely be determined by which color is the dominant color of your cat’s coat, not always including the base of white that most calico cats have. 

If you want to focus on the ginger or orange color of your cat’s fur, you may want to consider the names “Copper,” “Penny,” “Amaretto,” “Clementine,” “Chestnut,” “Honey,” and “Honeybee.” These are all names that will put a focus on your cat’s beautiful ginger patches of fur, and also work as names for orange cats.

If you want to focus more on the mixture of colors of its fur, you may want to consider other names. These names can include “Jynx,” “Kiki,” “Marble,” “Piper,” “Reese,” “Rye,” and “Aurora.” These are all names that are either pretty neutral in regard to the colors of your cat’s coat or they reflect the mix of colors, such as a marbled appearance.

If you are not necessarily interested in naming your calico cat after its fur but you still want to consider a name that may fit its personality, there are still plenty of options that you can consider. Most of these names can be focused toward the personality of the cat, how it interacts with others, and simply what feels like the right name to call the cat. 

Some of the names that you could consider include “Bean,” “Calypso,” “Bambi,” “Mako,” and “Trixie.” All of these names carry a fair amount of personality with them, making them great names to give to your female calico cat.

Complete List of Names for Female Calico Cats

  • Copper
  • Penny
  • Amaretto
  • Clementine
  • Chestnut
  • Honey
  • Honeybee
  • Jynx
  • Kiki
  • Marble
  • Piper
  • Reese
  • Rye
  • Aurora
  • Bean
  • Calypso
  • Bambi
  • Mako
  • Trixie
  • Bijou
  • Ginger
  • Haley
  • Sunny
  • Chimera
  • Zooey

Best Names for a Male Calico Cat

On the rare chance you come across a male calico cat, you are probably going to want to consider giving it a name that will help it stand out from the crowd, as your cat certainly stands out from the crowd of other calico cats. 

The types of names that you can choose from can range from focusing on the color of your cat’s unique coat of fur to focusing on other aspects of the cat, such as a thunderous personality that would warrant the warrior’s name of “Thaddeus.”

Some of the names that you could choose for a male cat that reflect its unique coat of fur include “Bourbon,” “Chowder,” “Hobbes” (based on Hobbes from the comic Calvin and Hobbes), “Latte,” “Maize” (after colorful orange, yellow, and red corn), “Neapolitan,” “Picasso,” and “Pip.” 

Whether these names reflect food and drinks or simply fit in with the colors of your cat’s fur, these names all carry a bit of a more masculine edge to them to suit your precious calico male cat.

If you aren’t as interested in naming your cat after the color of its fur, there are still plenty of male names to consider that will honor the uniqueness of your calico cat. These names can include “Turtle,” “Skippy,” “Rajah,” “Orion,” “Loki,” “Huxley,” “Furby,” and also “Bootsy” if your cat seems to have little “boots” on his feet. 

These names all carry more connotations toward your cat’s personality, making it a much easier name than simply choosing something that is based completely on the color of your cat’s fur.

Some of these names may also work well on a cat of the other gender or cats that aren’t even calico cats, but they work best for male calico cats to help them stand out from all the other cats that may interact with yours. 

These are just a few of the names that you may want to consider when you decide that it is time to try and name your brand-new calico cat.

Complete List of Names for Male Calico Cats

  • Thaddeus
  • Bourbon
  • Chowder
  • Hobbes
  • Latte
  • Maize
  • Neapolitan
  • Picasso
  • Pip
  • Turtle
  • Skippy
  • Rajah
  • Orion
  • Loki
  • Huxley
  • Furby
  • Bootsy
  • Bolt
  • Calypso
  • Doodle
  • Gizmo
  • Hemingway
  • Julius
  • Scarface
  • Simba
  • Waffles

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