Looking for PAWesome orange cat names for your new kitty?
Unique ideas for what to call your unique and special ginger companion?
A name that expresses your cat's fiery personality or flaming good looks?
When my ginger cat showed up and adopted me, I was searching for name ideas for his little orange furriness, too. But... I couldn't find a comprehensive list.
You know, lists with cool and interesting names, like Firenado.
As you know, coming up with good cat names isn't easy. In fact, it's downright hard!
That's the bad news. The good news is, if you've got a new orange kitty that needs a name, help is here.
I've come up with a long list of interesting, unique, and cute naming choices for gingers. There are over 700 cat names in all.
You can jump right in with my list of favorite ginger cat names, or check out the table of contents below.
Did you know? All orange cats are tabby cats.
Your ginger cat deserves a great name to match his or her personality, flair, style, coat pattern, coloring, or behavior.
This massive collection of orange cat names below is the ultimate list of the best names for your new red-headed feline family member!
It will help you:
We'll explore ideas for fun, funny, unique, and unusual ginger kitty names from sources like:
Some of the names below are for girl cats, some are for boys, but many are unisex and will work for either one.
Although I wouldn't think of changing his name now, I wish I'd had this list when Jazzy showed up at my house. I might have called him Jazzy in the end, anyway, but you never know.
Ready to find the purrfect name for your orange cat?
Hang on to your fur, because we're about to blow the whiskers off the "rules" for naming cats and kittens.
Pro Tip: To come up with creative names, think of things that remind you of:
Let's do this.
These are some of my favorites, along with popular names among readers. Of course, I've already mentioned my cat, Jazzy, which fits either a boy or the rarer ginger girl.
Amber – Have you ever seen the 1993 movie, Jurassic Park? Amber is a fossilized tree resin with a yellow-orange color. And we can make dinosaurs. :)
Apricot – According to Wikipedia, the color apricot is a light yellowish-orangish-pinkish, similar to the color of apricots, but somewhat paler.
Arizona - In Arizona they've got sunshine, beautiful red canyons, and desert landscapes.
Autumn – Autumn is the time for red, yellow, and orange hues.
Belle - Inspired by the bell pepper.
Blogger - Because of Blogger's orange brand color.
Brass - Brass is a yellow-toned alloy of copper and zinc.
Butters - Because this list would be incomplete without it.
Butterscotch – A sweet and tasty candy which makes an excellent name for a ginger. Much like cats and potato chips, it's hard to have just one.
Cadmium (Caddy) - Cadmium pigments can be orange, red, or yellow.
California - The cats with the most on the golden coast. Called Cali for short, the Golden State is associated with sunshine, oranges, gold, and of course, the excesses of Hollywood and wealthy celebrities.
Cara - After Cara Cara oranges.
Cashew - I love this one!
Cheddar – This yellow-orange cheese is a great choice for a golden-haired feline.
Cheese - As in, my kitty is the big cheese! It's purrfect for cats with big personalities.
Cheeto – One of my favorite cheese flavored snacks. I like the crunchy ones best.
Chester – Chester Cheetah. One of my favorite characters from television commercials, Chester is the official mascot of Frito-Lay's Cheetos brand snacks.
Chuck Norris – You know the joke, right? If Chuck Norris were a cat he would have ten lives. Although he has sometimes appeared as a blond, he's often a redhead and has a red beard.
Cinnabun - The Simpson's parody of the Cinnabon bakery chain. Either name works well for a kitty with cinnamon colored fur.
Clementine – This sweet fruit is the most popular variety of tangerine, and a cute orange kitty name. As a bonus, people who meet your kitty will be singing, "Oh, my darling," if anyone still remembers that song - hopefully they don't!
Cleopatra - A name fit for a queen, so named for the Cleopatra mandarin orange.
Conan O’Brien – The former comedy writer for The Simpsons and late night talk show host has signature red hair.
Copper – The reddish brown metal used in coin, plumbing, and wiring makes a cute name for a pet.
Coral – A reddish or pinkish shade of orange, named after the sea animal.
Crackers - Lots of choices here, including cheese peanut butter crackers and of course, Goldfish crackers.
Creamsicle - An orange Creamsicle is a variety of Popsicle with a vanilla ice cream center covered by orange flavored ice. They are yumilicious! This name would fit an orange and white cat very well.
Crimson (Crimmy) - Crimson Tide is a movie as well as a college football team.
Crookshanks – Hermione Granger's half-Kneazle ginger cat from the Harry Potter series.
Curry – Curry is popular in Indian and Southeast Asian cuisine. I tend to favor red or yellow Thai curries myself, both of which can have an orangey hue. My favorite, though, is panang.
Dandelion - Is your orange cat a Dandy Lion?
Fiona – Princess Fiona, the redhead from Shrek.
Florida - Like California, the "Sunshine State" is associated with oranges and, of course, sunshine.
Ginger Ale - Just in case you might overlook this one.
Gingerbread (The Gingerbread Man) - I love gingerbread cookies!
Goldie – Is your kitty more of a golden hue rather than red or orange? Try out this name and see if it fits. Alternatives are Gold and, my favorite, Goldrush.
Heathcliff – The street-wise orange cat from the comic strip of the same name. He was "born on the wrong side of the tracks in the bad part of town."
Henna - Henna is a dye from the henna tree, Lawsonia inermis, used to color skin and hair for millennia.
Honey – Does your cat have a sweet disposition? Honey can vary a lot in color, and darkens as it ages, but it often has a golden color. As a cat name, Honey is a better choice for an orange cat than Sugar. Don't you think?
Kumquat – This citrus fruit looks like a smaller version of an orange. Introducing people to your cat would be fun if you could say, "Meet my little Kumquat!"
Leo - Leo is a great name for a little golden house lion.
Mandarin - Mandarin is a type of orange. Some variants on this name include Mandarino, Mandarina, and Mandarini.
Mango – A delicious orange colored fruit with health benefits, and a cute name for your little fur child. Your kitty will be mango-licious!
Marigold – Marigolds can have flowers in gold, orange, and yellow.
Marmalade – Marmalade is a fruit preserve made from the juice and peel of citrus fruits, including sweet oranges and/or mandarins and/or kumquats, boiled with sugar and water. Not only is marmalade delicious, some people often refer to orange cats as marmalade cats.
Mars - The red planet.
Naranja - Spanish for orange.
Nectarine – Nectarines can have orangey tones in the skin and yellow or red flesh. Doesn't Nectarine make a cute cat name?
Nugget - Like a nugget of gold, or the Gold Nugget mandarin.
Papaya - Also known as papaw or pawpaw, the fruit of the papaya can have red, orange, or yellow flesh.
Paprika – A popular spice made from peppers that can be red, orange, or yellow. Related names would be Prika or Rika.
Peaches – The peach is one of many orange colored fruits on this list. This one is especially cute for fuzzy or hairless cats, like the Sphynx. Peaches are delicious, but I prefer nectarines, mainly because of the fuzz.
Peanut - An adorable name for a ginger cat.
Peanut Butter - You knew this was coming, right?
Pekoe - As in Orange Pekoe, or "OP" tea. This is a type of black tea, so a black and orange cat named Orange Pekoe would be a good pun.
Penny – Like the old saying goes, a Penny adopted is a Penny saved. Hmmm... that's not quite it, but Penny is a cute name, especially for a rescued orange cat.
Pepper (or Peppers) - Short, simple, and cute. I like it.
Piperine - Piperine is what makes black pepper pungent.
Persimmon – A sweet fruit that is yellow-orange to dark red-orange in color. A good nickname would be Percy.
Poppy – The California poppy, also called golden poppy, California sunlight, or cup of gold can have bright orange, red, or yellow flowers.
Pumpkin – The purrfect name for an orange cat. You can't really go wrong, and it fits males and females alike, too.
Ray (or Baby Ray) - Sweet Baby Ray's buffalo wing sauce is orange and delicious, just like your kitty.
Redford - GQ said of actor Robert Redford's hair, "His hair possesses its own glow and dances in this fire-space between red and gold and the shining color of pure light."
Roughy - Named after the fish, orange roughy. I like a bit of irony.
Ruby - Because your feline friend is a glowing red gem (or sweet, like a Ruby Tango mandarin).
Rusty – Often used as a nickname for someone with red hair, it works just fine for your furry orange feline. If you're a fan of National Lampoon's Vacation movies, all the better.
Scarlett - A good choice for a female.
Sherbet – Mmmm... orange sherbet, or as some people call it, sherbert. Sherbet is a creamy and fruity cold dessert. It makes a delicious kitty name, too.
Skittles - Fun candy in a rainbow of flavors, including orange and strawberry.
Sorbet - Sorbet is a cute cat name. Sherbet's less creamy cousin with a fancier name, orange sorbet can be made from a mixture of orange juice and simple syrup (sugar and water). All you need is an ice cream maker from Amazon to complete the process. While you're at it, you could make some catnip flavored frozen yogurt for your kitty, too. It even makes frozen drinks, too. Bonus!
Starburst - This reminds me of two things, Starburst candy, and of course, the colors of the sun. Either way, it's a suitable name for your feline companion.
Summer - An obvious connection to warmth and the sun, Valencia oranges are sometimes called summer oranges.
Sumo - Sumo Citrus are seedless mandarins developed in Japan.
Tangerine – One of my favorite orange fruits and a vibrant orange color.
Tangelo - Another favorite orange fruit and a cousin to the tangerine.
Tango - A seedless orange fruit.
Tomato - Tomatoes are red, violets are blue. If you had an orange cat, would you name him Tomato, too?
Tiger or Tigress – Is your orange kitty brave and bold? Tiger is a popular name for a cat with some spunk. It works for males and females alike, but it's definitely a good name for a male cat with orange fur and a big purrsonality. For something a bit different for a lady, Tigress is a fine choice.
Tigger – Does your cat bounce around a lot? Is s/he fun, fun, fun, fun, fun? This name from Winnie the Pooh fame might just fit for a male or female ginger kitty.
Tropicana - Like the juice.
Weasley – After Ron Weasley, the famous redhead from the Harry Potter books and films. The entire Weasley family has red hair:
Molly, Arthur, Bill, Charlie, Percy, Fred, George, and Ginny.
Wonky - Because some gingers are just kinda wonky, you know?
Below are some of the shades or types of red or orange hair you can use as inspiration for naming your kitty.
Auburn - A shade of red hair color that is often described as reddish-brown or dark ginger. It's also the name of a university with a Tigers football team and an orange official color.
Brassy - A term used to refer to unwanted warm tones of red, orange, or yellow in hair color.
Strawberry blond or Venetian blond - A reddish shade of blond hair.
Titian - Titian is described as a tint of red hair that is brownish-orange in color.
Below you'll discover names for your orange cat inspired by:
Your cat's name will be a guaranteed conversation starter, all covered in fur.
But don't stop there, anything related to the fictional worlds, and the people who voice or play the characters are possible choices.
Amy Adams - The actress often appears as a redhead or strawberry blond.
Axl Rose - W. Axl Rose, lead vocalist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses.
Bryce Dallas Howard - Of Twilight and Jurassic fame.
Brigid Brannagh - American actress.
Buttons - After actor and comedian Red Buttons.
Carrot Top - A comedian's moniker, and often used as a nickname for redheads.
Damian Lewis - Lewis has gotten a lot of attention for his roles in the Showtime television shows, Homeland and Billions.
Ed Sheeran - The English singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor.
Elizabeth I - Famous Queen of England and famous for her red hair.
Emma Stone - She often appears as a redhead.
Erik the Red - The Viking explorer, and also the name of a cat (the "rodent control officer" on the CSS Acadia for 15 years).
Felicia Day - Actress and producer.
Ginger Spice - a.k.a. Geri Halliwell a.k.a. Geraldine Estelle Horner.
Hayley Williams - American singer/songwriter from the group Paramore.
Henry VIII - Notorious King of England and father of Elizabeth I.
Isla Fisher - Australian actress and author, and an ideal last name for a kitty.
Jessica Chastain - American actress and producer.
Julianne Moore - American actress.
Kate Pierson - From the musical group, The B-52's.
Kennedy - After U.S. Representative Joseph Patrick Kennedy III. This is a unisex name so it works for boys or girls.
Lucy – Everybody loves Lucy. Lucille Ball was a comedy icon, a famously headstrong ginger, and known for "saving" the original Star Trek series. Her company, Desilu Productions, was responsible for some groundbreaking television. What's not so commonly known is she was not a natural redhead, but that's OK with me.
Mary - Queen of Scots.
Molly Ringwald – The popular red-headed actress is still best known for her appearances in films in the ’80s, such as Pretty in Pink and The Breakfast Club.
Maureen O'Hara - Legendary Irish-American actress and singer.
Nicole Kidman - Actress and producer.
Prince Harry (Princess Harriet) - Prince Harry has royal ginger locks.
Rhonda Fleming a.k.a. Marilyn Louis - Glamorous star of film and television.
Tina Louise - Tina Louise played Ginger in the Gilligan's Island TV show.
Vincent van Gogh - One of the most famous artists in history was a redhead!
Vitamin C (Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick) - Singer, songwriter, and actress Vitamin C has a Tommy Hilfiger lipstick color based on her signature orange hair.
Alex - The lion from Madagascar (2005).
Aslan – The lion from The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis.
Azrael - Gargamel's orange cat from The Smurfs. In the cartoon, he appears brown rather than orange.
Banjo - A 1979 animated short, Banjo the Woodpile Cat features a trouble prone ginger kitten.
Baron Humbert von Gikkingen - A character from The Cat Returns (2002).
Bill the Cat - The disheveled fictional ginger cat from the Bloom County comic strip.
Brain - The not-so-smart, purple-shirt-wearing orange cat of Top Cat fame.
Firestar - Firestar is a character in the Warriors series. He's described as a large, dark, flame colored tabby, with a pale orange belly. He's also known as Rusty, Firepaw, and Fireheart.
Garfield – Jim Davis' lazy, Monday-hating, lasagna-loving orange tabby cat from the comic of the same name.
Hobbes – Hobbes was Calvin's orange-and-white stuffed tiger in the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip. To Calvin, he was a real tiger and his best friend.
King Leonidas - The lion from Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971).
Lionblaze - A golden tabby tom cat from the Warriors series.
Morris (9Lives cat food) - Morris is an advertising icon.
Mr. Jinks - Mr. Jinks was a cartoon cat that appeared on The Huckleberry Hound Show in the segment, Pixie and Dixie and Mr. Jinks. His signature line was, "I hates those meeces to pieces!"
Orangestoke - A nod to Bill the Cat.
Prince John - From Robin Hood (1973). Disney's animated film has a cowardly, thumbsucking lion, Prince John, assume the throne while his brother, Richard the Lionhearted, is far away, fighting in the Crusades.
Princess Daisy - From the Mario series of video games.
Puss in Boots - From Shrek, among others.
Rajah - Jasmine's tiger from Aladdin, Disney's 1992 animated film.
Sandstorm - Sandstorm is described as a female, pale ginger cat in the Warriors series. Sandstorm is Firestar's mate.
Shere Khan - The tiger from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book.
Simba – The name Simba is from The Lion King, of course. Simba makes a purrfect name for your orange boy.
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Snaggletooth - Before he was pink, Snagglepuss, the cougar, was orange, and called Snaggletooth.
Spot - Data's cat from Star Trek: The Next Generation. The original Spot was played by a Somali, but later, an orange tabby. Spot was originally a male, but later in the series was referred to as female.
Thomas - After Thomas O'Malley, the alley cat from The Aristocats. You can't really go wrong with with either Thomas or O'Malley as a name for your orange cat.
Thomasina - From the 1963 Disney movie, The Three Lives of Thomasina.
Tony - Tony the Tiger, the mascot from Frosted Flakes cereal. "They're great!"
Top Cat - The yellow-furred leader of a gang of alley cats in the animated television series of the same name. Toppy or Toppie would work for nicknames.
Toulouse - The "tough" orange kitten with green eyes from The Aristocats.
Amy Pond (Amelia Pond) - A fictional character in the Dr. Who television series, played by Karen Gillan.
Animal - The Muppet drummer dude.
Annie – Little Orphan Annie is famous for her curly red hair.
Archie – Archie Andrews is the redhead starring in the Archie comic strip.
Beaker – Beaker is a Muppet with bright orange hair.
Charmander (Hitokage) - The cute lizard starter Pokémon with a fiery tail.
Charlie - Felicia Day's character on the CW television series, Supernatural.
Clary - (Clarissa) from The Mortal Instruments and Shadowhunters.
Claudia Donovan - Played by Allison Scagliotti, Claudia Donovan is a fictional character from the television series, Warehouse 13.
Crash Bandicoot - From the video game, of course.
Daphne – "Danger Prone Daphne" Blake of Scooby-Doo fame.
Elmo - A red Muppet and one of the most well-known Sesame Street characters.
Ernie – The orange Muppet character from Sesame Street.
Evelyn Bagby - A character from the first episode of the Perry Mason television series, entitled "The Case of the Restless Redhead," which aired September 21, 1957.
Gimli - The dwarf warrior from The Lord of the Rings book and film series.
Jessica Rabbit - The cartoon character from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Joan P. Holloway - Christina Hendricks played Joan in the television show, Madmen.
Josie - The red-headed band leader from Josie and the Pussycats.
Mad Hatter - Johnny Depp's character had crazy red hair in the Tim Burton film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland (2010).
Merida - Princess Merida, from the 2012 Movie, Brave, has some amazing red hair.
Miranda - Cynthia Nixon's character from Sex and the City.
Misty (Kasumi) - "The Tomboyish Mermaid" from Pokémon.
Nemo – The orange-and-white clownfish from Finding Nemo (2003).
Opie - Ron Howard's character from the Andy Griffith Show.
Pebbles Flintstone - Wilma's little one.
Pepper Ann – The red-headed star of the Disney cartoon from the late '90s.
Pepper Potts - Virginia "Pepper" Potts is a red haired character in the Marvel Universe, often appearing with Iron Man.
Pikachu - From Pokémon.
Pippi Longstocking – The super strong fictional ginger from the children's book series whose best friends include a monkey and a horse.
Poison Ivy - Enemy of Batman.
Raggedy Ann and Andy - The red-headed dolls that are also stars of books and movies.
Red Riding Hood - What big paws you have, grandma.
Red Queen - The Red Queen from Lewis Carroll's Alice.
Rowena - From the TV series, Supernatural.
Rudolph - The red-nosed reindeer himself.
Scully - Dana Scully, The X-Files character played by Gillian Anderson.
Super Mario - A video game icon, Mario has his red cap with the "M" on it.
Triss Merigold - A character from The Witcher, the fantasy book series and the video game.
Tuatha - Tuatha, an 18th century witch portrayed by Brigid Brannagh, appeared in the television show, Charmed.
Vi (Violet) - From the television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Vi was portrayed by Felicia Day.
Wilma Flintstone - A classic name and character from an iconic cartoon.
Did you find a name you liked? If not, we've got plenty more ideas below!
Some superheroes wear orange, red, or yellow. Others harness the power of the sun or get their power from something orange.
Some of these characters have red hair, and others are even actually orange.
If you're looking for a nerdy (or is it geeky?) name for your striped ginger wonder cat, consider using a superhero as inspiration.
Alpha - One of the Mad Thinker's robots has orange skin.
Asha - Zoroastrian god of fire. In the Marvel Universe, Asha is a male character with yellow hair, fiery wings, and orange skin. Despite the male persona, I would treat it as unisex and use this for either a boy or a girl.
Black Widow - In the Marvel films, Scarlett Johansson portrays the character Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff).
Captain Citrus - He lives in an orange grove, drinks orange juice for breakfast, and uses solar power.
Captain Orange Pants - This is one of my nicknames for Jazzy the cat. And it suits him.
Daredevil - Daredevil wears a red costume (the comic character originally wore yellow and red with black).
Jean Grey - The red-headed powerful mutant from X-Men. She's also known as Marvel Girl, Phoenix, and Dark Phoenix.
Iron Man - Iron Man's armored suit is red and gold.
Kitty Pryde - A superhero in the X-Men series by Marvel Comics. She's not orange, and this name would suit any cat, but the lion pride reference is why I included her here.
Lockheed - In Marvel comics, Lockheed is a fire-breathing alien dragon about the size of a cat.
Ms. Marvel (Sharon Ventura) - At one point, Sharon Ventura mutates into an orange-skinned, hairless She-Thing. When she does have hair, it's orange-red.
Niels the Cat (Hairball) - Niels begins his story as a mischievous orange cat in Marvel's Speedball. After acquiring superpowers similar to Speedball, he joined the Pet Avengers.
Scarlet Witch - Wanda Maximoff is a Marvel character known as the Scarlet Witch.
The Flash (or simply Flash) - Because why not? Great for a speedy kitty and fans of the DC comic.
The Thing - Pilot Benjamin J. Grimm was transformed into the orange colored Thing after he and the rest of the Fantastic Four were bombarded by cosmic radiation.
Zabu - A fictional saber-tooth tiger in the Marvel Universe, and one of the Pet Avengers.
Let's tap into movies for our inspiration. A movie is always better with a cat, but let's not restrict our choices to that.
Ariel - The Little Mermaid, with her flaming red hair.
Baby - The leopard in Bringing Up Baby (1938).
Bob - Bob himself, from A Street Cat Named Bob (2016).
Cat - The cat played by Orangey in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Buttercup - Buttercup is a fictional orange tabby cat belonging to Primrose Everdeen in The Hunger Games series of books and movies. Prim named him Buttercup because she said his yellow coat resembled the flower. That's why, in the first movie, the use of a black-and-white cat to play the part was just nine kinds of wrong, as they say.
Clockwork - Named for the Stanley Kubrick film, A Clockwork Orange (1971), in which a "cat lady" meets a horrible demise. A disturbing film, but a cute kitty name.
Diego - The saber-tooth tiger from Ice Age (2002).
Elsa - Elsa the Lioness, from Born Free (1966).
Fred - Fred the One-Eyed Cat, from Gifted (2017).
Incendio - The fire-making spell or charm in Harry Potter.
Jonesy (Jones) - The cat from Alien (1979).
Milo - The orange tabby kitten from The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986).
Oliver – The main character in Disney's Oliver Twist inspired animated film, Oliver and Company, is none other than an orange feline.
Orangey - The double PATSY award winning ginger cat who played "Cat" in Breakfast at Tiffany's. He also played roles as, or went by the names of Minerva, Rhubarb the Cat, and Jimmy.
Richard Parker - The tiger in Life of Pi (2012).
Rhubarb - In his debut appearance, Orangey played Rhubarb the Cat in the 1951 film, Rhubarb.
Tonto - In Harry and Tonto (1974), Tonto the cat was played by a ginger tabby cat called, believe it or not, Tonto. For his performance, he won a PATSY Award for best animal performer in a feature film.
Ulysses - The orange kitty from Inside Llewyn Davis (2013).
A few redheads have figured prominently in the popular HBO series Game of Thrones.
An added bonus in using these character's names is that even names that might sound "normal" are often spelled with a twist.
Before we get to the redheads in the series, you could name your boy kitty after Daenerys Targaryen's dragons.
If you've got a girl, how about Daenerys, the Mother of Dragons, herself? A.K.A:
Her dragons are:
Now, on to the redheads and the actors who portray them.
Did you find something you liked for your red-haired kitty's "Nameday?" If not, read on for more ideas.
Food inspired orange kitty names, including spices, hot sauces, and cheesy snacks:
Cherry (Sweet Cherry Pie) - The delicious red fruit that makes both a great snack and a great pie.
Cornflakes - Because Cornflakes have that golden tone and are better when bathed in many a cat's favorite drink, milk.
Frito (Fritos) - Corn chips all the way.
Fritters (Captain Corn Fritters) - Because some cats remind me of the color of fritters.
Hush (Mr. Hush Puppy) - Because puppies (and golden brown goodness). 'Nuff said.
Muenster - The rind of muenster cheese is orange.
Push Up - Push Up Orange Frozen Treats.
Reese - As in, Reese's Pieces and Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (I love those!).
Tostitos - The Frito-Lay tortillas that are that much better when dipped in cheese sauce or salsa.
Everyone has their favorite beverage, right? Is your kitty a party animal? Do you feel like celebrating when your furball is around? Here is some inspiration for naming orange or red cats based on drinks, spiked, or not.
Bitters - Orange bitters are added to some cocktails.
Bloody Mary - Tomato juice, vodka, and spices.
Fanta – Fanta orange soda. It's good, but probably not as good as Orange Crush.
Grenadine - A red colored syrup used in many cocktails.
Julius - Orange Julius is a delicious smoothie drink. It's made from a mixture of orange juice, sweetener, milk, powdered egg whites, vanilla flavoring, and ice. It's like a blended orange Creamsicle. To make one, all you need is this Blendtec blender from Amazon.
Martini - If this seems like an unusual choice for an orange cat, it is. That's why I mention it. The 100 Proof Martini is made with Southern Comfort 100 Proof and dry vermouth and is orange in color.
Mimosa - Champagne and orange juice (or other citrus).
Orange Crush (the soft drink) - One of my favorite carbonated beverages, which I think I like better than Fanta. I feel a taste test coming on.
Red Bull - The famous energy drink that gives you wings.
Rookie - The Amaretto Rookie is Disaronno almond liqueur and butterscotch schnapps.
Soda - Based on orange soda, of course.
SunnyD - An orange flavored beverage.
Tang - The orange flavored drink mix made famous by astronauts.
Twist - A spiral cut of fruit, often added to cocktails.
Zest - Made from the outer peel of the fruit and used to flavor cocktails and foods.
More orange related drinks:
Cape Cod (or Codder)
Below are orange cat names based primarily on cheese and cheese flavored snacks.
Cheeto (or Cheetos) - I love the crunchy Cheetos, and this makes a great name for an orange kitty.
Cheez-It - The cheesy cracker made by the Kellogg Company.
Cheez Whiz - This processed cheese spread is another thing I ate too much of as a kid.
Doodles - As in, Cheese Doodles. Similar to Cheetos, but puffier. I can't eat them. Don't ask me why.
Dorito – This crunchy Frito-Lay snack comes in many flavors, and is the downfall of many a dieter. Flavors include Fiery Habanero, Nacho Cheese, and Jumpin' Jack. I've consumed far too many of these tasty, cheesy snacks.
Jumpin' Jack Flash - Speaking of Jumpin' Jack flavored Doritos, this is a cool name for a cool, high flying feline.
Nacho Cheese - That's "Nacho Cheese!" It's mine.
Queso - Spanish for cheese.
Quesadilla - A Mexican cheese sandwich, made with a tortilla and cheese, of course.
Snap (Snap'd) - Snap'd is a crispy snack within the Cheez-It brand.
Velveeta - "Liquid gold." Need I say more?
Do you have a particularly active feline? One that goes from zero to 1,000 in no time?
Does your cat have a bit of a temper?
If either one of those is true, these would be purrfect. These names also work if your cat's coat reminds you of a particular spice color.
In addition to spices, I've included some spicy hot food dishes as well.
If your cat likes to "kick it up a notch" (and hey, what cat doesn't?), some of these are my favorites.
Banana - Banana peppers are mild, and the pickled version is delicious on sandwiches. They resemble bananas in shape and are often yellow, hence the name, but they can be red or orange. Go ahead, be different, and name your orange kitty Banana. People will ask you why.
Buffalo Wing - Buffalo wings are famous for their spicy, orange tinted sauce.
Burrito - Tortillas filled with good stuff.
Cajun - Cuisine from Louisiana that is often spicy and hot.
Caliente - Because spices can be hot (picante is used for spicy, but I like this one).
Capsicum - The genus Capsicum ("the pepper") is in the nightshade family. It includes banana, bell, cayenne, and chili.
Cardamom - A cousin to ginger.
Cayenne – A popular type of Capsicum often used in Cajun cooking. If your ginger kitty has some CAT-itude, this spice could be a good name.
Chili Pepper - They're red hot, and so is your kitty. This one's a natural.
Chimichanga - A type of deep fried burrito, often served with salsa or hot sauce.
Chipotle - A smoke-dried Jalapeño.
Cinnamon - One of my favorite spices. For something slightly different, try Cinnamon Toast, Cinnamon Loaf, or Cinnamon Roll.
Enchilada - The whole enchilada.
Galengal - Another cousin to the ginger plant, with a stronger, more citrusy flavor.
Garlic - Garlic is bad for kitties, but it makes a cute name for any feline, including gingers.
Ginger – I'll just leave this one right here.
Habanero - Once crowned the hottest pepper of them all, it has lost that title as new varieties have been created.
Heinz 57 - This condiment has a dark orange-yellow hue to it and a distinct flavor among sauces.
Honey Mustard - One of my favorite dipping sauces, and appropriate for a milder, gentler, kitty of the orange purrsuasion.
Horseradish - Not stuff, and a cousin to mustard.
Hot Sauce - Plain and simple.
Jalapeño - A flavorful type of chili.
Krachai - A ginger cousin, it goes by names such as fingerroot and Chinese ginger.
Mace - A spice made from the reddish seed covering of the nutmeg seed, mace can color food orange, similar to the way saffron does.
McCormick - A huge spice company with a number of brands under their wing.
Meatball - There's an old television commercial using the line, "That's a spicy meatball!" This isn't a name I'd normally pick for a cat. But... given the connection between gingers and spiciness, I think it works.
Mojo - Any of a number of sauces of varying spiciness, originating in the Canary Islands. In Cuban cooking, Mojo Criollo recipes often include sour orange juice.
Morita - A type of chipotle from the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
Nutmeg - A slightly sweet spice used to flavor many foods. It's not orange or red, but there's a red waxy webbing or netting that covers it (used to make mace), and ground nutmeg itself can have a reddish-brown look to it.
Onion - Onions, along with garlic, are also bad for cats. Oh, the irony.
Pad Thai - A delicious stir fry with rice noodles, garlic, and red chili.
Panang - Panang is one of my favorite dishes. It's a type of salty-sweet red Thai curry with a peanut flavor. It's has an orange hue to it, and it's delicious.
Paprika (Prika, Rika) - Paprika makes food less boring by adding color and flavor. Your kitty does the same for your life, your home, and your happiness.
Pepper - Another simple and to the point choice.
Pepperoni - An American salami, spiced with chili.
Pepperoncino - Inside every Papa John's pizza box is an Italian pepperoncino, grown in Turkey.
Picante - Spicy, as in picante sauce.
Piper - A genus of pepper plants including the plant that produces black pepper and white pepper.
Purrito - The cat version of a burrito.
Saffron – Saffron is a spice as well as a color. As a color, it's orange tone can be seen in the robes worn by the Theravada Buddhist monks, as well as on the flag of India. As a spice, it's derived from the saffron crocus, and often turns food (and your plate) a golden-yellow color.
Spice - Because it's so obvious you might skip it.
Sriracha - A popular hot sauce originating from Thailand.
Taco - Because tacos are awesome.
Tamale - As in, that's one hot tamale!
Taquito - A "little taco," rolled up. Also known as a flauta.
Turmeric - Turmeric is a flowering plant in the ginger family. You can often find this spice as a deep yellow-orange powder.
Wasabi - Japanese horseradish which goes with sushi.
Zatarain - Zatarian's is a spice and food products company founded in New Orleans, Louisiana.
What's the hottest pepper in the world? The story keeps changing as growers attempt to break records.
It's a heated competition, or should I say, it's hotly contested?
Some of these peppers, or their places of origin, can make for good cat names. To spark your imagination and help you in naming your orange cat, below are some hot peppers.
Carolina Reaper - The Carolina Reaper was named the hottest pepper on record by Guinness World Records.
Scorpion - Guinness World Records once named the Trinidad scorpion 'Butch T' the hottest pepper in the world. The Trinidad moruga scorpion is another of the hottest of the hot.
Scotch bonnet - A popular chili pepper used in Caribbean cuisine, they're also known as bonney peppers, or Caribbean red peppers.
Serrano - A type of chili pepper from the sierra mountains of Mexico.
Tabasco - Tabasco peppers are famous for the sauce bearing their name.
Continuing the hot pepper theme, let's look at some hot sauce inspired names for your fiery kitty.
Did you pick a name yet? No? Read on...
The color orange gets its name from the fruit of the same name. Some of the many varieties of oranges and their relatives make good names for kitties with orange coats.
Cara Cara - Cara Cara oranges are a type of navel. They have a pinkish-red flesh and are grown in California's San Joaquin Valley.
Cleopatra - The Cleopatra mandarin is a citrus tree used for root stock to grow orange, grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon. The fruit is too sour to eat, but may be used in juice.
Mandarin or Mandarine - There are many types of mandarins, including hybrids and crosses, with interesting names.
Navel - I'm not too keen on Navel as a name for a kitty, although Navella might work.
Valencia - On the other hand, Valencia sounds like a good one!
And then there are blood oranges. Varieties of blood orange include:
The tangerine is a subgroup of the mandarin orange, and there are quite a few varieties of tangerines.
Clementine - The most popular variety of tangerine has a glossy, dark orange peel. If your red kitty is popular with guests, or likes to be the center of attention, Clementine is a good name.
Cutie - Cuties, or California Cuties, are marketed towards children as healthy snacks. They can be Clementines, Murcotts, or Tangos.
Dancy - If you're naming your kitty based on color, Dancy tangerines have a dark red-orange peel. Purrfect for a dark red kitty. If naming based on personality, they are both tart and sweet.
Fairchild - The Fairchild mandarin is a hybrid of a Clementine mandarin and an Orlando tangelo. It's easy to peel and the name makes a cute moniker for any pet.
Halo - Halos are the same idea as Cuties, just from a different company, which used to market them as Cuties. It's all rather confusing.
Honey - Also known as Honey Mandarin, Honey Tangerine, or Murcott, it's a very sweet and juicy variety for your very sweet kitty.
Royal Mandarin - A tangor, which is a cross between a tangerine and an orange. They are also called Temples.
Ruby Tango - A cross between a blood orange and clementine.
Satsuma - They have a lighter color peel and bright orange flesh, and are often sold in cans as Mandarin oranges. I think Satsuma is a cute name.
Tango - A seedless, irradiated mutation of the Murcott mandarin.
Tangelo - A tangelo is a cross between a mandarin and a grapefruit or a mandarin and a pomelo.
Mandelo - The Mandelo, or "cocktail grapefruit," is a cross between a Dancy/King mixed mandarin and a pomelo.
Minneola or Honeybell Tangelo - A hybrid of the Bowen grapefruit and the Dancy tangerine.
Orlando tangelo - A cross between a Duncan grapefruit and a Dancy tangerine.
Uniq - The Jamaican tangelo is a natural hybrid, also known as ugli fruit, uglifruit, or uniq fruit.
Mustard usually ranges from a bright yellow to a golden brown color (mmmm... spicy brown mustard!). Mustard makes a cute name for a cute orange cat with a spicy purrsonality, especially if you have a little hot dog at home as well.
As a bonus, it works for either boys or girls. So do these...
Creole - Creole mustard is a spicy hot mustard used in New Orleans-style cooking.
Dijon - Another type of spicy mustard.
French (Frenchie) - After French's mustard.
Below are some more mustard related names and brands. How fun are these?
Below are some names for orange kitties based on plants, animals, and nature.
Alani - Alani means orange or orange tree in Hawaiian.
Ayers - Ayers Rock (Uluru), is a large rock formation in the Northern Territory of Australia that glows red at dawn and sunset.
Blossom - As in, orange blossom.
Butternut – Butternut squash has orange flesh.
Cardinal - The red bird needs no introduction.
Carrot - This one's a given.
Cinnabar - A red mineral ore made of mercury sulfide, it was used as a pigment for many years.
Citron - The mother of all citrus.
Clay - Clay can be many colors, but obviously it's the reddish varieties we're interested in.
Firefly - A good choice for a high flying cat with a flame coat. Bonus points if you're a fan of Firefly and Serenity.
Fox - After the red fox.
Hematite - The oldest known iron oxide mineral on earth can be found in a number of colors including red and reddish-brown. It may also have red streaks, making it a suitable name for your red haired tabby kitty.
Honeysuckle - Orange honeysuckle has yellow-orange flowers.
Lantana – This tropical plant has red, orange, and yellow flower clusters.
Lawsonia - Lawsonia inermis is the henna tree.
Lion - The Smithsonian's National Zoo describes the lion's coat as yellow-gold, with adult males having "shaggy manes that range in color from blond to reddish-brown to black."
Mahagony - A beautiful, reddish-brown tonewood that makes for interesting sounding drums, pianos, and guitars.
Mesquite - A brownish or tan wood, often with black streaks and different reddish tones.
Poinsettia - The red flowers and festive nature of this plant make it a good choice.
Redwood - The mighty redwood stands tall and proud, like your kitty.
Robin - The bird with the red breast.
Raspberry - If your kitty often has his or her tongue out, blep style.
Rose or Rosie - Rose is a classic choice.
Sandy - Some feel their kitty's coats are the color of desert or beach sand.
Sandstone - Sandstone can be many colors and may include reddish or orange banding that resembles tabby stripes.
Sedona - This area of Arizona is known for it's red and orange landscape.
Sequoia - A mighty redwood.
Strawberry - A juicy, sweet red fruit with lots of antioxidant power, or a shade of blond hair.
Sweet Potato – Sweet potato may have orange or yellow flesh.
Sunflower - A beautiful flowering plant.
Wolf - After the red wolf.
In addition to the lion, the following wild cats have either tan, sandy, red, yellow or orange tones in their coats:
Cats love sunshine, and orange cats remind us of the colors of the sun, and the moon that reflects its light. Below are some naming options:
Related names and variations:
Eclipse, Sunlight, Sunlit, Sunward
You don't see orange gemstones that often, so you might find some unique ideas in this list:
Name your kitty after a big red star or the constellation they're in. How cool is that? Below are a few of them.
Did you find a name you liked? Are you not feeling it yet? There's more.
Orange kitties can be any color from a deep red or a dark reddish brown to a light cream color or buff. In my book, shades of yellow, orange, and red colors are fair game for the name game. Right? Below are some ideas.
Big Red - Purrfect for a big cat, like a Maine Coon.
Brown (Brownie) - For cats that are a rich, dark shade of brown or reddish-brown, similar to the coat of some wild felines. By some definitions, brown can be considered a dark shade of orange.
Buff - Some orange cats are a pale orange-brown color, called buff. It's also cool to say, "My cat is Buff."
Buffy - Good for a female buff colored kitty, and bonus points if you're a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Canary - While I've never seen a canary yellow cat, this ironic name would be cute for a lighter colored "yellow" kitty.
Maggie - Magenta is a shade of red.
Ocher (or Ochre) - Ocher refers to a class of natural earths containing iron oxide, or the color of that material. Used as a pigment, it ranges in color from pale yellow to orange or reddish-yellow.
Perinone - Perinone Pigment orange and Pigment red are used in works of art.
Red - Plain and to the point.
Rufus ("Red" in Latin) - Sometimes used as a nickname for redheads, and even used for a king or two.
Rouge - French for red.
Russell (Russ, Rusty) - Russell means red-headed or red-skinned.
Russet - A reddish-brown color.
Sienna - Like ocher, sienna is an earth pigment containing iron oxide. Raw sienna is yellow-brown and heated sienna, called burnt sienna, is reddish-brown. It makes a purrfect name for an orange cat.
To spark your creativity, check out these shades of orange below:
If you've got two ginger cats, then you are lucky twice! Below are some names well suited for ginger cat duos. Alert: Lots of cheesiness ahead.
Big Mac and Cheese
Broccoli and Cheese
Cheddar and Cheese
Cheese and Crackers
Cheese and Sandwich
Cheez and Whiz
Colby and Jack
Crimson and Clover
Garnet and Topaz
Koumal and Sangha - From the movie, Two Brothers (2004).
Macaroni and Cheese
Orange and Juice
Peanut and Cashew
Peanut Butter and Jelly
Simba and Nala
Sarson (yellow mustard seed) and Rai (black mustard seed)
Sunrise and Sunset (or Sundown)
Sun and Mars
Sun and Moon
Trinidad and Tobago (Land of some hot peppers)
Tuna and Melt
Wilma and Pebbles (Flintstone)
We've already covered some pretty unique ideas, but let's push the envelope. Below are some ideas for creative orange cat names for your ginger kitty, with the occasional bit of irony thrown in.
Amp - So named for Orange guitar amplifiers.
Banana Rat Wing (BRW) - A flavor of hot sauce. Really!
BBQ Sauce - Whether you spell it out as Barbecue, or shorten it up to BBQ, it makes a cute name for a ginger cat with a saucy personality. It's not every day you hear someone calling for barbecue sauce, unless you work in a restaurant, maybe.
Blue Moon - Blue Moon makes beer brewed with orange peels. It's usually served with an orange slice.
Bonnet (Bonney, Bonnie) - Named after the Scotch bonnet pepper.
Butch - After the Trinidad scorpion 'Butch T' pepper, or Butch the cat (played by Orangey) in the 1957 film, The Incredible Shrinking Man.
Champion - Because Olympic champions are awarded the gold medal.
Christian - While the name Christian isn't unique, it's a unique choice because most people probably wouldn't think of the story of Christian the Lion. The video below recounts how he was purchased in a store as a cub, released in Africa, and later reunited with his human family.
Duck Sauce - Also called orange sauce, it's great on egg rolls and spring rolls.
Five (Five Ball) - In the game of pool, the five ball is orange. The 13 ball is orange and white, the 3 ball is red and the 11 ball is red and white.
Frank - Frank? Yep. People will ask you, "Why did you name your cat Frank?" And you can reply, "It's from Frank's RedHot brand hot sauce, of course."
Flavacol - The orange-yellow popcorn salt that makes movie theater popcorn rock.
Goldfish - Because it's ironic, and goldfish are the right color.
Killian - After George Killian's Irish Red.
Lava - Because lava is hot.
Magma - Magma is molten rock below earth's surface.
Molten - Molten is the name of a hot sauce, too.
Oscar - The gold statue given to Academy Award winners.
Red Stripe - Just like the beer, and your cat.
Wimpy - A hot sauce by Grinders Signature Hot Sauce.
For your inspiration, here are some words related to fire, flame, heat, and light.
Thanks, Cyndi Lauper.
It's that time again. Time to fire up the puns and plays on words about fiery, furry ginger kitties. Let's explore some clever, funny, unique, and unusual names. We've got oddball and silly ones, too. Very silly.
Apricat - No list would be complete without this play on words.
Benedict CumberCat - Benedict Cumberbatch told Esquire his hair is auburn.
Catchup - A play on Catsup or Ketchup, which are puns of their own.
Catrick Swayze - If you've got a pale or blond ginger, this is cute.
Catsicum - A play on the word Capsicum, of course.
Depot - After Home Depot stores, and their orange branding.
Ferris - Some would consider this a nod to Ferris Bueller, but it's really a play on the word ferric. Ferric refers to iron and iron oxide, which turns metals rust red, and gives many stones their reddish color.
Firebreath Poopstorm - Needs no introduction.
Flamey Lannister - From Game of Thrones (or Flame of Thrones, if you like).
Kittychanga - Because the name Chimichanga is too ordinary for your cat.
Leo de Lyon (Real name Irving Levin) - The voice of Brain, the orange cat in the Top Cat animated TV series.
Nacho Average Nachos - Because your kitty is no average kitty.
Ready Aim Fire! - A CFA top kitten in regions 1-9 for 2017-2018, this is the name of a red tabby shorthair Manx male.
Strawberry Shortcake - A strawberry blond, whipped-creamy delight.
Thatso - As in, That's so orange.
More cute and funny names:
Red hair is often associated with people of the Celtic nations. About 2% of the human population has red hair, but in Celtic nations, the percentage is much higher.
Because of that, names of Celtic origin are ripe for good names for your orange kitty. Below are some options for names along with meanings.
Aidan or Aiden - A male name meaning little fire.
Ceara (Also Cara or Carra) - A female name meaning fiery red.
Rory - Of Gaelic origin, Rory means red haired king. Rory (or Rori) can be used for girls as well as boys.
Egan (Eagan) - Fire.
Keegan - Fire.
Kelly - Bright-headed.
With Amigo (friend), Queso (cheese) and Naranja (orange) already on the list, it's time to crank up some more cute Spanish or Spanish-sounding names for orange cats.
Amarillo - Amarillo, or Amarilla for a girl kitty, means yellow in Spanish.
Amistad - Amistad means friendship.
Fuego - Fire!
Jugo - Juice!
Luz - The Spanish word for light.
Naranjada - Naranjada is orangeade.
Salsa - A variety of Latin American dance and music, but more importantly, a usually spicy sauce concoction that tastes great. There are many varieties. Bring on the the tacos.
Sol - Sun or sunshine.
Pelirrojo - Redhead (Pelirroja for lady kitties).
Pico de gallo - A variety of salsa, also called salsa fresca. It's delicious.
Rojo - Red (Roja for girl cats).
Rubio - Blond (Rubia for females).
Zumo - As in, zumo de naranja, which is another name for orange juice.
Don't see a name you like? Below are more Spanish options on my list.
Pico de gallo
Below are names inspired by mythology from various cultures.
Áine - Irish goddess of summer.
Amaterasu - Japanese and Shinto goddess of the sun.
Apollo (Apollonia for girls) - Greek god of light and the sun. Apollo is sometimes equated with Helios, but sometimes referred to as a separate god not having anything to do with the sun.
Aruna - Aruna means red, ruddy, or tawny. Aruna is the charioteer of the Hindu sun god Surya.
Bast (Bastet) - Egyptian cat goddess associated with the sun.
Belenus (Belenos, Belinus) - Celtic sun god.
Grian - The sun, and a Celtic goddess.
Helios - Greek Titan god of the sun who drives a horse-drawn, golden chariot across the sky.
Inti - Incan god of the sun.
Kisosen - Abenaki solar deity.
Loki - Norse god of fire. LOKi also stands for "Little Orange Kitty."
Lugh (or Lug) - An Irish sun god with an unstoppable fiery spear.
Napioa - Blackfoot deity of the sun.
Prometheus - A Titan, and Greek god of fire.
Ra - Egyptian sun god.
Sol - Roman sun god.
Sulis - British goddess of the sun.
Surya - This Hindu sun god heals the sick, brings good fortune, and rides a horse-drawn chariot.
Tami-ta-ra - Sun god of the Chatham Islands.
Tawa - Hopi sun god.
Wi - Lakota god of the sun.
"Black and orange stray cat sittin' on a fence." Remember that song? "Stray Cat Strut" by the Stray Cats.
Since both orange and black are colors associated with Halloween, Halloween related cat names work just fine. In fact, many of them work for black cat names, as well as names for orange cats, or black and orange kitties, too. Booyah!
In addition to the ever popular Pumpkin, Halloween related cat names include:
Candy Corn - The orange, yellow, and white candy is a Halloween favorite.
Carver - As in pumpkin carver.
Jack-o'-lantern - This holiday is never complete without a good, glowing, Jack-o'-lantern.
Basketball (B-Ball) - Basketballs are usually orange, and often orange and black.
Monarch - A butterfly with orange-and-black wings.
Orange Pekoe - As I mentioned in my list of favorites, this is a type of black tea.
Rai - A great name for an orange-and-black cat. Rai is black mustard seed, used in Indian cooking.
Tiger Lily - There are a number of different lily plants that may be called "tiger lily." Many of them have either orange or orange-and-black flowers.
Do you have an orange cat? Is your cat's name on my list?
Did you choose your cat's name because of my list (or can you add to it)?
Share a picture and a story with us, or tell us what you named your ginger kitty (and why) in the comments below.