Calico cats are the most sought-after felines throughout the world – their distinctive tricolor coat is beautiful and rare, and in several cultures they’re believed to bring luck and good fortune; in the United States, they’re often referred to as money cats. In the past, Japanese sailors would even travel with calico cats on board their ships, as it was thought they offered protection from storms and vengeful spirits.
If the latest addition to your family is a calico cat, you’ll need a name that’s just as special as them. Fortunately, our list of over 140 calico cat names is filled to the brim with special names that pay homage to calico cats’ history, beauty and luckiness, so you’re sure to find one that strikes your fancy.
Since almost all calico cats are female (only around 1 in 3,000 calico cats are male!), we’ll be mainly covering female and gender-neutral names.
Calico Cat Names Inspired by Fur Pattern and Color
Calico cats are renowned for their unique colorations and fur patterns. These cute color and pattern inspired names roll off the tongue, and complement the calico cat’s beautiful look. That said, if you don’t find the perfect coat-inspired name here, we still have plenty more to come.
- Agate: A pretty gemstone that shares the same hues as calico cats.
- Blanche: French for “white,” perfect for a calico cat that’s predominantly white.
- Boots: An ideal name for a calico cat with markings that resemble boots!
- Callie: Cute nickname for Calico.
- Copper: Metal that has a pinky-orange hue.
- Coral: If your calico cat defies all expectations and loves water, name them after colorful coral to honor their tri-coat and catfish nature.
- Dot: An adorable name if your calico cat’s coat has a stand-out dot or various dots.
- Ember: A fiery name capturing your calico cat’s orange hue.
- Kaleid: Short for kaleidoscope, a device that shows beautiful and colorful patterns.
- Kintsugi: Japanese art of mending broken pottery by filling the cracks (or connecting broken pieces) with lacquer dusted gold. It is said to honor the history of the item. If your furbaby is filling a “crack” in your heart with their gold hue, name them kintsugi.
- Kolme: Means “three” in Finnish.
- Marbles: Marbles boast a wide array of interesting patterns and hues, like your furry friend.
- Marigold: A gorgeous, vibrant flower that reflects your furbaby’s coat.
- Mars: Orange in color, and one of the smallest planets – perfect for a tiny kitten.
- Mosaic: A beautiful artwork made up of several colored stones or ceramic tiles.
- Nala: After the lioness in The Lion King, perfect name for a brave calico cat.
- Opal: Pretty gemstone made up of various colors. It’s also the traditional birthstone for October, making it a great name for October-born calico cats.
- Pris: Short for prismatic, meaning highly colored and associated with the rainbow colors formed by a prism.
- Russet: Dark brown color.
- Sahara: After the Sahara Desert.
- Saturn: Orange planet with various tones.
- Sunset: A sunset has the same hues as a calico cat’s coat, and it’s also soothing to watch. A great name for a gentle feline.
- Topaz: Vibrant browny-yellow gemstone that shines brightly.
- Trio: Meaning “three,” honors the calico cat’s tri-color coat.
- Tulip: Brightly colored flowers that symbolize love and affection.
- Umber: A reddish-brown hue.
- Vini: After Vinicunca, the famous Rainbow Mountain.
- Vixen: Meaning female fox – perfect for a mischievous and cunning calico feline!
Cat Names That Mean Luck, Fortune or Blessed
Your calico furbaby is sure to bring happiness and good fortune to your life, so why not thank them by giving them a name that’s just as lucky as they are?
- Acorn: In the past, carrying acorns with you was thought to bring good luck, and provide protection from illness.
- Aisha: Meaning prosperity.
- Amber: Amber is associated with healing, protection and good luck.
- Bamboo: It is believed that Bamboo brings good luck and positive energy to the area it’s growing.
- Beatrix: Meaning blessed.
- Celeste: Meaning heavenly.
- Charm: Short for good luck charm.
- Chieko: Meaning child of a thousand blessings, wise.
- Clover: After four-leaf clover.
- Felicity: Meaning happiness, luck and good fortune.
- Fortuna: Roman goddess of fortune.
- Glückskatze: In Germany, the name for calico cat is “Glückskatze,” which means “lucky cat.”
- Maneki: Maneki Neko, the Japanese beckoning cat statue associated with good luck, is traditionally a calico bobtail cat.
- Monifa: Meaning lucky.
- Nevaeh: Meaning heaven (spelt backward).
- Orella: Meaning divine message.
- Penny: Pennies are copper-colored, and often thought to bring good luck.
- Peony: Peonies symbolize happiness, prosperity and good health.
- Scarab: The scarab has long been associated with restoration, fortune and protection.
- Seven: A lucky number in various cultures.
- Thea: Meaning goddess.
- Tiger: After Tiger’s Eye, a lucky orange gemstone.
- Tyche: Greek goddess of fortune, chance, fate and destiny.
- Ventura: “Fortune” in Spanish.
- Zada: Meaning prosperous.
- Zella: Meaning blessed.
Calico Cat Names Based on Food
If your calico cat’s appetite is bigger than their stomach, consider one of these names inspired by sweet treats, fruits, vegetables, spices and other tasty goods. We’ve also made sure to pick foods that share the calico cat’s rich coat colors.
- Affogato: Traditional Italian dessert made up of coffee and vanilla ice-cream.
- Amaretto: Sweet Italian liqueur, has a warm brown hue.
- Ambrosia: Besides being a delicious and colorful fruit salad, Ambrosia is also considered the food of the gods in ancient Greek mythology.
- Chowder: Colorful seafood soup.
- Macchi: Short for Macchiato, a tri-colored beverage.
- Noodles: A funny food name that’s sure to be a conversation starter!
- Paprika: Vibrant red spice.
- Saffron: Vivid crimson-orange spice known as “red gold” due to its hefty price tag – ideal for a calico cat that likes the finer things in life!
- Tiramisu: Italian dessert renowned for its colorful layers.
- Twix: A tri-colored chocolate bar. Perfect for your sweet tri-color calico cat.
Calico Cat Names Based on Fall
The earthy colors of a calico cat’s coat always bring fall to mind. If you give your furbaby a fall-inspired name, you’ll be commemorating their gorgeous coat, as well as your love for the fall season. Here, you’ll find monikers that bring back those cozy fall-time memories of drinking mocha, roasting s’mores, and comfy sweaters.
- Aki: “Fall” in Japanese.
- Aurelia: Meaning golden.
- Birch: Birch trees boast beautiful orange, red and yellow leaves during fall.
- Boo: A cute name if you’re a fan of Halloween!
- Buttternut: Short for butternut squash.
- Candy: If your furbaby is as sweet as all the candy you’ll be eating at Halloween, name them candy, or name them after your favorite treat.
- Ceres: Roman goddess of harvest.
- Cider: Perfect name if you love a hot mug of apple cider, a quintessentially fall
- Hallow: Short for Halloween.
- Jora: Meaning fall rain.
- Latte: After the iconic pumpkin spice latte.
- Maple: An extra-sweet name for an extra-sweet kitten.
- Snug: Because fall is super cozy and warm, just like your calico cat.
- Zucca: Meaning “pumpkin” in Italian.
Egyptian-Inspired Calico Cat Names
Calico cats are extremely colorful, so the most obvious source of inspiration for a calico cat name is their tri-color coat. However, if you want to pay homage to their coat in a different way, why not give them a name inspired by their history? Calico cats are thought to have been first discovered in Egypt, so an Egyptian-inspired name will work perfectly.
- Akila: Meaning intelligent.
- Amisi: Meaning flower.
- Annipe: Meaning daughter of the Nile.
- Anuket: Goddess of the Nile.
- Aziza: Meaning precious and mighty.
- Banafrit: Meaning beautiful soul.
- Bastet: Cat-like goddess of home, protection, cats and fertility.
- Cairo: Capital city of Egypt.
- Cleopatra: One of the most famous rulers of Egypt.
- Dalila: Meaning gentle.
- Hasina: Meaning good.
- Hathor: Goddess of sky, love and fertility.
- Isis: Egyptian goddess of healing, good fortune, and rebirth.
- Lotus: Egypt’s national flower. In Ancient Egypt, the lotus flower was a symbol of creation and rebirth
- Maat: Goddess of truth, harmony, justice and balance.
- Mafdet: Feline-like goddess of justice and judgement.
- Nailah: Meaning accomplished, successful.
- Nefertiti: Influential queen of Ancient Egypt.
- Nile: After the longest flowing river in Africa (and the world).
- Pakhet: Lion goddess of war, “the one who tears.” Perfect for a feisty calico cat.
- Sanura: Meaning kitten.
- Sekhmet: Warrior goddess, also goddess of healing.
- Tefnut: Goddess of moisture, water and rain.
Unique Calico Cat Names
While we’ve already suggested plenty of unique names throughout this article for your calico kitten, here are a few more unusual, cute names that will grasp your guests’ attention, and reflect your furbaby’s rarity.
- Adora: Meaning adored.
- Althea: Meaning healer.
- Deja: Meaning remembrance.
- Erza: Meaning mighty warrior.
- Frida: Meaning peace.
- Hayami: Meaning rare beauty.
- Luisa: Meaning famous warrior.
- Tama: Name of a calico cat who became an official station master in Japan.
Naming Your Lucky Calico Cat
Your calico cat needs a name as beautiful as they are, and one that pays homage to their tri-color coat in some way or another; whether the coat itself, or the good fortune it represents.
While our list has plenty of names that honor their extra special coat, if you’re still struggling to narrow down your choices, it’s worth considering your feline’s personality. If they’re outgoing and feisty, an Egyptian warrior name like Sekhmet will honor their brave heart. On the other hand, if they’re of gentle temperament, stick to a soft name such as Maple.
If you’re still in need of more inspiration, why not check out orange or cat name ideas? Your furbaby’s coat has each color, after all!