Cartoons have a fond spot in our hearts. They make us laugh, they make us cry, and sometimes they even teach us lessons about life in their colorful, extravagant, often fantastical methods. In one way or another, they’ve contributed a significant part to some of our most memorable experiences in life.
So it comes as no surprise that you might want to name a pet after the cartoon characters that mean the most to you. After all, what better way to honor a pet than to give it a name with a cool backstory that’s very personal for you?
This list will have everything you need for cartoon-inspired names. Although most of them will be from cats in cartoons, it will not be limited there and will include names of characters from notable cartoons or anime.
Disney-Inspired Cat Names
Disney is arguably one of the most famous studios when it comes to cartoons, so, naturally, we’re going to devote an entire section just listing down named ideas based on iconic Disney characters.
- Baloo – Does your cat often feel like a bear? Large, always sleeping, likes to take care of their pet human? Consider them a Jungle Book character reincarnated as a feline.
- Berlioz – Marie, one of Duchess’ kittens from the Aristocats, is kind of a mainstream name, but nobody can argue about the novelty of Berlioz.
- Carl – Jaded from everything life threw at him, Carl from Pixar’s Up is a perfect name for your cat who always seems to be angry at the world.
- Dinah – Alice’s little kitten in Alice in Wonderland.
- Duchess – This list wouldn’t be complete without this elegant cat from Aristocats. Mother of young kittens, Duchess is every bit her name: headstrong, smart, and noble. Just like your cat.
- Elsa – Our favorite magical princess-turned-queen from Frozen. Just let it go!
- Figaro – Pinocchio’s cat, who was so adorable he was made to guest in Disney shows.
- Goose – Let’s not forget the cutest member of Project Pegasus in Captain Marvel! If you feel like something’s not quite right with your furball, she might be a Flerken as well.
- Jafar – Do you feel like your cat schemes your downfall from time to time? This name taken from Aladdin’s memorable villain will fit him perfectly.
- Kuzco – The lazy and entitled protagonist from The Emperor’s New Groove.
- Lumiere – An iconic character from Beauty and the Beast.
- Maleficent – The perfect name for a little villain-ish cat with a touch of love deep inside.
- Megara – The femme fatale from the 1997 film Hercules. Perfect for snarky and fierce fluffballs.
- Moana – Your cat is most likely afraid of the water, but Moana is still a pretty name anyway.
- Mowgli – The naughty and rambunctious star of The Jungle Book.
- Mulan – A peerless warrior, this Disney princess is as beautiful as she is fierce—just like your cat!
- Mittens – The loveable kitty from Bolt.
- Nala – The noble lioness from The Lion King, as well as Simba’s love interest.
- Piglet – What’s a list without a little irony? Piglet from Winnie the Pooh makes a cute name for a cat as well!
- Thumper – Although not a cat, Thumper from Bambi would make a cute name for any pet furball.
- Toulouse – Another one of Duchess’ cute kittens in The Aristocats.
- Tremaine – Who could forget the unnecessarily mean stepmother from the 1950 classic Cinderella?
- Shere – From The Jungle Book’s terrifying Bengal tiger villain, Shere Khan.
Anime-Inspired Cat Names
You thought we’d forget anime? Anime and cats practically go hand in hand, so forgetting it would practically be a sin.
Here’s a list of the best anime-inspired names we can come up with for your beloved feline.
- Artemis – Sailor moon, anyone? Luna’s partner cat, and one of the Sailor’s Scouts’ magical sidekicks.
- Arthur – A more formal name with an anime twist, Arthur is a character from Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion.
- Beerus – Less of a cat and more of a planet-destroying god from Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods. Beerus and your cat have one thing in common: utter contempt for humans.
- Carla – A magical being from Fairy Tail who just happens to look like a flying cat.
- Catbus – The iconic cat-who-is-also-a-bus from the dreamy world of My Neighbor Totoro. Catbus is never late!
- Chi – From Chi’s Sweet Home, this character is a lovable little cat that many 90s kids will remember.
- Kuro – A powerful guardian spirit from Ao no Exorcist who takes the shape of a great black cat.
- Jiji – From Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service, this character is the helpful-and-sometimes cheeky pet cat of the protagonist.
- Luna – This list wouldn’t be complete without Sailor Moon’s pet cat and loyal sidekick.
- Mao – In the anime Darker Than Black, Mao is a powerful contractor that lived with a cat’s form because he lost his human body.
- Meowth – Both slightly-irritating and somewhat lovable, this Pokemon’s antics, along with the iconic Jessie and James, have kept Ash and his friends on their toes. Certainly a perfect name for a mischievous but highly intelligent cat.
- Poyo – An adorable name from the adorable main character of the show Poyopoyo Kansatsu Nikki. The name translates to ‘fluffy’ in Japanese.
- Sakamoto – A cute kerchief-wearing, talking cat from the anime Nichijoum.
TV Show-Inspired Cat Names
Cartoon shows today aren’t like what they used to be back in the days. With shifts in social and cultural norms and better animation technology, it’s now perfectly possible to binge-watch long-running cartoon TV shows. Here is a list of ideas for cat names, in case you’re one such person.
- Bart – Hailing from one of the longest-running cartoons on TV, Bartholomew Jojo Simpson is a character that stirs up trouble wherever he goes. Sounds like your new kitty? You know what to do.
- Ben – From the popular children’s show, Ben 10.
- Daria – The eponymous animated sitcom about a teenage girl who’s way too cynical (and, admit it, realistic) for her age. Great for anyone’s sassy cat.
- Dipper – Taken from Dipper Pines, from the show Gravity Falls.
- Ice Bear – Iconic character from We Bare Bears and also the perfect name for aloof white cats.
- Jake – If your cat often disappears to go on random adventures, you might want to name him after our favorite adventurer, Jake from Adventure Time.
- Mabel – Another character name from Gravity Falls.
- Phineas – From the ever-lovable duo of Phineas and Ferb.
- Princess Carolyn – A hardworking cat from BoJack Horseman, the grittiest animated TV show around.
- Raphael – Raphael from TMNT is an iconic, relatable character. And although your cat probably isn’t a mutated ninja turtle, we’re sure they also have their badass moments.
- Rick – Do you sometimes feel like your cat takes interdimensional trips? Are they unduly afraid of pickles? If so, your cat surely deserves this name from Rick and Morty.
- Steven – Borrowed from the titular character of Steven Universe.
- Zach – Short for Zachariah from the Wonderful World of Gumball.
Cartoon Names for Male Cats
From iconic lions to magical cats, here are our suggestions for the best cartoon-inspired names for your male cat.
- Arlo – Smart, protective, and with a deep sense of loyalty to his friend, this character from The Good Dinosaur is going to make a good namesake for your cat, indeed.
- Banjo – Who remembers Banjo the Woodpile Cat?
- Buzz – Borrowed from the main character of Toy Story, this name takes your cat’s backstory to infinity and beyond.
- Cheshire – Taken from the iconic disappearing, slightly-creepy cat with the memorable smile in Alice and Wonderland.
- Claude – Don’t forget Claude Cat in the Looney Tunes show!
- Dydo – The Mighty Hercules’ mighty cat, this name is suitable for your active furball.
- Katz – From Courage the Cowardly Dog
- Leopold – Borrowed from Leopold the Cat.
- Lightfoot – Taken from the family name of the main characters in Pixar’s 2020 film Onwards.
- McQueen – Named after who else but Lightning McQueen in the 2006 Pixar film Cars.
- Miguel – The charming and heroic mijo who journeyed through the land of the dead in Coco.
- Nemo – A cute name from the eponymous Finding Nemo—except hopefully your cat won’t be taken away by anyone.
- Puss – From Shrek’s fierce-but-adorable Puss n’ Boots comes a name that’s sure to strike fear into the heart of enemies—and love from you, the owner.
- Sebastian – From a character in Josie and the Pussycats.
- Scratchy – Itchy’s cartoon partner from The Simpsons.
- Sergeant Tibbs – From the cat in 101 Dalmatians.
- Simba – Giving your cat this name will remind you of Hakuna Matata, which means “no worries for the rest of your days.”
- Simon – Borrowed from the web cartoon Simon’s Cats.
- Speedy – After Speedy Gonzales, who is Sylvester’s target when he isn’t after Tweety.
- Sylvester – From the award-winning cartoon classic back in the days, this cat’s mission in life is to chase a yellow bird, much like yours, probably.
- Tigger – The most wonderful thing about Tiggers from Winnie the Pooh is that they’re the only ones! Of course, that’s aside from being bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy…
- Woody – Yet again from The Toy Story franchise, this name embodies adventure and courage.
- Wally – In honor of the adorable, industrious robot from Wall-E.
Cartoon Names for Female Cats
Taken from various animated shows and movies that we’re sure you’ve seen at least once, here are the best cartoon-inspired names for female cats.
- Arlene – A major character in the Garfield comic scripts and movies.
- Atta – Borrowed from the character Princess Atta in The Bug’s Life, a powerful and brave leader of the ants.
- Boo – Monsters Inc., anyone? This name is as cute as the little girl that it’s named after.
- Dory – So lovable was this side character in Finding Nemo
- Edna – From the genius Edna Mode in the Pixar film series, The Incredibles.
- Ellie – Her life and eventual passing left a deep mark on the characters of Up—as well as on the surely bawling audience.
- Eve – Elegant in the way that only high-tech robots can be, why not name your cat after Wall-E’s sleek partner?
- Fluffy – The well-cared-for, if not a little spoiled, Persian cat from Rugrats.
- Heart – Named after the Proud Heart Cat from Care Bears. You can’t get any more loveable than this name.
- Helen – The Parr family’s matriarch in The Incredibles – girl power indeed!
- Katswell – From Kitty Katswell in T.U.F.F. Puppy, the agent extraordinaire and Dudley’s partner.
- Merida – Courageous and feisty like most cats, this princess from Brave will make a great inspiration for your feline companion!
- Nicole – After Nicole Watterson from The Amazing World of Gumball.
- Opal – From Opalescence, a character in My Little Pony.
- Peep – A quirky name taken after Bo Peep, a female toy and Woody’s love interest from the Toy Story. An elegant and friendly character, it’s a cute name for an affectionate cat.
- Rabbi – Borrowed from the 2011 animated French film, The Rabbi’s Cat.
- Riley – Typifying the complicated emotions that teenagers have, this character from Inside Out can be your complicated cat’s namesake as well.
- Rita – One-half of the lovable stray cat duo in the 1993 animated TV series The Animaniacs.
- Roz – A grumpy and perpetually annoyed character from Monsters Inc. that most of our cats—and even us, to be honest—can relate to.
Choosing Cartoon Names for Your Cat
Both our pets and the cartoon characters that we’ve invested emotionally in are important to us in a way that can’t be measured easily. With this list, we hope you wouldn’t have any problems in connecting your beloved pet to a fond memory of a cartoon character that you love.