Calico cat names are just as sweet as the breed. Every day, someone, somewhere, falls in love with a calico kitty for the very first time and soon that will be you too! Calico is a color of course, not a breed. And you’ll find calico cats in a range of different breeds and cross breeds, including the popular Ragdoll cat. Today I’ll share ideas that would suit any of these intricately patterned kitties.
Naming Your Cat
Choosing names for calico cats can be more challenging than an outsider would assume. Reason being, this isn’t just any cat you are naming. This is your baby, your soul-feline, and your furred sidekick. They will be your purring partner in life for the next decade and then some.
As luck and DNA would have it, nearly all calico cats are also female cats (for a detailed explanation of why, please visit this great article). Only 1 in 3000 Calico cats are male. When the rare male calico cat does appear, he is usually sterile (unable to make kittens).
For this reason, the following lists of good names for calico cats predominantly feature female calico cat names. Then you have a handful of unisex name ideas thrown in for good measure…just in case.
Top Calico Cat Names
Our fifty favorite Calico cat names are:
- Caliente (Cali for short)
Flowery Feminine Names for Calico Cats
These names for female calico cats focus on your new fur lady’s feminine traits. Each of these beautiful names for calico cats female reflect on a different aspect of your calico cat’s elegance, grace, beauty, strength, and personality. So read on to see if one of these feminine names for calico cats turns out to be a perfect fit!
- Honey Rose
- Tiger Lily
- Mokara (a breed of orange orchid)
- Cosima (a breed of orange rose)
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Colorful Names for Calico Cats
As you know, your sweet calico kitty has three main coat colors: orange, black and white. Depending on which color is dominant in your fur baby’s coat, you may want to select one of these colorful calico cat names!
Orange Kitten Names
- Mandarin (for the fruit)
- Tangerine (Tangie for short)
- Sunny (short for sunset or sunrise)
Black Cat Names
Did you know that Crayola named one of its specialty black crayons “kitty cat black” – fabulous!
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White Color Calico Cat Names
- Carina (a white star constellation)
- Zima (Russian word for “winter”)
- Sishya (Indian word for “clear teacher” or “wise one”)
- Blanca (Spanish word for “white”)
Female Calico Cat Names
This list of female cat names calico features names that are both feminine and fanciful. Each one of these names is a “name to grow into” as your kitten grows up into her full feminine potential!
- Marilyn (for when Marilyn Monroe was still a natural redhead)
- Jessica (for Jessica Chastain and Jessica Rabbit, both famous gingers)
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Unique Calico Cat Names
These unusual names aren’t ones you will hear every day, but then again, your sweet calico kitty is one-of-a-kind in every way and deserves a name as unique as she is! Perhaps one of these unique names for calico cats will suit her perfectly!
- Orange Blossom
- Julia (after the lovely same-named orange butterfly)
- Miu Miu (Thai word for “little sister”)
- Glinda (the ginger-haired good witch from “The Wizard of Oz”)
- Dorothy (the ginger-haired star of “The Wizard of Oz”)
- Paprika (a reddish/orange-colored spice)
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Famous Kitty Cats
Each of these calico cat names girl has been selected for inclusion on this list because the celebrated real life kitty in question distinguished herself in some wonderful way.
Whether the calico kitty’s work was as a professional mouser, a feline mascot, a feel-good poster cat, or even a scientific feline pioneer, you can’t go wrong naming your calico cat after one of these inspiring furred stars!
- Inga (a famous “working cat” who moused for the Washington Observatory)
- Lylah (an official product tester for the company Catastropic Creations)
- London (a calico cat who is VP of Claims for Lloyd’s of London)
- Nyanya (a calico cat co-anchor of TV Tokyo’s Weekly News Digest)
- Tama (the famous calico cat mascot who was named an honorary stationmaster of western Japan Kishi Station)
- Pudge (a robust calico cat who is also a rising global Instagram sensation)
- Rainbow (a calico cat donor mom who helped clone CC, aka Copy Cat, the world’s first feline cloned pet)
- Callie (a calico cat mom to the uber-famous internet sensation Grumpy Cat)
- Marzipan (the calico cat theater mascot of Melbourne, Australia’s Astor Theater)
- Princess Peony and Empress Tang (Martha Stewart’s two cute calico kittens)
Gemstone Calico Cat Names
There is a good reason gemstones are so eternally prized. They are just so breathtakingly beautiful! Each of these gemstone-based names can enhance some unique aspect of your calico cat’s one-of-a-kind coat color and pattern.
- Almandine (a beautiful orange-red garnet)
Each name on this list of cute calico cat names is hand-picked to reflect both your calico kitty’s coloration and also her cute antics and even cuter feline face! So now read on to find out if the perfect name for your kitty is on this list of cute female calico cat names!
- Penny (after the copper-colored coin)
- Maizie (after the autumn orange/red/gold corn)
- Robin (after the American robin bird with the orange/red breast)
- Magpie (after the black bird with the yellow-orange bill)
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The names on this list of calico kitty names have been chosen to highlight different aspects of a calico cat’s inner comic. There is no doubt that calico kittens and cats can turn even the most determined frowns upside down, and these names can even intensify the sunshine and good cheer your calico kitty shares with you and this world!
- Ms. Purrfect
- Here Kitty Kitty
- Mila Whiskova
- Pawlina Katiscova
- Lady Marmalade
- Miss Twixie
- Tootsie Twinkletoes
It is very common to pick out a calico cat names girl that is reflective of coat color, playfulness, personality or sheer kitten cuteness. But sometimes you can just see your calico goddess’s strength and regal nature shining through so clearly, and as you are pondering what to name a calico cat, you realize only a strong and equally regal name will do!
- Kali (the Indian goddess of demise and renewal)
- Venus (the planet, the goddess of love, and the famous bi-colored calico cat)
- Mystique (the shape-shifting movie character from the movie series “X-Men”)
- Amber (the ancient and enduring prized gemstone made of fossilized tree resin)
- Velma. (the science gal from “Scooby Doo” who always wore an orange sweater and frequently solved the gang’s cases)
- Scarlet O’Hara
- Georgia (after the state and the famous song)
- Fiona (Gaelic word meaning “fair” or “white”)
Calico Cat Names
We hope you have thoroughly enjoyed browsing through this curated list of the best calico cat names! Maybe you were reading through the lists and suddenly a single calico cat name just jumped out and said, “Pick me! Pick me!”
Or perhaps you read through a particular category’s list of cat names and that gave you inspiration to discover your calico kitten’s own perfect name!
Maybe you are still pondering the perfect name, narrowing down your choices to a handful of top contenders that you and your kitty can explore further together.
What’s your cat called? We’d love to hear your own ideas for cat names. Let us know in the comments below!
References and Further Reading
- Eveleth, R., “Crayola Has At Least 16 Different Names For What Most of Us Would Call ‘Orange’,” The Smithsonian, 2013.
- Pinder, E., “A Purr-fect Storm: The Mount Washington Weather Cats,” Life at the Top, 2016.
- Rogak, L., “Cats on the Job,” St. Martin’s Press, 2015.
- Yamaguchi, M., “Tama, the cat that became a railway stationmaster in Japan, elevated as goddess at funeral,” U.S. News & World Report, 2015.
- Fecht, S., “The 11 Most Important Cats of Science,” Popular Science, 2014.
- VetStreet. Becker, M. DVM. Are There Male Calico Cats?
I just got a 2 month old black with brown spots all over her … I’m having such a hard time naming her … HEEEEEEELLLLLPPPP!!! ?
Hi Katrina, Some of these names might suit her:
Our beautiful calico is called”LUCY!” She helped me get through ovarian cancer. She is so loving and faithful. We are senior citizens and couldn’t ask for a better pet. I named her for Charlie Brown’s Lucy.?
It seems kinda obvious but have u thought of Catrina
My calico cat name is Princess Sophia. But when she starting to toss my things down from my make up desk, I am calling her little devil.
Carolyn Stan-Bishop says
I called my Calico cat ‘Foamy’ because she was all white underneath, as though she had been wading through sea-foam.
Hilda M. Joy says
Long ago, I had a calico cat which I named PIED BEAUTY (PIE for short) after the title of a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem entitled Pied Beauty about all things that are not solid in color.
Sishya means student not clear teacher.
I named my calico cat the Spanish name Caliente. She has so much energy just like something very hot. Of course I call her Cali for short
My friend has a tiny baby calico cat that she just got today. She asked me what i would name her. What name goes with this persons two other cats, turtle and shadow? PLEASE HELP!!!
I am loving the names Pinder (means a perfect storm) and Jessie Jane or J.J. for short. If those don’t work, I love Jett, as well!
My kitty is named Catalog
I had a white calico with gray, gold, and fawn colored patches. I named her Smudges because she looked like shed been doing the dusting (i.e., rubbing up against dirty/dusty furniture).
My cat is called Smudger, so we had the same idea.
I have a white calico female kitten black and grey too what should I name her
I love Nimbus (Cumulo Nimbus – dark storm clouds) which sounds like it may match your grey and black kitty.
I have a beautiful calico cat. I named her Calita.
The first part of her name is Cal… short for Calico. The second half is the Spanish suffix -ita. ita… meaning little or small. So…Cal + ita = Calita. I thought it was a cute name.
Arlene Miles says
My adopted 3 1/2 year old calico cat is named Cheddar. She is a feisty 12 pound who likes to run the halls of our condo. In the short time We have had her she has trained us well. She has us on a very strict schedule, up at 6 am for breakfast, playtime follows, then snackies, then it’s naptime. Our southern exposure condo provides plenty of windows so Cheddar can get solar powered. When we are around most of the day, our entertainment package in fur never ceases to amaze us with her antics. The usual paper bag, box or the sight of my laptop assures us a great day.
I thought this cat would help me with stress reduction, however, she has other plans.
We had a beautiful DLH Calico kitten. That was so fisty and arnry that my husband kept telling her “nice kitty nice kitty” , trying to calm her down. We ended up naming her Nice Kitty. She turned out to be a beautiful well behaved addition to the family after she grew up a little bit.
Our beautiful calico kitty passed on several months ago due to health problems. She was 14 years old. We named her “Picassa” because her abstract markings reminded us of a Picasso painting. It was the perfect name for our living piece of art.
Jacob Guajardo says
Should I name by baby calico kitten calico please help I need to know in two weeks that’s when I’m getting my new baby I’m tens years old so answer YES or NO
I have a calico cat and I named her Hazelnut! 🙂
Tonya Procell says
That’s my cats name too. Her name was pi when I adopted her. So she’s Hazelnut pi now…
Jeanne B. says
My calico is named Olympia (which I was thrilled to see on the list) but it’s because she’s a born tripod and I wanted a strong name and a nod to her limp.
Though mostly I call her Muffett.
I call my cat Leeonna. He colors remind me of a leopard (not her pattern). I thought she was a boy but something deep down was telling me she was a girl. I was gonna bame her leo until my gut told me she was a girl.
HEIDI GONZALES says
hi,i have a black,white,orange,and brown calico named S’mores the names didn’t help but eventually we found a name for her.
cat master says
a good name is chip or zip i got the names from beenie baby cats toys
Apani, which I believe means butterfly in one Native American language.
There was a free cat adoption weekend, so I went and saw this small calico cat. they brought her in, and when I took her, she got up on my shoulder and just started purring. The caregiver was surprised and said she had never done that before, so I guess she picked me. At any rate, I ended up calling her Snickers, because of her color and that I love Snickers bars. However, I tend to end up calling my pets by double names, so she is call Snicker Doodles most of the time.
I forgot to mention that I also have 2 small dogs who use a doggie door. Snicker doodles also uses the door and goes out in the backyard. She loves to hide in the plants, lay in the sun, and explore the yard. In 7 years she has never attempted to leave the yard, and stays within its boundaries. She also has her routines, loves to be groomed, and even lays there when I need to clip her claws. Never had a cat so easy to care for before.
Kathy Bielanski says
My black calico we named her Cocoa sometimes CocoaPuff, she was a beautiful cat,she was the first cat my husband ever had and couldn’t believe
how intelligent she was. We moved 5 times and she stayed with us, she had 2 litters and was such a good mama. Sadly she was 21 years old when I had to put her down. Still miss her
I had sister cats, a calico named Cupid & a black cat named Comet. Then I got a tortie named Vixen. Finally, a muted tortie named Blitzen. I’ve kept with the reindeer theme.
We named ours Cashew. She has a line down the middle of her nose half orange and half beige….we love her!!
Calico kitten, weeks old maybe a little older… White around the nose and mouth, in between her blue eyes, and all down front of the neck and chest and down her belly and white legs and paws… Then grey with blacks stripes on her back and a little light brown with the grey around the eyes and on the ears with black stripes… White strip that goes around back of the neck from the chest area…I need a name, please!!!
Jeanne Rourke says
I have a rescued calico named Brittany I got her from a homeless cat project a few years ago after my orange cat Joshua died two weeks before Thanksgiving and Brittany has her own place in my heart .She’s sweet ,precious , and a clown (never a dull moment with her.)She has a toy mousy that she loves playing with that I got from WalMart. It looks like a real mouse and squeeks like a real mouse , and also who’s training who ? she has her paw prints on my heart
Stacey l Coro says
My cat i adopted about 7 months ago still doesnt acknowledge her name it was Khole but she never responded i changed it to cami and she still diesnt respond any advice? She’s good with peolle but not so much with other animals but slowly getting there . She is a diluted calico mostly gray ,white and sime orange
Stacey l Coro says
Any suggestion for names is greatly appreciated
I adopted my calico kitten about 3 weeks after my husband of 44 years passed away. I named her Harlequin because of the varicolored patches of black white and gold. She has beautiful gold eyes as well. I shortened her name to Harlee’ to go with my other two kitties names: Turbo & Mercedes.
She loves to play with my 5-year-old recently rescued German Shepard, Ryder. (Harlee’ & Ryder!) She is sweet, affectionate, and wants to eat ALL THE TIME! Harlee’ & Ryder dash all around the house playing “Chase the Kitten”. Ryder loves her to pieces! I take them both for walks on their leashes together. 😺
Billie Jo mcilvane says
My call is named “calico” she’s my baby my familiar she’s evwrything to me. And she’s the only cat Ive been able to keep for her life span. She’s 10 right now I pray she lives another 10. She’s mostly white with Tabby and orange and she’s the sweetest cat
Barbara Dixon says
I just adopted a white and tan cat with a beautiful calico face. I called her Smudge, because her calico colors look like a smudge of paint on her nose and cheeks! And she is a sweetie pie…Smudge suits her!
We have one of those rare Male Calico’s! His name is STEVEN BEASLEY (STEVE for short) He was abandoned and wandered into our lives after living as a feral for about a year or more in our neighborhood. He just took a shine to us for some reason and would let us hold and pet him, but no one else. We had to take him in because the other feral cats were beating him up-he is small. We had him checkout out (I thought he was a she) and the vet went ahead and neutered him. He’s mostly Ginger, but has some black and striped spots and all white collar, tummy and feet. He is the best cat ever!
I have a beautiful 6 year old calico named Marble. And she looks like marble.
Martha Findley says
My calico cats name is latifah, because she is queen.
BEATRIZ CSERYBLUE says
I named my Tortie, SAMHAIN (pronounced SAW-WHEN) after the Celtic name for Hallowe’en. She was black and orange with white mittens and socks and a blaze on her chest. Her face was half orange and half black. She was one of the best cats I ever had. I didn’t see the name Samhain on any of your lists.
Mary F says
I named my sweet Calico kitty Calliope (and also called her Callie). Sadly she passed away 2 months ago at 13 years of age.
Cathy Stahlman says
Caldonia, after the song. Google it.
Barbara C Wood says
I got my baby on September 19th of this year. She was 9 wks. old and someone had dropped her and her 3 siblings off at the door of a vet’s office in a box. They had to be bottle fed every 2 hours until they were able to eat wet and dry kitten food. The vet’s office did a great job with them and one of the girls from the vet’s office took them all home to bottle feed them. Mine was the runt. She is mainly white with grey and light brown or orange on her head and a black spot on her hip and a brown spot on the other side. She is adorable and I love her to pieces. I am very thankful for the vet office that took them in and raised them until they were ready to be adopted. I named her Bella. My other 3 cats love her and they run and chase each other constantly. She rules the house.
I have a beautiful white calico with ginger and black splashes. She is a sweetie, but I don’t know what to call her! I’m thinking Sorrel or Athena. Please tell me what you think!
Susan B. says
I have had many Calicos and tabbies. The very first i ever had I named Penny, a very reserved quiet cat. My second was fairly recent and has past on. Her name was Izzy. I posted her name on a web chat I was on and pretty soon her name was everywhere. It wasn’t short for Isabella or anything else. She was so special I needed a unique name that was all hers. It took me a month to name her. I always like to see a cats personality and how we interact before naming. A name is as unique as the cat is. When Izzy got ill, I spent the entire day at the vet with her. When they told me there was nothing more they could do, i just broke. There was no consoling me. I was broken and even several years after her passing when I think about her i still shed a few tears. On that day there were two kittens. My husband pointed them out trying to help me feel better. I just couldn’t. After Izzy I wasn’t going to replace her and be broken like that again. We came home. My home felt so empty without her. She was an active kitty. Running from one end of the house to the other. I needed that back. So I called the vet back. There was only one kitten left now. I brought her home. She loved being here so much she refused to sleep. She would be sitting in front of you having a hard time keeping her eyes open. I was concerned by this. So I came up with an idea so that I didn’t end up with a neurotic kitty. I would take her in the bedroom and lay down and softly talk to her until I myself fell asleep. When I wake up she is always with me. Either laying against my back or on my body pillow. She is sweet in her own way. I named her Sadie. She is a dilute calico and she is beautiful. She now has two brothers, one is almost all white with a few patches of orange named Buster for all the times he would make trouble and i would tell him you are in trouble buster. And there is Lil B.I.T. that stands for buddy in training an Abyssinian. She is the queen of this house and they know not to hurt my girl and to be perfect gentlemen with her since they are twice her size. We have conversations every day. I may not know cat language but these kitties know how to let me know what and when they want something. Sadie has developed a chirp type meow like she is trying to put her meow into human words and everywhere I go she follows me. If we are ever separated by a door she gets worried and chirps making my husband get up and let her in. She also loves my husband and makes demands for belly rubs which is his and only his to touch. With me it is head scratches. She seems to try to divide her time between us all which makes her even more special. A purrfect synonym for love is a meow.
I named my calico tabby Trinity
Janet Tresca says
the first time I saw my 3 month old calico cat I said HeyU to her she is 4 now an knows her name of HeyU very well!!!
I named her SABRINA after the Audrey Hepburn movie in the 50s. She is very much a little lady. I rescued her three years ago after the last of my four kitties passed away from old age. I thought I’d never have another kitty but then I saw her picture and it was the best thing I ever did I can’t imagine my life without her. On occasion, though she can be a little monster.!