If you’re a cat parent who only wants the best for your pet, it would be a great idea to choose a name for your pet from our list of Chinese cat names. Choosing a Chinese name for your pet will not only sound unique, but it will also show how much you want your pet to have a good life.
In Chinese naming traditions, names are chosen to bring virtue, balance, and a bright future. Each character is chosen for its meaning, and two characters are combined to make the best name. Also, Chinese names are very descriptive. Chinese names are usually constructed to show beauty and grace—two traits that most, if not all cats, have—and are often leaning towards nature.
To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of meaningful Chinese names that you can choose from to name your cat. First, we’ll take a look at Chinese cat names divided by gender. Then, we’ll take a look at famous Chinese people, so you can be inspired not only by their names but also by their success. We’ve also included Chinese mythological characters here so if you’re in the mood for a fancy name for your cat, you can select one from the list.
Chinese Cat Names By Gender
Chinese names are gender-specific, but especially for those who don’t speak the language, it can be hard to tell the difference between names meant for females and names meant for males. The culture also has names that are unisex.
We highly recommend that you go through both lists of cat names (male and female) regardless of gender because the right name for your cat could be waiting in either one. Also, as we mentioned, chances are your friends won’t be able to tell the difference anyway if you gave your female cat an exotic male Chinese name.
#1: Male Chinese Cat Names
These male Chinese names for cats are short and sweet but full of charisma. You can combine two names for a more descriptive feel. For example, you can name your pet Hui Long, which literally means “wise dragon.”
Name Meaning Cheng “to become”; use in combination with other names, for example, Cheng Da, which means “to become big” Cheng‐Gong means “success”; a good name for a cat that brings you luck. Also a good name for a Japanese Bobtail for the same reason Chi a nice name for an “energetic” cat Chiang a good name for a “strong” cat Da a short and sweet name for a “big” cat. Find a host of other big cat names here De means “virtuous”; a perfect name for docile and peace-loving cats Fai “brilliant light”; a cute name for an all-white cat or a cat that brightens up your life Feng a strong name for cats that love running like “the wind” Fu an auspicious name for a “fortunate” cat Gang a good name for “big and strong” cats Guang “light”; a charming name for cats with luminous eyes Heng a nice name for the cat that you want to be your “eternal” companion Howin “loyal swallow”; a unique name for a loyal cat Hui “intelligent/wise”; a perfect name for smart cats Jie “heroic”; a charming name for brave and courageous cats Jun a short but sweet name for your “handsome” cat Keung perfect name for that cat that believes he owns “the universe” Kong a nice name for cats with “bright” and lovely eyes Liang means “good or bright”; a good name for a fine-looking, smart cat Lok perfect name for that cat that gives you “joy” Long “dragon”; for a fierce, regal cat that demands respect Manchu a good name for “innocent” and pure-looking cats On “peace”; perfect name for docile and quiet cats Shun perfect name for an “obedient” pet. Is your cat disobedient? Then perhaps it’s time to learn more about how to discipline cats—the non-harmful way, of course Wan “scholar”; a good name for smart cats Ying Xiong if you've got a brave cat that likes doing “heroic” things, this is a good name for your pet Zhi “ambitious”; perfect for the cat that thinks he is a lion or a human
#2: Female Chinese Cat Names
Choosing a female Chinese name for your pet is a great idea because these names usually mean something good and beautiful. When you combine two of any of these names, you can come up with something that’s really poetically descriptive.
Here are some examples that you can choose from:
Name Meaning Ai a cute name for the pet that you “love” An “peace/quiet”; a short name for quiet cats. It sounds like Ann so it should be easy for you to pronounce Bai “white/pure”; perfect for all-white cats Bao an excellent name for the pet that you “treasure” Bik “jade”; a precious name for a lucky cat or one with jade green eyes Cheung perfect for that pet that gives you “good luck” Chin “musical instrument”; if you're a music-loving cat parent, this will be a nice name for your cat Feng “maple”; a cute name for a cat with a coat that’s colored brown and red like maple leaves Heng perfect name for a “persistent” cat Hua a short and sweet name for a “splendid” pet Huan perfect for that cat that gives you “happiness” Huan a great name for a cat that's always “happy” Huang a nice name for “yellow” or orange cats Huo a great name for cats with “fire” in their eyes Jia a great name for a “beautiful” pet Jia Li “good and beautiful”; the name says it all, it's perfect for any pet Jiahao “home/family”; a good name for your feline family member Jing “quiet/gentle”; a perfect name for docile cats Kuan Yin refers to the Buddhist deity of mercy; a good name for kind and sweet cats Lan a cute name for your “elegant” cat. If you think your cat deserves an elegant name, don’t miss out on our royal cat names article Li Hua “pear blossom”; a pretty name for a pretty cat Li Mei “pretty rose”; a beautiful name for any female cat Li Ming “pretty and bright”; perfect for female kittens Lian “lotus”; a nice name for a cat with lotus-like beauty Ling “dawn”; a cute name for that pet that always wakes you up at dawn Lixue “pretty snow”; a pretty name for all-white cats Mei perfect for your “beautiful” pet Min a cute name for any cat with “quick” reflexes Ming “shining, bright, clear” Mo Chou “free of sadness”; a good name for that pet that takes away all your sadness Mu “wood”; a perfect name for a cat that's always inert and sleeping like a log Mulan “magnolia blossom”; find many other Disney cat names here Na perfect for your “graceful” feline Ning “calm/serene” Niu “girl”; quite straightforward Nuo “graceful” Qi “fine jade”; a cute name for your treasured pet Qing perfect name for cats with “clear blue/green” eyes Shu a cute name for your “well-behaved” pet Xinyi “happy/joyous” Xiulan “luxurious/elegant” Xiuying “luxurious/elegant” Xue “snow”; perfect name for cats with snow-white fur Ya “graceful/refined” Yaling “graceful/refined” Yijun “joy/harmony” Ying “flower”; a cute name for any pet with flower-like beauty Ying Yue “reflection of the moon”; a poetic name for any cat Yu Yan “beautiful smile”; perfect for cats that always look like they’re smiling Yue “moon”; great for cats with faces as round as the moon Yun “cloud”; if you have a fluffy cat, this article on fluffy cat names should serve you well Zhen this one's perfect for your “precious” feline
Cat Names Inspired By Famous Chinese People
With a population numbering in billions, it’s no wonder that China has produced so many extraordinary people in almost all fields of life.
Of course, celebrities are the ones with the most following, but Chinese politicians and leaders are also famous for shaping not just the history of their own country, but also influencing world events. Take a look at these influential and famous figures.
Name Field/Profession Chen Long (Jackie Chan) Martial Artist/Actor Chen Xing Hua (Edison Chen) Actor/Singer/Producer Chow Sing Chi (Stephen Chow) Film Director Chow Yun-Fat Actor (Kong Fu Zi) Confucius Philosopher Dalai Lama Religious Head of Lamaism Deng Xiao Ping Revolutionary Politician Fan Bing Bing Actress/Singer Ho Hung Sun (Stanley Ho) Business Magnate Hu Ge Actor I.M. Pei Architect Jiang Ze Min President Lao Tzu Philosopher Lee Jun Fan (Bruce Lee) Martial Artist Lee Kuan Yew Former Prime Minister Li Jia Heng/Wu Yi Fan (Kris Wu) Actor/Model/Singer Li Lian-Jie (Jet Li) Martial Artist Lin Gengxin Actor Liu Tao Actress/Singer Liu Yifei Actress/Singer/Model Lu Han Singer Ma Yun (Jack Ma) Businessman (Alibaba Group) Ming Na Actress Mui Yim Fong (Anita Mui) Actress/Singer Puyi Last Emperor of China Song Qian (Victoria Song) Singer Sun Tzu Military Strategist/Philosopher Sun Yat Sen "Father of Modern China" Tang Yan (Tiffany Tang) Actress Wang Ka Yee (Jackson Wang) Singer Wu Yu Sen (John Woo) Film Director Yang Mi Actress/Singer Yang Ying (Angela Baby) Model Yeoh Choo-Kheng (Michelle Yeoh) Actress Yip Man Martial Artist Zhang Han (Hans Zhang) Actor Zhang Yi Xing (Lay) Singer Zhang Zi Yi Actress Zhao Li Ying Actress
Cat Names Inspired By Famous Chinese Athletes
Chinese athletes are dominating the sports world. In almost any sport, there’s always a top-ranked Chinese athlete. We might not always cheer for them, but we can’t deny their athletic prowess. Take a look at these famous athletes from China if you’re looking for a sporty name for your cat.
Name Field/Profession Name Field/Profession Bu Tao Baseball Chen Hao Baseball Chen Lu Figure skating Chen Meng Table tennis Chen Ruolin Diving Chen Wei Baseball Chen Xingtong Table tennis Chen Yueling Race walking Cheng Fei Gymnast Chu Fujia Baseball Deng Yaping Table tennis Ding Junhui Snooker Ding Ning Table tennis Dong Chunhua Baseball Du Li Shooting Fan Zhendong Table tennis Feng Fei Baseball Fu Mingxia Diving Gao Min Diving Guan Tianlang Golf Guo Jingjing Diving Guo Shuang Cycling Guo Youhua Baseball He Kexin Artistic gymnast He Wenna Trampoline Gymnast Hou Fenglian Baseball Huang Shanshan Trampoline Gymnast Huang Xintong Figure skating Jia Delong Baseball Jia Yubing Baseball Li Chenhao Baseball Li Lei Baseball Li Na Tennis Li Nina Freestyle skating Li Weiliang Baseball Lin Dan Badminton Lin Gaoyuan Table tennis Liu Guangbiao Baseball Liu Guoliang Table tennis Liu Kai Baseball Liu Shiwen Table tennis Liu Xiang Track and field Liu Yin Curling Lu Chen Skater Lu Jiangang Baseball Ma Lin Table tennis Ma Long Table tennis Pang Qing Figure skating Song Chaoqing Biathlon Shen Xue Figure skating Sun Mingming Basketball Sun Lingfeng Baseball Sun Wei Baseball Sun Tiantian Tennis Sun Yue Basketball Sun Yang Swimming Wang Chao Baseball Wang Bingyu Curling Wang Jingchao Baseball Wang Chunlu Short track speed skater Wang Meng Speed skating Wang Manyu Table tennis Wang Xiaotian Baseball Wang Nan Baseball Wei Wang Baseball Wang Zhizhi Basketball Xia Kangnan Baseball Wu Minxia Diving Xu Zheng Baseball Xu Xin Table tennis Yang Yang Baseball Yan Zi Tennis Yi Jianlian Basketball Yao Ming Basketball Yue Qingshuang Curling Yu Ziyang Table tennis Zhang Jike Table tennis Zhang Fujia Baseball Zhang Yining Table tennis Zhang Li Baseball Zhang Zhenwang Baseball Zhang Yufeng Baseball Zhu Dawei Baseball Zheng Jie Tennis Zhuo Qi Basketball Zhu Yuling Table tennis
Cat Names Inspired By Chinese Mythological Characters
Chinese mythology is full of unique, mysterious, and powerful creatures. If your cat believes he/she is a dragon or that he/she has superpowers, giving your cat a name based on a mythical creature is definitely a good idea.
Take a look at this list, and hopefully, you will find a name that you can borrow for your cat’s moniker.
Name Description Bai Ze a legendary creature who holds the list of all demons Xiāo mountain demon Dilong earth dragon Fenghuang the Chinese equivalent of the Phoenix Fucanglong treasure dragon Huli jing refers to the spirit fox Hundun means chaos Jiaolong sea dragon Jingwei mythical bird Jiufeng bird with nine heads Jiān one-eyed and one-winged bird Kui one-legged dragon Kun giant fish Longma winged horse Nian a monster living under the sea Peng giant mythical bird Pixiu looks like a winged lion Qilin mythical giraffe with fish scales—a symbol of good luck Qing Niao mythical bird Rui Shi guardian lions Shang-Yang a rainbird Shenlong rain dragon Teng the flying dragon Tianlong the celestial dragon Wang Shu the name of a god who drives a carriage to the moon Xiang Liu nine-headed snake monster Baishe elephant-swallowing white snake Yinglong water dragon Zhulong torch dragon Zhulong celestial torch dragon
Giving your cat a Chinese name is an absolutely fantastic idea. Chinese names are not just exotic, but they’re also very poetic and meaningful. Moreover, since there are so many possible combinations to choose from, you’ll most likely be able to come up with a really unique name for your pet.
If you have ideas for cool Chinese names for pets, please feel free to share your comments and suggestions. We’d also love to hear all about which name you picked from the lists above and why you picked that name. Haven’t found a suitable name for your cat just yet? Do visit our page on Korean cat names.