German Cat Names: Names from the Land of Poets and Thinkers for Your Smart Cat

Stella Noble
Written by Stella Noble

Naming your cat is always a fun experience, but it can also be kind of challenging. While we can’t tell you what the purrfect name for your kitten is—that decision is yours—we can certainly give you some suggestions. We believe German cat names are some of the finest cat name options there is.

Why would you give your cat a German name? Maybe your kitten has a physical feature that resembles a famous German historical figure, maybe he/she reminds you of an experience you had in Germany, or maybe your new feline bud just looks like a Hans!

Germany is a land rich with fascinating culture and impactful history. We’re certain that you’ll find the perfect name for your smart cat if you go looking in the land of poets and thinkers.

Below we’ve listed a good number of German cat names in several categories like male German cat names, female German cat names, German cat names based on locations, cat names based on historical or modern figures, and so on. Take a look and have your pick!

German Cat Names by Gender

cat wearing Nikolaus suit

Like most other cultures, Germany has adopted words from other languages into their own. That’s why many of the names below have different origins, but they are all actively used in Germany and have a great ring for a cat; they are gender-specific too.

#1: Male German Cat Names

Here’s a quick list of some great general male German cat names. These names are popular in Germany for male cats, as well as for people.

  • Arlo – “A fortified hill.” It’s a shortened version of Carlo, Carlos, or Charles.

  • Arnold – “Ruling eagle,” “eagle power,” or “powerful eagle.” It comes from the elements arn, which means “eagle” and wald, which means “power” or “rule.”

  • Axel – “My father is peace.” It has Hebrew roots and is popular in most Germanic and Scandinavian countries.

  • Bach – “Lives by the stream.” It came from the Middle High German word bach, which meant “stream.”

  • Baldur – “Bold,” “prince,” “love,” or “beauty.” Baldur is a Norse name, and it means “prince.” Baldr is also a god in the Norse mythology, and he’s associated with light, beauty, love, and happiness.

  • Blitz – “Lightning fast.” It’s from the German word for “fast.”

  • Bruno – “Brown one,” “armored,” or “protected.” It either came from the German word for “brown” (making it great for brown cats like the Havana Brown!) or from the element brun which means “armor/protection.” It’s also the name of a saint. Saint Bruno of Cologne was a German monk of the 11th century who founded the Carthusian Order.

  • Claus or Klaus – “Victory of the people.” It’s from “Nikolaus,” which is the German variant of the name Nicholas. It also has an obvious connection to Santa Claus, making it perfect for cats you’ve gotten on Christmas or cats that tend to bring you gifts by the bed (dead animals are still gifts!).

  • Dirk – “Dagger.” What name can be better for a feline with their sharp, pointy claws, than “dagger”?

  • Felix – “Happy,” “prosperous,” “fruitful,” or “fertile.” It’s from Old French where Felicite means “happiness,” as well as from Latin where felicitate (nominative Felicitas) means “happiness, fertility.”

  • Franz – “Free.”

  • Fritz – “A peaceful ruler,” which is perfect for calm and non-confrontational cats.

  • Gunther – “Battle army,” “battler,” or “warrior.” It came from Old High German where the word meant “war” or “battle.” Also, thanks to a certain popular American sitcom from the 90s, it’s a funny name, making it great for hyperactive and energetic male cats.

  • Hans – “God is gracious.”

  • Hansel – “God is gracious.” Derived from the other German name, Hans. However, this name is best used if you also have a female kitten you’re about to name “Gretel,” or you’ll get bored of all the “Where’s Gretel?” questions very quickly.

  • Hugo – “Smart.” We all know how smart cats can be, but have you ever wondered if they’re smart enough to know their names? Or do they simply react to your tone and body language? Try our article on “Do Cat Know Their Names?” to learn more.

  • Kaiser – “Leader” or “emperor.” It came from the Latin word Caesar.

  • Max – “Greatest.” A variant of Maxwell, which means “great spring.”

  • Otto – “Wealth” or “prosperity.” The name is a short form of other names from Old High German which start with the element aud, meaning exactly wealth and prosperity.

  • Rolf – “Wolf.” Variants of this name are Rudolf or Rolph, and it’s perfect for wolfish-looking male kittens such as the Lykoi.

  • Siegfried – “Victorious” or “protector.” Comprises the Germanic elements sig, meaning “victory,” and frithu, meaning “protection, peace.”

  • Wolfgang – “The wolf’s way” or “the wolf’s path.” It came from Old High German where gang meant “path” or “way” and wolf meant, well, wolf.

#2: Female German Cat Names

cat wearing bear costume

Female German cat names don’t concede to the male German cat names in any way. There are a lot of great female German names that are perfect for a female kitty, and that come with some very interesting and significant meanings.

  • Anka or Anke – “Grace.” It came from the Hebrew word for grace and is used as a variation of Anne.

  • Britta – “Exalted,” “lofty,” “strong,” or “powerful.” It’s from the Scandinavian languages and is a variation of the name Brigit or Britt.

  • Brunhilde – “Dark” or “noble.” It came from a Teutonic word and name which meant “an armored battle maiden.”

  • Elsa – a short form of Elizabeth, this name has been recently made popular by the Disney animated movie “Frozen.” For other Disney cat names, visit this link.

  • Frau or Fraulein – these words mean “Mrs.” and “Miss” respectively and are great alternatives for the clichéd “Missy.”

  • Frieda – “Peaceful,” “joy,” “beautiful,” or “beloved.” It came from the Scandinavian countries and was derived from the Old Norse name Fríða, meaning “beautiful, beloved.” Variations include Freda, Freedia, Frida, and Freida.

  • Fritzi – “Peace ruler.” This is a female variation of the male name Fritz.

  • Greta – “A pearl.”

  • Gretchen or Gretel – “A pearl.” Like Hansel and Hans, Gretchen comes from Greta and means “a pearl.” It’s a beautiful name for beautiful cats, but if you don’t have a male cat named “Hansel,” expect a lot of boring questions like “Where’s Hansel?”

  • Heidi – “Of noble kin” or simply “noble.” This is a great name for any female cat and is the German variant of “Adelaide.”

  • Helga – “Holy” or “blessed.” From the Old Norse word heilagr, which means “holy” and “blessed.”

  • Hilda – “Battle.” Perfect for energetic and hyperactive female kittens, it was formed from the Old Norse word hildr, which means “battle.”

  • Liesel – “God is my oath,” “God is plenty,” or “God is my satisfaction.” It’s an old German variant of the name Elizabeth.

  • Lola – “Sorrows.” It is a short form of the Spanish name Dolores, which means “sorrows.” It is taken from one of the titles of the “Virgin Mary: Nuestra Señora de Los Dolores,” or “Our Lady of Sorrows.” Lola is also used as a short form of the otherwise unrelated German name Aloisia.

  • Marta or Martha – “The lady.” It was derived from the Hebrew (Judæo-Aramaic) name Martâ.

  • Mischa – “Who is like God?” or literally “Who is like El?” It has Hebrew roots where Mischa is also the name of the Archangel Michael.

  • Sofie – “Wisdom.” A very popular name in Germany, it actually has Greek roots and is used in a lot of other countries as well.

  • Trudi – “Spear strength,” “universal strength” or just “strength.” It came from Old High German where “Diminutive of Ermintrude” meant “universal strength.” In Old High German, ermin means “universal,” and drudi means “strength.”

  • Ursula – “Female bear,” “she-bear,” or “little bear.” It has Latin roots where the word literally means “she-bear.” It is also the name of a saint. Saint Ursula was a legendary virgin princess in the 4th century. She was made into a martyr by the Huns while returning from a pilgrimage.

  • Zelda – “Woman warrior,” “dark battle,” “dark female warrior,” “blessed,” or “happy.” It was derived from the German name Griselda, which originally meant “dark battle.” Zelda is also a feminine form of the Yiddish name Selig, which means “blessed” or “happy.”

German Cat Names Based on Location

tabby kittens in autumn leaves

German towns or locations make for great pet names as well. A lot of pet owners like to name their pets after towns or places they’ve visited even if the pet was not adopted there. They use the names simply as a reminder of the positive experience, and Germany definitely offers a lot of such cool names that can easily fit a kitten.

  • Berlin – the capital of Germany.

  • Cologne – a beautiful metropolis city.

  • Düsseldorf – considered an international business and financial center.

  • Frankfurt – a historic city near the center of Germany.

  • Hamburg – the second largest city in the country.

  • Munich – the large city in south Germany.

  • Rhine – a river running through Germany.

  • Vienna – the capital of Austria, another German-speaking country.

Cat Names Inspired by Famous German Historical Figures

kitten playing the piano like Beethoven

There are many famous figures from Germany whose names have been immortalized in the annals of history. Naming your cat after one of these great contributors to civilization is a great idea.

Does your cat’s facial feature resemble a certain somebody? Or, maybe, your kitten has done something that reminded you of a famous person. Or, you’re just a huge fan of somebody and wanted to name your furry pet after them. Either way, here are some cool German suggestions to name your cat after:

  • Beethoven – a famous classical German composer and pianist, Beethoven played a major role in the transition from the classical to the romantic era in music. He’s also famous for having hearing difficulties and for going almost completely deaf in the last decade of his life, which makes his name very popular for cats with hearing problems.

  • Falco – a famous Austrian singer, songwriter, and rapper from the end of the 20th century.

  • Freud – the “father” of psychoanalysis,” Sigmund Freud is a famous Austrian neurologist. You can also shorten his name to “Siggy,” which works great for a cat.

  • Goethe – a German writer and statesman from the early 19th century.

  • Kafka – a Bohemian Jewish novelist from the early 20th century who is famous as one of the major figures of German literature in that era.

  • Nena – a German singer-songwriter, actress, and comedian; she is famous worldwide mostly for her song “99 Luftballons” or “99 Red Balloons” in English.

  • Nietzsche – a German philosopher, critic, poet, philanthropist, and composer, Nietzsche has had a profound impact on modern Western philosophy. For cats whose can sometimes be clinical.

  • Udo Lindenberg – a famous German drummer, rock musician, and composer.

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – a famous Austrian composer. Either one of these three names can be a nice choice for a pet name.

Other Cool German Cat Names

cat and gray mouse

There are a lot of other very cool German words and names that can be great for a cat—ranging from names of animals to foods.

  • Bärchen – German for “little bear” that’s also used as a term of endearment.

  • Kätzchen – German for “kitten.”

  • Katze – German for “cat.”

  • Liebling – German for “darling.”

  • Maus – German for “mouse.”

  • Mausebär – another German term of endearment; this is a combination of “mouse” and “bear” and literally means “A mouse-bear.”

  • Sauerkraut – a German dish of fermented cabbage.

  • Schatz – German for “treasure,” which is often used as a term of endearment between loved ones, from parents to kids, etc.

  • Schnitzel – the name of a German meat dish.

  • Schnucki – another German term of endearment; this one doesn’t have a specific meaning and just sounds cool.

  • Spätzle – a German dish of soft egg noodle.

Wrap Up

cat drinking German beer

German cat names are certainly great, aren’t they? Especially from an English-speaking point of view, most German cat names have a very cool ring to them, yet at the same time, they don’t feel that foreign on an English-speaking tongue. Why name your cat Ginger or Snowflake when you can call him or her something cool like Düsseldorf or Brunhilde?

Of course, there are a lot of other German names and words that can do nicely as a name for your kitten. The lists in this article are far from being exhaustive, but we hope we’ve managed to get your creative juices flowing.

Did you pick a name from the lists above? Please tell us which one you chose in the comments section below! Do you have other suggestions? We’d love to hear from you! If you decided that German names weren’t right for your cat after all, do check out our article on Mexican cat names.

About the author
Stella Noble
Stella Noble

Stella Noble lives in Warren, Michigan with her family and three cats. She is a Certified Cat Trainer and a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.