Orange Cat Names: So You Won’t Have to Settle for “Garfield” Anymore

orange kittens lying on each other
Stella Noble
Written by Stella Noble

Naming a new pet can often be a fun, but also a challenging thing to do. For a lot of people, it’s even more challenging than naming a child! When it comes to cat names, there are no limitations whatsoever; how exactly do you pick between hundreds of suitable and fun names for your pussycat? You need a place to start. How about basing your search off of your cat’s coat color? You’ve come to the right place for orange cat names.

You’d think narrowing your search down to orange-inspired names would make things easier, but the truth is, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. Is your cat a tabby? A calico? Is it a he or a she? Taking all of those factors into consideration, below, we’ll go over all the cat names we could think of that would fit an orange-colored kitty.

Do you want to name your kitty after one of your favorite historical or pop figures? Or maybe a fictional character? Even if you already have a name or two in mind, take a look at our suggestions for cute orange cat names below just to make sure you’ve covered all the bases. To further help you out, we’ve categorized all the names based on gender—namely orange tabby cat names females and males—and the inspiration.

Orange Cat Names by Gender

orange cat with oranges

When it comes to cat names, a significant majority of all the possible names are actually unisex. Still, quite a lot of them are gender-specific as well, so we’ve divided most of the names we could think of into “orange female cat names” and “boy cat names orange” categories as best we could.

Nevertheless, regardless of the gender of your orange kitty, we suggest you take a look at the names for the other gender as well. Maybe you’ll find your favorite name there!

#1: Orange Female Cat Names

  • Amber (beautiful orange gemstone; can sometimes contain fossils).
  • Andesine (a silicate mineral with an orange coloring).
  • Autumn (a season when leaves turn orange; invokes a feeling of serenity).
  • Brassy (for orange female cats that are tough).
  • Caramel (for sweet cats).
  • Cinnamon (for cats that spice up your life and you can’t do without).
  • Clementine (a mix of sweet orange and willow leaf mandarin orange).
  • Cuprite (another mineral with a reddish-brownish coloring).
  • Fajita (delicious Mexican cuisine).
  • Fanta (a popular brand of soda; more red than orange but it comes in many varieties).
  • Flame (perfect for spirited cats).
  • Florida (the beautiful, sun-baked beaches can look blindingly bright orange).
  • Fox (perfect for Somali cats).
  • Ginger (a common name for orange cats but it hasn’t lost its relevance).
  • Halloween (or Pumpkin, whichever you fancy more).
  • Honey (for cats that make everything taste better).
  • Lantana (an orange tropical plant).
  • Maple (if you have two orange cats, you can name one Maple and the other Pancake; a match made in heaven).
  • Marigold (a yellow-orange flower from the sunflower family).
  • Marmalade (cats hate the smell of citrus, but this is an irresistibly cute name).
  • Mimosa (a type of flower that’s small but loved by many).
  • Nutmeg (a type of spice that has a distinct taste; for unforgettable cats).
  • Penny (perfect for Japanese Bobtails, cats that are said to bring in good monetary fortune).
  • Pyrope (a mineral from the garnet group with a reddish coloring).
  • Sahara (glorious orange sand dunes; you can also name your cat Sandy).
  • Satsuma (a type of orange fruit from Japan).
  • Sunny (for cats that are always active and cheerful).
  • Tangerine (sweet, fragrant; what more can you ask for?).
  • Tigress (perfect name for Toygers).

#2: Orange Male Cat Names

orange cat lying on floor

  • Ahwaz (a city in the southwest of Iran and the capital of Khuzestan province that’s famous for being blazing hot during the day with the sun’s orange rays beating down on it relentlessly).
  • Auburn (a cool way to say orange/dark red).
  • Basketball (not a conventional cat name but that’s what makes it unique).
  • Bourbon (a popular type of whiskey made of rye and corn).
  • Butternut (a type of winter fruit; great for cats born in winter).
  • Cairo (the sandy capital city of Egypt).
  • Carnelian (a brownish-red mineral and a semi-precious gemstone).
  • Carrots (a humorous name that suits cats with a carrot top).
  • Chestnut (more brown than orange but still apt).
  • Citrus (most citrus fruits are orange in color).
  • Clockwork (as in “A Clockwork Orange”).
  • Copper (a popular human name that can also be given to cats).
  • Dallol (a cinder cone volcano in the Danakil Depression, northeast of the Erta Ale Range in Ethiopia).
  • Garnet (a precious stone consisting of a deep red vitreous silicate mineral).
  • Jack O Lantern (spooky but fun).
  • Kumquat (another orange fruit).
  • Mandarin (an exotic name that’s still recognizable).
  • Mango (a popular type of tropical fruit; very sweet and tangy).
  • Mojave (one of the most unforgiving deserts in the world, situated in North America).
  • Monarch (a type of butterfly with an orange coloring).
  • Nacho (delectable Mexican cuisine).
  • Pekoe (high-quality black tea made from young leaves that actually has an orange coloring).
  • Persimmon (an orange fruit).
  • Reese (a name that means “blazing”).
  • Sard (a dark reddish-brown variety of the mineral chalcedony, similar to carnelian).
  • Sardonyx (onyx in which white layers alternate with sard).
  • Sherbet (a sweet, effervescent powder that can be eaten alone or made into a drink).
  • Sonoran (a North African desert).
  • Spinel (similar to rubies, this gemstone has a reddish coloring).
  • Sunset (sunset orange is one of the most beautiful types of orange).
  • Tangelo (an orange citrus fruit).
  • Timbuktu (an ancient sandy city in Mali).

Orange Cat Names by Type of Coloring

white and orange cat

We may be looking strictly at orange cats, but let’s not forget that there are different patterns of the coat that your cat can have. He or she may be only 90%, 75%, or even just 50% orange. You may also need orange tabby cat names.

With that in mind, let’s look at some other names that are based on the exact type of coloring of your cat.

#1: Names for Fully Orange Cats

  • Blaze (for fearless cats that always blaze a path forward).
  • Clay (for obedient, malleable cats).
  • Elmo (Elmo is more red than orange, but you can’t deny that this name is perfect for adorable cats).
  • Sangria (a popular type of beverage, although it’s more red than orange).
  • Scorch (for cats with beautiful eyes whose gaze are smoldering, like the Ojos Azules).

#2: Names for White and Orange Tabby Cats

White and orange tabby cat on box

  • Candy Cane (or Candy Crush, if you can’t live without that game).
  • Carnation (a type of Eurasian plant with orange or pink flowers).
  • Coral (great for cats sporting other colors as well).
  • Gingham (a lightweight plain-woven cotton cloth that is usually checked in white and another color).
  • Nemo (perfect for brave cats).
  • Pavlova (after the orange-flavored dessert).
  • Yolk (isn’t this apt? It’s easy to utter as well).

#3: Names for Black and Orange Tabby Cats

Black and orange tabby cat

  • Animal (the Muppet).
  • Bumblebee (for cats that aren’t perfect but are kickass anyway).
  • Embers (for cats that have a smoldering gaze).
  • Ladybug (ladybugs are one of those rare insects that most people find cool instead of gross).
  • Strawberry (a sweet name for a sweet cat).
  • Sunflower (for cats who can always cheer you up).

Names of Fictional Orange Cats

orange cat readin Harry Potter

Orange cats are really popular. They are frequently featured in movies or books as part of the cast, and they usually have very unique personalities. Here’s to name just a few orange cat names from movies:

  • Aslan (The Chronicles of Narnia).
  • Bombalurina (the musical “Cats”).
  • Brain (Top Cat).
  • Crookshanks (Harry Potter).
  • Demeter (the musical “Cats”).
  • Dinah (Alice in Wonderland).
  • Heathcliff (the Heathcliff comics).
  • Hobbes (Calvin and Hobbes).
  • Jennyanydots (the musical “Cats”).
  • Macavity (the musical “Cats”).
  • Mungojerrie (the musical “Cats”).
  • Oliver (Oliver and Company).
  • Puss (Shrek).
  • Rajah (Aladdin).
  • Riff-Raff (the Heathcliff comics, not the rapper!)
  • Rumpelteazer (the musical “Cats”).
  • Shere Kahn (The Jungle Book).
  • Simba (The Lion King).
  • Skimbleshanks (the musical “Cats”).
  • Stimpy (The Ren and Stimpy Show).
  • Thomas O’Malley (The Aristocats).
  • Tigger (Winnie the Pooh).
  • Toulouse (The Aristocats).

Orange Cat Names Inspired by Other Fictional Characters

eyes like cat's from Shrek

Perhaps none of the fictional orange cats we listed above appealed to you. Don’t worry; we’re far from running out of options. The characters we’re going to recommend below may not actually be orange cats, but there’s definitely something about them that makes their names suitable for orange cats—usually the fact that they have orange hair.

  • Anastasia (from “Anastasia” the animated movie).
  • Anne (from the Anne of Green Gables).
  • Archie (from the Archie comics).
  • Ariel (the Little Mermaid).
  • Arthur or Molly Weasley (from Harry Potter).
  • Blossom (from the Powerpuff Girls cartoon).
  • Carmen Sandiego (from the computer game series).
  • Chuckie Finster (from Rugrats in Paris: The Movie).
  • Daphne Blake (from the Scooby-Doo animated series).
  • Eleanor Douglas (from the Eleanor & Park novel by Rainbow Rowell).
  • Ernie (as in the Muppet from Sesame Street).
  • Fancy Nancy (from the Fancy Nancy children’s book by Jane O’Connor).
  • Fred or George Weasley (from Harry Potter).
  • Ginny Weasley (from Harry Potter).
  • Jessica Rabbit. (the voluptuous woman from Who Censored Roger Rabbit?)
  • Kyle Broflovski (from South Park).
  • Lois Griffin (from Family Guy).
  • Merida (from the Pixar movie Brave).
  • Opie (from the Andy Griffith Show).
  • Pepper Ann (from the Disney animated series).
  • Peter Pan (from the Disney animated series).
  • Pippi Longstocking (from the famous books by Astrid Lindgren).
  • Princess Fiona (from the Shrek movies).
  • Quasimodo (from the Disney animated series).
  • Raggedy Ann (a famous red-haired doll and a character created by American writer Johnny Gruelle).
  • Ron Weasley (from Harry Potter).
  • Scully (from the X-files).
  • Velma Dinkley (from the Scooby-Doo animated series).
  • Wendy (from the restaurant Wendy’s)
  • Wilma Flintstone (from the Flinstones)
  • Winnie-the-Pooh or just Pooh (a cartoon about a bear and his friends)
  • Yosemite Sam (an American animated cartoon character in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies. He has bright ginger hair and beard).

Orange Cat Names Inspired by Famous Real-Life People

orange cat popular singer

If you’ve got both of your feet firmly rooted in reality so you’d like a name for your cat that was inspired by real-life famous people with red/orange hair, check out this list below:

  • Adele (a British singer and songwriter).
  • Alyson Hannigan (an American actress best known for her role as Willow Rosenberg in the hit TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).
  • Ann Margret (a Swedish-American actress, singer, and dancer).
  • Christina Hendricks (an American actress—best known for her role as Joan Holloway in the hit TV series “Mad Men”).
  • Chuck Norris (an American martial artist, actor, film producer, and screenwriter).
  • Claire Danes (an American actress with three Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards to her name).
  • Conan O’Brien (an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer).
  • Connie Britton (an American actress, singer, and producer).
  • Damian Lewis (an English actor and producer with a Golden Globe nomination to his name).
  • Danny Kaye (an American actor, singer, dancer, comedian, and musician).
  • Donald Trump (the 45th and current President of the United States).
  • Ed Sheeran (an English singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor).
  • Eddie Redmayne (an English actor famous for multiple movie roles and awarded with an Academy Award for Best Actor).
  • Emma Stone (an American actress and geek icon, she is the recipient of an Academy Award for Best Actress).
  • Ewan Mcgregor (a Scottish actor famous internationally for his various film roles).
  • Florence Welch (an English musician, singer, and songwriter; most well-known as the vocalist of the indie rock band Florence and the Machine).
  • Ginger Spice (from the Spice Girls).
  • Grace Coddington (a Welsh former model and the creative director of the American Vogue magazine).
  • Hayley Williams (an American singer, songwriter, and musician; most well-known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter, and occasional keyboardist of the rock band Paramore).
  • Isla Fisher (an Australian actress, voice actress, and author).
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson (an American actor; best known for the role of Mitchell Pritchett on the ABC sitcom Modern Family).
  • Jessica Chastain (an American actress and film producer with a Golden Globe win and two Academy Award nominations to her name).
  • Julianne Moore (an American actress who won the Academy Award for Best Actress).
  • Karen Elson (an English model, singer-songwriter, and guitarist).
  • Karen Gillan (a British actress, director, and screenwriter; best known for her role as Amy Pond in the Doctor Who TV series).
  • Kathy Griffin (an American comedian and actress).
  • Lindsay Lohan (an American actress and fashion designer, famous both for her on screen and off screen performances and deeds).
  • Lucille Ball (an American actress, comedian, model, film-studio executive, and producer; best known as the star of the self-produced sitcom “I Love Lucy,” as well as for “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour,” “The Lucy Show,” and “Here’s Lucy”).
  • Maggie Rizer (an American model and activist for AIDS-related causes and Operation Smile).
  • Molly Ringwald (an American actress, singer, and author).
  • Nicole Kidman (an Australian actress that has won many awards).
  • Prince Harry (a member of the British royal family).
  • Ron Howard (an American actor and filmmaker).
  • Rupert Grint (an English actor most famous for his role of Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies).
  • Seth Green (an American actor, voice artist, comedian, producer, writer, and director).
  • Shaun White (an American professional snowboarder, skateboarder, and musician).
  • Shirley Manson (a Scottish musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress; best known as the lead vocalist of the alternative rock band Garbage).
  • Sophie Turner (an English actress best known for her role as Sansa Stark in the hit TV series “Game of Thrones”).
  • Thomas Jefferson (an American Founding Father who was the principal author of the Declaration of Independence and later served as the third President of the United States).
  • Tim Minchin (a British-Australian comedian, actor, writer, musician, and director).
  • Vincent Van Gogh (a Dutch Post-Impressionist painter, known as one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. Ironically, he wasn’t famous at all while he was alive).
  • Willie Nelson (an American musician, singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist).

“Orange” and “Red” in Other Languages

orange cats having japanese dinner

If you’d like to give your cat an exotic name—one that will become the envy of all other cats in the neighborhood—you’ve come to the right place. Sometimes it’s good to be literal.

#1: “Orange” in Other Languages

  • Aalani (Hawaiian).
  • Apelsin (Swedish).
  • Arancione (Italian).
  • Daidaiiro (Japanese).
  • Dalandan (Filipino).
  • Jeruk (Indonesian).
  • Karaka (Maori).
  • Katom (Hebrew).
  • Komala (Bengali).
  • Laranja (Portuguese).
  • Narancs (Hungarian).
  • Naranja (Spanish).
  • Oráiste (Irish).
  • Oranssi (Finnish).
  • Oren (Welsh).
  • Portocale (Romanian).
  • Rij (Bulgarian).
  • Turuncu (Turkish).

#2: “Red” in Other Languages

  • Akai (Japanese).
  • Cheyenne (Cheyenne).
  • Coch (Welsh).
  • Merah (Indonesian).
  • Piros (Hungarian).
  • Pula (Filipino).
  • Rautt (Icelandic).
  • Rojo (Spanish).
  • Rooi (Afrikaans).
  • Rouge (French).
  • Vermelho (Portuguese).
  • Vermell (Catalan).

Wrap Up

orange scottish fold lying

So, as you can see, there are a lot of good names for orange cats out there. Whether you want to name your puss after a fictional character, a famous person, a fruit, or just a translation of the word “orange” in another language, the options are hundreds upon hundreds.

Did you settle upon any of the above names? Which one is it? If none of them sounded right, perhaps you should check out our article on alcohol names for cats. Our list of exquisite red wines will surely satisfy your palate! Do leave a comment before you go because we’d love to hear from you!

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.