Your new black-and-white kitty needs a name. We've got plenty of creative choices to consider!
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Maybe your new black-and-white cat saunters into the room like he's wearing a tuxedo at a black-tie fundraiser. Or is she always eyeing you as if she's the judge and you're accused of withholding snacks? Whatever your new kitten's personality, their sophisticated black-and-white coat may offer you the best clues for picking out the perfect name.

Classic black-and-white coloring lends itself to many categories of inspiration. For instance, if your new family member is mostly black with a white chest, he's got what's generally known as a "tuxedo" effect. Which might lead you to dapper names like Fred Astaire or Carey Grant. If your new feline friend has a body of one color and feet in the contrasting hue, capitalize on her apparent footwear with a name like Boots, Socks, or Chuck Taylor.

Does your two-tone kitty have distinctive stripes or spots? Maybe a name like Zebra or Domino will do. Or you could honor a favorite movie character with black-and-white themed names like Cruella, Snoopy, or Matrix.

There are plenty of ideas to choose from when you use your new cat's high-contrast coloring as inspiration for a name you'll call again and again when it's dinner time.

Now, let's find a fitting name for your new black-and-white feline companion.

Obvious Black-and-White Cat Names

  • Ash
  • Bandit
  • Barcode
  • Butler
  • Charcoal
  • Dottie
  • Inky
  • Inkblot
  • Jeeves
  • Mischief
  • Polkadot
  • Rorschach
  • Speck
  • Speckle
  • Splatter
  • Spot
  • Spots
  • Spuds
  • Stripe
  • Stripes
  • Stripey
  • Swirl
  • Twilight
  • Yin-Yang
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Game-Inspired Black-and-White Cat Names

  • Ace
  • Checkers
  • Chess
  • Domino
  • Joker
  • Magic
  • Marble
  • Ref
  • Soccer
  • Umpire

Clothing-Inspired Black-and-White Cat Names

  • Boots
  • Bowtie
  • Chuck Taylor
  • Fedora
  • Harley Davison
  • Mittens
  • Oxford
  • Patch
  • Patches
  • Retro
  • Socks
  • Sneakers
  • Vintage

Uniform-Inspired Black-and-White Cat Names

  • Constable 
  • Deputy
  • Garcon
  • Judge
  • Justice
  • Officer
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Black cats with white patches on the neck, belly and paws are often called tuxedo cats since they look like they're dressed up for a formal event.
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Tuxedo-Inspired Black-and-White Cat Names

  • Fred Astaire
  • Bow tie
  • Cary Grant
  • Cummerbund
  • Fedora
  • Groom
  • Marlene Dietrich
  • Pinstripe
  • Spats
  • Tails
  • Tuxedo 
  • Vintage

Movie-Inspired Black-and-white Cat Names

  • Bogey
  • Bucky Barnes
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Citizen Kane
  • Darth
  • Humphrey Bogart
  • Igor
  • Ilsa
  • James Bond
  • Jolly Roger
  • Maltese
  • Matrix
  • Maul
  • Mr. Darcy
  • Neo
  • Norman Bates
  • Poe
  • Raymond Chandler
  • Rosebud
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Sam Spade
  • Severus
  • Shamu
  • Sirius
  • Sith
  • Snape
  • Vader
  • Venom
  • Willie
  • Zorro

Animation-Inspired Black-and-White Cat Names

  • Betty Boop
  • Chilly Willy
  • Cruella
  • Felix
  • Flower
  • Goofy
  • Heckle 
  • Jeckle
  • Mickey
  • Minnie
  • Pepe le Pew
  • Perdita
  • Pongo
  • Snoopy
  • Sylvester

Music and Art-Inspired Black-and-White Cat Names

  • Jazzy
  • Maestro
  • Piano
  • Steinway
  • Ansel Adams
  • Pixel
  • Smudge
  • Speck

Food-Inspired Black-and-White Cat Names

  • Babka
  • Chip
  • Cookie
  • Cupcake
  • Espresso
  • Jack Daniel
  • Java
  • Mallomar
  • Milkshake
  • Oreo
  • Patty
  • Pepper
  • Peppermint 
  • S'more
  • Sundae
  • Sushi

Animal-Inspired Black-and-White Cat Names

  • Badger
  • Cow
  • Dalmation
  • Holstein
  • Ladybug
  • Lemur
  • Leopard
  • Moo
  • MooMoo
  • Orca
  • Osprey
  • Panda
  • Panther
  • Penguin
  • Pinto
  • Puffin
  • Tapir
  • Zebra