Whether you're looking for cute names for your orange tabby cat or something inspired by your favorite movie, we have a stupendous selection purrfect for your one-of-a-kind kitty!
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There's just something about orange cats that draws us into their orbit. The iconic bright fur and faint tiger-striped markings help them stand apart from the rest. Interestingly, cat breeders often refer to orange kitties as red, but they also describe them as yellow, ginger, or marmalade. Every orange cat is considered a tabby, which you'll be able to tell because of the "M" marking on their forehead.

Famous orange cats, like Garfield, the lasagna-loving kitty from Jim Davis' comic strip, might make us think that these bright color patterns are fairly common within our feline friends. But similar to their human counterparts with red hair, ginger kitties are actually pretty rare. The coloring in their orange coats is genetic, passed down from their parents through the X chromosome. This means 80 percent of orange cats are males.

As you're choosing a name for your orange cat, keep in mind that even as aloof as kitties may seem, they do recognize their names and will come when called! If you decide to name your orange cat something fancy or long, an abbreviated version or nickname might be something they can learn easier.

There are plenty of fun orange cat names to choose from, playing off their color, "catitude", and famous orange cats from cartoons and TV. Check out the extensive list below for inspiration.

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Hawaiian Names for Orange Cats

  • Alani (name for orange, as in the fruit)
  • Kelani (from the heavens)
  • Meli (honey)
  • Kaipo (sweetheart)
  • Keanu (the breeze)
  • Nani (beautiful)
  • Hoku (star)
  • Akamai (intelligent)
  • Inoki (devoted)
  • Pineki (peanut)

Orange Cat Names Inspired by Food

  • Cheeto
  • Marmalade
  • Russet
  • Sunkist
  • Dorito
  • Yam
  • Fanta
  • Sweet Potato
  • Mimosa
  • Carmello
  • Frito
  • Creamsicle
  • Amaretto
  • Butternut
  • Maple
  • Tang
  • Squash
  • Nacho
  • Carrot
  • Orangina
  • Sorbet

Spicy-Sounding Names for Orange Cats

  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Saffron
  • Paprika
  • Turmeric
  • Pepper
  • Chili
  • Clove
  • Ginger
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Mustard
  • Cumin
  • Tabasco
  • Cayenne

Floral-Inspired Names for Orange Cats

  • Sunflower
  • Marigold
  • Tiger Lily
  • Cosmos
  • Poppy
  • Zinnia
  • Coppertips
  • Lantana
  • Pansy
  • Tulip
  • Daylily
  • Buttercup
  • Lion's Tail

Orange Cat Names Inspired by Cartoons

  • Garfield
  • Tigger
  • Simba
  • Azrael
  • Heathcliff
  • Hobbes
  • Toulouse
  • Shere Khan
  • Mr. Jinks
  • RiffRaff
  • Strawberry Shortcake

Adorable Names for Your Orange Kitten

  • Tiger
  • Gingersnap
  • Sunshine
  • Goldfish
  • Honey
  • Foxy
  • Butterscotch
  • Clownfish
  • Mai Tai
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Angel
  • Blossom

Orange Cat Names from the Movies

  • Crookshanks (Harry Potter)
  • Ulysses (Inside Llewyn Davis)
  • Thomasina (The Three Lives of Thomasina)
  • Goose (Captain Marvel)
  • Milo (Milo and Otis)
  • Fred (Gifted)
  • Tonto (Harry and Tonto)
  • Clawhauser (Zootopia)
  • Cat (Breakfast at Tiffany's)
  • Jonesy (Alien)
  • Puss in Boots (Shrek 2)
  • Bob (A Street Cat Named Bob)
  • Orion (Men in Black)
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Cat Names Inspired by Their Fiery Fur

  • Firecracker
  • Fuego
  • Topaz
  • Sparks
  • Flame
  • Autumn
  • Ember
  • Firework
  • Copper
  • Inferno
  • Phoenix
  • Terra Cotta
  • Penny
  • Lava
  • Monarch
  • Scorch
  • Amber
  • Blaze

Orange Cat Names Inspired By Our Favorite Books

  • Pippi Longstocking
  • Anne (Anne of Green Gables)
  • Ron Weasley (Harry Potter)
  • Fancy Nancy
  • Tintin (The Adventures of Tintin)
  • Madeline
  • Aslan (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)
  • Jamie Fraser (Outlander)
  • Ms. Frizzle (Magic Schoolbus)
  • Glinda (The Wizard of Oz)

Badass Orange Cat Names

  • Kim Possible
  • Prince Harry
  • Loki
  • Carmen Sandiego
  • Mack
  • Princess Fiona
  • Reba
  • Conan
  • Heinz
  • Pepper Potts
  • Axl Rose
  • Archie
  • Poison Ivy

Disney-Inspired Names for Your Ginger Cat

  • Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
  • Merida (Brave)
  • Jessie (Toy Story)
  • Peter Pan
  • Anna (Frozen)
  • Phineas (Phineas and Ferb
  • Giselle (Enchanted)
  • Ellie (Up)
  • Wendy (Gravity Falls)
  • Hercules
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Irish-Inspired Names for Orange Cats

  • Flannery
  • Declan
  • Liam
  • Finley 
  • Rory
  • Lia
  • Orla 
  • Fionn
  • Gallagher
  • Aiden
  • Finn
  • Sheena
  • Riley
  • Brogan
  • Patrick
  • Cashel
  • Fergus
  • Ronan

Orange Cat Names with Attitude

  • Tornado
  • Sahara
  • Nevada
  • Sansa Stark
  • Magenta
  • Jane Grey
  • Kathy Griffin
  • Black Widow
  • Johnny Rotten
  • Tori Amos

Halloween-Inspired Names for Orange Cats

  • Pumpkin
  • Boo
  • Gremlin
  • Fang
  • October
  • Lucifer
  • Salem
  • Tarot
  • Buffy (as in the Vampire Slayer)
  • Poe (as in Edgar Allen)
  • Winnifred

Fruity-Fresh Orange Cat Names

  • Apricot
  • Mango
  • Tangerine
  • Papaya
  • Tomato
  • Kumquat
  • Citrus
  • Melon
  • Tangelo
  • Peaches
  • Clementine
  • Satsuma
  • Valencia
  • Cantaloupe
  • Mandarin
  • Persimmon