46 Egyptian Cat Names

Cats have a long and colorful history in Egypt, so an Egyptian name is fitting

Cat in Egypt with hieroglyphs

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When it comes to a culture’s affinity for cats, there is no contest: Egypt wins hands down. Cats appear in ancient Egyptian art and writings going back thousands of years. In fact, the Egyptians are credited for likely being the first society to live and love domesticated cats. 

Cats hunted and killed vermin like mice, rats, snakes and scorpions in Egyptians’ granaries and homes, earning them the utmost reverence for their essential assistance. Cats also featured heavily in Egyptians’ religion. Cats appear in drawings and works of art, and a number of Egyptian goddesses had cat-like heads. Cats were revered and protected—anyone found harming or killing a cat faced severe consequences. To this day, cats are considered sacred and valued in Egypt. 

This rich history between Egypt and cats serves as a wonderful inspiration for cat names. Egyptian cat names are perfect for your precious feline friend, and are likely to be unique and interesting. If you have an Egyptian breed, such as the Egyptian Mau, or a hairless Sphynx, so named after the famous statue the Great Sphinx of Giza, an Egyptian cat name is especially fitting.

Top Egyptian Cat Names

Ancient Egyptian deities and mythological creatures serve as colorful inspiration for cat names. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Anhur (god of war)
  • Bastet (Egyptian goddess of motherhood; takes the form of a cat)
  • Geb (god of the Earth)
  • Horus (sky god; son of Osiris)
  • Isis (one of the most important Egyptian goddess; healer, protector of the dead, and goddess of good fortune, travel and the sea)
  • Osiris (Egyptian god known as the lord of the underworld and judge of the dead)
  • Sekhmet (Egyptian goddess of war and healing; takes the form of a lioness)
  • Seth (brother of Osiris)
  • Sphinx (mythological Egyptian creature with a lion’s body and human head)
  • Maat (goddess of harmony, justice and truth)
  • Mafdet (Egyptian goddess often depicted wearing a cat skin)
  • Mau (a divine cat who is an aspect of the sun god Ra)
  • Menhit (Egyptian goddess of war; takes the form of a lioness)
  • Mihos (son of Bastet; takes the form of a lion)
  • Mut (Egyptian mother goddess)
  • Nefertum (god of the lotus blossom)
  • Pakhet (“she who scratches,” lioness goddess of war)
  • Ptah (the god of creator; husband of Sekhmet)
  • Ra (also Re; Egyptian sun god)
  • Renenutet (cobra goddess, goddess of suckling, giver of secret birth names, protector of children)
  • Sekhmet (“powerful one,” lioness goddess of war and Ra’s daughter)
  • Sobek (crocodile god)
  • Thoth (Egyptian god of writing, magic, wisdom and the moon)

Tips for Choosing Egyptian Cat Names

If you’ve decided on an Egyptian name for your cat, you have many to choose from. Whether inspired by art, history, religion or even common Egyptian words, the Egyptian cat name you choose is sure to be one of a kind. 

To begin your search, consider your personal interests (are you a history buff or literature aficionado?) as well as your cat’s physical characteristics (for instance, gender, color and markings) and of course her unique personality. 

Read on for 46 Egyptian cat name ideas. These options will get you started on your search for the perfect Egyptian cat name for your new cat or kitten. 

Royal Egyptian Cat Names

Everyone knows cats are royalty, so choosing a cat name based on an Egyptian pharaoh or other rulers just fits. Consider some of these famous Egyptian rulers:

  • Amenhotep (Egyptian pharaoh)
  • Cleopatra (Egyptian queen)
  • Hatshepsut (the second historically confirmed female pharaoh)
  • Menes (ancient Egyptian pharaoh; founder of the First Dynasty)
  • Merneith (consort and a regent of Ancient Egypt; possibly a ruler)
  • Nefertiti (Egyptian queen)
  • Pharaoh (Egyptian word to describe a ruler or king)
  • Ramses (Egyptian pharaoh; regarded as the most celebrated and powerful pharaoh of the New Kingdom)
  • Sobekneferu (female pharaoh)
  • Thutmose (third pharaoh of the 18th dynasty of Egypt; installed the Sphinx Stele)
  • Tutankhamun (the famous Egyptian pharaoh known as King Tut)
  • Twosret (final pharaoh of the 19th dynasty of Egypt)

Egyptian Cat Names Inspired by Places

Look no further for inspiration for your new cat’s name than one of the many beautiful and historically significant places in Egypt. 

  • Abydos (one of the oldest cities of ancient Egypt)
  • Alexandria (second-largest city in Egypt)
  • Cairo (modern-day capital city of Egypt)
  • Damietta (port city of the Nile Delta)
  • Gezira (an island in the Nile River, in central Cairo)
  • Giza (city in Egypt; location of the Great Sphinx of Giza)
  • Luxor (city in southern Egypt)
  • Nile (famous river in Egypt)
  • Ramesseum (the memorial temple of the pharaoh Ramesses)
  • Rosetta (port city of the Nile Delta)
  • Sinai (peninsula in Egypt, home of the biblical Mount Sinai)

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