75 Japanese Cat Names

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Whether you are Japanese yourself or simply love Japanese culture, Japanese cat names are unique and exotic. Japan is known for its love of cats. Felines are revered in Japan as they are thought to bring good luck and fortune. In fact, the common Japanese figurine called the Maneki Neko (“beckoning cat") is used as a talisman to bring good luck. Japan is even the birth place of a specific breed of cat called the Japanese Bobtail, and let's not forget about one of Japan's most famous cats: Hello Kitty. Yes, it's clear that Japan loves cats, so what better language to draw from for your new cat's name than Japanese?

Popular Japanese Cat Names

In the United States, certain cat names are very popular. You will find many kitties named Max, Tiger, Kitty and Lucy. The same phenomenon is true in Japan. Here are the most common Japanese cat names based on a survey conducted by the Japanese website Iris Pet:

  • Azuki (sweet red beans)
  • Chibi (tiny)
  • Chobi (small)
  • Fuku (lucky)
  • Hana (flower)
  • Haru (spring)
  • Hime (princess)
  • Kai (ocean)
  • Koko (cocoa)
  • Mike (tortoiseshell)
  • Maru (circle)
  • Mei (beautiful)
  • Mikan (mandarin orange)
  • Miruku (milk)
  • Moka (mocha)
  • Momo (peach)
  • Sakura (cherry blossom)
  • Sora (sky)
  • Tora (tiger)
  • Yuki (snow)

Tips for Choosing Japanese Cat Names

If you long to choose a Japanese name for your cat, the choices are nearly endless. It doesn’t matter if you just like the way a Japanese cat name sounds, or you are more drawn to the name’s meaning. 

You might find yourself overwhelmed by the sheer volume of Japanese names to choose from. To narrow it down, start by considering your cat’s gender, color, markings and of course her unique personality. Most important, look for a name that you like the sound of and one that’s easy for you to pronounce.

Below you will find a selection of 75 Japanese cat names. Whether or not you find your new cat’s name on one of these lists, these ideas are sure to lead you on the path to the perfect Japanese cat name. 

More Japanese Cat Name Ideas

We’ve compiled some more Japanese cat names and organized them by gender, so you can easily find Japanese cats names for female cats and male cats. Take a look through these Japanese cat names and see if you find one that’s perfect for your new cat:

Female Japanese Cat Names 

Soft and feminine, these female Japanese cat names are perfect for your sweet girl kitty: 

  • Aiko (beloved one, little love)
  • Akira (bright and clear dawn)
  • Cho (butterfly)
  • Emiko (smiling child)
  • Hayami (rare and unusual beauty)
  • Kaiya (forgiveness)
  • Kameko (tortoise-child, symbol for long-life)
  • Katsumi (victorious beauty)
  • Mieko (beautiful blessing child)
  • Mizuki (beautiful moon)
  • Nyoko (gem; treasure)
  • Sayuri (little lily)
  • Shiori (bookmark; guide)
  • Suki (beloved)
  • Yasuko (peaceful child)

Male Japanese Cat Names 

Strong and honorable, many of these male Japanese cat names pay homage to warriors, wisdom and goodness: 

  • Akihiko (shining prince)
  • Arakan (worthy one; hero)
  • Daichi (great first son)
  • Eichi (wisdom)
  • Hiroki (abundant joy and strength)
  • Hiroyuki (widespread happiness)
  • Isao (honor; merit)
  • Kenji (intelligent ruler)
  • Kitaro (happy boy)
  • Naoko (straight; honest)
  • Ryuji (dragon man)
  • Sin'ichi (faithful first-born son)
  • Taishiro (ambitious boy)
  • Takeo (warrior)
  • Toshiko (alert and valued child)

Japanese Cat Names Based on Color

Pay homage to your cat’s beautiful hue by choosing the Japanese word for the color of her coat: 

  • Aka (red)
  • Akaganeiro (copper)
  • Akane (brilliant red)
  • Ao (blue)
  • Chairo (brown)
  • Giniro (silver)
  • Haiiro (gray)
  • Kiiro (yellow)
  • Kiniro (gold)
  • Kuro (black)
  • Orenjiiro (orange)
  • Shiro (white)

Japanese Cat Names Inspired by Foods

Do you have a favorite Japanese food or ingredient? It could be the perfect name for your next cat. Consider some of of these options: 

  • Dashi
  • Matcha
  • Mirin
  • Miso
  • Mochi
  • Oden
  • Sashimi
  • Shoyu
  • Soba
  • Sukiyaki
  • Sushi
  • Udon
  • Unagi

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