Last Updated: 5 months ago

If you’re looking for some clever calico cat names, you’re going to adore the ideas on this list!

Some of the names are inspired by their unique coloring, while others come from famous cats throughout history.

Before we get into these calico cat names, I think it’s important to remind you that “calico” is not a breed. Instead, it refers to their tricolor fur pattern.

As you read through the list, you may find yourself wondering why it’s missing male calico cat names.

That’s because there are very, very, very few male calicos! In fact, only 1 in 3,000 is born male. The pattern only appears in males with two X and one Y chromosome, making it a rare genetic mutation.

Don’t worry, while most of these ideas are geared towards females, I’m including some great unisex names, so if you do have a rare male calico cat, you’ll find something special for him here, too!

40 Calico Cat names Based On Food

fierce calico cat

If you love coming up with food names for cats, you’ll adore these ideas below! I’ve also included some adorable ideas inspired by tasty beverages, too!

  1. Tiramisu
  2. Amaretto
  3. Cheeto
  4. Macchiato
  5. Affogato (while the word means “drowned” in Italian, it’s also the name of an amazing dessert in which vanilla gelato is “drowned” by a shot of espresso)
  6. Butterscotch
  7. Caramello (does anyone remember these yummy candy bars?)
  8. Reese (after Reese’s Cups or, perhaps more appropriately, Reese’s Pieces).
  9. Persimmon
  10. Sundae
  11. Cayenne
  12. Annato (most natural orange food colorings come from this)
  13. Achiote (the tree that Annato comes from)
  14. Snickers
  15. Nutmeg
  16. Curry
  17. Dalandan
  18. Honey
  19. Brandy
  20. Chestnut
  21. Clementine
  22. Parika
  23. Cinnamon
  24. Orange Pekoe (inspired by the tea)
  25. Clove
  26. Cassia (inspired by the scientific name for Cinnamon)
  27. Turmeric
  28. Apricot
  29. Gooseberry
  30. Chanterelle (a type of mushroom known for its earthy color)
  31. Toffee
  32. Whiskey
  33. Kahlua
  34. Espresso
  35. Kamora (a chocolate liquer)
  36. Nocello
  37. Nocino
  38. Jim Beam
  39. Biscuit
  40. Biscotti

Out of these food names for Calico cats, I’d personally go with Tiramisu or Macchiato, although Affogato is a rather unique name!

30 Calico Cat Names Based ON color

beautiful indoor calico cat

Your Calico cat’s fur is a great source of naming inspiration! With rich butterscotch, ginger, orange, and chocolate shades, there are just so many great ways you can go here.

  1. Autumn
  2. Sunset
  3. Dawn
  4. Aurora (another word for dawn)
  5. Harvest (great name for a Calico born in the fall!)
  6. Marble
  7. Arizona (the colors remind me of the Grand Canyon)
  8. Zhangye (check out pictures of the striped mountain in China and you’ll see why!
  9. Amber
  10. Hickory
  11. Maize
  12. Iris (look up “bearded iris” and you’ll see why)
  13. Portokall (orange in Albanian)
  14. Aranciu
  15. Narančasta
  16. Oranssi
  17. Jesen (autumn in Bosnian)
  18. Syksy (means “autumn” in Finnish)
  19. Acorn
  20. Oszi
  21. Vuli (Swahili for “autumn”)
  22. Amber Kiss
  23. Pansy (some, like the Angel Amber Kiss, have very calico-like colors)
  24.  Arisaema
  25. Sikoki (from sikokianum)
  26. Dahlia
  27. Hibiscus (like the triopical Hibiscus)
  28. Velutina (after the  Cattleya velutina)
  29. Mum
  30. Carolina (for the Carolina Allspice)

While Autumn is the obvious choice, especially for cats adopted near Halloween, given the Calico cats typically have colors associated with fall leaves, I really love Aurora or Arizona.

10 Cute Calico Cat Names Meaning “Triple” or “Three”

cat with clever Calico cat names

Since Callie cats are tricolored, I thought it would be fun to include some names inspired by the word “three” or “triple.” Check them out!

  1. Troika
  2. Trefoil
  3. Triniity
  4. Terzetto
  5. Trifecta
  6. Trojini (“triple” in Slovenian)
  7. Telo (“triple” in Malagasy)
  8. Kolme (Finnish for “three”)
  9. Tiga (means “three” in both Malay and Indonesian)
  10. Meteta (“triple” in Yoruba)

Of these names, I’m loving Kolme or Trojini the most. My son is Finnish on his father’s side, so I know he’d love that name, too.

31 Calico Cats Names From Egypt

As you know, cats were worshiped in Ancient Egypt, and the Calico cat is not only said to have originated from there, but was also among the most revered of the kitty kingdom.

Honor their heritage with these great Egyptian names for Calico cats!

  1. Akila
  2. Anat
  3. Abanoub
  4. Abrax
  5. Ahmad
  6. Amr
  7. Aten
  8. Bithiah
  9. Berenike
  10. Bahiti
  11. Bastet
  12. Chione
  13. Eshe
  14. Hanbal
  15. Heba
  16. Horus
  17. Imi
  18. Isis
  19. Jabari
  20. Jomana
  21. Karim
  22. Kissa
  23. Kiya
  24. Kleopatra
  25. Kosey
  26. Mandisa
  27. Mariam
  28. Masika
  29. Nefertiti
  30. Panya
  31. Zaliki

Here, Bastet is the obvious choice, since it’s the name of the catlike goddess. However, I’ve never been one to go with the obvious choice. I really love either Akila or Bahiti!

30 Calico Cat Names From Japan

If you’ve ever seen those Lucky Cat statues (also called “money cats”) in Japanese windows, you know that the Calico is considered good luck in Japan.

Why not draw from that for inspiration with these Japanese Calico cat names for your new kitten?

After all, you must have the good fortune to have such a wonderful feline friend come into your life, right?

  1. Cho
  2. Daido
  3. Daiki
  4. Denji
  5. Eiji
  6. Eito
  7. Emiko
  8. Ena
  9. Fumiko
  10. Genkei
  11. Giichi
  12. Goku
  13. Habiki
  14. Hachi
  15. Haia
  16. Hana
  17. Haru
  18. Haruko
  19. Hiro
  20. Izumi
  21. Jin
  22. Jiro
  23. Juro
  24. Kaede
  25. Kagami
  26. Kaida
  27. Katsumi
  28. Miku
  29. Riko
  30. Sakura

I lived in Japan for two years, so I love pretty much all of these names. I actually have a few of the Lucky Cat statues from the 100 yen store (like a dollar store, but infinitely cooler).

Mine looks a lot like the one below. Kind of makes me wish I bought more stuff at the 100Y store, I could have made a fortune now that Kawaii and anime stuff is taking the United States by storm!

10 Famous Calico Cat Names

If you prefer to take your inspiration from Calico cats throughout history, literature, or theater, read on for a few of my favorite famous Calico cat names!

  1. Bombalurina from the musical “Cats”
  2. Jemima (also from Cats)
  3. Rainbow
  4. Copycat (Rainbow’s clone)
  5. Inga (a famous mouser from the Mount Washington Observatory)
  6. Pudge (one of the most famous cats on Instagram)
  7. Nyanya
  8. Tama (full name Honorable Eternal Stationmaster Tama, which is a bit of a mouthful!)
  9. Sherman (a rare male Calico!)
  10. London

I would totally name a pair of Calicos Rainbow and Copycat! Adorable, right?

Although I do love the idea of giving a cat a “full and official” name as Tama has. Hey, it’s a clever way to fit in a bunch of names when you can’t pick just one!

50 Calico Cat Names For Girls

Of course, you don’t have to go with something that sounds like a cat name for your calico.

You could just as easily get inspired by any of the popular traditional, or even unique girls’ names as well!

  1. Angel
  2. Gwendolyn
  3. Isbeth
  4. Annabells
  5. Avery
  6. Charlotta
  7. Sophie
  8. Amy
  9. Izzy
  10. Maia
  11. Madeline
  12. Buffy
  13. Margo
  14. Misty
  15. Eve
  16. Cammie
  17. Gia
  18. Abbie
  19. Chloe
  20. Elsa
  21. Sophia
  22. Evangeline
  23. Mila
  24. Eleanora
  25. Maddie
  26. Leighla
  27. Olivia
  28. Penny
  29. Piper
  30. Prue
  31. Paige
  32. Aria
  33. Graciella
  34. Willow
  35. Paisley
  36. Natalie
  37. Hazel
  38. Zoey
  39. Riley
  40. Victoria
  41. Lily
  42. Magicka
  43. Marnette
  44. Millie
  45. Cordelia
  46. Josette
  47. Hope
  48. Tracy
  49. Trista
  50. Isolde

The point is, you don’t have to just stick to names that come directly from your calico’s tri-colored fur. Literally, anything goes when naming your cat!

For years, all of our cats were named after TV witches. We had Piper, Prue, Sabrina, Tabatha, and Willow! We broke tradition with Zoe because I ran out of witch names that I liked.

My son named our cat Alex the Fuzz after himself (what a copycat, right?), using his middle name for inspiration. 


If you asked me to pick just one of these cat names to be my favorite, I’d have a really hard time answering you.

I really love any of the food names, I think they’re adorable!

What are your favorite Calico cat names? Share below!

beautiful calico cat
Nicole Etolen
Nicole Etolen

Nicole is one of the writers here on CatVills. She’s been a cat lover most of her life and-at one point- counted five felines as part of her family. Today, she’s proud cat mom to two indoor kitties and caregiver for a slew of ferals.