If you’ve fallen in love with your new little kitten and are looking for a name, why not get inspired by la Belle France? You could go with something like Paris (pronounced par-ee), but if you are looking for something more interesting, I’ve got a ton of delicious French cat names for you to pick from. Spoiler alert, my favorite is Coquine (naughty tease), but let’s do things officially shall we?
Similar to French dog names, purebred cats born in France are recorded in a genealogical register that has been managed since 1901 by an association called Fédération pour la gestion du Livre Officiel des Origines félines (LOOF).
Following the canine rules, purebred cats are also named according to the year in which they were born. The letters run in alphabetical order, for example, R for cats born in 2020. The LOOF initially kept the same rule as dogs that certain letters like K, Q, W, X, Y, and Z were excluded from the list because there were too few names starting with those letters.
However, since it seems rather a shame that people couldn’t give their kitten a name beginning with K, the rule was changed in 2014 to allow those letters to become alternatives in the year of the letter preceding them.
The alphabet naming goes as follows:
|Year||Name Starting with||Examples of Names|
|2015||L||Leelou, Leroux, Letchi, Limonade|
|2016||M||Monet, Matisse, Minouche, Moustache|
|2017||N||Nanette, Nicolette, Noisette, Neige|
|2018||O||Odette, Ophelie, Obelix, Olivette|
|2019||P or Q||Paulette, Pierrette, Pilou, Patapouf, Quatre|
|2020||R||Risette, Reinnette, Ripley, Romeo|
|2021||S||Suzette, Saphir, Saturne, Schtroumpf|
|2022||T||Tigrou, Titoune, Trésor, Tambour|
|2023||U||Umtiti, Utopie, Ultra, Uzzi|
|2024||V, W, X, Y or Z||Velours, Vadrouille Vedette, Yaourt, Zizou|
|2025||A||Alphonse, Amiral, Arc-en-ciel, Atchoum|
|2026||B||Babette, Bisou, Bonaparte, Bastille|
|2027||C||Celine, Clochette, Calîn, Chatou|
|2028||D||Duchesse, Doudoune, Diablo, Dormeur|
|2029||E||Etoile, Epice, Eclair, Eustache|
|2030||F||Frimousse, Figaro, Fripon, Farine|
|2031||G||Grisette, Galipette, Gauffre, Gourmand|
|2032||H||Hermes, Hameau, Haussmann, Hélix|
|2033||I||Isidor, Indou, Idée, Ilot|
|2034||J or K||Jacadi, Julliet, Juju, Kikou|
Now, of course, most cat lovers are not interested in registering their cats and so don’t need to be constrained by these rules. For all the rule-flouters out there (I count myself amongst them, I did like Coquine after all), we’ve got a lot more intriguing names to get to!
Female Feline Names
Now there are a great many French names for girls, but we’re looking for ones that specifically work well with cats. Names like Gisele and Sophie are absolutely lovely, but they also work well for children. Here I’ve tried to go for names that you wouldn’t necessarily name a child, and you can click the link below it for general female french names as well.
|Female Cat Names||Meaning in English|
|Antoinette||named after Marie-Antoinette|
|Chantal||after the verb chanter meaning to sing|
|Chouquette||a type of french pastry|
|Clémentine||a type of orange|
|Coquelicot||the poppy flower|
|Cosette||small and tiny|
|Felicienne||version of feline|
|Lourdes||a city named after a saint in France|
|Lyonette||after the city of Lyon in the France|
|Minou||nickname for cat|
|Mistigrie||feline that could be domesticated|
|Mystique||a quality of glamor|
|Tartiflette||a cheesy potatoe dish|
|Toulouse||a city in the south of France|
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Male Cat Names
For male cats, I love French names like Amboise or Rouen which sound quite regal. A lot of these names are named after places or people, with that aristocratic touch.
|Male Cat Names||Meaning in English|
|Amboise||a city in the Loire Valley|
|Barnabé||after the Saint Barnaby|
|Barthélemy||after the Saint Bartholomew|
|Cezanne||a famous French painter|
|Descartes||a French philosopher|
|Gouda||a type of cheese|
|Lafayette||after the Marquis Lafayette|
|Rouen||city in France|
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Unisex Cat Names
Now for unisex cat names, the sky is the limit! And I mean that literally, Ciel
|Unisex Cat Names||Meaning in English|
|Croissant||french breakfast pastry|
|Dijon||a city in France|
|Elysée||Palais Elysée, the residence of the French President near the Champs Elysées in Paris|
|Fondue||melted cheese used as a bread dip|
|Raclette||a cheesy dish with potatoes and charcuterie|
|Soufflé||a French pastry dish filled with cheese|
☞ READ MORE: 34 French Unisex Names that are fantastic
So have you found the perfect French cat name for your little sweetheart? Comment below and let me know.
¹ Featured Image: Alex Nirta
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