144 French Cat Names: Cute names for your kitten

Get a selection of best French cat names for that little feline, and the French rules for naming a cat. That new little kitten deserves the best.
144 French Cat Names: Cute names for your kitten
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If you’ve fallen in love with your new little kitten and are looking for a name, why not get inspired by popular names in 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 and unique French cat names for you to pick from. There are of course the cute and funny names like:

  • Monsieur Le Chat – Monsieur the Cat
  • Madame La Chat – Madame the Cat
  • Chatouille – tickle
  • Chaton – kitten
  • Minou/Minette – little cat
  • Pepe Le Pew – the cat-chasing French skunk on Bugs Bunny

But there are a lot more unique French felines names than that. Spoiler alert, my favorite is Coquine (naughty tease), but let’s do things officially shall we?

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Naming French Purebreds

Now, if you really wanted to do things like the French, you have to pick a name based on the year the cat was born. Each year has a designated letter, and the name must be picked with that letter, for that year.

This is similar to French dog names, where purebred cats born in France are recorded in a genealogical register. Since 1901 by an association called Fédération pour la gestion du Livre Officiel des Origines félines (LOOF) has been keeping track of purebred cats by name, race, birthdate, genealogy, etc.

Following the canine rules, 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:

YearName Starting withExamples of Names
2015LLeelou, Leroux, Letchi, Limonade
2016MMonet, Matisse, Minouche, Moustache
2017NNanette, Nicolette, Noisette, Neige
2018OOdette, Ophelie, Obelix, Olivette
2019P or QPaulette, Pierrette, Pilou, Patapouf, Quatre
2020RRisette, Reinnette, Ripley, Romeo
2021SSuzette, Saphir, Saturne, Schtroumpf
2022TTigrou, Titoune, Trésor, Tambour
2023UUmtiti, Utopie, Ultra, Uzzi
2024V, W, X, Y or ZVelours, Vadrouille Vedette, Yaourt, Zizou
2025AAlphonse, Amiral, Arc-en-ciel, Atchoum
2026BBabette, Bisou, Bonaparte, Bastille
2027CCeline, Clochette, Calîn, Chatou
2028DDuchesse, Doudoune, Diablo, Dormeur
2029EEtoile, Epice, Eclair, Eustache
2030FFrimousse, Figaro, Fripon, Farine
2031GGrisette, Galipette, Gauffre, Gourmand
2032HHermes, Hameau, Haussmann, Hélix
2033IIsidor, Indou, Idée, Ilot
2034J or KJacadi, 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.

  • Aimée – beloved
  • Angèlique – angel
  • Antoinette – named after Marie-Antoinette
  • Belle – beautiful
  • Biscotte – biscuit
  • Boulette – mistake
  • Chantal – after the verb chanter meaning to sing
  • Chouquette – a type of french pastry
  • Claudette – enclosure
  • Clémentine – a type of orange
  • Colette – victorious
  • Coquelicot – the poppy flower
  • Coquette – a tease
  • Cosette – small and tiny
  • Desirée – desired one
  • Felicienne – version of feline
  • Ficelle – string
  • Jolie – pretty
  • Libellule – dragonfly
  • Lourdes – a city named after a saint in France
  • Lyonette – after the city of Lyon in the France
  • Miette – crumbs
  • Minou – nickname for cat
  • Mistigri – feline that could be domesticated
  • Myrtille – blueberry
  • Mystique – a quality of glamor
  • Perle – pearl
  • Satine – satin
  • Sucette – lollipop
  • 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.

Here are my top male French names for cats:

  • Amand – almond, lover
  • Amboise – a city in the Loire Valley
  • Barnabé – after the Saint Barnaby
  • Barthélemy – after the Saint Bartholomew
  • Beauregard – good-looking one
  • Cezanne – a famous French painter
  • Chanceux – lucky one
  • Chevalier – knight
  • Descartes – a French philosopher
  • Fabrice – craftsman
  • Félix – happy
  • Gouda – a type of cheese
  • Grenouille – frog
  • Grincheux – grumpy
  • Kaput – broken
  • Lafayette – after the Marquis Lafayette
  • Lutin – elf
  • Maël – chief
  • Maximilien – greatest
  • Ourson – small bear
  • 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, meaning sky.

  • Altesse – Your highness
  • Bijou – jewel
  • Bonbon – candy
  • Ciel – sky
  • Croissant – french breakfast pastry
  • Déjà – already
  • Diamant – diamond
  • Dijon – a city in France
  • ElyséePalais Elysée, the residence of the French President near the Champs Elysées in Paris
  • Floçon – snowflake
  • Fondue – melted cheese used as a bread dip
  • Fripouille – scoundrel
  • Grisouille – grey
  • Jaune – Yellow
  • Milou – worker
  • Noel/Noelle – Christmas
  • Papillon – butterfly
  • Parfait – perfect
  • Pepère – father
  • Pitchoun – little one (French term of endearment)
  • Raclette – a cheesy dish with potatoes and charcuterie
  • Rescousse – rescue
  • Rouge – red
  • Rue – street
  • Soufflé – a French pastry dish filled with cheese
  • Voyou – scoundrel

☞ READ MORE: 34 French Unisex Names that are fantastic

Picking a French name

Now, there are several tips to picking a French cat name:

  1. First of all, pick a short and pronounceable name that you are comfortable using on an everyday basis. If it is too convoluted, you won’t be happy with the name.
  2. Secondly, make sure you know the meaning of the name of your cat. If someone asks you at a picnic what the name of your cat means, you should be able to explain it.
  3. And finally, pick the name you love! There is no need to worry about what other people think, pick a crazy, out-of-the-box name and you will be happier for it.

So have you found the perfect French cat name for your little sweetheart? Comment below and let me know. For even more names, head over to my lists of girl, boy, and unisex baby names.

A bientôt!

¹ Featured Image: Alex Nirta

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