French Cat Names: 139 cute names for your kitten

French Cat Names: 139 cute names for your kitten

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:

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.

Female Cat NamesMeaning in English
Aiméebeloved
Angèliqueangel
Antoinettenamed after Marie-Antoinette
Bellebeautiful
Biscottebiscuit
Boulettemistake
Chantalafter the verb chanter meaning to sing
Chouquettea type of french pastry
Claudetteenclosure
Clémentinea type of orange
Colettevictorious
Coquelicotthe poppy flower
Coquettea tease
Cosettesmall and tiny
Desiréedesired one
Felicienneversion of feline
Ficellestring
Joliepretty
Libelluledragonfly
Lourdesa city named after a saint in France
Lyonetteafter the city of Lyon in the France
Miettecrumbs
Minounickname for cat
Mistigriefeline that could be domesticated
Myrtilleblueberry
Mystiquea quality of glamor
Perlepearl
Satinesatin
Sucettelollipop
Tartiflettea cheesy potatoe dish
Toulousea city in the south of France

☞ READ MORE: 183 French Girl Names that are too chic for words

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 NamesMeaning in English
Amandalmond
Amboisea city in the Loire Valley
Barnabéafter the Saint Barnaby
Barthélemyafter the Saint Bartholomew
Beauregardgood-looking one
Cezannea famous French painter
Chanceuxlucky one
Chevalierknight
Descartesa French philosopher
Fabricecraftsman
Félixhappy
Goudaa type of cheese
Grenouillefrog
Grincheuxgrumpy
Kaputbroken
Lafayetteafter the Marquis Lafayette
Lutinelf
Maëlchief
Maximiliengreatest
Oursonsmall bear
Rouencity in France

☞ READ MORE: 137+ French boy names you will love

Unisex Cat Names

Now for unisex cat names, the sky is the limit! And I mean that literally, Ciel

Unisex Cat NamesMeaning in English
AltesseYour highness
Bijoujewel
Bonboncandy
Cielsky
Croissantfrench breakfast pastry
Déjàalready
Diamantdiamond
Dijona city in France
ElyséePalais Elysée, the residence of the French President near the Champs Elysées in Paris
Floçonsnowflake
Fonduemelted cheese used as a bread dip
Fripouillescoundrel
Grisouillegrey
JauneYellow
Milouworker
Noel/NoelleChristmas
Papillonbutterfly
Parfaitperfect
Pepèrefather
Pitchounlittle one
Raclettea cheesy dish with potatoes and charcuterie
Rescousserescue
Rougered
Ruestreet
Souffléa French pastry dish filled with cheese
Voyouscoundrel

☞ READ MORE: 34 French Unisex Names that are fantastic

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So have you found the perfect French cat name for your little sweetheart? Comment below and let me know.

A bientôt!

¹ Featured Image: Alex Nirta

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