12 Names for Long-Haired Cats

· September 27, 2018
Names from Egyptian, Norse, Asian, or Celtic mythology can go well with long-haired cats. 

When you think about getting a new pet, it’s important to find a name that fits him well.  Finding names for long-haired cats — like the ones on this article — is as complicated as naming any other animal.

Remember, not to take pet names lightly when it comes to choosing names for long-haired cats. The name you pick out for your cat shouldn’t be too long for it to understand. It’s best not to use more than three syllables.

If you want to give your cat a long name, it’s best to call him by a nickname. Also, the name shouldn’t resemble a command or the name of any family member or pet. 

Long-haired cat lying down

Egyptian mythology

Cats have had a huge impact on the Egyptian culture, so much to the point, they were sacred creatures. Cats often appear in Egyptian mythology, so it would be fascinating to name your cat after a feline god.

  • Bast or Bastet are two names for the same goddess of ancient Egypt, the protector of homes and temples. Domestic cats represent Bast, so it’s a very appropriate name for long-haired cats, especially females.
  • Sekhmet is another feline ancient Egyptian goddess who was a lioness. Therefore, it will be an appropriate name for a long-haired cat. This goddess represented war, vengeance, strength, and healing.

Norse mythology

Perhaps the Nordic relationship with cats is less well-known, but Norse mythology shows that Vikings lived with cats. So perhaps you can choose a Nordic name for your cat.

  • Freya is one of the main goddesses of the Norse people. She is known as the goddess of love and beauty and is also considered as a warrior goddess. Freya is intimately related to cats, as Odin is to crows, and there are depictions of her having very long hair, which is why it’s such a name.
  • Bygul and Trjegul are two giant long-haired cats that pulled Freya’s chariot during battles, so you might want to choose these two Scandinavian names for your long-haired cats, especially if they’re male.
A long-haired cat on a stump

Asian mythology

Chinese, Japanese, and other Eastern Asian cultures have close ties to cats. There are many names for long-haired cats in their mythology. Their fondness for cats is so great that a cat island exists in Japan.

  • Li Shou is a Chinese god of protection; a feline divinity related to crops and fertility. For the Chinese, cats are the keepers of the gods.
  • Bakeneko means Phantom Cat in Japanese. Although they aren’t gods, they do possess supernatural powers such as the ability to transform or fly.

Celtic mythology

Celts have been linked closely to cats, because fairy cats, known as Cat Sith, are part of Celtic tales told in Scotland and other related countries.

  • For the Irish, Eire was a deity who gave his cat the gift of knowledge from a magic cauldron, while Irusan was the King of Cats, who was large with long hair. Both are good names for long-haired cats.
  • Pangur Ban is a white cat in an ancient Irish poem, while Ceridwen is a Welsh goddess who is depicted surrounded by white cats. Therefore, both names are great, especially for white long-haired cats.

Have you chosen one of these names for your long-haired cat? You can always use your imagination and create one yourself, or rely on some of the ideas that have been inspired by mythological cats.