212 Great Names for Bengal Cats
Congratulations on bringing a beautiful Bengal cat into your home! No doubt you love the idea of a miniature tiger prowling about but only causing terror to minor vermin. Bengals are not only smaller than tigers, but a little more affectionate than the wild, solitary hunter.
Now that you’ve decided a Bengal is right for you, the next order of business is finding just the perfect name.
Picking the Perfect Name
Some people think picking a name for a cat is no big deal since cats never come when they’re called anyway. Not so with Bengals! Bengals are both intelligent and loyal cats who can be taught to respond to their name.
Go with something easy to pronounce that you wouldn’t mind shouting from your back porch. Your Bengal is an exotic and cool animal, so you may want a name that’s just as exotic and cool.
Female Bengal Cat Names
A female Bengal can have a name that emphasizes their exotic yet classy nature like Zenobia, Sheba or Cleopatra. For something more modern, you can name her for a superstar actress or singer like Demi, Adele, Reese or even Lady Gaga. If she seems more on the sweet and petite side you can have a name that reflects that. Honey, Buttercup, Amber and Peaches are cute names that also reflect the golden tone of a Bengal’s coat. You should also check out our full list of female kitty names too!
Did you know that it’s theorized that Rajah from Disney’s Aladdin might be female? It would explain why Rajah is so protective of Jasmine; she sees her as a cub! While this name means “prince” in Hindi it means “hope” in Arabic where it’s considered a girl’s name. Leila, Kamala and Jamile are all beautiful exotic names for your beautiful striped girl. Here’s more!
Male Bengal Cat Names
If your male Bengal has an unusually gentle nature, consider the name Daniel, either after the Jewish prophet who survived a night in the lion’s den or after the cute clock dwelling tiger on Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. If he’s mischievous or playful Monkey or Pee-Wee might be appropriate. Depending on your cat’s personality maybe some unique name is more appropriate.
If he seems to have an air of regality about him, then King Tut, Ramses, Charlemagne or Caesar might fit. If you want to go a step higher than king, there are names like Zeus, Osiris, Thor and Krishna to choose from. Maybe your little dude can be named after a star athlete or too cool rock star. Kobe, Bolt, Troy and Reggie are good sporty names.
For your little rock star there’s Elvis, Bowie, Mercury and Santana. This list can suggest other good names.
- Cee Lo
Names Inspired by Their Wild Ancestry
Dawon could be a very appropriate name for a Bengal cat. In Bengali culture, Dawon was the name of a sacred tiger that served as a mount for the Hindu goddesses Durga and Parvati. You could consider naming him Blake after the poet who wrote “The Tyger“.
Simply the name “Tiger” for a boy and “Tigress” or “Tiger Lilly” could fit a girl. Tigger would be more appropriate for a cat who’s bouncy, jouncy and fun fun fun! Shere Khan and Richard Parker are also literary tigers to name your Bengal after. For the comics fans, there’s Hobbes, Shiva and Tawky Tawny. Tony would be grrreat for a friendly cat who likes kids.
Cool Bengal Cat Names
Maybe you want a name that’s just plain cool. Hunter and Prowler are appropriate names as are Dash and Chase. You might want to try a nature inspired name like Valley, River, Forest or Bramble. You could give your Bengal a name based on appearance.
Spot might be the classic name for your “endothermic quadruped, carnivorous by nature” as Data would put it. Marbles, Blaze, Onyx and Saffron are all cool names that could describe a Bengal’s coat. There’s also Fonzie, after the Happy Days character who defines “cool”.
A cool name for a girl cat would be Eartha, after the aptly named Eartha Kitt who played Catwoman on the campy Batman series. Did you know the word “tiger” comes from an ancient Greek word meaning “tattooed”? Maybe Tats would make a cool name. Keep reading for more cool suggestions!
Silver Bengal Cat Names
If you have a silver Bengal cat, an appropriate name might be Sterling, Pewter or Argent after the Latin word for silver. A shimmering coat can inspire a gem name like Diamond, Opal or Pearl. If you have a Christmas Kitty, Tinsel, Silverbell or Snowflake all make appropriate names. You can also chek out our list of names for black and white cats which could have some interesting ideas depending on your bengal and the fur pattern the name is made for.
You could name him Earl Grey after the famous tea or Lady Grey if you have a girl. Jane Grey might be good for a queen who “loses her head” about the slightest thing. It might be more auspicious to name her Cinderella, after the girl who went from ash covered scullery maid to silver decked princess. More suggestions are below.
- Miss Kitty
Snow Bengal Cat Names
One good name would be Stelmaria, Lord Asriel’s snow leopard daemon from His Dark Materials. There’s also Byakko, a white tiger from Japanese mythology. You might also choose Siegfried, whether after the hero of Norse mythology that inspired an opera or the stage magician who worked with white tigers.
You could try Hedwig, after Harry Potter’s owl who had a similar pattern. Tao is a good name for fans of Eastern philosophy. Here’s some more great ideas for a snow bengal kitty!
- Ice Princess