250 Super cute French cat names 😻 By Personality, Interest & trait

♥If you’re looking some unique or cute cat name for your kitty, check out these French cat names. From French celebrity names to cat names based on French food and everything in between. Fnd the perfect cat name that best fits the personality of your furry feline friend.

How this list of Male & Female French Cat Names is organised: Character & Personality

Naming a cat can be just as important as naming your firstborn child. It should have meaning and speak to you.

My goal in writing this French cat name list was to make it easier for you to do just that. 

Instead of making an endless list of random French names for cats organized alphabetically, I grouped the cat names into categories of personality traits and interests.

For example:

  • Do you love a certain French city? What about naming your cat Paris or Marseille
  • Does your cat love to scratch a lot? What about Griffeur (scratcher)
  • Do you love a certain type of cheese? What about Camembert?
  • etc. etc. etc. 

Name your cat «cat» or «kitten» in French. 

Cute French names for cats

Wouldn’t it be funny to name your cat “CAT”, but in another language?

Picture it, “Hey cat, where are you?”

But instead of using the English name, you use the French word for Cat.

There are several ways to refer to cats in French.

The two main ways are Chat and chaton. 

  1. Cat: chat  (pronounced /Shaw/)
  2. Kitten: chaton (pronounced /Shaw-Tonh/)

Four alternative nicknames that mean kitty in French

There several more ways to refer to a cat or kitten in French.

Here are some cute French terms of endearment that all more or less mean cat or kitty in French. 

  • Minou: /Mee-New/
  • Minouche:/Mee-noush/
  • Minette : /Mee-Net/
  • Chatoune:/Shahw-Toon/

PUNS: French words that begin with CHAT…the French word for cat.

French names for cats

A fun idea for a cat name is to use a pun.

For instance, wouldn’t it be witty to name your cat catatonic?

Here are some French puns; words that contain or start with “Chat,” the French word for cat.

My favourite is Chateaubriand

  • Catatonique: Catatonic
  • Chateau: Castle
  • Chateaubriand: large center-cut filet mignon, roasted and served alongside potatoes and a sauce
  • Chatouille: Tickle
  • Monsieur Chatouille: Mr. Tickles
  • Chataigne: Chestnut
  • Chatou: a french town near Paris.
  • Achat: To buy
  • Galuchat= shagreen (a natural hide, typically from shark, stingray or dogfish)

Naughty French Body Parts

Childish names for male and female genitalia are popular terms of endearment and are considered cute words.

Try out these two possible cat names, which roll off the tongue and are so fun to say. 

  • Zézette: kid name for female genitalia. It is also the name of a pastry from Sète.
  • Zizi: kid name for penis, like Willy or wiener.

French people names For Cats

The list of human cat names you can give your cats is endless.

I’ve included famous historical French people’s names and some stereotypical French names as possible female and male cat names.

Cat names for male cats based on famous historical French men.

  • Napoleon
  • Bonaparte
  • Louis or  Lous IVX
  • Louis Pasteur
  • Jacques Cousteau
  • Matisse
  • Monet
  • Rimbaud
  • Renoir

Cat names for female cats based on famous historical French women.

  • Marie Antoinette
  • Madam Curie or just Curie
  • Mona Lisa: not French, but she is located in the Louvre.
  • Coco
  • Chanel
  • Coco Chanel
  • Dior
  • Jeanne d’Arc 

French people names for cats

Stereotypical French Cat Names for males

  • Beauchamp
  • Beauregard
  • Bouvier
  • Didier
  • Dominique
  • François
  • Gaston
  • Guillaume
  • Jacques
  • Jean-Louis
  • Jean-paul
  • Marcelle
  • Pascal
  • Pierre
  • Sergio

Here’s a whole list of male French names to choose from. (A-Z) Feminine French boy names that make powerful statements, or you might like this list of 400+ Bilingual French & English Baby Names For Boys & Girls

Stereotypical Female French names you can name your cat.

  • Amandine
  • Amelie
  • Charlotte
  • Delphine
  • Elle
  • Fifi
  • Frostine
  • Lilou
  • Margot
  • Odette
  • Ophelie (popular cat name)
  • Suzette  (like French crepe suzette)

French Language Cartoons make great French cat names

Gaston: A French cartoon name and possible future French name for your cat or kitten
Gaston: French cartoon

Here are the names of some French cartoons that would make adorable French cat names. 

  • Pepe le pew:
  • Pépé le putois: French name for Pépé Le Pew
  • Gaston
  • Spirou
  • Tin Tin
  • Madeleine
  • Asterix
  • Nicolas \Nik-Olah\
  • Lucky Luke \Looky-luke\
  • Babar
  • Cendrillon: Cinderella

Chapeauté: A fun name to give your cat if you’re a fan of “cat in the hat.”

Cat names for black or white cats

Black cat names in French

Our cat got to wear the king cake crown
This is my black tuxedo cat named LOKI
  • Noir: /Nwahr/ Black
  • Noirette: /Nwahr-ette/ diminutive form of the word black.
  • Nuit: /Nu-Wee/ Night
  • Ébène: /Ay-Ben/ Ebony
  • Charbon: /Shar-Bonh/ Coal
  • Café: /Kah-Fay/ Coffee
  • Chocos: /Show-Kow/: French name for the coco puff cereal sold in France
  • Coca: /Coe-Kah/ this is what people in France call a coke (the drink)
  • Cacao /Kah-Kow/ 
  • Encre /Ankruh/: Ink
  • Crasse /Krass/: Dirty, filthy
  • Onyx /Oh-neeks/

Cat names in French for White cats

White cat sitting on a table. She's French so her name is neige, the French word for snow

  • Artique /Ar-Teek/: Arctic
  • Alpe /Alp/: Alps
  • Alpine /Al-Peen/
  • Perle /Pairle/: Pearl
  • Béchamel /Beh-Shaw-Mel/: White French sauce made with flour and butter
  • Blanc /Blawn/: White (masculine)
  • Blanche /Blawnsh/ White (feminine)
  • Babybel: French brand of cheese that sells mini rounds of cheese wrapped in a red wax.
  • Blanco: /Blawn-Koe/: French name for liquid whiteout.
  • Calisson: /Kah-lee-sonhe/: A diamond-shaped sweet from the provincial area made of almonds covered in white royal icing.
  • Chamallow: /Shaw-Mah-low/: A brand of marshmallows in France.
  • Chantilly: /Shant-ee-yee/ : Sweet whipped Cream
  • Cocaïne /Ko-Kah-Een/: Cocaine
  • Coton /Koe-Tonhne/: Cotton
  • Farine /Faw-Reen/: Flour
  • Flocon /Flow-Konhe/: flake 
  • Glaçon /Glah-Sohne/: Ice Cube
  • Ivoire: /Eve-Wahr/: Ivory
  • Kiri: /Kee-Ree/ A soft, spreadable white processed cheese enriched with cream created in Sablé in the ’60s.
  • Neige: /Nayge/ Snow
  • Noix de coco: /Nwah-Duh-Coco/ :coconut
  • Nougat: /Noo-Gah/: Nougat is a white fluffy but firm confection made of sugar or honey and egg whites.
  • Nuage: /New-Ahge/:Cloud
  • Phantom: /Fawn-Tome/ :Ghost
  • Yaourt: /Yah-ourt/: Yoghurt

Food names for cats who are foodies

Does your cat have a sweet tooth? Will they eat anything you put in front of them? 

Here is a collection of French food names for cats based on French food and French cooking terms. 

gourmand French names for cats

Savoury Food Names For Cats in French

  • Aioli
  • Boudin: A type of sausage, usually blood sausage.
  • Calisson: Almond paste candy from Provence
  • Caviar: fish eggs, a delicacy
  • Cornichon: Looks like a miniature cucumber. 
  • Croque monsieur
  • Croque madame
  • Escargot: Snails
  • Kebab: A popular type of fast food in France that looks like a burrito
  • Quenelle \KA-Nell\: Football-shaped poached dough, a specialty from Lyon.
  • Moutarde: Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Patate: another name for a potato in French
  • Ratatouille: Famous Frech dish from Nice and the mouse’s name in the Pixar movie.
  • Sardine: 
  • Soufflé: means puffed up or puffy as in chocolate or egg soufflé.
  • Truffe: Truffle

French names for cats

Sweet Food Names For cats in French

  • Bonbon: Candy
  • Canelle: Cinamon
  • Caramel:
  • Cassonade: Brown Sugar
  • Chocolat: /Show-ko-law/ It sounds better pronounced in French.
  • Chocolatine: /show-ko-law-tine/ this is the same as pain au chocolate, used mainly in the southern region of France.
  • Chocos: A chocolate breakfast cereal sold in France and other European countries
  • Gâteau: Cake
  • Chantilly: /Shawn-tee-yee/ Whipped cream
  • Choquette: /Show-Kette/ A typical French puff pastry made with pâte à choux
  • Guimauve: Marshmallow
  • Haribo: Brand of candy popular in France.
  • Tagada: well-known pink candy 
  • Chamallow: Marshmallow name by Haribo candy brand.
  • Kinder: Not French, but extremely popular in France.
  • Nutella
  • Miel: /Mee-Yell/ Honey
  • Pâte à choux \Pata-shoe\: A pastry dough used in many recipes such as profiteroles, cream puffs, and eclairs.
  • Sucette: lollipop/sucker

Fruit and Nut Names For Cats in French

If you have a nutty cat who acts like a fruitcake, try these names out for size.

  • Cacahuète \Caca-wet\: Peanut
  • Clementine: A small citrus, like a cross between a tangerine and mandarin orange. 
  • Noisette: Hazelnut, the same stuff Nutella is made out of.
  • Pistache: Pistachio
  • Mirabelle: a small sweet yellow plum most commonly grown in the Lorraine region of France.
  • Prunelle: Small blue prune. The French expression “Prunelle de mes yeux” is the equivalent to “apple of my eye”

French Cooking Terms As Cat Names

  • Croquer: to take a bite
  • Popote: Mess hall where soldiers eat. It has come to mean a simple cooked meal with no frills, like in a mess hall.
  • Papillote: “in paper” refers to a cooking technique that uses built-up steam inside a folded piece of parchment paper.
  • Roux: French cooking term for flour and fat cooked together and used to thicken sauces. 

French Names For Cats based on Wine, Cheese & alcohol

French food French names for cats

French Cheese Names

  • Camembert
  • Brie
  • Beaufort
  • Cantal
  • Raclette
  • Roquefort

French Wine Names

  • Rosé
  • Pineau
  • Beaujolais
  • Champagne
  • Chardonnay

French Alcohol names

  • Grenache: one of the most widely planted red wine grape
  • Remy: As in the brandy Remy Martin
  • Pastis:/pah-steece/  an anise-flavoured liqueur invented in France in the 190s often served as an aperitif drink.
  • Cointreau: A type of triple sec. It’s a strong, sweet, and colourorange-flavouredvored liqueur.

French cat names based on personality

French Names For Mean Cats & Grumpy Cats too


Mean Cat Names in French with meanings

If you have a cat with a sour personality, try these cat names on your size.

  • Bêtise:  bête can mean both “beast” and “stupid.” Bêtise has a wide range of meanings, crazy, stupid, nonsense, and mischief.
  • Bouffon: Joker
  • Clochard: Hobo
  • Griffeur : Scratcher
  • Lagaffe: The mistake
  • Mechant: Mean
  • Mordeur : Biter
  • Malain : Sly, cunning
  • Mégot: Cigarette butt
  • Pépé /Peh-Peh/: cute name to call you granddad

Cute & Cuddly French Cat Names

  • Bobo: a boo-boo or owie
  • Bisou: bisou is a kiss
  • Câlin:/Kaw-lanh/ Cuddle 
  • Doudou: /Doo-Doo/ Teddy Bear
  • Doudoune: /Doo-Dune/ big puffy jacket
  • Mignon /Min-Yonh/: Cute
  • Papouille: /Pah-Poo-wee/ a very tender or light tickle
  • Peluche: /Puh-Loosh/ Stuffed animal
  • Poilu: /Pwah-Lu/ Hairy

Fat Cat? Fat French terms of endearment.

  • Bouboule: French slang for fatty
  • Boulotte: Big and short. 
  • Boulette: Meatball
  • Ourson: Diminutive of bear
  • Pérpère: Gramps, grandpakids. Has another connotation: tubby, chubby.
  • Rondelet: Rotund, chubby

classy French cat names

Classy French Cat Names

  • Monsieur / Madame / Mademoiselle
  • Bijou: Jewel
  • Chic
  • Duchesse
  • Diva
  • Lafayette: as in the famous department store in Paris and other major French cities. 
  • Mystique
  • Panache: Flamboyant, with a classy flair. In French, this has a second meaning. It’s the name of a fancy feather that gets bigger towards the tip, usually worn in hats or helmets. The English term comes from this because these feathers were very flamboyant and fancy. 
  • Prince / Princesse
  • Pirouette: A ballet move (a complete turn on the toe or ball of one foot.)
  • Pompon: decorative Pom-pom balls
  • Paillette: Sparkly and glittery things used to decorate clothing or crafts.
  • Rococo: Elegant 18th century France architecture and decoration style
  • Satin: 
  • Velours: Velvet
  • Clochette: Bell

Flour Power Cat Names

  • Orchidée: Orchid
  • Coquelicot \Coco-Leekoe\: Poppy flour
  • Rose
  • Fleur: Flower
  • Fleurette: a little flower
  • Soleil: Sun
  • Papillon: Butterfly
  • Fleur de Lys: The national flower of France

Cute French Cat Names

Energetic and Rambunctious Cat names

  • Galipette: Somersault
  • Polisson: Prank
  • Coquette: A flirt or tease 
  • L’Ouragan: The hurricane
  • Filou: Trickster
  • Polisson: prank
  • Cancan: As in the French cancan dance.
  • Miauleur : Meaower, meaows a lot
  • Moustique: Mosquito
  • Abeille: Bee
  • Papoter: someone who talks a lot about anything and everything. Similar to a chatterbox. 
  • Oulah: French Exclamation, like saying, “oh wow.” The other way of saying this is Oh la la!

Lazy Cat names

  • Flagada: an informal way of saying you’re exhausted
  • Pouf: Type of bean bag
  • Dodo: A childish way to say sleep
  • Dormeur: sleeper
  • Mémère: Granny
  • Polochon: a mariner style duffle bag
  • Pantoufle: House Slipper

French cat names for pretty cats

Cat names for pretty cats in French

Whether you have a male cat or a female cat, here are some French cat names that highlight their good looks. 

  • Belle: Beautiful
  • Jolie: Pretty
  • Beau: Handsome
  • Beauté: Beauty
  • Poupée: Doll
  • Poupette: Diminutive of Poupée
  • Magnifique: Magnificent

Other French cat names

Cute cat names based on French cities

French city names for cat names

If parents can name their children after famous cities like Paris, why not name your cat after your favourite French city?

  • Nîmes: this is where the English word for denim comes from (de Nîmes) from Nimes.
  • Paris
  • Provence
  • Dijon
  • Marseille
  • Toulouse

Cat names based on French terms of endearment


These are names you call your close friends and loved ones.

I have a whole list of 101 French terms of endearment here.

  • Chouchou \Shoo-shoo\: Chou and chouchou are extremely popular French terms of endearment in France. 
  • Chouchoute \Shoo-shoot\: Pampered or preferred one. A teacher’s pet is “chouchoute de prof,” for example. 
  • Pitchou: Little one. Used primarily in the south of France from the Occitan language, where pichon means “little.” 
  • Choupette:  This was also Karl Lagerfeld’s cat’s name

French onomatopoeia are really fun-sounding cat names

Onomatopoeias make great cat names because they’re fun to say. 

  • Ouistiti \Weesh-teetee\: The equivalent of saying “cheeeese” in English for photos.
  • Plouf  Plouf: Splish Splash
  • Glou-Glou: Glug Glug
  • Cocorico: Cock-doodle-doo
  • Poêt-poêt: honk honk or beep beep
  • Poum-Poum: Sound of beating heart
  • Miam-Miam: Yum yum
  • Cui-Cui: tweet tweet
  • Pan-Pan: Bang-bang

Choose a day of the week in French as your cat’s name.

I once knew someone whose cat was named Thursday. 

If you have a favourite day of the week, why not name your cat after that day in French?

  • Lundi: Monday
  • Mardi: Tuesday
  • Mercredi: Wednesday
  • Jeudi: Thursday
  • Vendredi: Friday
  • Samedi: Saturday
  • Dimanche: Sunday

That’s all, folks.

Have fun choosing that fun or cute cat name that’s perfect for your cat or kitten. 

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Annie André

About the author 

I'm Annie André, a bilingual North American with Thai and French Canadian roots. I've lived in France since 2011. When I'm not eating cheese, drinking wine or hanging out with my husband and children, I write articles on my personal blog annieandre.com for intellectually curious people interested in all things France: Life in France, travel to France, French culture, French language, travel and more.

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