Japanese Cat Names




Japanese cat names are becoming popular choices all over the world. In the western world, a Japanese name is often considered an elegant and unique choice for a cat name. For many of us, Japan holds a mystical sense of allure and interest.

And the Japanese love and admire their cats so much that February 22nd is the official Day of Cats (Neko No Hi) in Japan! The two most recognized Japanese cat breeds are the Japanese Bobtail and the Kurilian Bobtail (see photos below).

If you are looking for exotic or unique cat names, then Japanese cat names are a good choice for your new kitten.

It is not always easy to find good Japanese names for cats, so we have compiled a long list of some of the most popular cat names in Japanese. In this list you will find a lot of cute Japanese cat names (cuteness is a big deal in Japan) as well as some really cool and unique meanings.

The list is divided into male and female Japanese names for cats. We hope you find the perfect name for your little neko (cat)!

Japanese Female Cat Names

Japanese Cat Names

Japanese Kurilian Bobtail

A

  • Aiko – Child of love
  • Aimi– Beauty
  • Akina – Autumn green
  • Akira – Bright
  • Amaya – Night rain
  • Asa – Born at dawn
  • Asami – Morning beauty

C

  • Chie – Wisdom
  • Chika – Scattered flowers
  • Cho – Butterfly

E

  • Eiko – Eternal child
  • Emi – Beautiful blessing
  • Eri – Blessed gift

G

  • Geisha – A professional entertainer
  • Ginkgo – A large shade tree

H

  • Haiku – A form of Japanese poetry
  • Hana – Flower
  • Haru – Spring
  • Haruko – Child of the spring season
  • Haruki – A spring time tree
  • Hideko – Splendid child
  • Hikari – Radiance
  • Hiromi – Abundant beauty

K

  • Kabuki – Japanese dance/drama
  • Kameko – Longevity
  • Keiko – Blessed child
  • Kimi – Unequalled
  • Kioko – Happy child
  • Kiyoshi – Quiet child
  • Kohana – Small flower
  • Koko – A common short form of many names
  • Kei – Lucky, fortunate
  • Kyoko – Child of the city

M

  • Mai – Brightness
  • Maiya – Rice valley
  • Midori – Green
  • Mi – Beauty
  • Michi – Pathway
  • Miki – Elegant child
  • Momo – Peace

Cute Japanese Cat Names

N

  • Nami – Wave
  • Nariko – Thunder
  • Naoko – Highly regarded child
  • Natsu – Born in the summer
  • Nori – Precept
  • Noriko – Child of law

O

  • Oki – The middle of the ocean

R

  • Rei – Spirit
  • Reiko – Courteous child
  • Ryoko – Bright child

S

  • Saki – Blossom
  • Sakura – Cherry blossom
  • Sora – Sky
  • Suki – Beloved




T

  • Tamako – Jewel
  • Tamika – People

U

  • Umeko – Plum blossom child

Y

  • Yoko – Child
  • Yori – Public servant
  • Yoshie – Beautiful river
  • Yuki – Snow

Please share these female Japanese cat names with other cat lovers. Spread the fuzzy friskiness with cat-like reflexes! Every little bit helps!

Japanese Male Cat Names

Japanese Names for Cats

Japanese Bobtail

A

  • Aiko – Beloved
  • Akihiko – Bright prince
  • Akihiro – Great glory
  • Akira – Bright
  • Ayame – Iris

B

  • Bento – Boxed/Packed lunch

D

  • Dai – Great
  • Daiki – Great glory
  • Daisuke – Great helper
  • Domo – Thank you

F

  • Fuku – Lucky




H

  • Haiku – A type of Japanese poetry
  • Haruki – Shining brightly
  • Hideki – Wonderful opportunity
  • Hideo – Terrific man
  • Hiro – Generous
  • Hiroki – Abundant joy
  • Hiroshi – Generous/prosperous
  • Hisashi – Long-lived
  • Hisoka – Reserved
  • Honcho – Leader
  • Hoshi – Star

I

  • Ichiro – First son
  • Isamu – Courage
  • Isao – Honor

J

  • Jiro – Second son
  • Jun – Obedient
  • Judo – Martial art form
  • Juro – Tenth son

K

  • Kabuki – Japanese dance-drama
  • Kameko – Longevity
  • Katsumi – Self-controlled
  • Katsuo – Victorious child
  • Katsuro – Victorious son
  • Keiji – Lead cautiously
  • Ken – Healthy and strong
  • Kenji – Healthy son
  • Kin – Gold
  • Kioko – Happy child
  • Kioshi – Pure
  • Kobe – A city in Japan
  • Koji – Shining second son
  • Koto – Japanese harp
  • Kuro – Ninth son

Japanese Male Cat Names
M

  • Maeko – Honest child
  • Makoto – Sincere
  • Maru – Round
  • Masaaki – Brightness
  • Masaki – Flourishing tree
  • Masi – Nickname of Masayori
  • Masuru – Victory
  • Matsui – Pine
  • Michiko – Righteous way
  • Michio – Man on the correct path
  • Minoru – Truth
  • Mitsuo – Shining man

N

  • Nao – Docile
  • Naoki – Honest/straight
  • Ninja – Mercenary agents
  • Nintendo – Leave luck to heaven
  • Nobu – Faith
  • Norio – Man of law

O

  • Oki – Middle of the ocean

R

  • Ryu – Dragon

Japanese Female Cat Names
S

  • Sake – An alcoholic drink made from rice
  • Samurai – Military nobility
  • Shin – Belief
  • Shiro – Fourth son
  • Sho – To fly
  • Sora – Sky
  • Sumo – Japanese wrestling
  • Sushi – A bite-sized Japanese food
  • Suzuki – Bell tree

T

  • Taiki – Great/large
  • Taka – Honorable
  • Toshi – Mirror Image

Y

  • Yamaha – Mountain Leaf
  • Yoshi – Respectful
  • Yukio – Gets what he wants

Please share these male Japanese cat names with other cat lovers. Spread the fuzzy friskiness with cat-like reflexes! Every little bit helps!

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