105 Great Japanese Cat Names and Their Meanings

Written by Megan Martin
Published: December 3, 2023
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Japan is a beautiful country with a rich history — and a notable love for cats. As a result, when it comes time to name your new cat or kitten, you may wish to choose a name in Japanese. Below, explore 105 Japanese cat names and learn about their meanings!

Before jumping in, it’s important to understand that, as a language, Japanese doesn’t function the same as English. Instead, the meaning of a word or name can vary based on the kanji used. As a result, when choosing these cat names, you may wish to conduct further research to learn more about the different variations and meanings.

Couple kittens hugging in love friendship relationships napping have sweet dreams in crib. Kittens gently rub on knitted blanket. Cats love

Tsuki (moon) and Hoshi (star) can make cute matching names for cats!

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If you happen to visit Japan, you’ll find that the country is full of beautiful sights. From mountains to oceans, there’s no shortage of natural scenic beauty to see. Or, use it as inspiration for a cat’s name!

  • Nami (wave)
  • Sakura (cherry blossoms)
  • Shino (bamboo stalk)
  • Haru (sunlight)
  • Tsuki (moon)
  • Hoshi (star)
  • Yuri (lily)
  • Kai (ocean)
  • Taki (waterfall)
  • Sora (sky)
  • Tamako (precious stone)
  • Akari (light)
  • Hana (flower)
  • Yuki (snow)

Japanese Names Based on Adjectives

Adorable fluffy white ragdoll cat playing with paper balls on the floor in light room and looking at the camera with blue eyes. Lovely cute purebred feline pet outdoors with toys

Sota (big) and Chiisai (small) can make great cat names depending on the size of your cat.

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  • Tadeo (loyal)
  • Sota (big)
  • Fuku (lucky)
  • Kirei (pretty)
  • Chiisai (small)
  • Kichōna (precious)
  • Mio (beautiful)
  • Eiji (cheerful)
  • Kiyo (pure)
  • Haia (nimble)
  • Taeko (brave)
  • Hiroshi (generous)
Cat Walking in Clover Plant with White Flowers

Japan is full of a variety of tasty foods that can be used as cat names.

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Aside from its natural beauty and history, Japan is also well-known for its food. Below, explore several popular food options or ingredients you may wish to use as your cat’s name.

  • Tofu
  • Sushi
  • Miso
  • Mochi
  • Ramen
  • Udon
  • Matcha
  • Mirin
  • Sashimi
  • Soba
  • Tempura
  • Yakitori
  • Donburi
  • Natto
  • Tamagoyaki
  • Tonkatsu
  • Sukiyaki
  • Okonomiyaki
  • Onigiri
  • Gyoza

Japanese Names for White Cats

  • Shiro (white)
  • Mashumaro (marshmallow)
  • Shiroi neko (white cat)
  • Kumo (cloud)
  • Hakahu (white crane)
  • Shirasagi (white egret)
  • Shinju (pearl)
  • Kaiko (silkworm)
  • Raisupati (rice patty)

Names in Japanese for Black Cats

  • Kuro (black)
  • Kuro neko (black cat)
  • Karasu (raven)
  • Mayonaka (midnight)
  • Kuromai (black rice)

Japanese Names for Orange Cats

  • Orenjiiro (orange)
  • Akaganeiro (copper)
  • Kiiro (yellow)
  • Kiniro (gold)
  • Momo (peach)
  • Sara (vivid blossom)
  • Kento (happiness)
  • Hotaru (firefly)

Cutesy Japanese Names for Cats

A cute bicolor ragdoll kitten relaxing on a blue background. The eleven weeks old cat is brown and white and it has blue eyes.

Use these cute names to capture your cat’s personality.

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  • Aiko (child of love)
  • Eri (blessed prize)
  • Etsuko (child of joy)
  • Hoshiko (star child)
  • Shiori (poem)
  • Kiyoshi (purity)
  • Yasu (peace)
  • Yasushi (peaceful)

Cat Names Based on Japanese Celebrities

  • Yuzuru Hanyu (figure skater)
  • Miyazaki Hayao (director)
  • Takahata Isao (director)
  • Suzuki Toshio (producer)
  • Satoshi Tajiri (game designer)
  • Fusajirō Yamauchi (founder of Nintendo)
  • Haruki Murakami (author)
  • Marie Kondo (author)
  • Mari Osaka (athlete)
  • Naomi Osaka (athlete)
  • Naoko Takeuchi (artist)
  • Hikari Mitsushima (actress)
  • Mikako Tabe (actress)
  • Erika Toda (actress)

Wise Cat Names in Japanese

Cats on Tashirojima in Japan.

Cats can be wise animals. Explore some of the wiser cat names to help capture this personality trait.

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  • Kenzo (wise one)
  • Chiyo (thousand generations)
  • Danuja (ruler)
  • Shiori (guide)
  • Yamato (great harmony)
  • Setsuko (temperate child)
  • Akio (hero)
  • Kimi (noble)
  • Kaiya (forgiveness)
  • Eichi (wisdom)
  • Kenji (intelligent ruler)
  • Chieko (child of intelligence, wisdom)
  • Hiro (generous)
  • Kyo (cooperation)
  • Kyoko (respectful child)

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About the Author

Megan is a writer at A-Z Animals where her primary focus is birds, felines, and sharks. She has been researching and writing about animals for four years, and she holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with minors in biology and professional and technical writing from Wingate University, which she earned in 2022. A resident of North Carolina, Megan is an avid birdwatcher that enjoys spending time with her cats and exploring local zoological parks with her husband.

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