100+ American Shorthair Cat Names

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American Shorthair cat in a compressed image, representing the classic and beloved American feline breed.

Male Cat Names

  • Ajax – means white knight.
  • Carbon – an element.
  • Donovan – means dark.
  • Dustin – means fighter. Perfect for a feisty cat.
  • Dynamo – great for a cat with a lot of energy.
  • Egon -means fiery.
  • Max/ Maximillian– These two names can be used interchangeably. They are both Latin words that mean the biggest or greatest.
  • Milo– This name was derived from the name of the cat in the movie known as the Milo and Otis. The name, however, has no specific meaning.
  • Nemo– Nemo is a name that comes from a classic science fiction novel called, ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea,’ written and published in 1870 by Jules Verne. The book featured a particular captain known as Nemo, and hence the name.
  • Noah– Noah represents a Hebrew masculine name that means comfort and rest.
  • Pinball – if your cat is really small, this is the perfect name for it.
  • Rai – means storm.
  • Roar – for a fierce looking gray cat.
  • Rowan – hippie cat name.
  • Rudy – from Rudulph.
  • Ryanne – a little king.
  • Scooter– The scooter is an English name that means a crazy cool cat.

Female Cat Names

American Shorthair cat, showcasing its timeless and versatile appearance

Mia- Mia is a Spanish name which is pronounced as Mee-ah, and it means mine. Some people also use it to refer to the famous soccer player, Mia Hamm.

  • Alexa– Almost similar to Alex. Alexa means, ‘defending men.’
  • Annika– Annika originates from Sweden, and it is the most powerful Goddess in Hindu.
  • Astras– Astra is Hindin word which means, a legendary supernatural weapon. Using the astras was only premited under specific conditions, Violation of which would proof fatal
  • Ayla– This Hebrew word means an oak tree.
  • Beth– This is an English name for a female American Shorthairmeaning a house of God.
  • Chilly – means culd
  • Chip – Coined from the popular cartoon character, Chipmunk.
  • Cleo – after cleopatra.
  • Coral – what a cute name for a cat.
  • Demi – means small.
  • Dove – for a very gentle cat.
  • Henna – a beautiful body drawing.
  • Ilma – Finnish for air.
  • Nala– This name comes from the Simba’s friend in The Lion King, a Disney animated movie.
  • Mia– Mia is a Spanish name which is pronounced as Mee-ah, and it means mine. Some people also use it to refer to the famous soccer player, Mia Hamm.
  • Sheba– Just as the name suggests, this name is derived from the legendary Queen of Sheba.

Wild and Exotic American Shorthair Kitten Names

American Shorthair cat, embodying the classic and enduring charm of this breed

Mowgli- Originally from the jungle. This name is perfectly accurate.

  • Amber– Amber is a color between orange and gold.
  • Butterscotch– Sweet name for a American Shorthair with warm gold fur.
  • Cheetah– Big, fast and agile.
  • Ginger– Great name if his/her fur is of reddish marking.
  • Hunter– All cats, to the core, are hunters. This name is as fun as it is cool.
  • Mowgli– Originally from the jungle. This name is perfectly accurate.
  • Leo– Gangstar cat name. Modern and loved by younger generations.
  • Leopard– great if your American Shorthair actually looks like a baby leopard.
  • Onyx– Absolutely cool sounding name for black American Shorthair cats;
  • Pepper– If you don’t like Onyx, you can go for pepper;
  • Shadow– sounds like a ninja’s name.
  • Speckles– The name says it all.
  • Spot– A classic, common and cute name;
  • Sunset– The beautiful coloring of many American Shorthair cats look almost like a sunset.
  • Tiger/Tigress– One of the greatest felines.

Cute and Fun Names for American Shorthair

  • Anchovy- American ShorthairCats love fish, and anchovies are naturally a shimmery silver! An unusual choice, but still adorable.
  • Aslan– Aslan the lion is on of the main characters “The Chronicles of Narnia”.
  • Artemis- For the Greek goddess of the beautiful silver moon. Also goddess of the hunt, and we all know what fearsome hunters American Shorthaircats are!
  • Ash- This can be short for either Ashton (for a male kitten) or Ashley (for a female), but either way, it evokes gray ashes. Great for an American Shorthaircat.
  • Axel- This cool name means someone who likes peace.
  • Bagheera– The black panther in “The Jungle Book”;
  • Bengie– A cute word pun on the American Shorthairname.
  • Blaze– A great name for a fast animal.
  • Diana- Artemis’ Roman counterpart. Also appropriate if your kitten is a little diva (as in Diana Ross!).
  • Disco- For a silver mirrored disco ball.
  • Dusty- A classic name for an American Shorthaircat.
  • Garfield– Beacuse Garfield is a boss!
  • Earl (or Lady!) Grey- Tea lovers will enjoy this one. A regal name for a regal gray kitty of any shade!
  • Lazarus- This name is often associated with being raised from the dead. Exotic indeed!
  • Mack (the Knife)- A tough name for a tough male American Shorthair kitten.
  • Maverick- This name means someone who plays by their own rules.
  • Mackerel- Like anchovies, mackerel are a beautiful shimmery silver colour– much like your gray cat!
American Shorthair cat, displaying its timeless and beloved appearance

Rocco- This tough-sounding Italian name actually means rest.

  • Misty- Lovely for a lighter gray cat, bringing to mind beautiful gray mist on a mountain.
  • Monarch- For a very regal American Shorthairkitten indeed!
  • Norm- This name means from the North.
  • Opal- Wonderful for a gray cat with white spots, reminiscent of a multi-coloured opal stone!
  • Orion- This is the name of a mightier hunter in astronomy.
  • Pepper- Another one that would be good for an American Shorthaircat with white markings, or even a tabby!
  • Pearl- Wonderful for a female kitten with lighter-coloured grey fur, Pearl is a lovely classic name.
  • Prewitt- This odd name means a small but brave creature.
  • Rajah– The tiger in Aladdin;
  • Saber– As a tribute to the great saber-toothed cats.
  • Salem– Often used in movies as the name of a witch’s cat.
  • Scar– Simba’s evil uncle in “The Lion King”Simba: the main character in “The Lion King” movies.
  • Smokey- A classic moniker that works well for a male kitten.
  • Soren-
  • Sterling- Sterling, as in silver. A wonderful option, especially for a light grey or silvery cat!
  • Rasputin- You could name your exotic cat after the Russian prognosticator.
  • Zane-Is a Hebrew form of John.
  • Rocco- This tough-sounding Italian name actually means rest.
  • Simba- This African name become far more popular after the movie “The Lion King”.
American Shorthair cat, exuding a classic and enduring feline charm

Smudge- A sweet name for an American Shorthair cat, and even sweeter if that gray has a little bit of another colour mixed in!

  • Xander- This is short form of the Greek name Alexander.
  • Tinsel- A fun festive name, evoking the holidays and glitter all at once! Great for a female cat.
  • Silver Bell- For your Christmas kitty– or anyone who loves the holidays!
  • Zorro- Another name that evokes toughness as well as shining silver blades.
  • Inky- While many might associate this name with black cats, it is also a wonderful and unusual name choice for a dark American Shorthair kitten.
  • Topaz- For smokey gray topaz, a wonderful name for a female American Shorthair kitten.
  • Twilight- The grayish colour of the sky at dusk makes this name perfect for your American Shorthair kitten!
  • Blue- Refers to a cat’s colouring. It is a sweet name for an American Shorthair cat.
  • Periwinkle- A nice alternative to Lilac that would suit either gender.
  • Mouse- A cute name for your little mouser!
  • Smudge- A sweet name for an American Shorthair cat, and even sweeter if that gray has a little bit of another colour mixed in!
  • Foggy- Evoking silver-gray foggy mornings.
  • Nickels- A cute name for an American Shorthair cat whose fur shines like coins!
  • Pebble- Does your American Shorthair cat’s sleek fur remind you of a gray pebble on the beach? This might be the name for you!
  • Shade- Another classic name that works for either gender.
  • Vergrys- Afrikaans for “Gray”.
  • Slate- The color of a slate stone is gray.
  • Bluebell- Much like “blue”, this is a name that only an American Shorthair cat could pull off!
  • Mercury- Just like the liquid metal or the Roman trickster/messenger god, your choice!
  • Pinot Gris- A cute name for a wine lover’s cat

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