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190+ Mexican Cat Names: Fun Options for Your Cat (With Meanings)

Mexican Cat Names

Mexico is a beautiful country rich in culture and historical significance. If you are from Mexico, love learning about the country, enjoy visiting it, or just feel drawn to it, you might be considering naming your new pet something Mexican-inspired. If so, you’ve come to the right place.

We’re going to go through over 190 Mexican cat names that you might consider for your new addition. Keep reading to see if any names immediately jump out at you.


How to Name Your New Cat

Before we delve into the names, we should talk about how to name your new pet.

It’s Okay to Wait

While the process of naming your animal should be easy, we’ve found it to be anything but. Sometimes finding the perfect name is so difficult that you wind up going days or weeks without having an official name for your new pet. And, guess what? That’s totally okay.

We’ve found that it’s sometimes easier to pick the perfect name after you’ve had a chance to really get to know your new cat. If you give yourself a few days to get acquainted with one another, you’ll have a better idea of the personality of your new addition.

Is he a curious little devil? Diablo might be a great name as it means ‘devil’ in Spanish.

Is he cunning and clever? Maybe “Astuta” (feminine) or “Astuto” (masculine) might be fitting names as they mean “sly” in Spanish.

Has your new kitten spent most of his first few days in his new home hiding and shying away from you? Timida (feminine) or Timido (masculine) are the Spanish words for “shy.”

While you don’t have to name your cat after his personality traits, it would be an option if you’re willing to wait a few days or weeks post-adoption to name your kitty.

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What Makes a Good Name?

There is a formula to follow when choosing a new name for your cat.

First, shorter names are often better. Many pet owners prefer shorter names or those with fewer syllables as they’re easier to say and easier for your cat to recognize. Plus, shorter names fit better on collars.

Second, if you have a multi-pet household, choose names different from each other. Having a “Molly” and a “Polly,” for example, can cause confusion between cats. Try to choose names with very distinctive sounds.

Third, the name you choose should be one you’re comfortable telling your veterinary receptionists and Grandma. While a spicy or profane name might be funny, it’s best to save them as nicknames you can pull out occasionally rather than making these inappropriate names your pet’s official title.

Now that you have some know-how when it comes to cat naming, let’s look at the best Mexican-inspired names for your new pet.


Mexican Cat Names from Basic Spanish Words

  • Alba: daybreak
  • Allegro: music
  • Alma: soul
  • Amor: love
  • Bebé:  baby
  • Bella: beautiful
  • Buena: good
  • Chica/o: girl/boy
  • Cielo: sky or Heaven
  • Corazon: heart
  • Cortez: polite
  • Cosa: sweet thing
  • Dia: day
  • Diablo: devil
  • Feliz: happy
  • Fiesta: party
  • Fresca: fresh
  • Güero/Güera: light haired
  • Leya: loyalty
  • Lindo: lovely
  • Mariposa: butterfly
  • Niebla: fog
  • Nieve: snow
  • Peluche: teddy bear
  • Pequeño: small
  • Precioso/Preciosa: precious
  • Risa: laughter
  • Santo: saint
  • Selva: jungle
  • Sol: sun
  • Sombra: shadow
  • Tajo: day
  • Tierra: earth
  • Toro: Bull
  • Vida: life
  • Zorro: fox
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Male Names with Meanings

  • Alfonso: noble
  • Amata: beloved
  • Amigo: friend
  • Armando: soldier
  • Benito: blessed
  • Cazador: hunter
  • Cerveza: beer
  • Consuelo: solace
  • Domingo: of the Lord
  • Ferdinand: peaceful
  • Feroz: fierce
  • Fuerte: strong
  • Gato: male cat
  • Gordito: chubby (male)
  • Hermosa: beautiful
  • Joven: young
  • Lobo: wolf
  • Luz: light
  • Oro: gold
  • Oso: bear
  • Pequeño: small
  • Reyes: kings
  • Rio: river
  • Sanche: blessed one
  • Seguro: safe
  • Silvi: forest
  • Ulrich: leader
  • Valiente: brave


Female Names with Meaning

  • Alita: noble
  • Amiga: friend
  • Aurora: dawn
  • Baya: berry
  • Beatriz: traveller
  • Brisa: breeze
  • Chiquita: little one
  • Cora: maiden
  • Dama: lady
  • Dulcinea: sweet
  • Elena: shining light
  • Elsa: truth
  • Esmeralda: emerald
  • Estrella: star
  • Eva: life
  • Flor: flower
  • Gordita: chubby (female)
  • Hermosa: beautiful
  • Isla: island
  • Laya: calm
  • Luna: moon
  • Maite: lady of the house
  • Melosa: gentle
  • Paloma: dove
  • Perla: pearl
  • Querida: dear
  • Reina: queen
  • Rosa: rose
  • Rosario: rosary
  • Safira: sapphire
  • Sierra: mountains
  • Solana: sunny spot
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Names Inspired by Mexican Food & Drinks

  • Barbacoa
  • Beans
  • Burrito
  • Carajillo
  • Carnita
  • Cayenne
  • Ceviche
  • Chalupa
  • Cecina
  • Champurrado
  • Chicle
  • Chilaquiles
  • Chip
  • Chorizo
  • Churro
  • Coco
  • Colada
  • Dulce
  • Empanada
  • Enchilada
  • Fajita
  • Fanta
  • Flan
  • Fresca
  • Guacamole
  • Horchata
  • Jarritos
  • Jicama
  • Lima
  • Magdalena
  • Margarita
  • Michelada
  • Mole
  • Nacho
  • Olive
  • Paloma
  • Panucho
  • Pico
  • Pimienta
  • Pina
  • Queso
  • Rosada
  • Salsa
  • Sangrita
  • Tabasco
  • Taco
  • Tamale
  • Taquito
  • Tequila
  • Tostadas
  • Yuca


Names Inspired by Places

  • Acapulco
  • Baja
  • Cancun
  • Celaya
  • Cozumel
  • Durango
  • Hidalgo
  • Ixtapa
  • Izamal
  • Jalisco
  • Juarez
  • Leon
  • Lupe
  • Merida
  • Monterrey
  • Morelia
  • Morelos
  • Puebla
  • Queretaro
  • Reynosa
  • Saltillo
  • Sonora
  • Tabasco
  • Tampico
  • Tijuana
  • Toluca
  • Veracruz
  • Yucatán
  • Zamora
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Names Inspired by Mexican Culture

  • Alameda: after Alameda Central which was once an Aztec marketplace
  • Ángel: after the Angel of Independence statue
  • Chilango: after the Mexican slang for residents of Mexico City
  • Cortés: after the Spanish explorer who built Mexico City
  • Estrella: after a national park in Mexico City
  • Frida: after a dog that famously rescued over 50 lives after a 7.1 earthquake in Mexico City
  • Iñárritu: after famous Oscar-award winning director Alejandro Iñárritu
  • Kahlo: after Frida Kahlo, a famous Mexican painter known for her self-portraits
  • Malinche: after La Malinche, an enslaved Aztec girl who acted as a translator for Cortes during his conquest of the Aztec Empire
  • Moctezuma (Montezuma): after one of the best-known rulers of the Aztec empire
  • Polanco: after one of Mexico City’s most upscale neighborhoods
  • Popo: after Popocatépetl, an active volcano near Mexico City
  • Templo: after the Templo Mayor, the main temple of the Mexica people
  • Teo: after Teotihuacan, a vast Mexican archaeological complex
  • Zo: after Zócalo, the main square in central Mexico City


Final Thoughts

We hope our Mexican cat name guide has helped you to narrow down your list to a few prospective names. If you’re not completely sold on a single name yet, give it time. Take a few names for a test run to see how your cat reacts and how they roll off your tongue. The perfect name will come to you eventually; you may just need a little patience.

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