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200 Most Popular Roman Cat Names: Classic Ideas From History

Popular Roman Cat Names

Rome was one of the most powerful nations, and the Roman Empire lasted more than 1,000 years! This is such an incredible feat that Roman influence still lingers today, both in modern times and through the discovery of ancient Roman temples and ruins. Because of the greatness of the Romans, their influence can also spread through their names, and naming your cat after the Romans gives you an amazing pool of inspiration to draw from! We’ve rounded up 200 of the most popular Roman cat names, so choosing some to shortlist for your cat should be a breeze!


How To Name Your Cat With a Roman Name

Names that are too long (or that can’t comfortably be shortened) can be difficult to use, both for you and your cat. This is particularly true for Roman names since some of them can be long or difficult to pronounce! Your cat will learn their name more easily if they’re one to two syllables long.

When looking for inspiration, determine what the name will mean for your cat. Does your feline have a personality that simply shines out of them? Or do they have physical features that could inspire a name? By choosing a name based on something you love about your cat, you can be reminded of their amazing qualities every day.

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Top Ten Roman Cat Names

We know how difficult naming a pet can be, even with an idea to start with. We created a list of our favorite top ten names to get you started. These names are perfect for naming your cat since they’re descriptive and concise!

  • Mel, Latin for “Honey”
  • Nox, Latin for “Night”
  • Niveus, Latin for “Snow White”
  • Tigris, Latin for “Tiger”
  • Fera, Latin for “Wild”
  • Sardina, Latin for “Sardine”
  • Pulchra, Latin for “Beautiful”
  • Avarus, Latin for “Greedy”
  • Deus, Latin for “God”
  • Scurra, Latin for “Clown”

Roman Cat Names From History

Buildings, Emperors, and influential figures make great naming ideas that all point to people and places of power in the Roman Empire. If you’re looking for a name that’s instantly recognizable as being influenced by the Romans, a historical name is where you should start!

  • Gaius, brother of Tiberius Gracchus
  • Spartacus, Gladiator
  • Elagabalus, Roman Emperor
  • Caligula, Roman Emperor
  • Caracalla, Roman Emperor
  • Tarquin, the last King of Rome
  • Constantine, Roman Emperor
  • Theodosius, Roman Emperor
  • Octavian, the original name of Augustus Caesar
  • Marcus Aurelius, Roman Emperor
  • Cicero, philosopher
  • Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra
  • Julius Nepos, the last Western Roman Emperor
  • Attila the Hun, leader of the Huns
  • Hadrian, Roman Emperor who built Hadrian’s Wall
  • Virgil, a Roman poet
  • Livia, Wife of Augustus
  • Vespasian, Roman Emperor
  • Lepidus, Roman general
  • Horace, a Roman poet
  • Scipio Africanus, Roman general.
  • Boudica, Queen of the Celtic Iceni tribe
  • Nerva, Roman Emperor
  • Romulus, founder and first king of Rome (according to legend)
  • Vibia, wife of Emperor Hadrian
  • Galla, Roman Empress
  • Livy, Roman historian
  • Servius, sixth King of Rome
  • Tiberius Caesar Augustus, second Roman Emperor
  • Mark Antony, Roman general
  • Marcus Junius Brutus, Senator
  • Carinus, Roman Emperor
  • Julius Caesar, the infamous Roman General
  • Hannibal, Carthaginian general
  • Augustus Caesar, the first Roman Emperor
  • Pompey, Roman General
  • Sulla, Roman general
  • Antoninus, Roman Emperor
  • Tiberius Gracchus, Roman politician
  • Ptolemy, Roman General
  • Agrippa, Emperor’s advisor
  • Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of Egypt
  • Agrippina, mother to Nero
  • Trajan, Roman Emperor
  • Nero, Roman Emperor
  • Ovid, a Roman poet
  • Titus, Roman Emperor
  • Livia, wife of Emperor Augustus
  • Rome, the famous Empire
  • Emperor, the ruler of Rome
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Roman Cat Names for Male Cats

If you have a male cat that needs a powerful name, the common names of Roman men could fit them perfectly. Romans were often influenced by the people in power at the time, so many boys were named after Emperors or their families.

  • Maximus
  • Severus
  • Titus
  • Marcellus
  • Marcus
  • Augustus
  • Octavius
  • Tiberius
  • Gaius
  • Nerva
  • Aemilius
  • Cassius
  • Julius
  • Flavius
  • Antonius
  • Aulus
  • Servius
  • Lucius
  • Cornelius
  • Fabius
  • Caius
  • Faustus
  • Decius
  • Decimus
  • Vitus
  • Publius
  • Quintus
  • Claudius
  • Octavian
  • Valerius

Roman Cat Names for Female Cats

If the special little lady in your life needs a feminine name, Rome is a great place to look. Romans would feminize some of the names of their people of power to fit people of any gender, which means some genuinely unique and exciting female names are available for your cat!

  • Domitilla
  • Claudia
  • Fabia
  • Minutia
  • Livia
  • Prisca
  • Camilla
  • Terentia
  • Octavia
  • Porcia
  • Vibia
  • Cornelia
  • Plautia
  • Marcia
  • Servilia
  • Junia
  • Domitia
  • Agrippina
  • Valeria
  • Drusilla
  • Tullia
  • Sempronia
  • Hortensia
  • Aurelia
  • Lucretia
  • Antonia
  • Aemilia
  • Postuma
  • Julia
  • Flavia
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Roman Cat Names Based on Places

If Roman history is what you’re interested in, the locations related to the Romans can provide excellent naming inspiration. Even places tangential to the Empire, such as Pompeii, are brilliant names. Take a look and see which would suit your cat.

  • Vatican, an independent city-state
  • Ara Pacis, an altar in Rome
  • Caracalla, one of the largest public bath complexes in Rome
  • Pompeii, an ancient Roman city buried under volcanic ash
  • Portus, an ancient harbor complex
  • Appian (Way), an ancient Roman road
  • Ostia (or Antica), an ancient port city of Rome
  • Colosseum, an ancient amphitheater
  • Circus (or Maximus), a massive chariot racing stadium
  • Pantheon, a well-preserved temple

Roman Cat Names from Mythology

Myths and legends have always been ideal for pet names, and Roman mythology is no different. The Romans had a complex, multi-deity belief system that closely resembled that of the Ancient Greeks. The names associated with the Roman gods and goddesses can be some of the most beautiful and unique names you can find!

  • Pax, goddess of peace
  • Pluto, god of the underworld
  • Pomona, goddess of fruit trees and orchards
  • Fortuna, goddess of luck
  • Nemesis, goddess of retribution
  • Ceres, goddess of agriculture and fertility
  • Trivia, goddess of crossroads
  • Venus, goddess of love
  • Ops, goddess of the earth
  • Flora, goddess of flowers and spring
  • Pietas, goddess of duty
  • Somnus, god of sleep
  • Vertumnus, god of seasons
  • Luna, goddess of the moon
  • Maia, goddess of growth
  • Faunus, god of the forest
  • Mercury ( or Mercurius), god of financial gain
  • Saturn, god of agriculture and time
  • Aurora, goddess of dawn
  • Apollo, god of the sun, music, and prophecy
  • Bacchus, god of wine
  • Hercules, known for his great strength
  • Juno, queen of the gods
  • Bellona, goddess of war
  • Aequitas, goddess of fairness
  • Fides, goddess of loyalty and trust
  • Lares, the household gods protecting the family
  • Janus, god of beginnings
  • Minerva, goddess of wisdom
  • Mars, god of war
  • Felicitas, goddess of happiness
  • Diana, goddess of the moon
  • Vesta, goddess of the hearth and home
  • Vulcan, god of fire
  • Cupid, god of love
  • Terminus, god of boundaries
  • Disciplina, goddess of discipline
  • Neptune, god of the sea
  • Sol, god of the sun
  • Victoria, goddess of victory
  • Proserpina, goddess of the underworld
  • Jupiter, King of the gods
  • Charon, the ferryman of the underworld
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Roman Names for Black Cats

The Romans spoke Latin, and there were many words for different concepts, such as darkness and light. If you have a black cat, the Latin words for darkness and everything it entails make excellent names!

  • Umbra, Latin for “Shadow”
  • Obumbrata, Latin for “Shadowed”
  • Opacum, Latin for “Shaded”
  • Stygio, Latin for “Stygian”
  • Obscurata, Latin for “Darkened”
  • Nubila, Latin for “Cloudy”
  • Opacum, Latin for “Opaque”
  • Illuni, Latin for “Moonless”
  • Orbus, Latin for “Sunless”
  • Pix (tenebrosa), Latin for “Pitch-dark”
  • Levis, Latin for “Lightless”

Roman Names for White Cats

Like black cats, cats with snow-white fur or interesting splotches of white can find the most complementary names in this list of Latin words associated with white. Some names can also be applied to cats with multi-colored fur or coats that glisten and shine.

  • Lucidus, Latin for “Bright”
  • Splendens, Latin for “Shining”
  • Vividus, Latin for “Vivid”
  • Clarus, Latin for “Clear”
  • Nitidus, Latin for “Lustrous”
  • Prismatica, Latin for “Prismatic”
  • Solaris, Latin for “Sunlit”
  • Lux Lunae, Latin for “Moonlight”
  • Lux Stellarum, Latin for “Starlight”
  • Micans, Latin for “Glimpse”
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Roman Names Based on Personality

One of the first things we notice about a new cat or kitten is their personality. Whether they’re quiet and reserved or boisterous and lively, a cat’s personality is one of their defining features. Paying homage to it with a descriptive Roman word can be a great way to name your cat and celebrate what makes them unique.

  • Felix, Latin for “Happy”
  • Malevolum, Latin for “Grumpy”
  • Venator, Latin for “Hunter”
  • Amare, Latin for “Loving”
  • Insanis, Latin for “Crazy”
  • Gratus, Latin for “Grateful”


Final Thoughts

Naming your cat can seem daunting, but if you have a concept in your mind (such as the Romans), that’s a great start. This list of Roman names has incorporated as many different inspirations as possible, from basing the name on what your cat looks like to their shining personality. As long as you like the sound of the name, you’re comfortable using it, and your cat can learn it (reasonably) easily, you should be able to find lots of great names from our list to add to your own!

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