Calico cats have a beautiful blend of colors only nature could create. With captivating colors and patterns, this cat truly astounds.
Some people think Calicos are a breed. But the term Calico does not refer to a breed, but rather a tri-color fur pattern.
This pattern manifests itself in many ways, with the most common pattern being orange and black patches on white fur.
However, there are also dilute Calico patterns with lighter colorations consisting of gray and light red/orange on white.
And then there is the Calibby pattern which is a mix of a typical Calico and a tabby, meaning the black and orange are more striped in appearance.
The Calico pattern can appear in many breeds, including but not limited to:
- American Shorthair
- British Shorthair
- Japanese Bobtail
- Norwegian Forest
- Turkish Angora
- Turkish Van
Fun Fact. Did you know that many cultures consider Calico cats a sign of good luck?
- Germans call them “Glückskatze” or “lucky cat”.
- Japanese sailors used to bring along Calicos to bring them good fortune on voyages.
- According to Irish folklore, Calico cats could cure warts!
So whether you have a baby kitten or have adopted an adult cat… if you have one of these rare, beautiful, and lucky (and if you own one, you ARE lucky) Calico cats, you will want to give them the perfect name.
Here are our favorites.
20 Female Calico Cat Names
Odds are, if you have a Calico cat, they are female. While males do occur, most Calico’s get their tri-color pattern due to a chromosome pair that is unique to girl kitties.
Here are some great names for female Calico cats.
Learn More: Top 200+ Female Cat Names
10 Male Cat Names for Calico Cats
If you have a male Calico, you have a rare cat indeed! Estimates have it that only 1 in 3000 Calicos is male.
If you are fortunate enough to have a male Calico, you definitely want to give him an appropriately memorable name. Here are some great choices.
Learn More: Top 200+ Male Cat Names
10 Unique Calico Cat Names
If you are looking for something a little different because your Calico is one-of-a-kind, check out these names for inspiration.
Learn More: 200+ Unique Cat Names
50 Popular Calico Cat Names
Don’t want to get too crazy? Here are some common names for Calico cats.
10 Cute Calico Cat Names
If you are looking for a cute name for your Calico cat, we have you covered. Check out the following list.
10 Colorful Calico Cat Names
Perhaps your Calico has a more prominent color or shade, or maybe it’s just an even mix. Check out these names if you want the name to represent your cat’s coloring.
25 Calico Cat Names Based on Food
Naming your cat after a favorite food, candy, spice, drink, or dessert is a time-honored tradition. Here are some excellent choices for Calicos.
- M & M
10 Nature-Inspired Calico Cat Names
Does your cat like it outdoors? Or, when you look at your furball, do they remind you of another animal, flower, or the like. If so, maybe one of the following will be the perfect name for your cat.
- Tiger Lily
10 Language-Specific Calico Cat Names
Perhaps you have a heritage you wish to honor. Or maybe there is a special place you visited or always wanted to visit. Or perhaps your little furball reminds you of a specific country, location, or culture.
Whatever the reason, here are some Calico cat names in specific languages.
- Carina – Italian for “Little Beloved”
- Hermosa – Spanish for “Beautiful”
- Iniki – Hawaiian for “Hurricane”
- Jing – Chinese for “Quiet or Gentle”
- Kaida – Japanese for “Little Dragon”
- Katya – Russian for “Pure”
- Miu Miu – Thai for “Little Sister”
- Nefertiti – Egyptian for “a beautiful woman has come”
- Orla – Irish for “Golden Princess”
- Risette – French for “One Who Sings”