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255 Barn Cat Names for Your Outdoor Friend

If you own a large enough property or work on a farm, most likely, you have a barn cat on rodent-killing duties. Also known as farm cats, these hardened felines like to stick to themselves. However, if you’ve been feeding the furry bud and keeping it safe, we bet the two of you have a trusting relationship. That’s wonderful news!

But you can’t call this little fellow “barn cat” forever: it needs a proper name. Well, you’re in luck because our cat experts are here to lend a hand. After juggling through hundreds of options, we made a list of the perfect names for the cat and put them into different categories. Take a look!

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What Is a Barn Cat: The Definition

Any cat that lives outdoors and mostly sticks around on farms, ranches, outbuildings, and other agricultural properties can be classified as a barn cat. These boys and girls are mostly drawn by the rodents that live in fields and storage rooms. Coming in, they don’t expect much from the humans. More than that, they’re pretty shy and prefer to keep their distance from us 1.

But there are some exceptions to this rule. It all comes down to the personality of the animal. Since farm cats are great at killing mice, rats, and other rodents, they’re often rewarded with food. Also, they like to find shelter in abandoned buildings or the basements of regular houses. They never get too close to where people and other animals live, though.

a barn cat standing outside on a sunny day
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How Do You Name a Barn Cat? Where Do You Start?

Farm cats are strong, capable, and independent, and that’s what you should base the name on. Instead of going with something corny and boring, try to think about a name that represents what this cat is all about. We’re talking about its character, personality, and behavior. Now, barn cats are mostly standoffish with humans and other pets, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have a soft spot.

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The 31 Catchy Barn Cat Names Based on Temperament and Looks

Farm cats come in all shapes and sizes. Most barn cats don’t really belong to any breed (they have mixed ancestry). So, do consider the cat’s looks and temperament when choosing a name for it.

Here are our top picks:
  1. Ash
  2. Blackie
  3. Black Bean
  4. Blaze
  5. Blue Bell
  6. Caliber
  7. Camouflage
  8. Cat the Curious
  9. Catzilla
  10. Cindy Clawford
  11. Cosmo
  12. Cuddles
  13. Flash
  14. Firebrand
  15. Firestarter
  16. Geronimo
  17. Grumpy
  18. Harmony
  19. Hooligan
  20. Hunter
  21. Jaws
  22. Moody
  23. Rosie
  24. Scarlett
  25. Sleepy
  26. Shades
  27. Smokey
  28. Speckles
  29. Troublemaker
  30. Wanderer
  31. White
a cat lying on hay at a barn
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Best 45 Names Inspired by Fictional Characters and Real People

Do you feel like the kitty that’s been putting fear into the hearts and minds of local mice and rats looks like a movie star? Or maybe they remind you of a hero from a comic book? Wait: it probably resembles a character from a video game! This happens more often than you think, and that’s why there are so many cats out there with “fairy tale” names.

With barn cats, you don’t have to follow any strict rules. It can be a very short name or one that takes a while to pronounce. As long as it fits the fluffy animal, you can go ahead and use it.

Take a look at our favorite names and see which one fits your farm bud best:
  1. Achilles
  2. Alexander
  3. Atticus
  4. Bart Simpson
  5. Bella Donna
  6. Black Rider
  7. Blizzard
  8. Brad Kitt
  9. Bubba Kitty
  10. Catrick Stewart
  11. Catticus Finch
  12. Darth Kitty
  13. Duchess
  14. Dumbledore
  15. Eightball
  16. Gandalf
  17. Gatsby
  18. Hades
  19. Harley Quinn
  20. Hatfield
  21. Hawkeye
  22. Hercules
  23. Hermione
  24. Homer Simpson
  25. Jesse James
  26. Josephine
  27. Kennedy
  28. Killer
  29. Louis Wain
  30. Marge Piercy
  31. Matilda
  32. Miss Marple
  33. Meowseph Stalin
  34. Nelson Muntz
  35. Odin
  36. Olympia
  37. Omar Little
  38. Ophelia
  39. Otto Mann
  40. Pablo Picatso
  41. Rambo Kitty
  42. Roy Rogers
  43. Seymour Skinner
  44. Thor
  45. Winston Furchill

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The 45 Tough Names for a Barn Cat That Means Business

Farm cats know first-hand that life can be hard sometimes, but they still manage to find food and shelter to prosper. And that’s why tough names are among the most popular picks for these upbeat, ready-to-rumble felines. The following names do an excellent job of representing the true nature of barn cats.

You can even try and combine them and go for a double name for the cat:
  1. Arrow
  2. Azrael
  3. Bandit
  4. Beast
  5. Blackjack
  6. Bluestem
  7. Big Red
  8. Boots
  9. Buckeye
  10. Bullet
  11. Bullseye
  12. Cerberus
  13. Charcoal
  14. Cheeto
  15. Cinderblock
  16. Colt
  17. Comet
  18. Dusty
  19. Eclipse
  20. Frisky
  21. Frosty
  22. Houdini
  23. Jasper
  24. Knight
  25. Lone Ranger
  26. Marshal
  27. Murphey
  28. Neptune
  29. Nine Lives
  30. Outlaw
  31. Panther
  32. Paws
  33. Powder
  34. Quick Draw
  35. Quicksilver
  36. Razor
  37. Rebel
  38. Rex
  39. Salem
  40. Sarge
  41. Shadow
  42. Sirius Black
  43. Tiger
  44. Trigger
  45. Zeus
Abyssinian cat running outdoor
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The 56 Popular Barn Queen (Female) Names

Up until this point, we were only checking out unisex names that work for both boys and girls. But we also have a bunch of names that are exclusive to males and females. So, if you know for certain that the feral cat on your property is a lady, we’re confident that you’ll find the perfect match for her here.

The fact that she’s a wild kitty doesn’t mean she can’t have a cute name:
  1. Abigail
  2. Adara
  3. Adelaide
  4. Annie
  5. Apricot
  6. Aradia
  7. Athena
  8. Beans
  9. Birdie
  10. Bonnie
  11. Bonnie-Sue
  12. Carmelita
  13. Catwoman
  14. Chessie
  15. Chirpie
  16. Cinnamon
  17. Daisy
  18. Daisy Mae
  19. Dixie
  20. Domino
  21. Ernie
  22. Fergie
  23. Flora
  24. Freckles
  25. Galaxy
  26. Garth
  27. Georgia
  28. Gertie
  29. Gertrude
  30. Gracie
  31. Josie
  32. Lacey
  33. Lucy
  34. Mable
  35. Marmalade
  36. Miranda
  37. Missy
  38. Moxie
  39. Naomi
  40. Nyan Cat
  41. Olivia
  42. Pollyanna
  43. Penny
  44. Pickles
  45. Piglet
  46. Princess
  47. Reiko
  48. Sweet Pea
  49. Starbuck
  50. Stella
  51. Tabitha
  52. Thelma
  53. Wallflower
  54. Wendy
  55. Willow
  56. Zelda

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The 45 Popular Barn Tomcat (Male) Names

And here are our top picks for the fellas. These are a bit more masculine and were specifically picked for the boys. You can, of course, use all these names interchangeably, as some females tend to be a bit manly, while the males often show feminine qualities.

But for the most part, the following compilation suits big, strong tomcats:
  1. Archie
  2. Apollo
  3. Austin
  4. Banjo
  5. Barry
  6. Billy-Bob
  7. Buck/Bucky
  8. Buddy
  9. Buttercup
  10. Cash
  11. Casper
  12. Charles
  13. Cheddar
  14. Chester
  15. Coal
  16. Cricket
  17. Donald
  18. Dude
  19. Ember
  20. Fido
  21. Fred
  22. Friskies
  23. Fuzzbucket
  24. Gunnar
  25. Hank
  26. Herman
  27. Jasper
  28. Mabel
  29. Maverick
  30. Miles
  31. Milo
  32. Oscar
  33. Patches
  34. Pepper
  35. Percy
  36. Pouncer
  37. Rascal
  38. Socks
  39. Spooky
  40. Tanner
  41. Theodore
  42. Tonk
  43. Twitch
  44. Walnut
  45. Walt
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What About Fun/Goofy Names? Here Are 33 Names for a Barn Cat

If you’re in the mood to play around a bit and give the cat a slightly silly, yet memorable name, we have just the right picks. We intentionally didn’t go for anything too crazy, as a long, hard-to-pronounce name is not really the best idea for a farm cat.

Alright, here’s what we’ve got:
  1. Bitcoin
  2. Boo Boo Kitty
  3. Bootsie
  4. Broccoli
  5. Buddy Boy
  6. Cappuccino
  7. Captain Meow
  8. Cat Stevens
  9. Colonel Meow
  10. Cow Catcher
  11. Cowboy
  12. Crypto
  13. Cuddlesworth
  14. Dr. Claw
  15. Frankie-Blue-Eyes
  16. Grumpy Cat
  17. Halloweenie
  18. Kit Kat
  19. Meatloaf
  20. Mewtwo
  21. Mew Mew
  22. Moon Pie
  23. Mr. Mittens
  24. Mr. Purrfection
  25. Mousy
  26. Professor Purr
  27. Puddy Tat
  28. Stinky
  29. Tuxedo Cat
  30. Two shoes
  31. Whisker Face
  32. Winston Furchill
  33. X-Ray

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Compared to pet kitties, barn cats aren’t nearly as cuddly or affectionate. While they’re often kept as part-time pets, these felines are mostly independent and used to roaming freely. So, if you feel a strong connection with a barn cat and want to name the four-legged friend, it needs to be perfect. Otherwise, the cat might not like it!

Take your time and be very thorough when going through the list. True, you can always come up with a different “call sign” for your farm buddy. But, it would be best to name it once and stick with it. Name the cat based on what you feel about it and how it behaves, and that should be it!

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